No friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.
-Francois Mauriac

Style File: Double Duty Sunscreen Solutions

by lesliedinaberg on July 31, 2014

I’ve come a long way from my teenage years of frying out in the sun with a mixture of baby oil and iodine (the original “self-tanner” that stained my skin a rusty color I thought looked cool), and thankfully, so has the selection of sunscreens available. Not only do today’s products actually provide Sun Protection Factor […]

Don’t Miss Fiesta’s Wildest Party

by lesliedinaberg on July 31, 2014

As longtime locals know, Celebración de Los Dignatarios—Fiesta’s wildest party at the Santa Barbara Zoo—is the hot place to dance the night away alongside lions, snow leopards, elephants and elected officials! With live entertainment, dancing to King Bee (a personal favorite), mariachis, margaritas and tempting treats from more than 20 local restaurants, not to mention loads of […]

Music Academy of the West Presents “Carmen” in Honor of Opera Great Marilyn Horne

by lesliedinaberg on July 29, 2014

 The Music Academy of the West will present a new, fully staged production of Georges Bizet’s timeless opera Carmen in honor of celebrated mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday at Santa Barbara’s historic Granada Theatre. Directed by David Paul and conducted by James Gaffigan, the performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 1, […]

Cocktail Corner: Lucky Dogg Winery Opens

by lesliedinaberg on July 26, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg What’s in a name? For Brent Melville‘s new Lucky Dogg Winery it’s a little bit of kismet and a whole lot of luck. Searching for the perfect moniker for his winery venture, Melville struck inspiration gold on the golf course. “My friend, referring to my ‘lucky’ […]

History + Harvest in the Santa Rita Hills

by lesliedinaberg on July 24, 2014

Hosted by the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County on July 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., this excursion starts with a private, docent led tour through the grounds of La Purisima Mission. Founded in 1787, there is much to learn about its history, community, restoration, and preservation—a treasure not to be missed! After the […]

Opa! Santa Barbara Greek Festival Time!

by lesliedinaberg on July 23, 2014

Go Greek for the weekend of July 26–27 at the Santa Barbara Greek Festival. Baklava, gyros and moussaka galore! This delicious annual event showcases the best bounty from Greece, including the sights, sounds and tastes of the Mediterranean land. The notes of the bouzouki coupled with the alluring performers dancing throughout the park bring you right […]

Marilyn Horne Named “Honorary La Diva of Old Spanish Days”

by lesliedinaberg on July 23, 2014

Viva la Fiesta and Viva la Diva! This summer, The Music Academy of the West presents the 2014 Carmen Celebration; a special series of events in honor of the legendary opera singer Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday. As part of this series, the Music Academy has partnered with Old Spanish Days to celebrate Horne, director of the […]

Todd Rogers + Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore = An Exclusive Extraordinary Experience

by lesliedinaberg on July 22, 2014

Looking for the summer adventure of a lifetime (or the perfect gift for the man or woman who has everything)?  Four Seasons has a new collection of exclusive Extraordinary Experiences, one of which takes place right here in our own backyard. Looking to improve your sky ball and finally master that serve? How about a beach volleyball workshop with USA […]

Cocktail Corner: Happy Anniversary to Uptown Lounge

by lesliedinaberg on July 21, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Believe it or not, the Uptown Lounge (3126 State St.) is celebrating two years in business tonight. First opened during Fiesta 2012, this fun, friendly place has quickly become a clean, comfortable neighborhood hangout spot for locals and visitors who want to get away from […]

Style File: Sweet Summer Scents

by lesliedinaberg on July 18, 2014

Summer is in full swing and a spritz of a light, fresh scent can feel just as cool and refreshing against your skin as a fabulous blast of air conditioning. Whether your summer dreams include fresh picked fruit, fresh-cut flowers, a day at the beach or a night under the stars, there’s a fragrance for that. Here are a few ideas:  One of the […]