Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.
-Mahatma Gandhi

My Santa Barbara | ArchitecTours: Every Building Tells a Story

by lesliedinaberg on September 25, 2015

Julia Morgan—the architect who designed Hearst Castle—said: “Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.” That may be true, but the intriguing personal stories behind the nine buildings highlighted in the 2015 Santa Barbara AIA Annual ArchitecTours also have some tantalizing tales to tell. This year’s tour, themed “buildings with a story,” […]

Editor’s Pick: DANCEworks’ production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

by lesliedinaberg on September 24, 2015

DANCEworks‘ residency performances are always exciting, and this year is certainly no exception. New York choreographer Adam Barruch spends a month at Lobero Theatre, culminating in the creation and premiere of a new dance theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sept. 25–26). | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. […]

Cocktail Corner: A Veritable Buffet of Vino News & Events

by lesliedinaberg on September 19, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg I don’t know if it’s the early harvest, the crazy weather, or just that time of year, but my inbox is bursting with wine news these days. We’re barking about a taste of Verona at the Bacara, Doug Margerum’s new Barden wines, Groundboots charity wine […]

Local Lowdown: Culture Club–The Mission Poetry Series

by lesliedinaberg on September 18, 2015

Poetry is always in season around here, and one of the best places to get your fix is the Mission Poetry Series. Now wrapping up its sixth season, the series recently partnered with Antioch University as a new host venue to serve the literary and poetry communities with free readings from an eclectic assortment of […]

Local Lowdown: Girls Rock

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2015

It’s a great time to be a girl! The impressive accomplishments and uplifting attitudes of these three local teens are ample inspiration for all of us to work hard and dream big to make those goals a reality. Paige Hauschild: Athlete Local water polo fans already know the name Paige Hauschild: she’s been a standout […]

Editor’s Pick: Glow in the Park

by lesliedinaberg on September 14, 2015

I attend a lot of events on behalf of SEASONS, and last year’s inaugural Glow in the Park Benefit for Doctors Without Walls was definitely a standout. This beautiful evening (Sept. 19) features tethered balloon rides and a sunset dinner under the glow of lit hot air balloons followed by champagne dessert, live music and […]

Cocktail Corner: Toasting Mexican Independence Day

by lesliedinaberg on September 12, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Cinco De Mayo (commemorating the Mexican army’s victory under General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862)  gets a lot of attention (not to mention happy hour specials), but the most important national holiday in Mexico is actually Mexican […]

Editor’s Pick: Taste of the Town

by lesliedinaberg on September 10, 2015

A premiere event for foodies and philanthropists, at Taste of the Town (Sept. 13) guests sip and savor tastings from 80 of the finest local restaurants and wineries. All proceeds from this 34th annual signature culinary event benefit local programs and services of Arthritis Foundation, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of […]

Cocktail Corner: Labor Day Libations

by lesliedinaberg on September 4, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Savor the last sips of summer this weekend with some delicious, refreshing Labor Day cocktails! Here are a few recipes to get your creative juices flowing: Doit Avoir This award-winning cocktail is garnished with gold, sure to impress the guests at your Labor Day party. Ingredients: 1.5 […]

Editor’s Pick: Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour

by lesliedinaberg on September 4, 2015

Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour takes place on Labor Day weekend this year (Sept. 5–6). It’s always a treat to peek inside the diverse array of local artists’ homes. With 40 artists participating this year, collectors are sure to find something to suit their style. Originally published in the Fall 2015 issue of Santa Barbara […]