Tag archives: Christopher Lloyd

Onegin a Win
By Richard Mineards   |   July 26, 2022

We were all clearly in the right aria when the Music Academy staged Tchaikovsky’s classic Eugene Onegin at the Granada, directed by Peter Kazaras, head of Opera UCLA. With the orchestra under Slovenian-born conductor Daniela Candillari, Yale-educated baritone Samuel Kidd as Onegin, and soprano Johanna Will as his lover, they were absolutely superb in the […]

Arod Around Again
By Richard Mineards   |   April 5, 2022

After two years of pandemic restrictions, the Mary Craig Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art echoed to the strains of music again when the Paris-based Arod Quartet, a Fab Four of players in their 20s, entertained. They shot to global fame – winning the coveted first prize at the ARD International Music Competition […]

Little Book Brings Big Crowd
By Richard Mineards   |   March 29, 2022

A boffo bunch of bibliophiles descended on Tecolote in the Upper Village to mark the publication of Steven Gilbar’s Little Book of Montecito Writers, a 160-page paperback including more than 60 authors, which derived from a talk he gave at the village library last summer. The book signing, which benefitted the Montecito Library, also featured […]

Showdown on Holden Field
By Richard Mineards   |   February 15, 2022

The lush fields of the Santa Barbara Polo Club were filled with competitors of a very different kind when high school age lacrosse players descended on the Carpinteria equestrian facility for a two-day Showdown Series organized by Cal Coast Sports Ventures. The popular annual event, which was last held two years ago because of the […]

Trixie Blue
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 23, 2021

Credit Crane Country Day School and music teacher Konrad Kono for honing Trixie Blue’s interest in 1980s pop music. “I’ve been messing around with music forever,” explained Trixie, who drops her last name, Garnett, while making music. “I’ve always been playing instruments and singing, but it was Crane and Mr. Kono who really got me […]

A Force To Be Reckoned With
By Richard Mineards   |   October 12, 2021

A sea of blue swept over Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of hotelier Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, when they hosted the seventh annual Fun with the Force, with a record 1,000 guests raising a record $2 million for the 12-year-old Santa Barbara Police Foundation. The popular organization provides financial support for injured […]

Getting the Gang Back Together
By Richard Mineards   |   May 21, 2020

Montecito actor Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, and Lea Thompson recited famous lines from the classic Back to the Future franchise in an epic Zoom reunion. Superfan Josh Gad orchestrated the reunion on the latest episode of his YouTube series, Reunited Apart, where he also brought on Montecito writer-director Robert Zemeckis, Elisabeth Shue, singer Huey […]

Bid on Lutah
By Richard Mineards   |   February 13, 2020

On the subject of real estate, a 1930s Gilded Age Hot Springs Road property designed by Lutah Maria Riggs, the first licensed female architect in our Eden by the Beach, is being auctioned off. The impressive residence is set to sell without reserve to the highest bidder via leading global firm Concierge Auctions. Previously offered […]

Champagne Collab
By Richard Mineards   |   February 6, 2020

Montecito dynamic duo Jon and Brandis Deitelbaum, producers of Beau Joie champagne, have teamed up with the Georgina Chapman, creative director and co-founder of the fashion label Marchesa. The groundbreaking new collaboration will include several new products available on beaujoiechampagne.com and cross-marketed globally beginning with luxury retailers, and eventually rolling out to high-end resorts, hotels […]

Celebrating the Earth
By Richard Mineards   |   May 2, 2019

Earth Day was celebrated at Tecolote, the tony tome temple in the upper village, when four local poets and authors, accompanied by Diane Ippel on a hammered dulcimer, read and recited from their works. Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Laure-Anne Bosselaar, editor of four anthologies and a Pushcart Prize recipient, joined Montecito native Doyle Hollister, author […]

SBIFF Slice: Half a Century in, We’re Still ‘Better Together’
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 31, 2019

Last weekend, Santa Barbara marked the 50th anniversary of the famous oil spill that befouled local beaches and, through inspiring Earth Day and the creation the EPA, basically birthed the environmental movement. Earlier in the month, Montecito marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating debris flows that killed 23 people and caused millions in damages. […]

Soviet Sounds
By Richard Mineards   |   November 22, 2018

A tony triumvirate of talent came together as one for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s back-to-back Igor Stravinsky fest at the Granada, with the performers including the State Street Ballet and members of the Ensemble Theatre. Montecito Emmy-winning actor Christopher Lloyd narrated the Faustian story of The Soldier’s Tale with Ensemble regular Jamie Torcellini as the […]

Stravinsky, in Sound and on Stage
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 15, 2018

Fresh off a season opening concert of audience-pleasing music by Gershwin and others, the Santa Barbara Symphony next takes on two famously adventurous works by Igor Stravinsky, including his ballet score The Rite of Spring, which had a “scandalous” premiere 105 years ago in Paris, when the bizarre story of pagan sacrifice and the composer’s […]

Two for One
By Richard Mineards   |   August 23, 2018

A unique work of art is underway in our Eden by the Beach. A 50-foot long mosaic, illustrating our tony town’s history, is being created by two clients from Women’s Economic Ventures, Robin Elander and Betsy Gallery. Elander, manager of the project, graduated from WEV’s Smart Entrepreneurial Training course, while Gallery, a mosaic artist, took […]