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State Street Scribe – The Academy Awards® are one thing. The War of the Gargantuans is another. Jeff asks, will the twain ne’er meet?

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Man About Town – Mark Léisuré laments missing an array of events due to a virus; Cirque Éloize; Isley Brothers; and fun with fungi Mom About Town – Julie Boe meets Amy Meyer of AppFolio, in addition to Becka Klauber Richter of Helpr

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MITCHELL KRIEGMAN AND CHRISTINA MCCARTHY Visit PuppetPalooza Central to discover puppet memorabilia and more


y now, you have likely heard of the citywide International PuppetPalooza festival that will take place on March 1-4, and if you are like me then you are also waiting in anticipation for it to take place. Between marionettes, sock puppets, Japanese Bunraku, paradesized giant puppets (just to name a

few), there is a whole world of puppet styles – and the founder of the first International PuppetPalooza, Mitchell Kriegman, has made sure that they are all coming. If you think about the timelessness of The Muppets and Jim Henson’s other works, it is magical how puppets can speak to people of

all ages and the entire range of human emotion. Puppets can be soulful and inspirational, or just downright goofy and weird. It is rare to see a medium that can be both high-art and low-brow (think South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Team America). Mitchell has had a long career in the arts as a television writer, director, producer, consultant, story editor, author, composer, and actor. For PuppetPalooza, Mitchell has drawn from his prolific career and experience in film and TV to craft a festival with four days of activities and several dozen events that can appeal to all of Santa Barbara. If you grew up in the 1990s as I did, then you undoubtedly have seen some of Mitchell’s work. He was the creator of Clarissa Explains it All and helped write and develop Nickelodeon’s classic cartoons Ren and Stimpy, Rugrats, Doug, and Rocko’s Modern Life. Mitchell was first drawn to puppets when watching a performance by Robert Anton in New York during the ‘70s. He was mesmerized by Anton’s work and found it to be the “paradigm of performance,” combining all of the elements of the performing arts.

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Over his career, he worked with many puppeteers and even created a patented Shadowmation technique that combined live-action puppets, animatronics, and computer animation. Currently a resident of Santa Barbara, Mitchell couldn’t believe his eyes when he first witnessed Old Spanish Days. Between Fiesta and Summer Solstice Celebration, Mitchell was impressed by Santa Barbara’s ability to come together as a community to produce such citywide art-driven events. He began to dream of an event that blended his love for puppets with a festival that spanned multiple days and sprawled Santa Barbara that could appeal to the whole family and people of all ages. Throughout his career, he has noticed that puppeteers are often underserved and under-represented and wanted to establish Santa Barbara as a place that puppeteers can bring their work to and a city that embraces the entire range of the medium, from the artsy to the esoteric and comical. Over his career, Mitchell has worked with such organizations as Disney ...continued p.24

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Montecito Paean


t happened here, not somewhere else. This was the shocking thing about Montecito’s tragedy. It’s easy to watch disasters unfolding elsewhere and you think, “Oh, those poor people.” We’ve lived in Montecito for 40 years, so there isn’t a lot I haven’t seen on our South Coast. There have been fires and deluges and floods and wind, but no one was expecting these twin disasters. When the Thomas Fire started on December 4, we, like many of you, thought we were safe on the South Coast, but on December 9 it crossed over the county line. By the 10th, it was threatening Carpinteria. My son, wife, their baby, and dog had to evacuate Carpinteria and moved in with us. But the fire kept pushing up the coast. The air, thick with smoke; everyone wearing masks. After four nights with us, son and family fled to the clean air of Pismo Beach. But we still didn’t think it would hit Montecito. It all depended on the wind. The County warned of strong winds in Montecito that Friday night and Saturday morning (December 16). I was taking no chances, and that night I packed the cars with as much stuff as I could. We still felt pretty safe. Fire crews were stationed everywhere. On Saturday morning at 7, the wind hit. Swirling ash and smoke and 40 to 50 mph wind. Within 10 minutes, the entire face of Montecito Peak was ablaze. Two firefighters came to our door to check to make sure we were leaving. We left. Fortunately for us, they had just let people back in to Carpinteria and we sought refuge with our son, who had just gotten back in. By Monday, the danger passed and we came home. Thanks to the massive influx of firefighters, engines, and aircraft, Montecito was saved. Some homes were tragically lost, but the town was saved. It took us four days to clean our home and property of smoke, ash, and dust, but we were happy and Christmas was coming. There was more than enough to celebrate. Everything was fine until the early morning of January 9. We knew there were flash-flood warnings. We also knew our home was not close to any creek or flood plain, and we stayed as did most Montecito residents. Then we awakened with the deluge at 3:30 a.m. A transformer in

my neighborhood blew up, lines were arcing. The power went out. And then there was this crazy orange glow in the sky. A fire in the middle of a rainstorm? It didn’t make sense; the Thomas fire was over. My wife said “Listen.” We live near Hot Springs Road and could hear this deep rumbling coming from Montecito Creek. We instantly knew that the creek

• From the fire to the flood, the County’s emergency response system was fabulous. The organization and planning paid off. A massive influx of agencies, personnel, and equipment responded quickly and effectively. Many homes and lives were saved. The repair is underway. Thank you. •The first responders to fire and flood were doing what they like to say is just their job, but their expertise, dedication, and hard work was impressive and effective. Thank you. •The response of the utility companies was also impressive. While we can gripe

superb. It seemed like John Palminteri was everywhere doing his usual wonderful reporting. That they were able to assemble an almost 24/7 crew to keep us informed was an impressive public service. Thank you. • My family remained strong and we got and gave one another much-needed support. Stress levels were high, but we got through it. Thank you. • People were nice wherever we went, especially when they learned we were evacuees. Hotels, restaurants, stores, our friends who were also stranded, all made us feel welcomed and supported. Friends, relatives, and old acquaintances that I knew or hadn’t seen for years,

We made the best of it. We cooked on our little gas fireplace in the kitchen (we have an electric stove). I walked until I got a signal on my iPhone and downloaded email and got news. It was shocking. There were many deaths. was flooding, but we had no idea what was happening. No power, no Internet, no TV, no phone reception. Nothing. We did not know that it wiped out homes and lives from Parra Grande down to the bottom of Olive Mill Road. The response by emergency personnel was massive. By morning, when I walked over to Hot Springs, cops were everywhere blocking off streets. First responders had been working night and day to rescue survivors and search for the missing. Power poles had been knocked down as far as I could see. They wouldn’t let me walk down to see what was happening. Almost all roads were closed. We couldn’t get in or out. Stuck. Most folks in Montecito were in the same situation. We made the best of it. We cooked on our little gas fireplace in the kitchen (we have an electric stove). On Wednesday, I walked until I got a signal on my iPhone and downloaded email and got news. It was shocking. There were many deaths. Many homes were destroyed or damaged. The landscape was torn. The freeway was closed. The train was blocked. On Thursday, we were allowed to leave and we packed up, took the cat, and headed for a hotel in Santa Barbara. Eventually we were able to take the train (with cat) to Carpinteria and stayed with our son. We were out of our home for two weeks. But we’re back. I love Montecito. I love the South Coast, but Montecito has been my home for 40 years and has become a part of me. And the tragedies we survived make me appreciate why that was.

about services, the fact remains that in a situation where there was extensive damage to the infrastructure, they put a lot of personnel on the job and got services back up quickly. Thank you. • The cops had a tough job, but the local sheriffs and police on loan were professional and polite. Thank you. CHP, you might want to work harder on community relations. • Our local news staff at KEYT were

all around the country, wished us well. Thank you. Montecito has a long road ahead. Most people on the outside have no idea as to the extent of destruction and damage that Montecito suffered. It will take a couple years to crawl out of the mud and boulders, much less start to rebuild. The loss of family and friends is a more difficult thing to repair. Be kind. Be tolerant. Be patient. Be thankful. We’ll come back.

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remember very little about winning my Academy Award®. The evening was a blur and I sometimes wonder if it really happened. I vaguely recall hearing my name read aloud, kissing my wife on the cheek, bounding up the steps to the stage and doing a joyous back flip straight into the orchestra pit. I do remember Jack Nicholson turning his head away at the last moment. You know, to spare me the shame of flying into the orchestra pit in front of Jack Nicholson. Okay, full disclosure: I have never actually won an Oscar®. The Academy’s® decision to stop giving out awards for going to the movies sounded the death knell for this young cinephile’s dream. But I have always loved the movies. The darkened theater, the haunting classical music they used to pipe in before the film started, the monstrous ochre curtain you could just make out in the murk, hugely hanging there as across a gigantic secret door. The house lights would dim and a hush would befall the theater, signaling the start of the communal immersive dream. Going to a movie used to be a vaguely reverent ritual. Now it’s all you can do to get the iMoron down front to stop looking at his glowing lil’ screen when the movie starts – I guess because mobile devices offer such delicious opportunity to sate man’s searching and noble curiosity. SBIFF! (EXCUSE ME) The 2018 Santa Barbara Film Festival (SBIFF) will be ringing down the curtain as this issue of the Sentinel “goes to press” (as we say in the glamourplated journalism business). Every year, SBIFF is invested with more artistic gravitas and color then the year before, as Roger Durling continues to pull wildly procreating rabbits out of his hat. Under his unflappable stewardship (and the seamless rock-star efforts of some 700 volunteers), Durling’s SBIFF has indeed grown more deeply edifying and relevant every passing year. I attended a SBIFF event at the Lobero whose interview subjects were the unseen Oscar contenders who give a movie its flesh and blood – the panel included a composer (Alexander Desplat!), sound and production designers, I Tonya’s brilliant editor, and a young, buzzgenerating makeup innovator named Arjen Tuiten, who is set to become the Hollywood magicianeer. It helped

that the nominated movies in the pipeline this Oscar Season® are almost uniformly excellent, truth be told. From Ms Harding’s rage-fueled triple axel to a randy, amphibious Fred Astaire, and from a giddily beautiful love affair in sun-drenched Italy to the evacuationby-yacht of the 350,000-strong, and previously doomed, British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk (true story), the macabre breadth of life’s rich pageant is fairly represented in this year’s Best Picture® nominees. “WHERE THERE’S A HEARTACHE” On the other hand, one is reminded of the vast deposits of cinematic gold the Establishment brushes past during Oscar® season, and has done for decades. Some of my favorite films, those dearest to my heart, did not get a fair shake in their day, were not received by an adoring public, were not feted with red carpets and Academy®-issue statuary. Yeah, we all love the mesmerizing Oscar collage, the priceless 5 minute pastiche of classic, breath-deepening movie moments we’ve all taken into our hearts, and which bracingly stir us to tears – a young, fiendishly handsome Peter O’Toole leading the charge on camel and horseback across David Lean’s rhapsodic, widescreen Sahara; Sir Alec Guinness collapsing atop the detonator at the end of Bridge On the River Kwai (“Madness!”); Newman and Redford’s guns blazing in freeze frame as the camera ratchets back to capture the scale of Butch and Sundance’s violent end – Bacharach’s haunting “Where There’s a Heartache” timidly arriving with funerary flowers and wrapping the film in salving gauze – the history of cinema is the history of the human heart, writ 40 feet tall on the silver screen to our common exaltation.

