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SB Youth Symphony founder Dan Kepl conducts Cuba tour with Emeriti Philharmonic, p. 6


VILLAGE BEAT 2nd Annual Coast Village Walk Holiday Festival; it’s not just a bus bench, it’s a Montecito bus bench; chef Marco Fossati takes over kitchen at the Biltmore (stories begin on page 12)

Coming & Going

JJ and Mollie launch The Mollie Collection and invite public to join them this Saturday, p.20

Animal House

Pet Theater founder Gregory Popovich’s four-legged friends perform Sunday at Lobero, p.26

Our Town

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Guest Editorial


Montecito Miscellany


Letters to the Editor

Dave Novis of Montecito Library has a read on the county’s libraries and recommends a General Service Area Gwyneth Paltrow property; SB Youth Symphony; Ellen’s close call; Kirk Douglas; author Lisa Kotin; John Cleese’s divorces; Beverley Jackson; CAMA masterseries; Wesley Jones at Rescue Mission; Montecito Bank & Trust; Peter and the Wolf; Christopher Story; and goodbye, Fidel Castro Robert Barkley talks Trump; Dale Lowdermilk on celebrities; Karen Friedman sounds off; Christina Allison poetry; and Larry Bond on Obama and Trump

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Knit and crochet; poetry club; SBMM art exhibit; 10 West holiday show; Walk & Roll; yoga retreat; Carpinteria artists; Christmas fair; tea dance; MBAR meeting; MA meets; MUS board; tech classes; creative Crafternoon; color in focus; The New Yorker; Sedgwick Reserve hike; Parade of Lights; Gallery Montecito; art classes; Cava entertainment; brain fitness; Story Time; Pilates; Italian conversation; farmers and artisans markets; Cars & Coffee; and speaking French

Tide Guide

Handy chart to assist readers in determining when to take that walk or run on the beach

12 Village Beat

Montecito Community Foundation’s bus bench project; annual Holiday Fête; residential burglaries; and The Biltmore welcomes chef Marco Fossati

15 Seen Around Town

Lynda Millner pays tribute to veterans at SB Cemetery; the Wings of Honor sculpture; and Courthouse Legacy Society fall luncheon

20 Coming & Going

James Buckley dishes on Mollie Ahlstrand’s top-shelf lasagna and Trattoria Mollie’s copper cooking collection, with an assist to customer and businessman JJ Resnick; plus a shout-out to Henry Dubroff

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Steven Libowitz interviews concertmaster and violinist Glenn Dicterow, who performs in Ojai; Gregory Popovich’s pet theater; Chapter Two with Andrew Barnicle; plus Christmas in Vienna, Rudolph, and additional holiday events

27 Legal Advertising Movie Guide 28 Spirituality Matters

Steven Libowitz puts his mind to yoga instructor Chloe Conger’s class December 3; Breathwork Healing at Yoga Soup; solidarity and compassion; La Casa’s Christmas; and Unity of SB hosts networking event

34 Our Town

Joanne Calitri goes behind the lens to observe El Montecito Early School’s annual Senior Friends Day; and tabla musician Zakir Hussain performs with Niladri Kumar

35 Your Westmont

Jack Sinclair joins board of trustees; Orchestra and choir combine at the Christmas Festival; and Pulitzer-Prize winner Charles Duhigg speaks January 20

39 Ernie’s World

A television ad once proclaimed “That’s Italian!” but Ernie Witham seems to be wondering “That’s Italian?” – especially during the holidays Brilliant Thoughts Ashleigh Brilliant ponders life and death and the endless quest for immortality, which Woody Allen prefers to accomplish “by not dying”

42 Calendar of Events

SB Silver Follies on Center Stage; Jake Shimbukuro at UCSB; Songs on a Midwinter’s Night; Lobero hosts Eric Taylor; SB Natural History Museum; Westmont Christmas festival; Fall Dance Concert; Arts Fund Gallery gala; and artist Jon Pylypchuk

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GUEST EDITORIAL Mr. Novis is a Montecito Library volunteer and past Santa Barbara County  Library Advisory Board member.

by Dave Novis

Montecito Library: An Orphan


ow that the long, bitter national and local elections are finally over, maybe we can concentrate on other Montecito issues that may have slipped by. I am referring to one of Montecito’s gems: the 105-year-old public library that sits right in the middle of the upper village. It has been more than a year since James Buckley of the Montecito Journal wrote an editorial on the plight of the library and the efforts of the Friends of the Montecito Library striving to not only keep the doors open but also to enhance the institution with longer hours, more programs, and of course, new books for all ages. I am a volunteer at the Montecito Library, as well as a past member of the Santa Barbara County Advisory Board where I served for three years. I know firsthand about the constant struggle to finance and maintain the county libraries. Despite the fact that the average home in Montecito sells for well over $3 million and that Santa Barbara County gets 20% of its total revenues from Montecito property taxes, that same County is literally starving this library to death. Last year, Montecito Library cut its hours from 45, open six days a week, to 36 hours, open five days a week. This year, I heard our library may have had to reduce its hours to under 30 a week. That did not happen, because Friends of the Library stepped up with added funds to keep the doors open the same five days. But that shows what a financial crisis the Montecito Library is in with the County. Many years ago, the County contracted with the cities of Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Santa Maria to administer the local smaller branches within its adjacent area. It was a money-saving device for the County, which under state law funds libraries out of its general fund in addition to the funding it receives from the state. California has long reneged on its promise, and in Santa Barbara County the funding is currently just $7.80 per person living within each library’s proximity. That $7.80 is the fifth-lowest contribution among all the California counties, despite the fact that Santa Barbara ranks as one of California’s wealthiest counties. The rest of the library’s revenues come from the county’s reserves set aside from donations made by private individuals, and the final one-third comes from the Friends. The County’s funding translates to roughly $90,000 but because the City of Santa Barbara administers the library, the City takes a 9% fee. That fee has been proposed to double to 18% next year. You can do the math as there will be little left. The current budget for the Montecito Library is $246,000, much below most of the County’s other libraries. Unfortunately, the County’s contributions from the endowments has run out of money, so starting next year the Friends will have to pick up 57% of the operating budget.

Creating a Montecito General Service Area

Let me put the current 36 hours Montecito Library operates in some perspective. Of the 15 library branches within the County, only the libraries in Cuyuma (population 1,200), Los Olivos (population 1,100), and Los Alamos (population 1,800) are open fewer hours open than Montecito. Another example of a contrast to our dire library budget can be found in neighboring Carpinteria, which has about the same population. That library is open 46-1/2 hours, every day but Sunday The difference is that the Carpinteria library is within the city of Carpinteria, which contributes half of a much larger budget every year. In addition, the City has provided the Friends of Carpinteria Library a bookstore right next to the library that contributes all sales to the library. Montecito is an unincorporated area and, consequently, has no access to city municipality funding. There are currently five librarians, including supervising librarian Tatiana Johnson. Only Ms Johnson receives medical benefits, with the other four working minimum hours despite their dedication and professionalism. Most of the library’s expenditures are administrative costs as well as supplies. There is little wiggle room. The Friends Of Montecito Library, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been around since 1975 and currently consists of 13 board members. Never has there been a perfect storm of financial problems that they face currently. Last year, both Pat Saley and Judi Anderson, present and former president of the library board, set about an ambitious effort to raise permanent endowments. From my perspective, I think it’s time the homeowners of Montecito step up to their responsibilities. What we need to do is to institute a General Service

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ontecito’s newest celebrity resident, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who bought a $4.9-million four-bedroom, four-bathroom home with multiple terraces overlooking the Pacific in May, obviously has grand plans for it. The Palladian-style property, described as “a fixer upper” when it hit the market, might now best be described as a teardown if a new notice just erected on the the 44-year-old Oscar winner’s sprawling lot, indicating it is to be razed, is anything to go by. The notice just posted on Paltrow’s new property In the meantime, Gwyneth has just issued her holiday picks from her al record collection, which is being you feel better about your smile, you tend to feel better about yourself. You will walk out of Dr. Weiser's Goop gift guides. sold exclusively by the online luxury determined to shine and with a renewed sense of confidence. Feel better about yourself, a brand new you! She and her team outdid themselves retailer Moda Operandi for a hefty ART INTERIORS GIFTSyou will see quality as theyworkmanship curated a vast listand of gift $150, detail. With over 3 Dr. Mark Weiser transforms your smile; attention options that includes everything from This year is also a little different 1225 Coast Village Road I 805 565 4700 I s in dentistry, Dr. Weiser is a master at perfecting your smile. Call today for atoFREE Cosmetic Consultation! $8 All-You-Can-Eat food maps the MISCELLANY Page 184 late actor Dennis Hopper’s personsee for yourself the possibilities we can do!

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If you have something you think Montecito should know about, or wish to respond to something you read in the Journal, we want to hear from you. Please send all such correspondence to: Montecito Journal, Letters to the Editor, 1206 Coast Village Circle, Suite D, Montecito, CA. 93108. You can also FAX such mail to: (805) 969-6654, or E-mail to

Taking Trump Literally


uess who said the following: “You could have 650 million people pour in and we’d do nothing about. Think of it. That’s what could happen. You triple the size of our country in one week.” Was it: a drunk lecturing a lamppost? A patient in an insane asylum off their meds? A four-year-old child? Donald Trump? If you guessed Donald Trump, you would be correct. Imagine the traffic jams! Ninetythree million people coming into our country every day for seven days. All the planes and ships in the world could accommodate maybe one million, which leaves 92 million crossing our borders on foot from Canada and Mexico, every day for a week. For perspective, the entire population of South America is only 422 million. Imagine if Hillary Clinton said something like this, or saying there was no drought in California, or that she was always right, you would rightly conclude that she was crazy. And yet, you want a crazy person that lives in such a delusional fantasy world to be president of the United States? Try justifying the crazy things Trump says to an intelligent person. Robert Barkley Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: This letter came in too late to be included before the election, but we strive to print every letter and do apologize for its lateness. For the record,

yes, president-elect Trump did say some “crazy” things during the election season. However, each of your examples has some truth to it. For example, without borders – with open borders, as Ms Clinton suggested she would like to see – we really would cease to be a sovereign nation; there are likely billions, certainly hundreds of millions, who would choose to come here if not for some kind of border restrictions. As for “no drought in California,” his intention was to point out that there really is plenty of water for drinking and farming if the state wasn’t diverting so much water to protect fish. There’s truth to that, though we believe it is a good idea to preserve a healthy fish population too. Trump backer Peter Thiel said it perfectly: ...The media never takes [Trump] seriously, but it always takes him literally... I think a lot of voters who vote for Trump take Trump seriously but not literally...” Just saying... – J.B.)

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Google “23 Celebrities Who Promise They’d Leave If Trump Is Elected”. Is it possible that liberal superstars, CEOs, race-baiters who’ve repeatedly vowed to leave America were just lying? The public will have much more respect for the celebrity who fulfills such a bold promise than for those who participate in an exodus that never seems to happen. Does anyone in Hollywood do what they promise they’ll do?

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This Week in and around Montecito

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 Holiday Show at 10 West Gallery Join 20 artists for homemade cookies and holiday cheer at the opening reception on 1st Thursday. All 10 West artists have artwork in the exhibit, which features a wall of gift-sized artwork hung in salon style (close together and stacked). Larger pieces, one per artist, will be displayed on the other walls. When: 5 pm Where: 10 West Anapamu Street Cost: free Info:

(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 Knitting and Crocheting Circle Fiber art crafts drop-in and meet-up for all ages at Montecito Library. Must have some manual dexterity for crochet and knitting. When: 2 to 3:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Poetry Club Each month, discuss the life and work of a different poet; poets selected by group consensus and interest. New members welcome. This month: Nikki Giovanni. When: 3:30 to 5 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Channel Islands Art Exhibit Opening Reception Santa Barbara Maritime Museum hosts photographer Ernie Brooks, who will present 20 of his beautiful photos, including four from Antarctica, and the equipment he used. His photography captures light and motion, while separating foreground and background with highlights and shadows. The reflective qualities of water are forever changing in his adaptive world of underwater photography. As a noted professional photographer and educator, he has received international acclaim for photography, audio/visual presentation, and
 is considered the Ansel Adams of underwater photography. He’s a contributor to numerous magazines and organizations and is a recipient of many honors and awards. His work has been exhibited in and many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institute. Mr. Brooks has been a trailblazer in the development of underwater photographic equipment and technique and has witnessed great industry advances. He favors black-and-white photography, which

allows him to control the development and printing. In pursuit of dramatic marine images, he has descended into the fascinating waters beneath the polar ice caps, as well as into the depths of our local Channel Islands and almost every ocean on Earth. When: 5:30 to 7 pm Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way Cost: Free to the Public Please RSVP: at or call (805) 456 8747

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Walk & Roll Montecito Union School students, teachers, and parents walk or ride to school, rather than drive. When: 8 am Where: Via Vai, Ennisbrook, and Casa Dorinda trailhead Info: 969-3249 Contemplative Yoga & Spiritual Deepening Winter Retreat With the holy days of winter approaching, there is no better time to tap into the wellsprings of our innermost selves. In this season, the life force in the natural world surrenders its outer layers, receding again to its innermost core. We can follow this lead, peeling back the layers of our outer identities to recall and rekindle the purpose, peace, and wisdom within our own hearts and souls. Through the practices of gentle yoga, movement, meditation, silence, and prayer, and using the tools of journaling, art, and sand play, participants will rediscover this ever-present, renewing source of the divine. Led by Katherine Collis, a Spiritual Retreat director for the Center for Spiritual Renewal at La Casa de Maria. She has a background in adult education, human development, spiritual psychology, and Celtic studies.

