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Rest in peace: Tab Hunter, Montecito actor and singer, passes away at 86, p. 33 (photo by Corey Sanders)

LETTERS, P. 8 • ASHLEIGH BRILLIANT, P. 39 • CALENDAR OF EVENTS, P. 42

IN THE SHADE FOR OLD SPANISH DAYS A Real Village Fourth While the rest of America celebrated the birth of a nation, Montecito hailed the rebirth of a village, p. 5

Village Beat Five-month project to replace guardrail lost in Jan. 9 debris flow gets postponed, p. 12

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Back in the Day Hattie Beresford unearths the influential path of theater producer Winthrop Ames, p. 22


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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 5 Coming & Going James Buckley chronicles and praises the Montecito Association’s Village Fourth Parade – the biggest and best one yet – and its winners 6 Miscellany Tab Hunter’s death; Gwyneth Paltrow; Frank McGinity’s documentary; bilingual book; Polaris II excursion; MAW’s “Campus Takeover”; Museum of Natural History; Jonathan Fox; Oprah Winfrey; and royal preparations 8 Letters to the Editor A panoply of epistles from Journal readers including Dr. Edo McGowan, Cheryl Tomchin, John “Anonymous,” Dale Lowdermilk, Diana Thorn, Sandra Williams, Fred Brown, David Horchover, Ronda Lewis, Leslie Tejada, Sally Gary, Anne Franklin, and Cotty Chubb 10 This Week MERRAG; TMJ therapist; Rock Blues Funk; book signings; kids movies; MPC meets; basket weavers; tarot workshop; balloons; MBAR meeting; wine dinner; art gala; fishing workshop; Footloose; family weekends; brain fitness; art; story time; yoga; Italian discourse; Carp arts; dance; and wine/cheese Tide Guide 12 Village Beat Montecito Association meets; Caltrans delays overpass project; Trail Recovery Day a great success; Oscar de la Renta pop-up shop coming to Montecito Country Mart; Renee Grubb new sole owner of Village Properties 14 Seen Around Town Lynda Millner reports on the Art Foundation of Santa Barbara; Shining Light Society gala; and history museum’s Wine + Food Festival 16 Your Westmont State officials give accreditation to college’s education department; Westmont unites with Young Life to offer scholarships; and boys compete in tourney 20 MAW 2018 Composer Elizabeth Ogonek at the Lobero and Granada; plus the Music Academy’s upcoming events July 12-18 22 The Way It Was Hattie Beresford unearths the long and winding historical path of theater producer Winthrop Ames’s influence on the local art scene and Old Spanish Days Fiesta 24 On Entertainment Steven Libowitz talks with SBCC professor Katie Laris about Grease; and singer Peter Case at SOhO on July 15 28 Spirituality Matters Steven Libowitz chronicles La Casa de Maria; Radhule Weininger and Danjo San; altered state; Sunburst symposium; and what’s cooking at Yoga Soup 35 In Business Jon Vreeland visits Eliza Kingsford’s Empowered Wellness, a camp for kids and young adults that pitches its tent at Isla Vista’ Tropicana Del Norte; 36 Our Town Joanne Calitri is drawn to Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara’s latest exhibit, “Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive” 38 Legal Advertising 39 Ernie’s World Ernie Witham and his wife, Pat, continue traversing Japan via train, which rolls toward Shinjuki Gyoen National Garden in search of cherry blossoms Brilliant Thoughts Moh or less? Upon finding a pre-cancerous bump on his right hand, Ashleigh Brilliant seeks a doctor who is familiar with Mohs Micrographic Surgery. 42 Calendar of Events Brian Regan; Murder Mystery Parties; JuxtaPOSE; EDC’s TGIF affairs; MakeSB music; French Festival; Summer Art Series; Paul Thorn; and Barry McGee 46 Classified Advertising Our own “Craigslist” of classified ads, in which sellers offer everything from summer rentals to estate sales 47 Local Business Directory Smart business owners place business cards here so readers know where to look when they need what those businesses offer

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The distance wouldn’t qualify as a par five at any self-respecting golf course. 2) The parade itself is refreshingly brisk. Over before you know it. 3) It’s crammed with friends and neighbors and is surprisingly (thankfully) bereft of politics (though politicians – being politicians – are omnipresent). 4) The day begins with food (breakfast at the Montecito Fire Station) and ends with food (hot dogs, ice cream, the usual 4th of July noshes in Lower Manning Park). Additionally, no one pretends to “march,” and virtually everyone is

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Monte ito Miscellany by Richard Mineards

Richard covered the Royal Family for Britain’s Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, and was an editor on New York Magazine. He was also a national anchor on CBS, a commentator on ABC Network News, gossip on The Joan Rivers Show and Geraldo Rivera, host on E! TV, a correspondent on the syndicated show Extra, a commentator on the KTLA Morning News and Entertainment Tonight. He moved to Montecito 11 years ago.

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ontecito actress Gwyneth Paltrow is losing no time in capitalizing on California’s newly relaxed cannabis laws. The Oscar winner is now plugging a range of marijuana products which, according to advocates, can promote well-being. Paltrow’s Goop brand will soon provide vaporizer pens and cannabis tea bags, and even pot-based recipes, including how to make a Pimm’sbased Cannabis Cup cocktail. Gwynnie, 45, has admitted to smoking cannabis and is collaborating with marijuana superstore MedMen – described as the Starbucks of weed – for the new venture. The American chain, whose vision is to mainstream marijuana, was even the official sponsor of a $800-per-head

Rock Solid A decade ago, Montecito asset manager Frank McGinity produced a film on Riven Rock and one of its more famous residents, Stanley McCormick, who was confined to the area for 40 years, and was the subject, in 1929, of the largest custodial lawsuit in America. McCormick, the son of Cyrus McCormick, inventor of the mechanical reaper and a leader of the Industrial Revolution, suffered from a form of schizophrenia and numerous parties fought over his care. Mother-daughter team Helen Drachkovitch and Nicole Sault

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The documentary, The Romance & Reaping of Riven Rock, was shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and watched by local filmmaker Tina Love, who wanted to direct a more upscale version of McCormick’s life and times. To finance the new DVD, Frank approached 14 of his Riven Rock neighbors – consisting of 34 homes on 87 acres – and asked them to contribute $500 each; no more, no less. “Ten of them, who all had varying degrees of knowledge about Stanley McCormick, contributed,” says Frank. “The film was originally going to cost $5,000, but we were able to get actor Ed Asner as the narrator and I put in an extra $1,000 for him.” The live-action film was produced by Love in March and was shown to enthusiastic response at the Santa Barbara and the Little Town clubs. Another screening is scheduled in October at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Cover to Cover A mother-daughter collaboration that started 10 years ago has just come to fruition. Montecito resident Helen Drachkovitch and her cultural anthropologist daughter, Nicole Sault, who lives in Palo Alto, have just published Celebramos/Let’s Celebrate: Seis Traditions de Mexico/ Six Traditions

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From Mexico, a bilingual work. “It all started a decade ago when my mother became interested in piñatas and started exploring their origin,” Nicole told me at a bijou book bash at Tecolote, the bustling bibliophile bastion in the upper village. “Then Mariachis followed, as well as other traditions like the Posadas. She then decided to write a bilingual book to help Spanish speakers learn English and English speakers learn Spanish, while discovering more about the history and cultures of Mexico.” This is Sault’s second work, having published Many Mirrors: Body Image and Social Relations in 1984. Now the dynamic duo are working on other literary projects – Helen a bilingual children’s book on the adventures of a mouse and Nicole a work on the cultural meaning of Andean condors among indigenous peoples of South America. Big MAW on Campus The Music Academy of the West’s 71st annual summer festival continues apace. The week started with a “Campus Takeover” for directors James Darrah’s and Sara Widzer’s Operafest with scenes set around the Miraflores locale with Jonathan Dove’s L’Altra Euridice, Ellen Reid’s Floats the Roving Nebula, and Barber’s A Hand of Bridge among the works on offer. The fest ended at Hahn Hall with Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti conducted by Edwin Outwater, with Tamara Sanikidze as music director and Peabody Southwell as production designer. Just 24 hours later at the Lobero, a selection of talented musicians performed in the festival artists series with works by Poulenc, Penderecki, Johnson, and Mozart, while pianist Jeremy Denk captivated the Hahn Hall stage with pieces by Prokofiev, Beethoven, Schumann, and Mozart. The entertaining week wrapped at the Granada with conductor Larry Rachleff and the Academy Festival

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think that there is a need to discuss some examples of where, within government, there may be serious potential problems caused by disjunctive incremental functions. The current trend of moving rapidly toward augmenting aquifers with recycled water may be fraught with public health issues, as stated by the state’s expert scientific panel. The move toward indirect potable use is burdened with the reality of potential public health risks. The necessary analyses of such risks may be either non-existent or badly wanting when it comes to the reality of antibiotic resistance. There is, unfortunately, little serious effort within the government’s work or staff training in this area dealing with antibiotic resistant bacteria or their genes. This, notwithstanding that such xenobiotics are shown to be found in recycled water, and notwithstanding the acknowledged medical and public health risks associated with such, including the enhanced risk by ignoring such. As an example, there is a lot of interest by Carpinteria Valley Water District and the Carpinteria Sewer District in injecting recycled wastewater into the aquifer. To do this correctly is not going to be cheap and will require constantly monitoring the several advanced modifications to a treatment train that must be accomplished by a specialized and technically trained staff: a staff that may not now exist. The scientific advisory group empaneled by the state to look at this indirect potable reuse (IPR) admonished those intending to carry out such programs to have a well-integrated and coordinated interaction with public health agencies and also backup contingency plans. I doubt that anything like this is extant or even as yet seriously discussed. Additionally, the state has no particular plans for augmenting the training of plant operators to deal with such realities of antibiotic resistance, notwithstanding such carriage by recycled water. This, despite the fact that such carriage accompanies the produced product leading to IPR in many instances but is not noted via the antiquated bacteriological lab tests. Thus to move ahead, absent an adequacy of safety systems seems reckless. Let me pose a potential problem. If Montecito has expanded its district boundary to include portions of Carpinteria’s basin to the point that it

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will be drafting from this recycle-augmented portion of the Carpinteria aquifer, it would seem incumbent for the Montecito district to verify that CVWD has in place the recommended public health backup. Where would Montecito or, for that matter, Carpinteria obtain public health backup and assistance? One might suggest from agencies within Santa Barbara County dealing with public health. I’ve checked with the county on these issues and it is badly wanting in this general area. We are talking about a probable current paucity of technical staffing . The needs for staff as well as some fairly extensive, costly, and again non-existent sophisticated lab equipment warrants additional serious discussion. Then, there is the issue of monitoring, as stated in the state’s expert report. This would include the level of community-acquired antibiotic resistance as opposed to hospital-acquired resistance. There are, I am told, only three counties out of the entire state that do this tracking. Santa Barbara is not one of them. Where is the inter-jurisdictional coordination for this? With whom does oversight reside? Where is its process thus far in its development? And, how is it planned out among the various interacting jurisdictional authorities? Using the City of Santa Barbara as the city-example of preparedness and coordination in this conversion from recycled to drinking, and dealing with the pathogens, the chase-down of any public health arm or coordination is essentially nonexistent. The City admits it does not have any public health arm. Looking further into the jurisdictional array and toward Santa Barbara County’s Public Health arm, that agency is, in this area, essentially moribund, and admitted that the issue was not within its jurisdiction, suggesting inquiry be shifted to the regional water board. Then, stepping up to the regional water board, it seems unable to grasp the issue, lateraling this hot potato to the state board, which has difficulty discussing this in a open, transparent, and frank way. The State Board gained control over drinking water quality, we are told, by a shift in authority from the state’s public health arm. Do we have a water agency but absent the necessary background in public health? As seen by the admonishment from its own expert panel, there is an unfilled and seriously unmet need.

Because the apparent lack of clarity, the County’s BOS needs to take an active role in this and an advisory committee with an adequate background in public health needs formation. Dr. Edo McGowan Montecito (Editor’s note: MWD general manager Nick Turner informs Dr. McGowan that “the recent basin boundary modification (BBM) filed by the MWD, with support from CVWD, proposes a shift in the easterly most contiguous boundary between the Montecito and Carpinteria Groundwater basins to align with the jurisdictional boundary of both agencies. The BBM results in the Montecito Groundwater Basin being reduced in size just slightly. This modification is being pursued to simplify the management of both basins.”)

Sycamores in Danger

The Montecito YMCA recently took down a huge Sycamore tree stricken with beetle infestation. It also concluded that 200 Sycamore in Montecito have to go or else all our oaks are in danger. Cheryl Tomchin Montecito

Political Poppycock

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print my letter, even though most would consider it objective (It’s not too late!). You don’t get anonymous letters to the editor? In the past, you’ve defended them citing early U.S. history, so why now the hypocrisy? And what’s with Trump’s current, but not surprised he again (partially) flip-flopped, anti-immigration policy? And has anyone counted the number of times he’s flip-flopped on issues? With workers now in big demand in various parts of the country, it just doesn’t make sense, especially as he says it’s to keep the “criminal gang members” out, which anybody can see through as political poppycock. Don’t forget he was also a “birther,” as though there were any credibility there. FYI, somewhere or another, I remember hearing a theory that those who drank nutrient-rich stout avoided infection [from the black plague]. The following link says the plague gave birth to permanent higher wages and the English Pub: dailymail. co.uk/news/article-3138203/HowBlack-Death-drove-survivors-pubSurvivors-plague-turned-beer-wagessoared-years-pandemic.html. If you Google “gerbils black plague,” you’ll get info that gerbils, not rats, carried the fleas that did the infecting. John Anonymous

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Book Signing at Chaucer’s Ron Atwood signs his new book, African Impact, which illustrates stars of the Western art world such as Giacometti, Modigliani, and Picasso, together with the African masterworks that inspired them. Arresting masks from the Shi and Kota peoples of the Congo and Gabon have compelling power. The impact of Africa on the birth of jazz and Dixie music is well-known. Yet equally profound is the impact of Africa on the birth of modern art and design throughout the world. When: 7 pm Where: Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State Street Info: 682-6787

(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail kelly@montecitojournal.net or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, JULY 12

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MERRAG Meeting and Training Network of trained volunteers who work and/or live in the Montecito area prepare to respond to community disaster during critical first 72 hours following an event. The mutual “self-help” organization serves Montecito’s 13,000 residents with the guidance and support of the Montecito Fire, Water, and Sanitary districts. This month: Disaster Psychology. When: 10 am to noon Where: Montecito Fire Station, 595 San Ysidro Road Info: 969-0409

Montecito Library Book Club Join for a lively discussion of this month’s title. Check the library for current title; new members always welcome. This month’s title: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. When: 11 am Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063

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SUNDAY, JULY 15 Book Signing at Chaucer’s The public is cordially invited to meet Valentino The Love Bunny at “Tales and Tea.” Valentino is the exciting main character from a new book series written by local author and publisher Margarita Fairbanks. This free event will feature book readings from book 1, Valentino the Love Bunny and How He Came To Be, and justpublished books 2 and 3: Valentino Takes Flight and Valentino The Love Bunny Christmas in Mammoth with Family and Friends. Get your picture taken with Valentino, learn about his important purpose, and get your own signed books and plush bunny toys. Be sure to stay for tea, lemonade, and cupcakes! When: 2 to 4 pm Where: Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State Street Info: 682-6787 TUESDAY, JULY 17 Metro Summer Kids Movies Paseo Nuevo Cinemas presents discounted movie tickets for kids throughout the summer every Tuesday and Wednesday. This week’s movie: The Secret Life of Pets When: today and tomorrow (check

movie times) Where: 8 W. De La Guerra Plaza Cost: $2 WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Montecito Planning Commission Meeting MPC ensures that applicants adhere to certain ordinances and policies and that issues raised by interested parties are addressed. When: 9 am Where: County Engineering Building, Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu Basket Weavers Group The Basket Weavers Group is a place to connect with other basket weavers. Bring your own project or start a new one. Beginner and all levels are welcomed. Basic materials are provided. Please join for a lively afternoon. When: 2:30 to 5 pm Where: Montecito Community Hall, 1469 East Valley Road Cost: Free Info: 969-3786 Tarot Workshop Enjoy a mystical summer evening at Porch. Get comfortable, enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles upon delving into the magical world of Tarot. Join Mary Wessely, a tarot

