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In a lather

by lesliedinaberg on October 31, 2013

I have a really, really, really embarrassing confession to make. I hope you won’t think less of me, but I’m trying to come to terms with something I’ve kept hidden for far too long. I’m addicted to teen soap operas. “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “Privileged,” I’ve got the whole CW oeuvre on my DVR. […]

Grants in Action: Women’s Fund Members Witness the Power of Their Collective Gifts

by lesliedinaberg on October 30, 2013

Ninth annual site visit highlights the work of local nonprofit organizations benefiting from $525,000 in contributions Women’s Fund members get a firsthand look at a Notes for Notes jam room at the Westside Boys & Girls Club during Thursday’s annual site visits to grant recipients. (Peter De Tagyos photo)   It’s often said that seeing […]

Cocktail Corner: Literary Libations

by lesliedinaberg on October 26, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg | The James Bond Vodka Martini order—”shaken, not stirred”—is one of the most famous literary libation catch phrases (I’ve even used it myself, in a fake deep British accent of course!), but there are plenty of others. Ian Fleming himself had a long line of […]

We’ve got a crush on Coveted Cakery

by lesliedinaberg on October 24, 2013

When sweet lady Jessica Burton of Coveted Cakery contacted us and asked if we wanted to sample her fall flavors, we knew we were in for a treat! Awesome autumn flavors include Pumpkin Spice, Salted Carmel and Pistachio Honey, as well as the always-delicious Double Chocolate, Snickerdoodle and (my personal favorite) Chocolate Chip cupcakes with […]

Cocktail Corner: Halloween Cocktail Couture

by lesliedinaberg on October 19, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg | Halloween is a great time to get your creative juices flowing. Sure there are zillions of spooky cocktail recipes out there, but what about cocktail-themed Halloween costumes? Here are a few ideas to get you started. Believe it or not, there’s a website called coolest-homemade-costumes.com and they […]

One Radio Host, Two Dancers Features NPR’s Ira Glass

by lesliedinaberg on October 18, 2013

Ira Glass with dancers? That’s right, the always entertaining host of NPR’s This American Life has taken to the road with choreographer Monica Bill Barnes & Company for a quirky show combining two art forms that, as Glass puts it, “have no business being together – dance and radio.” Coming to The Granada on Saturday, October 19 from […]

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! welcomes Los Vega Son Jarocho

by lesliedinaberg on October 17, 2013

This week ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! welcomes Los Vega Son Jarocho, fifth generation jarocho musicians from Veracruz, Mexico. Carrying on a longstanding family tradition, Los Vega brings a fresh pespective to this distinctive style, playing jaranas (small guitars), percussion, vocals and zapateado (footwork).  According to the organizers, “for more than five generations the Vega family […]

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at The Granada

by lesliedinaberg on October 16, 2013

Founded as a multicultural dance company in 1982, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born of an 11-year artistic collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane. Today, the company is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world. UCSB Arts & Lectures presents this collaboration in […]

Cocktail Corner: Notes on Nebbiolo

by lesliedinaberg on October 11, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg I don’t know about the rest of you, but the cooler, sweater weather we’ve been having this week puts me in the mood for red wine. Nebbiolo grapes, which I’ve been told get their name from the Italian word nebbia, meaning fog, are harvested about this […]

New Season of “Met: Live” Metropolitan Opera Simulcasts in Hahn Hall

by lesliedinaberg on October 10, 2013

The Music Academy of the West has begun its season of high-definition screenings from ten Metropolitan Opera productions screening simulcasts in Hahn Hall, with Eugene Onegin,  which will screen again at 2 pm on Sunday, October 27. According to a release from the Music Academy, “since its Moscow premiere in 1879, Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance based on Alexander […]