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Cocktail Corner: Cocktails for a Cause

by lesliedinaberg on January 12, 2018

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Community Cocktail for a Cause: Glitz, Glam & Get Down Their New Year’s festivities may have been cancelled, but the show must go on, so The Kimpton Canary Hotel with Finch & Fork Restaurant are hosting a 2018 Community Cocktail for a Cause: Glitz, Glam & […]

Westmont Museum Raises Big $ With Small Artworks

by lesliedinaberg on January 12, 2018

 Large crowds flocked to the 5×5 exhibition in 2014, photo courtesy Westmont College. An update from Westmont College : Small works of art from several hundred artists from around the country will be auctioned during “5X5: Celebrating Westmont College’s 80th Anniversary” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. The online auction will begin Thursday, Jan. […]

The Books of 2017

by lesliedinaberg on January 11, 2018

So many books, so little time—part 11. My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the 11th year we’ve done this. My favorite books of 2017 were probably The Mothers, by Britt Bennett; Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Commonwealth by Ann Patchett; Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; […]

Local Dish: The Bear and Star Chef’s Table

by lesliedinaberg on January 10, 2018

The Bear and Star‘s next installment in their popular Chef’s Table Dinner series features Guest Chef Vartan Abgaryan of critically acclaimed restaurant 71 Above in downtown Los Angeles and takes place on Tuesday, January 16, with two seatings at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dinner begins with an Amuse – Oyster with Uni, Caviar, Tarragon, Champagne […]

UCSB Art Design & Architecture Museum Winter Exhibits Feature Keith Puccinelli, Jane Gottlieb & Chiura Obata

by lesliedinaberg on January 8, 2018

UCSB Art Design & Architecture Museum has three terrific winter exhibits opening this month. Chiura Obata: An American Modern is on view Jan. 13-April 29 and features the work of Chiura Obata, one of the most significant Japanese American artists of the last century. Also on view during that same time period is Jane Gottlieb Photographs France, featuring […]

Celebrate Kids Helping Kids’ 10th Anniversary

by lesliedinaberg on January 8, 2018

Kids Helping Kids celebrates its 10th Anniversary at the beautiful Granada Theatre (1214 State St.) January 12-13 with performances by NeedtoBreathe and Andy Grammer. Kids Helping Kids is an entirely student-run nonprofit organization lead by the students in the Advanced Placement Economics classes at San Marcos High School. The group works  to help children in need both locally and […]

A Day Away: The Charms
 of Carmel

by lesliedinaberg on January 8, 2018

The peaceful s
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 of Carmel are an eas
y four-hour drive from Santa Barbara. Where to Stay Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites (24815 Carpenter St., Carmel, 831/624-6400, vendangecarmel.com) is
 a charming wine-themed inn with the homey vibe of a bed & breakfas
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taurants
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hops
, galleries
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ting rooms
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 intimate gardens
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Cocktail Corner: Sipping on Sipp Cocktails

by lesliedinaberg on January 5, 2018

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg We’re always looking for simple cocktail mixers around here, so when the sample box of Sipp Sparkling Organics arrived, I was eager to try them. Company founder Beth Wilson-Parentice began experimenting with flavors after being laid off from her corporate job. “After many inspiring conversations with my friends, I […]

“The Public” is Opening Night Film at SBIFF

by lesliedinaberg on January 5, 2018

Opening night of the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG, is the worldwide premiere of The Public at the Arlington Theatre on Wednesday, January 31.  Written and directed by Emilio Estevez, the film stars Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Taylor Schilling, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael […]

Cocktail Corner: Seasonal Spirits at the Good Bar

by lesliedinaberg on January 2, 2018

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg One of the best local places to hang out is the Good Bar, an intimate lounge in Goleta’s Goodland Hotel (5650 Calle Real) with cozy couches and chairs, a billiards table and backgammon boards. Try one their new seasonal cocktails, like the Pick Me Up Jalisco […]