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Cost: $120 per person Reservations: (805) 770-3530 FRIDAY, JULY 20 Art Opening Reception “Take Three” features three contemporary artists: Taj Vaccarella (Santa Barbara), Brad Nuorala (Tucson) and Carol Paquet (Arroyo Grande). Exhibit runs July 20 through September 9; reception tonight. When: 5 to 8 pm Where: MichaelKate Interiors and Art Gallery, 132 Santa Barbara Street Info: (805) 963-1411 SATURDAY, JULY 21 Kids’ Fishing Workshop A workshop led by expert fishermen and women in honor of fishing extraordinaire Neal Taylor, to teach kids and parents (not required) basic fishing skills. Registration is free and limited to the first 40 kids and parents, if the family would like to participate too. The event is a dry-land workshop focusing on teaching fundamental skills and will take place on the lawn at the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake. When: 8:45 am to noon Where: 2265 Highway 154 Info: (805) 693-8381 Stage Left Productions presents Footloose Get ready to kick up your heels this summer as Stage Left Productions presents Footloose. This highenergy musical will lift your spirits and make you want to dance. The performance deals with family tensions, being an outsider and fighting for what you believe in. More than 60 local young performers, ages 9 to 17, will capture the look and sound of the 1980s with this American classic. Stage Left Productions offers an intensive four-week summer performing arts program for young performing artists of all experience levels. The training program includes dance and vocal instruction, set and costume design and construction, actor training, improvisation, and audition technique. When: Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, with performances at 2 and 7 pm each day. Where: Santa Barbara High School Theatre, 700 East Anapamu St. Cost: $12 General Admission. Reserve seating available for $25. Info: Contact Dave Arthurs at (805) 965-0880 or stageleft@cox.net ONGOING Family Fun Weekends at Montecito Country Mart Saturday includes pony rides and face painting 10 am to 1 pm; a petting zoo 12 – 19 July 2018

from 1 to 4 pm; ice cream at Rori’s from 1 to 4 pm. Sunday includes kids arts and crafts from noon to 3 pm; ice cream at Rori’s from 1 to 4 pm. MONDAYS Connections Brain Fitness Group Brain program for adults who wish to improve memory and cognitive skills. Fun and challenging games, puzzles, and memory-strengthening exercises are offered in a friendly and stimulating environment. When: Mondays, 10 am to 2 pm Where: Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane Cost: $50 (includes lunch) Info: 969-0859

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Village Beat by Kelly Mahan Herrick 

Kelly has been editor at large for the Journal since 2007, reporting on news in Montecito and beyond. She is also a licensed realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, and is a member of Montecito and Santa Barbara’s top real estate team, Calcagno & Hamilton.

Montecito Association Meets

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t this month’s Montecito Association (MA) Board meeting, board members thanked the co-chairs of the Village Fourth festivities for one of the best turnouts in event history. “Every year I say, ‘This is the best year yet,’ but this time I really mean it,” said board president Charlene Nagel, Mindy Denson, Trish Davis, and Kathi King were thanked for organizing the event, which welcomed more than 100 first responders in the parade. “No one turned us down to walk in the parade, which we were thrilled about,” Davis said. During the public comments portion of the meeting, Pat McElroy, representing the Partnership For Resilient Communities, reported that the group’s website will be live next week (www.partnershipsb.org), and that the organization continues to enlist the help of engineers who are working on geo-mapping the front country. Dr. Anthony Ranii, superintendent of Montecito Union School, reported that 24 families with 32 students in total are taking advantage of the school’s grace period until the end of the 2018-19 school year, which allows families who have relocated out of the district to continue to attend the school. Eight families are undecided whether they will continue to send their kids to MUS next year or the school in their new school district. Dr. Ranii also reported that the board is working toward obtaining State

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funding for facilities improvements; the school’s reserves are funding the parking lot expansion, which will add 40 parking spots for employees. Diane Gabriel from Montecito Sanitary District reported that the Regional Water Quality Control Board made the findings that the District’s response and repairs following the January 9 debris flow showed no violations or environmental damage. “In addition to having the reserves to fund emergency infrastructure repairs, our board declared a state of emergency immediately so we could repair what was affected; they should be congratulated on a job well done,” she said. Montecito Planning Commission and Montecito Board of Architectural Review are holding a joint meeting on Wednesday, July 18, to review the FEMA Interim Advisory Flood Recovery Map. The MA voted to have Land Use Committee members Tom Bollay and Cori Hayman participate in the meeting, showing the anomalies found on the map. Bollay has been vocal about the map’s deficiencies above East Valley Road, showing several parcels where homes were lost located in a lower-risk portion of the new map, showing a risk of fewer than 6 inches of likely flooding. “If the FEMA map cannot adequately display the risk from the debris flow, maybe the County can overlay the former debris flow map so people are not given false hope that their home is safe,” said Tom Fayram, who says

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Mindy Denson, Trish Davis, and Kathi King were thanked at the Montecito Association Board meeting for their efforts in planning this year’s Village Fourth event

he stands by the new FEMA map. “There is value in letting the public know the combination of both maps,” he said, referring to a debris flow map that was released after the January 9 event. The board also voted to form a subcommittee led by Bollay to act as a liaison with Flood Control during the rebuilding process.

The board also voted unanimously to move forward on organizing future forums for the community to discuss governance options, including cityhood. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14.



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Seen Around Town

by Lynda Millner

Members Art Exhibition

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Frank McGinity, Kristan O’Donnell, chair Keith Mautino Moore, and Santa Barbara Club president John Brinker at the Art Foundation event

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he Art Foundation of Santa Barbara (AFOSB) invited members of the Santa Barbara Club to exhibit works of art they owned or their own art if they were painters. Keith Mautino Moore chaired and hung the event. Members gathered for champagne and delicious bites while perusing the pieces, including sculpture. The art was throughout the club and you could vote for your favorites: best composition, most original, most

creative, best use of color, and most historical interest. One of particular interest to me was the emperor Qin Shi Huang statue on loan by Frank McGinity. He and his wife had seen the famous terracotta soldiers while on a trip to China. They were so enthralled they bought a replica, five feet tall and weighing 160 pounds. The statue stood for years in their Riven Rock estate in Montecito. January 9 turned the garden into a sea

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of mud, and the only thing left standing was the statue of Emperor Qin. He had a short reign from 221 to 209 but accomplished much that united China for centuries to come. He also formulated a central language and government. As Frank says, “No wonder Qin survived the mudslides.” The AFOSB is looking to acquire contemporary California or Santa Barbara paintings by local artists to hang on the walls of the club. Members could be an “angel” by buying one of the nine displayed. They had sold three by the end of the night. The evening’s program was a talk by local artist Thomas Van Stein and held on the club’s lawn. Besides attending formal colleges and earning his master’s degree, he traveled worldwide to study the art and culture of 38 countries. Van Stein has participated in more than 200 group and solo exhibitions and won numerous awards. He is noted for his pleinair nocturne painting techniques. Thomas is an adjunct professor teaching art through Santa Barbara City College for more than 29 years and has taught workshops at various other campuses. He has been a member of

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the Santa Barbara O.A.K. group for 29 years and is represented locally by The Waterhouse Gallery. Thomas brought one of his paintings that was discovered buried in the mudslide. Amazingly, he was able to restore it to its original condition. The board of trustees of the Art Foundation is Robert G. Dibley, John M. Doordan, Jon A. DuPrau, Frank E. McGinity, and newcomers John A. Brinker, Nancy Knight, and Katherine Murray-Morse. New president Keith Mautino Moore heads the foundation. We drank a toast in memoriam to Robert V. Meghreblian. It was then time to go into the dining room for a scrumptious dinner that ended a delightful cultural evening.

Shining Light Society

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) gave its summer Kick Off Party for the Shining Light Society at the Wine Cask Tasting Room in El Paseo. That was to say “thank you” to donors who have made a gift of $1,000 or more over the last few years or have made a lifetime gift of more than $20,000. The wine was excellent as were the tapas and music. Three HSB ambassadors Gerd Jordano, Linda Yawitz, and Mary Blair organized the affair. Are you confused? Aren’t there two hospices of Santa Barbara? HSB is a volunteer hospice, which addresses physical, social, emotional, and spiritual suffering of those impact-

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Your Westmont

The Education Department’s Class of 2018

by Scott Craig (photography by Brad Elliott) Scott Craig is manager of media relations at Westmont College

Education Department Earns Accreditation, Praise Education faculty and staff (from back): Heather Bergthold, Andrew Mullen, Michelle Hughes, and Jane Wilson

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the ‘whole child,’” the report says. “District employed supervisors stated in interviews that they preferred to host Westmont candidates for student teaching because it positively impacted their own instructional design and practices, as well as promoted growth in their P-12 students. “As one school partner stated, Westmont is ‘a pillar of hope in our community.’” The program was evaluated on Common Standards, which are larger

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issues of goals and institutional support, and Program Standards, which are more detailed matters related to the Multiple Subject (or Elementary) and Single Subject (Secondary) programs. At Westmont, students can earn Single Subject Teaching credentials in art, biology, chemistry, English, history, kinesiology, music, physics, and Spanish. Provost Mark Sargent is grateful for the education faculty and staff, Michelle Hughes, Andrew Mullen, Jane Wilson, and Heather Bergthold, who prepared for the review process. “The education department has worked hard to cultivate a strong relationship with the local community and the local schools over the years, and that is apparent in the exceptional record of job placements,” Sargent says. In recent years, 95 percent of graduates landed teaching positions within one year of graduation. Another strength is that about 70 percent of liberal studies students at Westmont are able to earn a Bachelor of Arts and teaching credential in four years instead of five. Each year, Westmont partners with more than 120 teachers and administrators from diverse K-12 schools. “Our education program is successful thanks, in large measure, to the close ties we have with our local school community,” says Wilson, chair of the education department. “Our cooperating teachers warmly welcome Westmont student teachers because they find them well-trained, committed to the whole child, and possessing strong moral character. They remark with great appreciation how the Westmont professors draw upon their own K-12 teaching experience to offer insightful weekly feedback to the student teachers.” Westmont graduates teach in public and private schools locally and throughout California as well as Washington, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Korea, Japan, China, and Micronesia.

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ship to award full scholarships to two future Young Life leaders to attend Westmont each year. The awards cover the cost of tuition, room and board. This joint effort cultivates thoughtful scholars, grateful servants, and faithful leaders who have benefited from Young Life and will remain in leadership in the ministry throughout their college years and beyond. Young Life recommends the recipients, and Westmont is delighted to offer the scholarships to make their education possible. “This partnership personifies Westmont’s commitment to educating and equipping students to go on to lead and live lives of significance,” says Gayle D. Beebe, president of Westmont. “They’ve been diligent in using the gifts the Lord has given them, and we get to be part of developing them for God’s work as they deepen their faith and grow their intellect to reach others with the love of Christ.” “I can’t wait to see what God does through this new scholarship program and the lives of students who’ll be transformed because of their time at Westmont,” says Eric Scofield, chief development officer for Young Life. “Anything is possible with God, and this partnership has the aroma of God’s blessings.” The Young Life Multiethnic Scholarships Awards Program has selected Linda Ngo of San Francisco and Miguel Moreno of Santa Barbara as the first recipients.

Boys Summer Hoops

Santa Barbara High defeated Rancho Buena Vista to claim the week two championship of the 45th annual Boys Varsity High School Summer Basketball Tournament at Westmont on July 1. The tournament brings more than 400 students, a hundred coaches and their families to Montecito over two separate weekends. The Saugus Centurions defeated the Sanger Apaches in the first week championship. The San Marcos Royals also competed in the week two tournament, but lost to Rancho Buena Vista and Saint Bonaventure. For more information about next summer’s tournament, please visit westmont.edu/TeamCamp/ •MJ 12 – 19 July 2018


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Rescue Dogs and their minders marched too

This year’s Village Fourth Parade was dedicated to first responders; Sissy Taran and her “Heroes” were voted this year’s “Patriotic” group; Sissy and her team win virtually every year, so it comes as no surprise

eligible to enter (except Maxi Decker and her mini-horses). The Village Fourth Parade & Celebration started as a small affair back in 1996; at the time of that first parade (Jonathan Winters was our first parade marshal), we failed to get permission to march down San Ysidro Road, so participants took off out of Upper Manning Park onto School House Road, down to Montecito Union’s back parking lot, then made a 90-degree left turn through MUS, across San Ysidro, and down Santa Rosa to Lower Manning, where hot dogs, hydroponic lettuce, and games

for kids prevailed. There had been no money budgeted for the event, so MA parade committee head Diane Pannkuk (the whole thing was her idea) paid for what was needed out of her own checkbook, hoping to be reimbursed (she was). The second year came with its own set of blockages, including the right to use San Ysidro Road, which still hadn’t been approved by the SB Board of Supervisors. The then-First District supervisor, the late Naomi Schwartz, gave us her “permission” to march down San Ysidro and all was well. From that humble beginning, the

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Music Academy of the West by Steven Libowitz

Elizabeth-an Times: Metaphors and Musing Inform Ogonek’s Ethos

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lthough the American composer Elizabeth Ogonek won’t turn 30 until next May, she’s already earned a great deal of attention and acclaim for her ever-expanding body of work that has included commissions from the London and Chicago Symphony orchestras as well as smaller ensembles and chamber pieces. Her music is markedly colorful and dramatic, with vivid imagery that is often inspired by poetry or other texts or visual experiences. Ogonek comes to the Music Academy as one of this year’s composers-in-residence, where she’ll lead a masterclass and work with faculty and Fellows as they perform two of her recent works in concert on Tuesday, July 17, at the Lobero, and next Saturday, July 21, at the Granada. In a far-ranging phone interview, Ogonek discussed her background, approach, set of evolving values and desires in such depth that there isn’t

enough space here to delve into specific pieces (but please see MAW’s program book for some notes.) Q. What led you to composing, both the decision and the path? A. I started playing piano at 5. My mom was a single parent, and she moved us from Minnesota to New York so she could go to Columbia. We lived across the street from the Manhattan School of Music and she needed something for me to do, so I took classes there. I had turbulent relationships with playing, which came to a head when I later went to an arts boarding school for high school to study piano. I promptly stopped practicing. But that’s when I discovered a love for composition through my theory classes. It sounds nerdy and dorky, but it really wasn’t. I had very intensive theory classes every week and a teacher who thought I did his exercises in a most bizarre fashion.

Elizabeth Ogonek composes herself with performances at the Granada and Lobero

He kept encouraging me to perhaps just sit down and write a piece. I blew him off for a long time but went home during a school break and just did it. And that was it. That was the decision. It was like walking into a store and meeting the love of your life and knowing nothing else is necessary. I just knew that it was what I was going to do with my life. That’s quite a story. I just never looked back. It was an instantaneous thing. Composing is a very challenging profession, one that comes with existential crisis as well. But it’s such an important part of my identity. I’ve questioned my decision many times, but not ever in a normal way. In the past you’ve talked about a sense of wanderlust, and of not belonging, as a big influence on your music. Still true? I do feel a lack of belonging. There are a lot of compositional camps or scenes, and I don’t feel that I really belong to any of them. Maybe that’s a good thing. I’m a New Yorker with weird Midwestern roots who went to school in California, but who also has an affinity for the Southwest and was educated in Europe. So, there are a lot of places and strong identities that pull at me. But even more, I’ve started to realize that while I do have musical influences that are important, I have visual ones too. That’s how I think about things. Many of those visual elements in my music are inspired by feelings of wanderlust. I love patterns and the way you can hear them, and the idea of obscuring and then clarifying, haziness and distortion.

