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60 Kurt Wenner Master of Street Cred Classicism and Modern-Day Renaissance By Josef Woodard
68 Immersed in Truth Inside UCSB’s AlloSphere By D.J. Palladino
72 Where People Create Inside the Inspiring Homes of Extraordinary Artists
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28 16 Editor’s Letter + Our Editor’s Picks for Fall Fun and Entertainment 18 Contributors 22 Local Lowdown Girls Rock, Local Jewelers Celebrate Milestones, Top Shelf Book Picks, Gypsy Painting, Mission Poetry and more! 28 Fall Style File Armada Wine’s Women Crush this Fall’s Fashions by judy foreman
36 Fall Datebook Performing and Visual Arts + Other Favorite Events for FALL 40 Poetry Autumn Breakfast by sezsö kosztolányi
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44 On Exhibit Featured Artists at Local Galleries
86 Tee it up! Golf in Santa Barbara County
48 First Person Grace Fisher’s Amazing Grace
88 Santa Barbara Country Explore Map
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50 Sustainable Seasons Getting Back to Nature at Midland by tama takahashi
52 Legacies SB Culinary Arts Scores Big for Future Chefs by wendy thies sell
54 Rearview Mirror Hal Boucher: Through the Lens of a Legend by nell campbell
84 Santa Ynez Valley News Lompoc Theatre Project by isabelle t. walker
90 Explore Santa Barbara County Arroyo Hondo Preserve + 40 great things to do in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Ynez, Solvang and Los Olivos 92 Santa Barbara Urban Wineries 94 Wine Winery Guide & Map 98 EAT: Dining Out Guide to favorite area restaurants 104 My Santa Barbara ArchitecTours: Every Building Tells a Story by leslie dinaberg
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Fall Editor’s Picks I attend many events on behalf of Seasons, and last year’s inaugural Glow in the Park Benefit for Doctors Without Walls was definitely a standout. This beautiful evening (Sept. 19) features tethered balloon rides and a sunset dinner under the glow of lit hot air balloons followed a dance party with the Beatles tribute band, Sgt. Pepper, all to benefit the work of Doctors Without Walls (Santa Barbara Street Medicine), which provides free volunteer medical care for the most vulnerable people in Santa Barbara County. sbglowinthepark.org Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour takes place on Labor Day weekend this year (Sept. 5-6). It’s always a treat to peek inside the diverse array of local artists’ homes. With 40 artists participating this year, collectors are sure to find something to suit their style. santabarbarastudioartists.com A premiere event for foodies and philanthropists, at Taste of the Town (Sept. 13) guests sip and savor tastings from 80 of the finest local restaurants and wineries, with proceeds benefitting local programs and services of Arthritis Foundation. TasteofTheTownSantaBarbara.org Collaborations between artists Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli are always a treat, full of clever, thought-provoking humor and surprises. Expect nothing less from their latest teaming, “Tug,” at Westmont RidleyTree Museum of Art (Sept. 2–Oct. 17). westmontmuseum.org Iconic singer Michael McDonald (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers and loads of solo hits) teams with Ambrosia for a special Concert to Benefit Youth Interactive (Oct. 11). All proceeds support Youth Interactive’s after-school programs for local underserved youths. lobero.com I was so excited to hear that Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival is back (Oct. 8-17) for a second round of amazing comedy performances. Highlights last year included laugh out loud performances from Brad Williams and Jay Mohr. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeves for 2015. lolcomedyfestival.com Award-winning musician Melissa Etheridge brings her singular song stylings and stage presence to UCSB’s Campbell Hall (Nov. 15) to celebrate the release of her new album and perform her most beloved songs. artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu DANCEworks’ residency performances are always exciting, and this year is certainly no exception. Choreographer Adam Barruch creates and premieres a new dance theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sept. 25-26). sbdanceworks.com
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Spotlighte d on our cover , artist Kurt Wenner’s work has been described as a “sumptuous feast for the eyes.” As has become a Santa Barbara Seasons’ tradition, fall is dedicated to an appreciation of the sumptuous feast of art and architecture available just about everywhere you look in Santa Barbara. Punctuated by incredible photography, Josef Woodard takes a look at Wenner’s remarkable work and career (page 60), while writer/photographer Leela Cyd goes into the inspiring homes and studios of artists Joan Tanner, Maria Rendon, Jane Gottlieb, Hannah Vainstein and Nathan Hayden (page 72). We also journey into UCSB’s AlloSphere, an incredible lab that marries the hard sciences with the fine arts, and happens to be one of the university’s best-kept secrets (page 68). Fall is also back to school time, and in honor of that we spotlight some amazing local teens (page 22 and page 48) as well as unique programs at Santa Barbara City College (page 52) and Midland School (page 50). Cheers to a fabulous fall!!
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Leela Cyd | Writer & Photographer Leela Cyd (“Where People Create,” page 72) is a photographer and writer based in Santa Barbara. Her focus is on food, travel and lifestyle. She shoots for publications such as New York Times, Kinfolk, Food & Wine and Organic Life. Cyd also runs a video production studio with her husband under the banner David Lee Studios, making shorts for social media. She has created a cookbook, Food with Friends—The Art of Hanging Out, to be published by Clarkson Potter in Spring 2016.
Interviewing legendary photographer Hal Boucher (page 54) was a dream realized for documentary photographer Nell Campbell, a long-time Santa Barbara resident who hails from Louisiana. Her 15-year documentation of handmade duck blinds in southwestern Louisiana was featured in the April 2014 issue of The World of Interiors magazine. Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans have photographs by Campbell in their permanent collections. When she is not in Louisiana photographing duck blinds or alligator hunters, she works as a photo editor, writer and commercial photographer specializing in event photography.
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D.J. Palladino | Writer D.J. Palladino (“Immersed in Truth: Inside UCSB’s AlloSphere,” page 68) writes about the arts, food and popular culture and has been associated with Santa Barbara Independent and its predecessor, Santa Barbara News & Review, since 1979. A freelance writer, Palladino also directs the UCSB-funded Magic Lantern Film series in Isla Vista and is an advisor to student-run Word Magazine. His first novel, Nothing That Is Ours, a thriller set in Santa Barbara in 1959, comes out late this year from Asahina & Wallace.
photos (clockwise from top left): David Kilpatrick, Macduff Everton, Peggy Grossman, Courtesy D.J. Palladino
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Josef Woodard, who profiled artist Kurt Wenner (page 60), has worked as a freelance cultural journalistcritic—covering music, art, film and more—for many years, happily based in Santa Barbara. He has been a contributor to Los Angeles Times, Down Beat, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Opera Now, Artweek and other publications and projects, including years spent scribing for both the Santa Barbara Independent and News-Press. His first book, Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth (Silman-James), comes out this fall. He won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for jazz writing in 1998. As a musician, Woodard is a guitarist and songwriter, and his band, Headless Household, recently released its ninth album, Balladismo.
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The impressive accomplishments and uplifting attitudes of these three local teens are ample inspiration for all of us to work hard and dream big to make those goals a reality. By Leslie Dinaberg
Paige Hauschild: Athlete already know the name Paige Hauschild: she’s been a standout in the pool since she first started playing at age eight and is now one of the star attackers on the San Marcos High School, 805 Water Polo Club and Olympic Development Program teams. At a mere 16 years old, she’s also making a name for herself internationally. Last year, she played in Hungary. This spring, she competed in New Zealand with the USA Water Polo Women’s Senior National Team, alongside Olympiclevel athletes, some almost twice her age! It’s a lot to juggle—along with school work, family and “trying to hang out with friends at Hope Ranch Beach as much as possible”—but Paige does it all with characteristic grace and skill. She offers this advice for other upand-coming athletes: “It definitely takes a lot of commitment and, as hard as it always seems, it always gets better. Everything always pays off. I went through a time when I felt just overwhelmed with water polo when I was younger and, as you get older, you kind of accept that it’s kind of what you need to do if you want to play at really high levels—you have to keep playing. You have to be committed. It’s been amazing. All the hard times definitely paid off.” Indeed they have. She’s already been on college tours of her dream schools (UCLA and Stanford) and has set her sights even higher, saying, “It would be a dream come true to go to the Olympics, and I really hope that I get to.” We’ll be rooting for her all the way.
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Aija Mayrock: Author in elementary and middle school, 19-year-old Aija Mayrock claimed her power back with a vengeance as the author of The Survival Guide to Bullying, recently published by Scholastic. “One day, I realized that I had to create a little, yet powerful survival guide that any kid could use as a life-saving device when they were being bullied in the gym, the cafeteria, the locker room, the classroom, the hallways—anywhere. A guide that could be a road map, a flashlight or a friend,” says A victim of bully ing
(Top-bottom): Paige Hauschild (1) with local Olympian Kami Craig (2). Aija Mayrock (3) and her book, The Survival Guide to Bullying (4). Sydney Shalhoob (5) with pop star Ingrid Michaelson (6).
Aija, who graduated from Anacapa High School and is now a student at New York University. Aija originally self-published the book, because “we wanted to just help kids. …I wanted it to be as cheap as possible for every kid. But then it was just a dream when Scholastic came along.” The contents—including her original Rap poems or “Roams” at the start of each chapter—are much the same as in Aija’s original book. “They loved it, and it basically is as is; we deleted a chapter and, we added a really wonderful chapter called ‘getting help.’ Then we did a Q&A with myself and an epilogue.” She gives much of the credit for turning her life around to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). When she and her family moved to town after eighth grade, she wrote her very first screenplay on the day of the deadline for SBIFF’s 10-10-10 student film competition. It was about bullying. Aija won that competition and says, “I’m so grateful to them because this book would not be here if I had not found my passion through that competition, which is so incredible because it’s accessible to any kid in this community.” Now, in addition to her college studies, Aija travels to speak to kids about bullying, as well as pursuing her other interests in writing, acting and being an activist. As for taking center stage and speaking out against bullying, Aija says she’s conquered her fears. “There’s a quote that I now live by. It’s, ‘Everything that you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.’”
Sydney Shalhoob: Singer Santa Barbar a’s 2015 Teen Star winner is hardly new to the stage. Now a 15-yearold sophomore at San Marcos High School, Sydney Shalhoob began singing when she was three years old, with pipes so impressive that professional sports teams took notice, resulting in invitations to perform the National Anthem for the Lakers, the Kings, the Dodgers, the 49ers, the Sparks and the Angels (for seven seasons)—all while still in elementary school. “I’ve always loved to sing,” says Sydney, who wowed local audiences at k
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Iconic Local Jewelers Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries Jewelry is often given in remembrance of important dates—birthdays, engagements and graduations, to name a few. This year marks some very big dates, the anniversaries of two of Santa Barbara’s most celebrated jewelers, Silverhorn and Bryant & Sons. Silve rhorn Hits 30
In addition to celebrating the year-long renovation of their stores at The Four Seasons Biltmore and Coast Village Road with a newly added Rolex space, Silverhorn Jewelers commemorates 30 years of handcrafted artisan jewelry that is unique and timeless. Owners Michael and Carole Ridding take pride in their rare gems (which Michael travels the world to collect), award-winning designs and dedicated service to Santa Barbara residents. Remarks Carole, “We are delighted that Silverhorn has been part of the wonderful Santa Barbara community for 30 years, and we intend to continue for many more.” Bryant & Sons is 50
Fifty years ago, Bob Bryant opened Bryant &
Sons in a 900-square-foot space. Today, it has become one of the most renowned jewelers in Santa Barbara, with an upgraded 4,500-squarefoot multi-level salon run by Bob’s son, Mike. Located in El Paseo, the Bryant & Sons showroom is sleek and airy, with its own workshop offering repairs, appraisals and custom creations. With the motto “If you can dream it, we can make it,” it’s no wonder that Bryant & Sons continues to attract loyal customers year after year. “We’ve been really fortunate to have great customers,” says Mike. “We’ve got a really strong local base.” In an economy where retailers come and go, the anniversary of a local business that has withstood the test of time is truly cause for celebration. —Natalie Ochsner
Photos (Top-bottom): Silverhorn Jewelers has locations at 1155 Coast Village Rd., and inside Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, 1260 Channel Dr., both in Montecito. Bryant & Sons Is located at 812 State St., downtown in El Paseo and at 1482 E. Valley Rd. #37, Montecito.
Photos: Courtesy Bryant & Sons, courtesy Silverhorn jewelers
Granada Theatre last spring with a soulful delivery of “Creep,” by Radiohead, to take the top Teen Star honor, which earned her a slew of performing opportunities, a bit of cash to further her musical career and a professional recording session at Santa Barbara Sound Design. Although she worked as a professional model from age three to 11, and tried her hand at acting (“I was not the best actor,” she laughs), Sydney has always had a song in her heart and hopes to study voice in college one day. She currently studies under Carol Teroka Brady at San Marcos, participating in the A Capella and Enchante singing groups. She was an alternate the first time she auditioned for Teen Star, which Sydney admits, “taught me a lot. We grew up together, and we definitely grew as singers. I think being a part of Teen Star is my biggest accomplishment at this point.” That may be true, but keep an eye—and an ear— out for this rising star. We have a feeling that you’ll hear a lot from her for many years to come.
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Painting with Pinot who has ever tried to make a career out of a passion knows what a difficult endeavor it can be. Just ask Christi Schaeffer, founder of Gypsy Studios in Santa Ynez, a movable art studio where adult students can paint while sipping wine at local vineyards. “I love what I do,” says Schaeffer. “Gypsy Studios incorporates all of my favorite things—art, people, nature and wine. It’s a long story of a wayward career journey, trying to exercise my creative talents, but something was always missing.” When Schaeffer first moved to the valley in high school, she didn’t appreciate the natural beauty that surrounded her, but now she’s changed her tune. “I absolutely love introducing others to painting, nature and the beauty of the valley,” she says. Now that Schaeffer has found a way to blend her two passions into a successful business venture, there’s no stopping her. To sign up for a class, click on gypsystudiosart.com. One glass of wine, a canvas and paint are included in the price of a ticket. Gypsy Studios also collaborates with private parties and events. —Natalie Ochsner
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Culture Club: The Mission Poetry Series in season around here, and one of the best places to get your fix is the Mission Poetry Series. Now wrapping up its sixth season, the series recently partnered with Antioch University as a new host venue to serve the literary and poetry communities with free readings from an eclectic assortment of poets each fall and spring. Poet Emma Trelles now programs and hosts the series, along with
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opportunity to reach a wide and diverse audience. Each poet reads for 20–30 minutes, and original poetry one-sheet prints, with a poem by each of the featured poets, are distributed free at every reading. For more information, visit facebook.com/ missionpoetryseries. —Leslie Dinaberg
On the Book Shelf Here’s a peek at what some of our local scribes will have on the bookstore shelves this season. of local mystery writers, Sue Grafton is back, and she’s up to the letter “X,” in what is perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel featuring a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Operating out of the fictional town of Santa Teresa (a.k.a. Santa Barbara), hard-boiled private investigator Kinsey Millhone takes us on yet another exciting and twisty journey we won’t soon forget. Gunpowder Press recently published the late Barry Spacks’s final book of poems, Shaping Water. A master poet and mentor, Spacks published 11 books of poetry during his lifetime, including Spacks Street, which won the Commonwealth Club of California’s Poetry Medal. He was selected as Santa Barbara’s first official poet laureate in 2005. Inspired by Frances Schultz’s popular House Beautiful magazine series on the makeover of her house, The The reigning que e n
Bee Cottage Story: How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness is a charm-
ingly illustrated, humorous memoir that illuminates life lessons gleaned from her journey to rebuild her life after a broken engagement, cancer and a series of devastating losses. Water is always top of our minds these days, and journalist Michael Cervin’s latest tome, Our World of Water: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Earth’s Most Critical Resource, discusses water from a
historical context to its spiritual element and the present water crisis. It also looks toward our collective future and the inherent value of water to appreciate its awesome power while recognizing its fundamental importance.
Murders take the spotlight at Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Marry, Kiss, Kill, the debut mystery by Anne Flett-Giordano. The Emmy-winning television writer/producer (Frasier, Hot in Cleveland, Desperate Housewives) has created a fresh and funny Santa Barbara police detective/heroine—Nola MacIntire—who actually makes us yearn for more crime to come to town. Known for her hilarious memoirs I’ve Still Got It…I Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It and If It Was Easy, They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon, former KTYD personality Jenna McCarthy turns her comedic talents to fiction with Pretty Much Screwed, a story of love, loss, friendship, forgiveness, turtledoves, taxidermy and one hilariously ill-placed tick. Dumped after 20 years of marriage, this novel follows a woman’s journey of picking herself up out of the gutter when life kicks her to the curb. Set in California during the Gold Rush years, Willard Thompson’s latest, Their Golden Dreams, follows the lives of some of the men and women who were thrown together during those rough and tumble days. Mixing fictional characters with cameos from historical figures, this third book in the Chronicles of California series traces the lives of those who came to California seeking riches. It’s 1969 and teenage Jolie stands on the deck of her parents’ Santa Barbara home watching an uncontrolled oil spill. She’s outraged and motivated to do something about it. Jolie’s father may be an oil executive, but that doesn’t stop her from hitchhiking to the harbor and joining an anti-oil drilling protest. And so begins Joye Emmons’s She’s Gone, a heartfelt story of self-discovery that follows a young woman’s odyssey through social and political issues that continue to be relevant today. —Leslie Dinaberg
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Ripe with brilliant colors and rich exquisite details and notes, fall clothes and the harvesting of wine have much in common... So it’s fitting that Seasons’ fall edition has combined fashion and wine with two of Santa Barbara’s most dynamic young entrepreneurs: Jaime Heer and Tucker Huget, owners of Armada Wine and Beer Merchant (1129 State St., 805/770-5912). While outside the air may still feel warm, there is a brittle edge to it that lets you know the seasons are changing, the harvest is near, and the time is ripe to wear some of fall’s most striking new clothes and accessories. Jaime and Tucker are crushing it in style! The pair met while working at Carr Winery, and learned about beer while putting together the rotating menu of small production wines and craft beers from around the globe. Armada is tucked behind a historical courtyard in downtown Santa Barbara. Sarah McFadden of McFadden Design Group
Opposite: Behind the bar at Armada, Jaime wears a Tibi ivory macramé crop top with fringe from Whistle Club (1235 Coast Village Rd., 805/ 965-7782) and Tucker wears a floral romper from Angel (1221 Coast Village Rd., 805/565-1599) and a military sleeveless vest and stackable bracelets from Pierre Lafond Sportswear (516 San Ysidro Rd., 805/565-1505). This page: Strolling through El Paseo (812 State St.) Jaime models a hat, coat, tank top, jeans and brass architectural necklace from DIANI (1324 State St., 877/342-6474) and boots and bag by Angel. Tucker wears a black cropped moto jacket with floral blouse, winter white jeans with a strategic knee tear, animal print cross body bag by Claire Vivier and high heeled sandals, all from DIANI.
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designed this serene and airy space, with icy blue walls and nautical dĂŠcor, all a nod to its sea faring name. Armada is a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere where locals and newbies can unwind with a great beverage and attentive service. At the edge of autumn, with the sun still low in the sky and leaves ablaze with vermillion and gold, the beautiful fall clothes and accessories worn by Jaime and Tucker are perfect for the relaxed, Santa Barbara lifestyle at work or taking breaks from their busy schedules (with white boxer mascot, Luna, in tow) to stroll through the Presidio and La Arcada districts in the historic neighborhoods of downtown. îƒ€
In the Presidio neighborbood, Tucker wears a burnt orange linen duster swing coat over Fleetwood high-rise flared jeans, high heeled sandals, gold tone earrings and bracelets and a chocolate brown leather backpack with gold chain accent, all from DIANI. Jaime models a cozy, nubby cropped
jacket silhouette, skinny dark wash jeans, a maroon silk tank, starburst necklace on a silver chain, diamond oval hoop earrings and Loeffler Randall black suede high heel pumps for that touch of lady-like chic, all from DIANI.
