If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
-Anne Bradstreet

Silo118 presents BODY

by lesliedinaberg on September 27, 2017

  On view through November 8, Silo118 features artists JoAnn Belson, Patricia Houghton Clarke, Steven DePinto, Max Gleason, Skye Gwilliam, Jay Peterzell and Patricia Post in a show called “BODY,” focusing on pieces working with the human form. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, Silo118 is a historic grain silo, now serving as an […]

Enjoy the Holidays at Loquita

by lesliedinaberg on December 19, 2016

Executive Chef Peter Lee of LOQUITA and POQUITA—the new hot spots Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone—has special celebratory menus for Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. If you haven’t had the pleasure of checking these restaurants out yet, the holidays are a perfect time to do so. In addition to the complete menu that Loquita has made popular with bold flavored Mediterranean dishes […]

“Abstractions, Contractions, Intersections”

by lesliedinaberg on September 23, 2016

A Magical Collaboration Between a Painter (Fran Scorzelli) and a Sculptor (Joan Rosenberg-Dent) will be on view at GraySpace Gallery (219 Gray Ave.) from Sept. 23– Nov. 20. Rosenberg-Dent and Scorzelli have collaborated in a series of pieces inspired by Santa Barbara’s urban landscape. The driving force behind their collaboration stems from elements of the city as seen […]

Cocktail Corner: Tasty Tidbits

by lesliedinaberg on September 2, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg I can’t believe that summer is almost over. There’s been a lot of news on the bar beat the last few months. Here are some highlights:                 One of Santa’s Barbara’s favorite dining destinations, The Lark (131 Anacapa St.), was recognized by […]

Local Dish: Les Marchands Expands Food Offerings

by lesliedinaberg on August 22, 2016

Best known for having an impressive variety of wines and exceptional wine education classes and special events, Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant has expanded its menu options to include an everyday lunch menu created by Chef Weston Richards.  The lunch menu includes snacks like Pastrami Fries and Cheddar-Herb Fries with Dill Crème Fraiche. Also available is a Couscous and Tomato Salad with feta, olives, avocado and […]

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 […]

Aline Smithson at wall space gallery

by lesliedinaberg on November 6, 2015

Artist/photographer Aline Smithson, whose beautiful work graced the cover of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine in spring 2015, will be in town Friday night to show her the work and celebrate the release of her long awaited monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. Smithson’s roots in traditional painting and portraiture are the background for her latest body of […]

Local Dish: Nuance

by lesliedinaberg on August 7, 2015

Chef Courtney Ladin‘s new urban bistro Nuance—located at 119 State St., attached to Hotel Indigo—is a welcome addition to Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, serving a mouth-watering menu of globally inspired cuisine and cutting edge cocktails. “I love to have a balance of flavors, so that everything that is on the plate is there for a […]

Don’t Miss MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery’s Big Art Party

by lesliedinaberg on September 12, 2014

Brad Nack, one of the key figures in the Funk Zone art scene, is moving on from his position as curator at MichaelKate Interiors and Art Gallery to become Executive Director of The Santa Barbara Arts Fund, right across the street. In typical Nack fashion, he’s going out with a splash. The gallery is throwing […]

Maxine Helfman at Wall Space Gallery

by lesliedinaberg on September 12, 2014

Wall Space Gallery  features the first solo exhibition of  artist Maxine Helfman this week, including two special events: an Artist Reception on Friday September 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. and an Artist Talk – During the Funk Zone Art Walk Saturday September 13, from 2 to 3.30 p.m. The show is titled “Confounding Expectation.” “In today’s climate […]