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A Family Tradition


y great granddaddy was a moonshine bootlegger during Prohibition.” Whoa. Now that’s the start of my kind of story. I sat opposite craft spirit distiller Ian Cutler at a small table at Union Ale, just a (whiskey) stone’s throw from his latest project, Cutler’s Artisan Spirits, which is now under construction and will open in “weeks not months” as part of the larger development project presently in full swing at 131 – 137 Anacapa Street. (I talked about the broader project, which is presently up for sale, and Ian’s co-tenants previously in my column called Opening the Vault (Vol. 2, Issue 10)). Ian spoke plainly, with a comfortable ease. He wore a plain white t-shirt, jeans and black Converse, as well as a long, full beard and moustache. When I listened to him closely, I swear I could hear a faint southern drawl even though he hails from northern California’s gold country. “Hang on a second, Ian,” I stammered, “let me grab a notepad. Maybe you can start in the beginning.” “Yeah, sure,” he replied. “Duke Cutler, my Great Grandfather, started ...continued p.3






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in the liquor business when he finished his last tour as an infantryman in World War I.” Moonshine bootleggers, Prohibition and WWI infantrymen? I smiled and settled in for a doozy.

A Bootlegger to A Bootlegger Duke Cutler grew up in Angels Camp, a little gold mining town in the Sierra foothills somewhere between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite that had its heyday back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Eventually, like with all bubbles, the gold rush dried up and there was less and less opportunity. So Duke’s family moved from Angels Camp to Oakdale, another small foothill town (around an hour southwest of Angels Camp today), where there was more work. Then WWI started and Duke, like many young men at the time, bravely served his country in the trenches (quite literally) overseas. “It’s not totally clear,” Ian described, “but we think that he opened Duke’s Bar

Duke again, this time at The Bottle Shop, post-moonshine bootlegging career.

That’s old Duke Cutler in the alley behind Duke’s Bar. (I don’t think people messed with Duke too often. Just a hunch.)

in Oakdale when he got back from the war. We’ve been going through old family documents and photos but it is hard to know for sure whether he started the bar before or after Prohibition.”

One thing is clear, though: After Prohibition took hold in early 1920, Duke Cutler didn’t exactly shy away from the liquor business. “There was a little operation in Knights Ferry there in the foothills that turned out some really nice moonshine whiskey,” Ian said. “And Duke would buy some of it and bring it down to another bootlegger in the Bay Area, we think, where it was ultimately sold. So I guess you could say that my Great Granddad was a bootlegger to a bootlegger – although, if he had the bar at the time, it’s not clear that he shut it down so he may have also sold some direct.”

I love bootlegging and moonshine and have a real tendency to over-romanticize them in my mind. I can just see old outlaw Duke Cutler making backroom secret deals to buy and sell liquor to an adoring (and frankly booze-crazed) public in the 20s. Dodging enforcement officials on less-traveled dirt roads in the foothills, then driving down to San Francisco and environs under cover of night to hit a raucous speakeasy filled with cops on the take and fiesty flappers. A champion of the commoner and aristocrat alike. Antiestablishment. Pro-liberty. Hedonistic. ...continued p.5



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Mazza’s Missive – Santa Barbara is about to get its very own craft spirit distiller – descended directly from California Prohibition-era moonshine bootleggers – and Editor-in-Chief Matt Mazza is, ah, excited. You should be, too; Cutler’s Artisan Spirits will soon open its doors in the Funk Zone so make sure you go check it out.

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It’s Crime Time – We like to have fun here at the Sentinel, but aggressive boozers of all shapes and sizes need to mellow out. Period.


The Dish – Wendy Jenson checks out State Street newcomer Brasil Arts CafÊ and likes what she sees (and tastes and smells). Go by for a bite and say hi to owners Daniel and Jennifer Yoshimi, and learn some Brazilian martial arts or Portuguese while you’re there.


Eight Days A Week – Jeremy Harbin eats goats and pets Oreos. Oh, wait, maybe we have that backward. Either way, it speaks volumes about the author of the Sentinel’s quasi-calendar/ editorial rant. Send us your favorite happenings around town to see how Jeremy will work them in next. (Hell, we’re even enjoying the read. Keep it up, man, nicely done.)


Santa Barbara View – Sharon Byrne has her identity stolen by Government Uh.Oh, and toils in bureaucratic hell to win it back (great piece, Sharon, thanks); Loretta Redd talks e-waste and old pills (same, Loretta, much appreciated); Ray Estrada forecasts an important economic summit, and FastSpring takes some outside investor dollars (ditto, Ray).

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The Weekly Capitalist – Surprise! Jeff Harding doesn’t particularly like Santa Barbara’s living wage ordinance. Read it and weep, economically illiterate Progressives!

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Letters to the Editor – Matt actually apologizes to a reader (!); Mad Science girl and the Residential Real Estate guys respond to fans; Brian Sutherland complains and gets his slamdunk published; and the Sentinel considers a policy recommendation related to purported socially responsible business sales pitches.

Presidio Sports – Full coverage of Santa Barbara County Track & Field Championships! Athletes of the week! Running product reviews! Weekend calendar! Over-use of inflammatory exclamation marks! Man About Town – Oy vey, Mark covers the Jewish Festival. He also tosses in some indie rock, wine and magic and Art From Scrap Gallery news. (Enjoyed it, Mark, call your mother.) The Beer Guy – Zach hits the Carpinteria and Rincon Point (CARP) Brewers monthly meeting and drinks beer. And he likes it. The Mindful Word – Poetry heals. Diana Raab is a poet. Does that make her a Doctor? (Enjoyed the piece, Diana, keep them coming.) Girl About Town – Julie Bifano channels her inner Picasso at The Painted Cabernet. She channels even more after a couple glasses of local vino to help jumpstart her creative juices. (You go girl.)


Pump Yourself – Schatzle works your glutes hard. (Just kidding, it’s a killer ab workout this week but pumping glutes is just classic. Thanks Jenny!) Faces of Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department is one of Patricia Clarke’s Unsung Heroes. Go support the cause at Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center this week; read to find out more. (Right on, Patricia, dig it.)


Mad Science – Science fan-girl Rachelle Oldmixon gets all choked up talking to her idol Neil DeGrasse Tyson before his impending lecture at UCSB in a Sentinel exclusive. (Yeah, that’s right, our very own Mad Scientist is getting exclusives already. Rachelle is cosmically cool. And she’s a geek at heart.)


Keepin It Reel – Like Rob Zombie, Jim Luksic “enjoys whipping up filmgoers into a frenzy� and does just that this week with critiques of Oblivion and The Lords of Salem. (Hey Jim, look, we even got your page number right in the table of contents this week. Progress!)

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Plan B – Briana Westmacott is afraid of flying the friendly skies. Unlike Rachelle Oldmixon, she would thus likely turn down a trip to the moon with Neil DeGrasse Tyson.


Residential Real Estate – Michael Calcagno and Justin Kellenberger are well-endowed – with real estate knowledge, that is – so check out their column (and letter response!) this week. Check out the Sentinel’s Open House Guide too!

LOVEmikana – Georgia’s Smokehouse lives up to its name; Nite Moves returns (not in the way Bob Seger meant); and bikini-fest goes down at Sundance Beach on Saturday, April 27. (Hmmm‌ how to tie all this together? Ah, yes: If you eat a few meals at Georgia’s Smokehouse, you’ll have to run in Nite Moves all season just to fit into a bikini purchased at Sundance Beach. How’s that Kim Wiseley?) The Weekend Guide gets you out of the house too.

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Bob Cutler, Duke’s son and Ian’s Grandfather, at home in the family liquor store circa 1945.

(below) Ian Cutler with an old bottle of Cutler’s Spirits. Yum.

Duke Cutler is my kind of guy.

out to an ADI conference in Kentucky to continue learning and meeting people and generally getting involved in the distillation business,” Ian recalled, laughing. “I was introducing myself to this guy and telling him that I was starting a craft distilling business in Santa Barbara when this woman sitting next to me – the only woman at the conference – interrupted and said she was from Santa Barbara, too.” That woman just so happened to be Sherry Villanueva. The same Sherry Villanueva who is

A Long History in the Liquor Business After Prohibition ended in the early 1930s, Duke either opened or continued with Duke’s Bar, and eventually leveraged it and started Cutler’s Family Liquor Store. That led to The Bottle Shop, another family liquor store in Oakdale, and to the closing of the bar. (The stores were doing well and the bar business wasn’t something Duke wanted to focus on.) By the early 1940s, Cutler’s Spirits was born, and the family began selling its own whiskey, vodka and gin exclusively in its own stores. Duke’s son, Bob Cutler (Ian’s Grandfather), flew B17 Bombers in World War II, and when he returned from his last tour, like his father did before him, he joined the family business. Cutler’s Spirits soon expanded to importing scotch and other liquors from all over the world. The stores did well. Ian’s father, Chuck Cutler, got involved in the 1970s. Things progressed from there. For awhile, anyway. “A couple larger grocers came to Oakdale in the mid-1980s,” Ian lamented, “and, due to some contemporaneous changes in regulations governing liquor sales at the time, they were able to undercut the prices of smaller shops like ours. It was sort of like the Walmart Effect before the Walmart Effect existed. So my family sold their liquor licenses and shut things down.” And, after some sixty-plus years, that was really it for the Cutler family in the booze business. Until now.

A Chance Encounter and A Re-Birth “I came to Santa Barbara and got interested in my family history and distilling around fifteen years ago,” said Ian. “Some friends and I home-brewed beer and Mead – honey wine, basically – and I really enjoyed it. I can’t say that we

dabbled at all in spirits. That would have been a federal offense. But we definitely talked about it a lot.” (Thanks for that, Ian, we are all wellaware of your family’s propensity to follow federal legislation at this point. I digress.) After Ian finished up his studies at UCSB in around 2006 – he earned Bachelors of Science degrees in Chemistry and Geology and a Masters in Geology focused on Geochemistry (Ian is definitely no dummy) – and did some serious work and consulting in the sciences in and around Santa Barbara, he decided to get serious about his passion for distilling and spirits. “I started traveling and working with and learning as much as possible from Master Distillers all over the place. I’ve spent time in Kentucky, Oregon, Virginia, Indiana and California, of course, and even was able to get to the Speyside region of Scotland to learn about single malt Scotch whiskies and related distillation practices. I’ve been consulting in the sciences at the same time to pay the bills, and it’s taken me three or four years to really explore the whole regime of distillation and get to where I am today. It takes awhile when you do it on your own, but it’s worth it.” And how, exactly, did Ian get to where he is today? A chance encounter at an American Distilling Institute (ADI) conference in Kentucky last year. “I was looking for space in town to start Cutler’s Artisan Spirits and had gone

soon opening The Lark, what by all appearances will be a beautiful and, I imagine, quite popular restaurant (not to mention the anchor tenant) in the development project I mentioned at the outset. The same wonderfully pleasant (and tremendously hard-working) Sherry Villanueva I sat down with and wrote about a month ago. Small world. “It was almost as though it was meant to be,” Sherry told me. “I knew a craft distiller would be an exciting addition to ...continued p.19


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It'sCrimetime... ...with the SBPD

A variety of crimes are committed every day in Santa Barbara; most of these crimes are petty but they do offer a window into if not the soul of the perpetrator, at least his or her thought process. Our following (and totally unsolicited) thoughts, observations, and comments are put forth for your consideration.

Déjà Vu


s we said last week in The Disease of Alcoholism, people drink. Often too much. And they pay the consequences. Sometimes those consequences are severe. Sometimes they aren’t. We had every intention of moving on past the boozers this week and talking about the tweakers or the tokers or the slammers or the bangers. But when we waded into the media book at SBPD, we were struck, yet again, at the rate of alcohol-related detainments and arrests compared to the overall universe of crimes committed around town. This week, just as last week, we counted total reports that actually contained officer narratives and compared them to the number therein that involved booze. Can you guess the ratio? Of 66 total reports reviewed, 40 of them involved drunk people. That’s around 61%. That’s a big number, one that could be viewed through lots of different lenses. Like the lens of public resources, for example. It may not be unreasonable to argue that more than 60% of police time was spent dealing with drunks. Is that what we pay our officers for? Babysitting people who can’t hold their booze? Treating the disease of alcoholism with tickets and detainments? Shouldn’t cops be stopping robbers instead? Does anyone care? One could also view this through the lens of alcohol-related legislation and regulation (ineffective, to say the least). Or the lens of socio-economic equity and justice (unfair and non-existent, respectively). Or… well, you get the idea. Is anybody else baffled about this? We are. How is it that the same drunk college kids or homeless people or even otherwise generally responsible citizens can just keep getting wasted, puking in planters, passing out in the street and pissing in cop cars without some kind of change in approach? What does this say about the way in which we treat (or criminalize) alcoholism? (We aren’t even talking about drugs here.) What does it say about the oft-discussed “homeless problem?” What does it say about “drinking culture” in the UC system? We hate to say it – we’re all for having a good time and are certainly guilty of

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Sir, who can we notify in case of emergency. DRUNK: “The ice cream man.” SBPD: Uh, ok. Where were you born? DRUNK: “My mom’s [highly inappropriate term for birth canal].” SBPD: Wow. Is this really what I signed up for? – An only slightly embellished exchange between SBPD and a 25-yearold Santa Barbara resident who threw a peanut at a local bartender after being refused service due to his extraordinary level of intoxication. occasionally over-indulging ourselves – but this is nothing less than a local (and perhaps broader, but we’ll save that for another day) epidemic, and it is smacking Santa Barbara square in the face week after week. And nobody is saying or doing anything about it. The bottom line is that this isn’t a homeless problem or a college problem or anything else. It’s a booze problem, plain and simple. And we’d venture to say that it is time to start thinking about solving it. Just read on and you’ll see why.

