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Help wanted: Rob Lowe purportedly searches high and low for personal assistant, p. 6
ASHLEIGH BRILLIANT, P.27 • OPEN HOUSES, P.28 • MOVIE GUIDE, P.39
TOP OF THE WORLD! Mother and daughter Christy and Kim Madden brave below-zero temperatures, 30-mph winds, an all-night climb, and one broken ankle in ascent of 19,341-ft Mt. Kilimanjaro (full story begins on p.12)
After nearly 40 years of leading El Montecito School, Mrs. Jeannine Morgan passes the reins, p.24
ETC’s Jonathan Fox helps stage Porgy and Bess throughout February at the New Vic, p.26
Far Flung Travel
Chuck Graham studies feathered friends – seabirds around Channel Islands National Park, p.36
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 5
On The Water Front
Letters to the Editor
Guest columnist Carolee Krieger of the California Water Impact Network weighs in on groundwater basins and landowners’ rights Rob Lowe’s request; Golden Mike awards; Oprah with 60 Minutes; Sky Bergman’s film; Gwyneth’s gift guide; Elizabeth Stewart; gala for Maya Lin; SB Horse Show; La La Land honorees; Anti-Defamation League fundraiser; AAPLE with Layla Landeros; and SB Family YMCA A local citizen studies Harvard; Leslie Nelson on yin and yang; Roger Morrison seeks answers about water; and Randall Badat’s driving force
10 This Week
MERRAG meeting; Knit N Needle; history of Santa Cruz Island; Valentine’s shopping; The Cat That Changed America; Dawa Tarchin Phillips seminar; Sedgwick Reserve hike; Festival of Hearts; SB Music Club; and plein air painting; MUS board; Cold Spring School meeting; MA and MPC meetings; telling stories; Steve Jacobsen at La Casa; MUS food drive; Happiness & Meditation; Brand Strategy workshop; candlelight yoga; art classes; brain fitness; Story Time; talking Italian; farmers market; Cars & Coffee; and French language
Handy chart to assist readers in determining when to take that walk or run on the beach
12 Village Beat
Christy and Kim Madden spearhead Climb2Cure; Friendship Center and Festival of Hearts; Jeannine Morgan retires from El Montecito School
Seen Around Town
Lynda Millner chronicles SB High School’s Hall of Fame induction; Catholic Charities of Santa Barbara County; and Wine Collective festival
20 Your Westmont
A panel talk examines border issues February 9; and a faculty recital focuses on women composers February 10
22 Spirituality Matters
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Steven Libowitz previews Transcendental Meditation at SBIFF; Barnet Bain; Ragan Thomson; the Q Effect; Petra Beumer; Jacob Duran; DiviniTree; Jim Dreaver; Gail Brenner; and Life Stages
26 On Entertainment
Steven Libowitz gets the 411 from ETC’s Jonathan Fox; classical music at Granada; William Ramsey; musicians Yuja Wang and Leonidas Kavakos; Valentine’s Day with Heiichiro Ohyama; Beth Pratt and Tony Lee at SBIFF; and cinematic previews
27 Brilliant Thoughts
Ashleigh Brilliant has been called a hero, but he has an idol of his own: satirical musician Tom Lehrer, who sent a postcard to Ashleigh in 1968
28 Open House Directory 36 Far Flung Travel
For the birds: Chuck Graham is watching a dozen different species of seabirds as part of efforts to recolonize regions of Channel Islands National Park
37 Our Town
Joanne Calitri takes a long look at the Radical Bodies exhibit at UCSB’s AD&A Museum and converses with Ninotchka Bennahum and Bruce Robertson
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39 Legal Advertising Movie Guide 42 Calendar of Events
Griffin House at SOhO; Chumash hosts Johnny Mathis; Ballet Hispanico; Valentine tribute in Carpinteria; UCSB hosts VocalMotion; Colors of Love; Odd Squad Live at Lobero; Welcome to Night Vale; George Takei; and Tales From the Tavern
46 Classified Advertising
Our very own “Craigslist” of classified ads, in which sellers offer everything from summer rentals to estate sales
47 Local Business Directory
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ON THE WATER FRONT
by Carolee Krieger Ms Krieger is co-founder and executive director of the California Water Impact Network. A 45-year resident of Montecito, Krieger also led the campaign to construct Santa Barbara’s desalinization plant and worked to prevent development easements through Toro Canyon Park.
Overlying Rights and Groundwater
sing groundwater basins to store “excess” water, as is being discussed in the Journal and in Montecito water circles, is a tricky proposition. The law is clear that a landowner has the first right to groundwater under his or her land; these are known as overlying groundwater rights. The law is also clear that if someone puts water into a groundwater basin and does this without challenge from the overlying landowner, the overlying landowner may lose the right – over time – to his groundwater. As an example, take a glass of water (groundwater basin) that is half full. The owner of that glass of water (overlying land owner) wants more water to go into his glass, but if someone else who is not an overlying landowner pours water into the glass, there is no room to put any more water into it. If he decides he needs the water, whose water is he taking? These legal questions have resulted in long and expensive groundwater adjudication lawsuits. Landowners need to be careful and understand that someone not entitled to his groundwater may gain legal rights to it if appropriated for a period of five years or more. In doing so, the appropriator has gained “prescriptive” rights. When Montecito talks about storing reclaimed water in the Carpinteria groundwater basin, I would bet the overlying landowners there will fight tooth and nail to make sure that never happens. Unfortunately for Montecito, we have what is known as a fractured groundwater basin with very little storage. It is not considered a good basin by any measure. And Montecito has a limited supply of reclaimed effluent, especially when it is needed most in times of drought. For Montecito to benefit from reclaimed water, I believe the only way this would work is to partner with Carpinteria, the City of Santa Barbara and/or Goleta. We do partner with these agencies already with Cachuma and State Water. I believe it could be a win/win for everyone and give us all more local control and water security. •MJ
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On “Going to Harvard”
was greatly dismayed to read in a recent issue about a local gentleman claiming to have a connection to Harvard Business School. Harvard Business School grants only two degrees: the master of business administration (MBA) and the doctor of business administration (DBA). Its MBA program has an 11-percent acceptance rate and its DBA program accepts students at a far lesser rate. Neither of which has the man in question earned, nor toward which $111,000,000 in Sales in 2016 has he even completed any coursework. In fact, he has never been admit51 Transactions ted to any Harvard Business School Consistently ranked in the top ½% of agents Each and every transaction is rooted in C&H’sdegree program. This is because, in reality, he has nationwide, the Calcagno & Hamilton team has core mission: Provide unparalleled service and never been a “student” at Harvard losed nearly $1 billion in local real estate expertise while helping clients achieve their realBusiness School. He has, however, markets. estate dreams. been a “client” who attended an executive extension course, as HBS is careful not to call such people “students”. The extension course – the OPM proCalcagno & Hamilton gram – meets for three-week sessions 05) 565-4000 • Info@HomesInSantaBarbara.com and it is not only a non-degree-granting program, it also has an “openwww.HomesInSantaBarbara.com door” admissions policy: simply pay the exorbitant $80,000 tuition. The OPM executive extension course is in no way part of or related to HBS’s prestigious degree programs, as was insinuated without proper clarification in the article. That is, to kshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties (BHHSCP) is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC. BHH Affiliates LLC and BHHSCP do not that the man in question attended accuracy of all data including measurements, conditions, and features of property. Information is obtained from various sources and will not be verifiedsay by broker BRE#: 01499736, 01129919 Westmont (where he, in fact, earned a degree) and Harvard Business School, as you do in the article, is to leave out key details which leave the reader assuming that the man has met the high standard for admission to one of HBS’ degree programs, which is simply not the case. Without context and clarification, there is no way for the reader to distinguish his true relationship with the school from what is implied, and this allows for the dangerous presumption of creditability in exchange for false pedigree. Please know that taking the executive extension OPM course and then claiming an HBS education in such a way that insinuates having attended an HBS degree program is a common tactic among those who wish to gain personal and professional prestige by aligning themselves with a distinguished institution’s brand. In doing so, they join the ranks of supermodel Tyra Banks, who shamelessly and dishonestly promoted herself as having earned a degree from Harvard Business School. When in ©2017 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties (BHHSCP) is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC. BHH Affiliates LLC and BHHSCP do notguarantee accuracy of all data including measurements, conditions, and features of property. Information is obtained from various sources reality, she too attended the threeand will not be verified by broker or MLS.CalBRE#: 01499736, 01129919 week OPM executive extension
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course. More on this here: http:// jezebel.com/5937660/tyra-banksneeds-to-stop-lying-about-going-toharvard-business-school To quote the above-linked article: “Attending the OPM course and calling it ‘going to Harvard Business School,’ is a little like enrolling in a night-time pottery extension class and saying you are ‘going to art school.’ It’s akin to putting an honorary doctorate on your résumé as your Ph.D.” As one of only a handful of Harvard Business School alumni in the Santa Barbara area, it is disheartening to see someone trade improperly on the name of my alma mater in a publication I otherwise frequently consume and greatly enjoy. In the interest of accurate and fair journalism, please issue a correction that makes it clear that the person was never admitted to, has never been a student of, and has never completed a Harvard Business School degree program. Rather, he attended the OPM executive extension course, which is three-weeks long, confers no degree, and has an open-door, pay-to-play admissions policy. Santa Barbara Citizen HBS MBA (Section F) (Editor’s note: We don’t understand why people don’t want their names on letters to the editor, but we’ll continue running letters such as this because of the public interest they serve. We believe, by the way, that this is a course similarly taken by former “Harvard educated” Mexican president Vicente Fox, who attended a six-week course sponsored by Coca-Cola and taught by a Harvard faculty member in the 1960s; other than that, Mr. Fox never attended Harvard. Upon further research, we discovered that The Washington Post and Chicago Tribune were the only two national newspapers that corrected the record on Mr. Vicente’s “Harvard education.” Even Harvard’s online website has not done so, preferring, one supposes, to leave the impression that the former Mexican president really did attend Harvard. The Wikipedia entry for Harvard Business School has him listed as a “Notable Alumni” – Harvard could challenge this to Wikipedia but apparently has not. No doubt it serves as good publicity, but we see little difference between being a recipient of a “Harvard education” by paying big bucks for a short business-oriented course and earning, say, a worthless degree from Trump University. Just saying... – J.B.)
