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The Return of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

by lesliedinaberg on September 30, 2014

Get ready to swing, jive with the hepcats and toe tap your way to a really fun evening when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returns to The Granada Theatre on Saturday, October 4 at 8 p.m. Believe it or not, 2014 marks the 21st anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s arrival onto the music scene from their native Ventura. In their […]

Small Images 2014 at SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery

by lesliedinaberg on September 30, 2014

The Atkinson Gallery hosts the 30th annual Small Images exhibition juried by Tif Sigfrids of Tif Sigfrids Gallery in Los Angeles. A juried competition featuring regional artists working in all media, the exhibition’s only constraint is size—all works must be 18” or smaller in every dimension. The diminutive scale of the works necessitates both intimacy and […]

Cocktail Corner: Italian Reds

by lesliedinaberg on September 27, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg I’ve got a soft spot for all things Italian, especially red wines. Barolo is one of my special favorites. The vineyards and wineries in the Barolo district are famous for producing some of Italy’s very finest red wines—predominantly from the region’s signature grape variety, Nebbiolo.  The […]

Writing the Book on Gratitude & Trust

by lesliedinaberg on September 25, 2014

Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson collaborate on new book that uses the principles of the recovery movement to help just about anybody Longtime friends—the pair first met in Robert Mitchum‘s bedroom in 1982—Paul Williams (yes, that Paul Williams, the Oscar-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter) and Tracey Jackson (who write the films […]

Christopher Titus’ “Angry Pursuit of Happiness”

by lesliedinaberg on September 23, 2014

Kids learn that “honesty is the best policy” at an early age, but for comedians to learn that lesson can take a little longer. Before his breakout one-man show “Norman Rockwell is Bleeding” in 2004, comedian Christopher Titus admits, ” I had done comedy for about 12 years, and I was just kind of a […]

Cocktail Corner: Bottomless Bellini Brunch at Belmond El Encanto

by lesliedinaberg on September 20, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg It’s tough to improve upon the spectacular ocean and mountain views from the terrace at Belmond El Encanto, but the amazing Bottomless Bellini Brunch—available Sundays from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.—adds a delicious bubbly kick to what is already an embarrassment of riches. This brunch is a perfect way […]

New Website Focuses on Local Artists

by lesliedinaberg on September 18, 2014

“People need to know where to buy and find local art,” says Peter Otte, a Santa Barbara-based web developer who recently launched a new online directory to do just that. The SB Artist Directory  was specifically designed to help artists based in Santa Barbara County reach a wider audience by creating a simple profile and […]

Style File: Five New Skin Care Habits for Fall

by lesliedinaberg on September 17, 2014

Changing seasons call for a few change-ups in our beauty routine. Dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum recommends incorporating these five habits into your daily ritual for a smooth, soft transition into fall. 1. Switch Cleansers. Start with the basics – If you’ve been using a shine control cleanser (or skating by with a bar of soap), make the […]

Andrea Weir’s new novel “A Foolish Consistency”

by lesliedinaberg on September 15, 2014

Longtime local journalist Andrea Weir Estrada has written her first novel, A Foolish Consistency, crafting a rich, compelling love story that is anything but foolish. Weir’s complex romance for literate grown ups tells the story of long ago lovers Callie Winwood and Will Tremaine, whose chance meeting in an emergency room re-ignites a 25-year-old passion. […]

Friendship Center’s 5th Annual Wine Down

by lesliedinaberg on September 15, 2014

Friendship Center, the south coast’s only nonprofit, fully licensed adult day services program, will have its 5th Annual Wine Down, Friday, September 19 from 4-7 p.m. This casual yet festive event will feature local vintners  pouring their wines for tasting, delicious Asian-inspired hors d’oeuvres by Spices N Rice and live music by Montecito Jazz Project.  Held al fresco in the […]