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SS Scribe – In the ’90s, Santa Barbara successfully invaded a decimated Russia. Woo Hoo! exclaims Jeff Wing. Beer Guy – Zach Rosen hits the road to Virginia for the annual Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference courtesy of Zephyr Adventures

The Capitalist – Jeff Harding uses Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged to contrast entrepreneurs who fuel capitalism with socialism and economic collapse

Fortnight – Chloe Howard and host of authors at Chaucer’s; TEDxSantaBarbara; Lit Moon plays; PCPA Theaterfest; and DANCEworks Man About Town – Mark Leisuré on the road with musician Rodriguez; Live Oak Music Festival; Rubicon Theatre Company; and next year’s SB film fest Creative Characters – Zach Rosen gets down to the ground with Laura Inks Bodine and Clay Bodie, who will camp with The Enclave and its vehicle Pyrobar What’s Hanging – Ted Mills makes note of SB Art Works, Veronica Lambert, Visual Artists, Tony Askew, photo club, pop art, Erik ReeL, showcase, and more

Business Beat – Jon Vreeland is back in the saddle, spotlighting Jedlicka’s Saddlery – which dates back to 1932 – and its current owner, Josiah Jenkins On Art – Margaret Landreau puts into focus photographer Philip Gerlach

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St. Babs and St. Petersburg. A Match Made in Berlin


n 9 November, 1989, East Berlin’s longtime Communist party boss Günter Schabowski is giving a press conference and stammers out a note he’s been handed. He is himself a bit confused by the note, but he reads it on the air anyway. This amiably botched public announcement by East Berlin’s Communist Party boss himself results in history turning a monstrous corner, Schabowski’s mild verbal stumble fomenting a massive misunderstanding whose effect is to bring tens of thousands of stunned East Berliners to the long-locked gates of the Berlin Wall. They’ve been told they may leave East Berlin, effective immediately. As the bellowing throngs materialize that evening, the bewildered and hugely outnumbered East German guards pluck at their feeble little telephones in panic, pleading for orders. Soon enough, orders became moot as the former prisoner-

citizens of communist East Germany break like a wave on the suddenly pathetic little wall, inertial freedom moving the immovable like a physical law. Over the next couple of weeks, the once-terrifying and impenetrable Berlin Wall is giddily taken apart with heavy machinery, hammers, bare hands, and teaspoons. Less than a year after that, Germany officially reunites, and the miserysowing and tragically mislabeled German Democratic Republic simply vanishes. Three years later, a defiant and slightly booze-swollen Boris Yeltsin stands heroically atop a tank in defense of Russian Democracy, and the U.S.S.R. dissolves into its constituent states. Decades-old Soviet institutions totter and fall, the shocked economy stumbles to a stop, shop shelves empty and the ...continued p.28

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s a writer, you tend to read. When you read another writer’s words, it gives you a sense of their style but it never fully expresses their personality. Meeting a writer in person is much different then reading his or her writing. Each year, the annual Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference (BBC), organized by Zephyr Adventures, allows for writing peers to not just come together and get to know one another, but also to

become friends and drinking buddies. The location changes each year, and this time it was being held in Loudoun County, Virginia. I have been going since the conference’s first year in 2010 and after missing the past three, I was ready to drink a beer with my old friends. The conference has grown to be 150 attendees and now offers optional pre- and post-conference excursions that take bloggers, writers, and beer media

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gurus around the region, giving them an extended look at some of the area’s highlights. This year’s conference offered two main pre-conference excursions in Baltimore and Delaware and one postconference event in Richmond. CRAB, GUINNESS, AND ART IN BALTIMORE I landed a few days early in Baltimore to make the most of the extensive art scene in the area. Not to be missed is The Walters Art Museum. This mesmerizing gallery offers free admission and features the collections of William Thompson Walters and his son, Henry. The Walters originally made their money in the liquor industry as Walters & Co. during the mid-19th century but later made their fortune with railroads. The museum features the family’s collection of astounding classical antiquities, including some rare and obscure Etruscan pieces, European visual and decorative arts and an adjacent building that focuses on relics and antiquities of Asia and the Americas. A 15-minute walk from the museum is Pratt Street Ale House, where I pondered the museum’s treasures while eating a Chicken Chesapeake Sandwich, a regional specialty of crab baked golden-brown atop a chicken

breast, and a pint of Summer Babe, a raspberry wheat beer with a subtle fruit quality and a refreshing wheat character that soothed the sandwich. While the art scene was wonderful, really I was there for the beer. The conference began with an excursion to the freshly opened Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House. This $90-million facility had only been open for a few days and is part brewery restaurant and part museum featuring key items from Guinness’s past. The brewery is located on only part of the main property which is owned by parent company, Diageo. The extended facility hosts some of their other operations, including the Captain Morgan barrel-aging facility. That evening featured a beer dinner hosted by Guinness staff including Baltimorenative and brewery ambassador Ryan Wagner, who eloquently explained the history of the building, Guinness, and the region. The kitchen was unfinished, but even still they were able to pull off pairings such as a Baja Chesapeake Crab Tostada with Guinness IPA or their Hoppy Pale Ale paired with a Crispy Sweet Jesus Oyster topped with Malt Braised Kale & Pork Belly. The following day, we were treated to a beer lunch and an extensive tour and talk with Ryan, senior brewer Sean Brennan, and past-BBC attendee and now marketing manager, Oliver Gray. The brewery will be focusing on the full spectrum of beer and not just the dry Irish stouts that are synonymous with their namesake. Among them was a wonderful Belgian-style Apricot Pale Ale that offered a delicate apple and honey malt flavor with a sparkle of carbonation and a light, perky apricot note in the back. ...continued p.23

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The Capitalist by Jeff Harding

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Atlas Shrugged Mugged


yn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged depicts a world where freedom and free markets are crushed by not-so-well-meaning politicians and bureaucrats. The story is a blueprint for the creation of a command economy where prices, wages, and production are dictated by bureaucratic apparatchiks. Like all regimes seeking autocratic power, the outcome, as she chillingly reveals, was cronyism, corruption, economic depression, and the rise of dictatorship. The lesson of the book is that prosperity is driven by entrepreneurs and capital. And, you need freedom and free markets to achieve it. This system is called free market capitalism. Rand’s plot twist: What would happen if all the entrepreneurs, the drivers of a dynamic economy, went on strike? She takes the ideals of socialism, where business is dictated by government mandate “for the benefit of workers and the people,” to its logical end. The strike accelerates the collapse of society and the strikers re-emerge to rebuild society. It was a story that Rand knew well, being a Russian émigré fleeing Bolshevik terror. Unfortunately, the book has become disturbingly prophetic. One of the scenes in Rand’s book is the story of Twentieth Century Motors, a leading automobile manufacturer until the company was reorganized to be under control of the workers and operated for their benefit. Among other things, worker pay was not based on individual productivity but on “fairness” to accommodate workers’ needs. That “noble” idea drove the company into bankruptcy and failure. While this is fiction, history is awash with real-world examples. Enter Senator Elizabeth Warren and her proposed Accountable Capitalism Act. It is straight out of Atlas Shrugged. She proposes to regulate corporations with gross revenues of $1 billion or more, requiring them to obtain a federal corporate charter as a “United States corporation.” They would be regulated by a bureaucracy established under the Act. These corporations must be operated to “create a general public benefit” and

must consider how its profit-making activities affect not only their shareholders, but their employees, suppliers, “community and societal factors,” and the local and global environment. At least 40% of its board of directors must be elected by its workers. If they wish to support a political candidate, they must have approval of 75% of the board. This is a proposed takeover of corporations by the government. It’s