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This Week in and around Montecito
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Storytelling at Montecito Library Storyteller Michael Katz will perform his family-friendly storytelling at the Montecito Library. Today’s story: the classic folktale of Pinocchio. When: 4 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063
(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail email@example.com or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 MERRAG Meeting and Training Network of trained volunteers that work and/or live in the Montecito area prepare to respond to community disaster during critical first 72 hours following an event. The mutual “self-help” organization serves Montecito’s residents with the guidance and support of the Montecito Fire, Water, and Sanitary districts. When: 10 am Where: Montecito Fire Station, 595 San Ysidro Road Info: 969-2537 Knit ‘N Needle Fiber art crafts (knitting, crochet, embroidery, and more) drop-in and meetup for all ages at Montecito Library. When: 2 to 3 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Santa Cruz Island: an Illustrated History John Gherini will lecture on Santa Cruz Island’s storied history. When: 7 pm; members-only reception at 6:15 pm Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way Cost: free for members, $10 for non-members Info: www.sbmm.org FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Valentine’s Shopping Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara will host local artisans/vendors with remarkable and unique items. Jewelry, clothing, olive oil, crochet gifts, sweets and treats, too many to list! Event is open to the public; free admission and courtesy valet parking. When: 11 am to 6 pm Where: 1260 Channel Drive Film Screening A screening of The Cat That Changed America, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers. P22 is a mountain lion living in Griffith
Park, and this is his story and that of the Los Angelinos who are trying to help him. He made an incredible journey from the Santa Monica Mountains across two of the busiest freeways to make his home in Griffith Park. But now he is trapped and will never find a mate and is likely to die a bachelor. The film follows Los Angelinos who are trying to help him and build a wildlife crossing to help others like him. When: 4:20 pm today, 1 pm tomorrow Where: Fiesta Five Theater, 916 State Street Info: www.thecatthatchangedamerica. com Mindfulness & Money Money has been ranked as the numberone cause of stress for Americans for the past seven years. Our relationship with money needs mindfulness and awareness, and it needs it urgently. During this retreat, you will uncover your unconscious or negative thoughts and emotions about money, discover if you’re unintentionally self-sabotaging your relationship with money, and learn tools to bring more mindfulness into your relationship with money. Led by Dawa Tarchin Phillips, master Dharma teacher and director of education at the Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential at UCSB. He is a mindfulness and meditation expert and the author of a forthcoming book on mindful leadership. When: today at 7:30 pm through Sunday, 1 pm Where: La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road Cost: resident $390, commuter $290 Info: www.lacasademaria.org SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Sedgwick Reserve Hike The rugged Santa Ynez Valley is the setting for a series of monthly interpretive hikes and nature activities open to the public on the 6,000-acre UCSB Sedgwick Reserve. Three hikes with varying themes such as geology, landforms, Sedgwick panoramas, plants, and animals or birds will be conducted, with hiking levels of Easy, Moderate, or Strenuous. These hikes are approximately
two to three hours each and are followed by the opportunity to picnic with your own lunch at the reserve. In addition to the hikes, other activities such as a tour of the newly renovated old barn, the new observatory, the pond, and the new Tipton House, as well as a set-up for painters at the pond, and the use of a bocce ball court are all planned for those who don’t want to hike and would like to just enjoy the reserve attractions while the hikes are being conducted. Reservations required. In inclement weather, the hikes will be cancelled. When: 8:30 am Cost: $10 per hiker, or $15 per couple or family suggested donation Info and RSVP: Sedgwick@lifesci.ucsb.edu
A unique opportunity for those interested in Plein Air painting. Local artist Garrett Speirs is offering a short workshop in which participants will learn the varied ways to start a plein air painting. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with wine and cheese at historic Rancho Monte Alegre in Carpinteria. Participants will have the option to work on a guided painting or drawing. Learn more about upcoming trips to Tuscany in the spring and fall. Free and open to all levels of artists and non-artists. Please RSVP soon to hold your spot! Space is limited. When: 2 to 5 pm Where: 1810 Santa Monica Road in Carpinteria Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival of Hearts Friendship Center presents the 18th annual Festival of Hearts at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. This year’s theme is California Dreamin’ and will be a festive luncheon with local wines, heart art, and a live auction. When: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Where: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard Cost: $125 per person Info and Tickets: www.friendshipcentersb. org or (805) 969-0859
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Santa Barbara Music Club This concert honors the late William Ramsay, renowned physicist, author, and composer, as well as long-time Santa Barbara Music Club member and supporter. This program features recent works for voice and piano. When: 3 pm Where: Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road Info: www.SBMusicClub.org SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Approaches to Plein Air Painting
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Montecito Union School Special Board Meeting When: 9 am Where: 385 San Ysidro Road Info: 969-3249 Cold Spring School Board Meeting When: 6 pm Where: 2243 Sycamore Canyon Road Info: 969-2678 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Montecito Association Meeting The Montecito Association is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the semi-rural residential character of Montecito. When: 4 pm Where: Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Montecito Planning Commission Meeting MPC ensures that applicants adhere to certain ordinances and policies and that issues raised by interested parties are addressed. When: 9 am Where: County Engineering Building, Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu Life Stages in Spiritual Perspective Much of our life flows together and disappears in memory. There are some events, however, where we acknowledge something important is occurring – a baby is born, a child matures, a couple marry, a life is completed. For thousands of years, the great spiritual traditions have created rituals to honor these passages. Leaders of different traditions
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will share the important life stage rituals they observe and will take time to reflect on what these transitions mean for us. Steve Jacobsen, co-director at La Casa de Maria, will moderate. Imam Yama Niazi of the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara, and other local spiritual leaders, will join for the day. When: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Where: La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road Cost: donation; lunch is available for $14 Info: www.lacasademaria.org THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Food Drive at MUS To benefit Santa Barbara Foodbank, donations can be left in the school’s parking lot in the morning during dropoff. Items needed include baby food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, rice, soup, and canned goods. Where: 385 San Ysidro Road Knit ‘N Needle Fiber art crafts (knitting, crochet, embroidery, and more) drop-in and meetup for all ages at Montecito Library. When: 2 to 3 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Happiness & Meditation Hour Led by Manas Lele from the Art of Living Foundation, the Happiness Hour will offer numerous tools that facilitate the elimination of stress and foster deep and profound inner peace, happiness, and well-being. It is an interactive and experiential stress-buster session where participants will have the opportunity to experience energizing breathing technique and relaxing meditation; experience alertness and relaxation at the same time. No experience in breathing exercises or meditation is required. When: noon to 12:30 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Brand Strategy Workshop AIGA Santa Barbara, the Central Coast’s professional design association, presents a three-day workshop with Marty Neumeier, bestselling author of six books on design and innovation. Neumeier will lead an in-depth brand strategy session for creatives and marketing professionals, in which participants will learn the essential principles of brand strategy while applying them directly to their own brand or their clients’ brands. When: February 17-19 Cost & Info: www.flip2017.org SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Candlelight Yoga Join in for candlelight yoga, fabulous wine, and a rooftop social under the stars. Designed for all skill levels, the 60-minute Candlelight Yoga class includes live acoustic music and professional instruction by Cara Ferrick of CorePower Yoga. Afterward, enjoy a glass of wine and a decadent chocolate bar at a fireside social on our spa
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THE FESS PARKER Reagan Room, 633 E. Cabrillo Boulevard A Valentine party to beneﬁt Friendship Center, California Dreamin’ style, with casual comfort. Enjoy a delicious lunch with local wines, unique Heart-Art by local artists and celebrities, and Live Auction.
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ast month, Montecito residents Christy and Kim Madden reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, in an effort to raise funds for blood cancer research and treatment. “I signed up thinking it would be my next ‘big adventure,’” Christy told us recently about the climb. “Little did I know the experience would be so much more than just reaching the summit.” The climb, dubbed Climb2Cure, was organized by Team in Training, the fundraising arm of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The Maddens climbed with a team of 14 people and were the inaugural group of several more teams who will attempt the climb this year. Among their team was a two-time stem cell transplant survivor, her oncologist
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from UCLA, and her nurse. The team hiked 45 miles over 10 days, and endured sub-freezing temperatures as well as 30 mph sustained winds for seven hours on summit day. Christy has been involved with LLS since 2004, joining Team in Training and completing her first marathon in Alaska, despite never being a big runner, she said. “I’ve been involved over the years on a variety of levels, from running, mentoring, and coaching. The Kilimanjaro climb was a way to take it to the next level, literally,” she said. Her involvement with the organization was sparked by the cancer diagnosis (Stage IV mantle cell lymphoma) of her father, John Ziliotto, a former Montecito Fire Protection
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Seen Around Town
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the new principal John Becchio and new athletic director Joe Chenoweth and proposed the idea. Recently, John saw David and said, “David, it’s time. Let’s do it.” Ye Ole Gang has been honoring
SBHS athletes for more than 40 years. This night, 81 were reintroduced and new names added. For 2017, a special achievement award was given to Pete and Gerd Jordano for their financial generosity and influence for the upcoming $5-million renovation project to Peabody Stadium. When it’s finished, one of the wings will become the actual Hall of Fame and a plaque will be hung for each honoree. Other new inductees were Alison Hardey (tennis NCAA champion at Stanford), Randall Cunningham (NFL quarterback for 16 seasons) and Ryan Spilborghs (major league baseball
Hall of Fame committee member Sally Becker with Gonzalo Sarmiento and Donna Long
player with the Colorado Rockies). The dinner by chef Pete Clements and his catering staff was as good as the decorations were pretty. The event committee was chaired by David Bolton and helped by vice chair Joby Nunez and treasurer Billy Brace, along with Phil Avila, Sally Becker, Meredith Brace, Martha Garcia, Mike Knapp, Bill Oliphant, Mo Masson, Danny Paulin, and Rachel Roesch. Ye Ole Gang began as a backyard barbecue with six people. It now has about 600 members. They hold a yearly Dons golf tournament, which sells out annually. They have contributed
thousands of dollars to both Dons teams and athletics infrastructure. Go, Dons!
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District firefighter, who served the district for more than 30 years. Christy’s older brother died of leukemia when he was nine years old. “The cause really hits home for me,” she said. The climbers were accompanied by 12 local guides, who made the excursion more comfortable by arriving at the camp sites early, setting up tents, preparing warm food, and ensuring each hiker was healthy and safe at the end of each day. “The guides are local Tanzanian people, who are certified by the National Park Service, and hired by private trek companies,” Christy explained, adding that the climb was much different than she expected. “The pace of climbing up the mountain is relaxed, and it’s an ‘enjoy the moment’ kind of experience. It forced me to rethink the journey, instead of focusing on the goal,” she said. Each day, the climbers traversed about 3 to 5 miles, and the day of the summit, the team was awoken at 11 pm to reach the top by sunrise. “It was, by far, the most physically and mentally challenging thing I’ve done in my life,” Christy said. The team had a 4,000-ft ascent in 3 miles, and a 7.5 mile and 9,341-ft decent after summiting. “We endured negative five degree temperatures, with 30 mph sustained winds for over seven hours. While I’ve been in cold weather before, I couldn’t escape from it,” she said. “But the exhilaration and amazing joy I felt after accomplishing such an amazing feat, was really indescribable.” On the way back down the mountain, about 1.5 miles from the bottom, Christy unfortunately broke her ankle after her boot got stuck under a tree root while she was taking a photo. The fall caused her to break three bones in her ankle, and instead of staying for a weeklong safari following the climb, she was carried out of the rain forest and transported to a Moshi hospital, where she was informed she would need surgery. Christy and Kim boarded a 23-hour flight home, despite not showering for more than 10 days and having to have the broken ankle elevated for the duration of the flight. “It was quite an adventure,” Christy said. Now that she is home and has had surgery to repair her ankle, Christy says she continues to reflect on the journey, the summit, and the cause. “I’ve endured a bit more than I bargained for, but it still pales in comparison to what families and patients do who face the diagnosis of blood cancer,” she said. Collectively, the teams taking part in Climb2Cure have a goal of raising $1 million. Christy, who is hopeful she will be out running again soon, continues to raise funds for the cause and can be reached at christyannemadden@ gmail.com.
