Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
-Victor Hugo

Cocktail Corner: Sweet Summer Sips

by lesliedinaberg on June 30, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Nothing says summer like sipping a Margarita on the rocks on 4th of July weekend, as far as I’m concerned, but if you want to mix it up a bit, there are lots of great cocktail options around town. Switching out Tequila for Mezcal is […]

Val Kilmer Presents Cinema Twain LIVE

by lesliedinaberg on June 29, 2017

Val Kilmer will be at the Lobero Theatre this Friday night (Jun. 30) at 8 p.m. to present a screening of his play about Mark Twain. The one-man show, Citizen Twain, played to sold-out houses at several performing arts venues in Los Angeles. Kilmer transforms himself into Twain in a comedic and moving performance based […]

Style File: Pureology Hydrate Air Dry Cream

by lesliedinaberg on June 29, 2017

If you, like me, are part of the one in two women who put down their blow dryers in favor of air dried hairstyles (source: 2012 US Beauty Track Report Women), you’re going to be excited about Pureology’s new Hydrate Air Dry Cream.  This is a great post-shower product for easy, low maintenance styling, and is specially formulated […]

Dream Foundation Summer Dream Fashion Show

by lesliedinaberg on June 27, 2017

Dream Foundation—the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit is the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults—recently hosted its third annual Summer Dream fundraiser to benefit Dreamers ages 18 to 40. The stylish event included a fashion show, with designs from A Tropical Affair, Calypso St. Barth, K. Frank, Lolë, Miller’s Oath, UGG and local designers Catherine Gee […]

Cocktail Corner: Cheers to Santo Mezcal!

by lesliedinaberg on June 24, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Like its cousin Tequila, Mezcal is made from agave, which, contrary to popular belief, is not a cactus but is actually a relative of the yucca plant and Joshua tree. While tequila is only be made in the Tequila region (similar to Champagne, vs. sparkling wine labels), […]

Library Book: Writers on Libraries

by lesliedinaberg on June 22, 2017

The venerable Downtown Santa Barbara Central Library (40 E. Anapamu St.)  is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and writers are celebrating this centennial milestone as well, with a heartwarming anthology of stories, essays, and poems written by over 80 authors about their library experiences and the glories of the public library. Edited by local writer Steven […]

Local Lowdown: Strolling Santa Claus Lane

by lesliedinaberg on June 21, 2017

A beachside street dubbed Santa Claus Lane—named after the iconic statue of St. Nick that greeted visitors for more than 50 years, until it was moved in 2002—boasts epicurean delights and local wines, plus a tranquil garden to while away the hours at Garden Market, while Padaro Beach Grill is a great spot for kids […]

Local Dish: Angel Oak Celebrates its One-Year Anniversary

by lesliedinaberg on June 21, 2017

Believe it or not, it was about a year that Angel Oak first opened its doors, offering a unique twist on the traditional steak and seafood concept—not to mention that killer ocean view!  The signature restaurant of Bacara Resort & Spa celebrates its one-year anniversary with a community party on June 25. To showcase Angel Oak’s appreciation […]

Local Dish: Carrots and Curry and Cocktails at Outpost

by lesliedinaberg on June 20, 2017

  By Leslie Dinaberg It’s officially summer time, and the seasonal offerings at Outpost are designed to savor during those warm, lazy summer nights. We recently enjoyed a terrific tasting of Chef Nick Bajal‘s latest menu. Here are some of the highlights: I started off the evening with fun new cocktail, Rabbit Season, which features […]

Local Lowdown: State Street Ballet Extends Reach

by lesliedinaberg on June 19, 2017

By Leslie Dinaberg Reaching out beyond the professional stage to make ballet accessible and fun for everyone is an important part of State Street Ballet‘s community outreach programming. This summer, company dancers Meredith Harrill, Deise Mendonca, Cecily Stewart, Edgar Zendejas, John Piel, Noam Tsviskin, Skyler Rodgers and Alvaro Oquita hit the road for a series […]