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Sharon’s Take – With a steely gaze, Sharon Byrne proclaims she is running for city council, with her cap set for the Westside district’s big picture The Bi-weekly Capitalist – Jeffrey Harding reports that his “bling index” is sky-high, but points out such booms are followed by a bust

State Street Scribe – Paul Williams has written for David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Daft Punk, and Kermit the Frog. Oh, and Elvis. And he’s only just begun. Beer Guy – Zach Rosen delves into the sixth traveling festival known as Clips Beer and Film Tour that – you guessed it – blends craft brews and “indie” movies


The Fortnight – Jeff Wing gets patriotic, passionately recommending events such as Mission Tattoo’s benefit for veterans, The African Queen screening, a physics-filled show at UCSB, Old Mission Art Show, Pacific Pride Festival, Wave Film fest, and Chase Palm Park Concert Series. A little dab will do ya.


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Hands Full – Mara Peters’s final Sentinel column features (who else?) her children as she reflects on what’s known as “Emergency of Parenthood” and extends her gratitude


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It’s Official: I’m running for Santa Barbara City Council, Westside District


ou might remember, I did this before. In 2011, I ran for city council, and I learned a lot. I struggled to win a citywide race, with no political machinery, as a non-partisan. I was a neighborhood advocate trying to win over a city. With the advent of district elections, there’s a new opportunity to focus on neighborhoods, to really listen at the neighborhood level to their unique concerns and address those directly. And I happen to live in a district that has a lot of them, that has a chance to elect a city councilmember with a track record in addressing neighborhood issues at the curb level. The Westside district has some unique challenges. Downtown, where I reside, faces struggles related to homelessness. I serve on the Salvation Army’s Hospitality House advisory board, and we have cultivated a great neighborhood relationship, where we do clean-ups in the surrounding area and events that invite the community to discover a great neighborhood resource within their midst. I’ve also pioneered a new approach to solving chronic homelessness, with a terrific, committed team on the Milpas Outreach Project. We’ve moved 10 of the most chronically homeless individuals in the Milpas area into sustainable living situations. State Street adopted this project, and they too are getting good results. West Beach, the sliver of it in the district, has similar issues, and we can put together a waterfront/Pershing outreach project there. Solving homelessness at the community level this way is the way. We’re proving it daily. In talking to Westside residents and business owners, I’ve heard repeatedly that basic city services, like public trash bins and tree-trimming are not provided to their area. That’s a sad statement, considering they’ve had someone from the Westside in office for four years.

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Neighbors I’ve talked to are excited about the mural I did in west downtown, as a successful deterrent to graffiti that uplifted our neighborhood image with public art. We have some great opportunities in the Westside for youth and arts organizations to access large public canvasses for their work, stop repeat graffiti, and create a new sense of neighborhood identity and pride with public art. My guiding principle for years in my community work has been this: don’t go to your government. Make your government come to you, and I have a strong track record in doing just that. As the Westside’s public servant on city council, I intend to spend a lot of time listening to the concerns of residents, families, nonprofits, schools, and businesses in this district. I know how to solve some of our most serious problems, and I will work hard to bring solutions here into our neighborhood that improve the quality of life for all our neighbors. Most of all, I love my neighborhood. I love my neighbors, and enjoy greeting them as I walk my dog along our streets. I love the architecture of this place, the wonderful small businesses here where you know everyone by name, and they wave to you as you walk by. I care about the people in this community, and am excited about this opportunity to focus on neighborhoods, to really serve them the way they should be served. A prosperous, thriving community is what I have always worked toward, and I can’t wait to collaborate with my neighbors on our collective hopes and dreams for the Westside. I also am focused on the big picture and larger city issues. We can’t lose sight of the gains made in recent years in terms of restoring the city’s reserves. We have some big infrastructure issues to sort through, and those affect every neighborhood. I’ve been a staunch public safety advocate, and have direct experience with the incredible value of community policing. It works, and I want to see it restored across the city. The debates on Measure S last year, and vacationrentals-by-owner this year highlight a serious housing issue, and solving it will require some creativity. I am also keenly aware of the struggles of small business here, and ways the city could be friendlier to them. Our families deserve well-kept open spaces in which to enjoy life in our city. We also need to be smart about how we provide for multimodal transportation so that everyone is safe on our streets. I am going to take a hiatus from writing, with this announcement, but I welcome your insights, thoughts, and concerns. Please email me at sb4santabarbara@gmail. com. I’d love to hear from you!


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Bling and Ouzo


get the feeling that we here in the USA are spinning up into another boom. In Europe, Greece is entering the end-times. A supposedly prosperous Europe with failing states? How can that be, in a world where experts now run economic policy? What’s going on? Let’s start here in America: my bling index is going off the charts. I follow the markets in expensive toys: art, autos, wines, jewels, watches, homes. It has been a pretty reliable indicator of the boom phase of the business cycle of which I am a keen observer. That is something we need to know, since these booms are always followed by a bust. Here are some current auction highlights: • Four bottles of 1985 Romanée Conti wine sold for $58,188, or $14,500 per bottle, $2,900 per glass, and $300 per gulp. • A 25-carat, emerald-cut ruby ring surrounded by two large diamonds sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $30,000,000, a record price for a non-diamond jewel. • An all-time record for any work of art was set in February, when a museum sold a famous Gauguin (“When Will You Marry?”) for almost $300,000,000, reportedly to an anonymous buyer in Qatar. On two May evening sales in New York, Christie’s (“The Art People”) sold $1,364,000,000(!) worth of postwar and contemporary art. A highlight was the sale of a Picasso painted in

1955 (“Les Femmes D’Alger”) for almost $180,000,000. • A 1962 Ferrari GTO Berlinetta set a record price for any car sold at auction at $38,100,000. Lesser Ferraris are selling well. Barrett-Jackson, a large auto auctioneer (“as seen on TV”), set sales records in their Scottsdale auction this year. • Estates for the rich and famous are also setting records. The Jackson Ranch in Montecito is offered at $125,000,000 (but you get 238 acres that can be subdivided into 30 lots). I wonder what Ty Warner’s Montecito house would go for – $200,000,000+? In Beverly Hills, there is an over-the-top estate for sale at $195,000,000, but it’s still looking for a buyer. I heard that a developer is spec building a 74,000-square-foot home in L.A. that would be listed for $500,000,000. There are quite a number of $100,000,000 penthouse condos for sale in New York City for hedge funders that want Masters of the Universe views. There are lots of estates for sale at the $50 million+ level.

Greece is the Word

What is the common theme here? “Record” prices in all categories. When did we see this phenomena before? The two years leading up to the crash in 2008. Which brings me to Greece. It’s really not too difficult to understand

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the problem: the government spent too much and can’t afford to pay it back – ever. Why did it spend too much? It’s various socialist governments decided they could borrow and borrow to finance generous welfare benefits, including benefits for civil service workers who could retire at age 58 with 80 percent of the average of their last five years’ pay. They have a large bureaucracy (as a percentage of population, 10x that of the United Kingdom’s). As critics kept pointing out, you can’t do that for long when only 1.7 workers support one retiree.

Estates for the rich and famous are also setting records. The Jackson Ranch in Montecito is offered at $125,000,000. Of course, they were encouraged by the EU Central Bank to drink the Keynesian ouzo of money printing, which drove down borrowing rates and made it cheap for even corrupt, inefficient, bureaucracybloated Greece to get drunk on debt. Its debt level is now 180 percent of GDP. They are finding out that Keynesian money printing can’t create prosperity; if it did, all the Greeks would be rich. Alas, their economy is shrinking. Now, its creditors (Germany, France, etc.) are panicking because Greece might default on its bail-out obligations, which would send the Eurozone into chaos.

If they force Greece into even stricter budget and pension reforms, it looks as if the country will fall apart. Right now, there are runs on banks, as citizens are afraid they won’t be able to get at their funds. The Euro bank masters are struggling to keep the banks afloat. There is no solution to this problem other than bankruptcy, and these bailouts will only kick the proverbial can down the road – but not for long. Stay tuned. What has Greece got to do with the price of Gauguins? You might wonder why the Wall Streeters are doing so well and Main Streeters are stagnating (wage growth isn’t even keeping up with inflation). The answer to that is the Fed’s Keynesian cure-all of money printing doesn’t work. You can’t print prosperity; it has to come from investment in production, and that has been stagnating due to a shortage of real capital (something you can’t print) and increasing barriers to business formation and entrepreneurship. Since Wall Street isn’t investing in real growth, they instead invest the tsunami of newly printed money in financial assets that have been booming – stocks and see-through buildings are at all-time highs. That has funded lavish Wall Street bonuses, which is why all the expensive bling is selling at record prices. It’s not real. This Keynesian fundamentalism is the common theme that now drives economic policies around the world, and the results are the same everywhere as economies slow down (India, China, Brazil, much of Europe, and the U.S.). Greece is at the extreme end of that cycle – it is bust and there’s no fix. Here, we also believe that you can borrow and spend forever, but it can’t last. Like Greece, eventually it comes to an end.

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Phantom in our Paradise: Paul Williams at Large

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now says. He’s seated opposite me in the otherwise bare McCune Founders Room at the Granada Theatre on State Street, where later tonight he will introduce the classic film The Way We Were and do a Q & A with dynamic American songwriting duo Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who with a young Marvin Hamlisch wrote the unforgettable title song. “How can you go from doing 48 Tonight shows and


out hit songs seemingly at will in that decade, and everyone wanted to sing them: Sinatra, Kermit the Frog, Claudine Longet, Three Dog Night, Elvis, Willie Nelson, and yeah, The Carpenters. Williams was the Me Generation’s Minstrel, the diminutive variety show fixture with Veronica Lake hair, Dorothy Parker drop-deadpan wit, and a selection of unusually tiny sweater vests which he wore without

Fashionably underdressed hipsters and record company cognoscenti clustered around the dais to accept the award. Included in that odd throng were two nodding white robots and the co-writer of “The Rainbow Connection”.

