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 ade in SB – Chantal Peterson gets to know Katie McClean, M a Funk Zone native and well-rounded entrepreneur of activewear line Psychedelic Honey The Capitalist – Jeff Harding wonders if the American Dream is debt as he looks above and beyond the 2008 stock-market crash State Street Scribe – Jeff Wing wants the kids to know he is a raving hipster. Despite appearances to the contrary. Beer Guy – What’s on tap? Zach Rosen leads the way to the Wild Brew Fest, which comes to a head in March at SOhO Fortnight – Drama in Carp through March 5; what’s playing at Rubicon; A Flea in Her Ear at Garvin; Speaking of Stories takes Center Stage; George Thorogood; what’s up at Granada; and SB Blues Society Man About Town – Mark Leisuré chronicles It’s Magic at Lobero; David Cassidy’s dementia and pending retirement; jazz in the air Food File – Mahalo! The cure for Christina Enoch’s latest hunger pangs surface from Kanaloa Seafood, which rides the waves of Chapala Street In The Zone – Tommie Vaughn gets in tune with the upcoming SB Jazz Fest Redux and Warner Anderson, its man behind the scenes What’s Hanging – it’s First Thursday first for Ted Mills, who picks apart the cadre of artists and their showcases slated for March 2 Plan B – Briana Westmacott has babies on the brain (and chest) while appreciating her BabyBjorn husband and GroovaRoo Babywearing Dance Classes E’s Note – Bookworm Elliana Westmacott turns the page, listing her favorite five reads for tweens I Heart SB – Time on her hands: Elizabeth Rose turns 35, stops watching clocks, and wonders whether time is on her side SYV Snapshot – Eva Van Prooyen acknowledges winners who earned awards from the Solvang Chamber of Commerce; plus her favorite March events Behind The Vine – Hana-Lee Sedgwick returns to the “rustic elegance” of Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, where luxury meets the Old West

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atie McLean was born and raised in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, way before its hip modern makeover, in a warehouse on Helena Avenue full of craftsmen and bohemian artists who had a doit-yourself mentality and were highly influenced by local surf culture. With a B.A. in motion graphics from a full scholarship at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and Women’s Entrepreneurial Ventures business certificate, she embodies what it means to be a lady entrepreneur today. Katie has a decade-long creative resumé as a graphic designer, illustrator, video editor, retail stylist, writer, muralist, gallery owner, and now – a fashion and textile designer. She has also been as a sponsored surfer, fitness ambassador, and instructor, and traveled the world surfing and blogging for Roxy Quiksilver and Roxy Outdoor Fitness after winning a 19,000-entry video and social media ambassador search. These experiences instilled in her the desire to inspire and unite like-

minded ladies through her new lifestyleinspired active wear clothing line, Psychedelic Honey. Q. You have done so much in such a short amount of time, Katie – you’re a serious creative badass! But let’s focus on what you are up to right now, which is the launch of your new activewear line, Psychedelic Honey. So, in a time when activewear brands are ubiquitous and yoga pants have basically replaced blue jeans, what makes your brand stand out from the crowd? A. There are a number of things I’m committed to with Psychedelic Honey. For instance, – for better or worse – right now, I single-handedly do just about everything. On the product-design side, I make all the fabric prints and patterns myself, I choose the fabrics, and I even design the woven labels that I use. On the marketing side, I film and edit all the videos, style all my shoots, and do all the graphic design – from creating line sheets, to designing the logo and website.

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There’s so many little steps you would never know about until you do them all yourself. I’m taking the time to learn and understand each one, refine it, and do it myself… because as a designer and owner of a business, that’s what feels authentic to me. Having complete control over each aspect of the process gives me the security of knowing it’s being done right and with the smallest impact possible.

Wow… so the term “solopreneur” sums it up pretty well! What drives you to take such a hands-on approach? The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, so I’m really trying to do everything as sustainably, ethically, and locally as possible. For example, I make everything here in Southern California in order to keep the carbon footprint as low as possible. And I work to ensure that the workers I support are paid a livable wage and have ...continued p.20


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The Capitalist by Jeff Harding

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Is Debt the American Dream?


ome lawmakers think the American Dream is to load up on more debt at the top of the housing cycle. Consider H.R. 898, the Credit Score Competition Act introduced into Congress by three Congressional representatives. It would direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government sponsored entities (GSEs) that guarantee 90% of the mortgage loans in the United States, to lower credit standards for mortgage loans. “Alternative credit score consideration by the GSEs is a win-win: it opens up the market in a responsible manner for those qualified to buy a home and eliminates the government-backed monopoly in credit scoring. That’s why the Credit Score Competition Act has garnered such strong bipartisan support,” said sponsor representative Ed Royce. “Alternative credit score” is just a misleading obfuscation of the term “low credit standards.” Kind of like “alternative facts.” These GSEs are supposed to “provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the mortgage market.” They were one of the main reasons for the collapse of the economy in 2008. We had to bail them out of bankruptcy to the tune of $116 billion. They are still under conservatorship by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. They were strong advocates of low credit standards before the 2008 Crash. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) has jumped on this bandwagon as well. The CFPB was created after the Crash by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which was supposed to protect consumers from getting ensnared into financial trouble

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Look at where we are right now. The total value of housing is at an all-time high ($29.6 trillion). In other words, borne on the back of cheap Fed-induced interest rates, the housing market has gained back all the losses from the Crash and then some.

trillion, an all-time high. There is now a booming market in securitized subprime auto loans. Student loans are at $1.3 trillion, another all-time high, up from $500 billion in 2006. The stories of the burden of student debt on our most

Housing is becoming unaffordable for most folks

A recent Fed report noted that household wealth is at an all-time high ($105 trillion) caused by booming stock and housing markets. This wealth is concentrated in older, wealthier, and often retired, folks. But what about the rest of America? The younger Americans? Housing is becoming unaffordable for most folks. In places such as expensive and difficult-to-build California, home sales have been declining because of high prices (California Association of Realtors). Even accounting for inflation, incomes, and savings of Millennials, Gens X, Y, and Z haven’t kept pace with housing costs. There is also a connection between housing and commercial real estate, and CRE values are at an all-time high. Total mortgage debt is about where it was pre-Crash (about $10 trillion), near an all-time high. Household debt is near an all-time high. You can thank the Fed and ultra-low interest rates for that. Auto loans have been the fastest-growing debt segment, now at more than $1.1

promising youth are not fiction: it reduces their ability to buy homes. But why worry? The economy is strong, debt delinquency rates are relatively low, employment is high, and interest rates are low. What could possibly go wrong? I am not ringing the fire alarm yet, but all this sounds like the mid-2000s when the economy and housing were booming. Each boom-bust cycle is a little different, but stocks, commercial real estate, housing, real estate-related debt, and loan securitizations are the common denominators. Just before the 2008 Crash the Fed chairman, most economists, prominent business leaders, talking heads, and politicians told us that everything was fine: “We know what we’re doing.” So, when we hear lenders, politicians, housing lobbyists, and GSEs now saying we need to keep the housing market booming by lowering lending standards, that is a slap to head – and we should take notice. More subprime debt is not what America needs.