SB Man With Home Found Passed Out Behind Wheel At Stop Sign; Fair Game

CRIME: A 24-year-old Santa Barbara resident was found passed out drunk behind the wheel of his car at a downtown stop sign, blocking traffic at around 12:30am last week. When officers woke him up and asked for his license, the man handed them a flask filled with whiskey. (Pretty sure that wasn’t what they were looking for there, big guy.) OBSERVATIONS: If you feel like you’ve read this one before, ding ding ding ding, you win the prize. Just two short weeks ago, a 46-year-old Santa Barbara man was arrested for the same (frankly shocking) crime. (See Beyond Deltopia, Vol. 2, Issue 14.) COMMENTS: Oh, we don’t know, this one really isn’t very funny. Ah… ok, here goes. Stop getting so wasted and driving around. If you kill somebody, we will write an amicus curiae brief to the pertinent court advocating for some cruel and unusual punishment (and a concomitant temporary suspension of the Eighth Amendment). Get your shit together, man, and stop blowing it. You’re young and you’re on the verge of really screwing the whole thing up.

Drunks In Paradise II

There are way too many detainments for severe intoxication to list them all, so here are a few lowlights beyond the more typical cases of public barfing, pooping, peeing, fighting, vandalizing, harassing and disturbing. A 27-year-old La Quinta man stumbled and fell while crossing the street at 1:30am in front of a cop car. When officers tried to assist, he assaulted them. (Talk about biting the law enforcement hand that feeds you.) A 23-year-old Lompoc man tried but was unable to flee the scene of a traffic collision he caused at 2:30am. He was too drunk to run away despite repeated attempts. (Run, Forrest, run.) A drunken 52-year-old Santa Barbara resident exposed his, ah, well, let’s see… Smokey Joe to the clerk in an adult store and, well, hmmm… vigorously rubbed it until police were called. He was caught red-handed (to say the least) a few blocks away, after he passed out in his truck. (Either he drank way too much or he finished the job he started, falling asleep at a time like that. Maybe both.) A 23-year-old Goleta woman was involved in an “altercation with a taxi” and detained for public intoxication. (Did she actually fight the cab itself? Unclear from the report.) A 26-year-old mansient was arrested for public intoxication after hurling beer cans at cars on State just after midnight. Maybe he could get a job as a pitcher for the 2012 National Baseball Congress Champion Santa Barbara Foresters. (Just kidding guys, big fans and looking forward to opening day.) An extremely intoxicated 52-year-old mansient was arrested after “harassing female volleyball students.” (There are no appropriate jokes here.) Yawn. Just another week in tony Santa Barbara.

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A Name in Vain


ear Matt – The Sentinel continues to amuse, educate and amaze. It’s my favorite publication, locally, hands down. I was following the well-written article on the Disease of Alcoholism in Crime Time last week (Vol. 2, Issue 15) and was quite in agreement with and saddened by the list of alcohol-related offenses. This disease is in my birth family, too. I understand. But I was stunned by the article ending abruptly with the single-word sentence,“Jesus.” I appreciate and respect others’ faith journeys and would have been just as taken aback if the article had concluded with Yahweh, Buddha, Allah or a Hindu deity’s name. While I personally have chosen to follow Jesus’s way, I have utter respect for others’ choices, as well as for the choice to have no faith journey at all. This is a gentle, non-political rebuke, and I ask only that you and your Sentinel have respect for all journeys of faith. I bring this to your attention out of a loving place for your publication and the good it does for our community. Laurie Richardson Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: There is a lot I like about your letter, Laurie, thanks for writing it. It was a poor word choice on my part; I take full responsibility for its presence in the paper last week. I too respect people of all faiths and beliefs and religions, and certainly meant no harm. I went back and read the piece before responding here and think, perhaps, that by the time I got to the end of it before we went to print, I was exasperated and frustrated (like it sounds you were) and let it go as a finishing word reflecting those emotions. Maybe I even read it as a call for help from a higher power. That’s no excuse, don’t get me wrong, but I hope it goes to ensure that I meant no disrespect whatsoever by its inclusion. I know better, frankly, having traveled extensively and experienced faiths of all shapes and sizes, and should have done better. I hope you’ll keep reading and writing. Peace. – MSM)

The Order Rachelle, I rather enjoyed your piece entitled Minority Report regarding the science of predicting future criminal activity (Vol. 2, Issue 12), and thought you might find an old article I wrote interesting. I actually first published the piece – called The Order – in the Journal of Irreproducible Results in 1981, as a “fictional” prediction about microimplanted transmitters. Based upon a bad dream I had after eating spinach, it has helped many of us prepare us for the

methods that Big Brother will utilize to make this a safer world, and has been republished 5 times during the past 25 years in the JIR. Thanks to Editors Dr. George Scherr and Dr. Norman Sperling for having the courage to publish this and many other less “safe” articles. Check it out at Dale Lowdermilk Montecito (Note: Dale, I’m glad you liked Minority Report a couple weeks back. The way we evaluate our criminals today is very archaic and largely based on opinion. Wouldn’t it be nice to think we could have an objective measure of recidivism? The article you sent does show the darker side of the coin, of course, but it also adds to the discussion (which we like!) on how we should treat criminals once they have served their sentence. Thanks for sharing. – Rachelle Oldmixon)

Real Estate Reality Hi Michael and Justin, I look forward to seeing your column every week in the Sentinel. It is interesting to see what it takes to own a home in Santa Barbara. At the same time I see how difficult it would be for me to buy at these prices. Until now... I have an opportunity to home ownership through an affordable housing lottery that is going to be held in Carpinteria. I would like to ask you if you would show me what my monthly payments would be. The cost of the condo is $332,800.00. I hope to put down 3% or 5%. The association fee will be $180.00 a month. (I am a first time home buyer, I don’t know if that makes a difference in anything toward buying the condo.) I want to make a comparison to what I pay now as a renter to what I will be paying being a home owner! I hope you don’t mind me asking you to do this for me. If you have any suggestions in the process I am open to hearing them. Thank you for your time, and have a wonderful day. Anonymous Carpinteria (Editor’s Note: We were provided a name with this letter but have chosen to omit it out respect for the author’s privacy. Michael and Justin, I will turn this one over to you – the last thing anybody wants is a lawyer and editor doing math. – MSM) (Note: Hi Linda, thanks for your letter. Here’s a breakdown for you, assuming a purchase price of $332,500 with 5% down – this will be much better than the 3.5% minimum down, seriously – and reasonably strong credit: Purchase price: $332,500 Down payment (5%): $16,625

Loan amount: $315,875 Loan payment: $1,418 (30-year fixed at 3.5% (3.55% APR)) Mortgage insurance estimate: $157 Property taxes estimate: $304 Home owners association dues estimate: $180 Total Monthly Payment: $2,059 In light of the foregoing, and making reasonable tax-related assumptions stemming from the benefits of ownership, the monthly payment noted above equates roughly to a rental payment of around $1,300 a month. This, Linda, is why it makes so much sense for most to own right now with ultra low interest rates. Please call if you have any questions. – Michael Calcagno and Justin Kellenberger)

A Portion of the Proceeds… Matt: Santa Barbara is awash in dogooders raising money for all sorts of worthwhile activities, as well as many residents willing to support these activities. One approach is the sharing of “a portion of the proceeds” from the sale of a for-profit product or service with a nonprofit organization that carries out the worthwhile activity, in part to encourage people to purchase their product or service. Would you consider making it a policy of the Sentinel to require full disclosure of how the “portion of proceeds” will be calculated when publishing such a notice? Doing so will help individuals decide if the “portion” is meaningful and thus could be a factor in deciding whether or not to make the purchase. After all, an alternative approach is to make a donation directly to the nonprofit. And such a policy may benefit the “worthwhile activity” by encouraging the sellers to be more generous. If you set the precedent, maybe the other SB publications would

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agree to follow your lead. Donald E. Polk Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: It’s an interesting concept, Donald, thanks for raising it. While I can’t say that we will make your suggestion a “policy” (at this point, anyway), I will say that we here at the Sentinel will do our best to work with for-profit and nonprofit enterprises to ensure transparency and, ultimately, to make sure that any collaborative programs are set forth in a light that both keeps our readers informed and also projects the desired message and mission. If you have any specific examples you would like addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss. Thanks again. – MSM)

A Magic Geek With Hoop Skills Hey Matt, thanks for the great article, I was seriously laughing out loud the entire time I read it (Abracadabra, Vol. 2, Issue 15). Love the opening with you showing your wife the trick, the details were spot on and it was solid all the way through. Really appreciate the ink. By the way, the bunny suit shot on the front cover is all time, you may just be a magic geek after all. I must admit, however, that I’m bummed my slam dunk photo didn’t make the cut... I’ll have to write in a complaint letter to the editor I guess. (Ha!) Thanks again, come learn another trick when you have some time. Brian Sutherland Magic Geek, Inc. Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Your complaint has been duly noted, Brian, and I have employed my considerable editorial discretion to include not just a single shot of your freakish display of athleticism at the Magic Geek “offices,” but an entire series of shots taken by yours truly on sport mode. Are you happy now? – MSM)


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by Wendy Jenson

A former magazine editor, Wendy worked at Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Us Weekly in NYC, before moving west with Santa Barbara Magazine. Currently a public relations consultant, she relishes being out and about working on this column. Photos by Wendy Jensen

Eat to a Brazilian Beat

Divine Moqueca de Peixe (white fish stew with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro) is cooked in a clay pot; $20.95. Today’s fish was thresher shark.

Natalia, two and a half, Jennifer, Daniel and four-year-old Gisella Yoshimi at their family restaurant.


rasil Arts Café has the fittest staffers in town. Several could kick over your head. A combination café and fitness studio, BAC’s motto is: “Eat, drink, move.” Fittingly, owners Daniel and Jennifer Yoshimi met while doing Capoeira. A

professor of the Brazilian martial art, Daniel was teaching one weekend in Portland, Oregon, where he met selfdescribed “gringa” Jennifer Yannella. “It didn’t take long for me to fall for him and Santa Barbara,” says Jennifer. In 2000, Daniel “Chin” Yoshimi – dad

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is Japanese – moved from São Paulo to Santa Barbara “to learn English and surf.” He had a few friends here, as Santa Barbara has a fairly large Brazilian community. “We love the ocean, beaches, and mountains,” Daniel says of his country folk. “We also prefer it to a big city as it’s safe but still has a lot going on.” For some time, the Yoshimis had been talking about opening a Brazilian restaurant as Santa Barbara was absent one. The couple already had a built-in clientele. Capoeira Sul Da Bahia, Daniel’s studio, had been in business for a decade, operating out of the Ginga multicultural Center on Gutierrez Street. When Jennifer’s father fell ill, he invested his life’s savings into the business venture of his only child and her husband with the smile as big as Brazil. Come summer, dad plans to relocate from Maryland and become a regular at the restaurant. The restaurant’s Brazilian born Chefs Lica Sfredo and Carlos Lima are both graduates of Santa Barbara City College School of Culinary Arts. There are plenty of healthy choices on their menu;

all are fresh and delicious. Organic juices, smoothies and açai bowls feature local honey from San Marcos Farms and granola from Ocean Ranch Organics. One has to fit into a thong bikini, after all. Being somewhat unfamiliar with Brazilian cooking, Americans need to be introduced to the cuisine, which is unlike any other in the world. The friendly staff patiently makes suggestions and answers a multitude of questions. Start with the tasty Coxinha “Little Chicken Thigh” appetizer, teardropshaped croquettes of shredded chicken surrounded with potato bread dough then deep fried: $2.50. Another popular appetizer is Pão de Queijo or gluten-free cheese buns; $2.25. Salads are served with mini Pão de Queijo and a choice of house vinaigrette, mango, or açai dressing. Entrées are all classic Brazilian dishes, the most popular being Prato Feito. Grilled chicken, fish or tri-tip is accompanied with rice, beans, vinaigrette, fried bananas, chimichurri sauce, and farofa (a toasted manioc flour mixture); $11.95.

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BAC is a cultural center of sorts. The back wall of the restaurant is mostly window so one can watch the action in the studio. On top of capoeira classes for all ages, there’s Brazilian drumming and dance. Samba Class is taught by Vanessa Isaac. Her Hip Brazil dance troupe steals the show Carnival-style each year at the Solstice Parade. Daniel’s mother often holds Portuguese class in a quiet corner of the café. It goes without saying that there are sexy Brazilian tunes on the sound system. No, it’s not a typo. Brasil is the Brazilian spelling of Brazil. Quick fact: The vast country was named for the endangered Brazilwood tree, which once grew plentifully along its coast. Brasil Arts Café is located at 1230 State Street near Victoria Street. Open Monday thru Saturday from 8am to 9pm with lunch starting at 11:30am, and closed Sundays; 805-687-5916; brasilartscafe. com. A mercadinho (little market), stocked with Brazilian goodies including coffee, chocolate and cookies, is by the counter/cash register.

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• Friday

• Monday

–All’s Fair in Love and Shoes

–New Moves

April 26

Every Friday, I get so excited it’s finally the weekend that I just want to eat a fried Oreo while petting a goat. Is that too much too ask? Apparently it is... most of the time. But this is the one weekend a year I can turn my Friday fantasy into reality, and I plan to do so by going straight from work to the Santa Barbara Fair and Expo at the Earl Warren Showgrounds (Las Positas Road at Highway 101). I might also check out the entertainment stages, crafts, and carnival rides while I’m there. The expo’s open tonight from 4pm to 10pm, tomorrow from 11am to 10pm, and Sunday from 11pm to 9pm. And what’s even better than fair food is that if I donate a pair of new or gently used shoes, Santa Barbara City College and charity Soles4Souls will enter me into a raffle to win a pair of UGG boots. You can do the same to help someone in need; just be sure to tie matching pairs together if you can, and if you can’t make the fair, bring your shoes to drop off at the showgrounds anytime in April.

• Saturday April 27

–Family Day

For some reason it sounds a little ominous in Spanish – Dia del Niño – but today’s free event from 1 to 4pm at Mexican folk art museum Casa Dolores (1023 Bath Street) will be all fun and games... and crafts and art and music and puppets. With its theme of “Marionettes from Mexico,” the annual celebration will also be educational for los niños and los padres alike. Visit the museum online at for more information. To keep your family day going, walk over to the Granada Theatre at 1214 State Street to see Opera Santa Barbara’s special family-friendly version of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale. The production is only scaled-down in time; expect full costumes, sets, and music at the special performance from 5 to 6pm this evening. (Did you miss the full-length version last night at 7:30pm? Then see it tomorrow, Sunday, at 2:30pm.) Call 805.898.3890 or go to for information.