Paul Williams in Phantom – no more Mr. Nice Guy


aul Williams. You know him. Hai Karate aftershave, Lancer’s sparkling wine. His name and brand are adrift back there in the softfocus, Foster Grant 70s, mingling pleasantly with hanging macramé planters, red shag carpet, Fondue parties, and lapels large enough to bear one aloft on a breezy day. And my neighbor Cathy and me in my room at night, holding hands by black light and sitting stock still on the edge of the bed, staring at my glowing St. George and the Dragon poster like congregants, the room awash in Karen Carpenter’s crystalline expression of the gorgeous Williams/Nichols hymn “Let Me Be the One”, with that brilliant horn syncopation I was sure nobody else in the world had noticed. In the 70s, Paul Williams freaking ruled. His songs were all over the radio and in the movies, you couldn’t watch prime-time TV and not see him cracking up the host with his deadpan delivery, then taking the stage in his

impeccably tailored suit and just absolutely killing some soaring pop masterwork he’d written or co-written, tucking in his chin and emoting his ass off in song. He owned the 70s; the good 70s, not the shamefaced 70s. And the fact is he never stopped ruling; his Kingdom just got reframed for a little while as the Second Happiest Place on Earth. “The Carpenters were very clean-cut kids, and I was on my way to becoming a hard core addict,” he says matter of factly. “I did acid and psilocybin in the late 60s, developed a huge cocaine habit in the 70s and 80s…” Not Your Father’s Icarus Icarus, in his vainglory, flew too close to the sun. The wax that bound his wings melted and he plummeted. Paul Williams’s problem was more prosaic. He needed attention and he needed dope, and he received both in killing doses. “I spent decades defending my mistakes and hiding my addictions,” he

walking down the street and everyone knows who you are, and being happier now that nobody necessarily recognizes you? I don’t want fame, I’ve done fame. And I really did it, too.” Williams and his co-writers churned


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Clips: Combining Craft Beer and Independent Film

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Clips Beer and Film Tour is coming to Santa Barbara


eer and movies are a natural. There are few experiences as relaxing as kicking back on the couch, putting on a movie, and popping open a cold beer. Many theaters around the nation will actually offer beer and wine at their concession stand. In fact, the Arlington Theatre just applied for a beer and wine license, so Santa Barbarians will soon be able to enjoy a brew with their movie. Many breweries have recognized the affinity between beer and film, and we are starting to see movie-themed beers, such as Ommegang’s Game of Thrones series, popping up on local shelves. New Belgium Brewing Co was one of the first to embrace the pairing of movies and beer. Now in its sixth year, Clips Beer and Film Tour is a traveling festival of original short movies and plenty of New Belgium beers. Each year, contestants submit films that range from a few seconds to minutes. The best ones are selected and go on a 20-city tour around the nation.

Beer for a Cause

The event itself is free, with New Belgium beers and food available for purchase. Clips donates 100 percent of the proceeds to a local bike or transportation related nonprofit. Founder Jeff Lebesch was inspired to start New Belgium while riding a “fat tire” bike through European villages and the company remains true to its continued effort to support the biking

community and encourage green transportation. New Belgium’s focus on recycling and environmentalism is not just some publicity stunt. The brewery was built using innovative materials and green construction techniques, and has received international praise and awards for work in sustainability. The brewery is also renowned for its employee satisfaction. After one year of employment, the staff member receives a part ownership in the company as well as his or her own cruiser bike, which everyone is encouraged to ride to work. New Belgium has also been a big supporter of women working in the beer industry. Kim Jordan, who helped start the brewery, is now CEO and an advocate for Pink Boots Society, the organization of women beer professionals.

Clips in SB

On Friday, July 10, at Chase Palm Park, the Clips Beer and Film Tour will be coming to Santa Barbara, one of only two stops in California. The beer begins flowing at 6:30 pm and the show will start at 8:30 pm. In addition to this year’s movies, there will be food trucks and plenty of beer. Each year, New Belgium produces a special brew that is poured only during the tour. The 2015 Clips beer is called Film Noir Imperial Milk Stout. Lactose, milk sugar, is unfermentable by yeast and gives this strong stout a fuller body and sweeter flavor.

Zach Rosen is a Certified Cicerone® and beer educator living in Santa Barbara. He uses his background in chemical engineering and the arts to seek out abstract expressions of beer and discover how beer pairs with life.

There will be 17 different beers at the event, including other rare offerings and some old favorites. Naturally, Fat Tire, the amber ale that built the brewery, will be there. Also from their yearround lineup will be the spicy Trippel Belgian-style Ale, the crisp Blue Paddle Pilsener, and their light beer, Skinny Dip, among others. 1554 is a roasty example of a Schwarzbier, a type of European black lager. Somersault Ale is this year’s summer seasonal and is a wheat ale that has been brewed with apricot and ginger. Rampant Imperial IPA is one of my favorite brews from the year-round selections. This 8.5-percent ABV brew has a distinct peach note to it, with aromas of pear and sweet apple to round out the fruit quality of the hops. They will also have their pine-themed Ranger IPA or the more tropical-flavored Slow Ride Session IPA. Hop Tart is one of the unique beers that will be at the

Transatlantique Kriek, easier drunk than said

event and comes from the Hop Kitchen series, a line of experimental hoppy beers. It uses lactobacillus cultures to give this IPA a tart snap. Expect to see several beers from their Lips of Faith series there as well. The Lips of Faith series offers unique twists on esoteric styles and ingredients. The Transatlantique Kriek is one of their most popular beers in this series and exemplifies the craftsmanship that goes into these brews. Kriek is a type of sour beer brewed with sour cherries and is one of the style of “lambics” that originated in the Lambeek region of Belgium. The beer begins in the legendary Oud Beersel lambic brewery where it is spontaneously fermented while being aged for two years on sour cherries. Spontaneous fermentation means that no yeast is added to the beer and it is naturally fermented using the wild microorganisms in the air that are indigenous to that region. The beer is then sent across the Atlantic to the New Belgium brewery, where it is blended with a Belgian-style golden lager that balances out the sourness of the Kriek. The resulting beer has a hibiscus-like tartness and a fruity sweetness with a refreshing finish. La Folie is one of their other popular Lips of Faith beers and will certainly be there as well. This beer is a blend of sour brown ales that have been aged one to three years in gargantuan oak casks called foeders. Cocoa Mole is based off of the classic Mexican sauce and combines cocoa, cinnamon, and three different types of chiles with the roasty porter style. The toastiness of the beer is supported by a light burn in the back of the throat from the chiles. There will also be the refreshing Pear Ginger Beer at the event. As its name suggests, this beer combines a ginger beer with fresh pears and a little lemon peel to brighten up additional flavors. Visit the New Belgium website for more information on the event and a full list of beers that will be there. Clips promises to be a wonderful evening of food, beer, and film – and if you happen to miss this event, then you can at least have a beer at the Arlington in the near future. Wherever they are enjoyed, movies and beer make a natural pair.

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God Bless America


uly 4 is a great time to remind ourselves that you can love your country without having to be fitted for the jingoist, racist, imperialist jerk decoder ring. Love of country anymore has become so nearly synonymous with a blinkered and pugnacious superiority complex, you risk a backlash declaring your love for the U.S. Well, this is a freaking great country, thrillingly odd; and for those of us who dig a little eccentricity with our normal, this place is just the ticket. France has the French, Germany the Germans, Belgium the Belgians, and so on. What do we have? A Jackson Pollock, paint flung in from all sides in a giddy, scarcely controlled immigrant accident. The night of Saturday, July 4, when we’re all staring up at the expensive civic mimicry of “bombs bursting in air” as attorney Frank Key excitedly described them the morning after the attack on Ft. McHenry, let’s remember – Independence means independence of thought, too. We’re not defined by our country’s actions, we are not one vote on the Security Council. We’re a people who dig Wham-O products, Heinz ketchup, and Lost in Space reruns (some of us). Yeah, asking for ketchup on the chateaubriand on your Paris vacation, that was a tactical error. But Pierre will get over it. Till the next day’s Seine-side lunch hour. It’s all of a piece, folks. Love of country is only love. Dig in. And now, a fairly random and hand-curated gang of doings.

Mission Tattoo Hosts Benefit for Vets


top in to support the peeps who are supporting all of us. Mission Tattoo is hosting a registered benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity and veterans service organization that offers programs for veterans wounded in the wake of 9/11. At the event you can expect military-inspired drinks, great food, and a bevy of sassy and classy pinup queens competing for the crown! Betty Grable will likely not be among them. If she is, she should stick out like a sore thumb. Art and prints will be for sale by Mission Tattoo and Miss Jenny Newton. Live music by Vamp, The Miskreants, The Luck, and Johnny Miller and the Bakersfield Boys. All proceeds and donations will be going directly to the Wounded Warrior Project. Independence day fits this like a glove. Sunday, July 5, 1 – 4 pm, Seven Bar & Kitchen, 224 Helena.

The African Queen at the Granada


ike a lot of great movies, this one got nominated for four Oscars and took exactly one, for Humphrey B’s performance as a malodorous bilge rat with a chivalrous heart of sterling. If they could have but seen what movies would become in the “future,” the members of the Academy would have hurriedly festooned this and many other casually received classics with statues and accolades galore. But how would we emissaries from a dystopian movie-house future have even begun to explain the calming effects of Brad, Johnny, Tom, and Cameron? Check this beautiful movie out if for no other reason than to see two iconic actors throwing their chops around like real people in a real boat, really in Africa. Really. African Queen does for leeches what Jaws did for

sharks. Where have all the greats gone? This and the other classic films being shown at the Granada will flip your wig. Gone With the Wind once leapt across the dust-mote darkness in this theater. Be a part of history and take your seat. Silence your cell phone. Check yourself for leeches. Monday, July 6, 7 pm.