When: today at 5:30 pm through Monday at noon Where: 800 El Bosque Road Cost: $595 single, $495 double, $395 commuter Info:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Carpinteria Artists Marketplace The last monthly event will be in the courtyard of the Carpinteria Arts Center. Join in to celebrate the arts through music and handcrafted art pieces for sale by local artists. More than 20 artists will be offering unique handcrafted pieces for your holiday shopping. The featured artist is Martin Franco. Martin is a master woodcarver and metal engraver. His art pieces include engraved letter openers and beautiful intricately carved walking canes. Enjoy the music of the Hansen Sisters in the morning and the Harbor Ramblers in the afternoon. When: 10 am to 4 pm Where: 855 Linden Avenue Info:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 MBAR Meeting Montecito Board of Architectural Review seeks to ensure that new projects are harmonious with the unique physical characteristics and character of Montecito. When: 3 pm Where: County Engineering Building, Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Montecito Association Land Use Committee The Montecito Association is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the semi-rural residential character of Montecito; today the Land Use Committee meets to discuss upcoming projects. When: 4 pm Where: Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road MUS School Board Meeting When: 4 pm Where: Montecito Union School, 385 San Ysidro Road Info: 969-3249

WEDESDAY, DECEMBER 7 Free Tech Classes at Montecito Library iPads and iPhones are versatile devices capable of countless useful functions, but many of these remain a mystery to their owners. The Montecito branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library System will be offering free workshops demonstrating various tips and tricks to help users get more from their Apple mobile devices. Everyone is invited to bring along his or her iPad and iPhone along with any questions. Users of all levels are welcome. When: 1 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: (805) 969-5063 Creative Sparks Crafternoon Make a Holiday Luminaria: bring nature indoors with sweet lanterns that emit a lovely diffused light for any holiday table. When: 3:30 to 4:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: (805) 969-5063, registration is requested Color: More Than Meets the Eye This lecture will explore some of the hidden mysteries of color: its power to evoke emotion, to convey meaning, and even to produce sound. When: 6 to 7 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: (805) 969-5063

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 Knitting and Crocheting Circle Fiber art crafts drop-in and meet-up for all ages at Montecito Library. Must have some manual dexterity for crochet and knitting. When: 2 to 3:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Discussion Group A group gathers to discuss The New Yorker. When: 7:30 to 9:30 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 Parade of Lights on the Channel Cat Support Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s educational programs by joining aboard the luxurious Channel Cat to enjoy the Parade of Lights in Santa Barbara style. When: 4:30 pm, boat leaves at 5:15 pm and returns at 7 pm Where: Santa Barbara Sailing Center, 302 W. Cabrillo Blvd Cost: SBMM members $85, non-members $100 Info: or (805) 456-8747

ONGOING Art Exhibit The Gallery Montecito’s current exhibit is a contemporary modern masters show running through January 15. Featured artists include Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, Wayne Thiebaud, Donald Sultan, and more. Also on display: a painting by one of Britain’s finest master realist painters, Jamie Medlin. Where: 1277 Coast Village Road Info: 969-1180 MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS Art Classes Beginning and advanced, all ages and by appointment – just call. Where: Portico Gallery, 1235 Coast Village Road Info: 695-8850 MONDAYS Connections Brain Fitness Program Challenging games, puzzles, and memoryenhancement exercises in a friendly environment.

When: 10 am to 2 pm Where: Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane Cost: $50, includes lunch Info: 969-0859 TUESDAYS Story Time at the Library A wonderful way to introduce children to the library, and for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills; each week, children ages three to five enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and fun at Story Time. When: 10:30 to 11 am Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 THURSDAYS Casual Italian Conversation at Montecito Library Practice your Italian conversation among a variety of skill levels while learning about Italian culture. Fun for all and informative, too. When: 12:30 to 1:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 FRIDAYS Farmers Market When: 8 to 11:15 am Where: South side of Coast Village Road

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SUNDAYS Cars & Coffee Motorists and car lovers from as far away as Los Angeles, and as close as East Valley Road, park in the upper village outside Montecito Village Grocery to show off and discuss their prized possessions, automotive trends, and other subjects. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Corvettes prevail, but there are plenty of other autos to admire. When: 8 to 10 am Where: Every Sunday in the upper village, except the last Sunday of the month, when the show moves to its original home, close to 1187 Coast Village Road. Info: French Conversation Every Sunday at Pierre Lafond in Montecito, look for a small group in the shade and join for casual conversation (and lunch if you’d like). All levels welcome. When: 12:30 to 2:30 pm  •MJ


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he drive along San Ysidro Road just got even more beautiful, thanks to a recent project funded by the Montecito Community Foundation (MCF). The Foundation coordinated with Steve Maas of the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) to install a new sign post, trash can, and bench at the bus stop across from Montecito Union School. “It’s a demonstration to show how great the bus stops can look,” said Mindy Denson, who sits on the MCF board of trustees.

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The project is one of many beautification contributions made by the MCF since its inception in 1966. The non-profit organization underwrites the installation and continued maintenance of Montecito’s street signs, fundraised, purchased, and landscaped the “corner green” at the corner of East Valley Road and San Ysidro Road, and funded the walkway project along San Ysidro Road, among other endeavors over the years. The Foundation also supports the annual Village Fourth Parade and BBQ. There are 26 bus stops in Montecito, and the San Ysidro Road undertaking is potentially the first of several bus stop enhancement projects in Montecito, as the Foundation is looking for donors to sponsor others,

VILLAGE BEAT Page 164 The San Ysidro Road bus stop across from Montecito Union School “before” included a dilapidated wooden bench with a plastic trash can chained to the bus stop sign

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by Lynda Millner

Veterans Day The Santa Barbara Choral Society performing at the Veterans Day program


f you want to be inspired and feel the true meaning of Veterans Day, you should go to the Santa Barbara Cemetery on that day. As brigadier general Fred Lopez, USMCR (retired) told the group gathered on the hillside, “In 1919, President Wilson named Armistice Day November 11 in honor of the World War I soldiers.” Today it is called Veterans Day in honor of all those who have served. Bagpiper Bill Boetticher in full regalia entertained before the program began. The colors were posted by military from the naval base in Ventura. David Gonzales sang a stirring national anthem and Jerry Gray said the invocation. One of my favorite parts is the musical tribute to all the armed forces, this time by the

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Santa Barbara Choral Society under the direction JoAnne Wasserman. The keynote speaker was Medal of Honor recipient SFC Sammy L. Davis, USA (retired). The main character in Forrest Gump was partially based on Davis. In his honor, the choir sang “Oh Shenandoah” because he used to play his harmonica in the fox holes of Viet Nam and that was the favorite song of

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his commanding officer. Davis spends most of his year traveling the nation and speaking to schools, emphasizing duty, honor, and country as credos to live by. Two million kids have touched his medal of honor and learned what

he went through to earn it. Another speaker was general William Begert, USAF (retired) who joked that the Air Force is known for first building an officers club, then a golf course and lastly a runway. Lopez joked back, “Now, first you build a club, then a golf course, and then you

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Watercolor by Alice Ronke, one of the artists taking part in the art walk this Saturday

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Santa Barbara conductor Dan Kepl launches Cuba musical tour

turning tour organizer with his new organization Emeriti Philharmonic. For his first trip, Dan, 68, who has reviewed orchestral concerts for the News-Press and Voice magazine, is planning a 16-day trip to Cuba, taking in the cities of Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Camaguey, which is aimed at musically oriented travelers above 55 years of age, though he says younger musicians are always welcome. “It is the first-ever travel and collaborative concert adventure tour,” says Dan, a former general manager of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. “It is a chance to see the country before it changes forever with the tourism barriers now lifted. “A lifetime making music is just the beginning of one’s journey toward personal and artistic enlightenment. It will include meaningful person-to-person rehearsal, social, and collaborative concert experiences

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with orchestral musicians the length and breadth of the country, under the supervision of the Cuban Ministry of Culture. “It will mark the inauguration of annual residencies around the globe, with the second tour planned for Portugal in 2018. I want us to visit second world countries like Cuba, Montenegro, Georgia, Albania, and others to bring good will and friendship to the classical musicians of those countries and maybe provide valuable services like workshops, clinics, and lessons to young musicians in those nations.” The first tour, which take place between March 24 and April 8, costs $2,380 for the land package, with many U.S. airlines now flying to the Caribbean hotpot since travel restrictions have been lifted. For more information on this tour of high note, check out the website or call (805) 964-5460. Counting Down Acting legend Kirk Douglas, who celebrates his 100th birthday on December 9, had a fun-filled Thanksgiving with his family at his Montecito home. Oscar-winning son Michael, 72, and Welsh wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, 47, and two children, Dylan, 16, and

Carys,13, joined in the festivities after a sun-filled vacation in Mexico. Friends of Kirk and his wife, Anne, 97, have been receiving “over the top invitations” to the Beverly Hills Hotel beano to celebrate the Spartacus star’s centennial. Stay tuned. Sweet Emotion Lisa Kotin launches first book

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a similar thrust, she told me at a bijou launch bash at Tecolote, the lively literary lair in the upper village. Food for thought, indeed. Jackson in Action Social gridlock reigned supreme when society doyenne Beverley Jackson celebrated her 88th birthday at her Montecito home, a short trot from the Biltmore. As 114 guests crammed into her

Chinese art-filled apartment, with the strains of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin on the stereo, Beverley, splendidly attired in an antique Chinese gown and larger-than-life bling, showed off her new dining room, which used to house an authentic Chinese bed. Instead of gifts, the noted author and former society scribe for the NewsPress asked that invitees bring toys






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rattoria Mollie has been a favorite of mine since, well, since Ethiopian-born, Italian-trained chef Mollie Ahlstrand opened her eatery on Coast Village Road some 20-odd years ago. Over the years, she has become a favorite of many Montecito folk, including its most famous resident: Oprah Winfrey, who lauded Mollie’s turkey meatballs (with raisins) on her television show. Among Mollie’s other specialties is a lasagna that beats any lasagna I’ve had anywhere and that she doesn’t make all the time. When it’s on the menu, it’s difficult to choose between it and the turkey meatballs and spaghetti. But, that’s my problem. Her other Italian dishes are equally enticing, as is her excellent panna cotta (which she almost always has). One thing a person notices upon entering Mollie’s is the kitchen, just off to the right, laden as it is with copper pots and pans (and some aluminum ones, too). One of her regular customers – JJ Resnick – noticed that as well and suggested to Mollie that they combine their efforts to produce a Mollie-inspired copper cooking collection. That was over a year ago, but the pair wasted no time and delegated the construction of a stainless steel-coated, all-copper fry pan to his

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Moscow Copper Company factories in India and Turkey. After coordinating efforts with plans and specifications, going back and forth any number of times with their craftsmen in India and Turkey, the two believe they have created cookware that compares favorably with more expensive but similar products sold by, say, Williams Sonoma and other upscale retailers. I believe they have. But don’t take my word for it; they’ll be holding a Special Launch Day celebration for The Mollie Collection at Trattoria Mollie (1250 Coast Village Road, 805-565-9381) on Saturday, December 3, from 2 to 5 pm during which you’ll be able to inspect the new collection. And, befitting the season, the three pans and pots come in a giant (and attractive), heavy cardboard box with specially fit drawers. All it needs is a big red ribbon, and for $699 you’ll have established a legacy of cookware that’ll probably outlive you. I met with JJ and his wife, Candy, at Mollie’s on a Sunday afternoon recently to learn a little more about their collaboration with Ms Ahlstrand. JJ and Candy have lived in Montecito for four years and, when they first arrived, became regulars at Mollie’s. When the couple decided to marry,

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they tagged Mollie to cater their wedding and became even closer friends. The Moscow Mule JJ’s family and copper products go back more than a hundred years. As he tells it, his great-grandmother, Sophie Berezinski (his father’s grandmother) came to the U.S. in the early 1920s, having been essentially put out of business by the Russian Revolution of 1917. Sophie’s father owned a copper factory that supplied Russian aristocracy and the upper classes until the Bolsheviks came to power and eschewed such extravagance. Sophie had been producing copper mugs with her father as a labor of love and managed to leave the country with a substantial inventory of those. She landed in New York and made her way to North Hollywood in California, where she met and married Max Berezinski. By the 1940s, Sophie still hadn’t unloaded her mug collection but Max insisted that she finally dispose of them. At this time, she met Jack Morgan, owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub, and John Martin, who’d recently purchased Smirnoff Vodka. Jack had a fondness for ginger beer and had made a quantity of it to sell, but no one was buying. John discovered that vodka wasn’t particularly popular either. During conversations at the

Cock ‘n’ Bull, Sophie revealed that she owned a large quantity of copper mugs, and the three of them got together to create a drink that would serve to alleviate their inventory problems. They “messed around with various combinations until they hit on what became the ‘Moscow Mule’,” JJ informs us: 2 ounces vodka, 6 ounces ginger beer, 1/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice, and lime garnish. All of which, naturally, would be poured into one of Sophie’s copper mugs. JJ has made a video of the re-enactment of that propitious gathering and it can be seen via his company’s website: The recipe was copied by one bartender to another via a technological breakthrough of its day: the Polaroid camera. One bartender would take a picture of the finished product and bring it to another bartender, explaining that he was selling so many and that he should try making it. From that humble beginning, The Moscow Mule became a popular and much-ordered drink internationally for the next 15 to 20 years – well into the mid1960s – before falling out of favor. “The drink returned to popularity about ten years ago,” JJ says, adding that “for the past five years, it has become the drink of choice” for many. He credits the success of TV’s Mad


Men and the resurgence of craft cocktails for that. The Moscow Copper Company continues to make his great-grandmother’s copper mugs (sold in a wooden box; $75) but has now expanded into copper pots, thanks to his relationship with Mollie. The pots and pans are made in Turkey and India; packaging and shipping takes place in Santa Barbara. The final products are handsome and durable. Stainless steel inside, copper outside. Apparently, Martha Stewart has just released her own copper collection, so along with a renewed interest in Moscow Mules, copper pots and pans may be staging a renewal of their own. If The Mollie Collection proves popular, one plan is to convert

the private dining room at Mollie’s into a showroom for the collection as it grows. See you on Saturday.