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s we slowly make our way into spring, the beer festival season is also beginning. While many of these beer festivals have become known as sites of over-intoxication and mass beer consumption, some of them seek to create educational experiences that inform attendees about beer and the world of fermentation. The Wild Brew Fest, currently in its second year, is one of those celebrations. It will be held this year at SoHO Restaurant & Music Club on Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 5 pm. Wild Brew Fest grew out of the Farm-to-Bar portion of the annual Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival that takes place in the summer. This splinter event focuses primarily on alcoholic fermentation and blends tasting and presentations into a festival that is both fun and informative. This festival exposes guests to the full range of fermented drinks including ciders, spirits, and even honey-based brews such as jun and mead. Of course, there will be beer there with local breweries such as brewLAB, M.Special, Telegraph,

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.

The Wild Brews Fest, held in SOhO, offers a glimpse into the world of fermented beverages (photo by Pharos Creative)

Third Window, and Topa Topa pouring a variety of brews. In addition to the wide selection of drinks, there are speakers from all avenues of alcoholic libations whose presentations will provide insight into fermented beverages. The event will also include small bites that incorporate locally sourced ingredients and fermented foods. This range of delectables has been designed

by guest chefs Ramon Velasquez of Corazon Cocina, Chris Rayman of Mesaverde and SB Creamery, and Ryan Simorangkir and Tyler Peek of Sama Sama Kitchen. There will also be samples of Long Root Ale, a collaboration between Patagonia Provisions and Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) of Portland, Oregon. This beer uses a newly developed perennial grain called Kernza®. A perennial grain lives and remains productive in the ground for two or more years, as compared to annual grains that are planted each year in freshly cultivated soil, which can cause soil erosion and degradation. Grain crops constitute around 70 percent of the world’s agriculture and currently all grain crops are grown as annual grains. Kernza® was developed by the The Land Institute, a non-profit research organization whose mission is to study

and develop sustainable agriculture systems. The hope is that perennial grains such as Kernza® could become more commonplace in agriculture and help reduce the industry’s impact on the world. This is just one example of the kinds of topics that attendees of the Wild Brew fest will get to learn about. The hope is that these experiences help the drinker make more informed and conscious decisions in the kind of beverages they choose. For those who want to delve deeper into the world of alcoholic fermentation come early for the Wild Brew Workshop + Locavore Lunch (11 am to 2 pm). This is a separately ticketed experience that includes a presentation by Telegraph’s barrel master, Patrick Ceriale, and Pascal Baudar, author of The New Wildcrafted Cuisine. Pascal’s tome covers everything from harvesting and preparing wild plants found in southern California to a primer on edible insects, including a primitive homebrew recipe that uses insect sugar, ants, and plants. Patrick and Pascal will be discussing their recent collaboration project, and the presentation will be followed by a Locavore Lunch prepared by SOhO and Bon Appetit. Tickets to this portion of the event are limited, so make sure to purchase them beforehand. Visit wild-brew-fest for tickets and more information.

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t’s tempting in these early days for those disaffected by the election results to find connections between the arts and politics/government policies, but you don’t have to stretch far to see thematic links for two plays making their area debuts this first weekend of our fortnight. Lee Blessing’s 1987 A Walk in the Woods, which was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony awards, is a drama about a Russian and American diplomat who meet to negotiate an agreement to reduce nuclear arms proliferation during the tail end of the Cold War. The historical drama is based on real representatives of the two superpowers who had met – yes, in the woods in Geneva – to hammer out a treaty only several years earlier. Back in that era, the threat of nuclear warfare was still possible, though tensions obviously eased with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. But with Putin’s current aggression, fears are arising once again. All of which makes this two-person play, which makes its local professional debut at the Plaza Playhouse Theater February 25 to March 5 (preview on February 24) courtesy of historical drama specialists DIJO Productions, pretty darn timely again. Veteran Santa Barbara actor Ed Giron and frequent theatrical partner William Waxman star in the roles once played by Robert Prosky and Sam Waterston on Broadway and Alec Guinness and Edward Herrmann in London – two characters whose age, attitude, and personality differences form the core of the dramatic conflict. Call 684-6380 or visit www.

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lso opening that same day but playing through Sunday, March 12, is The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, also a spare work with a deep basis in fact. The “bawdy, bluesy, boozy, rollicking” musical is basically a one-woman show that traces the life, loves, and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith. Set in 1937 in a gin joint Memphis, the play finds Bessie and her band recounting her journey from an impoverished childhood

in Chattanooga to a fortuitous rise as a show-stopping singer – even though she’s just been turned away from performing at a “Whites-Only” theater. So even though racism is a big issue, the focus is on Smith’s signature songs such as “I Ain’t Got Nobody”, “St. Louis Blues”, “Baby Doll”, and “T’ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do”, material that inspired Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin, though Smith died in a car crash at 43. Ventura-based Rubicon Theatre Company’s production of The Devil’s Music features the same creative team that premiered the piece Off-Broadway back in 2001: singer-actress Miche Braden in the title role and musical arranger, and Joe Brancato, who conceived and directed the original presentation, reprising his part. Braden – who founded and sang lead in women’s jazz band Straight Ahead, portrayed Mammy in the 2013 world premiere of Gone with the Wind, and saw the Post Modern Jukebox (who just played the Arlington) remix of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” featuring her vocals receive more than 8.3 million views – is joined on stage by saxist Anthony Nelson Jr., bassist James Hankins, and pianist Gerard Gibbs, who also plays Pickle, the narrator and guide. Info at 667-2900 or visit www.

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he focus is more on frothy fun in A Flea in Her Ear via a new adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s giddy farce by contemporary playwright David Ives, he of a hilarious body of work that includes several short play compilations previously performed by the Theatre Group at SBCC. Company veterans Addison Clarke and Sean Jackson lead a large cast of local thespians in this story of an insurance executive whose wife, suspecting an affair, lays a trap for him at the disreputable Frisky Puss Hotel. Bourgeois respectability explodes into a brouhaha involving a set of garters, a revolving bed, a missing medical prosthesis, two women in French-maid outfits and other ingredients reminiscent of the best screwball comedies. Directed by

R. Michael Gros, the co-chair of the SBCC theater department, the show plays at the Garvin Theatre on campus March 3-18, with previews March 1-2. Call 965-5935 or visit www.

Getting Personal


peaking of Stories, the monthly series that features local actors reading short works of fiction, has survived for two decades and now thrives in its cozy home at Center Stage Theater, where thematic evenings have become popular. But nothing has proven as successful as director Maggie Mixsell’s invitation to the local community to join in creating a Santa Barbara version of The Moth, the popular New York City-based touring theatrical show and national radio program that showcases “true stories told live” by the authors. The concept was to combine local actors who were perhaps new to writing with experienced scribes who likely had little or no stage experience, with both groups reading their own prose, limited to no more than 10-minute stories, on stage. The original Personal Stories show proved so instantly popular when it debuted in 2015 that Mixsell ended up choosing twice as many reader-writers than the original plan of 10 and wanted to let each perform more than once, so it turned into four shows. Now, Year 3 of Speaking of Stories: Personal Stories is here, and the participant list of authors performing their original first-person true tales just keeps growing, with barely any repeaters. Newcomers include publicistjournalist Julia McHugh and Susan Keller, producer-director (and actress) of Santa Barbara Revels, plus former Santa Barbara poet laureate Perie Longo and dentist-turned-writer Lance Mason. Shows take place SundayWednesday, February 26-March 1, at the intimate Center Stage. The complete schedule including authors and the titles of their stories is available online at or call 963-0408. Meanwhile, if you’d rather hold out for the original that inspired the local version, The Moth returns to Santa Barbara on April 13 at the Lobero, courtesy of radio station KCRW.

