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How a kid from Isla Vista became Montecito’s Assemblyman By JOSHUA MOLINA



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Montecito Association: 4 p.m. every second Tuesday, Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road, Montecito

The Land Use Committee: Meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 4 PM in the Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road.

Montecito Planning Commission: 9 a.m. every fourth Wednesday, County Engineering Building, Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors: 2 p.m. every Tuesday, except the last Tuesday of each month, Fourth Floor Board Hearing Room, 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, On TV, Channel 20 or on the Web at Santa Barbara City Council: 2 p.m. every Tuesday Santa Barbara City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, On TV, Channel 18 or on the Web at

Montecito Fire District: 8:30 a.m. every third Monday, 595 San Ysidro Rd, Montecito

Montecito Water District: 2 p.m. every third Tuesday, Districtʼs Office Board Room, 583 San Ysidro Road, Montecito Montecito Sanitary District: 1:15 p.m. bi-monthly, the second and last Monday of each month, 1042 Monte Cristo Lane, Montecito


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HOT SPRINGS CANYON: Montecito moves closer to saving the treasured open space thanks to a generous donation.


ROBERTS: Mormonism may hurt Romney; Was Chris Christie too fat to be president?


ADL: Montecito resident Julianna Friedman and activist Shirley Ann Hurley were honored at the Anti-Defamation League’s 2011 Community Service Awards.

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GILLARD: Susan Keller, founder of Santa Barbara Revels, has turned her Celebrations into a sense of community.


BOOKS: Heidi Durrow’s The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is beautifully constructed novel, one of the best novels of 2010.

California state Assemblyman Das Williams spends most of his time in Sacramento helping California solve its budget problems. But when Williams is home, you might spot him surfing at Butterfly Beach or attending Montecito Covenant Church. Joshua Molina reports on Williams’ rise and plans for the region.


WOODLANDS: Montecito Association opposes the removal of oak Woodlands. Nobel peace prize winner in Montecito.


ABBOUD: Mara Abboud immerses herself in her artistic expression and the results are fabulous. Craig Smith lets us into her bright and beautiful world.


LEE NEILL: Understanding the brain and its growth and development gives us a better insight into why and how our children behave.


PEYRAT: Peer Gynt takes theatre to a whole new level where performers start in one spot, have dinner and end on a different stage.


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Closing in on a Big Win for Montecito Progress on Saving Hot Springs Canyon Six million dollars from two donors! That’s major giving, and it’s happened here to the benefit us all. Two gifts to the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County from Montecito residents ... the first for $1 million and the second for $5 million have energized the campaign to save Hot Springs Canyon from development.

Treasured hiking trails The area is zoned for 6 house lots and a day spa. Its rich history, dating from early Chumash and, later, Spanish, settlements to one of our most hiked and beloved natural areas today is under assault. The two donors, certainly not looking for glory or a community pat on the back, asked to remain anonymous. They parted with $6 million because of the realization that to allow development of the canyon would forever change Montecito for the worse. So, they stepped up to cover more than two thirds of the campaign’s goal. The Land Trust has raised another million from a few donors, but still needs almost $2 million to complete the purchase of 462 acres and donate it to the National Forest Service, thus preserving the area forever. With time running short and giving dynamics as they are, it will take a few more large gifts to get the job done. In interviews with the two donors, the Messenger asked if they would allow their

names to be used. The answer was a polite “no”. They wanted no publicity, no recognition. Their sole motivation was to give most of the needed funds themselves to make sure the campaign would succeed. But, they are looking for one thing and that, simply stated, is some company. Where, they ask, are other residents of comparable giving ability? Are there not some others who will step forward with large gifts to make sure that classic Montecito mountainside, trails, and creeks are preserved forever? It’s hard not to empathize with folks who have put $6 million on the line and who fear that it may be for naught.

Get the word out During our interview with the donors, the Messenger asked what we could do to help? The response: “Please continue to get the word out. People here are very busy. They have many philanthropic commitments, and most of them still do not know that the canyon is threatened.” They believe that another large donor or two will step forward once the need is known. A community wide mailing is getting the word into every Montecito home. Please contact Michael Feeney at the Land Trust if you can help finish off the campaign with a major gift. Telephone 805966-4520.

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Nobel Prize Winner In Montecito

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 was awarded to three women, including Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian, in acknowledgment of her nonviolent role in promoting peace, democracy and gender equality. After a talk sponsored by UCSB/Eleos Foundation on Oct, 2, Ms. Gbowee, left, is shown with Nancy Koppelman, a cofounder of The Global Neighborhood Fund. Ms. Gbowee, 39, was cited by the Nobel committee for uniting Christian and Muslim women in Liberia to promote peace. She learned of her award four days after visiting Santa Barbara and Montecito.

Montecito Association opposes tree removal; backs Hot Springs BY MICHAEL BOWKER Montecito Messenger

The Montecito Association spent Tuesday afternoon working hard to protect its trees. At Tuesday’s meeting the Board of Directors voted to send a letter protesting a residential project threatening 32,000 square feet of oak woodland. They also voted to support a fundraiser to purchase 450 acres of Hot Springs Canyon for the Santa Barbara Land Trust. The project on 1496 East Mountain Drive calls for a 1,100 foot driveway that runs over several slopes and requires clearing out 32,000 square feet of oak woodland. Board member Tom Bollay said the driveway could set a bad precedent for woodland protection plans. “This is a case where more efforts should be made to find an alternative solution,” Bollay said. But the Association itself has very few alternatives. Because the project is for a single-family residence that’s outside of a coastal zone, the project didn’t have to seek approval from the planning commission. This has left the Association with little recourse other than writing letters of protest to the Montecito Board of Architectural Review. But Architectural Board member Bill Palladini, cautioning that he only spoke for himself, said that the Architectural Board is faced with the dilemma that the

biggest concerns surrounding the clearing are environmental in nature and therefore fall outside of the Architectural Board’s purview. Only the planning commission has that authority. “The problem is this project has no trigger to go to the planning commission,” Palladini said. No representatives of the East Mountain Drive property owners appeared to be at the meeting. The Association also supported a drive to raise $8.5 million to purchase privately owned acreage in Hot Springs Canyon. The agreement negotiated by the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County requires the Trust to come up with the money by December 15th. Michael Feeney, executive director for the Land Trust, said the Trust has managed to raise about $6.7 million. With a little over two months to go, the Trust plans on sending out a mailer to everyone in the 93108 zip code. Feeney had hoped to get the Association’s support on the mailer. The mailer would be sent at the Trust’s own expense. Association board president Richard Nordlund said he didn’t have a problem putting his name on the mailer, but wanted to get board approval before adding his title. Some members noted the board had already given a letter of support to the Trust and the board voted to allow the trust to put the Association’s name on the mailer.