–Beer Fest

Leave the family at home for this one: $35 gets you a 4-ounce glass and unlimited pours from a whole lot of local or otherwise craft breweries at Brews at the Beach. Listen to live music and enjoy some Giovanni’s pizza or Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch while basking in the sun at Chase Palm Park at 323 East Cabrillo Boulevard from noon to 4pm. Look out for the free bike valet. Designated drivers, it’s only $20 to you, and that will come with one free food ticket (that’s one slice of pizza). Only those 21 and up will be allowed in.

• Sunday April 28

–Softly Rockin’ Bluegrass

Old Crow Medicine Show is a band that’s found itself in the somewhat unique position of captivating two demographics: those that don’t mind the sound of Garrison Keillor’s singing voice and their twentysomething children more inclined to also enjoy Mumford and Sons or Edward Sharpe. The suspendered folksters will play their soft-grass tunes at the Lobero Theatre tonight at 8pm. It costs $36.50 and $31.50, respectively, for sections A and B, which is approximately how much the band’s signature song “Wagon Wheel” earns them in royalties every hour. Get tickets at the box office at 33 East Canon Perdido Street, by calling 805.963.0761, or by going to

April 29

This Monday evening, you could just grab a pizza from Rusty’s on your way home from work and relax after another active weekend. Or, you could learn a few old but new-to-you dance moves. If you’re going with pizza, two words: Canadian bacon. If you don’t want to slow down at the beginning of this workweek, you could take advantage of The Lindy Circle at UCSB in Phelps Hall, Room 2516. This student-run organization teaches the Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa. And they do it for free. Beginners can join the group at 8pm; Intermediate lessons begin a 9pm. This event recurs every Monday.

• Tuesday April 30

–Amy’s Big Bro

There’s one clear choice for tonight: David Sedaris at the not-quite-yet-sold-out Arlington Theatre (1317 State Street), brought to you by UCSB Arts & Lectures. You’ve laughed your way through his books (Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, to name a few), been struck by the rye poignance of his essays for The New Yorker, and listened with intrigue to his radio pieces for This American Life. Now you can spend an evening with him as he talks and reads at 8pm. Tickets cost between $25 and $45 for the general public, $20 for students (an Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket). To buy tickets or get more information, call 805.893.3535 or visit

• Wednesday May 1

–Four Seasons

UCSB Arts & Lectures doesn’t stop with Sedaris this week. They will also bring tonight’s Santa Barbara premiere of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, a period instrument orchestra that will play works from Vivaldi, Locatelli, Corelli, and others. The group – also notable for being America’s oldest continuously performing art organization – goes on at 8pm in Campbell Hall. $35 for the public, $19 for students. 805.893.3535 or for tickets and more information.

–Around the May Pole

The group Santa Barbara Revels says that they “create community by presenting interactive celebrations of seasonal change.” Well, in an area with roughly one season (one beautiful, perfect season), I’d say they have a worthy mission statement. So let today’s May Day Celebration serve as a reminder: it’s May. And the community part is nice, too. Bring the whole family out to this annual event that starts at 4pm at the Center Court at the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center on State Street. There will be music, crafts, dance, and, of course, a may pole. It’s free.

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• Thursday May 2

–First Thursday

It’s the first Thursday of the month, and that means it’s time to head downtown. Start out by stopping in venues like Sullivan Goss, Encanto, or Plum Goods to view art on display and meet its creators. Make your way to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to hear a cappella group Quire of Voyces at 6:30pm. At 7pm, look for violin and cello outfit Lisa Coons and the Collected at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Museum. Back at Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center, they’ve cleaned up from yesterday’s May Day event and set up for CycleMAYnia: Velo Vogue. They’ll have music, beer, and a bike fashion show at 6:15pm. Set out at 7:30pm down State Street with the Bike Moves costume ride – the theme is “bike prom.” These events – and many more – are free. Check out www. full a complete listing.

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–Mother of All Meetings The premise of the play tonight at Carpinteria’s Plaza Playhouse Theater (4916 Carpinteria Avenue) sounds a bit like a “walk into a bar” joke: Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis get together to have a chat. Written by Mark St. Germain and directed by Jerry Oshinski, the humorous and stimulating Freud’s Last Session imagines what such a meeting of the two minds might have been like. If you missed last night’s 8pm performance, see it tonight or tomorrow at 8pm, or Sunday at 2pm. $12 for students and seniors, $17 for everyone else.



–Smells Like Jazz

Jazz trio the Bad Plus specialize in a simple trick that’s like musical catnip to some fans: acknowledging contemporary non-jazz music. People will turn up for the coffeehouse versions of Radiohead and Nirvana hits, but if you ask me, the covers only serve as advertisement for the actually interesting original material – come for the tinkling piano of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” stay for the intricate, surprising turns taken by three great jazz players aware of the outside world. Also performing, the Brad Mehldau Trio knows the same trick, but likes to play the standards, too. It all starts tonight at 8pm at the Lobero Theatre (33 East Canon Perdido Street). Tickets are $40 and $50, with a limited amount of student tickets available for $10; for more information.

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Opinion, stories, events, and people that shape Santa Barbara

Government Uh.Oh by Sharon Byrne


have always had a healthy respect for the Feds, ingrained at an early age by immigrant parents. They constantly fretted that they might possibly somehow do something that would cause revocation of their hard-won US citizenship. My father overpaid his taxes, documented every bit of government minutiae, and maintained precise, orderly files, ready for inspection, at any time. He’s British. Nobody excels at bureaucracy, protocols and procedures like the Brits. I got my US passport in toddlerhood, social security card at nine, and paid my first income taxes at fourteen. As a USborn citizen, I took being square with Uncle Sam for granted far more than my naturalized parents did. Boy was I wrong. The IRS notified me in February that they audited my 2011 tax return, decided I didn’t have a child, and now owed stiff penalties. I remember reading they’d hired 1,000 new agents determined to ferret out tax dodgers. Had I somehow landed in their crosshairs? I went to the IRS to prove my child’s existence. I produced her birth certificate, passport, and social security card. They had transposed the last digit of her social security number, a small clerical error. With that fixed, I submitted my 2012 tax return electronically, and it was rejected. My birthdate was wrong. I entered the same birthdate I’ve had since, well, birth. February 9, 1968. A call to the IRS revealed that Social Security has a different birthdate for me – 1/1/1960. I broke out into a sweat. First the IRS thought I didn’t have a kid who is very much real. Now a different arm of the Feds decided I was born eight years earlier. Could this be identity theft? I went to Social Security, arriving to a packed lobby resembling the Bradley International Terminal at LAX. I took a number and chatted with a nice German couple (Ich spreche ein wenig Deutsch). I brought my US passport, social security card, and tax returns. I then entered the realm of Government Uh.Oh. Turns out that Social Security had changed my name to my married name (I divorced in 1998) and changed my birthdate. They had no record of authorization from me to make these changes. So, ok, it’s their mistake. They could just fix it, right? Er, no. I must now produce my birth certificate to get my date of birth fixed. Or a baptismal record. Something showing I was actually born. But wait, I had to

produce my birth certificate to get my US passport. Here’s my passport, right here, with my correct birthdate, and my social security card. The agent rolled her eyes. “Anyone can forge US passports these days,” she said. Same with Social Security cards. Even kindergartners know this, apparently. Isn’t it easier to forge birth certificates or Baptismal records? To this novice, US passports look fairly arduous in comparison. Besides, why doesn’t ID issued by the feds satisfy federal scrutiny? I also have to produce my divorce decree, with embossed seal of the state of Texas, for a divorce that happened 15 years ago. The alternative is to call Homeland Security to sign off on whether my passport is actually valid.

Homeland Security? Summing up: 1. Dad is right – always have every document that you might ever need to prove your citizenship certified, in triplicate, ready for inspection at any time. 2. US Passports and social security cards, issued by the feds, are suspect to those same feds as valid ID, but other, easily forged documents are fine. 3. There’s no central database for US citizens. Apparently, there are now entire suburbs in Virginia and Maryland populated solely by federal employees of defense and security agencies of the threeletter acronym variety. Their databases are not linked. Cross-communication is strictly prohibited – everything’s classified. They can’t even talk shop at back-to-school night. Makes you wonder how that War on Terror is going. 4. A federal agency can alter your records at any time, and it’s on you to prove your identity, even when it’s their mistake. 5. I could just give up trying to fix their error, and start collecting Social Security eight years early. 6. I’m beginning to question my existence. A reader asked me to elucidate what Government 2.0 could look like. Given this round of Federal Government Uh.Oh, maybe a centralized database would prevent hurling citizens down the government wormhole when one arm arbitrarily decides to alter their records. Why do federal workers administering isolated, inscrutable databases whirring away in the bowels of the FBI, IRS, SSA, NSA, HSA, CIA or DOJ have supreme

Loretta Redd’s diverse background includes being a psychologist, business owner, non-profit director, Air Force officer, writer, speaker, and executive coach. Loretta has served on several Santa Barbara city committees and has been a candidate for public office.

Sharon Byrne

Sharon Byrne is executive director for the Milpas Community Association, and currently serves on the Advisory Boards for the Salvation Army Hospitality House and Santa Barbara County Alcohol and Drug Problems. authority to randomly alter the facts of our existence, and then require that we prove them wrong? On the other hand, while a bureaucratic nightmare to navigate, maybe it’s preferable that the various sprawling arms of the federal government operate in silos. Maybe it’s too Orwellian-scary to contemplate a centrally coordinated federal government. If some hungover federal technocrat accidentally deleted you, then it would be as if you never existed. At all.

E-waste and Old Pills by Loretta Redd


is a tangled web we weave...” wrote Shakespeare, long before the age of digital electronics. But open any ‘junk’ drawer in a kitchen or home office in America, and that’s what you will find. Maybe not a “tangled web” of intrigue, but one of black, white and grey wires, plugs, cables and chargers that come with every device we ever purchased, and few of which can be re-used with our newer version. Although Earth Day was playfully celebrated over this past weekend in Santa Barbara, the city continues to honor the effort by hosting a free electronic collection and recycling event on Friday and Saturday, April 26 & 27. Held in the Sears parking lot at La Cumbre Plaza, from 8:30am till 4pm each day, the city will collect computer monitors, keyboards, cables, CPUs, laptops, printers, fax machines, cell and landline phones, radios and televisions. They will even destroy and recycle your hard drives. Loose batteries, ex-husbands, toner cartridges, fluorescent light bulbs, unruly adolescents and large appliances like refrigerators will not be accepted. Seriously, it’s a great way to do a little housekeeping, and since the time of purchase to obsolescence for most electronics is now about six months, I imagine we have more than a few outdated or non-functioning cords, computers or electronics lying around. Toner cartridges have replaced typewriter ribbons and ballpoint pens,

Loretta Redd

televisions used to be kept for decades, and computers were simply upgraded with additional RAM and program downloads. Today, we drop into Best Buys or Costco or order online and toss the old one... where? The sheer volume of “e-waste” is impacting the landfills in many ways. Although still only responsible for two percent of America’s trash in our landfills, they account for 70 percent of the overall toxic waste. Around the globe, old computer monitors and televisions with their dangerous amounts of lead, continue to pile up into an environmental time bomb. If we incinerate it, then toxins go into the air. And if the precious metals contained in cell phones and other electronics, like gold and silver, are not reclaimed, we’ve just dumped over $60 million dollars worth of reclaimable metals into the dumps. Maybe the vagabond urchin brick-sitters on lower State Street can start a reclamation center and fund their way out of town with first-class tickets. The environmental cost isn’t just in the graveyard side of the electronic lifecycle. According to, it takes 539 pounds of fossil fuel, 48 pounds of chemicals and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor. The key is to recycle everything possible. Old phones can be recycled for use by others, helping not only those who cannot afford them, but the planet as well, especially considering over sixty percent of the global population now has a cell phone. And don’t forget the charger cords and any other parts that came with the phone. That is, if you can untangle and identify what went with the Nano or belonged to the Droid. So, put that cell phone to use, and call your friends to tell them about the E-Waste collection event this weekend... and while you’re over at Sears, go around the corner to the La Cumbre Plaza and drop off any outdated or unused prescriptions between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, April 27. Whereas some of you might think of an “old pill” as someone you live with, prescription drugs are often the gateway for adolescent experimentation and dealing on school campuses. If you aren’t taking the medication for a current condition, get it out of your house. The sheriff’s department will be collecting these drugs to keep them out of the landfill or from being flushed down the toilet, which might answer why

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Ray Estrada

Ray Estrada is a writer, editor and media consultant who has worked for newspapers, radio news, wire services and online publications for the past 40 years. He has taught journalism at the University of Southern California and now runs his own consulting business based in Santa Barbara.