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More visual and emotion than musical? Oh, there are a couple of composers I always come back to. Oliver Knussen, who I worked with a lot in the U.K. (and who just died earlier this week), I’m so intrigued by his music because it’s incredibly expresTo love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. – David Viscott



sive but also technically perfect and yet somehow emotionally elastic. I’m fascinated by that concept. Another one is Ligerty, whose music I love because it’s weird and quirky, and he had no qualms about that whatsoever. He just followed any interest he had and it’s always intriguing to me. I also love Monteverdi, and a lot of French composers like Debussy, which I think shows up in my music. Another is Stephen Hartke, my colleague at Oberlin who was my teacher at USC. I’ve never encountered a composer as witty as he is. So there’s that too. It sounds like you’re drawn to the technical structure as a container that allows for freedom to explore. Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m saying. The more you limit things, the greater the space for freedom. That’s a huge value for me. I’m constantly looking for that dynamic no matter what the medium. How is your composing evolving? I think I’ve become more attuned to the visual influences, which are almost a musical metaphor, using the material of notes the way a visual artist might with the paint. But mostly, I’ve become less shy about my values. In school, I felt like I needed to please my teachers and others’ expectations. But I realized I never want to let go of my melodic sensibility. I actually just want to cultivate it more as I get older. I realize now that it’s a huge value I have as a listener, so I’m constantly thinking about my music from their point of view as well. That might have resulted in surface-level shifts in my music, but I don’t know want to quantify it because it’s probably very personal for each listener. How much is a piece fully organized or outlined before you start, or is there a lot of improvisation in the process, which I imagine is more like poetry is constructed? Or is it something else entirely? 12 – 19 July 2018


The whole idea of knowing what a piece sounds like from the beginning is a complete myth to me. It’s now how I think about music. I am an incredibly slow person, and it takes me forever to do things, including understanding the function of a piece of musical material. I’m not one of those who just knows. It’s a long process of uncovering the many ways something could work. Because of that, I think about creating a constellation of ideas. I start with a primitive version, which grows and evolves and transforms. Writing from beginning to end is unsustainable for me, because my ideas of music are constantly changing. So for me, it’s a process of trying to keep refining the ideas and allow them to evolve in organic ways and then fit them together. It becomes a puzzle that I end up having to assemble in some way. There’s blood and tears involved, usually. And sleepless nights and grumpy moods. You don’t want to be my partner.

This Week at the Music Academy

Thursday, July 12: MAW’s new four-year partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) gets underway with an official introduction this afternoon at Hahn Hall as MAW president and CEO Scott Reed

and the LSO’s Kathryn McDowell (managing director), Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor laureate), and Andrew Marriner (principal clarinet) join forces to talk about the historic new bi-continental agreement (5:30 pm; free)..... Deborah Voigt, the dramatic soprano famed for leading roles in the operas of Wagner, Strauss, and others who is also an active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards and popular songs, is no stranger to Hahn Hall audiences as she appears regularly – as both performer and host – in the Met’s Live in HD series, shown all year long at the venue. Tonight, Voigt curates a concert featuring four vocal Fellows and five vocal piano Fellows in an evening of songs and arias by two of her old favorites – Wagner and Strauss – plus Verdi and contemporary composer Ben Moore. She’ll also join the Fellows in a special conclusion (7:30 pm; Hahn Hall). Saturday, July 14: MAW’s Solo Piano Competition, a recent addition to the summer schedule, brings the flash and finesse of the Fellows’ fingerwork on the keyboard to Hahn Hall in a fierce but friendly fight for a cash prize plus an international recital tour presented by MAW in partnership with Steinway & Sons. The winner will also have a brand-new

work created for them by the current composer-in-residence Elizabeth Ogonek, who also serves as one of the judges (noon; Hahn Hall; $45).... It’s a melody madhouse as Gershwin’s American in Paris and Debussy’s La Mer close out a concert that begins with Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Guillaume Connesson’s Les Trois Cites de Lovecraft, a 2017 work in which each of the movements corresponds to a city described in macabre fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dream-Quest of the Unknown Kadath. The work receives its American premiere by the Academy Festival Orchestra under the baton of Stéphane Denève, music director of the Brussels Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the incoming music director of the St. Louis Symphony, who is also making his MAW debut (7:30 pm; Granada; $10-$100). Tuesday, July 17: It’s “Don’t miss our special midweek masterclass” time at MAW, as visitors invade Miraflores campus, starting with composer Ogonek at Lehhmann Hall at 1 pm. Two LSO guest artists also lead the public coaching sessions today, including trumpeter David Elton (1 pm; Weinman) and percussionist Neil Percy (3:15 pm; Hahn). LSO cellist Rebecca Gilliver

gets her turn tomorrow at 1 pm also at Lehmann, while clarinetist Andrew Marriner (1 pm at Hahn) and violinist David Alberman (3:15 pm; Lehmann) take their turns on Thursday.... Ogonek’s “Lightnings” serves as the centerpiece for tonight’s Festival Artists Series show, with Altenurg’s Concerto for Seven Trumpets and Timpani and Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 2 surrounding it. LSO guest artists, MAW faculty members, and select Fellows perform together on the Lobero stage for this special concert (7:30 pm; $10 to $46). Wednesday, July 18: Until recently, audiences largely only heard Fellows performing selections from sonatas, as the faculty usually offered trios and larger ensembles at the MAFAS concerts. Now, we get to see the sensational players paired up for performances in cozy Hahn Hall, including violinist Edward Dusinberre and collaborative piano chair Jonathan Feldman playing Beethoven’s Sonata in F Major, Op. 24, “Spring”; clarinetist Richie Hawley and Natasha Kislenko offering Schumann’s Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102; and violinist Kathleen Winkler and Margaret McDonald playing Elgar’s Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82 (7:30 pm; $10 to $35) •MJ

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The Way It Was 

by Hattie Beresford

Winthrop Ames, Santa Barbara’s Community Arts, and Fiesta

Winthrop Ames, one of the most distinguished American theater directors and producers, spent several winter seasons in Santa Barbara (Library of Congress)

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Wintrop Ames used his own money to build the Little, a 300-seat theater devoted to experimentation in the dramatic arts (Library of Congress)

In 1908, Ames became the managing director of New Theatre in New York City (Library of Congress)

enowned New York theater producer Winthrop Ames (18701937) significantly influenced the development of Santa Barbara’s community arts programs, the opening of the new Lobero Theatre, and, by extension, Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Ames was born into a prominent family in Easton, Massachusetts, whose wealth derived initially from the manufacture of shovels and expanded exponentially through investments in ironworks, railroads, mining, and other ventures. Rather than go into the family businesses, however, Winthrop attended Harvard University and studied art and architecture. After the turn of the 20th century, Ames became interested in theater management and went abroad to study the drama and theaters of Europe. When he returned to New

Ms Beresford is co-editor of My Santa Barbara Scrap Book by Elizabeth Eaton Burton, author of two Noticias, the publication of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and author of The Way It Was ~ Santa Barbara Comes of Age, her latest book on local history.

York in 1908, he became the managing director of New Theatre, where he intended to establish repertory companies that could produce cutting-edge plays free from the pressure of financial profitability. Despite Ames’s patronage, the elaborate theater was not a success and closed a scant two years later. In 1912, Ames used his own money to build the Little, a 300-seat theater located at 240 W. 44th Street. The idea

Ames leased Glendessary, the estate of Robert Cameron Roger’s in Mission Canyon during his 1920 winter stay in Santa Barbara (Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum)

was to put on experimental dramas and give opportunities to new playwrights. As such, he became part of the Little Theater Movement popular at the time in the more esoteric circles of American theater where experimentation and the search for new dramatic expression were paramount. Long mentioned in local newspaper articles regarding his work in New York, Ames was mentioned for a different reason on December 12, 1919, when the Morning Press reported,

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The extensive meandering gardens of Glendessary in Mission Canyon must have appealed to Ames’s sense of setting (Library of Congress)

“Winthrop Ames, who has been managing the Little theatre in New York, where so many interesting plays have been produced, and Mrs. Ames will spend this winter in Santa Barbara. They have taken Glendessary, Mrs. Robert Cameron Roger’s [Beatrice Fernald] delightful house in Mission Canyon for three months, and will

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The elaborate gardens of Glendessary in Mission Canyon appealed to Winthrop Ames and his wife, who leased the estate for the winter of 1919/20 (Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum)

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Montecito (Editor’s note: The “birther” issue came about because of a promotional flyer put out by Mr. Obama’s publisher of Dreams From My Father, when it boasted of the “Kenyan-born” author’s appeal. “Letters” such as yours are just tiresome retreads of anti-Trump talking points, and I have no idea why someone would want to regurgitate those points anonymously, but hey, here you go, Mr. Anonymous. – J.B.)

Down with Hate “Speech”

It is time, once and for all time, to abolish hate speech, actions, and thoughts. Common-sense restrictions should be imposed on toxic speech, disrespectful emblems, hateful slogans, racist propaganda, and highly offensive commentary. Everyone agrees that flying a Nazi or Confederate flag, wearing an NRA baseball cap or having a MAGA bumper sticker can provoke angry and violent responses. Bipartisan regulation at state and national levels, in the name of public safety, is long overdue. Reasonable “hate restrictions” should be applied for all clothing, banners, websites and tattoos which display knives, guns, grenades, skull & crossbones, or advocate violent “brain trauma” activities (boxing, karate, MMA fighting, football, et cetera). Body art with “attitudes and mottos” which glorify militaristic behavior (i.e., Victory of Death, Who Dares Wins, Follow Me, Duty-HonorCountry, Simper fidelis, Don’t Tread On Me, Any Time Baby, and many other scary and/or threatening statements, should be controlled by mental health experts, Ivy League intellectuals, and the world’s foremost authority, Bernie Sanders. Tattoos containing a firearm, bullet, assault knife (or fork), sword, hatchet, chainsaw, or bomb should be considered a “threatening and imminent danger to society.” Therefore, anyone “inked” with these frightening and despicable tattoos should be charged with the felony of “Wearing a Concealed Weapon.” Supporting Smarter Laws for Dumber People. Dale Lowdermilk Santa Barbara

I Spy

We now know the Obama Administration weaponized several intelligence agencies to spy on a rival presidential campaign. This is unprecedented and makes Watergate look like kid’s play. What are the seven ways Trump was spied on? 12 – 19 July 2018

1. Wiretaps (some placed by foreign countries); 2. FISA warrants obtained using lies; 3. Sending spies to spy on the Trump campaign (Operation “Crossfire Hurricane”); 4. Paid foreigners to gather lies from foreigners about Trump hiring hookers to pee on the bed that Obama and Michelle slept on. FBI and the Hillary Clinton campaign paid former British spy Christopher Steele, who created phony dossier to gather lies from Russians; 5. Unmasking (this was a way around U.S. courts. Wiretapped foreigners Trump officials were in touch with; 6. Illegal media leaks (leaked confidential and classified information, part of “insurance policy”); 7. National Security Letters (FBI obtained phone records and documents using these letters, a secret type of subpoena); In spite of this, Donald Trump still won and now the feces has hit the fan. Will we now get to the bottom of everything and will anyone be held accountable? Our Republic, the Constitution, and our freedoms are at stake. Diana Thorn Carpinteria (Editor’s note: Thank you for putting your name to your letter, even though much of it also contains talking points from the other side. Two observations though: 1) Even if Mr. Trump paid women to defile a certain bed, it may have been pretty creepy, but it would not have constituted a crime; 2) We believe the “insurance policy” that FBI agent Peter Strzok assured his FBI paramour, Lisa Page, would come into play, was the infamous 12-year-old “Billy Bush” Access Hollywood secret recording, which was released prematurely in early October 2016. It was indeed an “October Surprise,” but its early timing allowed Mr. Trump to overcome the negative impression it garnered. Had it been held until the week or weekend before the election (a la George W. Bush’s DUI), it indeed could have become the “insurance policy” it was meant to be. As for anyone being “held accountable,” probably not. – J.B.)

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For SBCC Professor, Grease is the Word

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t took a while for Katie Laris to get around to it, but the SBCC theater professor who also co-directs the academic program at the campus finally admitted that presenting Grease as the Theater Group’s big summer musical is about more than singing and dancing, or even an educational endeavor. It’s also an elixir for a challenging period in our nation’s history, at least for most of us in the area. “We’re living in a tough, brutal time,” Laris said earlier this week. “It’s hard to watch the news. I can’t even remember the last time I picked up the newspaper and saw something that made my heart sing.” Bopping along to a 1950s rock soundtrack, witnessing an uncomplicated romance, and revving up a roaring hot rod proved just the thing to take her mind off the problems. “It’s really great to be immersed in another era – an easier one – a time that was seemingly happier,” she said. “Right now, a little summer escapism sounds fabulous.” Grease, which opens SBCC Theater Group’s new season with performanc-

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.

es July 11-28 in the Garvin Theatre on campus, has been around for nearly half a century. Since its debut at a Chicago nightclub in 1971, the show about Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 – complete with the duck-tailed “T-Birds” in T-shirts and slickedback hair and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” counterparts in bobby sox and pedal pushers – has become one of the best-loved and most-produced musicals of all time. Runs on Broadway have been interspersed with several cross-country tours and countless regional and high school productions, not to mention the live TV broadcast back in January 2016. It’s a timeless story if a period

piece, as Danny Zuko, who leads the greasers, and purported “good girl” Sandy Dumbrowski, who had a summer fling, are now faced with trying to forge a real relationship as the school year begins. The couple and their cohorts have plenty of dialogue as they navigate the territory, but the action really moves via the musical numbers, including the timeless hits “Greased Lightnin’”, “We Go Together”, and “Summer Nights”. “Grease really is a piece for which people have so much affection,” said Laris, who is directing the show. “They associate the songs and the whole period with a point in their lives – or maybe through their parents, or even their grandparents. All the songs are so danceable and fun and upbeat, they just immediately strike an emotional chord in a very visceral way. The musical itself at the core is a celebration of rock ‘n’ roll and youth culture. There’s that aspect of danger, of breaking the rules, embracing the energy and excitement of rock ‘n’ roll and everything it implies. You can’t not respond physically and emotionally.” Of course, the whole thing would fall apart if you’re not buying the characters, either through off-key singing or inauthentic acting, but SBCC’s production looks to be a winner, not in the least due to Laris’s commitment. She’s been working with the cast since

auditions in December and January, when more than 150 young actors (SBCC casts to age) showed up for the various roles. Culling from the local colleges and high schools – some of which recently offered their own productions of Grease – and beyond, Laris has assembled a team of leading actors that has left her, in her own words, “amazed at their mind-blowing talent.” Danny is portrayed by Ben Zevallos, who was the lead in Young Frankenstein at SB High School before moving on to Bowden College, while Tessa Miller, who is Santa Barbara theater stalwart Miller James’s daughter and has been acting since was 7, plays Sandy. Danny’s buddy Kenickie is played by Kody Siemensma, who starred as the emcee in Cabaret last season at UCSB, and SBCC acting student Aurora Cassandra Gooch, who Laris said previously studied at Juilliard, takes on Rizzo, the tough-talking greaser girlfriend with a heart of gold. “As soon as she opens her mouth to sing, her voice elicits shock and awe,” Laris raved. The rest of the roster of Rydel ruffians are also terrific, Laris said. “It’s an all-star cast, with many of the actors having already performed in lead roles in previous productions,” she explained. “They’re all so super-tal-

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arrive the first of the year.” In March, Hobart Chatfield-Taylor, a noted author and strong supporter of local cultural programs, gave a small luncheon at Far Afield, his home on Hot Springs Road in Montecito for the Ameses. Included among the guests were Wallace Rice, the author of an upcoming extravaganza production, La Primavera, and Victor Mapes, New York playwright, stage manager, and director, whose play “Boomerang” played on Broadway in 1915-16. A frequent visitor to Santa Barbara who lived part-time in Montecito in his early 20s, Mapes debuted his play, The Lame Duck, on the Potter Theatre stage in January 1921. With all this talent in town, there was certainly no dearth of thespian society in Santa Barbara in the years following WWI.

