I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.
-Oscar Wilde

Editor’s Pick: Three Women and the Truth

by lesliedinaberg on February 19, 2015

Three Women and the Truth Three women, three guitars and the words, music and hard-won wisdom from three lifetimes spent in pursuit of the song. Award-winning female songwriters Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters balance personal tales with classic underpinnings, which hint at the evocative idea that all our lives are full of events and incidents that touch on the […]

Santa Barbara Poetry Series

by lesliedinaberg on February 19, 2015

“Though the drought continues through the winter, there is no drought of winter poetry,” writes organizer Paul Willis. The public is warmly invited to attend the winter reading of the Santa Barbara Poetry Series at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 21 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (653 Paseo Nuevo, Upper Arts Terrace). The three presenting poets are Katie Shara, Jackson Wheeler and Zack Rogow. […]

Cocktail Corner: Primavera in Winter at SBMA’s Atelier

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Santa Barbara Museum of Art‘s Atelier cocktail parties are always a feast for the senses, and Atelier: Primavera in Winter, which celebrates everything Italian—including the fabulous exhibition of Botticelli, Titian and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, which is on view through May 3—is […]

Style File: The Scents of Love for Valentine’s Day

by lesliedinaberg on February 11, 2015

As far as I’m concerned, nothing sets the mood for romance like the alluring scent of roses. Here are some rose-infused scents to fall in love with this Valentine’s Day. Rose The One by Dolce & Gabbana (FragranceNet.com) is a contemporary feminine floral that’s a testament to the eternal romance of the rose. An intriguing […]

Cocktail Corner: A Toast to Love and Valentines

by lesliedinaberg on February 6, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Nothing says romance quite like a great bottle of wine or a sexy cocktail. Here are some ways to toast your beloved this Valentine’s Day. The Santa Barbara Wine Collective has a special Valentine’s Day library flight of Babcock Cabernet Sauvignon paired with local chocolate truffles created […]

Editor’s Pick: STOMP

by lesliedinaberg on February 4, 2015

STOMP This high-energy percussive symphony of matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more has to be seen and experienced to be believed. The whole family is sure to enjoy the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended into one electrifying rhythm. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. The Granada, 1214 State […]


by lesliedinaberg on February 2, 2015

On Closing Night, Saturday February 7 at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents Disney’s McFarland, USA, directed by Niki Caro and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Based on the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they […]

The Granada Theatre Film Series Presents: ANTWONE FISHER and “MOVIES THAT MATTER” with Hal Conklin

by lesliedinaberg on February 2, 2015

Movies are all over Santa Barbara this week! The Granada Theatre Film Series presents “MOVIES THAT MATTER” with Hal Conklin, a film programming series of iconic movies that touch the soul and draw out the best in humanity. On Monday, February 2 at 7 p.m, the second film in the series, ANTWONE FISHER, will screen on state-of-the-art 4K digital cinema, and will include […]