Symmetry & Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics: A Student Art Show


our teary, 7th-grade science teacher was right. Physics is completely mad and contemplating its essence with any regularity will drive you right ‘round the bend. The exhibit showcases student work produced in the 2015 Symmetry & Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics course, a prototype College of Creative Studies seminar. Most of the artists represented are undergraduates majoring in physics, not art. The art pieces and accompanying labels, written by the students, attempt to communicate certain principles of physics normally conveyed through math. Because at the quantum level the world is quite mad, these pieces of art thrill and edify. For instance, the smallest practical unit of measure is a little something called the Planck Unit (named after bald and dour Max Planck, a revolutionary thinker and one of the progenitors of Quantum Physics), a measure so small that a Planck Unit is to the period at the end of this sentence as the period itself is to the entire known universe. In plain language, a Planck Unit is inconveniently small. The seminar is taught by Dr. Jatila van der Veen and funded by NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Planck Mission. Near the end of his life, Planck told us there is no such thing as Matter per se,


July 5, 1-4 pm ■ Mission Tattoo is hosting a registered benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity and veterans service organization that offers programs for veterans wounded in the wake of 9/11 at Seven Bar & Kitchen, 224 Helena just wiggly atomic bits held together in a fragile veil of vibrational energy that he thought must be powered by an intelligence of some kind. Despite these polite nods to a possible deity, he still went loudly bald. The mystery deepens. Now Through September 30, UCSB Library, in the Tower Gallery on 1st Floor

Old Mission Art Show

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efore the sun sets and we all begin dodging ordnance and running from sparkler-wielding toddlers drunk with power, let’s visit the annual 4th of July Old Mission (Alternative Site) Art Show. More than 50 local artists will showcase their work in this perennially popular art show. There will be pottery, glass, jewelry, dolls, hats, clothing, oil & water colors and mixed media art,

unique gift items, photography, and much more; what they used to call a “hodgepodge” (a 13th-century term that refers to a wildly disorganized recipe for stew and thence a “collection of property in a common pot before dividing It equally.” Just sayin’…). Stroll through a beautiful garden, admire glassworks, and hats and such, and consider buying a one of a kind piece of original art. It’s instructive to remember that, at a show like this, each art object you see is the only such iteration of that object in all the world. That alone should make your blood jump. Saturday, July 4, All Day.

Pacific Pride Festival


he Pacific Pride Festival wants to create a safe, welcoming environment to unite and celebrate the beautifully diverse LGBTQ community and its allies. We are honored to be a part of such a diverse and supportive community. (For those readers not in the know, LGBTQ is not a type of exotic barbecue) This year’s festival is at an exciting new location in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara – De la Guerra Plaza, the shimmering heart of our gorgeous town. There will be an incredible entertainment lineup! Pacific Pride Foundation is also getting ready to bring you several other events leading up to the Festival. We have many more exciting announcements for you coming soon! Don’t forget to join us at the Pacific Pride Festival After-Party at TONIC NIGHTCLUB! Saturday, July 11, noon, De la Guerra Plaza.

The Wave Film Festival


days, 11 films, 22 screenings, and 5,000 attendees! Back by popular demand, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is thrilled to present the 3rd edition of The Wave Film Festival featuring French cinema, set for July 15-19 at the historic Riviera Theatre in Santa Barbara. Passes and tickets available at www. Sponsorship and advertising options also available. Be aware that all the people in these movies, from bums to thoracic surgeons, speak French when they talk. They speak French in every scene. When they say “Merde!” they are angry or have stepped in something. When they say, “Welcome to my humble chapeau,” they are welcoming you to their hat. It is a beautiful language as far as that goes, but completely incomprehensible gibberish otherwise. You have been warned. Grab a beanie and a mime, and let’s go! Wednesday, July 15 – Sunday, July 19, Historic Riviera Theatre.

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July 6, 7 pm ■ The African Queen and other oldies at the Granada

Concert in Chase Palm Park

Thursday, July 9, 6 pm – Lost Dog Found (Roots Swing)


t’s summertime in SB! That means Fun! Fun! Fun! – whether or not your daddy takes the T-Bird away. The Chase Palm Park Concert Series has come around again and is not to be missed. The bowl-like park (30 or so years ago a trash-strewn stand of trees, if you must know) fills up with party people, the band starts jamming, and soon enough you have a loving convocation of locals, joined together in a true and blessed spirit of community, some of them swatting at bees, some at gnats, and some at the thin air itself as the relentless heat of the California summer puts the brainpan on simmer and slowly cooks the sense right out of the prancing, dancing reveler. What hey! Seriously, though, this perennial concert series is a gift, and we unwrap it every summer with genuine delight and the slightest forethought of chasing our nimble, sprinting toddlers through the hairy legs of our fellows, screaming “TAYLOR!!! OH MY GOD!! TAYYLORRRR!!!” and sometimes “CHADWICK!! CHAAADDWIICK!! GET YOUR LITTLE RUMP BACK HERE BEFORE I YELL AGAIN! Roots Swing Lost Dog Found will rumple your party dress as Fonz lookalikes and their saddle-shoed, pony-tailed dates do that annoying flip-flop dancing or whatever, tossing each other around and flinging Brylcreem all over your pricey Whole Foods potato salad. Let’s swing! Twenty-three skidoo, you!

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Pumpkin’s costume last year in tribute to Valley winemakers received big applause and lots of cheers (Photo credit: Jeffrey Bloom)

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BYOD: Bring Your Own Dog Go, dog, go! Pooches of all sizes race for the glory of helping revive the Los Alamos Public Library on Sunday, July 5. (Photo credit: Jeffrey Bloom)


ook and dog lovers unite in historic downtown of Los Alamos at Ferrini Park on Sunday, July 5, for the Sixth Annual Los Alamos Dog Races. Lauded as a “Bark for Books” event to benefit the Los Alamos Public Library, it welcomes bookworms, library supporters, dog lovers, and essentially anyone with a friendly, playful disposition to join in the page-turning fun. Dogs are divided by size to compete in races. Divisions include: 12” and under, 13” to 17”, 18” to 25”, 26” and over, Over the Hill and Athletically Challenged, a fun run for kids (10 and under) running with their dogs, and of course, the championship finales featuring the winner from each division. There will be a best dog in costume competition, awards ceremony, and raffle drawing; the Santa Maria

Valley Humane Society will have a booth set up with dogs available for adoption, and Babi’s Beer Emporium Craft Kitchen will serve gourmet… hot dogs. The Los Alamos Public Library was built in 1966 by the County of Santa Barbara and served the Los Alamos community until 1988, when the Los Alamos School District requested a termination of the lease to use the building for classroom space. At one point in the late 90s, the building was used as a privately owned pre-school. When the Orcutt Union School District took over management of Olga Reed Elementary School in 2011, the building was used as an office and storage area for the school/community garden. The Friends of the Los Alamos Public Library (FOL-LA) was formed in August of 2013 to launch the Bring Back our Library project. The Los Alamos Library mission is “to support free and open access to information, learning, and literacy for the community of Los Alamos,” says FOLLA board president Stephan Bedford – self-proclaimed book-aholic, and owner and winemaker of Bedford Winery. “We envision the Los Alamos Public Library as a space that provides resources that will engage, educate, and enlighten with diverse perspectives on issues that affect our lives,” adds Stephan. “So many volunteers have donated their time and talent to reopen this library. ...continued p.14

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This has been a grassroots effort all the way,” says FOL-LA Board secretary/treasurer Vickie Gill who reports she is a retired school teacher having taught English for Orcutt School district, Dunn School, and public schools in Tennessee and California. “What is really impressive is that we have a local group of citizens that wanted our library reopened. It’s been two years, and we thought it would take six months,” says Vickie, explaining the property is owned by the state, it is going to be a county library, and the building will be leased through the City of Santa Maria, and she emphasizes “We are opening a government building without government funds.” The library has become more of a community center. “Most people think libraries are about books and that people don’t read books anymore. Both of which are untrue. It is more about accessibility and meeting someone like me, who will help with online applications or to tutor in reading and writing. There will be book groups sitting on the back patio discussing the big ideas of life, and students will be able to come in after school and use the computers, printers, and copiers,” says Vickie, noting the computers alone will be a “big deal for this little town.” “We hope to open this summer – definitely by August. Right now, we are waiting for the intricate Black Gold Cooperative Library Systems to be connected,” says Stephan. As for the race, “Last year, we had about 50 dogs. The dogs and owners are great, and it’s surprising to see who wins. Last year, a very focused small dog outran every breed. It’s pretty fun to see,” says Vickie, adding that the fundraiser will help, and they are always looking for volunteers, material, and financial support. Dogs of all ages and ability are welcome to participate. On-site registration is from 1 to 2:30 pm. The opening ceremony is 2:30 pm. For more information and advance registration, call Madeline Jex at the Gentleman Farmer at (805) 344-4111.

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Happy Birthday, America!

21st Annual 4th of July Independence Day Festival and Fireworks Show will be held at the Old Mission Santa Inés located at 1760 Mission Drive in Solvang on Saturday, July 4, from 2 to 9:30 pm. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley, there will be loads of booths for food and fun, bouncy houses, slides, face painting, games, and a beer and wine garden. Live entertainment begins at 5 pm, with Teen Star winners and finalists Bear Redell, Olivia Huffman, Kaitlyn Chui, Jacob Greenspan, and David Shaeman as well as headliner The Tall Men Group. All profits support Valley charitable causes. For more information, call 688-7760.

Gourmet Spit-fireworks and Vino

The Valley Piggery teams up with Refugio Ranch Tasting Room in Los Olivos for a 4th of July Pig Roast. $20 per plate for Spit-Roasted Pork with all the fixin’s. Served from 3 to 7 pm, guests will also enjoy Music by Blues Bob & Luke Sundquist. Reservations are recommended. Refugio Ranch Tasting Room is located at 2990 Grand Avenue. For more information, call (805) 688-5400

Champagne, Fancy Hats and Fast Horses

4th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic benefiting People Helping People will be held on Saturday, July 11. Last year’s event pulled in a crowd of more than 700. Watch a fast-paced polo match featuring several of the highest-rated players in the world in addition to Santa Ynez Valley polo celebrities. Gates open for VIP parking and shuttles at 10 am and 11:30 am General Admission gates open. Food and beverages are available for purchase for General Admission; adult tickets $10 and child tickets (under 12) $5. VIP Tickets $250 include champagne reception, preferred tented seating at table of 10, gourmet luncheon, priority parking, goody bag, and VIP/Player reception. Circle JB Polo Ranch is located in Buellton at 560 McMurray Road. All spectators will be shuttled from nearby parking to the event site. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (805) 686-0295.