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Some of the eucalyptus trees in the historic stand along East Valley Road bordering Birnam Wood Golf Club are being trimmed. The trimming program has been agreed to by all parties involved in the dispute last year when 12 of the trees were cut down as part of a club beautification plan. That plan ran into resistance from hundreds of Montecito residents and was quickly scrapped by the club and Boundary Drive residents. The trimming will address an imbalance in which the trees have more branches on the club side than over the road. The Montecito Association provided the leadership to bring the groups together so necessary maintenance could occur. None of the trees will be cut down.

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ales from the trail: It’s distressing, if not downright revolting, that the Republican presidential campaign recently has been infused with a strain of religious bigotry, with leaders of the GOP’s influential evangelical Christian bloc arguing that front-runner Mitt Romney should not receive the party’s nomination because he’s a Mormon. Prominent Baptist minister Robert Jeffress, speaking at a so-called “family values” conference in Washington last week, slandered Mormonism as a “cult,” and urged Christian voters to back Rick Perry over Romney because the Texas governor is a “genuine follower of Jesus Christ.” That Jeffress’ view was promptly echoed by other pastors reveals one big reason why the former governor of Massachusetts has not been able to close the deal with large segments of the Republican right-wing base. Sad to say, a new Gallup poll shows that 22 percent of adults across the country would not vote for a Mormon for president; by comparison, those who would rule out a candidate because he was Catholic or Jewish are in the single digits. No argument here that church founder Joseph Smith’s teaching that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri is a trifle offbeat, but doesn’t the 1st Amendment say something about freedom of religion or whatever? Go in peace. Don’t confuse me with the facts: Historian Theo Anderson on the worldview of evangelicals in politics: “You don’t believe an idea because it’s true – it’s true because you believe it.” The fat man has sung: The nasty doctrinal debate over the Latter Day Saints is only a matter of degree more


mindless than the recent lofty discourse among the political cognoscenti of whether conservative New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is too fat to be president. Christie, who took himself out of the GOP race earlier this month, looks like he tips the Toledo at approximately, oh say, 21.44 British stone, which had the Beltway pundit JERRY ROBERTS class thinking great thoughts about his fitness to occupy the White House, and fulminating about great obese presidents in history. As every school child knows, five national leaders have exceeded the standard 30.0 Body Mass Index definition of obesity: William Howard Taft (42.3), Grover Cleveland (34.6), William McKinley (31.1), Zachary Taylor and Teddy Roosevelt (30.2). The Montecito Messenger: your onestop shop for full-service information. This just in: Merv “The Swami” Field reports exclusively that chickens are the only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead. Is it just me? Am I the only one who’s found that the recent opening of a Chase bank branch has transformed the task of finding parking at Loreto Plaza, formerly a mild annoyance, into an interminable undertaking on a par with the Labors of Hercules? A simple weekday morning outing to browse the new arrivals at Chaucer’s (pick of the week: “Boomerang,” a

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smart and readable tale of economic tourism by Michael Lewis of “Moneyball” fame) and enjoy an al fresco bite at Renaud’s turned into a odyssey of tedium, trailing a long parade of other carbon footprint seekers before snagging the very last spot in the very last row next to Seven Day Nursery. Get outta’ the way, lady, I saw it first! Don’t sweat the small stuff: If your parking charisma just isn’t working in the neighborhood, head to Café Stella, nestled up the hill behind Gelson’s, well worth a second look now that the owners seem finally to have improved the awful service which had afflicted the place it opened in May. Follow that story: In reporting on our interview with Governor Jerry Brown (Oct. 7 Messenger), we noted his considerable grumbling about the large number of bills the Legislature passed and sent him in the final days of its session. Now comes word that our crabby leader vetoed nearly 100 of the 563 measures lawmakers left him to decipher and deal with before they hustled out of Sacramento’s stifling September; that represents a 17 percent veto rate, more than double the percentage Brown rejected in his first turn as governor, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. As he put it in a sharply worded veto message: “Not every human problem deserves a law.” Talk about your words to live by.

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Santa Barbara resident Mara Abboud has made her living painting for nearly 30 years.

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ive purple dreadlocks dangled from his clean-shaven head. And he stunk. The smell of stale beer, old sodas and curdled milk exuded from his pores. But a 16-year-old skinny kid named Das Gault-Williams was undaunted. He was determined. He earned money every weekend sorting recyclables at the Community Environmental Council's collection center at Montecito Union School. Every week he figured out a way to get from Santa Barbara's Pershing Park, where he lived — in his Volkswagen van — to the collection center. But on this otherwise perfect day in Montecito, Das was unusually vexed. He needed to make a telephone call to the CEC's main headquarters. It was the early 90s, and Das didn't carry a cell phone. He wouldn't have wanted one anyway at the time, even if he could have afforded it. They just weren't cool gear for the skate-surf-kid, heavily influenced by the punk street culture. So dreadlocks, sweat, smell and all, Das trekked up San Ysidro Road into the upper village and the heart of Montecito. It was the first time he had ever ventured that far. People stared. And glared. "I got some strange looks," he said. "I totally don't blame them. I am thankful that the people of Montecito don't hold their first impression against me." More than 20 years later, Das still turns heads when he walks. But he doesn't need the flamboyant dreadlocks, or skater-garb anymore. When he goes to Montecito, he's

just a grown Das Williams, a twoterm former Santa Barbara City Councilman and now a first-term California state Assemblyman, representing Montecito and half of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. And he smells good now, especially when he occasionally attends Montecito Covenant Church or rides a wave at a secret surf spot near Butterfly Beach.