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casual chic Clockwise from top left: Back at Armada, Jaime wears a black jumpsuit by Equipment from Angel and bracelets and a necklace from DIANI, while Tucker models Joes Jeans paired with a nod to Coachella crochet 3/4 jacket and hoop earrings (all by Angel), along with a necklace from Pierre Lafond Sportswear and shoes by DIANI. On the stairs at La Arcada (1114 State St.), Jaime models Joes Jeans from Pierre Lafond Sportswear, and a navy cashmere poncho, tapestry clutch, bracelets and necklace by Angel, along with shoes by Woman by Common Projects from Whistle Club. At the La Arcada Building, Tucker wears a Clyde Webster alabaster short brim felt hat, chunky knit sweater in pearl by Closed, dark grey jeans, white shirt by Closed, Dakota high heeled clogs by Rachel Comey, saddlebag and Ali Grace silver ring, all from Whistle Club.
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Seasonal events, happenings and things to do for September, October and November (plus more on sbseasons.com).
Ongoing Through Sept. 27 The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come One of the most influential members of the Bauhaus, László MoholyNagy’s artwork is featured in an exciting comprehensive presentation. Also on view: The Visionary Photomontages of Herbert Bayer. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Through Oct. 25 Bloom Projects: Border Control | Yara El-Sherbini Yara El-Sherbini is an artist who uses humor and play to address structures of power that inform our everyday existence. Also on view: Then They Form Us. | MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Through Oct. 31
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Samurai: The Warrior Horsemen of Japan This once-in-a-lifetime Samurai armor display is now on exhibit at Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and will not be exhibited publicly again. | Noon–4 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, 3596 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. 805/6887889, santaynezmuseum.org.
September 2–Oct. 17 Tug: Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli Santa Barbara-based artists Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli collaborate in both two and three dimensions. | Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd. 805/565-6162, westmontmuseum.org.
5–6 Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour From 40 artists to 40 different styles
in just two days, the Studio Artists Tour allows collectors, designers and galleries to view and purchase one-of-a-kind art created by the top professionals in the visual arts. | Various Santa Barbara locations. 805/280-9178, santabarbarastudioartists.com.
12 Los Olivos Art in the Park Artists and artisans offer beautiful handmade objects and art. | 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Grand Ave. & Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos. 805/8860858, santaynezvalleyarts.org.
Santa Barbara Yacht Club Charity Regatta benefiting Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care The 11th Annual Charity Regatta benefits Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, where more than 350 friends and supporters gather for a day of racing, spectator boat rides, barbecue and live music—all for a good cause. | Noon–7 p.m. Santa Barbara Yacht Club, 130 Harbor Way, vnhcsb.org.
13 Taste of the Town Featuring 80 of the finest local restaurants and Central Coast wineries, proceeds benefit local programs and services of Arthritis Foundation. | Noon– 3 p.m. Riviera Park Gardens, 2030 Alameda Padre Serra. 805/563-4685, TasteofTheTownSantaBarbara.org.
Jim Messina with special guest Rusty Young “Sittin’ In” Don’t miss a special evening with legendary singer/songwriter Jim Messina and his band with special guest Rusty Young. Enjoy all the hits from Poco, Buffalo Springfield and Loggins & Messina in the intimacy of Lobero Theatre. | 7–9 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
15 Chick Corea & Bela Fleck Jazz at the Lobero presents Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, two master songwriters, musicians and bandleaders who meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo. | 8–10 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
18 Trombone Shorty &
Union Tanks (detail) by Sophie Cooper, one of the 40 artists featured in the annual Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour, Sept. 5–6. Orleans Avenue New Orleans native Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Avenue, are known in today’s music scene for their hard-edged funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop performances. Their blend of performance and improvisation is sure to make you bust a move. | 8–10 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
18–20 79th Annual Solvang Danish Days Celebrate “Little Denmark” with Solvang’s annual Danish Days, a weekend of folk dancing, colorful costumes, delectable desserts, Hans Christian Andersen storytelling, parades and more. | Various locations throughout Solvang. 800/468-6765, solvangusa.com.
18–27 The Mary Jane McCord Annual Book Sale Planned Parenthood’s book sale is the largest used book sale in the tricounties. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood’s programs. | Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. booksale.ppsbvslo.org.
18–Oct. 3 Other Desert Cities Written by Pulitzer finalist and fivetime Tony nominee Jon Robin Baitz, Other Desert Cities is a drama filled with family, love, surprises and more. | Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria. 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.
19 United Way 24th Annual Day of Caring Following a kick-off breakfast, teams volunteer across the county to help various nonprofits complete muchneeded tasks. | 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Page Youth Center (kick-off, then disperse to various locations), 4540 Hollister Ave. 805/965-8591, unitedwaysb.org.
Friendship Center’s 6th Annual Wine Down Enjoy tastings from local wineries and breweries, hearty hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent and live auction, with all proceeds going to support Friendship Center’s Healthy Aging programs, which help aging and dependent adults to maximize their quality of life. | 4–7 p.m. Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Ln. 805/9690859, friendshipcentersb.org. k
Midcentury Architecture examines the work of ingenious inventor, builder and architect Walter S. White. Exhibit Talking Back: New Acquisitions explores what art and architecture reveal about influences, biography, materials, place and technical advancements. Garry Winogrand’s exhibit, Women Are Beautiful, focuses on Winogrand’s photographs about the beauty of women everywhere. New artist-inresidence and New York-based artist Stephen Westfall invites the public to observe as he creates an original piece inside one of the museum’s galleries. | 5:30–7:30 p.m. UCSB AD&A Museum, 552 University Rd. museum.ucsb.edu.
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals For more than 20 years, founding members Ben Harper, Leon Mobley, Oliver Charles and Juan Nelson have established themselves as one of the world’s most versatile, hard-working bands. Joined by Jason Yates and Michael Ward, the band is known for their explosive live performances and is not to be missed. | 6 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
Glow in the Park Benefit for Doctors Without Walls This amazing experience features tethered balloon rides, a sunset dinner and live music to benefit the work of Doctors Without Walls (Santa Barbara Street Medicine), which provides free volunteer medical care for the most vulnerable people in Santa Barbara County. | 6–11 p.m. Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd. sbglowinthepark.org.
Mads Tolling Two-time Grammy Award-winning Danish-born violinist Mads Tolling performs in an outdoor concert celebrating the instrumental hits from the 1960 “Mad Men” era, raising funds for the Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary (retirement community). | 7:30 p.m. Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. atterdagvillageofsolvang.com.
Colin Hay + Kip Boardman Sings Like Hell presents Colin Hay + Kip Boardman. Hay, familiar to millions as front man, songwriter and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work, has released a new solo album entitled Next Year People. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
20 Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival Fun for the whole family, the Fermentation Festival celebrates the art of making traditionally fermented foods and beverages and also promotes local food and farming. | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Fairview Gardens, 598 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. 805/722-5324.
Mark Knopfler Legendary musician Mark Knopfler has been called “one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone, has performed solo and is the lead vocalist and songwriter for Dire Straits. | 7 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
23 An Acoustic Evening with Chris Cornell Rock icon Chris Cornell has one of the best voices in music history, and
is also the chief architect of the 90s grunge movement, as well as a multiGrammy Award-winning musician and Golden Globe nominee. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
25 Catch A Fire Tour Featuring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Morgan Heritage and Tarrus Riley in an evening filled with groundbreaking reggae music. | 5 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/9627411, sbbowl.com.
CEC’s Green Gala This noteworthy annual event is the eco-chic party of the year, as well as an opportunity to hear how CEC (Community Environmental Council) works to preserve Santa Barbara’s unique way of life and to build a grass-roots movement that embraces both personal action and government accountability to create a resilient, green future worthy of the next generation. | 5:30 p.m. The Lark, 131 Anacapa St. 805/963-0583, cecsb.org.
AD&A Museum Exhibitions Opening Reception AD&A Museum at UCSB presents four extraordinary fall exhibitions: Walter White: Inventions in
Adam Barruch New York choreographer Adam Barruch trailblazes his way into Santa Barbara DANCEworks’ coveted residency at Lobero Theatre and premieres a new physical theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. sbdanceworks.com.
26 Death Cab For Cutie Death Cab For Cutie returns to Santa Barbara, joined by special guest Best Coast. | 5:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/9627411, sbbowl.com.
26–27 California Lemon Festival in Goleta When life gives you acres and acres of lemon trees, the only thing to do is to celebrate the harvest with a festival – with lots of lemonade, of course! Expect tons of lemon-infused and lemon-inspired foods and drinks to try and a variety of entertainment and activities to enjoy. | 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd., Goleta. lemonfestival.com.
Santa Barbara Artwalk Enjoy exhibits featuring a variety of artists and their works for sale, including photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and crafts. | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol. 805/682-4711, sbnature.org.
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Glow in the Park Benefit for Doctors Without Walls, Sept. 19
27 Santa Barbara Beautiful Annual Awards Ceremony Celebrate “50 years of Beautification” with Santa Barbara Beautiful, as the nonprofit organization recognizes excellence in design and honors outstanding individuals in the community. | 4:30–7
Downtown Santa Barbara
p.m. Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. 805/965-8867, sbbeautiful.org.
29 Ry Cooder, Sharon White & Ricky Skaggs Master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs come together to deliver a special program of blues, gospel and bluegrass. Singer Sharon White, drummer Joachim Cooder and bassist Mark Fain join the dynamic duo. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
30 Counting Crows Following the release of their critically-acclaimed seventh album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, the Counting Crows’ U.S. leg of their 2015 worldwide tour follows sold-out shows in Europe, Australia and Canada. | 6 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
The Milk Carton Kids The Grammy-nominated Milk Carton Kids won duo/group of the year at the Americana Music Awards and were featured in T Bone Burnett & the Coen Brothers’ concert documentary, Another Day/ Another Time. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
October 1–31 epicure.sb October means 31 days of cuisine, libations and culture at epicure.sb, a month-long celebration of the exceptional food and wine and dining experiences of our region. | Various locations throughout Santa Barbara. santabarbaraca.com/epicuresb.
2 San Marcos Royal Gala With proceeds benefiting San Marcos High School, the event includes dinner, an auction, entertainment and more. Community honorees are Ernesto Paredes, Michael & Anne Towbes and Jeff Ridenour. | 6 p.m. Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 633 E.
Shop & Stroll. Wine & Dine. Sip & Savor. Around every corner, through every paseo, across every street, up every block: no matter where you turn, you’ll discover something new. Come rediscover Downtown Santa Barbara.
Cabrillo Blvd. smhs.donorshops.com.
2–4 California Avocado Festival Celebrate peace, love and guacamole at the threeday Carpinteria fest dedicated to the California k
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Poetry is Always in Season Peter V. Czipott was born in California to Hungarian parents and raised in Santa Barbara. A Ph.D. physicist, he has collaborated extensively with poet and UCSB emeritus professor John Ridland on translations of Hungarian poetry. Dezsö Kosztolányi (1885-1936) was one of the outstanding figures of 20th century Hungarian literature, renowned for his poetry, fiction, literary translations and belletristic journalism. Of Kosztolányi’s poem “Autumn Breakfast,” Czipott writes, “the poem was composed in 1929, predating but eerily presaging the first appearance of Kosztolányi’s cancer symptoms. Its lapidary evocation of autumnal images, ending in a delicate intimation of mortality, perhaps reveals the influence of his pioneering translations of Chinese poetry into Hungarian.”
—David Starkey, contributing editor, poetry
fruit in all its forms. This is one of the largest free festivals in California with more than 75 music acts on four stages and an amazing variety of avocado-infused culinary delights. | 11 a.m.–10 p.m. 900 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. avofest.com.
3 ArchitecTours Guests can tour local American Institute of Architects-designed projects, meet architects and building professionals, and conclude at a post-tour reception. | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Various locations throughout Santa Barbara. aiasb.com. (for more see page 104)
Rock Around the Bayou This annual benefit— honoring Ronald V. Gallo, president and CEO of Santa Barbara Foundation—supports the work of Santa Barbara Rescue Mission to provide services and accommodations to homeless men and women. | 2 p.m. Dos Pueblos Ranch, Goleta. 805/966-1316, sbrm.org.
AUTUMN BREAKFAST By Dezsö Kosztolányi This is what the autumn has brought. Cool fruit on a glass platter. Heavy, dark-emerald grapes, sweet enormous pears translucent as jasper, and so many more of its lush and sparkling jewels. A drop of water runs off a plump berry and rolls away, just like a cut diamond. This is pomp: compassionless, serene, inward-turning perfection. I’d much prefer introverted perfection to live. Ah, but already the trees beyond are waving hello to me with their golden hands. Translated from the Hungarian by Peter V. Czipott 40
Lang Lang Named one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, Lang Lang has inspired millions with his music. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
7 An Evening with Patton Oswalt Don’t miss comedian, actor and New York Times best-selling author Patton Oswalt in an evening of great comedy and laughter. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
8–17 Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival After a successful first festival last year, our city hosts another exciting Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival, bringing top comedic acts to various downtown venues. | Various venues. lolcomedyfestival.com.
Bread & Roses Community Dinner Auction Fund for Santa Barbara’s largest annual fundraiser and community celebration, brings together supporters to raise money for the fund’s grant-making and technical assistance programs. | 3–7 p.m. QAD
Twyla Tharp Legendary dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp has redefined dance and its many genres with over 160 works. From jazz to full-length ballets and from Broadway to Hollywood, the Emmy and Tony award-winner celebrates her 50th year in the business with a new company of 12 dancers. | 8–10
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p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
“Fire & Ice” Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s season opens with the “Fire & Ice” party and concert featuring Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120; Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Overture, Op. 2; and Stravinsky’s ”Firebird.” | 7:30 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
10 Lost in Scrap: Maps Themed around the notion of maps, dozens of local artists come together and donate their work for this multimedia exhibition and fundraiser to support the nonprofit Art From Scrap. | 6–9 p.m. Art From Scrap Gallery, 302 E. Cota St. 805/884-0459, artfromscrap.org.
Scorpions Founded by Rudolf Schenker, the band celebrates its 50th anniversary and the recent successful release of its latest album, Return to Forever. |
Flip FabriQue Don’t miss Flip FabriQue, the Quebec-based troupe of six acrobats known for their technical ability, panache and fast-paced innovative circus show. | 3 p.m. Campbell Hall,
6 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
UCSB. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
My Morning Jacket To mark the release of their seventh full-length album, The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket embarks on a worldwide tour, joined by special guest Fruit Bats. | 6:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N.
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Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
Youth Interactive Benefit Concert Featuring five-time Grammy Award-winner Michael McDonald, as well as Ambrosia, all proceeds from the benefit concert support Youth Interactive, an after-school program for local underserved youths. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St.
Specializing in early California Plein Air painters, and museum quality 19th/20th century American and European art, as well as a selection of fine antiques and antique furniture. Open from 11 to 5:30, closed Thursday and Sunday, available by appointment.
13 Buena Vista Social Club The Buena Vista Social Club, whose self-titled album became a global phenomenon when its romantic, enchanting brand of son, bolero and exuberant danzón, now bids audiences adiós with its grand farewell tour, featuring original members and the incomparable vocalist Omara Portuondo. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/8992222, granadasb.org.
14 Sir András Schiff Sir András Schiff returns to CAMA’s Masterseries with his “Last Sonatas” project. The worldrenowned and critically acclaimed pianist, conductor, teacher and lecturer plays the final piano sonatas of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon
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15 Fast Pitch SB Competition Offered by Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara, Fast Pitch SB meaningfully accelerates the communications skills of 20 nonprofits through a venture-pitch model. Participants develop a compelling three-minute pitch about their organization’s community impact and present it to a live community audience for cash prizes. | 6–8 p.m. Deckers Rotunda, 250 Coromar Dr., Goleta. socialventurepartners.org/santa-barbara/fast-pitch.
Jimmy Buffett This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Jimmy Buffett’s A1A album, his first top-40 record, which included the hit “A Pirate Looks At Forty.” Parrotheads should get ready for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Margaritaville. | 7 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
15–18 On the Edge Festival This four-day extravaganza of performance art, artist-commissioned projects and ancillary k
“Low Tide, Hendry’s Beach” 24 x 60 Oil Nancy Davidson
Waterhouse Gallery La Arcada, 1114 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 805-962-8885
www.waterhousegallery.com Open Daily 11am to 5pm
educational activities that highlight the spirit of diversity, experimentation and inquiry in contemporary art brings internationally renowned performance artists to Santa Barbara to present their new works in what promises to be a landmark cultural event that embraces the experimental and unconventional. | MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
16–18 CALM Antiques, Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale The decorative arts and vintage show features lovely antiques and decorative pieces, from vintage to modern, with sales benefiting CALM. | 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. calm4kids.org.
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STEWART MACDOUGALL Celebrating Art Deco Stewart MacDougall’s sculpture HIGH C dedicated to French art and the artistic styles of Art Deco and Modernism express a fascination with streamlined forms, exotic materials and their application to fine art and industrial design. When you see my sculpture imagine a bit of the Roaring Twenties and M a c h i n e Ag e m e t ro p o l i s dressed in a tuxedo. STEWARTMACDOUGALL.COM 805.570.8833
17 Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival Celebrate lobster season at the free annual Harbor & Seafood Festival. Fresh seafood, from crab and prawns to chowder and gumbo, are complemented with fun activities and free boat rides and dockside tours. | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Santa Barbara Harbor, 132 Harbor Way. harborfestival.org.
Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe + Angela Easterling & Brandon Turner Sings Like Hell presents Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe + Angela Easterling & Brandon Turner. Easterling is a three-time Kerrville New Folk finalist, a Telluride Troubadour finalist and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter finalist. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/9630761, lobero.com.
Carmina Burana Co-presented by Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet and Santa Barbara Choral Society in association with Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, Carmina Burana is one of the most legendary performances of this generation. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/8992222, granadasb.org.
Santa Barbara Beer Festival Enjoy a sunny day at the beautiful Elings Park, where you can listen to local bands while sampling from the best breweries and eateries in the county. | Noon-4 p.m. Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd. sbbeerfestival.com.
18 Hozier Hozier’s self-titled debut has passed the coveted gold record milestone, conquering multiple radio, viral and video platforms with the album’s seminal single “Take Me To Church” going quadruple platinum and viral. | 7 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
Anna Deavere Smith Featuring new theatrical works performed in her signature style, actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith collaborates with world-renowned violinist Robert McDuffie in a powerful exploration of the voices and stories that gave shape to the civil rights movement. | 7 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
20 Florence + The Machine To celebrate the release of their new album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, Florence + The Machine play select U.S. headline dates. | 7 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/9627411, sbbowl.com.
21 Ray Chen Winner of the Queen Elizabeth and Yehudi Menuhin competitions, violinist Ray Chen is revered for his brilliant technique. | 7 p.m. Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. 805/8933535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
21–22 Janet Jackson Music icon, multiple Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum-selling artist Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour returns one of the world’s most influential entertainers back to the live stage. | 7 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
22 MOMIX MOMIX, a captivating company of dance-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton, dazzles audiences with its inventiveness, surrealistic images and physical beauty. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
24 Santa Barbara Open Streets The streets of Santa Barbara come alive and become a huge public park for the day, when more than two miles of Cabrillo Blvd. are transformed into a celebration of people-power to promote better health, flexibility and FUN! | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Route is along Cabrillo Blvd. sbopenstreets.org.
