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The BEST things in life are FREE 4 – 11 April 2013 Vol 19 Issue 14 Giddy Up Horsey Now that Spring has sprung, Equine events are popping up all over; Trail Talk’s Lynn Kirst reveals the best of them, p. 37 Celebrating People Gail Kvistad studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, lived in Rio, taught English in Japan; Now, she’s Living Local, p. 36 Coming & Going Filmmaker (and MUS alumna) Gina Abatemarco’s five-year quest (so far) to save Kivalina Island nears completion, p. 30 THIS WEEK IN MONTECITO, P. 10 • MONTECITO EATERIES, P. 38 • CALENDAR OF EVENTS, P. 42 The Voice of the Village S SINCE 1995 S Jet Setters 2.0: Beach Boy Bruce Johnston accompanies Cathay Pacific CEO to Hong Kong on new 300ER Boeing 777; Rob Lowe straps on jetpack and soars solo over Newport Beach, p. 6 MINEARDS’ MISCELLANY SAKS & THE CITY Thursday, April 18 (from 6 to 10 pm) is the day actor Billy Baldwin hosts yearly Teddy Bear Cancer Foundations’s popular (and likely to sell out… again) event, p. 33

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Giddy Up HorseyNow that Spring has sprung, Equine events

are popping up all over; Trail Talk’s Lynn Kirst reveals the best of them, p. 37

Celebrating PeopleGail Kvistad studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, lived in Rio, taught English in Japan; Now,

she’s Living Local, p. 36

Coming & GoingFilmmaker (and MUS alumna) Gina

Abatemarco’s five-year quest (so far) to save Kivalina Island nears completion, p. 30


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Jet Setters 2.0: Beach Boy Bruce Johnston accompanies Cathay Pacific CEO to Hong Kong on new 300ER Boeing 777; Rob

Lowe straps on jetpack and soars solo over Newport Beach, p. 6

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Thursday, April 18 (from 6 to 10 pm) is the day actor Billy Baldwin hosts yearly Teddy Bear Cancer Foundations’s

popular (and likely to sell out… again) event, p. 33


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5 Editorial Tax time is upon us once again6 Montecito Miscellany Bruce Johnston’s Boeing 777 trip; Rob Lowe tries jetpacks over Pacific; Hadley Tomicki

featured in L.A. Times; Crisis Negotiation Response Team training exercise at Peppers; Melissa Costello’s new book; Betsy Pickering Kaiser remembered; Rape Crisis Center Chocolate de Vine bash; Easter at Rescue Mission; Les 7 Doigts de la Main performance; Shrek: The Musical shines; royal mattresses for sale

8 Letters to the Editor Tom Mosby illustrates the value of State Water; J’Amy Brown enjoys Montecito’s

wildflower trail; Leslie A. Westbrook wonders what odors would be deemed a nuisance under new cottage food law; Rob Lane points out water waste in Montecito; Eric Kaster checks in

10 This Week in Montecito Crafts at Montecito Library; Maison K art exhibit; Art Career Day Conference; fitness

event; SB Channelkeeper’s Blue Water Ball; Tea Dance at Carrillo Rec Center; Cocktails & Conservatives; board meeting at Cold Spring; MA meets; S.B. Rose Society Celebration of Spring Roses; MUS food drive; New Yorker discussion group; book signings at Curious Cup; ongoing events

Tide Guide Handy guide to assist readers in determining when to take that walk or run on the beach12 Village Beat Parker Matthews raises money for school in Tanzania; Casa members and neighbors

appear at Land Use meeting to discuss parking situation; Danny Copus working to get Coast Village signs updated; American Riviera Bank Grand Opening approaching

14 Seen Around Town Marymount throws impressive Mad Hatter’s Ball; Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s annual

“Garden to Table” celebration; Visiting Professor of Surgery Endowment Fund welcomes Hiram C. Polk, MD

22 Our Town Just Between Us art exhibit featured at Vollmer Gallery 26 State Street Spin Scott Burns hopes to start “Kidney chain”; Julian Nott speaks about foundation B612 at

home of Simon Raab27 Your Westmont Jane Higa retires; Olympic athletes run on campus; student artists open new exhibition28 n.o.t.e.s. from downtown Jim uncovers the mystery behind the name Harry E. Hagen Sheriff’s Blotter Computers stolen from school in Montecito; theft from vehicle on Mariposa Lane29 Legal Advertisements30 Coming & Going Gina Abatemarco uses Kickstarter to raise money for documentary on people of Kivalina

Island; Peter Mullin’s impressive, Art Deco-inspired Automotive Museum located just 25 miles away

33 Montecito Insider Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s sixth annual Saks & the City event34 On Entertainment Trumpeter Alison Balsom makes S.B. debut; Music Club concert; Barbara Cook sings

at Lobero; James McCartney plays SOhO; Linda Purl stars in ETC presents The Year of Magical Thinking

36 Celebrating People Hattie explores the life of the lady behind Living Local, Gail Kvistad37 Trail Talk Six upcoming horse-related events 38 Guide to Montecito Eateries The most complete, up-to-date, comprehensive listing of all individually owned Montecito

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39 Seniority Seniors showcase their talents at Marjorie Luke Theatre on April 641 Book Talk Shelly Lowenkopf looks at J.R. Moehringer’s captivating memoir, The Tender Bar Movie Showtimes Latest films, times, theaters, and addresses: they’re all here, as they are every week42 Calendar of Events First Thursday; “The Moth” at UCSB; Los Texmanics play free family concerts; BILL

W. and DR. BOB at Center Stage; I.V. Juggling Fest; Arts Fund presents “Big Splash”; “Seniors Have Talent” at Marjorie Luke; kid films at UCSB; Brian Skerry speaks; Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain makes SB debut

45 93108 Open House Directory Homes and condos currently for sale and open for inspection in and near Montecito46 Classified Advertising Our very own “Craigslist” of classified ads, in which sellers offer everything from summer

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Mr. Hazard is an Associate Editor of this paper and a former president of Birnam Wood Golf Club

Taxing Time in Montecito

It’s appropriate that tax season begins on April Fool’s Day and ends with the international call for distress: May Day. Next week, a good portion of the 5,163 Montecito taxpayers will troop to the post office or press

TurboTax to transfer an estimated $261 million to the federal government, paying an average of $50,500 per tax filer in ZIP code 93108 or 93150. At the same time, Montecito taxpayers will have shipped off $154 million to Sacramento, averaging $30,000 per taxpayer. And, this week, 4,184 home-owners in the Montecito Fire District will pay their second installment on the $82 million in 2012 property taxes owed to the County of Santa Barbara, an average of $19,500 per homeowner.

Added together, Montecito will remit a staggering $497 million in federal, state and local property taxes ($99,800 per taxpayer). The combined federal income, state income and county property taxes account for an estimated 54.5% of the average adjusted gross income (AGI) of $183,000 per tax return in Montecito.

Add in state and local sales taxes, federal and state gasoline taxes, licenses and permit fees, corporate taxes, payroll taxes to fund Social Security, Medicare taxes, excise taxes, custom duties, inheritance taxes, alcohol taxes, cigarette taxes and all the other taxes imposed on citizens to pay the cost of government, and it seems obvious that Montecito taxpayers are paying at least their fair share. What about the rest of the country? By any reasonable yardstick, wealthy Americans are paying their fair share, and then some. According to IRS tax data for 2010:

• The top 1% of U.S. taxpayers, with an adjusted gross income of at least $369,691, earned 19% of the nation’s income, but paid over 37% of the nation’s income taxes. The top 5% of taxpayers paid more federal income taxes than the remaining 95% combined.