ANTI-CORPUSCLE HUSTLE But what about Donald Pleasance being eaten by that gigantic white corpuscle in Fantastic Voyage? I don’t recall an honorific Oscar collage featuring Pleasance screaming in mad panic as the corpuscle descends on his hobbled microscopic submarine and does its ghastly corpuscle business. Or Charlton Heston with his rakish neckerchief, Mt. Rushmore nose, and pronounced underbite; hollering, hollering, wincing, and then hollering some more. “Soylent Green is made out of people!” Or Heston again, falling to his knees on the shores of

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a post-apocalyptic Ellis Island. “Hoo boy, you really did it this time!” or whatever he’s yelling, Lady Liberty half-buried and still naively hoisting her torch. Or the furry giants Gaira and Sanda doing battle in War of the Gargantuans, destroying notespecially-detailed models of Japanese cities with Oscar-worthy panache. Where is their statuette? Nowhere. Like every other emotional wreck in Moviedom, I go completely to pieces at Fonda’s heart-seizing goodbye speech to Ma in The Grapes of Wrath. “I’ll be all around in the dark. I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready…” [Oh good grief, here I go]. But why not follow that up with Peter Cushing having the bones sucked out of his arm by irradiated, snake-headed tortoises in Island of Terror! Now there was some acting! “To be or not to be…” What! Ever! Now check out Cushing. “It’s got me! Cut off my hand! CUT OFF MY HAND!” Night of the Blood Beast, Atom Age Vampire, the picnic-ruining Basket Case– these unsung fear-jerkers made their collective mark in the psyches of many a jug-eared ‘60s crew cut in baggy blue jeans, yours truly included. I remember arguing heatedly with my older sister, Jill, in the TV room of our quarters on Warren AFB in Cheyenne – during that brief time we both lived in our parent’s house. I wanted to watch Science Fiction Theater, my Saturday afternoon ritual. She wanted to watch something that did not involve shrinking a team of doctors and injecting their submarine, The Proteus (natch), into the neck of a mortally wounded world leader. Why would anyone opt not to see that? I mean, Raquel Welch in a skin-tight scuba outfit and attacked by a cloud of leukocytes? Clearly, that is both valuable science and fiction. WILL ROGERS ATTACKED BY GIANT ANT It’s a fact that many of today’s Hollywood legends and showbiz asterisks got their start in the papier-mâché-andzippers monster movie genre. Before Sergio Leone aggrandized Clint Eastwood as The Man With No Name, Clint was

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that fighter pilot pouring hot lead into a tarantula the size of Milwaukee. The movie? Tarantula (pick up the pace here, people). Future game show smarmcharmer Bert Convy got cracked with a frying pan and plastered over in horrorspendthrift Roger Corman’s Bucket of Blood. Before his four decade stage-run as American folk humorist Will Rogers, James Whitmore earned his screaming thespian stripes in the jaws of a woodenlooking giant ant in Them. Writers and directors? Exalted Chinatown screenwriter Robert Towne (whom I creepily sidled next to at the 2006 SBIFF, hoping for a stammering word or two with the Master – nope) got his start scribing for such Corman fare as Creature from the Haunted Sea. Francis Ford Coppola was a UCLA grad looking for movie work when Corman took him on as an assistant. A decade later, Corman’s kind gesture brought us Coppola’s The Godfather. What snobbery to venerate James Dean weeping on Raymond Massey’s unyielding shoulder in East of Eden and ignore the fine work of Jason Evers dialoging with his girlfriend’s cantankerous severed head in its pan of gaudy fluids. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die likely spawned a generation of misinformed neurologists, thank you very much. 1953’s Invasion From Mars, with its crashed flying saucer, subterranean Martian cabal, and flipped “dream sequence” ending, gave me serious kidnightmares and still haunts my dreams. Which may reveal more than I wish it to about my pitiable interior life. So, on the occasion of this 90th Academy Awards® statuette-orgy, keep directors Arch Hall Jr., Terence Fisher, and Arthur Crabtree in your thoughts [Eegah!, Brides of Dracula, and Fiend Without a Face, respectively]. It will be difficult to stay focused on these waypaving past masters as Ke$ha or some such warbles this year’s flimsy movie tunes to thunderous applause. But in the insistent, mispronounced words of horror hypnotist/auteur/actor Herschell Gordon Lewis in his towering 1970 classic, Wizard of Gore: “Concentrate… CONCENTRATE!” 

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by Zach Rosen

There’s Chocolate in My Beer Chocolate and beer can make a lovely combination From Zero To Sexy is a blond stout that combines Twenty-Four Blackbirds cocoa nibs with SB Roasting Co. cold brew


ith Valentine’s Day coming up, it is certainly the season for chocolate. The roastiness found in darker beer styles make them natural accompaniments to chocolate. While chocolate and beer do work wonderfully together, there are some rules to follow to make the pairing successful. Sometimes the chocolate can get overwhelmed, or the beer will become harsh if the two are mismatched. It is easy just to place a Russian Imperial Stout alongside any chocolate and they will work well (enough) with one another, but if you’d like to branch out from there it takes more finesse and foresight. Of all the styles of chocolate, darker types are by far the easiest to find an appropriate beer for. Russian Imperial Stouts and other strong ales are the standard and always make a reliable pairing with most dark chocolates. There are many flavored chocolate bars that contain everything from ginger to bacon, and these extra ingredients can be used to accent the beer’s flavors. Barrel-aged beers are typically strong in nature and can easily be paired with chocolate, especially truffles where the fillings can be coordinated with the flavor of the specific barrel (bourbon, brandy, et cetera). White chocolate and sour beers can make a potent combination. The acidity in sour beer helps draw out a fluffy, vanillin character found in white chocolate. But as with all chocolate and beer pairings, it really depends on the specific beer and chocolate. In general, it is better to stick with kettle-soured styles such as Berliner Weisse or Gose. Sometimes the dry, funky flavors found in lambics and other wildly fermented beers get weirdly emphasized or have a lingering harshness. Similarly, pure white chocolate can pull out too much bitterness in the beer and it is sometimes

Zach Rosen is a Certified Cicerone® and beer educator living in Santa Barbara. He uses his background in chemical engineering and the arts to seek out abstract expressions of beer and discover how beer pairs with life.

easier to use a truffle (e.g., a raspberry filling) or other additions to help bridge the over flavors. Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose is a good example of an appropriate sour beer, and this pairing can easily be enhanced by adding a little sorbet (lemon is usually a go-to) and adornments such as mint or a ginger snap to lace complexity into the mix. Dark and white chocolate are somewhat predictable, though milk chocolate is complicated and once again really depends on the specific beer and chocolate. Milk chocolate can sometimes be overpowered by heavy stouts and barrel-aged brutes. I have found success with using red and brown ales, but the trick is to make sure that the beer is intense enough to compete with the chocolate. A Newcastle Brown Ale is going to fall short, though a Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale is a little roastier and fuller with a nuttiness that can be enhanced when paired with the likes of a hazelnut milk chocolate. CHOCOLATE IN THE BREW The brisk nights of February demand a more warming beer, and the roastiness that comes with chocolate beers can easily heat things up. Chocolate can be added to a brew in several forms

and at various stages of the process. When barley is being roasted during the malting process, it produces similar flavors to that found in chocolate. This means that brewers can create chocolate-like flavors without actually adding chocolate. The beer’s sweetness can be bulked up by adding caramel malts and lactose (milk sugar) that, when combined with the roasted malts, give the impression of chocolate. When brewers do want to use chocolate in the recipe, they have the option of several different forms from which to choose. It often depends on the effect the brewer is going for. Cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate, cocoa nibs, chocolate extract, and chocolate and candy bars have all been used in brewing. The chocolate can be added during the boiling process or while the beer is in the fermenter. The sugar in the chocolate will ferment out so if it is added during the boil, it will bring out only the cocoa flavors. If a brewer wants to pull out the character of the specific chocolate they are using such as a candy bar), they will often add it to the secondary fermenter and let it age for a week or so. Sometimes you will also see the chocolate being added into a cask or even a Randall, which is a small chamber used for infusing beer with flavor as it is being poured from the draft. Of course, there are countless chocolate-themed beers out there now but probably one of the most classic in the genre is Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. The beer hails from the United Kingdom and uses both real chocolate and chocolate extract to give the sweet stout base a dense, fulfilling chocolate caracter. The beer has been around for years, and originally you would mostly see the beer in bottle form and carbonated with carbon dioxide (the regular element that fills the beer bubbles). Nitro cans (think Guinness) have become more widely available to brewers, and so most of the Double Chocolate Stout is available in nitro cans.