24–26 Boo at the Zoo Santa Barbara Zoo is transformed for three nights of safe traffic-free trick-or-treating fun for monster-ous thrills and chills. | 5:30–8:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. 805/962-5339, sbzoo.org. k
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George Lance (1802–1864) Now Reigns Here a Very Very Peacock, oil on canvas, 68” x 52” Overview: George Lance was born in Essex, England. He studied for seven years, from the age of 14, with Benjamin Haydon, as well as taking classes at the famed Royal Academy. He began exhibiting in 1824, and continued to exhibit at Royal Academy throughout his life, receiving many commissions and awards. Known primarily as a still life painter, he was also a notable painter of classical and historic subjects. Museum collections include Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Tate Gallery, London; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; National Portrait
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Gallery, London; and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. He has also had exhibitions at Royal Academy, London, 1855; Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876; and Owen Edgar Gallery, London, 1984. Gallery: Stewart Fine Art 215 W. Mission St., Santa Barbara 805/845-0255, kevinstewartfineart.com sbada member
25 Home Free Crowned champion of The Sing-Off, Home Free is known for high-energy performances, peppered with quickwitted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
26 New York City Ballet MOVES One of the foremost dance companies in the world, New York City Ballet was established in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine, and is widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
items, proceeds from this annual sale benefit the Wonders of Weaving class (“WoW”), a floor loom class offered by Santa Barbara City College’s Center for Lifelong Learning. | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 W. Victoria St. sbfiberarts.org.
6 Lake Street Dive Lake Street Dive is known for their own exhilarating brand of soul pop with Motown, British invasion and gospel blues influences and the unstoppable joy of their live shows. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
6, 8 Don Giovanni Experience an intense opera filled with seduction, lechery, murder and revenge as Opera Santa Barbara presents Don Giovanni. | Nov. 6
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Known for her energy and honest performances, Sharon Jones is the matriarch of the world’s No. 1 live soul act. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall,
7:30 p.m., Nov. 8 2:30 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
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29 Saar, Serra, Surls and more Join Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art’s unveiling of 30 recent acquisitions by a variety of influential artists ranging from Andy Goldsworthy to Claes Oldenburg. | Westmont RidleyTree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd. 805/565-6162, westmontmuseum.org.
The Veteran’s Mile Honor all veterans by participating in The Veteran’s Mile. | 7:15 a.m.–noon. Shoreline Park, Shoreline Dr. and Santa Rosa Pl. pcvf.org.
Hike for AHA! Hike the beautiful Romero Canyon Trail to raise funds for AHA!| 8 a.m.–2 p.m. ahasb.org.
20th Annual Military Ball Get dressed up for a formal evening and meet members of our armed forces to celebrate the 20th year of the annual Military Ball. | 5–10 p.m.
Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. pcvf.org.
Celebrate Philanthropy Luncheon This event honors individuals, couples and families who have demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable work in Santa Maria Valley. | Noon–2 p.m. Santa Maria Country Club, 505 W. Waller Ln., Santa Maria. 805/9631873, sbfoundation.org.
5–6 “WoW” Arts and Crafts Sale Supporting Local Weavers Featuring gorgeous hand-made
Dream Foundation’s Celebration of Dreams Gala This 14th annual fundraiser for the nation’s largest and oldest wishgranting organization for adults is an amazing celebration honoring 21 years of dreamers along with the dreams that have touched lives, created lasting memories and provided peace, comfort and closure at the end of life’s journey. | 5 p.m.–midnight.
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Robin Gowen Spandrels II, 2015, oil on board, signed lower left, 10”x12” Overview: Robin Gowen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Moving to Nigeria in 1960, the year of their independence, and staying until her family was evacuated in 1967, at the beginning of Nigeria’s civil war. Gowen graduated from Philips Exeter Academy and received her B.A. from Wellesley College. Her most repeated subject is the natural landscape. Over the years, her painted landscapes have moved and shifted as the earth does, continually changing color, shape and perspective. Her husband, Bruce Tiffney, who teaches paleobotany at the College of Creative Studies at UCSB, serves as chief critic of the biology and geology of her landscape paintings. Gowen has been with the Sullivan Goss Gallery for 21 years, the longest of any of its living artists. She is also the author of Night Must Wait (Imajin Books), a novel set in Nigeria, and the science fiction novel, Future Past (Damnation Press). Gallery: Sullivan Goss—An American Gallery 11 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara 805/730-1460, sullivangoss.com sbada member
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An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt Two of America’s most admired singer-songwriters return to Santa Barbara for an intimate acoustic evening of storytelling and music making with a fusion of country, swing, jazz, rock, folk, gospel and blues. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
8 Veterans Day Parade Check out the Veterans Day Parade with more than 20 different vintage WWII military vehicles. | Noon–2 p.m. State St. pcvf.org.
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Matt Smith Family Time, oil on panel, painted en plein-air, 10”x14” Overview: ”I appreciate traditional landscape painting, and I am inspired by the pristine landscapes of the American West,” says Matt Smith, who has lived most of his life in Arizona, where he has a deep attachment and respect for the Sonoran Desert. “I enjoy working in areas where one can travel for miles without seeing the influence of man. When I paint, I feel I’ve hit the mark when I’ve captured a balance between mood, look and feel. You know you’ve succeeded when viewers sense the desert heat or the chill of a mountain snowfall.” Smith, a graduate of Arizona State University, spent time studying the traditional styles of such landscape masters as Maynard Dixon, William Herbert Dunton and Edgar Payne. Most of the time, he can be found painting en plein-air from southern Arizona to the Canadian Rockies. He also paints from the California coast to the mountains of Colorado. Gallery: Waterhouse Gallery 1114 State St., Ste. 9, Santa Barbara 805/962-8885, waterhousegallery.com sbada member
Veterans Day Concert Remember and honor all veterans at this concert, featuring original music and patriotic classics sung by the top talent. | 2–5 p.m. Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. pcvf.org.
Chris Thile London’s Independent called Chris Thile “the most remarkable mandolinist in the world.” Thile is the mandolinist and vocalist of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient. | 7 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
10 Dorado Schmitt & Django Festival All-Stars Back by popular demand, Gypsy jazz genius Dorado Schmitt and his allstar ensemble’s encore performance celebrates the legacy of Django Reinhardt. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/9630761, lobero.com.
Akram Khan Company Inspired by creation and destruction, Hindu gods, Indian time cycles and black holes, award-winning choreographer Akram Khan’s Kaash returns to the stage. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
12–Dec. 23 Cinderella PCPA heralds its 52nd season with the brand-new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical Cinderella. | Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria. 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.
14 An Afternoon with Diana Nyad Diana Nyad discusses her forthcoming memoir, her grueling 53-hour journey and her extraordinary quest to live life at the highest level, in and out of the water. | 3 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
The Shakespeare Experience Join the symphony as artists of Ensemble Theatre Company share the stage to play their many parts in wonderfully dramatic fashion. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
15 Melissa Etheridge Academy and Grammy awardwinning artist Melissa Etheridge, shares personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. | 7 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
19 Kronos Quartet Now in its fifth decade, the multiGrammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet continues to chart a bold, innovative musical path and inspire generations of fellow musicians. | 7 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/8933535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
26 Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash Animal lovers are encouraged to come to the zoo for a smashing good time! Watch as elephants, gorillas and other zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins. | 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. 805/962-5339, sbzoo.org.
30 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Don’t miss Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in its 43rd year of making internationally acclaimed music. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
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Amazing Grace By Nanc y R ansohoff
On January 28, Grace was transferred to Craig Hospital outside Denver, which specializes in brain and spinal cord injuries. Her parents, Debbie and Bill Fisher, both physical therapists who own Via Real Physical Therapy in Carpinteria, and 15-year-old sister Emily moved to Denver with her. With a positive spirit and, more often than not, a smile on her face, the sparkling Grace made a big hit at Craig. When her therapists learned that she was named a prom princess at Santa Barbara High, they created a rollicking rap music video to be played at the school’s prom assembly. The rapper is Grace’s nurse technician, Justin, a.k.a. “J Dirty,” who also wrote the lyrics, and the video features a smiling Grace, as well as some of her move-bustin’ nurses. As the rap goes, “When she’s around you have to have a smile on your face/You couldn’t find a person that doesn’t like Grace.” Visits from friends have also buoyed Grace’s spirits, along with countless cards, notes and paper hearts plastered around her room to show the love being sent her way. “She likes to listen to a collection of CDs her friends made [for] her, and
The Fisher family—Grace, her sister Emily and parents Debbie and Bill— moved to Denver for Grace’s medical treatment.
sometimes people play guitar for her,” notes Debbie. Grace has a passion for singing, dancing and music and is an accomplished guitar, piano and cello player. She has shared her talents by giving music lessons to children in Santa Barbara and has been involved with more than a half-dozen singing and music groups, both on campus and off. Grace has been accepted to her dream school, Berklee College of Music in Boston, which she attended last year for a five-week summer program. “Gracie will
take a year off, and we’ll see where she’s at,” says Debbie. As of this writing, Grace was due to be discharged from Craig Hospital, and when she arrives at her Santa Barbara home, she’ll roll up a new wheelchair ramp built by two local Eagle Scouts, Will Oakley, 16, and Kai Mills, 15, with assistance from Mike Kelley and Jaime Melgoza. The wheelchair ramp is one more example of the outpouring of support and encouragement from the community. Family friend Paul Corr helps to maintain
photos: Craig Hospital/Kayla Lawson
Gr ac e Fishe r , a 17-year-old senior at Santa Barbara High School, was looking forward to her belated birthday celebration. It was December 21, 2014, and friends of the lively teen and aspiring musician had begun to gather when Grace felt numbness in her hands and pain in her neck. The numbness quickly spread to her feet and in the short time it took for her mother, Debbie, to take Grace to the emergency room at Cottage Hospital, it had progressed to her waist. “Seven hours after the first symptoms appeared, Grace was intubated, as she was having a hard time breathing, and most of her body was paralyzed,” says Debbie. Over the following weeks, Grace was treated at Cottage Hospital and diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, a neurologic children’s illness in which patients experience a sudden onset of polio-like symptoms such as limb weakness, paralysis and breathing difficulty. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has verified reports of 118 children in 34 states who developed acute flaccid myelitis between August 2014 and mid-April 2015. The cause is still unknown.
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Treatment at Craig Hospital, which specializes in brain and spinal cord injuries, has enabled Grace Fisher to come home to continue her rehabilitation. Funds from Race With Grace were used to purchase a new Mobility Ventures MV-1 purposebuilt vehicle designed from the ground up for wheelchair accessibility.
the website posthope.org/gracefisher with journal entries from Grace and her family. Fundraisers to help with Grace’s medical costs and the family’s expenses have ranged from concerts and garden tours to movie screenings, run/walks and softball tournaments. “The response has been overwhelming,” says Debbie, who grew up in Santa Barbara. “I feel like we live in such a special community…it’s heartwarming to see the goodness in people. We’re very grateful... We really feel our community is pulling for us and helping us to rebuild Gracie’s life.”
Friends of the fishers have opened a bank account to help the family. Donate online at posthope.org/gracefisher or with a check to Gracie Fisher Fund, 308 Paseo Del Descanso, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
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Getting Back to Nature at Midland By Ta m a Tak aha shi Nestle d on 2,860 acres, Midland School is a 10 minute drive north of the town of Los Olivos. The unspoiled land is contiguous to the San Rafael Wilderness and Sedgwick Preserve. In 2008, the school placed 2,727 acres under conservation to remain undeveloped in perpetuity. This spectacular natural setting provides the ideal “classroom” for students to learn to honor nature. Midland is a boarding coed college-preparatory high school with a maximum enrollment of 90 students. Graduates
go on to prestigious universities like Stanford, UC Berkeley and Cornell, but what sets Midland apart from other prep schools is the expansive natural setting, a focus on sustainability and the jobs program, which is designed to teach selfreliance and responsibility. Midland practices a closed-loop food system where kitchen scraps are used to feed hogs and for compost to fertilize an eight-acre organic farm. Students help with farming pork and grass-fed beef for their meals. As Head of School
Will Graham explains, “These jobs teach the students how to be useful and capable.” Midland’s solar program, spearheaded by faculty member Lise Goddard, serves as a prototype for other schools. Each sophomore learns the chemistry, math, physics and rationale for solar energy, and then takes these lessons into the field to construct solar panels. The arrays currently provide 30% of Midland’s electricity, and the school plans to be carbonneutral within 20 years. The environmental action plan includes energy-efficient lights, native oak restoration, recycling, use of recycled paper and a pollinator hedgerow program to foster a bee habitat and to benefit native and cultivated plants organically. In 2009, Midland School
received the highest environmental honor given by the state of California—the Governor’s Award for Environmental and Economic Leadership. It is the only school in the state to receive this recognition. This may sound like a school founded in the 60s, but its roots reach back to the midst of the Great Depression when resources were scarce. Founder Paul Squibb believed “money, light, heat and water are not things that flow naturally out of pipes, but are things for which somebody has to spend time, thought and energy.” He and wife Louise founded Midland in 1932 as a place where students could live a “simple life,” distinguishing wants from needs and living in harmony with nature. Faculty and students help with the upkeep of the oakshaded campus. Students start as waiters and dishwashers and rotate through jobs from carpentry to chopping wood for heating water for showers. In this way, Midland nurtures every student with a web of connectivity and fosters selfreliance. As Graham remarks, “Everyone has a job, everyone is needed.” One student, Miles, adds that the small class size encourages cooperation, “You can’t opt out of participating in Anthropology when there are only four students!” Seniors assume leadership roles, being trained to be job heads, class prefects and head prefects, who counsel
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Midland’s outdoor leadership program takes the classroom outdoors when students venture on three and four-day trips to the San Rafael Wilderness, the Sierra Nevada, Joshua Tree, Big Sur and the Channel Islands.
the younger teens, moderate conflicts between students and settle disciplinary issues. A faculty member oversees the process in which the transgressor addresses the student community. An issue like smoking on campus often results in reparation such as running a lap around the school. Miles explains, “It’s not so much running the mile, since some students are long-distance runners. It’s having to come before your peers and explain why you did what you did.” Midland School teaches students to be good citizens, not only within the community, exhibiting teamwork and accountability, but also within the natural world, as stewards of the land and as part of a sustainable way of living. Crawford, a senior whose
family is in the viticulture business, enthuses, “Growing up on a ranch, I had a work ethic beforehand, but Midland really helps you develop a smarter work ethic. I was into big machinery and loved to till up the ground. Now I have a different outlook. I just wrote my senior thesis on why the world should be into regenerative agriculture.” A popular destination for field trips, Midland’s many partnerships include The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, UCSB scientists, SB County Trails Council and The Nature Track Foundation. With a permit, individuals can also enjoy Midland’s 35 miles of hiking trails.
for more info, call 805/688-
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Academic classes at Midland meet Monday through Saturday in cozy classrooms that hark back to simpler times.
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SB Culinary Arts Scores Big for Future Chefs By Wendy Thies Sell
This October, the same dedicated group releases its 2015 cookbook with all new recipes, available at bookstores all around town. Cookbook editor Tama Takahashi, one of the founders of Inside Wine Santa Barbara and food editor of Touring & Tasting Magazine, says, “This year I actually had people call me wanting to be in the cookbook, which is great! We’ve got The Stonehouse, The Biltmore, Downey’s, Toma, The Lark—all the top restaurants.” Santa Barbara photographer Linda Blue, who also donates her time, photographs the dishes for the cookbook. “We really have to give a lot of the credit to her for the success of the book because people pick it up and get engaged with the photographs, they’re so wonderful,” says Takahashi. “They really bring out the deliciousness of all the dishes.” The book’s theme this year shines the spotlight on the local produce readily available to Santa Barbara County chefs. The cookbook is more than a guide in the kitchen; it helps readers
The new Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Cookbook is full of delicious recipes from local chefs, including, clockwise, from top left: rhubarb, pomegranate and strawberry tartlet by Chef Thomas Comte of Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro; roasted beet salad with toasted pistachios, plums, burrata and hibiscus vinaigrette by Chef Jason Paluska of The Lark; grilled boneless half-chicken “sandwich” by Chef Pete Clements of the Shalhoob Funk Zone Patio; and charred cauliflower with almond romesco by Chef Avery Hardin of Scarlett Begonia.
traverse Santa Barbara County’s thriving restaurant scene. “One thing I was personally hoping to do with this cookbook was to come up with a comprehensive dining directory, where people could not only find fabulous recipes to make themselves, but also find a restaurant among this incredible variety of the dining experiences that Santa Barbara offers,” Takahashi explains. All proceeds from the sale of the $25 cookbook support the Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Scholarship in Honor of Julia Child. This endowment fund provides scholarships for students in Santa Barbara City College’s Culinary Arts program. Longtime member of Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Karyn Yule says the group gave SBCC’s program a check for $15,000 in April, which
included proceeds from last year’s cookbook. The donation also garnered an additional $7,500 in matching funds. The cookbook launch party is the afternoon of Saturday, October 24, at the School of Culinary Arts on the City College campus. Some of the chefs featured in the cookbook will bring food samples and might even autograph cookbooks.
insider tip: You can sample cuisine from up-and-coming chefs at the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room on campus. Call 805/965-0581 ext. 2773 for reservations.
For tickets or to learn about Santa Barbara Culinary Arts membership, visit SantaBarbaraCulinaryArts.com.
Photo and cover imagery by Linda Blue
The l ate Julia C hild was a member of Santa Barbara Culinary Arts, which started in 1995 as a roundtable for women in food service. Formerly known as Women’s Culinary Guild, the group now includes both men and women (all food lovers, both professionals and laypeople, are welcome) who get together to attend chef demonstrations, cooking classes, dinners, wine tastings and special events like the Mushroom Madness wine dinner every March. The group also supports Santa Barbara City College’s School of Culinary Arts, a robust educational program whose graduates can be found in the kitchens of many top restaurants. One of their fundraisers is the quintessential cookbook for Santa Barbara food lovers, featuring recipes from more than 70 local chefs, restaurants and caterers. A new edition launches this fall. Last year’s publication of Santa Barbara Culinary Arts— A Taste of Santa Barbara’s Culinary Bounty, 1,080 copies, quickly sold out.
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A 100-degree heat wave on Christmas Day in 1951 sent Cynthia Hart and the Glass brothers out to build a snowman on the sand at the Coral Casino.
Hal Boucher Through the Lens of a Legend By Ne ll C a mpbe ll photogr aphs by hal bouc he r
This Dec embe r marks Hal Boucher’s 66th year as the photographer for the Biltmore (Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara). Born in Flint, Michigan in 1926, his birth coincided with the construction of the Reginald Johnson-designed hotel, which opened on December 16, 1927. Johnson was the architect for several notable Santa Barbara buildings, including Bellosguardo (the Huguette Clark estate), Miraflores (now Music Academy of the West), Cate School and the Santa Barbara
post office on Anacapa Street, his final commission in 1937. As a very young boy, Boucher’s interest in photography was inspired by the photographs in LIFE magazine, especially images by Margaret Bourke-White, which he kept in scrapbooks. “Photography has been a passion of mine since I was eight years old, when my mother gave me my first camera. As a teenager working for the Flint newspapers, I would regularly cut classes to look for an unusual shot to be published in the paper,” he says.