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Larry Rachleff conducts business for MAW

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Fur Certain: Ensemble at its Zenith


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are given out far too freely, often only out of obligation. No, this was a group gut reaction, spontaneous and generous, the kind of thing you imagine happened once in a while in Broadway’s heyday.) Now, Mr. Léisuré is fine with admitting his appreciation has something to do with his interest in the subject of dominance and submission, which is the theme of this oh-so-cleverly conceived two-character play-withina-play – actually a book-within-a-playwithin-a-play, as Venus is about the writer-director and would-be star of a two-character play about a book called Venus in Furs, by Leopold SacherMasoch, whose name eventually gave rise to the term masochism. But that’s not necessary to enjoy this absolute roller coaster of a series of battle of power and passion, will and desire, and intellect and intention – with a dollop of magical realism? – that plays out over one 90-minute scene. I’m a big fan of Harold Pinter’s adaptation of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, which also expertly blurred the line between actor and character, albeit in film, which allows for whatever seamless segue the director chooses. Here, actors Bruce Turk and Annie Abrams do something similar, as they read through the playwright’s adaptation, with almost nothing at all, using only their wiles, chops, and costumes as aids. These are brave and stunning performances. Mr. Léisuré fully intends – for the first time ever in town – to go see ETC’s Venus again before the production closes, which, unfortunately, is the very weekend this issue hits the stands: June 27-28. Will I see you there? Elsewhere, the musical tale of a woman (and her eventual admirer) who undergoes a far different manner of transformation – yes, that would be My Fair Lady – finishes up its month-

long residency opening PCPA’s outdoor season at Solvang Festival Theater on Sunday, July 12. Also, Elements Theater Collectives’ A Bright New Boise begins a 16-day run of free pop-up performances at various venues around town on Thursday, July 9 – take note that there’s an Indigogo campaign going on to raise some funds to keep this superaccessible and worthy company going – while SBCC Theater Group’s massive, ambitious summer production of The Music Man gets going at the Garvin on campus on Friday, July 10.

MAW and More

The Music Academy of the West held its annual open house early this summer – part of the new, aggressive community initiative to make the music festival more available and attractive to the community – and by all counts, it was a smashing success. Hahn Hall was nearly full for the opening orchestra rehearsal, with several families joining the senior set in the audience at the morning run-through of Ravel’s Bolero to be performed this Saturday, June 27, at the Granada. Conductor Larry Rachleff addressed the audience and took note of the youth of the performers, many of whom are just a couple of years out of high school themselves. “Up here on the stage is the generation that gives us the greatest hope for the future (in classical music),” Rachleff said. “That’s what you’re here for – to see hope.” The ever-engaging Rachleff frequently looked over his shoulder at the crowd – like an actor breaking the fourth wall – to offer mid-run-through observations, noting at one point that a solo was being played on the oboe d’amour (“That’s literally ‘oboe of love’”), and explaining that one section that was nailed needed to be repeated anyway: “Music is like a sport – you have to reiterate excellence.” Later, he exclaimed the whole process of rehearsal to be “one of God’s great creations, independence powered by a sense of community.” We already knew Rachleff is a maestro at gently coaxing the fellows orchestra into shape over the opening weeks of the season, turning a disparate bunch of determined youths into a cohesive

ensemble. Who knew he was also a rock star at reaching the audience? One of the older traditions in the community aspect of MAW gets going on Thursday, July 9, when the first of five weekly afternoon chamber music concerts arrives at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. It’s like a mini-Picnic Concert for the downtown set and has proven extremely popular. Get there well before the 2 pm start.

Class Acts

Most college professors – at least the ones whose courses I’ve attended recently at SBCC – have given up the ghost on prohibiting the use of cell phones during lectures and class time, though I daresay one Roger Durling chewed out one young man one the second day of class last semester for using his digital device while the head honcho of the film festival was using film clips and a laser pointer to pontificate on performances and genres. (It’s a popular class, by the way; the good professor surely knows his stuff!) But Peter Frampton isn’t willing to surrender to the rudeness. In his concert for Notes for Notes earlier this month the British rocker – who famously has ‘fessed up to being furious when fans use their phones more than three songs deep into his set – actually snatched one out of the hands of an unsuspected partaker of the mini-electronics mid-song, depositing the offending device on the drum riser for later retrieval and went on with his set, as the audience roared its approval, yours truly included. What a thrill to see the 65-year-old playing all the hits from his long career in such a small venue (last time was four years ago at the Bowl) in the 5th annual Seymour Duncan benefit concert for the worthy cause of Notes for Notes, which provides free after-school music programs (including instruction, recording techniques, and studio time) for youth in the community. And once again, we got to see one of the teenage products of these programs take the stage to share solos alongside a legendary rocker, with Frampton graciously trading licks in an extended jam session. They certainly showed each other the way!

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You Have Your Hands Full by Mara Peters Former editor for the fashion/lifestyle section of the New York

Post, Mara moved to London and worked as a contributing editor for the Daily Mail’s You Magazine, freelancing for Look Magazine, NY Post and the Style Magazine for The Sunday Times. To remain sane during diaper years she writes a mommy blog, You Have Your Hands Full –

The Emergency of Parenthood

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just felt better to write it out instead of assaulting some innocent bystander at the grocery store. And write I did, for the last five years. Sometimes I was desperate and needed an outlet, other times I just wanted to chronicle something that happened that was funny. (So when the desperation inevitably hit again, I could go back and laugh.) My blog turned into a Sentinel column a couple of years back. After a long hiatus brought on by becoming a parent, my name was in newsprint again writing about – what else? – parenting. My emergency stage is now past. I can sit at a cocktail party as my pack runs about, or read poolside without worrying about a drowning. We are stable (more or less)... I tend to shop at Trader Joe’s when they are in school (sorry folks, no longer am I the freakshow with four kids). To Jackson’s relief, I will not write about the ups and downs of his growing up as a teenager in the local newspaper


anymore. The life and trials of the Peters family is coming to an end. We just moved to Connecticut when school got out. A new chapter for Alpha, which means a new chapter for his 1950s wife. For all of those who reached out to me, at the gym, on State Street, even in the grocery store, “Thank you!” enormously. As I wrote my column, I sat in my chaotic house, with dinner cooking and kids screaming, unaware that my own thoughts and feelings as a harried parent were shared. In the moment, I was isolated and cut off. Oftentimes, it is a lonely choice to stay at home. So every time I got a hug or heard “I read your column” from someone, it made me realize that I am not alone. There is an amazing community out there that has laughed and cried with me. It has been a blast to write my inner most feelings. Thanks to The Sentinel for reminding me that before I was a 1950s housewife, I was a writer. And thank you, Santa Barbara, for reading me.

Peters’ Pick The Peters: no longer in emergency – can’t you tell?


renowned psychologist once identified the baby/toddler years as the “Emergency of Parenthood.” I first heard that statement when I was in the thick of it with an 8, 6, 4, and newborn – and it resonated. The sleepless nights coping with a baby, the constant supervision of a reckless toddler, compounded with the pure mindlessness of being a stay-at-home mom, completely isolated from the buzzing world around me, left one to conclude that my life was a fire drill. I was in Trader Joe’s, hauling all four kids through the aisles, desperately trying to get some milk and eggs; suddenly, the straw broke the camel’s back. “You have your hands full,” some unwitting person smiled at me. “No f-ing sh-t,” I replied only to be met with her shocked expression that I

was swearing in front of these innocent youngsters. You see, that was what I heard every time I stepped out my front door -five or six times a day. This particular day, Charlie was sick and had thrown up on me. The aroma of his barf still rising from my hair while Teddy pulled on my pants trying to get my attention, trying to tell me he was not feeling so hot. If I had bothered to listen (instead of cussing out the shopper) he probably would have made it to the bathroom instead of projectile vomiting on the aisle floor. I can still hear the loudspeaker (“Clean up on aisle 4”) and picture the poor woman racing away from the disaster scene. Emergency, indeed. That night I went home and started my blog, You Have Your Hands Full, It

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hink of Stabiles (pronounced Stah-beels) as a gifting suite/ home decor shop on wheels. Owned and operated by Sam Guzmán (product design) and Kris Hansen (backbone of the operation), this love truck is filled with SB-made items such as lighting by FleaMarket RX, custom air plants, organic coffee and teas, jewelry, candles, and so much more. Items not made locally are free-trade – one love, people. Kris says it best: “Our products will make you happy.” Sold! (Spotted on: Cannon Perdido and State, De La Guerra and State, Anacapa and Yanonali, but check their social media or website to see where they will park it next.)

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specially in a town like ours. Many people move here to retire – after they’ve made it. But what happens when you’re determined to build a life here on your own? How can it be done? We’ve got answers. We interviewed three entrepreneurs who are not only making it in Santa Barbara, they are excelling in their respective fields and doing a damngood job of it. Winemaker Dave Potter of Municipal Winemakers, PR queen Jennifer Zacharias of JZPR, and leather craftsman Steven Soria of Make Smith Leather Co. elaborate on their daily lives and what they have to do to succeed in Santa Barbara. Put your big-girl and big-boy pants on – it’s time to get down to business. @santabarbarasentinel




rtist Tal Avitzur of Talbotics creates fanciful sculptures out of found-objects from scrap yards around SoCal and use science-fiction, mythology, and comic books as a means of inspiration. Trained under the late sculptor George Rickey, late ceramist Beatrice Wood, and Santa Barbara painter Irma Cavat (Google them now), Tal’s lighthearted work brings out the kid in all of us and proves that one man’s trash is another man’s or woman’s playful work of art.

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Rhone. My dad’s always had his own small business; it’s a part of who I am. What were some challenges going out on your own? Not getting a paycheck anymore was a challenge. Luckily, my wife is a professor with tenure at the city college (with health insurance, pension, etc.). That made the transition easier to stomach and easier to take risks. The biggest challenge work-wise, is there is no one telling you what to do, there’s no right answer. It’s also the best part about it, too.

Megan is a writer with a fashion designer past. After 10 years designing for her own label, she started writing because “it just felt good”. Now a freelancer for various publications, she loves interviewing people to learn how they got from point A to present day. She co-authored the children’s book Spice & Little Sugar. The literary world is home, sweet home.


