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No horsing around as SB Polo Club gallops into 107th season, p. 6
LETTERS, P. 8 • ASHLEIGH BRILLIANT, P. 19 • CALENDAR OF EVENTS, P. 36
Meet the new owners of Viva Oliva, Coast Village Road’s olive oil emporium, p. 12
RETURN OF THE
BEFORE JAPAN SURRENDERED TO THE U.S. NEARLY 73 YEARS AGO, AMERICAN G.I.S HAD COLLECTED “MEMENTOS” OFF THE BODIES OF FALLEN JAPANESE SOLDIERS. MANY OF THOSE VESTIGES CONSISTED OF THE RISING SUN NATIONAL FLAG, GIVEN TO JAPAN’S WARRIORS BEFORE BATTLE AND KEPT FOLDED CLOSE TO THEIR HEARTS. REX AND KEIKO ZIAK, WHO WILL RELATE THE HISTORY OF THIS EFFORT AT A CHANNEL CITY LUNCHEON ON MAY 14, HAVE MADE IT THEIR GOAL TO RETRIEVE THESE FLAGS FROM U.S. SOLDIERS AND RETURN THEM TO THE FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN. (STORY ON P. 20)
Choreographer Mark Morris toes the line with Pepperland: Sgt. Pepper at Granada, p. 33
Mark Hunt reviews Montecito housing market and spotlights quartet of properties, p. 35
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Knit ‘N Needle; Spanish group; poetry club; Art Walk; Walk & Roll; STEAM; free music; Mariachi; Roar & Pour; Quire of Voyces; polo season; book signing; MA meeting; MERRAG training; MUS Board; Mother’s Day lunch; Farm to Table; artists gallery tour; Boys & Girls Club; open house; support group; and art
Tide Guide 10 Letters to the Editor
An assortment of missives from Journal readers including Penelope Bianchi, Leon Juskalian, David McCalmont, H.T. Bryan, Matt McLaughlin, Michele Neely Saltoun, and Gerald Rounds
12 Village Beat
Viva Oliva unveils new look and offerings; and Land Use Committee discusses rebuilding plans
14 Seen Around Town
Lynda Millner reports on the CALM Auxiliary luncheon; The Cecilia Fund tea; and SB Rescue Mission donors luncheon
18 Ernie’s World
Orient Express: Ernie Witham and his wife, Pat, endure planes, trains, and automobiles (namely a taxi) while venturing through 16 time zones
19 Brilliant Thoughts
Ashleigh Brilliant isn’t kidding about children’s literature and nursery rhymes – from those of Mother Goose to Three Blind Mice to Little Bo Peep
20 Coming & Going
A look at the nonprofit Obon Society, formed by Rex and Keiko Ziak, who present Writing the Final Chapter of WWII on May 14 at Fess Parker Hilton Resort
23 Spirituality Matters
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Steven Libowitz talks with therapy and lifestyle coach Yemaya Renuka Duby; Dance Tribe; and Chiyan Wang workshop
26 Our Town
Joanne Calitri visits Sullivan Goss Gallery, for a mini-presentation of UCSB Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin’s AlloSphere
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Steven Libowitz interviews Mark Morris of his eponymous dance group; and Riley Berris at SMHS
35 Real Estate
Mark Hunt continues to set his sights on the April housing market and pinpoints four more available properties from Seaview to San Leandro
36 Calendar of Events
CycleMAYnia; 1st Thursday; Acoustic Music Association; Cambridge Drive Concert Series; Quire of Voyces; SB Music Club; Jill Felber; and Capitol Steps
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ast week, an overflow crowd turned out at the Granada Theatre for a community conversation titled “Drought, Fire and Flood: The New Normal” sponsored by the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, the Santa Barbara Museum of National History, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and the Community Environmental Council. Moderating this Town Hall event was Steven Gaines, dean of the UCSB Bren School.
All the Town Hall speakers were informative, especially USCB professor Max Moritz, biogeographer and fire expert who spoke on the science of wind, fuels, and human ignition sources, as well as Pat McElroy, recently retired Santa Barbara Fire chief. However, two speakers dominated the evening program: 1) Dr. Edward Keller, who has been researching the natural landscape above Montecito for the past 45 years while teaching geology at the UCSB Bren School, and 2) keynote speaker James Lee Witt, who headed FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) beginning in 1993 during the eight-year Clinton administration. Witt was the first director of the FEMA agency to have emergency management experience. He is credited with staffing the agency with professionals rather than political patrons.
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Dr. Keller noted that what came down from the Montecito mountains at 3:30 am on January 9 was not a mudslide, but a debris flow of gigantic proportions that carried centuries of accumulated boulders from fire-ravished foothills, crashing down on unsuspecting and sleeping residents in a torrential river of mud so thick it resembled liquid concrete more than water. When the deluge reached bridges and culverts, it clogged underpasses and drainage pipes with trees, downed telephone poles, and rocks, forcing the flow out of its natural banks, rising 10 to 20 feet to go up, over, and around these man-made barriers.
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he fields are impeccably groomed, the horses are ready, and the best of the best competitors are heading to our rarefied enclave for the hotly anticipated opening of the Santa Barbara Polo Club’s 107th season on Sunday. The season at the Engel & Völkers stadium will feature an exhilarating summer of action-packed tournaments and events at one of the most prestigious equestrian venues on the Left Coast. It kicks off with the 12-goal series followed by the highly competitive 16-goal series in July and August, and there will be a series of youth polo tournaments throughout the summer to promote the sport to all ages. “With the Santa Ynez mountains as our backdrop and the Pacific as our front door, the club really brings to life the polo lifestyle combined with a history that spans over a century,” says John Muse, president. “It’s going to be quite a season.” The club is also celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13, with a $15 bottomless mimosa deal during the championship match of the Folded Hills Pope Challenge. I’ll drink to that.
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This Week in and around Montecito
(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, MAY 3 Knit ‘N Needle Fiber art crafts (knitting, crochet, embroidery, and more) drop-in and meet-up for all ages at Montecito Library. When: 2 to 3 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Poetry Club Each month, discuss the life and work of a different poet; poets selected by group consensus and interest. New members welcome. When: 3:30 to 5 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 First Thursday Art Walk 10West Gallery presents a show with Chad Avery, Sophie MJ Cooper, Laurie MacMillan, Albert McCurdy, Patrick McGinnis, Mary Neville, Patricia Post, Beth Schmohr, Marlene Struss, Karen Zazon. When: 5 to 8 pm Where: 10 West Anapamu Street Info: www.10WestGallery.com FRIDAY, MAY 4 Walk & Roll Montecito Union School students, teachers, and parents walk or ride to school, rather than drive. When: 8 am Where: Via Vai, Ennisbrook, and Casa Dorinda trailhead Info: 969-3249 Spanish Conversation Group at the Montecito Library The Montecito Library hosts a Spanish Conversation Group for anyone
interested in practicing and improving conversational skills in Spanish. Participants should be familiar with the basics. When: 1:30 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 After-School STEAM Program Build with Legos, do snap circuits, and drop-in craft activities at Montecito Library. Ages 5 and up. When: 3:30 to 4:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 SATURDAY, MAY 5 Free Music The Santa Barbara Music Club will present another program in its popular series of concerts of beautiful music. A valued cultural resource in town since 1969, these concerts feature performances by instrumental and vocal soloists and chamber music ensembles, and are free to the public. When: 3 pm Where: First United Methodist Church, Garden and Anapamu Streets Cost: free Mariachi Encuentro This Cinco de Mayo, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria hosts its 10th annual Mariachi Encuentro event, an evening filled with authentic Mexican food, music, and culture. Guests will enjoy dinner and live entertainment, featuring Los Angelesbased Mariachi Garibaldi de Jamie Cuellar, Grupo Bella, an all-female group from Los Angeles that will be serenading guests during dinner, Patricia Martin, and Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles. All proceeds benefit
Girls Inc. of Carpinteria programs and scholarships, supporting the organization’s mission to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. When: 4:45 pm Where: Girls Inc. Carpinteria, 5315 Foothill Road Tickets: advance purchase only, $45 to $65 Info: www.girlsinc-carp.org Roar & Pour Animals stay out late, guests can sip and stroll at Santa Barbara Zoo’s wine tasting event. Guests can stroll through the scenic zoo after hours as they sample Central Coast wines and beers, enjoy zookeeper talks, free giraffe feedings, and zoo train rides, laid-back live music, and dine on tasty offerings from food trucks or a preordered picnic box. When: 5 to 8 pm Where: 500 Ninos Drive Cost: $80 general admission, $115 VIP hour; benefits the zoo animals Info: www.sbzoo.org/roar-and-pour SUNDAY, MAY 6 Polo Season Starts The 2018 Polo Season kicks off today! The Sunday Polo main match check-in time is 2:30 pm at the Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium, with the Pony Parade, followed by the singing of the National Anthem, team introductions and the ball throw in at 3 pm. Sunday Polo is open to the public and General Admission tickets start at $12, with a variety of seating options including grandstand as well as luxury cabanas. Keep your Sunday Funday rolling at the after-party, beginning immediately following the match, in the main clubhouse, as well as on the field, where guests can dance the night away and enjoy drinks for purchase at the bar. The after-party on the season-opening weekend of May 6 will be a special event, with a party in the Club’s Ocean Tent presented by Folded Hills and will feature DJ Erik Lohr. When: 2:30 pm Where: 3300 Via Real Tickets & Info: www.SBPolo.com
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Book Signing at Chaucer’s You’re invited to Chaucer’s to celebrate a wonderful new book, STEMinists: The Lifework of 12 Women Scientists and Engineers, written by girls involved in the Curie-osity Project, which engages girls in grades 4-6 in research and inquiry-based activities with women scientists and engineers within the Santa Barbra community. Twenty-five girls from the Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara After-school Program partnered up with the Gervitz Graduate School of Education and visited UCSB labs and research sites to interview women from a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines and learn about their work. The girls then collaborated to write STEMinists: The Lifework of 12 Women Scientists and Engineers. When: 6 pm Where: Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State Street Info: 682-6787 TUESDAY, MAY 8 Montecito Association Meeting The Montecito Association is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the semi-rural residential character of Montecito. When: 4 pm Where: Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road Book Signing at Chaucer’s For those seeking feather-light reading in the form of a mystery, Santa Barbara-based author Lida Sideris is at it again. The second in the Southern California Mystery series, Murder Gone Missing, continues the misadventures of a young attorney and daughter of a late, great PI. She’s inherited her father’s love of sleuthing and illegal cache of weapons. Both of which come in handy when she has to clear her best friend of murder. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Lida will be at Chaucer’s Bookstore this evening. When: 6 pm Where: Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State Street Info: 682-6787 THURSDAY, MAY 10
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MERRAG Meeting and Training Network of trained volunteers that work and/or live in the Montecito area prepare to respond to community disaster during critical first 72 hours following an event. The mutual “selfhelp” organization serves Montecito’s 13,000 residents with the guidance and support of the Montecito Fire, Water, and Sanitary districts. This month, basic first aid and life-saving techniques. When: 10 am to noon Where: Montecito Fire Station, 3 – 10 May 2018
595 San Ysidro Road Info: 969-2537 Montecito Union School Board Meeting When: 4:30 pm Where: 385 San Ysidro Road Info: 969-3249 FRIDAY, MAY 11 17th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon In honor of Mother’s Day, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care honors two mothers to celebrate their lives and acknowledge their contributions to the community. This year, Jelinda DeVorzon will be recognized as the beloved Honored Mother and the Remembered Mother is Sally Fordyce. The event includes a Parent and Teen Dance Fashion Show, lunch and drinks, and a captivating program. When: 11 am to 1:30 pm Where: Fess Parker, 633 Cabrillo Blvd Info: www.vnhcsb.org/luncheon Farm to Table Dinner Celebration Spend an enchanting evening on the farm with a local menu crafted by Barbareño chef Justin Snyder and local wine pairing. The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is a California non-profit organization established in 1997 to preserve and operate Fairview Gardens, a historic farm, founded in 1895. It plays a unique role in the community, providing its neighbors with food, educational, and cultural events, open space and a connection to the land. Where: Fairview Gardens, 598 North Fairview Avenue Cost: $200 Info: 967-7369; www. FairviewGardens.org/FarmtoTable SATURDAY, MAY 12 Annual Studio & Gallery Tour The annual Carpinteria and Summerland Artists Studio and Gallery Tour takes place for the 12th consecutive year on Mother’s Day weekend, today and tomorrow. This event is free to the community with 32 artists and their studio/gallery spaces open for the public to tour throughout beautiful Carpinteria and Summerland. The Artists Studio and Gallery Tour is a unique opportunity to see and buy work of established artists, as well as emerging talent who live in the Summerland and Carpinteria Valley. These participating artists will display and offer for sale their art in a huge variety of media and styles in their homes and studios. Many of the artists have live demos and works in progress, offering the opportunity to see the art being created and get a feel for the process 3 – 10 May 2018
from concept to completion. A map and listing of this year’s Studio Tour artists is available online at carpinteriaartscenter.org and Facebook to direct people to the studios in Carpinteria & Summerland participating. A percentage of art sales will benefit the Carpinteria Arts Center mission to promote and support local artists in their studios and galleries, the Bellas Arts program, Art by the Sea kids camp, Art in Public Places, Art in Film series, and more. When: 10 am to 5 pm Where: various locations throughout Carpinteria and Summerland Cost: free Info: www.carpinteriaartscenter.org 80th Anniversary Gala The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara hosts a sunset dinner, cocktails, silent & live auction, and dancing at Heartstone Ranch in Carpinteria. Janet Garufis and Andrew Firestone are the emcee and auctioneer. Music by Rent Party Blues and Jazz Villains. When: 4 to 8 pm Where: 4188 Foothill Road, Carpinteria Info & Tickets: www.boysgirls.org TUESDAY, MAY 15 Laguna Blanca Lower School Open House Children and parents are encouraged to attend as an introduction to the Laguna community. Visit classrooms and explore art, science, music, technology, and cooking. This childcentric event offers an opportunity to tour the school, ask questions of teachers, administrators, and current parents, and learn about the curriculum in each grade while children are engaged in learning activities. When: 3:30 to 5 pm Where: 260 San Ysidro Road Registration: www.lagunablanca.org/ open
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Losing It on East Valley Lane