Bad to the Bone


ope, we’re not talking about your odds at the slot machines or table games up at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez nor negotiating your way home down the San Marcos Pass in the waning hours of Thursday, March 2. That “bad” subhead refers to the title of George Thorogood’s first hit, the 1982 smash from his EMI American debut the year after he became a household name via opening for The Rolling Stones on their big stateside tour. Of course, George and The Destroyers had already been making records wince 1977 – which spawned several hits in their gritty remake of Hank Williams’ “Move It On Over” plus “The Sky Is Crying” and “Who Do You Love?” Which means, yes, it’s been four decades since Thorogood first thoroughly whipped up the U.S. pop music scene, all of which eminently qualifies him for the casino circuit. Except George isn’t going quietly into that good night, as his new Rock Party tour “promises to raise the bar and rock the house like never before” with his raunchy slide guitar and throbbing rhythms. Just make sure you don’t imbibe more than “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” before you head back home. Call (800) CHUMASH (2486274) or visit www.chumashcasino. com.

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nternational superstar soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian – who became a fulltime vocal professor at UCSB just this academic year – makes her Opera Santa Barbara debut in the title role Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Granada Theatre. The singer launched her career fresh out of college when she won Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 20 years ago went on to garner numerous awards, star in a wide variety of roles at some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, perform with leading orchestras across the globe, collect four consecutive Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) for Best Classical Album, and even serve as featured vocalist on the Grammy-award winning soundtrack of the blockbuster film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Now she returns to one of her favorite roles, a physical part portraying Vixen Sharp Ears, a wily fox cub who escapes capture and returns to the woods to raise a family in a humorous yet tender allegorical work that’s filled with an array of fanciful animal characters. Performances are March 3 and 5. call 899-2222 or visit  

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abilities! We love Jack Wayne and have confidence in his abilities!” “Aw, thanks, people! I love you all! The name’s Jeff Wing!” I cried, reaching down to touch with affection their adorable backward baseball caps and ropey, scary-looking dreadlocks. As this peppy demographic often will, they soon began to vigorously high-five each other in the celebratory melee, and soon enough I felt myself jostled, held less certainly aloft, and finally plummeting, the happy hipsters clearing away to let me drop. My fall to the floor seemed to take an eternity. Just at the instant I struck the plumcolored, level-pile tufted commercialgrade Saxony carpet, I jolted awake and sat bolt upright. “Unh! I had the dream again!” Her back turned to me, my Life Partner murmured sleepily, “Oh? Did they have confidence in your abilities?” “Shaddup.”

Golden Years It’s said that one is more likely to be struck by lightning than to find a satisfying relationship after the age of [your own discouraging age here]. To that faux-statistic I would add this: one is more likely to ride a bolt of lightning sidesaddle than to find a new job after

the age of [your own discouraging age here]. How do I know this? I just do, that’s all. Nothing reminds you of your place at the actuarial table like vying against the Youngish for work. You will several times in the interview process be laudably described as a “seasoned” professional, which calls to my mind a tenderized slab of pork that has been brutally hammered to near-translucence and sprinkled with thyme. “Thank you, young person, for that compliment.” It’s truly a curious thing, being a Man of a Certain Age, which I guess I am. I have to keep reminding myself. Why? Because the way I “feel” now isn’t substantially different from what I “felt” like at 14, 15, 16, 20, 30, and so on. I wish I’d known this when I was a kid (though that might’ve stripped “growing up” of some of its magnetic mystery). I don’t have the pain-maddened joints or the “Honey! Help! My guts feel like wet cement!” sensations that I, as a kid, assumed older people carried around with them like a curse. I don’t have the weeping forearms held together with big, square Band-Aids favored by the truly timeworn, nor those nondescript baggy trousers that might’ve been bought off the rack on VE Day. To be a Man of a

Certain Age feels like ordinary, walking around life. Stop the Presses. On those brief occasions I do forget myself, there is always something there to remind me (to quote Bacharach and David).

Stand by Your Hands Recently, I was idling in my car at a stoplight and caught a glimpse of my own surprising hands, clinging to the steering wheel like a couple of drowsy beige bats. My own hands startled the hell out of me. I mean, I actually flinched and made a sound. I saw suddenly, and for the first time, that my hands had that papery, insubstantial skin that, when I was a kid wondering

badly managed British accent. Yeah, the mornings can be tough. By and large, though, I am unaware of my age until, as happened just this afternoon, a wellmeaning young person takes my arm as I enter the crosswalk, murmuring pleasantly “I’m here for you, Ma’am.”

Ageism of Enlightenment Graying temples mean something different now than they did Once Upon a Time. When I was a kid, a guy with graying temples could well have been piloting a B-52 bomber in WWII. Now I see a guy with graying temples and recognize him as someone I saw once at a B-52s concert. My point? The

“Seasoned” professional calls to my mind a tenderized slab of pork that has been brutally hammered to neartranslucence and sprinkled with thyme at the strangeness of adulthood, so used to fascinate me on the middle-aged. To see suddenly, without proper warning, that same freaky flesh upholstering my own paws – well, let’s just say the experience isn’t remotely comparable to a cupcake with sprinkles. So, my hands are definitely at odds with my Inner Being. This is actually a helpful revelation. And the other day I was trying something on in a department store dressing room, and the damnably angled mirrors gave me a rare, sudden, and stunning glimpse of the crown of my own head. I had thought for some time that my thinning hair was maybe apparent to passerby as a gauzy patch of scalp only very lightly visible. The punitive fitting room mirrors conspired to show me that I have now what clinicians call a “bald spot,” an area at the top of my head so completely denuded of forestry I could read the wattage of the light bulb reflected there. It’s also true that some mornings I wake up and have the demeanor of Brad Pitt playing a vampire, say; all stiffnecked and stilted and speaking with a

generation gap between the Eisenhower parents and their kids, when Led Zeppelin screamed Benny Goodman off the stage, was an unimaginably vast chasm that truly, and sometimes brutally, rent parents and offspring asunder. The Acne Medicine Set today should know that we modern Grups have a Venn Diagram overlay with their zeitgeist. When my Beloved and I first got together [yes, in the last century], our song was not a chestnut like “I’ll Be Seeing You”, or “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (two songs I absolutely adore, it must be said). Our Snuggly Couple Songs were “Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head” and “Youth Culture Killed My Dog” by They Might Be Giants. Which is all to say: teens, backwardhat passerby, and job recruiters – please make no assumptions. When you are a grandparent, your little ones will roll their eyes at your old-timey devotion to the Greatest Hits of Tame Impala. Brace Yourselves. And dwell with a deeper comprehension on my lime-green argyle cardigan. It is hipster, not geriatric. I swear.