Muni Wine’s playful personality makes its mark on each bottle (photo by Municipal Winemakers)

corporate wineries as well. It’s cool to see the different corners of the wine industry, from making a bottle of seven-dollar Little Penguin Shiraz to using 150-year-old vines ploughed by horses to make a Cotes du

What sacrifices did you have to make? Time is the biggest one. Especially when you are working two jobs, it takes a lot of time. When we opened our first tasting room in the Funk Zone (behind Kunin Wines), we didn’t have employees. We were only open on Saturdays and Sundays, and I’d work at Fess Parker all week and come to the

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Dave Potter, owner of Municipal Winemakers at his tasting room in Los Alamos (photo by Cara Robbins)


t’s a sacrifice to live in Santa Barbara. Smaller paychecks relative to work hours and higher rents at both home and work are just some of the prices you’ll pay for the privilege. But if you work it right, SB can be a great place to make your future There are those who simply make it by, and those who make it to the top. As professionals in their respective fields, Dave Potter, Steven Soria, and Jennifer Zacharias have become some of the most established talents in town. Their recipe for success is simple: work late and get up early, showing up, doing their job, supporting local businesses, and striving to be better than they were the day before. It’s game time, the clock is running, and you’re the only one calling the shots. The following three Santa Barbarians share stories of their trials and triumphs on how they got the job done.

Municipal Winemakers

• Dave Potter Occupation:

Winemaker and owner of Municipal Winemakers Q. Where did you grow up? A. I grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, about an hour east of L.A. It’s one of the oldest grape-growing regions in California, but the old vineyards have been replaced by suburban sprawl over time. I grew up there, stayed through high school, then went to UCSB for undergrad and studied business. That’s when I got

into winemaking. I got a job working at the Sunstone Winery tasting room in Santa Ynez. I was there for about six months, then I became friends with the winemaker and started working in the cellar, scrubbing tanks and dragging hoses around. That was my entrance into the wine business. From there, went to Santa Cruz and worked at Byington Winery. I intended to go to law school, so I was studying for the LSAT. However, before I went back to school, I decided it would be best to take some time, work a harvest job in Australia, and just kind of bum around for a year. On the long flight over, I realized I didn’t want to be a lawyer. So, I landed in Australia and applied to a winemaking program and got accepted in two weeks. I did my master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology in Western Australia, and ended up living in Australia for about six years. After that, I spent some time bouncing between the hemispheres to get apprenticeship experience. I worked in Australia, France; I interned at Fess Parker (in the U.S.). I went back to Australia, then took a full-time job working for Fess Parker winery, where I was for almost seven years. I started the Municipal label while I was there. They graciously allowed me to use the equipment to produce some of my own wine. Was it always in your mind that you would have your own wine label? Yes, I guess it was. I liked very much working for other wineries and I’ve worked for all kinds of companies – really small, family, traditional family places where there’s not even a forklift, to huge industrial,


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n the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley (SYV) live photographers and fast friends Robbie Kaye and Kelly Burke. They are on a mission to unveil stories of women of the valley through a documentary titled Ladies of the Valley, currently underway. Finding common ground, strength, and inspiration is just another day’s work. If you are a lady of the valley with a great story (or know of one), contact Robbie or Kelly through 1. I moved here almost 2 years ago. In that short time, I met the most interesting, empowered women and I thought that SYV was a magnet for these kinds of women. They intrigued me and then I met Kelly through a friend of Kelly’s and a local photographer on Instagram. I loved Kelly’s work, I loved her energy, and I just knew that collaborating with her on this project would be amazing. We are a really good team. 2. Each woman shares so much of themselves and we walk away feeling blessed to be recipients of their open-heartedness, and sharing of life’s joys and challenges. 3. Our intention is not to present something through rose-colored glasses. We want to share the inspiration that comes from getting over hurdles and through challenges. 4. We produce videos of ourselves to introduce our interviewees and our work. It’s very spontaneous, and we play off each other and many times, we finish each other’s sentences. One time we decided to do something different for our intro. While filming a promo video, Robbie said, “So now we are going to sing our introduction” and Kelly was right there, singing away, she didn’t miss a beat. 5. At the end of every video, Kelly says, “Stay tuned!” We feel it has everything to do with the Ladies of the Valley project because staying in tune with one’s self is a journey, and that’s what this project is about. So, stay tuned!





om Hamilton, bassist for Aerosmith, is a founding father of what is said to be one of the hardest-working bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Guitarist Joe Perry says, “The name Blue Army came from the fact that ‘everyone’ in our audience from the 70s were wearing blue denim and it looked like a sea of blue – thus The Blue Army.”

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beach walk ending at Rincon Point is about as California as you can get and the Carpinteria Bluffs Trail is the yellow brick road to get you there. Start at the parking lot, then follow the trail while taking in sprawling mountain views as you head toward the Pacific. At the T-junction, turn right on the pebble path along a line of fragrant eucalyptus trees and when the trail bends left, (carefully!) cross the railroad tracks. You’ll find a path to the beach on your left. Once on sandy ground, walk along the desolate coast about a mile until you hit the “Queen of the Coast”. (Fun fact: ancient burial artifacts have been discovered at Rincon dating back to 2000-600 B.C. when the Chumash village of Shuku occupied the land.) Once at Rincon (Spanish for “angle” or “inside corner”), take a seat and watch surfers ride mile-long, foamy sets. After the trek, you deserve a little eye-candy.

How to get to: From Santa Barbara, take 101 South and exit at Bailard Avenue. Take a right off the exit, cross over Carpinteria Avenue, and into the (free) parking lot. The Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve is open from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Trail at Bailard Ave & Carpinteria Avenue. Carpinteria, CA 93013

Q: So, you’ve never been to Santa Barbara? A: Um, no. Well, we may have gone there some time in the last... decades but I can’t remember. I’m looking forward to finally seeing what it’s like. Right now, I have my Blue Army Tour gear on. All denim, so I’m ready to go. Great! Yeah, I thought it would be pretty neat if people wore denim to the shows. That would be really cool. Thanks, Mr. Hamilton. What would you like our readers to know about Aerosmith? I’d like your readers to know that we’re a band that has been playing for four decades, and we know how to put on a rock show. I hate to sound like a bragging sales person, but you know, we’re gonna play a show that people are really gonna like. I remember being a kid and imagining what certain bands would be like (in concert). And I was often disappointed. Even when I saw Led Zeppelin or Cream. We’re not like that. We really work hard to play our songs in way to make people really feel like they’ve heard it done right. It’s a simple tool, but that it. Hey, it works! Everyone wins in that situation. (Laughing) Yeah! Aerosmith at the Santa Barbara Bowl Tuesday, July 7, 6:30 pm (805) 962-7411




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by Frederique Lavoipierre

4th of July Old Mission

director of education at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden



o you really need to give up on lawns in this time of drought? Sure, replacing that swath of front yard turf with drought-tolerant plants will save water – and is better for the environment than bare dirt or gravel – but lawn is still the perfect “garden carpet” for children and dogs, and provides a cool space for backyard entertaining. By choosing drought-tolerant turf such as blue grama grass and confining lawn to where it will be used, you can save water and still enjoy the benefits of an expanse of green. To save even more water, mow less – taller grass shades the ground and saves water.

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rady is a 9-year-old Goldendoodle who has mastered using puppy-dog eyes to get what he wants. He is a protector of the household and takes his duties seriously. So seriously, in fact, he is known to bark at cats and dogs on TV and enjoys a playful game of “I’m gonna get you” with the neighborhood roadrunner. His favorite place to walk is anywhere, as long as there are rabbits and lizards to chase. When he’s not out and about, you can find him napping around his Mission Canyon home or nudging hands to get love and affection.


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Would you do anything differently? Hmm... that’s a hard question. I feel like I have been pretty fortunate so far. The first thing that comes to mind, is that I’d have spent more time over the last few years enjoying all that our vacation town has to offer – more surfing, hiking, and weekend wine tasting. What are some overall life tips to make it in SB? SB is not easy to make it in. For me, the secret to SB has been to carve a niche and do what it is that you love to do. I know that’s cliché, but really that and lucky timing is all I can attribute it to.

Municipal Winemakers A room with a view: Municipal Winemakers vibrant tasting room at 22 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara (photo by Cara Robbins)

tasting room on the weekends. We finally earned enough money to bring one person on, so we could stay open for a few more days during the week. We kept stepping it up that way. Trying to do as much as you can with what you got. With so many wineries in our area, how were you able to pull ahead and make a name? I don’t know if we’ve pulled ahead, but that’s nice. I think that for Muni, we don’t talk about wine the way that people typically associate with “wine tasting.” We’ve always been more about keeping it relaxed, approachable, and fun, and I think people really relate to the casual, low-key approach that Muni has. I think we offer a fair price for the wines; I feel we are delivering really high quality for what we’re charging. We have a cool building a block from the beach. I don’t think it’s one thing, I think it’s an accumulation of those things together. Who was your first client? I don’t even remember! I do, however, remember how exciting it was when we first opened. Our first store was about 350 square feet, it was barely big enough to put a bar inside with four chairs. We had a patio in the back. I remember selling a hundredfifty dollars worth of wine over the course of a whole weekend and thinking, “Oh my God! We’re actually selling wine!” Typical day? Alarm goes off at five am. I try to get up for an hour or two, have a cup of coffee, and catch up on email. Then my son gets up and it’s a scramble to get him ready for school and get myself ready for work. Right now, with building this place (Potek Winery, at Kirsten and Darrell Becker’s big commercial project called The Mill, at Laguna and Haley streets) out, it’s figuring out what we have to do to get it open. We were here at seven-thirty this morning. It

depends on the time of year, too. During September, October, November, we’re super-busy with harvest, and we’re actually fermenting and processing the wines. The rest of the year, winery wise, it’s pretty on schedule. There aren’t really any timesensitive, critical moments in the process aside from harvest – which is time-sensitive because if it’s going to be hot tomorrow, we have to pick today. The rest of the year, we’re maintaining and bottling and we can schedule all those things. But now, most of my day is planning for the new place. So, Muni is established enough for you to focus on another project? That’s great! Yes! Potek, is only a mile away, so I can run around if needed. We’re going for a different model. Muni is relaxed and casual, and can get quite busy. We’re trying to go for a more intimate experience at Potek, so we’re going to offer a reservation-tasting model paired with food and it will be a sit-down tasting where we spend some quality time with you. All the barrels will be here, so you can taste different wines at different stages of the process. It will be a more focused wine experience and a more intimate afternoon, and it won’t be as crazy as Muni can get on Saturday. We’re intending to keep the number of people low over here and make it a special experience that way. How important is your relationship to other businesses? Critical. We do a lot of collaboration, we hang out with each other socially... we have a vibrant network of small businesses in town; it in turn makes the town more vibrant. It makes SB more of a destination for tourists, it makes the town more interesting for locals where the money is coming back to local people. People genuinely want to support someone who lives in town and works here and kids go to school here in SB.

