The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.
-B.B. King

Local Lowdown: Class-y Gifting

by lesliedinaberg on December 29, 2014

By Leslie Dinaberg In a season chock-full of stuff, the notion of learning a new skill, or improving upon an old one, through taking a class is a great way to give someone a gift that keeps on giving—providing memorable experiences and perhaps even spurring lasting new interests. Here are some class-y gift suggestions for […]

Local Lowdown: Christmas in the Sand

by lesliedinaberg on December 29, 2014

Shopping Santa Claus Lane | By Leslie Dinaberg Santa may be gone*, but the shopping scene is alive and well on his namesake street in Carpinteria. Tucked just south of Montecito, amid the soothing sounds of the sea—and occasional toots from the train—the eclectic Santa Claus Lane is home to an impressive variety of charming […]

Style File: Glamming it up for the Holiday Season 

by lesliedinaberg on December 22, 2014

‘Tis the season to be decadent with your makeup look. Turn on the sultry this holiday season with these fun products: Limited Edition Smoke & Mirrors Smoky Eye Kit by Jane Iredale helps create luxurious, pigmented eyes that are sure to leave a lasting impression. The kit holds eight shades and a “how-to” guide to create your […]

Cocktail Corner: Stocking Stuffers

by lesliedinaberg on December 22, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg | Make your Christmas morning memorable by celebrating the art of celebrating with these fun, cocktail-themed stocking stuffers. Wine Twirls These pretty little “wine twirls” make sure your white wine stays chill right where it counts—in the glass. Just put them in the freezer ahead of time, […]

Ensemble Theater Company and K-9 Pals Partner for Pets

by lesliedinaberg on December 19, 2014

In conjunction with promoting the new comedy, The Best Brothers—in which dog ownership is featured prominently—Ensemble Theatre Company has partnered with local nonprofit dog adoption agency, K-9 Pals, to raise awareness about the growing need for homes for dogs in Santa Barbara. The Best Brothers, playing now through December 21 at the New Vic, focuses on […]

Cocktail Corner: Top Shelf Gifts

by lesliedinaberg on December 12, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg | It’s that most wonderful time of the year once again—from wine clubs to spirits, to gifts that give back and ideas that are sure to impress—here are some of our favorite holiday gift ideas for just about everyone on your list. It’s Not a Gang; It’s a Club… […]

Celebrate Family Holiday Movie Weekend at the Granada Theatre

by lesliedinaberg on December 12, 2014

Enjoy the magic of the holidays at The Granada Theatre’s Family Holiday Movie Weekend on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14!  In addition to screening holiday movie favorites with the only 4K cinema projection system in the region, Santa Claus will make a special visit to The Granada Theatre to greet children, and there will be special seasonal musical performances by […]

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

by lesliedinaberg on December 12, 2014

The Granada Theatre presents the holiday classic, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, performed by actor David Melville as a one man show on Friday, December 12 at 8 p.m. in the McCune Founders Room. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned 19th century Christmas with this timeless classic, with nearly all of your favorite characters performed by Melville as Charles Dickens. […]

Cocktail Corner: Celebrate Prohibition Repeal Day

by lesliedinaberg on December 5, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Prohibition Repeal Day returns to Santa Barbara this week (Friday, December 5) to celebrate the end of Prohibition in 1933, more than 80 years ago! This year the event coincides with the annual Downtown Holiday Parade on State Street, which sounds like a winning combination […]


by lesliedinaberg on December 4, 2014

Sullivan Goss presents AGORAPHOBIA: Portraits of American Interiors.  One of four new exhibitions scheduled to open this month, AGORAPHOBIA examines the idea of interior architectural space as portraiture, featuring paintings, photographs, and sculpture by a variety of mostly contemporary artists. Artists included in this exhibition are: Anders Aldrin, Patricia Chidlaw, Pamela Enticknap, Robert Frame, Kimberly Hahn, […]