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Homecomings.... It might be the time of year, but when summer transitions to an Indian summer Santa Barbara vibe, I know autumn has arrived. As the leaves start to change, there comes a back-to-school mentality, a fresh sartorial start, and the annual grape crush that’s so important in our Santa Ynez Valley. With the world taking notice of our viticultural pursuits, we give a serious nod to the life and the style of this pastoral dreamscape. From our cover and fashion story to a profile on one of the best-rated wineries in the region to a lust-worthy architectural gem in its midst, the valley is on point—and we report on it all. I have been lucky enough to be friends with our cover subjects separately over the years, so when the concept of a reunion of sorts was pitched between models, photographer, and stylist (all longtime friends who have worked together in the fashion business for decades), I leapt at the chance of showcasing the iconic beauty of it all. With Santa Ynez as the backdrop, the clothes jump off the black-and-white pages with their neutral tones adding for a laid-back sophistication. Supermodel Tatjana Patitz lives locally and religiously rides these trails while the legendary John Pearson (considered the world’s first male supermodel) visits Santa Barbara on a regular basis. Both have heard the siren call of our surroundings, and as evidenced in the accompanying story (“The Reunion,” page 120), both know you can come home again (figuratively in this case) and create magic among friends. Speaking of home, the Cliff May architectural abode—“The Weekenders” (page 134)—of Jules Allen and Richard Goldstein is a true treasure set in the rolling hills. Carefully restored and decorated with vintage and new, the home is where the couple has made a point of highlighting emerging artists and working with the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara to cultivate their collection. The mix of indoor/outdoor living blends seamlessly into the surroundings. And when you are surrounded by wineries as respected as the new (but old-vine) Mail Road Wines (“Divine Vines,” page 158), it’s not a bad neighbor to have. The story of this estate is fascinating, going back to the 1980s when an order of Carmelite nuns came to the area with hopes of creating a bucolic monastery but ran out of money along the way. The property was planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the 1990s, and recently food entrepreneur Michael Palmer and winemaker Matt Dees had the opportunity to take these old clones and run with them. The resulting vintages have received very high ratings from the most esteemed in the wine world. Thinking globally is sometimes not at the forefront of our thoughts when you live in a paradise such as Santa Barbara; oftentimes we can be accused of living in a bubble! But it was once home to a very internationalminded think tank. Housed in a historic mansion from 1915, Solana, perched atop the hills of Montecito, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (“A Meeting of the Minds,” page 146) saw its fair share of political movers and shakers pass through its doors—from JFK to Martin Luther King Jr. to Aldous Huxley and Paul Newman, along with a whole host of other world leaders. Much was accomplished within its walls and we take a look back at the legends and lore. Legends and lore come in many different forms, even contemporary ones. The music of the 1980s and ’90s is having quite the revival in cinema and pop culture these days, and there couldn’t be a more iconic band that touches these decades than Depeche Mode. Musician Martin Gore, who is the scribe behind most of this British electronic group’s hits, has been living life under the radar for many years in our coastal enclave. We talk with him about their upcoming Santa Barbara Bowl concert, longevity in the industry, keeping current, and keeping sane in “10 ?s with Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore” (page 152). Which brings me back to the concept of homecomings, and that by returning to our roots with reunions and remembrances, we find who we truly are.
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“This was a very special shoot for me, bringing together Tatjana Patitz and John Pearson—two iconic models I have known since the beginning of my career. I was especially excited to capture their reunion at my friend’s ranch in Santa Ynez. I love spending time in Santa Barbara horse country,” says the Los Angeles-based photographer who shot “The Reunion” (page 120). “Tatjana and I both share an equestrian background; John, not so much. But I think he made a new friend with Bret, a very spirited police horse. Special thanks to Alison Edmond for making this story happen.” S.B. MUST DOs The local spiny lobster at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. • Check out boards at Trim, a neighborhood surf shop. • Truffles from Chocolate Maya.
“Even though it was an exhausting 12-hour day in humid 90-degree temperatures, this shoot felt like a fun family get-together,” says the fashion director of our sister publication, C, who produced and styled “The Reunion” (page 120). “Eric Gabriel, Tatjana Patitz, John Pearson (my husband), and I have all known and worked with each other for almost 30 years, so it was a celebration of our lasting friendships and a complete pleasure to be working in such a magical location.” S.B. MUST DOs The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa to escape.• The San Marcos Pass and Lake Cachuma are stunning. • Loquita for amazing tapas.
“Working with Calgary Avansino is inspiring—she’s always warm, stylish, and welcoming,” says the Ojai-based photographer who shot the British Vogue contributor for “Editor’s Eye” (page 67) and Loveworn for “Retro Revival” (page 74). S.B. MUST DOs Bonnie Lu’s for biscuits and gravy. • Riding the Ojai bike trails with my boys. • Sespe Pizza.
“It was a treat to visit a corner of the valley that seems so sealed off from the outside world. I understand why the nuns thought they could find solitude there,” says the part-time Montecitobased writer who told the story behind Mail Road Wines for “Divine Vines” (page 158). “I’ve never thought of myself as a Pinot person, but a sip of Mail Road’s estate vintage out in the field where it was grown has made me a true believer.” S.B. MUST DOs The Sky Garden at MOXI. • The McMenemy Overlook Trail—3.7 miles of heaven. • Percussionfest at the Music Academy of the West—beautiful music made from drums, marimbas, and a shopping cart of hardware supplies.
“The Lotusland gala was an absolute dream to photograph. The combination of Valentino among the backdrop of the gardens is something I’ll never forget,” says the photographer who snapped shots of a few summer soirees for our RSVP section (page 167). As for Santa Barbara Magazine’s Argentine asado at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club: “I loved seeing the mix of artists, designers, and business owners that make Santa Barbara so special celebrating together.” S.B. MUST DOs Eddie Ellner’s class at Yoga Soup. • Coffee at Breakfast Culture Club. • Weekend getaways to Hollister Ranch.
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LOCAT IO N Westerly Stud Farms, Santa Ynez Valley WHO The originals of the first supermodel wave, British-born John Pearson and German-born Tatjana Patitz were the faces of the late 1980s and ’90s. They have worked together for decades and both now have Santa Barbara ties. WHAT C magazine fashion director Alison Edmond and photographer Eric Gabriel brought the tribe together for “The Reunion” (page 120). WE A R Edmond’s sleek edit of off-whites mixed with gypsy prints and embroidery showcases designers such as Valentino, Sonia Rykiel, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, jewelry from Daniel Gibbings and Wendy Foster, and an eclectic touch of vintage, too.
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LOCAT IO N The Cliff May midcentury home of designer Jules Allen and director Richard Goldstein. WHAT The inaugural kick-off toast to the Architecture & Design Council with Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara for our house feature, “The Weekenders” (page 134), shot by Sam Frost. WE A R Allen decked out some of her guests in her latest artistic venture, Tribute Project—luxe embellished vintage jackets dedicated to iconic rock-and-roll bands.
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VAGA LUME , an installation
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del venado, Santiago Atitlán, silver gelatin on paper; MOISÉS BARRIOS ’s Banana
Liberty, oil on canvas.
(CAW), 805-324-7443, sbcaw.org. The three venues share the first museum exhibition dedicated to the study of modern and contemporary Guatemalan art. Featuring more than 75 artists whose work addresses a range of social and political concerns, the exhibition demonstrates that despite ongoing political unrest, artists in Guatemala are fully aware of contemporary movements in Latin American art. Don’t miss the grand openings at all three locations on September 16, the scholarly symposium at Westmont on October 20, and the weaving workshop for teens at CAW on October 21.
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BAILE DEL VENADO, SANTIAGO ATITLÁN, COURTESY DANIEL CHAUCHE; UNTITLED: COURTESY DARIO ESCOBAR; ANDREA ARAGON PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY THE ANDREA ARAGÓN AND THE 9.99 GALLERY, GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA; BANANA LIBERTY, COURTESY MOISÉS BARRIOS
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VIRGIN OF THE APOCALYPSE, GIFT IN MEMORY OF EDWARD ORENA DE KOCH, COURTESY SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM
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From September 17 through December 31, the SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART , 805-9634364, sbma.net, presents “Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now”—a major midcareer survey of the contemporary Brazilian artist whose work embraces the 1960s Neo-Concrete movement, which opposed the rationalist extremes of Concretism by making art imbued with a human presence. The exhibition includes 49 of Soares’s most iconic artworks, including installation, sculpture, photography, and video, plus a panel discussion with Soares and cocurators Julie Joyce and Vanessa Davidson on September 17. Also, kids will love Push Pull, a gigantic taﬀy pull performance (with free tastes) on September 17, and Sensory Studio, a collection of pop-up talks and playful activations involving taste, touch, sight, and scent on October 22. “Sacred Art in the Age of Contact” is on display at the SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM , 805-966-1601, sbhistorical.org, from September 15 through January 14, as well as UC Santa Barbara’s ART, DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM , 805-893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu, from September 16 through December 8. The exhibit focuses on the relationship between art and religion in Chumash and Spanish traditions in the early Mission period. More than 100 objects from local collections are being shared between the two venues, highlighting themes of devotion, sacred space, language, and materiality.
FAINTING COUCH, COURTESY THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION, WASHINGTON, D.C.; LUGAR COMUM, COURTESY FORTES D’ALOIA & GABRIEL, SAO PAULO; ET APRÈS, PRIVATE COLLECTION
From September 27 through December 8, the ART, DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM , 805-893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu, mounts “The Schoolhouse and the Bus: Mobility, Pedagogy, and Engagement,” showcasing projects by two artists— Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy—who are leading practitioners of the contemporary art movement Social Practice, which uses public participation as a means to highlight and address social and political concerns, including the personal impact of political unrest, immigration, globalization, and the role of art in society in novel ways. Join a conversation with the artists on November 2. L . D . P O R T E R Left to right:
SUZANNE LACY ’s
Skin of Memory Revisited; PABLO HELGUERA ’s
The School of Panamerican Unrest.
Top to bottom: Highlights from the VALESKA
SOARES exhibit: Fainting Couch; Lugar Comum; Et
Après. Left: MIGUEL CABRERA ’s 18th century Virgin of the Apocalypse, oil on canvas.
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When wine tasting meets horseback riding in the Santa Ynez Valley, it’s bound to be beautiful. VINO VAQUEROS owner Jaye Ganibi calls her private ranch and Estelle Vineyards a “boutique barn” among rolling hills, and its family feel gives guests a relaxed, nonrushed experience. “There is no closing time and riders are welcome to stay after the ride as long as they like,” says Ganibi. “My focus is customer service as well as quality of the horses and guides. By the end of the ride, hugs are generally given upon departure.” Ranch rides (from $115) are open to all levels and kids are welcome; catered lunches and wine are available. 2178 Mora Ave., Santa Ynez, 805-944-0493. J E N N I F E R B L A I S E K R A M E R
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We love the BAR CAR , a fully stocked and staﬀed custom 1968 Airstream turned mobile bar (complete with a sound system and games) that makes for lively and memorable events, be it a birthday party, wedding, fund-raiser, or picnic. G . Z . T .