22 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, California 93101 (805) 931-6864 Instagram + Twitter: @muniwine

Make Smith Leather Co.

• Steven Soria Occupation:

Leather craftsman and owner of Make Smith Leather Co. Q. Tell us a little about yourself? A. I’m third-generation SB. My dad grew up here, and my family had a leather shop that I basically grew up in. Their shop is more general repairing and fabrication and came more from the saddling industry. That’s what the old guys were trained in. That (fabrication) sort of left SB and so did the shops that were catering to it. My parents took over in the leather shop in the early ‘80s, then started having a family. 727 Chapala Street was the address of the leather shop. I’m still in the neighborhood. Went to Monte Vista and Roosevelt Elementary, HS in the Santa Ynez Valley, then SB City College. At City College, I studied fine arts then transferred to Cal State Long Beach for sculpture. I was really interested in fabrication – metalworking and woodworking. I showed as an artist for a while. I kind of struggled with that, living in L.A. and coming back and forth to SB. I ended up trying to work on graphic design and website building. I worked for friends, doing that all the while helping my parents with their business. I still picked up hours with my dad doing leather craft and helping with the business side of stuff for years, before I split off to do my own thing. I got a studio in Goleta and I wanted to focus on custom leather crafting. That was the time I realized to put it

Make Smith owner, Steven Soria hand-stiching leather goods with a machine passed down from his father (photo by Nancy Neil)

all together – what I learned with web development, the business I learned from my parents, and this yearning to want to do something more artistic. That’s when Make Smith really happened, about five or six years ago in my studio in Goleta. After, I immediately moved back downtown because I realized it wasn’t convenient to be there. And that’s when this new location (we’ve been here for three years) really where Make Smith started as far as a brick and mortar. Did you have any connections in college or a network to get you started? Not really. College was really a time for experimentation, because it gave me independence and anonymity away from my family business. I grew up in the family business and I didn’t really have a choice whether I was going to work there or not. I seriously joke about this, but it’s kind of like slave labor when you have children and put them in the family business. But I started working there when I was 8 or 9 with my dad. By the time I was 17 and it was time to go to college, I had finished that first career already. I was done. I had all these skills – I could sew, I could cut, I know how things are manufactured...I just never saw the interest. I didn’t put the design element to it. Making new things never even crossed my mind until after college. I think going to art school gave me the freedom of knowing I could use whatever medium I wanted to express artistically what I wanted to do. I didn’t do anything in leather in college at all, because I didn’t see it as a medium of expression. I saw it as craft that I grew up with. Who was your first client? My first clients were three friends of mine who are carpenters that wanted tool belts. I fabricated the belts not knowing what I was doing or how to price it. It was more like a



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Make Smith billfold wallet made with premium tanned cattle hide and hand-cut and stitched at the 117 W. De La Guerra workshop (photo by Make Smith Leather Co.)

What is your typical day like? Get up at six in the morning because I have this thing called “fear of failure” that hits my brain right away. During the holidays, I can’t sleep at all. So I’ll start checking email. Making coffee at home, and writing people back and coming up with a list of stuff we’ll do that day. Then I come to the shop and get to work. Checking in with whoever is scheduled that day and going over orders, what needs to be made, set up projects, and try to nail them as fast as we can.

A Family Tradition: Make Smith owner Steven D. Soria (back left), with father Steven T. Soria and grandfather, Bernard G. Soria - three generations of Santa Barbara leather craftsmen (photo by Nancy Neil)

fun project. That was the first time someone walked in and said, “Hey, I want to pay you to make something out of leather.” Before that, it was gifts for girlfriends and family members, and whatever my dad needed me to make. What have been some major challenges? Making a living. Period. Making custom goods almost ruined my business and my life. Coming out of art school, I was gung-ho about making one-of-a-kind pieces the best I could make them. But if you do that, it’s really hard to make your money back and find the client that can afford the resources you’re putting into it. They’re not walking in your store every day. People are used to going to malls and buying a $50 belt, [whereas] ours cost $90 and going up from there. The hardest part was coming to grips with letting go of this idea of just making one-of-a-kind things. I consider each of the pieces we make one-of-a-kind, but they are designs we’ve made over and over again. We’ve already field-tested them. If I make a tote bag, I know you’re gonna like it, because we’ve made thousands of them. The

What do you feel you’ve had to sacrifice? It’s not really a sacrifice, but the real obvious ones are social time and family time. Starting your own business, and I know everyone says this – I’m not complaining – but it’s really taxing on your time and money, which are directly connected to each other. Once you get through your second, third, fourth year of figuring things out, you’re not going to have a lot of time for your relationships. It definitely takes a toll. I’m just now getting to the point that I can go on little vacations. I’m rounding that corner a little bit.

With employees, how was it teaching people what you were already doing? What was that transition like? It’s really hard at first. Especially looking at the world of being an artist and growing up as an artist as a child. You’re always told to think about what you want to do, what’s your vision, and to let those things develop to invent your personal style. This idea of collaboration with other crafts people and delegating tasks is foreign for me. But now, it’s getting easier.

What is your advice to someone who wants to make it in SB? Rules to live by... (Laughing) Become a yoga instructor or open a taco stand. This is an honest answer because this is a really tough industry, and it’s not the best for making money. The only reason I’m making it in SB is that I know so many people here. For example, my friends at French Press saw that I came up with a new apron and they came and bought all of them. That stuff keeps our door open. Businesses reaching out to do a project together (i.e. making belts for SeaVees). That kind of stuff helps. Reaching out to business owners and show them what you can offer them and how you can work together. Rent is high-priced and your business costs are very high, so manufacturing has a hard time; you have to reach out to make sure you can keep business flowing. I feel the list could be 20 bullet points long, but I’m just trying to find the highest priority things.

What are the bread-and-butter items for Make Smith? The tote bag, men’s wallets, and belts. Functional, everyday things people need.

That’s exactly what we want, that’s good! And I think right away people think you have to do something on State Street to survive, but I don’t think that’s true. We’ve

feedback has come back (to shorten straps, etc.) and it’s as good as it’s gonna get. That was one of the big struggles – trying to make a living through catering to each customer. Now that I’ve made thousands of pieces, we’ve gotten through those tough times. We’ve learned what pieces are really good sellers, really functional for people, and really affordable to make.

always wanted to be away from State and the tourism and be more available for local people. It helps to save on rent not being on State, but it also gives us time to make a better product, and that attracts people because they want what you have. Who have you worked with? SeaVees, Red Wing shoes, recently picked up by local catalog 32 Bar Blues, we did a collaboration project with Jenni Kayne at her Montecito location, we did guest blogging with Teva and they’ve talked about doing workshops here for the design and marketing team next year, and worked with a lot of photographers, Torchlight jewelry company, Lonny mag, Refinery 29, Citizens of Humanity (who took our product to Tokyo), and we made a chocolate portfolio for Mike Orlando of Twenty Four Blackbirds.

Make Smith Leather Co.

117 West De La Guerra Street, Unit C Santa Barbara, California, 93101 (805) 699-6296 Instagram: @makesmith Twitter: makesmithleathe


• Jennifer Zacharias Occupation:

Owner of boutique PR agency JZPR Q. Where did you grow up? A. I was born in Montpellier, France. My mom and dad were high school sweethearts, sort of hippies in the ‘70s and exploring the world and studying abroad. I was born during my dad’s medical school years. We moved back to the States and I grew up mostly in Portland, Oregon. Can you give us a quick rundown of how you arrived heading up your own PR firm? My junior year of college, I studied abroad in Cannes, France, and had an opportunity to work with the Cannes Film Festival. I got a job, modeled on the side – to pay bills! –

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by Christina Enoch

Huevos – Lompoc pinquito beans, housemade chorizo, smoked ranchero. My hangover cure (with cucumbers).



ave you checked out Barbareño after my previous article on them? Recap: that chic, earthy, cozy, rustic, and romantic restaurant at the corner of De la Vina and Canon Perdido – run by the young talents, head chef Julian Martinez, general manager Jesse Gaddy, chef de cuisine, Owen Hanavan, and sous-chef Kris Brown (yes, Kris with a K). Every time I go there, I show them big respect for what they have achieved at their young ages. Without further rambling, I’m happy to let you all know that we have an additional fabulous place to brunch in town: Barbareño has started brunch service. Can I get a “Woohoo!” As is the case with their dinner, they serve inventive, creative dishes celebrating ingredients and cooking styles unique to our region. Taste Santa Barbara at breakfast. Forget the morning workout or the paleo diet you were into; it’s a weekend “cheating” day. Indulge in those beignets, and wash ‘em down with mimosa. The rustic outdoor front patio is puppyfriendly, too. What did you have for breakfast this morning? I ate entirely Santa Barbara.

After years of working full time for an ad agency, Christina found her passion in cooking and food. Now armed with her newfound title, “Culinary School Graduate Food Blogger,” she writes and shares her passion for food, cooking, restaurants, photography and food styling in her popular blog, black dog :: food blog. Christina’s a proud mommy of not one but two shelter dogs and lives here in Santa Barbara with her husband. She’s also an avid Polynesian dancer, beach lover, traveler, swimmer, snowboarder and most of all, a lover of anything edible and yummy. Check out her ramblings here and at

Santa Maria Tri Tip sandwich: bob’s ciabatta, pico de gallo, garlic butter (smoked for 12 hours)

French toast: pistachio marzipan, cabernet jelly, whipped mascarpone. It’s so fluffy!

Barbareño 205 West Canon Perdido 9:30 am to 1:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays

Breakfast cultured cream panna cotta – granola tulle, market fruit, wild cactus honey. Panna cotta for breakfast? I’m all over it. The Turbo: cold-brewed iced coffee with smoked cacao nibs. I become aggressive after this.

Brioche beignets: olive oil, lemon custard, olallieberry. Don’t stop at one.