The Road to La Primavera

After a pleasant 1919/20 winter season, Ames and his wife were prepared to leave for New York on March 1, but they were persuaded to stay until after the inaugural La Primavera festivities. La Primavera had come about after the success of a five-day multi-faceted and extravagant Fourth of July celebration in 1919. In May 1919, just six months after the end of WWI, the Commercial Club of Santa Barbara had planned a festival that they hoped would, as the Morning Press reported, “reinvigorate the historic and romantic Spanish past.” They also hoped it would reinvigorate the diminished coffers of Santa Barbara’s business community. Many, however, wanted the annual fiesta to be solely on behalf of the survivors of the pioneer Spanish families of California and their descendents. E.H. Sawyer, pioneer Montecitan and former owner of the Hot Springs Resort, said, “We owe the past a big debt of gratitude, and our Spanish heritage is one that must not be permitted to fade into forgetfulness…. Our younger generation needs to be

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Flower-bedecked carts pass under a cypress arch during the 1886 Centennial celebration for the Santa Barbara Mission, which relived Old Spanish Days (Courtesy of Santa Barbara Historical Museum)

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“The fiesta closed at midnight last night in a blaze of glory,” reported the Morning Press on July 6. Encouraged by the popularity and financial success of the celebration, plans went forward to make it an annual affair. By September, a committee led by James Rickard and composed mostly of businessmen such as grocer John Diehl, attorney Francis Price, and druggist A. M. Ruiz was joined by philanthropists and civic promoters Dr. C.C. Park, Clarence Black, and Charles L. Taylor, an officer of the Carnegie Corporation. Celebrating Santa Barbara’s Spanish heritage in an annual festival, they believed, would draw thousands of visitors to Santa Barbara and support local businesses. In so doing, they drew not just upon the recent successful Old Spanish Days parade, but also the annual Floral Festivals, which had flourished from 1892 through 1896. These annual spring festivals sought to promote Santa Barbara County agriculture through expositions of horticultural products at the Agricultural Pavilion and fairgrounds, which lay north of today’s East Cabrillo Boulevard. Spanish culture was represented during Festival Week of 1892 through exhibitions of Mexican and Spanish horsemanship. The last Floral Festival was held in 1896, after which civic promoters decided that the expenses of the festival did not warrant the results and the event was discontinued. La Primavera was also to be held in springtime, but its focus on solely celebrating Spanish culture hearkened back to the celebration held in December 1886 for the Mission Centennial. Organized by the Go Ahead Club, the festivities intended to raise money for a new roof for the Mission. For the parade, a cypress and palm frond replica of the Mission created an arch over State Street, and merchants bedecked their buildings with banners, flags, and bunting. Most of the entrants in the parade were dressed in Spanish attire and reflected



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“For sale, baby shoes, never worn.” When I started Public Beauty Supply in the 1980s, I posted “Ready, Aim, Spend with the Can Can Dancer.” When I closed 20 years later, it was with great sadness I took it down. Look forward to each column and Pot-Shot (which appears locally in the Santa Barbara NewsPress). Anxiously awaiting the next. – Sandra Williams I’m pretty sure you at the Journal know that your publication is helping spread the words of a national treasure. I wish to thank you for giving me another access to the wit and wisdom of Ashleigh Brilliant. Namaste! – Fred Brown, Shelby, North Carolina Ashleigh was in my class at school back in the late 1940s – he sat next to me – and he always lived up to his name. He came to stay with me a few years back and was just the same as I had always remembered him. Amazing brain. – David Horchover, Eastcote, Pinner, MDDX, U.K. I am a big fan of Mr. Brilliant and his Pot-Shots. I enjoy reading his articles, which he so kindly shares with us readers. Hope he continues for a long time to come. Looking forward to his new book coming out too. Hope you cover it. – Ronda Lewis Thanks for keeping up Ashleigh Brilliant’s column in your magazine. His articles are interesting, insightful, and always hilarious. Keep them coming! – Leslie Tejada I’ve been an avid fan of his for many years. Our ages and birthdays are almost identical. Here’s putting in a good word for him. Just wondering. Did you know, or know of, the late Fred and Gita Hall of Ojai? I believe they were somewhat prominent in your area, especially musicwise. Fred had been with KVEN Radio for several years. Gita was my aunt, my mother’s sister. Norm (Editor’s note: We have no one who knows or knew Fred and Gita Hall, but if readers do, please e-mail us and we’ll see that Norm gets it. – J.B.) OMG, this man is three geniuses. You are so fortunate to have his column, and I enjoy a big chuckle multiple times while reading it. Keep it coming. – Sally Gary, San Diego Would you have someone assist me with a subscription by U.S. mail? I’d like to follow Ashleigh Brilliant’s column, but I’d rather not read it online. I just need information on what a “snail mail” subscription costs. – Anne Franklin, Westminster, California (Editor’s note: We do supply mail subscriptions to a small band of loyal readers. Although the U.S. Post Office virtually never loses anything, it is somewhat lackadaisical when it comes to special mailing, such as lower rates 12 – 19 July 2018

for periodicals. Consequently, we send our subscriptions via First Class Mail, so depending upon the number of pages, our cost is around $3 per copy, which we pass along to our subscribers. For more info, contact tim@montecitojournal.net. – J.B.)

Trumpists Unite!

I’ve been wondering why some of my neighbors, who self-identify as Republicans, are still Trumpists. Is it, I supposed, the MAGA government’s fiscal conservatism, the fierce fidelity to Trump’s campaign promise to roll back the national debt? No, that can’t be it. Turns out, Senate and House Republicans were just pretending to care about the deficit. The projected national debt just got bumped up by a trillion or more on a Republican party-line vote. Is it because the Trumpist Federal government shows the greatest respect to those who show the strongest “sense of self responsibility, self reliance, and industriousness” (Mike Hornbuckle’s words, MJ 24/22)? No, that can’t be it; those migrant mothers traveling with small children thousand of miles under unbelievably harsh conditions hoping to find a hard-working life free of drug gangs, rape threats, and corrupt governments are rewarded by having their children stripped from them and put in cages, perhaps never to be reunited. Is it because, finally, someone will “drain the Washington swamp” of corruption and self-dealing and conflicts of interest? No, that can’t be it; the Commerce Secretary just admitted to shorting stocks while he’s making policy; the EPA Administrator just quit under multiple investigations of misuse of office; and of course, the president’s real estate company just took a half-billion-dollar loan from the Chinese government before trying to lift sanctions on a Chinese company reasonably accused of posing a threat to national security. Is it because he’s a stalwart defender of our country? No, that can’t be it. He’s taking Putin’s word over our combined intelligence services, trying to make nice in private meetings with the dictator who attacked our country’s most precious asset, the ballot. Is it because in a world of conflicting opinion, you can count on the president to tell the truth? Umm, no. You can count on him for a blizzard of self-aggrandizing lies, lies that say everyone is in danger from “the other” (the Mexican rapists, the Salvadoran gangs, the Canadians, the Chinese, the WTO, black men who won’t kneel, et al).

Is it because he takes the presidential oath to protect and defend the Constitution so seriously, who truly respects the Constitution’s separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary, the virtue of justice blind to politics, the promise of due process, and equal treatment under the rule of law? No, that can’t be it, for [sorry, too many examples to list]. What then? Why are these men and women — well-off, honest, patriotic — putting up with this behavior in our president? It’s simple. My Trumpist Republican neighbors will put up with all of this because he’s keeping two promises: cutting taxes on the richest among us, forcing working people into debt bondage by (among other tools) destroying universal healthcare, and installing corporatist ideologues on the Federal courts to ensure that no one will ever be able to challenge their economic servitude, by ratifying gerrymandering, gutting unions, outlawing class action, and disenfranchising the poor and powerless in every possible way. (Note: made possible only by McConnell refusing his Constitutional duty.) This isn’t necessarily going to end well for my neighbors, or for me, or for our country. Virtually every Republican candidate, Senator, and Representative, is fearful of the Republican base, who have been corruptly fed a toxic diet of his lies, amplified by his propaganda networks Fox, Sinclair, and Breitbart, echoed by Russian social network bots. Look to history, my friends. Look to Germany in the early 1930s. See a man first thought by the establishment merely a clown, an “egomaniac who loved only himself,” a man of “bottomless mendacity,” yet a great speaker and performer, adept at feeding off the energy of his audiences, who “spoke to suit the tastes of his lower-middle class, nationalist-conservative, ethic-chauvinist, and anti-Semitic listeners” (in the words of a recent biographer, Volker Ullrich), who promised to lead his country back to a new era of national greatness, and as the only one who could. By March 1933, Hitler had made it clear, Mr. Ullrich writes, “that his government was going to do away with all norms of separation of powers and the rule of law.” Do you see that same man standing in front of you today? I do. Do you see any of his party brave enough to cross him, to stop him, to lay even the smallest check on him? I don’t. Once upon a time, the nascent American people fought to live free of one-man rule. I urge you, read the

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Declaration of Independence. Read the list of outrages visited by the British Crown. From disenfranchisement to monopoly power, it’s all there. I pray we may be so brave, resolute and fiercely devoted to justice again. We will need to be. November 6, 2018, will be a very important day in our nation’s history. I’ve come across an AP story that the Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits, immigrants to this country who so want to be in this country, a country I guessing they’re dreaming about since who would dream to be in a country that is so vilely treating immigrants, that they would volunteer to serve in its military, with all those attendant risks, and the reward of a path to citizenship. They are not given the opportunity to appeal, nor are they given honorary discharges, which would protect them from deportation, not infrequently to countries where they, having served in the United State military, might not be treated well. You are alien, you are a security risk, you have relatives, we don’t know, we’re too busy to check, you’re out. Typically they are of color. What is that country to you? Is that the America you hold in your heart? This is a serious question. For me, that is not the country that I have dreamed of, and studied, and felt a part of, since I was a child. So, when I think the country is changing, and I’m trying to figure out what it is changing into, and I look for historical antecedents of countries that have changed in this nationalist-supremacist way, I do see a precedent that is very worrying to me. Maybe I’m lost in a fantasy world, or that acid I took back in 1969 is having after-effects. But I don’t think so. That’s why I’m asking you, do you see that too? Or not at all? Cotty Chubb Montecito (Editor’s note: Wow, that is a one dark vision of life in the United States. Opinions such as yours (they are opinions, not facts) make it difficult to understand why millions of souls “yearning to breathe free” continue to climb walls, cross deserts, dig tunnels, abandon hometowns and families, and otherwise plot to get here. As far as we can tell, this administration is simply trying to put some order in the process, but we could be wrong. We do remember all the “Bush/Hitler references during a previous administration, so we take these fears with something less than trepidation. Ah well, referencing two previous letters, at least you have put your name to your thoughts. – J.B.) •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL

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Spirituality Matters by Steven Libowitz “Spirituality Matters” highlights two or three Santa Barbara area spiritual gatherings. Unusual themes and events with that something extra, especially newer ones looking for a boost in attendance, receive special attention. For consideration for inclusion in this column, email slibowitz@yahoo.com.

Six Months Since the Sludge

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n Monday morning, exactly half a year since the debris flow devastated Montecito and destroyed lives and lifestyles, La Casa de Maria posted an update to its website about the ongoing recovery efforts. The retreat center located just below the San Ysidro Ranch was hard hit by the January 9 mudslide, as nine of its buildings were swept away by the water and debris, including the on-site dining facilities, and the landscape dramatically altered. (The update included a picture with enlarged photos of two of the structures on easels in their respective locations to help orient visitors and observers to the re-contoured property.) The center is still closed, the ongoing programs and special events either canceled or moved off site while plan for renewal and rebirth continues, but the debris has been cleared from the property, and the soil that remains has been saved to be used in rebuilding and reshaping the land. The guest rooms are being repaired, and the dining room and kitchen are up first before repairs to the lounge and the chapel begin. As part of the process, La Casa de Maria is undergoing a visioning method that will be used to determine the path forward and inform the design of the built environment, and the public might be surveyed too. The current focus is on interim re-opening efforts of the Center for Spiritual

Renewal and the dormitory and meeting space at Casa San Ysidro, as they sit on the undamaged part of the property. The plan is to have information about what will be available and potential tours of the property ready by September. More changes were recently afoot as Steve Jacobsen stepped down as director with deputy Anne Price moving up to take on the role of acting director during the transition of both place and personnel. Meanwhile, volunteer work party opportunities began this spring with more planned for summer and fall. Check the website (www.lacasademarial.org) if you want to be involved. From this writer’s vantage point, it will be beyond exciting to have this anchor of the Montecito spiritual community open in any form and fashion once again.

Danjo San Days

Radhule Weininger, Ph.D., is the clinical psychologist and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology who serves as the guiding teacher of One Dharma Sangha’s multiple ongoing weekly donation-based gatherings, as well as the founding teacher of Mindful Heart Programs here in Santa Barbara. But once a year, Weininger and her husband – palliative care physician Michael Kearney, who combines medical treatment with meditation and other spiritual approaches – ups

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the ante a bit further by their Rinzai Zen Monk friend, Danjo San, from Hiroshima, Japan, to spend a month with them here in town. The theme for this year’s visit is “The Gift”, an appreciation of our connection to the sacred, to the great mystery, to the field of awareness, which is perhaps more integral in this “time of confusion and fear”. Danjo San will be on hand for all of Weininger’s upcoming events this week, including the regular meditations on Monday, July 16, at St. Michael’s Church in Isla Vista; Tuesday, July 17, at The Museum of Natural History’s MacVeagh House; and Thursday, July 19, at The Sacred Space in Summerland, when he will join with Radhule to lead the programs and talks. He will also be the centerpiece for the monthly Solidarity and Compassion evening at Trinity Episcopal Church, which Weininger has been hosting since shortly after the 2016 election. The July 18 theme will be “Music and Poetry of Engagement” with Danjo San, Anahita and Scott Claassen playing music and the revered local poets Teddy Macker and Dave Richo reading verses. The following week, Danjo San will be leading the Heart of Mindfulness Retreat with the Weiningers for the third year in a row, during the sold out July 12-15 retreat at Mount Calvary Monastery, Marjorie Schuman will be teaching the weekly sitting groups on Tuesday, July 24, and Thursday, July 26. In upcoming events, Weininger is joined by Montecito author-writer Diana Raab (Writing for Bliss) in leading a “Mindfulness & Journaling to Open Your Heart” workshop at the Museum of Natural History on Saturday, August 4, and conducts a “Heartwork: The Path to SelfCompassion” weekend retreat based on her recent book of the same name at Mount Calvary Monastery August 17-19. For information on any of the events, visit www.radhuleweininger phd.com/one-dharma-sangha/.

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Roxy Angel Von Straussenburg hosts a Sacred Objects Craft Project workshop at Center of the Heart this Saturday, July 14. All the materials will be provided for art projects featuring a high-quality soy-blessed candle and a heart chakra healing crystal bracelet during the 10:30 am to 3 pm workshop, items aimed at enriching an altar space and to wear as a reminder to “love yourself as a sacred being of strength and divine power” and tap into the quality of peace. The hands-on day will also incorporate a little movement and ritual to engage mind, body, and spirit. A light lunch

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is also included in the fee of $35 in advance, $45 at the door. Artistic skills are not required; simply bring a willingness to learn something new. More information and online registration at http://centeroftheheart.com/event/ sacred-creative-arts-day-sacred-ob jects-craft-projects-3153, or call (805) 964-4861.

Sunburst’s Healing Symposium

Explore tools for greater body/ mind/spirit awareness to bring more balance and vitality into your life at Sunburst Sanctuary’s wellness weekend July 21-22. The retreat features multi-disciplinary practitioners coming together from various fields, each offering strategies to help improve spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness. Among the modalities are chiropractic, nutrition, acupuncture, Reiki, ayurveda, massage, aromatherapy, art therapy, meditation, yoga, stress relief, and “Yogananda’s Vibrant Health Eating Plan”. The sliding scale donation of $100 to $150 includes nourishing vegetarian meals and access to the soul-expanding oak-dotted rolling hills of the 4,000-acre space accessed via 7200 S. Highway 1, Lompoc. On-site lodging and camping options are also available for an additional donation. Reservations requested by Friday, July 13, at http://sunburst. org, or call (805) 736-6528.

