Trocks en Pointe

By Richard Mineards   |   February 7, 2019
Event sponsors Mandy and Daniel Hochman with members of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (photo by Grace Kathryn)

It was a delightful night of high camp when Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performed a hilarious program at the packed Granada, part of the of the popular UCSB Arts & Lectures series.

Music by Chopin, Verdi, Glazunov accompanied the balletic high jinx.

Having seen the 45-year-old company a number of times in New York and our Eden by the Beach, the Trocks, as they are affectionately known, are justifiably acclaimed as a major dance phenomenon that shows that men can indeed dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces.

It was all tu-tu much…

The Hills are Alive

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music never fails to delight.

The American Theatre Guild’s production at the sold-out Granada was an absolute cracker with stand out performances from Lauren Kidwell as the abbess, Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria, and Mike McLean as Captain von Trapp, as well as a wonderful supporting cast.

In due course we’ll also get Evita, Legally Blonde, the Musical, and Rent.

A terrific lineup…

New Digs

TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, 60, and her actress wife, Portia de Rossi, have splashed out $27 million on a stunning new home in our rarefied enclave.

The Balinese-style property on East Valley Road, which was originally priced at $40 million, has 8,188 sq. ft. on 8.24 acres.

Built in 2011, the house has five bedrooms and ten bathrooms. There is also a guest house with two en-suite bedrooms, a detached office, and an infinity pool.

The tony twosome also have a 5,979 sq. ft. $18.6 million beach house in Carpinteria, near mega producer George Lucas and Oscar winner Kevin Costner.

Snow Suit

Montecito actress Gwyneth Paltrow is being sued by a Utah doctor after he was seriously injured during a crash on the slopes at a Park City ski resort three years ago.

Terry Sanderson said the Oscar winner was skiing out of control and knocked him out, leaving him with a brain injury and four broken ribs.

The alleged incident occurred in February, 2016, on a beginners run at the Deer Valley Resort.

He claims that after the collision, Paltrow got up, turned and skied away.

It’s all downhill from there…


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