Senator Warren has a fantasy of a corporate Golden Age where businesses were run not just for profit (a word always used in the pejorative by Progressives), but for the benefit of their workers and their communities, and where income was distributed more fairly and not to just to line the pockets of their greedy executives and shareholders. That utopia never existed. Companies then and now operate to make a profit. The effect of profit then and now is that workers have good-paying jobs and companies’ successes, payrolls, and taxes benefit their communities. We all benefit, just not in the ways Senator Warren wants. There is another arc to the Atlas Shrugged plot that is about the cronyism and corruption surrounding the regime. In order to

requested by seven companies. American companies making more expensive products have vigorously opposed exemption requests to keep out cheaper foreign competition. For example, Bekaert, a manufacturer of steel wire, applied for an exemption. According to the New York Times, “Nucor, an American steel company that has supported the tariffs, argued against Bekaert’s request for an exclusion for wire rod that it uses to produce cord that goes in tires. Nucor said Bekaert had access to enough of the rod without requiring an exclusion.” There was no consideration of what the cost to Bekaert would be, but obviously Nucor’s wire rod will be more expensive. What that means is that American tire manufacturers will have to pay more for wire cord, thus

What would happen if all the entrepreneurs went on strike? a power grab. It is the socialist path to Hell. I say this based on the tenets, economics, and history of socialism. You can imagine what the outcome would be. Vast new regulations would be drafted by the Office of United States Corporations defining in great detail what is the “public benefit.” The office’s director would be a “czar” with immense power over these corporations. Bureaucratic departments would be created to monitor corporate activity; an office of the assistant director for Public Benefit would inquire into and prohibit activities it deemed detrimental to society. These corporations would have to file annual compliance reports demonstrating their conformity to the regulations. A quasi-judicial hearing board would hear appeals from rulings by the office. Lawyers specializing in the minutiae of Office canon would proliferate. Profit, the signal to companies that they are doing something right, would become less and less important as the “public benefit” would become the overriding concern. Unions, true to their nature, would demand more pay for their workers not based on worker productivity. The economy would stagnate. Senator Warren’s justifications for this law are based on economic fables that only Democratic Socialists and Progressives could naively and uncritically believe. She crafts a rationale that isn’t based on the historical record or current empirical data. But it does square with Progressive mythology.

prop up failed economic policies, more and harsher regulations are imposed on businesses, making it almost impossible to operate. The country sinks into economic depression. But some regime-favored companies thrive because they bribed bureaucrats to get exemptions from regulations. Smoke-filled back-room deals are made to keep the regime and its cronies in power. It’s a whoya-know kind of business. Rand describes the types of people on both sides of these transactions, people who could not normally succeed in life without the corrupt power to give and receive special favors. The Trump Administration has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and also on certain goods imported from China. In both cases, the Administration announced a process whereby importers of these goods can obtain exemptions from these tariffs. And, anyone can file an objection to an application for an exemption. The procedures for exemptions basically revolve around the issue of whether the same goods can be acquired from U.S. manufacturers, regardless of the cost. So, if your businesses financial structure is based on cheaper imported products, you must buy the more expensive American-made product even if you can’t afford it. When the steel and aluminum tariffs were implemented, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative that handles these exemption requests received 20,000 applications. So far, they have granted only 42 exemptions

increasing the cost of tires which in turn will be passed on to consumers. This will result in consumers having less money to spend on other things. Or, American tire manufacturers might lose business to cheaper imported tires resulting in layoffs. Or, Bekaert eats the tariffs, becoming less profitable resulting in layoffs. We all lose. Except Nucor, of course. There are 320 million of us and 25,000 of them. So much for “fairness.” It should be noted that John Ferriola, the president of Nucor, was sitting on President Trump’s right when the steel tariffs were announced. Perhaps he should have told the president about his plant in Mexico. It seems that the Trump Administration has spawned the Wesley Mouches and Orren Boyles of Rand’s fabled novel. Whether its pulling or pleading, the guys with the most clout with the administration will win favors. And that is wrong. The story Rand tells in Atlas Shrugged is not just fiction, it is played out every day in countries flirting with socialism, and it is being played out here. American history has always been a delicate balance between the simplistic appeal of socialist utopia and the individualism of free-market capitalism. We came to a tipping point with Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal but pulled back from that brink, thanks mainly to Constitutional protections of private property. We seem to be testing that balance again. One would think we would learn from history and economics, but we don’t.


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Foot for Thought


hloe Howard, the 18-year-old international speaker, TEDx presenter, and author of Stand Beautiful, has never lived in Santa Barbara. But the city sure has played a role in her upbringing and values. Her grandparents, retired Westmont College education professors Gayle and Ruth Tucker, are longtime residents, and her parents met while they were students at the Christian college in Montecito. Born with a club foot in Washington State, Howard didn’t consider her deformity to be a disability before a bullying incident in high school in Los Gatos in 2014 left her both ashamed and suffering from PTSD. But just a year later, Chloe found herself backstage at a U2 concert, a prize package won by her father entering a non-profit contest. Bono, the band’s lead singer, asked to hear her story, and when he told her that what happened to her was an injustice, and that she should use her voice and speak for others, it really inspired her to


Now, she finally is a resident of Santa Barbara, as the brave and outspoken teenager has arrived in town to begin her own studies at Westmont. But first, there’s one more speaking engagement – this time right here in town at Chaucer’s Books a 7 pm on Thursday, August 30, where she’ll sign copies of her books and talk about her experiences. Admission is free. Info at 682-6787 or www.