e built our house 20 years ago at the end of the most beautiful lane. It was called East Valley Lane. Now the addresses are East Valley Road. It is, with the three houses above us, part of Ennisbrook, the gated development accessed from Sheffield Drive. It is part of Ennisbrook because the stables were located there for the polo ponies involved in the polo matches at Mr. Boeseke’s property. We have use of the clubhouse, tennis courts, and pool. The last four houses on the culde-sac are in this part of Ennisbrook. We have been paying dues for over 20 years. In the January 9 “debris flow,” our entire lane was devastated. It looks like Syria. Honestly. Our house at the end of the lane survived. We will be moving back in June 6 (we were not there and we would not have survived had we been there). The Homeowners Association of Ennisbrook has done absolutely nothing to remove the massive amounts of mud from our street. Nothing to remediate the massive mud that was deposited in the nature preserve next to us. This is property owned by Ennisbrook Owners Association. It is part of the “Common area” owned by the HOA of Ennisbrook. I am shocked to my core. Next to our driveway, there is an enormous pile of mud and debris covering half the street... three months after the disaster. It is in our contract with the HOA of Ennisbrook that they are responsible for our road and the nature preserve. They have erroneously stated that the “Land Trust owns the land” (it does not), and that the “Land Trust told us not to touch the Nature Preserve” (the head of the Land Trust, Chet Work, has told me face to face that is not true). I can only say that if the mud, rocks, and debris were in the middle of the Ennisbrook portion that is behind the gates, it would have disappeared within days. The lovely forest with trails through it next to our property is also covered in mud, cars, debris, mattresses, toxic chemicals, batteries... Ennisbrook owns it. They falsely say that the “Land Trust told them not to touch it”! Totally false… from the head of the Land Trust. Thank God for the volunteers in the “Bucket Brigade”; they have done an amazing job of probably saving the beautiful trees in the preserve. Hundreds of
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people have been working. Another fact of note: most owners in Ennisbrook have in their homeowner’s insurance, coverage for “assessments by their HOA” of up to $100,000. So, any assessment would probably be covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. There are 100 homeowners in Ennisbrook. We are four. One house was torn down. Another will be. Two will be left on our lane. It is disgraceful. Just drive down the street, right next to Glen Oaks; you will not believe your eyes. Penelope Bianchi Montecito (Editor’s note: We received this over the weekend and have not been able to contact the Ennisbrook Homeowners Association, so have no knowledge of their responsibility, but no doubt someone will contact us concerning this matter. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. – J.B.)
You ran an article month ago on Gretchen Lieff (Montecito Miscellany, MJ #24/12) and I failed to compliment her efforts to save Montecito’s trees. I should like to offer her a brava (female, Italian), at this time. She is an inspiration to us all. Leon “Lee” Juskalian Santa Barbara
As for Montecito, I think the default position for its 28% Independents is that 60% of them will vote for the Republican candidate in state and federal elections. This would explain Republicans getting a small majority out of 93108 (the simple math in my model actually makes both parties 50%). The deadline for your august publication would’ve been too late to catch the results of the Arizona Congressional Special Election on [April 24]. Isn’t it lovely to behold the spin the socialist mainstream media puts on another Democrat loss in a special election? Since Trump’s inauguration, Republicans have won six special Congressional elections and lost one. In addition, Democrats narrowly captured a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. Leading up to each of these elections, the mainstream media said Trump’s supporters were abandoning the president in droves and will vote to give Democrats yet another seat. This fortune telling “worked” in two elections (out of eight), each one with an albatross around the Republican candidate’s neck, for starters. In Alabama, the young WASP male prosecutor who ran away from the national Democrat Party agenda narrowly defeated a Republican who came under an overwhelming personal slander attack at the last moment. In Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, a white male, practicing Roman Catholic, former Marine and military attorney (like the Tom Cruise character in Rob Reiner’s fabulous film A Few Good Men), who attended Roman Catholic school right next to my home Presbyterian church in Mount Lebanon (the pre-
mier community in the 18th District), took on a crippled Republican Party, in the aftermath of a long-term proLife, pro-Family Republican incumbent who grossly violated his integrity and betrayed his supporters with a kiss-and-tell mistress, and forced to instantly resign. The 18th is an odd district. Its registration has always tilted a couple percentage points toward the Democrats – but probably 40% of those registered Democrats are Reagan Democrats. In federal elections, where the Democrats threw up a socialist candidate on the party line, these “Reaganites” rebelled and voted Republican. In truly local elections, they kept to their Democrat loyalties. Thus, the (now disgraced) Republican Congressman, and all Republican presidential candidates, won this district handily. The sordid details of this Congressman’s infidelity is not something voters are going to easily shrug off or forget. It would only take half the Reagan Democrats, and a few of the Protestant country club Republicans, to vote against an anemic, cookie-cutter Roman Catholic Trump Republican in the Special Election, to give the election to the Democrat. Even then, the Democrat won by a whopping 755 votes. This Democrat’s family has a long history in Allegheny County and statewide Pennsylvania Democrat politics. He’s not going to abandon the national Democrat caucus any more so than does (supposedly) pro-life, pro-family, anti-abortion Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey. These people are accustomed to campaigning differently before the voters, and then catering, as they must, to the national party caucus. In all the other elections won by a
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I am aghast registered Democrats are a plurality (39%) in “Little Mountain” (“Need for Leadership,” Bob Hazard’s Guest Editorial, MJ #24/17)). A community of this kind of affluence and clout in western Pennsylvania would easily be (at least) 3-to-1 Republican. Were Mr. Hazard to research the voter registration for Hope Ranch (a wealthy enclave not nearly as infected with Hollywood influence), I’d wager he’d discover a Republican plurality, if not majority. My theory on non-partisan voter registration (28% in Montecito) is this: people in a blue state, such as California, who register “non-partisan,” are closer to being Republican than Democrat, but don’t wish their friends to know they’re Republican, so they go non-partisan. Just the reverse in red states: Independents lean Democrat but don’t wish to be attached to the Democrat label.
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t the Montecito Association’s Land Use Committee meeting on May 1, Bucket Brigade co-founders Josiah Hamilton and Abe Powell reported on a project they are working on to build a pedestrian pathway along North Jameson Road. “Now that this area is opened up, the dirt is primed and the time is right to build a connector path,” Hamilton said. With many of the homes along North Jameson losing fences and landscaping during the January 9 debris flow, the Bucket Brigade founders are hopeful to better the area with a decomposed granite pathway similar to the one on San Ysidro Road. The pathway would span North Jameson between San Ysidro and Olive Mill, allowing people in the Montecito Oaks and La Vereda to more safely and easily access Coast Village Road, Butterfly Beach, and All Saints By-the-Sea. The Bucket Brigade plans to fund the project and is currently working with Public Works deputy director Chris Sneddon and other County reps. Hamilton said the path, which will be located in a public right of way, will be buffered by plantings and landscaping and will not look like a sidewalk. “We want to make it look as rural as possible,” he said. The neighbors in the area are currently being polled for their opinion on the project. Two neighbors spoke on the proposal, voicing their support. Darlene Bierig, who helped work on the San Ysidro Road pathway, also expressed her backing, saying the plan was an excellent idea. The Land Use Committee agreed, and unanimously supported the idea. The committee also voted to rec-
ommend to the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors that they approve the upcoming “like-for-like” rebuilding ordinance amendments and is suggesting that language be added to require expedited design review with public notice in three instances. Those instances include when a structure is being moved elsewhere on the property, when the height of the floor is being raised more than 42 inches from prior grade, and when a legal non-conforming structure is being rebuilt with changes but stays within the intent of like-for-like. “There needs to be some neighbor input without slowing down the process,” Land Use chair Cori Hayman said. Members of the public disagreed and urged the Committee to allow homeowners to rebuild as soon as possible, without needing design review. The Board of Supervisors will review the ordinance amendments on Tuesday, May 15. Hayman also reported that a process has been convened to expedite the opening of front country hiking trails. “That is good news, and it’s a great first step,” she said. The Montecito Association Board of Directors will meet next Tuesday, May 8.
Viva Oliva Unveils New Look
Nearly a year after moving to Montecito from New Zealand and taking ownership of Coast Village Road’s olive oil shop, Viva Oliva, Amanda and Sven Dybdahl are unveiling the store’s new look and offerings. “We
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really feel like we are part of this great community,” Amanda said during a visit to the store last week. Originally founded by Andi Newville, the shop was located in Paseo Nuevo for four years before opening on Coast Village Road in 2015. Newville started the store after becoming fascinated by the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil, and began sourcing high-quality olive oils from both California and around the world. The oils are housed in fustis: stainless-steel tanks that house and dispense the oil while protecting it from heat and light. Newville eventually decided to move on and wanted to find the right buyers to take over the business. The Dybdahls tell us they’d visited Montecito for many years – it’s roughly the midway point to break up long flights between their respective home countries, New Zealand and Norway – and they realized they wanted to build a life here after many stays at Montecito Inn and many strolls along Coast Village. Searching for a business to take over to make the international transition successful, they were instantly intrigued that Newville had listed her business for sale, as they had stopped in several times to buy local goods to bring back to New Zealand. They purchased the shop last year, and since then have been revamping the interior, the branding, and the offerings. “We wanted to expand the product lines so people will think of us for both olive oil and complementary items,” Sven said. In addition to a vast selection of specialty olive oils and vinegars, the couple has chosen a handful of artisan goods from small-batch purveyors. Items include Ojai jellies, Jilli Vanilli vanilla products, Marshall’s Haute Sauce, specialty popcorn from Santa Barbara Popcorn Company, olives from Santa Barbara Olive Company, pickled goods from Pacific Pickle Works, and truffles from Chocolats du CaliBressan, which are infused with Viva Oliva’s own balsamic vinegar, plus many others. The store also offers a selection of cheeses and salamis, as well as home goods including olive wood products, hand towels, cookbooks, candles, and more. They also offer custom gift baskets. The Dybdahls, like other retail business owners in Montecito, had a tough holiday season due to extended closures from the Thomas Fire and mudslide, and say they look forward to a fresh start with new branding, signage, a new website, and interior look. For more information, visit www. vivaoliva.com. The shop is located at 1275 Coast Village Road and is open 10 am to 6 pm Monday-Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. •MJ 3 – 10 May 2018
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Like-for-Like Rebuild (Debris Flow) Ordinance Amendments Case Nos. 18ORD-00000-00005, 18ORD-00000-00006, and 18ORD-00000-00007 Tuesday, May 15, 2018 County Administration Building, Board Hearing Room, Fourth Floor 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara Hearing begins at 9:00 A.M. On May 15, 2018, the County Board of Supervisors will consider the recommendations of the County and Montecito Planning Commissions for Case Nos. 18ORD-00000-00005, 18ORD-00000-00006, and 18ORD-00000-00007, which would amend, respectively, the Montecito Land Use and Development Code, the Article II Coastal Zoning Ordinance, and the County Land Use and Development Code, to implement new regulations and development standards regarding permitting requirements for structures that have been damaged or destroyed during a debris flow or other catastrophic event resulting in a significant change in topography or alteration of drainage features. Specifically, the County Board of Supervisors will consider the following items: 1. Case No. 18ORD-00000-00005. Adopt an ordinance amending Division 35.2, Montecito Zones and Allowable Land Uses, Division 35.7, Montecito Planning Permit Procedures, Division 35.9, Montecito Land Use and Development Code Administration, and Division 35.10, Glossary, of Section 35-2, the Santa Barbara County Montecito Land Use and Development Code, of Chapter 35, Zoning, of the Santa Barbara County Code; 2. Case No. 18ORD-00000-00006. Adopt an ordinance amending Division 1, In General, Division 2, Definitions, Division 10, Nonconforming Structures and Uses, and Division 12, Administration, of Article II, the Santa Barbara County Coastal Zoning Ordinance, of Chapter 35, Zoning, of the Santa Barbara County Code; and, 3. Case No. 18ORD-00000-00007. Adopt an ordinance amending Article 35.2, Zones and Allowable Land Uses, Article 35.8, Planning Permit Procedures, Article 35.10, Land Use and Development Code Administration, and Article 35.11, Glossary, of Section 35-1, the Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code, of Chapter 35, Zoning, of the Santa Barbara County Code. In addition, the Board of Supervisors will consider determining that the adoption of these ordinances are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3), 15265, 15302, and 15305. Please see the posted agenda and Board Agenda Letter available on May 10, 2018, under the hearing date, at http://santabarbara.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Project materials may be reviewed at Planning and Development, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Please contact the project planner, Tess Harris, in advance at: (805) 568-3319 (phone), 805-568-2030 (fax) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure availability of project materials or for other project information/questions. The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. The order of items listed on the agenda is subject to change by the Board. Anyone interested in this matter is invited to appear and speak on the project. Remote testimony can also be given at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria. Written comments are also welcome. All letters should be addressed to the County Clerk at email@example.com. The project involves a legislative act including Ordinance Amendments to the Land Use and Development Code, Montecito Land Use and Development Code, and the Coastal Zoning Ordinance (Article II). Therefore, please be advised that the Montecito Planning Commission reviewed Case Nos. 18ORD-00000-00005 and 18ORD-00000-00006 on April 17, 2018, and the County Planning Commission reviewed Case Nos. 18ORD-00000-00006 and 18ORD-00000-00007 on April 25, 2018 and provided recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Attendance and participation by the public is invited and encouraged. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this hearing, please contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by 4:00 p.m. on Friday before the Board meeting. For information about these services please contact the Clerk of the Board at (805) 568-2240. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the hearing will enable the Clerk of the Board to make reasonable arrangements. If you challenge the project in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence to the Board prior to the public hearing.