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Business Beat by Ray Estrada

Economic Summit Will Discuss Federal Bailout

UCSB’s Economic Forecast Project will present the 32nd Annual Santa Barbara County Economic Summit from 8:30 to 11:30am, May 2 at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street. The summit will feature a discussion on the fallout from the federal bailout of 2008. The half-day summit starts at 7:30am with check-in and a continental breakfast, followed by three hours of presentations beginning at 8:30am. The summit is open to the public. Tickets are $200 for the general public and $25 for UCSB students with student identification. The fee includes a copy of the 2013 Santa Barbara County Economic Outlook report, continental breakfast and admission. Neil Barofsky, the first special inspector

general of the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, will discuss his book, Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street. The former federal prosecutor and senior fellow at New York University will discuss the action behind the $700 billion federal bailout, most of which went to financial firms, banks and automakers. NYU economics professor Thomas Cooley will discuss the ongoing Eurozone sovereign-debt crisis. Cooley writes about macroeconomic theory, monetary theory and policy and the financial behavior of firms. He has been a senior advisor and member of the Board of Managers of Standard & Poors since December of 2010. Cooley is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The third speaker, Douglas Elliott, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, is an expert on the financial sector worldwide and its regulations, corporate, state and local pensions, and the Eurozone. UCSB economics professor department chairman Peter Rupert will round out the talks with the summit’s main topic: a comprehensive look at local and regional trends in business and industry, as well as in the households of the Central Coast. Rupert, a former senior research adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, specializes in macroeconomics, monetary economics, labor, and family economics, and is the associate director of the Laboratory of Aggregate Economics and Finance at UCSB. This is his third year

presenting the Santa Barbara County Economic Summit. After the presentations, Rupert will moderate a panel discussion with the speakers. For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or purchase online atwww. Tickets are also available through the Granada at (805) 899-2222 or

FastSpring Gets First Outside Investor

FastSpring, a Santa Barbara-based e-commerce payment services company for online software vendors, has received equity investment from Pylon Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. This is the first time since FastSpring was founded in 2005 that the company has accepted an outside investment. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Last year, FastSpring’s revenue surpassed $95 million. The company was ranked No. 53 in Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the US for 2011. All four FastSpring co-founders will continue with the company. CEO Dan Engel has been named senior vice president of marketing and will serve on the company›s board of directors, while Ken White, Ryan Dewell, and Jason Foodman will continue with their prior roles. Pylon Capital Managing Partners Chris Lueck and Tom Tzakis will join FastSpring’s management team.

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The Weekly Capitalist by Jeff Harding

Jeff Harding publishes The Daily Capitalist, a blog on economics and finance. He is the president of Montecito Analytics, LLC, and is a real estate investor who lives in Montecito.

Santa Barbara’s Living Dead Wage


ur fair city has a minimum “living wage” ordinance (see Chapter 9.128) for workers of companies who do business with the city. It was passed in 2006. The idea was that it is unfair to pay workers less than what is required to meet basic living standards. The city justified it as a cost saving measure designed to create better paid workers who are happier and thus more efficient. It was pushed through City Council with the support of then City Council Person Das Williams and a covey of progressive organizations organized as “Santa Barbara for a Living Wage” which included Democratic Central Committee, SEIU locals 535 and 620, Casa de la Raza, El Congreso, PUEBLO, SBCAN (Santa Barbara Community Action Network), SB Women’s Political Committee, and CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic justice). Das was quoted as saying at the time that living wage critics just don’t understand economics. He said, “If we allow city contractors to pay under a poverty level wage, then taxpayers just have to subsidize that company with public assistance.” He meant that a lower than “living” wage would force workers into some form of public assistance, costing the city even more. In other words, forget the happy workers; it’s really a program to end poverty. The city minimum wage is now about $16 per hour and will rise slightly in July by the cost of living.

Folks, the whole thing, as I am fond of saying in these pages, is a crock. Minimum wage schemes don’t work and never have. The idea that you can reduce poverty by diktat is a fantasy. And, it causes unemployment rather than employment. Forget for a moment the economic illiteracy of living wage proponents. Think about this as a failed anti-poverty program. $16 will raise people out of poverty? According to M.I.T.’s living wage calculator for Santa Barbara County, a single parent with two kids needs to earn $26 per hour to stay out of poverty. And that’s for the entire county, not just the far more expensive South Coast. Talking about a lack of imagination. If you are really serious about getting low wage workers out of poverty, raise it to something meaningful, like $50 per hour. Most people immediately understand that $50 wouldn’t work. Progressives say, don’t be ridiculous, just give them the help they need. But, why wouldn’t it work at $50 rather than $16? Or another way to phrase the question is, why would it work at $16 and not $50? The answer is that it doesn’t; employers aren’t about to pay a worker more than the going wage. If you set the minimum wage at a level that is higher than what the market wage is, then employers aren’t going to hire people at that rate, regardless of whether it is $16 or $50. Minimum wage proponents assume that for some reason the cost of labor has

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no effect on employers’ hiring decisions. Not so. Labor costs are but one factor of operations. If labor costs are mandated to be higher than market-determined wages then employers will (1) hire fewer workers; or (2) reduce labor costs by cutting things like fringe benefits; or (3) work employees harder to achieve more productivity; or (4) invest in efficient machinery to replace workers; or (5) pay the higher wage, let costs of production rise in comparison to the competition,

“The idea that you can reduce poverty by diktat is a fantasy. And, it causes unemployment rather than employment.” lose money, and eventually go out of business. The latter (No. 5) is what happened during the Great Depression. The real impact of minimum wage is just the opposite of what Progressives intend: it increases unemployment. Let’s look at the Federal minimum wage as an example. About 95% of workers earn well above the minimum wage. It’s the 5% lowest skilled workers who are negatively impacted by the minimum wage. If the minimum wage at $7.25 is higher than the market deems what their wage should be, then employers won’t hire them and employment opportunities disappear for them. If it is below the market-determined wage for lowest skilled workers then it doesn’t matter and it fails as an anti-poverty program. Studies have shown that a too high minimum wage reduces employment opportunities for those starting out in the workforce, mainly young people and especially minority youth. This is a cruel blow to those unskilled workers who seek opportunity. The CardKrueger study trotted out by Progressives

“proving” the minimum wage has no effect on employment has been refuted many times. The other thing about the minimum wage is that it amounts to government wage controls rather than market forces. No bureaucrat can know what the proper wage is for anyone in the vast thing we call our economy. Ralph Nader thinks the minimum wage should be $10.50. Elizabeth Warren thinks it should be $22. Price and wage controls don’t work and cause economic chaos. History is replete with examples of this. Yet these folks have no idea about the unintended consequences of these policies. Getting back to our fair city, one wonders how this whole living wage thing works here. The answer is that no one knows. No one knows if it has reduced poverty or has created more efficient, happy workers. We don’t know if it has reduced employment. There is no evidence that the city is now paying less welfare-type costs. We don’t know what the cost is to administer this program. We don’t even know if contractors are obeying the ordinance. And the assertion that it sets an example for private employers in Santa Barbara to raise wages is another empty claim as well. A better guess is that it has no impact at all since private employers base wages on market factors, not political factors. Our city is not private enterprise and, as a consumer of services of private contractors, it obviously doesn’t really care if it pays more than what private industry pays for the same services. It spends more because it has a political motive, not an economic one. To pay for it, it can just raise taxes. One thing we do know is that it has increased costs for the city (they admit it). How much? No one knows and all we have are guesses. The best thing to do is eliminate this program. It hasn’t worked for any purpose. The only thing it has done is satisfy the Progressive political base of the City Council members who supported it in the first place. Now we taxpayers are the ones who are paying for their economic illiteracy.

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No shortage of champions in SB County by John Dvorak

Dos Pueblos’ Emma Redick (far right) came from behind to beat San Marcos in the 4x400 relay.

Cate’s Joshua Yaro breaks away down the stretch of the 200 meters. Yaro won three events.


new crop of champions was crowned on Saturday at Carpinteria Valley Memorial Stadium as Dos Pueblos’ girls’ and boys’ teams swept the varsity titles at the Santa Barbara County Track & Field Championships. Overall, San Marcos won the team sweepstakes with strong showings from the Royals’ frosh/soph teams. Lompoc’s Nikko Hayes broke meet records in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. The 300 win in a sub-39 time of 38.47 was a personal best for Hayes and a goal going into the meet. “That was the hardest I’ve ever ran,” Hayes said. “Because I’ve had races where I’ve ran good, and I’ve had races where I’ve hurdled good. Today I kind of just put them both together.” Cate’s Joshua Yaro also claimed multiple events, winning the 200 and triple jump for the Rams. Yaro also placed second in the long jump to Righetti’s Eric

Grant. Grant added a victory in the 100-meter sprint, joining Hayes, Yaro, and Dos Pueblos’ Bryan Fernandez as the day’s double-event winners. The distance races were key to DP’s team victory as the Chargers claimed three of the top four places in the 1600 and 3200. The host Warriors picked up a win in the 400 by junior Bryson Frazer. It was the first individual county title for the Warriors since 2006. Frazer’s winning time was 50.36. Emma Redick and Niema Poindexter were the top point-getters for the Chargers. Redick won the 200- and 400-meter races and was a member of DP’s winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. Both relay performances were in season-bests for the Chargers. “We all worked really well together today,” Redick said. “We were vibing

really well today so that was fun.” Running the anchor leg of the 4×400, Redick came from behind to beat Charlotte Garratt and San Marcos by less than a second. The boys’ 4×400 relay was equally close, with Dos Pueblos edging San Marcos in another race decided by less than a second. Poindexter edged San Marcos’ Jill Fisher to win the 100 in a time of 12.98. Poindexter won three events total, adding the triple jump and long jump. Poindexter’s distances were 17’1.5” in the long and 36’1/2” in the triple. The Charger girls collected a bevy of titles as Addi Zerrenner became the backto-back champion in both the 1600 and 3200. Even without junior thrower Stamatia Scarvelis, who holds the frosh/soph County Meet records in the shotput and discus and was competing at the Mt. SAC Relays, the Chargers won 10 of 16 events. San Marcos placed second in the girls’ varsity competition with 128 points and third in the boys. Anavi Karandikar and Anastasia Kunz swept the hurdle events for the Royals girls, who had a top-three placer in every event except pole vault. The standout of the frosh/soph competition was Cate School’s Joel Serugo, who claimed victories in the 100, 200, long jump and triple jump. San Marcos’ Courtney Clyde won the long jump, triple jump, and was second in the high jump.

Cate’s Joshua Yaro.

Athletes of the Week: Emma Redick and Joshua Yaro by John Dvorak


Charger Addie Zerrenner was back to back champion in both the 1600 and 3200.

os Pueblos’ Emma Redick and Cate School’s Joshua Yaro were named Athletes of the Week at Monday’s Athletic Round Table Luncheon. Both student-athletes were topperformers at Saturday’s County Track & Field Championships. Redick led the Charger girls to a team championship by winning two individual events and contributing to two winning relay teams. Redick won the 200 and 400-meter

Emma Redick, Dos Pueblos High School.

races and anchored the 4×400 relay team that posted a season-best time on Saturday. Yaro earned county championships in the 200-meter run and the triple jump. Yaro also placed second in the long jump. Yaro’s triple-jump distance of 45’ 1/2”was almost three feet better than the second-place finisher. The senior’s 200 time of 22.54 was less than a second off the meet record set in 1985.

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ompression technology seems to be growing in popularity among runners to aid muscle recovery in their workouts and races. Full compression tights have been popular with cyclists, but it seems like the shorter compression leg sleeves may be more ideal for distance runners, sprinters and even other athletes. I decided to test out the Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves to find out what the hype about compression technology really is all about. With a multiplicity of colors to choose from, I went with a lime green to match my shoes and slipped the sleeves on, feeling immediate relief in both my calves and shins. I felt as light as my lower legs looked in the florescent color! The Zensah leg sleeves are the “only leg sleeve to offer target muscle support” because of the pinpoint compression they use on certain areas of the calf and shin. The best way to feel this is to slip a pair on and just feel how they hold the leg tightly, yet somehow comfortably together. You can feel the relief, but not notice that they’re there when you aren’t focusing your attention on them. The magic behind compression technology has been its claim to increase performance and enhance recovery by increasing circulation and oxygen blood flow. This seems to hold true. After an uphill sprints workout and a couple of really tight calves, these sleeves made my lower legs feel fresh and less tight. I tested the product both during and after my workout. From my experience, I couldn’t say whether this product actually enhanced my performance speed however, but it definitely seemed to aid in recovery. And if you think about it, it makes sense that over time you will become faster if you are recovering faster. I wore these tights daily, through a few more workouts, a few serving shifts at the restaurant I work at, and through a couple nights of sleeping. Yes, they are comfortable enough to sleep in! Usually after a workout my shins will ache, as I’ve had past issues with shin splints. I noticed this decreased significantly the more I wore the sleeves as the week went on. I imagine that those with tight calves and lower leg cramps would benefit in the same way by using this product. It allows the blood to flow more easily and circulate through the tightness in the calves. After doing some research through reviews online and friends who have tried out the product I’ve gotten similar responses to mine. Michael Guerra, an

COLLEGE TRACK & FIELD: GSAC Championships, Westmont College, Field events at 10 a.m., running events at 1 p.m. – Westmont hosts Master’s, Concordia, Vanguard, Arizona Christian, San Diego Christian and Biola for the two-day meet. Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves don’t just look cool, they offer target muscle support, and may help with shin pain and recovery time as well.

assistant track and field coach with the UCSB program, tried on the sleeves after a strenuous workout and didn’t want to take them off. “They feel really good, I feel lighter in my calves and not as sore,“ he said. “I’ve tried the ones that go all the way to your toes, but I definitely like these better. I feel more fluid at the ankle. I don’t really notice they are there.” I went ahead and tried on a pair of Guerra’s compression socks that go all the way to the toes to see what he was talking about. They felt good, but definitely a little constricting in the ankle. And they didn’t look as cool either! If you have a choice, try out the sleeves. Go for Zensah because they are the ones with targeted muscle support. If you’re having trouble sleeping because of calf cramps, try them out! If you’re running high mileage in your training, use them to protect your shins. If you are a sprinter or jumper, put them on and see how you feel after a few rounds of sprints or jumps. These sleeves could be very beneficial to basketball players and volleyball players as well. The Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves aren’t as big as full compression tights and target where most people tend to cramp easily. They are “anti-microbial, thermal regulating, and moisture wicking,” which makes them ultra breathable and able to handle the sweat caused by strenuous workouts. If interested, I would recommend getting into a store and slipping a pair on just to see how they feel initially. If you like them, like others and myself have, you might just end up sleeping in them! Either way, they’ll add a cool new look to your workout gear.


BOYS TENNIS: Laguna Blanca at Cate, 2pm – Condor League title is at stake in this match. RUNNING: Gaucho Gallup at UCSB Harder Stadium – Fundraising event features 10k run, 5k run/walk and 1k dog dash. Registration at 7:30am.


