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CONTENTS

Features

Divine Discontent

Made in S.B.

Famed actress Annette Bening on her new film 20th Century Women

Director Mike Mills on returning to his old stomping grounds to film 20th Century Women

PHOTOGRAPHS BY J.R. MANKOFF ST YLED BY LINDA MEDVENE

BY ROGER DURLING

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BY ROGER DURLING

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PHOTOGRAPHS: VIEW FINDER, COURTESY OF BROOKS INSTITUTE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

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House of Dreams

BY JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER

View Finders BY L.D. PORTER

PHOTOGRAPHS BY LISA ROMEREIN

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A Visual Feast BY GINA Z. TERLINDEN

PHOTOGRAPHS BY LISA CORSON

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On Our Cover

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Annette Bening at a private George Washington Smith estate. Photographed by J . R . M A N K O F F . Styled by L I N D A M E D V E N E . Makeup by C A R I S S A F E R R E R I . Hair by P H I L I P C A R R E O N . For more information, see “Behind the Scenes” (page 48) and “Shopping Guide” (page 161). S A N TA B A R B A R A


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Departments

Letter from the Editorial Director … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 44 Contributors … Our writers, photographers, and more … … … … … … … … … … … … … 46 Behind the Scenes … On location with actress Annette Bening and photographer J.R.

Mankoff; a feast of the senses with Le Picnic at Black Walnut Ranch … … … … … … … … …

What’s Now … Spotlight on local innovators, neighborhoods to watch, hot tapas in the

Funk Zone, holiday crafts, Patagonia’s new wet suits, and more … … … … … … … … … …

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Style … Ventura’s own Vanner Hats marries Gypsy tradition and South American

craftsmanship, stuff your stockings with a bounty of new scents, our annual gift guide trends color coordinates, drop a dramatic earring like Edie Sedgwick, and more … … … … … … … 65

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Home … Design-driven huts, she sheds, and tiny houses plus lighting, interior designer

Beth Dana’s white palette, and more … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …

Taste … Designer Steve Hermann’s new modern restaurant, Somerset; Latin eats around

town; festive events you don’t want to miss; trendy tiki drinks in the Funk Zone; and more …

Arts … Brian Calvin’s paintings with personality, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival finds a new home at the Riviera Theatre, and gifts for the bibliophiles in your life … … … … …

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Get Away

… Santa Barbara tastemakers share their latest and greatest explorations to Chile and Uruguay, the English countryside, and Australia’s boho Byron Bay… … … … …

RSVP

… Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s anniversary gala curated at the courthouse, legends at The Granada, Pacific Pride preview, up and away at Glow in the Park, and more

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#weliveinparadise … Jean-Michel Cousteau’s cinematic ode to the sea… … … … … … … 162 S A N TA B A R B A R A


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FROM THE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

That Santa Barbara was the original Hollywood is a little-known fact the world tends to forget. But Flying A Studio located on Mission Street was the birthplace of celluloid dreams in the early 1900s. Hundreds of silent films were created in our paradise with our town as the backdrop. And what a backdrop it is—inspiring and breathtaking all in one fell swoop. When a young aspiring writer and filmmaker, Mike Mills, was growing up in Santa Barbara in the 1970s, he too was influenced by his surroundings. After notable successes in the music and film industry, he returns to his roots with a love letter to the women in his life and to the city that molded him into who he is today. 20th Century Women is a beautifully told story about three different females who affect a teenage boy’s life in so many ways. With Annette Bening at the helm of this ensemble, she proves once again that she is one of our generation’s acting greats. With vulnerability and a rawness not seen in most roles for women of a certain age, Bening is at her best in this part. We were honored to sit down with both Annette and Mike to discuss this special movie for “Divine Discontent” (page 108), and “Made in S.B.” (page 116), especially as we had Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s leader, Roger Durling, asking the questions. This festival has grown into a must-see, must-attend event during the award circuit calendar, and is a tribute to the town’s cinematic past. If a picture can tell a thousand words, then the legacy of the Brooks Institute of Photography could write volumes. The amount of talent that was cultivated in the hallowed halls is impressive enough, and when it recently shuttered its doors after many decades of education, we were saddened at its abrupt closure. Instead of focusing on what led to its demise, we celebrate what it was and what it brought to this community. In our feature portfolio “View Finders” (page 132), we highlight some of its bright moments and salute the work created in our midst. Photography plays an important role in the George Washington Smith home of Gretchen and Robert Lieff. Their modern collection of art—from Mustafa Hulusi to Chuck Close—seemingly jumps off the walls of their Los Suenos manse “House of Dreams” (page 120). This stately home that was Smith’s last design—he, in fact, passed away during its construction—is a testament to his vision and fellow architect Lutah Maria Riggs. The mix of the contemporary and the timeless is what makes this house relevant in today’s world of interiors. And while new and cutting-edge is in the forefront these days, old-school traditions are also having their moment in the sun. We step into chef Ariane Aumont’s sensorial and nostalgic approach to entertaining for “A Visual Feast” (page 144). She, along with a close group of friends and loved ones, gathered at Ojai’s Black Walnut Ranch to celebrate the upcoming year. With a glamorous meal inspired by her travels and locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients aplenty, it is the perfect way to send us into 2017. With honoring our town’s past cinematic and photographic accomplishments, appreciating its famed architecture, and toasting life lived in this paradise, we look ahead to the New Year with great anticipation.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Lisa Corson J.R. Mankoff

“It’s a gift whenever I have the opportunity to work with someone I admire,” says the Los Angeles-based photographer who captured Annette Bening for “Divine Discontent” (page 108). “Her strength, confidence, and comfort with herself allowed for an easy space to create together.” S.B. MUST DOs Surfing Rincon Point. • Strolling the farmers markets. • Wandering amid the relaxed beachtown vibe.

“I loved the little details in Ariane Aumont’s dishes—the soba noodle nests that look like tiny landscapes, the ice cube vessel for the uni shooter, the little tree in the Pine Mountain cocktail,” says the Ojai-based photographer who took in “A Visual Feast” (page 144). “Everything was so unique and delightful to see.” S.B. MUST DOs Eating a giant slice of cake at Lilac Patisserie—everything there is so beautiful (and gluten free). • Descending on the 154 and seeing Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands in the mist. • The view from the cliffs overlooking Butterfly Beach.

Contribs

Lisa Romerein

“It was such an honor to work on the last project of the great architect George Washington Smith and partner Lutah Maria Riggs. The home was a stunning expression of Spanish colonial revival, and the Lieffs’ interiors were classic and modern all at once,” says longtime Santa Barbara Magazine contributing photographer who shot “House of Dreams” (page 120). “I have always loved how contemporary art infuses a historic space with new life.” S.B. MUST DOs Summer concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl.• Fond memories of Thanksgiving at Cold Spring Tavern. • Dog-friendly beaches—Los Angeles, please take note! S A N TA B A R B A R A

Roger Durling

“I’ve long admired Annette Bening and Mike Mills as artists—and the two of them are at the top of their game on 20th Century Women,” says the Santa Barbara International Film Festival executive director who talked with them both for “Divine Discontent” (page 108) and “Made in S.B.” (page 116). S.B. MUST DOs I practice at Yoga Soup everyday—keeps me centered. • Brunch at Lucky’s with a dry martini. • Eyewear hunting at Occhiali.

Linda Medvene

“I grew up in Santa Barbara, so working on the shoot with Annette Bening meant a lot to me because of my ties to S.B.,” says the Los Angeles-based stylist who dressed the actress for “Divine Discontent” (page 108). “I am madly in love with the town, so being able to work with Santa Barbara Magazine was very important to me.” S.B. MUST DOs La Super-Rica—one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. • The Coral Casino for a workout and swim, then a long walk on the beach. • Shopping at Wendy Foster.


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Left to right: Stylist LINDA MEDVENE sets up the racks for the day; JENNIFER HALE and ANNETTE BENING between

takes; J.R. MANKOFF gets the shot; cover options.

American BEAUTY

LOCAT IO N Iconic 1920s George Washington Smith estate. WHO Actress Annette Bening graces our last cover of the year, shot by J.R. Mankoff. WHAT The Academy Award nominee talks with Santa Barbara International Film Festival executive director Roger Durling about making 20th Century Women in Santa Barbara in “Divine Discontent” (page 108). WE A R Even though the movie is set in the 1970s, our stylist Linda Medvene (also born and raised in S.B.) dressed Bening in modern suiting by Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors.

Behind the Scenes Left to right: Sunshine and aloes in Ojai; LISA CORSON setting the plates; dinner is served; local prawns fresh from the sea; sous chef NIC GEORGE preps the barbecue.

Cheers!

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While the work-at-home concept sometimes sounds enticing, usually after a while most of us are itching to get out of pajamas and eager for social interaction. Getting entrepreneurs out of the garage and into a coworking space is exactly the idea behind IMPACT HUB SANTA BARBARA . “You need to network to move your business forward,” says Diana Pereira, who cofounded Impact Hub Santa Barbara with Dan Ferrick and Brandon Cox. The membership-based office space (packages run from $20 to $995) bears few walls in the spirit of fostering conversation and collaboration. Locally made FluidStance balance boards are available for standing desks; meeting rooms, tech spaces, phone booths, and an outdoor lounge are all on-site. On tap are Handlebar coffee, cucumber water, kombucha, and beer, while a wine bar and cafe are coming soon. But aside from the yoga, massages, and ergonomic Herman Miller chairs, the biggest perks by far are the people. Mentors come in every week, including investor and serial entrepreneur Paul Orfalea (who founded Kinko’s in 1970), along with guest speakers and of course, the many creative minds building businesses at every turn in this hub that is truly humming with ideas on a daily basis. The founders work at what Pereira calls “the art of hosting,” helping members connect wherever and whenever possible. “Success happens in collaborative spaces. When it’s all glass and open, there’s a feeling of energy and transparency,” Pereira says. “We want people to talk to each other and create connections.” 1117 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-284-0078. J E N N I F E R B L A I S E K R A M E R

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made FLUIDSTANCE balance boards; open and private office spaces upstairs—one is the headquarters of SALTY GIRL (page 53); the atrium.

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I N N O VAT O R S Clockwise from top left:

CMO GINA AURIEMMA

with the brand’s packaging; cofounders LAURA JOHNSON and NORAH EDDY ;

Salty Girl coho salmon with lemon pepper and garlic.

