John Joseph Macker
By Caitlin Macker   |   August 16, 2022

John Joseph Macker, a longtime Montecito resident, beloved father, and Emmy and Peabody award-winning executive producer, passed away on July 26, 2022, at the age of 78. Before moving to Montecito in 1994, John lived a vibrant, Hollywood lifestyle working in television. He orchestrated television shows garnering 14 Emmys and served as the creator and […]

Fiesta Festivities
By Richard Mineards   |   August 16, 2022

Our tony town’s annual Fiesta fest kicked off at a sold-out La Recepción del Presidente for 160 guests when 14 past fest presidents with current president Maria Cabrera filled the Carriage and Western Art Museum, accompanied by the Spirits of Fiesta. After a blessing from fun-loving Franciscan friar Larry Gosselin, just back from a vacation […]


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The Music Academy wrapped up its 75th anniversary summer festival in fine form at the Granada when alumna Italian Speranza Scappucci conducted the Academy Festival Orchestra. With the hugely entertaining program including Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” “The Pines of Rome” by Respighi, and vocal works by Donizetti, Verdi, Gounod, Bizet, Serrano, Chapi, and Puccini, the […]

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By Richard Mineards   |   August 16, 2022

A sea of colorful hats proliferated in the stands at the Santa Barbara Polo Club when, for the 15th consecutive year, I had the onerous task of judging the mélange of magnificent millinery. Sorting out the torrent of tony tête toppers and choosing three winners was not the easiest of jobs given the sheer number […]

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By Steven Libowitz   |   August 16, 2022

Exactly one month from this issue’s publication, the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) will be having a 45th anniversary celebration at its headquarters in downtown Santa Barbara, a special community gathering that marks the first public event in the space in three years.  Think of it as a one-shot revival of TGIF!, the environmental organization’s much-beloved […]

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By Richard Mineards   |   August 9, 2022

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By Richard Mineards   |   August 9, 2022

As its 75th anniversary season winds down, the Music Academy’s Academy Festival Orchestra under conductor Stéphane Denève was in fine form at the Granada. The entertaining concert featured Ravel’s masterpiece “Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2” and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3.” Frenchman Denève, music director of the St. Louis Symphony and the Brussels Philharmonic, was […]

New ED of SB Education Foundation
By Richard Mineards   |   August 9, 2022

Pedro Paz has been named executive director of the Santa Barbara Education Foundation. Paz joins the organization after working for the Santa Barbara Foundation as Director of Policy and External Affairs, and First 5 in Santa Barbara and Merced counties. Raised in our Eden by the Beach and attending Dos Pueblos High, he holds a […]

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By Lynda Millner   |   August 9, 2022

The Art Foundation held an MClub Lunch and Learn at the Santa Barbara Club with a program about all things Borein. He was the famous cowboy artist who really lived the part and had a gallery in El Paseo. To enlighten us was Jeremy Tessmer, who is the curator of vintage American art at Sullivan […]


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By Steven Libowitz   |   August 9, 2022

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A Historical Fiesta Fête
By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

Fiesta fever was palpable when the Santa Barbara Historical Museum hosted its La Fiesta del Museo, chaired by Sharon Bradford, for the first time in two years with 300 traditionally garbed guests helping raise 10% of the popular institution’s annual budget. A colorful variety of musical acts kept the fiesta fans entertained including Juan Zaragoza […]

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By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

It was a very in-tents occasion when Teresa Kuskey, the bubbly founder of the La Boheme dance company, and social gadabout Rick Oshay hosted their annual fiesta bash at the Santa Barbara Polo Club for 175 guests. The fun fête in a giant marquee featured Teresa’s colorful dancers, who led our Eden by the Beach’s […]

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By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

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By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

It wasn’t quite the exotic Moroccan city of Marrakech where I had been scheduled to celebrate the 19th anniversary of my half century, but our rarefied enclave’s newest eatery Local on Coast Village Road served as a suitable replacement locale to celebrate. I joined good friends, animal activist Gretchen Lieff and her fiancée Miles Hartfeld, […]