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Just a quick note to congratulate Henry Dubroff, editor and founder of the Pacific Coast Business Times. The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara recently awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award to him “for his many contributions to the business community.” The award was presented by Montecito real estate agents Jo Ann Mermis and Wes St. Clair. The Paul Harris Fellow Award is Rotary’s highest honor. •MJ (from left) Jo Ann Mermis, Paul Harris Fellow Award honoree Henry Dubroff, president-emeritus Katerina Zamyatina, and Wes St. Clair.

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I have been distracted of late. I am hard at work editing a book of poems by the late lamented Dylan Thomas Allison, dog poet of the West. No, it’s not doggerel; many of his early poems were compared favorably to Keats, so I have been extra busy. I guess that is why I thought the signs for Wicks and Plough were a way of announcing that an Irish pub was about to open in Montecito. I dare not tarry... must get back to my editing. Christina Allison Montecito

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Trolling for Turmoil

The conciliatory words offered by Barack Obama upon Donald Trump’s post-election visit to the White House, owing him “an open mind and the chance to lead” and “rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” appear to be little more than empty words. Shocking, we know. Since the election, Obama has actively and aggressively sought to do everything in his power to stymie Trump’s stated agenda of reversing many of Obama’s failed socialist policies. To that end, the Washington Free Beacon reports, “The Obama administration set a new record Thursday by producing 527 pages worth of new rules and regulations in a single day, bringing the president’s Federal Register up to 81,640 total pages for 2016, the most ever.” Meanwhile, secretary of state John Kerry announced at the UN climate conference in Morocco that the U.S. is setting a new longterm goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. That’s on top of Obama’s recent signing of the Paris Agreement. Trump has been clear in his plan to remove the U.S. from the agreement due to the damage it would cause to the economy and his skepticism over supposedly “settled climate science.” Obama is figuratively pouring concrete into Washington’s toilets, making Trump’s job of cleaning the D.C. sewer that much more difficult and time-consuming. On a final note, though, if Trump’s choices for cabinet members and department heads are any indication, he is well prepared for the clean-up job. While he has often been derided for his ego and being overly sensitive to criticism, the choices Trump is making are quite encouraging. For example, Trump has met with Mitt Romney to discuss a cabinet post. That would be quite a remarkable instance of the two men burying the hatchet. Trump clearly understands that being a good CEO means surrounding oneself with the best talent out there in order to achieved the desired goals: goals that include dismantling Obama’s awful legacy. Although many Trump supporters are not overly enthused with Romney, most all the pundits agree this is a very smart move on Trump’s part, as he is going to have his hands full with the Democrats and the last thing he needs is for his own party to be divided. Most people are aware of the post-election riots sweeping the country, but it may be that we “ain’t seen nothing yet.” The country appears to be fissuring. Its people are divided; it is becoming apparent that covert finance is pushing things toward unrest. 1 – 8 December 2016

If [George] Soros’s money and its ilk proves effective, inauguration day on January 20 will become one of the largest demonstrations on record, with a group calling itself #DISRUPTJ20 planning to block “peaceful transition” and disrupt Trump’s swearing in. The groups promoting it are calling on people nationwide to join in, and for business in D.C. to take sides and take “direct action” and attempt to stop the parade, block streets, and other delay the events as scheduled: #DisruptJ20: Call for a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20: “On Friday, January 20, 2017Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president of the United States. We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies. If Trump is to be inaugurated at all, let it happen behind closed doors, showing the true face of the security state Trump will preside over. It must be made clear to the whole world that the vast majority of people in the United States do not support his presidency or consent to his rule. #DisruptJ20 will be the start of the resistance: “We must take to the streets and protest, blockade, disrupt, intervene, sit in, walk out, rise up, and make more noise and good trouble than the establishment can bear,” its organizers plead. “The parade must be stopped. We must delegitimize Trump and all he represents. It’s time to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and the world that sustains us as if our lives depend on it: because they do... “We call on our comrades to organize demonstrations and other actions for the night of January 20. There is also a call for a general strike to take place. Organize a walkout at your school now. Workers: call out sick and take the day off. No work, no school, no shopping, no housework.

#DisruptJ20. Spread the word. Join the fight. #DisruptJ20. Facebook: http://” Note the use of terms such as “comrades” and “workers” in the organizers’ jargon. Though it remains to be seen how many will actually show up on the day and join in, the group is concerning, as it is calling for violence out of the gates. “We can block the buses and make them late; get truckers to block the highways all the way there.” All these people openly planning violence need to be arrested as domestic terrorists. Using a propaganda video packed with outright lies, the radical left is already calling for violent uprisings and is recruiting people to violently disrupt the presidential Inauguration. The recruiting effort is so packed full of unbelievably false information that only a totally uninformed moron would take it seriously. How much longer will foundation fronts have to funnel seed money until – as planned – chaos has been sown? How many staged riots and paid provocateurs will it take until a police state response brings this country to its knees? Gives a whole new meaning to the term “sore losers.” These riots and the planned disruption of the inauguration are spearheaded and funded by George Soros, an international pariah with an international arrest warrant on him from Russia, where he was kicked out and told not to come back for causing the same type of election disruption we are now witnessing when Putin was running for office. We can only hope Homeland Security thwarts these planned disruptions without throwing the country into turmoil. Larry Bond Santa Barbara •MJ

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I read about your teaching philosophy about finding ways to get students, who are technically brilliant, to express themselves emotionally. How do you teach artistry? We get a lot of students from China, where there is no shortage of those who can play like a wizard but aren’t that familiar with expressing themselves. So, I expose them to the old artists of the past, who had a lot of individuality, one where you could tell their individual playing within a few seconds in a blind test, which is why they left such indelible marks. I even tell them to study Sinatra and Tony Bennett, singers who know how to phrase. So they can learn how you take a straight melody and bend the time to make it sound more personal. It’s all about storytelling, not just dispatching notes. I don’t [make] music to sound like it came from a cookie-cutter studio. Having them develop their own style is the best compliment I could receive.

home. The students are just amazing, and it’s a joy because they get so much out of it. As for me, last year we did a collaborative chamber concert of the Dvorak Bass Quintet that I was supposed to coach but ended up playing first violin when the student was indisposed. We got those kids all riled up and they played on a very professional level. It’s the first time they’ve done that Marlborough-style collaboration. It elevates everybody, so I’m glad MAW is going that way. Your string trio is named after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer. What was the reasoning? Our country was named after him, which is not a bad place to start. It’s a catchy phrase, and we consider ourselves American but with that European intrigue. So it’s a bit worldly, which is what we aspire to be. Going forward, I want to expand our repertoire to more contemporary pieces. It’s not easy to sell a string trio. But we have such great chemistry and we really enjoy it.

Who would’ve thought that was possible? We’d be there a long time if we did all of them, so we selected about 28-minute version, which works very well. Then there’s a nice cross-section starting with the one-minute Schubert (Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major) that’s just beautifully composed, the Sibelius (String Trio in G Minor), another one-movement piece that’s like a Finlandia wanna-be piece that he never developed into a longer work, but it’s so imaginative. The Beethoven Opus 9 is also wonderful.

Reining Cats and Dogs is Popovich’s Pet Project

Think juggling clubs, balls, and rings is challenging? Try directing 14 cats, a dozen dogs, and few other assorted animals around a stage, all of which sounds about as difficult as, well, herding cats. Not so, said Gregory Popovich, who should know, as he’s done both for a living. The founder and star You’re now coming up on your third Your concert in Ojai is anchored by the of Popovich Pet Theater – who repyear as full-time faculty member at the recent arrangements of Bach’s Goldberg resents the fourth generation of his Music Academy of the West. What’s Variations by Dmitry Sitkovetsky. What Russian family to enter circus arts – stood out and what are you excited about? drew you to that piece and the rest of the runs a 90-minute hodgepodge of silly A. It’s close and it’s gorgeous, and I program? skits featuring the animals in colorlove my colleagues, so it’s really startWe were very inspired listening to ful costumes performing a variety of ing to feel like my home away from the arrangement; it’s so cleverly done. tricks. He has been traveling around the United States for nearly 20 years now with the unusual act that draws nvest n ommerCIal eal state families across the country. He began his stateside career as a clown and juggler at Circus Circus in the early 1990s, though animals always had their appeal going back to his childhood. “My mom and dad worked with dogs with very classical tricks – doing somersaults, things like that,” Popovich said over the phone from REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS his Las Vegas home. “Even my first babysitting experience was with F U SSTSUA RT F U SSS A MS AAMNA NTTH DM NE R JTA N ASN R JANSEN H AAF RF I ER DI ME AN TAA NN E NN E dogs.” PRINCIPAL, BROKER SENIOR ASSOCIATE SALES ASSOCIATE , BROKER SENIOR ASSOCIATE SALES ASSOCIATE While working at the Vegas casino, it occurred to him that it would be a Lic#: 00859105 Lic#: 01873499 Lic#: 01981764 Lic #: 01981764 Lic #: 01873499 good idea to have the family cat in the 201 W. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, Ca 93101 (805) 565-4500 “So I brought the kitty on stage, • 201 W. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 • act. (805)565-4500

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and the reaction was so great that it was one of those (a-ha) moments. I decided to work with house pets after that.” But they don’t start out as pets. In fact, all of the animals – the dogs and cats, at least, as well as a few additional exotic ones – come from rescue shelters. “But it’s really a lottery. I just look for personality, an animal that has a spark in its eye, or some sort of unusual activity.” To help make his selection, Popovich often brings a ball or some string or feathers and attempts to interact with the cats before taking them home. “I try to find out about their characters. Some kitties just want to lay down all the time, but others have great energy and act like kittens even after they grow up. They love to play with things. Those are the ones that are easier to work with. When you find a kitty with energy who follows your voice, they can do anything, maybe jump from chair to chair or chase a target or jump on your shoulder. By nature, they are created to run and hunt and jump and chase things like they do when they’re not domesticated.” Popovich doesn’t use that word to describe his process with the felines. “Dogs are natural at following voice commands,” he explained. “But with cats, you have to find out what they like to do, their natural habits. Once I know that, I can figure out a trick that incorporates what they’re already doing. In the show, they only do one trick, the same ones they do in my living room at home is what we present on stage.” It’s a painstaking process, Popovich said. “Once we find something they can do, we repeat it every day, one time a day, for two to three months. Then we add lights and music so they get comfortable with what it will be like on stage. The whole process takes six months to a year.” Still, just as with your house cat, Popovich’s pussycats can also prove




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irst the bad news: you’ve likely missed the first five of the six meetings of the Mindfulness & Embodiment workshops at Yoga Soup that began back in October and are taught by Chloe Conger, the Montecito resident who has been teaching yoga for 20 years, studying meditation for 10 years, and has degrees in anthropology at Stanford, as well as experience as an actress and recording artist and world traveler. The good news? There’s still time to catch the final meeting this Saturday, December 3, of this marvelous new exploration in which Conger combines all of that past experience – which also features working or studying with Advaita Vedanta, mystic poets Rick Hanson, Adyashanti, transpersonal, Byron Katie, and The Hendricks Institute – with Philip Shepherd’s Radical Wholeness, which focuses on our whole beings: head, heart, and belly. The classes tap into the peace, vitality, and timeless intelligence that is available when we are connected to the brain that lives inside the belly and bring all three centers into harmony as we learn to speak, move, and act from a place of wholeness. The result: deeper presence, effortless movement, and connection with ourselves, the world, and all beings, in turn producing a greater sense of freedom, aliveness, authenticity, and flow. The class has been working through all of the exercises in Shepherd’s Radical Wholeness Workshop, but there’s no problem with showing up just to the final one. Indeed, you’ll likely reap the rewards of Conger’s nearly two months of experience working with the material and fine-tuning her leadership and flow while sharing these practices that have, in her own words, helped all involved get out of their heads and feel more alive, connected, and at peace. Bring a mat and come prepared to move and breathe. It all takes place 3 to 5 pm on Saturday at Yoga Soup, and admission is $18.