The nitrogen forms smaller bubbles that add a little finesse and silkiness to the mouthfeel of the beer. The nitro helps bring out a richer chocolate character and gives the beer more of a dessert, while the sharper mouthfeel of the carbon-dioxide bubbles pulls out the malt flavors and makes it taste more like a “beer.” Of all the chocolate-themed beers, a personal favorite is the blonde stout. This style is a fairly new concept and consists of a blonde ale that has been flavored with chocolate and coffee. A blonde stout looks like a light, refreshing beer, but when the drinker takes a sip their palate is filled with a roasty, stoutlike flavor. It is rare that a new style can be traced to a single moment in beer, but as far as I can tell the blonde stout concept was first introduced at the San Francisco Craft Brewers Conference in 2011. There was an after-hours event being held at the luxury chocolatier TCHO’s old Pier 17 location. They had provided breweries from around the nation with cocoa nibs and then held a competition on who could brew the best chocolate beer with them. Brewers and industry members filled the TCHO factory and tasted the different beers while getting to feast on all chocolate-themed foods (think bacon-wrapped pâté rolled in cocoa nibs). The whole room was ablaze with inspired conversations, but what ended up being the real talk of the night was Maui Brewing Co.’s beer. For the event, Maui Brewing produced a blonde ale that had been aged on cocoa nibs and vanilla. It had a full milk chocolate flavor, yet the beer was sparkling blonde. People were shocked and the term “blonde stout” was being thrown around the room. The beer made a huge impression on the international contingent of industry members, and after that night you started hearing about blonde stouts being brewed. I’ve been asking other beerdoes who were in the room that night, and no one can remember the beer’s name, though I still hear it referenced in conversations. If it was not the first blonde stout, then it was certainly the one that helped popularize the style. A great example of the blonde stout style is Figueroa Mountain’s From Zero To Sexy, and fortunately a new batch just came out. The beer uses vanilla beans and cocoa nibs from Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolates. In this recent batch, they wanted to up the intensity a bit. Normally, they use 100% of SB Roasting Co.’s Milano Espresso Blend, but this time they added 20% Deep Tan Roast to give the beer a sharper coffee character. At 6.8% ABV, the beer has good alcohol kick that helps warm up those winter nights. 

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City of Conversation


hat with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival wrapping up as we’re hitting newsstands, you might think we’re referring to our little burg that just got done hosting veritable gab fests featuring Oscar nominees receiving tributes at the Arlington Theater nearly every evening for the last 11 days, not to mention the almost innumerable Q&A sessions following zillions of screenings at the Metro or Lobero. But actually, the title of the play opening Saturday, February 10, at the New Vic Theatre is about what used to take place in Washington, D.C., before all the partisan bickering, gerrymandering-enhanced polarized congressional seats and other forces made the genial evening conversations that once took place between rival legislators a thing largely of the past. Anthony Giardina’s The City of Conversation, which was nominated for 2014-15 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for best play, is a thought-provoking story about how the political divide tears apart an American family. Sharon Lawrence (best-known for her role on NYPD Blue) stars as Hester Ferris, who uses her skills in the art of socializing to host posh dinner parties at her home in Georgetown that might be every bit as important as the daytime deal-making going on at the Capitol and can actually change the course of politics. Hester shares the house with her widowed sister, Jean, played by Meredith Baxter (TV’s Family Ties). The drama takes place over three time periods spanning 30 years, starting in 1979, just as Ted Kennedy – whom Hester supports – is preparing to challenge Jimmy Carter for the Democratic presidential nomination. But things get turned upside-down when her son and his new girlfriend arrive, announcing they’re part of the new Republican wave that eventually sent Ronald Reagan to the White House. The next two segments cover Robert Bork nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987, and the eve of President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, as Giardina’s plot connects the family’s turmoil to the changes in contemporary American politics. Both the play and director Cameron Watson are making their Santa Barbara debuts. The City of Conversation plays through

Clemens and Barry Bonds) – come back after intermission for “the world’s longest encore,” a set filled with almost all of their other greatest hits. Tickets cost $60.50 to $136. Call 963-4408 or visit


Sunday, February 25. Tickets cost $20 to $70. Visit or call 9655400.

What’s in a Number?

the traces of information that people leave on Google, social media, dating, and even pornography sites, with shocking results. That’s also the title of his talk at UCSB’s Campbell Hall at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 13, four hours after Stephens-Davidowitz also participates in a Q&A titled “All the World’s a Lab: Analyzing Data to Discover What Customers Want” at the Carrillo Recreation Center Ballroom downtown. Free admission to both events. Info at 893-3535 or

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’ve heard “25 Or 6 To 4” hundreds of times over the decades since it first came out on Chicago II back in 1970 – and I still have no idea what the title means. But really, who cares? It’s a catchy little ditty, and not only are you guaranteed to hear that classic rock song when Chicago performs at the Arlington Theatre on Sunday, February 11, you’ll also hear every song that comes before and after it on the record. That’s right. The group that did more than any other to make horns in rock ‘n’ roll popular is playing Chicago II in its entirety, the full double-album that also includes the hits “Make Me Smile”, “Wake Up Sunshine”, and “Colour My World,” which is said to be the No. 1 song for weddings and proms over the decades. (‘Fess up, some of you probably had your first dance with your spouse to the romantic ballad, right?). Even more remarkable, that’s only the first set of the concert. Chicago – who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 (which was 20 years after reaching eligibility, so don’t feel so bad, Roger

ow often do you get to hang around with one of those geniuses who helped make Google one of the biggest and most life-changing company’s on Earth? Unless you pal around with Eric Schmidt in his Montecito mansion, probably not all that often. On the other hand, if you did, you might be faced with more data-driven info than you ever thought you might want to know. Former Google data scientist and New York Times writer Seth Stephens-Davidowitz employed his skills to glean data from all over the Internet – particularly Google searches – to get insights into the human psyche that have completely upset the Apple (sorry, apple) cart of what we thought we knew about people. The Harvardtrained economist used the info from searches to measure tendencies and statistics, all sorts of hot-button issues such as racism, abortion, depression, child abuse, sexual preference, anxiety, and many other topics. That info is far different from what people tell researchers. His bestselling 2017 book, Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who You Really Are, analyzed

atching a staged reading of a play is not quite as rare an event, but also not as frequent as perhaps it should be, given that playwrights surely need hearing their lines read aloud, as well as audience feedback to hone the script. Which makes heading down to Ventura for a Plays-In-Progress reading of All Sales Final at Rubicon Theatre on Tuesday, February 13, at 7 a worthy proposition. Mady Julian’s quirky comedy is about “three likable young losers and their garage sales,” and something about a guy just coming home from a 30-day jail sentence day, his day-care running sister, a probation officer, a tomboy toting stolen jewelry, a would-be stepmother, and, well, you get the picture. Rubicon’s first-ever company member, award-winning actor Joseph Fuqua, directs, and the reading will be followed by a talk-back with the playwright. It’s free, but, still, all sales are final. Or reservations are recommended, anyway. Call 667-2900 or visit www.

Cruising on VD


et’s face it: it sucks being single on Valentine’s Day. Even if you’re okay sleeping alone at night, being bombarded with advertising for hearts and chocolates at every turn doesn’t help, especially if you’re just getting over a failed relationship. (Not me, of course).

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So, it’s understandable if you’re inclined to stay home, rather than face all those happy couples staring into one another’s eyes at restaurants and coffee shops. But there are alternatives to spending the night watching TV or trying to figure out how to game Facebook’s new algorithm to get the 25 friends you want to show up in your Newsfeed. YASA Yoga & Wellness Center is throwing its annual community appreciation night on Wednesday, February 14, launching free yoga and meditation on Wednesdays every week in its 100 year old building that used to house a Buddhist Temple. Enjoy healing sound bowls and meditation with Julee and Thea, and then stick around for “Healthiest Mocktails and Cocktails” from A Healthy Pour, co-host of the event, featuring four red mocktails including custom chocolate fixings and homemade liquors for those who wish to imbibe. The 5 to 8:30 pm event is free. Meanwhile, Valentines & Boxes, from Santa Barbara Matchmaking, tackles the problem head on, as Laplace Wine Bar & Shop hosts an event aimed at helping attendees make a connection, romantic or otherwise. The event offers mingling on the outdoor patio, complimentary light bites and a complimentary beverage for each guest, plus optional tarot card readings. And if you don’t find someone special, at least you’ll feed good about yourself as V&B also serves through its raffle as a fundraiser for ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity helping those affected by natural and man-made disasters. Admission is $30 to $35. Visit events/401873590260352).

Even more direct – and more in the realm of hooking up with Mr. or Ms. Right Now vs the Mr. or Ms. Right, the matchmakers want to help you find – the Good Bar at the Goodland Hotel’s “Swipe Right” party is a more cheeky celebration that features DJ Darla Bea spinning tunes, a special Valentine-themed cocktail (or several), and dancing from 8 to midnight. Free admission. Details at www.OutpostSB. com.... Already committed to someone? Bring ‘em along. Or don’t. I’m pretty sure they’re not checking relationship status at the door.

This One’s a Shoe-in


inky Boots was virtually destined to be a smash, given that the musical brought together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the book, Grammy-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (who composed the score), in a fact-based story about Charlie Price, who is struggling after taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory. Enter Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos, who provides Charlie with the inspiration he was seeking. Kinky Boots won every major Best Musical Award in the land, including the Tony (and five other categories, including one for Lauper), and is still playing on Broadway five years after opening as well as in London, Australia, and

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elsewhere. The previous U.S. National Tour bypassed Santa Barbara, so the shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 20-21, at the Granada, mark the local debut for the highheeled hit. Get tickets online at www. or www. or call 899-2222.

King’s Hunt


ere’s the 411: The Shire of Carreg Wen – King’s Hunt is taking over Live Oak Camp – the site of Lucidity Festival in April and the Live Oak Music Festival every June – the weekend of February 23-25. I may be something of a dolt, but I honestly don’t know what the dickens any of that means. I tried reading their website and I still don’t know. But I saw it on Facebook, and it looked darned interesting. The Shire of Carreg Wen is a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., an international non-profit organization for the exploration of medieval history. The Shire is located in the Kingdom of Caid (a.k.a. modern-day Lompoc and the surrounding area). Carreg Wen means “White Rock,” and the Shire takes this name from Lompoc’s unique local deposits of diatomaceous earth (Dunno what that is, either).