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take action. Less than a year later, Chloe was giving the keynote offering at the 2016 TEDxSanta Barbara, where she walked out on stage barefoot, no longer hiding her physical issues. And, after having spoken out more than 40 times in locations around the world, she also wrote about her experiences. Stand Beautiful: A Story of Brokenness, Beauty & Embracing It All, published this spring

and oriented toward teens, features a forward by Bono and recounts her story of battling self-doubt to instead embrace her unique self. She also adapted the story into a picture book for younger kids, which, it turns out, was also inspired by Gemina, the giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo that had a markedly crooked neck, whom Chloe she first saw at age 2 while visiting her grandparents in Santa Barbara.

lso coming to this fortnight are Dr. James Kwako, the veteran family physician in private practice in Santa Barbara who is also well-known as a lecturer and healing arts practitioner at SBCC Adult Ed. On Monday, August 27, at 7 pm, he’ll sign copies of Mobilizing Your Healing Power, which draws upon the experiences of thousands of patients, scientific studies, professional observations, and personal insights to address the whole person body, mind, and spirit.... Celeste Weingardt and Irene Henry, friends who found out they both had alcoholic brothers and decided to collaborate on a book about it, will promote Drink: Surviving the Alcoholic and share their tales at the bookstore in Loreto Plaza at 7 pm on Tuesday, August 28.... The ...continued p.18

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

Rodriguez on the Road


have a theory. I’m imagining that the approximately one-third of the audience that got up and left at the end of Rodriguez’s main set at the Granada Theatre on August 21 – missing out on his tidy three-song encore and a repeat of the refrain “Power to the people!” – were mostly those who have never seen Search for Sugar Man, the 2012 documentary about his stranger-than-truth career. The film, which claimed the 2012 Academy Award, dramatically covered the story of the struggling singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who was discovered in the late 1960s in Detroit when his songs about oppression and the struggles of the working class captured the attention of a couple of producers who figured they’d found the next Dylan or perhaps a huge rock star. Didn’t quite pan out. His two albums, Cold Fact and Coming from Reality were bigger busts than the average home

recording, selling only in the hundreds of copies. Rodriguez did enjoy a bit of success in Australia and New Zealand, but not enough to make a huge difference, so the son of immigrant Mexican parents simply shrugged and went about his business as a poorly paid construction worker who lived in a ramshackle house in a rundown neighborhood for decades on end. What he didn’t know was that he had become a huge hero in South Africa, where his working-class songs were adopted as anti-Apartheid anthems. And he also wasn’t aware that his cult status had grown when rumors spread that he was dead, having killed himself on stage. He was “re-discovered” when one of his own daughters found a website that was all about trying to find the truth of what had happened to him. The brilliantly executed film made him a legend, a mythological figure that was

like a real-life phoenix rising from the ashes, still pure and not beaten down by the weary world of the music business. It also ignited an international cult following. The thought of seeing him live in concert was something beyond imagination. At least that was true last year, when Rodriguez made his Santa Barbara debut at the Granada. But this time around the anticipation wasn’t quite so high, and, truth be told, the performance was rather pedestrian. Yes, Rodriguez still held the large room rapt with just his acoustic guitar, thin voice, a batch of the half-century old songs, and a bunch of covers from the era – the theater as silent even between songs as you might find at a classical concert. But the stage patter was nearly a duplicate of last year’s offering, and

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almost word-for-word the same as what he said at earlier shows this year, such as when he followed a semi-strained if still soul-shattering rendition of “Sugar Man” – the song that gave the film its title – by “It’s a descriptive not a prescriptive song. Stay off drugs.” Admittedly, the guy is 75 years old, and has had a life of hard labor and has plenty of health issues, including glaucoma, which is why one of his daughters led him off and on stage and an assistant frequently ambled on to open up his water bottles and such. So, plenty can be forgiven in the need-to-repeat department. And don’t get me wrong: Rodriguez still comes off as sincere, sweet, loving, upbeat, generous, self-effacing, humble, and utterly charming. “Street Boy” still cuts a swath through the heart, and some of his other offerings from the albums etch themselves into our emotions as effortlessly as the first time we heard them in the film, or on the soundtrack. Rodriguez seemed to warm up to the audience and open up his performance as the night went on – and his jacket, sunglasses, and hat came off. And I must admit that I found myself warming to him, as well, my own heart opening, my ...continued p.26

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urning Man brings together all types of creatives and people from around the world. This year, it brought back into Santa Barbara two past residents and powerhouses of the local art scene, Clay Bodine and wife Laura Inks Bodine, who will be camping (along with myself ) with the Santa Barbara-based camp, the Enclave, and its accompanying Mutant Vehicle, Pyrobar. Five years ago, Clay and Laura moved to Cuenca, Ecuador, and have since been helping further the local art scene in their area. We caught up while working around the yard to discuss their careers

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and what life and art is like in Ecuador. Laura grew up in Pittsburgh, eventually making her way to Santa Barbara. With degrees in art education and psychology and a Masters in Media Communications, she soon founded the Arts Alive! organization. This multiroom art complex gave blossoming artists access to a kiln, materials, and tooling for fiber arts, painting materials, and even an art gallery, where she first met Clay. Local residents will definitely be familiar with some of Laura’s artsy contributions to Santa Barbara. She was

on the founding team of the popular Pianos on State, and she started the Artists Making A Street Scene (AMASS) along Mason Street, where local artists would paint temporary small murals along the exterior walls. The project lasted five years and helped establish some of the art that made that area funky in the first place. Clay, a Chicago suburb native, had made his way to Santa Barbara and put his degrees in history and theater to good use by directing and writing plays. Clay lived in one of the Funk Zone art studios during the 2000s. His small space clustered with art, sculpture, books, and the other decor found in an artist’s den was a hotbed of creativity. Out of the conversations and experimental theater pieces came an idea. The thought was to craft a space where artists could be artists and creativity could be explored and experimented on without the pressure of trying to make it financially viable. Along with Dominique Reboul, whom he met while working as the art director for Summer Solstice, and local artist Tracy Beeler, the trio founded the infamous Fishbon art collaborative. Now in its 15th year of operation, Fishbon has harbored and inspired many of the artists and creative types that have come through Santa Barbara (including myself ). When Laura departed ways with her job five years ago, they took the opportunity to get married and ensconce to Ecuador. Clay had visited there before and they had a friend living in the area. The living expenses were far cheaper, and they knew Cuenca had an artsy edge. After moving there, they

soon found a villa in a barrio close to downtown. The multi-room complex had a beautiful glass-covered atrium and plenty of space for them. In fact, more space than they needed, and they soon started housing visiting artists and hosting theater performances in the space. Fishbon Del Sur was born, and since then they have been working with the ex-pat artists in Cuenca and as their language skills got better, they began to interact more with the local street artists. Cuenca is posh and historic, they refer to it as “the Athens of Ecuador,” and have found that the area has a deep appreciation for the arts. The city has a symphony that is subsidized so many performances are free or less than $5, as well as an opera house. The city also provides many grants for street artists who want to paint murals or just one of the areas. Clay and Laura have been able to take their knowledge of the arts and help expand the local art scene. In their Fishbon Del Sur villa, they have hosted workshops and classes that allow creatives to hone new skills and help share old ones. For their in-house events, Clay and Laura will work with local artists and split the door with them, helping fund their own endeavors. In the next five years, they’d like to work more with the local art scene – especially now that they have a better grasp of the language – and bring more of the younger artists into the fold. As we worked in the yard getting ready for Burning Man, it was clear that more creativity is on the way and that they will bring back their Burning Man inspiration home to Ecuador.

