Book Bash

By Richard Mineards   |   April 11, 2019
Philip Gasteier, Jerry Huffman, Mindy Gasteier, and Don and Carol Schireson at the newly opened Lost Horizon

Tony twosome Jerry Jacobs and Angela Perko celebrated the opening of Montecito’s latest lively literary lair, Lost Horizon, in the upper village with a bijou bash.

Dozens turned out for the fun fête at the San Ysidro Road store, which shares space with Diane Stewart‘s fine art emporium.

Among the bibliophile bunch were Mahri Kerley, owner of Chaucer’s, Mary Heebner, Susan Bush, Nancy Gifford, and Karen Drown.

Susan Bush, Jerry Jacobs, Nancy Gifford, and Mahri Kerley celebrate Lost Horizon

50 Shades of Goop

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Goop website often sets tongues wagging.

And the Montecito resident is set to shock again as she is now selling kinky lingerie on her lifestyle website, with a $786 leather bra and knickers set promising to fulfill bondage, discipline, dominance, and submission fantasies.

“This set is prepped for full speed ahead,” says the blurb.

There’s also a whip, described as “a leather flogger,” equipped with 16 tails of leather, “handmade in England and perfect for play.”

Lashings of fun…

Birthday Bach

Although he is now decomposing rather than composing, German musician Johann Sebastian Bach’s 334th birthday was celebrated in grand style with an entertaining concert at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Although Bach died in 1750 his music is as popular as ever, with soprano Adriana Ruiz and tenor Grey Brothers, accompanied by flutists Jane Hahn and Judy Goldwater, Patrick Lindley on harpsichord and piano, Thomas Joyce on harpsichord and organ, and Andrew Saunders playing viola da gamba.

The all-Bach program featured ten works, including the Easter Oratorio and his chromatic fantasia and fugue in D minor.

Bach with bite…

Premature Release

Timing is everything!

And according to Montecito actor Rob Lowe, 55, he now wishes he’d better timed the release of his sex tape back in 1989.

The West Wing vet told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast he believes the tape would have helped his career had it been made 20 years later.

Rob was embroiled in the scandal when he was sued by the mother of a 16-year-old girl he made an X-rated movie with in 1988.

Later on, the father of two – sons Matthew, 26, and John, 24 – claimed he didn’t know the teenager was underage.

Reflecting on the incident today, Rob joked his biggest “f— up” was the footage being released too soon.

“I was one billion percent ahead of the curve.”

The actor settled the lawsuit and didn’t face any criminal charges…

Rising to the Top 

Montecito TV mega producer Dick Wolf‘s show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has just made history after being renewed for a record 21st season.

The NBC series is now the longest running live-action series in primetime history.

SVU was previously tied with its predecessor, the original Law & Order, as well as the beloved Western Gunsmoke for longest running live action series.

The current record for all primetime – live action and animated – is held by Fox’s The Simpsons, currently in its 30th season.

Buckingham Book Deal

An old friend and colleague Christopher Wilson, a longtime chronicler on the Royal Family for London’s Daily Mail, is morphing into quite an author.

Christopher, writing under the nom-de-plume TP Fielden, has enjoyed enormous success with his charming Miss Judy Dimont mystery series of books, including Resort to Murder, A Quarter Past Dead, and the Riviera Express.

Now he has signed a new three-book contract to write a World War II series set at Buckingham Palace, a building he knows well.

The principal character, Guy Harford, is a painter, an assistant private secretary to the monarch – and a spy.

A superb writer, not to be missed, it is to be hoped the Hallmark TV Channel is taking note…

Sightings: Veteran TV host Regis Philbin noshing at Pane e Vino… Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman checking out the Rosewood Miramar… Actor Dennis Franz shopping at Vons

Pip! Pip!


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