The Assemblyman When he is home on the South Coast, life these days is scheduled in 15-minute increments. The idea of not having a telephone seems almost other-worldly. He lives on his Smartphone. Talking. Text-messaging. Emailing. Researching. "The pace is so much different," said Williams, recently from his downtown Santa Barbara office. "On the City Council, my life was scheduled in hour increments. Meetings lasted two hours. Now, I need to get things done in 15 or 30 minutes. I just have so much more to do." Since taking office last December, defeating Republican Mike Stoker, the whirlwind that had always been Williams only got faster. He's never been a guy who could sit still very long. He's always on to the next thing. Since taking office last December, 10 of Williams’s bills have become law. He added a fee to every DUI in the county – money that goes to Cottage Health System’s Level 2 Trauma Center. Over two years, that amount will reach $1.4 million. He helped the Santa Barbara Unified School See WILLIAMS, Next Page

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District maintain nearly $2 million in parcel taxes after the elementary and secondary districts unified. One of his bills allowed counties to count ballots through a random general sample of absentees – rather than individual precincts, an expensive, time-intensive task. In the Assembly, however, his biggest focus has been education. One of the bills that stalled in the legislature was a proposal to double fines of motorists speeding in school zone. He also fought for the rights of schools to take pack redevelopment money gained from property taxes, most of which currently go to cities to clean up and polish blight or build affordable housing. He’s most of proud that the state spared deep budget cuts to K-12 as it was looking to make up for a $20 billion deficit. On the table was a proposal to cut three weeks out of the school year. Williams said he couldn’t let that happen. “I felt schools had been savaged too much in previous years,” Williams said. “If you look at the biggest indicators of performance, it’s length of instruction, not quality of instruction. The worst thing you can do is cut the amount of time students spend in the classroom.”


Isla Vista kid The idea that school is Williams’ No. 1 issue as an assemblyman is more than a bit ironic, considering his own battles with the public school system as kid. William attended seven different elementary schools, bouncing around between divorced parents. He grew up mostly in Isla Vista, but also went to schools in Ojai.

The son of Malcolm Gault-Williams, a famed writer and surf historian, Williams practically lived on a surf board as a kid and teen, catching waves at Sands Beach, Hammonds, or anywhere when he get a free moment to escape. On the water is where the giant muck of politics shrinks into nothing. Surfing is the one activity that links his life as teenage rebel and life as a Sacramento lawmaker. When he wasn’t on a surfboard, he was on a skateboard, rolling all over Isla Vista, with his sometimes shaved head, or long hair, depending on his mood. Wildy curious, Williams never really fit in with school. He liked to be outside, and he rejected structure. “When I was moving around in elementary school between Santa Barbara and Ventura County, I always felt like a perpetual outsider,” Williams said. “I was an introvert who brought big books with me and read them everywhere I went.” He dropped out of Dos Pueblos at the age of 16, but there he made friends. And when his father moved out of town for a job, Williams, refused to go. He pulled together money and bought a Volkswagen van, parked it at Pershing Park — and lived in it. He enrolled in political science classes at Santa Barbara City College. He washed up in the bathrooms and couch-hopped at friends’ house. At SBCC, he was finally able to channel his energy and activist spirit in a positive way; he was deeply affected by his political science instructors such as Dr. John Kay and Dr. Manou Eskandari. He took an interest in domestic social and global issues. By the time he was 17, Williams had figured out how to channel his fearlessness and free-sprit attitude into action. He was accepted to UC Berkeley. See WILLIAMS, Page 12

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He earned a political science degree from Cal, and volunteered in Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress for a year around that time. With his confidence high, Williams returned home — to Santa Barbara, where he enrolled and earned a master’s degree in Environmental Studies at UCSB.


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City Hall Even though Williams has been gone from Santa Barbara City Hall for 10 months, his presence – or lack of it – can be found every day in De la Guerra Plaza. At 29, Williams stunned political insiders by announcing that he would run for City Council. He had some name recognition in town because he worked on former Assemblywoman Hannah Beth-Jackson’s campaign and had been the No on Recall manager for the attempt to recall former Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gail Marshall. But he was an activist, and the idea that he would run without being groomed by the liberal Democratic power elite seemed laughable; certainly no one though he could win. But this was the same scrappy kid who lived on the streets as a teenager, and admits to overcoming teen-age alcoholism; Getting elected was a far easier battle than what he had already overcome in his life. If he organized people to vote in South Africa, he certainly could rally a new generation of liberal activists in Santa Barbara. And that’s what he did. Pushing then-radical idea of a living wage ordinance, Williams swept into City Hall. As a councilman, Williams successfully and simultaneously navigated both worlds: he could wear hooped earrings with a shaved head while appealing to young progressives, or slap on a suit he bought at the thrift store and mix it up with the business community. He could pull both looks off convincingly. When he ran for re-election four years later, he was the top vote-getter, getting more votes then current Mayor Helene Schneider.

With a handsome face, a charismatic personality, and an unparalleled work ethic, Williams quickly became bigger than Santa Barbara City Hall. And those same cynics were now jumping on his bandwagon.

A powerful man The young man who critics, both liberal and conservative, both dismissed as too idealistic and reckless to ever get elected, now finds himself second most powerful elected official in the region, behind Rep. Lois Capps. He hears from constituents in Montecito, mostly about land use matters. He has strong feelings about Montecito’s biggest embarrassment — the once-mighty Miramar. He thinks owner Caruso should figure out a way to demolish it, to at least reduce the blight. Now, at just 37 years old, the college dropout who nobody took seriously in 2001, seems destined shake up the world around him. Once a divider of the liberal left, he’s now a unifier. He’s come so far that when he ran for state Assembly last year, liberals united behind him, rather than Susan Jordan, the wife of the then-sitting Assemblyman Pedro Nava. The Santa Barbara resident is already planning for a second term in Assembly. “You can make a big difference, in even small ways,” Williams said. “I take my job seriously. I love it. I feel useful. There’s a tremendous amount that I can accomplish.” And Montecito is part of his plans, both politically and personally. You won’t catch him in dreadlocks wandering around Montecito anymore. But on any given Sunday, you might see Williams, a Christian, enjoying fellowship at Montecito Convenant Church. Or near Butterfly Beach in the ocean. Out on the water, it’s the only place that connects the old Das and the new Das; it’s both the escape and the return to the ocean, the place where the boy rebel and the grown-up lawmaker have always been welcome.


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Above: ADL Regional Board Chair, Meghan White-Skinner, past regional Board Chair and National Commissioner, Steve Lyons, honoree Julianna Friedman, Tom Dain, Honoree Shirley Ann Hurley and past Regional Board Chair, Joni Meisel. Top: UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang and wife Dilling, ADL educator of the year honoree Tina Hansen McEnroe and Superintendent of Santa Barbara Schools Bill Cirone.

ongtime Montecito resident, Julianna Friedman, along with community activist Shirley Ann Hurley were honored at the AntiDefamation League’s 2011 Community Service Awards Gala Dinner September 25th at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. Past honorees and board members Steve Lyons and Joni Meisel made moving presentations to Julianna and Shirley Ann and UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang and Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone gave the Educator Award to Tina Hansen McEnroe. The filled to capacity room was alive with the sounds of Soul Aviv as guests celebrated this year’s honorees.