• The top 10% of U.S. taxpayers, with an AGI in excess of $116,623, earned 45% of the nation’s income, but paid 71% of the nation’s income taxes.

• The top 50% of U.S. taxpayers, with an AGI of more than $34,338, paid 97.6% of all income taxes, while the bottom 50% of U.S. taxpayers who earned less than $34,338 paid just 2.4% of all income taxes.

More To ComeIn 2014, nearly 77% of all Americans will see a tax increase. The “fiscal

cliff” tax changes, which went into effect on January 1, 2013, hiked payroll taxes to fund Social Security from 4.2% to 6.2% for all workers and employ-ers. Top marginal rates for the successful go from 35% to 39.6% with a corre-sponding phase-down in deductions. The tax on dividends and capital gains rises from 15% to 20% for high earners. The Senate has passed its version of the 2013-14 federal budget, calling for an additional $975 billion in unspeci-fied new taxes over the next 10 years. It must be reconciled with the House version that calls for zero tax increases.

In the State of California, the top 10% of taxpayers paid 74% of the state income tax last year. With the passage of Prop 30 in November 2012, the top 3% of California taxpayers will pay 13.3% instead of the previous 10.3%. The boost of three percentage points in rate is a 29% boost in taxes. California now has the highest state tax rate in the nation, surpassing Hawaii. Prop 30 gives California the highest state sales tax rate in the nation at 7.5%. Corporations will also see their taxes raised, reinforcing California’s reputa-tion as the least desirable state in which to own or operate a business.

In the City of Santa Barbara, Mayor Helene Schneider in her State of the City address on March 21, indicated she would like to see Santa Barbara add a ½-cent increase to the current sales tax of 8%.

The push for ever-higher taxes in order to pay extravagant salaries and benefits to federal, state, and city workers seems infinite. Most economists concede, however, that higher marginal tax rates reduce the incentive to work; they remove risk capital from the private sector; they dampen job creation, and they depress economic growth. Perhaps we should heed the advice of Benjamin Franklin when he wrote in Poor Richard’s Almanac, “It would be a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their income.” What would Ben say about Montecito’s average tax rate of 54.5%? Think about that on April 15, as you pay your “fair share.” •MJ


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Bruce’s Boeing 777 Adventure

Monte ito Miscellany

by Richard Mineards

Richard covered the Royal Family for Britain’s Daily Mirror and Daily Mail before moving to New York to write for Rupert Murdoch’s newly launched Star magazine in 1978; Richard later wrote for New York magazine’s “Intelligencer”. He continues to make regular appearances on CBS, ABC, and CNN, and moved to Montecito six years ago.

The 14 hour-plus 6,500 mile flight from the West Coast to Hong Kong is not for the faint heart-

ed, but it makes it a great deal more palatable when you are one of the few passengers on a Boeing 777, which has a capacity of 550 people.

Montecito-based Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and his band mates found themselves in that enviable position when they attended a dinner hosted by Boeing at the Museum of Flight in Seattle to celebrate the delivery to Cathay Pacific Airlines of a new 300ER version of the long-range twin engined jet, the 31st of 50 the 67-year-old company has ordered.

“John Slosar, the CEO of Cathay Pacific, is an old friend and he invited the band and crew to travel with him on the delivery flight to Hong Kong, where they are headquartered,” says

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“Our flight was on a non-commer-cial travel day and we only had a total of forty guests on this huge plane. My girlfriend, Mattina, and I were even able to sit in the cockpit for the take off!”

As the plane does not have a first-class section, everybody traveled in business class.

“The service was beyond perfect and we certainly had a lot of room to walk around during the flight, given the hundreds of unoccupied seats.”

The timing of the flight couldn’t have been better as the group was per-forming at the Venetian Macao resort, followed 16 hours later with a concert at Hong Kong Stadium as part of the popular Rugby Sevens event.

The tour continued with a perfor-mance in Shanghai and four in Tokyo...

Lowe, Rob LoweRob Lowe hasn’t played James

Bond, but the 49-year-old actor isn’t above imitating him.

Longtime Montecito resident Rob took flight with the help of a jet-pack in Newport Beach last week and was completely prepared for the occasion in a wetsuit and helmet, with the $68,500 German Jetlev equip-

ment on his back, like former 007s in Thunderball and Die Another Day.

Launching himself, NBC’s Parks and Recreation star soared over the Pacific, clearly enjoying his new found super-hero powers.

Before he took off, though, he admit-ted his trepidation.

“I’m appropriately, respectfully frightened,” he told Men’s Journal. “But not enough to keep me from doing it.


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Finding and delivering water to the community is Montecito Water District’s top priority.

Since the formation of the District in 1921, water supply reliability has been a challenge. In 1973, the District entered into a 20-year water supply emergency. Water prices during this two-decade-long water shortage rose by 300-400%, with penalties for over-use ranging from $30 per HCF, to imprisonment and a $600 fine.

In 1991, the Montecito community voted to join the State Water Project because there was no other local water available. The delivery of State Water made it possible for the District to rescind the water supply emergency ordinance and return to lower water rates.

The question is: Does the communi-ty still receive value from State Water? The simple answer is: yes, a tremen-dous amount of value.

Without State Water, we would still be in a water supply emergency. Each

and every year, the District receives between 620 and 700 acre-feet of State Water through a unique water exchange agreement with a fellow Cachuma Project member. This per-manent addition to our water sup-ply, along with our other supplies, provides the District with the ability to meet customer demand during nor-mal years.

When periods of dry weather cause higher water demand (as is the case this year), the District orders direct deliveries of State Water. This year we are also receiving additional State Water we have “banked” in the Central Valley. Without these sources, the District would have no choice but to once again impose severe water restrictions and costly penalties for overuse.

A case in point is the Marin Municipal

Water District, an affluent community north of San Francisco. Marin has a single-family residential rate structure similar to Montecito’s. Marin, howev-er, does not have a strong water sup-ply portfolio, resulting in very high rates beyond the first tier, with prices nearly four times Montecito’s highest tier. The high rates are imposed to force conservation.

Without State Water, the water rates in Montecito would be similar to those in Marin. State Water actually helps keep our water rates lower – con-trary to what is being reported. Use water wisely, because all Montecito residents depend on every drop we have, including State Water, to keep our community green and beautiful.

Tom MosbyGeneral Manager Montecito Water District

A “Wild” Trail

I saw these yesterday and had not noticed them before. They are Montecito’s very own wildflower trail over on Old Coast Highway by the roundabout. I thought you may have a spot for them, as I had never noticed them before but they are a pretty addi-tion to our neighborhood!

J’Amy BrownMontecito

Home Cooked OdorsIt was interesting to read Village

Beat (MJ # 19/12) about the new cot-tage food law that would allow folks to prepare baked goods, jams, jellies, popcorn and other clearly defined food products in their homes.

But I had to laugh when reading some proposed limitations, including verbiage that could “limit noxious cooking odors likely to become a nui-sance.”

Imagine that: the smell of freshly baked bread or muffins, a pot of apri-cots being stirred for jam or chocolate being melted to make turtles or some other such sweet confection, a nui-sance? I can’t imagine a more welcom-

ing “odor” than home cooking.Which makes me wonder, is there

an ordinance about cigarette smoke from neighbors’ houses?