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activates the energy centers in the body to bring you into alignment with the truth of who you are. Done while laying down, this simple and powerful Pranayama meditation practice with ancient tantric yoga roots can be used anytime to raise your energy and cleanse your emotional body. In this special December Breathwork Healing group, Colombo – who has been a certified teacher of Breathwork Healing with David Elliott for more than five years – will be working with Universal Energy Flow, animal wisdom, and the elements to guide participants gently into the heart of love. The workshop opens with a short discussion and Q&A while holy wood and sage are burned as prayers are sent up, followed by the Breathwork meditation session set to a custom soundtrack. Working with the breath can help heal and release stuck energies and help us get clear, melt away stress, and awaken our spirit. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 dayof. Details and registration online at

Inter-Sangha Solidarity and Support

A group of Santa Barbara-based Buddhist meditation teachers are gathering this week to peacefully express solidarity and togetherness in these uncertain times. Through teachings as well as sharing of mindfulness and compassion practices, the leaders – who include Alice Alldredge, Kimberley Snow, Marjorie Schuman, Kim Le, Joseph Bobrow, Reuben Weininger, Michael Kearney, Radhule Weininger, and others – will delve into how the Dharma can help us steady our minds and strengthen our hearts while remaining awake and engaged. There will be time to meditate, to share our thoughts and feelings, and to gather and enjoy edibles in community. The event takes place 7 pm Tuesday, December 6, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. (State Street entrance.) Feel free to bring a snack to share. More info at Many of the meditation teachers will also participate in an Interfaith Meditation Presence from 3 to 4 pm on Saturday, December 10, at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens, where there will be a gathering in silent witness to protect life and foster inclusion, equality, peace, and justice in light of the recent elec1 – 8 December 2016

tion results. Organizers are inviting participants to arrive early so the silent meditation can begin promptly, and while signs are acceptable, they should be affirmative, meaning no personal attacks. Bring your own cushion, folding chair, or other need. Contact for more details or to help with the event.

Wide-awake Networking The Santa Barbara Conscious Networking Event returns to the second Friday of the month for December, still at Unity of Santa Barbara, 6:30 to 9:30 pm on Friday, December 9, when the featured

speaker will be Dawa Tarchin Phillips, president/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, director of Education of the Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UCSB, and resident teacher of the Bodhi Path Center of Santa Barbara, and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council. Phillips will speak on “Pursuing Awakening in a Contemporary World”, while the featured musical act will be The Brothers Koren, of The Kin, who just last month performed and participated in a discussion with Phillips and others at the Lobero Theatre in

a benefit for Bodhi Path. The first 90 minutes of the event feature ample time for networking and visiting vendors, which include several skilled practitioners and leaders of conscious organizations, as well as purveyors of organic food and beverages. Details and advance reservations online at

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La Casa de Maria co-director Steve Jacobsen, who is the former executive director of Hospice of Santa Barbara, leads this month’s Wednesday Retreat Day titled Uncovering the Meaning of the Season Through Word, Music,

and Film. The six-hour event takes a look at ways in which the Advent and Christmas stories have inspired countless musical expressions (from Medieval chants to the music of John Adams and David Lang), as well as some perennially popular films including It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. With Jacobsen’s guidance, participants will dive beneath the simple sentiments of the works to uncover profound insights into the season that we can carry into our everyday lives. The retreat takes place 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on Wednesday, December 7, with free admission (donations accepted). Details and reservations at www.lac  •MJ

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finicky and aloof, refusing to perform a trick. But the ringmaster has an answer. “Everything depends on the mood of the kitty. Some times they ignore me. I’m not sure why. So to make the show happen, to be able to do all the tricks every show, there are two or three kitties that can do each trick. If I see a cat ignoring me, or if they’re frozen by the lights or sounds in a new theater, I just bring out a different cat. So every show is a little different. Same trick, different cats.” The ones who prove “un-trainable” are still kept as pets, and even make it on stage. “I have a couple of cats who perform fine in the living room, but they’re shy on stage. So they sit on the chairs at the back of the stage. They’re my chorus line.” The show coming to the Lobero Theatre on Sunday afternoon is quite

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a bit different, as it carries a Christmas theme, the first time the holiday special has played in Santa Barbara despite Pet Theater frequent appearances in town. “It’s more than a variety show,” Popovich said. “There’s a storyline that feeds off the Christmas spirit. The character I play has been kicked out of the circus, and I’m out on the street and the snow. I find a homeless dog and cat as friends, and we start fighting our way back. There are lots of tricks and physical comedy.” The holiday show also boasts a special guest: a mini-horse named Diamond that pulls Santa Claus’s sled on the stage. Other “surprises” include the four “cute” white mice, joining the quartet of doves and a parrot in the

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Area (GSA) for the sole support of our library. A GSA is actually a parcel tax similar to paying for streetlights on county roads. Seriously, Montecito residents consider themselves as highly educated, well-informed, college-educated, and heaven forbid somewhat well off. Why not? The GSA would have the same boundaries as the Montecito Fire

election, as well as other controversial issues that have come up recently. It will take Montecito taxpayers to visit this problem, either through donations to Friends or a concerted effort to put the GSA on the ballot on the next general election. In the meantime, I would hope that we all help the Friends by donating to their cause. You can go to their website,

Of the 15 branches within the county, only Cuyuma, Los Olivos, and Los Alamos are open fewer hours than Montecito’s library Department, but to create it would take considerable money to get it on the ballot and a two-thirds vote to enact it. That will not be easy, but it will be worth it to pay for the existence of an institution dedicated to providing information, education, entertainment, children’s programs, and reading contests, as well as the many adult classes it sponsors annually to all. This may be a perfect opportunity; incoming First District supervisor Das Williams was instrumental is pursuing and instituting a GSA in Isla Vista through the California legislature, so he is familiar with the whole process. I have seen the public’s interest with the recent Montecito Water Board

*, and press the Donate button. You can also send a check and make it out to Friends of the Montecito Library, and send or drop it off at the library at 1469 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA 93108. Lastly I would like to give a well-deserved shout-out to the unsung heroes of the library: the 13 members of the Friends board. They are Darlene Cox, Julie Friedman, Vito Gioiello (treasurer), Pat MacKinnon (VP), Susan Robles (secretary), Joan Rocco, Pat Saley (president), Peter Stalker, Cornelia McGrath, Patty Marshall, Ned Quackenbush, Suzi Schommer, and Elizabeth Zahm. Seriously, Montecito without a fully functioning library? •MJ

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Celebrating birthday years of Beverley’s is Bertrand de Gabriac. Guy and Patricia de Gramont, Jean Claude and Susie Benarrosh, Jill Sattler and Maria McCall (photo by Priscilla)

The artistic works of Kym Cochran, Dirk Brandts, filmmaker; Beverley Jackson, Paul Schurch, Jonathan Smithe, in the redecorated room with them on the featured 18th-century Chinese wedding bed (photo by Priscilla)

(Front row) SBRM Kitchen manager Wesley Jones and some kitchen staff (not in order) Daniel Polido, George Machado, Kyle Newton, Seth Garber, Ernesto Fernandez, Matt Nanvarro, Bronson Thomas, Ricoo Santino, Dustin Badasci, and Clint Seigal who cooked and dished the Thanksgiving feast (photo by Priscilla)

Rolf Geyling, executive director SBRM; greeting the Sears family of volunteers on Thanksgiving are Woody, Brooke, (mother and grandmother) June Jackson, children Eli, Jackson, and Makayla (photo by Priscilla)

Mellen, Jamie and Marcia Constance, Joan Rutkowski, Gil Rosas, Nancy Gifford, Clarissa Ru, Adam and Penny Bianchi, and Ron and Andra Macleod, with their children, Hudson and Grayson. Keeping up with Jones For Wesley Jones, the new head of the kitchen at the Rescue Mission, the annual Thanksgiving Feast, was quite a nerve wracking event.

With more than 300 guests, including the cooking of 72 turkeys, the mashing of more than 100 pounds of potatoes, and the preparation of 150 pounds of carrots, it was his biggest operation yet. But Wesley, who replaced longtime kitchen supremo, Daniel Osti, needn’t have worried, as the diners scoffed down the food gratefully. “It is a heaping help of love that transforms hearts and lives this

Henry Miranda, Ronnie Mellen, Veronica Mishou, Aidan Naber, Beverley Jackson, Grayson and Hudson McLeod beside the roomful of gifts brought by friends celebrating Beverley’s 88th birthday for the “Toys for Tots” by the Montecito Fire Department team (photo by Priscilla)

Beverley with guests Richard and Annette Caleel


that could be given to the Montecito firefighters Christmas collection for underprivileged children. Such was the volume of toys that a room has to be set aside with the space looking like a display window from F.A.O. Schwartz. Among those helping celebrate Beverley’s birthday beano were Robert and Gretchen Lieff, Richard and Annette Caleel, Gerald Incandela, Charlie and Sally Fairbanks, Glynne and Gillan Couvillion, Adnan Naber, Paul Schurch, Larry Gosselin, Guy and Patty de Gramont, Ronnie

Volunteers serving the pumpkin pie with whipped cream are Dale and Rebecca Weber, Marguerite and daughter Michelle Berti, Debbie Saucedo, Erica Bender with Brody and mom Terry Green (photo by Priscilla)

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who has performed with every major orchestra in the U.S., having played at the Granada a year ago, and Yang, who won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn international Piano Competition in 2005, being a guest artist with the Estonian Symphony Orchestra in 2009. Both acquitted themselves gloriously, kicking off with Beethoven’s sonata for both instruments No.8 in G Major, transitioning to a more contemporary composition Berlin Music by 55-yearold Australian Brett Dean, with Yang needing both her trusty Steinway and

a humble upright for the third movement. The entertaining show concluded with Eugene Ysaye’s intracate sonata for solo violin in E Major and Cesar Franck’s sonata for both instruments in A Major. A dynamic duo, indeed. Check Mate Montecito Bank & Trust founded by ubiquitous local philanthropist Mike Towbes celebrated its 14th annual


Prepared to greet and serve the SBRM guests are volunteers Aileen Campbell, Katie Newell, Al Anglin, Vangie Herrera, Debbie Saucedo, Bonnie Carroll, Patrick San Franscisco, Philippa Firestone, Claire Stotts, and Katie Firestone (photo by Priscilla)

duo were discussing the secrets of a long-lasting marriage. Conan asked if he had any real anger or hatred toward his exes, including actress Connie Booth and Alyce Faye Cleese. “No, I mean, I am quite happy if one or two of them would be dead. But I don’t have anything against them as people. I wish them dead in the nicest possible way. “Not dead in a slow agonizing way over a number of years. Something quick like a tree falling on them.” Sopranos actor Michael Imperioli and Richard Mineards volunteering at the Rescue Mission feast (photo by Dale Weber Photography)

Thanksgiving and beyond,” says Rolf Geyling, president of the mission, which has an annual budget of more than $2.5 million and helps more than 2,000 people annually. Sopranos actor Michael Imperioli, back from filming a movie in Portugal, volunteered again this year with his wife, Victoria, while I celebrated my 10th year on waiter duty, with my trusty snapperazzi, Priscilla, ditching her Nikon to serve the goodies, including apple and pumpkin pies made by Boy Scouts from the Santa Barbara troop, and prepared for the third consecutive year by Donovan and Teri Green, and their children, Brody, 9, and Riley, 12. A Love Life to Die for! Former Montecito funnyman John Cleese, who performed at the Arlington earlier this month with his Monty Python partner Eric Idle, has forked out around $40 million in divorce settlements across three failed marriages and is understandably bitter at the cost of his romantic relationships. Now John, 77, has hit out at his ex-wives, wishing they all would die. Outspoken John, who now resides in Bath in Somerset, England, with his fourth much younger wife, English jewelry designer Jennifer Wade, made the remarks during an appearance on Carpinteria resident Conan O’Brien’s TBS chat show with Idle, where the 1 – 8 December 2016

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El Montecito Early School Senior Friends Day El Montecito Early School director Suzy Dobreski accompanies the students in their concert for the seniors

In concert at UCSB: world-renown musician Zakir Hussain with pop-star sitarist Niladri Kumar

for the older people; I think they really liked it and they feel happy, too.” Indeed!


l Montecito Early School (ELMES) preschoolers hosted local seniors in our town, an annual event to build bridges between young and cherished elders. For many students, this is the first time they have ever seen anyone over 80, or someone walking with assistance or in a wheelchair. Various retirement homes from the community including Garden Court, Casa Dorinda, Friendship Center, Wood Glen Hall, Alexander Court, and members from El Montecito Presbyterian Church are welcome to attend. Meika Mosby-McCrindle, assistant director said, “Senior Friends Day is such an incredible event in many ways, It is a unique opportunity for the children to practice stewardship to create intergenerational community. Both the children and seniors mutually benefit from this interaction. This is one of my favorite events our school puts on because of the sweet moments shared across generations.” ELMES director Suzy Dobreski added, “This is an opportunity for us as a preschool to serve and love seniors in our community in the name of the Lord. It is a natural and easy connection.”