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Wouldn’t it be nice to record whenever, wherever? At a private estate or in the middle of the desert? That was the thought process behind Joe Costner, who recently debuted his mobile studio SPARTAN RECORDING . Built out of a 1951 Spartan Royal Manor trailer, the vehicle can withstand weather and long journeys when not stored in its home base of Carpinteria. Costner, 28, started his career at Hollywood’s Sunset Sound—an old-school institution where he learned the industry and how he wanted to work. “They still operate like they’re in the ’70s,” he says. “I learned proper technique, etiquette, and how to be a bad-ass engineer.” Now, with the help of consultant Matt Forgey, Costner steers his roving studio from L.A. to San Francisco, helping fellow musicians get their start. “The facility is meant for young, budding bands trying to get some traction,” says Costner, who, come fall, is also teaching a workshop on Protools and studio recording at Erland Wanberg’s Musicology at the Music Academy of the West. “I have so much respect for artists, as I am one myself.” J . B . K . S PARTANRECORDING.C O M
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It’s been a year and a half since a trio of friends founded Women’s Heritage Skillshare—a blog and workshops devoted to the homestead. Now, Ashley Moore, Lauren Malloy, and Emma Moore have opened HERITAGE GOODS & SUPPLY , a brickand-mortar shop that feels like a “curated country store.” Fans will ﬁnd locally sourced artisan tools and handmade housewares along with all the goods needed for beekeeping, raising chickens, pickling vegetables, making herbal remedies, and more. Plus, the space is thoughtfully designed to host events and the WHS classes that have made their brand so beloved. 5100 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, 805-566-7777. J . B . K . H ERITAGEGOODS ANDS U P P LY. C O M
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Designer/artist/crafter Jill Ellis leads modern, hands-on, Pinterest-worthy workshops from her San Roque-based MAKESHIFT STUDIO . As a former creative director with a BFA in graphic design, Ellis has taught art classes to wide audiences— from children to prison inmates. Since leaving the corporate world and becoming a mother of three, she now hosts private parties and events along with seasonal classes on everything from jewelry design to wreath making to block printing. Wall weaving ($75) returns this fall on September 17 thanks to popular demand from her growing clientele. “More and more women were expressing a desire to create with their hands, learn new crafts and techniques, and wake-up their creative spirit,” says Ellis. “Plus, we’re all looking for more unique ways to connect with friends and build community.” J . B . K . M A K E S H I F T- S TUD I O .C O M
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Come fall, we tend to do a giant reorganization of our schedules, closets, kitchens, and overall lifestyles to ﬁnd more room for health and happiness. Here are two local bloggers who can give a little push in the right direction. Emma Malina left a high-powered life in Manhattan— complete with cameos on HGTV’s Selling New York—to slow down in Santa Barbara. Her new blog and company, BASKING IN GOODNESS , reﬂects a lifestyle of ﬁnding balance, be it tips on food prep, better sleep, or strolling the farmers market. While she oﬀers one-on-one coaching and diet tips, she says, “It really isn’t just about the food—but that does seem to be an easy access point for people…there’s usually a lot more going on and I help people uncover that.” For a daily dose of goodness, her Instagrams and blogs are snapshots of what she calls a “recalibration of life.” One of the burgeoning “It” food blogs is coming straight out of Mission Canyon. Photographer/baker/recipe maker Becky Sue Wilberding is the brain behind BAKING THE GOODS , a site that’s like an urban slice of Martha Stewart with sass and skills—from Know Yo’ Dough tutorials to foodie travel guides. Upon moving here from Oregon, Wilberding set her heart on mastering bread baking and
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headed straight to Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos. “I just kept bothering Bob until he gave me a job!” she says. The experience helped launch the blog and dozens of media collaborations. Her feed is ﬁlled with step-by-step stunners like her picture-perfect apple-cheddar pie, but the secret she says is “being OK with things not being perfect.” J . B . K . BA K I N G TH E G O O D S .C O M BA S K I N G I N G O O D N E S S .CO M
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Parental Control PARENTSQUARE , the app that so many moms and
dads in our community use to track their student’s school life, was founded here in 2011 by computer engineer and former Citrix employee Anupama Vaid when her kids were two years apart at Peabody Charter School. In a paper-conscience world where e-mails get lost, she wanted a way to stay connected to everything from events to fund-raising to homework. The software is sold to school districts to help with everyday communication, but in the end “it’s a product for parents,” Vaid says. “Parent engagement” is the industry buzzword—and a proven way to improve students’ success. With ParentSquare, Vaid hopes to boost parent engagement and measure it. For the ﬁrst three S A N TA B A R B A R A
years, the program was in pilot phase, slowly spreading throughout Santa Barbara. Now it’s in 33 states and 900 schools, keeping parents one step ahead. When there’s an upcoming art project, meeting, or carnival, parents are notiﬁed and can immediately put it in their calendars and sign up if donations or volunteers are needed. Even better, parents get updates and uploaded photos from day-of events, including assemblies, ﬁeld trips, and classroom highlights. That means before kids even have a chance to share (and we know sometimes they don’t always), parents can bring up the pop quiz, or that justannounced play at the dinner table—beating their kids to it. Says Vaid: “I love going home and talking to the kids and they say, ‘Mom, you know about this!?’” J . B . K . PA RE N TS Q U A RE .C O M
PHOTOGRAPH: BREN SCHOOL, COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
In an eﬀort to retain brilliant grads coming out of our top schools and help start-ups succeed, serial entrepreneur Michael Smith founded IMPACT INVESTMENT FUND . Knowing that making the leap from an idea to a business isn’t easy, Smith hopes to bridge the gap with this fund and spotlight the next generation of meaningful innovation through “impact investment,” which he calls, “a new way of looking at philanthropy.” The venture—in alliance with Smith’s family company Ponvalley with wife, Nati Smith; sister, Jennifer Hale (publisher of Santa Barbara Magazine); and mother, Anne Towbes—is committing $1 million during the next ﬁve years, with funds administered by Kiah Jordan of Impact First Financial. The overarching goal is to make Santa Barbara—from Goleta to Carpinteria—a place where young entrepreneurs in industries from food and water to education and software can thrive. Since many local grads and concepts are getting snatched up by Silicon Valley, Smith hopes to make our Silicon Paradise a place where starting out is possible. “It’s hard to launch a business here,” he says. “Most kids don’t have the money or resources.” By targeting key programs such as UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School and Technology Management Program and Santa Barbara City College’s Scheinfeld Center, the fund will help students gain access to capital, aﬀordable housing, and mentors to turn their
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While traveling through Thailand in 2001 and witnessing baby elephants being exploited for money on the streets of Bangkok, something struck the core of animal lover Kristina McKean. The sight started a passion for activism, and she began to sign petitions, protest circuses, and create social media campaigns in hopes of spreading awareness on elephant abuse. Now, the Montecito-based mother of two has set out to make direct contributions toward the cause in a very cute way. Kiki—whose name means “new life”—is a fuzzy, gray, eight-inch-tall elephant who is as much a symbol as she is a stuffed animal. McKean launched THE ELEPHANT PROJECT to inspire young girls and parents alike to make an impact on saving the elephants “one stuffed animal at a time.” Proceeds from each sale ($39) go directly to fund agencies including Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Africa ASAP, and the Elephant Sanctuary, helping end the poaching crisis. “I really wanted to teach my girls—and all children for that matter—that actually one person can make a difference and that we need to be the voice for the voiceless,” says McKean. With a background in product design for the tween market at Gap Inc., McKean created Kiki as the debut animal of a whole endangered species line, which will eventually include a stuffed lion, gorilla, and giraffe. “Kiki is the first of my collection and I’m hoping to add a new elephant that looks similar but has a different outfit and name,” she says, with plans to have the second one out by Christmas. “The elephants can be ‘adopted’ and proceeds go toward sanctuaries and organizations that help end the crisis and also care for the elephants that have been abused, abandoned, or injured.” J . B . K .
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Cate School alum, longtime Condé Nast contributor, mother of three, and Keep It Real author CALGARY AVANSINO returns to Santa Barbara to her roots of wellness, real food, and family priorities. THIS IS A HOMECOMING OF SORTS…BACK TO CALI. HOW HAS THE TRANSITION BEEN FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?
Change is always good for the soul. We spent the last 16 years in glorious London and enjoyed every minute of it, but I wanted my children to grow up with strong bonds to their cousins, and we all wanted easy access to nature and to be surrounded by like-minded people who prioritize real food, fresh air, and a good sweat. There’s no doubt the West Coast in the best coast, and California is the sweet spot. WHAT YOU WILL BE WEARING THIS FALL IN CALIFORNIA VERSUS HOW YOU WOULD BE DRESSING IN LONDON?
Well, let’s be honest, it’s a hell of a lot warmer here and a lot more casual, but I’ll be wearing what I always wear—bright colors, crazy print combos, maxi skirts, a touch of neon, size 14 kids’ T-shirts, dresses, dresses, and more dresses, scarves, hats, and shoes that make me smile. ANY NEW PROJECTS NOW THAT YOU ARE BASED IN CALIFORNIA?
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spread the Keep It Real message, and I want to keep talking to as many people as possible (kids, schools, oﬃces, moms, dads, whoever will listen) about the importance of eating real food and cutting down your sugar and processed food intake. I upload new recipes, articles, and interviews on my site all the time because I want people to believe there are easy steps you can take to feel better, heal your body, build a positive relationship with food, and boost your energy. That’s my goal! Plus, I’ve got some fun fashion projects up my sleeve so we’ll see where life in California takes me. G I N A T O L L E S O N C A L GA R YAVA N S I N O .CO M
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“We wanted easy access to nature and to be surrounded by like-minded people who prioritize real food, fresh air, and a good sweat. There’s no doubt the West Coast in the best coast, and California is the sweet spot.”
Clockwise from top left: STONED IMMACULATE jeans ($234) from WHISKEY + LEATHER, cashmere turtleneck, THE ROW ; Adidas tank mixed with eclectic accessories; vintage costume jewelry and a flea market find green dress, Calgary’s own; Avansino compiled her healthy approach to life and eating in her cookbook KEEP IT REAL ; SOPHIE THEALLET skirt ($2,325) from JULIANNE .
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Celebrity stylist and Santa Barbaran SIENA MONTESANO strides confidently amid some hefty footsteps in the fashion world. Her father, Gene Montesano (cofounder of Lucky Brand Jeans), is a legend in the retail business, but that’s never deterred or intimidated Siena’s own sartorial direction. She studied fashion design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco while interning in public relations at Alexander Wang and Rebecca Minkoff. Her big break into the industry came when she started assisting fellow Wall Group artist Karla Welch. Siena gained experience with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, music, and fashion such as Lorde, Karlie Kloss, Justin Bieber, and Olivia Wilde. Now on her own, Siena is making her mark on the red carpets with her most noteworthy clients, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of the DJ/producing duo The Chainsmokers. “Santa Barbara has a laid-back and luxurious reputation,” she says. “I think that has influenced my approach to styling—you don’t have to try so hard. Less is more!” G . T .
Left to right: Long-sleeved turtleneck in Peachskin stripe ($595); Copper Lurex crewneck ($450).
Clockwise from top left: SIENA MONTESANO ; her
must-haves off the runway: Givenchy from Resort 2018; Amiri menswear from Spring 2018; Supreme/Louis Vuitton backpack collaboration.
Très Tricot Stylist and vintage collector Natalie Joos’s latest venture just got personal. As a go-to red carpet industry Instagrammer @jxxsy and fashion blogger talesofendearment.com, the Belgian-born Joos takes her namesake and her need for feminine, fitted knitwear seriously. JOOSTRICOT is a contemporary, 1970s-inspired T-shirt, turtleneck, and crewneck line that fits likes a glove, and you need to know about it. G . T . J O O ST R IC O T. C O M TAKING MATTERS IN HER OWN HANDS “Every year, I suffer the same predicament: where to find a slim-fitting turtleneck that smoothly tucks into my jeans and highwaisted skirts; hugs my body in all the right places; and makes me feel sexy, sophisticated, and comfortable. I have been searching for a fitted, scarlet red crewneck sweater for 40 years and never, ever found one! Needless to say, I am exhausted. So I ended the torment by making my own.” SEASON LESS IS MORE Joos believes in “Buy now, wear now” and the idea that her knitwear is not closeted to the season. The first collection premieres with three sweater styles in multiple solid silk and cotton colors, glimmering Italian Lurex, and a few multicolored patterns. S.B. MUST HAVE “I can see the Santa Barbara woman wearing the beautiful off-white sweaters— the color is so regal and chic! S A N TA B A R B A R A
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Clockwise from far left: Mara Carrizo Scalise wallet, $190, Maris Collective; earrings, $18,600, Spinelli Kilcollin; pants, price upon request, Rodarte; 3.1 Phillip Lim mules, $750, Intermix; dress, $2,990, Derek Lam; Isabel Marant belt, $295, Diani; boots, $1,266, ChloĂŠ; bag, $750, Zana Bayne; biker jacket, $18,650, Gucci.
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WHO Designer Jill Johnson and artist Wallace Piatt, former partners of the
iconic State Street store True Grit, reunite for a vintage and custom denim den on Anacapa Street in the Funk Zone.
“I really wanted a store that has a creative soul,” says Johnson. “I knew there had to be a backlash to the corporate homogenization of State Street. I know people are craving a real experience and clothing made with intention and love.”
WHAT Loveworn—think Americana, beachy, ‘70s road-trip vibe. THEY’RE BAAAACK… “I found the location by the beach and jumped on it,” says Johnson, who had taken a hiatus from Santa Barbara and recently moved back. “I called Wallace, who offered to take a month off from his art career to help me out.” The coconspirators in creativity immediately started the build-out, designing clothes, and buying. “We work like magic together. We’ve always loved creating an atmosphere we would love to hang out in and a space we love to work in. We’ve always been such good partners.” RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME “I knew the timing was right because I
was seeing vintage denim again everywhere! The popular aesthetic right now seems to be so close to what we did with True Grit in the ‘90s. Our style now is different of course, but very true to us, and the mix that is Wallace and me. He’s rougher, and I add a little more femininity without too much fluff.”
BLUE JEAN BABY Head to the back of the loft and dabble in the Denim Body Shop where Johnson does repairs, alterations, and customization to all kinds of denim, including racks full of artisan and salvaged Levis. EASY RIDER Don’t miss the minimuseum of cool vintage motorcycles in the back by the denim shop.
WATCH FOR Parking lot events and pop-up shops/trunk shows
featuring other artists and designers such as Lindsey Thornburg’s repurposed coats and Jason Redwood’s tattoo-style custom embroidery sessions. G . T . LOVEW ORNS B.COM
Clockwise from top right: FUNK ZONE vibe; Piatt’s
native look; Johnson’s she creates custom pieces; JILL JOHNSON and WALLACE PIATT .
MUST HAVES Jill’s one-of-a-kind PATCHWORK DENIM MAXI SKIRTS Wallace’s HAND-PAINTED MILITARY JACKETS Loveworn’s custom-designed TRIBAL DASHIKIS and HAND-
STENCILED BEACH HATS
‘70s-inspired heat-pressed CUSTOM T-SHIRTS PENDLETON BEACH TOWELS S A N TA B A R B A R A
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Denim Body Shop is where
the youngers are taking over After A 20-Year Legacy, A New Generation Succeeds.
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Meet Kendra, Christian & Kealey Younger (daughter-in-law, son and granddaughter of retiring Joann Younger) the new owners of RENAISSANCE FINE CONSIGNMENT.