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Lavender Soul explores a world of astral projecting fairies, extraordinary beasts, and a beguiling shapeshifter. LK Walsh, the Santa Barbara-based author of the young adult novel, does the book tour thing in her hometown on Wednesday, September 5... Want to maybe do a book signing of your own at Chaucer’s someday? Check out Philip Kenney, whose latest effort, The Writers Crucible, provides a map for navigating the turbulent, emotional waters of a creative life with insight about and tips on how to conquer self-doubt, Kenny dishes the skinny on the various emotional vulnerabilities facing writers and artists at Chaucer’s on Thursday, September 6.

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peaking of TEDxSantaBarbara, the next one-day spectacular of speeches is set to take over the town on Saturday, September 8. This year’s theme is “Yes and...”, inspired by veteran producers Mark Sylvester and Kymberlee Weil’s nearly four-year involvement with comedy improv workshops and performance troupes in town. Among the dozen speakers are Jennifer Bascom, a longtime improv veteran whom the couple brought to town for a workshop earlier this summer, who will talk about “What happens when you’re right?”

Other presenters and their timely topics include Doc Searls (Picking up where journalism leaves off), Garrett Teslaa (The importance of second responders), Harry Grammer (Incarcerated children are still children), Holly Lohuis (Pygmy seahorses, coral reefs and us; making the connection for a more sustainable future), Ian Bentley (Fashion on purpose), Jeff Babko (Harmony in the silences: the secrets of good timing), Kelton Temby (The heartbeat of a beehive), Kevin Ward (Adult bullying: The epidemic no one talks about), Sam Kadi (Unmuting millions of voices one story at a time), Tyson McDowell (Preserving humanity as AI takes us over), and Michael Lombardi (Leadership is destroying culture). Tickets are on sale now for the 10 am to 6 pm event that takes place live at The New Vic theatre, with the $100 fee also including the official After Party a block away at the Impact Hub from 6 to 10 pm. As a sellout is expected given the venue’s intimate size, people can also watch the show in its entirety in real time for free via live stream sponsored by LogMeIn. Get more info and reserve tickets online at https:// That’s also where you can stream the podcast created and hosted by Sylvester that delves into a

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All Doll-ed Up

Ibsen and Shakespeare get the basic John Blondell treatment as the Lit Moon Theatre Company’s new season gets underway at the end of the summer. To be fair, though, nothing is basic about Blondell’s approach, as the ambitious director, who also runs Westmont’s theater department, always employs highly visual and unconventional staging, not to mention a laser-sharp focus on the dialog and message. The company, which has performed and won plaudits and praise a-plenty from Tbilisi to Beijing, is launching its world premiere of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House paired with a revival of its rock ‘n’ roll inspired Julius Caesar, running in repertory at Center Stage Theater on Friday, August 24, to Sunday, September 2. The contemporary new production of Ibsen’s 1879 classic address questions of marriage, equality, money, sex, and the law, which the director says are issues that “are still apt right now, right here in Santa Barbara.” Meanwhile, Lit Moon’s politically charged production of Julius Caesar has obvious parallels between the power struggles of ancient Rome and those underway in today’s America. Blondell’s take, which debuted in May 2016, and was performed at the Bitola Shakespeare Festival in Macedonia later that summer, features iconic American rock and roll songs performed live on stage, along with original music is by company member James Connolly. For tickets or more information, visit or call (805) 963-0408.

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PCPA Theaterfest’s productions don’t technically run in repertoire, unless you consider the fact that the works make their way down the 101 from the Marian Theatre in Santa Maria, where the company is based, to Solvang’s Festival Theater, each summer. That latter season in coming to a close long before this Sentinel leaves newsstands, but if you hurry, you can still catch the last two shows to be staged in the lovely outdoor amphitheater downtown in the Danish village. Mamma Mia!, the stage musical version of what became a huge hit movie with the story set to the ebullient music of Swedish pop group ABBA, hit Solvang just as the film sequel was hitting local theaters but still has a final weekend of performances August 2526, for one last shot at the toe-tapping journey to a wedding on a small island near Greece. Then we go from the silly to the sublime as PCPA takes on Tom

Stoppard’s Arcadia, considered one of the greatest plays of its time. The coscreenwriter of the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love – he was called in to punch up the original script with clever schemes and head-swimmingly clever dialogue – set the romantic mystery in the elegant Coverly estate taking place in both 1809 and 1993, and involved both a precocious 13-year-old mathematics genius and a patronizing academic who puzzle over different issues. But, in the words of director Roger DeLaurier – who in his own sort of time-jumping endeavor also helmed PCPA’s earlier production in 1999 – the play really isn’t about math or quantum physics, but is instead “a love story across time, juxtaposing emotion and intellect.” Arcadia alights in Solvang from Thursday, August 30, to Sunday, September 9. Call (805) 922-8313 or visit

Decade of DANCEworks

I’m still not sure I know what prompted SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara to morph into DANCEworks, but I do know that whatever the title, I’m a big fan of the summertime session that brings cutting-edge choreographers to town for a rare residency at the Lobero Theatre, where they get a full month to conceive, create, rehearse, and eventually perform a new work. I’m also not sure why the shows haven’t been instant sellouts, given that the Granada is often filled to capacity with the companies that UCSB A&L lures to town, and those shows are works being done on tour all over the country. In any event, for its 10th anniversary, the powers-that-be have decided to bring back Doug Elkins for a second goround, giving the guy who is regarded as the first choreographer to successfully blend together street dance, ballet, and modern dance another chance to enhance his repertoire right here in Santa Barbara. During his last DANCEworks residency, Elkins cleverly combined Shakespeare’s Othello with the music of Motown in a marvelous mashup. This time, the dancer who began his career as a B-Boy, touring the world with break dance groups New York Dance Express and Magnificent Force, will create a new work based on influences from Japanese philosophy and art. The world premiere takes place during the first half of the shows on September 7-8, followed by a special retrospective of the first decade of DANCEworks via solos and appearances from all the previous choreographers in the program: Aszure Barton, Brian Brooks, Larry Keigwin, Mark Dendy, Adam Barruch, Shannon Gillen, Kate Weare, and Doug Varone. Seems pretty special to me. Info and tickets at (805) 963-0761 or

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his town... is becoming like a ghost town...” so say The Specials. It often feels that way when one walks up State Street. For years, though, artists have been asking for empty storefronts to be used as pop-up galleries, and that has very occasionally happened. (I programmed one such event back in 2013, which feels like decades ago.) But there’s a few happening this month, along with the usual First Thursday openings and the Funk Zone Art Walks on the third Friday. Will art help solve our empty space problem? No, but it’s a good way to show that the heart of art beats below the surface of commerce. And it’s a much happier space.