The kids decided this year to host the seniors on what also is known at the school as “T-shirt day”. Wearing the school shirt over their school clothes, the students created a two-sided receiving line to welcome seniors as they arrived from the parish parking lot and to escort them into the sanctuary. After a brief introduction by Miss Suzy, the children sang Bible songs for 15 minutes to their guests. The students left to don their handmade aprons and get ready to serve tea, sandwiches, and cookies in the parish hall. Guests stayed on for a concert on autoharp by Miss Suzy and a special blessing by pastor the reverend Jay Shirley. At the tea, preschoolers in pairs carried large trays of cookies to each guest, encouraged them to visit anytime, and thanked them for coming. On each table was a special handwritten and handmade notecard, along with a gift from the students to every senior attending. Everyone left with pockets full of love and full of cookies. Summing up the afternoon was student Elle McCrindle (Meika’s daughter): “It makes me feel happy to sing El Montecito Early School assistant director Meika Mosby-McCrindle with daughter Elle, serving and talking with seniors at their tea


Hussain with Kumar in Tune

I was invited by Arts & Lectures UCSB to review the concert of world-renowned tabla musician Zakir Hussain currently touring with the latest “pop” sitar star Niladri Kumar. As a sitar student of both Scott Marcus, Ph.D., ethnomusicology UCSB and Justin Scarambolo UCSB ethnomusicology Fulbright Fellow currently living in India, it was my pleasure to do so. I first met Zakir the last time he was at UCSB teaching a class with Scott, he was kind to remember me when we met at a group workshop on sitar and tabla at Geiringer Hall, the music department rehearsal room. Zakir and Niladri set up their instruments on a platform covered with a red-worn Persian rug, while students and guests sat on mats in a semicircle around them for the threehour session. Starting with the core of Indian music composition, they both reviewed the scale, movements, and interpretations of the raga the students were currently studying under Scott. Traditional raga compositions feature the sitar, Zakir said, “Tabla accompanies the sitar, so your job is to enhance what the main artist is doing with the music, its emotional content and mood, and where the main artist wants to go with it, to keep the ride as smooth as possible.” He shared his own youthful misunderstanding of this when he first performed with Ravi Shankar, and took off doing a solo mid-concert. Ravi was kind in his teaching Zakir afterward about how he wasn’t “in-tune with him on stage,” a lesson he never forgot. Ragas are dedicated to the hours of the day and explore the key scale notes in various movements. A raga must have a minimum of five notes in an octave, include the root note sa, and at least one or both of the notes ma (the fourth) or pa (the fifth). A raga

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may use both the natural and flat/ sharp versions of any of the variable notes (re, ga, ma, dha, ni), but not in succession. Ragas begin with the Alap movement, the slow searching for the raga scale using four notes and continues on to establish the scale along the low-, mid- and high-register on the sitar. Compositions pick up speed and technical difficulty, along with improv as the raga continues. Musicians choose how to embellish each movement and build to frenzied speed using utmost accuracy to hear each note. Niladri suggested that using accents on the notes along with cyclical phrasing looks like one knows how to improvise. Zakir said, “Basically, one needs to establish a baseline and then put the swing into it, after a while there is no thinking, just playing while your body gives the music cues to the other musicians.” To close the lesson, Zakir said, “In music there is no such thing as wrong, there is different, it doesn’t mean one school is right and the other is wrong (e.g., Khan or Shankar schools), it just means there is more for you to learn, and the whole thing of music is your way to learn your instrument, you may find many teachers, but ultimately it is up to you. It is important to acknowledge the stage is a sacred place where all other musicians have played before you, your spirit guides are there, and it is an honor to be on stage.” Following the class, everyone gathered around for a group photograph. The Campbell Hall concert performance was sold-out and in a word, magical. They played Rag Shuddh Kalyan (early night) in jhaptal (10 beats) and then in tintal (16 beats), Rag Tilak Kamod (late night) in sitarkhani Taal (16 beats), and blended into a ragamala where Niladri cycled his sitar work between modern jazz guitar and traditional raga music. Zakir and Niladri transmuted the audience to a peaceful place with the unique interpretations of each raga, many left with a new appreciation of the art. We look forward to his next visit with us from his home in Marin County soon. •MJ 1 – 8 December 2016

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

99 Cents Only CMO Joins Trustees New trustee Jack Sinclair


ack Sinclair, chief merchandising officer of 99 Cents Only Stores, has joined the Westmont Board of Trustees. Sinclair, whose daughter Kirsty is a junior at Westmont, is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Strathclyde. The 32-member board of trustees oversees the operations of the college. Before joining 99 Cents in July 2015, Sinclair served Walmart Stores as executive vice president of the U.S. Grocery Division for more than seven years, overseeing about 4,000 grocery stores. He was a panelist at Westmont’s Lead Where You Stand Conference in 2015. While living in Arkansas, the family frequently visited Carpinteria and was aware of Westmont. “Kirsty was looking in all sorts of places for a good Christian school, and the opportunity opened to come here and visit, and she fell in love with the place,” Jack says. “That’s what brought me here, and we’ve been connected with the college since the first day she arrived.” Sinclair supports nonprofits in Scotland and the United States. He has a particular heart for the activities of the Arkansas Crisis Center, which does significant work in suicide prevention, and Watershed, created to provide for the underprivileged in Little Rock, Arkansas. Watershed was created by reverend Hezekiah Stewart and has provided 32 million meals and utility bill assistance to 20,000 since 1976. He cites Reverend Stewart’s selfless motivation as an inspiration. Sinclair sees many of those same qualities in the alumni, students, faculty and staff at Westmont. “I very much believe in the mission of Westmont, growing and developing Christian leaders to make a big difference in our community,” he says. “Society needs more people with Christian values making a difference. Around the 1 – 8 December 2016

globe, I meet and see people who have been at Westmont, and they are making a difference in the world in a good way. “This is a very special place in terms of its beauty, location, and wealth of impressive faculty and students and what they are trying to accomplish,” he says. Jack and his wife, Mechelle, have three other children: Scott, Andrew, and Callum.

Christmas Festival Spreads Hope, Peace

Westmont presents its 12th annual Christmas Festival, retelling the Christmas story by weaving narration with music from the Westmont Orchestra, College Choir, and Choral Union, December 2-3 at 7 pm; Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets to this year’s performance, “Fear Not for I am with You”, cost $15 apiece and can only be purchased online at Please call (805) 565-7140 for more information. The festival includes a thrilling range of music from the Renaissance masterpiece “Ne Timeas Maria” (Don’t Be Afraid Mary) by 16th-century Spanish composer Tomas Luis da Victoria to the serenely beautiful setting of “This Christmastide” by contemporary composer Donald Fraser. “This year, we give a special emphasis to hope and peace in the midst of a world that is far too often confronted with images of fear and loneliness,” says Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship. The festival offers new orchestrations of familiar carols by Chicago composer Gary Fry, whose music has been featured on the annual Christmas programs of the Dallas Symphony, and Dan Goeller, whose orchestral offering “Fiesta de Navidad” gives a Mexican flare to beloved carols. Conductors will include music professors Shasberger, Steve Hodson, and Grey Brothers, adjunct professor Nichole DeChaine, and student conductor Jason Tong ’17. This year’s narrators, who sing with the college choir and participate in the theatre program, include Anna Telfer ’18, Elena White ’18, Merckx Dascomb ’19, Sean McElrath ’19, and Micah Anthony ’18. “The drama of the evening will be heightened by recognition of the

message, ‘Do not be afraid,’ to all of God’s people throughout history including our own,” Shasberger says. “This year’s festival promises to be one of the most colorful and uplifting editions of this beautiful tradition.”

Tickets on Sale for Leadership Luncheon

Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prizewinning New York Times reporter and bestselling author, speaks about “The Habitual Pursuit of Excellence” on Friday, January 20, 2017, at noon at the Coral Casino, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Tickets to the luncheon, part of the Mosher Foundation’s series on Moral and Ethical Leadership in American Society, cost $100 each and may be purchased online only at westmont. edu/leadershipseries. In two bestselling books, Duhigg helps us understand why we do what we do — and how we can be more productive in life and our leadership responsibilities. His effective storytelling illuminates scientific research and individual and corporate success in The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. Duhigg has written or contributed to multiple series as an investigative reporter for The New York Times business

section, including “The Reckoning” (2008), which studied the causes and outcomes of the financial crisis, and “The iEconomy,” which examined the global economy through the lens of Apple. The latter won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism. He regularly appears on television and radio broadcasts, including PBS Newshour, Frontline, The Dr. Oz Show, and various programs on CNBC and NPR. The Mosher Foundation sponsors a series of speakers in Santa Barbara, including Pulitzer Prize winners, who address the moral and ethical strengths and weaknesses of various American presidents and society in general. Past speakers include: Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter; Jon Meacham, presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize winner and contributing editor at Time magazine; David Gergen, former adviser to four U.S. presidents; Jack Rakove, Pulitzer Prize-winning political author and professor at Stanford University; and Ronald C. White, author of several best-selling books, including A. Lincoln: A Biography. A gift by the foundation established the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership, one of the programmatic initiatives associated with Westmont’s new Global Leadership Center, which is under construction on campus. •MJ

Join us for Santa Barbara’s 31st Annual Parade of Lights This year’s theme “A Wild West Holiday” will be a fun and festive Sunday evening for both boat participants and spectators. Enjoy the parade up close aboard the Condor Express. You’ll have the best seats in the house inside the cabin or out on either deck! You’ll enjoy all the boats as they parade out of the Santa Barbara Harbor along the shore line down to East Beach and back. Sip your favorite beverage along with complimentary appetizers and a no host bar while we cruise the parade route. The fireworks display will follow right after the boat parade and the Condor Express will be right under the fireworks finale. When: Sunday, December 11, 5:00 pm. Where: Departs from the Sea Landing dock in Santa Barbara Harbor. Cost: $40 for adults, kids 12 & under $20. Reservations: or call (805)882-0088. Tickets are available at the Sea Landing office at the end of the harbor parking lot. For more information on this and other specialty events, go to:

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coterie of recently introduced performers. “The cats and mice are working together,” Popovich said, “even though they’re natural enemies.” Popovich said he hopes that people who attend the show will go home inspired as well as entertained. “There are so may pets in the shelters looking for their new masters, new owners,” he said. “The audience is always really impressed that the talented pets I work with in the show all come from shelters. If someone adopts one or two pets after seeing the show, I feel like I achieved my purpose.”

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Suzi Schomer, Montecito Bank & Trust; Nancy Golden, Opera Santa Barbara; Lisa Rivas, Teacher’s Fund; and Dacia Harwood of Santa Barbara Historical Museum(photo by Clint Weisman)

Janet Garufis, president and CEO and Michael Towbes, owner and chairman present the Community Dividends check (photo by Clint Weisman)

Community Dividends awards lunch at the Coral Casino by handing out checks to 203 nonprofits, a record number. Over the past decade, the 41-yearold financial institution, which now has more than $1.3 billion in assets, has handed out a hefty $14 million to needy causes. This year, there were 351 applicants for help, including organizations with missions that serve the arts, youth, education, social welfare, and medical and health service sectors. “We fervently believe in the power of corporate philanthropy and sincerely hope community dividends will inspire other businesses and business leaders to act – not simply because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s good business,” says Mike, who launched the bank in 1975 from trailers parked on Coast Village Road. Among those checking out the luncheon largesse were Janet Garufis, John Blankenship, Lynn Brittner, Roger Durling, Greg Gorga, Ellen Goodstein, George Leis, Tom Reed, Bob Montgomery, Arthur Swalley, Jennifer Smith Hale, Craig Springer, Carrie Towbes, Ron Gallo, Peter Jordano, Mitchel Sloan, and David Selberg. Hungry Like the Wolf Peter and the Wolf, Sergei Prokofiev’s charming 45-minute 1936 orchestral children’s story, doesn’t diminish with the years. The enchanting show at the Granada, staged as a family performance for 1 – 8 December 2016

the first time by the Santa Barbara Symphony with various instruments, including the clarinet, flute, bassoon, oboe, strings, and French horn, representing the many roles, was an undoubted hit with all the hundreds of youngsters attending. Michael Katz, a professional storyteller based in our Eden by the Beach, showed wonderful vocal range in the pivotal role of narrator. The perfect show for a rainy afternoon. Heavy Medal Montecito comedienne Ellen DeGeneres may have hosted the Oscars and have America’s most popular TV talk show, but nearly didn’t make it into the White House last week to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. Having flown from L.A. to Washington, D.C., to pick up the highest civilian honor the U.S. can bestow along with the likes of Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Hanks, Ellen, 58, found herself sitting on a nearby bench waiting for security clearance because she’d forgotten her government ID, a photo of which she posted on Twitter. But the tears flowed once the president bestowed the medal and she had to be comforted by an understanding DeNiro. Likely Story Christopher Story, the 91-year-old founder of the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, may have been conduct-