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



’ve been attending the It’s Magic shows at the Lobero for almost two decades, but I can’t recall being as thoroughly entertained as I was by this year’s line-up of illusionists, sleight-of-hand routines and other magical tricksters. Maybe it was because there were only four main acts this year, giving each magician extra time to go through the best of their routines. Or maybe it was just a really well-rounded group. It was Jody Baran who, early in his set, mentioned that there are two kinds of people who come to magic shows: those who are analytical if not cynical, wanting to figure everything out, always looking for the angles and how it all happens versus those who just come to be amazed. I think it’s not unusual to find yourself in both camps, seeing if you can outsmart the magician and at least hazard an educated guess as to how he accomplishes his illusions, but secretly hoping to be so completely befuddled as to have no idea. As it was on this mid-February Sunday, where my friend and I between us think we at least narrowed it down a few times – but then found ourselves thoroughly surprised, especially at the end, where Baran assistant Kathleen is seemingly turned two-dimensional in a printing press. But even more entertaining was Charlie Frye & Co. (a.k.a. his wife, Sherry) doing a vaudeville-style silent set that augmented magic tricks with juggling, slapstick, acrobatics – and lots of over-the-top facial expressions and sight gags. The fact that there was no dialog at all yet elicited more laughter than any other set proved again that puns and cheap jokes aren’t necessary at all. Faith in the unbelievable has been restored.

End of an Era First came the announcement on David Cassidy’s Facebook page during the first week of February that the onetime teen heartthrob from The Partridge Family would be retiring at the end of the year, a notice that was updated twice over the next few days. That was followed by additional info that advancing arthritis was partially responsible for setting his February 19 show at the Granada here in Santa Barbara as his final West Coast date of his career – though problems with alcoholism, bankruptcy, and

David Cassidy has dementia and plans to retire at year’s end

another pending divorce had also taken their toll. Then came reports that the day before the Granada show, Cassidy had fallen off the stage at the Canyon Club in Agoura, with some patrons believing his was performing drunk due to his forgetting some of the words to the hit songs he’d been singing for more than 45 years, and repeating stories. That all came to a head at the Granada when – at least through the first half of the show at the barely one-quarter full theater – Cassidy spoke more than he sang, swaying and grinning bizarrely, offering endless and meandering tales that stopped and started as he rambled on about his love of his life and music and his family and Santa Barbara and.... I don’t actually recall because I stopped listening after a while. Even the now-elderly ladies who had screamed their love for Cassidy early in the set were quieted. Just 24 hours later came the shocking news that the 66-year-old singer-actor had admitted to People Magazine he is battling dementia, facing the same Alzheimer’s-related neurological disease that felled his mother, 1940s Broadway star Evelyn Ward (Shirley Jones is his stepmother), in 2013. From heartthrob to tugging on our heartstrings as he struggles with the terrible disease. Sad news indeed.

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methods used, as others have said, by Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis before her. Who would have imagined that such a revolution would be led by a slender blonde woman from Minnesota? The highpoint of the concert came toward the end, when two ballads inspired by pastoral poems surrounded a new piece inspired by the concert that artificial intelligence might soon exceed human capacity. The juxtaposition of the beautiful pieces bookending the extended new song that amounted to an increasingly jarring cacophony of sound – very digital, foreboding, with dueling solos from sax and trumpet, plinking piano strings, and processed accordion – was art at its purest and yet utterly rewarding to hear. Jazz is in fine hands going forward. More faith restored.

Luxury Bus Blues Touring is tough enough even if you get to ride around in a luxury bus, but when said vehicle gets a parking ticket while you’re 40 feet away singing on stage at the Lobero... hmmm. That’s what happened to Lucinda Williams, whose coach had one of those redtopped citations taped to the front door on Anacapa Street while the band was likely doing the sound check for her

That’s the ticket: Lucinda Williams gets parking citation

January 17 concert. I’m not sure why it was still there six hours later – probably for the same reason the rest of us do that sometimes in the hopes of avoiding another ticket. Buses have parked in that same spot for years, and I’d never seen a citation before. Here’s hoping that didn’t ruin what must have been as good a time for Williams as it was for the audience, both of whom got to enjoy the singersongwriter’s generous and sumptuous two-hour set that peaked with encores that found Montecito saxist, her former guitarist Doug Pettibone from Ventura, and several other guests joining her on stage. “I don’t even have to play guitar,” she said with her favored drawl. “I can just stand up here and be with my badass self.”


All That Jazz Maria Schneider Orchestra has been credited with re-inventing the whole big band concept for modern audiences and after hearing their astounding set at the Lobero earlier this month, you’ll get no argument here. Her compositions and arrangements significantly break barriers between genres, working in harmonic and tonal ideas that recall experimental





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ALOHA FROM KANALOA Randee and sweet Ella


henever I hear something Hawaiian, I’m automatically drawn to it. Anyone who looks like an islander, I talk with. Anyone who has a Polynesian tattoo, I proudly show them mine. On one rainy day, a little hula girl sticker on the back of my car pointed the way to Kanaloa Seafood. Kanaloa is one of Hawaiian gods, of squid and ocean. Everyone say, “Aloooooha!” Okay, let’s talk seafood. I, like most Santa Barbarians, try to buy wild, sustainable seafood as much as I can. I want to do the right things, but sometimes I don’t know enough to

take the next step. But let me make things easy for you: buy your seafood at Kanaloa Seafood and eat there, supporting the business. Kanaloa is a seafood sourcing, processing, and distribution company dedicated to responsible environmental practices. It’s the only seafood company in North America to receive the prestigious environmental management certification ISO 14001. No, it’s not a camera setting, it is a prestigious accreditation ensuring Kanaloa’s continuous effort (they get in-depth audits twice a year) not only practicing sustainable seafood but also to reduce

After years of working full time for an ad agency, Christina found her passion in cooking and food. Now armed with her newfound title, “Culinary School Graduate Food Blogger,” she writes and shares her passion for food, cooking, restaurants, photography and food styling in her popular blog, black dog :: food blog. Christina’s a proud mommy of not one but two shelter dogs and lives here in Santa Barbara with her husband. She’s also an avid Polynesian dancer, beach lover, traveler, swimmer, snowboarder and most of all, a lover of anything edible and yummy. Check out her ramblings here and at

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the size of the environmental footprint of their entire business from their daily business process, eco-packaging to shipping methods. I chatted with the owner Randee Disraeli, who earned her degree in Geographic Information Systems at UCSB and researched the migratory patterns of tuna at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. She and Don Disraeli, who holds a Ph.D. in Coastal Ecology and Ecosystems Management, had a dream and vision back in 1983 to create something “That was the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons” (which Kinaole, their mission statement, roughly translates into). See you all there today! Say hi. If you want to learn more about their cuttingedge approach to environmentally responsible seafood practice, check their website. 

