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World Premiere of “Mission Blue” Opens SBIFF Tonight

by lesliedinaberg on January 30, 2014

The 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the world premiere of Mission Blue, a story of the ever-changing ocean, at Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 30 at 8 p.m. The documentary film highlights oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer Sylvia Earle’s life’s work and follows the increasingly urgent international effort, coordinated by the National Geographic Society, to build awareness about the […]

Santa Barbara’s Teen Stars Shine at The Granada on Feb. 8

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2014

Congratulations to the Teen Star Santa Barbara 2014 finalists: Jason Paras — Dos Pueblos High School Karlie Mack — San Marcos High School Zoë Lynn Burritt — Cabrillo High School Nathaniel Neumann — Dos Pueblos High School Grant Bower — Santa Barbara High School Mary-Grace Langhorne — Goleta Valley Junior High School Brandi Rose Lentini […]

“Selma Rubin and Community of Life” at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2014

The legacy of beloved local activist Selma Rubin lives on in filmmaker Beezhan Tulu‘s new documentary, Selma Rubin and Community of Life, which is an official selection of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  When asked what inspired him to do the film, Tulu said, “I believe we don’t own this planet and we share it with […]

Bruce Dern to Receive SBIFF’s Modern Master Award

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2014

We received word today that  Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will honor Academy Award-nominated actor Bruce Dern (who was so fabulous in Nebraska) with the Modern Master Award  on Saturday, February 8, at the  Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.. The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. It was created in 1995 […]

SBIFF Announces Guests for Producers and Womens Panels

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2014

The film festival isn’t just about about movies and movie stars, the industry panels are also a fabulous treat. Movers and Shakers—the first Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) panel of the weekend, which brings together some of today’s most established producers to the Lobero Theatre on Saturday, February 1 at 11 a.m.—will feature Albert Berger (Nebraska), Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club), Dana Brunetti (Captain Phillips), Dede […]

Widespread Panic comes to the Arlington April 3

by lesliedinaberg on January 25, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for alternative rock band Widespread Panic. The oft-touring American band will play at the Arlington Theatre  (1317 State St.) on April 3 at 8 p.m. Since their inception in Athens, Georgia, in 1986, Widespread Panic has risen to elite status among American jam bands. The current lineup includes guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave […]

Cocktail Corner: Wine and Film Pair Perfectly With Santa Barbara Film Feast

by lesliedinaberg on January 24, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg  Santa Barbara’s Film Feast, coinciding with the 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) January 30th – February 9th, has something for everyone, including a slew of great wine specials and award-worthy prix fixe tasting flights. Nominees include “The Graduate Wine Flight” at Au Bon […]

Forge into Santa Barbara Art Foundry

by lesliedinaberg on January 23, 2014

Smile-inducing surprises are tucked into almost every nook and cranny of the Funk Zone. Our latest cool find is the new Santa Barbara Art Foundry (120 Santa Barbara St., 805/324-4230,, a real working foundry where visitors can watch skilled craftspeople transform molten bronze into unique and beautiful sculptures. It’s fascinating to see each step […]

The Books of 2013

by lesliedinaberg on January 21, 2014

So many books, so little time—part seven. My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the seventh year we’ve done this. My favorite book of 2013 was probably Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple. I’m not sure how much that had to do with the book itself […]

Sings Like Hell is Back at the Lobero With Series #34

by lesliedinaberg on January 21, 2014

The Devil Is Back at the Historic Lobero Theatre and better than ever with a terrific line-up of Sings Like Hell shows coming this season. First up is JIMMER (Yes, from the Rave-Ups!)+ JUDE JOHNSTONE on Saturday, January 25 at 8 p.m. “F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that there are no second acts in American […]