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SEA Change PHOTOGRAPHS: PORTRAITS, NICK MALONE; FOOD, COURTESY SALTY GIRL SEAFOOD

Salty Girl rocks the boat for sustainable seafood Knowing that the seafood counter is a confusing place these days, SALTY GIRL set out to find and prepare sustainable, traceable fish and make it accessible to everyone. Founded in 2013 by graduate students at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School for Environmental Science & Management, the company began dock to door, connecting fishermen with chefs at high-caliber restaurants. But they soon realized the consumer could be their customer and recently pivoted the business to target grocery stores, selling a unique frozen product that they can control. “It’s often fresher than the seafood counter, and you know exactly what you’re getting,” says cofounder Norah Eddy. Currently, they sell premarinated coho salmon, black cod, and rockfish in the frozen aisle of select stores including Lazy Acres and Tri-County Produce along with grab-andgo shelf items such as smoked salmon and albacore tuna packs. Traceability is a big part of the Salty Girl model—each package shows a map zeroing in on where the fish is from. Those curious to learn more can go online, punch in a number from the back

of the packaging, and find the fisherman’s name, method, location, and what his or her boat looks like. For example, one coho salmon was caught via hand troll by Brent Robinson on his 22-foot Seabird in Ketchikan, Alaska. Being transparent about how and where the fish are harvested is an entirely new concept in an industry that has what the team calls “no baseline.” The Salty Girl goals are lofty. They are constantly researching new fisheries, aiming to drive change and improve industry standards while getting their products into more hands. Some days they do in-store demos and watch little kids taste their first bites of fish, happy to offer parents a quick, healthier alternative to nuggets. Mostly they hope to make buying seafood a little easier with an engaging brand that people can trust. “Moving from restaurants to retail, we get to be cute with our packaging,” Eddy says, with cofounder Laura Johnson quick to add, “But there’s nothing cute about schlepping fish in coolers.” J . B . K .

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Clockwise from top left: One

of the fireplaces on the PATIO (also available for private events); BROCCOLI , ESPARRAGOS BLANCO , and SETAS from the

tapas menu; chef PETER LEE at work; assorted pintxos; paella pans from neighbor THE BLUE DOOR ; design by DOUG WASHINGTON .

New Spanish Days

On the edge of the Funk Zone across from the train station, LOQUITA serves up authentic pintxos (small snacks), tapas, and paella along with signature gin-based drinks and Spanish wine. Chef Peter Lee—who previously worked at Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas—uses local ingredients that reflect a climate helpfully similar to that of Spain. True to its name—“crazy girl” in Spanish—the restaurant boasts a convivial atmosphere, views into the kitchen, and a relaxing feel outside by the fire. Designer Doug Washington (of The Lark, Lucky Penny, Les Marchands, Santa Barbara Wine Collective, and Helena Avenue Bakery)—with contributions from Santa Barbara local Stephanie Greene Fuller—mixed 150-year-old copper and brass paella pans and gilded mirrors with modern fixtures (including a projection screen) to create a space with signature Spanish/Santa Barbara flair. The latest venture from ACME Hospitality, helmed by Sherry Villanueva, the menu and atmosphere diverge from that of The Lark but the attention to detail remains the same. 202 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-880-3380. C H A R L O T T E B R Y A N T LOQ UITAS B.COM

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Named after the transportation hub where State Street intersects with Highway 101 and the train station, THE HUB is the newly dubbed neighborhood for the boutiques and restaurants where Gutierrez meets Chapala. Home to longtime hot spots including Yoga Soup, Chocolate Maya, and D’Angelo’s, the hood’s business owners are hoping locals will feel the “hometown urban buzz,” says Folio Press & Paperie’s Marlene Bucy. J . B . K .

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PHOTOGRAPHS: LOQUITA, ROB STARK PHOTOGRAPHY

In the hood


The Scoop on THE ROW WHO Rori Trovato, RORI’S ARTISANAL CREAMERY

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WHAT “The Row”—a stretch

of Carpinteria Avenue that has become a commercial and retail culinary hot spot.

KIDS ON THE BLOCK When I got here in 2010, there were only CHOCOLATS DU CALIBRESSAN and the CARPINTERIA WINE CO. in terms of food and wine retailers. We were among T-shirt and bathing suit startup companies, Brothers of Industry’s first spot, a European auto repair, and a commercial vehicle retailer to name a few. I started subleasing one of my kitchens to CRAZY GOOD BREAD , and they opened a retail space a couple doors down. That started the whole foodie scene.

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COOK IT AND THEY WILL COME After BREWLAB opened,

they started attracting a great group of educated beer enthusiasts who appreciated their grassroots style of microbrewing. On Friday nights, they have a woodburning pizza truck come to the back alley, and now it’s packed with people eating pizza and enjoying beer, and I give out free ice cream to everyone. It’s a super fun scene, and now with THE APIARY , they attract a whole new clientele. COUNTER CULTURE If you told me six years ago that this underground mini Funk Zone would happen, I’d say, “You’re crazy!” What a transformation— and it keeps growing with the kombucha and JUICE RANCH , and now BREE’OSH , which haunts us with their smells every day. OCEAN RANCH ORGANICS is also next door. It’s raised the culinary bar in Carp for sure. GINA TOLLESON


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“People in Santa Barbara seem to be on top of environmental awareness. So when creating this collection, we used recycled, repurposed, and sustainable materials, which was really important to me.”

Eleven-time world surf champion KELLY SLATER collaborated on a cool collection with POTTERY BARN TEEN , pbteen.com, that’s full of sustainable and recycled materials. He gave us the inside scoop—from his product picks to local wave inspiration. WHAT ABOUT SANTA BARBARA LIVING INFLUENCED THE COLLECTION?

Compared to a lot of other places I've lived or spent time in, people in Santa Barbara seem to be on top of environmental awareness. So when creating this collection, we used recycled, repurposed, and sustainable materials, which was really important to me. It's easier when the brands can do a lot of the legwork for the consumer and have a product that aligns with those ideals. ANY FAVORITE PIECE FROM THE LINE? I

love everything! I'm blown away by the level of thoughtfulness that went into creating every piece of this collection. The reclaimed wood coffee table works in many different spaces and the surf rack is an obvious choice for me. The Give Back throw blanket is also one of my favorites—not only is it a great gift, but 25 percent of the retail price gives back to the nonprofit Oceana, oceana.org.

WE’D LOVE TO KNOW YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL SURF SPOT. Rincon is called “The

Surf rack ($199).

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Queen of the Coast” for a good reason. It's hard to miss it since it's straight off the 101 in plain view and also one of the funnest waves you'll find anywhere. But there are still a few secrets around. J . B . K .

The coolest new sled in town: SOUNDER

SNOWCRAFT handmade wooden snowboards

($725, soundersnowcraft.com).

Well SUITED

The wet suit as we know it has come a long way as a relatively comfortable insulator at cold-water surf spots. But it’s never given up neoprene, a base material that’s not biodegradable nor toxically benign—until now. Earlier this surf season, PATAGONIA unveiled the world’s first neoprene-free wet suit (from $149), made from sustainably harvested natural rubber (with a dash of synthetic rubber to improve durability). “It’s nice to find a material that isn’t so reliant on petroleum with no difference in warmth, durability, and flexibility,” says Santa Barbara-born pro surfer Joe Curren. These breakthrough wet suits are also unique to Patagonia, but hopefully not for long. True to the company’s planetfirst ethos, the rubber recipe is open source, in hopes that the competition will come in out of the cold. K E I T H H A M M PATAG O N IA. C O M

Island 2.0

ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS: THE COMPLETE READER’S EDITION (University of California Press, $29.95, available at Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805682-6787, chaucersbooks.com) is the first authoritative edition of Scott O’Dell’s acclaimed classic young-adult novel first published in 1960. The book’s factually based survival tale of a 19thcentury Native American girl stranded for years on one of the Channel Islands is newly examined and contextualized with critical essays offering legal, archaeological, and historical information as well as two chapters excised from the original publication. L . D . P O R T E R

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H O L I D AY

Kathryn Ireland recently signed copies of her latest book KATHRYN AT HOME: A GUIDE TO SIMPLE ENTERTAINING ($30, Gibbs Smith) at Kendall Conrad’s boutique, sharing stories and entertaining tips. Ireland, who used to have a home in Ojai, left with a promise to return, adding that our city reminds her of the west coast of Scotland meeting the Côte d’Azur. “Santa Barbara feels like you’re on a permanent holiday,” she says. “When you leave, you always know you want to come back soon.” J . B . K .

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Join WOMEN’S HERITAGE SKILLSHARE , 805-259-6390, womensheritageskillshare.com, for wreath making and wine

tasting on November 20 from 1 to 4 pm at the Alma Rosa Tasting Room in Buellton. RSVP online for a space. The GLOBAL EYE ART COLLECTIVE , 805-259-6390, geartco.com, is transforming its parking lot into a holiday bazaar full of makers, artists, antiques dealers, wine, food, and live music on December 10 from 10 am to 5 pm. HOLIDAY HOMESPUN is back December 17 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm. Once again, the unique greenhouse space is filled with one-of-a-kind gifts and crafts, such as pottery, pillows, and perfume. Vendors inlcude CA Makes, Daniel Kuttner Designs, Kakoon Hand Knits, Saltura, Steelhead Fine Goods, and special guest Beatrix Ost signing copies of her book, The Philosopher’s Style. 201 La Casa Grande

Ring in the New Year with a limited-edition bottle of the CORK JUMPER Blanc de

Blancs sparkling wine ($47) by RIVERBENCH , 805-

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Cir., Goleta. J . B . K .

324-4100, riverbench.com.

Mazel Tov!

Santa Barbara’s largest synagogue, CONGREGATION B’NAI B’RITH , is celebrating its 90th anniversary. What started in someone’s house has grown to more than 600 members with its Cantor Mark Childs celebrating his 25th anniversary there as well. J . B . K .

Get CRAFTY The MONTECITO COUNTRY MART has a fun lineup of holiday activities. Think Thanksgiving pie cart pop-ups (November 19 and 20), Santa Claus and carolers (December 11), and a day to come let the little ones decorate gingerbread houses (December 18 from 2 to 5 pm). Expect festive decor, storytelling, and holiday treats at every turn with more events in the making. J . B . K . M O N T E C IT O C O U N T R YM A RT.C O M

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Diamond drop earrings, price upon request, BRYANT & SONS ,

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GIVING BACK

Empty Bowls helps the Foodbank work to end hunger Soup and bread. Once a year that simple repast is made beautiful by being served in a handmade ceramic bowl and made meaningful by helping to heighten awareness of hunger and food insecurity in our community. Empty Bowls is an annual fund-raising event (November 13) for the FOODBANK OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY that’s hardly a glittering gala. A $30 ticket entitles you to stand in line for one of three seatings, wait for a chance to choose from the hundreds of vessels donated by local potters, then have your bowl filled with a delicious soup supplied by local restaurants. A slice of bread finishes the meal. The bowl is yours to keep—a symbol of all the foodbank does year-round. This is the 19th time that artist Danyel Dean has pulled together a small army of sponsors and volunteers, including servers drawn from the ranks of local notables and celebrities—one year Jeff Bridges showed up unannounced to wield a ladle. The community enthusiasm has been unwavering, and the event generally sells out in advance, pulling in as many as 900 attendees and raising between $130,000 and $150,000 each year. “It gives me chills still that this project can create such a circle of giving,” says Dean. A few years ago, the event outgrew the Santa Barbara Woman’s Club and moved toward Goleta, next door to the foodbank warehouse, which has put what that organization does overall front and center. “Empty Bowls is an opportunity for the community to show support for what we do,” says foodbank CEO Erik Talkin. “Often people think we feed the homeless, but most families we serve have at least one person in full-time employment, yet there’s little left for healthy food. We’re trying to move from the idea of providing emergency food to building food literacy—the ability to shop, plan, budget, and store food.” For those interested in becoming involved throughout the year, the foodbank is always looking for people with tech skills, project management, and marketing experience. Helping hands are welcomed in the warehouse every week—from sorting groceries to assembling brown bags (sign-ups are on the website). “The aspect that’s so fabulous,” says Dean of the Empty Bowls event, “is that it’s a low-ticket item but part of a huge ripple effect.” 4554 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, 805-967-5741. J O A N T A P P E R

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Handmade ceramic bowls at the annual Foodbank fund-raiser.

