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Cocktail Corner: Friday Fun

by lesliedinaberg on April 25, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Here’s a little cocktail-themed humor for your Friday! First up, my good friend John Hodgman waxes on about wine. Here’s everyone’s favorite white wine couple. Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Here are the some tips from funny ladies Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark. Cheers! Click here for […]

Town Hall for the Local Arts Community

by lesliedinaberg on April 24, 2014

Last week’s arts symposium, an annual event sponsored by The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, served as a lively town hall of sorts for the local arts community.  Arts advocates, arts educators and youth advocates, arts administrators, foundations, arts and city and county officials (and yours truly) packed the meeting rooms at the Canary Hotel for […]

Don’t Miss Dendy’s Dystopian Distractions!

by lesliedinaberg on April 24, 2014

I was fortunate enough to attend a “Friday Club” rehearsal of DANCEworks‘ guest resident choreographer Mark Dendy‘s new work Dystopian Distractions! (This job certainly has some perks …!) A powerful and extremely ambitious new work, Dendy describes it as “a black comedic deconstruction of the American war machine as conceived by an artists interested in […]

Cocktail Corner: Holman Ranch Vineyards, Winery and Wine Caves

by lesliedinaberg on April 21, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Looking for a fun getaway this springtime season? Why not check out the historic Holman Ranch, a historic ranch (and now a winery with 21 acres of vineyards) tucked in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley. It’s a private estate with a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest […]

Dystopian Distractions! Adds Pre-Curtain Discussion with Dance Critic

by lesliedinaberg on April 17, 2014

As if DANCEworks new show Dystopian Distractions! weren’t exciting on enough, the organizers have just added a pre-curtain discussion with dance critic Rachel Howard to the bill. Staring at 7:15 p.m., Howard will discuss topics like who is Mark Dendy, what is dance theater, and how does Dendy’s new Dystopian Distractions! carry forward the tradition […]

SANTA BARBARA CULINARY ARTS Cookbook Supports Future Chefs

by lesliedinaberg on April 16, 2014

SANTA BARBARA CULINARY ARTS A Taste of Santa Barbara’s Culinary Bounty, a brand new cookbook featuring 62 recipes from Santa Barbara County chefs, caterers and food purveyors, will debut on May 3 with a launch party from 1-3 p.m. at the Gourmet Dining Room at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), 721 Cliff Dr. The cookbook is […]

Huguette M. Clark Family Treasures to be Auctioned at Christie’s

by lesliedinaberg on April 16, 2014

Notable artwork from the estate of the late Huguette M. Clark—whose Bellosguardo Estate in Montecito was donated to the people of Santa Barbara as a center for “the fostering and promotion of the arts” and is in the process of being developed—will be presented at Christie’s New York beginning early next month. According to a release from Christie’s, […]

Cocktail Corner: Master Whiskey With Johnnie Mundell

by lesliedinaberg on April 12, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg  | The Bacara Resort’s Meet the Masters dining series continues on Thursday, April 17, with an evening with whiskey master Johnnie Mundell. Known for his charming Scottish accent (the Mundell family has been involved in transporting the whiskey made on the Isle of Islay since 1971) and inimitable style in creating […]

Craftcation is “Craft Heaven” for Entrepreneurs

by lesliedinaberg on April 10, 2014

More than 350 crafty entrepreneurs (along with yours truly) gathered in Ventura last week to ignite their entrepreneurial business spirits and strengthen their skills in a creative (and fun!) three-day conference on all things makeable and saleable. With a schedule packed with panel discussions and DIY workshops with leading industry professionals in art, craft and food-centered […]

Cocktail Corner: Wandering Dog Wine Bar’s “Friday Night Wines”

by lesliedinaberg on April 4, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Looking for something fun and unique to do on a Friday night? Why not “wine down” your week at one of Solvang’s Wandering Dog Wine Bar‘s monthly events. The April class, “Vinification Techniques with Syrah,” on Friday, April 4, is led by local winemaker, Michael Larner of Larner Vineyard. He’ll cover […]