Tag archives: Brad Falchuk

Off to See the Desert Stars
By Richard Mineards   |   November 14, 2023

Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle joined Cameron Diaz and her husband, Benji Madden, and Avatar actress Zoe Saldana on a private plane from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas to watch one of local singer Katy Perry’s last concerts of her two-year residency at the Resorts World Theatre. They were joined in the venue’s VIP […]

The Creative Collier
By Richard Mineards   |   October 10, 2023

Five-time Grammy Award-winning music genius Jacob Collier, making his Santa Barbara debut, wowed the audience at Campbell Hall when USCB Arts & Lectures launched its 64th season. London-born Collier, 29, creates mesmerizing soundscapes using layered vocal tracks and sophisticated editing techniques. His multi-frame, multi-instrumental viral videos and impressive Grammy wins have earned him a devoted […]

Super Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   March 1, 2022

Montecito sports fan were out in force when retired technology executive Howard Cannon, who splits his time between our Eden by the Beach and his home in Memphis, Tennessee, threw his fifth annual Super Bowl bash at his George Washington Smith estate. “It is nice to be back to near normal,” enthused Howard. “It was […]

From Riven Rock to Windsor
By Richard Mineards   |   March 18, 2021

Former TV talk show titan Oprah Winfrey hosted a two-hour, hotly anticipated interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and it was worthy of a royal soap opera! It was certainly an astonishing and incendiary show, with Oprah’s Harpo Productions raking in between $7 and $9 million, according to the Wall Street Journal, and CBS […]

Chock Full of Chanel
By Richard Mineards   |   January 28, 2021

New York auction house Christie’s is selling more than 100 pieces of rare vintage Chanel jewelry estimated to be worth more than $163,000. The 106-piece hoard of designer necklaces, earrings, brooches, and more comes from the collection of Susan Gutfreund, an interior designer and Manhattan socialite, who was a good friend of the Kate fan […]

Scholarship Foundation Fête
By Richard Mineards   |   June 13, 2019

Social gridlock reigned when 620 guests packed the Hilton’s ballroom for the 25th annual South Coast Business and Technology Awards which raised around $300,000 for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, its most successful event to date. The fun fête, co-chaired by Arnold Brier, general counsel of Yardi Systems and uber realtor Renee Grubb, featured […]

Back to Bach
By Richard Mineards   |   April 4, 2019

Johann Sebastian Bach was certainly ready for his closeup when the Music Academy of the West hosted a Council of Contributors alumnus recital at its cavernous Lehmann Hall with 32-year-old pianist Evan Shinners, who gained considerably notoriety last year when he performed works of the German composer for five hours daily for 37 consecutive days […]

One for the Books
By Richard Mineards   |   June 28, 2018

It was some enchanted evening in the upper village when Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum launched his new well-researched, 386-page book Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution with a bibliophile bash at Tecolote, the lively literary lair. Purdum, who worked for The New York Times for more than 20 years as White House correspondent […]

Sleight of Hand
By Richard Mineards   |   April 19, 2018

Ensemble Theatre has got a bona-fide hit on its hands with Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar‘s The Invisible Hand, directed by Jonathan Fox, at the New Vic. The riveting 2014 drama features John Tufts as an American banker kidnapped by an Islamic group in Pakistan, who bargains for his life with guards by demonstrating how […]

MAW Draw
By Richard Mineards   |   January 18, 2018

The Music Academy of the West has established an annual Alumni Enterprise Awards scheme to help budding musical entrepreneurs who’ve attended the Miraflores campus. The awards, ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, will fund original ideas in areas including artistic expression, audience development, and technology, based on scope and scale. Academy president Scott Reed says: “We […]

By Richard Mineards   |   November 23, 2017

Montecito philanthropist Michael Hammer‘s wife, Misty, was feted at a bridal shower hosted by Dolores Johnson at the home of Condor Express owner, Hiroko Benko. After lunch overlooking the ocean and the Channel Islands, a tea ceremony presented by Tom Craveiro and Yuki Nakamura, wife of Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura. Guests included police chief […]