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Festival of Hearts
Artist James Dow’s heart features an image of All Saints-by-the-Sea
For the last 17 years, Friendship Center, Montecito’s adult day care center on Eucalyptus Lane, has hosted a Valentine’s Day-themed event, Festival of Hearts, to raise funds for scholarships and programming. This year is no different, and volunteers are busy putting the final touches on the 18th annual event, scheduled for Saturday, February 11, at the Fess Parker Resort. The theme of this year’s event is California Dreamin’, and attendees are encouraged to wear surf-themed attire. “Each year, we have a different theme, which makes it fun,” said Justine Sutton, Friendship Center’s Grants & Development coordinator. As always, the “heart” of the event is the unique heart art donated by local artists and celebrities, including 2017 SBIFF honoree and local resident Jeff Bridges. During the lovely luncheon, which is served along with local wines, attendees will have the chance to bid on live auction items, including a stay in Palm Springs, a mobile luaustyle party, a stand-up paddleboard lesson and harbor cruise, and a Santa Barbara “staycation” with a stay at the Fess Parker, wine tasting, and local attractions. Milt and Arlene Larsen, who are busy opening a new Magic Castle location in the former home of Café del Sol, have donated two separate packages with four tickets each, to their popular “It’s Magic” show at the Lobero on Sunday, February 19. “Arlene, as she has for the past several years, is also lending us some items from her vast inventory of decorations. She is so helpful!” Sutton said. As always, it takes a village to put on the event, and more than three-dozen individuals and businesses have helped to sponsor it. “We really could not do this without our generous community, as well as all the talented artists who decorate the hearts,” Sutton said. Other contributors include Heidi Artman, Jack Hewett, Janice Meaden, Ginny Speirs, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and James Dow. “Heart Wrangler”
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Former UCSB student Sky Bergman is making her directorial debut with her film Lives Well Lived at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Bergman, 51, a longtime resident of our Eden by the Beach who now teaches at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo as a professor in photography, says her documentary celebrates the “incredible wit, wisdom, and experiences of people aged 75 to more than 100 years old.” “Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories encompassing more than 3,000 years of experiences, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.” Among those chronicled is veteran award-winning Montecito photographer Santi Visali, 81, whose colorful career has spanned more than four decades. He has shot six sitting presidents including Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan, and his work has appeared in myriad journals, including The New York Times,
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Talk Redefines Borders, Human Experience
everal Westmont faculty and staff members will explore issues about immigration and migration in a panel discussion, “Redefining Borders: From Political to the Personal,” on Thursday, February 9, at 5:30 pm at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call (805) 565-6051. The three Westmont panelists are Cheri Larson Hoeckley, professor of English, Christian Hoeckley, director of the Gaede Institute, Liz Robertson, resident director of Emerson Hall, and moderator Cynthia Toms, Westmont kinesiology and global studies professor. The panelists participated in a five-day Border Immersion Faculty Seminar last May at the Tucson/ Nogales crossing site. “As globalization connects our lives across borders, the issue of immigration and migration remains a defining topic of our time,” Toms says. “But the many voices shaping the issue in political rhetoric often neglect the
Recital Highlights Women Composers
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most important dimension: humans. As a result, the people whose lives are altered, displaced, and even lost as a result of immigration are silenced.” The panelists will share personal encounters with people shaped by these issues and discuss how the journey transformed their own lives. The talk is part of Westmont Downtown: Conversations about
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The spring 2017 Westmont Faculty Recital features works by women composers Friday, February 10, at 7 pm in Westmont’s Dean Chapel on lower campus. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Westmont Music Department at (805) 565-6040. “We will be recognizing the significant contribution these women have made to the concert repertoire over the past two centuries,” says Sara Rockabrand, Westmont adjunct voice instructor since 2011. “The concert will also provide the opportunity to pay special tribute to Santa Barbara composer Emma Lou Diemer, who has been an inspiration and a close friend to Westmont music faculty and students for many years.” The program will include music by Diemer, Clara Schumann, Amy Beech, Katherine Hoover, and recent alumna Emily Rutherford ’15. Performers include Han Soo Kim, an award-winning and internationally accomplished violinist, who has performed at the Boston Symphony Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Steve Hodson, professor of music, will perform preludes and fugues by Schumann. Hodson directs the keyboard studies program at Westmont and choral ensembles and serves as organist at First United Methodist Church. He also conducts the Santa Barbara Master Chorale. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. •MJ
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Spirituality Matters by Steven Libowitz “Spirituality Matters” highlights two or three Santa Barbara area spiritual gatherings. Unusual themes and events with that something extra, especially newer ones looking for a boost in attendance, receive special attention. For consideration for inclusion in this column, email email@example.com.
Meditation at SBIFF
he Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is coming to a close, but not before one more three-day weekend that is the final thrust of the 11-day event. Given that documentaries, especially those that address issues of social justice, and foreign films on difficult subjects make up a large percentage of the film slate, themes of spirituality run through many of the selections. But perhaps none so much as Shadows of Paradise, a personal documentary by Sebastian Lange, who examines Transcendental Meditation’s (TM) metamorphosis following the 2008 death of its founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, from Lange’s point of view of a former practitioner who grew up in the TM community but left at 18 in 1988. In the film, Lange endeavors to reconcile his formative relationship with its growth since his departure, a search for personal meaning. The journey involves intimate access to two of TM’s current leaders, including filmmaker David Lynch, who passionately promotes TM through his own centers, and dedicated disciple Bobby Roth. Having grown up within the Movement, Lange approaches his subject through an essayistic lens, seeking personal meaning amid TM’s transformative global growth. Shadows of Paradise features moving footage of Maharishi offering teachings, including allusions to knowing bliss through meditation, as well as often angular insights from Lynch, the quirky Canadian director. The film is produced by Frederic Bohbot,
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For Whom the Bain Tolle
In non-SBIFF spiritual movie news, Barnet Bain – a filmmaker, author, and transformational leader who produced the Oscar-winning 1998 film What Dreams May Come, and wrote and directed 2016’s Milton’s Secret, a feature film based on the work of Eckhart Tolle – is the featured speaker at February’s Santa Barbara Conscious Networking Event on Friday, February 10. Bain will talk about “Following the Higher Calling of Your Spirit” in the middle of the three-hour event that runs 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Unity of Santa Barbara, 227 East Arrellaga Street, following 90 minutes of networking and visiting vendors and healers on site. Priya Deepika Mohan, a singer who also teaches the Bhavana Sound Method, is February’s musical guest and will open the formal part of the program. Admission is $20, and there’s a two-for-one special for guests who have not previously attended a Conscious Networking Event, in celebration of SBCN’s oneyear anniversary. More info at www. sbconsciousnessnetwork.com.
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Ragan Thomson has been offering periodic Meaningful Mondays and Wellness Wednesdays at the Montecito estate she shares with her husband, Alex Thomson, for a while now, along with hosting ongoing weekend workshops with relationship expert Dale Halaway. This week, the transformational and spiritual life coach ramps up the frequency and amplitude of her events, as she will lead single-evening workshops in the areas of attracting appropriate partners and honing in on feminine essence. Ragan’s “Manifest Your Spiritual Partner Party”, which takes place 7 to 9:30 pm on Friday, February 10, aims to both help men and women find their spiritual mate as well as manifest one’s next best partner in friendship or business. The “accelerated journey” process includes rewiring the subconscious through prayer, meditation, visioning, and clearing work – a process that Ragan herself used to create her own deeply meaningful relationships, including breaking through the barriers that almost sabotage her coupling with Alex in the early days. Next Thursday, February 16, is the date for Thomson’s Awaken the Feminine Within Net-Worthing Event, during which participants will learn how to truly awaken oneself and one’s feminine essence by immersing in higher teachings and positive connections that over the course of time increases your sense of worth in increasing increments. The gathering will help identify blocks created from the ego – such as fears, needy energy, and judgments – that get in the way of being connected to the feminine energy. At the gathering, participants will be able to experience a deep connection with other women and share their gifts. RSVP by February 13 to reserve a spot, and bring your
business cards and flyers, as women will be sharing their passion and purpose while receiving a great deal of support. Both events take place at the Thomson’s home at 1954 E. Valley Road. The cost for each is $20. Call 453-7281 or visit www.joyticity.com.
Q up a Better Life
What would your life be like if you lived from a deep place of peace, free from the belief that outer circumstances hold you back or cause you pain? That’s the premise behind The Q Effect: The Art & Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You, a workshop that has been previously offered in several format by the reverend Denese Schellink at Unity of Santa Barbara. On Saturday, February 11, Schellink, a certified Q coach who is married to Unity’s Reverend Larry, once again stages the first installment of the workshop from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The interactive gathering that has been taught across the country and has an online community consists off powerful exercises, multimedia presentations, and discussions on site that are then followed by three coaching sessions via Zoom online (5:30 to 7 pm Fridays, February 17 and 24, and March 3) to support participants in creating the life they desire. The fee is $129, which includes all materials; partial scholarships are available. Call 708-7345 or email deneseds@gmail. com.
What’s Eating You?
Petra Beumer, owner of the Mindful Eating Institute, gives a talk titled “When Diets Fail – Free Yourself from Emotional Eating” at the Center for Lifelong Learning’s Schott campus on Saturday morning, from 9 am to 1 pm. Using a mix of behavioral psychology and Eastern mindfulness techniques, she’ll help participants on the path to changing the way they eat and to
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feel about it – a practice that involves learning how to be present with the food and find new rituals in times of distress. The fee is $35. Visit www. theCLL.org.
Hungry Like the Heart
Jacob Duran, a Santa Barbara-based composer/musician who has studied Sanskrit, Indian classical music, and yoga philosophy for more than 20 years, leads a Kirtan at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center this weekend. Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound vibration) has been his core spiritual path, and his presentations range from performing traditional Kirtan, to improvising mantras and sacred sound vibrations over ambient electronic music that he creates live. The veteran of the main stage at both the Bhakti and Shakti Fests leads the calland-response evening from 6:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, February 11, at 32 E. Micheltorena Street. Suggested donation: $20. Call 965-6045 or visit www. santabarbarayogacenter.com/workshops. Busy? Duran does it again on February 25 and March 11.
Valentine’s Day at DiviniTree
Rachel Petkus and Amanda Hamilton team up to offer a special heart-opening afternoon event at the downtown yoga and healing place on Sunday, February 12, just two days before Valentine’s. The loving liquid flow features chanting and singing to gather energy and quiet minds, while participants will also have a chance to work with Thai massage, essential oils, and therapeutic acupuncture. And what’s Valentine’s Day without treats? Savor chocolates and sip teas that have been specifically designed to support the opening of our heart chakra. The 1:30 to 4 pm event is open to anyone, but couples pay just $45, while singles are charged $35.
Freedom... for Free
Jim Dreaver returns to Unity of Santa Barbara on Monday evening, February 13, to present an abbreviated version of his Flowing in Freedom workshop. The New Zealand-born author of End Your Story, Begin Your Life who has taught at Esalen Institute for years will offer his simple awakening practice that frees people from negative “stories” to open up to being more of the loving, powerful person that we are. The process can help in healing physical pain and illness, relationship conflicts, difficulties at work, financial struggles, and – perhaps even more importantly – our own issues of selfdoubt, worry, and fear. 9 – 16 February 2017
The simple practice involves that whenever we notice ourselves being distracted by a thought or “story” or are suffering, that’s our signal to breathe, ground ourselves, and come back to being fully present now. Experienced “Flow-ers” find they can welcome emotional triggers as indicated where the ego “I” is not yet free. The 7 to 8:45 pm workshop at 227 E. Arrellaga Street is by donation. Call Unity at 966-2239, or contact Dreaver at (310) 916-4037 or online at www. jimdreaver.com.
Living in Truth, Peace, and Happiness
Gail Brenner’s Santa Barbara Advaita, Non-Duality, Satsang Meetup group assembles at 5:30 to 8 pm on Monday, February 13, at her home at 11 La Cumbre Circle. The evening begins with an optional hour-long vegetarian potluck before the official gathering starts at 6:30 to create a community of like-minded friends in a safe and supportive space. Opening with a guided meditation that illuminates the deepest truth of our being, the floor is then opened for questions about discovering your true nature as awareness, help in getting unstuck, and hints toward awakened, embodied living. The Meetup is especially geared toward those who may believe they lack what it takes to be happy, or who distort reality with expectations about how things should be, or who simply long to see through the mind-made barriers that create the illusion of separation and limitation. All are welcome, as are donations. Visit www.meetup.com/SantaBarbara-Advaita-Non-DualitySatsang-Meetup or email Brenner at Gail@GailBrenner.com.
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La Casa de Maria monthly meeting focuses on Life Stages in Spiritual Perspective, moderated by Steve Jacobsen, co-director at the retreat center. The 9:30 am to 3:30 pm workshop takes a look at milestone events in our lives – birth of a baby, a child leaving home, marriage, death – through the spiritual lens, with a nod toward spiritual traditions have created rituals to honor these passages over the millennia. Jacobsen will be joined by Imam Yama Niazi of the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara and other leaders of different traditions to allow the group to reflect on what these transitions mean for us. By donation. Reservations at www. lacasademaria.org/events/wednes day-retreat-day-life-stages-in-spiri tual-perspective. •MJ
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Jeannine Morgan Retires
El Montecito School San Roque’s longtime head of school, Jeannine Morgan, has retired from her post after 38 years. “The school is moving into a new phase, and I feel like it’s a perfect time to move on,” Morgan told us during an interview on campus earlier this week. Morgan has been a part of hundreds of Montecito and Santa Barbara families during her tenure, and the school has evolved tremendously since her first day in 1979, when the school was
located at the Presbyterian Church in Montecito. “It was just a preschool at that time! Oh, how things have changed!” she laughed, saying that she thinks her greatest accomplishment was “birthing” the school into what (and where) it is today. The school first opened in Montecito in 1958 and was a preschool for many years until expanding to kindergarten in the early 1980s. Each year, the school grew a grade, to accommodate the current students and their parents, who yearned for an elementary program to allow their students to further develop upon the solid foundation established in the preschool years. With prayerful thought and consideration, Morgan says she led the school in a 10-year expansion, resulting in the vibrant preschool through sixth grade school that flourishes today. “Parents took a chance on us year
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ETC Musical is Easy as P&B
nsemble Theatre Company (ETC) gets going in the new year at the New Vic theater with a bold jazz interpretation of the Tony-Award winning musical The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, one of the biggest productions in the company’s history. Adapted five years ago for the Broadway stage by Pulitzer Prizeand Tony Award-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, the musical now also has a score re-orchestrated by two-time Grammy-nominated music director Kevin Toney and is performed by an on-stage jazz ensemble. But the story is largely the same: a star-crossed love between a crippled beggar and a beautiful yet broken former cocaine addict and prostitute, a relationship that comes about after the residents of the small Southern town ignore Bess following a drunken murder, and sets of the unlikely romance set against the tumultuous civil rights era. ETC’s artistic director Jonathan Fox guides the new production, which runs February 9-26. He recently talked about his approach to the adaptation. Q. I understand you’ve wanted to mount a production of Porgy and Bess for more than 30 years. A. Yeah, I read the original play back in my mid-20s, which got me re-intrigued with the music. I started to imagine what it would be like to bring it to life on the stage. I just adore the music. It’s one of the most exquisite opuses that exist, especially in the 20th-century American canon. As you may have noticed in Sweeney Todd and A Little Night Music, I also have an interest in trying to pare a shows down to the essential parts and produce a scaled-down version. Years ago, I directed a production of Carmen that was adapted for seven characters in English. It was exciting because
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better time. Yes, civil rights are at the forefront of the national conversation at the moment. At one point, we were going to update it to present times – before the election, of course, just thinking about things like post-Katrina New Orleans. But after the election, several African-American friends of mine said it feels like we’ve stepped back 50 years. So setting it in the height of the civil rights era, the mid-1960s, would be a interested portal. There are scenes of tussles with the police and other demonstrations. So there will be some resonance.