Soup’s on

Personal growth and healing event opportunities are plentiful at Yoga Soup this week, beginning with one of Shane Thunder’s periodic 432hz Sound Healing sessions of Friday evening, July 13. The first of two (weeks apart) Saturday Contact Improv Fundamentals workshops with Aaron Musicant takes place July 14 from 1 to 4 pm and is open to people of all experience levels who want to learn or practice safety, weight sharing, core connection, rolling point of contact, spiraling, lifting, falling, and more – useful for both Dance Tribe and Yoga Soup’s own new First Friday Ecstatic Dances. That same night, studio owner Eddie Ellner offers one of his own Ecstatic Breathwork events, featuring a few minutes of gentle yoga followed by an hour of breathing to a selection of music designed to accelerate and amplify the breathe. Finally, Britta Gudmunson, the yoga teacher/ musician/food expert who also leads the InCourage Chorus at Yoga Soup, teaches The Art of Mindful Eating, an experiential evening workshop to help those wanting to create a spiritual practice with food, on Wednesday night, July 18. Yoga Soup is located at 28 Parker Way. Visit www.yogasoup. com/category/events or call (805) 965-8811. •MJ 12 – 19 July 2018


Celebrate Traditions La Recepción del Presidente

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COMING & GOING (Continued from page 18)

An hour before the parade began, San Ysidro Road looked like an urban street fair

Music Academy of the West (MAW) chief executive and CEO, Scott Reed (left) announced that the Music Academy’s summer season was being dedicated to the Montecito community, and that the Music Academy’s participation in the Village Fourth was going to become “a regular thing” going forward. Gifted and powerful MAW vocalist Taylor Haines (center) sang the national anthem with force and melodious perfection, bringing tears to the eyes of many. With them is longtime Montecito parade organizer Dana Newquist (right).

All Montecito schools, including Laguna Blanca, Mt. Carmel, YMCA Pre-School, Montecito Union, Cold Spring, El Montecito, and Crane Country Day School, pitched in this year

Parade master Mindy Denson (with the enthusiastic help of MA parade commitee co chairs Trish Davis and Kathi King) with the Bryan Titus Trio (from left): Jeff Krancler, Mindy, Bryan Titus, and Dustin Janson

visitors rather than a community of residents. This year’s turnout, perhaps as many as 4,000 strong, helped to resuscitate the village Montecito had been not that long ago. Participants and onlookers reveled in the freshly arrived sunshine, the pace of rebuilding and reconstruction, the open roads, the diminution of threat, the company of friends and neighbors. Most seemed to have

put aside those terrible weeks of December and January, when days were filled with fire threat and falling ash, and later mud, debris, funerals, memorials, hospital visits, searches for victims, raising money for those who’d lost relatives, homes, pets, or any number of things. It could be said, and will be written (by me), that while the rest of the country was celebrating the birth of a

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nation on July 4, 2018, Montecito was celebrating the rebirth of a village. You could feel the warmth; there were no fake smiles. For the record, parade winners included: “Family and Kids Walking” from Our Lady of Mount Carmel being voted “Cutest”; winning “Parade Vehicle” was “Freedom + Liberty Side by Side” by Gavin Roy in a WWII motorcycle with sidecar; “Montecito Spirit” was Melinda Werner “We’re the Kids of America”; “Patriotic” was Sissy Taran in “Heroes of Montecito”; “Musical” was Dana Newquist and his 1922 Kissell Circus truck featuring a genuine calliope.

Other incidentals include first responders having been treated to lunch by The Coeta Barker Foundation (thanks to Dana Newquist). The national anthem was sung after the parade by Music Academy vocalist Taylor Haines, and this year’s band was the Bryan Titus Trio, whose post-modern barn-dance effort, kicked off by an excellent version of John Denver’s “Country Roads”, thrilled and exceeded expectations. Scott Topper’s photo booth was a welcome addition, and Mindy Denson’s expert supervisorial machinations from start to finish kept everything moving swiftly and smoothly. See you next year?! •MJ

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Making His Case: Singer Returns

Don’t talk to Peter Case about craft. The veteran singer-songwriter who started life as a power pop/punk rocker in such bands as The Plimsouls and The Nerves back in the 1970s and ‘80s finds hearing that people love his “well-crafted songs” something close to an insult as it undercuts the artistry. Which seems reasonable, since it was an early Case solo album that lent its title to the Santa Barbara subscription series known as Sings Like Hell, one that has introduced more than a generation of singer-songwriters to discerning listeners every month for more than 20 years. For his part, Case said he can’t even remember how that arrangement came about, but he’s still flattered. In any case, the Plimsouls found instant success with the single A Million Miles Away but broke up shortly afterward, and Case’s 1986 solo Geffen Record debut dived deeper into his roots in folk and blues, earning him his first Grammy nomination, and has only gazed further back and beyond on subsequent albums and projects. Case, who was Sings Like Hell’s first performer and the star of its 100th show, has returned on and off through the years. He’s singing an early show on Sunday, July 15, at the smaller space of SOhO, with openers Dead Rock West, the L.A.-based Americana band, also offering up two singers for his main set. (Tickets cost $15. Info at (805) 962-7776 or www.sohosb.com.) He talked about his music and career over the phone earlier this week. 12 – 19 July 2018

Case in point: Singer Peter Case plays it cool at SOhO on Sunday, July 15

Q. Do you still resonate with “Million Miles....” or does it seem like a million years ago? A. I’m proud of it, you know. The Plimsouls were a great band and the song was a landmark record. I’m always resonant with it for that reason alone. To me, it still sounds timeless, although I didn’t sing it in my solo shows for years. But I just started again. I’m not sure why, but somehow it seems more relevant again to me. You have had a number of well-reviewed and influential albums over the years. What stands out most for you? I’m really into Highway 62, which is still pretty current. I had Ben Harper on guitar and DJ Bonebreak from X. The songs were heading into the current period of time we’re in now, just before it all went mainstream in everybody’s consciousness. But there are songs I like from all of my albums. Flying Saucer Blues and Full Service No Waiting were big records where we came up with a sound and a way of putting across what I do that really worked. Highway 62 is a reference to Dylan’s famous early album, I imagine. Yeah, where Highway 61 took the pulse of America in 1965, that’s kind of what I was doing now. That highway was the one going right down the middle of the country, north to south. [Highway] 62 is east-west, and cuts across the country horizontally. I grew up one block off the highway, and it’s amazing how much of a music thoroughfare it is. It doesn’t get talked about much, but it’s one of the back roads of America,. And that’s what the record is about. How has your songwriting evolved over the years? Are you in touch with how much of that has been via choice versus just the product of age and experience? To me, I’ve always wanted to make the songs as great as possible. Every moment of the song needs to be as good as any other. You want the whole

thing to transport people from beginning to end. But it has changed over the years. That’s kind of why I went solo in the first place as it evolved uncontrollably. You’re not really running these things as much as you think. You write with the talent you develop. But the songs just come to you, and you hope you catch them and get ‘em down. Sometimes weird things happen and you don’t know why you are writing. You just do, and at the end it’s like “Oh, now I see.” It’s funny that way. I’ve been writing a book for the last 10 years, a lot more recently, and

all that energy stirs you up for songwriting in a way. I’ve been playing the piano a lot lately too, and that’s also informing my music. But I don’t see musical boundaries. To me, rock ‘n’ roll and punk rock were also folk music. It goes full circle. Just gotta keep it fresh, find something in your own heart and music that moves you, makes you feel alive and awake and wakes up the room. Is the balance between inspiration and discipline also in flux? They’re the same thing, really. The discipline is just doing it when you don’t want to, when you’re not in the mood, or it’s not convenient. It takes time to get things right and not settle. But craft is a word I’m not that fond of. It’s just what you do to finish the song, fill in the parts that didn’t come in the original inspiration, so it’s done and you can actually sing it. A “well-crafted song” isn’t a compliment. I’d rather hear that it was moving, that it made a difference. You want the song to be undeniable, not something you admire for its craft. Songwriting is a real strange thing. I have to keep evolving a new approach, because once it becomes codified, or a process, I have to overthrow it and start fresh. I don’t ever want to do it the same way again. •MJ

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MISCELLANY (Continued from page 6) Orchestra, with former academy composer in residence Caroline Shaw on violin with the Left Coast premiere of “Lo”. Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major completed the program.

Show of Support The popular food and wine festival at the socially gridlocked Museum of Natural History was a sold-out event. The 31st annual fest, which had more than 1,050 guests and raised in excess of $80,000 for the museum’s programs, featured more than 50 premier Central Coast wineries and myriad food vendors on the 11-acre oak shaded Mission Creek campus. To avoid any problems with over imbibers, designated drivers were allowed free admission. I’ll drink to that. Feeling the Love TV talk-show titan Oprah Winfrey, who attended the nuptials of Prince Charles’s son, Harry, to actress Meghan Markle, was suitably impressed by the pomp and ceremony at the 14th-century locale. The 64-year-old media mogul has opened up about her experience at St. George’s Chapel in the August issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. “What Harry and Meghan symbolized to me are the possibilities that await us all when we choose love in any form,” Oprah notes in her What I Know For Sure column. “It gives us hope, that wedding... We all want to feel as joyful and alive as Meghan looked on her way down the aisle to meet Harry. Both of them we’re glowing with happiness. “I can’t wait to see the goodness that will come from their union. Goodness

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that I know for sure will help change the way the world thinks about what is possible, even more than it already has.” Ready or Not Having celebrated her 92nd birthday in April, the British government has been rehearsing for Queen Elizabeth’s inevitable demise in due course. The secret exercise to prepare for 10 days of mourning for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch saw cabinet ministers and Whitehall officials discussing “D+1,” the day after the queen’s death. The plan, reportedly dubbed London Bridge, came in the week the queen, who has been on the throne since 1952, pulled out of a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral because of ill health, according to the London Sunday Times. Although leaving international travel to her children and grandchildren, she carried out 296 engagements last year. She will be buried with her father, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who died in 2002 aged 101, at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, where Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in May. Given the longevity genes of the Bowes-Lyon family, the earls of Strathmore, the queen’s move to more heavenly pastures will be some time yet. Ensemble Theatre Gets Hefty Check The Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic has just been given a major handout from the California Arts Council. The popular company, run by artistic director Jonathan Fox, has just been awarded a grant of $15,050 as part of the council’s Arts Education: Exposure program. The grants support attendance at performances and exhibitions for students who may have otherwise limited access to such experiences. With such support, ETC will present the Student Matinee Program, which allows nearly 1,200 junior high and high school students to experience the power of live theater, often for the first time. Rockin’ the Boat After “kinging” as George III for the sixth year in the village July 4 parade, with Dallas dynamo Charles Ward, Santa Barbara Polo Club promoter, as George Washington, in a $418,000 two-toned Rolls Royce Dawn convertible lent by the O’Gara Coach Company in Westlake, with former Miss Alabama Tara Gray and ex Miss California, Kerri Lloyd Markowitz, I dashed off to the harbor to board former Santa Yacht Club commodore

Richard Mineards and Charles Ward in the village parade (photo by Nigel Gallimore)

Enjoying the traditional catered affair from The Bear and Star are Howard Smith, Tricia Dixon, chef and partner, John Cox; Trenton Shank, Chef de Cuisine; Julia Felder, galley gal, Cathleen Dunn and her husband, Kostis Protopapas, artistic director, OSB (photo by Priscilla)

Everyone gathered to sing songs celebrating Independence Day led by hostess Sarah Chrisman, at the piano and to her left, sister-in-law Marci Niles and Kathleen Yabsley (photo by Priscilla)

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musical entertainment from fellow St. Francisco Yacht Club member and country recording artist Philip Claypool, and Opera SB artistic director Kostis Protopapas with his wife, soprano Cathleen Dunn, who sings with the Chicago Lyric Opera. Joining in the fun, fireworks and frolics, while noshing on barbecued fare from the Bear and Star in Los Olivos, were Bill and Trish Davis, Laura Schlessinger, Gretchen Lieff, Tom and Nancy Upton, Hayley Firestone Jessup, Jim and Caren Rager, and Sarah Chrisman.

Expressing an exhilarated smile is soprano Cathleen Dunn during the spectacular display of the commemorative 4th fireworks show (photo by Priscilla)

Country recording artist Philip Claypool sang and played Sarah’s favorite, “Strong One”; listening in the background is Caren Rager, Chrisman executive director & president, SBPAC (photo by Priscilla)

Rest in Peace On a very personal note, I mark the passing of my friend and neighbor veteran actor Tab Hunter at the age of 86, three days short of his 87 birthday. The former Hollywood heartthrob, who appeared in more than 40 major films including Damn Yankees! and Burning Hills, was known for his blond surfer looks. I remember fondly moderating with Tab and his companion of more than three decades, film producer Allan Glaser, following a screening of his documentary Tab Hunter Confidential at the Granada three years ago. Sightings: Montecito writer Judy Foreman and Cabana Home owner Steve Thompson with the racketeers at Wimbledon...Oscar winner Natalie Portman noshing with her family at Olio Pizzeria...Singeractress Miley Cyrus checking out Yoga Soup Pip! Pip!

Polaris commodore Roger Chrisman enjoys the 4th of July (photo by Priscilla)

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Caltrans Project Postponed

A Caltrans project to replace the guardrail on the Olive Mill Road freeway bridge, along with other improvements, has been postponed until after Labor Day, according to Caltrans Transportation engineer Tristan Gebhart. The project, which was originally scheduled to begin in May, and then was pushed back until late July, will require four to five months of construction along with a significant detour for traffic headed from northern Montecito to the beach. At a meeting with stakeholders in late June, Gebhart and Caltrans Construction engineer Jason Kline fielded questions about the project from City and County leaders, members of the Coast Village Association (CVA) Traffic & Safety Committee, and reps from the Four Seasons Biltmore and the new mixed-use project currently in construction on the corner of Olive Mill and Coast Village roads. The project includes reinforcing the bridge to accommodate newer, heavier guardrails, and eliminating the eastern sidewalk and widening the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge. The first week of the undertaking will include overnight highway closures for four nights, and the following week daytime detours and traffic control will begin. Crews will be on site for 12-hour shifts Monday through Friday and 10-hour shifts on Saturdays. There will be detours to accommodate one lane of travel over the bridge; drivers traveling to Butterfly Beach from Coast Village Road will be directed to enter the southbound freeway, exit at San Ysidro, and will be detoured onto S. Jameson and Danielson to Olive Mill. “The detour will be ‘round the clock, and not just during work hours,” Kline explained. CVA president Bob Ludwick, who hosted the meeting with stakeholders, urged Caltrans to reconsider the timing of the project, given that Coast Village Road and surrounding businesses suffered significant losses during and following the January mudslide, and should be given an opportunity to recover before a project of this magnitude begins. “We know we are in the heart of town, and you have been through the ringer already,” Kline said. Reps from the Four Seasons Biltmore also urged reconsideration, as the hotel was closed for five months until reopening on June 1. The resort is booked every weekend throughout the summer, and guests visiting from Southern California would be detoured after exiting Olive Mill, to get back on the freeway going south. “We will do our best to mitigate that issue by having signage on the freeway, directing peo-

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MTF board member Ashlee Mayfield. For more information about current trail status, and the work of the Foundation, visit www.monteci totrailsfoundation.info.

Pop-up at Montecito Country Mart

The temporary k-rail on the Olive Mill overpass will be replaced beginning in September; Caltrans agreed to delay the project to give Coast Village businesses and hotels time for recovery during the summer months

ple to exit San Ysidro instead,” Kline offered. It was suggested that the project be delayed until next summer, but Kline explained the funding that has been secured to pay for the endeavor is through an emergency grant, which expires at the end of 2018. Instead, reps for the project decided at a meeting last week that they would delay the project until later in the summer, with falsework under the structure occurring in late August and the traffic control measures ensuing immediately after Labor Day, September 3. “It is understood that the community has been through a very challenging start to 2018, and we hope that the decision to delay until after Labor Day will better facilitate enjoyment of the summer tourist season,” Gebhart wrote in an email to stakeholders. Montecito Inn owner Jason Copus said the postponement is vital to his business. “Had the project occurred during the summer months, the hotel would have suffered great financial burdens. With the new revised schedule, our guests and the community will be able to enjoy the surrounding area to its fullest this summer,” he said. As part of the project, Caltrans will add flaggers to one or more intersections at San Ysidro Road during school drop-off hours, as there is likely to be more traffic in the area with the detoured vehicles adding to Miramar construction traffic. The Coast Village Association will have updates on the project when it commences on its website, www. coastvillageroad.com.