After finishing high school, Boucher was drafted into the Army during the Battle of the Bulge. He was assigned to Infantry Training Replacement School in Texas and sent to the Philippines to serve as a scout for planning the invasion of Japan. The end of the war saved Boucher from serving as a scout, but a shortage of troop ships delayed his return to the U.S. He eventually returned via a Liberty Ship in late 1946 to San Francisco. From San Francisco, Boucher had a choice of returning to Flint or any place else that he wanted to go. He chose Los Angeles and enrolled in Fred Archer Photography School. In 1947, after a year at the school, he and his roommate, Ed Schuster, a fighter pilot, learned that their credits would
transfer to Brooks Institute of Photography. Brooks—then located downtown on State Street, above Kernohan’s Toy Store—was founded in 1945 after World War II, and many of the students were on the G.I. Bill. Ernie Brooks Sr. greeted the two fellows himself and enrolled them in five minutes. On the same day as enrolling at Brooks, Boucher found a job with MacAllister Studio, where he worked 40 hours a week doing all the printing while also attending Brooks. After graduating in 1949, Boucher was hired as a photographer for the Santa Barbara News-Press—for $1.25 an hour. His first assignment was to photograph Bing Crosby, who was arriving at Stearns Wharf by boat after a hunting trip on one of the Channel Islands. Boucher was at the wharf with his Speed Graphic camera lined up for the shot when Crosby disembarked. He took one shot and was ready for a closer shot when Crosby saw his camera, blocked the lens with his hand and said, “No publicity.” In December 1949, Boucher’s second News-Press assignment changed his life. He was sent to the Biltmore Hotel to photograph U.S. Senator William Knowland. Robert Odell, the Biltmore’s owner, offered Boucher a job as staff photographer. For five years, Boucher worked for both the Biltmore and News-Press. Sometimes he worked 100 hours a week and often did not leave the News-Press
Clockwise from top left: A photo taken in the early 1950s shows 60-year-old diving champion Ida Lang performing a beautiful dive on the Olympic Tower. Van Johnson and his wife Eve prepare to launch. Biltmore owner Robert Odell, Shirley Temple and Dr. Charles H. Strub, dining at the Biltmore. Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy on their honeymoon at San Ysidro Ranch in 1953.
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building until 3 a.m.. In 1950, the Biltmore began publishing a quarterly newsletter, “Dia y Noche.” The four-page glossy newsletter had articles and photographs of hotel guests. Photos of guests were sent to the society editors of their hometown newspapers. Odell wanted to publicize business leaders and politicians, not show business celebrities. In spite of Odell’s wishes, Boucher did photograph many Hollywood stars who stayed at the Biltmore, including Lana Turner, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Gregory Peck, Candice Bergen, Ray Bolger, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner. Figures from the political realm visited the hotel as well, including Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, Ronald
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Reagan and Earl Warren. In 1952, Boucher photographed 17-year-old King Faisal II of Iraq with a bicycle on the front lawn of the Biltmore. Subjects from the literary and journalism world included Aldous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut and Herb Caen. Among Boucher’s favorite clients who hired him for weddings and family photography are Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cynthia Wood, and Bradford Dillman and his wife, the former Suzy Parker, who was a favorite model of photographer Richard Avedon. Parker also was the only person Boucher ever allowed to see his office at the Biltmore. The photographs that Boucher took of John and Jackie Kennedy on their honeymoon at San Ysidro Ranch are
The party must go on at the Coral Casino, despite a few drips from a leak in the roof.
among his most well known. Biltmore Beach Club, later renamed Coral Casino, opened on July 24, 1937. The exclusive private club played an important role in the Santa Barbara social scene after World War II. General Manager Gilbert “Icky” Outhwaite was legendary for organizing theme parties like the aquacade party with synchronized swimmers, the blessing of the shrimp fleet party and a Venetian-themed party, complete with gondolas in the swimming pool. Boucher’s classic black and white photographs of the people, the place and the parties are now featured throughout the Coral Casino. Boucher married Louise Heitfeld at Montecito’s Mount Carmel Church on July 5, 1952. On June 2, 1953, Boucher was photographing a minor league
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Dodger game at Laguna Ball Park when the announcer came on the loudspeaker and said that Louise was having a baby. Catherine was the first of their four children, followed by Carrie, Tom and Jon. In 1954, the Bouchers bought a house for $18,000 (once the servant’s quarters of the Billings estate). Louise assisted Hal with his photography business to the end and, to quote writer Nick Welsh after Louise’s death in 2013, “sat on every design review committee in city history.” Hal continues to live in the house and work every day at the Biltmore. The quality of Hal Boucher’s images and a lifetime spent pursuing his craft make him a living legend in the annals of Santa Barbara photographers.
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designed El Furiedes for Gillespie, which, with its famous Persian gardens, is now considered to be one of Santa Barbara’s greatest Mediterranean-style estates. The Goodhues were frequent visitors to El Furiedes and Santa Barbara, and became members of its elite social circle. To establish residency after the San Diego exposition, Goodhue purchased 14 acres of prime Montecito property with intentions to build a grand Mediterranean mansion; but his plans changed. Instead, in 1920 he restored and expanded a 19th century one-room adobe that had been a hay barn for Mexican settlers, and named it La Cabaña (“The Cabin”). His construction—in adobe blocks with a stucco, whitewashed finish and indigenous sandstone—maintained the adobe’s humble character. Goodhue kept La Cabaña as his homestead, along with an office in New York, until his death in 1924. La Cabaña has been treated well by all principals and caretakers since then, with several renovations, upgrades and improvements over the years, from the smallest details (such as new mailboxes and an address marker for the tree-lined entry drive) to an all-new pool area (with a fountain feature, powder room with radiant floor heating, outdoor kitchen, and Sonos and Wi-Fi systems); new roof and copper rain gutters on the majority of the house; extensive remodeling and customizing of the original wing; and complete upgrades in the kitchen, bathrooms and many improvements to the property in general, transforming this historic space into one that is contemporary and exciting.
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Above: The explosion of 3D pavement art throughout the world has resulted in larger and more complex works and events. A large team of talented professional pavement artists executed this work, The Circus Parade, in Sarasota, Florida. Opposite: Dies Irae was the first signature composition that ushered in 3D pavement art.
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Kurt Wenner Master of Street Cred Classicism and modern-day renaissance By Josef Woodard
Each year, as May gives way to June and the Memorial Day weekend opens its portal to summer, one of the great Santa Barbara traditions unfolds at Santa Barbara Mission—or the pavement outside of the mission, to be exact. It is a tradition during which wandering hordes of residents and tourists, both passionate observers and the idly curious, can be found staring intently at the ground. This beloved institution is the “I Madonnari” street painting festival, a benefit for the Children’s Creative Project, which hosted its 29th annual event this past spring, featuring more of the often striking, virtuosic chalk paintings we’ve come to expect as part of the city’s calendar. But few know of the origins behind I Madonnari—or the circuitous story behind that story—tracing back to Kurt Wenner, the festival’s originator and a prime mover in the proliferation of this “street level” art form around the world in the past few decades. Wenner, who grew up in Santa Barbara and has lived here as well as in Italy and other locales over his 57 years, is a veritable Renaissance man, in more ways than one. An artist with a strong and abiding affection for classical drawing and traditional painting ideals rooted in the Renaissance, he is also a versatile artist/craftsman whose resume includes work as one of the last pre-computer NASA illustrators, as an architect, and as a storied and still-busy master street artist and self-proclaimed inventor Fa l l 2 015
I came back to Santa Barbar a and thought it was a terrifically exciting thing that I had found. This page: This rendering of the Tea House ballroom incorporated the existing three arches, which have long been a Santa Barbara landmark. The ceiling was designed to open up to the stars on clear nights. Opposite: The main house of the Villa Te was designed to incorporate an existing reservoir from the 1920’s on the property.
of “three-dimensional pavement art.” That artistic/personal narrative all began on the streets of Rome, where the restless twenty-something artist studied the art of the old masters and stumbled on a centuries-old tradition of Madonnari street artists. “It has been a bit of a strange career,” Wenner admitted recently, from one of his homes, in Sedona, Arizona, “in the sense that it wasn’t something I was counting on. I’ve had a lot of different careers, artistically.” For the past several years, he has become an in-demand practitioner, pioneer and master of the “pavement art” form in Europe, Asia and even back in America, his point of initial contact when he proposed this novel idea in Santa Barbara nearly three decades ago. As Wenner asserts, Santa Barbara’s festival “was pretty much based on my experiences as a pavement artist in Europe. I came back to Santa Barbara and thought it was a terrifically exciting thing that I had found. I presented it to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and did a couple of successful events there. Then the Children’s Creative Project thought it was a good idea and wanted to do it as a fundraiser at the Old Mission. I trained all the artists, did the posters and the graphics. I created a vision of the art from what was a little bit my own vision of it. It wasn’t something that existed in the way I presented it.”
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In fact, the pavement art he found in Italy was “very simple folk art—you had your saints and Madonna, and they were kind of scraped on the ground in chalk. It wasn’t very fancy. But I made it fancy, and I did very well in Italy with it. The vision was really that it was a virtuoso art form, kind of spectacular in the fluidity of the drawing and the perspective. Basically, what I did was to incorporate a lot of very difficult artistic problems into this folk art, which was not very complicated.” From a personal artistic basis, Wenner’s new and fanciful take on an ancient vernacular tradition was a way of satisfying a longburning fascination with classical art, in a time when Modernism and Post-Modernism ostracized such an “archaic” expressive avenue. He cleverly took his message to the streets and eventually around the world. Simultaneously over the decades, Wenner has channeled his creative energies, painterly skills and passion for classical aesthetics into the relatively more permanent medium of architecture, in both two- and three-dimensional work, from murals and fresco work to ornamentation and design work. One of many Montecito houses Wenner worked on was the extravagantly lovely and Italianate ‘90s-era Mountain Drive estate known as Villa Zeffiro (Zephyr is the Greek god of the west wind)—based on the 16th century’s Villa Barbaro, designed by Palladio, near Vicenza in the Italian Venito—commissioned by Jim and Beverly Zaleski and designed by Jon Sorrell. In a 1999 Architectural Digest story on Villa Zeffiro, Sorrell calls Wenner “the finest fresco and mural painter in the United States,” and much like the famed artist Veronese, having been entrusted by Palladio to complete the interior frescos of Villa Barbaro, Sorrell and the Zaleski’s entrusted Wenner for the completion of Villa Zeffiro. “The magnificent ceilings and decoration of this estate likely represent Wenner’s finest accomplishment during this phase of his career,” says Sorrell. “The ceiling of the living room took over a year to paint, and the ongoing decoration of other rooms several more years.” From Wenner’s point of view, “Sorrell was a pioneer in transforming and scaling European residential architecture to meet contemporary lifestyles along with the current problems of building code and height restrictions.” That same project also involved a literal 360-degree turn away from the previous house on the property, a more modern structure by well-known architect Jack Warner, which was demolished before the Italianate villa project began. Wenner, who often worked with Warner, points out that “Jack has worked in many architecture styles including classic idioms, such as the remodel of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. My impression is that he, like many architects, became rather unhappy with the tastes of the 60s and 70s and sought out richer architectural idioms.” Wenner’s own design savvy and input helped in the problem-solving process on large architectural efforts. He comments that, in those days, “architects weren’t yet able to design and include classical decorative details with ease, and a lot of reverse-engineering was necessary. I did many thousands of square feet of murals and decoration at that time.” Clockwise from far right: In the Villa Zeffiro living room the architectural framework of the 25’ X 36’ oil mural continued the architectural details of the room into the pictorial space. Detail of Cupid and Psyche, this original sculptural composition was created in cast stone and the surface belies the fact that the sculpture was light enough to attach to a wood-frame structure. Villa Zeffiro south pediment: This composition has the original, though classical, theme of Aurora Painting the Sunrise.
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ecent examples of Wenner’s remarkable adventures in tromp l’oeil 3D pavement art include Shangrila in Indonesia, Dies Aerie (“The Flying Carpet”) in Italy and Greenpeace—a Million Signatures in Brussels, Belgium, sponsored by Greenpeace and championing the GMO-free movement. Wenner’s classicist radicalism didn’t only happen on pavement. At the same time, Wenner, who studied at the Art Center of Design and Rhode Island School of Design, and whose father, Adrian M. Wenner, was a provost at UCSB College of Creative Studies, found ways to channel his history-steeped cultural ideas into his parallel skill and passion for architecture. He operated in a workshop near the Funk Zone. In Santa Barbara, he painted “church ceilings and a lot of the fancy Italianate homes when that became in vogue. There was a cottage industry of making these luxurious Italianate villas. I was working with different architects who were bringing architecture out of Bauhaus Modernism and back into a more voluptuous traditional idiom.” “That was a huge thing, to propose that kind of elegant architecture that Santa Barbara was known for in the 1920s, and skirting around what I consider the devastation of the late Bauhaus-style in the 60s and 70s and saying ‘if you’re going to have a fancy, expensive, beautiful home, why not make it look like one?’ It was shocking at the time,” he laughs.
I was working with different architects who were bringing architecture out of Bauhaus Modernism and back into a more voluptuous tr aditional idiom.
The economic upheaval of 2008 put a damper on high-end domestic architecture. Wenner was doing extensive work on an elaborate estate project, forestalled in the wake of the fiscal meltdown, called Villa Té, on Montecito’s “Teahouse” property (now infamous as ground zero of the “Tea Fire”). With a touch of rue, he notes that the project “would have taken me through retirement, probably—it was such a big project.” A bit ruefully, Wenner says that “when the market bottomed out, tastes became more restrained even when the finances were available. This seems to happen with all luxury products, including cars and jewelry. I would very much like to do more architectural work. I only really put the work aside in order to respond to the numerous requests for my illusions, which have been very successful globally.” Recession hit, and Wenner hit the road, riding the wave of his sought-after mastery of “3D pavement art” and traveling to inherently “site-specific” and temporary art locales in Italy, Dubai, Chicago and beyond. “I’ve seen it through the environment of the festivals around the world, and I’ve seen it hit its pace as a profession now. It got funded and became lucrative. The corporate world got interested and social networking became involved. If you Google ‘pavement art,’ you would be shocked. There are literally hundreds of thousands of images, and in the beginning, there were zero.” Now, after Santa Barbara’s festival took root in the city’s self-identity, he notes, “after 30 years, you look at things and see where your legacy has gone.” What happens at the Old Mission over Memorial Day, he says, “has made a lot of people happy, not only the audience, but the artists, as well. It really has changed a lot of peoples’ lives.”
Clockwise from top: Fall of Icarus detail: The owner of Villa Zeffiro was one of the engineers that worked to save the Apollo 13 astronauts and this ceiling mural reflected his experience in allegorical form. In the Villa Zeffiro music room, original sculpted coffer designs were combined with oil paintings and rich finishes in this Venetian-style salon. The theme of Saint Gerome in his Study, as depicted in this library, has been a favorite for libraries throughout the centuries. Fa l l 2 015
Immersed in Truth By D. J. Pall adino
photo: Photo: Courtesy AlloSphere Research Facility, UCSB
Inside UCSBâ€™s AlloSphere
AlloSphere Director JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is pictured immersed in moon data on the AlloSphere Bridge.
e’re the best-kept secret in town,” laughs Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin just before opening the plain door down from her office and into the AlloSphere. It’s clear she means that both she and her brainchild have been unfairly incognito in this town. Kuchera-Morin has spent nearly a decade heading an innovative graduate division that gathers great young minds together at UCSB to marry, as she sometimes puts it, “the real to the unreal,” the hard sciences with the fine arts. Her efforts have drawn international notice. KucheraMorin gave a TED Talk centered around the macro and micro wonders playing in the marvelous machine we are now inside. And its notoriety should be even more obvious. Entering a three-story sphere inside the plain walls of Elings Hall at UCSB is best compared to being in Cerebro, the brain-visualizing lair of Marvel’s Doctor X. But Matt Wright, who is Kuchera-Morin’s right hand, likes to point out that Cerebro has a small promontory viewing spot, ample only for a wheelchairbound mutant superhero, while the AlloSphere’s midsection is crossed by a metal catwalk with smart handrails and glass sides that could handle 20 mortal truth seekers. It’s a secret wonder. In the semi-dark sits a table with computer terminals and joysticks. “There are 16 computers in here speaking to 26 projectors,” says Kuchera-Morin, and all around the catwalk are projected patterns overlapping like Venn diagrams on a wiremesh screen. We don thick glasses—which Wright explains open and close in microseconds, enabling us to see immersive 3D images—and we are in it. In this case, floating meshes in globular shapes being “attacked” by particles that set the globes rippling. Then they “fly me” into an artificial world, an exo-planet, created by teams of student scientists postulating a quick formation and destruction of a theoretical ecosystem. Then we’re in the brain of a colleague, based on a real MRI rendered so large we can roam it while it sings a song to us, indicating data excitations. As we pass through a wall of cranium, I swear I can almost feel the passage—a lifetime of moviegoing never approximated this synesthesia. “We have windows within windows within windows and worlds within worlds within worlds,” says Kuchera-Morin. That’s the artist speaking, but she has a well-developed scientific side too. “It’s just a device,” she says, when I ask about the AlloSphere’s origins. She’s not exactly evasive about the sphere’s history; it’s just hard to get her two sides engaged in mere narrative and every time she embarks on the history, we end up enmeshed in metaphors and purposes. Kuchera-Morin sees the development of her device in the same complicated way her device shows her the backgrounds of reality. The sphere doesn’t differ much from a microscope, a tool meant to bring us face to face with things we can only imagine viewing.
the “device” her way, to distinguish it from other similar immersive theaters, according to Wright. Those others, called CAVEs, are cubes (flat screens; the AlloSphere’s are curved) with three to six projectors meant primarily for entertainment. The AlloSphere began, with a lot of colleague input, more than a decade ago to help scientists and engineers visualize complex (and often theoretical) constructions. Once designed, however, the problem of fitting it into an architectural space proved impossible, even with the help of architect Robert Venturi, who built the sphere’s home. Many modifications were made. But in 2007 the AlloSphere, with two curved screens and a virtually echo-free sound system, became functional. Meanwhile, the mathematical languages that allow people to use computer graphics were also evolving. “People have no idea how difficult it is to simulate something,” Kuchera-Morin says. Today its applications are just beginning to be addressed, but she points out that as our data-producing instrumentation (like microscopes) become more complex, they have the unfortunate side effect of making the data even more complicated. Her hope
She also figured in the founding of MAT (Media Arts Technology program), which intersects with the NanoSystems program in ways that not even brilliant Matt Wright completely understands, although he can pilot the AlloSphere and helms an electronic music ensemble that combines programmed music with improvisation. “I’m crazy, but I’m functional,” says Kuchera-Morin— few would argue. Mostly it’s the way she talks. When asked a simple question, she will likely respond with an impassioned speech about her mission in language that shuttles between “heuristics” and “the elevation of the arts up to the level of the sciences,” which sounds a bit like raving, but is firmly grounded in science. She understands the underpinnings too—Kuchera-Morin not only conceptualized and developed the AlloSphere, but also raised the money for it. And it was precisely her dizzying speech that attracted the TED folks to give her a seven-minute slideshow forum for people who paid $7,000 to attend sessions. She also knows her place in academia. “I know that if I do a wrong visualization, I could still take this out and play Museum of Modern Art. But if one of my scientists
The AlloSphere began, with a lot of colleague input, more than a decade ago to help scientists and engineers
is that scientists can use the sphere to slice things like molecular lattices into accurate representations, then sit back and get some “AHA!” moments of discovery. But it ought to work for artists too. “I always tell them that if you want to make something that doesn’t exist, you ought to know well what does exist,” she says. “This is how the field of analog electronic music went forward: the musicians used the tool and worked side by side with the technologists to develop the tools in the context of creative use.” The musician imagery is apt. Kuchera-Morin first came to UCSB in the pre-home-computer years of the early 1980s, not as an engineer or as a particle theoretician, but as a composer of electronic music. Born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, she spent most of her young life in blue-collar South Florida. Her father was a television repairman and her mother ran a toy store, which also seems apt. Kuchera-Morin put herself through junior college and Florida State studying composition and then into the prestigious Eastman School of Music with sheer chutzpah. Fascinated by electronic music, but untrained in its technical intricacies, her first post-college job was at UCSB, but when she showed up at the music department, they sent her over to engineering because they had computers. A bit between worlds from the start, Kuchera-Morin moved from the production of electronic music to the founding of CREATE (Center for Research in Art and Technology). 70
does a wrong visualization, their careers could be ruined.” Her art form is a mission, even though some of her colleagues impatiently wait for an easy access to the double dome, which costs roughly $3,000 per hour every time it’s fired up. “I’m so close,” Kuchera-Morin says, sounding more like an obsessed scientist than a crazy person. “I’m so close that I can feel it.” Meanwhile she’s hoping her hometown might be less of a stranger to her and her “device.” She also remains a big fan of the college, in spite of having to move political mountains to gain funding for her projects. It’s a campus still emerging from its oldparty identities into the forefronts of engineering and scientific research domains: the beachside school made significant breakthroughs in such major areas as plate tectonics, some of the earliest work on the Internet, the cloud and blue laser technology. Kuchera-Morin credits a lot of the great work done there on the spirit of interdisciplinary studies fostered by the administration. The composer’s office is in a major center of nanotechnology and within yards of the Institute of Theoretical Physics in a school where barriers are down for the enablement of discoveries. She’s gotten big-school offers, but she likes UCSB. “The AlloSphere is our studio, our platform. I’m not about to leave this place. I love this place.”