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S.B. native LINDSEY THORNBURG ’s chic chunky Thunder & Earthquake trench cloak ($1,895, lindseythornburg .com) fashioned out of Pendleton fabrics make for a modern classic. WHISTLE CLUB ’s Rebecca
McKinney tapped Newbark’s Yasmin shearling slides ($425, 805565-2800, whistleclub.com) as a Santa Barbara staple. Stave oﬀ Indian summer rays in these gold-ongold mirrored Chanel sunglasses, ($610,
In the ’hood
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Retail veterans Patti Pagliei and husband John Simpson collaborated with Susan Pitcher, among others, to bring to a life an experiential retail/gallery/events project, THE SHOPKEEPERS . The consumer “entertainment lab” of sorts is a ﬂuid, movable space (literally most everything is built on wheels so the venue can be rearranged at will—think of menswear vignettes on the stage by day, performance space and lecture salons by night). Must do: Peruse the exhibit of Norman Seeﬀ’s limited-edition prints of Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger, Blondie, and Van Morrison, to name a few. 137 Anacapa St.,
Santa Barbara, 805-220-6509. G . T . Clockwise from top: THE SHOPKEEPERS ’
den of goods; PATTI PAGLIEI ; JOHN SIMPSON ; tribal
necklaces and a photo gallery exhibition set the tone of the space.
Fragrance designer Janna Sheehan’s OJAI WILD . The launch of the line starts with four fragrances (from $12): earthy Juniper Berry, spicy Pink Peppercorn, musky Redwood Leaves, and elegant White Sage Leaves.
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and Rasta sweater ($450,
BONITA SUMMERLAND ,
Days are getting shorter, but our best balmy weather is yet to come. Santa Barbarans know that our Indian summers beckon us back to the beach long after Labor Day. Herewith, a few of our faves to keep that #weliveinparadise look going. Slough oﬀ summer skin with FRESH Brown Sugar Body Polish ($67, Sephora, 805-962-5410, sephora.com.) Dip yourself in JOSIE MARAN ’s Divine Drip Argan Oil and Honey Butter Balm ($42, Sephora, 805-962-5410, sephora.com) for a continuous glow. Stay in the nude with CHARLOTTE TILBURY BEAUTY ’s matte lipsticks ($34, charlottetilbury.com) that glide on like a gloss. Best Actress is a soft, creamy nude brown, and Charlotte Darling (Tilbury’s personal shade) is a creamy pink beige nude that tops our list. G . T .
Da n c in g Qu e e n
Plant-based ANIMA MUNDI ’s herbal tonics and elixirs ﬂy oﬀ the shelves at Lazy Acres and Paciﬁc Foods. Their handcrafted farmto-pharmacy mantra has collected a fan base of knowledgeable customers who look for organic solutions to feel better and reduce everyday stress. Our alternative medicine cabinet includes these picks for the season: BOTANICAL SMOKE ($13)—a gorgeous potpourri of rose petals, calendula, and mugwort for grounding, calming, and sharper focus. CURAM ($16)—a vitamin C-packed
antiaging serum containing turmeric, camu camu, and ylang-ylang to reduce inﬂammation. EUPHORIA ($15)—a spirit elixir that
encourages serotonin production and energy, because everybody needs a little happiness. G . T .
Ask anyone in Santa Barbara about Zumba and they’ll simply say, “Josette.” Professional dancer, speaker, advocate, and motivator JOSETTE TKACIK is the bubbly brunette who jumps on stage six days a week, leading nearly 300 people in what’s considered within the industry to be the largest-attended Zumba class in the world. Her fans—ranging in age from single digits to nearly triple—dance to Latin beats, and when she stops the music, they listen for quick doses of inspiration. For Tkacik, who is currently creating a course for DailyOM, Zumba its more than exercise. In 2011, she was diagnosed with advanced rheumatoid arthritis and was soon bound to a walker with doctors telling her she’d never dance again. But when a request came directly from the City of Santa Barbara to create this program, she accepted and taught her ﬁrst class for three students, not moving from the same spot on stage. She then decided to ditch stress and prescriptions for a raw vegan diet and her passion for moving, which all quickly put her into remission—without a single drug. Her energy and joy are contagious, and she ends each class ($67/12 classes) with gratitude. Put simply, she says: “True ﬁtness starts within.” J . B . K .
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PHOTOGRAPHS: ROCIO G, BLUE GABOR; ANIMA MUNDI, CAMILA JURADO
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Canadian-based SAJE NATURAL WELLNESS recently opened in Paseo Nuevo. The company is known for its 100 percent natural essential oil blends that aim to aid in everything from restless sleep and stress to excitability in kids or tummy issues. In addition to oils, sprays, and diﬀusers are skincare products, soaps, room sprays, and more. Plus, all products are vegan, environmentally sustainable, and ethically responsible—allaround natural. 651
Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, 805-5601914. G . Z . T . SAJE. C O M
Pocket Farmacy oil blend kit ($59.95).
UC Santa Barbara’s VEGAN STUDIES lecture with professor Renan Larue—his research includes the history of vegetarianism and veganism— and famed California-based Dr. Michael Klaper on October 19 at 6 pm. One of the “stars” of the vegan movement according to Larue, Klaper has been on the forefront of advocating for a plant-based diet for decades and has contributed to many documentaries, including Cowspiracy. G . Z . T . V EGANS TUDIES. O R G
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Ojai designer GREG PRINZ â€™s sculptural chair ($1,150) and ottoman ($550) made out of rope, available at UPSTAIRS AT PIERRE LAFOND .
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Snug between ancient oaks and citrus groves on the picturesque Hollister Ranch, this main house and barn recently got a loving lift from interior designer JULIA MORA . Working with Ferguson Ettinger Architects, Mora ensured the spaces would be casual, durable, and “not too precious” for the homeowners. Natural woods frame the windows and beams, while slate floors run straight out to the patio, creating a seamless transition to the outdoors. “Naturally, I wanted to bring the outside in and use the exterior to enhance the interior,” says Mora. “My color palette on this project was inspired by looking out the window—green and brown with a touch of gray and blue to remind you and lend the sensation that you are near the ocean.” A “sophisticated beachy” palette of indigo, flax, and sand continues from the serene bedroom to sitting room to the deck, which overlooks the orange, lemon, and avocado trees on one hand and the water on the other. Mora used lots of vintage pieces for warmth and character along with custom reclaimed-oak furniture, keeping every room simple, so as not to compete with the views. 805-
637-9964. J E N N I F E R
Clockwise from top left: Mora designed the RECLAIMED-OAK DINING TABLE and paired it with VINTAGE CHAIRS ; the front of the main house on HOLLISTER RANCH ; an outdoor-inspired living room with vintage lounge chairs from HOLLYWOOD HOME and lamps and nesting table from PORCH ; outside the house among OLD OAKS and ORCHARD GROVES .
“My color palette on this project was inspired by looking out the window— green and brown with a touch of gray and blue to remind you and lend the sensation that you are near the ocean.”
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Meet Michelle Beamer. After design stints at Allen Construction and Restoration Hardware, she’s relaunched her own interior design company, MB INTERIORS . Her work spans regions—from Hawaii to London to Washington, D.C.—and styles from midcentury modern to California coastal. This Montecito residence focuses on what she calls Brutalism—vignettes and design full of raw concrete (“raw” in French is brut) and dimensional elements that are carefully edited and balanced. “Think 1970s—some of it’s nice, some is awful,” she says. To steer her client’s wish list for “tough” materials, Beamer filled this home with texture and gave the owners directional advice to shop for equally sculptural pieces—from art books to tabletop accessories—giving them confidence to keep the aesthetic going on their own. To balance the home and give it comfort—the exact opposite of tough—she sourced fabrics like soft linen, silk, cotton, cashmere, and Mongolian sheep hair. Her range makes her poised to take on another title this fall—adjunct professor of interior design at Santa Barbara City College, giving students a foundation to communicate their own independent visions. “I don’t want my design to be derivative of anything,” she says. “The only way to do something truly original is to collaborate and create a concept based on input from clients and overlay that with design experience and perspective.” 805-451-3936. J . B . K .
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Save the date for the Santa Barbara American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) ninth annual ARCHITECTOURS event. This year’s tour (tickets: from $25) takes place October 7 from 10 am to 4 pm and is themed “Living with Water” with a goal to highlight how water can be successfully integrated into our environment. Plan to view six sites that each showcase strengths in urban design, sustainability, and historic renovation. Viewers get a sneak behind-the-scenes peek at each of the properties, which range from a container house to a hillside Toro Canyon residence to a Greek-inspired abode complete with a water-conserving Mediterranean garden. Tour participants get a look at how architects create and transform ordinary spaces in customized environments using many design solutions, aesthetics, and inspiring others to embrace water conservation in their homes. B R I A T A Y L O R
velvet cushion with leopard embroidery ($1,250).
Inspired straight from the catwalk, the new GUCCI DECOR translates fashion to furnishings, dressing up interiors with the brand’s “contemporary romanticism.” Launching in September, the line includes metal trays, candles, chairs, throw pillows, folding screens, and wall coverings (silk, vinyl, and paper)—and most items are a take on famous ﬂoral Gucci designs.
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Home Top to bottom: Giannetti Home; brass pendant ($895).
Call them modern-day Michelangelos. Brothers Todd and Drew Fallon spend hours on ladders in high-end estates between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, creating masterpieces for the likes of pop singers, pro athletes, and comedians, including Adam Sandler and Barry Bonds. For FALLON ARTISTIC , some clients have them onboard for years, even decades, at a time painting murals, mantels, and more. “We’ve logged thousands of hours on scaﬀolding, crazy scissor lifts, and working inverted on ceilings,” says Todd, who holds a degree in ﬁne art from UC Santa Barbara. Together, they’ve transformed the lobby of the Montecito Inn and restored George Washington Smith homes. You might spot them in their spare time sprucing up local spots on the Mesa or retouching Peabody Charter School. 805-890-8633, 805-390-4804. J . B . K . FA L L O N A R TI S TI C.C O M
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Fans of Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s beloved brand/book/house Patina Farm, take note. The couple—who splits their time between Ojai and Los Angeles—is opening a new GIANNETTI HOME in September next to Jane restaurant and the Arlington Theatre. The storefront and courtyard carries clothing, custom furniture, antiques, and home furnishings while oﬀering in-house interior and architectural design services. As the brand has evolved, Brooke says this store evokes the life they’ve created here, adding, “We are planning on creating an environment that gives visitors the feeling of Patina Farm.” 1309 State St., Santa Barbara, 310-826-2407. J . B . K .
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FALLON ARTISTIC work
at a private estate in Bel Air.
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In 1909, a group of artists founded the California Art Club, still one of today’s most esteemed painting societies. PAINTING CALIFORNIA: SEASCAPES AND BEACH TOWNS (Skira Rizzoli, $55, Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-6826787, chaucersbooks.com) debuts in October and oﬀers more than 200 works by club artists of coastal communities from San Diego to Crescent City. Local highlights include Calvin Liang’s Fishing Boats in Santa Barbara Harbor 2015, which captures our waterfront in classic Impressionism. B . T . Santa Barbara ﬂorist and author Julia Pointer Adams debuts WABI-SABI WELCOME (Artisan, $29.95, Upstairs at Pierre Lafond, 805-565-1502, upstairsatpierrelafond .com) celebrating the imperfect lifestyle— think mismatched silverware at free-spirited dinner parties. Adams takes readers into easygoing homes around the world from Denmark to Italy to Japan to Santa Barbara. Don’t miss a book signing at Upstairs at Pierre Lafond on October 19. J . B . K . ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: PORTRAITS 2005-2016 (Phaidon Press, $89.95/signed copy, Upstairs at Pierre LaFond, 805-565-1502, upstairsatpierrelafond .com) debuts October 25 and features iconic portraits and never-beforepublished photographs—at times shot in private homes— of compelling ﬁgures from the last decade. J.B.K.
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Top to bottom: Pork belly at BOTTLEST ; BOB’S WELL BREAD BAKERY ; a spread by CAILLOUX CHEESE ;
the lobby at SIDEWAYS INN ; a map of the area
at STORY OF SOIL . Opposite, clockwise from top left: KINGS CAREY vintages; THE GATHERING TABLE ;
butternut squash soup with tortellini and sage at
What’s new and noteworthy up in the valley Buellton and Lompoc The tasting room
for FOLDED HILLS is in the works, but the pet project just off Gaviota by beer magnate/polo phenom Andy Busch features THE FARMSTEAD , which is open on weekends. Don’t miss the Harvest Fest on October 21—pony rides, face painting, a pumpkin patch, and more. A stroll down Industrial Way is proof of Buellton’s culinary renaissance. At BOTTLEST WINERY, BAR & BISTRO , chef Owen Havanan is turning local fare into gourmet dishes like the 16-spice pork shoulder with almond rice, and there are 52 wines “on tap” that you can taste by the pour or by the glass. Nearby, BRICK BARN WINE ESTATE , BUSCADOR WINES , CHOLAME VINEYARD , and SPEAR VINEYARDS AND WINERY all have new tasting rooms; MARGERUM WINE COMPANY is now welcoming tasters to the winery on weekends; and director-turned-vintner Scott Sampler, who lives with his dog in his winery, tastes his buzzy CENTRAL COAST GROUP PROJECT wines by appointment. Further east, check out the wine-centric renovated rooms at SIDEWAYS INN .
After greeting guests for 20 years at his Trattoria Grappolo, Leonardo Curti now wows them at LEONARDO’S CUCINA ITALIANA ; the menu is inspired by the chef’s own Calabrian roots and the exhibition kitchen features a pizza oven imported from Italy. Chef Michele Mancuso opened TOSCANA nearby, featuring pizzas and tapas and a menu written in Italian. PETROS KAFE features Mediterranean fare, while the zesty dishes at the new HUMMINGBIRD CAFE are Caribbean inspired. Take a cooking class at K’SYRAH , which serves lunch and dinner most days of the week, or a cheese class at CAILLOUX CHEESE SHOP , which also sells artisan breads and charcuterie.