Elijah Rock and Karole Foreman in Porgy and Bess (photo by David Bazemore)
the piece is so famous, but audiences enjoyed an opportunity to see it in a different way. From what I read, Suzan-Lori Parks’s version has some significant changes. And there’s been some controversy. The differences aren’t as extensive as what they originally wanted to do. She tried stuff out but then stuck pretty close to the original opera. Early on, Stephen Sondheim took umbrage with what they were doing, because the adapters had talked about changing it to a happy ending, which they didn’t do. For me, the ending has always been ambiguous anyway... it’s really very close to the opera, even though they toyed with changing it. Really, what she’s done is slim it down, replace sung dialogue with spoken, modernize it a touch, take away what has been seen as offensive language, and dignify the characters. So the changes were mostly in shortening it and adjusting the story arc? I don’t know original libretto well enough to speak to that. What she did was just put a different viewpoint on it. I think she’s done some things to give it more of a modern sensibility, including using dialogue instead of recitatives. The song “I’ve Got Plenty of Nothing” had been considered insulting to the African-American community. But she said that in the black community, when someone says “nothing” it means “something” in regards to sex. So, it has a different spin in this version. What with the recent election and racial issues, it seems you couldn’t have picked a
You’ve attracted a fairly big-name cast. What can you tell me about the actors? I thought of Karole Foreman from the get-go for Bess because she is such a powerful actress; I thought she could act the hell out it. She originally declined because she has so much work in TV but decided to take it on because it’s such a meaty role. Elijah Rock is a wonderful singer – he just released Gershwin for My Soul, a contemporary adaptation of Gershwin hits produced by Kevin Toney, who is our music director. What I really liked about him was his vulnerability, and his centered, calmed interior. That’s the character right there – something almost Zen-like. Dawnn Lewis, who plays Serena, is known from Different World. She’s got an extraordinarily powerful voice. Peggy Blow, who is cast as Mariah, the women who everyone looks up to, brings a real feisty energy, which is a different type for that role. But she has a fabulous humorous approach to the part.
A mix-up with both timing and phone numbers scotched a planned interview with composer Jonathan Leshnoff, whose Clarinet Concerto receives its West Coast premiere via the Santa Barbara Symphony Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. But this is a work that needs to be heard even if we don’t have direct words from Leshnoff, who created the piece for Ricardo Morales, the principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the prestigious ensemble that co-commissioned the piece along with our own symphony. “In order to write a concerto, I need to become that instrument,” Leshnoff told WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder last year. “I have to go through me, through the soloist, then the orches-
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tra. The clarinet is connected to the body by the breath… (which evokes) inner essence of the player being expressed.” Santa Barbara Symphony principal Donald Foster, a 19-year veteran of our orchestra, gets the honor for these performances, which take place at the Granada Theatre at 8 pm on Saturday and 3 pm Sunday. You can hear excerpts online on YouTube at Leshnoff’s own site, as well as interviews about the piece, which sounds magnificent and very challenging. The program also includes Schubert’s popular “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8 and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, another famous work known for its genre-transcending Fanfare for the Common Man theme. Tickets and more info at 899-2222 or www.granadasb.org.
Earlier on Saturday, Santa Barbara Music Club ventures to our neck of the woods for its next bi-weekly concert with a program geared toward honoring the memory of William Ramsay, a long time Santa Barbara Music Club member and supporter who died last November. (The Santa Barbara Symphony once played his symphonic prelude, Glory Road. Ramsey’s Three Songs for Tenor, Baritone, and Piano (2013) will be performed by Bryan Lane, Tyler Reece, and Christopher Davis, respectively, followed by the composer’s Four Piano Pieces, performed by Egle Januleviciute. Davis returns with Christine Hollinger for Four Songs for Soprano and Piano (2011), with texts by Heine, Ramsey, and T.S. Elliot before the free concert closes with scenes from The Return of Don Giovanni (2016), with Hollinger as Donna Elvira, Kyra Folk-Farber as Donna Anna, Lane as Don Ottavio, Reese as Don Giovanni, and Byron Mayes as Leporello. The 3 pm concert takes place at Hahn Hall, on the campus of the Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road.
Pianist Yuja Wang, whose first two Santa Barbara concerts took place at Hahn, is now at the superstar level that claims a space at the Granada, where she’ll team with violinist Leonidas Kavakos for one of only a select few recitals they will perform this season at 7 pm on Monday. Anyone who saw her back then got an early glimpse of the artistry of Yang, the pianist the Los Angeles Times said “eats the world’s greatest keyboard challenges for breakfast with one hand tied behind her back.” Meanwhile, Kavakos has been lauded by The New York Times
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n general, I tend to disdain the idea of having heroes – for one thing because they are notoriously subject to having feet of clay. Every once in a while, I am almost embarrassed to be told by somebody that I am one of their heroes. Usually it is because they like my work, and they admire the way I have been able to make a living at it. Of course, I am pleased to be thus esteemed. But one thing hardly anybody ever asks me is whether I have any heroes of my own. As it happens, I do have just one. You very likely know his name: TOM LEHRER. And you have probably been exposed to some of the work that made him famous, a bunch of satirical songs for which he wrote both the words and the music, and which he also performed at the piano. His heyday was in the1950s and ‘60s. There are several reasons why I consider him my hero. One is simply the staggering brilliance of his talent. Another is that he knew how to handle his own celebrity and had the wisdom to quit when he was at the top. Finally, there is the fact that (unlike me) he also excelled in a totally different field, as a mathematician and teacher, and that he was able to make a clean break, returning from the world of show business to a long successful career in academia. I have never seen Tom Lehrer in person, or even on TV. But I did once write to him and received a response which I will always treasure. In 1967, when I was living in San Francisco and published my own attempt at social satire, the HAIGHT-ASHBURY SONGBOOK, I sent him a copy of it, addressing it to his record publisher, a company called Reprise. His typed reply came months later from Boston, on a card postmarked January 24, 1968: Dear Ash, Reprise being not too great on forwarding, I just received your Song Book. Many thanks, and that goes for the kind words too. Hope you keep turning the songs out and the folks on. Love, Tom Lehrer Haight-Ashbury East, Mass. P.S. Congratulations on Ticket and Indicat.” That P.S. was particularly mean9 – 16 February 2017
ingful to me. It referred to my song “There Is a Digger In the Town,” (to the tune of “There Is a Tavern In The Town” – I lacked his musical genius and simply borrowed all my melodies from well-known songs). My humble offering contained the lines: At the Trip Without A Ticket You’ll find everything’s indicat-Ive of Peace and Joy and Friendliness and Love, Love, Love. So Tom Lehrer, that master of musical versification, actually had looked at what I had sent him and had found at least one rhyme on which to compliment me! [For those of you who weren’t there, the Diggers were a semi-mythical group of do-gooder hippies, and the “Trip Without A Ticket” was a “free store” they maintained during the flowering of the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco in the late 1960s.] But having a hero may not be entirely without its problems, especially if your hero happens to be a real person who is still alive, as mine is, and not totally inaccessible. Having been born in 1928, he is no doubt retired, but from 1972 Tom Lehrer taught for many years at the University of California at Santa Cruz, which is only a few hours away from Santa Barbara, where I live. I have a friend in Santa Cruz who actually knows him, and, being aware of my hero-worship, has offered to help me meet him. But the Tom Lehrer I revere is the man who more or less stopped writing songs and chose to leave the limelight some 40 years ago. I am afraid that the mental picture I have always had of that wickedly clever performer would be shattered by meeting whoever he has morphed into in his late 80s. So I probably never will meet him, but will just stay here, clutching his 1968 postcard, while I listen to that delightfully devilish voice singing those incredibly clever songs about Wernher Von Braun (“a man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience,”) the Vatican Rag (“When in Rome, do like a Roman – Make a cross on your abdomen,”) and National Brotherhood Week (“It’s only for a week, so have no fear – Be grateful that it doesn’t last all year!”) •MJ
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A vintage photo of Jeannine Morgan, teaching students at El Montecito School in Montecito
“That’s our sweet spot,” Morgan said. Montecito Presbyterian allowed the school to keep its name, and now the preschool on that campus is called El Montecito Early School. After multiple relocations, El Montecito School has made its home on a property owned by San Roque Catholic Church, which was once home to San Roque School and San Roque Catholic School. This is the sixth year the school has called the campus home, and just last year,
the school made a significant financial payment to secure the lease for an additional 20 years. The milestone payment was just one impetus for Morgan’s retirement, as she believes the campus is the ideal location for current and future students to thrive. The school board invited Tim Loomer to assist in the transition process as the interim head of school and will begin an extensive, nationwide search later this year for Morgan’s
Morgan laughed, adding that she also plans on helping with the schooling of her granddaughter and continuing to take part in weekly chapel sessions with the preschoolers at ELMO. “This place is so full of joy, with excellence in education and amazing teachers. We are a really great family, and I’m happy to be a part of it,” she said. On Saturday, March 4, the school will host An Evening to Say Thank You, to honor Morgan for her decades of service. Past parents and students are invited to attend the event to recognize and thank Morgan. Dinner and adult refreshments will be served, and donations will go to a fund to support scholarships and causes close to Morgan’s heart. For more information, email email@example.com, or visit www.elmoschool.org. •MJ
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No Vote Here
A titanic struggle is raging in the collective unconscious of humanity, which is divided within itself. Yin: a longing for cooperation via peace in the hearts of the collective tribe whose focus is always on the weakest link in the chain for its own survival. Yang: represents powerful inner forces that impel world leaders to carry on an Arms Race that cannot be halted. Winston Churchill, whose bust has been finally restored to the Oval Office, was a brilliant and pithy statesman, as well as a courageous leader of freedom-loving people everywhere. My favorite quote of Sir Winston reads: “The history of man is the history of war.” Since philosophy can serve only as a route (map-menu-blueprint) to knowledge, and cannot be crammed down one’s throat, wise old Socrates had the magic solution: “Know thyself,” so that the truth can set you free. Through Archetype Pattern Analysis, I can reveal the yin/yang of the most despicable, reviled, ungracious candidates who ever ran for office in such a superb nation as ours, founded by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John
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Adams. I won’t use mere words, which can be so easily misinterpreted and reframed. The power of cinema is the best scalpel available for getting to the source (i.e., the meat of the matter). I cordially invite MJ readers to be open-minded as possible in order to discover for themselves which pattern they are enslaved by. As an ardent Independent voter, it wasn’t until last Halloween that I stopped confiding in friends that I wouldn’t be voting for the first time in my adult life. I watched all the debates and felt disheartened, even horrified that it had dwindled down to [Trump and Clinton]. I’ve discovered I have a facility, a kind of talent, for taking complex documentaries and lengthy movies and summarizing them into edited Tivo treats to be enjoyed at my pleasure. Some are as short as a moment or two, but rarely more than five minutes. A recent example is the movie The Visitor, which I viewed some years ago about a Syrian immigrant being deported. This was offered at City College and chosen by Kerri and Mark, who selected profoundly good films on Friday evenings. I noticed it on Channel 74 recently and reduced the film (after a second viewing) to only the last final moment of this remarkable story of 1H/43M. Without a
single word of dialogue, character actor Richard Jenkins is seen rushing down a crowded Manhattan sidewalk holding a large ceremonial drum. He runs down the stairs of the subway. The sign reads: BroadwayLafayette St. Station. He unwraps the large drum and starts beating his hands on it, first tentatively, then with gusto. Not a word was spoken as people are drawn near, as trains roar by. It leaves me in tears every time I view this final moment captured on Tivo, showing, in capsule form, a story, which five years later, has Syria on the nightly evening news with the immigration issues on front page. My Tivo segment of only three minutes on Donald Trump reveals who he has become and what to expect extracted from the Frontline onehour documentary, Episode: President Trump. It starts as 40 Bankers are confronting The Donald at Trump Tower, realizing they would lose more in bankruptcy without the Trump name value. Ergo, the bankers sold the yacht and the Trump shuttle, put Trump on a $450,000 monthly allowance in exchange for which Trump would promote the business. He was regarded as the P.T. Barnum of the 21st century. However, his casinos (in Atlantic City) were still deeply in debt: $1 billion of his $3.3 billion debt. Trump’s solution was Wall Street. Trump was gambling that investors would want to gamble on him. He was selling shares in his casinos as the pitchman. Price of DJT hit a high of $35 per share. Trump paid himself $44 million for services, plus millions in monthly expenses even as the stock price was collapsing. He filed for bankruptcy three times. Trump never earned a dime for his investors, pension funds, and shareholders who had invested their retirement funds believing his hype. Trump admitted he was looking out for his own interests, and the people who lost their shirts should have done a better job of vetting their investments. Trump walked away with a key asset: his name. Co-author of The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz, was my favorite interviewee. He said: it dawned on