Trails Recovery Day

More than 80 volunteers turned out last weekend to help Montecito Trails

An Oscar de la Renta pop-up shop is coming to Montecito Country Mart, in the former home of Intermix, which closed last year. The shop will open Thursday, July 19, and will be open until August 26, according to brand representatives. “Given our partnership with Lotusland and the fact that many of our customers from Los Angeles and around the United States have homes in Santa Barbara, it made sense to find a way to actively promote our brand in Montecito this summer,” said Alex Bolen, CEO of Oscar de le Renta. “We have known [Montecito Country Mart owner] Jim Rosenfeld forever and

Montecito Trails Foundation welcomed 80+ volunteers to help restore and clean up Montecito trails (photo courtesy Aanjelae Rhoads)

Foundation restore the McMenemy, Old Pueblo, Bud Girard, and Saddle Rock trails as part of the Foundation’s Trail Recovery Day. “It was an awesome day, and we are so thankful for everyone who came out to help,” said

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In Business

by Jon Vreeland

Jon Vreeland is a writer of prose, poetry, plays, and journalism. His memoir, The Taste of Cigarettes, will be published May 22, 2018, with Vine Leaves Press. Vreeland is married to artist Alycia Vreeland and is a father of two beautiful daughters who live in Huntington Beach, where he is from.

At Summer Camp, All is Wellness Eliza Kingsford is also the author of Brainpower Wellness, “an 11-step behavior plan” that asks why aren’t people eating healthy and what are the steps to change it

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or a growing child or teen in the prime of their youth, a California summer often depends on self-confidence or lack thereof. Like how they feel in a one- or two-piece bathing suit, and how they deal with the reality and introduction to social expectations. The good news is, society no longer carries the upper hand. At longtime health advocate Eliza Kingsford’s new Santa Barbara business, Empowered Wellness, a summer camp for kids through young adults, campers receive an education in health and wellness and learn to live their lives without poisoning or neglecting the body and mind. “Our mission is to translate the best available science on weight management, body image, eating and food behaviors and health into the knowhow and life skills that empower campers to make confident health choices every day of their lives,” is just a piece of Empowered Wellness’s philosophy. The Empowered Wellness campers

stay at Tropicana Del Norte in Isla Vista. The first session’s 50 campers ends Saturday, July 14. The second session starts this coming Sunday, July 15, and runs until August 11. The health-focused and meticulous schedule starts bright and early, and proceeds until bunk time at 9 pm. During the day, the campers attend activities such as nutrition classes, culinary classes, group therapy, body images, and mindfulness training. They use the pool to swim as well as exercise and learn stress management and coping skills for the emotions that come with hard work and perseverance. But Empowered Wellness is “not a fat camp,” says Eliza, who was employed at Wellsprings, another weight-loss camp, from 2004-2017. The well-planned education and consistent exercise at Empowered Wellness run parallel with what Eliza refers to as “camp stuff.” Field trips to childhood dreamlands such as Disneyland, a film paradise like Universal Studios, which Eliza and

Empowered Wellness arrange for the campers. As well as the exploration of the Channel Islands, the hikes in the Santa Barbara hills, the morning walks through Isla Vista, so the campers experience the outdoors through nature, the ocean, even busy cities with world-famous amusement parks. However, Eliza and Empowered Wellness’s primary focus remains solely to teach a healthy lifestyle the camper will utilize for a long and healthy life. Obesity is prevalent in most American families due to untreated maladies, the lack of knowledge or ignorance of the fatal consequences, or all of the above. “Seventy percent of the American population is obese,” says Eliza. Obesity kills millions of Americans every year with heart disease, diabetes, strokes, certain cancers, and in 2015-2016 alone, obesity affected 93 million citizens according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

But the consistency of collecting data through, unfortunately, the years of an epidemic is how resources containing solutions unfold. Studies show that the dietary methods that invaded our culture in the 1990s, like the Atkins Diet, for instance, a diet with no carbs, doesn’t provide the tools to live a productive and vigorous lifestyle and continue to develop healthy ways of living. It only says not to eat carbs. On the contrary, Empowered Wellness leads the campers through weeks of education, physical and mental, and stays connected with the campers after the summer program concludes. Eliza and staff teach self-confidence and vigor, and not to neglect the value of health and attitude. “Kids have a hard time with commitment and blaming,” says Eliza. When a child or teen lingers on the outskirts of social situations, blaming society’s harsh expectancies, this can damage his or her self-esteem. No matter what, Eliza and Empowered Wellness teach the campers not to take things personally, to work hard, keep pushing themselves, and never to be the victim. You can read more about Eliza’s book and Empowered Wellness at empoweredwellness.com. The phone number is (844) 280-1190. •MJ

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Our Town 

A two-page spread from Herb Barthels’s scrapbook of Old Spanish Days Fiesta 1991 with the Noche de Gala newspaper announcement, original poster, and portrait of Herb as El Presidente

by Joanne A. Calitri

Joanne is a professional international photographer and journalist. Contact her at: artraks@yahoo.com

Fiesta 2018 Celebrates Traditions

(From left) Will Powers, OSD Division chief of Pageantry; David Bolton, chief of External Relations; La Presidenta Denise Sanford; Segundo Vice Presidente Erik Davis; Secretaria Stephanie Petlow; and Jim Wilcox, division chief of Mercados

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he 94th edition of Old Spanish Days [OSD] Fiesta is nearly upon us. This year’s theme is “Tradition and Celebration”, noted by La Presidenta Denise Sanford, who declares, “Traditions are the very foundation by which individuals and families construct their identities, creating the bonds of community. To celebrate our community’s traditions,” she says, “is to honor its history.” Fiesta was founded in 1924 by a collaboration of then-Santa Barbara mayor Charles M. Andrea, with local businesses and the grand re-opening of the Lobero Theatre. It was established as a summer celebration to encourage tourism and pay tribute to the heritage that founded the town in the cultures of Spain, Mexico, and the Native American Indians. “One of festival and gaiety,” Mayor Andrea declared, “which shall be known as Old Spanish Days, the spirit of old Santa Barbara shall be lived again and again, and the new Santa Barbara shall give way to the traditions of the city’s founders.” In 1926, the group of merchants who had formed the first official Old Spanish Days committee, along with members of the parade committee, met with Dwight Murphy and established the non-profit corporation of Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Inc. with Murphy, its first Presidente. A 33-year Montecito Fiesta tradition held at the Coral Casino Biltmore was the renowned Noche de Gala, from 1960 through 1994, likely spearheaded by members of the Coral Casino. I met with gala historian Herb Barthels, DDS, who has many a scrapbook filled with its invitations, photos, and memorabilia. Herb recalls that, “It was the gala

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of galas, one of pageantry and tradition. Even the governors of California came by initiation of Thomas M. Storke. Governors who attended Fiesta and Noches de Gala included James Rolf, Frank Merriam, Earl Warren, Goodwin Knight, and Pat Brown. Classic Montecito supporters of the gala were Adele and Leighton Wilkie, with daughter Bonnie and son Michael, who both still support OSD, chaplain William S. Campbell, Stewart and Katherine Abercrombie, Gaviota rancher J.J. Hollister III and his wife, Barbara (“Babs”), judge Floyd C. Dodson Jr, Dr. William and Mary Jackson, Beverley Jackson, Paul Ridley-Tree and Leslie, and many other town notables. The gala was open to the public with the 1991 ticket price at a mere $65 per person. Mr. Barthels was OSD El Presidente in 1991 and called in the “old guard” to revive the gala to its early high traditional standards by hiring two orchestras and paying out of pocket for an unlimited decoration committee budget. It survived another three years, giving way to what Herb says was “being diluted throughout the year by other large gala OSD events and also the fact that dedicated people who started Noche de Gala are no longer here or moved away.” Growing up in Montecito, and still with strong ties to its community, David Bolton, OSD Division chief of External Relations, recalls fondly, “Growing up in Montecito, I remember everything of Fiesta quite well, as it was such a big part of the community. From the Friday parade to the great food, Fiesta would always fill the summer air of early August. Restaurants along Coast Village had special menus and music, and every year my mom would pick up some

of the best enchiladas I had from Mrs. Fiori’s on De La Vina Street near Mission. She only offered those enchiladas around Fiesta. “The first time I dressed in Fiesta attire, I think I was five. We had just moved to Montecito and my dad had a patient in Ojai (he was a chiropractor in the upper village) – her name was Mrs. Mays. We went there to visit her the Saturday of Fiesta, and she always had on the finest Fiesta outfits with jewelry and everything. Our parents had my brother and I dress ‘Fiesta.’ I wore a poncho and a sombrero. I still have the picture we took. One year when I was 15, my friend Lee and I snuck into Noche de Gala. We had spent the day at the Coral Casino, and as everyone cleared out at the end of the afternoon so the club could get ready for the evening event, we hid in the two closets in his parents’ upper cabana. After the usual Biltmore security sweep, we came out, got dressed, and then went down the stairs to the party. What an experience. I am glad I had the chance to attend one of these events. There have been none in Montecito since 1994.” David also wanted readers to know that new this year for the Fiesta Parade is a shaded VIP grandstand seating area at Cabrillo Boulevard and State Street: “Think Rose Parade seating, with reserved parking at the lots on Cabrillo included in the ticket price.” This was added to encourage those who perhaps became discouraged over the years to find parking and a place to stand in the four-people-deep crowds along the sidewalks to view one of the nation’s largest equestrian parades. Fiesta parade is one not to miss, as it embodies both the old and new traditions, showcasing more than 600 award-winning horses, carriages, and covered wagons. The historical section of the parade has story-telling floats and descendants of local Native Americans, Spanish pioneers, and the Native sons and daughters of the Golden West. It’s as close to history one can get. Fiesta Week celebration commences with La Recepción del Presidente on Sunday, July 29, at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. There, all

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the past Presidentes of Fiesta are honored. It features an official receiving line with La Presidenta Denise Sanford, her family, the Spirits of Fiesta, Saint Barbara and Fiesta Vice Presidentes, live performances by the 2018 Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta, and a traditional Mexican sit-down dinner. All OSD events are listed on their website event page: La Fiesta Pequeña [Little Fiesta] at the SB Mission that starts the week off, the performers at the Courthouse for Noches de Ronda and Tardes de Ronda, the Competencia De Los Vaqueros [Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association events], great live bands, and food at the Mercados at de la Guerra Plaza, Mackenzie Park, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Many booths at the Mercados are sponsored by local charitable organizations, with proceeds supporting their programs. 411: www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org

Artist Barry McGee in Town at MCASB

With an unprecedented 30 minute continuous waiting line to enter the super-packed Museum of Contemporary Art SB on the 3rd floor of the Paseo Nuevo mall, San Francisco born internationally renowned artist Barry McGee, [a.k.a. “Twist”] opened his exhibit there titled “Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive” on June 30, to the welcoming open arms of our town’s professional artists, musicians, the surf community, and tourists, literally hundreds came to see the artist whose work in both graffiti and commercial galleries draws its own contradictions. Breathing new life into the gallery, his 700+ installed works drew themselves into a new work of art by simple matter of their groupings, a flow he precisely designed. The various genres he brought with him from San Francisco were acrylic and gouache on panel paintings, drawings, surf boards, stools, balls, lamps, and set videos grouped in threes, sculptures, found objects, home furnishings, and the like. His layout of the main gallery included a “wave wall” work of layered art; electric guitars with amps 12 – 19 July 2018


Barry McGee and crew finishing the install of his exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art SB

Barry McGee’s urban living room with adjoining man cave

Barry McGee’s “man-cave” existentialist room at his museum exhibit

Barry McGee exhibit opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art SB

in a corner; a walled area with two adjoining rooms comprising a homey respite packed with paintings, photographs, letters, and personal mementos with a staged cozy living room and couch with reading lamps; and an existentialist “man-cave” with video screens, a James Dean-like motorcycle, and various music instruments that were played by anonymous “friends of the artist.” The retro-house living room area resembled the Regan era, a likely nod to the Reagan Ranch Museum, which he wanted to include here; however, they do not loan art. Although he began the massive installation last week, when we arrived for the VIP walk through, he was still unloading crates and installing art with 20 helper-friends, including – wait for it – legendary surfer and artist Herbie Fletcher. The San Francisco Ratio 3 Gallery owner and his artist rep, Chris Perez, apologetically led our small group back out of the museum to wait an hour with fingers crossed that Barry would be finished in time for the hard opening at 6 pm. The artist is known to have no prior install plan, as its process is where his amalgamation of large quantities of works become one work of intentional art. When the doors officially opened, he and his crew were 12 – 19 July 2018

gone, yet I did note them at the back entrance parking lot, quite exhausted and packing their vans. Let me begin this review by stating the obvious: it will take more than this column affords to discuss in detail the hierarchy of the art with regard to the volume of works presented, their intricate subsections, and the time span of their creation, which at first blush looks 1999 to 2011. The works, all “untitled,” reflect his love of overstated bold graphics and coded text, bright and muted colors, found objects, multi-paneled clusters, torn wood canvas, robotic moving graffiti writers, a harbinger of trippy antiques, precise use of lighting, flowing large scale next to small-scale works and ultimately arranged like a hoarder who idolizes and finds comfort in the past. His signature “tags” were happily there as well: the graphic word FONG in its various incarnations, and the hand-drawn caricatured male heads on phallic bottoms, mostly prickly intense, said to emerge from his interface with the homeless. Walking into the gallery, there is a wide view of the main room whose double high walls are filled top to floor with art, there are sculptures on half dozen pedestals and on the floor, and four wood with glass rectangular display cases mark

Ratio 3 Gallery owner Chris Perez with MCASB assistant curator Alexandra at the Barry McGee exhibit opening

the room’s center. To the right entrance is a red neon-light sculpture paired with a large-scale, red-toned painted accretion, bookended by the Bloom Projects Room filled with 70 years of hand-made surf boards by the artist’s friend, Reynolds Yater, literally a floor-to-ceiling stack of surf boards. To his credit, Barry transformed the gallery spaces into a miniature urban city, with walls of “graffiti-fied” art and mini-apartments offering slices of urban life. Take a breath and dive in. Barry, born 1966 in San Francisco and educated at the S.F. Art Institute in painting and printmaking, started out doing graffiti as an expression of what he felt and saw around him, which varied from the works he studied at SFAI. Noted in his recent interview with Conceptual Fine Arts February

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2018, he states, “I used to just do graffiti. I never felt that there was any art to it. I like the non-artfulness of it. It’s generally quite different than what you find with all of the trappings of the art world.” Perez shared that his artist would want viewers to know, “This exhibit is a celebration of the local community mixed with Barry’s original works, installed with a sensitivity to be immersed in the art and subject to the architecture of the gallery. Please come back many times to take it all in.” Seen at the opening were artists Tom Pazdurka, Marco Pinter, Penelope Gottlieb, Kimberly Hahn with daughter Kiki, Mary Hebner, Nancy Gifford and Jill and Barry Kitnick; former Montecito Society columnist Gail Gelles with husband Harry, museum trustees Cindy and Andrew Bermant, Debby Peterson, Georgene Vairo, board president Jacquelyn Klein-Brown, and acting museum director Michael Porter. Check the MCASB website and Facebook pages for upcoming artist talks, the Scooter for Peace popup shop, and the Spotify playlist that goes with the show. 411: Barry McGee exhibit through October 14 www.mcasantabarbara.org •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL

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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. 5651A