The valley’s newest beer and wine ventures also include NAUGHTY OAK BREWING CO. with a rotating selection of craft beers. Shop for Happy Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon from CROWN POINT VINEYARDS and Sta. Rita Hills Grenache from KINGS CAREY ; both labels offer tastings by appointment.
PHOTOGRAPHS: BOTTLEST AND KINGS CAREY, BOTTLE BRANDING; BOB’S WELL BREAD, SILAS FALLSTICH; CAILLOUX, COURTESY OF CAILLOUX CHEESE SHOP
FIRST & OAK .
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This year’s full redo at the Ballard Inn birthed a new restaurant, THE GATHERING TABLE , by owner/chef Budi Kazali. Oozing a modern farmhouse vibe, the eatery’s centerpiece communal table aims to get local winemakers mingling with guests and reflects the menu’s seasonal shared plates. The inn’s 15 guest rooms are up for renovation next.
At THE BEAR AND STAR , the Parker family and chef John Cox offer a full-circle culinary concept: most everything on the menu—Wagyu beef, pork, quail, eggs, fruits, and veggies—are sourced from the Fess Parker ranch nearby. Much of the cooking happens on the custom 30-foot reverse-flow smoker that’s parked out back. For a bite on the go, look for the FIRST & OAK KITCHEN food truck along Alamo Pintado on the weekends; this extension on wheels of chef Steven Snook’s popular Solvang restaurant features farm-fresh fare, including sweet and savory crepes. Winemaker Jessica Gasca’s new STORY OF SOIL tasting room pours single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Syrah while CA’ DEL GREVINO ’s new tasting bar features Santa Maria Valley estate wines. Find pints of hard-to-find beers at the new COMMUNITY CRAFT .
Los Alamos Bob Ozwaks now offers two sleek minimalist-
mod COTTAGES AT BOB’S WELL BREAD BAKERY . Bedroom, living room, and kitchenette in stylish decor are complemented by Malin + Goetz toiletries along with morning coffee and pastry from the buzzing bakery next door (don’t pass up the pain au chocolat). Dine at PICO , where the new 2,000-square-foot backyard features a fire pit, beehives, and raised gardens. G A B E S A G L I E S A N TA B A R B A R A
Where to FIND THE BEAR AND STAR 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805-686-1359, thebearandstar.com. BOTTLEST WINERY, BAR & BISTRO 35 Industrial Way, Buellton, 805-686-4742, bottlest.com/bistro. BRICK BARN WINE ESTATE 805-245-0601. BUSCADOR WINES 140 Industrial Way, Buellton, 805-242-5206, buscadorwine.com. CA’ DEL GREVINO 2933 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805-697-7625, grevino.com. CAILLOUX CHEESE SHOP 486 1st St., Solvang, 978-758-1900, caillouxcheeseshop.com. CENTRAL COAST GROUP PROJECT 65 Los Padres Way, Unit 2, Buellton, 805-8742316, ccgpwines.com. CHOLAME VINEYARD 140 Industrial Way, Buellton, 805-610-1122, cholamevineyard.com. COMMUNITY CRAFT 2446 Alamo Pintado Ave., Ste. C, Los Olivos, 805-338-1403, communitycraftlo.wordpress.com. COTTAGES AT BOB’S WELL BREAD BAKERY 550 Bell St., Los Alamos, 805-3443000, bobswellbread.com. CROWN POINT VINEYARDS 1733 Fletcher Way, Santa Ynez, 805-693-9300, crownpointvineyards.com. FIRST & OAK KITCHEN 409 1st St., Solvang, 805-688-1703. FOLDED HILLS FARMSTEAD 2323 Old Coast Hwy, Gaviota, 805-689-1450, foldedhills.com. THE GATHERING TABLE 2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, 805-688-7770, ballardinn.com/ restaurant. HUMMINGBIRD CAFE 453 Atterdag Rd., Solvang, 805-403-7100. KINGS CAREY 1225 W. Laurel Ave., Lompoc, 877-327-2656, kingscarey.com. K’SYRAH CATERING AND EVENTS 478 4th Pl., Solvang, 805-245-9564, kscateringandevents.com. LEONARDO’S CUCINA ITALIANA 632 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 805-686-0846, leonardoscucina.com. MARGERUM WINE COMPANY 59 Industrial Way, Buellton, 805-686-8500, margerumwines.com. NAUGHTY OAK BREWING CO. 3569 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805-287-9663, naughtyoak.com. PETROS KAFE 487 Atterdag Rd., Solvang, 805-686-5455, petrosrestaurant.com. PICO 458 Bell St., Los Alamos, 805-344-1122, losalamosgeneralstore.com. SIDEWAYS INN 114 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, 805- 688-8448, highwaywestvacations.com/ properties/sidewaysinn. SPEAR VINEYARDS AND WINERY 6700 E. Hwy. 246, Lompoc, 805-737-1829, spearwinery.com. STORY OF SOIL 2362 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 805-220-8248, storyofsoilwine.com. TOSCANA PIZZERIA TAPAS ENOTECA 485 Alisal Rd., Ste. 163, Solvang, 805-6977445, toscanabymancuso.wordpress.com.
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World-renowned chef Julia Child was famous for her masterful cooking and delightful personality until her passing in 2004 in Montecito. Available on October 24, Alex Prud’Homme and Katie Pratt’s FRANCE IS A FEAST: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY OF PAUL AND JULIA CHILD ($35, Thames & Hudson, Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-682-6787, chaucersbooks.com) documents how Child ﬁrst discovered French cooking and lifestyle. Through photographs taken by her husband, Paul—many of which haven’t been seen before—experience the couple’s personal stories. France is a Feast not only captures the magical period in their lives, but also brings to light Paul Child’s own remarkable photographic achievements. J . R .
Comfort FOOD Leela Cyd’s quick PICKLED VEGGIES .
Trying to eliminate sugar and processed carbs while adding vegetables to her and her husband’s diet, Santa Barbara resident Jeanne David created OUTER AISLE GOURMET —gluten-free, non-GMO cauliﬂower OUTER AISLE GOURMET ’s pizza crusts ($6.99) gluten-free breakfast. and sandwich thins ($6.99). Products can be found at Whole Foods, Lazy Acres, and in other health-conscious restaurants, but go online to ﬁnd recipes ranging from a variety of pizzas to lasagna to cinnamon rolls. 805-562-0115. J . R .
UC Santa Barbara alum Karen Waddell’s REVERI is a fruit and veggiebased vegan “ice cream” ($6.99). With no added sugars, low fat, and a mere 77 calories per serving—ﬂavors include Field of Green, Strawberry Patch, and Chocolate Forest—who knew ice cream could be so healthy? J . R . RE V E R I .CO M
Get ready for the cooler fall and winter months with local food blogger/cookbook author/photographer Leela Cyd’s TASTING HYGGE: JOYFUL RECIPES FOR COZY DAYS AND NIGHTS ($17.95, Countryman Press, Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-682-6787, chaucersbooks .com), out early November. “While visiting Denmark a year ago, I became enchanted with the Danish word hygge, for which there is no exact English translation but roughly means ‘the art of spending quality time with loved ones accompanied by good food.’ The word encapsulates the slow-living, intentionally beautiful approach to hanging out I try to cultivate with my family and friends,” says the Mesa-based Cyd. Known for her signature bright, delightful photographs and recipes that walk you step-by-step through her creations, Cyd features more than 50 comfort-inducing dishes that will make you want to curl up on the couch in front of the ﬁre. Organized into categories of warm, spiced, smooth, calm, and bright, recipes include how to set up a spicy smashed potato bar to Earl Grey pots de crème. Says Cyd: “Cookbooks are how I express my ideas—visually and through food—so it was a natural ﬁt to pursue this jolly medium and create a sweet little guide on eating cozy food while creating happy moments.” G I N A Z . T E R L I N D E N
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PHOTOGRAPHS: HUNGRY PLANET, JODY BOYMAN
HUNGRY PLANET ’s
Vegan for more 30 years, Santa Barbaran Jody Boyman is changing the way people eat burgers. As a partner and ambassador of HUNGRY PLANET —which creates plant-based “meats” that taste similar to the real thing—she is committed to culinary excellence, the environment, and education. Made with water, soy protein concentrate, sunﬂower oil, and other natural ingredients, Hungry Planet’s low-calorie, gluten-free, non-GMO, protein-packed Range-Free Burger is ﬁnding its way to a greener earth—and local restaurants such as Mesa Burger, The Nugget Bar and Grill, the Coral Casino. Even the Santa Barbara Uniﬁed School District is partnering with Hungry Planet to provide healthier, planet-friendly foods for students. J O E R A Y
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BITS + BITES
Savoy’s Sip Tips
Longtime local wine expert—and self-proclaimed Syrah snob—Bob Wesley recently partnered with Savoy Deli owners Paul and Kathy Shields to open SAVOY WINES . Here, he shares his favorite picks for fall. 18 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara,
The ﬁrst-annual SANTA BARBARA POLO & WINE FESTIVAL on October 7 at the Santa Barbara Polo
& Racquet Club. The event (tickets: from $75) runs from 11 am to 7 pm and features two polo matches; music from the likes of funk/soul/R&B artist Charles Bradley, Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré (son of Grammy-winning Ali Farka Touré), LP, Nick Waterhouse, and Durand Jones & The Indications; and tastings from Standing Sun Wines, Summerland Winery, and more. Enjoy the “Sport of Kings” alongside lively world-class music in a true celebration of American Riviera living. G . Z . T .
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The R.H. COUTIER NV BRUT CHAMPAGNE BLANC DE BLANCS is ﬁnely sculpted, energetic, and precise. It’s an exceptional value for a 100 percent Chardonnay champagne. The DOMAINE TALMARD 2016 MACON CHARDONNAY has always been a best seller for me—creamy, delicately fruity, and persistent. Folks buy it by the case.
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Left to right: The plate pairing; astronomical
that includes Petite Sirah and some Italian grape varieties. 1448 is a big, plush cuvée that will (not literally) sing with Thanksgiving dinner.
detailing on the bar.
FREQUENCY 2015 GSM (pictured) is a Santa Barbara County blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre from local winemaker Zac Wasserman. It’s fruit forward, spicy, and an ideal red for a chilly fall evening.
GRAHAM’S SIX GRAPES PORT SPECIAL OLD VINES EDITION was made to celebrate the 100th
anniversary of the familiar Graham’s Six Grapes reserve Ruby. Selected from old vines in the Graham’s vineyards, it is dense and impressively ripe. Try pairing this with chocolate mousse cake or Maytag blue cheese and dried ﬁgs after dinner.
Since diving into the world of wine at 18, Drew Cuddy has wanted to show that “a very high-end wine experience can be found at a not-so-high-end price when you look with an educated palate.” With this in mind, he recently opened SATELLITE —a new cafe/wine bar/shop located inside Impact Hub on State Street. Chef Emma West’s menus of cheese, crudités, and light snacks rotate with Cuddy’s selection of lesser-known local and international vintages, and local winemakers will be showcased at the Monday night ﬂights. “I love winemakers who take a careful approach to not paint over the quality of the fruit and land we have here,” says Cuddy. Other bites— such as calzones, polenta, and savory tarts—hail from nearby Flagstone Pantry. As a young adult, Cuddy spent summers living in Italy, working for his father’s wine-importing business. He found himself back in Santa Barbara last year and is currently ﬁnishing a diploma with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. “In Santa
Barbara, there is no home for wine education for the professional or the enthusiast,” says Cuddy. “Up until now, people in the industry—or in love with the industry—have either had to travel to Los Angeles for courses or wait for irregular courses oﬀered semi-annually in Los Olivos.” Cuddy aims to educate both fellow oenophiles and beginners alike through Satellite’s regular wine course program. Aside from wine, Cuddy is also a “space fanatic,” which is partly how Satellite got its name and its ambience of adventure and exploration. “We also feel like a satellite of Impact Hub and a bit of a satellite location for our food.” 1117 State St., Santa
Barbara, 805-364-3043. J . R . S ATE L L I TE S B.C O M
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PHOTOGRAPHS: SATELLITE CHEESE PLATE, KEVIN CLAIBORNE
The RUNQUIST 2016 RED BLEND “1448” is a Zinfandel-based hodgepodge
SATELLITE menu; a cheese
Having recently reopened after an extensive renovation, THE CLUB & GUEST HOUSE at UC Santa Barbara now serves a seasonal menu to the public that focuses on organic and sustainable products, many sourced locally. “The inspiration for the food at The Club is based upon the diversity of the campus,” says senior executive chef Dusty Cooper, who has helmed kitchens from Los Angeles to the Caribbean to Europe, Texas, and other locales before moving to Santa Barbara to help open the university’s fine-dining restaurant and hotel. “We’ve wanted to explore diverse cuisines and flavors to create a melting pot of menu options while still remaining true to the food philosophy of UCSB.” This fall, the newest selections on the menu include red lentil falafel with pickled cucumber, feta, and avocado almond cilantro sauce as well as brown-butter chicken with creamy polenta, grilled rapini, and fried sage. “The building itself has architectural significance and is a sight to behold,” says Cooper. “We’ve tried to create dishes that compliment the modern decor and the view as well.” Bldg. 581, UC
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Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.
Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960 – Present September 17 – December 17, 2017 Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Road mcasantabarbara.org
This exhibition brings together more than 70 works that have rarely been seen beyond Guatemala, but that speak to a range of formal, political, and social concerns that permeate contemporary art both in Latin America and throughout the globe.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now September 17 – December 31, 2017 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street sbma.net
This exhibition brings together 49 artworks, consisting of installation, sculpture, photography, and video, dating from the early 1990s to the present. A distinctive figure in the international legacy of installation art, Soares interweaves themes of love, desire, memory, and time in her minimal, conceptual, and multi-sensorial bodies of work.