Leslie A. WestbrookSummerland(Editor’s note: Nice catch, Ms

Westbrook! For libertarians such as we, our observation is that once government gets hold of an issue it never lets go. Rules, restrictions, fines, and permits gen-erally follow even the best of intentions. And not to worry: some day there will be an ordinance about cigarette smoke from neighbors’ houses. – J.B.)

How Much Will It Cost?In reference to your ongoing dis-

cussion (“Letters to the Editor,” MJ # 19/11, 19/12): it is absurd for the USA to sign on to a carbon tax or an all-out assault on carbon emissions when India and China are continuing to increase the use of fossil fuels. Already, we are no longer “the world’s largest polluter”; China now emits more CO2 than we do. For California to have a global warming policy is as absurd as Santa Barbara having its own foreign policy.

Something I always like to do is to ask people to quantify. How much will it cost and what will it do? Another question is: If we do X can they guar-antee Earth’s temperature will fall by Y?

The predictions made by the climate models 10 years ago have simply not come true. But that has not convinced supporters to think again; instead, they have redoubled their efforts to convince us about global warming.

It is important to realize how sel-dom anyone changes their ideas once they are firmly formed in their minds. This applies to scientists just as much as anyone else.

Generations ago, Max Planck wrote: “A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and mak-ing them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

Christopher Columbus went to his grave convinced he had discovered China. Fred Hoyle, arguably one of the most brilliant men of the 20th century, believed in the “Steady-State Universe.” He was never persuaded of the “Big Bang,” even though just about every contemporary cosmolo-gist came to believe it, particularly after Penzias discovered The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. Albert Einstein never believed in quantum mechanics.

With Global Warming alarmists such as Trenberth and Hansen, no mat-ter how convincingly the data might show they are wrong, they claim they are “scientific” and they absolutely know the truth, whereas they know

Transient wildflowers bedeck the sidewalk on Old Coast Highway as one trods towards the Montecito roundabout


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nothing of the kind. Can you imagine them saying, for example, “We are so sorry, we made a mistake, billions and billions have been misspent because of our theories?”

Do you appreciate that the whole global warming brouhaha depends entirely upon the numerical models? There is no empirical evidence that raising CO2 will cause the tempera-ture of the earth to rise. You have to make a model that shows that the small amount of heat captured by this small amount of carbon dioxide some-how has an amplified effect to cause significant warming. If the models are wrong then the whole thing is wrong. Having spent a lifetime working with numerical models I am acutely aware of their deficiencies. You can always change some part of the model to get the info you want. To have credibility, what you must do is build a model that forecasts the future and then have that prediction come true. Of course this simply has not happened.

As far as I can tell, a central fac-tor in the Stock Market and Housing Collapse of 2008 was the use of numerical models to predict the value of various financial instruments. It turns out the models were wrong. If they got the stock market wrong, what reason is there to think they got the weather right?

Please withhold my name: I live and work among a group of True Believers.

Just sign me,A Skeptical ScientistSanta Barbara(Editor’s note: We thank you for your

reasoned response – J.B.)

Prepping For The next Drought

Thanks for the informative article on Montecito’s water issues (MJ # 12/12 & 12/13).

While it is widely accepted that 50% to 80% of all residential water goes to landscape irrigation, what is less frequently mentioned is that up to 50% or more of that water is wast-ed. It is wasted by broken or poorly adjusted systems, and especially by irrigating plants with more water than they actually need. This overuse often results in runoff or the percolation of water to soil depths far below where the plant roots can get it. This excess water has been known to carry toxic chemicals and bacteria into our creeks, groundwater and the ocean.

Why would citizens of this envi-ronmentally enlightened community waste water? Most people, includ-ing most landscape professionals, decide how much and how often to water by the seat of their pants. The result is more often than not, playing it safe and overwatering. Irrigation systems are often operated by auto-

matic controllers, which, unless prop-erly programmed and monitored, will overwater landscapes on a regular basis and usually at night when runoff sneaks off, unnoticed.

One would think that even if people didn’t notice water waste in their gar-dens, that they would notice it on their water bills. The fact is that local resi-dents pay somewhere between 1/2 to 3/4 of a cent for one gallon of potable water; at that price, what is the finan-cial incentive to save or even to take water seriously? The math and tech-nology for irrigating more efficiently are available. The next drought is here and before long, water rates will start to go up.

Rob LaneSanta Barbara(Editor’s note: Right you are, Mr. Lane!

Part of the problem, as I see it, is that many homeowners don’t know where to go or who to ask – other than gardeners who may or may not know what to do – about fixing their automated sprinkler and drip systems. We never, for example, see any advertising based upon this kind of exper-tise. The betting here is that there is a large and fruitful market out there wait-ing to be informed and willing to spend the money to fix whatever problems have arisen over time. – J.B.)

note From An Independent

Being an Independent, I find some of your continuous comments that the right only wants to “ensure the vote” – when voter fraud has been shown to occur less than one time per state per year during the last decade – very transparent, and a turn-off to Independents like myself. The right isn’t fooling anyone with that position anymore.

Secondly, concerning Obama’s birth place, the argument from the right has wrecked havoc on the image of the Republican Party, and is the reason specifically that my father – a life-long Republican – has left the party, and now claims Independent. A 2011 Washington/ABC News poll showed only 10% of Americans believed Obama was born in another country. Is the Montecito Journal that far out of the mainstream?

If you go to, maybe the definitive resource for myths, rumors and misinformation, it says specifical-ly that a promotional booklet put out claiming Obama was born in Kenya, has already been debunked by the edi-tor who said the claim was an error, and she was in fact never contacted by Obama before publication of the small booklet. As well, a 1990 New York Times article published a year before the Acton and Dystel promotional book-let was issued, identified Obama’s

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Wooly CrafternoonsFiber art crafts drop-in and meet-up for all ages at Montecito Library. Must have some manual dexterity for crocheting and knitting. When: 3:30 pm to 5 pm, every Thursday in AprilWhere: 1469 East Valley RoadInfo: 969-5063


Art Exhibit Elizabeth Slaught presents her pastel and charcoal artwork at Maison K; bubbly and treats will be servedWhen: 5 pm to 7 pmWhere: 1159 Coast Village RoadInfo: 969-1676


Career DaySanta Barbara-based Art Without Limits is sponsoring an Art Career Day Conference at Santa Barbara City College. Junior High, High School and college students are invited to attend the free event, to get answers to the statement: “I always wanted to, but nobody encouraged me or told me how.” Forty art professionals and nine art organizations will be on hand.When: 11 am to 5 pmWhere: 721 Cliff DriveInfo:

One on One Fitness EventLinda Sanders of One on One Fitness is sponsoring an event to raise funds for Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. Come prepared to get a great workout and have a blast doing it. The class will include functional training: TRX, kettle bells, Krank Cycle, mat Pilates, cardio blast and much more. All proceeds will go directly to SB Rape Crisis Center.When: 10 amWhere: 1809 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Suite B Cost: $75 Info: (805) 969-9107

Blue Water BallSB Channelkeeper’s 13th annual Blue Water Ball will feature a tribute to Patagonia for its environmental leadership as well as a reception, auction, dinner, live music, and a celebration of Channelkeeper’s many recent victories for clean water. Proceeds from the event provide critical unrestricted funds for Channelkeeper’s important advocacy, research, education and community outreach efforts to protect water quality and restore aquatic habitats in and along the Santa Barbara Channel.When: 5 pmWhere: Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit RoadCost: $175Info: Kira Redmond, Executive Director, 805 563-3377, ext 1, [email protected], or