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018 AT THE MONTECITO WATER DISTRICT 583 SAN YSIDRO ROAD, MONTECITO 2:00 P.M. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Montecito Water District to be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 2:00 P.M. at the Montecito Water District Office located at 583 San Ysidro Road, the Board will hold a Public Meeting to consider the adoption of a resolution to continue an existing Water Availability Charge for the purpose of main replacement and enlargement. The District may elect to collect such charge on the tax rolls. A written report, detailing the description of each parcel of real property and the amount of the charge for each parcel for the year, is on file and available for public review at the Montecito Water District’s Office located at 583 San Ysidro Road. The District is proposing to continue the existing charge as it was established in July 1996 and, with such exceptions as have previously been granted by the Board, with no increase in the charge or change in the methodology by which it is calculated. Pursuant to Government Code Section 66016(a), at least ten (10) days prior to said meeting, on July 13, 2018, the District will make all of the data, required by Section 66016(a) applicable to said charge, available to the public at its District Office. At the Public Hearing on July 24, 2018 oral and written presentations may be made concerning said written report and proposed fees by anyone affected by said fees. The Board of Directors will also hear and consider objections to the application of the fee and requests for reduction for any affected parcel. Any objection or request for reduction must be presented to the District on or before July 24, 2018 or be precluded from consideration for the 2018-2019 tax year. Published July 5 & 12, 2018 Montecito Journal

CA 93067. Heather Hart, 4979 San Marcos Court, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 21, 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. 20180001811. Published June 27, July 4, 11, 18, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 74 Systems; Schoolofbookkeeping. com, 1187 Coast Village Road STE 575, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. 74 Degrees, LLC 1187 Coast Village Road STE 575, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 8, 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. 20180001679. Published June 27, July 4, 11, 18, 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT: The following person(s) has (have) abandoned the use of the Fictitious Business Name(s): Harlequins Theatrical Supply, 17 W. Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Peter F. Mahar, 109 N. Nopal Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Sara H. Mahar, 109 N. Nopal Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. This statement was originally filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 19, 2014. 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, filed May 31, 2018. Original FBN No. 20160000487. Published June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2018

When the sun of compassion arises, darkness evaporates. – Amit Ray

DUE DATE & TIME: July 31, 2018 UNTIL 3:00 P.M. Marina 2 Men & Women’s Restroom Remodel A MANDATORY pre-bid meeting will be held on July 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., at the Harbor Maintenance Shop located at 117C Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA, to discuss the specifications and field conditions. Please be punctual since late arrivals may be excluded from submitting a bid. Pre-bid meeting is optional for those who attended the original Mandatory meeting on June 4, 2018 for this project. The purpose of this project is an interior renovation of the 760 square foot single story Marina 2 restrooms in the City of Santa Barbara Harbor including upgrades in the 379 sq. ft. men’s side and the 220 sq. ft. women’s side. 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 http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/business/bids/purchasin g.asp. The initial bidders’ list for all solicitations will be developed from registered vendors. 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 a current valid State of California Class B – General Building Contractor’s license. The company bidding on this must possess the above mentioned license 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 for the first/initial year 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 Bidders are hereby notified that a separate Performance Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total for the first/initial year 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. Bidders are hereby notified that they shall furnish a Bid Guaranty Bond in the form of a money order or a cashier’s certified check, payable to the order of the City, in the amount of 10% of the bid, or by a bond in said amount and payable to said City, signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. When submitting a bid via PlanetBids™, the Bid Guaranty Bond must be uploaded as part of your submittal AND the original Bid Guaranty Bond must be received by the bid date and time to be considered responsive. 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. _____________________ William Hornung, C.P.M. General Services Manager Published July 11, 2018



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Ernie’s World 

Brilliant Thoughts

by Ernie Witham

Read more travel humor in Ernie’s latest book: Where Are Pat and Ernie Now? Available at Chaucer’s and at amazon.com

by Ashleigh Brilliant Born London, 1933. Mother Canadian. Father a British civil servant. World War II childhood spent mostly in Toronto and Washington, D.C. Berkeley PhD. in American History, 1964. Living in Santa Barbara with wife Dorothy since 1973. No children. Best-known for his illustrated epigrams, called “Pot-Shots”, now a series of 10,000. Email ashleigh@west.net or visit www.ashleighbrilliant.com

Head West, er, East, er, Somewhere, Young Man

Making the Mohs of It

hat are you doing?” Pat asked. “Trying to capture the moment on my iPhone. It’s like the greatest choreography I’ve ever seen.” “Well, don’t stop moving or you’ll mess everyone up. We’ll end up in a giant tangle of arms and legs that will take hours to undo.” “You mean like a leaping, dashing ballerina tripping during the Waltz of the Flowers in The Nutcracker, and creating a blur of flying pink tutus?” l had always wanted to see that. “Whatever! Stay focused.” We were trying to get from one end of the Shinjuku train station in Tokyo – a city of 35 million people – to the other. About 3.7 million people travel through Shinjuku station every day. Today there were people hurrying north, south, east, and west, and diagonally from every compass point through it all. Some were pulling luggage, some pushing baby strollers, some were frantically texting (SOS?). Many were looking at the giant train schedules hanging from the ceiling trying to figure where to go next. I dodged a color-coordinated family trotting in formation and just missed running into a group of Sumo wrestlers that resembled a moving wall. I quickly put my phone away. The train itself had been a tad busy. Being a visionary city, Tokyo uses Oshiya or “passenger arrangement staff” to literally shove millions of passengers aboard the trains during rush hours to maximize car space, which works quite well. Our train was so full, I could have passed out cold and never ended up on the floor. We were on our way to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to see the cherry blossoms. It was located at 11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-001, Japan, whatever the heck that meant. The guide book told us to take the east exit. We had arrived, apparently, at a western entrance. By the time we got there, I felt like I had walked a 5K. When we finally got outside, we turned left twice and were now walking west again beside the station. “Which way now?” I asked Pat. “Seems like most people are walking that way,” she said. “Wow, you could write travel guides.”

ntil fairly recently, there was no Mohs in my life. Now there are two of them. The first Mohs was a gift of Google; the second, of a crossword puzzle. Here’s what happened: My dermatologist, whom I’ll call Dr. O, told me that the hard bump which had developed on the back of my right hand, was not the kind of pre-cancerous growth which he usually gets rid of with a single squirt of a cold spray. This one, according to the biopsy he’d ordered, was a kind I’d never had before, something called an “atypical fibro xanthoma.” It wasn’t terribly serious, but would require some excavation to get all the bad part out. Before going back to Dr. O for the necessary operation, I did a little Googling and kept coming across references to a relatively new skin cancer treatment, called “Mohs Micrographic Surgery.” I didn’t know if it was even applicable in my case, but, when the appointed day came and I was sitting there in Dr. O’s office, and he was just about to start work on my hand, I casually asked if he was going to be using the Mohs method. I fully expected him to say something like “Yes, of course I am,” or “No, it wouldn’t be suitable in your case.” But what he said instead was “No, I don’t do Mohs. If you want Mohs, you’ll have to go to Dr. H.” Having already waited several weeks for this appointment, and being anxious to get the whole thing over with, I protested that I didn’t necessarily want Mohs – I was just asking about it. But it was too late. At my very mention of Mohs, I had apparently made Dr. O afraid to proceed with his own less-advanced method, and he insisted on sending me to Dr. H. Dr. H, it turned out, had not only been trained in Mohs, but had been partly trained by Mohs – Dr. Frederic Mohs, M.D. (1910-2002), a great American dermatologist who had developed the technique. But although Dr. H treats hundreds of patients, he told me at my preliminary appointment that I was the first atypical fibro xanthoma he had seen in a year. I really didn’t know whether to be glad of this distinction. I almost wished that, back in Dr. O’s office, I’d kept my big mouth shut.

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Tokyo is often referred to as a city, but is actually a “metropolitan prefecture.” There are 23 Special Wards of Tokyo that contain districts world-famous for their different characteristics. To make things even more confusing, Japanese people often refer to each district as a city. We walked by a bunch of buildings with colorful signage that was 10 stories tall, past a green-checkered cab that had orange Japanese symbols on the side, some in parentheses, to better explain… something, and past some Japanese movie posters of wide-eyes animated characters. We had no idea where we were going. “Look, I see some tall trees way up ahead.” “Cool.” And that’s how we found it. It cost 200 yen (two bucks) to get in and came with a brochure explaining what we were entering. “Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to a feudal lord named Naito. Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a national garden and opened to the public after the Second World War. It has 144 acres and blends three distinct styles, French Formal Garden, English Landscape Garden, and Japanese Traditional Garden. It is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.” “Wow, all that info has made me hungry.” We found an automated lunch place called Eco Restaurant. You go to a machine on the wall, find the number of your selection, put in cash, press your number, and give your ticket to a person and sit down. A few minutes later, your meal arrives. “We should get one of these automated meal things at home!” I said. “You have one. Me.” The cherry blossoms, which only last a few weeks, were amazing and petals were falling everywhere. There were gorgeous maples and pines and shimmering ponds filled with koi. Plus, there were several young woman in colorful kimonos that all us photographers stalked, er, followed, to get photos of. It was one of the most amazing gardens I have ever been to. “Guess we’d better head back now,” Pat said. I looked back toward the city. “Right. You lead.” •MJ

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But things slowly went ahead. After another week waiting, I was finally “Mohsed” by Dr. H. I had to go back several more times for bandage changing and removal of stitches. And I was shortly due to see Dr. H for one final inspection. That morning I engaged in an activity which I find quite enjoyable – taking a walk and doing a crossword puzzle at stops on the way. But for me, the very first clue, number 1 Across, was even more of a puzzle than anyone intended. What it asked for (in four letters) was “The soft end of the Mohs Scale.”

I’d almost wished I’d kept my mouth shut What! Another Mohs! (Or could this possibly be the same one?) Before my walk was over, I had gotten the answer to One Across, just by solving 1, 2, 3, and 4 Down. The answer was “TALC.” Once home, I consulted my Webster’s New World College Dictionary, to learn that I did indeed have here another Mohs, but also a man of science, and one with the confusingly similar name of Friedrich Mohs. This Mohs lived from 1773 to 1839. He was a German mineralogist, and his scale was a ranking of the hardness of various minerals, with talc at the soft and diamond at the hard end. By now, you know how happy I am to display my fragments of ignorance to the nearest dermatologist (or for that matter to anybody else within range) – so imagine the glee with which I waved my crossword puzzle that afternoon under the nose of Dr. H! I felt fairly certain that he must at least be aware of that other Mohs, who was famous enough to get himself into Webster’s Dictionary and the Universal Press Syndicate Crossword Puzzle – though not hitherto into my own consciousness. But Dr. H disappointed me. He had never heard of the mineralogist Mohs and his Scale of Hardness! What narrow worlds we live in. But my right hand (one of my favorites) healed nicely – without any application of talcum powder, although that would have been, so to speak, Mohst appropriate. •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL

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VILLAGE BEAT (Continued from page 34) Renee Grubb has recently become the sole owner of Village Properties

up will include ready-to-wear styles from summer and pre-fall, as well as bags, shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses. Established in New York City in 1965, Oscar de la Renta is one of the world’s leading luxury brands, known for its women’s ready-to-wear collection, women’s accessories, bridal, children’s, fragrance, and home décor.

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Village Properties, Santa Barbara County’s largest independent real estate brokerage, is now exclusively owned by co-founder Renee Grubb. She and Ed Edick founded Village Properties in 1996 with the goal of creating a locally owned real estate company founded on teamwork, community consciousness, and high ethical standards. Today, Village Properties has offices in Montecito, Santa Barbara, and Santa Ynez with agents and brokers serving Ojai, Ventura, Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Buellton, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Santa Ynez. “Twenty-two years ago, Ed Edick took a chance with me when we went into business together to establish Village Properties, and I will always be grateful,” said Grubb. “We’ve been through and learned a lot together, and through our hard work, perseverance and talented agents, we built the best real estate company in Santa Barbara County.” After more They can be like the sun, words. – Juan de la Cruz



than two decades, Edick has retired from the partnership leading Village Properties. The pair recently came to a mutual agreement that gives Grubb full ownership of Village. Grubb became the managing partner in 1996, leading the day-to-day operations from staff to making decisions on how to market Village Properties. She has been a successful real estate professional since 1984 and is former president of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. Teacher’s Fund, a nonprofit organization founded by Grubb and Edick in 2002, will continue to support Santa Barbara-area elementary, middle, and high school teachers by funding classroom resource, equipment, and supply needs as it has done for the past 16 years. Grubb has been recognized as a business leader and co-chaired the South Coast Business and Technology Awards, has served as president of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors, chaired the board of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce, and has recently joined the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is the board chair of the American Heart Association, has served on the board of directors for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and currently serves on the master plan committee. For more information about Village Properties and its 180 agents, visit www.villagesite.com.  •MJ 12 – 19 July 2018


SEEN (Continued from page 14) Enjoying the HSB Shining Light Society wine tasting were Nuri Monahan, Linda Cherish, and Jeff Martinez

Paul and Sandy Russell with Stacey Byers and SBHM president/CEO Luke Svetland at the Food + Wine Tasting

Scarlett Fooks and Crista Fleming at the Deux Bakery and Scarlett Begonia table

CEO David Selberg, Linda Yawitz, and board chair Eric Bowers

nerships to adapt to new challenges and needs. Spanish is available. HSB is busier than ever with the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and debris flow disasters. Nearly everyone in our community is experiencing some level of emotional stress. If you care to donate, it will help the more than 1,000 families a year who use their services. You can call (805) 5638820 for information. They are located on the Riviera near the theater.

Karen Steinwacks and Seyburn Zorthian with Buttonwood wines

Wine + Food Festival Long-time workers for HSB Jill Nida and Lori Mendez

ed by serious illness or grieving the death of a loved one. VNHC is a medical model hospice. They focus on relieving physical pain associated with end of life. They are paid through Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurances. There are no charges for HSB, and they can help no matter who your doctor is or your diagnosis. HSB CEO David Selberg explained, “Since 1974, HSB has been providing end-of-life and grief support services to anyone in our community who needs us. We have comforted and guided children as they ask heartbreaking questions like ‘Will I ever feel normal again?’ and ‘Why did mommy leave me?’ We have educated our community on how to best live our lives with the time that we have left.” There are support groups, programs, and part12 – 19 July 2018

When the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH) began its Wine Festival, it was only about wine. Today it’s an even bigger event with the addition of restaurants’ food samples to go with wine. Ever-popular with another sellout crowd of 900 tickets this year three weeks before the

Rick and Diana Longoria showing their wine

event. Add in the vendors and there are more than 1,000 folks. When I lived in Spain, we were in the middle of sherry country, which produces not only sweet but dry sherry. We spent many a weekend and ferias tasting dry sherry called fino. When we moved here in the ‘70s, we were sad to miss out on this fun pastime. We soon learned otherwise because there were 12 wineries just over the hill. Now there are more right here in town and 250+ in the Valley. One of those pioneers was at the tasting: Rick Longoria and his wife, Diana. He started out at Firestone and now has his own winery and tasting room in Lompoc. Food-wise, I found the Deux Bakery owned by Wendy and Mary Fleming and the Scarlett Begonia restaurant in Victoria Court owned by Crista Fleming. They are relatives of our good

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friends from Santa Fe, Dick Barrett and the late Dottie. If you haven’t tried Deux bread, you’re missing a treat at 824 Reddick Street just off Milpas. Amidst the crowd, I saw SBMNH president/CEO Luke Svetland, who told me, “We’ll be ready for a ribbon cutting in the early part of September.” The museum has been renovating for a couple of years without being closed. There were about 100 wineries and restaurants participating, so if you want to taste wine and savor the savory and the sweet in a beautiful creekside setting, save the date June 29, 2019. All of the proceeds support the museum’s nature and science education programs. The museum was founded in 1916 and strives to instill a passion for learning and discovery among its patrons. To learn more, visit www. sbnature.org  •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL

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C ALENDAR OF Note to readers: This entertainment calendar is a subjective sampling of arts and other events taking place in the Santa Barbara area for the next week. It is by no means comprehensive. Be sure to read feature stories in each issue that complement the calendar. In order to be considered for inclusion in this calendar, information must be submitted no later than noon on the Wednesday eight days prior to publication date. Please send all news releases and digital artwork to slibowitz@yahoo.com)

