Voices on Pointe
By Richard Mineards   |   May 21, 2024

State Street Ballet ended its latest season on a high note with Other Voices at the Lobero. It was a captivating blend showcasing the talents of choreographers who pushed boundaries, redefining the art of dance. A sweeping panorama of innovation. The productions were as thought provoking as they were entertaining. The show featured four short […]

Spring-ing to Success
By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024

Santa Barbara City College hosted its fifth annual Spring Forward! college foundation gala on the Great Meadow on the West Campus under new CEO Bobbi Abram, who had only been on the job four days after moving from a similar position in Pasadena. “Let the fourth be with you!” she told the more than 300 […]

 

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A Great Two Minutes
By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024

A torrent of tony tête toppers descended on the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club when social gadabout Rick Oshay and Teresa Kuskey, founder of the popular La Boheme dance troupe, hosted their fourth annual Run for the Roses bash, celebrating the 150th Kentucky Derby. Known as the Greatest Two Minutes in Sport, the Churchill […]

Polo de Mayo
By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024

Cinco de Mayo took on a whole new complexion when the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club launched its 113th season with the 12-goal Lucid Motors Pope Challenge, a hotly-contested match between Antelope – led by Grant Palmer, whose father Geoff is a L.A. real estate tycoon – and Budweiser beer heir Andy Busch’s Folded […]

Achievement Over Lunch
By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024

The Association for Women in Communication Santa Barbara hosted its 16th annual Women of Achievement awards lunch at the Cabrillo Pavilion honoring four outstanding educators. The 155 guests were welcomed by co-chairs Brooke Holland and Judith Smith-Meyer with honorees including Katya Armistead, an assistant vice chancellor and Dean of Student life at UCSB; Yolanda Medina-Garcia, […]

Fantastic Mr. Fox 
By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024

Jonathan Fox, who retired as artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre Company in June after 17 years at the helm when it moved from the rustic Alhecama Theater to the New Vic, was lauded for his work at a 76-guest dinner thrown by Santa Barbara’s Jewish Foundation at the historic Santa Barbara Club. Cyndi Silverman, […]

A Powerful Brunch
By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024

What a difference a year makes! When MOXI: The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation hosted its 6th annual Power of MOXI spring brunch in 2023, the event had to be moved inside because of the frigid weather. Last week the fun fête, co-chaired by Amber Kaplan and Angie McGrath, couldn’t have been more perfect […]

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  • A Shining Night
    By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024

    Santa Barbara Historical Museum’s latest exhibition celebrates half a century of Summer Solstice, the colorful and creative annual parade on State Street. The event started in 1974 when mime and artist Michael Gonzales celebrated his birthday with friends on the town’s main thoroughfare. Fifty years later nearly 100,000 people line the street to experience something […]

    A Divot-ing Dinner
    By Richard Mineards   |   May 7, 2024

    Divotees were out in force as the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club hosted the second annual Dinner & Divots bash with 110 guests raising around $100,000 for Lobero Theatre Associates’ program to support underserved local youth music education, which also honored the popular theater’s 100th building anniversary. The tented fun fête, a tiara’s toss […]

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    Not Toi-ng Around
    By Richard Mineards   |   May 7, 2024

    Supporters of Santa Barbara Choral Society were clearly in the right aria when the popular 76-year-old choir hosted Toi, Toi, Toi, an evening of operatic enchantment at the Rockwood Woman’s Club with 110 guests, many in Tosca attire, raising around $70,000 during the sunset soirée. After cocktails on the terrace, followed by a musical toast […]

    One Worth Remembering
    By Richard Mineards   |   May 7, 2024

    With its tantalizing title “The Most Famous Woman You’ve Never Heard Of” the historic Santa Barbara Club was packed when 64 eager guests of Montecito Bank & Trust’s MClub gathered to find out who local historian and Noozhawk scribe Erin Graffy de Garcia would be talking about in her one-hour lecture. The subject London-born Kathleen […]

    Dancing the LINES
    By Richard Mineards   |   May 7, 2024

    Alonzo King LINES Ballet, the latest hour-long dance production staged by UCSB’s popular Arts & Lectures at the Arlington, was a real showstopper. The talented company staged Deep River, which premiered last year as part of LINES Ballet’s 40th anniversary, based on more than four decades of thought-provoking dance. The production is the result of […]

    Here’s Hope
    By Richard Mineards   |   May 7, 2024

    The Santa Barbara Education Foundation held its annual Hope Awards at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum honoring local heroes of public education with 160 guests raising more than $50,000 with a paddle raise benefitting the Teacher Grants program, which has given 387 grants since 2018 with more than $685,000 invested in classrooms. The two recipients […]

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    By Richard Mineards   |   May 7, 2024

    Winemaker and animal activist’s Gretchen Lieff’s new Montecito home was socially gridlocked when she hosted a bustling housewarming bash for 60 guests with popular pianist Gil Rosas tinkling the ivories. Gretchen didn’t have far to go to find her new four bedroom, five bathroom Arcady 1961 property designed by Carl Hillmann, given it’s just a […]

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