There’s a few new galleries opening in town, which is always a nice surprise. Santa Barbara Art Works (28 E. Victoria St., formerly the home of Massage Envy) is a collaborative art studio-gallery that, partnering with UCP WORK, Inc. helps artist with disabilities work in a professional sense, as well as offering classes in painting and ceramics. Fifteen resident artists will be showing portraits at the First Thursday Grand Opening, starting at 5 pm. THE TROUBLES SHE’S SEEN

Veronica Lambert works in both pastels, assemblage, and collage, and a selection of her work – often satirical

jibes at the human (particularly Californian) condition – will be shown in “Troubles” at the Faulkner Gallery inside the Santa Barbara Library’s Central Branch (40 E. Anapamu). Reception is Thursday, September 6, 5:30 to 7:30 pm and the show runs through Saturday, September 29. VISUAL IDENTIFICATION

Santa Barbara Visual Artists is another new gallery (1019 State St.), replacing the former space of a rug gallery (or a jewelry store, or both! I’m not sure). Jan Baker is helping to organize this exhibit of 24 artists, featuring Wendy Brewer, Karen Duncum, Judy Flum, Lynn Humphrey, Michael Mead, Ginny Speirs, Robert Voorhees, and more. They too will be throwing open their doors for First Thursdays, but the gallery is also promising pop-ups with music on every Friday of this month. Be sure to swing by. ASKEW IDENTITY

Tony Askew is a long-time Santa Barbara art treasure. He’s been a printmaker, a collage and assemblage artist, a watercolorist, and for many years taught at Westmont. Fittingly, Westmont’s Ridley-Tree Museum hosts “Looking Back/Going Forward: R. Anthony Askew,” featuring new and old work. Opens Thursday, August 30, 4 to 6 pm and runs through November 7. BUENA VISTA PHOTO CLUB

Photographer Nell Campbell will be showing a selection of her photos from her trip to Cuba, that fascinating colorful country, at the Waterline (120 Santa Barbara St.), curated by wall space gallery’s Crista Dix. The show runs through Sunday, September 30, but will be one of the more important stops on Friday, September 21. POP-UP AND POP-ART

Artist and filmmaker D.A. Metrov also has our empty storefronts on his mind. In May, he says, he counted 30 and set about making a documentary on the problem. But he also wanted a real-time solution. A pop-up art event will take place in Paseo Nuevo at the former space of Big Dogs, featuring some Santa Barbara heavy hitters: abstract painter Peggy Ferris, Madeline Garrett, Michael Irwin, Warhol-esque portraits of local celebs by Metrov, small sculptures by Dug Uyesaka, and elegant fiber works by Susan Venable. If this is successful, Metrov says, there’ll be more popups popping up. Stop by on First Thursday, 5 to 9 pm and/or come back for the grand opening Saturday, September 15.


Erik ReeL’s abstracts feature mysterious letters and iconography that bubble up from various layers of paint. In “Zero Point”, ReeL will return for his first solo exhibit in over decade, this time at GraySpace (219 Gray Ave.), opening on Friday, September 21. On top of that, in GraySpace’s annex, ReeL’s wife, Rhonda P. Hill, presents “Blurred Boundaries: Fashion as an Art”, which introduces a group of up-and-coming fashion designers to Santa Barbara: Tingyue Jiang, Alena Kalana, Susan Tancer, and Hera Zhou. This will be one fascinating show. Through November 11. GAB FEST

For the third year in a row, MichaelKate Interiors presents the Annual Funk Zone Artist Showcase, presenting works by every artist who works and shows in the Zone. Most of the artists will be on hand for a speed interview segment hosted by yours truly. But only one artist will get the coveted red rose! Who will I choose? Find out, Saturday, September 15, 6 to 8 pm. MUSIC WITHIN RANGE

Talking about shameless selfpromotion, I will also be playing a set (under my moniker DJ Free Range) at the closing reception of Bethany Sara’s photo show at the Press Room (15 E. Ortega St.). Come say hi, buy some art, and tip your bartender. MENTOR AS ANYTHING

The kids are indeed all right, as demonstrated by the 25th Anniversary Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition at the Arts Fund (205-C Santa Barbara St.). One of Santa Barbara’s most influential and longest-lasting art mentorship programs, it has produced several major artists and art advocates... including current executive director Torrie Cutbirth. Friday, September 21, 5 to 8 pm. SHORT TAKES

Several artists will be hanging their shingle at the Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival at Earl Warren Showgrounds, Saturday and Sunday, Sep 8-9; Wallace Piatt will be showing several large format works at Bar Seven (224 Helena Ave.), with reception on Friday, September 21.

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n Christmas Eve 1932, the year Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected as U.S. president, and at the height of the Great Depression, George “Jed” Jedlicka opened Jedlicka’s Shoe Repair at 2605 Hollister Avenue – a sector of Highway 101 at the time, which we now know as De La Vina Street. Jed, the born Nebraskan, ventured to Long Beach before landing in the small town of Santa Barbara. Along with the thriving village that added more than 14,000 residents the previous decade, the grass-roots business grew throughout the 1930s when they “began making high-quality handmade boots” while continuing the company’s original forte: repairing shoes. By the 1940s, J.J. Hollister, Sr. encouraged Jed to combine his repair business with custom saddlery. During that time, Jedlicka’s Saddlery employed four shoe repairers and three boot makers. In the saddle shop, three men

crafted not only saddles but bridles, belts, reins, chaps, and so forth Circa 1950, Jedlicka’s carried “western wear”: Levi jeans, California Ranchwear shirts, premium cowboy hats. English saddlery was added to the inventory

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toward the end of that decade, forcing the saddle shop to the back of the building 210 Constance and added another storefront for the expansion that continued through the 1970s with the opening of the Jedlicka’s in Los Olivos. Like Jedlicka’s Saddlery at 2605 De La Vina Street, the store remains today and carries western attire for horses, kids, women, and men: Cowboy hats, flannels, leather cowboy boots, belts with sterling silver belt buckles, and jeans – some manufactured by companies that started among the Civil

War and continue to dominate the world of cowboy and ranch attire today. They carry many hats made by Stetson, a company founded at the end of the Civil War in 1865, but still a premier name more than a century and a half later. Pendleton flannels, founded in 1863, are still sold in Jedlicka’s and popular among Native American tribes such as the Navajo. Also, Wrangler Jeans, worn by millions of cowboys since 1947, including the Western movie star and cowboy, Harry Carey Jr., whose daughter, Melinda Carey, says her dad shopped at Jedlicka’s “for his Wrangler jeans and suspenders,” referring to her dad “a happy customer.” Between Jedlicka’s current owner, Josiah Jenkins, an employee since 1976, and his father, Si Jenkins, an employee from 1946 to last year, the father and son have volunteered for Fiesta every single year since the 1950s. Josiah still rides his three horses: Homer, Boone, and Chicago, and enjoyed the position as El Presidente of Old Spanish Days back in 2013. But either way, Josiah organizes the Fiesta Stock Horse Show and Rodeo every year without fail. Because, despite the American Riviera reputation for its celebrities and affluent lifestyle, the Channel Islands, the Spanish Colonial architecture, the Chumash Indians, the Santa Barbara Mission, the city of nearly 100,000 residents are no stranger to the Cowboys, or the Vaqueros, and the overall equestrian lifestyle. And George “Jed” Jedlicka and his three successors, Si and his wife of 50 years, Kathy Jenkins, and son Josiah have kept one of the oldest retail stores in Santa Barbara – as well as one of the earliest western shops in California – alive for more than 85 years.