Anyway, members of the Shire are active in Tournament Combat, Costuming, Archery, Woodworking, Period Cooking, Brewing, Metalworking, and other period topics and crafts. They meet the first Sunday of every month and hold fighter’s practices and archery practices, plus occasional workshops in costuming (“stitch and bitch”) and arts and sciences (“show and tell”). The Carreg Wen – King’s Hunt – is their big event for the year. The weekend activities include rapier, cut & thrust, armored, equestrian, A&S classes, children’s activities, brewing competition, and a baking competition. Plus, they’re serving the King’s Hunt Feast Saturday night with a Marco Polo theme, and the Shire will be hosting breakfast Sunday morning included with site fee. Sounds pretty gnarly, and admission is a mere $30 for adults, $5 for kids, though the feast will run you another $12 and you need to reserve in advance (via the modernday method of communicating known as email to Kingshuntfeast@ That’s also the website for more info, or you can check Facebook at events/308543272968393.

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WHAT’SHANGING? with Ted Mills Ted Mills is a local writer, filmmaker, artist, and podcaster on the arts. You can listen to him at He currently has a seismically dubious stack of books by his bed. Have an upcoming show you’d like us to know about? Please email:



here is a stunning amount of art openings to catch up on this issue, dear reader, and I beg your pardon for not being right on top of everything. Just as the recently concluded film festival was a reminder of how many cinemas we have in a city this size, so too does the combo of First Thursdays and FunkZone Art Walk show how much fresh work we have within walking distance around downtown. (Not mention a short bike ride and/or car trip) So, let’s get right down to business, shall we? BEHIND THE DOOR

Architect of dreams and nightmares Michael Long returns with “View with a Room” at 111-C Santa Barbara St. (Sol Hill’s space). Once again, Long has produced a series of assemblagebased room dioramas, miniature basements, abandoned front rooms,


Local artists, craftsmakers, artisans, and brewers/vintners still need all your support in the wake of disaster, and today, 11 am to 3 pm, The Makers Market comes to the FunkZone for four hours of fun. As they up at the Santa Barbara Wine Collective (131 Anacapa St.), you can buy everything from soaps to jewelry. Artists selling their wares include Dan Levin, Karin Shelton, and more. There will be raffles all day and live music from the Doublewide Kings. Ten percent of proceeds go to Direct Relief International. THINK OF THE EXPOSURE

attics, and living (or dying) rooms of all sorts, many with an ominous door waiting for you to open. (“Don’t open that door!” screams the audience.) Long’s attention to grimy detail is always superb. This is a pop-up through Sunday, February 11, at least, so get thee hence.

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No moose are involved with the Arts Fund’s new show “Northern Exposure”, which runs through March 10. No, in fact, the north that curator John Hood is talking about is north county, specifically Allan Hancock College, where Hood teaches alongside four interesting faculty members, all represented here: Adrienne Allebe, Emily Baker, Amiko Matsuo, and Patrick Trimbath. Our friends beyond the 154 rarely get a look-in, so this exhibit of photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and digital art will help rectify that. At 205 Santa Barbara St. Several shows that got cancelled because of the mudslide are back up: “Click II: Creative Photography” is back at MichaelKate Interiors (132 Santa Barbara St.), featuring the work of Stephen Robeck, Sol Hill, Carol Paquet, Patricia Houghton Clark, and Jim McKinnis. The usual tenants at Studio 121 (121 Santa Barbara St.) are still up: Michael Irwin, Jeanne Dentzel, and Dug Uyesaka. Wall Space Creative and Sullivan Goss Satellite have shows up at The Guilded Table/ Waterline (120 Santa Barbara St.) featuring the photography of Marian Crostic. Michael C. Armour’s oil paintings and works on paper are back up at Silo 118 (118 Gray Ave.). REINTERPRETED

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Whatever Breakfast (711 Chapala) does to move art in Santa Barbara, could they bottle it? A week ago, they put up a benefit show for the mudslides featuring four artists – owners Morgan Maassen and Tosh Clements, along with B.J. Javier and Jeff Johnson – and a day after the opening every work save one had sold. But don’t worry, the show will remain up for a month or two at least. PARDON OUR DUST


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Cecily Brown’s “Rehearsal” is her first West Coast show, in which the artist reinterprets works by Bruegel, Degas, and others in casual watercolor and inks; and Midori Hirose’s “Of The Unicorn (and the Sundowner Kids)”, a series of sculptural interpretations of her times spent in Santa Barbara. Through June 3. MCA SB, if ya didn’t know, is upstairs at Paseo Nuevo, right above Eureka! Burger.

A few weeks past, I had the chance to catch MCA SB’s two new shows.

The Santa Barbara Art Museum (1130 State St.) may be under major construction, but it wants you to know there’s still exhibitions going on inside, most which come from the museum’s permanent collection. Soon to close on Sunday, February 25, is “Storytelling: Narrative Paintings in Asian Art,” along with “Brought to Light: Revelatory Photographs” (through April 22), “Crosscurrents: The Painted Portrait in America, Britain, and France, 1750-1850” (through May 27), and “Crosscurrents: American and European Portrait Photographs, 18401900”. IDENTITY ISSUES

Also back to normal, the monthly exhibits at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club (2375 Foothill Road), curated as usual by Susan Tibbles. This month, it’s “Identity” a group show featuring Kate Doordan Klavan as guest artist, along with R. Anthony Askew, Rosemarie Gebhart, Ari Weaver, and more. Through March 2. TRIBAL TIES

Westmont’s Ridley-Tree Museum of Art shows “Africa Through Its Sculpture: Highlights from the Lifshitz Collection,” which dips into the 40 years of collecting by Fima and Jere Lifshitz. Through March 24. NEON DREAMS

Sullivan Goss (11 E. Anapamu) features Patricia Chidlaw’s second solo show, “The Moving Picture Show”, a collection of the painters cityscapes, glowing-neon street scenes, and Hopper-esque daytime desertion. Through April 1. 

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Behind the Vine

Ritz-Carlton Bacara hosts the annual World of Pinot Noir

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DON’T MISS THESE UPCOMING WINE EVENTS Women Winemakers Dinner Returns to Solvang


un fact: Santa Barbara County has a higher percentage of female winemakers than most of the wine regions around the world – almost doubling the average! So, it’s only fitting that on International Women’s Day, the day that honors working women’s achievements, we celebrate the talented ladies of our wine community. On March 8, the Women Winemakers Dinner returns to Solvang, bringing more than two dozen female winemakers to K’Syrah Catering & Events for an evening of fantastic wine and food. The event, which benefits the Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County, kicks off with a predinner tasting reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm outside of K’Syrah, where a selection of wine will be available to taste along with passed appetizers and

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cheese from Solvang’s Cailloux Cheese Shop. Following the reception, guests will head inside to enjoy a four-course, sitdown collaborative dinner with wine pairings, prepared by a few of the Santa Ynez Valley’s leading culinary ladies, including chef Brooke Stockwell of K’Syrah, Janelle McAtamney of Cailloux Cheese Shop, Amy Dixon of The Baker’s Table, Theo Stephan of Global Gardens, and chef Cynthia Miranda of The Lucky Hen Larder. A few of the participating winemakers include Karen Steinwachs, Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard; Sonja Magdevski, Casa Dumetz Wines; Brooke Carhartt, Carhartt Vineyard & Winery; Alison Thomson, Lepiane Wines; Lane Tanner, Lumen Wines; Adrienne St. John, Rideau Vineyard; Jessica Gasca, Story of Soil; Tara Gomez, Kitá Wines; Angela Osborne, A Tribute To Grace; Clarissa Nagy, Nagy Wines; Sandra Newman, Cebada Wine; Brit Zotovich, Dreamcôte Wine Co.; and Morgan Clendenen, Cold Heaven Cellars. Having attended last year’s event, I can attest this is a fun, spirited affair to show support for and celebrate the women of Santa Barbara County’s wine and food communities. Tickets to the Thursday, March 8, gala are currently on sale at womenswinemakerdinner. Celebrate Pinot Noir at the WOPN Each year on the first weekend in March, a few thousand pinot noir fans come together to celebrate their favorite grape at the annual World of Pinot Noir (WOPN), which returns to Santa Barbara for yet another year of educational seminars, luncheons, grand tastings, and multi-course dinners centered around pinot noir. Taking place on March 1-3 at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, the event is on track to be the biggest in its 18-year

history, featuring more than 250 wineries from around the world and plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in all things pinot. Kicking off Thursday with an opening-night party featuring winemakers, leading sommeliers, and tasty bites, Friday and Saturday days bring producers and enthusiasts together for interesting pinot-focused seminars and fun luncheons. A few highlights include a seminar examining the cool climate terroirs of the Central Coast, led by Matt Kettmann, as well as a seminar exploring Oregon’s ever-growing ties to Burgundy, led by Joshua Greene, editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine. There’s also a Rosé Lawn Party overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Angel Oak, and a threecourse luncheon showcasing the wines of the Petaluma Gap AVA. Per usual, WOPN will include several impressive, multi-course dinners both Friday and Saturday nights, including a celebratory farm-to-fork dinner highlighting the bounties of the Santa Maria Valley and a Vintage Burgundy Dinner with the Guild of Sommeliers showcasing a six-course meal paired with rare Burgundy wines from the guild’s extensive cellar. Definitely the most heavily attended part of the weekend is the Grand Tasting, which will be held for two days in the Ritz-Carlton Bacara’s Grand Ballroom, featuring pinot noir from around the world, silent auctions, and seasonal appetizers to enjoy in between sips. This year, in light of the recent natural disasters in California, a portion of the proceeds from two Grand Tasting Charity Silent Auctions will support ongoing relief efforts. Whether you’re already a fan of pinot noir or want to further your knowledge of wine made from this beloved grape, don’t miss this premier event! Tickets are available in advance online at www. 