Photos: Courtesy AlloSphere Research Facility, UCSB
visualize complex (and often theoretical) constructions.
Clockwise from top right: An interactive visualization and multi-modal representation of unique atomic bonds for alternative fuel source. (three images) Director JoAnn Kuchera-Morin immersed in earth data on the AlloSphere Bridge; and immersed inÂ anatomically correct human body data from an MRI.Â Photo of the AlloSphere immersive instrument created by composer Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin.
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where people create inside the inspiring homes of extraordinary artists Writ te n and Photogr aphe d by Lee l a C y d
Santa Barbara, with both environmental and academic assetsâ€”the coastal breezes, surrounding mountains, big blue sea, energetic university and vibrant city collegeâ€”has beckoned artists with its bounty and geography for a long while. The artists featured here enjoy Santa Barbara as their oasis; they all show in places farther afield and travel for inspiration, but what they have in common is coming home to this relaxed environment, an ideal location to traverse the tricky balance between living well and holing up in the studio to create. Exploring their homes and personal styles is as inspiring as viewing their sculpture, paintings, videos, drawings and archival prints.
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maria rendon Maria grew up in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. more than 25 years ago. Coming from a large family of seven children, she was determined to go to Los Angeles and study design—she eventually got into Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has lived and worked in California ever since. Maria taught at Art Center for many years and worked as an illustrator, before turning her attention toward fine art and earning her MFA at UCSB last year. Her current work has to do with surface, paint, transformation and the concept of “ugly pretty.” Her large and small-scale paintings (Maria sometimes paints on post-its) on paper have sheer and opaque layers of paint in cellular, nebulous, womb-like forms. Maria makes deliberate marks as well as pools of pigment and water, leaving the paint to dry and the elements of the composition to chance. It is this overnight transformation she enjoys so much in the process, where acrylic paint, time and air mingle to create their own mark—imbuing the work with a sense of chance imperfection. The palette of recent paintings dances between grays, muted tones and electric neons as well as pastels, and there are hints of figurative form, but mostly the circular, curvy shapes take you into their abstract embrace. Maria’s work investigates an edge of “ugliness,” demands the viewer to see beyond the pretty billows and transparencies and into the washes that go awry, the edges that meld and mash up with disparate colors, where lines and beginning/ending marks are blurred. For Maria, imperfection is more interesting than perfection and evokes a feeling we share as humans—the mix of good and bad, beauty with discomfort. It’s a haunting, yet beautiful sentiment; the resulting paintings share the same description. Maria lives with her art director husband, Robert Giaimo, and their 15-year-old Fox Terrier, Mimi. Their home reflects their mutual interest in all things Latin— Italy and Mexico are strong design influences—as well as the desire to be cozy and comfortable. The home dates back to the 1930s and has had four owners, none of whom made major structural changes, so the air of old school Santa Barbara Spanish style architecture is still very present in the tall vaulted ceilings, curved entryways, tiled floors and built-ins perfect for displaying art collected from friends, fellow artists, travels and former students. The vibrant warm hues of the walls are a dramatic backdrop to these works, collected over a lifetime of working in art.
Clockwise from opposite left: Maria Rendon in repose, in her studio. This wall features one of Maria’s favorite collections of Mexican Milagro paintings. Maria’s kitchen has a collection of pottery from Mexico and Italy. Maria’s view from the entryway into her dining room features some of the same color palette as her paintings.
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Clockwise from opposite right: Jane Gottlieb’s dining area and a peek into her kitchen. The entryway showcases Jane’s work and a few pieces of her extensive hand-blown glass collection. A view of the house from the pool. Cuddles greets guests. Jane and Pepper in her studio.
Jane Gottlieb’s work and home exist in an amazing Technicolor dream that even Joseph and his coat would envy. Jane grew up in Los Angeles, then lived in the Bay Area, Italy, New York and Santa Monica before moving up to Santa Barbara 18 years ago with her husband, David Obst, a film producer, writer and literary agent. Jane is equal parts painter, photographer and, most important and perhaps a more apropos term, colorist. She began her career painting Cibachrome prints of her images created all over the world during her life as a commercial photographer, traveler and art director. Now Jane has embraced the digital age, creating vivid paintings and collages in Photoshop using her extensive archive of imagery as her jumping-off point, resulting in limited-edition archival prints on paper and, more recently, aluminum. Color is really Jane’s medium; the vibrancy of her palette is visually arresting, bright beyond measure and relentlessly joyful. A major aspect of Jane’s work is the base images she uses—slides, mostly 35mm, some wide angle and an occasional fisheye, shot from 1970-2005, which have a strong graphic quality and dynamic composition. She’s a wonderful photographer, and the resulting paintings she creates on top of these images retain those compositional qualities—only the colors are larger than life, completely unnatural and totally playful. There is an irreverent sense of exploration in terms of color—bright, seemingly incongruous, yet artistically compelling—and memory, using images shot more than 30 years ago and bringing them back into the conversation, that drive Jane’s practice. Jane’s home is an extension of her expression as an artist. It’s as if one of her prints came to life, the electric colors and bold shapes leaping off the aluminum and into shelter form. Tucked away in the foothills near Sheffield reservoir, after a long and winding road up the mountain, lies Jane and David’s oasis, the bright lavender gate and multicolored building rises above the brush and brown grasses like a giant cartoon-colored tropical bird. The home was built more than 20 years ago; Jane opened up a lot of the walls and repainted them in her signature highly saturated palette. Her furniture is mostly mid-century Italian pieces that she’s reupholstered to suit the various incarnations of the home. With the acquisition of several adorable dogs, the walls have gotten darker over the years (easier to cover wear and tear). Jane’s collections of 1950s Italian glassware, vintage bathrobes and intricately handpainted jewelry boxes all have dedicated shelving and are displayed throughout her home. Her work occupies most of the walls’ real estate and complements the bold space perfectly.
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joan tanner Joan has lived and worked from her Montecito studio, set upon a rambunctious tangle of drought-tolerant plants and large-scale sculptures laid out to pasture, since the early 1970s. The home dates back to the mid1920s (records were lost in a fire) in a classic Spanish adobe style, with untreated redwood ceiling beams, original mahogany wood floors, whitewashed walls and several patios to unwind with a glass of wine at the end of the day. The décor is an eclectic hodgepodge of furniture, mostly purchased at secondhand stores, handmade by friends, cast away by family members and collected over a lifetime of scouring flea markets and garage sales. Joan’s art collection is lavish; nearly every wall surface contains a treasure she created herself, or made by friends, students and colleagues, including works by Richard Dunlap, Karl Petrunak, Nathan Hayden, Keith Puccinelli, Wayne McCall and Dane Goodman. It is the controlled, stylish chaos that make this home a rich visual feast—a place you cannot stop drinking in, no matter how many times you visit, as Joan scuttles around in the kitchen to create a cheese plate or pour a dram of whiskey. Joan is tireless in her own work—she pursues any medium relevant to her current vision. She began her career about 50 years ago as a painter, then moved to assemblage made from a mixture of unlikely materials such as screens, wires, screws, lint, plywood, plastic containers, apples and more—no hardware store or junk pile was safe from Joan’s curiosity—then on to photographs of these assemblage pieces and now to large-scale installation works, with a site-specific piece being shown in Seattle at Suyama Space from January 18–April 16, 2016. Drawing has been a continual thread throughout her lifetime of art making, her sometimes calculated and often wildly messy lines and gestures relate implicitly to whatever sculptural forms are going on in the studio. The drawings act as a tool to imagine, rework and re-see the interactions and potential between the over-10feet-tall pieces. The large installation she’s preparing now involves several pillar shapes, wrapped in sand paper, industrial tarps and construction netting with a number of trothlike trapezoidal forms created from plywood, sheet metal and wires. The forms will hang from the ceiling at various heights, some kissing the floor, others suspended higher. Nothing quite fits together seamlessly; the hinges and joinery are purposefully off, creating an uncomfortable, yet dazzling, slightly unhinged experience for a viewer. Joan is not interested in the slick, but rather the notion that things are coming undone or just hanging together. The forms are strange in their mad max visceral sense of material (like a Home Depot acid trip), formidable and oddly elegant.
Clockwise from opposite left: Joan Tanner in her studio. Joan’s living room workstation, the large navy painting is by Richard Dunlap. Joan’s kitchen has a vintage Wedgewood stove and wallpapered cabinets. The artinspired drawing room with a view into Joan’s living room.
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hannah vainstein & nathan hayden
Clockwise from bottom right: The couple, who have a dance troupe as one of their many shared interests, dance the afternoon away to an old record in their living room, where Nathan Hayden’s sculptures hang from the ceiling. More views of the living room, where Nathan’s paintings adorn the walls (ink on felt), a wild bouquet of local wild flowers Hannah Vainstein created sits atop the table, and a cabinet showcases a myriad of found/gifted treasures.
Nathan Hayden and Hannah Vainstein are an unstoppable duo—both are fine artists as well as life-stylists, the line between their work, home, garden and practices is a blurry one, each activity feeding the other in a symbiotic circle. To be invited into their studio, a converted garage to the side of their 19th-century colonial home, is to also be treated to the coziest cup of British style tea (loads of milk and sugar) served in a beautiful mug (likely made by Hannah) and then an invitation to linger for a homemade lunch of tabbouleh and fresh fruit tart, all the while discussing work, life and the intersection that makes up their practices. Hannah’s work takes on many different forms throughout the year. Her ideas are largely informed by seasons—in fall and winter, beeswax candle dipping, as well as knitting and weaving; in spring and summer, painting, performative works and hosting workshops outdoors come into focus. She runs creative workshops and a vintage boutique through her artist salon, the Lower Lodge. Ceramics and video are also a constant thread in her work. In her latest series of watercolors and videos, Hannah explores the notion of paradise and traces the word back to its etymological root definition, the exquisitely manicured gardens and menageries of Persian Kings. Often women are represented in these cross-cultural paradise notions, and Hannah reinterprets these figures and their lush environments into a contemporary context and location. Many of the trees she features in the paintings are grown in Southern California, where she is from. Hannah creates her own mythology surrounding these women, often goddesses, with the episodic videos, wherein a loose narrative guides viewers through a supernatural world where snakes, sacred plants, geometric shapes and dancing figures co-mingle and interact in a hypnotic looping animation. Nathan’s work is an equal mixture of surprise, pattern and vision. He employs many different mediums, seeing them all as drawings—sometimes they manifest in 3D, on felt as paintings, in detailed large-scale pattern-driven installations and as tiny cards painted on watercolor paper (ranging from baseball-card size to postage stamp), the backs of which are scrolled with imaginative phrases that titillate rather than illuminate the viewer as to the drawing on the front of the card. For his paintings, Nathan makes most of his paint from materials close to his home (gathered on daily beach walks or mountain treks), as well as collected from all over the world by himself and friends. Continued on pg. 82
Hannah Vainstein begins a painting by outlining a grid on canvas. Below, inside Hannah and Nathanâ€™s shared studio.
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The act of making his own paint imbues each piece with a sense of place and a restricted earth-toned palette. The imagery and forms Nathan sculpts, draws and paints are related to the earth, sun, growth and architecture, and all subjects are depicted in a stylized hieroglyphic-esque style. Nathan has created a visual language to react and engage with the natural world, its rhythms and particulars that is not unlike an ancient depiction of life cycles. His work is a dialogue with the physical realm, explaining and symbolizing it in many forms, but there is definitely an air of the supernatural at work as well. Nathan’s spell is strong, and one can happily get lost in the finest gesture within a character on a card or immersed in a room of overwhelming black and white pattern play. Hannah and Nathan’s home, “the carriage house,” thus named because it was the garage and the chauffer’s home for two large mansions in the Mission Canyon area of Santa Barbara, was built in the 1890s. Its colonial style, with tall ceilings, ornate moldings and large wood porch, stands out as unusual in the city so dominated by Spanish architecture. Most of the couple’s furniture is from the mid-century, found on Craigslist or by scouring thrift shops. Little treasures such as sage, gems, shells and feathers, all found on walks, are scattered throughout the home, carefully placed atop a shrine-like altar or within an ornate cabinet of curiosities. The large plants give off a natural sense of life and place, the wooden vintage furniture and dramatic artwork on every wall (including local artists’ work such as the drawings of Eric Beltz and paintings by Jane Callister) create a romantic bohemian vibe that is irresistibly cozy. Enjoying the breezes from the porch or wandering through the vegetable garden, there’s nowhere nicer in Santa Barbara to be than here, sipping on one of Hannah’s signature greyhound cocktails. Learn more about these artists:
Jane Gottlieb, janegottlieb.com Nathan Hayden, nathan-hayden.com, thelowerlodge.com
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Maria Rendon, mariarendon.net, mariarendon.com Joan Tanner, joantanner.com Hannah Vainstein, hannahvainstein.com, thelowerlodge.com
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Lompoc Theatre Project by isabelle t. walker
Don ’ t let the barricades and “Do Not Cross” signs in front of the old Lompoc Theatre fool you. The 88-year-old building, with its dusty stucco exterior, falling marquee and abandoned box office, appears to be a demolition prospect—and some residents of this windswept farming town, pointing to the kit of pigeons that has taken up inside, will even argue in favor of this reality. But things are not always as they seem, and this is
never more the case than in the theater. With a little imagination, the theater’s allies say, it’s easy to see this tumble-down structure as it was in the 1930s and 40s, when it was the heart of Lompoc’s social and cultural life—the place residents experienced their first movie, had their first date and kiss. This is what a growing number of Lompoc Theatre loyalists, many of them born and raised here, see when they look at the barricaded structure at the
corner of North H and Ocean— a resurrected, spiffed-up version of itself, crowded with people reveling in the arts. Fortunately for Lompoc, these people are also organized. Their Lompoc Theatre Project, a nonprofit, began meeting in 2012, and since then members have methodically cut through a sticky mound of red tape that was a prerequisite to obtaining the building’s title. Now they have turned to raising the five million dollars required to restore the theater to its former self and add a courtyard, along with some new spaces for dressing rooms and offices. The goal, according to the group’s president, Mark Herrier, is not only to return film, live music and theater to Lompoc’s old town, but also to support the passel of arts groups that have struggled
with substandard lighting and acoustics for years, performing in gyms and community centers. Having a bona fide theater in which to perform (free of charge) will “raise their game,” says Herrier. He would know. It was seeing his first musical, The Music Man, at Lompoc Theatre when he was 10 that convinced him to pursue acting, a decision that led to dozens of major roles on Broadway, on television and in film, including, most notably, the “Porky’s” series. “We’re doing this [project] for the town, and for the kids in town,” Herrier says. “There is no art in the schools anymore, and for the sensitive kid who isn’t going to be an athlete, there’s no outlet for them here. This is going to change that.” Lompoc Theatre was built in 1927 by the Knights of Pythias. A Santa Barbara theater company approached them a year earlier with an offer to lease such a theater if they could build one on the three semi-vacant lots they owned. But Walter Calvert, a businessman, violinist and arts enthusiast who was running Lompoc Opera House, joined with his brother-in-law to outbid the Santa Barbara troupe and won the lease. The Calvert family continued to run, and subsequently own, the theater until the mid-70s, when the advent of multiplexes and shopping malls built north of town pulled Lompoc residents
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Left: A rendering of a renovated Lompoc Theatre building includes a new façade and new marquee.
away from downtown and the old theater closed. It remained closed for more than a decade, but then two groups made consecutive attempts at reopening it. The first group failed, and the second one flopped—leaving three liens attached. Lompoc Historical Society volunteer Myra Manfrina, 94, was celebrating her sixth birthday the night in 1927 that Lompoc Theatre opened. She barely remembers the inaugural gala her parents brought her to (which featured the premiere of the wartime farce Lost at the Front and an Andy Gump cartoon). Her memories of the Saturday afternoon Mickey Mouse Club meetings and the tap dancing lessons that led to her performing during intermissions are more vivid. “I used to tell my kids, ‘I danced on that stage.’” Herrier said that when (not if ) the theater is restored, it will return to offering an array of performing arts–not just films. It also will be available for events. The theater’s advocates explain that because the Knights did not stint on construction material or process, the reinforced concrete walls don’t need earthquake retrofitting and the acoustics are naturally superb. (The ability to record live performances will help attract top performers and ideally tie in with other Lompoc attractions, like the Wine Ghetto, to spur economic development.) Representatives from Theatre Projects Consultants, which has provided concept, programming and equipment designs for such projects as Oslo Opera House and Singapore’s 80,500-squarefoot Esplanade, will guide the new design. “We are going to be historically sensitive and bring it back to what it was,” says Theatre Projects’ Michael Ferguson, who is also on Lompoc Theatre Project’s board. “I’ve spent years and hundreds of millions of dollars trying to create a theater with a sense of place and character, so to have a place with both of these things already sitting there is great.”
for more info about Lompoc Theatre Project, visit lompoctheatre.org.
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Santa Barbara County is one of America’s most desirable golf destinations, with splendid courses designed to maximize enjoyment of the region’s splendor and moderate climate, open for play all year long. Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have ranked several of the courses as among the best in the country, and the array of tracks offers multiple levels of challenge for all who enjoy the sport. The City’s course—Santa Barbara Golf Club—is five minutes from downtown and one of California’s best municipal facilties. Here are five other spectacular courses within 15-55 minutes of Santa Barbara. Santa Bar bar a Count y
Glen Annie Golf Club
Glen Annie Golf Club In the rolling foothills of Goleta, 15 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, this meticulously maintained and challenging layout is enhanced with panoramic ocean, Channel Island or mountain views from nearly every hole. The tee shot from #16, for example, is fired over a descending terrain with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, a 150-foot vertical drop, to land softly on a manicured landscape near an adjacent lake with a cascading stream. The clubhouse complex includes a snack bar, full bar at Frog Bar & Grill and scenic patios with excellent facilities for gatherings of up to 300. Par 71. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 71.1; slope rating, 122. 405
Glen Annie Rd., 805/968-6400, glenanniegolf.com.