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with Tommie Vaughn Tommie adapted her love of the stage to the

love of the page. As lead singer for the band Wall of Tom, she created This Rock in My Heart and This Roll in My Soul, a fictional book series based loosely on her experiences in the L.A. music scene. Now she’s spending her time checking out and writing about all things Santa Barbara. Reach Tommie at or follow her on Twitter at TommieVaughn1.

A Jazz Redux


love me some jazz, and on the weekend of March 3-4 the Santa Barbara Jazz Fest Redux (SBJF) will descend upon the city, with 30 bands in eight different venues, all serving the jazz up hot – with a touch of New Orleans flavor, in a vast musical skillet. From downtown, to the Funk Zone, then on to the Lagoon District, in venues such as The James Joyce, SB Cast, Seven Bar & Restaurant, The Sandbox, Bobcat, and Figueroa Mountain Brewery – they will all serve as this year’s festival backdrop. SBJF is being brought back to life by the one and only Warner Anderson of WA Event Management, who can’t wait to share his excitement for the upcoming extravaganza… Q. Is this the first year for SBJF, or is it a yearly event? A. Santa Barbara Jazz Festival went defunct back in 2008 by another organization, and we are reintroducing the Fest to Santa Barbara this year with a focus on supporting the local jazz and youth music scene. The plan is to make this a yearly fest. Tell us a bit about what to expect at Jazz Fest and what a ticket covers? I had the opportunity to make it down to Jazz Fest in New Orleans a couple of years ago, and I wanted to bring a bit of that NOLA flavor to Santa Barbara. This year’s fest will host some 30 bands at numerous venues throughout downtown, the funk zone, and the newly formed Lagoon District. The affordable Two Day Grand Pass ($29) will get you into select venues including the main event, the Second Line Procession & Fête on Saturday, March 4, at SB Cast. The Second Line

The Barrelhouse Wailers will be at Seven Bar in the Funk Zone

Whesli is sure to captivate you with songs such as “I Hope Today” at The Sandbox

Procession will be led by Spencer & The Wedding Band. The fête (party!) at SB Cast will have a full lineup of local bands, food, beer, and a bit of that New Orleans flavor. Are there any stand-out performances to catch, any favorites of yours? Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is performing at SOhO and he always brings an epic show! I would also recommend catching Ricky Montijo & The Mojitos at Figueroa Mountain Brewery, The Barrelhouse Wailers at Seven Bar, and the Cassia DeMayo Quartet at our closing party at The Sandbox. You have a special screening connected to the Jazz Fest – can you tell us about that? I came across a crowd-funding campaign for a documentary called One Note at a Time and thought it would be a great way to kick off the fest this year and help raise a bit of money for

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their film campaign. One Note at a Time pays homage to the musicians who courageously returned to their hometown of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Compelled to come back and determined to resuscitate the music scene, this is their story, told in their own words. It is also the story of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic that evolved into the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Fund, whose mission is to keep New Orleans culture

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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:



s I rowed over to my writing desk and weighed anchor, I thought of the flood of new art coming up in March. We’re got jazz-influenced abstracts, bluffs fundraisers, beach scenes, distressed flags, and punk cats n’ kittens, among others. It’s a deluge of art openings – First Thursday is March 2, dontcha know – and if I missed anything, feel free to drop me a line, just not one with a hook on it. SHAKE UP YOUR CHAKRAS


isa Trivell is both an artist and a healer who hails from the Hamptons in New York and has taken up residence at SBCAST (513 Garden St.). On First Thursday, she’ll be leading groups through a guided meditation and an art show that she promises will engage all five senses. (Also, there will be chocolate.) You are encouraged to open your eyes for this meditation and take in the projections of art that will fill the walls of the gallery. JAZZ N’ IMPROV


eter Bradley is currently a Squire Foundation visiting artist with 30 years of experience and an abstract style heavily influenced by jazz. And as part of the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival Redux day at SBCAST, Saturday, March 4, from 11 am to 6 pm, they will be offering a meet and greet with the artist at noon to 2 pm in Studio E. Tickets for the whole afternoon are at New York-based Bradley will be in Santa Barbara for the month of March and will be giving abstract art workshops on March 10-12, Creative Arts Workshop (631 Garden St.). For info and to register: DON’T BOO, VOTE


ome check out the entries for the 2017 Summer Solstice Celebration Poster & T-Shirt Artwork Contest at Voice Magazine (23 E. Canon Perdido), March 2, from 5 to 8 pm. And yes, you can affect the outcome by voting for your favorite, while also mingling with the artists. It’s your civic duty, Santa Barbara!! MORE CIVIC DUTY


he Oak Group was formed to highlight the vanishing natural spaces in Carpinteria and beyond, and right now another section of the Carp Bluffs has been saved... but they still need to raise money. The group’s artists along with guests Kevin Gleason, Kaaren Robertson, Nicole Strasburg, and John Wullbrandt will display their work for a fundraiser for The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, with 45 percent of proceeds going to the land. At the SB Public Library’s Faulkner Gallery (40 E. Anapamu) for the month of March, with the reception on March 2, from 5 to 7:30 pm PRIVATE RESERVE


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by Stacey Otte-Demangate after touring private homes in the region and selecting her favorite landscapes. Artists include John Iwerks, David DeMatteo, Phoebe Brunner, Annie Yakutis, Marcia Burtt, Richard Schloss, Dewitt Parshall, Lockwood de Forest, Nicole Strasburg, and Ray Strong. Through May 29. MORE VALLEY TALES


avid J. Diamant continues to explore work on Plexiglas with his current politically tinged show hanging at the Valley Grind, 3558 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Says the artist, “This body of Plexiglas shadow art was created in 2016 during the U.S. presidential election. It is an exploration into the social mores that surround an election in the United States.” The show hangs until the end of March. (Diamant’s work is also hanging at Standing Sun winery in Buellton, Carr Winery Warehouse in Santa Ynez, and at the Lost Point Winery in Solvang. The man, he gets around, especially when there’s vino involved. BEYOND THE KAWAII

Yumiko Glover is currently a UCSB MFA student, which means shows such as the upcoming “Love, Peace, Dreams & Bombs” are your chance for a “I met her when” moment. Her work explores the fetish-ization of schoolgirl culture and social media, along with modern Japanese history, and this collection of work is paired with video interviews about Japanese culture hosted by Naoyo Matsushima. Runs briefly from February 27 to March 3. Talks and Q&A on March 1, from 2 to 3:30 pm at MCC Theater, UCSB, followed by a reception 4 to 7 pm at UCSB’s Glass Box Gallery. MAGICAL REALISM


cross the way at UCSB Library’s Ocean Gallery, you can check out Christopher Cardinale’s illustrations for the graphic novel Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush, up through June 30. His woodblock style uses bold, thick lines perfectly suited for this magical realist tale, and it’s definitely worth seeing up close. A PITCHER IS WORTH THREE YEARS


ver at Sullivan Goss (11 E. Anapamu), they’ll be celebrating the return of sunny beach scene and surfboard portrait artist Hank Pitcher in a show called “Look Out”. He’s been away for three years traveling and making art and is back to unveil 23 new works, including three new boards and two lizards. That might sound like code for something else, but Pitcher’s beach scenes are a reminder of sunnier days to come. Opening reception March 2. FROM THE AIR