SOUP’S ON

The ORGANIC SOUP KITCHEN has shifted efforts this year to aid cancer patients and survivors, delivering its formulated “nutrition therapy” gourmet soups to outpatients in Santa Barbara. This season, the nonprofit opens its doors for dinner (noon to 3 pm) on Thanksgiving and Christmas, inviting the public into the Veteran’s Memorial Building on Cabrillo Boulevard for healing and homemade soups. Families interested in volunteering can contact Organic Soup Kitchen to help prep or serve soup. J . B . K . O R GA N I CS O UPK I TC H E N .O R G

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In Memoriam

LARRY CRANDELL , who died at home in August at the age of 93,

was widely known as “Mr. Santa Barbara.” The well-loved emcee for countless fund-raisers and functions over the years, Crandell had a long history of volunteerism. He was awarded the Purple Heart after serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II and went on to have a successful business career as owner of an Arthur Murray’s dance studio franchise in the 1950s and decades of successful real

estate investments. His laughter, wit, and generous spirit inspired people near and far, as he served as an auctioneer for everything from local preschools to large colleges, encouraging an estimated $200 million in charitable gifts. In 2007, his son Steven wrote a book entitled Silver Tongue—Secrets of Mr. Santa Barbara, which serves as a feel-good tribute to his life. A fund is set up in his name at the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. J . B . K .

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Clockwise from top: Wares on display at Ellzey’s studio; Alli Adison wears the Garrison ($235); the Vanner studio; the Mary Frances ($120); Ellzey’s dressing room self-portrait.

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Courtney Ellzey, creator and designer of VANNER HATS , based in Ventura, California, shares some of her bohemian country taste with the West Coast. “I am from Texas,” she says with a drawl. “My whole life I have worn hats—there’s always been something on my head! I started a company where I could incorporate my love of design, photography, and fashion while simultaneously paying homage to my Southwestern roots.” Two years ago, freshly divorced, Ellzey came up with a concept that would benefit herself and set an example for her two children, Blade, 19, and Emerson, 3. “Whatever life throws at you,” she shares, “you just have to dig in and make something good out of it.” Ellzey was inspired by her paternal grandmother, Mary Frances Ellzey, whose style can be found in the soul of Vanner Hats. “My grandmother was this gypsy cowgirl from the South,” she says. “She had daring taste and a flair for eccentricities.” The company is named after the Gypsy Vanner horses, a romantic breed employed to pull caravans in the 1800s by travelers and wanderers in England and Ireland. This adventurous lifestyle struck a cord with Ellzey. “It made perfect sense for me to incorporate my love of horses with my line of hats,” she said. “I love everything that a Vanner life stylistically represents.” Vanner’s new collection—available online and at Wildflower Women in Los Olivos—has elements of the first collection but with a more classic and tailored look. Ellzey is passionate about using sustainable materials whenever possible, and the handmade hats are manufactured by a company that supports local Ecuadorian female artisans and promotes ethical fashion practices. As Vanner continues to grow, Ellzey aims to engage female hat makers worldwide. 2674 E. Main St., Ventura, 619-370-0940. A M E L I A F L E E T W O O D

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Get hypnotized with hints of lemon, gardenia, jasmine, tea, and bergamot with Ventura’s new apothecary perfume Willow, $85, SEREN , serenapothecary.com.

The BACARA RESORT & SPA has partnered with Barcelonabased cosmetics company Natura Bissé, offering its products and unique spa treatments (from $180)—think lifting facials, firming body masks, and golf ball massages—year-round. Stay tuned for Bubble Pure Air pop-ups in 2017, where guests can experience treatments in a clear, serene bubble room, breathing in 99.995 percent pure air. 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 855-968-0100. J E N N I F E R B L A I S E K R A M E R M E R I TA GE C O L L E C TI O N .CO M / BA C A RA R E S O R T

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For some women, finding the perfect eyebrow shape can seem almost unattainable. Michelle Kass, owner of MICHELLE K MONTECITO BROW STUDIO , understands this struggle and has made it her mission to help women create their ideal brows. Michelle thinks of brow waxing not as an aesthetic chore, but “a form of art” that requires studying each woman’s unique brow structure and intentionally shaping them to best highlight and frame the face. Her studio offers brow, lip, chin, and face waxes (from $10) along with under-eye masks. “For me,” says Kass, “this is about helping women look beautiful and feel better.” 116 Middle Rd., Montecito, 805452-8551. T A Y L O R M A S K E T

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Kayla Johnson, owner and cofounder of the local boot camp SWEAT outdoors, came up with a new fitness concept to keep workouts evolving. 5WAYFIT is a one-stop shop concept (passes start at $79 per month) aiming at achieving “strength, cardio, nutrition, community, and balance” through offering more than 54 classes a week in local boutique fitness venues. Mix up cardio kickboxing, boxing, cycling, Pilates, barre, yoga, and of course SWEAT outdoors, all week long in top studios such as Yasa Yoga, Fit Buddha, and The Dailey Method. Johnson promises there will be no boredom, maintaining a motto of: "Why workout in the same four walls everyday?" J . B . K . 5WAYFIT.COM

When Santa Ana winds caused bad rashes for Cortney Herrera, she began distilling rosemary at home, hoping that the herb’s anti-inflammatory qualities would translate into an effective skin tonic. With a background in culinary arts and herbal medicine, Herrera created a concoction that worked to clear up her skin maladies in two weeks, and her rosemary and bay hydrosol ($18) was born. After a year of “conscientious experimenting” in her Ventura garden and kitchen, she launched WILDCARE , a line of organic botanical beauty products, in 2015. All ingredients are “wildcrafted” from the region— from mountain-grown white sage to backyard jasmine—and the water used in distillation is hand collected from local springs, which Herrera believes adds magic to the mists. Her seasonal pick? The empress cypress hydrosol ($18) with notes of smoke, evergreen, and cool mint. J . B . K . H E L L O W I L D C A RE .C O M

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Left to right: Shoulder duster, $9,800, Silverhorn; XL Multi hoops, $495, Jennifer Fisher Jewelry; opal and diamond chandelier, $4,160, ARA Collection.

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Clockwise from top left: MLM blouse, $150, Blanka; Erickson Beamon body chain, $1,930, Julianne; Megan Hooker bowl, $90, Barro; mule slides, $395, Jenni Kayne.

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SHARKSKIN GREY Minimalist and modern tokens

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Left to right: Santa Cruz Island: An Illustrated History, $149.99, Chaucer’s Bookstore; sneakers, $108, Seavees; Heidi Merrick coat, $625, Whistle Club.

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The interior of this 192square-foot SHELTON HUT boasts a marble bathroom and hand-blown glass fixture. It’s also welded on wheels for easy mobility.

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Mattie Shelton put her welding skills and family design/ build background (her dad is local architect Jeff Shelton) to use in an effort to elevate the tent experience. Her first creation was a five-foot-tall “mildly collapsible” hut, complete with a steel frame, glass front, canvas drop cloth, and space for a twin bed. Soon SHELTON HUTS was born, and she, along with Evan Walbridge, has been designing steel and wood framed tents (from $8,000) using reclaimed materials for clients along the West Coast. “I was lucky enough to grow up on a property with lots of friends and extended family, all of whom are extremely hard-working, creative people,” says Shelton. “I get to learn everyday from people who’ve managed to make a living doing things they are passionate about.” J . B . K . S HELTONHUTS .COM

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ALLEN CONSTRUCTION created a “teeny-tiny house” that’s an inspired replica of a full-size, historical Queen Anne home the company recently renovated in downtown Santa Barbara. Working with the same team of Thompson-Naylor Architects and interior designer Jessica Risko Smith, preconstruction manager Eric Johnson says they strive for “the same perfection of our craft on projects big, small, and teeny-tiny—improving our planet by showcasing that green can also be gorgeous.” This teeny-tiny house was auctioned off at the Community Environmental Council’s annual Green Gala, and Charles and Betsy Newman had the winning bid at $11,000. The couple plans to put a picket fence and vegetable garden around it for their six grandkids. 805-884-8777. J . B . K .

Call it the antidote to the man cave. The she shed is the collective cry for a female getaway space be it an artist studio, garden dwelling, or yoga hideaway. And when architect JEFF DOUBET ’s wife, Lori, asked for one, he said, “You can do whatever you want on the inside, I just want it to look cool on the outside.” In attempt to create a vignette of good design on a hill in his backyard, this first she shed started a major footnote in his career. Now having designed several high-end sheds (roughly $11,000) around town— from tiny stucco red-tiled roof retreats to rustic potting rooms—he says, “careers have to morph; I’m most proud that I don’t fit the mold.” 805-698-6777. J . B . K . JEFFDOUBET.COM S A N TA B A R B A R A

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The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is feeling a little more Alice in Wonderland thanks to its new sparkling alfresco art installation. In collaboration with Los Angeles lighting designer PAUL FERRANTE , “Illume” features a collection of 28 handcrafted lanterns that light up the resort’s iconic 200-year-old oak tree. Ferrante’s vintage-inspired Spanish revival designs include various shapes of wrought iron and glass hanging pendants, reflecting the inn’s early beginnings in the 1920s and casting a magical, gasp-worthy glow. 905 Country Club Rd., Ojai, 855697-8780. J . B . K . PAULFER R AN T E . C O

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place, designer Beth Dana installed NEW WOOD FLOORS from Abbey’s Carpet,

selecting a medium brown oak with grey undertones to contrast the white walls.

oak flooring, she painted all the walls white. Next, she added in plush furnishings from Porch, ceramics from Global Eye Art Collective, rugs from Kristen Cramer, and lots of pillows from her own line, which are made with vintage tribal fabrics from Africa, Central America, and Asia. Says Dana: “A natural, organic, calm, neutral, coastal palette becomes more interesting and warm with the textures and colors and patterns of ethnic textiles.” 805-260-2556. J . B . K . B E TH D A N A .C O M