Richard Mineards having cocktails with Castro in Havana

ing for half a century, but the Mozart by Candlelight concert at the First United Methodist Church was the first time he’d taken charge of the Austrian composer’s popular work Divertimento for Strings. “I hope you’ll be kind,” he chided the audience. Artistic director Michael Shasberger, a music professor at Westmont College, took charge for the rest of the Mozart fest, including symphony No. 33 in B Major. The concert concluded with two piano concertos, numbers 23 and 21, with Frank Basile at the keyboard. As usual, Tamsen Beseke, who has worked with the likes of Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Zubin Mehta and Joshua Bell, made a perfect concertmaster. Farewell, Fidel On a personal note, I mark the death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro at the age of 90. Castro, who supposedly survived 600 assassination attempts since coming to power on the Caribbean island in 1959, joined us for cocktails in Havana’s Marina Hemingway in the early ‘90s when I was a guest on the 153-foot schooner, Aiglon, owned by an old friend, Prince Johannes von Thurn und Taxis, Germany’s richest citizen. El Commandante, as locals called him, invited us to dinner at the Revolution Palace, next to the Granma Memorial, an enormous glass case displaying the boat he and more than 80 cohorts used to return to Cuba from Mexico when the Batista government was toppled. The icing on the proverbial cake came when Castro invited us to stay

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on his private island, Cayo Piedra, where we were whisked by darkgreen Mercedes limousines to a small top secret naval base where he kept his private cruiser, the 120-foot Aquarama, complete with machine gun posts on either side of the cockpit. Escorted by high-powered gunboats, we rattled at high speed to the island, which was actually two islets connected by a small bridge. Transport was two cut-off VW Beetle cars – CUBA 1 and CUBA 2 – and the main residence came complete with a screening room, wine cellar, a floating New York bar, an outdoor rock swimming pool, and luxurious accommodations, including a master bedroom Russian president Nikita Khrushchev had slept in. After three days of cosseted Communist hospitality, we returned to Havana and the Aiglon set sail for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from where I flew back to Manhattan with unique memories to treasure of my capers with Castro. Sightings: Film director Quentin Tarantino noshing at Olio Pizzeria... Oprah Winfrey power walking past Gazebo Flowers on East Valley Road with four female friends...Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi masticating at Via Vai Pip! Pip! Readers with tips, sightings and amusing items for Richard’s column should email him at richardmin eards@verizon,net or send invitations or other correspondence to the Journal. To reach Priscilla, email her at pris or call 969-3301 •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL



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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by the City of Santa Barbara Purchasing Office located at 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California, until 3:00 p.m. on the date indicated at which time they will be publicly opened, read and posted for:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Santa Barbara will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, during the afternoon session of the meeting which begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara. The hearing is to consider the appeal filed by John and Anna Campbell of the Historic Landmark Commission’s Review After Final conditional approval of an application for property owned by 129 Anapamu, LLC and located at 129 East Anapamu Street, Assessor’s Parcel No.: 029-121-013, C-2 Zone, Application No. MST2015-00233. The project proposes approval of tenant improvements to commercial property including demolition of an existing 450 square foot deck to be replaced with a new 320 square foot raised deck, new wooden trellis, side exit door, new windows, new wheelchair lift, new trash enclosure and minor landscaping alterations.

BID NO. 5499 DUE DATE & TIME: December 20, 2016 UNTIL 3:00P.M. Custodial Services for Airport The City of Santa Barbara is now conducting bid and proposal solicitations online through the PlanetBids System™. Vendors can register for the commodities that they are interested in bidding on using NIGP commodity codes at

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The primary scope of work will be to provide Custodial services at various Airport Buildings. A MANDATORY pre-bid meeting will be held on December 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., at the Airport Maintenance Yard, located at 1699 Firestone Rd, Santa Barbara, CA, to discuss the specifications and field conditions. 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 any service purchase order issued as a result of this bid may be subject to the provisions and regulations of the City of Santa Barbara Ordinance No. 5384, Santa Barbara Municipal Code, Chapter 9.128 and its impending regulations relating to the payment of Living Wages. 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. Published: November 30, 2016 General Services Manager Montecito Journal

#B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Plazaliquor SB, Inc, 2840 De La Vina St. #A, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on November 4, 2016. 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 Tania Paredes-Sadler. FBN No. 2016-0003068. Published November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Pallan & Associates, 4799 Glenbrook St, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Sant Pallan, 4799 Glenbrook St, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on October 21, 2016. 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 Tara Jayasinghe. FBN No. 2016-0002964. Published November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV04880. To all interested parties: Petitioners Rosa Aguilera and Omar Martinez filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name of children from Josue Martinez Aguilera and Jacob Martinez Aguilera to Josue Martinez and Jacob Martinez, respectively. The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written


If you challenge the Council's action on the appeal of the Historic Landmark Commission's decision in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City at, or prior to, the public hearing. You are invited to attend this hearing and address your verbal comments to the City Council. Written comments are also welcome up to the time of the hearing, and should be addressed to the City Council via the City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1990, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990. On Thursday, December 8, 2016, an Agenda with all items to be heard on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, will be available at 735 Anacapa Street and at the Central Library. Agendas and Staff Reports are also accessible online at . Regular meetings of the Council are broadcast live and rebroadcast on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. on City TV Channel 18. Each televised Council meeting is closed captioned for the hearing impaired. These meetings can also be viewed over the Internet at AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: If you need auxiliary aids or services or staff assistance to attend or participate in this meeting, please contact the City Administrator’s Office at 564-5305. If possible, notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will usually enable the City to make reasonable arrangements. Specialized services, such as sign language interpretation or documents in Braille, may require additional lead time to arrange. (SEAL) /s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager Published November 30, 2016 Montecito Journal

CITY OF SANTA BARBARA NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS BID NO. 3839 Sealed proposals for Bid No. 3839 for the ZONE 3 SIDEWALK ACCESS RAMPS will be received in the Purchasing Office, 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101, until 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 15, 2016 to be publicly opened and read at that time. Any bidder who wishes its bid proposal to be considered is responsible for making certain that its bid proposal is actually delivered to said Purchasing Office. Bids shall be addressed to the General Services Manager, Purchasing Office, 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California, and shall be labeled, “ZONE 3 SIDEWALK ACCESS RAMPS, Bid No. 3839". The work includes all labor, material, supervision, plant and equipment necessary to construct and deliver a finished sidewalk access ramp project, including but not limited to mobilization, bonds, insurance, traffic control, clearing and grubbing, surveying, saw cutting, removal of hardscape, subgrade preparation for the construction of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, access ramps, cross gutters, spandrels, pavement delineation, root pruning, sign relocation, placing of asphalt concrete conform, cleanup, public notices, and incidentals as specified in these Special Provisions, City Standards, and Project Plans & Specifications. The Engineer’s estimate is $230,000. Each bidder must have a Class A license to complete this work in accordance with the California Business and Professions Code. The plans and specifications for this Project are available electronically at Plan and specification sets can be obtained from CyberCopy (located at 504 N Milpas St, cross street Haley) by contacting Alex Gaytan, CyberCopy Shop Manager, at (805) 884-6155. The City’s contact for this project is Eric Goodall, Project Engineer, 805-897-2664. In order to be placed on the plan holder’s list, the Contractor can register as a document holder for this Project on Ebidboard. Project Addendum notifications will be issued through Although Ebidboard will fax and/or email all notifications once they are provided contact information, bidders are still responsible for obtaining all addenda from the Ebidboard website or the City’s website at: 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 the Department of Industrial Relations. 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. Per California Civil Code Section 9550, a payment bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided within 10 calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The proposal shall be accompanied by a proposal guaranty bond in the sum of at least 10% of the total amount of the proposal, or alternatively by a certified or cashier’s check payable to the Owner in the sum of at least 10% of the total amount of the proposal. A separate performance bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder. The bond must be provided within 10 calendar days from the notice to award and prior to the performance of any work. January 1, 2016: The call for bids and contract documents must include the following information: •

objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Filed November 1, 2016 by Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk. Hearing date: December 21, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV05050. To all interested parties: Petitioners Mayra Martinez and Jose Antonio Villafana filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name of child

from Sebastian Villafana Martinez to Sebastian Villafana. The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Filed November 15, 2016 by Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk. Hearing date: January 4, 2017 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14

• The Voice of the Village •

No contractor or subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for a public works project (submitted on or after March 1, 2015) unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5 [with limited exceptions from this requirement for bid purposes only under Labor Code section 1771.1(a)]. No contractor or subcontractor may be awarded a contract for public work on a public works project (awarded on or after April 1, 2015) unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5. This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations.

The City of Santa Barbara hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority 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 race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, political affiliations or beliefs, sex, age, physical disability, medical condition, marital status or pregnancy as set forth hereunder. GENERAL SERVICES MANAGER CITY OF SANTA BARBARA

William Hornung, C.P.M. PUBLISHED: November 16 and 30, 2016 Montecito Journal

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Happy Big Night Day


s anyone who has been following this column over the years can attest, as a family, we don’t always take the traditional route for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions. So when Patrick suggested we have a Big Night Thanksgiving, the rest of the family was enthusiastic. “Italian food for Thanksgiving?” “No mashed potatoes?” “Are you kidding me?” Actually, those comments were mine. But I came around when I figured we would at least be having a traditional dessert. “Gelato?” “No pumpkin pie?” “What’re you thinking?” Big Night is a funny, sometimes sad, a bit revengeful, movie about two brothers Primo (Tony Shalhoub) the perfectionist chef, and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) the hapless businessman, who open a traditional Italian restaurant in 1950s New Jersey, when most Americans thought spaghetti with meatballs was exotic. After one of their only customers orders seafood risotto not understanding what the heck it was, Primo calls her a philistine. Secondo wants to take risotto off the menu because it costs so much to make and people weren’t ready for it. Primo sarcastically suggests maybe they should substitute “hota dogas. People seem to like-a those.” About to go broke, they gamble on one last huge meal that ItalianAmerican singer Louis Prima is supposed to attend, which would give them great press. Fortunately, our tastes have evolved since the 1950s. We have now moved on from pizza and spaghetti. “There’s no spaghetti and meatballs?” “No pizza?” “You call this Italian?” In the movie, the brothers started out with soup, risotto tricolore, whole fish, followed by timpano (a giant pasta drum) a whole roasted suckling pig, and Flambé. By the end, people are laying on the table and moaning from so much food. Louis Prima was never actually invited by their “friend” and fellow Italian restaurant owner, Pascal, who is hoping they fail so they will work for him. Our festivities started at 2 pm with antipasto, which I thought was a protest against having pasta for Thanksgiving, but turned out to be salami, cheese, and olives on a bed 1 – 8 December 2016

of lettuce. This was served with a huge salad and grilled veggie crudité, which we washed down with Prosecco (Italian champagne). “Veggie crudité?” “Seriously?” I grumbled about traditional values, then had three helpings of everything. Patrick grilled shrimp and placed them on a bed of polenta. This was served with mushroom and asparagus risotto. “No sweet potatoes?” “What the heck?” Fifteen shrimp, a mound of risotto the size of a small animal, and several glasses of wine later, I stopped complaining. “Time for a walk,” it was announced. I wasn’t sure I could walk, but we went out to campus point and watched a traditional sunset. Then went back home for… “Turkey? With stuffing? Yay!” That’s when they served the turkey cutlets on tomato slices with Tuscan kale and white bean stuffing with couscous.” Again, I voiced my desire for the good old days, then I had two plates full. Finally, the last course, timpano! Actually it was my wife’s lasagna, which usually lasts for several days when she makes it just for us. This time it didn’t last 10 minutes. For dessert, Christy made crème brulée and Leila made macaroons. The best part was, Christy brought a small torch and everyone got to “brown” their own crème brulée crust. “Please don’t start anything on fire,” my wife asked. I quickly extinguished my napkin and told her not to worry. After devouring the crème brulée, I had a few more glasses of wine, several homemade macaroons, a few bowls of gelato and six cups of espresso. At this point in the movie, they danced and played a game with a large piece of string and a ring. The person in the middle tried to guess who had the ring without looking. “Time for the traditional football game on the back lawn?” “How about Texas hold ’em instead?” Cards were dealt, a few more cookies went around, and Jon opened a bottle of wine he’d been saving for a special occasion. “You know, this turned out really well. How about we make this the new traditional Thanksgiving?” I suggested. I looked around the table. I could see they were already formulating an alternative. •MJ

Brilliant Thoughts 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 or visit

For Sale: One Deathbed (Never Used)


here’s much to be said for immortality – for example, the saving on funeral expenses. And no more nonsense about “legacies,” and about how anything you’ve accomplished will “live on after you.” As Woody Allen remarked, “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work – I want to achieve it by not dying.” For many years, I was affiliated with the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, a group of “Immortalists.” I permitted them to quote my epigrams occasionally in their newsletter, in return for a free subscription. (They liked such Brilliant Thoughts as “If I can survive death, I can probably survive anything,” and “I’m glad not everybody wants to be immortal – it leaves more room for the rest of us.”) Their central idea (first publicized in 1962 by Robert Ettinger in The Prospect of Immortality) was that our bodies could be preserved by freezing, for possible resuscitation by future, more advanced, scientists. Although I scarcely looked at those newsletters, I held on to them, feeling, albeit somewhat superstitiously, that they were somehow helping to keep me alive. But several years ago, when the pile in my room reached an unmanageable height, I offered them in the “Free” section of Craigslist. Keeping the relatively few issues in which I had been quoted, I gave all the rest to a lady who said they were for her father, who was in hospital, and was interested in anything “scientific.” But I gave no guarantee that they would prolong his life. In any case, Alcor, which was founded in 1972, and still exists, has been through some fundamental changes since I once visited them in Riverside about 25 years ago. For one thing, their whole operation, including their “facility” – which holds a number of shiny steel cylinders containing the bodies of various members, now in “suspension,” including that of Robert Ettinger himself – has moved from Southern California to Scottsdale, Arizona. They also no longer offer the option of having just your head preserved (costing only a third of the $100,000 whole-body procedure). Most importantly, the actual preservation process has been changed from simple freezing to something called “vitrification,” which supposedly does less damage to tissues,

