Art in the Cabana
By Richard Mineards   |   September 12, 2023

Funk Zone dynamic interior design duo Steve and Caroline Thompson held a double celebration at Cabana Home when they celebrated the opening of the new West Coast boutique of the historic wallpaper and furniture maker Thibaut and a new exhibition of art works by Chris Trueman, presented by Los Angeles dealer Edward Cella. Thibaut, which […]

White Buffalo Land Trust
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 5, 2023

An art show at a downtown Santa Barbara gallery might seem to have little to do with a nonprofit working with systems of regenerative agriculture. As it turns out, though, one of the series in Holli Harmon’s To Feast on Clouds exhibit on display at Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery through September 25 is […]


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By Richard Mineards   |   September 5, 2023

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By Richard Mineards   |   September 5, 2023

It was an appropriately magic moment when Magic Castle owner Milt Larsen, who moved to more heavenly pastures in May at the age of 92, was given an Aloha Milt! sendoff at Carpinteria State Beach in a 12-foot replica of a Viking longboat, which was blown up 500 feet offshore as 100 friends and guests, […]

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    By Richard Mineards   |   September 5, 2023

    On a personal note, I remember the delightful Irma Jurkowitz, who, with her husband Morrie, was a resident in our Eden by the Beach for more than half a century. The dynamic duo, once the owners of the Granada Theatre and the tower building above it, established the Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement in honor […]

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    Montecito author and wellness expert Michelle Ebbin got invaluable promotion for her new book The Touch Remedy when she appeared on the top ABC syndicated daytime TV talk show LIVE With Kelly and Mark in New York. She guided the husband-and-wife hosts through reflexology techniques on her segment, which went viral, appearing in People magazine, […]


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    By Richard Mineards   |   August 29, 2023

    Horrifying news! A celebrity sightseeing jaunt which promises to take royal fans close to the Riven Rock estate of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is in the works. The new guided tour, which will set visitors back $1,400 for a group of six, will take in many of the tony twosome’s hangouts in our rarefied […]

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    State Street Ballet founder Rodney Gustafson is transitioning to founding director, with appointments of Megan Philipp as artistic director and Cecily MacDougall as executive director. “As we approach our 30th year, I am focused on evolving our repertoire toward a new generation of artistic vision,” says Gustafson, a former dancer with American Ballet Theatre in […]

    Carolyn Pesnell Amory
    By Montecito Journal   |   August 29, 2023

    Carolyn Pesnell Amory passed away August 13th at 101 years. Carolyn led an exciting life and was well-known for her charity work. From 1979 to 1985 Carolyn was Chairman of the Board of the New York City Division of the American Cancer Society receiving every award given by the Society and breaking many fundraising records […]

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    On a deeply personal note, I mark the passing of Carolyn Amory, who has moved to more heavenly pastures at the age of 101 after spending the last chapter of her glorious and fascinating life at Casa Dorinda. When I first moved to Montecito from my home in L.A.’s Hancock Park in 2007, I would […]

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