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Trump that he could make a huge business empire out of putting his name everywhere. “Why kill himself trying to buy up land, and deal with zoning boards, and go crazy, when half the time it doesn’t even work out anyway? ‘Why don’t I just sell my name?’ Marketing his name became a full-time job.” Now we leave DJT, who many regard as The Wizard of Oz and view the tin woman (a.k.a. nasty woman) who had no feelings like a robot. She represented four more years of Obama but without personality. My one-minute snippet depicting Hillary comes from the 1-hour, 54-minute 1949 movie classic dealing with Ayn Rand’s book, The Fountainhead. Hillary is played by the ruthless Ellsworth [Toohey] who is asked: “What are you after?” Ellsworth replies: “Power! And I don’t mean whips, guns, money. You can’t turn men into slaves unless you break their spirit, kill their capacity to think and act on their own. Tie them together, teach them to conform, to unite, and to agree to obey. That makes one neck ready for one leash. You heard me preaching that for years – but you didn’t have the wits to know what you were hearing. Why did I denounce greatness and praise mediocrities like you? Because great men cannot be ruled! Why did I preach self-sacrifice? If you kill a man’s sense of personal value, he’ll submit!” (Note: Carl Jung, the mystic, proclaimed the payoff for self-sacrifice is to feel like a saint-martyr – to feel morally superior!) Ergo, if you voted for Hillary, it means you support open borders and making everybody the “same.” Most likely, you are represented in The Wizard of Oz as the scarecrow, very much in need of a brain. (The yin collective.) The Trump voters are, of course, the yang. In my humble opinion, the lust for power and control rules both Donald and Hillary equally. Shakespeare would proclaim: “A pox on both their houses!” Namaste, Leslie Nelson Montecito
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ENTERTAINMENT (Continued from page 26) for his “balance of pyrotechnics and lyricism.” Wang, newly named Musical America’s Artist of the Year, and Kavakos, winner of the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize, have released a recording of Brahms violin sonatas together. None of those pieces are on this program, but it’s a meaty selection: Janáceks’ Sonata, JW 7/7; Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major, D. 934; Debussy’s Sonata in G Major, L. 140; and Bartók’s Sonata No. 1 in C-sharp Minor, Sz. 75. Call 893-3535 or 8992222, or visit www.ArtsAndLectures. UCSB.edu or www.granadasb.org.
Heiichiro Ohyama, the 34-year veteran music director and conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, will be the featured violist in a special Valentine’s Day performance of Robert Schumann’s famed Dichterliebe (“A Poet’s Love”) at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Fleischmann Auditorium Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Schumann’s song cycle, often cited as the most popular in Western art music, will be arranged for viola and piano, the latter played by guest artist Yi Dong while Simon Williams, chair of UCSB theater department, serves as narrator. The program also includes Mendelssohn’s
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A lonely mountain lion’s loss of love wouldn’t seem to be fodder for a compelling documentary. The documentary feature The Cat that Changed America is about P22, the most famous mountain lion in the world, who lives in Griffith Park right in the heart of Los Angeles. Although he was born in the Santa Monica Mountains, he crossed two of the busiest freeways in America, the 405 and the 101, before settling in the park, and is now trapped with little chance of ever finding a mate. The doc explores his plight and the development of a wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon in Los Angeles, which will aid P22 and many other species. Wildlife conservationist Beth Pratt, one of the main characters in the film, walked the red carpet last week with director Tony Lee, while she was sporting a life-size cardboard cutout of P22, not to mention a tattoo of the animal on her arm. Q. Why should we spend 50 million on a freeway crossing rather than, say, feeding children? Pratt: We have to do all those things. But this is about reconnecting the ecosystem. If we lose the top predator, what else might happen? It affects our health and well-being as well. The 101 is a wall for wildlife but also people. When this crossing goes in, you’ll be able to hike from the Simi Hills to Malibu without touching pavement. That’s pretty cool. You have a pretty close relationship with the cardboard P22. What about the real one? Pratt: I’ve only been within 100 feet but have never actually seen him. Why did you want to make this film? Tony Lee: I’m very concerned in this moment in time that we are disconnected from nature. We’re ignoring the warnings, even though the alarm bells are ringing. But it’s a feel-good story. There can be happy ending if we get this built by 2021. How did you balance advocacy vs. storytelling? Tony: It goes hand in hand. I think I made an entertaining story, an important one, but a fun one with great characters that appeals to the whole family. It can be a starting point for discussions. (The Cat That Changed America has its world premiere Thursday, February 9,
at 8:30 pm, with an additional screening on Saturday at 5:30 pm, both at the Metro Theaters.)
Santa Barbara features have been far more up to snuff this year, at least the ones we’ve seen so far. There’s one more screening of Seraphonium Live!, the live film directed The Last Waltz-style by Byl Carruthers, the rock musician, producer, and filmmaker making his feature-length doc debut documenting Monte (son of Peanuts creator Charles) Schulz’s massively ambitious album that turned into a even bigger concert production last year at the Marjorie Luke Theater. More than 40 Santa Barbara and Los Angeles-based musicians back up Schulz over songs that span a wide variety of genres, performing with far more verve and professionalism you’d normally see in a “local” show. Seraphonium Live! gets the final screening slot at SBIFF, showing at 9 pm Saturday at the Metro. Elsewhere in the local department, Shaw Leonard’s Gaviota: The End of Southern California, a nearly hour-long effort that documents the remaining 20 miles of wild coastline, screens following three short films with similar local interest, topped by Trevor Lestak’s Losing Ground, which takes a look at ranch owners on the Gaviota Coast fighting to protect their land and way of life; Andrew Han’s Coastal Gardian, examining the controversy over the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary; and SBIFF veteran Michael Love’s Devereux Slough, about the wildlife sanctuary near UCSB. Screenings are 5:20 pm Thursday at the Metro, and 7 pm Saturday at the Lobero. For Academy Award completion lovers, SBIFF is offering screenings of all the nominated films in the shorts categories, consecutively beginning at 1 pm on Friday afternoon. The 2 hour, 34 minute Documentary Shorts are followed by the much shorter (62 minutes)
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Animation Shorts at 5 pm, and the Live-Action Shorts, which clock in at just over two hours, at 8 pm. The good news is the screenings aren’t up against a celebrity tribute, with the “International Gala” screening of Heal the Living at 7 pm at the Lobero the only special event. Other decorated movies making their SBIFF debut in this second week include the Italian-French documentary Fire at Sea, an Oscar nominee for foreign movie that was also the first doc to win the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival (2 pm Friday, Lobero); fellow Academy Award hopeful Tanna, an Aussie film set on a remote Pacific island and starring local actors (4:30 pm Friday at Lobero; 8:30 am Saturday at Metro); the Scandinavian film The Commune, which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin festival (11 am Friday and 4:30 pm Saturday, both at the Lobero); Georgia’s House of Others, which claimed prizes at two Eastern European film fests; Spain’s The Shepherd, which blends a psychological thriller with a rural Western (11 am Thursday & 3 pm Friday, Metro); U.S. premieres with initial SBIFF screenings still to come include Costa Rica’s About Us (6 pm Thursday, 8 pm Friday, both at the Metro); Australia’s The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe, a timely piece about former refugees in Syria who heal by performing theater about their lives (1 pm Friday at the Fiesta; 5 pm Saturday at Metro); Israel’s BenGurion, Epilogue, a documentary that uses newly found footage of a 1968 interview with the former prime minister (7 pm Thursday, Fiesta; 11 am Friday, Metro); Italy’s Piuma, about a teenage couple facing an unexpected pregnancy (3 pm Thursday & 11:40 am Friday, both at Metro, and 7:20 pm Saturday at Fiesta); I was also quite taken by a screener of The Vervet Forest, a doc directed by Kyle Salazar that tells the story of five orphaned baby monkeys in South Africa and the struggle to save their home – they’re strangely adorable (1:20 pm Friday at Fiesta; 11 am Saturday at Metro). •MJ 9 – 16 February 2017
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Time, Newsweek, Stern, and Paris Match. “To come back as a filmmaker to Santa Barbara 28 years after I first started my graduate career at UCSB is quite an honor,” says Bergman, whose work is exhibited at LACMA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris. “My work captures images and ideas, proving aging is something to cherish, not dread. Retirement doesn’t mean you retire from life.”
The Gift of Gasp With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, Montecito’s newest resident Gwyneth Paltrow has released her Goop gift guide for the occasion, and once again it’s filled with exorbitantly priced presents. While the 44-year-old Oscar winner’s recommendations are meant to pamper and spoil, though, some are quite clearly the kinds of gifts one buys for the man or woman who already has everything. How else does one explain the need for a $260 designer flashlight, $165 playing cards, a $375 harmonica, or a $507 gold-plated “boobies” necklace? Last year, the actress offered up a sex toy shopping guide packed with pricey vibrators and gadgets, and she recently extolled the virtues of yoni eggs for strengthening intimate muscles not normally on display. “When it comes to romancing your sweetie, it never hurts to heat things up,” writes Gwynnie. “Whether it’s little bit of foreplay (lace bunny ears, love potion) or a lot (linen bondage rope, a blindfold, a feather tickler) – we’ve got something for every, ahem, taste level.” The actress is currently dating Brad Falchuk, 45, director and producer, who worked on Glee. She “consciously uncoupled” with her ex, rocker Chris Martin of Coldplay, in 2014. In the Books Antiques expert Elizabeth Stewart drew quite a crowd to Tecolote, the bibliophile bastion in the upper village, when she launched her first book, The Savvy Appraiser: Collect, Value, Divest. The 184-page colorfully photographed book reflects her three decade career, starting with fan auction sales in Illinois before trading arts and antiques in San Francisco, and finally, before moving to our tony town 10 years ago, selling the contents of large estates from a warehouse in San Diego. “The book took two months to write,” says Elizabeth, who pens a column for the News-Press. “But it took 18 months to put together, given all the copyright permissions I had to obtain.” 9 – 16 February 2017
Santa Barbara Polo Club stages major horse show
Antiques appraiser Elizabeth Stewart launches her debut book at Tecolote (photo by John Flandrick)
She now has an idea for a fiction work, involving connoisseurs, collectors, and fetishists. The mind boggles. Oh, Maya John and Martha Gabbert, owners if the furniture chain, Room and Board, opened the doors of their magnificent Toro Canyon aerie when UCSB Arts & Lectures held a VIP reception for former Yale graduate Maya Lin, who leapt to world fame when she won the commission at the age of just 21 to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Lin, 57, was chosen from 1,441 submissions to do the 1982 granite V-shaped edifice, which is etched with 57,661 names of fallen soldiers from the conflict, with the ends pointing toward the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. She went on to design the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1989 and the Wave Field at the University of Michigan in 1995, and in 2003 served on the selection jury for the World Trade Center site memorial in New York. Lin, who later spoke at Campbell Hall, won the Presidential Medal of Freedom and received honorary degrees from Yale, Hawaii, Williams, and Smith colleges. “The minute we can imagine it, we can achieve it,” she told guests, including Monica Babich, Bruce Heavin, Barry and Susan Spector, and Brian and Joanne Rapp. Tall in the Saddle There will be more horses than ever at the polo club when the first Santa Barbara Horse Show, featuring 400 equines, takes place at the impeccably manicured Carpinteria facility between February 22 and March 5. The club, where Prince William showed off his polo skills during the
centennial year, is partnering with West Palms Event Management for two major contests, the Surfside and Sunshine classics. Admission is free with a parking fee of $20 per car for the Grand Prix events on February 26 and March 4, with the best horses and riders vying for a $35,000 prize. Long may they rein. That’s Entertainment The Santa Barbara International Film Festival fête for multi-Oscar-nominated La La Land stars, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, at the Arlington, just a tiara’s toss from the Granada, made quite an impact on the UCSB Arts &
Lectures Ballet BC show. It seems parking space was at a premium given the crowds attending both sold-out events, and the start of the Canadian dance troupe show, under artistic director Emily Molnar, was delayed for 15 minutes as the many latecomers rushed into the venerable venue for the company’s debut performance. They were not disappointed as the 14 talented performers, displaying choreography from Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal, and Molnar, put on a dazzling three-act show, punctuated with 15 minute intervals – 16 + a room, Solo Echo and Bill.
