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Cocktail Corner: Jamming at The Lark

by lesliedinaberg on November 22, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg It takes an awfully inventive mind to look at a jar of jam or marmalade and envision a cocktail, but that’s exactly what those clever folks at The Lark have done, in partnership with Chapala Farms, and the results are quite unique—and delicious! I tried my […]

Style File: Stella Neptune Cashmere at Plum Goods

by lesliedinaberg on November 20, 2015

It’s sweater weather (finally!) and Plum Goods is having a special trunk show this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. of adorably snuggly cashmere sweaters that are perfect for gifting—or for treating yourself! Designer Eva Kisevalter is a devoted thrift shopper who cleverly combined her love of pop graphics with her addiction to cashmere to create […]

Impro Theatre’s Twilight Zone UnScripted

by lesliedinaberg on November 19, 2015

From the folks that brought us last spring’s laugh-out-loud hilarious performance of Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen UnScripted, Instant Karma Improv Comedy brings the group back to town with their wildly popular Twilight Zone UnScripted, directed by Jo McGinley and Stephen Kearin. Hailed as “the greatest improvisational theatre company in the world,” Impro Theatre’s Twilight Zone UnScripted creates four […]

Tamale Window Opens on Cota Street

by lesliedinaberg on November 19, 2015

Santa Barbara Tamales-To-Go are becoming even more available this week. That’s right, now you won’t have to wait until the year-end holidays for bagful of fresh tamales on the spot because Santa Barbara Tamales-To-Go is opening a tamale window downtown at 20 E. Cota St. on the east side of Nectar Eatery & Lounge (previously the Blue Agave). The grand opening, […]

Tab Hunter Confidential

by lesliedinaberg on November 18, 2015

The Granada Theatre Film Series presents Tab Hunter Confidential, a documentary about Hollywood icon Tab Hunter, in a special screening on Thursday, November 19 at 7 p.m. Tab Hunter Confidential explores the story of a major movie star of the 1950’s who had a secret that repeatedly threatened his career. Hunter was gay, and spent his Hollywood […]

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams to Receive American Riviera Award at SBIFF

by lesliedinaberg on November 18, 2015

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams will be honored with the 2016 American Riviera Award at the 31st edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs from February 3 to February 13.  This is the first time the award will be given to three honorees, who are receiving critical acclaim for their collaboration […]

Cocktail Corner: Drinking in the Nectar

by lesliedinaberg on November 15, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Cota Street’s buzzy block east of State Street has great new addition to the scene with Nectar, a beautifully redone new eatery and lounge in the former Blue Agave space at 20 E. Cota St. They offer delicious, shareable plates—I absolutely loved the Pork Belly Potstickers, made with Kimchi, […]

Editor’s Pick: Melissa Etheridge

by lesliedinaberg on November 9, 2015

Award-winning musician Melissa Etheridge brings her singular song stylings and stage presence to UCSB’s Campbell Hall (Nov. 15) to celebrate the release of her new album and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. Originally published in the Fall 2015 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine. —Leslie Dinaberg

Guitar Shorty

by lesliedinaberg on November 9, 2015

The Santa Barbara Blues Society, the oldest existing U.S. blues society, founded in March 1977, presents award winning Guitar Shorty and his band at the Carrillo Recreation Center (100 E. Carrillo St.) on Saturday, November 14. David Kearney, a.ka. Guitar Shorty, was born in Texas and raised in Florida.  His early influences included B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Guitar Slim.   […]

Cocktail Corner: Value Blends from Qupé

by lesliedinaberg on November 7, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg We’ve longtime fans of Qupé wines at my house, so I was excited to hear that winemaker Bob Lindquist had a new duo of value blends available and couldn’t wait to try them. Thankfully, they didn’t disappoint. Both wines retail for about $16. Drawing inspiration […]