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Plane, Train, Taxi, and a Man from Holland
he taxi driver kept tapping his GPS as we drove through crowded narrow streets. He turned left, then right, then left again, while glancing up occasionally to avoid running over pedestrians or under buses. I looked out the window at all the bright signs. None of which I could read. I thought about the title of my travel book: Where Are Pat and Ernie Now? The owner of the house we would be staying in had emailed the address for us to give to the taxi driver. It had two Japanese characters, followed by four numbers separated by dashes, then two more characters, three numbers, a dot, then four more numbers. The taxi driver stared at it for several minutes before inputting it into the GPS. It had been a 10-hour flight. Our seats on the airplane were over the wing, which the flight attendant pointed out in case we needed to exit during a water landing. I thought of the movie Scully, where he had skillfully landed in the East River. I wondered how long it would take the ferry boats to get to us in the middle of the Pacific. Delta was kind enough to outfit the 3,000 or so seats crammed into the economy section with free movie monitors. I started up Murder on the Orient Express. Hercule Poirot was just about to reveal the murderer when a message from the flight attendant interrupted it. “Some of the monitors are not working,” she said. “So, Atlanta suggested we reboot the system.” The monitors went blank. They were still blank hours later when we arrived at Haneda Airport. We had gone through 16 time zones. It was now Tuesday afternoon. We had lunch. Something with noodles. Then we found the train to Kamakura. It was an express. In the Orient. I looked around for Johnny Depp, to no avail. There are no “maximum number of passengers” signs on trains in Japan. Pat and I had to squeeze into a standing-room-only car with four suitcases, a camera bag, and a purse. I was the only one within sight with a mustache. It didn’t earn me the respect of a seat, however. A little over an hour later, we pulled into Kamakura and hailed the cab we were now in.
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Our driver turned into a narrow lane. He slowed, looked around, then took several more turns. Finally, he stopped in the middle of the road. Another car approached. He took our piece of paper and went to talk to the driver. There was a lot of head shaking. I thought of a new title for my book: Where Are Pat and Ernie and the Taxi Driver Now? He came back, tapped his GPS one last time, then opened the trunk and took out our luggage, leaving it on the road. He said something apologetic, bowed a few times, then drove away. It was dusk.
I was the only one within sight with a mustache Some neighbors came out of a house. They spoke some English. They did not recognize the address. As it turns out, none of the streets in the neighborhood had names. More neighbors appeared. The paper with the two Japanese characters, followed by four numbers separated by dashes, then two more characters, three numbers, a dot, then four more numbers got passed around. One neighbor would point one way, while another pointer the other way. Then they would switch. I tried not to panic. All we’d have to do was call another taxi with our phones that didn’t work here and try to explain where we were, so they could take us to a hotel somewhere. One of the neighbors said something to her young daughter who dashed away. A few minutes later, she returned with a man who spoke English. He said he thought he might know where the house was. It was dark now. We followed him down a steep hill then up another steep hill. He told us he came from Holland. I wondered if he had a different taxi driver. He stopped in front of a house. It had the owner’s name on it. We found the lockbox with the key. I thanked the man profusely and told him Holland was my favorite country and I loved tulips. We carried our bags into the house. “That went well,” I said. Pat collapsed on the couch. •MJ 3 – 10 May 2018
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Perils of Kid-Lit
ere’s a quiz question for you: What one famous piece of literature celebrates (1) a musical feline? (2) an athletic bovine? (3) an amused canine? (4) some amorous tableware? Stumped? Then I’ll have to remind you: ey diddle diddle, the Cat and the H Fiddle, The Cow jumped over the Moon. The little Dog laughed to see such fun, And the Dish ran away with the Spoon. I hope you don’t feel I’ve taken liberties of interpretation here. I’m assuming the Cat is playing the fiddle, and that no allusion is intended to the use of cat-gut for violin strings. I’m also assuming that the Dish and the Spoon were in some sort of romantic relationship. But that whole situation is relatively innocuous, compared with some of the grievous occurrences I’m about to dredge up. First, there’s the bizarre case of two persons known to us only as “Jack” and “Jill.” Here there is much mystery. We are told that they went up a hill to get some water. But wouldn’t any source of water more likely be located at the bottom of a hill, not the top? Doesn’t this suggest that the couple had some other purpose – perhaps a lovers’ tryst? In any case, it was presumably when coming back down that Jack fell, and suffered a severe head injury. Then, compounding the tragedy, his partner also had a fall. We don’t know how badly she was hurt, nor have we any clue to what happened next. But how has such an unhappy story, with no apparent moral, (other than, possibly, to be careful on hills), enshrined itself in our canon of literature for entertaining young children? Along the same lines, there is the ghastly puzzle of the baby in the treetop. Of course, we know there are many different ways of interpreting this and other ostensibly innocent ditties. But just taking the words at face value, as they’ve been sung for centuries – a supposedly soothing lullaby – may one dare ask, who put the baby in such an unlikely and precarious position, and why should we feel anything but horror when a strong wind causes a tree-limb to break, and the poor infant, still in its cradle, comes plunging down? No hint is given of the inevitably 3 – 10 May 2018
dreadful aftermath. At the very least, one can only imagine a prosecution for reckless child endangerment. But, as with Jack and Jill, the greatest mystery is why this song, with these lyrics, has been, and remains, as popular as if it told a tale of kindness and happiness. Kid-Lit also rejoices in disasters, like great bridges falling down, and serious mishaps involving neglected duty, particularly in tending animals. Little Boy Blue, instead of blowing his alarm-horn, is asleep in a haystack while his sheep and cattle damage the crops. And a certain Bo Peep, who has somehow lost her sheep (no doubt through some misconduct of her own), is offered the doubtful reassurance that they’ll probably come home anyway. But even worse is the strain of callousness and cruelty – especially toward animals – which runs through many of these tales. For example, there is the harrowing drama concerning “Three Blind Mice”. We are not told how they were blinded, but can there be any doubt that it was a deliberate human act? Then, when they are stumbling about in their blind distress, the Farmer’s Wife imagines that the poor defenseless creatures are running after her, and vents her fear and rage by chopping off their tails. And there is the almost incredible narrative that begins: “Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of rye.” It goes on to tell us of the baking of two dozen, apparently live, blackbirds in some kind of “pie.” Miraculously, at least some of the birds survive, and are actually heard to “sing.” All of this is set against a background of royal wealth and luxury. The King and Queen, for whom the pie was presumably baked, are engaged in their own favorite pursuits, counting money, and eating sweets. But meanwhile, it is a lowly housemaid, innocently hanging out clothing to dry, who has to suffer a consequence of the royal culinary cruelty. One blackbird, presumably seeking revenge upon any human for the fate of his baked brothers, attacks the Maid, and viciously bites her nose off! If our culture has nothing more edifying and uplifting to inspire its youngest members, I fear they may grow up to be people like you and me. •MJ
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 4/25/2018 4.858 x 6.19 Coastal Resiliency Project Local Coastal Program Amendment Tuesday, May 16, 2018 County Planning Commission Hearing Room 123 E. Anapamu St. 1st Floor Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Hearing begins at 9:00 A.M. On May 16, 2018, the Montecito Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider making a recommendation to the County Planning Commission regarding proposed amendments to the Coastal Land Use Plan and Article II, the Coastal Zoning Ordinance. The policies and development standards within this Local Coastal Program (LCP) Amendment are intended to prepare for, mitigate, and respond to future hazards resulting from sea level rise. The Montecito Planning Commission will consider the following in order to recommend that the County Planning Commission recommend that the Board of Supervisors adopt the proposed LCP Amendment: • A Resolution recommending that the County Planning Commission adopt a Resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors adopt a Resolution (Case No. 17GPA-00000-00004) amending Chapter 3, The Resource Protection and Development Policies, and the Appendices of the Coastal Land Use Plan; • A Resolution recommending that the County Planning Commission adopt a Resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors adopt an Ordinance (Case No. 17ORD-00000-00015) amending the Coastal Zoning Ordinance, of Chapter 35, Zoning, of the Santa Barbara County Code; and, • A determination that this project is statutorily exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Sections 15250 and 15251(f) of the Guidelines for Implementation of CEQA. The staff report and attachments, including the proposed amendment, will be available one week prior to the public hearing at the Planning and Development Department located at 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara and online at the following website: http://sbcountyplanning.org/boards/pc/mpc.cfm The Montecito Planning Commission hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. The order of items listed on the agenda is subject to change by the Montecito Planning Commission. Anyone interested in this matter is invited to appear and speak in support of or in opposition to the project. Written comments are also welcome. All letters should be addressed to the Montecito Planning Commission, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101. Letters, with nine copies, and computer materials, e.g. PowerPoint presentations, should be filed with the secretary of the Montecito Planning Commission no later than 12:00 P.M. on the Friday before the Montecito Planning Commission hearing. You may also submit comment letters electronically to the Planning Commission Recording Secretary at email@example.com. The decision to accept late materials will be at the discretion of the Montecito Planning Commission. For additional information, please visit the project website: http://longrange.sbcountyplanning.org/programs/coastalresiliencyproject/ coastalresiliency.php or contact Selena Evilsizor, Senior Planner: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 805-568-3577 Attendance and participation by the public is invited and encouraged. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Hearing Support Staff (805) 568-2000. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Hearing Support Staff to make reasonable arrangements. If you challenge the project in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence to the Planning Commission prior to the public hearing.