The average American’s day planner has fewer holes than Ray Charles’s dart board. – Dennis Miller

rendering ultimate revival more feasible. But of course, there’s nothing new about any of this. The quest for immortality goes back perhaps to the dawn of human consciousness – since after all it is the sense of being conscious that we most want to preserve. The Ancient Egyptians lacked the technology to enable them to dispense altogether with the consolations of religion. They had to be content with a form of “suspension” called mummification. But their idea was essentially the same idea as Alcor’s. And sure enough, some of their mummified remains have lasted into our own era – though not yet far enough into the future to be re-animated in this world (except in horror movies.) Other cultures have taken different paths, some arguing that the body isn’t important, and that what really matters is the immaterial “soul” or “spirit.” But Christianity doesn’t buy that, basing much of its doctrine and practice on the belief that its founder was physically resurrected. So, as you have every right to ask, where do I myself stand on this issue? In my family, we never discussed such topics. But once, when still a child, I overheard my father expressing his own bleak but realistic viewpoint, which was that “WHEN YOU’RE DEAD, YOU’RE DEAD.” This made a lasting impression upon me. But I must say – being now 8 years older than my father was when he died – that I prefer the flip side of that idea, which I think makes equally good – or even better – sense: i.e., that “WHEN YOU’RE ALIVE, YOU’RE ALIVE.” And the bonus of this way of looking at it is that when you’re alive and conscious, you generally are aware of that fact, whereas (so far as we can tell) when you’re dead, you’re not aware of anything – not even that you’re dead. Of course, the poets have their own concepts of Immortality. To Keats, who sadly came no closer to it than the age of 25, the beauty of the Nightingale’s song ensured its own unending life: “Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!” And we might as well try to accept the assurance of Thornton Wilder’s wise old Stage Manager in Our Town, that “There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.” •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL


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ask Congress for more money.” The choir sang “America the Beautiful” and the program ended with “Taps” by Bob Burtness on the bugle. Then you could hear the four planes overhead as colonel Michael Maloco, USAF Aux (retired) flew the formation lead and his pilots and crew joined in. After two flyovers, the third was the Missing Man formation where one plane flies away in remembrance of those who never returned. There weren’t many dry eyes left.

Wings of Honor Wings sculpture Douglas Lochner with brigadier general Fred Lopez and the Wings model in the foreground

When completed, the Wings of Honor will be the largest glass sculpture in the world. The artist is a famous sculpture of public art named Douglas Lochner. The Wings are intended to go in front of our airport, and each one is 20 feet tall and 4 inches thick. They were designed to inspire and lift the spirit rather than be depressing and sad. Lochner wants to encourage future generations to engage in life with courage and conviction. He especially wants to honor all of the brave men and women who have served to secure our freedom. The sculpture will be built of ultra-clear, transparent, laminated, self-cleaning, anti-reflective glass engineered to comply with California’s stringent structural codes, including earthquake and hurricane. It will be unlike anything in the world and will honor a point in history (World War II) when the U.S. became a world superpower – a cathedral of glass. Some of you may not know that during WWII, the government converted Santa Barbara Airport into a Marine Corps Air Station. Thirty-three U.S. Marine aviation squadrons were trained here and supported by the Navy, Coast Guardsmen and civilians. At the peak, it housed 500 officers, 3,100 enlisted men and another 440 women Marines. As general Fred Lopez told us, “Those women ran everything, including the flying simulators.” This project is part of the Pierre Claeyssens Foundation but doesn’t take any monies from the veterans’ programs. They have raised $1 million of which the Chumash gave $500,000


Executive director of the Courthouse Legacy Foundation Linda Rosso with trustee and sponsor Keith Mautino, endowment chair Katherine Murray-Morse, and host and sponsor Debbie Saucedo

vate club in Santa Barbara. We were to hear stories about the Courthouse, get updates on future plans, and learn how to be part of The Legacy. After cocktails on the patio, we sat for a super salad and delicious apple tart dessert. The executive director Linda Rosso told us, “We have ten members in the Legacy Society and this is our first year. We have a goal of $2.5 million for our endowment fund, with only $45,000 so far.” She thanked Debbie Saucedo for arrang-

Jeannie Davis with chief philanthropic officer for the Santa Barbara Foundation Jan Campbell and luncheon keynote speaker

but they need nearly $2 million more. Peter Jordano is the honorary chair of the Wings campaign. It seems appropriate that this sculpture be here since, as the general said, “Aviation really began in Santa Barbara with the Loughead brothers that turned into Lockheed. Northrop was one of their designers who started his own company. The foundation is hoping the public will be “The Wind Beneath Their Wings”. To donate or learn more, go to

ing the luncheon and Keith Mautino for underwriting the event. Chair of the endowment committee Katherine Murray-Morse thanked everyone for their love of the Courthouse. It truly is the center jewel of all that is Spanish in Santa Barbara. Board president Bill Mahan told about the Courthouse windows on Figueroa Street coming apart. Saucedo, who has been a docent for nine years, asked us, “Do you know the number-one question these millions of tourists ask? Where is the restroom?” One judge from Norway was blown away by our courthouse, and he had seen many all over the world. “One of the most beautiful and unusual anywhere.” It is designated as a National Historic Landmark. There are only about 2,000 in the United States. It used to be you could get married in the sunken garden for free. Now the County charges for everything. But unfortunately, the money doesn’t stay at the Courthouse. It is spent over the whole county, so it’s up to local philanthropists to maintain this monumental building. Theresa Lensander described how she felt the first time she saw the Mural Room. “It was like walking into a book.” Senior vice president of the Santa Barbara Foundation Jan Campbell spoke to the group about the partnering they do with the Legacy Foundation and Society. She explained how planned giving can help create a legacy for you, those causes you love and possibly income during your life. The Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation established the Courthouse Legacy Society in 2015. Its purpose is to enable good works to continue and to support the preservation and restoration of the Courthouse for future generations. If you are considering making a charitable gift or would like more information, please contact Linda Rosso at (805) 770-7222 or Jan at the Santa Barbara Foundation at (805) 963-1873.  •MJ

Courthouse Legacy Society

The Courthouse Legacy Society invited Santa Barbara Courthouse docents and friends who might be interested to a fall luncheon at a pri-

Courthouse supporters John and Tracie Doordan with Mareva and Herb (trustee) Barthels

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it’s going without having to wait for everyone to figure it out on their own. There are serious statements about love, loss, and renewal and redemption. Self-awareness and what it actually means to love someone. The play works more as a love story that just happens to be funny. The play was set in the 1970s. How does it work for the Tinder generation? It was very hip and trendy about the dating scene and women’s liberation in 1977. That’s a long time ago in terms of cultural history. But the human values are exactly the same, even if the tools we use to relate to each other have changed. It’s still two people trying to figure things out.

Christmas in Concerts

The Vienna Boys Choir’s Christmas in Vienna show slated for 7 pm this Thursday, December 1, features the ensemble that was founded as Wiener Sängerknaben by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498 when the role of the choir was to provide musical accompaniment for church services. Over the years, the singers have worked with such famed composers as Salieri, Mozart, Schubert, and Bruckner, and later performed all over the world. Six centuries since its founding, the Vienna – now expanded to nearly 100 singers between the ages of 10 to 14 representing 30 nations, who are divided into four touring groups that collectively perform nearly 300 concerts a year – remains renowned for its purity of tone, distinctive charm, and a diverse repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, medieval chants, and popular music. The Christmas in Vienna show features folk songs, classical masterpieces, and plenty of beloved holiday favorites, performed in a hall worthy of its illustrious history. Tickets $24 to $64 and are available by phone at 899-2222 or online at Vocal variations for the holidays

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continue when the Adelfos Ensemble presents “Frohe Weihnachten! A Concert of German Christmas Music” at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 3. The Santa Barbara-based a cappella choir rings in the 2016 holiday season with a concert of festive and meditative Christmas music and carols by German composers such as Brahms, Distler, Reger, and others.

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy

Ring in the holiday cheer with Gustafson Dance’s annual presentation of Rudolph, a ballet that boasts the bashful-turned-boisterous reindeer, plus Clarice from The Nutcracker, the Abominable Snow Monster, and even Santa Claus himself in this family show with an educational message. Rudolph embarks on a journey where he learns, along with many other “misfits” that everyone, even though they may be different, has something unique to offer. Children ages 2 and up are invited to get up and dance to well-known holiday tunes, joining the State Street Ballet Young Dancers on stage at the Lobero Theatre on Saturday, December 3, at 2 or 6 pm.

Off-stage Holiday Happenings

Museum of Contemporary Arts and The Bobcat room will have a wine and spirits bar on the upper Arts Terrace, with appetizers from Paseo Nuevo restaurants and another DJ (no headphones required).

parade theme, Holiday Under the Sea. The parade begins at 6:30 pm at State and Sola streets and concludes at Cota Street.

Just Walk on by

Speaking of unattractive pullovers, Imagine X Functional Neurology’s 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party takes place on Friday, December 2, starting at 7 pm, right after the holiday parade, at its office 1221 State St, Suite 11 in Victoria Court. Activities include a red carpet-style entry with photo booths, holiday cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, prizes, and lots and lots of ugly sweaters! Profits and proceeds from the raffle and silent auction will be donated to Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center. •MJ

More than 65,000 spectators are expected to line State Street on Friday for the annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, this year featuring co-grand marshals Cody and Caleb Walker, the brothers of the late actor Paul Walker. Starting at 6 pm, enjoy a cavalcade of high-stepping marching bands, holiday-themed floats, performance groups, local personalities, and the Holiday Prince and Fairy, who were selected from winning artwork best capturing the 2016

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Paseo Nuevo’s December features not only nightly snowfall (at 6 and 7 pm) in Center Court, but also performances every day. This week’s highlights include the Idiomatiques from 1 to 3 pm and Madrigali from 3:45 to 5:45 pm on Saturday, The Other Reindeer 3:45 to 5:45 pm Sunday, Holiday Horns at 3:45 to 5:45 pm and MistleTones 6-7 pm next Thursday, December 8, and Noel Carolers 3:45 to 5:45 pm Friday, December 9. And don’t forget 1st Thursday’s (December 1) Silent Disco Holiday Dance Party, when all are invited to don your ugliest sweaters and dance and singalong to DJs mixing your favorite tunes through provided headsets. The

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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



Silver Belles – The Santa Barbara Silver Follies, which is comprised of ladies (and a few gents) of “a certain age”, mostly between their mid-50s to mid-70s, stage full musical productions with sparkly costumes, leggy dancers, and fabulous singers. But their age is more of a situation where it’s not a big hindrance but rather evidence of their worldly experience, as most members of the group have been accomplished professionals in diverse careers other than the stage. The group performs at theatrical revues, parties, and conventions throughout Santa Barbara County, but the holidays is when they really shine, offering a true family show of all sorts of Christmas favorites, from Bing Crosby-style classics to Motown and additional pop genres that are sure to send you out stomping to the beat and smiling ear to ear with holiday cheer. WHEN: 8 pm today & tomorrow, 3 pm Saturday WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, upstairs in the mall COST: $30 general admission INFO: 9630408 or www.CenterStageTheater. org

Drive-ing Toward Charity – Songs on a Midwinter’s Night, the Cambridge Drive Concert Series’ annual benefit for the Santa Barbara Unity Shoppe, brings community and connection even further into the forefront than is the norm for the coffeehouse-style series. Usually, a touring musician of varying stature is paired with either established or upand-coming local singer-songwriters on the first Friday of the month, but tonight, they feature only local performers, who sing up to three songs each (or fewer, depending on how many perform), usually at least one with a holiday theme. Already on tap are Darin Lee & Robin Howe, Randall Lamb, Lisa Danhi, Alexis d, Kate Graves, Mark Alciati, Cara Tower, and the Threshold Choir. Also, rather than charge for admission, the audience is asked to bring nonperishable food items, new toys, and new clothing that will be donated to the Unity Shoppe along with any additional financial contributions received. The show serves to highlight the season marked by celebration in so many traditions, underscoring the connections we all have with one another, as well as the responsibility of art and music

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 Everything’s Jake – ‘Twas not all that long ago that ukulele phenomenon Jake Shimabukuro played at SOhO, the first time drawing just a few dozen folks to hear the youngster wail away on his “tiny guitar,” careening through a cornucopia of genres with a fearless abandon few had ever seen with the instrument previously known mostly as a staple for Hawaiian music. Also ‘twas not long after that Shimabukuro ratcheted up his fame in leaps and bounds, thanks largely to his cover of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which became a YouTube sensation, scoring millions of views and legions of fans for the ukulele virtuoso. Nowadays, Jake continues to combine his influences that ranges from legendary ukulele players to rock musicians to classical composers to create a sound that’s uniquely his own, boasting shockingly sophisticated arrangements, energetic strumming, and improvised passages that have earned him comparisons to musical innovators such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. His repertoire now includes such iconic numbers as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria”, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, and more recently, a foray into countryjazz music, as heard on his latest album, Nashville Sessions, which was released just last September and is his first album of all original songs. We’ll probably hear a representative sampling when Shimabukuro returns to Campbell Hall tonight. (Note to uke lovers: two weeks later, UCSB also hosts the return of Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, also at Campbell Hall, to close out the Arts & Lectures fall season.) WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall COST: $35-$50 INFO: 893-3535 or www.