0 West Gallery (10 W. Anapamu) has three guests artists for this month’s show: London-based Pippa Blake, with two large-scale LAX paintings; abstract work from Kurt A. Waldo; and ceramics from Sheldon Kaganoff. Opening reception, March 2, from 5 to 8 pm. DIG THESE CRAZY CATS


eather Mattoon started painting cats wearing clothes circa 2010, and since then has done a healthy business through Etsy, shows in L.A., and elsewhere. She currently resides in Ojai but will be coming into town for her long-overdue solo show at the Press Room (15 E. Ortega St.). All her erudite paintings come with a faux-biography of the painting’s subject, which made for some good reading. This time, these cats are a bit punkier than usual. Yes, she paints dogs too. Yes, she takes commissions. Yes, you should stop by. Opens March 2 with an evening-long reception and runs through April 6. AND FINALLY, SHAMELESS PLUG TIME: I will be DJ-ing Heather’s event, spinning tracks from my eclectic and deep collection. Come say hello. 

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Elliana Westmacott was born and raised in Santa Barbara. She is 10. She loves to play the piano and soccer. Skiing, swimming in the ocean, reading, and visiting her Nana’s house are some of her favorite things to do. Her family and her dog George make her happy. So does writing.



here isn’t anything sexier than a dad sporting a baby strapped to his chest – said this 42-year-old woman. My husband, Paul, captured my heart in a whole new way when he stepped across the threshold with our baby girl hooked into a Bjorn, her chunky arms and legs protruding from his chest as they ventured out into the world sewn together. I did not know Paul would be a BabyBjorn dad when I married him. I did know that he had an honest heart and an uncanny ability to produce a guitar serenade on the spot. That, coupled with the fact that he never let me fall asleep without saying goodnight, was all I needed to say “yes.” I got lucky that the Bjorn factor played out. One thing is for certain: my dad never snapped on a baby carrier. To my dad’s credit, not many fathers in the 1970s toted little ones around. Actually, only six men identified themselves as a stayat-home dad in the U.S. in the ‘70s. (Yes, that was a total of six, not six percent.) A Bjorn might have helped me out the time my dad decided he should take his baby girl skateboarding in his arms. The adventure did not end well for me. But that’s another story.

ith all the rain we have been getting, I bet you have spent a lot of time indoors. I love to read on rainy days, so I thought I would share some of my favorite books. Here is a list of my top five reads for tweens:

DADDIES GETTING THEIR GROOVE ON With our girls now at ages 9 and 11, the days of schlepping bambinos around are long behind us. Throughout those years of hauling the offspring, Paul sported many different apparatuses: Slings. Bjorns. Backpacks. We had them all and he wore them, mostly on mountain trails. He never set foot in a dance class with a tot tied to him. This leads me to the fodder behind this piece: GroovaRoo Babywearing Dance Classes. As a form of relief from the political propaganda and alternative facts that are flooding the media, I’ve taken to spending time with the bits about cuddly animals and Bjorn daddies; the feel-good news is my way of keeping sane. My natural attraction to men with minis buckled to their chest had me completely taken by GroovaRoo’s recent video of a bunch of Bjorned papas performing choreographed moves to “I’m too Sexy.” Ummm, you are, sexy and amazing!

Paul sporting the BabyBjorn with Elli

This group of a dozen dads rehearsed and performed multiple dances with their wee ones harnessed to their chests. The GroovaRoo dads achieved Internet fame and a few seconds of TV time as well, proving the populous has a thing for the BabyBjorn dad. Daddies today are doing things much differently than before. Right now in the U.S., there are more than 1.9 million stay-at-home fathers, quite the leap from the six recorded in the ‘70s. Not only are they proudly donning their progenies around town, these guys are quietly converging the roles of the mother and the father. Balance is always a good thing. In the midst of writing this column, I spied a septuagenarian male in Whole Foods packing a little baby Bjorn package. I could not help myself; I had to inquire. Mmmhmm, he was the grandfather of that bundle hitched to his belly. Way to go, Grandpa! And hey, Paul, maybe your BabyBjorn days aren’t officially behind you. With the possibility of grandchildren in the future, a girl can dream.



don’t believe SB has any GroovaRoo-like Bjorn dance classes (yet), though Parks and Recreation does offer a “Mommy or Daddy and Me” Ballet class for toddlers ages 2-3. Get out your slippers, daddies, and get dancing with your nipper.


E’S NOTE by Elliana 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.


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1. I just finished the series The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and I’m still in love with it. The Hunger Games takes place in the future and shows all the terrible things that could happen. It’s about a young girl, Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a dystopian time. If you like sciencefiction, you will love these books! The Hunger Games is my number-one series and I would rate it five stars. 2. I constantly have my head stuck in a book and my latest one is The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I highly recommend this book. It’s a lot like The Hunger Games. It’s about a young boy named Thomas, who is sent to a mysterious place called the Glade. He journeys through this new place, not remembering any of his past and discovers new secrets. I would give this book four and a half stars. 3. My third favorite series and probably the first series that I actually fell in love with is Harry Potter by J.K Rowling. I absolutely recommend this series if you love fantasy. It’s about a boy who finds out a dark secret about himself that changes his life, and he goes through many challenges to get

freedom for his kind. I rate this book five stars. 4. My fourth favorite series is the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. It’s definitely an older tween series, but I loved it and didn’t want it to end. It’s about a girl named Beatrice Prior, who has to learn to live in a new district. She finds out many secrets and overcomes obstacles on her journey. This is a sci-fi read, and I would rate it four and a half stars. 5. Last but not least is The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. This series is on the younger side but still very good. It’s about two siblings who find a new world filled with all their favorite fairytale stories. This is definitely a fantasy read that I would rate it four and a half stars. I hope you enjoy some of these books, or maybe all of them! Love, E 

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y favorite place to shop for books in Santa Barbara is Chaucer’s Bookstore. The people who work there are so helpful. I always ask them to help me find books that I’m looking for, or even to help suggest new books based on what I have liked in the past. I love to sit in the kid’s section and read different stories. My sister loves it too. www.





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good working conditions. Sustainability wise, I use heat sublimation to transfer my print designs to fabric. So there is zero water waste and no chemical runoff associated with traditional dyes. I designed all the prints to repeat in such a way that allows the markers to maximize usage of the fabric, so that there is little fabric waste. I do not use the new trending engineered prints, as they result in fabric waste. The brand’s purpose is to empower ladies with self-love and encourage holistic health and happiness. And I want this to be true on both the consumer side and the production side. I felt that I couldn’t just make activewear that is meant to empower women, at the expense of the health and well-being of women in countries like Bangladesh, where the product of so many big brands is made. Today, there is a lot more awareness about the fact that these women in factories work for a few dollars a day in horrible working conditions – all so that we can

walk around in cute athletic clothes here in America. It’s such a hugely import issue, yes. Thank you for doing your part to tackle it! So tell me a bit about the clothing itself. Why do women love it? I designed all the styles with the purpose of being as minimalistic, comfortable, and multi-functional as possible. One Psychedelic Honey (PH) bra top is mean to act as your sports bra, bikini top, and normal bra all in one. I want ladies to be able to live in these pieces and feel comfy and empowered to move, and be able to look cute, unique, and bold. In fact, Bold As Love is the name of this line. I love it! So, that’s obviously a nod to Jimi Hendrix as well... Yeah, it is! The idea for vintageinspired prints, stemmed design-wise from my love of collecting vintage fabrics for my boyfriend’s surfboards while living in our 1948 school bus.