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with Mark Léisuré

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.

Sick and Sidelined During SBIFF


ou have no idea how much I want to tell you all about the first week of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), just go on and on about the amazing seminars at the Lobero last weekend, with all the writers and producers who are nominated for Academy Awards sharing insights into the creative process and gushing about how thrilled they are to be involved in award season. (Particularly the writers, who, since all of the Oscar-nominated directors also wrote their films, consisted largely of their co-writers, offering a different insight than such typical panels). You can’t imagine how I long to go into details about the witticism bandied about by the six actors (including more Oscar nominees) during the Virtuosos Awards last Saturday night, or what crack character actor (and soon-to-be Best Actor winner) Gary Oldman had to say about transforming himself into Winston Churchill, or how whip-smart Irish actress Saoirse Ronan dissed about the role of her (still very short) lifetime as Greta Gerwig’s Sacramento-raised stand-in in Lady Bird. It would be a blast to reveal how The Public – the new indie film from former Breakfast Club Brat Pack-er Emilio Estevez proved the finest opening night film in the festival’s history, and what fun it was to watch father (Martin Sheen) and son enjoy the moment together. I fantasize about delving into the hidden gems among the couple of hundred movies playing at the fest this year, the quirky indie that’s got a lot of heart, the foreign film that makes me wish I spoke a non-Romance language. I want to. But I can’t. Because I wasn’t there. One of those nasty viruses going around grabbed me by the throat a few days before Opening Night and migrated both down and up from there, only easing up late Tuesday, just in time for me to catch the tail end of the directors’ en masse awards evening, the one where all five Academy Award nominees shared the stage. Hey, I’m grateful that at least it wasn’t the flu, which is actually killing people not that much older than me, even those who got the flu vaccine, this iteration. But I can share two items about SBIFF ‘18. First, it was the first time the fest

had gathered all five director nominees (Gerwig, Paul Thomas Anderson of Phantom Thread, The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro, Jordan Peele of Get Out, and Dunkirk’s Christopher Nolan) in one place at one time, and though moderator Scott Feinberg only got to ask two questions of them after they returned to the stage for a group sitdown, the second one about what they thought of one another’s films proved perhaps even more revealing than their individual interviews (not that I’d know). They were only supposed to talk about one other movie each, but after PTA (Paul Thomas Anderson of Phantom Thread) talked about all of them, pretty much they all did, and it was great. Hearing them share how they were moved by other directors’ work – and several mentioned vacillating between wondering “How did they do that?” and just being swept away by the storytelling – gave new insight into each of the films that perhaps even the one who made the film hadn’t realized before. And, wow, Gerwig sure did give it her all, nearly collapsing into tears and she talked about the other movies. Great stuff. The other is that Wednesday’s American Riviera tribute to Sam Rockwell – who will in all likelihood take down the best supporting actor Oscar next month – was surely the shortest one for SBIFF on record, clocking in at just more than 75 minutes (and that was assuming it started on time, because, having mostly healed, I chose to heed my commitment to see Cirque Eloize [see below] across the street, so I got there late.) The fact that the theater was somewhere between one-quarter and one-third full may or may not have had something to do with that. That’s all I got. EL-WOW: CIRQUE SHUFFLES UP A WESTERN Leave it to Cirque Éloize, mainstays Quebec’s circus scene, to take on the uniquely American Wild West in their new show Saloon. The piece inspired by the myths and mayhem of that particular time and place focuses less on the troupe’s technical prowess and riskfilled circus feats in favor of ensemble work and theatricality, bringing to

life the feeling, albeit whimsical, of watching the action from a bar stool as the characters come through the saloon doors. (Most impressive in that latter area was the illusion of a chase on a speeding locomotive). To be fair, Justine MéthéCrozat definitely offered both aspects, playing a character who has a significant role in virtually every scene, including romantic interest and solid singer. And the tumbles and flips off a see-saw near the end amped up the fear factor, even as the artists were still spectacularly graceful executing the difficult moves. Aw, shucks, it was dandy. SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT How many band – rock, pop, soul, jazz or otherwise – have had the same lead singer for 63 years? The Rolling Stones? Nope. Formed in ‘62. Steppenwolf? Please. Try the Isley Brothers. The Grammy Award-winning group debuted as a sibling gospel quartet way back in 1954, soon evolving into a soul and pop band that has compiled seven No. 1 R&B hits, four Top 10 pop hits, 13 albums certified gold or platinum, and an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The group’s current lineup features Ronald Isley, who has been the lead vocalist since the group’s inception, and lead guitarist Ernie Isley, his younger brother, a relative newbie who joined in 1973, a mere 45 years ago. With that kind of dedication and longevity, I’m willing to forgive them for foisting the song “Shout” on the world, now a staple of every bar-soaked cover band in the land. I mean, even before I had creaky knees, I stopped obeying the command to get low when they sing “A little bit softer now.” I sure would’ve preferred “It’s Your Thing”, which has a much funkier riff and preaches freedom (albeit through a somewhat dated line about “I can’t tell you who to sock it to” – I think about Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In every time I hear it), rather than making me feel like an idiot when I’m the only guy still dancing upright on the dance floor. But I digress. The Isleys are headed up to Santa Ynez for a gig Friday night, February 16, at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom. Not sure if I’m going. But you’ll definitely spot me if I’m there. I’ll be the guy looking around sheepishly at the end of the set when everybody’s getting down to the ground during “Shout”. FUN WITH FUNGI Lord knows we got enough wineand-dine events in Santa Barbara that there’s really no reason to head out of town for a fork and cork affair. Except we don’t have one dedicated

(photo by James Lindsey)

to mushrooms, at least as far as I know. This gastronomical oversight does not exist up in the Santa Ynez Valley, where Bedford Winery in Los Alamos has been hosting an annual Mushrooms Gone Wild festival for a decade. We would already have missed Year 11 if not for the closure of Highway 101 following the Montecito Mudslide, forcing rescheduling to Saturday, February 17, when those with a penchant for edible fungus can revel in the glory of mushroomcentric dishes accompanied by Bedford wines. Local and cultivated mushrooms are featured, both dried and fresh, covering a multitude of varieties including Chanterelles, Hedgehogs, Shitake, Porcini, Oyster, Maitake, Candy Cap, Huitacoche, and Black Trumpet. (Don’t you think at least three of those would make for a great name for a rock band?) Small plates from recipes around the world continually arrive throughout the event, ranging from simply grilled buttons to complex layered patés and wood-fired flatbreads. For those even further fixated on fungus, mushroom expert Bob Cummings will be on hand to answer your questions. It all takes place from 2 to 5 pm at the Bedford Winery Tasting Room and Courtyard, located at 448 Bell Street in downtown Los Alamos – which is a pretty charming town, so arriving early isn’t a bad idea. And it’s not insanely expensive like some of the local events, which are benefits and cost a whole lot more than Mushrooms Gone Wild’s $50 admission. Need another reason to attend? It’s cold-and-flu season, and Maitake and Shitake are two of the more powerful immune-system boosters. So, if you end up staying up all night at the tables or machines after the Isleys, at least you can mitigate the damage the next afternoon. Details at 344-2107 or www.bedfordwinery. com. 

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MOM ABOUT TOWN by Julie Boe The former Girl About Town is wearing a new hat for The

Sentinel as Mom About Town. When Ms Boe isn’t writing for numerous magazines, she’s zipping around town from one activity to another with her active 15-month-old son, Daniel. Julie and Daniel explore local activities, events, and spaces that are family-friendly and mom-approved.


The energetic and fun Helpr babysitting staff

AppFolio kids have a blast playing indoors, escaping the Thomas Fire’s smoke and ash


y fellow parents understand what it’s like to need childcare in a pinch. Sometimes we all just need a break. In fact, I’ve often thought that utilizing assistance with my son, Daniel, makes me a better mom. We come back, re-energized and ready to

handle tantrums or teething. I recently discovered the app and babysitting service Helpr through local tech company AppFolio. When the Thomas Fire struck in the middle of holiday festivities, the community was blind-sighted. AppFolio Child’s play: tyke William shows Addison his fire engine

decided to give their employees a break by hiring Helpr to come and care for their employees’ children. AppFolio’s Chief People officer, Amy Meyer, explained: “We are very committed to fostering a great experience for our employees. With local school closures during the Thomas Fire, we were able to quickly engage with Helpr and provide onsite cchildcare, alleviating one more challenge for employees during this stressful time.” Daniel couldn’t go outdoors for days due to the poor air quality. In our quaint condo, it looked like a bomb had gone off. Blocks, books, Christmas ornaments, and a slew of other toddler toys were covering our floors, making it difficult to walk without stumbling or stubbing our toes.