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Westmont Christmas Festival – The 12th annual festival – which retells the Christmas story by weaving narration with music from the Westmont Orchestra, College Choir and Choral Union – this year carries the theme of “Fear Not for I am with You,” perhaps more apt than originally anticipated considering the divide that was left in the wake of last month’s presidential election. The program features a wide range of music, from the Renaissance masterpiece “Ne Timeas Maria” (Don’t Be Afraid Mary) by 16th-century Spanish composer Tomas Luis da Victoria to the modern setting of “This Christmastide” by contemporary composer Donald Fraser. The festival also offers new orchestrations of familiar carols by Chicago composer Gary Fry, whose music has been featured on the annual Christmas programs of the Dallas Symphony, and Dan Goeller, whose orchestral offering “Fiesta de Navidad” gives a Mexican flare to recognized carols. Music professors Michael Shasberger, Steve Hodson, and Grey Brothers; adjunct professor Nichole DeChaine Shasberger; and student conductor Jason Tong (class of 2017) share conducting duties for the concert, with students Anna Telfer, Elena White, Merckx Dascomb, Sean McElrath, and Micah Anthony, who sing with the college choir and participate in the theater program, serving as this year’s narrators. WHEN: 7 tonight, 2 & 7 pm tomorrow, 3 pm Sunday WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. COST: $15 INFO: 565-7140 or

to make the world a better place while increasing the sense of community. Folkies having fun for a fundraiser! Coming next year to Cambridge Drive: Phil Salazar, Alice Wallace, Teresa Tudury, Dulcie Taylor, Suzie Gaze & the High Lonesome Trio, and the Rowan Brothers. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: Cambridge Drive Community Church, 550 Cambridge Drive, Goleta COST: see above INFO: 964-0436 or www. Taylor-made Music – Like so many of his Texas-based singer-songwriter brethren and sisters, Eric Taylor is better known for the second part of that equation rather than the former. Meaning, his compositions have been covered by the likes of Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen, June Tabor, and Lyle Lovett, among many others, and he’s been also been lauded for his skills as a teacher. Although his career began in the early 1970s, he took something of an extended sabbatical from the music business shortly after releasing his debut album, Shameless Love, in 1981. But he’s been back since 1995, releasing nearly a dozen more discs over the two decades, and cementing his reputation as one of the finest writers in the area. His live shows are nothing to sneeze at either, as Taylor is one of the more engaging performers you’ve never heard of, with wit, charm, musicality, and storytelling grace that serve as a modicum for what Sings Like Hell is all about. Opening is Nashville-

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based Kevin Gordon, whose albums have received raves from reviewers in The New York Times, USA Today, and Rolling Stone, while his songs have been recorded by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Todd Snider, Irma Thomas, and others. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 33 East Canon Perdido St. COST: $34.50 INFO: 963-0761 or Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace – The annual weekend extravaganza at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum is the largest folk art show in Southern California, one where treasure seekers can find a huge and appealing selection of baskets, décor, ethnographic art, furniture, jewelry, pottery, rugs, sculpture, and more. While the timing is conducive to shopping for a gift, no reason you can’t drop by with an eye toward adding to your own collection, or just taking a single-location “trip around the world” via the unique and exotic treasures. Among the vendors this year are Santa Barbara’s own Seven Hills, which offers authentic handmade treasures from Turkey; BNB Crafts, with handmade felted and cashmere scarves, ponchos and purses from Nepal; Tropic Options, offering 3-D animal sculptures, hand-woven with Czech glass seed-beads by indigenous Mayan Indian artists; Tulku, featuring jewelry hand-crafted and blessed by Zmata, a Nepalese holy woman; and Katalina Textiles, showing textiles of Latin America and beyond, including 1 – 8 December 2016

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Night Thoughts – Philip Koplin, who curated the new exhibit of that title opening tonight at The Arts Fund Gallery, has a clear vision of what the title conjures for him: “Processes akin to the evanescent, sometimes disturbing, sometimes unfocused, often flat-out odd images and notions that come drifting through us at night, possibly just before sleep or while the mind or eye is unmoored from linear, daytime concerns. The title is intended to cover whatever this sort of purposeful/ purposeless activity might yield.” Koplin teams with fellow artists Caroline Allen, Dan Connally, David Dahl, Colin Gray, and Joan Tanner for the joint exhibition that ranges from fantasy/nightmare to a lighter, even whimsical approach. Tonight’s public reception coincides with the monthly first Friday Funk Zone Art Walk. WHEN: Reception 5 to 8 pm tonight; exhibit continues through January 28 WHERE: The Arts Fund Gallery, 205-C Santa Barbara Street COST: free INFO: 965-7321 or

indigenous costumes and serapes. While at the Museum, you can partake of the special cuisine at the Tribal Arts Café and stroll through the museum’s picturesque grounds. Proceeds from the marketplace support the exhibits and science education programs at the museum and its Sea Center location in the Santa Barbara Harbor. WHEN: 10 am to 6 pm today, 10 am to 5 pm tomorrow & Sunday WHERE: 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road COST: free INFO: 682-4711 or Double Exposure – UCSB’s Department of Theater and Dance’s annual Fall Dance Concert features a diverse program highlighted by “Pupil Suite”, choreographed by Andrea Miller, Gallim Dance artistic director and a Guggenheim Fellow. The 2010 piece is a suite of excerpts from the evening-length work “I Can See Myself in Your Pupil”, which premiered in New York City in 2008, and featured Miller and performers

from Gallim Dance setting the work on UCSB Dance Company, a student company led by Delila Mosely. This excerpted version – described by Gallim Dance as “an exuberant romp that plays with the extravagance of imagination” – is performed to the music of the Israeli band Balkan Beat Box. UCSB’s vice-chair and director of dance Christina McCarthy offers “Nevermore”, a deconstruction of “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe, rendered in her signature multimedia style, while Brooke Smiley, a guest faculty member, collaborated with her seven dancers to create “Bone Stories”, an exploration of the ancestry of womanhood. To round out the performances, senior dance students will present new works in collaboration with student lighting, scenic, and costume designers. WHEN: 8 tonight, 2 & 8 pm tomorrow WHERE: Hatlen Theater COST: $17 general INFO: 893-7221 or  •MJ







TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Artist Talks – Jon Pylypchuk, whose work is currently on view in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s exhibition “Untitled: Drawing from the Schorr Collection”, explores the realm of the absurd through his sculpture, paintings, and drawings that image the naked state of the human condition via tragic-comic figures “are both loveable and loathsome, recreating instances of pitiful irony that ring all too true.” Utilizing a range of traditionally underprivileged materials – scraps of wood, remnant fabric, felt, glitter, and glue – his works arise from his idiosyncratic vision and convey a piercing mischievousness tinged with unbridled optimism. Pylypchuk, a Canadian who co-founded the collective known as the Royal Art Lodge before moving to Los Angeles in 1998, will discuss his work at a lecture at the museum on Tuesday. Two days later, the Curator’s Choice Lecture features Malcolm Warner speaking about the “British Art from Whistler to World War II” exhibition. The art historian and executive director of the Laguna Art Museum will discuss the main tendencies in British art during the reign of Queen Victoria, from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Aesthetic Movement. As well as relating Victorian art to its own time, he describes how it appeared, in retrospect, to the Modernists. WHEN: Pylypchuk 5:30 to 7 tonight; Warner 5:30 to 7 pm Thursday, December 8 WHERE: Mary Craig Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street (entrance in the rear) COST: $10 general, $6 seniors (free for museum members) INFO: 963-4364 or

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(printmaking and oil), Pam Haste (watercolor), Alice Ronke (watercolor), Jeannine Bringham (acrylics and graphics), and Kay Eichert (watercolor and oil). The artists will have their art on display and for sale, and attendees will enjoy wood-fired pizzas from Santa Barbara Woodfire Catering, gourmet cupcakes from Violette Bake Shop (owned by Samantha Eve, daughter of Occhiali owners Irwin and Salli Eve). “Merry music” will be provided by the Blue Shades. “We look forward to welcoming members of the community,” said Longo. Coast Village Walk is located at 1086 Coast Village Road. The Holiday Fête is from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, December 3.

Residential Burglaries in Montecito

In the past few weeks, local neighborhood social media sites have had multiple posts regarding suspicious persons in Montecito neighborhoods, as well as reports of residential burglaries. We shared some of the posts with Santa Barbara County Sheriff lieutenant Mike Perkins, who works out of the Coastal Patrol Bureau in Carpinteria and oversees patrols in Montecito. “I empathize with the folks that have had thefts and negative run-ins with suspicious persons,” Perkins told us, adding there has been a “perceived uptick” in residential burglaries in the last few years. He attributes the increased crime to both the holiday season and the 2014 passing of Proposition 47, the ballot initiative that reduces certain drug possession felonies to misdemeanors and reduces penalties for some narcotic crimes. “It has resulted in criminals being released early or not being booked in jail at all,” Perkins told us.

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The Biltmore’s new executive chef, Marco Fossati, who has been busy revamping the menus at Bella Vista, Ty Lounge, and Tydes Restaurant

years ago at Four Seasons Hotel Milano and subsequently was named sous-chef at the one-star Michelin Carpaccio Restaurant at Hotel Royal Monceau, Paris, and was later named chef de cuisine at Flavio Briatore in Porto Cervo, Sardinia (Italy), and at D.O.C. Restaurant in Hamburg (Germany). Most recently, he was chef de cuisine at Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) and Four Seasons Silicon Valley (Palo Alto), where he served as executive chef for the past six years. Fossati, who moved to Santa Barbara for the position, says he started cooking alongside his grandparents in Italy at an early age and finds passion in learning and teaching others. The recently updated contemporary Italian dinner menu at Bella Vista showcases seasonal California ingredients in Fossati’s pasta, pizzas, meat, poultry, and seafood preparations. Popular homemade pastas include Tagliatelle Alle Vongole, Ravioli, Rigatoni with Burrata, Creste Di Galle All’Amatricana, and Risotto “Come

Un Pizza” – a vegan take on Sicilian flavors. “Bella Vista has the distinction of being one of only twelve restaurants in California (and the only one in Santa Barbara) licensed to cure its own meats, as well as the only Italian restaurant in the region to offer Genovese Pesto – a signature tribute to Genoa, Italy, which is Chef Marco’s birthplace,” said Emilie Plouchart, director of public relations for the property. The new executive chef has already introduced house-made pastas, house-cured meats, local Santa Barbara products, and authentic dishes from Northern Italy, according to Plouchart. The resort has recently launched a Spanish Tapas menu in the adjacent Ty Lounge, offering an authentic selection of small share plates including Jamon Y Queso, Empanadas De Carne, Papas Fritas, and Paellas. The lounge is also known for its signature cocktails and a wine list including a thoughtful selection of hard-to-find Spanish varietals along with fine local vintages. Over at Tydes, Fossati has launched a new lunch menu, as well as an inaugural dinner menu that includes Pacific Gold Oysters, Toro Tartare, Scallop and Foie Gras, and Octopus and Pork Belly with red curry gel. Locally sourced entrées range from Spot Prawns and King Salmon to Halibut and Squid-Ink Pasta Carbonara showcasing Santa Barbara Uni. The menu also includes Lamb Loin, Jidori Chicken, and Wagyu Tenderloin. “These new menus are not to be missed, and we look forward to serving you soon,” Plouchart said. For more information or for reservations, visit www.fourseasons. com/santabarbara. The Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore is located at 1260 Channel Drive.  •MJ



“Their drug addiction doesn’t stop, and they tend to burglarize in order to make money for their habit. It’s hard to hold down a job when you are a drug addict,” he said. In the past six months, there have been 24 reports of residential burglaries in Montecito and Summerland, a number that Perkins calls relatively small compared to most areas. He encourages residents to remain vigilant and practice good personal safety measures, and to contact the Sheriff’s Office if they encounter a situation that requires a law enforcement response. “I have no doubt that there are some who have an impression that we are not patrolling enough. After a nerve-wracking event, we all like to identify some flaw that caused the problem to help put our mind at ease. And indeed, I wish I could increase staffing in all of our jurisdiction. That, however, is just not currently feasible,” he said. Perkins says that the Sheriff’s Office is also fielding calls regarding thefts from vehicles, which tend to increase during the holiday season. “Most of these vehicles are unlocked, with valuables in plain sight,” he said. The Sheriff’s Department reminds citizens to always lock their vehicles and do not leave valuables in them. To report non-emergency suspicious circumstances, call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department at 755-4438.




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