But functionally, the idea was born from the fact that I hunt for thrift store finds and go to vintage and second-hand stores for most of my clothing in order to avoid trendiness and fabric waste. But activewear has always been one of the only things I had to buy new. I just wished it came in all the cute, classic cultural prints, or retro prints and with a contemporary fit. When I started PH, I had just finished product testing for Roxy’s new active wear line while surfing for them for a few years. All you could get were giant photos

on your butt, or sporty neons. So, I entered the challenging world of fashion. So you and your boyfriend, Ryan Lovelace, work in cahoots to some degree, right? He recently moved his surfboard shop, Trim Shop, to the Funk Zone in the very building you grew up in right? How cool is that? It’s awesome; we love it! Yeah, you can come into Trim Shop and check out the clothing in person, and try it on. PH will hopefully be expanding into local boutiques soon too! Right now, you can go to PsychedelicHoney. com and pre-order online as well. Order will be shipping out midMarch. Well, I am so excited for you and for the new line! All your hard work is inspiring. Thanks for all you are doing to try to shift the norm in the fashion industry. What can people look forward to next from you and your brand? Thanks! It’s definitely shocking starting your own business and realizing every choice you make can impact the world. Next, I’m excited for some healthy lifestyle trunk shows I’ll be doing and launching a couple givingback campaigns. 

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p to this point, I’ve had no issues with age. I survived my 20s, the 30s are to be conquered, and the 40s and beyond – according to many women – are the most rewarding. But when I turned 35 about a month ago, the realization foreboded a new understanding of existence. Now that I’m on the half-full side of the third decade, I have a wide-eyed awareness that if I’m not careful, I may inadvertently rush the years ahead. I thought about how much we wish away time. As children, we can’t wait to be a big kid and sit with the adults at family dinners. Then comes elementary school, the first real experience of living with a clock. We wake up early and head to class, then proceed to count down minutes until recess, lunch, and after school activities. As pre-teens, we can’t wait to get through puberty and basically anything to do with middle school. Then high school arrives and hopes of a driver’s license nears. Following are the expectations of proms and graduation.

The challenge: to not look at the clock for an entire shift Finally, you are old enough to live on your own at college, and exam dates loom over your first and second semesters. Before you know it, you turn 21 and wake up with a massive hangover. (This may also be the first time you utter, “I’m getting too old for this.”) Now that you’ve got 21 out of the way, you prepare to graduate college but quickly realize the “real world” is scary and expensive. So you try grad school or embark on an epic road trip or foreign adventure to keep the “real world” at bay. But eventually, it’s time to get a “real job”. Hello, clock-watching every damn day. Counting down till lunch, happy hour, or the weekend becomes standard. Now you’ve come this far, society tells you it’s time to find a partner and buy a house. It’s okay because everyone else is doing it. Then comes marriage and kids and a new cycle of clock-watching (and clock watchers, for that matter) begins. But at this point, the clock seems to accelerate. The kids grow up way too fast, and you suddenly realize there are certain things you forgot to do before this whole school/job/house/partner thing started. So, to make up for lost time, you buy a sports car, get a tattoo, or find a new spouse. Just a few bandages to make it all better. The point is with all this pushing and pulling of time, how are we so surprised to wake up and realize life is whizzing by? No wonder there is such thing as a mid-life crisis. I tried a little experiment at work. (As a reminder, I am a checker at a grocery store where the labor is repetitive and time seems to travel slowly.) The challenge: to not look at the clock for an entire shift. For breaks or lunch, I would set an alarm. The big day rolls around and I make an intention to act mindful. I took my position behind the register and the experiment commenced. As customers came and went, I chatted with them to keep busy. I engaged further than the typical “How are you today?” and “Would you like a bag?” With friendly eye-contact, I asked more about their week, what they planned on cooking for dinner, or what trips they had coming up. Even the less-than friendly people came around when they noticed the effort I made to connect. Without knowledge of the time, I became more patient and open. I was, as they say, present. When I accidentally glanced at the clock, two hours had gone by in what felt like 30 minutes. On top of that, these small-but-meaningful exchanges left me in high spirits. I found I was able to complete work with a sense of purpose and came home inspired to try again. Admittedly, it was a struggle to get back into the practice of avoiding the clock once I broke the seal, but eventually I was able and the rest of the day was rather enjoyable. Lesson learned. As much as we hope, we cannot rush time nor slow it down. But if we can exist without constantly referencing a clock, we can feel expanse in time to mindfully live. 

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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.

ALL-STARS, WINE, AND WISDOM, AND KIDS COOKING FRENCH CUISINE SOLVANG ALL-STARS 2017 he Solvang Chamber of Commerce hosted an Installation and Awards dinner at Root 246 restaurant February 16 to announce “peer and community voted” winners in a variety of categories to honor and acknowledge each business and individual’s dedication and service to the community of Solvang… and the winners to congratulate are:


Large Business of the Year Nielsen Building Materials, Inc.

Most Philanthropic Business of the Year Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Small Business of the Year Book Loft

Most Philanthropic Person of the Year Kenneth Kahn, Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Tourism Organization of the Year Visit Santa Ynez Valley Winery of the Year The Brander Vineyard Restaurant of the Year Solvang Restaurant Public Service Award S B County Sheriff’s Department

Volunteer Non-Profit of the Year Max Hanberg Volunteer- Non-Profit of the Year Donna Ineman S olvang Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award Lisa Mesa

City of Solvang Employee of the Year Matt van der Linden

L inda Johansen Spirit of Community Volunteer of the Year Dennis Bales

City of Solvang Ambassador of the Year Esther Jacobsen-Bates

Retailer of the Year First Street Leather

Non-Profit Organization of the Year Vikings of Solvang EVA’S TOP FAVES: MY PERSONAL PICKS, BEST BETS, HOT TIPS, SAVE THE DATES, AND THINGS NOT TO MISS! HONK! BEEP! VROOOOOOM! he trucks are back for the second annual SYV Touch-A-Truck event! Construction, emergency, specialty, and military vehicles will be on display in a family-friendly event for all ages of kids and ‘kids at heart’ to climb in, climb on, honk horns, turn on sirens and explore and learn about trucks of all sizes and kinds. Live music by the Dylan Ortega Band, a bounce house, pizza, face painting, petting zoo, craft booth, and NEW Kids Safety Day activities, including low-cost bike helmets provided by Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Trauma Services. All proceeds benefit Bethania Preschool and Afterschool. When: Saturday, March 4, from 10 am to 2 pm Where: Bethania Lutheran Church grounds, 611 Atterdag Road in Solvang Cost: $5 per person, $20 per family of five Info: (805) 245-1561