Major support for Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960 – Present and Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. Images, left to right: Valeska Soares, Any Moment Now…, 2014, Courtesy Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Photo Credit: Charles Benton, 365 vintage dust jackets mounted on linen panels and 4 vintage library ladders, Panel sizes: 10 x 8, 12 x 12, 14 x 11 inches, Variable overall dimensions, Installation view Eleven Rivington Gallery, 2014, Image courtesy of the Artist; Efraín Recinos, Guatemala vista desde 33,000 kms de distancia (Guatemalita), 1960, Oil on masonite, 172.8 x 52.8 in., Courtesy of Coleccion John Gody; Chumash, Basket, undated, Plant fiber, 10 in. diameter x 5 1/8 in., Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Museum purchase with funds provided by Robert Easton; Suzanne Lacy, Skin of Memory, 1999, Installation view, Courtesy of the Artist; Pablo Helguera, The School of Panamerican Unrest, 2006, Installation view, Schoolhouse in front of the Galeria Nacional de Arte, Honduras, Courtesy of the Artist.
Sacred Art in the Age of Contact: Chumash and Latin American Traditions in Santa Barbara September 16 – December 8, 2017 Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, 552 University Road museum.ucsb.edu
September 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018 Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 East De la Guerra Street
Sacred Art focuses on the relationship between art and religion in both Chumash and Latin American traditions in the early Mission period in Santa Barbara.
The Schoolhouse and the Bus: Mobility, Pedagogy, and Engagement Two Projects by Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy / Pilar Riaño-Alcalá September 27 – December 8, 2017
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, 552 University Road museum.ucsb.edu
Based on audience participation and context specific, these projects, symbolized by a mobile schoolhouse and bus, wrestle with many overlapping themes including immigration, race, and social organization.
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SANTA BARBARA WEEKEND Join us for a special celebration of PST: LA/LA in Santa Barbara! Friday, October 20: Symposium - Art in Guatemala: 1960 – Present 10 am – 5 pm, MCASB at Porter Theater, Westmont College $25 ($15 students/MCASB & Westmont members)
Saturday, October 21: Exhibition Walk-Through with Elyse Gonzales 1 – 2 pm Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB FREE
Teen Workshop with Hellen Ascoli 3 – 5 pm MCASB at Community Arts Workshop FREE
Sunday, October 22: Community Celebration 1 – 4 pm MCASB at Community Arts Workshop FREE Sensory Studio 1 – 4 pm Santa Barbara Museum of Art FREE Lecture: Jens Hoffman 2:30 – 4 pm Santa Barbara Museum of Art FREE Chumash Artists Roundtable 3 pm Santa Barbara Historical Museum FREE
PHOTOGRAPH: NIGEL PARRY/CPI SYNDICATION
takes the stage on October 6 at the GRANADA THEATRE .
The best bets for fall
ARTS A still from
FLAMENCO FLAMENCO .
UC Santa Barbara’s Arts & Lectures presents BILL MURRAY, JAN VOGLER & FRIENDS —the famed actor teams up with German cellist Vogler for an entertaining evening of music and literature (tickets: from $54, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu) on October 6 at the Granada Theatre. On October 21, 47th Vice President of the United States JOE BIDEN (tickets: from $53) speaks at the Arlington Theatre. Goldenvoice presents indie folk band FLEET FOXES (tickets: from $44, arlingtontheatre.ticketoffices.com) on September 20, and singer/songwriter FATHER JOHN MISTY (tickets: from $35.50) on October 11 at the historic Arlington Theatre.
Pursue your Latin side with the FLAMENCO ARTS FESTIVAL ’s four-day event from September 28 through October 1 at the Lobero Theatre. This year kicks off with the opening night film presentation of Flamenco Flamenco, legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura’s musical journey that takes viewers through a dynamic and universal art form that reaches beyond the borders of flamenco and Spanish culture. The festival also features awardwinning artist Patricia Guerrero in the U.S. premier of Upclose as well as dance and music workshops where you can learn from the masters. 805-967-4164. F I O N A M O R I A R T Y - M C L A U G H L I N
Arts Left to Right: SILO 118 ’s iconic tower once served as a grain silo; MATT SESOW ’s Boxing Champion, Muhammad
Ali, acrylic/oil on watercolor board, 15 x 20 in.
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Tower of Art
Of all the repurposed spaces in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, the skyscraping former grain silo housing SILO 118 is the easiest to spot. The gallery—curated by Bonnie Rubenstein—features emerging and established contemporary artists. “My plans are to show interesting and provocative art,” says Rubenstein, a Washington, D.C., transplant who moved to Santa Barbara in 2016. Rubenstein’s fall lineup includes two exhibitions. The first, entitled “BODY,” takes place in September and October and features artists working with the human form, including JoAnn Belson, Patricia Houghton Clark, Steven DePinto, Max Gleason, Jay Peterzell, and Patricia Post. The second show focuses on the work of artist Matt Sesow, a Nebraska native who lost his left hand as a young child after being struck by an airplane propeller. Entirely self-taught, Sesow views his paintings as a hopeful, joyous response to his traumatic past. He has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and is the subject of the documentary Join Hands by Leslye Abbey. Sesow’s exhibition from November 10 through January 12 is displaying work resulting from the artist’s three-week residency at Santa Barbara’s Squire Foundation. 118 Gray Ave., Santa Barbara, 301-379-4669. L . D . P O R T E R SILO 11 8 .C O M S A N TA B A R B A R A
PHOTOGRAPH: FLEET FOXES, SHAWN BRACKBILL; BOXING CHAMPION, MUHAMMAD ALI, PERMANENT COLLECTION AT THE AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM, BALTIMORE, COURTESY MATT SESOW
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Compared to the rest of us, INGRID BOULTING has already led several extraordinary lives: as a dancer (London’s Royal Ballet School), model (photographed by famed lensmen Norman Parkinson, Richard Avedon, David Bailey), “It” girl (she was the face of Biba cosmetics), and big-screen movie actress (she starred with Robert De Niro in The Last Tycoon, among others). At various times, she’s called London, New York, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, and the south of France her “home.” Now based in serene, bucolic Ojai (which reminds her of her native South Africa), Boulting focuses on oil painting, primarily still lifes featuring objects she collects from antique stores. (She’s part of the Ojai Studio Artists Tour October 14 through 16.) Of course, there’s more: Boulting also helms Sacred Space Studio where she teaches yoga, and she has a serious soft spot for rescue animals. Her personal achievement mantra provides a key to her remarkable life’s journey: “practice, patience, perseverance, and repetition to master anything.” L . D . P .
Left to right: INGRID BOULTING
photographed by Richard Avedon, 1969; Boulting in her Ojai studio; Boulting’s LOVE IN ACTION , oil on
canvas, 18 x 22 in.
Color Pop Arts
ANGELA PERKO ’s modernist paintings are so saturated with
color they seem to vibrate. Eschewing half-tones and feeble pastels, Perko aims straight for the retina with rich, exuberant pigments that demand our attention. Her compelling ability with color belies the fact she first began painting at age 40. Largely self-taught, Perko acknowledges a variety of artistic influences, including the Canadian Group of Seven landscape painters; but as co-owner of Lost Horizon Bookstore (with husband Jerry Jacobs), she often turns to literature for creative inspiration as well. Her artistic practice is instinctive: “In all cases, especially the best pieces, I never feel like I painted them. I always feel like I’m only the medium. It’s up to me to listen and follow. That’s how I paint.” This fall marks Perko’s eighth solo show with Sullivan Goss—An American Gallery, 805-730-1460, sullivangoss.com, from October 5 through December 3—a not-to-be-missed opportunity to appreciate the artist’s talent up close. L . D . P . Angela Perko’s DURER’S BEETLE ,
oil on canvas, 48 x 60 in.
Left to right: NEST OF TWO bowls, glazed porcelain, 14.5 x 14 x 7 in.; BONE 2 BONE , glazed porcelain, approx. 16 x 11.5 x 7.5 in.
“I’ve had this interest in the dichotomy of inside and outside from the beginning,” says master ceramicist CHRISTOPHER BATES , “the metaphor of using the clay vessel to talk about that is what I like to do.” It’s a philosophical approach to creation that Bates undoubtedly shares with his students as a professor at Santa Barbara City College, where he presides over the beginning to advanced ceramics courses. (His teaching career spans nearly 30 years.) There’s a sculptural quality to Bates’s work; one senses monumentality even in his smaller pieces, an element apart from mere utilitarian purpose. “I would like a viewer to be caught in discovery of dwelling inside, similar to my experience while making,” he says. Based in Ojai, Bates has exhibited his work throughout the United States, including California, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio. L . D . P . S B CC .E D U / A RT/ FA CU LTYS TA F F / CS B ATE S
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PHOTOGRAPH: RICHARD AVEDON PORTRAIT, COURTESY INGRID BOULTING; BOULTING IN STUDIO, KRISTAN ALTIMUS
Check It Out
Drawing from his real-life teaching experiences, Santa Barbara-based Gary Delanoeye “makes the lives of incarcerated young adults visible to those of us on the other side of the fence” in LETTERS FROM THE OUTS (from $4.99, Summerland Publishing, Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-682-6787, chaucersbooks.com). Told from the point of view of Mr. Phipps, Delanoeye gives readers details of life inside a juvenile detention facility.
Santa Barbara’s Central Library is approaching its 100th anniversary, and to celebrate, Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library has published LIBRARY BOOK: WRITERS ON LIBRARIES ($18.50, Tecolote Book Shop, 805-969-4977), an anthology from more than 80 popular local writers—including Ray Bradbury, Fannie Flagg, Sue Grafton, D.J. Palladino, Pico Iyer—about their bibliophilia.
Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer crime novels have been lauded for decades. Now, Library of America has published ROSS MACDONALD: FOUR LATER NOVELS ($40, Tecolote Book Shop, 805-969-4977), a ﬁnal volume that gathers the late author’s best work: Black Money, The Instant Enemy, The Goodbye Look, and The Underground Man. Through the eyes of private eye Lew Archer, Macdonald creates a shadowy vision of modern America, using turmoil of his own life (he lived here for some 30 years) and the inequities, cruelties, and anxieties of the 1960s and ’70s. Lori Robinson’s WILD LIVES ($21.99, Skyhorse Publishing, Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-682-6787, chaucersbooks.com) is a timely reminder that it is our obligation to help preserve our planet. In this book, 20 conservationists—including National Geographic ﬁlmmakers and big cat experts Beverly and Dereck Joubert, wildlife photographer Paul Hilton, and gorilla activist Dominique Bikaba—share their own stories through exclusive interviews. J O E R A Y
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Destination Rejuvenation The Spa at Bacara is renowned as one of the worldâ€™s finest, and with good reason. Set above the calming blue waters of the Pacific, The Spa at Bacara features an expert staff, holistic treatments and wellness classes sure to soothe you long after your visit. Midweek specials are available. Learn more at 844.235.3065 or www.bacararesort.com.
Natural beauty The jungle meets the beach in Mexico, a sophisticated sojourn in San Francisco, and horsing around in the California countryside
The landscape of the MEXICAN RIVIERA MAYA
prevails at MAYAKOBA .
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Clockwise from top right: The canal system that connects resorts at MAYAKOBA ; EL CAMELEÓN golf course on
the Caribbean; wildlife among the scenery; a guest room at ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA .
The Venice of the Yucatán
Starting with the purchase of 590 acres in the late 1980s, it finally took a team of biologists, engineers, geologists, architects, engineers, hoteliers, and other experts about six years to envision and execute a forward-thinking development along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The result is MAYAKOBA , an eco-conscious luxury resort on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico’s Caribbean coast. What sets this property apart from others, however, is that rather than being built up right along the coastline, the natural landscape of lagoons, jungles, mangroves, cenotes (sinkholes), beaches, dunes, and reefs were intentionally retained, preserved, and brilliantly incorporated into the design, bringing the vibrant flora and fauna into the immediate experience of staying there. A six-mile-long canal system connects the Fairmont, Rosewood, Banyan Tree, and Andaz Mayakoba resorts. Guests can travel in electric lancha boats among crocodiles, monkeys, turtles, and more than 200 species of birds to the four properties’ beach clubs, spas, restaurants, and the famed El Cameleón golf course. Or on land, you can pedal around lush nature paths to El Pueblito—the village in the heart of Mayakoba. G I N A Z . T E R L I N D E N
Getaway M AYAK O BA .C O M
Founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and lead ownership partner at San Francisco’s THE LAUREL INN , Chip Conley’s background as former head of global hospitality and strategy for Airbnb is evident in the comfortable combination of the amenities of an apartment (private kitchenettes and self parking) and the services of a top hotel with sweeping city views. The property’s 1950s facade serves as inspiration for the midcentury modern interiors, which feature the work of exclusively local Bay Area artists. The urban residential sensibility is amplified by touches such as playfully designed board games and warm cookies in the living room-like lobby. Cruiser bikes on loan allow the opportunity to explore the Presidio Heights neighborhood and its proximity to Golden Gate Park, the De Young Museum, and Fillmore Street—home to Michelin-starred restaurants SPQR, State Bird Provisions, and The Progress—while the nearby Sacramento Street design corridor is home to beautifully built spaces such as March, Hudson Grace, The Future Perfect, Serena & Lily, Sue Fisher King, and more. Rates: From $229.