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It was entirely different entertainment just 72 hours earlier when frequent visitor, violinist Joshua Bell, accompanied by English pianist Sam Haywood, was at the top of his form playing works by Beethoven, Brahms, Kernis, Ysaye, Rachmaninoff, and Sarasate. Bell, playing a 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin, now does double duty as director of the English chamber orchestra, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, after the death of founder Sir Neville Marriner. Afterward, the Grammy Awardwinner was feted at a reception
Ballet BC dazzles (photo by Michael Slobodian)
in the Miller McCune Founders Room by his many fans, including Leslie Ridley-Tree, Dan and Meg Burnham, Maurice Singer, Hiroko Benko, Nancy Bell Coe, and Celeste Billeci. Electric Company As the Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicked off across the road at the Arlington, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) hosted a “friendraiser” for 100 guests at the Greek eatery Petros, with its three-minute film Imagine A World Without Hate being shown before the main feature,
Roger Durling, executive director, SBIFF receiving his candle and Cindi Silverman, ADL executive director passing the candlelights for the ADL No Place for Hate vigil march to the SBIFF opening night gala (photo by Priscilla)
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David Edelman, Judy Foreman, Ronald and Andrea Gallo, Allan Ghitterman, and Steve and Diane Zipperstein. AAPLE of Her Eye San Marcos High’s Layla Landeros, a member of AAPLE – the Accelerated Academy Program for Leadership and Enrichment – was in the spotlight when she led the school’s Royal Gems cheerleading team, consisting of students with and without disabilities, in its debut at a varsity girls basketball game. “Layla has set an example for us all, 9 – 16 February 2017
ing families who cannot afford memberships. Australian board member Matt Rowe, who has participated in seven annual campaigns, will be chairman for the fourth time. “There is a huge amount of effort that goes into making the goal a reality,” says Rowe, a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley. “The monies collected allows us to make good on our promise to be an inclusive and responsible force for positive change in our community.” The Santa Barbara branch has 12,000 members. Sightings: Oscar winner Michael Keaton noshing at Tre Lune...Former
Desperate Housewives actor Jesse Metcalfe parking his Mercedes SUV and sashaying up State Street...Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, disguised in a black wig and big sunglasses, strolling near her new Montecito manse Pip! Pip! Readers with tips, sightings and amusing items for Richard’s column should email him at richardmin email@example.com or send invitations or other correspondence to the Journal. To reach Priscilla, email her at pris firstname.lastname@example.org or call 969-3301. •MJ
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ncouraging seabirds to recolonize regions of the Channel Islands National Park requires more than just erecting artificial nests hoping they’ll return. They also need native island flora and the sweet serenade from their own species resonating above sheer, volcanic cliffs. Since 2008, the NPS (National Park Service) has been aggressively restoring lost habitat for seafaring birds such as nocturnal ashy storm petrels and seafaring Cassin’s auklets on Santa Barbara Island, and on large rock outcroppings such as Orizaba Rock, but especially on Scorpion Rock near the southeast end of Santa Cruz Island. The project has been funded by the Montrose Restoration Program. Montrose Chemical Corporation dumped millions of tons of DDT in the Southern California Bight near Catalina Island from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. The results were devastating for the pelagic food web. In March 2001, following 25 years of litigation, Montrose was court ordered to pay $140 million in restitution with $40 million going toward restoring natural resources such as seabird colonies on the Channel Islands National Park. Twelve species of seabirds nest on the archipelago. Besides Cassin’s
auklets and ashy storm petrels, the other 10 species include double-crested, pelagic, and Brandt’s cormorants, pigeon guillemots, Scripps’s murrelets, California brown pelicans, western gulls, black oystercatchers, and two more types of petrels, black and leach. Eight of those species utilize Scorpion Rock, which is nearing the end of a major facelift botanically speaking. At one time or another, all five islands in the national park experienced ranching, mainly between the 1830s and the late 1980s. When non-native animals are brought to islands, non-native plants also come along. In this case, perpetual northwest winds blew seed onto Scorpion Rock. The result was invasive crystalline ice plant, cheesehead, and goosefoot colonizing the offshore rock. However, after years of stripping Scorpion Rock of the non-native flora restoration, ecologist Dave Mazurkiewicz is winning the battle against the invasives on the wave-battered rock outcropping cloaked in thick seabird guano. Along with a slew of volunteers, they’ve removed about eight tons of the non-native plants from the volcanic crag and at the same time planted 18 species of native island flora. “The ice plant crystallizes and salt
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drips on the ground not allowing native plants to germinate,” explained Mazurkiewicz of the Montrose Restoration Program. “The ice plant physically blocks access for Cassin’s auklets, the only seabird on the islands that burrows into the ground to nest.” Currently, about 35 breeding pairs of auklets nest inside artificial and natural burrows, while Mazurkiewicz and volunteers landscape Scorpion Rock with coreopsis, sea blithe, alkali heath, California saltbush, prickly pear, Santa Cruz Island buckwheat, and other native plants. They keep a small nursery of native island flora on Santa Cruz Island, paddle them by kayak out to Scorpion Rock, and then plant them. The laborious effort is paying off though, and Mazurkiewicz sees a light at the end of the tunnel. “It’s simply staying on top of the new plantings and monitoring nest sites,” continued Mazurkiewicz “It’s always ongoing out here on the island.” The biggest challenge facing the restoration process has been water. It has been seven years between significantly wet winters, with 2010 being the last notable rainfall. That was until this winter of 2016/17. The island has already received more than 10 inches of rain, good news for island flora gaining a foothold on Scorpion Rock.
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To compensate for a lack of rain, the National Park Service has transported by boat up to 1,200 gallons of water per year when rain totals have been lean. They fill drums of water on Scorpion Rock and water the new plantings. “We need one more big push next year,” he said. “You can’t just throw plants in the ground. Ideally, it’s 10 years. Five years on the ground effort, then going into maintenance mode.” On Scorpion Rock, Orizaba Rock 7 miles west, and Santa Barbara Island 40 miles to the south, social stimulation has encouraged the return of Cassin’s auklets and ashy storm petrels. To enhance colonization, biologists have used solar panels to power up MP3 Players to broadcast the weak, croaking songs of the Cassin’s auklet that becomes a mighty chorus on windy, foggy nights. The audio broadcasts of the ashy storm petrels rising and falling purring vocals attract petrels to potential nest sites on Orizaba Rock and the windswept cliffs on Santa Barbara Island. “There’s been an increase in the number of nests,” said Laurie Harvey, a former seabird biologist for the Montrose Restoration Program. “Seabirds need habitat and no outside disturbances, but they also need social stimulation.” •MJ 9 – 16 February 2017
1960s choreographer Simone Forti with UCSB Theater and Dance students post-performance of her “Huddle” piece at the Art, Design, & Architecture Museum UCSB
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The Embodiment of Radical Art Opens at UCSB Seated on the floor with her head in hands, 84-year-old choreographer Simone Forti watches UCSB Dance students perform her 1960 “Slant Piece” with [from left, against video wall] Ninotchka D. Bennahum and Christopher Pilafian UCSB Theater and Dance, and Chancellor Yang and wife Dillon
adical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti & Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 – 1972 is the current exhibit at Art, Design, & Architecture Museum UCSB [AD&A Museum]. It is a grouping of photographs, video projections, original scores and drawings by Halprin, Forti and Rainer, and additional works they inspired by artists Imogen Cunningham, George Brecht, and Robert Rauschenberg. The exhibit is co-curated by Ninotchka D. Bennahum, professor of Theater and Dance UCSB, and Bruce Robertson, professor of art history and director of the AD&A Museum. The showcase brought Anna, Simone, and Yvonne together for the first time since 1970. I attended the opening reception on January 27 and met at length with Simone, Robertson, and Bennahum. We talked about the relevancy of the works in 1960 and the impact of their current resurrection: Q: Bruce, how did the exhibit come about? Bruce: We wanted to do an exhibition about strong women in dance and the public arts in the 1960s; we spent two years to get that big concept down to a focus we could handle, then two more years to focus on these artists in California in 1960 and another year to put it together. We wanted to bring these three women together for the first time in 50 years and were on a deadline, as Anna is 96. Simone: It’s a real reunion, it feels very good, and we love each other. I was happy to see them and hear what they had to say. There is a lot of respect and recognition among us. Does it feel like 1960? Simone: No! [laughing] Since you created the work in 1960, looking at it now 57 years later, has the voice of the work changed? 9 – 16 February 2017
Simone: I feel a change now; the work seems to interest the generation of young people in their 20s, they get a lot out of it and the physicality of performing it, so it makes me very happy that the pieces seem to still be relevant. Back in those days, we were starting something new – that dance did not need to be on a stage, that dance can be both sculpture and dance. It still has a lot to offer this new generation. Bruce: What I think is clear is that [20 year olds] are intensely conscious they are participating in something both historical and contemporary. Tell us about the Yoko Ono connection... Simone: Yoko was very generous with her NYC loft. It was an industrial space that was swept clean, and she let people rehearse and perform in it. We were part of a group of friends, and our pieces were first performed in her space in a series that composer La Monte Thornton Young curated in the spring of 1961. She lent us the space and was present there for the event. I am happy the works are going back to NYC at the Lincoln Center Library after the UCSB exhibit. Nino: Simone was the connecting link between these people, and dance improvisation would have not happened in NYC without her.
Friends and artists since 1960, Anna Halprin and Simone Forti speak at their exhibit opening Radical Bodies
projection of Yvonne’s Trio A -– The Mind Is A Muscle, Part I  in the background. Forti’s watchful eye taking it in. More than 300 people attended the opening. Guests included UCSB Chancellor Yang and his wife, Dilling, and UCSB executive vice chancellor David Marshall. The exhibition and events were funded by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the Ceil and Michael Pulitzer Foundation, Metabolic Studio, Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Victoria Hendler, Eva and Yoel Haller. In August 1960, the choreographer
Anna Halprin taught an experimental workshop attended by Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer on her outside deck in Mt. Tamalpais, California. In the next two years, Forti’s dance constructions premiered in Yoko Ono’s loft, and Rainer cofounded the Judson Dance Theater. Halprin, Forti, and Rainer opened the way to a radicalized vision for dance, music and the visual arts that continues to influence choreographers and artists around the world. •MJ 411: Through April 30, www.muse um.ucsb.edu
Bruce, when you named the exhibit Radical Bodies, are you speaking of the embodiment of a radical phase in art at this time? Bruce: Yes, and having radicality expressed in bodies [dance] is a such powerful and liberating vision for any artist. In closing, Simone said adamantly, “I would promote all artists, not just women or just men.” UCSB Theater and Dance students from professor Brooke Smiley’s class recreated Forti’s “Huddle” and “Slant Board” choreographies with a video All you need is love, but a little chocolate doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz
LETTERS (Continued from page 30)
Four Water Questions
Recent Montecito Journal coverage of the water shortage have described the lack of any need for a plan, given that all the other water boards have the same problem as Montecito in spite of having developed long-range plans, and that the two-year supply of water purchased by Montecito is not available and maybe lost if there’s too much rain. However, they have raised a number of issues that should be answered: 1) How many months’ supply is available to meet Montecito’s needs, given current storage in reservoirs and limitations on water pipe capacity? 2) How much rainfall is required to replenish the reservoirs traditionally used by the Montecito water board? 3) Why are the board members developing a plan? Shouldn’t that be the responsibility of management, with the board members acting as an objective check and balance on the soundness of the plan? Thus retaining their objectivity and ensuring that the management is committed to and has thought through the execution of the plan. 4) Why are there so many independent water entities within Santa Barbara County drawing on common sources of underground water, reservoirs, and the ocean? This multiplicity of organizations makes it difficult to develop and execute an effective and economic solution to Santa Barbara and its water problems. Hoping for answers. Roger Morrison Montecito (Editor’s note: Associate editor Bob Hazard will respond with answers to your four questions in an upcoming On The Water Front column. Look for it! – J.B.)