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BOYS TENNIS: Channel League Tournament – The first two rounds of singles play take place at Buena. The finals are Thursday at a site to be determined. SWIMMING: Channel League Diving Finals at Dos Pueblos, 2pm – DP’s Lester Wright is one of the top divers in CIF. BOYS GOLF: Channel League Finals at Soule Park, 10am – Individuals vie for spots in CIF competition. Final round is Tuesday.


BASEBALL: Santa Barbara at San Marcos 3:15pm – The Dons try to keep pace with Dos Pueblos in the Channel League race. SWIMMING: Channel League Girls Prelims at Dos Pueblos, 2pm – Swimmers try to make Friday’s league finals at DP. Boys Prelims are Wednesday. BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos 6pm – The Channel League title will be at stake. The Dons won the first meeting in five sets.

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Mark spends much of his time wandering Santa Barbara and environs, enjoying the simple things that come his way. A show here, a benefit there, he is generally out and about and typically has a good time. He says that he writes “when he feels the urge” and doesn’t want his identity known for fear of an experience that is “less than authentic.” So he remains at large, roaming the town, having fun. Be warned.

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here’s a Jewish Festival in town? Vot, are you kidding me? Not to mix Judeo-Christian metaphors, but yes, Virginia, the Santa Barbara Jewish Festival returned to Oak Park a couple of years ago and now serves as one of the few official annual cultural gatherings in the stream-bisected midtown space that used to host more than a dozen every year. The free fest celebrates both the local community and makes note of Israel’s Independence Day (the country turns 65 this year, but don’t ask about Social Security; we’re broke). Activities include lots of food and merch booths – nosh on latkes, blintzes, other fully kosher fare and even He-Brew beer, and pick up a few early Hanukkah gifts like menorahs, prayer shawls and, duh, jewelry. The Jewish Community Center will also be unloading unwanted books at its annual sale. Meanwhile, all the synagogues in town will be represented along with a few only tangentially-Jewish

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businesses like Lexus (that’s a stretch). You want entertainment? All right, already! How about the Ventura Klezmer Band, local acoustic folk music group Kalinka, UCSB’s female a capella show choir Vocal Motion (Gleeks take note!), plus three hours of Israeli dancing (Oy, my feet ache already! I’ve got such a pain). What, you were expecting Bette Midler and Neil Diamond?! You want a bigger Jewish name? Go see storyteller David Sedaris at the Arlington on Tuesday night. (But that’s not free.) The fest takes place 11am-4pm Sunday, and you can get more info online at www., or by phone at 957-1115. And now that you’ve picked up the phone – call your mother!

Indie Rock Overflow The pop show of the week is Built To Spill, the 20-year-old Boise-based indie rock band fronted by guitarist-


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vocalist Doug Martsch. Last time through, the ever-changing outfit played at the Lobero; this time it’s the much smaller SOhO, on Wednesday night. Maybe that’s because BTS hasn’t released a new album since 2009, an eon in the fickle world of rock.

Hocus pocus Bacchus After a hot day in the park with all that dancing and eating (and kvetching), who couldn’t use a drink? And it’s OK to be lazy now – the city is bringing the Urban Wine Trail to you. The popular destination trip for tourists and locals alike, with stops in the Funk Zone, lower State Street, the Wharf and more, are consolidating in a single venue to benefit the city itself. “Magic on the Urban Wine Trail,” a fundraiser for a couple of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation programs, brings the local wineries and vintners together for an early evening of wine tasting and magic featuring Santa Barbara’s own award-winning prestidigitator Mark Collier. And you can’t imbibe without a little something to eat, so there will be hors d’oeuvres created and served by the teens who are part of the Youth Culinary Arts Program, which introduces high school students to the profession of food service and gives them on-the-job training. (Like we really need more budding restaurateurs

in town!) You can also bid on wine baskets and other goodies in the silent auction while looking out at the blue Pacific as the sun drops down in the sky, since the event takes place at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion at East Beach 3-6pm on Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. Call 897-1946 or visit

Scrap This! You know that old saying that those who can’t do, teach? Well sometimes those who teach get inspired by their own students. That’s the premise behind While We Teach We Learn: Seven Artists Inspired by Their Students, which opens at the Art From Scrap Gallery with a reception from 5-7pm on Friday. The exhibition, which is up through May 25, features the work of seven artist-teachers who have found that the classroom also influences their own work. Betsy Gallery, Dug Uyesaka and Patti Post are joined by Katie Acheson, Magda Barnes, Sophie Friedman and Carissa Moline, four of the educators from Santa Barbara’s Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN). Gallery will show a series of small mosaics based on her collection of pictures drawn by children more than 25 years ago. Post, who taught art for 41 years, is exhibiting assemblage art. And Uyesaka, who leads a teen mentorship program in printmaking, is showing off his collages that incorporate scraps of students’ abandoned work from his classroom. We’re trying to come up with something snarky to say about this show, but we’ve got nothing. Oh wait, here it is: Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, criticize. And those who can’t criticize, write snarky columns.

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...continued from p.5 the project and I considered doing it myself – that’s why I was at the conference. But once I learned a bit more about the process and met Ian, it became clear pretty quickly that he was the right guy with the right concept. I’m thrilled he’s our neighbor and believe that Cutler’s Artisan Spirits is a truly terrific addition.” This is something I really dig about this particular project in the Funk Zone. Everybody involved seems really excited about everybody else involved and the potential for synergy and, well, fun. It’s contagious. Ian himself echoed the general enthusiastic sentiment as we talked about his piece of the pie: “This whole project is really exciting. I mean, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company is putting out great beers, Riverbench and Avelina and Santa Ynez Winery are terrific additions on the wine side, The Lark and The Lucky Penny are exciting concepts for what I imagine will be a mind-blowing food piece. And I hear there’s a cool music shop and stage and wine merchant too. I’m just happy to be a part of it.” Yes, Ian, you’re right. Guitar Bar and Caveau Wine Bar & Merchant will undoubtedly be great. (Sorry, hang on a second… there. I just had to wipe my chin. I’m actually drooling over this project again, just like I was a month ago. Hurry up and open your doors people, I’m hungry and thirsty and I can’t wait to mangle songs like “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “No Woman, No Cry” at Guitar Bar. Awesome.)

Cutler’s Artisan Spirits “My passion is American style whiskey, you know, bourbons, ryes.” (I know, it’s unclear who said that. It could easily have been Ian or me; we really share the same passion. But, for clarity, in this case it was Ian speaking in the context of discussing what he will focus on in the distillery.) “But I will make a vodka and a gin too,” he’s on a roll now, visibly excited for the future. “And I’m always looking for interesting ingredients and concepts for other liquors as well. That’s another exciting thing for me – Cutler’s Artisan’s Spirits will take chances and create unique products. I’m locally sourcing as many ingredients as possible and have even talked with a few folks about growing specialty grains on a small scale in the area so I can work with them. That’s really the ‘artisan craft’ part of the whole thing and it’s just… exciting. My focus is on creating something that is hyper-local whenever possible, and sharing another reflection of Santa Barbara with everybody who comes into the shop.” Wow, man. I don’t have much to add to that. From moonshine bootlegger to genuine artisan craft distiller-chemist right here in Santa Barbara, the only one of his kind for miles around. Very cool.

There’s so much Ian could do with this... oh, I don’t know, maybe I’m getting carried away here – Ian certainly didn’t ask for my opinion – but why not try to recreate some of that old Oakdale moonshine whiskey Duke bootlegged? I’ll put a couple jugs of it on the back of a stolen horse and ride by night down to LA to deliver it for you. That’d make a fun column. And what the hell, I always wanted to be a bootlegger.

Stuff I Like I like Ian Cutler and I like Cutler’s Artisan Spirits and I can’t wait for the day its doors open. In the meantime, if you have questions for Ian or want to learn more about his operation, check out his Facebook page, website (www. or send him an email ( And if you have a bar or a restaurant, consider tasting Cutler’s when it’s ready and even picking it up for your clientele. Support craft distilling in Santa Barbara. Drink local. Drink Cutlers. (Hey Ian, I think I just wrote your first PR piece.) It’s not just booze I like, I like wine too. And Caveau Wine Bar & Merchant is hosting some of Santa Barbara County’s hottest wineries for an exclusive tasting that will not only give participants the first crack at sampling the 2012 vintage but also provide an opportunity to purchase wines at a 20% discount to retail. The Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting is going down on May 18, 2013, from 11am to 5pm, and will showcase 50 local wineries including many favorites (think Au Bon Climat, Brewer-Clifton, The Ojai Vineyard and others) as well as recent standout projects (think Sandhi and Tyler Winery etcetera). This is going to be fun, folks, so get your tickets now at $70 gets you in the door, and you might just make it back if you buy enough wine at the discount. I will definitely see you there. Finally, as I’ve said previously, I like people doing things that benefit area schools, and I understand that Cold Spring School Foundation’s Spring Event went down last week, raising thousands of dollars for art, library, music, physical education and technology programs. Thanks to all who participated

and big congrats to Event Co-Chairs Allison Marcillac and Kim Curtis. I believe the children are our future. (Wait, didn’t somebody else say that?) Support local public education. One last thing. I like baby animals. (Is that weird?) Dane – a Masai giraffe calf – was recently born at the Santa Barbara Zoo (another thing I like) and appears healthy and robust. Mom Audrey is proud and letting Dane nurse, so all is well. Way to go, Audrey! Keep the little guy safe and sound, Lily and Kate (my kids, not giraffes) can’t wait to meet him. Peace everybody. Go on, don’t be shy.

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Judging Beers With The Carp Brewers

B.I.Y: Brew It Yourself


ou can make beer. Anyone can. (Well, anyone of legal drinking age, of course). Homebrewing is not just a fun hobby but a rewarding one as well. Nothing is better than getting to taste (and drink!) the fruits of your labor. It’s not difficult to learn how to brew at home but often the best resource to get some knowledge is homebrewing clubs. These organizations bring together brewers so that they can share beer proficiency, brewing techniques and, most importantly, favorite brewed concoctions with similarly minded beercentric folk. Good times. We are fortunate to have several homebrewing clubs dotted along the central coast. The Carpinteria and Rincon Point (CARP) Brewers are centered around the areas that they are named after. The CARP Brewers’ meeting is held every third Saturday of the month and this past Saturday I jumped on the 20 bus line and headed down to Carpinteria. After about an hour ride and a hotlycontested face-making competition with the boy sitting next to me, I jumped off the bus in downtown Carp and walked over to the house of Dan Reyes, current president of the CARP Brewers and a close beer buddy of mine. Each month is dedicated to a specific beer style and Dan was hosting this month’s meeting that focused on oak-aged beers. There are two sections to the CARP Brewers’ meetings. At 3pm, homebrewers who have produced that month’s style can enter their brew into a competition. Some of the members will form a panel of critics and evaluate each beer’s attributes according to a standardized rubric (more on that later). An hour afterwards, the general meeting begins and any upcoming events or other items that need addressing are discussed. From there the meeting turns into a potluck and everyone displays their homebrews or other beer novelties they have brought with them. I’ll say it again: Good times.

Calibration Beers I arrived just in time to witness the judging of the oak-aged beers (I’m not going to miss a chance to drink more beer!), which was this month’s style. There were five beers that had been entered but before they could be evaluated the judges went through a process called “commercial calibration.” This is where one or two beers from professional breweries will be analyzed in an open discussion between

Fun and jokes aside, it’s serious business at the Judges’ table. (There’s Rob McCoy, letting it rip. Feeling it.) 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.

the judges. This ensures that each judge has a fresh image of what the beer style should be like. The first beer was Sam Adams New World Tripel. This Belgian-style tripel is from Samuel Adams’ Barrel Room Collection. I’ve had this beer direct from the barrel room in Boston and was aware of its vanilla (a property of the oak), mango and lemongrass flavors that are draped with a lush body and feathery mouthfeel. Upon tasting this specific bottle, I was faced with an alcohol-ridden taste, abusive clove note and a harsh carbonation. It was not just me who was offended by the flavors and after some discussion we determined that the beer had most likely been stored at too warm of a temperature and thus damaged. I’m guessing this was a fluke (however I may need to sample a few more bottles before I can be sure) and I highly encourage those interested to seek out this beer. It’s a good one. The second calibration beer, Alaskan Brewing Co’s Troppelbock, was in much better condition. The brewery called this French oak-aged beer an “Imperial Doppelbock.” The beer poured a mahogany color and was malty with flavors of caramel and Red Vines. Oak notes lingered throughout and the experience was rounded off with a hazelnut liqueur finish. We discussed the brew and, after a few comments and jokes about the term “troppelbock,” the judges were ready to begin.

Stewards Judging is an important part of the process but the “steward” has just as an important role. Stewards are in charge of pouring the beer (hey, someone’s got to do it). Homebrews are often unfiltered and have a much higher yeast content than a production beer. This solid matter sinks to the bottom of the bottle and must be kept out of the beer. The steward will often hold the bottle at a constant angle and pour every glass without bringing the

bottle upright. This makes sure the liquid does not slosh around and rouse the solids in the bottom; which would change the flavor and appearance of the beer. The beers are also served blind, meaning that the judge does not know who brewed the beer and therefore cannot form a bias. The steward is in charge of serving the beers in a random order and keeping track of who brewed each one.

Judging This time Brian Speyerer stepped up to the plate and acted as steward. He poured the beers outside and brought them into the judges on a tray. Each beer is judged using a rubric produced by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The beer is analyzed for its aroma (12 points), appearance (3 points), flavor (20 points), mouthfeel (5 points) and overall impression (10 points) in accordance with style guidelines that the BJCP has created. The first beer was brewed by Dale and Beth Genter and had a prune-like sweetness with hints of mocha and earthen oak. Dan Clayton’s beer came next and was much hoppier with notes of grapefruit and citrus coming from the use of American hops. The flavors were bold but had been toned down by the oak and aging. Dan Reyes’ beer was served third and was a big leap from the previous one. It turns out this was the only brew that had been aged in an oak cask (the others had used oak chips in the fermenter). Wood is porous and a cask will develop microbial inhabitants that will dine on the liquid inside. These buggies produce a set of flavors much different than those contributed by brewer’s yeast and oak chips, and here added a tart, green apple note to the brew’s gentle sweetness and earthen flavors. Fourth up was Scott Hinter’s beer. The characteristics were similar to a porter that had been laced with vanilla bean. Aubrey Howe came up last and his beer burst out of the glass with tropical and citric hop flavors. There was a touch of honey in the taste and the mouthfeel was slightly softened from the oak. Once all the beers had been tasted,

the judges went around for each beer and provided their tasting notes. If they noticed an attribute that could use improving the judge offered comments on ingredients or process changes that could correct these concerns. After hearing each judge’s comments it became clear which beer was going to win and, sure enough, after the scores were tallied, Dale and Beth took the prize. Everyone felt that this was the best representation of oak-aging in the different brews.