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Rancho San Marcos Fifteen minutes up the incredibly scenic Hwy 154—the historic road winding off State Street into the Santa Ynez Mountains that leads to the charming towns and wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley—“Rancho” has been acclaimed by nearly every major golf magazine as offering one of the finest experiences in Southern California. Nestled in the mountains 12 miles from Santa Barbara, the historic land this outstanding golf course traverses challenges with sand, lakes, the Santa Ynez River, fields of native grasses, oak tree-lined chaparral and changes in elevation. A comfortable clubhouse has a grill with food to go or to enjoy at tables inside or outside on scenic patios. Par 71. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 73.1; slope rating, 135. 4600 Hwy. 154, 805/683-6334, rsm1804.com.
Sandpiper Golf Club
Sandpiper Golf Club
Established in 1972 as Santa Barbara County’s first resort course open to the public, Sandpiper is an inspiring 18 holes of seaside golf on an extraordinary, natural terrain, with an acclaimed layout named by Golf Digest as one of the top 25 public golf courses in the United States. Designed by renowned architect William F. Bell, the course features beautiful rolling fairways that lead to enormous, challenging greens in a links-style layout with ocean views from nearly every hole. The stretch of holes 10 through 14 is one of the most memorable golf experiences of any player’s life. Par 72. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 74.7; slope rating, 136. 7925 Hollister Ave., 805/968-1541, sandpipergolf.com.
River Course at the Alisal
River Course at the Alisal
Opened for public play in 1992 on land owned by and adjacent to the renowned Alisal Guest Ranch, River Course provides a layout to be enjoyed by golfers of all levels of skill. Set along the Santa Ynez River, with panoramic views of the mountains beyond, the course features mostly wide fairways and accessible greens. Several holes, however, will challenge even the low handicap golfer—the lengthy #7, with out-of-bounds right and a big lake left; #10, which plays through a chute of trees; and those along the river. The first-class clubhouse has comfortable, inside seating and a view-oriented patio. Par 72. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 73.1; slope rating, 135. 150 Alisal Rd., 805/6886042, rivercourse.com. Lompoc
La Purisima Golf Course
La Purisima Golf Course
A half-hour from the Danish village of Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley wine country, “La P,” one of California’s finest and most challenging courses, is pure golf: no real estate, no commercial development for miles, just long, twisting fairways bordered at times by oak and eucalyptus groves and protected by sand, water and out-ofbounds stakes, finishing with big, lightning fast greens. Especially in the afternoon, wind becomes a factor, often making the closing holes our own “Amen Corner.” Designed by world-renowned architect Robert Muir Graves, a round at La Purisima will not soon be forgotten, and is worth the drive. Par 72. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 74.9; slope rating, 143. 3455 E. Hwy. 246, 805/735-8395, lapurisimagolf.com.
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tasting rooms open daily from noon to 6 p.m. (located off of the 800 block of State Street).
Santa Barbara Historical Museum exhibits fine art, costumes and artifacts from Santa Barbara’s colorful history. Gledhill Library houses photographs and historic documents. | 136 E. De la Guerra St. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. Noon–5 p.m. 805/966-1601, santabarbaramuseum.com.
El Presidio de Santa Barbara, founded in 1782 to offer protection to the mission and settlers and to provide a seat of government and to guard against foreign invasion, is now a state historic park. | 123 E. Canon Perdido St. 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily. 805/9650093, sbthp.org.
Mission Distric t is identified by Mission Santa Barbara, and is among the oldest residential neighborhoods in the city. Characterized by revival-style architecture, it is also home to the Mission Historical Park and rose garden.
Santa Barbara D ow n tow n S tat e S t r e e t defines the city’s center—and its heart. The intersection of State and Carrillo streets is where Captain Salisbury Haley hammered an iron stake in 1850 to designate the future midtown area. Red Tile Walking Tour map is available at Santa Barbara Visitor Center, 1 Garden St., santabarbaracarfree.org, or santabarbaraCA.com/ podcasts.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, was dedicated in 1929. Its immense landscaped courtyard and sunken garden is the site of public celebrations year round. | 1100 Anacapa St. Docent tours Mon.–Fri. 10:30 a.m.; Daily 2 p.m. 805/9626464, santabarbaracourthouse.org.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s outstanding permanent and special collections, housed in a stately building constructed in 1914 as the city’s first federally funded post office, include the only remaining intact mural by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, Portrait of Mexico Today. | 1130 State St. Thur. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
La Arcada, designed by architect Myron Hunt in 1926, is home to a wealth of galleries, shops and restaurants. Dotted along the way are historical curios and sculptures, with 90
all roads leading to the much-loved central fountain stocked with turtles and fish. | 1100 block of State Street.
MCA Santa Barbara is dedicated to exhibiting the highest quality of contemporary art while recognizing the artists of tomorrow with innovative exhibitions both inside its walls and throughout the community. | 653 Paseo Nuevo. Wed., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thur. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. 805/9665373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, named after the benefactor who donated the prime property and renowned for its beauty, is a popular photo backdrop. Audio posts and interpretive Braille signs make the garden accessible for the visually impaired. | Micheltorena and Santa Barbara streets.
Presidio Neighborhood is a vibrant section developed around the historic site of the last remaining Spanish fortresses built in California, called presidios. In addition to being Santa Barbara’s birthplace, El Presidio de Santa Barbara, the neighborhood is also home to the historic Lobero Theatre, one of the city’s architectural jewels, as well as Casa de la Guerra historic house museum. El Paseo, a charming adobe plaza built in the 1820s, houses several nice shops and restaurants, along with The Wine Collection of El Paseo, an upscale array of six excellent wine
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s 78 acres, accessed by five and a half miles of trails, record the history of the state’s rare and indigenous plants. From the dramatic opening view through the meadows, chaparral and forest to the sweeping ridge-top views of the Channel Islands, the garden is a skillful display of California’s natural bounty. | 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. Mar.–Oct. 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Nov.–Feb. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 805/682-4726, sbbg.org.
Mission Santa Barbara was dedicated in 1786 by Father Fermin Lasuén. Known as “Queen of the Missions” for its twin belltowers, it remains the only California mission to be continuously occupied by the Franciscans. | 2201 Laguna St. Daily tours 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 805/682-4713, sbmission.org; santabarbaramission.org.
Museum of Natural History was originally a showplace for ornithology meant to engage the public in the natural history of the region. Today, the museum draws more than 150,000 visitors per year, all eager to take a closer, studied look at what nature has to offer. | 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. 805/682-4711, sbnature.org. Wat e r f r o n t, running the length of Cabrillo Boulevard from East Beach to the harbor, is a feast for outdoor enthusiasts. A paved pathway runs the full distance—passing through the Sunday Arts & Crafts Show on weekends—by Stearns Wharf and along West Beach to the harbor.
Andree Clark Bird Refuge—an artificial freshwater lake and marsh
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pond adjacent to the zoo —provides one of the best biking/jogging/skating paths in the area around its perimeter. | 1400 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 805/564-5418.
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Santa Barbara Harbor and Breakwater is a working harbor, home to fishing boats, private yachts and nearly 1,200 excursion and sightseeing boats. It is always a busy and interesting place to walk, skate, bike, eat and purchase fresh catch at Fisherman’s Market every Saturday morning. | Off Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, situated on the harbor’s scenic waterfront, presents the region’s rich local maritime history. From ancient seafaring Chumash to modern-day deep-sea research, the emphasis is on human interaction with the sea, from shipwrecks to environmental efforts. | 113 Harbor Way. Memorial Day–Labor Day 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Labor Day–Memorial Day 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed Wed. 805/962-8404, sbmm.org.
Stearns Wharf, a Santa Barbara icon, was built by a Vermont native in 1876 to accommodate ocean-going vessels. Once owned by Jimmy Cagney, its dramatic views of the city and the hills beyond, as well as its mix of shops and restaurants, have charmed visitors for more than a century. | State St. at Cabrillo Blvd.
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Sea Center, located on Stearns Wharf, is a participatory experience, with the look and feel of a marine science laboratory. Among the exhibits are a simulated tide pool with surging waves and a BioLab focusing on the biology and ecology of deep-sea resources. | State St. at Cabrillo Blvd. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 805/962-2526, sbnature.org.
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Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show is the longest-running public weekly art show in the country, with more than 250 exhibitors, all there in person and carefully screened to ensure originality of work. | Cabrillo Blvd. between State and Calle Puerta Vallarta streets. Sun. 10 a.m. to dusk. 805/8972519, santabarbaraca.gov.
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Kayaking, Surfing, Paddle Boarding and More, with the ocean, mountains and countryside so near. Enjoy Santa Barbara’s beautiful natural surroundings on guided kayak tours, surf trips, paragliding adventures, rockclimbing expeditions and more. | 805/884-9283, sbadventureco.com.
Santa Barbara Zoo opened to the public in 1963 and had only seven residents. Now more than 500 animals live here, and 30 acres of lush gardens spread across a knoll overlooking the Pacific Ocean. k
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Committed to conservation, species survival and education, the zoo is an enlightening and entertaining place to visit. | 500 Niños Dr. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. 805/962-5339, sbzoo.org.
Whale Watching in Santa Barbara Channel offers a marine environment so rich that it draws visitors from throughout the world. More than 27 species of dolphins and whales delight all ages. Coastal trips depart daily February through April, and island whale watching trips depart daily May through February. | 805/882-0088, condorexpress.com.
Urban Wine Tasting Although you won’t find any vineyards in this area, these unique and eclectic wineries and tasting rooms are a great way to begin your wine-tasting journey through the area on foot, as an introduction to local wines. Many of the urban wineries have northern Santa Barbara County vineyards that are also open to visitors. A Area 5.1
137 Anacapa St., Unit B, 805/770-7251
B Au Bon Climat
813 Anacapa St., 805/963-7999
C Armada Wine
& Beer Merchant 1129-A State St., 805/770-5912
D AVA Santa
Barbara 116 E. Yanonali St., 805/453-6768
E Blair Fox
120 Santa Barbara St., 805/324-4230
F Carr Vineyards
& Winery, 414 N. Salsipuedes St., 805/965-7985
G Corks & Crowns
32 Anacapa St., 805/845-8600
H Corktree Cellars
Wine Bar & Bistro 910 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, 805/684-1400 I Cottonwood
Canyon, 224 Anacapa St., 805/963-1221
J Deep Sea Wine
Tasting Room 217 Stearns Wharf, 805/618-1185
K Foley Food
& Wine Society 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 805/968-1614
Winery by the Sea 210 State St., 805/568-0820 M Grassini
Family Vineyards, 813 Anacapa St., 805/897-3366
N Happy Canyon
Vineyard, 30 El Paseo, 805/232-3549
O Jaffurs Wine
Cellars, 819 E. Montecito St., 805/962-7003
P Jamie Slone
Winemakers, 22 Anacapa St., Ste. D, 805/931-6864
813 Anacapa St., 805/845-8435
W Oreana Winery
205 Anacapa St., 805/962-5857
X Pali Wine Company, 116 E. Yanonali St., 805/560-7254 Y Riverbench
137 Anacapa St., Ste. C, 805/324-4100
Z Sanford Winery
1114 State St., 805/770-7873
Wines, 23 E. De la Guerra St., 805/5606555
AA Sanguis Wines 8 Ashley Ave., 805/845-0920
Q Kalyra by the
BB Santa Barbara
Sea, 212 State St., 805/965-8606
Winery, 202 Anacapa St., 805/963-3633
R Kunin Wines
CC Silver Wines
Tasting Room 28 Anacapa St., 805/963-9633
724 Reddick St., 805/963-3052
S LaFond Winery
Wines, 2330 Lillie Ave., 805/565-9463
T Margerum Tasting
EE Whitcraft Winery & Tasting Room, 36-A S. Calle Cesar Chavez, 805/730-1680
111 E. Yanonali St., 805/845-2020
Room, 813 Anacapa St., 805/845-8435
Funk Zone was once an industrial zone bordered by State Street, Stearns Wharf and East Beach; it is now a hotbed of homegrown artistic production. The Funk Zone is known for its eclectic wall murals, ateliers, galleries, alternative exhibition spaces, trendy artist shops and the lively Urban Wine Trail. Half the fun is each surprise that awaits you down the alley or painted on the wall in front of you! | funkzone.net.
Montecito and Points South Montecito’s densely wooded, lightly populated residential area between Santa Barbara and Summerland has attracted the privileged for more than a century, but its genesis was agrarian. Remnants of this rich heritage are still in use. The 500-acre property, on which Harleigh Johnston grew citrus trees until 1893, became San Ysidro Ranch. With the ranch’s completion in 1935 and the Montecito Inn’s in 1928, it wasn’t long before well-known captains of industry built estates, many of them incorporating the farms and ranches that had originally settled the area.
Casa del Herrero, designed for George Steedman by the “father of the Santa Barbara style,” George Washington
Smith, offers a glimpse into Montecito life in the 1930s. A splendid example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, the house—and the gardens—are National Historic Landmarks. The gardens, covering 11 acres, were designed by noted landscape architects Ralph Stevens and Lockwood de Forest and horticulturist Frances T. Underhill. | 1387 E. Valley Road.Tours Wed. and Sat. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations required. 805/5655653, casadelherrero.com.
Ganna Walska Lotusland is a 37-acre garden estate, prized for its rare and exotic plants and providing new perspectives on sustainability of nature’s offerings. Themed gardens include topiary, bromeliad, succulent, cycad, cactus, fern, Japanese, Australian, water and a blue garden, among others. | Reservations required. Tours Wed.–Sat. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. between Feb. 18 and Nov. 15. Reservations required. 805/969-9990, lotusland.org.
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art seeks to educate students and the community about the power and value of the visual arts through physical, critical and spiritual engagement with the creative process and its results. | Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 805/5656162, westmontmuseum.org. S u mm e r l a n d is just a stone’s throw off Hwy. 101 and two minutes south of Montecito, and offers the rural charm of an earlier California beach town and maintains the spirit of an artists’ colony via plentiful antique, home and garden shops, art galleries, boutiques and unpretentious eateries.
Lookout County Park, off Lillie Avenue at Evans Avenue, is spread out on the bluffs above the beautiful Summerland Beach. From this vantage point, where full picnic facilities await, there are spectacular views of the Channel Islands. | Exit Hwy. 101 at Evans Ave.
C a r pinte ria is five minutes south of Montecito and Summerland. Although the city advertises itself as home to the “world’s safest beach,” visitors also come to roam the avocado-laden hills in search of the orchid fields and hothouses, for which Carpinteria is well known.
Salt Marsh Nature Reserve, a 230acre salt marsh, is home to local and migratory waterfowl and fish and is a birder’s dream. | Exit Hwy. 101 at Linden Ave. at Sandyland Rd., turn right and drive three blocks to Ash Ave.
Carpinteria State Beach and Bluffs are among California’s most popular destinations—the result of a broad beach and good sunning, tidepooling and fishing. Most any sunny weekend, you’ll find loads of families settled in for the day. For hikers and birdwatchers, it doesn’t get much better than the Carpinteria Bluffs. | Exit Hwy. 101 at Linden Ave. Continue through town to the beach. Park on Linden Ave. or in the Carpinteria State Beach lot.
Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club was admitted to the U.S. Polo Association in 1911 and moved to its present location shortly thereafter. The club welcomes visitors for Sunday games from May through October, with the high-goal season capped by the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open. | 3375 Foothill Rd. 805/684-6683, sbpolo.com.
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launching facilities, fishermen and strollers. | Exit Hwy. 217 at Sandspit Rd. 805/568-2461.
Art, Design & Architecture Museum at University of California Santa Barbara holds an impressive fine art collection with one of the largest architectural archives in North America. In addition, it engages contemporary artists in exhibits and programs. | UCSB. Wed.– Sun. Noon–5 p.m. 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
El Capitan and Refugio State Beaches, the mixed sand and rock beach at El Capitan links Refugio—a palmlined crescent of sand with tide pools—by beach, bluff and bike trails. Both are popular beach campgrounds. | From Hwy. 101, exit the northernmost El Capitan exit and/or Refugio Rd. 805/968-1033, parks.ca.gov.
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, the Dunes Center at 1055 Guadalupe St. should be the first stop in the exploration of the largest dune complex in the state. Exit Main Street in Santa Maria off Hwy. 101 approximately 75 miles north of Santa Barbara, continue nine miles to Hwy. 1 (Guadalupe Street) and turn right. | Wed.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 805/343-2455, dunescenter.org.
Santa Ynez Mountains and Valley Areas
The city of Goleta and several of the area’s well-known institutions and landmarks are just 10 minutes north of Santa Barbara, including University of California Santa Barbara and two championship golf courses.
The valley is historically rich and geographically diverse. The most scenic route to this beautiful area from Santa Barbara is by Hwy. 154 (San Marcos Pass). In the valley, vineyards dot the landscape, many with tasting rooms. Please refer to our winery guide.
Rancho La Patera, one of the oldest landmarks in Goleta Valley, is home to historic Stow House, a beautiful example of Carpenter Gothic architecture, and Cavalletto History Education Center, which focuses on Goleta’s ranching and agricultural history. | 304 N. Los Carneros Rd. Sat.–Sun. 1–4 p.m. and by appointment. 805/681-7216, stowhouse.com.
South Coast Railroad Museum, housed in a restored train depot, is a magnet for train buffs. Tours of the Victorian depot, rides on the “Goleta Short Line” miniature train and exhibits are part of the experience. | 300 N. Los Carneros Rd. Wed.–Sun. 1–4 p.m. 805/964-3540, goletadepot.org.
Goleta Beach Park, adjacent to UCSB, is favored by families and groups for its white sands and expanse of lawn with numerous barbecue and picnic table areas. The 1,500-foot-long pier accommodates boat
Cachuma Lake Recreation Area provides 750 campsites just 25 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. Full marina, boat launch, rental boats, fishing equipment and licenses are available. Nature cruises led by park naturalists provide an educational look at the wildlife, birds (including bald eagles) and plants that make Cachuma such a rich habitat. | Hwy. 154. 805/686-5055, sbparks.org.
Solvang With a population of nearly 5,000, Solvang (“sunny field” in Danish) is the largest city in Santa Ynez Valley. Founded in 1911 by Danish educators from the Midwest, Solvang is considered the “Danish Capital of North America.”
Solvang Festival Theater, a 700-seat historic outdoor theater, presents excellent productions staged by Pacific Conservatory
of the Performing Arts (PCPA), a combination of professional actors and advanced students, as well as other concerts and events. Open June through October. | 420 2nd St. 805/686-1789, solvangfestivaltheater.org.
Old Mission Santa Inés is the 19th of 21 missions built in California from 1769 to 1836 by Spanish Franciscan priests. Founded September 17, 1804 by Padre Estevan Tapis, it was the first European settlement in Santa Ynez Valley and still displays artifacts preserved from the Mission era. | 1760 Mission Dr. at Hwy. 246. 805/688-4815, missionsantaines.org.
Elverhøj Museum of History & Art is housed in a historic handcrafted structure built in a style derived from the large farmhouses of 18th century Denmark. Visitors can view Solvang’s history through photos, artifacts and video displays; enjoy exhibits celebrating the Danish-American pioneer spirit and the colorful heritage of Denmark. | Wed.Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1624 Elverhoy Way. 805/6861211, elverhoj.org.
Wildling Art Museum, an educational institution dedicated to presenting art of America’s wilderness, is a place to gain a greater appreciation of art and a better understanding of the importance of preserving our natural heritage. | 1511-B Mission Dr., 805/6881082, wildlingmuseum.org.
Santa Ynez, Ballard & Los Olivos These small, charming towns look like they belong in the pages of a book on the history of the west and are world-renowned for their vineyards, equestrian culture, art galleries, inns and restaurants that epitomize the region’s signature wine country cuisine.