444 Presidio Ave., San Francisco, 415-567-8467. C H A R L O T T E JDV HOT ELS . C OM
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Santa Ynez Staycation
For more than 70 years, the ALISAL GUEST RANCH & RESORT has been a beloved country getaway for countless Hollywood’s Golden-era celebrities, multigenerational families from all over the United States, even brides and grooms. Adding to its vibrant history, the 1,500-acre property is now formally accredited by the Dude Ranchers’ Association, which honors the core principles of “horses, hats, hospitality, heritage, honesty, and heart.” The Alisal’s main draw is horseback riding—50 miles of trails that wind through hills dotted with sycamores, moss-covered oaks, and 1,500plus head of cattle. But other highlights include rodeos, feeding time at the petting farm, tennis, golf, archery, and fishing in the lake. Harkening to a bygone era, none of the recently renovated studios and suites have telephones or televisions, and for the lingering dinners, men must wear jackets. But the slower pace is a welcome antidote to today’s busy life.
Rates: From $550/night, including breakfast and dinner. 805-688-6411. G . Z . T . ALI S AL. C OM
The bucolic entrance to the ALISAL GUEST RANCH & RESORT .
Tucked into the sprawling wine country just southeast of Paso Robles, the tiny town of CRESTON (population: 94) dates back to 1884 as part of the Rancho Huerhuero land grant. Off the beaten path, a trip here makes for a charming country getaway. Clockwise from top right: The 150acre HORSETAIL RANCH ; THE LOADING CHUTE ;
olive trees at OLIVAS DE ORO .
Where to Stay
Situated on 150 acres of rolling hills filled with wildlife, oak and pine trees, and a pond, the upscale HORSETAIL RANCH , 805-966-2888, horsetail-ranch.com, is home to a 3,500-square-foot villa, a 1,000-square-foot offthe-grid cabin, and soon, a luxury bed & breakfast lodge. Take in the scenery of the bucolic property with Brian and Crystal Hallett’s CENTRAL COAST TRAILRIDES , 805-610-1306, centralcoasttrailrides.com—the barn houses horses, goats, donkeys, chickens, and more—and inquire about ranch owner Kena Efraim’s upcoming scenic ride-and-sip wine-tasting packages.
Where to Eat
THE LOADING CHUTE , 805-237-1259, is a Western-style steakhouse that serves up oak-grilled meats, American salads, sandwiches, and burgers as well as a full breakfast on Sundays.
What to Do Known for producing dozens of different grape varietals, the
CRESTON WINE TRAIL , 805-227-4223, crestonwinetrail.com, features seven wineries
and businesses, including August Ridge, which recently opened a tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara, and Olivas de Oro olive oil producer. G . Z . T .
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ON HER: Dress, $5,490, VALENTINO SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Bandana, $15, Iguana
Vintage Clothing. Bangle, $140, KENDALL CONRAD . Chikahisa rings, from $124, WENDY FOSTER . Fine gold
ring throughout, model’s own. ON HIM: Shirt, $450, and coat,
$3,319, VALENTINO SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Bracelets and
ring throughout, model’s own.
ON HIM: Suit, $195, and scarf, $15,
Iguana Vintage Clothing. VINCE henley, $135, Nordstrom. ON HER: Top, pants, and coat, prices upon request, SONIA RYKIEL . Necklace, $1,850, DANIEL GIBBINGS . Opposite page: ON HIM: VINCE blazer, $695, and trousers,
$325, Nordstrom. Shirt, $45, Iguana Vintage Clothing. Cap, stylist’s own. Tank and boots, model’s own. ON HER: VINCE dress, $395, Nordstrom. Jacket,
$75, Iguana Vintage Clothing. Albertus Swanepoel hat, $364, and Chikahisa rings, from $124, WENDY FOSTER . Necklace, $1,850, DANIEL GIBBINGS . Thin necklace, model’s own. oots and earrings, model’s own.
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ON HIM: Sweater, $264, RALPH LAUREN SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Bandana, $15,
Iguana Vintage Clothing. Cap, stylist’s own. ON HER: Jacket, $698, RALPH LAUREN SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Shirt, $35, Iguana Vintage
Clothing. Shorts, stylist’s own. Earrings, model’s own.
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Trench, $14,650, VALENTINO SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Moosepablos earrings,
$38, WENDY FOSTER . Opposite: ON HIM: Cashmere sweater, coat, and sweats, prices upon request, BOTTEGA VENETA SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Hat and boots, model’s own. ON HER: Jacket and skirt, prices upon request,
Bottega Veneta South Coast Plaza. Chikahisa rings, from $124, Wendy Foster. Cowboy hat, and leather boots, model’s own.
ON HIM: Henley, jumper, belt, and hat, stylist’s own. Boots,
model’s own. ON HER: Dress, $5,200, VALENTINO SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Hat, boots, and earrings, model’s own.
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T-shirt, $28, BUCK MASON . Long johns, $25, Iguana Vintage Clothing. Jacket and hat, stylist’s own. Boots, model’s own.
Another sun-kissed California morning, the TV weather folks announcing today’s escalating temperatures, a slight tone of apology in the air…. Our close-knit squad of creatives gathers at a horse ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, about 30 minutes northeast of Santa Barbara. This locale marries the dusty raw with the enchanting. As ever, various crew vehicles arrive, a touch of quiet relief in having found the place, and now there’s a buzz of hellos and hugs, and mostly a search for coffee, though chai tea has become quite the contender. I’ve been on literally thousands of these shoots all around our world and the format is pretty consistent: We meet, we greet, we feel the enthusiasm of a new day, the potential for taking all these ingredients and creating a little magic with our band of fashionable gypsies. However, this day is a little more special for me, I feel inclined to say. For my wife, Alison Edmond—fashion director at C magazine, sister publication to Santa Barbara Magazine—is our stylist, producer, and all-round creative whirlwind for the next 12 hours. My fictional love interest for the day is the inimitable and strikingly beautiful Tatjana Patitz. Our lensman is Eric Gabriel, who, along with building a brilliant career as a hairdresser, has always been an avid and most
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skilled photographer. This is a celebration of his and my wife’s vision for these pages, and of four people who have known each other for longer than is polite to say. This is a reunion. Tatjana and I have worked together many times over the years, beginning at a stately home in Southern England at the very tail end of the 1980s. Since then, our paths have crossed numerous times. We’ve been blessed to work with the greatest of talents in the business. Some label us as supermodels, as we were founding members of that original tribe. We were present for George Michael’s “Freedom 90,” for Steven Meisel, for Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh, for Vogue and Vanity Fair, for Versace and Valentino, and many more. Today, we dance in Tatjana’s habitat. Not only has she made this landscape her home, but we are here sharing her love of horses—great animals that have absorbed her passion for as long as I can remember. Strong, elegant, fierce, subtle, sensitive, and playful…it’s interesting to muse on those characteristics and how, to my mind, they are as much the making of her as the fine animals that she loves. Eric too, is a lifelong man of the saddle, and much of his photographic work has evolved from
a deep respect of what is wild and natural. Alas, for all my dreams of being a cowboy, I have only played that role twice, and thus I’m watching my partners diligently, searching for clues and, in all honesty, managing my fears. But it must be told, I fell in love with another this day—Bret, a veteran of 12 years with the San Diego Police Department at 17.1 hands. At first, his stature and presence was imposing—a beast so beautiful, intelligent, and proud. How to manage, to tame, and to befriend? It came easier than I thought. I was instructed by our generous host Nina Hallworth to just chill, to relax, and thus I did. Sensing this very soon after, Bret’s head came down, his ears stood up, and he nuzzled and leaned into me, and all was peace. We were still. It was a moment, a memento to treasure, an affirmation of trust, which is what it all really comes down to. The day was long but only in that way that is rare and beautiful. Our team engaged with spirit and humor, with patience and a hope of capturing something to remember. And I like to think we did. And thus our reunion is here for you to see, a celebration of life, friendship, landscape, and love. I hope you enjoy! J O H N P E A R S O N
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ON HIM: Sweater, $1,995, and car
coat, $1,795, BURBERRY SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Pants, $45, Iguana
Vintage Clothing. Boots, model’s own. ON HER: Knit jacket, $1,995, BURBERRY SOUTH COAST PLAZA . Dress, $40, Iguana Vintage
Clothing. Lara Noel Hill earrings, $115, ALLORA BY LAURA . Chikahisa rings, from $124, WENDY FOSTER . Bangle, $140, KENDALL CONRAD . Studded bracelet and
riding boots, model’s own.
HAIR AND MAKEUP: JUANITA LYON AT CELESTINE USING CHANEL/KEVIN MURPHY HAIR CARE; FASHION ASSISTANT: FERNANDO PICHARDO. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE “SHOPPING GUIDE,” (PAGE 177).
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Art, architecture, and entertaining collide at this Cliff May getaway WRITTEN BY
J E NNI F E R B L A I SE KRA MER S A M F R O ST
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Original orange KNOLL chairs give the room a dose of vibrant color along with ceramic artwork on the fireplace by EDGAR ORLAINETA from the MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SANTA BARBARA .
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When Jules Allen and Richard Goldstein moved to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles 12 years ago, they knew right away they needed to find their new Palm Springs. The desert hideaway had been their weekend mainstay for sunshine and midcentury architecture, and the couple was eager to find their next retreat. After long searches between Ojai and wine country, these self-described “non-horse people” found their haven in the Santa Ynez Valley within a 1968 Cliff May stunner that screamed “weekend.”
“It’s the perfect house in the middle of nowhere,” says Allen. The 5,000-square-foot abode is perched above rolling hills and old oak trees, giving them privacy and 360-degree scenic views from their deck. Inside, the home had gone through a couple different renovations, including one by architect Barry Berkus who left the kitchen in such good shape the couple didn’t have to touch it. In places, the home retained original details such as the fireplace and the grape stake ceilings—a signature of the architect,
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JULES ALLEN in the sound room, outfitted by MISSION AUDIO/VIDEO , with Spanglish artwork by CRUZ ORTIZ .
Opposite: A red EAMES rocker makes a statement against a black-and-white piece, Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil by JONAH FREEMAN and MICHAEL PHELAN . Artworks
curated by consultant JC CONNELLY, INC.
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Brown and metallics in the SITTING ROOM with the spotlight on a vintage MILO BAUGHMAN sofa, still in its original fabric. Opposite, top to bottom: Former built-ins were removed to make way for a GALLERY WALL , here showing portraits by CRUZ ORTIZ ; the homeowners extended the grape stake ceiling over the pool to create a better and bigger INDOOR/OUTDOOR CONNECTION .
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“We tried to keep the essence—t h e b e s t o f C l i f f M a y — and
make it modern.”
known as the father of the California ranch home. Every decision the couple made moving forward played off what fit with the architecture. For instance, when bringing in a modern sound system to amp up music for parties, everything current looked stark against the white walls and grape stakes until Goldstein found a solution by covering the speakers inside white salad bowls from Macy’s, which blend into the iconic ceiling. “We tried to keep the essence—the best of Cliff May—and make it modern without taking away any Cliff May,” says Allen. Since both of them are creatives—she’s a clothing designer and cofounder of Tribute Project, which makes custom lyrical jackets, and he’s a film producer—they sourced every finish and fixture themselves, with Goldstein taking the architect’s seat. The goal was to build off anything original and improve what wasn’t, such as
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The GUEST ROOM gets a shot of blue with an underwater dolphin scene by photographer ROBIN BENSON , vintage throw blanket with African charms and ceramic vase from GLOBAL EYE ART COLLECTIVE . Opposite: The MASTER BATHROOM sports a photograph by RICHARD GOLDSTEIN ,
immediately evoking vacation mode.
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A photograph by Italian artist MASSIMO VITALI hangs above layered textiles
and a trio of stools in the MASTER BEDROOM . Opposite: Vintage BERTOIA chairs make an OUTDOOR LOUNGE by the pool.
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bulky cabinetry, bad tile, and carpets—with flooring being the biggest headache and hurdle. “When we bought the house, there were these tile floors that were covering original Saltillo tiles that were used when the house was built. There was no way to restore those original floors, so we found this wideplanked, raw, white-oak wood flooring and went for that throughout the entire house. We think that they turned out amazing and hopefully, Cliff May would appreciate them!” Goldstein says. The master bathroom was streamlined with shelving that gives the illusion of being integrated,
however several former built-ins in the main areas were removed to make way for a gallery space. As members of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, they have a strong private collection and recently helped kick off MCA’s new Architecture & Design Council—an exclusive membership that features forward-thinking artist lectures and private dinners—everything the couple loves. Freddy Janka, MCA’s director of development, worked alongside Allen to plan a behind-the-scenes architecture tour and reception at their home, and a small group gathered for dinner poolside. True to their entertaining
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The dining table is made by SQUARE ROOTS in Vietnam
and paired with wood and metal chairs. Flower designs by ELLA & LOUIE .
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Top to bottom: The homeowners bring the indoors out (literally—they don’t do rentals) to kick off a party with the MCA’s ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN COUNCIL
with Michael Trambert and president of MCASB’s board of trustees Jacquelyn Klein-Brown, Jules Allen, MCASB’s Freddy Janka, Honor Fraser Gallery’s Sadie Kirshman, ceramicist Kristen Cramer, Mia Romanik, John Connelly, and artist Cassandria Blackmore; vintage furniture mingles with glassware the couple has collected over the years.
A Meeting of the Minds WRITTEN BY
had its place in the
intellectual sun J O A N TA PPER
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for the Study of Democratic Institutions
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OPPOSITE: BOTTOM THREE IMAGES, CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS COLLECTION. MSS 18. DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, DAVIDSON LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
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Clockwise from top: Intellectuals and celebrities gathered
for CSDI MEETINGS IN THE COURTYARD ; HENRY KISSINGER ; PAUL NEWMAN ; TED KENNEDY . Opposite:
The facade of SOLANA , the former Peabody Estate.