Let’s Get This Party Started With the judging over, the real party was ready to begin. About twenty members had joined the meeting and we spent the rest of the day dining on barbequed meats and many other dishes that people had contributed. Of course there was beer. From homebrews to beer rarities, members finished their Saturday by sampling all the goodies that had been brought. I’ll say it again… on second thought, no I won’t.

Learn More If there is one thing a homebrewer enjoys more than homebrewing, it is teaching people about homebrewing. Clubs are a great resource for beer knowledge and general fun, and they are always welcoming to new members. The best way to become involved with homebrewing is to show up to a meeting with beer in hand and open ears. And maybe some meat for the BBQ.

Zany Zach’s Brewing Tips


here are a few local homebrewing clubs I am aware of, and they are all worth checking out. Go forth and brew, folks, there’s few things better. • C.A.R.P. Homebrewers: Visit their Facebook Page • The Santa Barbeerians: http:// • Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE):

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An award-winning memoirist, essayist, blogger and poet living in Santa Barbara, Diana’s been writing ever since she received her first pen more than fifty years ago. She is the author of eight books and numerous articles and poems. Her passions include journaling and inspiring others to write. She’s a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and her website is:

“A poem is anything said in such a way, or put on the page in such a way, as to invite from the hearer or reader a certain kind of attention.” ~ William Stafford

Transformation and Healing With Poetry


oetry can be powerful because it succinctly puts a voice to our innermost feelings. It helps provide a dialogue for what we are going through. People tend to write poetry when they are in the midst of powerful emotions. Some of the best poems incorporate deep emotions and/or poignant images. Modern poetry, in particular, does this. Using poetry as a way of healing and transformation can help you return to wholeness. In addition to helping the poet, poetry can also help loved ones. In many indigenous and tribal cultures, illness amongst its members is considered a community issue and proves that when healing occurs as a group it can be even more powerful. This is when oral poetry is incorporated and honored. This healing power of poetry has also its roots in American history. During The Civil War, poet Walt Whitman read poems to wounded soldiers. His poems highlighted war, courage, and the military life. There have also have been many physicians who were poets. William Carlos Williams comes to mind as a physician who wrote poems between patients on the prescription pads he kept

in his pocket. Other physician-poets include John Keats, Anton Chekov, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Poets tend to be in touch with their deepest emotions and the best physicians are those who are also able to tap into the deepest part of the psyche. In other words, they have the innate ability to connect emotionally with themselves and their patients. Taking this one step further, we can use the analogy of the rhythm of a poem being a metaphor for the rhythm of a breath and/or a heartbeat. More recently, poetry has been incorporated into a number of medical school programs, including Yale and Harvard School of Medicine. An article by Pauline Chen, M.D., published in The New York Times a few years ago, called, “The Doctor as Poet,” explained how poetry can help physicians empathize and understand what a patient is going through. Dr. Rafael Campo of Harvard Medical School, who is also an awardwinning poet, discusses Marilyn Hacker’s “Cancer Winter,” which helps her colleagues understand a patient receiving a cancer diagnosis. Carpo says, “In



poetry we discover courage, comfort, and ultimately precious wisdom.” Perie Longo, Ph.D., a Santa Barbara psychotherapist and our second Poet Laureate, has been involved in poetry therapy for more than two decades. She says that it is important to remember, “the focus of poetry for healing is self-expression and growth of the individual, whereas the focus of poetry as art is the poem itself.” Longo has been an Executive Director

“The focus of poetry for healing is self-expression and growth of the individual, whereas the focus of poetry as art is the poem itself.” of the National Association for Poetry Therapy and also has been teaching at the Santa Barbara Cancer Center since 2008. In her groups, she has many techniques and tips to help participants write poetry. For example, she will sometimes take a phrase from a poem and out loud repeat it for each group member. She will ask them to fill in their thoughts out loud before writing their own poem. Once she used the phrase, “I have a right,” and she was astounded where each member took that phrase, and the impact of that exercise. In his fabulous book, the Call of Stories, writer and physician Robert Coles, writes about how over the centuries poets who became ill were also inspired to share their experience through poetry. He says, “It

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prompted them to look not only inward but also backward and forward – to ask the most important and searching questions about life’s meaning.” Coles is an advocate of all narratives and in his book he accentuates the power of poetry and how he admires poets and the merging of poetry and medicine. “Like patients,” he says, “poets are probably holding on for dear life to some words.” Other local poets such as Lois Klein and Christine Kravez teach in the California Poets in the Schools Program and find the students quickly become inspired to write poetry. In the classes I teach, I always have a section devoted to poetry for healing purposes and also because it seems to be a good way for writers to summarize the important details of the story they want to tell. This exercise can also serve as an outline for a larger piece of work. Writing a poem about what you are feeling is a way to embody your feelings. Sometimes the best way to start is with an image or an emotion or maybe even a word and seeing where the image, emotion, or word takes you. April is National Poetry Month and there are many sponsored events in Santa Barbara and around the country honoring poets and poetry. On Thursday, April 25 there will be Phoenix Night at Westmont College featuring student readings and musical performances (7-9:30pm in the Porter Theater). On Friday, April 26, there will be a Final Poetryfest at the Contemporary Arts Forum Downtown (7-8:30p.m.), where all the sponsors of the month long poetry events will be reading – including yours truly!


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W W W. S A N TA B A R B A R A S E N T I N E L .CO M The classroom where fine art is created by even the least motivated and talented amongst us; The Painted Cabernet is a fun, unique and local experience that will have you wondering why you didn’t get a MFA!

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

Channeling Picasso (Sort Of) The Painted Cabernet Owner Maria Wilson with the featured painting of the week, a recreation of Van Gogh’s, “Starry Night.” (Did you do that one, Maria?)

herself and our painting adventure began. It was easy enough; draw a line with the blue paint from the center of the canvas to the end of the canvas. I could do that.

Paint. Wine. Fun.


was always the kid drawing outside the neat lines of the coloring book. You know, the one in art class with the painting that no one could decipher or appreciate in any meaningful way. Yep. That was me. And so it was perhaps unsurprising that, after yet another long day of work, I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic to try out the painting class at The Painted Cabernet. The truth is that I was nervous my painting would be a big unidentifiable blob, just like my art was all those years ago back in grade school. I had no idea what was in store. Walking into The Painted Cabernet, I was greeted by kind employees who immediately showed me the painting aprons and, thank heavens, the bar.

Nervousness began to dissipate as they poured me a glass of wine. The painting party included a glass of Ballard Lane wine and, as owner Maria Wilson informed me, all other wines are also local. Lady Gaga began to play in the background, and we were instructed to go up to a paint station and squirt a variety of colors on a simple piece of white cardboard paper. Maybe this wasn’t going to be so bad after all. Our goal was to paint a Santa Barbaratype ocean scene with three colorful surfboards mounted up against a tiki hut. The example looked challenging to reproduce. Anxiety kicked in. I reached for my wine. Instructor Skye Ravy introduced

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Lady Gaga changed to more nostalgic music playing in the background like “California Dreamin’” and suddenly I felt my brushstroke going back and forth on the canvas to the rhythm of the music. Other people in the class were nodding their heads and one person even started dancing in her seat. The rest of the instructions proved to be simple and direct – Skye even came around a few times to ask us if we needed help or had any questions. During one of the short breaks, I asked her about how a typical class unfolds. “People generally come in nervous and leave smiling and proud of themselves,” she said, smiling. I can’t say that I was at the proud state, but something not half-bad began to reveal itself in front of me on the onceblank canvas. I was painting and drinking tasty local wine as fun music played. I looked around at other people’s canvases and paid attention to the intricate differences we all had put into our artwork. Some people’s brush strokes were flashy and flippant; others were tight and pointed. It was amazing and very cool to see how different each person’s work could be in a room filled with people painting the same thing from the same model and instructions. At the end of the class, I was happily buzzed – I’d gone back to the bar for another glass of wine about mid-way through – walking around the room looking at the group’s work. Did I have something I was going to put up on my wall? Probably not, but I did have a blast and have something I wasn’t completely ashamed of.

From Blank Canvas to Ocean View After the class, I had the opportunity to ask self-proclaimed non-artist and owner Maria Wilson a little more about the experience. She thought that if she could

create a painting, other people could too. “The average person who walks in insists they can’t paint and they are always surprised with the results.” I sure was. Maria summed up the experience: “The painting class is a fun and social time out where you’re not being graded.” True again. There was no sense of pressure in my class. I found myself making friends with strangers, giggling, and indifferent to whether or not my painting would turn out to be a blob or simply beautiful. My friend Sue Dachenhaus described her recent experience, “My husband said, in a good way, ‘you mean you started with a blank canvas and you came home with this?’” As a bonus, it turns out that some people find out they have hidden talent from their Painted Cabernet adventure. And while no new talents emerged from my experience, it was a lot less stressful than I had expected. The butterflies in my stomach disappeared with the kind, direct instruction (and, yes, wine). The music was also an additional fun element and both old and new strategic selections were chosen for the mixed aged class. Maria informed me that she changes the music list often (in case some folks are not Gaga fans).

A Quasi-Masterpiece Is Born My painting sat on the floor of my apartment, propped up where I could see it every time I walked down the hall. About a week after the class, I decided to put it up on my wall. It may not be a masterpiece worthy of professional critique, but I had a great time creating it and wanted to have a visual reminder of the good time I had at The Painted Cabernet. A class is $40 per person, which covers instruction, art materials, and one glass of wine. Additionally, you will meet new people and potentially boogie to fun tunes, which in my book is priceless. They also recycle everything, including wine corks. Classes are five to ten times a week and usually begin at 6:30pm. Day classes vary and private parties and events are also available. For more information call (805) 963-9979 or visit their website, Go have some fun and get artsy.

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PUMP YOURSELF by Jenny Schatzle

Fitness Professional/Life Motivator Jenny Schatzle runs the popular Jenny Schatzle Bootcamp right here in Santa Barbara. N.A.S.M , Cardio Kickboxing and SPIN Certified, Jenny was recently awarded Best Outdoor Fitness Program in town. Her motivation, energy and enthusiasm have created a community and program of all ages and fitness levels that cannot be described. It has to be experienced! Free on Saturdays at 8:30am. Go to for details.

The Cold Hard Truth About Abs


k, so… let me be the one to break this to you. Killer abdominals are not made doing zillions of crunches, leg-lifts and sit-ups (although they won’t hurt). And elastic bands with pulsing electrical current won’t do the job either. Neither, frankly, will any of the specialized machines offering shortcuts on TV. No no, my friends. The answer is far simpler. Killer abs, you see, aren’t made in the gym. They are made in the kitchen. That’s right, simply eating a proper diet and doing cardio work will expose that sixpack that we all have. If that’s the case (and indeed it is), then why, you ask, would I give you a challenging ab workout this week? Another simple answer. Strong abs and an overall solid core reduce the chance of lower back injury and generally reinforce the spine. (Good things, both of them.) And almost every sport – from baseball to golf, from running to cycling – benefits from strong abs and a strong core. So get going. Remember, if you don’t start somewhere you don’t start at all; make today your day. If you are just getting started, do as much as you can and go at your own pace. It will be hard, mark my words, and quitting is always easier. But it is never rewarding.

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Warm Up:

-Jumping Jacks (two minutes, get long)

Abdominal Workout (should be done rapidly, with an elevated heart rate): -20 regular crunches -20 pulsing crunches - 20 alternating side-to-side crunches (crunch up and bring your elbow to the opposite knee) (Repeat 3 times with 30 second rest between each set) -20 mountain climbers (bringing knees straight in) - 20 mountain climbers with a twist (bringing your knee in to the opposite elbow) - 40 second plank (feet together, hands apart, on elbows) (Repeat 3 times with 30 second rest between each set) -20 full body sit-ups -20 bicycles - 20 full body sit-ups (feet up in the air reaching for your shoelaces) (Repeat 3 times with 30 second rest between each set) If you’re feeling strong, then do it again. Then do it as many days as possible this week. Chart your progress. And if you have any questions about any of the exercises or anything else (or you want more or need a little motivation), please feel free to contact me directly at 805.698.6080 or Write Jenny a letter ( or contact her directly with any questions at And go get ‘em, the Sentinel is rooting for you.

Faces Of Santa Barbara by Patricia Clarke

Patricia Clarke is an award-winning international photographer based in Santa Barbara. Fascinated by all aspects of the human condition, in recent years she has been turning her lens to her own community. In addition to many local exhibitions over the years, her work has been featured in London, Italy, Prague and around the United States. To see more of her local portraiture work, go to www. Patricia’s fine art photography can be seen at www.patriciahoughton She can be reached at

Unsung Heroes Part One Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department


have had the honor to work with the PARC Foundation/Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department, and have seen up-close and personal the men and women who lovingly and with utmost dedication take care of the extraordinary parks and public recreation opportunities in our fair city. They are extremely loyal and love to play bingo (who knew?), and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Santa Barbara wouldn’t



be the same without the dozens of volunteers and employees who make it all happen. If you’d like to show your thanks and support, join them on Sunday, April 28 at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center for their annual fundraiser, Magic on the Urban Wine Trail: 1118 East Cabrillo Blvd. 3 – 6 p.m., $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Check out or call (805) 897-1946.