Teen Night at YMCAMontecito YMCA will host Teen Night, a new program designed to give teens and pre-teens a place to hang out and socialize in a safe, supervised environment. Dubbed “Teens Forging Friendships,” the event is the first of what may become a welcome addition to the Y’s programming. The event, open to all Santa Barbara area teens and pre-teens age 11-14, will feature music, dancing, swimming, basketball, in-line skating, soccer, and other activities. Pizza and refreshments will be served. The evening will take place after regular YMCA hours, from 7 pm to 9:30 pm.When: 7 to 9:30 pmWhere: 591 Santa Rosa LaneCost: Early registration, $8; $10 at the doorInfo: Cary Young, 969-3288, or email [email protected]


Tea DanceThe City of Santa Barbara donates use of the ballroom and volunteers provide music and refreshments for this ongoing, free

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Wild Wisdom SeriesLa Casa de Maria presents Wild Wisdom: A Five-Part Study Series with Toni Frohoff & Phoebe Linden, taking place Sundays April 7-May 5, 2013, from 3 to 5:30 pm. The series explores humans’ relationships to animals and nature, and notes that the salvation of our planet includes forming new levels of communication and communion with all living beings. The lecture on April 7 is titled, “What is Wild

Wisdom? Why do we need it? How do we get it?” When: Sundays, 3 to 5:30 pm; April 7 to May 5Where: 800 El Bosque RoadCost: $175 for the five-session series Info and Registration: or (805) 969-5031

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dance event.Ballroom dance music including the Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Fox Trot, Quick Step, and rhythm dances such as the Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Mambo, and Bolero are played, among other dance music. Participants can hone their dancing skills or learn new dance techniques.The Santa Barbara Ballroom Tea Dance is held on the first Sunday of every month at the Carrillo Rec Center. No partner necessary, but if you can find one bring them along!When: 2 pm to 5 pmWhere: 100 E. Carrillo Street Info: 897-2519Cost: free


Cocktails & ConservativesComplimentary appetizers and Happy Hour-priced drinks will be available for those wishing to share thought-provoking ideas with conservatives who are Republican, Democrat or IndependentWhen: 4 pm to 6 pmWhere: Café Del Sol, 30 Los Patos WayRSVP: 259-7191

Cold Spring School Board MeetingWhen: 6 pmWhere: 2243 Sycamore Canyon RoadInfo: 969-2678


Food Drive at MUSTo benefit Santa Barbara Foodbank, donations can be left in the school’s parking lot in the morning during drop off. Items needed include baby food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, rice, soup and canned goods.Where: 385 San Ysidro Road


Montecito Association MeetingThe Montecito Association is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the semi-rural residential character of MontecitoWhen: 4 pmWhere: Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road


Celebration of Spring RosesSanta Barbara Rose Society presents Master Rosarians Dan Bifano and Bud Jones for a monthly meeting. A discussion as well as a display of roses from members’ gardens will take place. When: 7 pm for refreshments and socializing; program begins at 7:30 pmWhere: Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina StreetCost: free Info: 963-8215

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Discussion Group A group gathers to discuss The New YorkerWhen: 7:30 pm to 9 pmWhere: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road


Book Signing & DiscussionMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman will be read aloud and discussed by the authorsWhen: 5 pm to 7 pmWhere: Curious Cup, 929 Linden Avenue in CarpinteriaCost: freeInfo:


Art ExhibitMontecito artist Steve Gilbar displays his paper collages featuring Penguins (the books, not the birds)When: February through May, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pmWhere: Gallery 827, 827 State StreetInfo: 969-9857


Art ClassesBeginning and advanced, all ages and by appt, just callWhere: Portico Gallery, 1235 Coast Village Road Info: 695-8850


Adventuresome Aging Where: 89 Eucalyptus LaneInfo: 969-0859; ask for Susan


Live Entertainment at CavaWhere: Cava, 1212 Coast Village RoadWhen: 7 pm to 10 pmInfo: 969-8500


Story Time at the LibraryWhen: 10:30 to 11 amWhere: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley RoadInfo: 969-5063

Connections Brain Fitness Program Where: Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus LaneInfo: Jackie Kennedy, 969-0859


Boy Scout Troop 33 Meeting Open to all boys ages 11-17; visitors welcomeWhen: 7:15 pmWhere: Scout House, Upper Manning Park, 449 San Ysidro Road


Story TimeStories read to little ones at Montecito toy store, Toy Crazy. All books are discounted 10% for purchase during story time mornings.When: 11 am to 11:30 amWhere: 1026 Coast Village Road (in Vons shopping center)Info: 565-7696


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Community outings, socialization, and lunch for dependent adultsWhen: 10 am Where: Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus LaneInfo: Jackie Kennedy, 969-0859

Casual Italian Conversation at the Montecito LibraryPractice your Italian conversation amongst a variety of skill levels while learning about Italian culture. Fun for all, and informative, too!When: 1 pm to 2 pmWhere: 1469 East Valley RoadInfo: 969-5063

Pick-up Basketball GamesHe shoots; he scores! The Montecito Family YMCA is offering pick-up basketball on Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Join coach Donny for warm-up, drills and then scrimmages. Adults welcome too.When: 5:30 pmWhere: Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa LaneInfo: 969-3288


Farmers’ MarketWhen: 8 am to 11:15 amWhere: South side of Coast Village Road

Local Artisans MarketWhen: 3 to 7 pmWhere: La Cumbre Plaza, 121 South Hope AvenueInfo:


Local Artisans MarketWhen: 2 to 6 pmWhere: “Food Walk” Market, 2330-2350 Lillie Avenue, SummerlandInfo:


Vintage & Exotic Car DayMotorists and car lovers from as far away as Los Angeles and as close as East Valley Road park in front of Richie’s Barber Shop at the bottom of Middle Road on Coast Village Road going west to show off and discuss their prized possessions, automotive trends and other subjects. Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Corvettes prevail, but there are plenty other autos to admire.When: 8 am to 10 am (or so)Where: 1187 Coast Village RoadInfo: [email protected] •MJ

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in all sorts of fairytale garb. There was even a side room photo op with a long table set for the Mad Hatter’s tea party, with cups that stuck to their saucers and other hallucinations.

Marymount is a school for pre-kin-dergarten through eighth grade, and each grade had a class project to be auctioned off. Some were presold and the rest were priceless. There was a school video, raffles and a live auc-tion during and after dinner. Popular items were a staycation at the newly re-opened El Encanto, an “Under the Cheshire Moon Tea Garden Cocktail Party” for 30 couples and a precious English cream retriever puppy with champion pedigree lines.

Headmaster Andrew Wooden told me, “The proceeds of tonight will go to faculty professional development, new learning spaces and twenty-first century technology.” With 300 attend-ees they raised about $375,000. Their motto is, “If you can imagine it, you

can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

I believe I saw Alice dancing with the Mad Hatter just before she skipped out the rabbit hole. And that’s the end of the fairytale until next year.

Women Of InspirationGirls Inc. of Carpinteria held its

annual “Garden to Table” celebra-tion in honor of three “Women of

Once upon a time a little girl name Alice fell down a rab-bit hole and the magic began.