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OCEAN SWIMS AND FIRESIDE CHATS Finished (for the moment) with Baltimore, the cluster of beer writers packed up and headed off to coastal Delaware, home of the pioneering Dogfish Head Brewery. A handful of hours after going through East Coast traffic, we landed at the legendary brewery. We took the tour through their gigantic facility and past the large wooden aging vats known as foeders where the intense Palo Santo Marron is aged, ending up in their wood-lined brewhouse floor for a fireside chat with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione and his wife and high-school sweetheart, Mariah (she is also vice president of the company and a powerhouse in their overall vision and day-to-day operations). We had a charming Q&A with them both as we sipped on a 2008 120 Minute IPA. This imperial IPA normally tastes like hop rocket fuel, but 10 years of age had mellowed it into a smooth symphony of orange spice black tea, malt nectar, and sherry flavors with a flare of bitterness and booze in the back end that reminds you that this beer does carry between 15% to 20% ABV. That night we stayed in the Dogfish Head Inn, a 13-room hotel owned and curated by the brewery (only a breweryowned hotel would have record players and shelves of beer books in the rooms). Of course, walked over to the nearby beach before heading to bed. We left in the morning, driving past the iconic houses and picturesque grass lawns of coastal Delaware, before getting to Dogfish Head’s brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. They hosted us to a luncheon at their brewpub, where we had to option to choose from a range of the in-house specialty dishes, such as their Man’s Man Grilled Cheese made of Palo Santo Marron Onion Jam, white cheddar, gouda, provolone, Swiss, avocado, and bacon. Before heading off, a handful of us grabbed a quick tour with head distiller Graham Hamblett to check out their onsite R&D distillery.

GWAR AND LIGHTNING IN VIRGINIA The pre-conference excursions over, the real conference was ready to begin. This year, the Beer Bloggers Conference was being held in the host hotel, and due to Virginia’s intricate alcohol laws there was legal juggling for us to be able to drink beer during the conference. Of course, they were able to make it work well enough and when we needed some unsanctioned beer drinking, we often ended up in someone’s hotel room (there may or may not have been a lot of karaoke involved). Since the first conference, Julia Herz of the Brewers Association has given the introductory speech, and each year she brings a fiery presentation full of optimism and stats. The BBC’s signature event, Live Beer Blogging, has been described as the speed dating of beer tasting. Each brewer has only five minutes at each table to pour his or her beer and tell a story. The conference features engaging conversations such as the “Diversity in Beer” panel featuring Julie Verratti, chair of Brewers Association Diversity Committee and founder of Denizens Brewing, Bev Armstrong, and Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, BA’s Diversity ambassador, and even presentations that cover the basics including “Blogging Fundamentals: Design, Photography, and Voice” by Advanced Cicerone® and founder of The Brew Enthusiast, Chris McClellan. But it is mostly about the beer, and there is a lot of it. From beer dinners at a blossoming hop farm at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery to a masterclass in analyzing beer flavor called “Tasting Lagers: The Flavors and Complexities of Beers Brewed Slow by Nature” presented by Devils Backbone’s brewmaster Josh French and Anheuser-Busch’s Master Cicerone® (one of 16 masters) Max Bakker. One of the popular recurring sections is the Lighting Talks presentations that consist of 20 slides with only 15 per slide. The topics ranged from improving your beer photography to my own presentation, “The Future of Beer.” The conference is a rush of information and pints where only trained professionals know how to pace the drinking marathon they are put through. We wrapped up the whole event in a post-conference excursion with a whirlwind tour of Richmond, where we hid from thunderstorms while sampling beers made with exotic ingredients like almond milk and seagrass in Veil Brewing Company, sipped Belgian beers in the Vietnamese restaurant Mekong (voted the #1 Beer Bar in America by, and ended up drinking PBR in the GWAR Bar.

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lthough he also has his own gallery in Solvang, you can find photographer Philip Gerlach at the Art Walk along Cabrillo Beach most Sundays. Gerlach creates murals as large as 10’ to 30’ installed in businesses, restaurants, in Cottage Hospital, Zaca Mesa Winery, and the new Blue Water Grill near the Santa Barbara Wharf. “I’ve had so much success getting big jobs, I feel fortunate. It feels like an accomplishment because business is not always easy for an artist. Selling at the SB Art Show has taught me how to engage and connect with people.” “I call myself a fine art photographer, my interest is in nature, wildlife, landscape, and architecture.” shares Gerlach. “It has also made me a historian, I recently finished a book I was asked to create for the U. S. Senate of photos of the Santa Ynez Valley that was distributed to the White House, Congress, and the Senate as part of a conservation effort.” With more than 30 years working

in most every form of photography, he shares his thoughts about how it has changed. “The traditional way of shooting was more complicated. You could create unusual drama with speed changes. Using a tripod could give you time to play with depth of field and aperture. Digital cameras do everything for you. My brain is programmed, and I can’t go back and unlearn the steps of taking a picture with traditional

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photography. I need to take a beginning class in digital photography. But I don’t miss the darkroom. I use a monitor and an ink-jet printer, it’s so much easier and more efficient.” “My best days have been when I get my family together and we spend the day walking on the beach in our bare feet. When I’m taking pictures of my

wife and family, it all comes together and feels really good to engage in being alive.” You can contact him at his gallery, Gerlach Photography in Solvang at 1539-B Mission Drive, (805) 5885315, at, or at his booth in the Santa Barbara Art Walk in the Art section, space 135.

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thoughts slowing, a more graceful state of presence washing over me. But was it great music? Was the show itself, absent the legend, a transcendent performance? I don’t know. Maybe those who left actually were the ones who came last year because of the movie and weren’t quite so moved this time around. Either way, I’m sure glad someone searched for Sugar Man and found him. The story, whatever its ultimate truth, is as riveting as they come, just as, for several moments and minutes, at least, Rodriguez the man was on stage at the Granada. LIVIN’ IT UP AT LIVE OAK Live Oak Campground is already home to two long-running festivals: the Live Oak Music Festival, which turned 30 this summer, and Lucidity, which launched its second six-year odyssey during the spring. Now, the oak-lined site near Lake Cachuma is set to host two more weekend wonders just within this double fortnight. The Divine Fall, which takes place Labor Day weekend (August 31-September 3) is the group known as Santa Barbara Music Phreaks’s rekindling of an event held nearby more than a dozen years ago to usher in New Year 2006, when the Isla Vista-born jam band ALO performed for hours at the infamous Mountain House. A year and a half ago, they staged the Divine Ball at for New Year’s Eve 2016-17, when ALO, Soul Majestic, No Simple Highway, Shaky Feelin’, and other local bands