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by Rachelle Oldmixon



n April 19, I realized that I am no different than the thousands of excited fans that follow their celebrity heroes around. For when I had the opportunity to talk to my idol, I got just as excited as others might get to sit down with Mick Jagger or Brad Pitt. Luckily, I didn’t scream in his ear. Quite the contrary, in fact. I nearly choked up and could barely get a coherent (let alone intelligent) word out of my mouth! And I didn’t even meet him face to face. So, who was I talking with that left me so awestruck? None other than astrophysicist and the face of science outreach: Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Cue excited giggling. Dr. Tyson, a New York native (like me!) and great thinker, is currently the director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC and has served on two presidential committees regarding the future of space exploration. He has also spoken to Congress several times about the importance of NASA as a driving force in the future of our economy. More importantly, though, Dr. Tyson chooses to spend much of his time speaking directly to the people of America. He has hosted several TV programs and written ten books on many aspects of science. His actions say that he wants nothing more than to have an American population that is as entranced by the scientific world as he is. And that is exactly why I have so much respect for him.

Everyday Science for Any Audience Many scientists tend to forget the importance of the non-scientists in our country. Instead, they concern themselves with the elite in their field or with the powerful people of our nation. Dr. Tyson, however, recognizes the power of the entire population and strives to give us all insight into what others might consider to be “privileged” information. So when I heard that Dr. Tyson had been invited to speak on May 2 as part of the UCSB Arts & Lectures Series this year, I jumped at the opportunity to hear him discuss the universe outside our little world and bought my tickets early. I’m a little impatient, though. Hoping to get a sneak preview of his talk, I requested an interview to discuss his latest work. Not only did he agree to an interview (more giggling), but he gave the Sentinel more time than he originally agreed to. Our twenty-minute phone conversation had me more excited than ever.

A self-professed science nerd, Rachelle has her B.A. in neuroscience from Skidmore College in upstate New York, and is working towards her Master’s in psychology at UCSB. In her free time, she blogs at She never could quite understand why she had to choose just one area of science; they are all fascinating. Especially when paired with some classic rock.

the sciences. It is these thinkers that will, in Dr. Tyson’s mind, find the solution for disasters that affect us all. They will be the ones who find solving such large problems “seductive” and will strive every day to find the answers. Dr. Tyson uses Ben Franklin as an example. Best known as a founding father, Franklin was also a trained scientist. It was he who was able to harness and use electricity. Others ran from it, fearing to build tall buildings in case they attracted a bolt of lightning. Franklin brought society out of that fear, solved the problem of lightning striking tall buildings, and even found a way to provide light without using quickly-expended candles. The man, the myth, the legend: Neil DeGrasse Tyson. (Hey Dr. Tyson, where can I get a vest like that? Go Geeks!)

With that said, when I asked him for some spoilers about his talk in May, his answer surprised even a procrastinator like me. “I’m not there to convert anyone to anything... I’m still formulating what the talk will be. It’s not some pre-existing, canned presentation. It will be aware of the audience... and so that’s how I will assemble what the talk will be. It’s an honor to be invited to give a talk and not have them [Arts & Lectures] require, up front, a title or the topic.” Essentially, it will be a surprise to all of us, including Dr. Tyson himself apparently, when he walks onto the stage this week. He mentioned that he would work on the talk in the “weeks before” he is supposed to give it. (I’m thinking he might not realize how close May 2nd really is!) To be fair, he did provide a few ideas that clearly got his creative juices flowing. I can tell you – spoiler alert! – that he is particularly in tune to the nation’s interest in asteroids given the Chelyabinsk Meteor that crashed in the Ural region of Russia just two months ago. I’m so excited.

Out of This World Speaking of asteroids colliding with the Earth, we’ve seen countless people, news channels included, asking about the possibility of an asteroid colliding with Earth and destroying life as we know it. Dr. Tyson has used that potential catastrophe as an example to stress the need for new, creative thinkers who have been trained in

Rise of the Geeks That kind of thinking is exactly what Dr. Tyson hopes to see from the

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younger generations. With the advent of computers and the introduction of TV shows like Numbers and all three CSI renditions, he sees a change in the way critical thinking and scientific literacy are being viewed by the average person. There is a growing understanding, or relearning, of the importance of scientific discovery as more and more of us realize that the wealthiest men in our country are “geeks.” Seeing that, more and more of the younger generations are feeling pride in their affiliation with science-lovers. Dr. Tyson proudly points to the over 4 million fans of the Facebook page “I F***ing Love Science” as evidence of this shift. Of course, the shift toward a society that respects its great thinkers and scientists will be a short one with several obstacles, but Neil DeGrasse Tyson is confident that the future of the sciences is secure. With a scientifically sympathetic population, Dr. Tyson has hope that his favorite program, NASA, will be able to flourish and return to its role as a program that fosters innovation and developments that fuel our economy. “The light of America’s economic health might rest squarely in the hands of the geeks. And the geeks are rising up as never before.” Well said, Dr. Tyson. Geeks of the world, unite!

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by Jim Luksic

A longtime writer, editor and film critic, Jim has worked nationwide for several websites and publications – including the Dayton Daily News, Key West Citizen, Topeka Capital-Journal, Las Cruces Sun-News and Santa Ynez Valley Journal. California is his seventh state. When he isn’t watching movies or sports around the Central Coast and Los Angeles, you can find Jim writing and reading while he enjoys coffee and bacon, or Coke and pizza.

Oblivion and Back


here’s a brief climactic scene in Oblivion – at a table for four – when Tom Cruise appears at once so dialed-in and relaxed, he’s never looked so real on screen. Cruise is conversing with such understated sincerity, it’s as if the actor is, well, oblivious to the cameras. The moment proves fleeting: Throughout this laborious scifi venture, the superstar is typical Cruise – tough, cool, reflective – not necessarily bad traits. It’s just that we’ve seen it countless times, most recently in Jack Reacher, wherein he operated under the radar in a different way. Again he goes by the name of Jack (be nimble, be quick), a drone repairman assigned to Earth, but not as we know it: One nuke led to another, you see, in a battle with aliens called Scavengers – and eventually there were no more sporting events in America for our hero to enjoy. During the Scavenger hunt, he is subjected to visions of a woman whose face jolts his memory when – lo and behold – she makes a crash-landing and needs help. When Jack isn’t roaming the region, he unwinds at headquarters with a colleague who has feelings for the guy: Even amid a sterile environment, love is in the air, if lost in space. Their boss – Melissa Leo (The Fighter), seen only via video screen – wants to know one thing and repeats it often: “Are you an effective team?” More than halfway through the journey, Oblivion forces us to see double, as in two of a kind. It’s only April, but we’ve seen at least three films featuring clones, alter egos, doppelgangers and impostors – no thanks to the concurrent The Host and, less regrettably, Olympus Has Fallen. Twice isn’t always nice. But then, contrived elements abound: It’s as if 2001: A Space Odyssey, WALL-E and Moon were placed in a pot and set on simmer mode. That sounds appetizing, except director Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy) isn’t always certain which ingredients to toss into the mix. It’s one of those sharp-looking, high-wire acts with potential to burn, but lacks wit and feels disconnected; I had trouble relating to anyone, including Morgan Freeman. The veteran has some of the most expressive eyes in the business, but damned if he doesn’t cover them with ugly sunglasses. When we see Freeman, he might as well be a faceless no-name puffing that cigar. For the first time in his legendary career, I didn’t care what he was saying.

Oh, Lord The Lords of Salem may not impress dyed-in-the-wool horror fans, but it demonstrates musician Rob Zombie’s progress and maturity as a filmmaker. When he

isn’t creating music, Zombie enjoys whipping up filmgoers into a frenzy: consider (PG-13) cult favorites House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects and his reworking of Halloween 2 (memorable for itspm use in of “Nights ARLINGTON - 9:00 2D in White Satin”). For his latest picture, he fuses music and cinema like never before, and it packs a METRO wallop in Salem, Mass., pm whereinancient 4 - 10:00 2D & witches 3D hole up. What separates this frightfest from the bloody pack is a radio station, where our heroine (Sheri Moon CAMINO pmand& Midnight in 2D & spinning 3D Zombie, the REAL director’s- 9:00 spouse) friends banter while records. It’s a setting that pays sweeping dividends when the spooky and hypnotic ”The Lords                Theme” captures the fancy of residents – including a curious author whose research Las Vegas on the narrative, Big Screen! goesHD too LIVE far. Also- going too far is- Zombie’s as he letsNow looseOn withSale! his wildand-crazy cheeky side. Hard to believe, a seasoned and distinguished cast has been assembled: Bruce Davison, Dee “Cujo” Wallace, Maria Conchita Alonso and Judy Geeson take things seriously – and against its better judgment, so does the audience.

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1317 State Street - 963-4408 Features Stadium Seating This Saturday April 27 - 9:00 am 916 State Street - S.B. 225 N. Fairview - Goleta Saturday at 9:00 am  THE BIG WEDDING Cannes Film Festival Arlington TheatreMETPresents OPERA - LIVE IN HD Fri-Sun Official Selection!  Handel’s 1:40 4:00 6:30 7:45 9:00 RENOIR  -GIULIO Handel’s CESARE Mon-Thu 2:00 4:45 7:30 GIULIO CESARE

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2D (PG-13) ARLINGTON - 9:00 pm in 2D DreamWorks Animation THE CROODS (PG) PLAZA DE ORO METRO - 10:00 pm in 2D & 3D 2D: 1:45 47:20 371 Hitchcock Way - S.B. BROWN (R)in 2DNO CAMINO REAL Film - 9:00 pmFILLY & Midnight & 3PLACE D ON EARTH (PG-13) A Steven Spielberg JURASSIC PARK (PG-13)  3D:  4:30  

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All Showtimes thru Wed 5/1 2044 Alameda Padre Serra - S.B. Features Stadium Seating A Robert Redford Film (R) 618 State Street - S.B.  THE BIG WEDDING (R)  THE COMPANY YOU KEEP  PAIN & GAIN (R) 12:50 3:00 5:10 7:20 9:30 Fri & Mon-Thu - 4:45 7:45 Fri-Sun Sat/Sun - 1:45 4:45 7:45  PAIN & GAIN (R) 1:00 3:50 6:40 8:15 9:35 1:00 4:10 7:10 10:00 Mon-Thu -

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2:00 4:10 7:00 8:15  OBLIVION (PG-13) 8 W. De La Guerra Pl. - S.B. 1:10 2:45 4:00 5:40  OBLIVION (PG-13)  MUD (PG-13) 7:00 8:30 9:50 Children....Seniors (60+) ALL SHOWS ALL DAY4:10- $5.50 Fri-Sun - 1:15 7:10 9:55 Fri-Sun 12:50 3:45 6:40 9:30 Playing on 2 Screens Mon-Thu - 1:40 4:25 7:10 Mon-Thu 2:10 4:50 7:50 Adults: Before 6:00 pm - $5.75 After 6:00 pm - $7.50

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Plan B by Briana Westmacott Hailing from NorCal, Briana has lived in Santa Bar-

bara for the past fifteen years. While she is indeed an adjunct faculty member at SBCC and has contributed to LOVEmikana, Wake & Wander and Entrée Magazine, much of her time is spent multi-tasking her way through days as a mother, wife, sister, wantto-be chef and travel junky. Writing is an outlet that ensures mental stability… usually.

Up, Up and Away


t is mesmerizing as it breaks our physical barriers and defies the capabilities of our human legs… and yet I loathe flying. I panic. I just do. My mind begins to play tricks on me and I have to deter my thoughts from the image of broken bolts in the cockpit or wilting wings. Along with wrinkles, this seems to be another unfortunate side effect that I have developed with age. You see, it wasn’t too long ago that I would sit with my face smashed to the plane window, taking in the earth in all its glory from 35,000 feet. I found it all quite empowering, enthralled with the idea that nothing below mattered in that moment. However, this sensation of freedom and bravado has since dissipated and, for me, it has been replaced by fear and frenzy. Freaky.

Fasten Your Seatbelt I should have more faith in flying; humans have been doing it for centuries. The very first hot air balloon flight was in 1783 (this, too, is something that I used to want to do). Mind you the initial test flight for the balloon was “manned” solely by a sheep, a rooster and a duck. Due to the animals’ success, humans quickly followed. History continues to play itself out, and there are already individuals who own tickets for safe passage (or so it’s claimed) to the moon. It won’t be too long, people, before your neighbors may

be packing up for their lunar excursions. In my younger years, I may have joined that lineup. But I am no longer that adventure seeker – at least not in an aerial way. I did it before, when I was nimble and young and fearless and childless. I was nineteen years old when I had a boyfriend who took me skydiving (please tell me my daughters will not put me through something like this). We cleared 15,000 feet before I jumped out of a plane strapped to a “trained professional.” Believe me when I say, this was an indelible experience. It was exhilarating, wrapped with beauty, panic and adrenaline all in one. My chute opened, I navigated us through a cloud, and landed in one piece. Truthfully, I wanted to do it again. However, flash forward to the present day and I’m flustered just boarding the steelwinged beasts.

Turbulence I don’t get it, because I love heights. Being above any and everything that exists below is quiet. It’s calm. Peaceful. To me, things just look better from above. So why then don’t I want to partake in flying the friendly skies? Is this what happens to us as we grow older? Don’t get me wrong, I still book my flights, but I admittedly (heavily) self-medicate in the pre-boarding line. And, thankfully we’re spoiled here with the quite convenient


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On a flight with Elli (far) and Lila (near), belted in and ready for take-off. (I’d be in the picture with them but I was too scared to leave my seat.)

Santa Barbara Airport that makes the entire experience less painful. Naturally, having children has changed my perceptions of taking to the air. Conquering the task of deciding just who will have the honor (and all its accompanying burdens) of raising the kids should my husband and I fall from the sky was just the beginning of an altered perspective. Gone was the anticipation of flying away and leaving it all behind, replaced by the nail-biting agony of worrying whether I should’ve booked my husband on a separate flight. We’ve only flown a handful of times without the kids and I must apologize to my dear husband

for the condition of his decidedly mauled hand after take-off and landing.

