A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
-Charles Dickens

Editor’s Pick: David Sedaris

by lesliedinaberg on April 27, 2015

Author David Sedaris is a must-see on May 4, when he regales us with hilarious anecdotes, not-yet-published writing and excerpts from his mega-best-selling books. His laugh-out-loud satire and engrossing storytelling have won him an avid following worldwide. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. 8 p.m. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. —Leslie Dinaberg Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine, […]

Editor’s Pick: An Evening with BESO!

by lesliedinaberg on April 23, 2015

Gypsy rock band BESO is a hybrid that crosses traditional Romani music with rock music. The group’s all-star lineup of internationally renowned musicians has brought drive and passion to the genre. Their love for tradition collides with modern sensibility, transforming Gypsy rock into a vibrant new beast: darker, faster, more danceable, more blues, more Gypsy. […]

Editor’s Pick: Charles Lloyd & Friends

by lesliedinaberg on April 23, 2015

Jazz at the Lobero presents Charles Lloyd & Friends Featuring Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland. Tenor giant Charles Lloyd brings together his favorite musical partners, including members of his New Quartet and guitar luminary Bill Frisell. Saxophonist Lloyd’s supreme improvisational talents and passion for cross-pollinating jazz with rock established him as one of […]

Cocktail Corner: Brunch at the Outpost

by lesliedinaberg on April 20, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg While I’m not quite one of those people who believe that brunch without booze is just a sad, late breakfast, I do believe that just about everything is better with bacon, especially day drinking! Outpost, at the Goodland Hotel in Goleta, is a great place to […]

Cocktail Corner: Good Wines, Good Causes

by lesliedinaberg on April 10, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Santa Barbara winemakers are a generous bunch. They constantly get hit up to donate wine to charitable events, and do so with stunning regularity, often pouring the wine themselves, and always with affable smiles on their faces. A few causes that are particularly near and dear […]

Cocktail Corner: Wine Notes

by lesliedinaberg on April 6, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Purely by coincidence, I spent the last two weekends tasting a number of limited production wines—while the number of bottles may be small, their variety is large and their quality is excellent. Westerly Wines First up was a lovely tour, barrel sampling and wine tasting at […]

Local Lowdown: Lucidity Festival

by lesliedinaberg on April 1, 2015

This experiential arts and music festival brings together a top-notch line-up of musical talent, along with multi-sensory art installations, themed environments and educational speakers, as well as more intimate settings for personal connections. Now in its fourth year, Lucidity Festival offers workshops and presentations on subjects such as breathwork, consciousness, health & healing, permaculture, social […]