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To welcome back a California native who had grown tired of cold, dark winters in Alaska, designer BETH DANA created a warm, layered retreat. Working with her client, nearly all by phone, Dana transformed a dated ranch house in Solvang into a “forever home” sanctuary inspired by nature. She worked with earthy neutrals to keep the eye focused on the expansive views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, which glow with orange poppies in spring. After replacing cold concrete and stale carpet with new

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Clubhouse by Design Santa Barbara architect Dan Weber is the mind behind the mid-century clubhouse that anchors the latest luxury Airstream outpost. AUTOCAMP originated here by Mesa Lane’s Neil Dipaola and Ryan Miller, so when it came time to open AutoCamp Russian River, enlisting a local like-minded designer was an on-brand decision. Weber, who also oversaw the property’s site design and individual trailer interiors (which, along with Geremia Design, were filled with Casper mattresses, Coyuchi linens, and Malin+Goetz bath products), says the Airstream itself served as his inspiration as “an icon of mid-century modern design.” He aimed to infuse the 3,000-square-foot modern lounge with that characteristic style from a stark, low profile to era-specific custom furnishings. He adds: “The open-air clubhouse was designed to cultivate socialization and create an immersive experience of the surrounding natural landscape, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor space.” J . B . K . AUTOCAMP.COM

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Mid-century modern design impresario Steve Hermann has high hopes for his newly minted downtown Santa Barbara restaurant, SOMERSET . “We want to do the best restaurant anywhere,” he says, “and we want it to win design awards and food awards against the best of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Paris—really put Santa Barbara on a world stage in that capacity.” Hermann is accustomed to setting steep goals for himself. He’s already garnered an impressive foodie track record based on his first restaurant, SO·PA, located in the stylish L’Horizon Resort & Spa—a mid-century architectural gem in Palm Springs he lovingly refurbished to aesthetic acclaim. Hermann’s design for Somerset is a departure from the minimalist ethos he’s known for. “I realized that I don’t really love modern restaurants,” he admits. “I don’t like it when they’re too stark.” Hence the comfy Chesterfield sofa in the dining room and the deeply tufted booths in the club room. And Hermann spared no expense on the quality of the appointments—unusual for a commercial space—admitting that the “fit and finish” of Somerset resembles that of his residential projects, which have to be “beyond perfect.” The luxe quality of the dining space cries out

for a star chef, and Hermann spent a year persuading the talented Lauren Herman, chef de cuisine at his favorite L.A. restaurant, A.O.C., to move to Santa Barbara and helm the restaurant’s state-of-the-art kitchen. “Somerset represents the pinnacle of my many years of culinary exploration,” says Herman, who focuses on “farm-driven California cuisine with light French and Mediterranean influences.” Joining Herman in the kitchen is her wife, pastry chef/sous chef Christina Olufson. Given the huge effort and attention to detail Hermann has lavished on the restaurant, Somerset will likely fulfill his vision of “a place people are coming to for the next 50 years.” Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday; brunch and dinner on the weekends. 7 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, 805-8457112. L . D . P O R T E R S O M E RS E TS B .CO M S A N TA B A R B A R A

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Top to bottom: “The atmosphere in the BACK PATIO is more ROMANTIC AND LUSH than the front room,” says Hermann, who

brought in 100-YEAR-OLD OLIVE TREES from the Northern California/Oregon border; inside the restaurant, Hermann covered the walls in veined marble, maple veneer wallpaper, and pewterdipped travertine tile, while the expansive ZINC-COVERED BAR has inlaid antique beveled mirrors. Opposite, clockwise from top: An EXPRESAR PINA cocktail; the newly renovated facade of Somerset;

Hermann’s affinity for MODERNISM persists in the Italian Stilnovo sconces circa 1955.

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Fresh MEX

From top: LA LOLA ceviche tostada; a QUESADILLA DE MERCADO with

cheese, farmers market veggies, avocado, tomato confit, and an almond arbol salsa.

Mexican food gets gourmet at CORAZON COCINA , recently opened in the Santa Barbara Public Market. Chef Ramon Velazquez (formerly of Arigato, Cielito, and Olio Crudo Bar) is taking tacos to a new level—in addition to mainstay dishes such as the Queso Fundido with melted cheese, mushrooms, wine, roasted poblanos, and caramelized onions are specials like the La Chicana quesadilla (shrimp and Oaxaca cheese with roasted corn, poblano chiles, and crema on a handmade flour tortilla) or the ahi tostada with chile aioli, citrus soy, avocado, leeks, and furikake. “Opening my own restaurant has been a dream of mine since I was very young,” says Velazquez, who also is planning new stews, soups, and tamales for the holidays. 38 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, 805-8450282. G I N A Z . T E R L I N D E N

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South America meets California in Matias Requena’s BUENA ONDA artisan empanadas. The savory turnovers are traditional Argentine street food (and named after the common expression used to describe people you jive with), but Requena gives them a local twist using meats, produce, and inspiration sourced from the area. His six varieties ($39 per dozen, order by phone or online and pick up at the kitchen downtown) include the Argentine Carne Picada with Rancho San Julian beef, onion, pepper, egg, and olive; the European-inspired vegetarian La Suiza with Swiss chard, leeks, brie, and sage; and an Italian-style Caprese with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, among others. “Empanadas represent the diversity in community,” says Requena, whose family moved to the United States in 2002. “We decided to bring empanadas to Santa Barbara mainly because we felt the need to share our roots and culture with the locals that welcomed us to this beautiful land.” 724 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara, 805-679-3320. G . Z . T . B U EN A O N D A S B.C O M The CARNE PICADA with chimichurri sauce.

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Sip Stop

Joining Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail is the

CEBADA TASTING ROOM

downtown across from the Wine Collection of El Paseo. The Burgundianstyle Chardonnay ($39), rosé ($30), and Pinot Noir ($45) are made from grapes grown on viticulturalist Sandra Newman’s Forbidden Fruit Orchards in Santa Ynez, which also grows the blueberries for her special Forbidden Fruit Libation dessert wine ($30) as well as the jams, syrups, and more that are also sold at the tasting room. 8 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, 805-451-2570. G . Z . T . F O R BI D D E N F R UI TO RC H A R D S .C O M

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Having recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, Jeremy Bohrer and Sayward Rebhal’s FIVE & ¼ wine bar has developed a devoted following of oenophiles who appreciate the Old World wine list—meaning nothing served is local. “Our concept has always been to deliver something completely different,” says Bohrer, who also owns the barware shop Still right around the corner. “The community has really seemed to enjoy experiencing such unique wines from around the world. We’re always encouraging our guests to get out of their wine comfort zone—that’s what we’re all about.” Situated inside Pacific Crepes (Five & ¼ opens once the French cafe shuts down after lunch), the wine bar offers different categories of vintages—Safer, Stranger, Geeky, Daredevil, and the house pick Five & ¼ (always $5.25)—and the couple takes great care in compiling the list and learning about the wines. “One of our favorites right now is our Daredevil red, the 2013 Piquentum Terre Refošk,” says Bohrer. “The varietal is Refošk dal Istria and it comes from a region in Croatia that has incredibly iron-rich soil. That iron gets transferred to the grapes and then to the ending wine, which results in a really intriguing ferrous, meaty, rusty, and toothsome palate.” As for the food, the small plates are not your typical American bites but are likewise inspired by the countries from which the wines are made—think East meets West popcorn ($3) and chickpea flour pancakes ($9). “We really work to present dishes that are as unique as our wines, and we like to push boundaries in the kitchen,” says Rebhal. “For winter, we’re looking at adding some regional comfort foods from a number of different countries.” 705 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, 707-364-4238. G . Z . T .

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Having been home to an iteration of the iconic Don the Beachcomber for years, Santa Barbara is no stranger to the tiki bar concept. Now, TEST PILOT —the newest venture from the owners of Good Lion—in the Funk Zone offers a fresh take on South Pacific style with carefully crafted cocktails and appropriately quirky nautical decor. The drinks are equally sophisticated with an emphasis on rum and thoughtful details like “bamboo” straws, boozy slushies, and of course, those little paper umbrellas. “We’ve been fascinated with the cocktails from the world of classic tiki for years now,” says co-owner Brandon Ristaino. “We are so happy to be able to serve drinks inspired by that era in our new bar in the heart of this amazing neighborhood.” 211 Helena Ave., Santa Barbara, 805-845-2518.

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Shop & Sip

The SANTA BARBARA WINE COLLECTIVE is hosting a series of Handmade Holiday Gift Workshops ($30) on December 11, and 18 at 11 am and 3 pm. Events run the gamut from cookie making with Helena Avenue Bakery chef Bryan Foehlo to a farmers market-driven cooking class to creating edible gifts with farmer and chef Michelle Aronson—wine and materials included. Or stop by the open house on December 18 from 1 to 5 pm and shop the local artisan market with Jessica Foster Confections, Chapala Farms Jam, Farmbelly, Mi Refugio Projects, and more. 131 Anacapa St., Ste. C, Santa Barbara, 805-456-2700. C . B . S A N TA BA R BA R AW I N E CO L L E CTI V E .C O M

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Suisse Family Robinson

Santa Barbara’s only bar explicitly dedicated to bubbly, THE CHAMPAGNE ROOM is a charming nook offering a variety of champagnes, European sparkling wines, and a selection of handpicked beer—with inventive small bites coming soon. Restaurateur Scott Manser, along with partner Damian Gover, retrofitted a small space (open Thursday through Sunday) located just off lower State Street into a vintage Hollywood-inspired champagne haven. Relax on a custom-designed couch under the glow of a chandelier, and sip by the glass or share a bottle while a guest musician works the keys on the antique piano. 7 W. Haley St., Santa Barbara, 805-455-0424. K E R R Y A L L E N

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Don’t Miss... Head to the CANARY HOTEL for the Holiday Sip & Swirl Rooftop Wine Tasting on December 14. A variety of local wineries such as Grassini and Refugio Ranch are pouring special vintages that are paired with a selection of cheeses while downstairs, Finch & Fork executive chef James Siao is offering a bouillabaisse special throughout the evening. And if you bring a toy to be donated to Toys for Tots of Santa Barbara, you can save $5 off the ticket price ($35). For more information, call 805-8799100 or visit finchandfork restaurant.com.

The FOUR SEASONS RESORT BILTMORE turns into the

Polar Express on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the special Biltmore Express dinner and brunch. From 5 to 9 pm on December 24, guests ($92/adults, $46/children ages 5 to 12) can nosh on a familystyle dinner of hamachi crudo tartare; house-made cannelloni; beef Wellington, roasted rack of lamb, Santa Barbara rock cod; and a decadent dessert display created by executive chef Marco Fossati. From noon to 8 pm on December 25, hop on board for a lavish buffet spread ($120/ adults, $60/children ages 5 to 12) of seasonal favorites such as turkey with gravy, honeyglazed ham, roasted prime rib, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, and scalloped root vegetable gratin in addition to seafood, farmers market salads, antipasto, a kids’ buffet, and more. For more information, call 805-5658237 or visit fourseasons.com/ santabarbara/landing_pages/ property/festive. G . Z . T .