Parts • Service • Spas 534 E. Haley (at Salsipuedes)





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with Julie Bifano Ms Bifano is drawn to micro-fiction and is currently

writing her first novel – The Grace Below. She has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in writing from the University of San Francisco and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, also from the University of San Francisco. More of Julie’s stories and poetry can be viewed on her website


General manager of SB Public Market, Derek Guilin, gets together with Laurie Covington and Mike Taylor between courses

Lutum winemaker Gavin Chanin and Derek Simcik, executive chef of Outpost at The Goodland Hotel, get together before the evening festivities


nside The Kitchen, a sectioned area of the Santa Barbara Public Market all bellies and bodies were ready for an intimate dining experience with Derek Simcik, executive chef of Outpost at The Goodland Hotel, and Gavin Chanin, Lutum winemaker. Without delay, my palate awoke to a garlic crostini with Japanese cucumber, crispy shallot, sprouts, and house cured anchovy. The Lutum “Gap Crown Vineyard” Chardonnay inspired notes of citrus and white flower, an ideal complement to the cuisine. Due to the close seating quarters, I was able to share

The art of squab displayed as though it landed smack on our plates

Gavin Chanin having a blast with Marge Cafarelli, and Pippa Davis

Owner of the SB Public Market, Marge Cafarelli, with friends Kim Ebner and Sarah Doupe.

Perrin Pellegrin and Patrick Posey are thrilled for the courses with wine pairings to begin

excitement about the decadent delicacies with the down-to-earth couple sitting next to me. They, too, were in foodie heaven. The squab was the most artistic dish presented, as it appeared to have landed smack on the plate (even with a blackberry splatter). Chef Derek explained, “The squab dish shows a little dark humor. You eat in five dimensions. When creating a dish you put all senses into it to make it complete.” This could not have been more apparent than in the squab, which he informed me was citrus brined for 48 hours before he

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As told to Elizabeth Rose I Heart SB is a social experiment in dating and relationships through stories shared with and experienced by a thirty-something living in the Greater Santa Barbara area. All stories herein are based on actual events. Some names, places, and timelines have been altered to preserve anonymity and, most of all, for your reading enjoyment. Submit stories (maximum 700 words) to



y name is Autumn and I’ve slept with 100 men. The number didn’t hit me until I spoke with my girlfriend on the phone the other day, and I have to say was surprised to hear the number out loud myself. With two little girls and a boy on the way, I relived my single past to her with a satisfied grin. My friend, single and dating, was intrigued and needed to hear more. “How did you do it?” she asked, “and not get so emotionally attached?” There was no judgment in her voice and from what I could tell, she sounded a little impressed. “Once you are able to detach emotionally, it’s easier to indulge in the primal forces,” I snicker. From 18 to 27, I was a serial dater in every sense of the word. I’d plan for two dates in one night if I felt up to it – an early dinner with one fellow and the late bite with the next. Sometimes, when the first date was too good, I’d cancel the second date at the last minute. I’d feel bad, but it’s the things you gotta do when the first date of the evening ended up being the best kisser you’ve ever experienced that week. I didn’t sleep with everyone I went out with, but if the mood was right, I went for it. I love sex, and as long as we were safe I thought, why not? I was playing the field, having a great time, and hitting it out of the park. If practice makes perfect, I was in the top one percent. But honestly, I don’t know how I pulled it off and came out unscathed. Am I a little nuts? (Maybe.) Do I have daddy issues? (Doesn’t everybody?) Am I a... slut? (I prefer to call it sexually guided.) I was an equal opportunity “do-er” – age and race paid little of

mind. Though many have crossed my (ahem), path, a few stand out. There was the outdoorsy guy from Lazy Acres with abs from which you could grate cheese (a passionate lover with an oral fixation), the surfer guy with a killer smile I met at the Rincon Classic (dirty-talk was his game), the sexy intellectual guy with a chiseled jaw I met at The Book Den (my first bondage experience), and a firefighter who I once re-enacted a rescue fantasy

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...continued from p.23 but ended up working for the festival for two years at a satellite station of Canal+, France’s largest cable network. Translating interviews, running around with camera people, working behind the scenes at the HQ, film screenings, and, of course, party hopping. So, officially I am not a college graduate. I lived in Cannes from ‘97-98. After, I ended up back in the U.S. working for CNN’s Larry King Live show. Worked for the executive producer of the show and did everything from researching and booking guests, to working closely with Larry’s publicist, field-producing interviews, met three U.S. presidents. Spent a total of five years at CNN. Working with Larry King’s publicist was like being on the same team as the production side but just at a different position. When I moved to SB in 2002, I was introduced to a small PR firm and I was the first person they hired and [I] worked with them for five years. In 2008, I started my business, JZPR. What challenges did you initially face when you started your business? Being one person in the very beginning. That was the first time I did everything from figuring out finances, working from my home office, and wanting to be as present as you possibly can for every single one of my clients. And there’s the fear of “Am I really going

Jennifer Zacharias, owner of JZPR, worked closely with Larry King’s publicist for CNN’s Larry King Live show for five years and in the process met three US presidents

to start a business?” With that comes excitement and motivation. There’s no option but to be successful and make it work. At that point, you grow. And with that comes the challenges of finding a team to put in place that will help lift up your business and treat your clients as you would. What is your typical day? I’m up at five with the baby, and the first thing I do is check emails. So I’m feeding the baby a bottle and scrolling through emails, checking in with clients to see what’s on social media. I head to Handlebar for coffee

every morning, then at least a meeting or two every day with various clients. If I can tag-team a meeting and lunch at the same time, it’s good. There really isn’t a typical day. I’m always up with the baby these days, so that’s my new reality.

we have events, but usually I leave the office at four o’clock and go home and have baby time. That’s been a process, to figure out scheduling, my time commitments, and getting meetings scheduled earlier in the day.

What kind of sacrifices do you make? Sleep depravation, definitely. You’re kind’a burning the midnight oil all the time. At the same time, I don’t consider that a sacrifice – you can sleep later in life. I can run to the store and pretty much guarantee I’ll bump into at least one or two people I know. You’re kind’a always in work mode, and I love that. I love that SB is a small town. You sacrifice a little bit of your personal life. For example, my husband and I will go out to dinner, but usually we go to one of my client’s restaurants – but we represent amazing people, so it’s not really a sacrifice.

Any last words on how to make it in SB? Become involved in local nonprofits! When I moved to town, I joined the Junior League – and that was first and foremost because I didn’t know anyone and wanted to meet new girlfriends, which was perfect – but it also helped me understand how important the non-profit community is here. It’s unique to any other place in the world; it will always be something that JZPR will support and be connected with. Another way to be successful in SB is to support the organizations, support other businesses, support your local community. SB is such a small town, and we have a lot of small businesses. Shop small, eat local, shop local... it’s so important to a town like this. We are such a great, small community that connecting with it and supporting local businesses is the most important.

Did having a family change your business? You juggle. You dedicate time to the most important things. I had a baby last year, and have spent the past year figuring out how to juggle it all. The baby has really helped me put a laser focus on prioritizing, maximizing my time, and building a really good team around me. One thing I’m committed to is being home every night to put [my daughter] to bed. There are, of course, (lots of!) nights


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by James Luksic A longtime writer, editor and film critic, James has worked

nationwide for several websites and publications – including the Dayton Daily News, Key West Citizen, Topeka Capital-Journal and Santa Ynez Valley Journal. California is his eighth state. When he isn’t watching movies or sports around the Central Coast, you can find James writing and reading while he enjoys coffee and bacon, or Coke and pizza.

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f you dodge July’s sweltering heat by taking refuge at movie houses, they will – in the spirit of independence and freedom of choice – spotlight a veritable variety, a cornucopia of genres: horror (The Gallows); sci-fi adventure (Ant Man, starring Paul Rudd as the size-shifting superhero); rehashed action (Terminator Genisys, with Arnold Schwarzenegger actually reiterating, “I’ll be back”); animated/live-action comedy (Pixels, which highlights Adam Sandler battling huge reincarnations of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong); and a skin-flick sequel (titled Magic Mike XXL ostensibly because size matters). I can’t help but look beyond the summer – fixating a phantom telescope on October, when Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama Bridge of Spies infiltrates our coast. At least one memorable line (via the trailer) comes courtesy of Tom Hanks – “You’re asking me to violate the Constitution” – while he converses with Alan Alda. It remains to be seen, literally, whether that heavy hitter can supersede Love & Mercy or Ex Machina atop my 2015 favorites list. This edition’s checklist consists of a box-office behemoth, a Hawaiian affair that’s been floating for weeks, and a drug caper played for laughs:

Big Deal


nce again, Hollywood has resurrected dinosaurs in Jurassic World because for American audiences – even when it comes to hungry, colossal creatures – familiarity breeds contentment. It also breeds more rampaging relics in the titular domain that’s monitored by an operations manager in the shape of Dallas Bryce Howard, who not only pulls off the exploit of running and jumping in high heels but achieves something else: the actress proves to be singularly charmless, especially in her dualrole as the aloof aunt to a pair of boys. At least Chris Pratt is suitable as the theme park’s muscular trainer, while Irrfan Khan – who I assert was deprived of a Best Actor nomination for The Lunchbox last year – delivers dignity and gravitas as the billionaire owner. The picture demonstrates genuine force and eye-popping potency only when – and this point isn’t exactly a “spoiler” – the modified Indominus Rex runs amuck. Some off-screen collateral damage: many folks on social media fallaciously refer to this sequel as Jurassic Park, which says less about those individuals and more about World’s shortcomings.



he name Aloha is apropos, since Cameron Crowe’s latest dramedy is washing away, getting pushed out of theaters as would an unwanted guest. Having seen this run-of-the-mill project in May, I still recall its overall pleasantness and poignant tenderness that counter-balanced its superficial, curious subplot involving a filthy-rich industrialist (Bill Murray) angling to control Outer Space as part of a government project. Despite a failed attempt to be more significant than it is, the movie on its own terms – inside its murmuring heart – boasts a couple of well-drawn characters, embodied by Rachel McAdams and Bradley Cooper, the latter of whom has

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a gorgeously rendered moment of sensitivity while admiring Emma Stone’s participant: “I’m a goner,” the man mutters to himself. True to form, Crowe hop-scotches from comedic tones to romance to intense drama, and sporadically drops the balls due to excessive juggling. Apart from its authentic island flavor, Aloha’s narrative waves seldom rise above medium-grade.