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The situation was dire: “Everywhere questions are being raised about the possibility of maintaining faith in democracy and making it effective in an industrialized, scientific, bureaucratic, polarized world.… No present social, economic, political theory, no current theory of international relations, enables us to understand the world we are living in. Our situation has changed too fast for our ideas.” No, that was not in 2017. The year was 1959, and the statement heralded the establishment, in Santa Barbara, of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, whose aim was to clarify the issues of a free society and debate them. At the head of the group was Robert Maynard Hutchins, the brilliant, charismatic, controversial educator who had been dean of the Yale Law School at 28 and president and chancellor of the University of Chicago from 1929 to 1951. Most recently, he was president of the Ford Foundation’s Fund for the Republic, which had been founded in the early 1950s to push back at the anti-Communist hysteria of McCarthyism, tackling issues of civil liberties, blacklisting, and racial discrimination. Now the Fund was spinning off the Center, which would soon attract individuals in business, labor, religion, education, and government to its home at Solana, the onetime Peabody Estate spectacularly located at the top of Eucalyptus Hill in Montecito. Hutchins called the place “El Parthenon,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to the mansion’s Greco-Spanish architecture, with its interior courtyard bordered by corridors that led to a spacious conference room. “Hutchins wanted to bring together the most brilliant people in every area of endeavor, and he succeeded,” says Keith Melville, professor at the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University. Among the initial on-staff “consultants” were theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, University
We’d sit around a big table and
drink coffee and talk.” —BEVERLEY JACKSON
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ROBERT MAYNARD HUTCHINS towered
over his colleagues, both physically and intellectually; in 1967, REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. came to
CSDI to grapple with social and political issues; writer ALDOUS HUXLEY
was among the earliest participants.
of California president Clark Kerr, publisher Henry Luce, and physicist Isidor Rabi. As time went on, many other national and international figures sat in on the discussions that grappled with heady social, political, and technological topics. “There was no other place where so many prominent people came together—from Washington, Hollywood, science,” adds Melville. Indeed the Center’s guest book is a roster of famous names, including John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., writer Aldous Huxley, actor Paul Newman, farm worker activist Cesar Chavez, and jurist Antonin Scalia.
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Left to right: Talk show host STEVE ALLEN was
on hand to discuss the serious topic of comedy; presidential candidate EUGENE MCCARTHY passed through the portico.
“A lot of people who were interested in a subject would come to the conferences and presentations,” says Beverley Jackson, who wrote the society column for the Santa Barbara News-Press and was a rare reporter allowed in, since “no one took me seriously with my frivolous column. The conferences were very casual. We’d sit around a big table and drink coffee and talk. You found yourself talking to some fascinating people.” A conference on humor brought in Art Buchwald, Herb Caen, and Steve Allen, whom Jackson encountered at the coffee urn. “I said, ‘I think this is the most depressing group,’” she remembers. “He said, ‘Who ever told you that the discussion of humor was funny?’” Presiding over it all was Hutchins. “He was very handsome, very charming, totally magnetic,” she says. “He didn’t flaunt his intelligence. He made you feel as though you were the most important person in the room.” The Center had plenty of detractors, however. Its apparently liberal orientation prompted some locals to label it Moscow on Eucalyptus Hill. And its choice of issues often led to controversy. A report in 1965 on how the United States became involved in Vietnam brought both support and condemnation. In 1967, when student leaders, including many radicals, were invited to discuss the causes of the growing number of demonstrations on college campuses, anger over their statements reverberated to Congress. Writers Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, who had visited the Center briefly, excoriated the place for its “avidly anti-intellectual” statements and for flattering would-be donors by having them participate in the discussions. And Santa Barbara columnist Barney Brantingham recalls that as a News-Press reporter he was not allowed in to cover a session on freedom of the press.
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Funding was always precarious. After spending its initial Ford Foundation grants, the Center depended on wealthy members of its board of directors and other major donors. Then in 1969, Hutchins reorganized the Center, firing some consultants and adding others. One who arrived in 1973 was Dr. Alex Comfort, a serious British medical biologist who also had written the wildly popular Joy of Sex. To escape tax issues and marital difficulties, Comfort contracted with the Center to give it a percentage of royalties, and he joined the staff, where he remained for two years, though that arrangement eventually led to a long, acrimonious lawsuit. (In a coda to that story, when Comfort died in 2000, long after the Center’s demise, and while Solana was being renovated by its present owners Sandi and Bill Nicholson, a BBC crew pulled up in black SUVs to see if any trace of the colorful doctor remained in the residence. They were disappointed.) In the mid-1970s as the Center’s financial woes worsened, an aging and ailing Hutchins resigned, only to return after nine months of staff infighting undermined his chosen successor. He died in 1977, and two years later the Center moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where its voluminous archives have remained, even after the organization merged with the Institute for National Strategy in Los Angeles in 1988. And its impact? It was “a hub for great minds to engage in truly
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The Greco-Spanish architecture of Solana gave rise to ROBERT MAYNARD HUTCHINS ’s nickname
for the place: “EL PARTHENON.”
interdisciplinary discourse,” notes Henry Yang, chancellor of UCSB. “During its final years, the Center was proudly affiliated with UC Santa Barbara, and its mission to study and examine the pillars of democracy has left a lasting impact on our university, our local community, and society as a whole.” “The Center was extraordinarily ambitious,” adds Melville. “It exemplified excellence and featured people who were at the top of their fields.” Equally impressive is the way the Center antici-
pated issues that would shape today’s world. Early on, participants addressed the arms race, the Vietnam War, and student discontent. The Center contemplated a new U.S. Constitution, built conferences around Pope John’s encyclical Pacem in terris (Peace on Earth), and extended that concern to the oceans with meetings entitled Pacem in Maribus. It considered technology, race relations, and the impact of mass media. And it earned an enduring place in the intellectual history of Santa Barbara. ●
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SENATOR J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT takes the
podium during a CSDI forum; Solana’s hilltop grounds included a pool but underscored the center’s reputation as an ivory tower; a shirtsleeve round table discussion in one of the conference rooms.
MARTIN GORE with
bandmates DAVE GAHAN and ANDREW FLETCHER are performing at the SANTA BARBARA BOWL on OCTOBER 2 .
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Musician, songwriter, producer
talks longevity in the limelight, pushing artistic limits, and living life under
in Santa Barbara
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DEPECHE MODE, ALMOST MORE THAN ANY BAND I CAN THINK OF, HAS THE UNIQUE ABILITY TO BE IN THE LIMELIGHT AND THEN DROP OUT UNDER THE RADAR. AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NOT HAVING SUCCESS, OR ANY OTHER DRAMA OVER THE YEARS, OR ALL THE THINGS THAT COME WITH BANDS…YOU JUST SEEM TO BE ABLE TO DROP IN AND OUT. IF DEPECHE MODE WERE AN ACTOR, YOU WOULD BE DANIEL DAY LEWIS. HOW DO YOU PULL THIS OFF?
in a mess.”
Gore performs on SPIRIT ’s tour
in Berlin earlier this year. Opposite: ANTON CORBIJN ’s art and
visual collaborations with Depeche Mode include album covers, videos, and staging.
DEPECHE MODE HAS GONE IN AND OUT OF BEING A TRIO, WHICH IS A MAJOR DYNAMIC IN A BAND. HOW DOES THAT AFFECT THE ALCHEMY OF THE GROUP? IS IT DIFFERENT FOR YOU WHEN IT’S A TRIO VERSUS NOT?
I think we were always destined to be a trio. Vince Clarke, one of our founding members and the main songwriter at the time, told us he was leaving before our first album had even been released. After the success of that album, the remaining three members went into the studio as a trio to make the second album. We then brought in Alan Wilder to play live with us while touring that album. As we got on really well with him and he was a great musician, we asked him to join the band for the making of our third album in 1983. He stayed with us until 1995, when he decided he had enough. We were back to a trio and have been ever since. Making decisions is much easier as a trio because you can’t have a split decision. That was a problem when there were four of us. I would like to mention Peter Gordeno and Christian Eigner at this point. Although they don’t record with us, they have been an integral part of our touring lineup since 1998. Peter plays keyboards, and Christian plays drums. The songs often become very different entities to the album versions when we play live because of their input.
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That is a good observation! We have naturally evolved into working in four-year cycles. It wasn’t planned that way. We never sat down and had a meeting to decide how often we should release albums and tour, it just happened organically. Since 1993’s Songs of Faith and Devotion we have been working this way. That’s basically how long it takes us to recuperate after a tour, spend time with our families, complete any side projects, and write songs for a new album. From 1981 to 1990 we put an album out almost every year, but that was not sustainable long-term for the band or the fans.
IS LIVING/RETREATING TO SANTA BARBARA PART OF THAT RESPITE? WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?
I decided to move to America in 2000, and California was the plan. I could never imagine myself living in Los Angeles. I try to go there as little as possible! Friends recommended a few places, and Santa Barbara came up a lot. I went on a reconnaissance mission and fell in love with the town. I love it because it is one of the most stunning places on earth as well as a great place to relax and not be bothered too much.
THERE ARE SO FEW BANDS THAT ATTAIN BOTH LONGEVITY AND ALSO PUSH THE LIMITS ARTISTICALLY. MAYBE A HANDFUL—AND YOU ARE AT THE TOP OF THAT LIST. IT’S HARD TO BE CUTTING EDGE AS YOU GET OLDER, AND YET, DEPECHE MODE NEVER SEEMS TO LOSE THE EDGE. WHERE DOES THE INSPIRATION/MOTIVE COME FROM?
We have never wanted to rest on our laurels, and we try to push ourselves with each project. I think it
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PHOTOGRAPH: PEDRO BECERRA. ALBUM ART, COURTESY OF DEPECHE MODE
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helps that we are an electronic band at our core, and we always try to keep up with current technologies without trying to sound current, if that makes sense. Without wishing to sound like a diva, I think we would have given up years ago if we didn’t feel relevant. We recently returned from a three-and-ahalf-month tour of Europe where we were nicely surprised once again by how young a lot of our fans are. We must be doing something right!
THE NEW ALBUM, SPIRIT , SEEMS TO PUSH THE LIMITS A BIT. HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM YOUR LAST? WHAT ALLOWS YOU GUYS TO REINVENT?
The new album is much more political than our previous albums. There is unfortunately a lot to write about at the moment if you start getting into social commentary. The world is in a mess.
SANTA BARBARA IS AN INTERSECTION OF MANY FACTIONS OF THE ARTS, AND DEPECHE MODE SEEMS TO BE THAT AS WELL. FINE ART, DESIGN, AND STAGING ALL SEEM TO BE AN INTRINSIC PART OF ANY NEW ALBUM. DO YOU TAKE ON EACH NEW ALBUM AS A BIT OF AN EXHIBIT, OR IS THAT JUST SOMETHING THAT COMES AFTER YOU’RE DONE WITH THE MUSIC?
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HAS SANTA BARBARA INSPIRED YOUR SONGWRITING?
This is the age-old question: How much is your art influenced by your surroundings? Without being able to point out any song in particular, I think that apart from Spirit, my songs have generally been more positive and for want of a better word, spiritual since I have lived here. I lived in West Berlin for a couple of years in 1985 and 1986 while I was writing the album Black Celebration. I don’t think t hat was coincidence!
HOW IS PLAYING THE SANTA BARBARA BOWL DIFFERENT FOR YOU? I ALWAYS HEAR ARTISTS SAY THEY LOVE IT. BESIDES THE OBVIOUS INTIMATE BEAUTY, IS THERE ANY REASON WHY FOR YOU?
The Santa Barbara Bowl is just special. As you say, it is beautiful. It sounds great, and I have lived here for 17 years. To me it feels like I am playing to my home crowd. It is also the smallest venue, apart from one casino, that we will play on this tour and that is a nice change.
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We have been working with Anton Corbijn since 1986. His first job with us was the video for “A Question of Time.” He has admitted to us that the only reason he took the project on was because he fancied shooting a video in America! It had nothing to do with the song or the band. Luckily we got on really well so we gradually started to involve Anton in all of our visual output. He is a true artist and we trust him intrinsically to this day. He is involved in our photographs, videos, DVDs, live-screen footage, sleeves, fonts, etc.
“I think that apart from Spirit, my songs have generally been more positive and
spiritual since I have lived here.”
WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU LOVE TO DO IN SANTA BARBARA THAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE?
I have no idea what surprises people these days! When I am not working, I love to spend time at home with my wife, Kerrilee, our two young daughters, and my son. Kerrilee and I both love Ethiopian food so we love to go for lunch at Petit Valentien on weekends. I am a keen runner, so I love to go running in Santa Barbara. It is the perfect climate for running, usually.
I SAW THE MOVIE ATOMIC BLONDE RECENTLY—A SEXY SPY FILM THAT CHARLIZE THERON CRUSHES AS A DOUBLE AGENT IN 1989 BERLIN. THE SOUNDTRACK SLAYED, AND THEY INCLUDED TWO DEPECHE MODE SONGS—“PERSONAL JESUS” AND “BEHIND THE WHEEL.” WHY DOES ’80S MUSIC ALWAYS MAKE FILMS BETTER?