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The Final Chapter of World War II
eventy-seven years ago, after a Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the United States declared war on Japan. That war resulted in the death of millions of humans and was the only conflict in history in which weapons ranging from swords to Atomic bombs were used. The U.S. prevailed, and the two countries signed a peace treaty after four years of brutal conflict. Today, the people of the U.S. and Japan are peaceful partners. This transition from hated enemies to trusted
Flags such as this were given to Japanese soldiers before going into battle, and many added personal information on them before folding the flags and placing them near their hearts under their uniforms. Hundreds of flags were retrieved by U.S. soldiers and brought home as souvenirs. The Obon Society’s Rex and Keiko Ziak, who will speak at this month’s Channel City Club event on May 14, have organized the return of such mementoes to the families of fallen Japanese soldiers.
friends has rarely been accomplished in such a short period of time. War does not end when a treaty is signed. The veterans come home with nightmares and memories; the mothers, widows, and orphans who bury the dead are faced with a lifetime of grief and loss. Throughout history, we have witnessed that two or three generations later the grandchildren take up arms to avenge their loss and war erupts once again. As a sincere gesture that confirms this unique peace, many Americans
Rex and Keiko Ziak met with Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe in August 2015, to personally return 70 family heirlooms on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. The Ziaks invited and arranged for six WWII veterans to accompany them as ‘veteran ambassadors’ of peace. (from left): Harold LaDuke (U.S. Navy) of Tacoma, Washington and Dallas Britt (U.S. Army) of Seattle, Washington.) Keiko and Rex Ziak, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki
are doing something remarkable. They and their wartime allies from around the world are gathering up the “battlefield souvenirs” they had carried home as symbols of victory and sending these personal family heirlooms back to relatives of the dead soldiers in Japan. There are numerous reasons Americans are doing this. Some say it is to provide closure to the bereaved family in Japan, while others claim it is to calm their own troubled hearts. Others declare this act represents the traditional benevolent spirit of Americans, while some state it was the longtime request of their veteran father that these items be sent home. But whether it is done in honor or peace, friendship, or trust, we have come to regard this exceptional act of returning Japanese flags to Japanese families as writing the final chapter to the history of WWII. The international humanitarian nonprofit Obon Society, in recognition of the need to organize the effort, was formed out of a unique combination of Rex and Keiko Ziak. Rex, an
American and son of a WWII veteran met Keiko, a citizen of Japan, whose grandfather had been drafted, sent to war, and disappeared in Burma without a trace; his remains have never been found. The Ziaks realized the Americans were trying to reach out to the Japanese, but the language and cultural difference made this connection impossible. They set themselves up as a point of contact and now receive items every day from around the world. Rex and Keiko will present their talk, “Writing the Final Chapter of WWll; The Return of Japanese Flags to Japanese Families”, at a Channel City luncheon sponsored by Montecito Journal and Condor Express on Monday, May 14, in the Reagan Room at the Fess Parker Hilton Resort; checkin begins at 11:30 am. Reservations are required by Thursday, May 10. Tickets for the presentation and lunch are $45 per person. You are invited to go to their website at chan nelcityclub.org or phone them at (805) 884-6636 for more information. •MJ
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LETTERS (Continued from page 10)
Trump Republican around the nation in special elections, the Democrats paraded one-size-fits-all secular socialist Democrats before the voters. The Republicans won all six. Yet, the mainstream media claims moral victory for the Democrats in each election they lost. I’m going to stick with my prediction of a Republican House and a Republican Senate next January. A booming economy will negate much of the wall-to-wall anti-Trump wailing from the mainstream media. It will keep Trump’s “favorables” in the low 50s (that’s all he needs, according to the Jesse Helms way of political thinking). “My” Republican House majority may be a bit larger than “yours,” while “your” Senate Republican majority may be bigger than “mine.” I’m surprised that with “Little Mountain” being 39% Democrat, Montecito Journal can remain so resolutely conservative, Republican, and capitalist in the face of what could be a lot of leftist push-back, especially against advertisers. The Montecito Journal is not socially conservative. Perhaps that’s the compromise you make in the presence of so many local liberals, and vice-versa from the local left. David McCalmont Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Well, you cover a lot of ground, Mr. McCalmont. Just to re-equip readers with some of your references, in last week’s issue I prognosticated that Republicans would probably hang on with a small (half a dozen or so) majority in the House of Representatives and a larger majority in the Senate, guessing Republicans would pick up four or more seats in November’s mid-term election. As for votes in Montecito, the village went for Hillary Clinton big time (something like 59% versus 37%), so Bob Hazard’s numbers seem accurate. Analyzing
each race state by state and district by district, the most dangerous losses for Republicans could take place right here in California. If the top two vote-getters in the upcoming gubernatorial primary are both Democrats, that will likely suppress Republican votes statewide, which could catapult a number of Democratic candidates over their Republican rivals in some, mostly coastal, districts. Nationally, the outcome is less clear, but the outlook favors the Republican Party countrywide. It is still too early to make any solid predictions, but that’s the way things look to me right now. I’m also guessing Mr. Trump will do much better in 2020, but that really is a long way out! – J.B.)
Marijuana Not So Merry
The cultivation, sale, distribution of marijuana are federal crimes, subject to imprisonment, fine, and asset attachment . Marijuana is not an FDAapproved drug as to medical treatment, dosage, purity, and sale. It is a Federal Crime to produce, distribute, sell, and profit from a drug not approved by the FDA. California Proposition 64 is unconstitutional per the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. The 10th Amendment does not apply. It is not a state right to cultivate, sell, and distribute marijuana, for recreational or medical treatment purposes. All marijuana-related revenue from sales taxes and fees collected by state, county, and cites are subject to federal prosecution and attachment, as well as income from private marijuana dealers and businesses. Marijuana is a proven gateway drug. A mind-altering drug and an impediment to critical thinking. It’s not a goodtime, benign, and harmless drug. It is a drug with high potential for abuse and dependency, leading to stronger drugs. A fool’s drug, promoted by drug sale advocates, drug dealers, users, and stoners. And apparently, the Santa Barbara City Council and County supervisors, due to their dreams of large tax revenues to countEARTHQUAKE RETROFITTING 50 + YEARS EXPERIENCE - LOCAL 35+ YEARS
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er growing budget deficits and consequent police costs and governmental medical costs related to drug use. Are they unaware of our local and the nation’s drug problems and the growing cost of addiction, suffering, deaths, and crimes related thereto? Ask the hospital Emergency Room and medical community, addiction treatment professionals, the police, the courts, and the dependent and addicted. Contact the federal attorney general and demand that federal law be enforced. H.T. Bryan Santa Barbara
Perhaps demonstrating that television has more influence over the churched than churches do, since when would any Christian entity permit Jerusalem to be the administrative center of a secular country, thus bolstering secularism? It seems the traditional Jerusalem of old day could be distinguished by religion. The modern Jerusalem’s faithbased identity is second in priority to modern Zionism and Its march east. Matt McLaughlin Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: We’re just not sure how far “east” modern Zionism is headed, but Jerusalem has been connected to the Jewish people and the Jewish faith for, oh, at least 2,500 years, so we don’t find it particularly alarming that Israel has claimed Jerusalem as its capital city nor that the U.S. Government has acknowledged that. – J.B.)
Committee (LUC). The LUC is at the forefront in evaluating and deciding whether to make recommendations regarding a wide variety of projects: large, small, very visible, or under the radar. I am grateful, as a Montecito Association board member, for the countless hours the LUC spends interacting with concerned residents and local government leaders. The LUC represents the MA at the monthly meetings of the Montecito Board of Architectural Review, the Montecito Planning Commission, and the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission. This dedicated work results in the LUC providing comprehensive reporting on a wide variety of Montecito projects to the entire MA board. Consequently, the MA board makes very informed, unbiased recommendations to Santa Barbara County decision-makers. I encourage community members to attend LUC meetings, which take place the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Community Hall in Montecito. Further review of the LUC agenda and a host of issues occurs at the MA board meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at the same location. Meeting agendas are available at montecitoas sociation.org Please participate in these important decisions to be made. Please strengthen the voice of our beautiful community and all that the Montecito Association will do to represent you. Michele Neely Saltoun Montecito (Ms Saltoun is a Montecito Association board member.)
A New Challenge
Zionism Marches East
I call upon community members to be involved in the challenge the recent upheaval has presented to us. We must embrace, discuss, and provide input regarding the rebuilding and continued improvement of Montecito. The Montecito Association (MA) provides a unique voice in this effort. Impacting that voice is a highly qualified team of volunteer professionals serving on the MA’s Land Use
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Madame X knows she is in a world imagined by Kafka (“Warehousing Not Care”, MJ #24/12). As I enquire about how she has come to be where she is after her evacuation from Montecito during the fire, I find her life is being taken from her without her participation. She tells me, “They can’t do that!” Her present environment is bleak. She is becoming more filled with despair, as there has been no progress (or effort as far as I can tell) to get her back to the home she loves. There is no encouragement to physical exercise. There is no mental stimulation either, as Madame X is the only patient there who can carry on a conversation. She can be cranky with the staff and is aware of doing so. Who could blame her? I recognize that she needs livein help if she were to return home. She can afford it. Such care could be arranged if the desire was there. Gerald Rounds Santa Ynez (Editor’s note: We too wish a speedy return to Montecito for Madame X. – J.B.) •MJ 3 – 10 May 2018
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Freedom Buried in the Body
emaya Renuka Duby moved to Santa Barbara only last year, but the somatic therapy practitioner-health and lifestyle coach brought with her a wealth a experience. Duby is a 25-year veteran of the Rosen Method – a psychosomatic system integrating body, emotional, and mental experiences in releasing unconscious patterns of behavior – who trained directly under founder Marion Rosen and counts more than 2,500 hours of patient work. But she’s also a world traveler who has studied and practices yoga, plant medicine, dance therapy, and other methods and has lived in a Zen monastery and a yoga ashram. She’s also the former owner of Mana Luna Healing Arts in Northern California and Sacred Waters Healing Arts on the island of Kauai. “All these experiences made me who I am and go into what I do,” said Duby, who left Hawaii when she no longer felt she could continue to grow as a healer on the island. “Evolution is important to me.” What she does, Duby explained, is combine the Rosen Method with her own modalities in something she calls Bones of Freedom, “because it’s the skeleton of emotional, mental, and physical freedom. A holistic freedom, on all levels, something that brings us more choices.” Bones of Freedom helps people to feel everything, she explained. “It’s about trusting that our emotional body is wired in a way that if we allow ourselves to feel, what we need will come out.” It’s like surfing, she said. “Even if we get tumbled into the depths of a wave of emotions, if we let go and trust, we can come out with peace and grace and ability to love with everything we’ve got. That comes from a deeper understanding of the body-mind connection. We can heal trauma as long as we stop resisting.” Putting her money where her mouth is, Duby extended deep discounts to those who were affected by the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide/debris flow through March (and will still work with those still suffering who have a limited budget). This weekend, she’s also offering a taste of her modalities in a threehour seminar at Yoga Soup called “Healing our Bodies’ Buried Stories”. The hands-on training will cover such areas as “emotional anatomy ,” using language as keys to emotion3 – 10 May 2018
al unwinding and teach methods of touch she calls “muscle whispering” that allow the nervous system to relax into healing. “We’ll learn to read the body and to touch in a way that helps free the deep emotional contractions stored in muscle memory and how to process what’s coming up in a safe way,” she said. Of course, three hours isn’t enough time to cover a lifetime of learning, but Duby said participants will walk away with some “nuggets, little jewels on the path. The process will facilitate their own ability and being in the same space for three hours will be its own transformational journey.” Healing our Bodies’ Buried Stories takes place 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, May 6, and costs $60 in advance, or $75 on Sunday. Yoga Soup is located at 28 Parker Way. Call 965-8811 or visit www.yogasoup.com. For more information about Yemaya Renuka Duby, visit www.yourbelovedhealth.com.
Get Your House in Order
Chiyan Wang, who has been providing Fengshui consultation and ongoing courses and sessions in Taoist Light Qigong in Santa Barbara for 25 years, is hosting a special one-day Fengshui Workshop (for Prosperity, Health, and Harmony) on Sunday afternoon, May 6. Those with experience as well as newcomers are welcome to the event, where the focus will be on identifying a good Fengshui house and the main wealth corner and sub-wealth corners; how to make amends to Feng shui problems and how and when to do a Fengshui cleansing; and learning to use the five elements to choose colors and shapes inside a house. The intention is to provide support for finding, building, or remodeling a good Fengshui house, as well as how to protect your property from disasters. Over her quarter-century in Santa Barbara, Wang’s on-site consultation has successfully helped people to improve their financial flow, harmony in relationships, health in body and mind, as well as joy and peace at home and office. She has also successfully helped people to quickly sell or rent their property, happily for both sides of the transaction. The Taoist Light Qigong website also says that those who have followed up and made coordinate Fengshui chang-
es have protected their houses from Santa Barbara’s disasters, remaining intact in the wake of fire, flood, and mudslides. Ongoing classes take place at the Taoist Light Qigong center, 411 East Canon Perdido Street, Suite 16, which is also the site for Sunday’s workshop, which costs $80 including materials. Call 699-6688, email chiyan@sbqi gong.com or visit www.TaoistLightQi gong.com.