Taking Daniel to AppFolio after days of indoor play was a huge relief and gave me a chance to restore order to the chaos of our condo. I had a chance to chat with Becka Klauber Richter, co-founder of Helpr. She explained that the babysitters on the Helpr app all do an in-person interview, have two personal childcare references, criminal background clearance, are CPR-qualified, and have their social media reviewed. The babysitters are able to give parents a break with basic childcare needs and even mild cleaning. The sitters all have different backgrounds but one attribute in common: they love kids and have enthusiasm and extensive experience. Becka explained, “Everyone who works for a company is dedicating themselves to that company, and they deserve family support.” In addition to primary back-up and wellness childcare for companies, Helpr also provides temporary on-site assistance, corporate retreats, and help for individuals. When I picked up Daniel from AppFolio, the Helpr babysitters handed me colorful drawings he had completed. They also provided a full report on how he ate, napped, and behaved. Daniel’s newfound friends of various ages gave him hugs goodbye and blew kisses. For more information on Helpr and AppFolio, check out their websites at and 

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BUSINESSBEAT by Jon Vreeland Jon Vreeland is a writer of prose, poetry, plays, and journalism. His memoir, The Taste of Cigarettes, will publish May 22, 2018, with Vine

Leaves Press. Vreeland is married to artist Alycia Vreeland and is a father of two beautiful daughters who live in Huntington Beach, where he is from.



riters, musicians, artists, architects, builders, we who invent, create, compose, and build, we who write with every bit of our body, soul, and mind to achieve novel and relevant ideas which pertain to our trade or craft, either have or will somewhere along the line accomplish our most significant achievement yet: an invincible and personal triumph that is without question our Old Man and the Sea, our Sgt. Peppers, or our A Streetcar Named Desire. In other words, a person who derives something from little or nothing at all most often contains their own, sometimes private, but always individual magnum opus, which is Latin for “masterpiece.” As for Olympic Construction, owners Richard Schroeder and Dana Larsen say its magnum opus lives in the spared but still arid hills of Montecito, up off Mountain Drive. This 3,500-sq.-ft. Mediterranean-style home with 2 stories and 5 bedrooms, a flat-stucco and stone

exterior and red-tile roof, sits among a handful of homes on Coyote Road, most secured with long-stoned driveways and wrought-iron gates, where residents and their guests can watch the Channel Islands sleep like giants in the Pacific, as the ocean water sways and jiggles like a large bowl of salty Jell-O. But before their days of a craft that now requires permits, bids, payrolls, contracts, licenses, the early-morning drives in their white utility trucks through the Foothills and shadowy clefts of the San Ynez Mountains and to the Olympic Construction job sites, Dana worked for a man named Ted Long. “Ted taught me how to make cabinets and paid me enough to pay my bills and my tuition for college.” After Dana graduated Chico State, the lifetime Santa Barbaran hit the South Pacific, where he traveled and surfed Australia, Thailand, the Himalayas, stopping in New Zealand to work on a Dairy Farm; then in Sydney, Australia,

The 3,500-sq-ft home on Coyote Road was built after the Tea Fire crumbled the house to the ground in 2008. Olympic Construction would finish the job in 2010.

to make stage sets for the Sydney Opera House. Later, in 1995 he married his wife, Liz Larsen, and the aftermath of their blind date continues to this day. Richard, on the other hand, who is married to Goleta Unified School District employee Dawn Schroeder, didn’t swim with the sharks in the South Pacific, he swam in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics – hence the company’s name – one in Los Angeles and the other in Seoul, Korea. He won two gold medals at both competitions (feats which Dana told me after Richard had gone). Dana also says the 1985 UCSB graduates’ twice-earned achievement can only be attained with insurmountable “hard work,” exactly how the longtime friends say they conduct themselves and their thriving, and is the reason why they

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can tend to the surfeit of pugnacious wildfires that annually and brazenly scorch the vulnerable state of California. For Olympic Construction, whose payroll ranges from three to 10 employees at a time, Richard says that “three jobs at a time” is ideal for the productivity of the small company that specializes in full remodels and room additions. Although, upon San Ysidro Ranch and Romero Canyon, the wrath of Mother Nature bestowed smoke damage on two of Olympic Construction clients’ homes, not to mention filled one of their creeks to the brim with mudslide muck and wildfire filth to add to the company calendar. Richard and Dana have known each other for about 25 years, and have been in business together for more than 20 years, swinging hammers alongside each other since 1997. And both have been married around two decades – Richard to Dawn, and Dana to Liz – each family with two kids, who they raised here in Santa Barbara, the only city along with Montecito the company will work, no further, where their current magnum opus awaits its future and humble gold medal replacement. For questions and bids, you can reach Dana Larsen at (805) 886-4422 and Richard Schroeder at (805) 570-5342.

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PLANB by Briana Westmacott When Briana isn’t lecturing for her writing courses at UCSB and SBCC, she contributes to The Santa Barbara Skinny, Wake & Wander and Flutter Magazine. Along with her passion for writing and all things Santa Barbara, much of her time is spent multitasking through her days as a mother, wife, sister, want-to-be chef and travel junky. Writing is an outlet that ensures mental stability... usually.


LETTERS OF GRATITUDE The S.B. Support Network graciously shared some of the thank-you letters they have received from families they aided. Reading these words from those who have been helped gives you a sense of the appreciativeness surrounding the S.B. Support Network: Thank you, S.B. Support Network, friend,s and donors, and an extra special The S.B. Support Network team (minus their trusty treasurer, Cara Chirappa): Holly Parker, Jennifer Harris, Laura Zoltan, Linda Meyer, Ana Stump, and Tara Haaland-Ford


hile the dust from the mudslide disaster is settling, the Montecito community faces a daunting cleanup and rebuilding process. Some are just finding out that their homes are redtagged and no longer inhabitable. There is a continual need for backing and strength. A group of Santa Barbara women is ready to help. Just days after the disastrous storm, S.B. Support Network was born. A group of Mesa moms quickly convened to figure out a way to provide immediate assistance to families in need. “We are a conduit for a community,” co-founder Ana Stump described the Support Network’s purpose. “If a family needed shoes, blankets, grocery gift cards, a work truck, a rental property, we put the call out on a Sign-up Genius website and Santa Barbara has answered.” Floods of donations have come in. Forty-four families have been provided services thus far. Donations ranging from $25 gift cards to $25,000 sponsorships have been collected. Celebrities have taken notice. Author Glennon Doyle Melton and the Anheuser-Busch family have provided large donations, and producers from The Ellen DeGeneres Show have contacted the S.B. Support Network founders with interest in doing a story about them. All donations go directly to fulfilling families’ requests. Families in need have been provided with vehicles, rent paid for three months, rides to the grocery store, basic supplies, moving

and storage assistance, and most importantly a sense of communal love and support in a time when their world has been torn apart. Intake coordinator and co-founder Tara Haaland-Ford described the process, “S.B. Support Network works on an anonymous platform. Families are given a number to ensure anonymity and a key contact person from the group. We post their needs on the website and once all goods are donated and gathered, the key contact will deliver them to the family.” The turnaround for many of the families has been within 24 hours something Tara and Ana joked is faster than an Amazon delivery. The S.B. Support Network started with a couple of moms and a few families on their list, but it became clear that this was going to be much bigger than they ever imagined. More Mesa moms have stepped in to help, and the Network continues to pulse as the number of families in assistance grows. The referral process is simple: Make contact with Tara and she will guide you through the process. You can refer anyone who suffered loss and needs help. Please email Tara at haalandford@gmail. com, subject S.B. Support Network, provide the name of the family, the contact person and info, a description of circumstances, and a list of needs. If you would like to donate items to families, please visit the S.B. Support Network site to sign up: go/60b0e4daeac22a5f58-must

shout-out to Jennifer Potter Harris and Tara Haaland-Ford, who were able to hear the fear and pain and hold that space for so many people. You have helped so many families turn a corner and feel incredibly loved and supported. Today was a day I will remember as long as I live, and just like Jennifer said, pay it forward and try to make the hard times better for those in need of some extra love and support. I didn’t know you before this happened, but one of the many blessings that have come with this experience is crossing paths with the two of you. I am a better person because of it. Thank you. XO Family #38 SB Network, I’m a single mom, raising 2 teens and 3 rescued pets (dog, bunny, and lovebird, all from shelters). I work two jobs. One as an estate manager in 93108, and I have a side business as an event coordinator on top of my approximately 50 hr. workweek. Economically, it has been excruciating for me. During the Thomas Fire, we were evacuated 4 times. Under a voluntary evacuation notice for the storm, we sandbagged the cottage I rent beside Montecito Creek on Hot Springs Road, loaded the car in the driveway and were ready to go, should the OEM give us the order. That order never came. Details of the storm are too horrific to write about. Suffice it to say that night was far and away the worst of our lives. I do not know why God spared us. Our

neighbors were not as fortunate and that is difficult to grapple with. My son’s best friend, Charlie, who refers to me as Mom 2, managed to get through on my cell phone in the early morning hours. He asked if we were ok, but before I could answer, the connection was lost. Charlie was with his ill girlfriend, who suffers from Crohn’s Disease, at Cottage Hospital’s ER. They had been there all night. They left the hospital and made their way to Montecito. There, they led a search and rescue team to our home, hiking in through waist-deep swirling water and debris. Our driveway was blocked by down power poles, live wires, boulders, and the debris of our neighbor’s home, not to mention the creek itself, which had redirected during the flash flood. They rescued us as water and debris were entering our house. We were transported to the Red Cross shelter at City College with our 3 pets and the clothes we were wearing, grateful to be alive. In the days since the devastation, we have been to 6 different locations. I am trying to bring stability to my family. The Santa Barbara Support Network has proven to be a true Godsend. Through their assistance, we have been able to get clothing and food, and have been made to feel supported by our community. ~ Family #11 Dear Tara, Washington families, and SB Support Network, Thank you so much for supporting our family during our evacuation from Montecito. As a single mom, it has been really hard to bounce back from all the missed work and expenses of being in the fire and flood zones. Your kind and generous gifts will make a big difference in helping us get through all this. I am truly touched by all your help and support. Many thanks, ~ Anonymous The women behind the S.B. Support Network are a testimony to the love and power that the Santa Barbara community holds. In a time of crisis, they banded together and volunteered to serve those who are suffering. What a beautiful thing! BBB Another group of local residents has set up a resource to provide assistance for people who lost wages during the mudslides and the Thomas Fire. The 93108 Fund is a move to specifically assist workers affected by the disasters. Please visit their website at www.93108fund. org for more information on how to lend or get support. 

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A call to Santa Barbara Residents Open your hearts for the hourly workers of Montecito

The 93108Fund.Org has been established to support local workers and families in Montecito whose daily work lives have been impacted by the devastating Thomas Fire and more recent mudslides. Montecito residents and community members are coming together to provide vital support for these crucial workers who could not work their regular hours due to the closures in Montecito. To date the 93108Fund has raised $48,740 and distributed over $28,300 to 104 recipients, but we have so much more work to do, with over 450 applications to date. We need your help to reach our goal of $800,000. Dear 93108Fund, I am writing to thank you for the generous grant I received. I work at Wendy Foster in the upper village and missed 130 hours due to the fire and mudslide. I am so grateful for the help and touched by the support of the community. It is amazing that through such tragedy we are able to overcome it together and emerge stronger. Thank you again to all the donors for making this possible! Best regards, Dominique Ruiz

Announcing a $10,000 matching grant from Charles and Brynn Crowe with the Kirby Jones Family Foundation. We encourage all 93108 residents and the Santa Barbara County community to make an impact on the lives of those we rely so much on, daily. Together, we can help get our community back on its feet.