At the most recent Caltrans public outreach meeting this past December, I asked a simple question: Was driverless car technology factored into the projections on which the South Coast 101 Widening Project has been based? The simple answer, not surprisingly, was… No. I say “not surprisingly” because the sudden emergence of this new technology and its imminent presence on our streets and in our lives could not have been foreseen when the groundwork for this project was laid. To his credit, Scott Eades, the corridor manager and spokesperson, referred to their use of computer models used in forecasting divergent traffic patterns – that is, the alternative routes most likely taken by drivers during freeway backups. But no substantive investigation was made
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into the impact of a computer-navigated driverless future. A future most likely to be the dominant mode of freeway travel well within the window of their projections – that is, between now and 2040. After leaving the meeting, the question persisted. How might the project as proposed be at odds with this new driverless environment? And more specifically, how will this impact our community? This line of inquiry leads me to consider the validity of their assessment of two intersections that will require extensive and costly construction, most of which may not be necessary or advantageous. I’m referring to the Hot Springs/Cabrillo and the Sheffield intersections. Both sites currently employ left-hand on and off ramps… or at least they did. The Cabrillo onramp to 101 South has been closed for several years – a move taken without due diligence and with disastrous effect, creating chronic backups through the surrounding neighborhood every weekday at rush hour. This, we were assured by Caltrans at the time, was not supposed to happen. The point here being that we need to be vigilant and do our homework. Alternatively, both of these freeway intersections could be modestly reconfigured to accommodate the widening while retaining the lefthand on and off ramps. To eliminate these features, construction durations and costs will spiral exponentially, adding financial burden and years of inconvenience. And why is this necessary? The Caltrans HOV lane mandate demands that all lefthand access and egress be eliminated. Why? Because it is perceived as dangerous and interrupts the flow of expedited HOV traffic. Okay, let’s assume that’s true, however practical data in our area suggests otherwise. But dangerous why? Because drivers aren’t accustomed to entering and exiting a freeway on the left, and because many of them may be otherwise busy steering with their knees while texting or checking for food in their teeth. Fair enough, that’s unsafe. But what if we eliminate driver error… let’s say by letting a computer drive the car? Suddenly, the prospect of entering or exiting on the left won’t come as a surprise since the architecture of the freeway is already embedded in the navigational system and computers aren’t obsessive about their teeth. Now let’s take it one step further: With a computer taking over, wouldn’t it make more sense to stagger access and egress along both sides of a freeway? You can space traffic more efficiently without having to force every car to the right just to get it on and off. A good herder wouldn’t drive cattle in and
out of a river on only one side – it’s impractical. First, you’d have to get them across the river by some other means, let’s say by building bridges or overpasses, thus creating points of congestion and adding unnecessary infrastructure and expense. Spoiler alert: I’m not a traffic engineer or a cattleman; just trying to think ahead. What I’m asking is, is Caltrans doing the same? So, what of the HOV component? How does it factor into all this? There’s much to be said for incentivizing ride sharing. Fewer cars, less traffic. But that incentive doesn’t have to be sacrificed by keeping lefthand lanes. Every car built today has sensors in the two front seats integral to the air-bag system. Plug that information into the computer and it knows which cars are eligible for the HOV lanes. It’s a simple software tweak. If you qualify with two or more in your car, the computer gives you priority and puts you in the fast lane. Since it’s also governing incoming and outgoing traffic, efficiency is maximized with no risk. In fact, everything about driverless tech should benefit and expedite the HOV concept. All the uncertainty and hesitation we now experience as to how to get in and out of the lanes and during which hours it’s enforced
will be eliminated. To be clear, the concepts of left-hand entry/exit and HOV are not mutually exclusive; quite the opposite. So let’s get back to my initial question asked on that rainy night in December. Was driverless technology a fundamental consideration in the design of the 101 Widening Project? And if not, shouldn’t it be? Remember, this project was planned more than a decade ago. Now, driverless tech is suddenly, almost unexpectedly upon us. And we’re not talking about a modest technological advance; this is a sea change that will affect us all and forever alter the way we design and use our freeways. How will the navigational landscape change, and what other issues should be considered? If we’re to adhere to the HOV mandates and are forced to abide the extra costs and inconveniences, shouldn’t we at least be confident that they get it right rather than face a 2040 when our kids and grandkids have to bear additional expense for our shortsightedness? People make mistakes… even Caltrans. Let’s ask the questions while we still can, in hopes of avoiding irrevocable missteps. Randall Badat Montecito •MJ
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certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Connie Tran. FBN No. 2017-0000301. Published February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2017.
NOTICE INVITING BIDS The City of Santa Barbara is selling surplus property per Municipal Code Chapter 4.28.020-030 at 20 West Mason Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The public is invited to bid on this property.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Cake Santa Barbara, 27 W. Anapamu Street #101-383, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Daven Allison, 712 Chelham Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; Jill Padilla Vaccaro, 706 Chelham Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; Kimberley Marie Zuffelato, 418 Montgomery Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on January 9, 2017. 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. 2017-0000072. Published February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2017.
The opening of bids will be held on February 28th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Public Works Conference Room at 630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Offers must be non-contingent, “as is”, close escrow 30 days after approval, and are subject to over bid only after a qualified sealed minimum bid has been received. A minimum bid price has been set at $2,400,000. A deposit of 3% of the purchase price and proof of financing or funds necessary to close escrow within thirty days must be provided at time of bid. Call Goodwin & Thyne Properties for more information or to get a bid package (805) 899-1100. Published February 8-14, February 15-21, 2017 Montecito Journal
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Studio B, 108 W. Mission Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Brianna Olcese, 6540 Gobernador Canyon Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on January 19, 2017. 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 Noe Solis. FBN No. 2017-0000188. Published February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017.
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA NOTICE TO BIDDERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that bids will be received and posted electronically on PlanetBids for: BID NO. 5510 DUE DATE & TIME: March 2, 2017 UNTIL 3:00P.M. Repower of Harbor Patrol Boat #2 Scope of Work to re-power the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol Boat #2 with twin Volvo Penta D6-370 or approved equal diesel drive packages. The vessel is currently powered by a pair of Volvo Penta D6-350 diesel drive packages.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 1 Central Coast Transportation, 3888 Via Lato, Lompoc, CA 93436. Danny Leopold, 3888 Via Lato, Lompoc, CA 93436. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on January 19, 2017. 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 Marlene Ashcorn. FBN No. 2017-0000198. Published February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017.
An OPTIONAL pre-bid meeting will be held on February 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at Harbor Patrol Accommodation Dock, located in front of the Harbor Patrol Office at 132 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA, to discuss the specifications and field conditions. Contractor is responsible for any conditions that would have been discovered if they had attended the pre-bid meeting. The City of Santa Barbara is now conducting bid and proposal solicitations online through the PlanetBids System™. Vendors can register for the commodities that they are interested in bidding on using NIGP commodity codes at http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/business/bids/purchasi ng.asp. The initial bidders’ list for all solicitations will be developed from registered vendors. Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the City of Santa Barbara and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained electronically via PlanetBids.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: I Am Organic, 2537 Treasure Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Idolina Guinto, 2537 Treasure Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on January 4, 2017. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Connie Tran. FBN No. 2017-0000032. Published January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 2017.
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.
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Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Miramar Montecito Holdings Inc, 1323 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on January 30, 2017. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby
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www.metrotheatres.com Augustine Specialty Coatings, 125 N. Nopal Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Daniel Krouzian, 55 McDonald Place #201, Santa Barbara, CA 93117. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on December 28, 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 Connie Tran. FBN No. 2016-0003500. Published January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 2017.
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was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on December 28, 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. 2016-0003506. Published January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Home Santa Barbara, 14 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Lisa Knutson, 9445 Asuncion Road, Atascadero, CA 93422. Lisa Rodgers, 10300 Santa Lucia Road, Atascadero, CA 93422. Lynsey Trueman, 6843 Buttonwood Lane, Goleta, CA 93117. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on December 27, 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 Christine Potter. FBN No. 2016-0003492. Published January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Sal’s and Brothers Landscapes, PO Box 1267, Summerland, CA 93067. Joel De La Mora, 4798 Andrita St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93110. Sal De La Mora, 3730 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement
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was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on January 10, 2017. 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 Christine Potter. FBN No. 20170000096. Published January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 2017. Amended ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV05073. To all interested parties: Petitioner Hope Alexandria Schap filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Vi Alexandria Schap. 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 January 19, 2017 by Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk. Hearing date: March 15, 2017 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
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SEEN (Continued from page 15) Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History director of marketing Sherri Frazer and events manager Meredith Moore at the unveiling of the new name for the Wine + Food Festival
Co-chairs Miny Willmon and Kristan O’Donnell on either side of hostess Carol Wathen for the Catholic Charities tea
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SBMNH director of development Caroline Grange, sponsor Guy DeMangeon the berry man, Ca’Del Grevino estate director Kristin Vemo, museum CEO/president Luke Swetland, chef Michael Hutchings, and meteorologist Meredith Garafulo representing KKFX sponsor at the brand unveiling
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30th Wine Festival Catholic Charities director of development Hannah Miller with the reverend Lawrence Seyer at the tea
Kristan O’Donnell. Any interested lady was invited to learn more about the services provided by Catholic Charities or to make suggestions how to reach more people. After imbibing in tea, finger sandwiches, and sweets, we sat in the living room and listened to the director of development Hannah Miller explain Catholic Charities mission. My husband, Don, has been dropping off our used stuff at the “blue wall” at 609 E. Haley Street for years. I had no idea there were offices, meeting rooms, a food bank and, of course, the thrift shop. They provide food, clothing, rental and utility assistance, counseling services, and a weekly nurse consultation service. They operate food distribution sites throughout Santa Barbara County. One-hundred percent of local funds raised in Santa Barbara County go directly to their mission of addressing hunger and homelessness. More than 120 families remain in their homes through their rental and utility assistance each year. They served more than 20,000 people last year from Carpinteria to Guadalupe. The Santa Barbara Foodbank named Catholic Charities the top distributor of food 9 – 16 February 2017
Wine festival fans gathered at the Santa Barbara Wine Collective in the Funk Zone (by the Lark restaurant) to have a glass of wine and hear a surprise announcement from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH). The evening’s wine was donated from the award-winning Ca’ Del Grevino winery in Orcutt. SBMNH CEO/president Luke Swetland told us, “The museum’s wine festival is the oldest in the area, having begun 30 years ago when the Valley’s wines were in their pioneer days.” I remember those days having recently left the sherry area of Spain and wanting to continue those wine tours we loved. The wine festival is the museum’s biggest fundraiser. Events manager Meredith Moore and director of marketing Sherri Frazer pulled the drape off the easel and there was the surprise new name – Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival. Drum roll, please! There was a new logo and branding for a fresh feel. “My hope is that the name change will help to attract even more of Santa Barbara County’s incredible food vendors and highlight the ones that have been participating all these years,” said Moore. Her goal is to have 50 food vendors on the roster to accompany the 50 wineries, and they have a good start already.