Straight Dope


gratifying albeit oversold coming-of-age comedy, Dope is laced with drug dealings, specifically Ecstasy found in the backpack of a brainy highschool senior (Shameik Moore), who performs in a punk band with two classmates. Our hero, in spite of his home-grown obstacles around Inglewood, is determined to attend Harvard while – cue an additional cliché – a token girlfriend surfaces (Zoë Kravitz, a thirst-quencher in Mad Max: Fury Road). Somehow, writer-director Rick Famuyiwa – with only a handful of features to his credit, and none since the tepid Our Family Wedding five years ago – manages to hold it all together in a coherent context. Even so, the casual spectator will detect, right off the blocks, an exaggerated confidence and a whiff of self-conscious pretense, while stretching to be ultra-hip, ultra-provocative. Lovers of 1990s hip-hop music should feel in their element and downright smug about it.




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and between televised bons mots sang some of the most intelligently beautiful popular songs in the American catalog, his songs, center stage; often in a suit impeccably tailored to the specs of a 13-year-old boy. When he was singing you could often see show’s host (you name the show) watching carefully from the peripheral half-light of the panelists’ riser. This is the Paul Williams we gauzily remember, and he was at the summit. The good times came bundled with the usual toxins, though, and by the late 80s he had effectively disappeared.

spoken kids. The roles were small, the hours between takes long. He began killing time on the set by fiddling with a guitar. “My first movie was with Jonathan Winters, and when I moved up here to Santa Barbara in the 70s, I bumped into him again and we had the same manager.” Williams began experimenting with writing his own tunes, and that – combined with his comedic instincts – landed him a gig on the Mort Sahl show, the stand-up political commentator who set the 60s on its ear. Introduced to A&M records

Daft Punk Paul

In 2011, a weirdly charming documentary about Williams quietly hit the theaters, aptly titled Paul Williams: Still Alive – a loving if sometimes hard-to-watch record of the fall and rise of a pudgy, Phoenixlike songbird who turned his scarifying mistakes into raw power of the sort that can be shared around like a ring of keys in a jailhouse. Williams is alive all right, and he wants to spread the goods; 25 years sober and as fleetof-foot as anyone who has shaken off spiritual chains and a two-decade hangover. Enter Daft Punk. Following a successful concert tour with Melissa Manchester a couple years ago, Williams’s longtime pianist and musical director Chris Caswell (“Cas” to his friends) was tapped to come into the studio and lay down a few piano overdubs for the helmeted pop gods. Williams picks up the exceedingly unlikely tale. “Chris is there and he hears the guys talking about Paul Williams, talking about Phantom of the Paradise.” Phantom. Where to start? Brian De Palma’s evergreen midnight goth opera of 1974 concerns a caped, helmeted figure who haunts the shadows of a rock palace called the Paradise. The gold-hearted creep is also trying to protect the girl he loves from the machinations of the evil owner of the place, Swan, played by a babyfaced Williams, who also furnishes the movie with some of the most gorgeous songs of his career. As it turns out, In their pre-helmet youth the D-Punks had bonded over the movie, had grown their friendship around it, had each seen it 20 times and could recite it as a Shakespeare scholar does Hamlet. Now, like a couple of fanboys they were quietly chatting each other up in a corner of the studio, talking excitedly about Paul Williams and the movie, all within earshot of Williams’s old pal Caswell. Williams takes a slug of cold bottled water and continues. “And overhearing them talking, Cas

Williams, 74, a self-proclaimed “work in progress”

says, ‘Um, I was just on the road with Paul’.” In the studio, a pin dropped. “Do you know how to reach him?!” Daft Punk came down to the little house along the canal in Naples (not Florida) that Williams was renting, and they talked. One of the guys handed Williams a book about life after death and asked Williams to read it. This is what the album is about, Williams was told. Not life after death per se, but a journey. “The first thing we wrote was ‘Touch’. In our first working session, he played me the melody, and I thought it was beautiful. I took the music home and wrote the lyric.” Williams sings on the track and is in terrific voice on what could be described as a multi-chapter prayer you dance to. The song has been compared to The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life”. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories took the Grammy for Album of the Year, and a varied group of smiling, fashionably underdressed hipsters and record company cognoscenti clustered around the dais to accept the award. Included in that odd throng were two nodding white robots and the cowriter of “The Rainbow Connection”. It doesn’t matter where or how fashionably you are tattooed, what world-conquering band you’re in or what celebrity demi-goddess you are publicly feeling up. If you’re alone in a room with Paul Williams, you are the square.

Roger Nichols and World Domination

Initially he’d set out to be an actor, and by 24 Williams was taking roles in movies, playing much younger. A well-meaning injection mishap in his childhood had shut down his bonegrowth, cold. In his 20s, Williams could be seen playing precocious, well-

“The Carpenters were very clean-cut kids, and I was on my way to becoming a hard-core addict,” he says matter of factly. by his friend and erstwhile songwriting and improv partner Biff Rose (it was their early songwriting effort “Fill Your Heart” that appeared on Bowie’s seminal Hunky Dory album), Williams was quickly snatched up by the label and paired with a contract tunesmith in need of a bard. Roger Nichols and Paul Williams would soon find their feet and begin papering the radio walls with their hits. “If you’d asked me at the time I’m sure I would’ve said I was much more into rock and roll, but I’d grown up loving the Great American Songbook. I mean, Jimmy van Heusen, ‘Here’s That Rainy Day’, George and Ira Gershwin…my favorite song to this day is ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, my two favorite songs are that and Don Maclean’s song ‘Vincent’.” (He sings the final line of the only radio hit inspired by doomed modernist Vincent van Gogh). “That song goes places most songs don’t go.” The day they were introduced, Roger Nichols wasted no time giving Williams a melody. “He gave me a cassette, I took it home that night, and I wrote it and came back the next day with a lyric. It just rolled out of me, you know? I hear music and I get words. And Nichols became sort of my music school. He taught me a lot. And Roger wrote note for note. You know, he didn’t want a note changed. He was a great disciplinarian that way.” Their many collaborations include “Rainy Days and Mondays”, “Let Me Be the One”, “We’ve Only Just Begun” and

many other hummable little ditties the world is likely stuck with until the sun explodes. “But different writers have different approaches.” Williams is currently co-writing with Argentine composer Gustavo Santaolalla, a stage adaptation of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. This collaboration is a bit more freeing. “With Roger at times, it could feel like cross-hatching,” Williams laughs. “This, though, is the most passionate collaboration of my life.”

What About Phantom?

And what of the oddball cult rock musical that provided the early Daft bond? And how on Earth did horror auteur de Palma choose Williams to write the songs for this thing? We’re doing rock and roll horror, people; dismemberments, electrocution, bloodsoaked mayhem – a Faustian orgy with the lights on. Get me the guy who wrote “We’ve Only Just Begun”. And make it snappy! Maybe like that? “Initially I wasn’t going to be acting in it – I have no idea why de Palma chose me for that movie. I was probably the worse choice, of all the rock n’ roll singer songwriters and rock acts that he could have gotten to do that, there’s nobody whose bio is more against the grain. This genre-jumping glam rock movie… why did the guy who’s writing for The Carpenters get this?” Williams himself wonders aloud. Then, as De Palma started hanging around Williams and observing his writing process, the way Williams worked with the musicians, he started seeing something in the cherubic Williams, a surprising Svengali streak? “He saw what he described as a Phil Spector-ish quality, is how he described it,” Williams says, referring to the legendary rock producer who gave us the Wall of Sound, the Ronettes, and Paul McCartney clutching his hair at the layers of honey Spector ladled onto Macca’s “The Long and Winding Road”, a simple piano and voice outing when left in the producer’s care by four former friends who couldn’t wait another minute to depart each other’s company. Spector is presently serving life in prison for shooting a woman to death in the anteroom of his mansion. Again – get me Paul Williams!

Gratitude and Trust and Karen

Today, Williams, writer and cowriter of more terrific and indelibly stamped Great American Pop Songs than most people will ever realize, is giving back. He and Tracey Jackson have written a volume called Gratitude and Trust, and he is traveling tirelessly

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to get the word out (gratitudeandtrust. com), using his own dark experiences and missteps and catastrophes to make light, and to show that the climb back is not only doable, it’s energizing. A new podcast is aimed at spreading the love even further. And even now, he wonders if he isn’t dancing too close to the Me Me Me fire. He is also president of ASCAP, the songwriters’ and publishers’ consortium since 1941, and its most ardent spokesman for fairness in compensation for music creators in this era of piracy, downloads, and the lust for free stuff. But he does occasionally worry about a renewed vanity attack. “With my ASCAP role and the podcast, I wonder sometimes if I’m not getting a taste of the thing I shouldn’t be nipping at. But then I see the potential for good. I’m only speaking 20 or 30 times a year, the book and the podcast are a way of reaching a lot more people; if it takes off. We’re only into our first two weeks of the podcast.” And apropos of absolutely nothing, does he recall where he was when he learned of Karen Carpenter’s untimely passing? “Yeah. I was in Washington, D.C., doing a benefit for Wolf Trap (National Park for the Performing Arts) with Elizabeth Taylor, Rod McKuen, a bunch of us were there. It was just… so sad. You know, her weight concern, it gave her a focus. it was like her weight was the only thing she finally had any control over. Somebody wrote in a review or something that she looked a little heavy, and it deeply affected her.” He pauses. “I often think, if she’d run off with the drummer, done a lot of drugs, just gone crazy, I think she’d be alive and sober now. I didn’t think that then, but I wonder now, sometimes.” The publicist walks politely into frame and gives us a five-minute warning. I have to ask this one last, possibly threadbare question: Does Paul Williams ever step back and consider how many individuals around the globe have, over the decades, been emotionally stirred by his songs? “Well… when somebody hears something that says another human being feels the same stuff they’re feeling, there’s a relief to the loneliness. And if you’d talked to Harry Nilsson or to Jimmy Web, Randy Newman, or Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits – what we’re doing is chronicling a human emotion we all feel. It’s that commonality that creates our success.” “That’s a great way to look at it,” I remark, almost to myself. “It’s a little healthier than it used to be!” Williams laughs loudly. “I’m a work in progress.”

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