When Marymount School parents and friends arrived at the Montecito Country Club, instead of the usual door, there was a rabbit hole. After crawling through it, the magic began. Marymount threw a fundraiser that won’t soon be forgotten and we spent an evening with the Mad Hatter and all his friends, including Tweedle

Dum, Tweedle Dee, and the Queen of Hearts. The green caterpillar (a man painted green, I think) was sitting atop a six-foot-tall mushroom “smoking” a hookah. I didn’t see the Cheshire Cat, but I’m sure he was there. It was all the brainchild of co-chairs Kamala Parris and Vivienne Ninness and decorating chairs Cynthia Copeland and Kari Ann Gerlach, who received a standing ovation.

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Inspiration”: Beth Cox, Dorothy Largay and Pamela Lewis. The co-chairs Kathleen de Chadenedes, Nini Seaman and Sandra Tyler did an expert job of turning the gym into a charming dining room. This year was a picnic theme with blue check table-cloths and umbrellas scattered about. At each place was a fresh edible plant to take home to grow and eat.

Beth Cox has followed her par-ents’ active community volunteerism beginning at SBCC with Shelter Services for Women. While attend-ing San Francisco State, the Mayor Willie Brown honored her for creat-ing a Domestic Violence Prevention Program for the public schools in San Francisco. After returning from San Francisco, she worked here in that field and at the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. When her father died from melanoma cancer, she chaired the Carpinteria Relay for Life, raising more than $100,000 in the past four years.

Dorothy Largay is founder and CEO of Linked Foundation in Carpinteria, which is dedicated to alleviating poverty by improving the health of women in Latin America. She told me, “I travel to South America at least three times a year.” Her work has helped over 150,000 women and their families. Further, “The problems are too big to think small,” says Dorothy. Eureka scholarship program invests in girls to prepare them for college

and is a core program that Linked also supports. And the list goes on.

Pamela Lewis always knew she “could do and be anything she want-ed.” She joined the Hutton Foundation in May 1996 as executive director. She is liaison between grant applicants and funding selection committees, advocacy for applicants, evaluation and management of new and special initiatives and much more. She has held board positions for many local nonprofit organizations, including Girls Inc. of Carpinteria.

All these honorees help our girls learn that they too can be “strong, smart and bold.” That goes for the inspirational speaker Sarah Elizabeth Ippel as well. She came all the way from Chicago to tell her story. She had earned a Masters of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge in England and then traveled to over 80 countries across six continents to learn their educational philosophies. Her life’s mission became education reform and at age 23 she rode her bicycle to the Chicago Board of Education with a simple request: to reimagine what is possible in public education today. It took three years, but in 2008 the Academy for Global Citizenship opened in a former dental tool factory on the city’s underserved southwest side.

Andrea Delgado has attended Girls Inc. since kindergarten and she is now president of her senior class in

“Women of Inspiration” at Girls Inc. in Carpinteria Beth Cox, Dorothy Largay and Pamela Lewis, with keynote speaker Sarah Elizabeth Ippel

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Girls Inc. executive director Victoria Juarez is justifiably proud of the group’s accomplishments. “Out of eighteen scholarships given across the country, five of them went to Carpinteria.” Each won $500, which was put in trust for them to use for college.

Past president of the board of trust-ees Craig Price told the audience, “Unfortunately there are more girls that could benefit, but there often aren’t enough scholarships for those that can’t pay. It costs about $100 per week for after school enrichment.” If anyone would like to contribute, there is a whole wish list. Call 684-6364 for information.

Romance To RealityThe Visiting Professor of Surgery

Endowment Fund was established in December 2012 by Ron Latimer, MD (Emeritus) and Sansum Clinic. For one week each year a prominent national or international surgeon is invited to Santa Barbara to lecture and mentor practicing local surgeons and general surgical residents. This year’s guest was a world-renowned professor of surgery, Hiram C. Polk, MD, from Louisville, Kentucky. During his 34

years as Chairman of the Department of Surgery there, this icon trained more than 230 general surgeons. As Dr. Latimer said, “We bring in an expert so we can pick his brains.” Dr. Polk also gave two lectures open to the public and donors in Burtness Auditorium at Cottage Hospital.

During one talk they were having technical difficulties with the com-puter images. Sansum CEO and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kurt Ransohoff wanted us to know, “The guy who fixed the glitch was no other than Chief Resident of General Surgery at Cottage Steve Chang, M.D. It just proves that general surgeons can, in fact, do anything!”

Dr. Polk’s talk was not about surgery but about the horse world: “Romance to Reality: Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing in the 21st Century.” He quoted Reagan’s famous line, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

Dr. Polk’s avocation has always been the breeding and raising of thorough-bred horses. It began during medical school when he worked at Suffolk Downs and contributed writings to “The Thoroughbred Record.”

Horse racing began about a thou-sand years ago when the Bedouins would race their horses in the des-ert. In this century there is a chal-lenge with the Kentucky bloodlines by overseas breeding – particularly France and Germany. Dr. Polk is also concerned about the questionable medicinal usages in present day horse racing. Some owners and vets are just trying to get one more race out of a horse. The doctor works with various

groups, hoping to improve the condi-tions.

The audience crossed the street to Sansum’s waiting room for a recep-

tion complete with wine, delicious bites and the unveiling of a donor board for the Visiting Professor of Surgery Endowment Fund. •MJ

Girls Inc. luncheon co-chairs Kathleen de Chadenedes, Sandra Tyler and Nini Seaman at the “Garden to Table” cel-ebration

Ron Latimer, MD and wife, Beverlie, with Susan Galandiuk, MD and visit-ing professor of the Surgery Endowment Fund Hiram Polk, MD

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Rob took flight with the lifestyle daily e-mail for men, InsideHook, whose slogan is “The Life You’re Meant to Live.”

He is a partner and celebrity con-cierge for the Los Angeles branch of the e-mail service for which he tested the jetpack.

A high flyer, without a doubt...

Eyes on Hadley

Los Angeles-based food writer Hadley Tomicki has been getting his moment in the spotlight.

Hadley, the 36-year-old son of Montecito travel writer Bill Tomicki, appeared in a lengthy feature on culi-nary scribes in the L.A. Times.

He launched Grub Street L.A. for New York Magazine – where I was a con-tributing editor on the “Intelligencer” column – three years ago, and has done 7,500 posts online.

Hadley tells writer Randy Clemens it is not uncommon for him to be working six or seven days a week a lot of the time.

“Funnily enough, I still spend a lot of my free time stuffing my face and trying to catch up with new restau-rants and old favorites... I love explor-ing L.A., which just keeps giving and getting bigger and more interesting as you branch out of your comfort zones.

“I feel very fortunate to have a job where I learn something new every

day. It’s like a school dedicated to the senses. Cuisine is art, cooking is sci-ence, food is culture, history and agri-culture, biology, anthropology, and even fashion. All these things.

“Food is a subject that just pulls you in deeper and deeper. Once you think you’ve learned something, you only realize just how much more you have to learn.”

No doubt Bill, who publishes the Entree travel newsletter, would agree...

CSI: Montecito

The normally sedate Peppers care home in Montecito, just a tiara’s toss from the estates of actress Drew Barrymore and Law & Order produc-er, Dick Wolf, turned into a crime show set when Santa Barbara Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Response Team staged a mock train-ing exercise at the property.

“The interactive spectacle was better than live theater for the seniors and excellent real world training for the police,” says David Sullins, owner of the home.

The training exercise started when crisis team members were dispatched to deal with an elderly man suffering dementia who had barricaded himself in and threatening to hurt himself. Adding to the drama was the fact the senior only spoke Swedish.

Taking it all in were the home’s other seniors.