Yin + Yang in the AM
Nuria Reed and Damian team up to guide early risers through a relaxing and revitalizing yin and yang yoga practice accompanied by a sound bath. Participants will move bodies with the breath, clearing stagnant energy, before diving deep into the healing qualities of the yin and restorative poses. The class comes with a live soundtrack, the healing sounds of ancient Sanskrit mantras, didgeridoo, flute, chimes, gongs, and 432Hz crystal singing bowls. Nuria Reed – who has taught at several other studios in town before joining up with the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and is also the creator of Urban Sadhana, a one-of-a-kind meditation experience – combines creative sequencing, attention to anatomy, and a deep understanding of
the true nature of the self in assisting her students in achieving a new level of energy and awareness. Damian teaches Asana Yoga in addition to Nada Yoga (sound healing), and finds joy in sharing the universe of sound and witnessing the amazing effect the vibrational frequencies have on the human body, mind, and spirit. The two-hour class, which costs $35, starts at 10 am Sunday, May 6, at the Yoga Center, which later that afternoon also hosts the final of five monthly Depth Movement sessions with Katya Bloom. No need to have attended the previous classes to enroll in the 3 to 4:25 pm workshop, which cultivates the yoga skill of “you are your own best teacher.” In Depth Movement – which incorporates meditation, movement improvisation, and awareness of your changing being within the changing environment – participants are guided to become more responsive to their own bodies and discovering movements – positions and transitions – via a suffusion of awareness. You move intuitively, following your own sensations and your own pace. In fact, rather than starting from a posture suggested by the teacher, you start from your own being. In this approach, you can recognize subtle patterns and feel for yourself what you want and need to do, with gentle guidance. Fee: $20. •MJ
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Erik Talkin publishes first book
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Read Between the Lines To the Kimpton Goodland Hotel in Goleta for a UCSB Arts & Lectures reception for peripatetic New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. A winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, the 58-year-old Harvard graduate has more followers on Twitter – 1.5 million – than any other print journalist in the world. Kristof, who has been a correspondent for the Times in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo, is now a popular op-ed columnist exploring human rights abuses and social injustice, including human trafficking and the Darfur conflict in Sudan, an area he has visited 11 times. South African archbishop Desmond Tutu described him as “an honorary African” for shining a spotlight on neglected conflicts. Kristof, who has traveled to more than 150 countries and was the subject of the Ben Affleck-produced HBO documentary Reporter, later spoke at a sold-out lecture titled “Building a Resilient Community: Turning Adversity into Opportunity” at Campbell Hall, with KEYT-TV senior reporter John Palminteri as moderator. Reception guests include Christopher Lloyd, Tom and Heather Sturgess, Thomas Tighe, Tom
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The noise generated by the 35-mph flow resembled a runaway freight train. A month before the storm of January 9, the December Thomas wildfire left the top few inches of the front country seared into a fine, crumbly powder. The sustained heat cooked the chaparral, coaxing from it a waxy liquid that oozed onto the soil and functioned like a conveyor belt, capable of hoisting huge boulders. A half-inch of rain in five minutes unleashed a downhill demolition derby equivalent to 10,000 John Deere tractors, dumping boulders and debris on Montecito in a milkshake of mud with all its fury.
A Rare Event?
According to Keller, what happened in Montecito on January 9 was a confluence of three variables: a high-intensity rainstorm following on the heels of the largest wildfire in state history in an area of Santa Barbara County buffeted by years of drought. Millions of tons of sediment and boulders were brought down on January 9, but more remains in stream channels and hanging off vertical walls left behind by the high velocity of the debris flow. The debris flow in Montecito was admittedly a rare event, but not so much so. Last year after the Sherpa Wildfire, a rain-driven debris flow swept five cabins off their foundations at the El Capitan campgrounds and carried 15 cars into the viscous soup of El Capitan Creek. A similar debris flow created the geologically young boulder field at Rocky Nook Park, right past the Santa Barbara Mission at the entrance to Mission Canyon near the Museum of Natural History.
Since leaving FEMA, former director James Lee Witt has served as a consultant on more than 350 natural disasters all over the world. He referenced what we have learned from other disasters, and locally, what we can do to combine science and technology to reduce the impact of future occurrences. In other disasters, roughly 20 percent of local businesses have not survived the aftermath. Tourists choose other destinations until all aspects of the disaster have been physically removed. Tax rolls have been drastically reduced, making remedial funding far more difficult. Witt warned that the longer we wait to take action, the less chance we will have of receiving federal emergency funding. We need to make good decisions now about how to stabilize our mountain range. If done correctly, every dollar spent on prevention can save $7 in potential losses. Montecito is built almost entirely on multiple layers of debris flow
fans. The challenge in Montecito is the complex overlapping of creek channels, including Cold Spring, Hot Springs, and Montecito Creek System; the San Ysidro Creek System; and the Romero Creek System.
For Montecito, Witt suggests the formation of a coalition of public and private resources. One such partnership is now being crafted by a non-profit, public-private Partnership for Resilient Communities, with Witt serving as a paid consultant. Key players include Brett Matthews, Montecito entrepreneur skilled in public-private partnerships; Joe Cole, attorney and Montecito Planning commissioner; McElroy, former Santa Barbara Fire chief; Gwyn Lurie, chair, Montecito Union School Board of Trustees; Les Firestein, innovator, screenwriter, and producer; Mary Rose, political consultant; and a host of other backers and financial supporters. On the public side of the projected partnership are Das Williams, 1st District County supervisor; Mona Miyasato, Santa Barbara County executive; and Matt Pontes, assistant County executive officer. The goal of this public-private partnership is to identify scientific research and technological solutions from around the world and to develop a menu of options that can be implemented immediately and longer-term. The partnership will be charged with realistically forecasting costs, identifying funding sources, and applying for grants through public and private sources. The key is to establish solid ties to the community, the county, the state, and the feds including the U.S. Forest Service. To shorten the time frame, the partnership has already agreed to supplement the financially constrained county with professional disaster recovery personnel funded by the partnership. More about this unique effort will be forthcoming in next week’s editorial. The task will not be easy. Federal funding is scarce and limited. In 2017, this country alone experienced 60 disasters that exceeded a billion dollars in costs. Insurance reserves are low. Family resources are constrained. Like the volunteer efforts of Abe Powell and his partners in the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, future recovery efforts will require the mobilization of committed volunteers with resources supplied by this community. Witt closed his remarks at the Town Hall meeting with this admonition: “If you are not a partner in planting the trees of the future, you do not deserve to stand in the shade.” •MJ
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The Allosphere Science Meets Art The AlloSphere research team: Dr. Andres Cabrera, Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Dennis Adderton, and Gustavo Rincon, setting up their presentation at Sullivan Goss Gallery
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A visual from the AlloSphere’s latest composition “Probably”
The presentation to a standing-room only crowd at the gallery consisted of two movements of Kuchera-Morin’s science-sonata titled “Probability”, with reference to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle in Position and Momentum for an Atom. Attendees wore 3-D glasses while viewing a projection on the gallery wall with stereo sound. The “art” was a simulation of the probability of where an electron may be, specifically the hydrogen electron and the flow of it. The video’s colors, shapes, and the tonal pitch used were chosen by the team “arbitrarily.” After the viewing, she fielded questions and further discussed the work being done in the field. My review of the work is that while appreciated for its use to demonstrate physics equations via a computer software program that yields color waveforms and sound, we have for certain seen and heard this art genre from prominent video artists involved in conceptual art and experimental film for many years. Steina and Woody Vasulka used video synthesizers to create abstract works as noted in their film Violin Power in 1978, and lest we forget the first analog attempt at experimental visual waves in the silent film Anémic Cinéma  by Marcel Duchamp, and the acoustical theory of sound as waves proved by 18th-century scientist and musician Ernst Chladni. While one appreciates the premise of the Allosphere’s design, the output shown at the gallery in art is rendered and is temperate to the seasoned creative, and noted as such among some of the attendees at the gallery presentation. I interviewed JoAnn prior to the presentation to delve deeper: Q. What prompted you to go from music composition to digital sound? A. I have traditional music roots, with a Ph.D. in music composition from Eastman School of Music. To me, the arts use the principles of science. I thought, why not have art be used to demonstrate what scientists are writing, instead of just looking at their equations. Both disciplines use symmetry and asymmetry. Also, with the downturn of jobs in music, it was clear to me that the direction for music would be digital. I was working on the old Vax and PDP computers. The only company that made a digital to analog computers for sound
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was based in Santa Barbara, called Digital Sound Corporation. I wanted real-time digital sound output, so I purchased one of their computers and came to work at UCSB. I thought I was going to be in the music department, but when I arrived, they had placed me in engineering, as no one in music was using computers at the time. The department told me, “Why would anyone want a computer to make sound?!” Computers making music had already happened in the U.S. with Bell Telephone Labs engineer Max Mathews. I continued to work in many other areas at UCSB, interfacing with physics, math, and material sciences. The AlloSphere is the result of all those years. [Montecito Journal notes: Jim McGill a Ph.D. physicist, founded Digital Sound Corporation at 2030 Alameda Padre Serra Santa Barbara in 1978, which specialized in microchips necessary to process data from electric musical instruments and microphones, and later branched out into voice-mail devices. Max Matthews got an I.B.M. 704 mainframe computer to generate 17 seconds of music titled “The Silver Scale” composed by Newman Guttman, his colleague at Bells Labs. Four years later, he programmed an IMB computer to play “Daisy Bell”, later noted as the inspiration for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.] What is your latest work we will view at the gallery? For the past seven years, I worked with Luca Pelitti, Ph.D. [Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics & University College London], and Lance Putnam, Ph.D. on the computerized simulation, visualization and sonifcation of electron wave functions in a hydrogen-like atom. This simulates and displays the quantum mechanical wave function of a single electron in a superposition of different atomic orbitals using solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The software program is set up in three versions: 1) a single wave function is visualized while agents follow fields of electron current and gradient; 2) agents form ribbons showing electron spin in an simulation that is the product of three separate wave functions; and 3) visualization uses isosurfaces to display the same simulation. How does this presentation replicate the work at the AlloSphere? For this gallery presentation, we reduced the AlloSphere down to one projector, one computer, and a two-channel sound system. We are now portable enough to bring the Allosphere to the public, so people can find out what we are doing there. Also, the software program written by my colleagues and students is publically available as an open-source software system. •MJ 3 – 10 May 2018
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Peter and Mireille Noone, Arlene Montesano, Ursula Nesbitt, Jelinda and Barry DeVorzon (photo by Priscilla)
Telegraph and Figueroa breweries. “We wanted to expand our horizons,” joked Elsa Granados, executive director, while new mayor Cathy Murillo emceed, April Howard chaired, and city council member Gregg Hart auctioned off a number of items, including a trip to Bermuda.
One of our tony town’s sweeter events. Gusto for Gustav The Granada stage was positively heaving when Santa Barbara Symphony, under energized maestro Nir Kabaretti, performed Gustav
Cary Matsuoka, SBUSD superintendent; Claire Krock, honoree Jessica Cadiente; Cita Torres, event chair; Terri Allison, Santa Barbara Education Foundation president (photo by Priscilla) Dion Rice (of Sunstone Winery), Olivia Newton-John, Anna Rice, and Beth Nielsen Chapman (photo by Priscilla)
On and on With tickets being given away for free, the Lobero Theatre was at capacity for Liv On, a community concert organized by Rod Lathim and Thomas Rollerson, with Aussie songbird Olivia Newton-John, and award-winning songwriters Amy Sky and Beth Nielsen Chapman. “After what has happened in the community, we wanted to lift spirits,” says Rod. “They did a small gathering at Tom’s house for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, and he thought it a good idea to have them do a community show. “He has known Olivia for many years, and they also had friends impacted by the New Year carnage.” The tony triumvirate, with Dane Bryant on piano and Liam Titcomb on guitar, sang a selection of uplifting songs of hope and renewal from their year-long tour, before attending a reception in the theater courtyard. Turning out for the show were Leslie Ridley-Tree, Anne Towbes, Bill Brown, Tom Parker, Peter and Mireille Noone, Barry and Jelinda DeVorzon, Rob and Pru Sternin, Corinna Gordon, and Simon Lythgoe, son of American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe.