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Hot, Muggy Murder! – What better night than Friday the 13th to indulge on your solver side and suss out the suspects in one of the Santa Barbara Public Library’s periodic Murder Mystery parties? Tonight’s soirée, held in a secret location at the Eastside branch, has a special 1980s theme, as guests get the opportunities to come through the clues to capture the killer, which could be one of the characters played by themselves, including Polly Abdool, Alligator Dundee, Wee Pee Vermon, and Muffy Bangles. Costumes are highly encouraged to get into the sleuthing spirit while you enjoy sipping refreshments to fuel the brain power to figure it all out. WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 pm WHERE: 1102 East Montecito Street COST: free (reservations required) INFO: 5645641 or www.SBPLibrary.org.... If they’re filled up, or perhaps you’d just prefer to go a gumshoe gamut during the daytime, Neal Graffy and Cat Miller have got you covered. “Murder, Mayhem & Spirits” is the duo’s ongoing downtown walk that brings to life a Santa Barbara that most of us have never heard of. The “red-tile tour of downtown with a different shade of red” takes tourists

through the city’s darker history encompassing the snap of a neck as a noose does its business, a hail of bullets from the first local drive-by shooting, the smell of gunpowder as Spanish muskets take a life, lights from a spirit trapped under the rubble of the 1925 earthquake, theater patrons who never left the venue, and horse thieves, highwaymen, and Wild West shootouts that make Tombstone look like Tamestone by comparison. The 90-minute walk covers less than half a mile but is packed with powerful personalities and images that may make it even harder to sleep than a room without an air conditioner. Also available from Santa Barbara Ghost Walks: Santa Barbara Mission Ghosts and Spirited Spirits Tours. WHEN: 7 pm tomorrow (and each Saturday) WHERE: call COST: $25 INFO: www. sbghostwalks.com EDC TGIF – Live music, drinks, appetizers, and a raffle are among the appeals of the summertime soirée known as the Environmental Defense Center’s (EDC) TGIF events, a Friday frolic that also serves as a fundraiser and focal point for a few local organizations fighting the battle to protect a preserve our natural resources. Lazy Acres, Petrini’s, and Tamira provide the food stuffs, while

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Regal Comedy with Regan – It has been more than 30 years since Brian Regan left Florida to try his hand in New York City, the capital of comedy. After capturing K-Rock Radio’s “Funniest Person in New York” contest in 1988, Regan continued to conquer comedy audiences across the country, starting with the standard TV appearances on late-night talk shows, then starring in two Showtime stand-up specials, earning the American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic twice in the mid-1990s. He released his first stand-up album, Brian Regan Live, in 1997, and has since put out live stand-up DVDs, albums, and TV specials while also appearing in TV series and more. He has sold out venues from New York’s Radio City Music Hall to Colorado cavernous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Now, fresh off last year’s successful Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers Netflix comedy special, Regan gets ready to regale the audience at Chumash Casino with his unique blend of sophisticated writing and physicality to tackle everything from the most mundane situations – like going to the eye doctor to get fitted for glasses, or trying to decide how many Fig Newtons to eat in one sitting – to family foibles. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 East Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez COST: $35 to $55 INFO: (800) CHUMASH (248-6274) or www.chumashcasino.com

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EVENTS by Steven Libowitz

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Artists Talk Turkey – Connie Connally, Leslie Lewis Sigler, and Ashley Hollister – artists featured in The Arts Fund Community Gallery’s current JuxtaPOSE exhibition curated by Ashley Woods Hollister of the Squire Foundation – go behind the paint and canvas to talk about their creations. On closing night, the trio will elaborate on the concepts, work, and collaborations, addressing such topics as how they challenge the traditional understanding of portraiture, revealing individualities, particularities, and narratives, with moderator and Arts Fund Board member Ted Mills, who also hosts the Funk Zone podcast and writes a regular column on visual arts for the Santa Barbara Sentinel. WHEN: Reception 6 pm WHERE: The Arts Fund Gallery, 205-C Santa Barbara Street COST: free INFO: 9657321 or www.artsfundsb.org

Demetria, Harrison Clarke, Refugio Ranch, and Telegraph Brewery serve up the wine and beer (two drink tickets are included in admission). Up on the “stage,” actually the porch in front of the main building at EDC’s charming courtyard, it’s Claude Hopper, the roots-rock collective fronted by David Cowan that first appeared on the Santa Barbara music scene at 2000’s infamous Ollie Festie, a concert event held at The Farm in Montecito that featured a score of fine bands and singers that sounded off until the sheriff shut it down early in the morning. Sets will segue into short speeches by the evening’s four sponsors: 1% for the Planet, Citizens Planning Association, Santa Barbara Audubon Society, and Pacific Standard, before prizes donated by Golf n’ Stuff, Patagonia, Salon Patrine, and others are raffled off. Do your part by biking to the free bike valet at the event, which is still one of the most popular happy hours events in town. WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 pm WHERE: 906 Garden Street COST: $15 in advance ($20 at the door) includes two drink tickets and the hors d’oeuvres INFO: 963-1622 or www. environmentaldefensecenter.org/tgif MakeSB Makes Music – The Santa Barbara Public Library initiative committed to making and creating in all forms continues tonight with a special triple-bill of rock music showcasing original songs. Headlining the concert is Retirement Party, a band from Chicago that formed just last year and released their debut album Somewhat Literate a couple of months ago, quickly capturing rapturous attention from such tastemakers as NPR for its angle on navigating early adulthood. The

When small men cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set. – Lin Yutang



network dubbed the single “Passion Fruit Tea” as among “songs we love,” lauding its unusual-for-emo approach of using it as “a means of embracing her worth, taking stock of the things she has and opting to appreciate them fully — even if it’s just a perfectly steeped batch of tea.” Ventura Moonily, whose sound evokes emotional responses with a lush soundscape similar to the headliner’s, will make their debut visit to Santa Barbara, while locals Soko the Whale Dog will offer their “beach-kissed rock grooves” to set the tone for the evening. Button making, metal stamping, and typewriters for all to use round out the activities to highlight everyone’s ability to make and create. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: 40 E. Anapamu St. COST: free INFO: 564-5641 or www.SBPLibrary.org SATURDAY, JULY 14 Karen & Carafes – Carr Winery Summer Art Series continues with its third art show of the season, featuring an exhibition of oil paintings and limited edition archival prints by Karen Fedderson. “California Land & Sea” encompasses Fedderson’s lifelong love of art and the beauty of the California landscape and its coastal vistas, resulting in large oils painted in her studio using field studies, sketches, and photos as reference and evincing a balance of realism and expression. Fedderson will discuss her work and answer questions at tonight’s opening artist’s reception that also features music from Fisher Fifteen, featuring the fiery front man George Fisher, and, of course, wines by the glass or bottle. Also at Carr: singer-songwriter 12 – 19 July 2018


SATURDAY, JULY 14 Mid-month Merci! – Crêpes, croissants, can-can, Cajun, canines, and cross-dressers are just a few of the things that make Santa Barbara annual French Festival a must-see every summer for both serious Francophiles and those who just like to have a good time traveling without leaving home. The fest that celebrates Santa Barbara’s nickname as “The American Riviera” transform Oak Park in a little French village and features two full days of fare, from foods prepared in any number of ways to a variety of exhibits, a soaring slate of French music including Django Reinhardt and Edith Piaf tributes, dancing to both, watch and enjoy ranging from the can-can to French Polynesian to West African belly dancing, and there’s even a mini Eiffel Tower erected to set the scene. One of the weekend’s signature events now has a new name: the Canine Cavalcade, a procession of four-legged friends that was known for decades as the Poodle Parade to be more inclusive of furry creatures of all stripes (and shades). For others, the Femmes Fatales Drag Revue is reason alone to attend. Other activities include the game of Pétanque at King’s Court, demonstration of period armored combat, a French Conversation Booth, and shopping for authentic French tablecloths. After years of being run by its founder Steve Hogerman, the festival is now produced by and benefits Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories. WHEN: 11 am to 7 pm today & tomorrow WHERE: Oak Park, 300 West Alamar St. COST: free admission INFO: 963-8198 or www.frenchfestival.com

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MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST Cheyenne Skye’s emotionally and environmentally aware music in the Barrell Room 7 to 9 pm Friday, July 13. WHEN: 6 to 9 pm WHERE: Carr Winery, 414 N Salsipuedes St. COST: free INFO: 965-7985 or https:// carrwinery.com THURSDAY, JULY 19 Third Thursday Tooning – Barry McGee’s signature cartoon faces appear throughout the current exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, “Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive”. Now, amateur artists and the merely ambitious or curious alike are invited to be part of “Make A Face”, a fun evening of creation, experimentation, and

conversation over art and wine as part of the museum’s Third Thursday Studio program. Participants explore techniques and themes of contemporary art inspired by the artists in the current exhibitions through conversation and hands-on experiences – in this case, that means checking out McGee’s creations, then creating your own cast of cartoon characters with the museum’s director of engagement, Monika MolnarMetzenthin. Materials will be provided on site, and artistic talent optional, but an open mind is strongly encouraged. WHEN: 6 to 8 pm WHERE: 653 Paseo Nuevo, upstairs in the shopping center (Chapala St. entrance) COST: free (reservations required) INFO: (805) 966-5373 or www.mcasantabarbara.org •MJ

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WAY IT WAS (Continued from page 26) Announcements for La Primavera (Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum)

The La Primavera Association logo (Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum)

Santa Barbara’s early years, with the notable exception of a donkey cart driven by Santa Claus. A Spanish rodeo exhibited the old vaquero days of California, a display that became so brutal and bloody that a young boy sitting on the fence fainted. The agricultural displays were less sanguinary, and the final exhibition of Spanish dances at the old Lobero Theatre crowned the glorious celebration.

La Primavera

The organizers of La Primavera drew on these historic occasions plus the advent of the community arts movement in the early 20th century. This movement sought to involve the entire community in music, drama, and art in order to transcend the drudgery of the workaday world and elevate the human spirit. In September 1919, the first community-wide effort was instituted when Arthur Farwell came to town to organize a Community Chorus at the behest of Marion Craig Wentworth, noted playwright, poet, suffragist, and socialist who had recently moved to Santa Barbara. Farwell, along with Harry Barnhart, had started the national Community Chorus Program in 1913 in New York. By January 1920, the Chamber of Commerce had hired a professional, Wallace Rice, to write the masque for an ambitious production of dance, acting, pantomime, music and song that celebrated Santa Barbara’s historic roots. They began soliciting guarantors for production expenses and recruiting and training participants. By April, the show was ready to go on. In addition to the Masque, La Primavera offered equestrian sports, a parade, and dances at all the principal places. On April 28, 1920, a parade of horsemen dressed in Spanish colors leading more than 1,000 children, dressed in white and garlanded with long streamers made of fern leaves fastened together with bright flowers,

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Walter Farwell (Library of Congress)

marched down State Street to music furnished by several bands. The Masque, written by Wallace Rice, and the production, directed by Samuel Hume, and the music, directed and organized by Arthur Farwell, was a resounding success. According to the Morning Press, the play was given “in the enchanting and romantic atmosphere of a natural theatre, which nestles among the foothills near the Neighborhood House.” (Neighborhood House, a social service organization, stood on the north side of De La Guerra Street just above Garden Street.) The Morning Press review was glowing, calling it frolicsome and spirited in presenting a series of inviting pictures of what life was like years ago in Santa Barbara. The costumes were spectacular, the dances a whirlwind

of color, and the music incredible. The performance, the reporter said, “was punctuated by pretty old Spanish melodies, which had all but died, and pretty, fresh young girls in the dances of those old and romantic days, and promises to become a healthy rival of the famous Mission Play at San Gabriel.” When plans for La Primavera were ramping into high gear in March, the Morning Press reported that distinguished Eastern theater manager Winthrop Ames planned to prolong his visit in Santa Barbara to see the Primavera pageant-masque and festival. Ames even visited the Primavera headquarters in the adobe at 31 East de la Guerra Street and was taken to the pageant stage below Neighborhood House, uphill from Garden Street. Ames was so interested in the effort

to celebrate the city through a great stage spectacle that he volunteered his services in any capacity needed. When he saw the site of the stage (on the hillside above Garden Street between De la Guerra and Canon Perdido), he thought there was a great opportunity to build a theater there that would surpass the Greek theater at Berkeley. “Nothing is better for a community,” Ames told the reporter, “than this sort of concerted effort to produce a community play on a stage. It not only brings together the large number of persons from all classes in the city required to give the necessary pageant effect, but it brings into even closer relation the practitioners of the finer arts.…. What is perhaps best of all, the entire city shares in the joy coming from artistic creation done in the spirit of gayety and play. It may well amount to recreation of a spirit that will thereafter yearn for something more than the every-day things of life, and be able to find expression of that spirit.” Unfortunately, La Primavera was not a financial success, and though the organization stumbled along for a few more years, it never could launch such an elaborate event again. It was, however, the inspiration for the establishment of community arts, which became organized as the Community Arts Association Players in 1920 (Drama Branch), the Santa Barbara School of the Arts in 1920, the Community Arts String Orchestra in 1921 (Music Branch), and, eventually, the Lobero Theatre and Old Spanish Days Fiesta in 1924.

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Harry Barnhardt conducts the New York Community Chorus in New York circa 1915 (Library of Congress)

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For the 1920-21 season, Winthrop Ames and his wife, Lucy, leased James Waldron Gillespie’s home, El Fureidîs, in Montecito. No other home could have been more appropriate than Gillespie’s dramatic estate of Persian water gardens, meandering paths, and lush plantings surround12 – 19 July 2018


Marion Craig Wentworth, noted playwright, poet, suffragist, and socialist, brought Arthur Farwell and the Community Chorus idea to Santa Barbara (Carolyn and Edwin Gledhill photo, 1920, courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum)

Program cover for Albert Herter’s benefit production for the Community Arts Association (Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum)

ing the Goodhue-designed home of eclectic Spanish design. The fact that the grounds had been used for numerous silent movies would not have gone unnoted by Ames. During this stay in Santa Barbara, Ames expressed great interest in the development of drama in Santa Barbara and was most impressed 12 – 19 July 2018

El Fureidîs, James Waldron Gillespie’s dramatic estate in Montecito, was a good match for Ames’s 1921 sojourn in Santa Barbara (Library of Congress)

with the Community Arts Players and their director, Nina Moise. Being one of the earliest practitioners of the Little Theater movement in the United States, he was particularly interested in the work the new Santa Barbara School of the Arts was doing to further the movement. Under the direction of Marion Craig

Wentworth, the School of the Arts had inaugurated a little workshop theater, where, reported the Morning Press, “all pupils of the school are given an opportunity to try out their ability and practice the delightful art of make-believe.” During a performance of three oneact plays in the old Adobe home of the school, Ames was so impressed by the ability and stage presence of local high school student Muriel Starr that he offered to bring her east and place her on the legitimate stage after three more months of study with Marion Wentworth. In March, Ames attended Albert Herter ’s extravagant production of Maurice Maeterlinck’s Pelleas and Melisande, a benefit for the Community Arts Association given at the Potter Theatre. A richly woven tapestry of music, color, story and art, the play was reviewed by Sara Redington, who was overcome by the magic of the spectacle. She wrote that Pelleas and Melisande was “A dream by the flickering light of the dying fire that throws haunting shadows on the wall of the old castle room – until the figures in the tapestries wake, and stir – and come among us to whisper that they were once men and women, only they came from Fairyland – long, long ago.”

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Ames, who was in the audience and was invited to the studio supper given by the Herters after the performance, wrote a letter saying, “Very rarely is a stage production anywhere designed and supervised by an artist of Mr. Albert Herter’s rank. Very seldom do amateurs so well convey the mood of a difficult and atmospheric piece as the Community Players have done under Miss Moise. Nor is Debussy’s intricate music often interpreted with more delicacy than by Mr. Clerbois’s orchestra. Altogether, the production of Pelleas and Melisande seems to me a really notable achievement by the Community Arts of Santa Barbara.” High praise, indeed, coming from a noted Broadway director whose influence and patronage of Santa Barbara theater would come to the forefront again in 1924 for events surrounding the opening of the new Lobero Theatre and the successful establishment of an annual fiesta for Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is indeed fortunate to have had his support and patronage. (Sources: Contemporary newspaper articles; Wikipedia; Ancestry. com resources, Santa Barbara City Directories; Library of Congress prints and photographs online; Oxford Reference online; playbills.) •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL

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