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Speeches were short, heartfelt, and passionate. Julianna was singled out for her support of ADL, UCSB Hillel, and Laguna Blanca School to name a few. Shirley Ann has been an ardent supporter of ADL since the loss of her sonin-law on 9/11 as well as being a constant volunteer presence in our community working tirelessly for The Scholarship Foundation, The Family Service Agency, The Santa Barbara Foundation, and many others. Tina’s work in the field of education is award winning and her acceptance speech was made in costume and in the

form of a skit offering a little drama to the evening. Board Chair Meghan White Skinner thanked everyone for their attendance and support for ADL. She expressed ADL’s sincere appreciation for the many donations that had already come in to honor Julianna, Shirley Ann, and Tina. Major sponsors for the evening included Cindy and Steve Lyons, Evelyn Lyons, Julianna Friedman and Tom Dain, Morrie and Irma Jurkowitz, The Hochman/Girsch Family, Gelsons, Natalie Myerson, and Montecito Bank and Trust. The program book was brimming with kudos and warm wishes from many community leaders.

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could very well be the reason that Cottage Hospital has commissioned her to create FROM PAGE 9 five original paintings for its Healing Arts Jurkowitz, Barry and Jelinda DeVorzon, and program, the purpose of which is to give comfort to patients and their families. the late Fess Parker and his wife Marcella, If Abboud hadn't gone into art she probajust to name a few. bly would have gone into acting, having "Most of my life, I've painted constantformally studied the craft for a few years. ly," Abboud tells me over coffee at her However, she found work in the commerhome, "but in recent years I've slowed cial art field and then made the transition to down." At the height of her productivity fine art. Abboud was creating eight to 10 pieces per Abboud has traveled all over the world year. Working at that pace it would typicalher paintings show the influence of her and ly take her a good year-and-a-half to create journeys. She's always been drawn to the 14 or 15 paintings that are needed for a Moorish art and the sketches for one of her show. pieces, entitled During such cre"Marrakesh," were ative periods, "I love it when people done in Morocco. Abboud would work Peru's Machu Picchu touch my paintings," seven days a week, tops the list of places typically in the — Mara Abboud she hasn't yet visthat mornings, which she ited but would like to finds to be her most see. creative time. Sundays are often spent with her threeIn 1979 Abboud made her first trip out to California for an art show in San Francisco. and-a-half year-old great niece, whom she describes as the "greatest love affair in her She had read about Santa Barbara in a life." guidebook that mentioned our red-tiled They typically attend church in the mornroofs and decided that a side trip here was ing and then go to breakfast. Sunday afterin order. Upon arrival in Santa Barbara she noons are often spent with friends over fell "madly in love" with the town. She lunch or perhaps taking in a movie matinee. called a Realtor to help her find a place and So with a vast body of work to her credit she has been here ever since. including 25 one-woman art shows where Not surprisingly, her paintings adorn the walls of her immaculately kept yet comfort- does Abboud go from here? "I feel at this point in my life I've gone to able home. the nth degree with my paintings." Among "I love it when people touch my painther future plans are to license her art for use ings," she says. on scarves and other accessories. She adds that children are very drawn to Craig Smith is a blogger and observer of the bright colors and designs that are the the local political and cultural scene. signature feature of her artworks. That



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Well, to Susan Keller, founder of Santa Barbara Revels, they look like Celebrations replete with elaborate costumes, music, dance, mummers and wassailers (you can look those last two up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I had to). The Santa Barbara Revels ( w w w. s a n t a b a, which Keller introduced here five years ago, is a nonprofit participatory performing arts organiMARILYN GILLARD zation that is all about instilling a sense of community. And Susan Keller is the perfect person for this kind of synthesis. With an extensive background in both the performing and community arenas, this latest act fits her to a tee. Susan discovered Revels in Oakland and instinctively knew that this nation-wide organization would find a welcome audience in Santa Barbara. According to its website, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revels nurtures communality by staging performances and promoting events that recognize and celebrate seasonal changeâ&#x20AC;?. What makes it especially unique is that the cast is composed of volunteers and professionals, young and old, from all different backgrounds and walks of life. And the real fun begins when they start pulling in members of the audience to join in the revelry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People come in as individual audience members and they go out as a Community,â&#x20AC;? says Keller proudly. A fifth generation Californian (I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that was even possible), Keller attended Stanford University on a merit-based full scholarship and did two years of pre-med before discovering her true passion: music and theatre. She switched majors and eventually became a well -known television personality in both Canada and the U.S. But after fifteen years as a performer, Keller wanted something different. She returned to school and graduated with a law degree from UCLA. Married in her first year of studies, she had a baby in the second and her now 26 year old son is raising livestock in Northern California less than ten miles from where her great-great grandparents homesteaded. Full circleâ&#x20AC;Ś Moving up to Montecito in 1994, Keller decided to devote her time to both her family and her new community. She became firmly ensconced in local organizations such

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as the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Lobero Theatre and the Montecito Association, eventually becoming the Chair of the Land Use Committee. Never one to shy away from controversy, she was vocal on some hot button issues during her tenure including the changes at the Biltmore under Ty Warner, the expansion of Westmont college and the still brewing mess of the Miramar. An advocate of cityhood, Keller feels that the present troubles with Caltrans would never have materialized if Montecito had its own council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part of the problem is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing as a small part of a large county. We have no standing with which to oppose this.â&#x20AC;? Santa Barbara also became another venue in which to perform and Keller has graced the stage with the Civic Light Opera, the Ensemble Theater and has appeared in Speaking of Stories. Energetic and passionate, she is gearing up for the next production of The Christmas Revels: A Bavarian Celebration of the Winter Solstice scheduled for December 17th and 18th at the Lobero Theatre. Creative in all her endeavors, Keller has organized an Oktoberfest fundraiser on Sunday, October 16th at the Lobero Theatre Courtyard to benefit the Revels. The invitation reads: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come in Costumeâ&#x20AC;?, so grab your favorite pair of lederhosen and come on by for bratwurst and beer. And Community. When I asked Keller whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next, she quoted her 97-year-old mother who announced, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t die yet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I might miss somethingâ&#x20AC;?. Marilyn Gillard moved to Montecito from Canada after a producing career in television and film.