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$50K: How Sweet it is The Rape Crisis Center, now renamed Standing Together to End Sexual Assault, threw its 10th annual Chocolate de Vine event at the Greek Orthodox Church, attracting more than 250 oenophiles and chocaholics, raising around $50,000 for the worthy charity which has an annual budget of $950,000. Eight chocolatiers and nine wineries participated, and for the first time beer was on the menu, including the
Daniel Meisel, Merrill Sherman, Margie Yahyavi, EBEF executive director; Melanie Trent DeSchutter and Richard DeSchutter (photo by Priscilla)
SBPD officer Beth Lazarus, guitarist Chris Judge, Geoff Greene, SBCC, Michelle Meyerling, PAL executive director; Gillian Lipinski and Robert Mislang (photo by Priscilla)
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Mahler’s mammoth Symphony No. 6 in A minor. The 102 musicians, the full symphony orchestral arsenal, reversed the order of the second and third movements on the weekend days of the impressive electrifying concert. The intensive show was, in a word, magnificent. Historical Hope It couldn’t have been a nicer evening when the 33-year-old Santa Barbara Education Foundation held its annual Hope Awards at the historical museum, which attracted 175 guests and raised $30,000 for the cause. Montecito author Fannie Flagg spoke eloquently about her struggles with dyslexia while the award went 3 – 10 May 2018
to Santa Barbara Public Library for its community outreach, particularly during the Thomas Fire and devastating mudslides when schools were closed, which was accepted by Jessica Cadiente, library director. Among the guests at the sunset soirée, chaired by board member Felicita Torres, were Anne Towbes, Lois and Laura Capps, Das Williams, Jean Schuyler, Ellen Pasternack, Dan Meisel, Steven Young, Hazel Johns, and Claire Krock. Table Fable Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Women’s Board hosted a socially gridlocked Art of the Table, with local artists and designers translating works of art from the museum’s collection into spectacular and dramatic tablescapes. “We wanted to add another event to our portfolio as we’ve been doing a lot of fundraising because the museum has been undergoing renovation,” says Lynn Brown, board vice president for development. Among those showcasing their wares were international interior designer John Saladino, whose Montecito estate Villa di Lemma was sold to TV talk-show host Ellen
SBMA Women’s Board president Fran Morrow with Helene Segal, SBMA WB PP; and Dee Jones, SBMA WB secretary; perched beside the artwork of Victoria Imperioli and Starr Siegele’s “Relief of Three Dancing Nymphs” (photo by Priscilla)
Michael Keaton and guests (photo by Hotel Californian)
Jonnie Houston, Fred Durst and guest (photo by Hotel Californian)
DeGeneres, Cynthia Belliveau, Gina Andrews, Steve and Caroline Thompson of Cabana Home, Collette Cosentino, Eric Berg, Marc Normand Gelinas, Victoria Imperioli and Starr Siegele, Margaret Matson, Diana Dolan, Hogue and Co., and Jack and Rose Hershorn of The Sacred Space. Among the art enthusiasts quaffing the wine and devouring the canapés were Bob and Holly Murphy, Adele Rosen, Anne Towbes, Terry and Pam Valeski, Barbara Woods, David and Anne Gersh, Hugh Margerum, Nancy Gifford, Gail Beust, and Barbara Ben-Horin. Hotel Hello Loquacious Los Angeles hotelier Michael Rosenfeld sure knows how to throw a party! More than 500 guests turned out at his new luxury 121-room hostelry, the Hotel Californian, for his Fellini-esque Alice in Wonderland fete to celebrate the opening of the multi-million dollar Moorish-style project designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Champagne flowed and eclectic comestibles abounded, but the undoubted highlight of the evening
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SEEN (Continued from page 14) Cecilia Fund co-presidents and co-chairs Marian Schoneberger and Susan Johnson on either side of the tea hostess Bette Saks
Liza Presser Belkin with her daughter, Danya Belkin, who authored a children’s book and is one of the guest authors at the CALM luncheon bookstore
Sunni Thomas receiving the Claire Miles Award at the CALM event
Author Lisa See with husband Richard Kendale, whose parents Herb and Elain, live in Montecito
who has written Gray Matters. Rona blazed the trail for entertainment journalism, making Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons seem out of date back in the 1950s. In Rona’s later life, her father got Alzheimer’s and she was his caregiver. This was the beginning of her work for seniors 65 and older who needed a place to go to be cared for. After many years, she has built the Golden Village in Santa Ynez Valley. She told us, “When it opened, I had 900 applications and only 60 rooms.” Her work and building plans are on going. Sunni Thomas was awarded the Claire Miles Award for outstanding service in the CALM Auxiliary, which consists of 50 women. She chaired the Sunshine Fund for 18 years. When a CALM therapist needs something special for a child or family member, they go to the Sunshine Fund. It might be a prom dress, or a pair of tennis shoes for a sport, or a bed. The late Claire Miles, founder of CALM, was a nurse and a wife of a Santa Barbara physician. After seeing the need of abused children, she put a hotline in her own home. Now, more than 1,500 children receive services yearly and another 6,000 receive education, outreach, and prevention in our County. The guest authors who had their books in the pop-up luncheon
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Johnson, Lashon Kelley, Sharon Kennedy, Stefanie Lopez, Mary Ellen McCammon, Nikki Rickard, Rochelle Rose, Bette Saks, Marian Schoneberger, Sigrid Toye, and Evie Vesper. They continually receive more requests than they can fund, so if you’d like to help in any way, log on to www.ceciliafund.org.
Donor Appreciation Luncheon The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission gave its annual donor appreciation luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church Hall. Julie Willig, president of the women’s auxiliary, gave the welcome and prayer. Board chair Joyce McCullough spoke of the “Miracle on Yanonali Street.” That’s where the Mission is located and where they recently had a graduation of recovered drug addicts and alcoholics. Wester Belmar told us how his life changed three and one half years
Cecilia Fund tea guest Joan Agress with speaker Dr. Chuck Fenzi and Barbara Andersen from the Santa Barbara FoundationA
“store” were: Danya Belkin, Melissa Broughton, Dr. Guy Clark, Kent Ferguson, Steven Gilbar, Walter Thompkins (republished for the Goleta Valley Historical Society), Betsy J. Green, Gail Kearns, Lindsey Moran, Denise Woolery, Lida Sideris, Elizabeth Stewart, Ph.D., and Howard and Judy Wang. The night before the event the auxiliary had a cocktail party at the Lobero tented courtyard, where the guest authors were introduced and had a few minutes to tell about their book. As CALM likes to say, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a book.” And everyone did to help children. If you would like to know more, call CEO Alana Walczak at (805) 9652376.
The Cecilia Fund
The oldest nonprofit in town, The Cecilia Fund (TCF) met in the oldest club in town, the Santa Barbara Club for a tea. That would be 126 years for both. The Cecilia Fund used to call themselves the Saint Cecilia Society but rebranded recently so it wouldn’t be confused with a religious group. The reason it became Saint Cecilia originally was because she was the Patron Saint of music and the ladies played small recitals to raise money to help others in need – it was never meant to be religious. There is no office and no paid staff. It is all voluntary and run by a board, which oversees requests for healthcare aid for our community’s most vulnerable members. It could be dental, eyes, or anything medical. If approved (one time only) the funds are given directly to the provider, many times at a reduced rate. As the co-presidents and tea co-chairs Marion Schoneberger and Susan Johnson said, “We are a Go Fund Me,
Rescue Mission board member James Kinzler, president Rolf Geyling, and board John Ross at the appreciation luncheon
before there was a Go Fund Me. We help all ages and sexes.” Last year, they paid out $90,000 and received a grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation. They also work with a consultant, Barbara Andersen, from that foundation. As she said, “Many are just one paycheck away from being poor if something goes wrong.” Kari Weber told how much The Cecilia Fund helped when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. There are many stories such as the vet who couldn’t get a job because he didn’t have any teeth. TCF helped him. The keynote speaker was Dr. Charles Fenzi, chief executive officer and chief medical officer of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. It is an organization that provides excellent health care at affordable prices to residents of Santa Barbara and surrounding areas. TCF has had a long-standing partnership with them. Dr. Fenzi is particularly proud of their pain management without opioids, mental health care, and helping with abuse issues. There are also clinics in schools. We think of Santa Barbara as totally prosperous, but 30 percent of our population is low-income and one out of five live in poverty. That hard-working TCF board includes: Victoria Bessinger, Sallie Coughlin, Barbara Howell, Susan
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ago since he became drug-free. He introduced his new wife, calling her the best thing in his life. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house as he told how his mother left when he was nine months old because she was a drug addict. His father tried to do a good job raising Wesley, but he kept scamming dad to get money for drugs. Wesley did jail time. His mother finally became clean and encouraged him to come to Santa Barbara. “The Rescue Mission saved my life,” Wesley told us. Joyce told of another miracle, serving 3 million meals and 1 million nights of rest since the Rescue Mission began in 1997. After all that wear and tear, the facility is undergoing a major overhaul in every aspect. They need $10 million to complete the job and have about $8 million now. President Rolf Geyling told us, “This is our ninth annual appreciation luncheon. Last year, we had 4,500 donors.” It is much cheaper to rehabilitate than to incarcerate. The Rescue Mission staff envisions people who are experiencing the love of God, becoming healthy, living as productive citizens, rebuilding relationships, and leading others to recovery. If you’d like to be a donor, please call Rebecca Wilson at (805) 966-1316, ext. 105. •MJ 3 – 10 May 2018
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Mark Hunt, healer bear; Nina Johnson, Clambake committee; Bruce Heavin, visionary bear sponsor; Jim Crook and Chris Belanger (photo by Priscilla)
Clambake attendees Igor and Adriana Mezix, board member, with Dan and Caroline Encell (photo by Priscilla)
with Drew Lakefield as emcee, were Lindsey Leonard, Charles Ward, David Edelman, Bruce Heavin, KEYT-TV anchors C.J. Ward and
Beth Farnsworth, Ginni Dreier, John Palminteri, Leslie Von Wiesenberger, Monte Wilson, Bibi Moezzi, and Mark Hunt.
Oh, Koh St. Anthony’s Seminary Chapel was the perfect venue for international violinist Jennifer Koh and the debut of the locale for a UCSB Arts & Lectures event. The Chicago-born musician, who has been a frequent visitor to our Eden by the Beach with projects Beyond Bach and Bridge to Beethoven at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, this time was in decidedly contemporary mode with Sheer Madness, an inventive response to her quest for patronage when she needed to acquire a multi-million-dollar new instrument. A patron she met in the Windy City offered to subsidize the purchase providing she convince composers to write short pieces for her, gratis. Now, there are 30 pieces from some of the most important young composers on the scene and Koh, dazzling in a gold and organza gown, played 14 of them in quick succession in the West Coast premiere. The chapel, which I have attended many times over the years for concerts by the a capella group Quire of Voyces under Nathan Kreitzer, is a delightful setting and it is to be hoped the popular program uses it again. Fond Farewell On a personal note, I remember Mike Walker, National Enquirer gos-
sip columnist, who has died aged 72. Mike and I, with New York Post gossipeuse Cindy Adams, were regulars on the Geraldo Rivera show’s weekly hour-long celebrity news segment for a number of years. He worked for the Florida-based scandal tabloid for almost 50 years and went on to host the MGM-produced newsmagazine National Enquirer TV, when I would fly out from New York to appear on regularly, bunking at the oh-so trendy Santa Monica hostelry Shutters. Mike also had his own Westwood One radio show broadcast and appeared on shock jock Howard Stern’s program for 16 years. A most colorful character. Sightings: Soap opera actress Finola Hughes picking up her Java jolt at Pierre Lafond...Rocker Kenny Loggins at the Sacred Space in Summerland... Author Fannie Flagg at the Montecito Village Grocery Pip! Pip! Readers with tips, sightings and amusing items for Richard’s column should email him at richardmin firstname.lastname@example.org or send invitations or other correspondence to the Journal. To reach Priscilla, email her at pris email@example.com or call 969-3301. •MJ
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This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 20, 2018. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Connie Tran. FBN No. 2018-0000870. Published April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 2018. F I C T I T I O U S B U S I N E S S NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Cedar Structural, 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez Suite 102, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Mounir Salem El-Koussa, 302 W. Anapamu #8, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 23, 2018. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jazmin Murphy. FBN No. 2018-0000923. Published April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 2018. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 18CV01145. To all interested parties: Petitioner Gabriela Cadena Diaz filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Gabriela Delira. The Court orders that all persons interested
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CITY OF SANTA BARBARA NOTICE TO BIDDERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that bids will be received and posted electronically on PlanetBids for: BID NO. 3920A DUE DATE & TIME: MAY 22, 2018 UNTIL 3:00 P.M. SANTA BARBARA GOLF CLUB DRIVING RANGE RENOVATION PROJECT Scope of Work to include grading and leveling of tees, bunkers and greens. The City of Santa Barbara is now conducting bid and proposal solicitations online through the PlanetBids System™. Vendors can register for the commodities that they are interested in bidding on using NIGP commodity codes at
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Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the City of Santa Barbara and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained electronically via PlanetBids. Bidders are hereby notified that pursuant to provisions of Section 1770, et seq., of the Labor Code of the State of California, the Contractor shall pay its employees the general prevailing rate of wages as determined by the Director of Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). In addition, the Contractor shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of Section 1777.5 of the California Labor Code relating to apprentice public works contracts. Contractors and Subcontractors must be registered with the DIR pursuant to Labor Code 1725.5. This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR. The City of Santa Barbara requires all contractors to possess either a current valid State of California A-General Engineering or C27 Landscaping Contractors License. The company bidding on this must possess one of the above mentioned licenses at the time bids are due and be otherwise deemed qualified to perform the work specified herein. Bids submitted using the license name and number of a subcontractor or other person who is not a principle partner or owner of the company making this bid, will be rejected as being non-responsive. Bidders are hereby notified that a Payment Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided with ten (10) calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The bond must be signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. The City of Santa Barbara affirmatively assures that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age (over 40), ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation in consideration of award.