PLEASE DONATE TODAY AND VISIT US AT www.93108Fund.Org We wish to thank our local contributing partners who have provided their wonderful support:

We wish to thank our local contributing partners who have provided their wonderful support: The Blitzer Family Monica Fried Andrea Greeven-Douzet Nicole Herlihy Nasha Heyman Frank Iaffaldano Holly Krug Monic Fried The Longano Family Bridgett Luther

Matthew Lux John Maienza Peter Melnick Jennifer Perry Ray Russo Brian Sottak Norion Ubechel The Teufel Family Kristin Teufel Jonathan Wimbish

72 Butler Place Jere Lifshitz Elizabeth Yeager Allegra Haddigan Joanne Holden Maureen Evans Christine Denver Al Winsor Cherie Ignatius Paula Ullmann

David Inger Ana Peters Susan Kornspan Alan Griffin Marianne Cotter Karyn Grossman The Jaffe Family Carola Nicholson Den Von Klompenburg Katherine R. Eades

Edward Sanderson Edward Gaspardis Gregg Bigger Gail Arnold Anthony Hornus Anita Bradford Margaret L. Collier Chris Harris Pamela Brinks Justin Mack

The Catalfimo Family Jacob Tell Gregg Wilson Anne Greene Susan Matsumoto Randy Cherkas Becker Family Jann Jaffe Mike Brinkerhoff The Giles Family

Win.Win.Give is the official sponsor of the 93108Fund. Win.Win.Give is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and will be collecting donations and distributing grants directly on behalf of the 93108Fund.   The 93108Fund makes all grant decisions based on objective and verifiable information provided by applicants. The fund is managed and administered by local volunteers with proceeds going directly to those in need.   Less than 10% of donations will be utilized for administrative support. This Ad was paid for by the founders of the 93108 Fund.


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John Palminteri was recently gifted his own puppet

John Palminteri playing with his own puppet

and The Jim Henson Company, and for PuppetPalooza he has pulled from these connections to attract some of the top puppeteers from around the world, ranging from Phillip Huber of Being John Malkovich to a performance by The Muppets. With the event, Mitchell wanted to create a critical mass of puppet madness and he was astounded, not just by the incredible support of the City of Santa Barbara, but also the overwhelming support from the area’s many art organizations, including The Squire Foundation and Explore

Ecology, Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, Anne Towbes, MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, ParentClick, Community Arts Workshop (CAW), Summer Solstice Celebration, SBCAST, Fishbon, Impact Hub, and Marjorie Luke Theater, among others. Through the development, Mitchell has discovered not just a town of collaborators but a community of local artists and creatives who are just as passionate about puppets as he is.

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At the hub of it all is the PuppetPalooza Central Museum and Theater, located in Paseo Nuevo, across from the movie theater there. It is currently open, and guests can view a mélange of puppet memorabilia and film screenings. One of the artists featured in the museum is Santa Barbara’s own Christina McCarthy. As the UCSB Theater and Dance Department’s vice chair and director of dance, Christina has incorporated puppets into her work for years. She built her first puppet in second grade and continued to craft 3-D objects her whole childhood. Over time, she focused her career more on dance (despite her parents’ encouragement to become an electrical engineer), keeping puppet and mask making as a side interest. As her career evolved from dancer to choreographer and art director, she began to merge her love of dance and puppet, starting first in 2010 with the classic ballet Petrushka that focuses on the interactions between three puppets. Eventually, she began using more puppets in her performances. From Fellini and Dante to trolls and jellyfish, she has designed a wide range of puppets over her career, many of which are on display at the museum. By incorporating puppets into performances, Christina wanted to explore the question of how we are in control of our actions and how we represent ourselves to the outside world. She has found that there is a dance, not just between the different performers, but also between the puppet and puppeteer themselves. Through the choreography, the puppeteer can push and pull the energy and attention of the performance, directing the audience’s eye and creating a dialogue between an internal self (the puppeteer) and external representation (the puppet). As the puppet façade is pulled away, only the puppeteer remains, implying a representation of the true self. Christina never had any real formal

puppet training and had to figure out many of her techniques from her own trial and error. There are not many resources for puppeteers to learn from, since many designers will hold their secrets tightly, but Mitchell has fortunately brought two masters to Santa Barbara to share their secrets with a lucky few. There will be a Thingumajig Giant Puppet Workshop taking place at the CAW from February 17-28. If you’ve ever marveled at the giant puppets that roam such events as the Solstice Parade, then this is your chance to get first-hand experience at designing and building these colossal structures. The class will be taught by master puppet builders and co-directors of Thingumajig Theater, Andrew and Kathy Kim, who will be coming from the United Kingdom and have designed and displayed giant puppets all over the world. Workshop participants will be taken on a two-week journey that teaches them about each phase of bringing giant puppets to life. From concept drawing and image research to material choices, there are many factors to consider when building a puppet of this size. Not just sculptural and painting techniques but everything from figuring out the ergonomics of the puppet to designing an appropriate costume. The workshop will take place from 4:30 to 9:30 pm each day (with two Mondays off), though participants are not required to attend every session. Of course, the more you come, the more you will learn – and this is a unique opportunity to discover the secrets of two world masters. The group will design and build one to several giant puppets, and they will even get to perform with their creations in the PuppetPalooza Parade on Sunday, March 4. Who knows? You could even find yourself performing in the next Solstice Parade! Visit to sign up for the workshop and for a full listing of events. 

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by Margaret Landreau

In the last 18 years, Margaret Landreau has accumulated 13 years of serving on the Board of Directors of Santa Barbara County arts-related nonprofits and has worked as a freelance arts writer for 10 years. She creates her own art in her Carpinteria studio.



t began as a hobby, making hair clips for my daughter.” So explains Kanako Fukase, who looks and researches all the time to spark ideas for the jewelry she makes out of Washi paper, handmade from tree fiber that is flexible, strong, soft as fabric, and dyes without fading. She also uses vintage Kimono fabrics. She makes earrings of tiny origami cranes she lacquers and embellishes with tassels. She decorates purse hooks, compact mirrors, pill boxes, wine charms, and jewelry by covering one side with fabric or Washi and sealing with resin. She uses Japanese materials because she is sometimes homesick, missing friends in Japan, and wants to share Japanese art and style. “I like what I’m doing right now. People look at it and go, ‘Wow’ – they really like it. I love when customers come back wearing my jewelry, also when I try a new design that works out. “I stay home making things all the time; my daughter loves crafts and making origami. Of course, I must make money. I really enjoy making things and still making money. I make the best quality I can and keep prices under $25. So many ideas come into my head, I just don’t have time to make everything. I’m always thinking of new things.” Fukase earned a degree in graphic design from Hyogo College in Osaka, and trained further in Washington, D.C. Raised in Kochi, Japan, Fukase first came to the U.S. in 1999 to study English. She met her husband when he was visiting Japan studying bonsai and tree pruning, skills he used at

Lotusland for 20 years and in his own business caring for Japanese Pines. They are raising their daughter, Emma, here in Santa Barbara. “I’m lucky, when I show my husband something new, he says, ‘good,’ and doesn’t mind if I spread out and make a mess. He just takes my daughter out to dinner.” Goleta’s Camino Real Marketplace (across the parking lot from Costco) will host a fundraiser benefiting Montecito’s flood victims Saturday, February 10, before Valentine’s Day. Please visit Kanako and her beautiful creations and take home one that speaks to you! She

shows at the Obon Festival, a delightful event at the Buddhist Church of Santa Barbara in July, and the Santa Barbara Asian American Festival. Contact her at emmano.accessories@, call (805) 451-1810, and see her creations at and 

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IHeart SB By Elizabeth Rose

I Heart SB is the diary of Elizabeth Rose, a thirty-something navigating life, love, and relationships in the Greater Santa Barbara area. Thoughts or comments? Email



’ll spare you the details on the perks of cruising life. The freedom from traffic, the ticking clock, and the joy of never really knowing what day it is. Because if we’re being honest, people want to hear about the struggles. Our egos seek comparison. A way to reassure ourselves that we, in fact, have figured out the “right” way to live. If we didn’t care to compare, or feel the need to show off our chosen lifestyle, social media wouldn’t be what it is today, and we would occupy ourselves with enjoying life rather than staging photos to one-up one another on the Internet. (I’ve been guilty of it too.) Plus, the not-so-fun stuff makes for a better read. So, for the sake of entertainment, I’m going to skip how my relationship with Jason is the best it’s ever been, and instead, I’ll roll up my sleeves, crack my knuckles to loosen up, and let my fingers ferociously tap the keyboard to get down to the real-life, human stuff. As you can imagine, or maybe this comes as a surprise, being on a boat in the middle of the ocean can bring up some personal issues. I think it’s the faint discomfort from continuous motion. Waves and wind knocking the boat from side to side, swirling emotions inside of you like flakes in a snow globe. During long passages, with nothing else to do except stare at the horizon, I am left with too much time to wonder why after months or even years, these feelings are as fresh,

An emotional snowflake fell on my nose and sometimes more intense, than the first moment they appeared. I was on watch one day somewhere north of San Francisco. Bait fish bubbled to the surface. Seagulls soared high above. The ocean sparkled a sapphire shade of blue. After some time of wobbling on the sea, an emotional snowflake fell on my nose. I thought back to my teenage years and a horrendous fight my dad and I got into when I was 16. I can’t remember what the fight was about exactly, but I remember the look of anger on his face and the lingering pain seared me like a fire iron, heating up my insides. Shortly after, another snowflake fell. It was an interaction with Jason’s sister that happened months ago. Why would she say that, and I why didn’t I defend myself at the time? I need to work on my confrontation skills, I thought, or grow thicker skin. Then, I wondered if I put enough sunscreen on my skin. I don’t want melanoma as much as I don’t want “old lady chest” – a décolletage as crisp and lined as monthold beef jerky. So I ducked in the cabin, grabbed a tube of SPF, and began slathering it on my hands, neck, and chest. One more snowflake plunked down, stacking on top of the last. I need to see a doctor, no, a dentist! God, I hope my chipped molar doesn’t rot into a cavity then seep into my bloodstream and give me a heart attack. I wonder how long that would take? I hope I have some good years left. What would I accomplish if I only had six months to live? In a just few minutes, my thoughts avalanched into a mound of anxiety and aggravation, burying me in. I was at the beginning stages of emotional frostbite on a bright and cloudless day while floating in the middle of the sea. The human experience never ceases to amaze and confuse me. It’s true, you can’t escape your self no matter how beautiful the scenery, how magical the adventure, or how far away you move from your childhood home. And I knew that going in. I actually want to face my self. It’s one of the reasons I desired the sailing life in the first place. Perhaps I’m a masochist. With quite literally no ground beneath my feet, as corny as it sounds, I can only ground myself with my heart. Maybe I’ll accept these emotions rather than push them away. Let the snowflakes fall on my warm, beating heart only to melt them away into oblivion. Give anger and worry a final resting place. Forgive myself and others for being human. Maybe it will work, maybe it won’t. But it seems I’ve got plenty of time to try and only one way to find out. 