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ho are we and what defines us? Are we labeled by our ancestry or by our gender? Do others judge us by our looks or by our possessions? Or are we more than this? These basic human questions lie at the crux of debut novelist Heidi Durrow’s The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. Already a book club favorite, Ms. Durrow’s beautifully constructed novel has been on the New York Times Best Seller List; The Washington Post hailed it as one of the best novels of 2010; and the Boston Herald dubbed it one of the top ten Buzz Books of 2010. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky was chosen as the winner of The Bellwether Prize for best fiction addressing issues of social justice. Inspired by a newspaper story about a family that had suffered a tragedy, Ms. Durrow’s intent was to construct a plausible story for the sole survivor, an eleven-yearold girl. Infused with the emotional touchstones of her own life, Ms. Durrow wanted to give her protagonist a voice and a future where she’s “not the new girl…not the color of my skin. I’m a story. One with a past and a future unwritten.” The novel is somewhat autobiographical and Ms. Durrow speaks from her own experiences of being biracial, bicultural, and “the new girl” often judged by her unusual looks. Having been raised by an African American GI father and a Danish mother, both Rachel and Ms. Durrow painfully learn what it means to be different.

An Oreo Set in Portland, Oregon during the 1980’s, Rachel never knew she was “black.” She didn’t know her father was black. He was just her father. Married in Denmark where mixed marriages were legal, Rachel’s family enjoyed a life free of prejudice and free of the baggage of American history and it’s relationship with slavery. Once her parents divorced, Rachel, her brother, and mother moved to Chicago where Rachel was shocked to discover how different her “lightskinned-ed-ness and blue eyes” were from others. These differences brought mixed and unwanted attention. A bus driver describes her as having “the prettiest blue eyes on the prettiest little girl.” Rachel’s black classmates see her as uppity. Rachel thinks it is perhaps because “there is something dangerous about me.” They call her an “oreo” and that she talks “white.” The world wants to see her as either black or white. Rachel just sees herself as “the new girl,” a good student, a fast runner, a good speller, and a reader of big books. She wants to go back to being what she was. “ I want to be nothing.” Rachel faces her divid-

ed world with deep sorrow, palpable fear, but ultimately with imagination and resolve. Her carefully charted journey through grief and healing and a strong sense of self allow her to emerge heroic and triumphant with the ability to both give and receive love.

Toxicity of racism Many may call this an issue driven novel but I believe it is much more. Rachel’s family saga is a provocative tale with haunting and beautiful prose that engages both the heart and the mind. The toxicity of racism and its arbitrary distinctions, the growth of self, and a mother’s desperate act are all told in several voices with artful alternating narration but always returning to Rachel’s narrative. Rachel is the heart of the story and she rises to the occasion doing her best to survive, to piece together the bits of her past, and to find her own sense of self while balancing a new and foreign racial identity she didn’t know she possessed. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is unforgettable as it explores the commonality of coming of age, the forging of self, of loss and grief, of survival, and of familial love. It illuminates the need to look at each and every one of us as unique and having “our own story.” The painful truths of Rachel, her parents, and her society are all much too believable. By reading fiction such as this, there is hope that we can move forward to rise above our differences and to make it possible for everyone to take flight regardless of race, religion, gender or physical attributes. Ms. Durrow’s novel is tender and filled with hope while exploring complex issues of identity and the desire to belong, something we can all relate to. I highly recommend The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. Cindy Lyons, a resident of Santa Barbara and mother of three, has been an avid reader since growing up in Steinbeck country.

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BRAINS AND PUBERTY Check Out This Monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Geographic Magazine

ow many times have you said to your kids: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you think before you did that? Or, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What were you thinking?â&#x20AC;? only to be answered with a shrug of the shoulders and a look that tells us that very little thought went into the activity under discussion. By understanding the development of the human brain, explanations of why kids act the way they do become clear. As our brains mature, the prefrontal area (frequently referred to as the brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area of executive function) is one of the last brain structures to mature. By maturing, I mean that information-carrying neural pathways arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t myelinated (covered with a fatty substance called myelin that speeds transmission of information and provides feedback to the system). When I first began studying about it, we thought most of the brain finished maturing (myelinating) by the end of the tenth year.

Maturing brain All the new technology helping us to measure brain function and growth now tells us that certain very important parts of the brain donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mature until well into the 20s! So what? Well, one important area, the pre-frontal lobe where executive function lies, has two main jobs: 1) predicting the consequences of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions; and 2) postponing pleasure. Just think about that for a minute. How many times have you said to your kids: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you think before you did that? Or, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What were you thinking?â&#x20AC;? only to be answered with a shrug of the shoulders and a look that tells us that very little thought went

into the activity under discussion. The teen brain is also in the midst of a remarkable maturation of hormonal systems, too. With speedier neural pathways there is an improving ability to quickly access information from all over the brain. So now we have kids who have discovered new feelings, abilities, strengths, and LEE NEILL thoughts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really excited about using all this new talent. Since weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve raised our children to ask questions and explore new experiences, small wonder that some pretty scary experiences may result. My students hate to hear me say this, but one of the reasons California changed its procedure in granting driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licenses to teens is based on these findings.

Pursuit of pleasure How well can new drivers predict the consequences of their actions when they have so little experience to refer to? And what about that second main function of the pre-frontal cortex, the ability to postpone pleasure? When it comes to chocolate, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still working on strengthening that ability. When friends get together thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tendency to encourage one another to try something new: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, come on, try it!â&#x20AC;? What if the thing to be tried is illegal, or dangerous? How well will the consequences be considered? Pleasure postponed? The current issue of National Geographic magazine (October, 2011) has as its cover story an article â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Science of the Teenage Brain,â&#x20AC;?

by David Dobbs. One quote worth repeating (of many, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good article): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teens may understand that risky behaviors such as smoking and unprotected sex carry consequences. Yet adolescents tend to give more weight to the pleasures than the costs.â&#x20AC;? The graph illustrating this data shows that risk-preferring behaviors drop sharply between 18 and 21 years (whew!). A main point of the article is that risk-taking, novelty-seeking, need for independence and other behaviors we think of as frightening are actually the very behaviors that help develop a well educated, well-informed, socially comfortable person.