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in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described about must file a written objection that included the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must
appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Filed March 16, 2018 by Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk. Hearing date: May 30, 2018, at 9:30 am in Dept. 6, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 2018. 3 – 10 May 2018
Steven Libowitz has reported on the arts and entertainment for more than 30 years; he has contributed to the Montecito Journal for more than 10 years.
by Steven Libowitz
Morris Embraces The Beatles
ark Morris got on the phone only a few minutes after the interviewer finished reading the latest about the furor surrounding Michelle Wolf’s controversial set at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Quickly it was apparent – but not surprising – that the choreographer famous for creating dances to curated classical music can be as crude as the comedian. So, might he consider headlining the D.C. banquet if it’s actually held again next year? “Oh, God, I don’t have the balls for that,” Morris admitted. So, the comparison might have been something of a stretch, but Morris has long operated way outside the norms of the typically staid world of modern dance. After all, he’s the only choreographer – or for that matter, the only non-composer/conductor – ever to serve as artistic director of the Ojai Music Festival. Which was an experience he described as “fabulous, exciting, flattering – everything I could have hoped for.” Maybe he’s not ready for political comedy. But Morris has no problem confronting other staid institutions and all sorts of hugely popular icons – such as, most recently, The Beatles, and their groundbreaking 1967 album Sgt. Peppers. The choreographer created a new evening-length work based on the half-century-old classic by request as part of the City of Liverpool’s season-long tribute to the album, which he’s bringing to Santa Barbara for UCSB’s Arts & Lectures series, one of the organizations that co-commissioned the piece. Yet since nearly all previous interpretations of The Beatles’s music for film or other classical arts have not fared well (sorry, fans, but Across the Universe went too literal), the question arises, however, why would Morris want to take on such an iconic album? He interrupted even before the query part was posed. “Of course not!” he said “Most of them are terrible. So, why bother?” Why indeed? What made him think he would be able to surmount that challenge and create something successful and satisfying to him, the critics and audiences? “I didn’t know it would be good,” he said. “But I knew it wouldn’t be a singalong to ‘When I’m 64’ for all the Baby Boomer drunks in the audience. I could promise that.” Instead, as with all of Morris’s work, he set about to start at the beginning, going back to the source material, the music itself, and seeing where it led both him and his frequent musical col3 – 10 May 2018
Get in line: Mark Morris and company perform May 10 at the Granada (photo by Stephanie)
laborator, Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus (which memorably played several sets at the Ojai Festival and served as the backup band for an evening of karaoke singing led by Morris one of the weekend nights). “I decided that it was actually an interesting enough project to commission the arrangements and new music, all of which is played live on stage, as long as there were no other rules other than using some of the album’s music, so I could decide everything else,” he explained. “We made up a piece that’s not a nostalgic tribute or a reworking. It refers to the period and of course the music, but it’s all rearranged in complicated ways, with lots of reflections in between.” Morris and Iverson had their usual process, he said. “He proposed stuff, I proposed stuff. I’d say, ‘I hate that. I never want to hear it again,’ like I do.... We like different things, but we decided together how to do it. The whole point was to perform the music live, and expand it, because he was only rearranging six of the cuts, so he had to write a lot of the interludes, substantiating beyond something that’s just filler. It’s a completely new piece of music.” Indeed, the sophisticated score features what reviewers have called “boldly idiosyncratic reinventions” of the original songs. The vaudeville rhythms of “When I’m Sixty-Four” vary in time signature from 4/4 to 10/4, for example, while “A Day in the Life” now features haunting piano parts and the theremin, which, paradoxically, is just about the only unusual instrument or sound affect missing from the Beatles’s actual album (though it’s all over the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, which spurred the Liverpool lads to stretch for Sgt. Pepper’s.) The onstage seven-piece chamber ensemble includes soprano sax, trombone, two keyboards, and a baritone voice along with the theremin. Morris’s 15 dancers, dressed in neon-bright suits and miniskirts, bounce around the stage perkily, clear-
ly having jubilant fun with another humor-filled piece from the master choreographer. Critics who caught the piece in Liverpool or elsewhere on the current two-year-long 20-city tour have waxed quixotic about the work, with one even finding hope for a more meaningful life: “Suddenly we’re transported back to that moment, 50 years ago, when it seemed as though Sgt. Pepper could change the world.” Yet the choreographer wasn’t convinced about Pepperland’s viability until the show actually opened the festival in Liverpool last year. “It’s a tough town, and The Beatles are really their only industry,” he explained. “I thought everybody might be waiting with drawn swords. But it wasn’t like that. It was a big, big hit, and a lot of fun, which was a big relief for me. It turned out well. Everybody is happy. Especially me.” Partly, it seems, because the end product winds up mirroring The Beatles’s original approach – taking what for them was familiar at the time, and experimenting with things – from genres to instruments (sitar) to sound affects (roosters and such) – that were completely unexpected. “They were in their 20s, just (goofing) off, listening to Stockhausen and the Indian music,” Morris said. “They were thrilled by being young, rich, cute, and successful, like kids in a candy story, taking a little bit of this and some of that. It turned out wonderful. We did the same thing.” Indeed, while Morris employs the familiar harpsichord and harmonium and, of course, uses the actual Beatles songs as the centerpiece, he also messes things up enough to create a whole new work of art. And just as the Fab Four confounded and delighted their fans with the album, Morris is thrilled that Pepperland is proving equally disorienting. “Good! There is so much anodyne material being made today, neutral stuff in the whole of American culture right now,” he said. “I’m always thinking, ‘Please, someone, take a stand.’ I think this does. I wasn’t going to do ‘memory lane.’ Whether you like it or not, it’s not mediocre.” For his next big challenge, Morris is returning to classical music, albeit one of the most popular pieces of chamber music in history – Schubert’s Trout Quintet, which he is choreographing for Lincoln Center this summer. “That’s why it’s dangerous too” Morris said. “But the Trout is also far less predictable than it sounds. When
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you study it, you realize that Schubert broke every rule. There are tricks everywhere. It’s incredibly outside the typical structure. He does these big weird crimes against composition, so it’s much more complicated than I thought. And so beautiful.” Of course, that brings the inherent risk that, as with The Beatles, people are going to be disappointed Morris’s vision doesn’t match the one in their heads. “Yeah, it’s like choreographing ‘Happy Birthday,’ or something else overly familiar,” he said. “That’s the danger. People come back with, “Oh God, that’s not at all what I imagined.’ And I think, ‘Fine. Make up your own f***ing dance.’” (Mark Morris Dance Group performs Pepperland: Sgt. Pepper at 50 at 8 pm next Thursday, May 10, at The Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street. Tickets cost $40 to $70. Call 899-2222 or www.granadasb.org. Members of the company will also conduct a Community Dance Class from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 9, at Gustafson Dance, 2285 Las Positas Road. Call 563-3262 to register. Observers are welcome.)
Mirthful Montecitans at San Marcos
Riley Berris, the Montecito-raised (MUS alum) thespian who returned to Santa Barbara a few years ago to take over the theater program at San Marcos High School following the retirement of three-decades-plus veteran David Holmes, is herself moving on to form her own production company. But not before mounting a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, the musical that mashes up several familiar fairy tales – most notably Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella – creating an alternate universe approach that explores the consequences of the various characters desires and quests. It has been Berris’s favorite musical, she said, since she first saw a high school production in Santa Barbara as a kid, and now the SMHS spring production represents her swan song as theater teacher and director at the school. There are more than 20 students in the cast, including freshman Maddie Thomas (who comes by her talent naturally, as she’s the daughter of Westmont theater professor Mitchell Thomas) playing Little Red Riding Hood, plus other Crane, Cold Spring, and Mt. Carmel school alums, and scores more in the orchestra and production departments. You don’t have to climb a beanstalk to forage in this fantastic fantasy – it’s playing at the school’s auditorium (4750 Hollister Ave.) May 3-12. Tickets are $10 to $14. Visit www. smhstheaterdept.com. •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL
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Ride the horse in the direction it’s going. – Werner Erhard
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by Mark Ashton Hunt
Mark and his wife, Sheela Hunt, are real estate agents. His family goes back nearly 100 years in the Santa Barbara area. Mark’s grandparents – Bill and Elsie Hunt – were Santa Barbara real estate brokers for 25 years.
ontecito continues to move forward in repairing and rebuilding after the damage caused by the debris flows of January 9. As an example, as I write this, a local couple I know is having their severely damaged home demolished in preparation for building a new home. These friends had mud, boulders, huge trees, and a massive water tank smash into their lovely home near Coast Village Road, forcing them, along with the many others affected by the flow, to find temporary housing while planning their future as best they can. The concept of having one’s home demolished might sound bad to most, but as this couple flipped the narrative on me last night, they are looking at this as a good day and having a small party to mark the event, as it represents the start of building their new home as their family is looking forward. That is positive thinking at the highest level. Granted, this is just one family’s story, but I do hope this mention helps others who may have lost their home, to keep at it, and that there is progress being made toward the goal of restoration. On the property front, looking at recent activity in Montecito over the past three weeks (April 7 – April 28), only one property closed escrow (in the Multiple Listing Service “MLS” system), a home just more than $1 million within the Cold Spring School attendance area. This was in contrast to the robust weeks of sales just before, and this single sale is indeed a low number for a 21-day period in spring, when there are usually more like 15 to 20 closed escrows in Montecito per month. On the brighter side, there have been 12 homes that went into escrow in this same timeframe (April 7 – April 28). The escrow process and timing for each home sale is different, so some of these properties may transfer ownership between this writing (April 28) and when this article is published, or at some point in the coming weeks or months. In any case, it is good to see that 12 properties went into escrow and in many price ranges. One other positive sign in our market is the substantial jump in new listings, as 24 homes, priced from $1 million to more than $8 million, hit the market in this same three-week period.
51 Seaview Drive: $2,595,000
This top-floor, 2-bedroom, 2½-bath Montecito Shores Condominium features nearly 2,000 sq ft of living space and a southern and western exposure of this unit providing views over the neighboring Bonnymede community to the ocean beyond. Renovated in 2012, the condo boasts new bathrooms, appliances, electrical upgrades, forced air heating and air conditioning, water heater, en-suite laundry, and three skylights were added for maximum natural light. The outdoor terraces have been enclosed and there is an attic for storage, as well as additional storage areas in the subterranean garage. 14-foothigh ceilings enhance the living room, along with a built-in wet bar and wood-burning fireplace. The community at Montecito Shores includes 24-hour gated security, a tennis court, swimming pool, and pathways meandering through the compound leading to the ocean. The Montecito Shores community is within the Montecito Union School District.
1133 Camino Viejo: $2,875,000
This home is located on .88 acres and includes a Mediterranean style 3-bedroom home with vaulted and beamed ceilings, limestone bathrooms, a sauna, chef’s kitchen, and a spacious multi-purpose studio, in more than 3,600 sq ft of living space. Gardens and mature landscaping surround the home, which is set back from the street. There is an oversized family room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a stepdown living room that includes a fireplace, plush carpeting, and large French windows overlooking the gardens. The mountain views can be enjoyed from 3 – 10 May 2018
several Juliette-style balconies, which lend to the romantic appeal of the house. This house is located within the Cold Spring School District and is in a convenient location about a mile or so from either the upper or lower village of Montecito.