WINE AND WISDOM n a challenge of wit and wisdom, Sevtap winery in Solvang challenges individuals and groups to a trivia night paired with full glasses and/or tasting flights of wine every Friday. Game-night-goers are quizzed on virtually any topic imaginable including “cultural literacy’ in five rounds of five questions each with a ‘double or nothing’ scoring option on the last round. On a recent evening, Solvang resident and trivia winner, Katy Lopez, and her teammate – yours truly, swept the room for a fierce win nimbly answering questions involving geography, TV shows, Toyota car makes and models, as well as Victorian fashion attire from the 1800s. Champions receive a bottle of wine


and bragging rights for the week. Just in case it comes up in next Friday’s trivia round, Napoleon Bonaparte said, “In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it” – on that note, it is a good thing owner and winemaker Ertugrul “Art” Sevtap offers at least one sparking wine, which happens to be a cabernet franc called Mediterranean Nights. When: Every Friday from 7:30 to 9 pm – upcoming dates are March 10 and 17. Where: Sevtap Winery, 1576 Copenhagen Dr. #1 in Solvang Cost: The game is free flights of wine tasting and glasses of wine available for purchase. Info: Call (805) 693-9200 for visit FRENCH COOKING CLASSES FOR KIDS hef Pink of Bacon & Brine restaurant invites you to bring the kiddos to her restaurant for private cooking classes. For this round of classes, the chef welcomes ages 8 to 12 for a course including classic French cooking broken down for young chefs, to easily assimilate into a home kitchen. “We practice safe, clean, and calm cooking focusing on inspiring the creative cook inside your little one,” says Chef Pink explaining she has half a lifetime of world cuisine cooking under her belt, owns a restaurant, and is a mom herself, and she “cannot wait to enrich the lives of our Valley’s little chefs.” Classes start February 28, but students can join in all of the classes in the series, or just one or two (or three). Keep a culinary eye out for an adult series in the near future. When: Tuesdays, February 28, March 7, March 14, and March 21 from 4:30 to 6 pm Where: Bacon & Brine, 1622 Copenhagen Drive in Solvang Cost: $40 per child/per class; classes are limited to eight Info: Tickets can be purchased on or call (805) 688-8809 for more information


NEW FIG MOUNTAIN BREW HOUSE igueroa Mountain Brewing Company has a new location for their Los Olivos taproom. They’ve moved the taproom down the street to a much larger space, a house, with a variety of rooms inside and a large outdoor area. Indoors, guests can enjoy one of 16 beers on draft and stroll between three rooms that include a game room, a fireplace room, and a main seating area in addition to the bar, and in proper pub fashion, the game room is equipped with shuffleboard, a foosball table, and two dartboards – with Dart Night competitions on Tuesday evenings. The outdoor area serves up food from a select menu from their neighbor Sides Hardware & Shoes restaurant, with items including soup, salad, appetizers, main dishes such as fried chicken, fettuccini, and the Brothers Burger with yellow cheddar, diced onion, pickles, shredded lettuce, Brothers Secret Sauce. When: Open Monday through Thursday, 1 to 9 pm and Friday through Sunday 11am to 9pm Where: Figueroa Mountain Brewery, 2363 Alamo Pintado Avenue in Los Olivos Info: Call (805) 694-2252, ext. 343 or visit


CREATIVI-TEA – COLORING AND TEA BREAK FOR GROWN-UPS oin this out of the ordinary grown-up coloring time hosted by The Creation Station of Buellton, Santa Barbara Tea Club, and James Allen, a.k.a. “The Tea Man,” for a relaxing break indulging in fine tea and coloring. “Each session begins with a lighthearted tea ceremony to get you in your happy zone. Tea continues to be poured during your coloring journey taking you on excursions of flavor, aroma, and fragrances you never knew existed,” says The Tea Man, adding, “While many people find it difficult to meditate, the infusion of coloring and tea easily induces mindfulness and a meditative state.” The Creation Station classroom will provide a Zen zone – to chat, de-stress, laugh, color, and create. Guests are welcome to bring their own coloring book and pencils, but supplies and limitless sips of a variety of freshly prepared teas will be poured. Knitting, crocheting, drawing, and similar handcrafts are also welcome. “Keep what you create for yourself or share with family, friends, or others who may need a little more beauty in their life.” When: Tuesdays, February 28, March 7, and 14 from noon to 2 pm Where: The Creation Station, 252 East Hwy 246, Unit A in Buellton Cost: $ 20/per guest – Includes a tea snack from Solvang Bakery, unlimited tea, and adult coloring materials. Drop-ins are welcome but pre-registration is strongly suggested. Info: Call (805) 693-0174 or visit for more information


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efore Santa Ynez became home to some of California’s best wine, the valley consisted of mostly cattle ranches, oak trees, and wide-open spaces. No more is the valley’s rich history in the ranching world evident than at The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, where the majesty of the Old West still lives on and there are almost as many horses as guests. It had been many years since I was a guest at The Alisal, so during my recent stay I was happy to see that not much had changed at all. That’s the beauty of the Alisal — it’s all about tradition and staying true to its roots... no doubt why so many families and couples escape here year after year. Established in 1946, The Alisal Guest Ranch is located on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch less than an hour

from Santa Barbara. Its location in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley makes it a doable weekend getaway, and one where you can quite literally get away from it all. With no TVs, no phones, and no room service, you’ll have no choice but to unplug and unwind. Well, almost… there’s still Wi-Fi and a TV in the bar, but it’s still quite a nice change from the overly connected world we live in. Of course, as rustic as The Alisal may be, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied in and around the guest ranch. The location of The Alisal — just a few miles from Solvang and Buellton — is perfect for exploring the area’s wineries and restaurants. If you don’t feel like venturing out, there’s exceptional golf, several tennis courts, a pool, and even an on-site spa offering relaxing facials and massages. There’s also

Ping Pong, shuffleboard, archery, and a barnyard petting zoo with pigs, goats, and miniature horses. One of the best parts about staying here, though, is definitely the breakfast horseback ride. Whether a beginner or an expert, you’ll ride through the rolling green hills past wildlife for an outdoor breakfast, cowboy style. Hot coffee, eggs, bacon, quesadillas, and some of the best pancakes you’ll ever have will be a welcome treat before hopping back on your horse to head back. Don’t miss it! If horseback riding isn’t your thing (or you’re under the age of 7), you can still participate by riding the hay wagon to and from breakfast. There may be more activities and things to do in the summer at The

Alisal, but I think spring is one of the best times to escape for a weekend in wine country. For one, it’s less crowded. And since the nights are still cool, you can take full advantage of the in-room, wood-burning fireplaces to warm you up. Plus, after all this rain we’ve been getting, things are exceptionally lush and green! Whether you use The Alisal as a home base for hitting up wineries during the day or never leave the property, a stay here will take you back in time for a relaxing and memorable weekend getaway. 

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