Teen brain Dr. Dobbs and a few other neuroscientists were interviewed about the teen brain recently on National Public Radio, and were asked by a caller what they might say to a teen who wants to get a tattoo. Dr. B.J. Casey, a wise mom as well as neuroscientist, responded that when her 14 year-old son told her he wanted to get a tattoo, she replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go with you and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get the same one!â&#x20AC;? (Need I mention that mother and son remain unmarked by indelible ink?) The mother of four teenagers told me she planned to read the National Geographic article, see to it that her teens read it also, and then plan time so they could discuss it together. She made it clear that there would be no opting out of this discussion. Good idea. I look forward to hearing how it turns out.

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WINE CASK: Serious and Innovative B ecause of its unique attractions as a tourist town, Santa Barbara has few serious restaurants devoted to fine dining, professional, innovative cooking, exemplary service and beautiful atmosphere. The inherent costs in bringing these elements together at the highest quality levels is just too expensive when so many visitors just don’t care and don’t plan to return. Wine Cask is an exception to this rule, a beloved culinary and wine landmark that has regained its form after some dodgy days under its badly behaved former owner, Bernard Rosenson, who went bust as the restaurant shuttered abruptly. The story of Wine Cask is well known. Wine and food lover Doug Margerum started it all in 1981 and proceeded to elevate the food and wine status to the highest levels, winning the Wine Spectator’s highest BILL TOMICKI award for 27 years straight. Set in the historic El Paseo complex, Wine Cask was wine central for aficionados; and attracted chefs of excellent caliber, many of whom went on to bigger and better things around the world. Now Margerum is back, orchestrating Wine Cask with partner Mitchell Sjerven of Bouchon, another top drawer Santa Barbara restaurant, and together with chef Brandon Hughes they are presenting what they call “American Riviera dining.” We are all the beneficiaries for here the best products, talent, service and atmosphere combine like a symphony to deliver an experience to savor.

Celebrated cocktail When we dropped in the other night, we ordered one of the Wine Cask’s celebrated cocktails, a Gold Room whisky sour (a mind-bending concoction of Maker’s Mark bourbon, grapefruit juice, orange bitters, raw egg whites and soda water) and a fresh strawberry gimlet, and proceeded to look around. The dramatic room is the same, only brightened: big mirrors, high beamed ceiling, stone tables, long billowing white curtains, chocolate brown plush chairs, brown walls, giant orchids and fresh flowers everywhere. A full bar remains, the cozy fireplace still crackles. Votive candles twinkle at each table. The effect is of a much more relaxed, casual dining spot, a warm cocoon for the power brokers and foodies who flock there. The sunny patio still offers terrific al fresco seating under a billowing white sail awning. Chef Hughes is an artist (no, more like a wizard with his well-trimmed mustache and pointed goatee) in kitchen. He eschews traditional chef head gear like a toque or baseball cap and wears the black skull cap that first appeared in 18th century London at The Reform Club. Hughes is not afraid to take chances and you will see some very creative things on the menu like a trio of duck cassoulet on white beans with Farpoint Ranch sausage or a Vol au Vent with exotic mushrooms, but all in all, Wine Cask presents a simpler menu today with comforting dishes like croque madame; pan-seared Kurobuta pork chop; Wagyu New York strip paired with a rich and complex

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smoked gouda fondue; grilled marinated rack of lamb in a spiced date Muscat-reduction; pan-roasted chicken with Syrah pan jus and oven-roasted whitefish with green olive pesto. These dishes come with all sorts of delightful accompaniments like forest mushrooms, roasted fennel, saffron cous cous, pea tendrils, black truffles, wilted dandelion greens, grilled asparagus, sweet pea risotto, white beans, and sauteed lentils. Prices have come down to earth with most entrees at lunch main courses being in the $13-$18 range. Expect dinner entrees to be priced from $24-$38. Soups and salads are less expensive as are the restaurant’s signature flatbreads (there are a dozen to choose from, $10$16) and burgers, $12-$18. The same passion for wines that the Wine Cask built its reputation on is still evident. By the glass the variety is deep starting at $9. If you want a bottle, the sky is the limit with Screaming Eagle at $2450, Harlan Estate at $3680, but most wines are under $100. Wine Cask has a dedicated pastry chef, Rosie Gerard, whose creations dazzle and delight. Be it chocolate and chevre doughnuts with crème anglaise or strawberry shortcake, her creations are ravishingly pretty and scrumptious.

There are also cheese and charcuterie plates and ports, sweet wines and brandies galore. Wine Cask, 813 Anacapa Street, 966-9463. Lunch: Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner: nightly at 5:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday and Sunday. Last seating at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Last seating at 10 p.m. Since 1981 Bill Tomicki has been editor and publisher of ENTREE,, a monthly travel newsletter VOGUE Magazine called “the Rolls Royce of travel writing.” He can be reached at



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or the past 15 years licensed esthetician Patricia Guerrera â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a make-up artist and noteworthy brow-shaping queen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been working her magic on women from coast to coast. After working in some of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most upscale department store make-up counters, and in local spas Red Studio, Dadiana and Treat, Patricia in December of 2010, officially resigned her employee status to open her own business Tru Beauty. I drove from Montecito from Mission Street and I was at her door for a looksy and some pampering. Melting into the busy commercial neighborhood, with easy parking, according to Patricia, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tru Beauty was created to give women a place where they can come to feel pampered, relaxed and get affordable services.â&#x20AC;? She prides herself on providing the highest quality, whether in skin care, event make-up or waxing (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grooming in a comfortable private setting also available). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every woman at every age is different and tapping into their true beauty is my passion and my lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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As a young woman, Patricia knew she wanted to be a make-up artist. Born in Italy, she comes from a long lineage of artists who painted on canvas. According to Patricia, her version of a canvas was transforming faces to bring out their best look. She finds it particularly rewarding to help her customers to find their inner beauty through make up. It builds their confidence and increases their self esteem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every woman is beautiful and different and I am here to help them

accentuate their features and bring that inner beauty to the surface,â&#x20AC;? she said. The day I visited I was treated to a sampling of some of her services, which included a facial with Advanced Rejuvenation Concept Organic skincare products, which use organic pumpkin to minimize lines, tighten skin and reveal healthy, more youthful quality skin instantly, without peeling. She also spoiled me with a memorable hand, foot, neck and upper body massage. After reluctantly emerging from her massage table, she reshaped my brows and did my make-up to get me ready for my next appointment. Her menu of services is vast, but she specializes in onsite wedding or at her shop, brow-waxing and shaping, body waxing, airbrush make-up , makeup lessons, eyebrow and eyelash tinting. Tru beauty hosts private events for wedding, bachelorettes, birthdays and monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diva Nights,â&#x20AC;? where Patricia will do makeup and hair touch-up before a big night out . For more information: Tru Beauty 120 1/2 West Mission Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 637-6334 Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM- 6PM WalkIns welcome. Appointments preferred.