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A close encounter with Santa Barbara’s creative community

BRIAN CALVIN ’s

Only Child, 2013, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 60 x 36 in.


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Top to bottom: Calvin’s THE HATCHLING , 2016,

acrylic on canvas, 54 x 54 in.; DEAD ON , 2015, acrylic on

canvas, 72 x 46 in. Far right: Calvin’s works on RAF SIMONS ’s 2013

menswear collection.

To experience BRIAN CALVIN ’s color-saturated paintings, you need to be in the same space with them. What appears on a printed page (or screen) has little to do with the texture and intensity of his creations. Size too, is critical—most of Calvin’s works measure about five feet by seven feet—and the effect is powerful. Despite their figurative nature, Calvin avoids imposing narratives on his paintings: “Looking back at Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, it’s not the subject matter that anyone’s remembering,” he says. A California native who lives and works in Ojai, Calvin received his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. He’s well- known internationally: Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons—who collects Calvin’s work—featured the artist’s images in his 2013 menswear collection. Calvin’s year-end plans include participating in an important museum group show in Oslo (Astrup Fearnley Museet). For 2017, London (Corvi-Mora) and Brussels (Almine Rech Gallery) are already on his exhibition list. Stateside, Calvin is represented by New York’s Anton Kern Gallery, antonkerngallery.com. L.D. PORTER

It’s a Wrap

Top to bottom: Durling at the RIVIERA

It’s a match made in cinematic heaven: The SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL now has a long-term lease on Santa Barbara’s historic Riviera Theater. Although SBIFF has, for the last decade, used the 400-seat theater for its Cinema Society screenings, the new arrangement gives SBIFF use of the space 24/7 for the next 20 years (with a 10-year option). “This is a game-changer,” says executive director Roger Durling. “We will now have a full year-round presence.” The only movie theater in town with an ocean view, the Riviera Theater is located within the Riviera Park complex owned by philanthropist Michael Towbes. The theater building dates back to 1930, and SBIFF plans to update its sound system, screen projection, and seating. “Santa Barbara will have a state-of-the-art film center,” says Durling, who has morphed the SBIFF from an annual festival (running February 1 to 11, 2017) to a year-round presenter of specialty films. L . D . P . S BIFF.ORG

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The news of Kurt Cobain’s suicide opens The King of Good Intentions II (A Barnacle Book, $15.95), the second installment of author/S.B. indie band member (The Black Watch) JOHN ANDREW FREDERICK ’s fictitious saga of a Los Angeles couple and their rock band.

Books by local authors to delight everyone on your gift list CAROL BURNETT ’s fourth book,

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (Crown Archetype, $28) provides a hilarious behind-thescenes history of The Carol Burnett Show, the beloved thespian’s legendary Emmy Award-winning television series.

Ventura-based outdoor clothing supplier Patagonia has always been ahead of the curve from an environmental standpoint. But MALINDA CHOUINARD and JENNIFER RIDGEWAY ’s new book, Family Business: Innovative On-Site Child Care Since 1983 (Patagonia, $45), reveals how the retailer also broke ground with its child-care program that, with any luck, will become the template for other employers. Don’t miss the newly minted second edition of MARY LOUISE

A whirlwind of art-world intrigue, shady business dealings, and murder envelop law professor Jonathan Benjamin Franklin and his faithful pug Rufus in Art Attack (Prides Crossing, $15.95), the third volume of DAVID L. GERSH ’s Jonathan Benjamin Franklin mystery series. The immigrant experience at the turn of the 20th century in New York City turns personal for DAVID MARSHALL , UC Santa Barbara’s executive vice chancellor and professor of English and comparative literature, as he investigates his grandfather’s decision to change the family name in Forgetting Fathers: Untold Stories from an Orphaned Past (Excelsior Editions, $19.95).

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and RICHARD OGLESBY ’s Santa Barbara, A Guide to El Pueblo Viejo (Santa Barbara Conservancy, $19.95). The updated version of this indispensable guide—originally published in 1986 and written by Rebecca Conard and Christopher H. Nelson—features color images, expanded text, and walking tourfriendly maps covering Santa Barbara’s historical architectural and cultural sites. Artist, author, speaker, and documentary filmmaker BEVERLYE HYMAN FEAD is not afraid to talk about age. At 82, she’s turned her Aging in High Heels blog into an eponymous third book ($20, Ridgedale) and says it’s about “the highs and lows, funnies and sads of aging.” Having spoke at length across the country on living with stage IV cancer and the importance of health and lifespan, Fead is now a member of Washington, D.C., think tank Global Healthspan Policy Institute.

Former Los Angeles Times hiking columnist and Santa Barbara resident JOHN MCKINNEY charts a spiritual path in Hiking the Holy Mountain: Tales of Monks and Miracles on the Trails of Mount Athos, Greece (Olympus, $16.95). The heartwarming account of two treks that changed the author’s life alternates from Santa Barbara to monasteries in Greece. In Authors in Court: Scenes from the Theater of Copyright (Harvard University Press, $29.95) UCSB English professor MARK ROSE traces the significant impact of the cult of personality surrounding famous creators (including reclusive author J.D. Salinger and contemporary artist Jeff Koons) on the evolving concept of authorship that underlies copyright law. L . D . P O R T E R AND JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER

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Forget about cookie-cutter travel; choose a spot that speaks to your style and interests. Three Santa Barbarans share the best of their recent journeys in words and pictures

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The swimming pool at VINA VIK MILLAHUE in Chile.


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South American Sojourn

Interior designer and creative director of House of Honey, TAMARA KAYE-HONEY spent last winter’s holidays in Uruguay and Chile with her family, enjoying the Vik hotels in the bohemian beachside town of José Ignacio, in the Uruguayan countryside, and in the mountains beyond Santiago.

Best Hotel VINA VIK MILLAHUE, vinavik.com, in Chile. This property includes a

winery and is as much an art gallery as it is a hotel. Alex and Carrie Vik are the creators of the hippest luxury retreats in South America. Staying at their properties is like being the guest of a friend—one with impeccable taste in architecture, furniture, and art.

Most Memorable Restaurant PARADOR LA HUELLA,

paradorlahuella.com, in José Ignacio, Uruguay. Situated on the beach, it doesn’t start happening till after midnight, but there’s great food, music, and design.

Fun Shopping MUTATE, mutate.com.uy, in José Ignacio, Uruguay. This shop has a mix of men’s and women’s clothes with chic vintage finds. Don’t Miss The beach club and restaurant LA SUSANA, lasusana.com, at Playa Vik. You can drink rosé with your feet in the sand. Absolute Highlight Touring the FUNDACION PABLO ATCHUGARRY, fundacionpabloatchugarry.org, in Uruguay. It’s an arts center established by the namesake sculptor in Punta del Este. His marble work is beyond words. J . T .

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top right: An artful mix of wares at

MUTATE ; VINA VIK roof detail; the

Estancia dining room; ESTANCIA VIK JOSE IGNACIO ; the VIK WINERY from

afar; the AZULEJO

PHOTOGRAPHS: VINA VIK AND ESTANCIA VIK JOSE IGNACIO, COURTESY OF VIK RETREATS

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Clockwise from top right: The CHILSTON PARK

manor house; the Great Gallery at THE WALLACE COLLECTION ;

Rudyard Kipling’s BATEMAN’S home; PENSHURST PLACE ; afternoon

tea at THE WOLSELEY ; CALKE ABBEY .

England like a Local

Onetime London resident, die-hard Anglophile, and antiques dealer ANNE LUTHER combined a London stay with a tour of literary sites, country estates, gardens, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of historic restorations.

Best Hotel CHILSTON PARK, handpickedhotels.co.uk/chilstonpark, in Lenham,

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Kent. The 17th-century manor house is set on 22 acres and filled with antiques. It gives you the sense of spending time in the comfort of a private British country house.

THE WOLSELEY , thewolseley .com, in Mayfair, London. It has a great European feel and traditional English food and

service—it’s loved by locals and tourists alike.

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MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET in London. I never miss V V Rouleaux, a haberdashery for new and antique ribbons and trimmings from all over the world. There are lots of cafes—I like Coco Momo.

Don’t Miss THE WALLACE COLLECTION, wallacecollection.org, in London. It’s a historic town home in Manchester Square with outstanding old masters and a fine collection of 18th-century French furnishings.

Absolute Highlight A rainy afternoon visit to KNOLE HOUSE,

nationaltrust.org.uk/knole, in Sevenoaks. As the sky darkened and the lightning storm moved in, I felt as though I was living in a Daphne du Maurier novel as I visited this 600-year-old estate. J . T .


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At Home Down Under

Globe-trotting photographer Brian Hodges has been in Byron Bay, Australia, testing the waters for a permanent relocation by assessing the coastal town’s climate, culture, food, surf, design, and style. He says all the important check boxes have been filled in.

Best Hotel For relaxed, beachy accommodations with smart design

elements, there’s THE ATLANTIC BYRON BAY , atlanticbyronbay.com.au, near Clarkes Beach, or the boutique exclusivity of RAE’S ON WATEGOS , raes.com.au.

Most Memorable Restaurant THE FARM BYRON BAY,

thefarmbyronbay.com.au, emphasizes local and organic fare at its restaurant, cafe, and produce store. You can tour the farm, and the kids can see the heritage pigs and run around groves of macadamia and pecan trees.

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Don’t Miss The area’s natural beauty at spots like THE PASS, the sandy

beach with a right, point-break surfing spot; WHITES BEACH , where jungle meets the ocean; MINYON FALLS , with its crashing plume of water; or a sunrise hike to the top of MOUNT WARNING to catch the first rays of light to hit the continent.

Absolute Highlight The abundance of RAIN.

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Clockwise from top left: The garden at THE ATLANTIC BYRON BAY ;

approaching THE FARM BYRON BAY ; fresh oysters at RAE’S ON WATEGOS ; a view of the waves from Rae’s; SPELL ’s boho boutique; signage at The Farm.

PHOTOGRAPHS: RAE’S ON WATEGOS, SEAN FENNESSY

SPELL , spelldesigns.com.au, has an easygoing bohochic vibe, but make time for the ubiquitous garage sales every Saturday. There’s a strong reuse/recycle aesthetic here.