helped usher in the new year in a private invite-only party. Now they’re doing it again, only in much warmer weather and it’s open to everyone. There will be virtually nonstop music over three stages for a lineup “packed with booty shaking funk, irie grooves, and soul cleansing jams” from the likes of DLO (Divine Liberation Orchestra), Motet, Soul Majestic, Shaky Feelin, and No Simple Highway, among others. “Cross-pollination” of the musicians is expected to be among the highlights of the weekend, with a horn section on site to spice up the jams for all the bands, plus late-night DJs spinning tunes till the wee hours. Tickets include camping; food is available on site. Get all the details as well as tickets online at http:// Just three weeks later, the site gets ready to usher in autumn as Outside In Equinox takes over Live Oak for the weekend of September 2123. The multifaceted event features performances and workshops in music, art, spirituality, health, science, and technology, with presenters and performers from all over the area and around the world coming together in the celebration of change at the apex of seasonal shift. There will be four stages with rotating live acts, DJs, and bands, plus speakers, workshop leaders, art installations, and other activities. The musical acts and DJs are already posted on the website, with artists, healers, and speakers to follow. Log on to https:// for more info and to purchase tickets. RUBICON ROCKS My colleague Steven Libowitz lays the groundwork for shows taking place at PCPA in Solvang at Center Stage Theatre over the fortnight. But if you prefer your rock and roll musical soundtracks sans the Romans and The Bard’s bountiful words, Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre Company (RTC) has a world premiere of its own on tap. I Dig Rock-and-Roll Music is basically just a concert featuring American music from 1965 to the late 1970s, focusing on songs of protest and passion. The material ranges from beyond the moment when Bob Dylan famously first picked up the electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival through the folk-rock era, with songs by Peter, Paul and Mary; Joni Mitchell; Judy Collins; The Eagles; James Taylor; Crosby, Stills and Nash; and Simon and Garfunkel; along with original songs reflecting the period, written by the cast and Noel Paul Stookey. The show was conceived by Rubicon co-founder James O’Neil (who also directs) with Lifetime Grammy Award-winner George Grove and Tony nominee Dan Wheetman, some of the team behind RTC’s earlier Lonesome Traveler, which went on to glory in New York and beyond. The singer/musicians include three original members of that cast – Sylvie Davidson (who also played Hallie in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Cordelia in King Lear at Rubicon),Trevor Wheetman (Lear,

Valance and Return to the Forbidden Planet), and Brendan Willing James, best-known as part of the L.A./Swedenbased rock group Grizfolk. They’re joined by Krystal Joy Brown (a Broadway favorite as Diana Ross in Motown, and in her leading roles in Hair, Leap of Faith and Big Fish), and vocalist-pianist Chris Lash, who has toured nationally and internationally as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet. Your chance to be among the first to dig into I Dig Rock-and-Roll Music takes place Wednesday, August 29, through Sunday, September 16. Call (805) 6672900 or visit DEADLINES FOR DEALS Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) gets 60 percent of its budget from sponsors and donors, and, due to the largesse of an anonymous benefactor, all pledges received through Friday, August 31, will be matched 100 percent, meaning you get double the impact for the same bucks. Just four days later, September 4, marks the on-sale date for single tickets for ETC’s new season, which just so happens to be its 40th, so there are some wonderful things planned for the company that owns and occupies the ridiculously fabulously renovated New Vic downtown. Call (805) 9655400 or visit Meanwhile, Santa Barbara cinephiles should snap up passes to next year’s SBIFF while they’re still on sale for a spiffy 25-percent discount. Deadline is August 31. Dial (805) 963-0023 or visit

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New Russians find themselves destitute. Who should sashay into this troubled scene but St. Barbara. No, not the imprisoned 4th-century firebrand and martyr. The other one. ST. BABS ON THE BALTIC As the newly singular Russia painfully recalibrates, food lines grow in length and the days grow shorter with the onset of winter. Never mind. The Russian people turn to Santa Barbara for succor and comfort. They’re not boarding flights for the California tourist vortex; we’re taking about the soap opera. Santa Barbara is the first American soap opera to be broadcast on Russian television, and the timing couldn’t be more exquisite. What better way for the downtrodden Russian people – caught between the crushing gears of a wholly man-made historical mistake – to muddle through than on the beaches and airless interior sets of Santa Barbara? Beginning on January 2, 1992, Santa Barbara is on Russian TV three evenings a week, and everyone is watching, beaten former soviets running home in the evenings to escape into a tellytown where the wealthy, beautiful, and scheming Capwell and Lockridge dynasties do shag-carpeted battle while staring longingly across over-appointed rooms cluttered with the handiwork of union set-decorators. Irony? More than enough to go around. In dour, post-collapse Russia, the Santa Barbara craze is immediate and therapeutic. Whatever your time zone in the gargantuan sprawl that is Russia, when Santa Barbara comes on the air, from onion-domed metropolis to gray pebbled village whose ‘50s-era sets are festooned with tin-foiled rabbit ears for better reception, the streets empty. People actually begin naming their pets after the glamorous characters on the soap – two generations of dogs and cats named Mason, Eden, Cruz, Lionel, Augusta. The program becomes so beloved in Russia and (ironically) in its former satellites, otherwise innocuous programming decisions spur riots and protests in the streets, the center of gravity having suddenly shifted from

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sterling production values. Still, it all looks pretty darned good to the people of the former Soviet Union, whose long experiment with state-mandated egalitarianism resulted in decades of horror and sorrow and suspicion and venality. However small and petty the concerns of Santa Barbara seem in the context of Russian history’s enormity and drama and tragedy – the Russian revolution included the Royal Family, the Romanovs, being machine-gunned in a palace basement, after all – the glitzy hit TV soap opera has let something loose in post-Soviet Russian society, and they are embracing it till their arms bruise. Call it a Transitional Capitalist Daydream. In time, shady developers with possible criminal ties will travel to Santa Barbara – the real Santa Barbara – from Kaliningrad, to take a look around and see what they can borrow, architecturally and aesthetically, from the soap’s namesake town on California’s Central Coast. Post-totalitarian Russia is in a hurry to move on with whatever trappings of normalcy and prosperity they can muster. On 17 April, 2002, Russia somewhat disinterestedly watches its final episode of Santa Barbara – episode #2,040. By then the country’s ragged, violent, oligarch-defined ‘90s have taken the wind out of the people’s sails somewhat. They are ready to make a real world from the screwed-up ruins of a mistake that took nearly 70 years to correct. SOAP Some folks live their lives under the shadow of what becomes a commonplace oppression, and some walk blandly around in the full, free light of the sun. As author Mikhail Iossel put it in his beautiful and very personal essay: “Freedom was the dizzyingly exciting new thing for the people of Russia, that giant isolated and largely un-self-aware world unto itself, while for the Santa Barbara characters, it was the most natural, taken-for-granted thing in the world: the unthinking freedom to be just who you are, to feel being free, bold and self-assertive, independent, unashamed of yourself, uninterested in politics, passionately happy and unhappy, successful and unsuccessful; the freedom to come and go at will, appear and disappear, travel anywhere and at any time without asking anyone’s permission; the freedom to live without having once to stand in a long line in front of a food or clothing store and to be not just a citizen of Santa Barbara or America, but also one of the entire world writ large.” All that from a soap opera. Can you believe it?