Up in the Air Alas, there is just no way to alleviate all of the bumps in the air. Because I’m addicted to exploring foreign shores, I know that the benefits of reaching far away soils far outnumber the process I endure to get there. But you definitely won’t find me in line for tickets to adventure beyond our atmosphere. I sure hope neither of my daughters ever have a boyfriend who tries to woo them with a ticket to the moon.

Briana’s Best Bets


e are quite fortunate to have a quaint airport here in SB that can get us to places near and far. However, I have personally not yet been fortunate enough to try out a chartered excursion. I do know some good local folks (Dave and Healey Young) who started a company and are flying people to places in high-altitude luxury. Youngjets offers chartered flights at a variety of prices. I’m thinking it may help me to go chartered next time; not only for the heightened safety measurement but also for the continual refill of my glass of champagne. (Matt and Tim, what about a Sentinel field trip?) Visit Youngjets’ website for details on how to book: www.

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Georgia’s Smokehouse On My Mind

by Eve Sommer-Belin



moked, smoked, smoked (we’re plain stoked). It’s all smoked, even down to the cheddar on their grilled cheese sandwich. And we think that’s mighty fine. Georgia’s Smokehouse is the newest addition to hit the Santa Barbara food truck scene. Southern comfort food is where their hearts lie so if you have a hankerin’ for Smoked Baby Back Ribs, a Pulled Pork Sammy, or Smoked Chicken, you absolutely need to track down this ride. How about a side of Baked Whiskey Beans, Honey Coleslaw, or the more eccentric Fried Seasonal Vegetables, Tomato Jam and Pickled Onions? With sauces and toppings to boot, Georgia’s Smokehouse is gonna be on all our mind’s soon! For a schedule of their stops, visit Then go get yourself some.

What’ll It Cost Me: Get out! It’s free!

• LOOSE CHANGE What: Where: When: Why:




o, not out past the cornfields where the woods get heavy. No, not in the backseat of your ’60 Chevy. Hmmm… maybe we’re talking about something different than old Bob Seger was all those years ago. Santa Barbara’s very own (and very popular) running and/or swimming series, Nite Moves, is back. Come on out next Wednesday and swim, run, swim and run, drink a beer, eat some grub, dance to the band, high five a friend, and above all else – have some fun with a great crowd of locals and even non-locals alike! Each and every Wednesday, starting at 6pm, grab your running gear, your swimwear and your best buds and head down to Leadbetter Beach for a workout and after party you won’t want to miss. The fun begins May 1 and goes all the way through August 28, so you can definitely find the right time to work on your Nite Moves. Bring on a little friendly competition or don’t. We already believe that you are simply the best. The greatest thing about this race series is that we truly are all winners; just take in the view and the crew and, well... you get the drift. (Photo by Santa Barbara Pix)


by Briana Westmacott


t’s here, ladies, bikini season has descended upon us. The sun is beginning to warm our shores and it’s calling us out to play. We all have different bikini needs – believe us, we know. And slipping into your suit for the first time after hibernating through the winter can be a bit daunting. That’s why we are so happy that this Saturday, April 27, from 12 – 4, Sundance Beach is hosting Find Your Fit with L*Space, where you will be professionally outfitted with the latest swimsuit line and personally fitted by lead designer, Monica Wise. It’s all about accentuating the positives (we know you have many!), and who better to do this for you than L*Space owner/designer Monica Wise and her team. You’ll get personalized fittings and handpicked recommendations to flatter your figure. Along with being professionally fitted for your new suit, you will receive 20% off the entire new L*Space line, plus many other goodies too. Whether you are feeling teenie-weenie or not, Monica and the whole Sundance Beach crew will no doubt get you suited up with a suit that fits you perfectly. *Even if you can’t come in to be fitted, you can still get 20% off L*Space swimwear all day Saturday at with the code LSPACE20. Don’t miss it!

Taste of UCSB UCSB Recreation Center Saturday, April 27, 3pm The event features a taste of three dozen UCSB alumni vintners, brewers and restaurateurs. Who knew so many of our favorite businesses blossomed out of UCSB?! Wine and dine your weekend.

What’ll It Cost Me: $25 – $35

Workin’ On The Nite Moves by Sarah Dodge

Download the “Night Out” App On your iPhone or Android Tonight is the night. The app offers local nightlife specials, events, happy hour deals and much more. Download and have a great night out.

• HEY BIG SPENDER What: Where: When: Why: How:

Brews at the Beach Chase Palm Park Saturday, April 27, 11am – 4:30pm Brews at the beach on a beautiful day. Need we say more? Soak up some sunshine on the beach, listen to live music and sip craft beers from breweries like 805, Hangar 24, Figueroa Mountain and Ninkasi to name a few.

What’ll It Cost Me: $20 – $55 (all proceeds go to local charities)

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510 E Micheltorena Street

by Michael Calcagno

Michael has consistently been ranked in the top 1% of Sotheby’s agents worldwide. Shortly after joining Sotheby’s, he partnered with Nancy Hamilton to form one of the most successful real estate teams in Santa Barbara. Michael can be reached at Michael@

Recent Sales


he market is still rolling along as it has been, still showing great numbers for the areas east and west of State Street and Hope Ranch. This week we had 20 new listings come on the market with 27 properties going pending and 10 closings. Since we didn’t pull the numbers for last week I thought it would be fun for people to see what actually closed in the last two weeks and for what price. Here is a list of the closings for the past two weeks in the same geographical areas as above from the price ranges of $400,000-$1,700,000. Enjoy!

326 N Alisos 3828 Calle Cita 638 Colina Ln 815 Garden St 1740 Grand Ave 1824 Grand Ave 1131 E Haley St 810 N Hope Ave 2875 Kenmore Pl 1055 La Vista Rd 2005 Laguna St 230 Lee Dr

$459,000 $800,000 $995,000 $450,000 $806,000 $866,000 $595,000 $750,000 $945,000 $775,000 $1,400,000 $853,750

310 E Micheltorena St 145 Vista De La Cumbre 118 W Arrellaga St 20 Barranca Ave 6 1532 Clearview Rd 1539 Cliff Dr 1227 De La Vina St #1 347 La Marina 40 S Ontare Rd 519 W Quinto St A 410 Ruth Ave 1222 Shoreline Dr

$551,000 $685,000 $772,500 $870,000 $600,000 $1,230,000 $558,000 $820,000 $800,000 $567,000 $550,000 $1,450,000

Purchase price: $1,025,000 Down payment (15%): $153,750 Loan amount: $871,250 Loan payment: $2,935 (30-yr fixed 3.99 % (4.01%% APR))

Property taxes: $939 Home Insurance: $100

Total Monthly Payment: $5,845

Neither Mr. Calcagno nor Sotheby’s International Realty is necessarily the listing broker or agent for any of the foregoing properties

2846 Verde Vista Drive

210 Calle Palo Colorado

Purchase price: $1,260,000 Down payment (20%): $252,000 Loan amount: $1,008,000 Loan payment: $4,739

(30-yr fixed 3.875% (3.89% APR)) Property taxes: $1,155 Home Insurance: $100

Total Monthly Payment: $5,994 Mortgage statistics provided by Justin M. Kellenberger, Senior Loan Officer at SG Premier Lending Group, Inc. Justin can always be reached at Note: The foregoing economic breakdowns do not include potential tax benefit analyses since that will ultimately depend upon a number of additional factors. But home ownership can indeed have tremendous tax-savings potential and should be considered with your realtor and/or tax accountant as part of the ownership decision.

Purchase price: $729,000 Down payment (3.5%): $25,515 Loan amount: $703,485 Loan payment: $3,061 (30-yr fixed 3.25% (3.25% APR))

Property taxes: $668 Home Insurance: $791

Total Monthly Payment: $4,620

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18 West Victoria Street #212 2224 De La Vina Street 18 West Victoria Street #309 929 Laguna Street #A 18 West Victoria Street #307 18 West Victoria Street #109 66 Barranca Ave #1


2232 Santa Barbara Street 309 East Valerio Street 125 East Pedregosa 601 East Micheltorena Street #85 510 East Micheltorena Street 122 South Voluntario Street 1312 Indio Muerto

La Cumbre Area

4345 Via Glorieta 1151 Estrella Drive 4687 Via Roblada 530 Via Sinuosa 1212 Bel Air Drive 986 Cocopah Drive 3842 Center Avenue 1239 Richelle Lane #F


1409 Shoreline Drive 1210 Shoreline Drive 1610 La Vista Del Oceano 1141 Nirvana Road 907 Fellowship Road

Mission Canyon

706 Rockwood 857 Cheltenham Road


1734 Franceschi Road 237 Las Alturas Road 305 Sherman Road 1209 East Haley Street

San Roque

2640 Tallant Road 606 Calle Granada 418 Paseo Del Descanso 210 Calle Palo Colorado


12 Touran Lane 4697 Gate Way 585 Rosa Linda Way 213 Hillview Drive 105 Campo Vista 7636 Hollister Ave #130 375 Moreton Bay Lane Unit #1 7465 Hollister Ave #110

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$2,500,000 $1,650,000 $1,600,000 $1,275,000 $1,250,000 $855,000 $745,000

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Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team Tiffany Haller Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team Kathy Strand Spieler Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team Pascale Bassan

845-4393 698-6694 845-4393 895-6326 845-4393 845-4393 689-5528

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$3,295,000 $2,759,000 $2,495,000 $1,030,000 $1,025,000 $749,000 $649,000

8bd/7.5ba 4bd/3ba 4bd/4.5ba 3bd/2.5ba 3bd/1.5ba 3bd/2ba 2bd/2ba

Rich van Seenus Louis & Susan Manzo Dianne Porinsh Ken Switzer The Easter Team Mary Whitney Michelle Baney

284-6330 570-7274 886-7052 680-4622 570-0403 689-0915 907-9297

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1-4pm 1-4pm 2:30-5pm 2-5pm 1-4pm 1-4pm 2-4pm 11-1pm

$3,995,000 $3,450,000 $2,995,000 $2,950,000 $1,795,000 $979,000 $757,000 $375,000

4bd/4.5ba 4bd/3.5ba 4bd/3.5ba 4bd/3ba 5bd/4ba 4bd/2.5ba 4bd/2ba 2bd/1.5ba

Alexis Foth Brothers Gough Ken Switzer Laura Johnson John Bahura Louis & Susan Manzo Louis & Susan Manzo Mary Layman

448-6350 455-1420 680-4622 252-3389 680-5175 570-7274 895-6918 448-3890

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$5,000,000 $3,150,000 $2,450,000 $1,675,000 $989,000

4bd/4ba 3bd/2.5ba 4bd/2.75ba 4bd/3.5ba 3bd/2.5ba

Gene Archambault Scott Williams Bunny DeLorie Tim Dahl David Lacy

455-1190 451-9300 570-9181 886-2211 455-7577

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1-4pm 2-4pm

$2,889,000 $1,495,000

3bd/4.5ba 4bd/2ba

Barbara Gallagher John Comin

689-5785 689-3078

Prudential California Realty Prudential California Realty

1-4pm 2-4pm 1-3pm 1-4pm

$2,499,000 $1,555,000 $1,295,000 $799,000

4bd/4ba 3bd/2ba 5bd/3ba 2bd/1ba

Jake Ralston Randy Freed Aaron Gilles Daniela Johnson

455-9600 895-1799 895-1877 453-4555

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2-5pm 2-4pm 1-4pm 1-4pm

$2,350,000 $1,995,000 $1,598,000 $1,260,000

6bd/6ba 5bd/4.5ba 3bd/3.5ba 4bd/2ba

Jan Dinmore Marilyn Rickard John Faulkner Mimi Greenberg

455-1194 452-8284 570-9454 570-9585

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By Appt. 1-3pm 1-4pm 1-4pm 2-4pm 1-3pm By Appt. 2-4pm

$969,000 $959,000 $885,000 $749,000 $675,000 $435,000 $425,000 $129,000

4bd/3ba 4bd/4.5ba 4bd/3ba 4bd/2.5ba 4bd/2.5ba 2bd/2ba 2bd/2ba 2bd/1ba

Julie Angelos Chris Salvetti Kevin Hall John Gaffney Thomas Johansen Christina Ruelas Robert Heckes Jamie Jo Sim

403-5566 705-4040 451-9998 448-4663 886-1857 452.9931 637-0047 689-5799

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NOTAbLE OCEANfRONT ESTATE | WEb: 0592563 | $32,000,000 Michael Calcagno 805.896.0876, Nancy Hamilton 805.451.4442

HOPE RANCH OCEANfRONT | WEb: 0113605 | $11,900,000 Suzanne Perkins 805.895.2138

OCEAN vIEW ESTATE | WEb: 0113662 | $9,750,000 Kathleen St James 805.705.0898

LOCAL EXPERTISE. EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS. Our agents are skilled professionals with local knowledge and a dedication to high-quality service for every client. They take great pleasure in discovering the aspects that make each home unique.

mONTECITO OCEAN vIEWS | WEb: 0632073 | $7,695,000 Peggy Olcese 805.895.6757

SPANISH COLONIAL-STYLE | WEb: 0113657 | $4,850,000 Maureen McDermut 805.570.5545

OCEAN vIEW SHOWCASE | WEb: 0592554 | $4,675,000 Nancy Hamilton 805.451.4442, Michael Calcagno 805.896.0876

fAbULOUS vIEWS | WEb: 0631883 | $3,995,000 Robert Hanrahan 805.698.2826

TImELESS ELEgANCE | WEb: 0113469 | $3,495,000 Maureen McDermut 805.570.5545, Peggy Olcese 805.895.6757

OCEAN & mOUNTAIN vIEWS | WEb: 0113601 | $2,945,000 Tim Cardy 805.637.0878

OCEAN vIEW PARCEL | WEb: 0113650 | $2,195,000 Kathleen St James 805.705.0898

EqUINE OR WINE IN SOLvANg | WEb: 0621549 | $1,200,000 Meagan Tambini 805.448.4285

zEN RETREAT | WEb: 0113679 | $850,000 Maureen McDermut 805.570.5545