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DIVINE Discontent Annette Bening is an earthy, funny, and wise 21st-century woman. A four-time Academy Award

nominee, she stars in the upcoming 20th Century Women—a multifaceted, heartwarming love letter to the complexities of women, family, time, and Feature (bening) the connections we look for our entire lives. Set

in Santa Barbara and written and directed by Mike Mills —who was raised here—the film follows Dorothea Fields (Bening), a single mother in her mid50s who is raising her adolescent son during

a turning point in California marked by cultural, political change and rebellion J. R. M A NK O F F LIN D A M E DV E NE I N T E R V I E W E D B Y ROG E R DU R L I NG PHOTOGRAPHS BY STYLED BY

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Dress, $2,275, DOLCE & GABBANA SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Earrings,

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Vest, $1,975, MICHAEL KORS . Blouse, $2,395, DOLCE & GABBANA SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Alice and Olivia pant,

$242, K. FRANK . Earrings, $32,000, MARTIN KATZ . Opposite: Jacket

$2,275, and pants, $1,145, DOLCE & GABBANA SOUTH COAST PLAZA .

Theory blouse, $225, WENDY FOSTER . Earrings, $32,000, MARTIN KATZ . Sandals, $975, JIMMY CHOO SOUTH COAST PLAZA .

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WHAT ULTIMATELY ATTRACTED YOU TO THE CHARACTER OF DOROTHEA?

I’m 58, so I’m the same age as the young girl in the story would be. That’s how I was at the time, and so for me it resonated and told me things about my life and the context of my life in a way that I had never really understood. DOROTHEA IS SO FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS— SHE’S OPEN AND GUARDED AT THE SAME TIME. WHAT WAS IT LIKE INHABITING HER?

You’ve put your finger on the very thing that was so tricky, difficult, fascinating, and exhilarating about playing her. I guess this is true when you’re probing into something and you find you get far enough in where there are contradictions to things that absolutely deny the other. You’re getting to something true. The problem—of course the dramatic problem, the creative problem—is to get that across without being unclear. And that’s often always the knife’s edge because you don’t want to be too literal and you don’t want to be fuzzy. You want to be somewhere in the middle—like life is. Mike Mills was very cognizant of that. I was very cognizant of that. And of course, Dorothea is based on his mom, so we talked a lot about her. I found myself endlessly asking him questions. That’s why so many characters in films can come across as not being multidimensional because it’s very tricky to get those kinds of layers. Movies come down to moment-to-moment interaction. I trusted him, and he was honest with me.

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“You want to get to

a place where you don’t know what you’re doing, you want

to get to a place where it’s just coming out and you’re not monitoring it.”


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CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THAT NOTION OF BEING UNCOMFORTABLE AS A PERFORMER?

First of all, it’s hard to describe, and number two, part of me is trying to protect what I do because I need to keep some of it private. When I go and speak to students I really get into the nitty-gritty of it all and what the process is like because when I was a student that was very valuable to me. But all I can tell you is that I don’t know anybody that is a performing artist who doesn’t have fear and insecurity. So you have to live with that feeling. I HAD A PROFESSOR WHO SAID IT’S OKAY TO HAVE THOSE BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR STOMACH AS LONG AS THEY FLY IN FORMATION.

I knew an English actress—Fabia Drake, she was in her 80s—on my first movie, Valmont, and she was a real character. I was completely terrified, and I felt like a stage actress just doing a movie—I didn’t know what I was doing. I must have been talking to her about how nervous I was, and she said, “Darling, divine discontent. Divine discontent.” It is divine, and you need it. It may take you somewhere that is outside of what you’re imagining in the moment, but that’s where you need to go. You want to get to a place where you don’t know what you’re doing, you want to get to a place where it’s just coming out and you’re not monitoring it. But of course, the psyche is organized to protect the self. So the psyche doesn’t want to do that, the psyche says, “Wait, you know you’re Annette, you’re not this other person. Just pretend.”

YOU WERE RAISED IN CALIFORNIA IN THE 1970S. DID IT HELP YOU UNDERSTAND DOROTHEA’S WORLD—CAUGHT SOMEWHAT OFF-GUARD AT A TURNING POINT IN OUR HISTORY?

My parents are from the Midwest and I’m the youngest of four. We moved to San Diego when I was 7, so I think that was helpful to me. Dorothea is my parent’s generation, although she’s in a very different world than my parents inhabited. Nonetheless, it’s in the same ballpark, and I think that was of value. I can remember having a conversation with my mom when I was a teenager and sort of discovering the feminist movement. That topic was hot and heavy at the time and we started to have an argument. I was talking about feminism in some sense, and she said, “Well I just want you to know if I were your age I would be exactly like you.” And I thought that was so interesting, having been raised in the Midwest, getting married in 1950, having four children pretty quickly all before she was 30.… She was someone who very much embraced being a homemaker and doing everything and living that busy life. And of course, not all women were. So that’s kind of more where Dorothea landed for me. HOW DID IT FEEL TO SHOOT IN SANTA BARBARA?

Oh, it was great! We had taken a trip up to see all the specific places that are referred to in the script. So when we were actually there, it was extraordinary, heavenly—such a beautiful place. We felt like we were in the real spot, so it was extremely helpful, and we were immersed.

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“All I can tell you is that I don’t know

anybody that is a performing artist who doesn’t have fear and insecurity. So you have to live with that feeling.”

YOU’RE ALSO ENDING THE YEAR BY STARRING IN RULES DON’T APPLY , PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY YOUR HUSBAND, WARREN BEATTY. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH HIM AGAIN?

I’ve been in movies with him but never been directed by him. It was exciting on so many levels, because I was so glad he was making the film. I didn’t know if he was going to end up actually doing it—he worked on it for so long, and so I loved it. He’s a very enthusiastic director. Loves actors. He makes you feel like you can do anything, and it was really a joy. Also, the days that I was working on the film, he was not acting, so it was easier for him. So, yeah, it was very, very special for us. ●

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It was that kind of day-to-day probing. In writing, and certainly in acting, you are constantly in a place where you’re slightly uncomfortable.


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Director Mike Mills digs into family history and explores memories with his films. Raised in Santa Barbara in the 1970s, he is best known for his independent film Beginners for which Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. That movie was about his dad, Paul Chadbourne Mills—former director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art— and how he came out as a gay man at the age of 75. Now, Mills returns with 20th Century Women, which is about his mother, Jan Mills. Starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Feature (mills) and Billy Crudup, this alternative coming-of-age film takes place in 1979 and was shot in Santa Barbara

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WHAT WAS SANTA BARBARA LIKE IN 1979?

MIKE MILLS grew

up in Santa Barbara during the 1970s. “It’s very easy to make it look like 1979,” he says. “The streets in Montecito haven’t changed—all the signs are the same. Everything’s the same.”

We moved here in the 1970s, lived in Montecito, and my dad was the director of the art museum—he didn’t make a lot of money doing that back in the ’70s. We had a big old house there, it was kind of in ruins. Montecito in the ’70s was not as wealthy as it is now. There were a lot of big old houses that were in shambles and had a Grey Gardens vibe. I remember my Montecito Union school bus stopping up on Cold Springs and dropping off kids who were kind of living in a squatter deal, and it was this big stone mansion. It was much more loose, much more bohemian. It was sleepier and more boring in a beautiful way. It feels like this piece of history that we can never return to. Santa Barbara is a very enchanted embodiment of that natural innocence to me. And it’s very easy to make it look like 1979. The streets in Montecito haven’t changed—all the signs are the same. Everything’s the same.


PUNK ROCK PLAYS A BIG PART IN THE FILM. TELL ME ABOUT THE PUNK SCENE IN SANTA BARBARA AT THE TIME.

I was a skater kid, and I went to Santa Barbara High School. I was competing all the time down in Los Angeles, and that’s where I started hearing punk. They would play it around there and all the kids were into it. Eventually, my high school had a version of it, and I was in a band. In my movie, there’s this music club in a few scenes, and you never hear anyone say the name, but it’s based on a club called Baudelaire’s on lower State Street. Back then, we all thought it was sort of dangerous to go down there. It was a super interesting scene. All the local punk bands would play there, and my band would play there a lot. ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS, ABBIE (PLAYED BY GRETA GERWIG), SAYS, “SANTA BARBARA PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY.”

Everyone’s supposed to be happy and that makes her crazy. Yes, that is my own feeling too. When you grow up in Santa Barbara—and especially if you don’t really fit in, you don’t go to the beach, you’re like a punk rock kid—Santa Barbara can have a sort of oppressive happiness, where everyone is perfect and everyone should be happy. It tends to erase the confusion and sadness and disquiet that any normal human being feels. So I ran to New York when I was 18 to a messier life, and I put that in the movie. And my mom’s side of the family loves to complain about Santa Barbara even though they love it. My mom would always say: “We gotta get out of this town Michael. It will make you crazy, there’s too much leisure here.”

“The film is an ode to the women who raised me; my mom,

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WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO BE BACK IN YOUR HOMETOWN SHOOTING SUCH AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PIECE?

For me, shooting here was lovely. There was something very deep about communing with my parents as I’ve done in these last two movies. There’s something very rewarding in it because I feel like I didn’t get enough of each of my parents—for different reasons—so it was very healing. It’s a trip to come back as a 50-year-old man with a camera crew and film these places that the 5-year-old you hung out in. I don’t know how to explain how trippy that is. ●

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Clockwise from top: Mills frequented BAUDELAIRE’S punk

music club on lower State Street (circa 1970s); The cast enjoyed filming and getting immersed in Mills’s SANTA BARBARA WORLD —many scenes

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Annette Bening (center) leads the movie as DOROTHEA (based on Mills’s mother, Jan), Greta Gerwig (left) and Elle Fanning (right) play the two young women, ABBIE and JULIE , who influence the coming-

of-age character, JAMIE , played by Lucas Jade Zumann (seated left), rounded out by the ever-talented Billy Crudup (seated right) as WILLIAM .

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House of At Los Suenos, a couple fills their home with history

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PALLADIUM WINDOWS and a SQUARE -SHAPED POOL grace the

courtyard outside this 1929 SPANISH REVIVAL home in Montecito designed

by GEORGE WASHINGTON SMITH and LUTAH MARIA RIGGS .


The MAIN HALLWAY opens up to the courtyard and to the living room, offering a GRACEFUL, BREEZY ENTRY filled

with art, greenery, and an ITALIAN CONSOLE. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Classic SPANISH REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE ;

afternoon light in the LIVING ROOM ; GRETCHEN AND ROBERT LIEFF dressed

for an evening gala.

