It’s My Cake, I’ll Eat it if I Want To
By Richard Mineards   |   June 17, 2021

Even the pricey horseflesh got upstaged at the Santa Barbara Polo Club when the La Boheme Dance company, colorfully dressed as courtesans from 18th century Versailles, held its cast and crew wrap party. The talented dancers, founded by director Teresa Kuskey Nowak, have participated in the Summer Solstice Parade for the past seven years, but […]

History in Motion: The Roots of La Primavera
By Lynda Millner   |   June 10, 2021

“La Primavera” means springtime and came from the annual season when hides and tallow trade ships arrived to do business in Santa Barbara — a big industry for many decades. The rancheros would join together for the cattle round-up and get together for a meal and a party with dancing and entertainment during those old […]

 

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Shifting Directions: Human Rights Watch Now Following an Inclusive Path
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 10, 2021

For more than 40 years, Human Rights Watch has enjoyed an international reputation for taking on and often accomplishing its mission to scrupulously investigate abuses to widely expose the facts and then relentlessly press those in power, ranging from governments to armed groups to businesses — all in the name of change. Its ability to […]

In the National Spotlight
By Richard Mineards   |   June 10, 2021

Laura Flores, a Girls Inc. of Carpinteria member and high school senior, was one of 100 students across the U.S. invited to participate in a virtual graduation ceremony with Vice President Kamala Harris, a primetime special that aired on CNN. Laura was one of three Girls Inc. seniors — all Teen Advocacy Council members — […]

This Inside Joke is Headed for the Mainstream
By Richard Mineards   |   June 10, 2021

Santa Barbara High Junior singer Sydney Rae is going global! A self-taught musician who plays guitar, bass, and ukulele, says she has been singing since she could talk, naturally leading to the launch of her first original song “Inside Jokes” on Spotify, one of the world’s largest music streaming service providers, with more than 356 […]

Telly Us More About It
By Richard Mineards   |   June 10, 2021

TV Santa Barbara, the area’s community access center that operates channels 17 and 71, is the recipient of four 2021 Telly Awards, including the prestigious Gold Award for the production of “Make Goleta Count!” Silver and bronze honors were also earned for video productions created in partnership with the Central Coast Division of the American […]

Fundraising Appeal for Families at SBHS through the Foundation for Santa Barbara High School
By Montecito Journal   |   June 7, 2021

The following video was produced to raise funds for members of the Santa Barbara High School community who are food or housing insecure and could use a little help from their friends.

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Polo in Paradise: Kentucky Derby Brings Out Familiar Faces
By Lynda Millner   |   June 3, 2021

The Santa Barbara Polo Club is celebrating 110 years, one of the oldest clubs in the United States. It was the location for a Kentucky Derby party hosted by Deb Richards, John Hillis, and Juli Kordic. Energy abounded (and so did mint juleps and big hats) since it was the first time for many to […]

Worth More than Two Grand
By Richard Mineards   |   June 3, 2021

It was all two grand for words when Roger and Sarah Chrisman, just back from their home in Indian Wells after six months of lockdown, opened the doors of their charming Ennisbrook home for a concert by singers from Opera Santa Barbara’s Chrisman Young Artists Program. A pair of grand pianos, a Steinway and a […]

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The Curtain Rises Once Again: Ensemble Theatre Company Announces Full Slate of Productions for 2021-22 Season
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 27, 2021

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) executive artistic director Jonathan Fox was already talking about reopening when he was interviewed for the original Giving List book connecting philanthropists and nonprofits that we published last November. At this point, to the surprise of no one, six months later that still hasn’t happened as the pandemic pounced once again […]

Art in Action
By Lynda Millner   |   May 27, 2021

As I was heading up to the Paseo Nuevo parking lot roof to go to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), I saw two artists painting a gigantic mural on the wall outside. Turns out it was due to be finished the following day in honor of Earth Day. Check it out the next time […]

‘I’m Back’: Breast Cancer Resource Center Empowers Through Fashion Show
By Lynda Millner   |   May 27, 2021

Breast Cancer Resource Center’s (BCRC) main word is “Thrive.” “From the core of oneself, a Thriver taps deeply into innate courage so as to reshape and redefine life’s undesirable circumstances and emerge vibrantly anew.” To thrive is like a plant; to grow vigorously. Every year, BCRC gives a fashion show and luncheon with the models, […]

‘Fiesta Has Definitely Returned’: La Primavera Kicks Off Summer-Long Party
By Richard Mineards   |   May 27, 2021

After Old Spanish Days was all but cancelled last year because of the pandemic, Fiesta fever was palpable at the Carriage and Western Art Museum with La Primavera, as the unveiling of the colorful festival’s new poster and pin helped kicked off the festivities in front of nearly 100 guests, led by gloriously attired La […]

TBCF Plans In-Person Picnic
By Kelly Herrick   |   May 27, 2021

With fingers crossed that California will “reopen” on June 15, the team at Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) is planning their first in-person event in over a year. Like all local nonprofits in 2020, TBCF cancelled numerous fundraising events, held a virtual event, and pivoted at every turn, all while providing more support than ever […]

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