“They were totally engrossed and thrilled with the action,” adds David. “No movie show could ever match the drama, comedy and suspense that occurred. To see the officers in action

MISCELLAnY (Continued from page 7)

Hadley Tomicki fea-tured in the L.A. Times

Peppers employee Eliza Augustsson working with the crisis negotiation response team

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Costello’s Karma Chow

Santa Barbara author Melissa Costello describes her new tome, The Karma Chow: Ultimate Cookbook, as a smorgasbord of planet friendly fare.

“I fought multiple diseases during my New Jersey childhood,” Melissa told me at a launch bash at Tecolote, the tony tome temple in the Upper Village.

“I gave up eating red meat at nine-teen and started experimenting with healthy plant-based food. Five years ago I started Karma Chow and became a personal chef to fitness guru, Tony Horton, who developed the popular P90X boot camp style exercise system.

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Remembering BetsyOne of the world’s first supermod-

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Betsy was at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, when she was signed up by the top Eileen Ford agency and became a firm fashion photographer favorite, including leg-endary shutterbug Richard Avedon, who was played by Fred Astaire in the 1957 Stanley Donen film classic, Funny Face, with Audrey Hepburn.

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Chocolate de VineSanta Barbara Woman’s Club was

jammed with 225 sweet tooths and oenophiles when the Rape Crisis Center threw its fifth annual Chocolate de Vine bash, raising around $40,000 for the 39-year-old charity.

“It has really become increasingly popular over the years,” says execu-tive director Elsa Granados.

“We certainly need all the help we can get with numbers skyrocketing because of the bad economy. Sadly, our case loads are increasing.”

The gastronomic gala, emceed by Sean English, also featured an auc-tion, with prizes including a stay at a home in Spain and a behind-the-scenes private tour of Hearst Castle.

Nine chocolatiers. including Renaud Gonthier, Suzon Bishop and Marc Borowitz, joined 12 local winer-ies for the bountiful bash, with three judges, Jean-Michel Carree, Indera Mortensen and Lys Gabriella Poet, rating the best offerings.


Easter FeastSanta Barbara’s Rescue Mission

got a bumper crop of “guests” for its annual Easter Feast.

Having changed the time of the meal to avoid it clashing with other Easter events, more than 200 people turned out to enjoy the bountiful repast of ham, green bean casserole and macaroni and cheese, topped off with poached pears and chocolate cake.

As usual, I joined 20 other volun-

teers waiting and cleaning tables in the festively decorated hall, while executive director Rolf Geyling joined in with his two sons, Chris and Max, and daughter, Olivia.

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Richard Mineards, Shaghun and Mahendra Sharma, Rolf Geyling, and Rebecca Wilson at the Rescue Mission on Easter (photo by Priscilla)

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LETTERS (Continued from page 9)birth place as Hawaii – according to Even the right’s former hero – the fiery Andrew Bartlett – said Obama was born in Hawaii.

The right should take a hint from Jeb Bush at the recent CPAC confer-ence when he said, “Too often we’re associated with anti-everything. Way too may people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on.” He didn’t say this because of a messaging prob-lem the right has. He said it because the Republican Party has literally been taken hostage by the extreme fringe elements of the movement. Even Newt Gringrich chastised Republicans for their “anti-idea approach” to govern-ing.

You can say that Republicans are just filibustering because they’re on the other side of the aisle. Dissent and

disagreement are fundamental to our democracy. But your crazy fringe has turned your party into something that basically doesn’t function anymore; so much so that your own leaders have found it necessary to ring the alarm bells.

Sue KelseyMontecito (Editor’s note: Thank you for your let-

ter. If “Voter ID” is a “turn-off,” then we’ll agree to disagree. We’d opt for a one-day voting day with no absentee or mail-in ballots (other than military) and purple ink at the polls with which to dunk voters’ thumbs into.

How does writing that because of a promotional brochure put out by Mr. Obama’s literary agency touting their “Kenyan-born” writer, Barack Obama, there are some who don’t want to give that up, become the Montecito Journal being “far out of the mainstream”? There are

people who do not want to give up on the idea that our president was not born on U.S. soil. Apparently, there are many in Kenya who believe he was born in Kenya. So what? He’s our president, duly elected.

As for the statement that the Republican Party “basically doesn’t function any-more,” what does that say for all the states that have turned to Republican leadership over the last decade? We do agree that, at least in states such as California, the Republican Party really does not function anymore. As for us, less spending, less agreement, and more arguing means less lawmaking, which translates into retaining what few free-doms there are left for individuals. If that means the “crazy fringe” is in charge, well, that’s okay by us. – J.B.)

Direct AddressI have no problem responding to

Mr. Ralph T. Iannelli, and even shall address him as Mr. Iannelli, even with the odd insinuation from him that my addressing him previously as “the writer” (“Campaigner In Chief” MJ # 19/13) – which is standard practice in “letters to the editor” – was either somehow disrespectful or flippant, which it of course was not.

Mr. Iannelli claims that Democrats are more likely than Republicans to all sing from the same hymn book. Ask 100 Republicans and 100 Democrats who this is more true of: guaran-teed, most on both sides would say the other are the true guilty party. Both sides have great weaknesses and great strengths – something most on both sides would also disagree with; and would certainly contradict Mr. Iannelli’s statement that I believe all Republicans are incapable of holding different views on different subjects.

Mr. Iannelli also unfortunately states, “I am sorry you think Republicans are uncaring, mean-spirited, greedy folks who only take and do not give back.” Nowhere did I say that, and have never believed that. Republicans do honorable, great work giving to charity, and is their way of contribut-ing and making a difference. Liberals are seen maybe more as ones whose emphasis is pushing the arts, the sci-ences, attending to the malleable in myriad ways that have benefitted our society and our world, and that is their way of contributing and giving back. Again, both sides have great

strengths.Mr. Iannelli brings up Voter ID laws,

and wonders how they could stifle Democrats, claiming minorities, the poor and younger voters voted in greater numbers in 2012. This issue was a rallying cry and motivator for Democrats to get to the polls, after Republicans, knowing full well approximately 11% of Americans – 23 million of voting age – lacked proper photo ID, disproportionately affecting low-income, minorities, and younger voters – those statistically shown to lean Democrat. (Political strategists, knowing many of these laws could be struck down, took their chances any-way this last election.)

Mr. Iannelli asserts well known Dems don’t know how to compro-mise. It’s now known – and none have denied it – that on Obama’s inaugura-tion day 2009, a group of Republicans, including Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor – as written by New York Times magazine contributor Robert Draper – conspired to under-mine and sabotage America’s econ-omy (think phony debt ceiling crisis which led to the financial downgrade of America, when Republicans never previously had a problem raising the debt ceiling) as well as obstructing Obama legislatively (think record fili-busters) while of course cementing their position as the Party of No. (Mr. Iannelli fails to address any of this.)

Mr. Iannelli asks about Simpson-Bowles. It’s always a fascinating thing when Republicans complain Democrats aren’t cleaning up the financial disaster fast enough that Republicans put this country in over the last decade. Republican Alan Simpson of Simpson-Bowles was cor-rect when he said Obama’s endorse-ment of the plan would have never won over Republicans, and might have been toxic. He stated when it came to Obama, “Their venom is even better than rattlesnake fangs.” Mr. Obama did endorse some parts of the plan, despite Mr. Iannelli’s statement. In the end, Obama should have fought harder.