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t’s six in the morning and I just poured an overflowing pee jug overboard. To be clear, the “jug” is part of our compostable toilet. The jug catches one thing and the seat compartment catches another. I’ll let you figure out which is which. So, picture this: The morning sun rises into an ombré pink sky over the Mexican coastline. We’re cruising alongside the remote Baja peninsula sans any boats save our own. Jason is tucked in, asleep in the cabin below. And I’m on deck, carefully dumping a container full of urine overboard. This is “boat life,” my friends. Where sailing off into the sunset means just beyond that beautiful horizon, your compostable toilet will need to be handled. By you. This is not what I pictured when Jason invited me on this journey. Lounging on the deck with a drink in hand and Jimmy Buffet blaring through the speakers in the cabin below was more of the general idea. But as it turns out, life on a sailboat is like life anywhere else – no matter where you go, you always (sometimes, quite literally) have to deal with your sh*t. I’ve become highly aware of the waste we humans produce on a daily basis. From cans of tomato sauce from last night’s dinner to the unmentionable waste I’ve mentioned too much here, it all has to go somewhere. And since trash pickup every Wednesday doesn’t exist out on the sea (more like a trash drop-off when we make it to the next port), we’ve become up-close and personal with stuff we’d rather soon forget.

On our boat, we live simply On our boat, we live simply. Even our humor takes a plunge to that of 10 year olds where imitating flatulent noises reigns king. We do not have laundry machines, a dishwasher, running water, Wi-Fi, or any electronic kitchen devices. And believe me, there are sailboats that have it all. But as Jason says, “It’s just another thing to break. Another thing to distract us.” So, I drink my warm mineral water and wear three-day-old clothes in solidarity, believing that we have a secret those yachties have yet to discover: to live free from the confines of society, you must get a little dirty. For example, we use Dr. Bronner’s soap (more environmentally safe) and sea water for washing clothes and dishes, then use a small amount of fresh water for a final rinse. We use a solar shower, a 10-gallon black bag that we hang from the boom to get heated by the sun. Our galley (kitchen) sink is powered by a foot pump. Each morning, our coffee beans are hand-ground with a stainless-steel grinder. My body is another story. At every port from Washington to Santa Barbara, Jason and I have searched for the perfect croissant, and the butter has finally caught up with me. (Side note: we looked for croissants superior to Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro and, turns out, they don’t exist.) Since we’re either anchored or sailing down the coast, exercise is limited to walking on board, where I clock in about 13 feet. Now when I look in the mirror, my bottom sags a little lower, ripples appear on the back of my thighs, and my stomach has taken an odd shape. Yet when I describe it to some, it sounds a little magical. Who wouldn’t want freshly ground coffee, croissants, and an open-air shower with a waterfront view? But when you haven’t showered in a week because the seas are too rough, baby wipes are your only way to get clean, and your bikini is starting to fit a little “weird,” the romantic cruise you once had in mind continues to exist only in your head. Jason loves to watch YouTube videos of other cruising couples. He points out where they’ve gone, what they’re doing, and the mega-sized boats that get them there. I’ll look over his shoulder sometimes and sneak a peek. True, the videos are spectacular, with underwater photography and a reggae soundtrack dubbed over each scene. But I’m not fooled. I know what really happens when the camera stops rolling. At some point, that girl is coming down from her yoga pose. That guy will put away his rod and reel. The couple will climb back on board, roll up their sleeves, and deal with their sh*t as they sail off into the sunset.

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ebecca Firth, author and photographer behind the food blog DisplacedHousewife, is ready to help foodies up their cookie game with allnew gourmet recipes in the release of her new cookbook, The Cookie Book: Decadent Bites for Every Occasion. Rebecca says Page Street Publishing was interested in a subject-specific cookbook all about cookies, “Superfabulous cookies,” she notes adding, “the kind of cookies that introduce you to a neighbor – maybe a hot one(?), win a contest, make new friends or just taste sitting in the dark binge-watching Netflix. Basically, they wanted me to write a fantasy cookbook.” The Cookie Book features a whole chapter for chocolate chip cookies and boasts more than 75 recipes, including: Red Velvet Madeleines, Stuffed Pretzel Caramel Skillet Cookie, Lemony White Chocolate Truffles, and Peanut Butter Cup Meringues. Rebecca says, “There are recipes you can make that will give you immediate gratification if you’re having a craving mid-week in under an hour, and longer bigger baking projects for when you want to while away a whole morning.” In creating these recipes, Rebecca says she went through “an obscene amount of butter,” and had everyone from fellow bloggers, friends, and family testing every recipe along with her. Even when pressed, Rebecca can’t choose a favorite among her new recipes, but does disclose she recently made her Everything Chocolate Chip Cookie and says, “They’re addictive. I ate more cookies in one sitting than anyone should ever admit. That cookie is so honestly good, it is amazing.” Rebecca has lived in the Valley for nine years; she baked at Solvang Bakery on the weekends and did some catering,

but now spends her days doing “all food stuff” including working with brands and companies in recipe development and sponsorships, writing food-related editorials and contributing to her blog. “I’ve always loved to write,” says Rebecca, who has a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Chapman University and says in getting her start, her mom encouraged her to submit a recipe to Sunset Magazine, so she did, and they bought and published her Five Spice Cranberry Crostini holiday appetizer. Rebecca explains the name DisplacedHousewife was originally slated to be a book title. It was inspired from an experience long ago when she thought it would be fun to write about her adventures in Asia – “a little like Mary Tyler Moore, if she was married, had kids, lived in China and liked her martinis dry.” Along the way, Rebecca traded her bustling Beijing life, surrounded by

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DisplacedHousewife is chock full of recipes in categories including: sweets, breakfast, dinner (with sub-categories for Mexican and Asian cuisine), appetizers, drinks, and a section called Shut Up & Eat – quick, easy, kid-tested mid-week dinners where items like slow-cooker citrus tacos, quinoa and turkey burgers, and Italian sausage and burrata penne pasta can be found. “My recipe goals are these: things should be fast – but not always, and easy – I hope, and sometimes healthy – but not often,” says Rebecca with an added disclaimer: “Don’t judge me if I fall flat on all three.” The Cookie Book makes its debut on September 18 and can be found on Amazon and throughout the Valley with a special collection of signed and personalized books for sale at the Global Art Collective in Santa Ynez. Rebecca says her book has insider tips and tricks to help create the “best baked goods around,” and “you’ll be rocking the bake sale, delighting your coworkers, and impressing your in-laws in no time.” As for what Rebecca plans to do on the other side of her book launch, she says, “We’re just going to make cookies, eat cookies, exchange cookies, talk cookies, drink cocktails, and retire.” And laughing she adds, “Just kidding on that last one. I haven’t been that naive in awhile. But it’ll be fun.” For more information, visit www.


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