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By Appt. 1119 Alston Road. LOT 2,250,000. Wade Hansen, 689-9682 1-4. 1020 Fairway Road. 1BD/1BA. 675,000. Kim Hultgen, 895-2067.


By Appt. 733 Knapp Drive. $4,395,000 5BD/4.5BA Newly built Mediterraneanstyle Montectio estate w/ historic cottage on secluded lane. Ocean & island views. Bob Lamborn, 805.689.6800 & Pippa Davis, 805.886.0174. By Appt. 1372 Oak Creek Canyon. $13,500,000 6BD/6BA Jon Sorrell designed Mediterranean-style w/ ocean & mountain views on approx. 6 acres. 5Bd, guest house, room for pool & more. Bob Lamborn, 805.689.6800. By Appt. 2117 Forge Road. $3,750,000 3BD/3.5BA Recently updated 3 bd/3.5ba, & opulent library. Overlooking the 3rd fairway. Mountain views, pool spa & beautiful patios. Bob Lamborn, 805.689.6800.

2 – 4. 618 Orchard Avenue. $1,099,000, 3BD/3BA. Green Built home on charming lane in MUS. Fully appointed gourmet kitchen. Quality design, office & 2-car garage. J.J. Lambert, 805.350.0924 & Julian Michalowski, 805.626.0254.

By App. 791 Park Lane West. $5,950,000 .4BD/4.5BA. Wonderful home in the foothills of Montecito.


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1-4. 83 Seaview Drive. 2BD/2BA. 1,395,000. Sheela Hunt, 698-3767.

By Appt. 1362 Plaza Pacifica. $745,000 1BD/1.5BA. Charming end unit, living room opens to terrace, wet bar, washer and dryer, great potential. Gail Beust, 805.689.3801. 2 – 4 802 Alston Lane $1,049,000. 3BD/2.5BA. Ocean views. Great weekend getaway or condo alternative. Light filled, hardwood floors, lovely grounds, total privacy. Andrew Petlow, 805.680.9575.


By Appt. 2340 Bella Vista Drive. 4BD/7BA. 4,625,000. Timothy Walsh, 455-5833.

1-4. 3165 Eucalyptus Hill Road. 4BD/3.5BA. 2,050,000. Lynn Golden, 570-5888. 2 – 4. 618 Orchard Avenue. $1,099,000. 3BD/3BA. Green Built 3bd/3ba home on charming lane in MUS. Fully appointed gourmet kitchen. Quality design, office & 2-car garage. Mike Nicassio, 805.698.2253.

2 – 5. 534 Hot Springs Road. $1,995,000. 4BD/3.5BA. Charming 4bd/3.5ba at the end of a private drive on approx. 1-acre. Convenient location near the Upper Village. Tobias Hildebrand, 805.895.7355. By Appt. 1372 Oak Creek Canyon. $13,500,000 .6BD/6BA. Jon Sorrell designed Mediterranean-style w/ ocean & mountain views on approx. 6 acres. 5Bd, guest house, room for pool & more. Bob Lamborn, 805.689.6800.

By Appt. 2117 Forge Road. $3,750,000. 3BD/3.5BA. Recently updated 3 bd/3.5ba, & opulent library. Overlooking the 3rd fairway. Mountain views, pool spa & beautiful patios. Bob Lamborn, 805.689.6800.

guide 2 – 4. 730 Arcady Road. $3,850,000. 4BD/4.5BA. Mountain views abound from this 4bd home on approx. 1.3 lush acres. Detached cottage, pool, spa & multiple garages. Diane Randall, 805.705.5252. By Appt. 791 Park Lane West. $5,950,000. 4BD/4.5BA Wonderful home in the foothills of Montecito. 4bd/4.5ba, guest cottage, pool, spa & ample outdoor entertaining areas. Bob Lamborn, 805.689.6800. 2 – 4. 1190 Garden Lane $4,395,000. 4BD/4.5BA Approx. 1.4 acres in Riven Rock with mountain views, features 4bd/4.5ba, pool, tennis court and gorgeous gardens. Jennifer Johnson, 805.455.4300.

By Appt. 733 Knapp Drive. $4,395,000. 5BD/4.5BA. Newly built Mediterranean-style Montectio estate w/ historic cottage on secluded lane. Ocean & island views. Bob Lamborn, 805.689.6800 & Pippa Davis, 805.886.0174.


The unknown artistic brilliance of Oscar Wilde

ne of my most beloved museums, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, is opening “Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde” on Oct. 28, 2011. This museum itself was originally conceived as an architectural work of art, as the Orsay Railway Station, built for the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900. The Museum was built in the year Wilde died. The collections, grouped uniquely, span the period 1848 (the birthdate of modern Europe) to 1914 (WWI). Why Wilde? After all, he was known for his writings, not his visual art. The Musee d’Orsay is an Art Museum. The answer lies in Wilde’s (born Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde in 18541900) prescient ideas about art in general. He gave us “Art for Art’s Sake.” This was his call to rebellion, although his philosophy, that art needs no cause to BE, may

seem odd to us today, as we now believe it as such. As he said, “The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it is dead to you.” Wilde believed art spoke to and about an individual’s spirituality, which was enough in itself. Creativity and genius didn’t have to ELIZABETH “do” anySTEWART thing or follow any rules. And this was treason to the establishment. Wilde was rebelling against “The Academy,” a strict organization of art jurors who voted upon what was shown to both the French and the British public, respectively. Art for the mid- to late-19th century had to be based on a narrative classical story, had to be real-

istic in image, and, moreover, art had to result in a lesson in morality for the viewer. Art had to teach, or it wasn’t shown. The visual world’s rebellion, headed by the Impressionistic Manet in Paris, echoed in image what the writer and satirist Oscar Wilde had to say in London. The 19th Century British rebellion in the visual arts, however, had a different flavor from its counterpart in the French Impressionistic reversal: the British art world of the mid 19th century looked to its glorious, mainly medieval past, creating a community of artist who based work on a fantasy of Old British Spiritualism, especially in architecture (think Houses of Parliament, looking ever so medieval, but actually built from 1840-1870). This quest produced Morris, Rossetti, and Alma Tadema in the visual arts; in music, Elgar, Stanford, Dyson, Holst and Vaughn Williams, and in literature,