I’m proud that this country – through all its weaknesses – has real-ized the GOP has only been working for themselves after putting this coun-try in the worst financial shape since the Great Depression. And through all of it, amazingly, we get Republicans

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still in denial of this, and in denial of how most of the country feels about them as a party.

Rachel WilkinsonGoleta(Editor’s note: Wow, you have made a

number of contentious statements, but we are going to let Mr. Iannelli address your points in next week’s issue, if he has the strength! Thank you for such a thorough rebuttal. – J.B.)

Words From WelchesHello to all at the Montecito Journal!

I miss seeing the MJ on a regular basis, but I happened to be in town last week and was delighted to see that Andy Granatelli was your cover boy. It made me go back into the archives and pull out a photo that Andy was kind enough to pose for as he tooled around the classic car show in Carpinteria. He was wonder-ful then, and it is good to know that he is still so much loved. Give my best regards to all the staff at Montecito Journal.

Eric KasterDoublegate InnWelches, Oregon(Editor’s note: Mr. Kaster was an elec-

trician and golfer who lived in Santa Barbara and wrote for Montecito Journal on occasion. We wish him well and are pleased to have heard from him. – J.B.)

Last Minute ChangesI have been surprised by the recent

last-minute efforts to change the Highway 101 plans through Montecito by the Montecito Association and an organization named “Common Sense 101.” They have a lot of funding, and are well organized.

I wonder where all these folks were last year when the public meetings were held with Caltrans to discuss this project with their project man-ager and engineers. I attended a very informative and well planned meet-ing in April of last year where many Montecito community members attended to become well informed and gave feedback. The meeting was held at the Montecito Country Club and well advertised in the community ahead of time.

I do agree that this project is going to be a pain for Montecito residents while

it is under construction. However, this project, once done, will be something we deal with and use for the rest of our lives, and probably for the rest of our children’s lives, so it is important to be done correctly. Thus, arguments by “Common Sense 101” on the over-all length of time it will take for the project to be completed are not as important as the final product being built with the best possible final out-come. Also, while commendable, on an approximately $300 million dollar project, their goal of saving Caltrans $50 million of already allocated high-way funds is not as important as doing the project properly and for the best final outcome for the next genera-tion to use.

Now, I share some of the concerns voiced by “Common Sense 101”, but not all of their views.

I agree with their list of unaddressed safety and congestion issues:

1) Olive Mill southbound on-ramp short merge – safety and congestion issues;

2) San Ysidro southbound off-ramp – safety and congestion issue;

3) San Ysidro/Posilipo southbound on-ramp – extreme safety issue and congestion when Miramar rebuild.

However, I have read their brochure and read their entire web site, and I do not see any plans on how they would address these unaddressed safety and congestion Issues listed above.

I would love for Caltrans and SBCAG to modify their plans to address these concerns. Yet I would also love “Common Sense 101” to have better plans and maps to explain to me how their plans would fix these unaddressed safety and conges-tion Issues.

One of the main disastrous ideas of the Community Coalition Alternative (CCAP) plan is to change the Los Patos off-ramp to a southbound on-ramp. This is a bad idea, as now all southbound traffic coming from the tourist lodging of the Santa Barbara waterfront will have to wait in line, and make a left turn across oncoming traffic of Cabrillo Blvd.

The alternate Caltrans plan of add-ing a Cabrillo Blvd southbound on-ramp that this Santa Barbara water-front traffic could take a right turn to access makes a lot more sense.

Another problem I have with the

CCAP plan is in their belief that keep-ing fast-lane on-ramps are fine. I believe fast-lane on-ramps are unsafe, and furthermore, cause traffic to slow down and back up when the freeway is busy. People are not ready for vehi-cles merging into them in the freeway fast lane, and thus brake, and cause the freeway to back up when the free-way is congested. People deal with vehicles merging from their right, into the freeway slow lane, in a much more traffic friendly and efficient manner. Thus, the Caltrans plan to replace the fast lane on-ramp is a good plan, and the plan to keep the fast lane on-ramp at Sheffield by CCAP is not smart.

Thank you for considering my input.

Sincerely,Blair Whitney(Lifetime resident of Montecito)(Editor’s note: You must be numbered

among the few residents who really under-stand all that has been proposed, and your misgivings and concerns are right on the money. Please continue to attend what-ever meetings Caltrans, SBCAG, or the Montecito Association have on this issue, as you really know your stuff and Montecito seriously needs your input. – J.B.)

Control of Our LivesI attended the Board of

Supervisors meeting on Tuesday,

The Supes voted 3-2 to implement a Climate Action Plan that included a 15% reduction in carbon emissions. Although the plan had 5 options, the board was led and pressured by Supervisor Carbajal to accept option 4, which included manda-tory energy audits with required fixes, new renewable requirements for new houses and developments, and mandatory audits and fixes when selling a house. (toilets, show-erheads, heaters, duct joints, fau-cets).

Option 4 is costly, intrusive, and violates our private property rights. Even more troubling, the entire plan was financed by SCE, the Gas Company, and an undis-closed grant. At the hearing, one environmental group after anoth-er spoke, so I assume they are involved also.

Get informed citizens of Santa Barbara County. Who will pay for this and what are the costs (not revealed)? What will happen if some-one cannot afford the audits and fixes? Why are people in unincorpo-rated area only affected (not cities + Vandenberg)?

What will it take for you to wake up? Once again the government is try-ing to control our lives.

Diana ThornCarpinteria •MJ

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Just Between Us

Jeremy Tessmer, the Gallery Director at Sullivan Goss, has curat-ed an exhibit with a provocatively

fresh statement for the traditionally inclined gallery. The new show open-ing April 4 at the Vollmer Gallery titled Just Between Us is a group show of three artists Wesley Anderegg, Rafael Perea de la Cabada and Maria Rendon, each with different mediums and personal inspirations. Influences noted in their works range from sur-realism to core Latino narrative art in

a modernist fashion.Perea is well known in Santa Barbara

for his pieces of art throughout our town, in addition to prime commis-sions for the city, such as his ceramic tile works that decorate the sidewalks of Cabrillo Boulevard (which he did with Richard Irvine), and as faculty in the Fine Arts Department at Santa Barbara City College. Maria’s fine art has seen the walls of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts

Forum, Atkinson Gallery at SBCC, and now Lotusland’s current Swarm Exhibit, all while pursuing her MFA from UCSB. Wesley’s playful sculp-tures from various materials yielded a prolific 22 solo exhibitions in 26 years. Here’s what the artists shared in my preview of the works during its instal-lation on Sunday:

Q. Jeremy, what was your inspiration

to bring these artists and the works they are showing together in one show, and does the art collectively have a message?

Jeremy: Putting these three together was an intuitive move. They don’t quite all “go together,” but there are interesting intersections between Rafael and Maria Rendon and Rafael and Wesley Anderegg. Getting from Wesley to Maria requires a big leap, but that’s what makes the exhibi-tion so fun and challenging. Narrative art is not dead. Personal history and imagination still have vital roles to play in contemporary art practice. Highly personal work can still reach a very wide audience if artists employ abstraction, either through reduction, characterization, or generalization. It is that layer of uncertainty – of ambi-guity – that abstraction creates that lets others enter the work, care about it, maybe even project their own pri-vate stories into it.

Maria, after viewing your works in the show, what would you hope and wish the viewers feel about your works individual-ly and also collectively as a group exhibit?

Maria: I would like the viewer of my work to fill in the blanks and instill meaningful metaphors. I want them to create their own realities. I value the dialogue between the viewer and my paintings.

