A book is like a garden carried in a pocket.
-Chinese Proverb

Cocktail Corner: Movie-Inspired Sips and Savories

by lesliedinaberg on January 30, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg It’s easy to get the star treatment during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). As part of a special Film Feast promotion, all sorts of local watering holes and restaurants are offering movie-themed specials during the Film Festival (January 27 – February 7). Here are a […]

Editor’s Pick: Desert Dancer

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2015

Desert Dancer Opening night of the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival brings the U.S. premiere of the powerful and true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in the suppressed society of Iran during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election. Forming an underground dance company, the dancers learn, through banned […]

SBIFF Film Feast Returns with 12 Days of VIP Experiences

by lesliedinaberg on January 26, 2015

Santa Barbara’s fifth annual Film Feast returns from January 27 to February 7, offering 12 straight days of VIP access to the top libations and dining offerings as well as exclusive lodging packages throughout Santa Barbara’s theater district. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), Santa Barbara’s Film Feast […]

Cocktail Corner: A Toast to Downton Abbey

by lesliedinaberg on January 23, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg One of my favorite television shows recently had a wonderful plot twist: Downton Abbey, the wonderful British period drama which returned this month to PBS, now has its own wine label, believe it or not! Available at www.Wine.com and www.DowntonAbbeyWine.com as well as select retailers, […]

The Books of 2014

by lesliedinaberg on January 21, 2015

So many books, so little time—part eight. My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the eighth year we’ve done this. My favorite books of 2014 were probably One More Thing by B.J. Novak, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, and My Latest Grievance by Eleanor Lipman. All are fiction […]


by lesliedinaberg on January 21, 2015

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, will present the first annual Variety Artisans Awards, which will take place on Tuesday, February 3, at the Arlington Theatre, moderated by Variety’s Seinor Vice President Awards Editor, Tim Gray.  The Tribute evening will celebrate those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting […]

Cocktail Corner: Everything You Need to Know About Molecular Mixology

by lesliedinaberg on January 16, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Want to know about Molecular Mixology? Here’s the real lowdown from Parks & Recreation. And by the way, this hilarious show just started its final season. (Pawnee drinking game, anyone?) Cheers! Click here for more cocktail corner columns. Published in Santa Barbara Seasons on January 16, 2015. […]

Style File: Winterizing Your Hair

by lesliedinaberg on January 9, 2015

Colder weather can take a toll on your tresses. Luckily, there are loads of great products to “winterize” your hair—here are a few tips: #1 Use a moisturizing deep conditioner. “This will give your hair all the hydration it needs to sustain the cold winter weather. You should aim for a deep conditioning treatment once […]

Santa Barbara Printmakers Best Impressions at the Arts Fund

by lesliedinaberg on January 5, 2015

Opening on January 9 at the Arts Fund, BEST IMPRESSIONS consists of works by ten artist members of the Santa Barbara Printmakers who were awarded top prizes in recent annual exhibitions organized by the group and juried by art professionals from universities, galleries, and printmaking organizations in our region. Artists with work on view are David Graves, […]