Chumash Casino Resort is a casino and hotel and spa located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country that is owned by Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Guests can stay the night in the luxury 106-room Four Diamond-rated hotel, eat at the Four Diamond rated-Willows restaurant, enjoy big name shows and get pampered at the resort spa, the largest in Santa Ynez Valley. | 3400 California 246, Santa Ynez. 805/686-0855, chumashcasino.com.
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum celebrates the rich history of the Santa Ynez Valley, its pioneering settlers and the five early townships that formed the foundation of this unique region. | Open Wed.– Sun. noon–4 p.m. 3596 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. 805/688-7889, santaynezmuseum.org. Fall 2015
For more information about local wineries and events, contact the Santa Barbara Vintners at 800/218-0881 or visit sbcountywines.com.
Visitors Centers 1639 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang 597 Avenue of the Flags, Buellton
Santa Barbara County vineyards grow exceptional grapes, and now, after more than 40 years of experimentation with an incredible diversity of microclimates and soil types, growers and winemakers know a lot about what to plant and where those vines thrive best—and a host of talented vintners transform those grapes into world-class wines. Santa Barbara County has at least 175 wineries and tens of thousands of planted acres, highlighted here are more than 100 that offer the wine tasting experience. Wineries with a (T) designation are tasting rooms only, while locations with a (V) designation offer the opportunity to taste wine at the vineyards. A (G) designation is for wines with environmentally friendly practices (organic, biodynamic, SIP certification).
Los Alamos Valley
Barbara County. With its east-west valley and river lands, this scenic area has a climate that leads to early bud break and a long ripening season for the grapes.
Lompoc The ever-growing numbers of urban wineries and tasting rooms in Lompoc are Santa Barbara County’s most western tasting region and are primarily located in the industrial park affectionately known as the “Wine Ghetto.” Ampelos (T) (G) 312 N. 9th St., 805/736-9957
Cambria Winery & Vineyard (V) (G) 5475 Chardonnay Ln., 805/937-8091 Costa De Oro (V) 1331 S. Nicholson Ave., 805/922-1468
Arcadian Winery/Bratcher Winery (T) 1515 E. Chestnut Ave., Ste. B, 805/737-3900 Brewer-Clifton (T) 329 N. "F" St., 805/735-9184 Fiddlehead Cellars (T) 1597 E. Chestnut Ave., 805/742-0204 Flying Goat Cellars (T) 1520 E. Chestnut Ct., Unit A, 805/736-9032
Babcock Winery & Vineyards
Thirty years ago, Bryan Babcock was one of the characters who lit the fuse of Santa Barbara’s wine explosion. Today, at his family’s 110 acre ranch in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills, he continues to mix the venerable with the progressive, and is known for radical farming, classic single-terroir winemaking, and an industrial chic atmosphere in the tasting room. 5175 E. Hwy. 246, 805/736-1455 babcockwinery.com
La Montagne Winery (T) 1509 E. Chestnut Ave., 805/291-6643 Palmina (T) 1520 E. Chestnut Ct., 805/735-2030
Hilliard Bruce (by appointment) (V) 2075 Vineyard View Ln., 805/736-5366
Scott Cellars (T) 316 N. "F" St., 805/736-6161
Huber Vineyards & Cellars (V) 4892 Hapgood Rd., 805/736-3854
Transcendance (T) 313 N. “F” St., 805/689-5258
Melville Vineyards & Winery (V) 5185 E. Hwy. 246, 805/735-7030
Zotovich Cellars (T) 300 N. 12th St. Ste. 1D, 805/736-1600
Sanford Winery & Vineyards (V) 5010 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/735-5900
Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills
Star Lane (V) 1280 Drum Canyon Rd., 866/652-8430
The eastern gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills appellation is Buellton, while Lompoc lies as the western gateway. Sta. Rita Hills is home to the most extreme cool-climate vineyards in the area, growing primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with other interesting cool-climate wines. 1 Babcock Winery & Vineyards
5175 CA-246, 805/736-1455 Recommended Tastings: 2013 The Limit Chardonnay; 2012 Slice Of Heaven Pinot Noir; 2011 Syrah, Upper Crust; 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 15 Tasting room hours: 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Dierberg/Star Lane/Three Saints (V) 1280 Drum Canyon Rd., 805/693-0744 Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery 6121 E. Hwy. 246, 805/737–6222
Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery 3940 Dominion Rd., 805/937-8463
Foxen Winery & Vineyard (V) (G) 7600 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/937-4251 Kenneth Volk Vineyards (V) 5230 Tepusquet Rd., 805/938-7896 2 Presqu'ile Winery & Vineyards (V) (G) 5391 Presquile Dr., 805/937-8110 Recommended Tasting: 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Maria Valley; 2013 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley; 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley; 2012 Pinot Noir, Presqu'ile Vineyard Tasting room hours: Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rancho Sisquoc Winery (V) 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/934-4332 Riverbench Vineyard & Winery (V) (G) 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/937-8340 Tres Hermanas Winery (V) 9660 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/937-8451
Los Alamos Western hospitality meets world-class wine in the picturesque town of Los Alamos. Bedford Winery (T) 448 Bell St., 805/344-2107 Casa Dumetz Wines (T) 388 Bell St., 805/344-1900 Martian Ranch & Vineyard (V) 9110 Alisos Canyon Rd., 805/344-1804
Santa Maria Valley The Santa Maria Valley American Viticultural Area was the third AVA established in the United States (in 1981) and the first in Santa
Presqu'ile Winery & Vineyards
Presqu'ile (press-KEEL), Creole for “almost an island,” was a haven and refuge on the Gulf Coast for generations of the Murphy family. Presqu’ile Winery, named in honor of that place, produces elegant Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. Enjoy these estate grown wines, food pairings and views of the valley in the relaxed, yet refined tasting room. 5391 Presquile Dr., 805/937-8110 presquilewine.com
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Point Concepción (T) 420 E. Hwy 246, 805/691-1300
Lafond Winery & Vineyards
Long known as Santa Barbara’s tastemaker, Pierre Lafond founded Santa Barbara County’s first winery since prohibition (now located downtown, two blocks from the beach). His 65 acres in the Sta. Rita Hills and 30 acres across the river have produced medal-awarded Syrah, Chardonnay, and a Pinot Noir that “is truly an expression” of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. 6855 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/688-7921 lafondwinery.com
The historic village of Los Olivos is now a hub for tasting rooms, interspersed with art galleries, boutique shops and cafés. This is a great place to park your car, stroll the tasting rooms and shops, enjoy a little lunch or dinner and just relax! Or drive a few minutes north to enjoy the rustic outdoor beauty of the bucolic Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Alta Maria Vineyards (T) 2933 Grand Ave., Ste. A, 805/686-1144 4 Andrew Murray Vineyards (T) (v) 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/686-9604 Recommended Tastings: 2013 Enchante White Blend of Roussanne & Grenache Blanc; 2012 Grenache Terra Bella Vineyard; 2013 Esp`erance Red Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre; 2013 Syrah Tous les Jours Tasting room hours: 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Alexander & Wayne (T) 2922 Grand Ave., 805/688-9665
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Arthur Earl Winery (T) 2922 Grand Ave., 805/693-1771
Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio 2948 Grand Ave., 805/686-2626
This charming wine country inn offers a selection of difficult to find boutique wines produced locally by family owned, small production wineries. Ballard Inn Tasting Room (T) 2436 E. Baseline Ave., 805/688-7770
Buellton The largest custom-crush operation in the area shares geography with tasting rooms in Buellton, located just off Hwy. 101, it’s the eastern gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills area.
Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard
“After celebrating our 25th anniversary as a family owned and operated winery, the Fess Parker family recently completed an upgraded hospitality venue on our property. We invite you to visit and enjoy the outdoor fireplace, tasting bar, expanding seating area, and an array of elevated tasting options presented by our wine educators. ” —Tim Snider, President, Fess Parker Winery. 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., 688-1545 fessparkerwines.com
Byron (T) (G) 2367 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/938-7365 (T)
Beckmen Vineyards (V) (G) 2670 Ontiveros Rd., 805/688-8664. Bernat Vineyards & Winery/ Los Olivos Wine Merchant (T) 2879 Grand Ave., 805/794-5217 Blair Fox Cellars (T) 2902 San Marcos Ave., Ste. B, 805/691-1678 Brander Vineyard (V) 2401 N. Refugio Rd., 805/688-2455
Carhartt Vineyard (T) 2990 Grand Ave., 805/693-5100 Carina Cellars (T) 2900 Grand Ave., Ste. A, 805/688-2459 Cinque Stelle Wineries (T) 2982 Grand Ave., 805/686-4101 Consilience, Marianello & Tre Anelli Wines 2923 Grand Ave., 805/691-1020
Coquelicot Estate Winery (T) (G) 2884 Grand Ave., 805/688-1500 Daniel Gehrs Wines (T) 2939 Grand Ave., 805/693-9686 Demetria (by appointment) (V) 6701 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/686-2345
Alma Rosa Winery (T) (G) 181 Industrial Way, Ste. C, 805/691-9395
Dragonette Cellars (T) 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/693-0077
Avant Tapas & Wine (24 wineries under one roof) (T) 35 Industrial Way, 805/686-4742
Epiphany Cellars (T) 2974 Grand Ave., 805/686-2424
Cold Heaven (T) 92 Second St., Ste. A, 805/686-1343
Evans Ranch (Gainey) (T) 2901 Grand Ave., 888/424-6398
Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Winery (T) 406 E. Hwy. 246, 805/688-8403
5 Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard (V) 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/688-1545 Recommended Tastings: Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 2012; Ashley’s Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills 2013; Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah, 2012; The Big Easy, red blend, 2012 Tasting room hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Ken Brown Wines (T) (G) 157 W. Hwy. 246, 805/688-9400 3 Lafond Winery & Vineyards (V) 6855 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/688-7921 Recommended Tastings: 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay; 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir; 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Syrah; 2011 Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir Tasting room hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mosby Winery (V) 9496 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/688-2415
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Andrew Murray Vineyards
Andrew Murray—a grape-growing pioneer and Rhône varietal visionary in Santa Barbara County—founded his winery in 1990, planting a hillside vineyard dedicated exclusively to Rhône varieties. Andrew and his team look forward to sharing the AMV experience at their newly remodeled winery and visitor center along Foxen Canyon Road. 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/686-9604 AndrewMurrayVineyards.com
Firestone Vineyard (V) 5017 Zaca Station Rd., 805/688-3940 J Ludlow Vineyard (T) 2890 Grand Ave., 805/688-8989 Kaena (T) 2890 Grand Ave., 805/688-4069
Blackjack Ranch (T) 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/686-4492
6 Koehler Winery (V) 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/693-8384 Recommended Tastings: 2010 Magia Nera; 2010 Reserve Syrah; 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon; 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Tasting room hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Buttonwood Farm Winery (V) 1500 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/688-3032 Carivintas Winery (T) 476 First St., 805/693-4331
Longoria Wines (T) 2935 Grand Ave., 866/759-4637 Los Olivos General Store/Larner Wines 2900 Grand Ave., 805/688-8148
Casa Cassara (T) 1607 Mission Dr., Ste. 112, 805/688-8691 (T)
Los Olivos Tasting Room/Brophy Clark Cellars 2905 Grand Ave., 805/688-7406
Dascomb Cellars (T) 1659 Copenhagen Dr., Ste. C, 805/691-9175 (T)
Qupé Verdad & Ethan (T) (G) 2963-B Grand Ave., 805/686-4200 Refugio Ranch (T) 2990 Grand Ave., 805/688-5400 Saarloos & Sons (T) 2971 Grand Ave., 805/688-1200 SAMsARA (T) 2446 Alamo Pintado Ave., Ste. A, 805/331-2292 Stolpman Vineyards & Winery (T) 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/688-0400 Tensley Wines (T) 2900 Grand Ave., Ste. B, 805/688-6761 Tercero Wines (T) 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave., Ste. 104, 805/245-9584 Tessa Marie Wines (E&TWines) (T) 2901 Grand Ave., Ste. C, 805/688-6081 Toretti Family Vineyard (T) 2933 San Marcos Ave., Ste. 101, 805/688-8002 Zaca Mesa Winery (V) 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/688-9339
Roblar Winery & Vineyards
Nestled into an oak tree-studded, 40-acre vineyard, this grand lodge-style winery was built to reflect the rustic, authentic and bold spirt of the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley. The 5,000 sq. ft. tasting room, complete with an indoor-outdoor stone fireplace and trellised patio overlooking expansive gardens, offers a special tasting option: chef-prepared bites of food to be enjoyed with the wine. Two for one tasting with the mention of Seasons Magazine. 3010 Roblar Ave., 805/686-2603
Lincourt Vineyards (V) 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/688-8554 Lions Peak (T) 1659 Copenhagen Dr., 805/693-5466 Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards (T) 1645 Copenhagen Dr., 805/686-9336 Presidio Winery (T) (G) 1603 Copenhagen Dr., Ste. 1, 805/693-8585 Rideau Vineyards (V) 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/688-0717
Santa Ynez Many of the wineries in this region are set on their estate properties. Peaceful and rolling vistas of ranches and farms mingle with vineyards and tasting rooms along the country roads. Bridlewood Estate Winery (V) 3555 Roblar Ave., 805/688-9000
Royal Oaks Winery (T) 1582 Mission Dr., 805/693-1740 Rusack Vineyards (V) 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd., 805/688-1278 Sevtap Winery (T) 1576 Copenhagen Dr., Ste. 1, 805/693-9200 Shoestring Vineyard & Winery 800 E. Hwy. 246, 805/693-8612
Fontes & Phillips Wines (T) 3630 Sagunto St., 805/688-2200
Sort This Out Cellars (T) 1636 Copenhagen Dr., 805/688-1717
Gainey Vineyard (V) 3950 E. Hwy. 246, 805/688-0558 Imagine Wine and Art Gallery 3563 Numancia St., Ste. 103, 805/688-1769
The Good Life/Baehner Fournier 1672 Mission Dr., 805/688-7111
Toccata (T) 1665 Copenhagen Dr., 805/686-5506
Kalyra Winery (V) 343 N. Refugio Rd., 805/693-8864 7 Roblar Winery & Vineyards (V) 3010 Roblar Ave., 805/686-2603 Recommended Tastings: 2012 Sta. Rita Hills; Chardonnay; 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir; 2011 Grassetto; 2011 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Tasting room hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Located on a beautiful 100-acre estate along the celebrated Foxen Canyon Trail, this spectacular property, once owned by one of the most successful TV producers in history, was acquired by the Koehler family in 1997. Today, as one of the Trail’s most popular stops, guests can taste in one of several outdoor settings, each offering impressive views of the estate and vineyard grounds. 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/693-8384 koehlerwinery.com
8 Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (V) (G) 125 N. Refugio Rd., 805/688-9463 Recommended Tastings: 2012 Chardonnay, SBC; 2012 Pinot Noir, SBC; 2011 Merlot Reserve, SYV; 2012 Milestone Estate SYV Tasting room hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
William James Cellars (T) (G) 3640 Sagunto St., 805/478-9412
Solvang “The Danish Capital of America,” Solvang is a quaint village of shops, parks, hotels, bakeries, restaurants and wine tasting rooms, with vineyards in the northern part of town.
