Classical Corner
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 16, 2024

Last week saw two thrilling chamber orchestra performances of vastly different scopes in Academy of St. Martin in the Fields’ triumphant return to the Granada in a preview of its upcoming Marriner 100 celebration in London, and a charming concert with the local outfit Santa Barbara Chamber Players at First United Methodist Church. This week’s […]

Blood Oranges
By Melissa Petitto   |   March 5, 2024

Blood orange season! This breathtaking citrus fruit – first cultivated in Italy – has circled the world, and today comes in three main varietals: the Moro, the Sanguinelli, and the Tarocco. Rancho Vista Del Mundo at the farmers market has some gorgeous and super tasty ones right now. The natural color mutation comes from the […]


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Given a disaster with its sprinkler system 72 hours earlier, the Granada was out of action when the Limón Dance Company under artistic director Dante Puleio celebrated more than 75 years with an innovative program of new and reconstructed works highlighting choreographer José Limón’s unique contributions to dance at a new venue, Campbell Hall, part […]

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    By Richard Mineards   |   November 21, 2023

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid a visit to Camp Pendleton, the U.S. Marines base near San Diego, ahead of Veterans Day. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stopped by Operation Bigs, a mentoring program tailor-made for children of military families, according to the couple’s Archewell foundation. Meghan wore a $1,490 Carolina Herrera cardigan embroidered […]

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    Casa del Herrero, the historic George Washington Smith-designed home and gardens located on East Valley Road, is selling a two-acre parcel connected to the property. By an overwhelming majority vote of the board of trustees, including full support from the Bass and Steedman family members serving on the board, the land sale was approved. Medora […]


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    By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2023

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    A WAVE to TVSB
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    TV Santa Barbara and our Eden by the Beach hosted the two-day Alliance for Community Media (ACM) Western Region conference and trade show, with events at the station’s South Salinas Street studio, the Mar Monte Hotel and a welcome reception for 100 guests which I attended at the Cabrillo Pavilion. The conference, which attracted 168 […]