448 Court Place: $3,295,000
This contemporary Montecito home rests on approximately one landscaped acre on a gated private lane just a couple of short blocks from Manning Park, Montecito Union School, and the upper village. The home is on a gated knoll, consisting of a few homes, hidden from the street, offering a private feel. Sliding glass doors from nearly every room open to nicely designed outdoor spaces, inviting a new owner to enjoy the indoor-outdoor, Santa Barbara lifestyle. There is a veranda off the family room for al fresco dining, multi-level lawns, terraces, stone steps, and a grove of trees and other foliage. The master suite and guest room offer spa-like bathrooms, and the kitchen and living room are designed for entertaining. The home includes more than 2,600 sq ft of living space and is located within the Montecito Union School District.
1570 San Leandro Lane: $4,999,000
Dramatic light-filled rooms, mountain views, verdant gardens, and indoor-outdoor living are featured in this 5,000+ sq-ft home is located on two-thirds of an acre+/-, and offers a secluded, and desirable, hedgerow location. The single-level floor plan includes 4 bedrooms, 5 full, and 1/2 bathrooms, a paneled study, a sitting room, and an open kitchen/family room. The formal dining room is adjacent to the wine room that boasts a custom refrigerated wine storage unit. The impressive entry, gallery, and living room take in the light that is offered by the floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights high above. Expansive patios, manicured low-water usage gardens, formal finishes, and the prime location are features of this home, and the property is located within the Montecito Union School District. Feel free to contact me regarding any of your real estate needs: Mark@Villagesite.com or call/text (805) 698-2174. Please visit my website, www.MontecitoBestBuys.com, from which this article is based. •MJ
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THURSDAY, MAY 3 1 Thursday – Used to be that you could clearly differentiate between the visual and performing arts events at Santa Barbara’s monthly selfguided tour of downtown galleries and arty shops. Not so much these days. Witness Marshalls’ patio – formerly the space in front of Borders Books before Amazon blew the brick-and-mortar booksellers out of town – which was always the site of some musical group or at least a dance troupe, and only that. Today, it’s hosting the local hopefuls in the U.S. House of Representatives sponsored nationwide high school arts contest. This year’s entries from the 24th Congressional District are on display so members of the public can vote on their favorite work. At least Mezcal Martini, the local Latin jazz band that blends musical styles and rhythms from Cuba, the Caribbean and Mexico and stateside grooves and horn lines, provides the live soundtrack.... Even stranger, there’s no artists at all – moving or otherwise at 1st Thursday newcomers Arlunviji Transformative Movement Studio – we visitors are the ones in motion. The studio is marking World Posture Month with Pain-Free Posture Handbook co-author Nikki Alstedter, who will lead a dynamic workshop to explore healthy posture and learn simple life-changing tools, plus 20-minute GYROTONIC and Pilates Privates are also available. Or you can go to CorePower Yoga, st
where resident DJ Dan Dubinsky spins the deep house music grooves for a free courtyard vinyasa flow class, followed by small bites and beverages.... Alternatively, you can create your own Flower Empower bouquets with the Dream Foundation while enjoying local wine, beer, lemonade, and appetizers, plus live local jazz and classical piano music at “The Secret Garden” at Garden Court, which, thankfully, will also show some actual visual art via residents, staff, caregivers, family members, and organizational collaborators... Also on the 1st Thursday menu: Tiny Houses at De la Guerra Place at Paseo Nuevo, where you can check out one of the micro structures built by students at Dos Pueblos High School, part of a districtwide program supporting learning craftsmanship and providing a Career Technical Education pathway. This is in advance of three tiny houses being auctioned at “The Big Show” at Earl Warren Showgrounds on Wednesday, May 23.... In the backto-the-basics department, Faulkner Gallery West at the Public Library hosts “Reflections”, a solo show of Santa Barbara artist Andrew Roy’s abstract contemporary pieces, color-intense oil pastels and acrylics that are dynamic, muscular, vibrant, surprising, and intimate. Then again, those appear to be adversarial adjectives, so who knows? WHEN: 5 to 8 pm WHERE: Lower State Street and environs COST: free INFO: www.santabarbaradowntown.com/ about/1st-thursday
ONGOING CycleMAYnia – Santa Barbara’s annual bike month boasts a full schedule of 40 bike rides and other bike-related activities and events for people of all ages and biking abilities, all put together by local businesses, organizations, and community members with coordination and support from Traffic Solutions. This first Thursday brings a special ride at SBCC, plus the monthly Bike Moves Bike Promenade down State Street, while on Saturday, May 5, there’s a four-hour Taco Tour (1 to 5 pm), starting at Ortega Park and visiting four to five taco establishments in the round-trip recreation. For a longer trip, over the weekend you can join Tour de Tent, a two-day, 66-mile round-trip ride from downtown Santa Barbara to Foster Park in Casitas Springs, and back again after an overnight stay. Saturday’s ride features stops at bicycle-friendly businesses along the way for refreshments and dinner before continuing to camp for s’mores and more, including libations from Leashless Brewery, astronomy activities, and an REI camp class session. Sunday also brings Wrench Night with REI Santa Barbara and SBBike at Telegraph Brewing Co., from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, where owners can get one-on-one guidance in a small-group setting about how to fix your own machine. Get the full schedule, details, costs, and more online at http://cyclemaynia.ning.com.
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EVENTS by Steven Libowitz
FRIDAY, MAY 4 Locals Only – The Cambridge Drive Concert Series generally presents a local singer-songwriter as opening act for touring artists in its monthly offerings at the acoustically friendly church site in Goleta. But this month’s offering is like a mini-version of “Mother May I?”, or perhaps more accurately “daughters do it”, as there are three acts on the bill and they’re all veteran and wonderfully worthy Santa Barbara-based female folkies. Natalie D’Napoleon fronted the Perth-based indierock band Bloom and an alternative country ensemble, Flavour of the Month, in her native Australia beginning in the mid-1990s before relocating to Santa Barbara more than a decade ago. Former longtime Montecito resident Kate Bennett, who now lives up in the hills near West Camino Cielo, honed her craft in Jim Messina’s songwriting classes and Writers In the Round concerts at SOhO going back more than 20 years, and has just two full-length CDs to her name, including the recently released Divine Secrets, was produced and engineered by multi-instrumentalist (and former Cache Valley Drifter) David West. Kate Graves, the youngest of the three, is partial to incisive songs that can be raw or even raucous, dealing with the senses as well as sentience. Here’s hoping the ladies will grace us with some songs together, happily harmonizing even though their approaches are quite diverse. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: Cambridge Drive Community Church, 550 Cambridge Drive, Goleta COST: $15 with advance reservation and $18 at the door INFO: 964-0436 or www. cambridgedrivechurch.org
Alhecama Acoustic – It’s a double dose of folkie music at the renovated theater that now serves as the Wooden Hall concert home of the Santa Barbara Acoustic Music Association, which produces the annual Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration full of luthiers and the like. The good news is the opening act is actually a free separate show that takes place outdoors in the theater’s courtyard as a tantalizing appetizers for the main act. Chucumite performs son jarocho, the folk music from Veracruz, Mexico, which reflects the population that evolved in the region from Spanish colonial times, and comprises a fusion of indigenous Huastecan, Spanish, and African elements. The songs are often humorous and cover subjects such as love, nature, sailors, and cattle breeding – mainstays of life in colonial and 19th-century Mexico. The show is set up as a fandango – a party where people get together to dance, to play, and to sing in a community setting, so don’t forget the beach chairs and picnic dinner.... As the sun sets, the sounds segue over to the theater’s main room, as Claude Bourbon takes the stage to weave songs through the audience as if on a journey through life. The classically trained guitarist melds different flavors of Europe and beyond, fusing a wide swath of genres of acoustic guitar music including jazz, Eastern influences,
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and Latin elements along with western folk and Delta blues into a masterclass worthy stage performance. WHEN: 6 & 7:30 pm WHERE: Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St. COST: free at 6 pm; $20 (at 7:30) INFO: www.sbama.org SATURDAY, MAY 5 Gone Clubbing – The composers for the Santa Barbara Music Club’s bi-monthly free concert today range from well-known (Bach and Debussy) to much more esoteric, while the four instruments consist of two winds, two violins and piano. Violinists Andrea Lárez and Marie Hebert kick things off with Jean Marie Leclair’s Sonata in E Minor, Op. 3, No. 2, before Lárez solos on Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B minor. Next up is oboist Adelle Rodkey, playing Henri Vieuxtemps’ Capriccio in C Minor, Op. 55, transcribed from viola to oboe by Jessica Wilkins, followed by Sigfrid Karg-Elert’s Study No. 3. The concert closes with flutist Tracy Harris and pianist Svetlana Harris performing Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie and A Beautiful Evening Star’s Farewell (Beau Soir), arranged by Todd Harris, Theobald Boehm’s Grand Polonaise, and Rhonda Larson’s Be Still My Soul. WHEN: 3 pm WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 305 East Anapamu (at Garden) COST: free INFO: www. sbmusicclub.org 3 – 10 May 2018
SATURDAY, MAY 5 Women’s Work – Quire of Voyces celebrate exclusively female composers in its spring concerts at St. Anthony’s Chapel over the weekend. Perhaps in a nod to the burgeoning movement in the wake of the #MeToo awakening, the Quire will be honoring women composers whose work has rarely if ever been heard here. The a capella chorus, directed by founder Nathan Kreitzer, will perform the American premiere of the Mass in A minor (1927) by Imogen Holst, the then20-year-old daughter of Gustav (“The Planets”) Holst, as well as debut “Ring out, wild bells”, a new commission by Emma Lou Diemer, Santa Barbara nonagenarian composer known the world over, who was born the year Holst wrote her mass. They will sing Alice Parker’s arrangements of “Saints bound for heaven” and “Hark! I hear the harps eternal”, hymns completed when she worked for Robert Shaw, the great choral director. Also on the program: “I would live in your love”, composed by Phyllis Zimmerman, the late choral director who spent decades with the San Marcos Madrigals and Canticle A Cappella Choir, plus works spanning nearly a millennium by 11th-century composer St. Hildegard von Bingen, 20thcentury’s Williametta Spencer, and modern musicmakers Maria Löfberg, Tina Andersson, and Susan LaBarr. WHEN: 7 tonight, 3 pm tomorrow WHERE: St. Anthony’s Chapel at the Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden Street COST: $20 general, $15 students & seniors INFO: 965-5935 or www.quireofvoyces.org
SUNDAY, MAY 6 Blowin’ in the Wind – Jill Felber, the flutist who is both a faculty member of UCSB Music and a board member of CAMA, bridges both worlds with a free event in downtown Santa Barbara today. Felber and a flute ensemble featuring members of the community (Andrea DiMaggio and Suzanne Duffy) and alums (including Azeem Ward, aka “The internet sensation flutist”) will perform the West Coast premiere of Cynthia Folio’s Winds for Change, a mini-concerto featuring only flutes that serves as a musical meditation
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on the effects of climate change and the environment with live electronic manipulation of the flutes. Felber’s flute studio students will be featured in Santa Barbara composer Linda Holland’s Steppin’ Out, with other pieces on the program and fellow faculty member Jennifer Kloetzel (cello) and Robert Koenig (piano) also performing. The afternoon wraps up with the unveiling of the schedule for CAMA’s upcoming centennial season. WHEN: 4 pm WHERE: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. COST: free INFO: 893-2064 or http://music.ucsb.edu/news/ event/1534 •MJ
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TUE JUN 5 6:30PM Step it up – While it would seem that our divisive times would similarly shred sarcasm and render ridicule superfluous as the goings-on in Washington get weirder day by day, apparently polarizing politics provide the professional pun-loving pundits known as Capitol Steps with plenty of opportunities for parody that manage to please (and tickle pink) the public. All alliteration aside, the veteran troupe that is indeed based in the District of Columbia and once included solely former Senate staffers is not only surviving but thriving in the Trump Era, as, it seems, silly political humor trumps Blue State-Red State concerns – or maybe just offers a moment’s respite. It also helps that they are equal opportunity offenders – it doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat, a snowflake or a deplorable, as neither side is safe from the group that puts the “mock” in democracy. The Capitol Steps have been elevating political satire to an art form since long before The Daily Show, Full Frontal, and The Colbert Report ever hit the airwaves, and somehow they still haven’t run out of clever song titles, or names for their almost annual albums, the latest of which, Orange Is the New Barack, will provide some source material for tonight’s show at the Lobero Theatre, where the troupe has traipsed since Bush 1 was president. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 33 East Canon Perdido St. COST: $35 & $45 ($105 patron tickets include priority seating and pre-concert private reception) INFO: 963-0761 or www.lobero.com
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