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Committed to growing wine grapes without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fungicides since the initial planting in 1990, Sunstone’s 28-acre estate vineyard, certified organic by the CA Certified Organic Farmers, produces wine from from “a vineyard in harmony with Earth’s cycles throughout the year.” A suite, or the entire Sunstone Villa (above), is available to rent. 125 N. Refugio Rd., 805/688-9463 sunstonewinery.com
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- Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach (Seafood) serves locally caught, fresh seafood specialties. Dine inside or al fresco with one of the best ocean views in Santa Barbara. Full bar and regional wine list. 2981 Cliff Dr., 805/898-2628. $$–$$$
Brophy Bros. (Seafood) has long been one of Santa Barbara’s most popular eateries and is located at the harbor, with excellent views. You’ll find great shellfish cocktails and fresh fish here. 119 Harbor Way, 805/966-4418. $$ Chuck’s Waterfront Grill (Steaks and Seafood) serves prime-grade top sirloin steaks and Australian lobster tail among many other delicious offerings. The restaurant’s lively upstairs extension,
The Endless Summer bar-café (Seafood), has two terraces for al fresco dining on more casual fare. 113 Harbor Way, 805/564-1200. $$–$$$
Eladio’s (Californian) is opposite the entry to Stearns Wharf and offers casual California comfort cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1 State St., 805/963-4466. $$$
The Harbor Restaurant and Longboard’s Grill (Seafood) on Stearns Wharf are two different experiences from one great vantage point. The Harbor is a romantic oceanview restaurant and Longboard’s is a noisy, energy-packed bar and grill. 210 Stearns Wharf, 805/963-3311. $$–$$$
- Santa Barbara FisHouse (Seafood) serves fresh local fish in a lively setting. Gathering with friends on the dining terrace with ocean views is the perfect way to start the weekend. Be sure to order lobster during the season from these “lobster specialists.” 101 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/966-2112. $$$
served with pico de gallo ingredients and pinquito beans. Dinner daily, closed Wed. Weekend brunch. 205 W. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-9591. $$-$$$
Santa Barbara Shellfish Co. (Seafood) is a fun, no-frills seafoodlover’s paradise. Select your dinner fresh from the tanks or that day’s catch just steps from the ocean. 230 Stearns Wharf, 805/966-6676. $$
is a lively, open-air beach restaurant. Salads, burgers, fish tacos, fresh seafood and vegetarian items are served daily. Breakfast served on weekends. 801 Shoreline Dr., 805/568-0064. $$
Benchmark Eatery (Seafood, American) is a casual eatery that does American fare proud, with everything from soul-satisfying pastas, pizzas, grilled ahi and fish and chips to fresh salads to juicy burgers and generous sandwiches. 1201 State St., 805/845-2600, $-$$
Toma Restaurant and Bar (Italian) is a romantic spot to savor excellent Italian and Mediterranean dishes from Santa Barbara’s seasonal bounty while enjoying warm and attentive service and a view of the enchanting Santa Barbara harbor. 324 W. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/962-0777. $$-$$$
Black Sheep (Californian) has a cool, casual vibe, but serves seriously good farm-to-table food. Try scallop crudo, roasted bone marrow or re-constructed chicken stuffed with walnuts and dried apricots. 26 E. Ortega St., 805/965-1113, $$$
Shoreline Beach Café (Seafood)
Downtown Arch Rock (Seafood) is a casually elegant “neighborhood joint” serving a savory variety of fresh-catch seafood and staples like mussels, chowder and calamari. 608 Anacapa St., 805/845-2800. $$–$$$
Arigato Sushi (Japanese) provides designer sushi from inventive chefs. Daily specials explore the limitless varieties of this Japanese delicacy. 1225 State St., 805/965-6074. $$$
Arnoldi’s Café (Italian) specializes in traditional homestyle Italian cuisine, featuring the freshest local produce and seafood, imported Italian meats, cheeses and olive oils, as well as an extensive wine list, bocce courts and a heated patio. 600 Olive St., 805/962-5394. $$$ Barbareño (Californian) specializes in Santa Barbara-centric dishes with a contemporary twist. The food is a modern interpretation of traditional dishes that are rooted in the area. The farmers’ market-driven menu changes weekly—think re-imagined Santa Maria barbecue as cold-smoked beef tartare,
- Blue Agave (Continental)
subscribes to the slow food movement, serving organic and sustainable foods from pizza and pasta to seafood and Spanish fare. Dwwwon’t miss its creative libations as well as classics. 20 E. Cota St., 805/899-4694. $$
bouchon (Californian) serves “Santa Barbara Wine Country” cuisine complemented by a remarkable wine list that includes more than 50 Central Coast wines by the glass. Open for dinner nightly. 9 W. Victoria St., 805/730-1160. $$$
Ca’Dario (Italian) promises fine Italian cuisine, whether pasta, fish or fowl—don’t miss the ravioli pillows with brown butter and sage sauce and, when in season, grilled asparagus wrapped with pancetta—and an extensive wine list. A few doors down, Ca’Dario Pizzeria features a tasty array of pizzas, including gluten-free options. 37 E. Victoria St., 805/884-9419. $$$ Cádiz (Mediterranean) is a lovely spot to enjoy tapas and artisanal cheeses on the patio or a full course meal in the dining room. Open daily for dinner. 509 State St., 805/770-2760. $$–$$$
Carlitos Café y Cantina (Mexican) offers exciting regional Mexican cuisine and 100% blue agave Margaritas, along with fresh, imaginative Mexican grilled specialties that borrow from Pueblo, Mayan and Aztec cultures. 1324 State St., 805/962-7117. $$ Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina (Mexican) is a fun Mexican hot spot with killer Margaritas, tasty tacos, ample enchiladas and other classic south-of-the-border inspired fare. 330 State St., 805/845-8966. $$
China Pavilion (Chinese) features high-quality traditional Chinese food, as well as a delicious dim sum brunch on weekends. 1202 Chapala St., 805/560-6028. $$
Cielito Restaurant (Mexican) indulges your senses with its beautiful courtyard patio and inviting dining room in historic La Arcada. Sample antojitos, or “small cravings,” perfect for sharing along with the raw bar’s piquant ceviches and fresh shellfish. 1114 State St., 805/965-4770. $$–$$$
Downey’s (Californian) is an intimate restaurant that has received numerous accolades and is widely considered one of California’s finest. With just 14 tables and a menu that changes daily, owner/chef John Downey creates matchless nouvelle cuisine. Open for dinner only, Tues. through Sun. 1305 State St., 805/966-5006. $$$$
El Paseo Restaurant (Mexican) oozes with the character of old Mexico and old Santa Barbara. The bar—with great Margaritas—is separated from the festive dining room by large archways, beyond which are a courtyard and a fountain. 813 Anacapa St., 805/962-6050. $$–$$$ Enterprise Fish Co. (Seafood) is one of Santa Barbara’s largest and busiest seafood restaurants. In an exhilarating, nautical atmosphere
are an oyster bar and a variety of fresh fish that are mesquite-broiled and served at reasonable prices. 225 State St., 805/962-3313. $$
Finch & Fork (Californian) in the Canary Hotel offers hearty items like buttermilk fried chicken and lighter fare, complete with farm-fresh salads, fresh oysters and yummy flatbreads. 31 W. Carrillo St., 805/879-9100. $$–$$$
The Hungry Cat (Seafood) is a bustling bistro featuring a raw seafood bar, handmade cocktails and seafood specialties from local waters. Lunch and dinner are served daily; brunch served weekends. 1134 Chapala St., 805/884-4701. $$$$
Intermezzo Bar/Café (Californian) serves local wines on tap, craft cocktails and light fare such as burgers, flatbreads, salads and desserts ‘til late. An array of small plates to share— including cheese and charcuterie offerings, oysters, mussels, steak bites and the most amazing crispy cauliflower—make this a perfect pre- or post-theater stop. 819 Anacapa St., 805/966-9463. $$–$$$
Jane (Californian) offers upscale, fresh, tasty fare that runs the gamut from huge seasonal salads and gourmet burgers to fish and chips with chipotle ketchup and creamy dill. 1311 State St., 805/962-1311. $$
Joe’s Café (American) is a Santa Barbara icon known for its stiff cocktails and raucous atmosphere. The menu of American classics includes steaks, sandwiches and Mexican specialties. Lunch and dinner served daily; breakfast served weekends. 536 State St., 805/966-4638. $$ Julienne (Californian) features an ever-changing menu at this little gem of a restaurant focusing on fresh food from local fields and farmers’ markets. Open Tues.–Sun. for dinner. 138 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/845-6488. $$$
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The Lark (American) delights with Chef Jason Paluska’s sophisticated family-style plates designed to share and made with the freshest possible local “farm-to-fork” ingredients, along with creative cocktails and a wonderful wine selection. Dinner, Tues. through Sun. 131 Anacapa St., 805/284-0370. $$–$$$
Les Marchands (French) is the perfect place to discover expertly chosen wines from around the world and enjoy tastes with locally-sourced bites and traditional French fare pairings in a relaxing, Funk Zone atmosphere, free of intimidation. 131 Anacapa St. Suite B, 805/284-0380. $–$$$ Louie’s (Californian), located inside the Upham Hotel, reflects the charm and tradition of its location. You’ll find extraordinary fresh seafood, pastas, filet mignon and a changing menu of specialties. 1404 De La Vina St., 805/963-7003. $$–$$$ k
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Lucky Penny (Californian), a freestanding foodcounter-meets-artisan-bakery, offers a take-away hub of bakery goods, coffees, fresh-pressed juices, wood-fired pizzas and delightful snacks, which can be enjoyed on the go or in the courtyard. 127 Anacapa St., 805/284-0358. $–$$
Nuance (Californian), an upscale urban bistro located in hip Hotel Indigo, is a welcome addition to Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. Chef Courtney Ladin brings globally inspired cuisine and cutting edge cocktails to this gem of a locale. Open daily for breakfast and dinner, with brunch on the weekends. 119 State St., 805/845-0989. $$$ Olio e Limone (Italian) uses only the freshest ingredients for simply delicious preparations. Tuck into a plate of housemade ravioli filled with roasted eggplant and goat cheese, topped with a fresh tomato and basil sauce and shaved ricotta salata. Olio Pizzeria offers a casual pizza bar, wine and cocktails next door, while Olio Crudo Bar offers cocktails and sashimi with an Italian accent! 11 W. Victoria St. #17, 805/899-2699 ext. 1. $$$ Opal (Californian) is a classic European-style bistro serving eclectic California cuisine complemented by a wood-burning pizza oven, an extensive wine list and full bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 1325 State St., 805/966-9676. $$ The Palace Grill (Cajun) is a place resonating
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with jazz music that creates the perfect setting for spicy food and spirited service to chase the blues away. Features authentic Louisiana specialities like jambalaya, crawfish etouffée and blackened steaks and seafood. 8 E. Cota St., 805/963-5000. $$–$$$
Paradise Café (American) is located downtown in a unique old building with wall murals from the 1940s. It has one of Santa Barbara’s favorite patios for dining and a bar that will take you back in time with cocktails of your choice and a well-selected wine and beer list. 702 Anacapa St., 805/962-4416. $$ Petit Valentien (French), with its quaint atmosphere and intimate setting, is hidden away in a small corner of La Arcada. Be sure to check out the prix fixe menu only available on Sundays. 1114 State St. #16, 805/966-0222. $$
Petros (Greek) is home to Hellenic-California cuisine and one of the prettiest patios in town. Owner Petros Benekos gives traditional Hellenic recipes a contemporary California spin. 1316 State St., 805/899-9100. $$–$$$
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Seagrass (Seafood) is a fine-dining seafood restaurant that specializes in celebrating coastal cuisine, and is renowned for its high level of service. Seagrass sources ingredients from organic farms and Santa Barbara’s sustainable local bounty. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 30 E. Ortega St., 805/963-1012. $$$$
Sojourner Café (Californian) has been nourishing the Santa Barbara community since 1978. “The Soj” offers an extensive menu of salads, sandwiches and soups as well as globally-inspired dishes like golden Indian dahl and African vegetable ground nut stew. Lunch and dinner served daily. 134 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/965-7922. $–$$
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Trattoria Vittoria (Italian) is a longtime local’s favorite spot to linger over a romantic evening or dinner with friends. Featuring traditional pasta dishes, as well as fresh seafood and meats. 30 E. Victoria St., 805/962-5014, $$$ Wine Cask (Californian) in the historic El Paseo complex offers a beautiful spot to enjoy fine dining and exceptional service in a relaxed setting. Don’t miss the stellar wine selections, including an impressive variety of local wines on tap. 813 Anacapa St., 805/966-9463. $$$
Uptown Belmond El Encanto (Coastal-Californian) presents California coastal cuisine and seasonal favorites from executive chef Leo Andres Ayala, featuring specialties like fresh local oysters, pan seared diver scallops and short ribs sous vide alongside stunning Santa Barbara views. Sit under the stars on the terrace or in the elegant dining room. 800 Alvarado Pl., 805/845-5800. $$$-$$$$
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Chuck’s of Hawaii (American) is the home of California’s first salad bar and offers award-winning steaks and fresh seafood right from the grill. A local favorite hangout since 1967. 3888 State St., 805/687-4417. $$ Crocodile Restaurant (Italian/Californian), a local’s secret found at the Lemon Tree Inn, offers a chic, relaxing atmosphere with full cocktail bar and kitchen. A great spot for a sporting match or catching up with a friend. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. 2819 State St., 805/687-6444. $$–$$$
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drinks and hearty food—a winning combination for this long-time local favorite. Open daily for lunch and dinner and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. 3313 State St., 805/687-2800. $$$
Le Café Stella (French-American) is perched across from Santa Barbara Golf Club and is a neighborhood hot spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour—try the juicy burgers on brioche buns or heart-warming coq au vin. 3302 McCaw Ave., 805/569-7698. $$ The Tee-Off (American) is a friendly uptown restaurant and lounge that features a short but sweet menu of steaks, chops, chicken and seafood. 3627 State St., 805/687-1616. $$$ k
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Farm-to-table cuisine. Table-to-ocean views. Distinctly Californian with an Italian influence, Bella Vista offers the freshest local seafood, organic produce and an extensive selection of fine wines. As the name suggests, the panoramic views of the Pacific from the heated outdoor terrace are simply beautiful. To make a reservation, please call 1 (805) 969-2261 or visit fourseasons.com/santabarbara
Bella Vista (Californian) at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore commands panoramic ocean views and promises top-notch cuisine and impeccable service. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch served. 1260 Channel Dr., 805/969-2261. $$$–$$$$
Cava (Mexican) serves the bold flavors of Spain, Mexico and Latin America in a charming setting with classic Margaritas and martinis from the bar. 1212 Coast Village Rd., 805/969-8500. $$–$$$ Lucky’s (American) offers steaks, chops and seafood as well as chicken entrées, wonderful salads, six different potato dishes and beautiful desserts. The wine list runs to the extravagant. The adjacent bar is a favorite among locals. 1279 Coast Village Rd., 805/565-7540. $$$–$$$$ Montecito Café (Californian) in the historic Montecito Inn provides surprisingly inexpensive yet tasty fare complete with white linens, big arched windows and a fountain brimming with flowers. 1295 Coast Village Rd., 805/969-3392. $$–$$$ Montecito Wine Bistro (Californian) is a casual yet sophisticated spot to sit on the outdoor patio or cozy up to the fireplace and nibble wine-friendly food. 516 San Ysidro Rd., 805/969-7520. $$–$$$ Pane e Vino (Italian) is a charming ristorante and a favorite among the community’s elite and their guests. Homemade pastas are near perfection and the fresh fish dishes are superb. 1482 E. Valley Rd., 805/969-9274. $$$$
Plow and Angel (American) is a cozy restaurant attached to the bar at San Ysidro Ranch and is wellknown for its comfort food—famous mac ‘n’ cheese and ribs are just some of the choices. Dinner and bar service daily. 900 San Ysidro Ln., 805/565-1700. $$$ Stella Mare’s (French) pairs a beautiful Victorian building with stylish, Normandy-inspired cuisine. The glass-encased greenhouse’s panoramic view and fireside couches make it a perfect spot for listening to Wednesday night jazz. 50 Los Patos Way, 805/969-6705. $$$–$$$$ Stonehouse Restaurant (American) is located in a 19th-century citrus-packing house on the grounds of San Ysidro Ranch. Stonehouse has a full bar and a menu that emphasizes local fish and produce. Open daily for dinner only. 900 San Ysidro Ln., 805/565-1724. $$$$ Trattoria Mollie (Italian) is a charming standby for locals-in-the-know. The dynamic cuisine consists of recipes that Mollie gathered during her years of training with “the best chefs in Italy.” 1250 Coast Village Rd., 805/565-9381. $$$
Tre Lune (Italian) offers a delicious menu that isn’t afraid of flavor. The high quality, genuine Italian Flannery Designs&Graphics . 805-966-2445 . art@mo cuisine includes excellent minestrone fall-offJobsoup, billed via MM.S15 the-fork ossobuco, basil pesto, lobster ravioli and more. 1151 Coast Village Rd., 805/969-2646. $$$ 102 w w w . s b s e a s o n s . c o m
EAT dining out Santa Ynez Mountains Cold Spring Tavern (American) is an iconic establishment virtually unchanged since the days of the stagecoach run that has served excellent food—including wild game—to hungry locals and travelers alike for more than 100 years. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 5995 Stagecoach Rd., 805/967-0066. $$$
Santa Ynez Valley Ballard Inn Restaurant (Californian) is located inside the charming Ballard Inn. This distinctive little restaurant features wonderfully prepared “creative wine country cuisine” and fine wines. 2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, 805/688-7770 or 800/638-2466. $$$ Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn (American) offers innovative “made from scratch” cuisine from chef-owners and brothers Jeff and Matt Nichols in this exquisitely refurbished barn, which had a life as a Santa Ynez dance hall before becoming a restaurant. The hearty menu offers American classics like chops, prime rib, and chicken-fried steak. Lunch and dinner served daily. 3539 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-4142. $$-$$$$
white bar and a lounge area with fireplace and lots of windows. Cushioned seating faces more windows or a second fireplace. The menu features Greek classics like Moussaka, Souvlaki and Keftethes (Petro’s mother’s traditional meatballs) as well as lighter salads, flatbreads and mezze (appetizers). 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos. 805/686-5455. $$$
- Root 246 (American) is located at Hotel Corque, a hotel and restaurant project by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. This restaurant features innovative cuisine emphasizing local, seasonal ingredients. 420 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 805/686-8681. $$–$$$ Sides Hardware & Shoes—A Brothers Restaurant (American) is located in a restored 1901 building where chef-owners and brothers Jeff and Matt Nichols turn out hearty American favorites with original gourmet twists. 2375 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 805/688-4820. $$–$$$ S.Y. Kitchen (Italian) is a charming “California version of a little Italian farmhouse” with a focus on unfussy rustic Italian food made from fresh local ingredients. Expect inventive salads, woodfired pizzas and house-made pastas with everything from seasonal seafood to duck ragu.
An outdoor red-oak grill is fired up year-round, turning out juicy steaks and chops. Open daily for dinner and for lunch on weekends. 1110 Faraday St., Santa Ynez, 805/691-9794. $$-$$$ The Hitching Post (American) is an old-fashioned, western-style steakhouse and lounge just a few minutes off Hwy. 101. In addition to Newport Meat Company beef, there are also ribs, quail, turkey, duck and ostrich plus seafood on the menu. 406 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, 805/688-0676. $$$–$$$$ The Willows at Chumash Casino Resort (American) is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winner specializing in mouthwatering prime steaks and seafood. The elegance of this exquisite dining room is matched by incomparable views of the rolling Santa Ynez hills. 3400 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez, 805/686-9855. $$$–$$$$ Trattoria Grappolo (Italian) is a great destination for gourmet pizzas from a woodburning oven, housemade pastas, fresh salads made with local produce and nightly specials. Grappolo features a list of more than 150 wines from around the world. Open daily for dinner and for lunch Tues.-Sun. 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-6899. $$-$$$
Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar (Mexican) brings bold Mexican and Latin flavors to the valley. An open-fire grill imparts a smoky essence to authentic grilled specials, delicious salsas and the aroma of fresh handmade tortillas. 3544 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-0033. $$ Mattei’s Tavern (Californian) is a former stagecoach stop (circa 1886) that continues to be a destination, with creative farm-totable wine country dining. Soak up the rustic elegance and enjoy dinner Wednesday through Sunday or weekend brunch. 2350 Railway Ave., 805/688-4820. $$$–$$$$ Los Olivos Café and Wine Merchant (Californian) is a casual restaurant in one of the town’s original Main Street buildings. The thoughtful menu of homemade pizzas and California cuisine is complemented with an enormous list of wines from the adjacent store. 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805/688-7265. $$
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River Grill (American) is part of the famed Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. It overlooks the newest of the resort’s two golf courses, The River Course at The Alisal. 150 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 805/688-7784. $$–$$$ Petros (Greek), located inside the beautiful Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa, is a relatively large, contemporary Greek restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. French doors open to a clean, Fall 2015
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Every Building Tells a Story Julia Morgan—the architect who designed Hearst Castle—said: “Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.” That may be true, but the intriguing personal stories behind the nine buildings highlighted in the 2015 Santa Barbara AIA Annual ArchitecTours also have some tantalizing tales to tell. This year’s tour, themed “buildings with a story,” takes place on Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., culminating with a festive party. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit aiasb.com or call 805/966-4198. Photos: Top row (L-R): CL20: Modern suburban home addition prototype by Shubin + Donaldson Architects; contemporary art-filled residence by Bildsten Architecture and Planning; and Craftsman bungalow by Blackbird Architects. Middle row (L-R): The Goodland Hotel by DMHA Architecture + Interior Design; gracious downtown living by Thompson Naylor Architects; and luminous Santa Barbara County offices by DMHA Architecture + Interior Design. Bottom row (L-R): mid-century modern library by PMSM Architects; modern cottage for multiple generations by AB Design Studio; and tract house retread by Ensberg Jacobs Design. All photos courtesy of AIASB.
ART Gallery 113 ~ Original artworks by S.B. Art Association Santa Barbara Arts ~ Original arts and crafts by local artists Waterhouse Gallery ~ Fine California paintings, sculpture
DINING Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant ~ All day and night dining Cielito ~ Fine Mexican regional dining
Save the Date 21st Annual La Arcada Christmas Walk to be held on Wednesday, December 2nd from 5 to 8pm.
Jeannine’s American Bakery and Restaurant ~ “Come home to Jeannine’s” ~ where good food meets good company La Arcada Bistro ~ Indoor/outdoor café Petit Valentien ~ Small plate tapas with a French twist State & Fig ~ Simple. Rustic. California.
FASHION & STYLE Encanto ~ All things beautiful: women’s boutique for fine and unusual clothing, jewelry, and accessories Renaissance ~ Designer and fine consignment apparel and jewelry Socorro ~ Casual clothing in natural fabrics for women
Coast 2 Coast Collection ~ Luxury tabletop including Christofle fine silver, vintage and bridal jewelry, unique gifts and home decor
Peanuts Maternity & Kids ~ Clothing, essentials, gifts, party supplies, and parent/ child workshops
Oliver & Espig ~ “Architects of Fine Jewelry”
Hampstead Village ~ Specializing in fine British goods
Isabella Gourmet Foods ~ A boutique artisan grocery
Sanford Winery ~ Hand-crafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the heart of Santa Rita Hills
Lewis & Clark ~ Antiques and fine things
INTERIORS & ACCESSORIES
The Barber Shop ~ Full service in an historic setting
La Tavola Fine Linen ~ Specializing in thousands of fine linen rental options for all occasions
Chocolats du CaliBressan ~ Your local French handmade chocolate boutique
Kathleen Cooper Fine Papers ~ Wedding invitations, personal and corporate stationery, letterpress and engraving
Urban Optics ~ Comprehensive eye exams, glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses
1100 Block of State Street at Figueroa, Santa Barbara LaArcadaSantaBarbara.com
Published on Aug 31, 2015
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