I think it is a nostalgia thing that only works for people of a certain age. Perhaps a 20 or 30-year-old would not feel that ’80s music makes a film better. Which leads me to a nice way to end this interview. If it were Depeche Mode being played in the film perhaps a 20 or 30-year-old would feel that it was enhancing the film because luckily we still attract a young audience! ●
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Gore has lived in Santa Barbara for the past 17 years. â€œTo me it feels like I am playing to my home crowd. It is also the smallest venue that we will play on this tour and that is a nice change,â€? he says.
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KATH ERI NE S T E WA RT MICH A E L PA L M E R A ND L INDSEY RO SS
How a series of curious accidents brought forth a spectacular vintage
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Photographed at daybreak, the nevercompleted, now-decaying ruins of the CARMELITE MONASTERY .
In the late afternoon, the wind comes in from the ocean and coats the sun-baked Sta. Rita Hills in a soothing fog. This is the last valley before the sea, and its chalky mountain range—conveniently running from east to west—gives it a cool microclimate that’s unique in the region. “If you’re a Pinot Noir or Chardonnay grape,” says Michael Palmer of Mail Road Wines, “this is heaven.” The nuns thought it was divine, too. In the mid1980s, an order of Carmelite Sisters, suffering from the crush of life in Orange County, came here for the solitude. There is still plenty of that to go around; by the time you reach the panoramic crest of the ridge of Mt. Carmel, the dead-end street sign is miles behind you. But something in the Edenic scenery on these last few miles of the Santa Ynez River inspired the Sisters to reach for more. Soon construction began on a grand monastery; the hope was to come to Santa Barbara County for a peaceful place to live and be close to God. By the early 1990s, the nuns’ dramatic vision began to stumble on the dollars and cents of rural construction. And that’s when Ron and Nancy Piazza— Long Beach restaurateurs with dreams of the farming life—saw an opportunity. The Piazzas got a lease to transform the 22 acres of scrub brush surrounding the monastery into grape arcadia, and the Sisters got an extended lease on their hopes. “They say that wine is close to God,” Palmer says with a laugh. The nuns’ vision was not to be. Today, the unfinished remains of the partially built monastery grace the hillside. The last of the Sisters still live on the property in small houses on the next hill over, from which they can see their half-finished dream. Ron and Nancy located and planted unique heritage clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as opposed to the more common Dijon clones used by wineries in the United States today. They did all of the work themselves, building trellises and driving the endposts into the earth. But they didn’t know quite what they were doing, Palmer confesses, and this turns out to have been one of the many lucky accidents that has made Mail Road Wines what they are. Ron and Nancy spaced the vines in wide rows; even now, the vineyard has a wilder and more natural feel than the assembly lines of neighboring vines. They also planted the clones straight into the ground. “You just don’t
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Photographer LINDSAY ROSS ’s ambrotype of the HALF-FINISHED MONASTERY on Mt. Carmel Vineyard.
“This late 19th-century photographic method imbues the imagery with the same eerie feelings encountered in the vineyard surrounding the monastery,” says Ross.
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this is heaven,” says Michael Palmer. “They say that wine is close to God.”
MT. CARMEL VINEYARD in the cold-
climate STA. RITA HILLS marks the center of MAIL ROAD WINES â€™ home.
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do that,” says Palmer, referring to threats such as phylloxera, a pest that devastated wine crops in France in the 19th century. But Palmer believes that the grapes owe the intensity and complexity of their flavors to the stress faced by these uniquely complete vines, facing off against their natural enemy in a geography that gives them every advantage. “We are now developing our own Mt. Carmel clone, which is the product of natural selection at work on the collection of plants that have been growing these past 30 years,” he says. In 2011, an unusual frost brought the vineyard to the brink of a crisis. “It wasn’t clear that it would pull through,” says Palmer, but with the help of Ruben Solorzano, also known as the “Grape Whisperer,” the vines came back stronger than ever. Palmer has the effusive smile and enthusiasm
of someone who knows what he likes and is doing it every day. And that, in a way, reflects another one of the lucky accidents in the unusual history of this vineyard. In 2008, the Tea Fire tore through Palmer’s neighborhood and obliterated the house in which he lived with his wife, Eva Ein, and their family. They had only minutes of warning. “I picked up a few family photos and walked out,” says Palmer. “In retrospect, it was a godsend. How many people get an opportunity to hit the reset button on their lives?” After
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Clockwise from top: The vineyard’s 22.5 acres are planted with heritage CHARDONNAY and PINOT NOIR clones; this photo of grapes was taken
with 35mm black-and-white film as “wine production moves quickly, so I had to
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switch to a faster process in order to keep up with the movement in Mail Road’s
grape production,” says Ross; the latest releases include 2013 Pinot Noirs and a 2014 Chardonnay (pictured). Opposite: Ross’s ambrotype of the MAIL ROAD
VINEYARD ROWS at Mt. Carmel Vineyard. Says Ross: “This image was captured
with wet plate collodion process, which required a one-minute long exposure. The long exposure reveals movement of the wind in the leaves as well as referencing the kind of haunted feeling one feels at Mt. Carmel Vineyard.”
that, he chucked his career as a branding executive and decided to focus on his real passions: food and wine. In 2011, Palmer partnered with the Piazzas and brought aboard his friend Matt Dees, a young winemaker with a spectacular record in the region. The result was the launch of Mail Road Wines. A year later, Palmer and Ein also purchased McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, a family-owned business in Santa Barbara since 1949, and they have been running it as a family business ever since. The trail of unintended consequences culminates in an astonishing glass of wine. The first release in 2015 bowled over some of the most sober critics in the wine world. One vintage, the 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, racked up a whopping 97 points from Jeb Dunnuck, wine critic at Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.. Others have earned marks in the high 90s. But you may find it hard to obtain. Though Palmer talks about planting more vines, a glance around tells you that there is only so much hillside on this side of paradise. As for Palmer, he remains upbeat. This is, after all, a valley that inspires impossible dreams. ●
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GARDEN GALA Madame Ganna Walska’s renowned estate was transformed on a summer’s evening for LOTUSLAND CELEBRATES: AVANT GARDEN . More than 500 well-dressed guests—including Zoe Saldana—sipped Margerum wines and Cheurlin champagnes while witnessing fashion feats from Valentino’s Fall 2017 collection, which was displayed throughout the sprawling gardens. Chairs Belle Hahn Cohen with Rachel Wryan and honorary chair Jennifer Hale choreographed a magical evening filled with opera, violin, piano, and ballet all dedicated in tribute to the late lifetime honorary trustee Michael Towbes. The exquisite landmark was transformed by Alice Ryan Miller of A Company and Gina Andrews of Bon Fortune Style & Events in creative collaboration with Rrivre Davies of Rrivre Works while artist Colette Cosentino crafted a mural specifically for the event—a whimsical version of the Japanese Garden. The event raised roughly $400,000 for Lotusland restoration.
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Clockwise from top left: Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego; Rrivre Works hedge maze; Jennifer Hale; State Street Ballet; Cheurlin champagner; Avant Garden committee; Mick and Kim Thomas, Isiah and Lynn Thomas, Sarahbinah Rautiola, and Dr. Steve Couvillion; James Timmins and Jenny Murray; Jennie and Brett Grube; musical entertainment.
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Clockwise from top left: Camilla Belle; Valentino; Elizabeth Chambers Hammer; Belle Hahn Cohen; Bon Fortune Style & Events table decor with floral by Louloudi; Chris Norton and Garance DorĂŠ; Delfina
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Clockwise from top left: Agustin Obregon and Jared Zenni; Tito’s Vodka caipiroskas; Jardesca’s Charlie, Roger, and Lisa Morrison; rustic details from Bon Fortune Style & Events; Daniel Gibbings, Paco de Narvaez, Blue Gabor, and Mark Sgarzi; Alexander Adler; Annette and Richard Caleel; Tommy and Brittany Fisher.
Noche de Fuego came to life with SPARK Creative Events’ specialized ambient lighting on the polo fields.
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On a warm summer evening, more than 300 guests gathered at the SANTA BARBARA POLO & RACQUET CLUB for a celebration of the club’s Polo magazine in partnership with Santa Barbara Magazine and South Coast Plaza. The gaucho-chic crowd was welcomed into a stunning Patagonian luxe camp vibe created by Rrivre Davies of Rrivre Works accented by rustic decor details by Gina Andrews of Bon Fortune Style & Events. Guests lined up for chef Agustin Mallmann’s Argentine asado while sipping Margerum wines, Tito’s Vodka caipiroskas, Le Chapitre champagne, and tastings from Folded Hills and Jardesca. As the sunset gave way to stars and the ambient bonfires lit up the sky, DJ Fab kept the South American mood alive with Latin lounge tunes as guests danced into the night.
PHOTOGRAPHS: CHRISTY GUTZEIT
Clockwise from top left: Kathy Freston and Jody Boyman; Gina Andrews; Chelsea Aeillo, Lisa Waldinger, Alice Brophy, Sarahbinah Rautiola, and Belle Hahn Cohen; Rocio Gonzalez, Gina Tolleson, and Heidi Merrick; Rrivre Works wood pergolas; Maika Monroe and Joe Keery; Olivia Grigorjeva and Marc Robinson; Le Chapitre champagne chilled in a Milk & Honey Vintage iron tub; Agustin Mallmann; guests around the Rrivre Works fire pits; Marni and Doug Margerum of Margerum Wines.
The DREAM FOUNDATION ’s third annual summer-themed fashion show featured local designs amid live musical performances and synchronized swimmers. More than 300 guests mingled over food and drink from area restaurants while KEYT’s Alan Rose emceed the event. A raffle and silent auction raised $50,000 for the Dream Foundation. P H O T O G R A P H S : L O R R A I N E A D A R C O N T E & K E L LY S W E D A P H O T O G R A P H Y
Left to right: Modeling clothes from K.Frank; Danielle Rocha and Catherine Gee; Mireille Noone, Kisa Heyer, Kenny Slaught, Arlene Montesano, and Jelinda DeVorzon; synchronized swimmers The Aqualillies.
Clockwise from top: Dane Reynolds and Britt Merrick among the guests; Carla and Shaun Tomson; Liz Watts and hula dancers.
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Top to bottom: Cocktails at the Coral Casino before the announcement; DC McGuire with Yoel and Eva Haller.
To announce the 2017-2018 season of the popular UC SANTA BARBARA ARTS & LECTURES lineup, the team hosted a reveal party at the Coral Casino. More than 300 guests gathered for sliders, lamb lollipops, gazpacho shooters, sweets, and wine, while DJ Darla Bea added to the ocean-side ambience as suspension built. Program directors spoke on events to come and a video teased the season, which includes Bill Murray, Joe Biden, Audra McDonald, Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, Ira Glass, and countless others. P H O T O G R A P H S : G R A C E K AT H RY N P H O T O G R A P H Y
SURF HAPPENS FOUNDATION ’s second annual Rincon Luau took place at the home of Pete and Jillian Muller. More than 150 guests enjoyed Duo Catering & Events’ Hawaiian fare such as ahi poke, Kalua pork sliders, and pineapple fried rice. Entertainment included authentic Polynesian dance and a fire performance by Liz Watts Dance Company along with music by O.n.E., David Segall Band, and Pete Muller Band. A live auction included a signed Wingnut longboard, luxury trips to Mexico, and a professional surfer package. The event raised $50,000. P H O T O G R A P H S : B R A N D E N A R O YA N
All that Jazz
It was “A Quintessential Evening of Jazz” when 500 guests gathered at the Lobero Theatre to support the RONA BARRETT FOUNDATION . Barrett opened the evening with a personal story of her father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, detailing her commitment to memory care. Then The Count Basie Orchestra gave a classic jazz concert with guest vocalist Paula Cole. The event, which included a live auction at intermission, raised $50,000. All proceeds support the foundation’s new Harry’s House at the Golden Inn & Village, a home dedicated for Alzheimer’s and dementia that is scheduled to break ground in 2018. PHOTOGRAPHS: JIM MESIKEP
Left to right: Rona Barrett and husband, Daniel McNeet; The Count Basie Orchestra with Paula Cole.
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The PRESIDIO WINERIES are Santa Barbara’s premier wine tasting experience in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara’s historic Presidio Neighborhood. The Presidio Wineries are home to Au Bon Climat, Cebada Vineyards, Grassini Family Vineyards, Happy Canyon Vineyard, Jamie Slone Wines, Margerum Wine Company, and Standing Sun Wines. Surrounded by high-end dining, boutiques, and hotels, the historical buildings and courtyards around the Presidio Wineries have not only been preserved, but are celebrated, providing a peaceful and intimate tasting experience. While each of the family-owned tasting rooms operates independently, there is a cohesive feel as guests meander from room to room, experiencing historic Santa Barbara.
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At SANTA BARBARA TASTE , it is our privilege to oﬀer exclusive wine experiences culminated by your preferences and our expertise as we invite you to travel with us in luxury and comfort through the Central Coast wine region. Whether you want to arrive on horseback or in a helicopter, prefer a gourmet picnic or a ﬁve-course meal, want to participate in a cooking class or have your own itinerary in mind, look no further. You are special, and your day with us will be too. Our friendly and knowledgeable staﬀ warmly invites you to spend an unforgettable day with us. 805-325-1580.
SEVTAP WINERY is a small family-run business, where most days you can meet the winemaker, Art Sevtap, at the tasting room, as he loves talking wine and sharing his passion with customers. Art has been making his own label of wine for about nine years, specializing in Bordeaux varietals and running a smaller production of about 2,500 cases per year. You won’t ﬁnd his wines in any stores, just in the tasting room located in the blue windmill in Solvang or on our website. Sevtap Winery is a 2015 California Travel Association Winery of the Year. 1622 Copenhagen Dr. Solvang, 805-693-9200.
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