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Griffin in the House – Ten albums over the course of 15 years has shown that then star high school athlete Griffin House knew what he was doing when he turned down a college sports scholarship to focus on music. Although sports still holds some sway over the singer-songwriter – his song “The Way I Was Made” from 2004’s Lost and Found was featured in ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame commercial – House also gives props to heroes of the past, including creating a theatrical tribute to Johnny Cash in “The Cash Legacy: A Musical Tribute to the Man in Black” and contributing a fine version of “Barricades of Heaven” to the Jackson Browne Tribute album Looking Into You. House’s latest, 2016’s So On and So Forth, is a collection of original tunes that might just be his best work, including “Paris Calling – Sweet Sensation”, a love song to the French city following the Paris terrorist attacks, and the anthemic “Easy Come, Easy Go”. House does one of those early sets at SOhO tonight, so you’ll have to deal with clattering forks and clinking glasses to hear him, but it’s worth it. WHEN: 6 pm WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $18 INFO: 962-7776 or www.sohosb.com
Johnny on the Spot – Less than a week before Valentine’s Day, Grammy Hall of Fame crooner Johnny Mathis brings his “The Voice of Romance Tour” to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom for an evening of romance in song. Over a career spanning more than six decades, Mathis has spun gold by focusing on the romantic side of jazz and pop standards, selling more than 350 million records worldwide all told, and earning a ton of gold and platinum records. It was way back in 1958 – just shy of half a century ago – that Mathis’s compilation album Johnny’s Greatest Hits began its residency on the Billboard Top Albums, eventually spending an unprecedented 490 consecutive weeks (nearly 10 years) on the chart. Mathis’s No. 1 hits include “Chances Are”, “Misty”, and “It’s Not For Me to Say” early in his career, and “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” a duet with Deniece Williams, in 1978, the latter prompting the singer to record multiple duets over the following years. Although he turned 81 last year, Mathis still croons with the best of ‘em and maintains his boyish charm. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 3400 East Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez COST: $75-$115 INFO: (800) CHUMASH (248-6274) or www.chumashcasino. com
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Viva Vilaro – Ballet Hispánico, America’s premier Latino dance organization for more than 45 years, winds up a week-long Santa Barbara residency with a weekend of performances under the auspices of ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! The company founded by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez and now led by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro continues to evolve by offering an eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape, fusing ballet, contemporary dance, and Latin essences and flavors. Its weekend repertoire consists of “Flabbergast”, where Latin lounge meets spontaneous combustion in this quirky yet joyful piece set to the music of Juan García Esquivel; “Linea Recta”, by Belgo-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, based on flamenco and performed to an original guitar composition by Eric Vaarzon Morel; Vilaro’s “Danzón”, a joyous portrayal of the traditional dance forms of Cuba set to classic music by Paquito Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie and others; and “Club Havana”, a re-imagined nightclub scene filled with the exhilarating sounds, colors, and ambiance of Havana in the 1950s, choreographed by Pedro Ruiz to music by Israel López, Ruben Gonzales, and others. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road, Goleta (tonight); Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota Street (Sunday) COST: free INFO: www.artsandlectures.sa.ucsb. edu/Community/
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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Odd Squad Live – This touring show based on the PBS Kids series follows the extraordinary adventures of two young government agents, Olive and Otto, who use problem-solving skills and teamwork to crack cases in their kids-run government agency. The live show is an interactive adventure, where the audience in invited to put on their science and math caps to help decode, decipher, and unravel the strange occurrences on the stage. Live and digital participation allow “junior agents” to help work out problems in real time in a performance that is designed to help kids ages five to eight build math and indirect reasoning skills with a formula that’s fun for the whole family. Part of UCSB Arts & Lectures Family Fun series. WHEN: 3 & 6 pm WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido St. COST: $29 adults, $17 children (12 & under) INFO: 9630761/www.lobero.com or 893-3535 or www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Love Never Fails – Such a blanket statement might be something of an overreach but with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, who can begrudge a little romanticism? Certainly not Jimmie Ray and Cyndi Cantrell, the husband-and-wife duo offering a “Valentine Tribute to the Life, Love and Legend of Johnny Cash & June Carter” under that title tonight at the Plaza Playhouse Theater. The 90-minute show is programmed to transport the audience back through time to experience what they might have seen, felt, and heard during an actual Johnny & June concert in days of yore. It’s a musical journey from Johnny’s days in the Arkansas cotton fields up through and including the last song he wrote and recorded. Opening the evening are local Carpinteria favorites The Rincons. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 4916 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria COST: $20 INFO: 684-6380 or www. plazatheatercarpinteria.com Vocals for Valentines – UCSB a cappella groups BFOM, InterVals, and VocalMotion combine forces to foment romance just three days before Cupid comes. The ensembles each have their own focus – VocalMotion is a 14-member all-ladies ensemble; BFOM [Brothas From Otha Mothas] is an all-male septet who have their own winter showcase concert at the Isla Vista Theater on Saturday, February 25; and the InterVals is the school’s newest co-ed a cappella group, one that favors singing genres from pop and classics to rock and jazz. So, there should be something for everyone who loves music – except instruments, of course. The
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Trekking with Takei – Who would have known from George Takei’s straight-laced Lt. Sulu, the helmsman of the Starship Enterprise on the original Star Trek TV series that the actor had both a fascinating backstory and a pioneering future? Takei’s Where No Story Has Gone Before traces his life from a childhood spent in a Japanese internment camp during WWII through his career as an actor on the show that was to become a cult favorite and film franchise to becoming one of the country’s leading proponents of LGBTQ rights. The deep-voiced Takei is now a social-media superstar with more than 13 million combined followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is also the subject of Takei’s Take, a new YouTube series where he explores the world of technology, trends, current events, and pop culture. His on-camera television credits include guest appearances on Lost Girl, Hawaii Five-0, Malcolm in the Middle, Scrubs, Miami Vice, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mission: Impossible, My Three Sons, The Big Bang Theory, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Will & Grace, while he’s also voiced characters in such films as Mulan, Batman Beyond: The Movie, Free Birds, plus The Simpsons, Spider-Man, and The Smurfs on TV. Most recently, he developed Allegiance – A New American Musical for Broadway with Tony Award winner Lea Salonga. The musical, an epic story of love, family, and heroism during the Japanese-American internment, will be screened in select cinemas on Sunday, February 19. Takei – who turns 80 in April – isn’t slowing down. Expect to hear some adjustments to his talk, which was originally slated for last fall, in the wake of the Trump administration. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. COST: $30-$45 INFO: 963-4408/www. thearlingtontheatre.com or 893-3535/www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Woe be Here – With Garrison Keillor having done his one-man thing at the Granada last month, less than half a year after departing his venerable A Prairie Home Companion radio show, equal time for the much less-cheery flip side known as Welcome to Night Vale is in the offing. The twicemonthly podcast done in the style of community updates for the fictional small desert town of Night Vale also features local weather, news, and announcements – here from the Sheriff’s Secret Police – plus
mysterious lights in the night sky, dark-hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Tonight’s live recording of Welcome To Night Vale stars Cecil Baldwin as Cecil Gershwin Palmer – the podcast’s host, main character, and narrator – with singer-songwriter Erin McKeown serving as The Weather and live music by Disparition, all performing Ghost Stories, their creepiest and most ambitious live show yet. Since it’s live, you won’t be able to “turn off your radio and hide.” WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: Lobero Theater, 33 East Canon Perdido St. COST: $31 INFO: 963-0761 or www.lobero.com •MJ
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M&M Music – Singer-songwriters Heather Maloney and Peter Mulvey not only share the same last initial and the boutique acoustic-oriented record label Signature Sounds, they’ll also share the stage at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez tonight, kicking off the 15th anniversary season of the Tales From the Tavern series. The Massachusetts-based Maloney enlisted Bill Reynolds (of Band of Horses and Avett Brothers fame) to produce her latest record, Making Me Break, which also featured members of Band of Horses, The Wallflowers, My Morning Jacket, and Darlingside as her backing band. The last song on the record, “Nightstand Drawer”, became Maloney’s first major TV song placement when it played on the CBS series Elementary. Mulvey, known to Santa Barbara locals from appearances at Sings Like Hell and elsewhere, blends folk with Americana styles such as Tin Pan Alley jazz and even narration to relay his endlessly intriguing tales. His latest, Silver Ladder, Mulvey’s first full-length album of original songs in five years, was produced by another popular visitor to the area, Chuck Prophet, toughening up his sound into something more muscular and punchy. The rest of the TFTT series: Cairo Gang/John Gorka (February 22), Birds of Chicago/Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson (March 1), David Francey/Catie Curtis (March 8), Caitlin Canty/Milton (March 29), Michael On Fire (April 5). WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: The Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez COST: $34.25 (sixconcert series $177) INFO: 688-0383 or www.talesfromthetavern.com
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STATE LICENSE No. 485353 MAXWELLL. HAILSTONE MAXWELL L. HAILSTONE 1482 East Valley Road, Suit 1482 East Valley Road, Suite 147147 Montecito, California 93108 Montecito, California 93108
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LUCKY’S steaks / chops / seafood... and brunch •
Morning Starters and Other First Courses •
with each entRée
With choice of Hash Browns, Fries, Mixed Green, Caesar Salad, Fruit Salad
Fresh Squeezed OJ or Grapefruit Juice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...................................... $ 6/8. Bowl of Chopped Fresh Fruit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................... 9. with Lime and Mint
Giant Shrimp Cocktail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 22. Chilled Crab Meat Cocktail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 22. Grilled Artichoke with Choice of Sauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 14. Burrata Mozzarella, Basil and Ripe Tomato . . . . . . .......................................... 19. Today’s Soup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......................................... 10.
Lucky Burger, 8 oz., All Natural Chuck ......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 20. Choice of Cheese, Homemade French Fried Potatoes, Soft Bun or Kaiser Roll
Grilled Chicken Breast Club on a Soft Bun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18. with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado
Sliced Filet Mignon Open Faced Sandwich, 6 oz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24. with Mushrooms, Homemade French Fried Potatoes
Hot Corned Beef .................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19. on a Kaiser Roll or Rye
Reuben Sandwich ................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20. with Corned Beef, Sauerkraut and Gruyere on Rye
French Onion Soup, Gratinée with Cheeses . . . . . . . .......................................... 12. Matzo Ball Soup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......................................... 12. Lucky Chili . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 15. with Cheddar and Onions
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Salads and Other Specialties •
Wedge of Iceberg ................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10. with Roquefort or Thousand Island Dressing
Caesar Salad .......................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.
Eggs and Other Breakfast Dishes •
with Grilled Chicken Breast .......................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Eggs Served with choice of Hash Browns, Fries, Sliced Tomatoes, Fruit Salad
Classic Eggs Benedict . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......................................
Seafood Louis ......................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29. $18.
with Julienne Ham and Hollandaise
Crab, Shrimp, Avocado, Egg, Romaine, Tomato, Cucumber
Charred Rare Tuna Nicoise Salad .......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27.
California Eggs Benedict . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......................................... 18. with Spinach, Tomato and Avocado
Lucky’s Salad ......................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17. with Romaine, Shrimp, Bacon, Green Beans and Roquefort
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 22. Smoked Salmon and Sautéed Onion Omelet . . . . . . .......................................... 19. with Sour Cream and Chives
Cobb Salad ............................................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19. Tossed with Roquefort Dressing
Chopped Salad ....................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.
Wild Mushroom and Gruyere Omelet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 19. Home Made Spanish Chorizo Omelet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 18. with Avocado
Small New York Steak 6 oz, and Two Eggs Any Style ................................ 25. Corned Beef Hash (made right here) and Two Poached Eggs ......................... 19.
with Arugula, Radicchio, Shrimp, Prosciutto, Cannellini Beans and Onions
Sliced Steak Salad ................................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24. with Arugula, Radicchio and Sautéed Onion
Jimmy the Greek Salad with Feta .......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14. Dos Pueblos Abalone (4pcs) ................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28.
Huevos Rancheros, Two Eggs Any Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 15. Tortillas, Melted Cheese, Avocado and Warm Salsa
Brioche French Toast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 14. with Fresh Berries and Maple Syrup
Waffle Platter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......................................... 14. with Fresh Berries, Whipped Cream, Maple Syrup
Smoked Scottish Salmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 20.
At Lucky’s everyday is Valentine’s day Come Celebrate Sunday Brunch with us!
Toasted Bialy or Bagel, Cream Cheese and Olives, Tomato & Cucumber
Mixed Vegetable Frittata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 17. with Gruyere
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