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by Eva Van Prooyen Keeping a finger on the pulse of the Santa Ynez Valley: what to eat, where to go, who to meet, and what to drink. Pretty much everything and anything situated between the Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains that could tickle one’s interest.


RESTAURANT NEWS: HILL HAVEN OPENS AND BELL STREET UPDATE aroline and Robert Boller report they have “worked for some of the biggest wineries in the world, and following their passion for great food and drink,” decided to open a globally inspired, locally sourced gastropub called Hill Haven Provisions in Solvang on January 24. Menu items include: ahi poke with whiskey barrel-aged soy, pickled cucumber, sesame seed, scallion, daikon radish $11, a short rib sandwich with pickled onion, arugula, lemon aioli, gruyere, soft roll $14, orange blossom crème brûlée served with hazelnut chocolate biscotti $6, and a selection of kid and adult friendly flat breads. Chef James Owens (formerly of Bell Street Farm) is in the kitchen. The Bell Street Farm update: Jamie Gluck, who launched Bell Street Farm Eatery & Market in Los Alamos seven years ago announced on January 18 he has “sold the building and restaurant contents and will pursue potential opportunities for Bell Street Farm brand in other locations. Daisy Freitas Ryan and husband Greg Ryan have purchased 406 Bell Street and plan to open a new restaurant this spring.” When: 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday Where: 448 Atterdag Road in Solvang on Atterdag Square Info: or call (805) 691-9025


MARTIAN RANCH AND VINEYARD lanted predominantly with Rhône  varieties, all farmed organically and biodynamically, Martian Ranch and Vineyard currently remains the only tasting room on Alisos Canyon Road. The location may seem out of this world but is only 3.2 miles from Foxen Canyon and 3 miles from Los Alamos and Highway 101, and serves wines including: Mothership Grenache Blanc, Dark Energy Syrah, and Parrallax Mourvedre. Martian is a “down-to-earth winery dedicated to the journey. From sky to ground to grape to barrel to bottle, and straight into your glass.” Although the play on words is of galactic proportion, owner Nan Helgeland notes despite rumors to the contrary, Martian is the blending of the names of her sons Martin and Ian. The winery offers spacious picnicking grounds and tables among huge oaks and a bocce ball court. When: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Where: Martian Ranch and Vineyard, 9110 Alisos Canyon Road in Los Alamos Info: or call (805) 344-1804



embers of SYV Master Chorale invite you to “think outside the chocolate box,” as they are ready to personally deliver the sounds of love to serenade and surprise the people close to your heart in Santa Ynez Valley with love songs. Present your valentine with a live, mini-concert of three love songs and Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses. Musical messages are available on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, and the Sunday before, February 11. The Chorale will sing at homes, workplaces, nursing homes, or the hospital.  “If you know someone who is homebound and could use a sweet pick-me-up, this would be a way to give something that they will treasure for the rest of their life,” says the Chorale. When: Singing Valentines will be available for delivery Sunday, February 11, from 2 to 6 pm and on Wednesday, February 14, from 9 am to 6 pm Where: All throughout Santa Ynez Valley Cost: $50 per mini three-song serenade Info: call (805) 688-4565 or visit to make a song reservation FRIED CHICKEN SUNDAYS AT MATTEI’S he newly restored Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos is open and in full food-service swing with a regular menu offered Tuesday through Saturday. Every Sunday, Mattei’s sets aside that regular menu to serve up a special fried chicken (or beef tenderloin) family-style dinner with all the sides included – mashed potatoes, green beans, collard greens, coleslaw, corn, biscuits, and cornbread.  When: Every Sunday from 4 to 8 pm Where: Mattei’s Tavern, 2350 Railway Avenue in Los Olivos Cost: $34 per person ($43 per person for beef tenderloin); $25 for children, though kids under 3 years of age eat for free. Info:



Muller & Go s s

Locally Owned


Mercedes • BMW•Audi Rolls Royce• Mini•VW


424 N. Quarantina Santa Barbara, CA

WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND ormerly called “A Wine Fantasy in February,” the Santa Ynez Wine Country Association debuts their newly named Wine Country Weekend over the Valentine’s/President’s Day holiday, February 16-19. During this four-day funfilled weekend, participants receive a souvenir wine glass, a wine tote bag, and can visit 14 participating winery tasting rooms to enjoy estate and library wines, appetizers, and meet the winemakers and owners. This is a good opportunity to try new wines and revisit old favorites. Participating Tasting Rooms include: Alexander & Wayne, Alma Rosa, Arthur Earl, Buscador, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Ca’ Del Grevino, Carivintas Winery, Casa Cassara, Dreamcote Wine Co., Imagine Wine, Kalyra Winery, Lincourt Vineyards, Lucky Dogg Winery, and Rideau Vineyard. Each winery has announced their extended hours and appetizer menus, which boast caramelized onion & chicken flat bread pizzas at Lincourt, barbecue ribs at Lucky Dogg, and pulled pork sliders and caprese skewers at Buscador. The full list can be found online. When: Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19 Where: Santa Ynez Wine Country Association wineries Cost: $65 per person Info:


LAKE CRUISE ABOARD THE OSPREY et Cachuma Lake Park naturalists guide you on a two-hour winter wildlife cruise aboard the Osprey, a 30-passenger pontoon boat for easy wildlife viewing and a presentation of cultural Cachuma Lake is a thriving habitat for a great variety of wildlife, birds, fish, trees, and plants. The winter season often brings out resident and migratory Bald Eagles and waterfowl from November through February. In spring and summer, wildflowers color the hills, resident birds can be seen displaying and building nests, and fawns appear with does. When: Cruises are Friday and Saturday 10 am to noon and 2 to 4 pm in the afternoon. Sunday’s cruise is 10 am to noon. Where: 2225 Highway 154 Cost: Adults $15; Kids $10 (ages 5 to 12 year old; please, no children under 5) Info: Call (805) 568-2460 weekdays 9 am to 3 pm, or (805) 686-5055 after 3 pm Fridays and weekends


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Because everyone needs a treasure, especially on Valentine’s Day!

K Perez

Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding Come pick up a Valentine’s Day present for your loved one at Charlotte’s! We feature beautiful jewelry from the Southwest, Mexico, Thailand and Italy, as well as Western art, handcrafted silver bits and spurs and more. Thursday - Monday • 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

3551 Sagunto St. Santa Ynez, CA (805) 688-0016 •

Private Horseback Riding with or without Wine Tasting in The Santa Ynez Valley Call or Click for Information and Reservations (805) 944-0493

ICE SKATING… the Coolest Sport in Town! Public Ice Skating Daily Public Sessions

See schedule at

Skating School

Learn skating & positive life skills Next 8 week semester begins Feb 27 Classes Tuesday or Saturday

Central Coast’s Premier Ice Arena—A 501(c)3 Non-Profit Entity

Located at 6985 Santa Felicia Drive, Goleta CA 93117. For further information: 805.879.1550 or visit our website


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The Best of Both Worlds! Close to Downtown & the Beach West Beach Villas, starting at $2,250,000

2334 De La Vina Street, offered at $1,395,000

121 W Junipero Street, offered at $1,395,000

Š2018 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties (BHHSCP) is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC. BHH Affiliates LLC and BHHSCP do not guarantee accuracy of all data including measurements, conditions, and features of property. Information is obtained from various sources and will not be verified by broker or MLS. Buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information. CalBRE 01499736/01129919

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Calcagno & Hamilton

(805) 565-4000

Mixed use on Santa Claus Lane, starting at $3,150,000

401 Chapala Street #222, offered at $1,175,000

Consistently ranked in the top 1/2% of agents nationwide, the Calcagno & Hamilton team has closed over $1 billion in local real estate markets. Each and every transaction is rooted in C&H’s core mission: to provide unparalleled service and expertise while helping clients achieve their real estate dreams. ©2018 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties (BHHSCP) is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC. BHH Affiliates LLC and BHHSCP do not guarantee accuracy of all data including measurements, conditions, and features of property. Information is obtained from various sources and will not be verified by broker or MLS. Buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information. CalBRE 01499736/01129919



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Tuscan-Mediterranean Home with guest casita. Single level floor plan, offers vaulted ceilings and high quality amenities. Conveniently located in the Bluffs gated community.













3 Bed | 3.5 Bath | MLS#18-368 | Offered at $2,195,000 |

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Terry ryken 805.896.6977

Š2018 Terry Ryken. CalBRE# 01107300. Compass is a licensed real estate broker and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. Exact dimensions can be obtained by retaining the services of an architect or engineer. This is not intended to solicit property already listed.

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