the pilgrimages of Blake, Tennyson and Rossetti, which were inspired by Old England herself. Yes, the Musee d’Orsay is an art museum, but this unique exhibit, called “Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde,” focuses on Artists, Poets and Musicians in late 19th Century England, centering around the once controversial (Gay) Oscar Wilde, who was imprisoned for his ‘immorality’ in 1897. Wilde’s outspoken art activism in the mid 19th Century “Art for Art’s Sake” created a new English artistic elite, who believed the ability to create was beyond moral reasoning, and this era influenced novels, poetry, furniture, three-dimensional art, photography, fashion and philosophy. As Wilde said “A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament” and “All art is quite useless” and “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has

known.” As the Orsay does so well, this groundbreaking exhibit will bring in the Choir of Kings College Cambridge to sing works by Parry, Vaughn Williams, Britten and Walton, then finishes with a monodrama (words spoken to piano accompaniment) by Richard Strauss to the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson, along with the musicians of the Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France in a performance of music by Walton, based on poetry by Edith Sitwell. The travel site ‘’ is today listing a flight LA to Paris for $873. Want to come along? Write me at, check out my website at or call me at 805.895.5005. And remember, as Wilde said “When good Americans die they go to Paris.”


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A working mom and loving every minute

I got an email from a friend of mine this week. I had asked how things were going for her. Her response? “All is fine, I’m just exhausted. You know, typical working mom things.” Yes, I do know. Being a mom and working doesn’t always mesh well. I work outside the home, not only for financial reasons, but almost more importantly, a way to hold on to part of my identity outside of being someone’s mother. Being a working mom also SUSAN feels like I’m being torn in many directions and feeling like I’m not doing any of my jobs as well as I can. But somehow working moms do the best we can and make the best of our situation. Being a mom who works is knowing exactly how long it takes, calculating with traffic, to get from the office to where our children are waiting to be picked up. It’s arranging playdates or relying on family so our entire paycheck isn’t paying for the babysitter. It’s running too many errands while toting our children around, because that’s the only time we have. It’s selling the idea to your child that going to Trader Joe’s is fun, because if they find the hidden stuffed animal, they’ll get a treat. It’s being at work and thinking of your child. Thinking of their day, what they are doing and what it would feel like to be with them instead. It’s having a schedule and knowing who is where, doing what with whom.

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It’s having your cell phone with you at all times, just in case. It’s checking your emails too often because you want to be dedicated to work as well. It’s being up in the middle of the night comforting or feeding your child knowing that you’ll be tired at work the next day, but you do it anyway, because first and foremost, you are a mom. I’m pretty confident in saying that these issues aren’t strictly concerns to working TORREY mothers. I am also confident that working moms know that stay at home moms are hard at work too. I get a pay check from my job. That’s nice but it doesn’t compare to the payment I get from being a mom. My payment there comes in the form of an “I love you” at the most random moment. It comes in the form of when I kiss Fia and she wipes off the kiss and reswipes her hand across her chest as she puts my kiss in her heart for safe keeping. It comes when we’re snuggled in bed, legs touching, our heads bent over a book which is resting on our laps. The only sound in the room is my voice, Fia’s breathing and the slow turning of the pages. The intimacy in the air is something like a living thing. It’s magnetic and magical. It’s more than I ever expected to receive. South Coast mom Susan Torrey has a child in kindergarten. She writes an occasional column for the Montecito Messenger.

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Peer Gynt: It’s not just a show, it’s an experience

o-presented by Westmont College Festival Theatre and Lit Moon Theatre Company, the production is a “hugely exciting challenge,” said John Blondell, director, who has been working on this show with about 30 artists (actors, designers, composers, musicians) for the last four months, six days a week. “Part of this is absolutely new to me ... placing this marvelous, large epic play into two stand alone parts,” he explained of the format, in order to keep the “marathon” play almost intact, which is a rarity. While the concept may be new - starting the show at one theater, breaking for a significant space of time (enough to go into town and eat dinner) and then reconvening for the completion at an entirely different location -- Blondell is certainly no stranger to the stage. The award-winning professor of Theatre Arts at Westmont and

artistic director of Lit Moon has produced and directed countless productions, programmed 12 World Theatre Festivals, and created the United States’ only international Shakespeare Festival. He has worked between 2-20 years with all but four of the 30 artists involved in Peer Gynt, one being ANN his wife Vicki Finlayson, another being the Westmont Theatre Arts Department Chair Mitchell Thomas. Written in the late 19th century as a dramatic poem by Norwegian Henrik Ibsen, the author intended the fairy tale to be read, not staged, suggested Blondell, as realistic theater was the only method utilized back then and such extensive set changes, taking the character Peer Gynt through scenes of

Norway, Morocco and mountain huts, took “forever.” In contrast, today’s more modern approach uses suggested scenery to conjure up a surreal sensibility of specific locations. “Modern,” is a good word to describe the style attributed to Blondell by fans, as is innovative, experPEYRAT imental and progressive. Okay, it’s what some might consider downright odd, but it’s always interesting to behold. Puppets, designed by Christina McCarthy, make an appearance in the first half of the play when Peer encounters the Troll King and is presented to the court. Here, 15 or so puppets outnumber only three actors on stage-- Peer, the king and his daughter. “In essence the play is about

great storyteller, Peer, who is something of an outsider,” said Blondell. “He steals a bride away from a wedding, which starts him on this journey through the environs of Norway, where he leaves behind his mother, his homeland. In middle age, he goes on a wild adventure to become very successful in business, to losing everything, then from becoming a rich profit, to losing everything, to being in a mad house in Cairo, escaping, then returning to Norway,” he said of the twists and turns to this tale. “There is a beautiful, symbolic ending about faithfulness, reconciliation and steadfastness, and a redeeming of Peer’s past profligacy and consumption and self-gratification.” Three different actors are used to portray Peer at three stages in his life: Chris Wagstaffe, Peter Duda and Stan Hoffman. Two different scenic and lighting design-

ers are used to create a separate feel to each part. Since 1995 when Blondell first did a more conventional production of Peer Gynt, he has been thinking of things he wanted to do next and how he would do this play, in this way, in two parts. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for audiences,” he said. “This scope and this many actors is theatrically exciting. It’s a great play and, well, this is a great thing.” Journalist Ann Peyrat is the former editor of Woman Magazine.

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Next performance: Oct. 15 and 16: Part 1 at 3 p.m., Porter Theatre; Part 2 at 7 p.m., Center Stage Theatre.

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