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When Gretchen and Robert Lieff moved into their 1929 Spanish revival home in Montecito four years ago, Gretchen felt the need to warm up to it. The 10,500-square-foot manse had been in her husband’s family, and with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, it felt very big. Under the moniker Los Suenos, which translates to “The Dreams,” the house was hailed to be the last one George Washington Smith designed before he died. In an effort to fall in love with her home, its legends, and its grandeur, Gretchen did some digging outside and in, surprising herself along the way. “The first thing I wanted to do was authenticate the garden, as I’m in the garden all day long with our dogs,” says Gretchen, whose life is devoted to animals. With four pups of her own—Rhodesian ridgeback Jambo and border collies Alamo, Ranch, and Creek—she’s also the founder of Davey’s Voice, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing animal abuse. When she takes on a project, she gives it her all, which is exactly what she did here. After she tended to the garden, which was originally done by landscape architect A.E. Hanson, she worked her way inside— along with their contractor, Richard Heimberg—on restoring each room. To keep things as authentic as possible, Gretchen started looking for historical documents. To her surprise, she found thousands of drawings of the house signed not by the famed George Washington Smith, but by Lutah Maria Riggs, Santa Barbara’s first female licensed architect, most famous for the Lobero Theater. At first, having never heard of her, Gretchen thought, “Lutah who?” But as she researched more and more, discovering how closely Riggs worked with Smith, who died in 1930, it became clear that this woman was the true talent behind her home.

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OLIVE TREES line gravel pathways

from the back of the house toward the GARDENS . The original landscape

design was done by A.E. HANSON .


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The MASTER BATHROOM ’s CREATIVE TILED FLOOR is

a signature LUTAH MARIA RIGGS design. Opposite: ORIGINAL CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS sparkle in

the living room, where SAM TAYLOR-WOOD ’s Third

Party hangs on the wall.

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The ECLECTIC, ELEGANT wood-paneled living room is full of LEOPARD PRINT , vintage lighting, and a CHUCK CLOSE portrait on the far wall.

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“It was all Lutah,” she says. “Then I just kind of melted into the house.” As she brought the interiors—from the formal foyer to the Hemingway-glam salon—back to life, Gretchen simultaneously started having “Lutah Gatherings” at the house with friends. Their art and architecture talks later formed the Lutah Maria Riggs Society and led to her coproducing the Lutah documentary (with Leslie Sweem Bhutani and director Kum-Kum Bhavnani) that screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2014 and is still being shown all over the world. At home, Gretchen and Robert fell in love with some of the architect’s iconic original touches such as the artistic stone-tiled floor in the master bathroom. They also framed several of Riggs’s drawings and hung them in the stairwell, while many more created a new Lutah Maria Riggs archive at UC Santa Barbara. As big art collectors, the couple furnished the home with longtime pieces that seemed to fit perfectly here, standing out prominently on many of walls, which are accentuated by 15-foot ceilings. One series plays off the checkered marble floors in the dining room, while oversized photographs shine on the wood paneling in the living room and den. “There are a number of elements of this house I find enjoyable, but my favorite is the library, which is essentially my home office,” says Robert, a prominent lawyer and founder of the class-action law firm Lieff Continued on page 161

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The DEN is the family’s favorite hangout. Here, the three BORDER COLLIES lounge under a vintage untitled photograph by VALERIE BELIN . Opposite: Robert’s VINTAGE CAR COLLECTION includes this red 1960 MERCEDES 220SE , parked by the manicured BOXWOODS and FOUNTAIN ; the couple’s mesmerizing artwork series Expander (1972) by MUSTAFA HULUSI pairs naturally with the black-and-white CHECKERED FLOOR.

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STAYING FOCUSED Brooks Institute students on a photo shoot in front of the Old Mission Santa Barbara (circa 1950s). The school was known for its innovative curriculum and “learn-by-doing” philosophy. Opposite: THE SON ALSO RISES Photographer, educator, and former Brooks Institute president, ERNEST H. BROOKS II on the cover of Moving

Picture Journal (October 1983).

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DRIVE HIM WILD Brooks alum (1958) and ĂŠminence grise NEAL BARR shot this iconic Revlon ad featuring model Pat McGuire and her feline friend in 1970. Barr is nearing publication of his image-laden two-volume tome covering 1920s fashion.

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In the seven decades of its existence, Santa Barbara’s Brooks Institute of Photography became known the world over for its practical yet innovative teaching approach and for its talented, professionally trained graduates. Brooks alumni—affectionately known as “Brookies”—have garnered Academy Awards (Robert Legato), Emmys (Stephen McGee), Pulitzer Prizes (Jerry Gay, Javier Manzano), and countless professional accolades for their visual achievements. The school’s namesake and founder, Ernest H. Brooks Sr., first demonstrated an affinity for the camera’s commercial potential in grade school, where he charged his classmates for taking their photos. He later honed his photographic expertise during World

War II, devising a training method for bomber gunners that substituted cameras for guns, thereby increasing target accuracy. Returning from the war, Brooks Sr. started his own photo studio, doing color catalogue work for the Burpee Seed Company, eventually opening his eponymous photography school in 1945 at 903 State Street in Santa Barbara. The founding class reportedly had 12 members—all on the GI Bill. Within two years, enrollment swelled to 200. In the following decades, the school expanded into several locations, including its view-inspiring Jefferson Campus on Alameda Padre Serra, which alum Dilip Vishwamitra Bhatia (class of 1992)

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ROCKET MAN Recent Brooks alum (2015) JOHN KELSEY created APOLLO 805 while he was studying at Brooks. Kelsey lives and works in New York City. Opposite: COLEGIO SAN JOSÉ by Brooks alum (1982) XAVIER VERSTRAETEN , who journeyed

from his native Argentina to attend Brooks because it offered “a good balance between art and science.”


MODEL BEHAVIOR Wet suit-clad ERNEST H. BROOKS II on an

outdoor photo shoot.

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He is renowned for his underwater photography. Opposite:

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Ernest H. Brooks II in Mexico with his HASSELBLAD CAMERA

(1969). He recently gifted the Jefferson Campus of the now-shuttered Brooks Institute to Santa Barbara

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describes as “going to heaven every day.” (Brooks Sr.’s son, Ernest H. Brooks II—“Ernie” to those who know him—recently gifted the Jefferson Campus to Santa Barbara Middle School.) Dream location aside, ultimately it was the school’s curriculum as envisioned by Brooks Sr. and implemented by the talented and dedicated faculty that set Brooks apart. “Few, if any, of the other photography schools offered the breadth of topics that Brooks did,” confirms Ralph A. Clevenger, who

taught there for 33 years. The diverse curriculum was coupled with “a motive to ensure graduates could be successful and profitable in a highly competitive and changing field,” Clevenger says, “which fueled Brooks’ reputation as a tough, no-nonsense, learn-bydoing school.” The “learn-by-doing” philosophy was a mantra during the institution’s entire existence, and generations of Brooks students were given enviable opportunities. A notable example occurred in 1978, when a team of

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Angeles-based Brooks alum (2012) WILLIAM CALLAN aims his camera at famous faces with astounding results. Opposite:

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Santa Barbara-based Brooks alum (2011) LINDSEY ROSS uses her collection of vintage cameras to produce haunting modern images like CREED .

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founded by a man who saw the future through the lens of his camera produced roughly 10,000 graduates with degrees in photography, film, and graphic design before closing its doors earlier this year. Summing up the end of an era, alum Victor Zuidema (2013), says that “Brooks will be missed, but its spirit will live on through those of us who went there, and those after us whom we teach.” ●

“I always thought the best way to learn about the world is from the world itself. And the best

photographers were not necessarily those who knew the most about photography but

those who knew the most about everything else.” —Paul Liebhardt, Brooks professor

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faculty-led students and graduates was responsible for visually documenting the legendary Shroud of Turin. Other students explored the headwaters of the Amazon River with fabled ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Through the school’s International Photo-Documentary Project, professor/ photojournalist Paul Liebhardt took camera-laden students on extended three-month trips to remote locations (China, India, West Africa, Tibet, Myanmar, Vietnam). Small wonder that alum Mallory Morrison (2009) fondly remembers her stint at Brooks as “one of the best times of my life.” Brooks Sr. was at the helm of Brooks from 1945 to 1971, an amazing 26-year tenure during which Brooks went from a local trade school to an established institution of higher learning that attracted students from all over the world. Upon his retirement, he handed over the reins to an extremely talented Brooks graduate— his son Ernie. A world-renowned underwater photographer, Ernie’s background includes 17 years traveling with Jacques-Yves Cousteau, training the captain’s underwater photo team. (The introduction to Ernie’s 2003 elegant black-and-white monograph, Silver Seas, was penned by Cousteau’s son, Jean-Michel.) Ernie served as president of Brooks for 30 years, retiring in 1999. Still hard at work in his eighth decade, Ernie’s stunning underwater images continue to be widely exhibited. In the end, the local Santa Barbara school


MONTECITO MEMORIES Brooks Institute students putting their skills to work at the Montecito campus (circa 1950s). One student likened his time at Brooks to “going to heaven every day.” Opposite: Brooks alum (2013) MICHAEL SHAINBLUM specializes in landscape photography, and his mesmerizing take on Oregon’s CRATER LAKE is a stunning example

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Chef Ariane Aumont dreams up a sensual New Year’s Eve soiree at Ojai’s Black Walnut Ranch WRITTEN BY

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Chef ARIANE AUMONT puts the finishing touches on her sleek spread. Candelabras and table decor by Ventura-based OTIS + PEARL VINTAGE RENTALS .


Clockwise from top left: Chef Ariane; libations for the evening; fingerling potatoes with crème fraÎche, caviar, and chives; uni shooter with ponzu and sake; steamed clams; soba noodle nests; Santa Barbara spot prawns.

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Menu “A celebration for the New Year is a time to acknowledge the past and cherish memories while gathering with friends and loved ones and realizing collective intentions for our future,” says chef Ariane Aumont, the mind behind Ojai-based boutique catering company Le Picnic. Given a blank slate to envision a stylish New Year’s Eve soiree, she chose Black Walnut Ranch in upper Ojai as the backdrop, both for its proximity to the majestic Topa Topa Mountains and the magical Pink Moment that ushers in sunsets in the valley as well as the property’s bucolic indoor-outdoor setting—replete with natural wood surfaces and rustic furnishings. Known for her playful yet elegant aesthetic, Aumont’s opulent culinary creations for this fete are an homage to the dishes she was inspired by while frequenting Europe as a kid as well as those she enjoyed throughout the year. “Fingerling potatoes with crème fraîche and caviar was a fixture on New Years Eve when I was a child; the yellowtail tartare with kaffir lime and coconut creme is a deconstructed version of a phenomenal dish I had on a recent trip to Australia. The chocolate and roasted chestnut pot de crème brings me back to trips to France as a child and the discovery of creme de marron (chestnut puree), which

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French 2017: St. Germain and champagne with hibiscus flower

Pine Mountain: Cocktail of sake, Douglas fir brandy, maple, bitters, and pine lemonade Sakechata: Nigori (unfiltered) sake with cinnamon, simple syrup, and lime DI NNER

Oysters with pickled ginger mignonette

Top to bottom: Thaiinspired YELLOWTAIL TARTARE ; Aumont’s FRIENDS AND FAMILY .

