Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.
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Cocktail Corner: Pinot Noir Comes to Paradise

by lesliedinaberg on February 28, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg  | Shell Beach’s loss is Santa Barbara gain. After 13 years of hosting the annual World of Pinot Noir, the two-day event moves to Santa Barbara this weekend (February 28-March 1), specifically to the luxurious, oceanfront Bacara Resort and Spa. The mission is “to bring Pinot […]

A Visit to UCSB’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum

by lesliedinaberg on February 26, 2014

A visit to UCSB’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum is always full of delights, and last week was no exception. Curator Elyse A. Gonzales kindly walked me through the current exhibitions. This includes “Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating, Early Work,” a fascinating complementary exhibit to the current Santa Barbara Museum of Art show […]

Fast Pitch Offers a Winning Opportunity for Nonprofits

by lesliedinaberg on February 25, 2014

Concise communication is key in today’s world of ever-shorter attention spans. With that in mind, this spring local nonprofits will have the opportunity to participate in a Shark Tank style competition to make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and a live audience for cash awards, including a $25,000 Judges award and two $10,000 […]

Cocktail Corner: Get Schooled in Sake

by lesliedinaberg on February 21, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg  | The Bacara Resort’s new Meet the Masters dining series with the world’s finest wine and spirit masters kicked off this week with a sold out evening with Sabrage & Champagne Master Nicolas Krafft of Christofle. Up next, on Thursday, March 20, is an evening with Yuji Matsumoto, the United States’ […]

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias at the Arlington

by lesliedinaberg on February 19, 2014

Gabriel Iglesias‘s  new world tour, Unity Through Laughter, comes to Santa Barbara this weekend. Iglesias had a banner year last year,  with Forbes Magazine including him in its “Ones to Watch” list, and The Hollywood Reporter naming him to its “Top Five Grossing Standup Comedians.” In addition, Iglesias’ Comedy Central special Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy premiered this past spring and generated the network’s […]

Jazz at the Lobero presents The Spring Quartet With Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese

by lesliedinaberg on February 18, 2014

The first event of the Jazz at the Lobero 2014 series is a star-studded turn by The Spring Quartet, featuring legendary jazz musicians Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese performing together at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St.,  on Tuesday, February 18 at 8 p.m. Jack DeJohnette is one of the most respected drummers on […]

Cocktail Corner: Eros from Sunstone

by lesliedinaberg on February 14, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg  | Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Sunstone  Vineyards & Winery is uncorking its newest EROS 2011 Release, a popular blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. According to  winemaker Bion Rice, “Eros 2011 may be the best ever.” They are collaborating with local French chocolatier, Chocolates du Calibressan, […]

Cocktail Corner: New Handcrafted Cocktails at Intermezzo

by lesliedinaberg on February 7, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg  | The creative crew at Intermezzo is shaking things up again this month, with a slew of new specialty cocktails to enjoy on a cold rainy day or warm winter afternoon. You never know what to expect weather-wise in February in Santa Barbara, but you can […]

Paul Reiser is the Perfect Date for Valentine’s Day

by lesliedinaberg on February 7, 2014

It turns out that stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Paul Reiser isn’t just funny on TV and movie screen or on stage, he’s equally funny via email. He’ll be appearing at the Lobero Theatre  (33 E. Canon Perdido St.) on Friday, February 14. Reiser is probably best known as the star and co-creator of the […]

Oprah and UGG Australia: A Match Made in Film Fest Heaven

by lesliedinaberg on February 5, 2014

As loyal viewers know, UGG’s iconic sheepskin boots are one of Oprah Winfrey‘s “favorite things.” The classic boots have been featured on Oprah’s “favorite things” show a record five times, so it’s not surprising that UGG Australia president, Connie Rishwain is thrilled to be up on stage at the Arlington Theatre on Wednesday night introducing […]