Channel Island sea urchin with sake ponzu, quail egg, and scallion Grilled, skewered squid with yuzu kosho salsa verde Fingerling potatoes with crème fraîche, caviar, and chives Sake-steamed clams with sea spaghetti and bonito breadcrumbs Soba noodle nest with poached Japanese turnip, enoki mushroom, and tsuyu Yellowtail tartare with kaffir lime, coconut cream, green chili vinaigrette, and fresh herbs Santa Barbara spot prawns with sweet chili paste, puffed rice, and Thai basil

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Roasted chestnut and chocolate pot de crème


Coming up on the PINK MOMENT against

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in Upper Ojai.

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Feature (entertaining) I would delightfully consume by the heaping spoonful while star gazing with my best friend…. The creation of this menu was definitely fueled by nostalgia,” says Aumont, who adds, “Like my textured, soulful, and beautiful friendships, I endeavor to create food that is layered to enchant the senses.” Each of the dishes—mainly Japanese influenced but with a nod to her European roots and some Thai flavors—indeed appealed to all five senses. “I’ve always been drawn to foods that invoke a feeling of sensuality,” Aumont says of the dinner and drinks that engaged sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. “The soba noodle bird’s nests look playful. The spot prawns fresh off the grill with aromatic herbs smell delicious. The exciting taste of the Thai yellowtail, the joyful clinking of the glasses, the urchin shooter ice cup cold on your fingertips…. When I think about creating a menu, I like to consider how the ingredients will form a play of color, texture, and aroma.” The seafood-based spread was situated in a renovated barn that opened to sweeping views of the Ojai Valley. Guests sporting chic black-and-white ensembles arrived to sounds of reggae at the ranch and enjoyed champagne aperitifs, sake cocktails, and appetizers during dusk outside around the fire pit while Aumont put the finishing touches on the barn’s table clad with decor borrowed from Otis + Pearl Vintage Rentals. A formal sit-down dinner is not what she envisioned, but rather “the shared

“The New Year is a time to acknowledge the past and cherish memories while gathering with friends and loved ones and realizing

collective intentions for our future.” motion of socializing while grazing on food prepared in a style to be eaten with fingers is to me the best way to enjoy a meal with friends.” After mingling and indulging in the modern fruits de mer, the friends got grooving in the barn turned dance floor before moving out to the walnut orchard to “celebrate the year past and the many years of gatherings to come” with sparklers that lit up the night. The festive, sensual evening ended on a high note with dancing, hilarity, and, says Aumont with a wink, “a little debauchery—for good measure.” ●


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A carafe of MIYABI BAMBOO CHARCOAL -

filtered water at the beverage buffet. Opposite: Friends feting the start of a NEW YEAR .


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ART for the ages

To celebrate its 75 years, the SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART hosted an elegant anniversary gala at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. The Santa Barbara Strings Honors Quartet serenaded guests who were treated to a beautiful dinner under the stars by The Four Seasons Resort Biltmore along with a lively auction. A digital mural featured a multifaceted view of the past, present, and future of the museum. The event raised more than $600,000, with all proceeds benefitting education and programs at the museum. P H O T O G R A P H S : B A R R O N S PA F F O R D A N D B R YA N T O R O

Clockwise from top right: Candy and Charles Logue; museum director Larry Feinberg with guests; Bob and Marlene Veloz; anniversary decor by florist Hogue & Co.; Joseph Singer, Diane Sullivan, and Mish Tworkowski.

RSVP Model BEHAVIOR Clockwise from top left: Mimi Jakobson, Erin Wasson, and Chris Balow; Baret Boisson with Laura Dinning and Merryl Brown; Wasson Fine rings and bracelets; the model sharing her collection.

Designer and supermodel Erin Wasson shared her latest collection of WASSON FINE jewelry at an exclusive trunk show at Coast Village Road boutique Allora by Laura. Guests sipped vintages poured by Coda Wines owner and winemaker Spencer Daley while noshing on bites by C’est Cheese and mingling with Wasson and other designers and artists. PHOTOGRAPHS: BLUE CALEEL


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Proud PARTY

To kick off the annual Pacific Pride Festival, Jodi and Johnny Goldberg hosted 200 guests at their Montecito home. The night featured music from DJ Darla Bea and a live drag show with the festival’s Queen of Pride, Vivian Storm, and Santa Barbara High School’s first transgender prom queen, Blue Nebeker. The PACIFIC PRIDE FOUNDATION ’s executive director Colette Schabram and LGBTQ+ outreach advocate Patrick Lyra Kearns spoke about the foundation’s many services for youth groups, schools, and families. The event raised more than $11,000 for the festival, which celebrates gender diversity and supports the LGBTQ+ community.

Clockwise from top: Michele, Juliette, and Doug Roach with Justin, Jordan, Tracy, and Michael Bollag; Johnny Goldberg.

P H O T O G R A P H S : DARCY ROBERTS

Out of Africa

Linda Cole and Zyrka Metcalfe hosted a safari-themed movie night, which raised $21,000 for the COMMUNITY ACTION FUND FOR WOMEN IN AFRICA . Two hundred guests gathered for the Cinema Under the Stars fund-raiser, complete with an African-inspired barbecue, silent auction, Out of Africa screening, and photography show by Brian Hodges. P H O T O G R A P H S : T H O M A S C O L E A N D E M I LY H AY

RSVP Left to right: Linda Cole and Zyrka Metcalfe; works by Brian Hodges.

Summer Soiree

SUMMERLAND WINERY hosted its 11th annual Under

festive event at the

the Harvest Sun fund-raiser at the Nesbitt Polo Estate. The wine and polo-inspired event included a polo match, dinner, and dancing while Billy Baldwin and John Palminteri acted as auctioneers for items such as snowboards, a Ferrari loaner, and of course, lots of wine. Proceeds went toward Just Imagine It and the Summerland School.

Nesbitt Polo Estate.

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Clockwise from top: Jorge Morales, Robert Mislang, Rachel Nobles, Jo Ann Eilers, Michael Smith, and Rhonda Niles; Bilo Zarif and Billy Baldwin; the


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Disco QUEENS

Guests gathered at the Coral Casino for the BREAST CANCER RESOURCE CENTER OF SANTA BARBARA ’s annual fall gala—A Night at Studio 54. The yearly event raised $175,000 for the education programs and special support services the BCRC offers free of charge to its clients. Alegria By Design transformed the ballroom into a chic nightclub setting allowing guests to experience the same glamour and colorful excitement of New York’s once infamous nightclub. P H O T O G R A P H S : AT H E N A P H O T O G R O U P Left to right: Matt and Ann Marquis; Matt Laband, Pauline Lowe, Ed Behrens, Melinda Werner, and Lauri Hamer.

School SPIRIT

Top to bottom: Andri

Four hundred guests came together at the Fess Parker, a Doubletree Resort by Hilton for a night of music and fun at the SAN MARCOS HIGH ROYAL GALA . The third annual event offered entertainment from Uptown Live Band as well as live and silent auctions with items including tickets to Ellen, courtside Clippers seats, and a private jet getaway to Napa Valley. Since its inception four years ago, the Royal Pride Foundation has raised $2.3 million for San Marcos High School to support program enhancements, curriculum development, campus improvements, and student services and support. PHOTOGRAPHS: PHOTOS BY PRISCILLA

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A Legendary Night

The second annual Granada Legends gala drew 250 well-dressed guests for a black-tie affair to celebrate the SANTA BARBARA CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS . Local luminaries Anne Towbes and Gretchen Lieff cochaired the event, and this year, SBCPA honored Irma and Morrie Jurkowitz, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and Christopher Lloyd as its 2016 legends. Duo Catering served an exclusive dinner onstage while the State Street Ballet and members of the local choral society, symphony, and opera gave live performances. P H O T O G R A P H S : B A R R O N S PA F F O R D A N D P H O T O S B Y P R I S C I L L A

Clockwise from top left: Celesta Billeci with Sara Miller McCune and Craig Springer; Graham Nesbit with Irma and Morrie Jurkowitz; Christopher Lloyd, Lisa Loiacano, Madeleine Meyer, and Jacob Greenspan.

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In Good TASTE

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The 35th annual TASTE OF THE TOWN weekend kicked off with the Connoisseurs’ Circle gala dinner at the Bacara Resort & Spa and ended with the grand tasting event at Riviera Park gardens. More than 700 guests sipped featured wine, beer, and spirits from 44 different partners along with bites from 30 local restaurants and caterers such as Ca’Dario Ristorante, Los Agaves, and Toma. A silent auction raised more than $135,000 to benefit the local activities of the Arthritis Foundation on the Central Coast, including juvenile arthritis family days and summer camps.

The Riviera Park;

P H O T O G R A P H S : W I L L I A M C O N L I N , Y T S D I G I TA L F I L M S

C.J. Ward and Chad Melville.

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The Animal Film Festival—created by the CENTER FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION AND EDUCATION (CAPE) and presented by DAVEY’S VOICE —centered on movies and discussions about animal welfare issues. At the event, 250 guests had the opportunity to speak with Davey’s Voice and CAPE representatives about the various projects each group is working on. Roughly $14,000 was raised to support ongoing rescue and abuse prevention, education, and advocacy projects such as Yulin 41 and the CAPE sanctuary.

Clockwise from top left: Dr. Walter Bortz and Diana Baseheart; Marni Margerum and Gretchen Lieff; “Davey” the Beanie Baby.

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Glow in the PARK

To benefit DOCTORS WITHOUT WALLS—SANTA BARBARA STREET MEDICINE , 300 guests attended a

Hot Balloon Glow & Dinner Dance Party at Elings Park. Michael Armand Hammer hosted the event while Andrew Firestone emceed an auction where items included private balloon and plane rides. Guests enjoyed California harvest cuisine, Brander wines, and Firestone specialty brews— and were also treated to tethered balloon rides. P H O T O G R A P H S : PHOTOS BY PRISCILLA

Left to right: Balloon rides; the Firestone family.


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Ascending from one of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s favorite dive spots on NAMENA ISLAND in Fiji, he and his

team hover below the surface, taking in views of the beautiful, bustling coral reef where they successfully filmed many of

Jean-Michel Cousteau, whose Ocean Futures Society nonprofit is based in Santa Barbara, recently released the ultimate underwater viewing experience SECRET OCEAN 3D . Filmed alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis for more than three years in ocean environments from the Bahamas to Fiji, the picture utilizes new technologies including ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and motion control to offer a brand-new look of the underwater world. “Thanks to the new technology developed specifically for us, I immediately understood that this was a revolution in underwater filming that would allow us to capture a

whole new range of behaviors I had never before witnessed in my 71 years of diving,” says Cousteau. The film first debuted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last year when the Cousteau family was presented the Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking. It was released at the California Science Center IMAX Theater in Los Angeles on November 8 as well as in IMAX theaters around the world. Cousteau adds: “Secret Ocean 3D takes us one step further in the discovery of the ocean in a way my father, Jacques Cousteau, could have only imagined.” J E N N I F E R B L A I S E K R A M E R

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