Maria, Wesley and Rafael, how do the works in this exhibit speak about your life? Is your artist statement purely per-sonal, or do you feel the viewer can “relate” to the life elements you wish to convey?

Maria: The works in this exhibition stem from a personal experience and were initially meant to build “con-nections” with my paralyzed (now deceased) mother: bridging the dis-tance that exists between her and me. Her condition triggered me to explore the space between perception and reality. The impression of what “is not” there interests me as much as what “is” there.

Rafael: The more personal the more universal.

Wesley: I make what I am interested in. It can be personal, social, politi-cal, environmental, no topic is out of bounds.

Rafael, given the noted surrealistic influence in the art, would you say it is intentional, and what or who would you say is your strongest inspiration or who moved you toward that direction? Is this style of expression typical for you, or a new experience in your growth as an art-ist?

Rafael: Art labels are a futile attempt to catalog and explain the unexplainable. I do not subscribe to any movement. We all are one of a kind and respond to life influences differently. The artist function is not to look for answers but to open new avenues for questioning.

(For more information, visit The exhibit will run from April 4 through June 2, 2013) •MJ

Just Between Us artists take a break from installing their group show at the Vollmer Gallery: Wesley Anderegg, Rafael Perea de la Cabada and Maria Rendon

Jeremy Tessmer, the Gallery Director at Sullivan Goss, working on the layout of the works for the exhibit

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In Tanzania, children can go to pri-mary school for free, but they must pay for high school, a major financial burden for some families in the poor country. The donations benefit a non-profit called Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania, which funds the Orkeeswa School.

The Matthews family originally set out to raise enough money to spon-sor a student at the school for a year, which costs about $2,400 and covers such expenses as tuition, clothing, supplies, and basic living needs for students’ families. But their efforts have far surpassed the goal; in the last three years they have raised over

$50,000 through two concert picnic events, bake sales, lemonade stands, and the sale of handmade necklaces.

In addition to providing scholar-ships for three students, the funds have also helped with teacher salaries, furniture, supplies, books, and food costs. And most recently, the money went to help build a new wing of the school, “The Parker Building.” The Matthews family was at the school during the dedication of the building, which contains new classrooms for the 150 students, many of whom walk several hours each day to attend the school. The family brought with them bags of supplies that members of the community have donated.

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have also jumped on board, sponsor-ing students and helping with fund-raising events. Laird and Christian Fowler, Faith Kelly, Sophia and Julia Fay, and Grace Matthews have all “made an impact,” Parker says.

Later this month, Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond in Goleta will sponsor a fun-draising night, with part of the pro-ceeds going to the Orkeeswa School, Parker says. The event is organized by Parker’s ethics class at Marymount; a date is to be determined.

Parker says fundraising for the school will continue to be a big part of his life; he hopes to visit the school annually, and help facilitate student sponsorships. “I’m motivated by the kids there. They are passionate to learn and go to school, and I want to help them do that,” he says.

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Land Use Hears Dispute

Several neighbors of Casa del Herrero, as well as several Casa board members and executive director Molly Baker, attended the Montecito Association Land Use Committee meeting earlier this week. They came to discuss parking at the historic land-mark, located on East Valley Road.

“Parking on the property has always been a concern,” Ms Baker said to

the group. The Casa is permitted to have 14 spaces on the site, with three of those located to the east of the caretaker’s cottage. Neighbors have complained, however, that the area near the caretaker’s cottage has been over utilized for parking, and as many as 50 cars have been counted there on one or more occasions. The area backs up to several homes located on Pimiento Lane.

The Casa’s Conditional Use Permit allows 11 parking spaces at the main entrance, and overflow parking at El Montecito Presbyterian Church dur-ing large events, which are capped at six per year. A shuttle is provided dur-ing those events to facilitate parking further away.

Derek Westen, a Santa Barbara land use attorney, is representing a few of the neighbors, who say their proper-ties have been impacted from ille-gal parking on the “west” lot. Other neighbors defended Casa, saying the historic estate has always been a good neighbor.

While there is no formal litigation, a complaint has been filed with the county for a recent violation of the Casa’s CUP. That complaint is being reviewed by County Planning. Baker, who told the Land Use Committee she discourages guests from parking

“The Parker Building” is dedicated to Montecito’s Parker Matthews, who helped raise $50,000 for the Tanzanian school

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in the lot, says she is open to sugges-tions from the neighbors on how to dissuade people from parking there. “I look forward to working with the neighbors in the future. My office is always open,” she said.

The neighbors who feel negatively impacted collectively say there has been a noise, traffic, and safety impact to the neighborhood. The Land Use Committee told the group they hope the issue can be resolved amicably.

Update on Coast Village Signs

In a recent Letter to the Editor (MJ #19/12), reader Bob Latham asked us about the maintenance of the signs located on either end of Coast Village Road. The signs are not maintained by Coast Village Business Association, according to CVBA president Danny Copus, although the association some-times decorates them for the holidays.

“We are just as upset as the com-munity about the signs,” Copus tells us. The wood signs, located near Starbucks and near Montecito Inn, have dilapidated over the years, and are in need of repair or replacement. The sign issue joins a list of other problems on Coast Village Road, including parking, sidewalk repairs, and the need for a roundabout on the Olive Mill end, Copus says.

In response to Latham’s letter, Copus has contacted City Councilmember Grant House and Mayor Helene

A vacant lot on the west side of Casa del Herrero has caused parking issues, according to neighbors

A sign on the end of Coast Village Road needs updating, according to Coast Village Business Association president Danny Copus

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Rebecca Weber, the 48-year-old charity’s media director, described the turnout as “a record.”...

7 FingersMontreal’s 11-year-old circus com-

pany, Les 7 Doigts de la Main, which literally translates to “the seven fin-gers of the hand,” made its Santa Barbara debut at the Granada with its show “Traces,” one of seven in its gymnastic repertoire.

The high energy urban flavored show, which combined European-style circus acrobatics with smart street moves, showed the performers – six men and one woman – exhibit-ing extraordinary levels of strength, coordination and agility using aerial straps, skateboards, chairs and bas-ketballs.

The explosive but intimate pro-duction, part of the popular UCSB Arts & Lectures series, was set to music from a variety of contempo-rary artists, including Blackalicious and Radiohead, while the gymnasts introduced themselves individually against an abstract urban backdrop.

Much use was made of closed-cir-cuit TV, which even filmed audience members entering the auditorium on a screen set up at the back of the stage, as well as showing the action from above.

They were all deservedly given a big hand.

How appropriate!...

Standing O for OgresShrek: The Musical, which trans-

lated from a hugely successful Hollywood animated feature to a major Broadway show, hit the Granada stage 48 hours later.

And, like its principal green-hued ogre character, it was a monster smash, thoroughly entertaining all age groups packing the venerable theater.

Of particular note was the dragon, a giant puppet manipulated by a team of four in black, and more mar-ionettes, somewhat smaller in scale, added to the ingenious production.

One of the high spots was Christian Marriner as Lord Farquaad, a verti-cally challenged villainous charac-ter in a costume outfitted with two short puppet legs upfront while he is down on his knees behind them, which brought enormous guffaws from both adults and children alike.

The show, presented by the Theater League, really was an absolute hilar-ious hoot...

Sleeping PrettyIt’s not your normal type of royal

souvenir, be it a china mug or a pho-tographic book on Queen Elizabeth and her many relatives.

At around $175,000 the new royal mattress, which has just gone on sale at London’s Kensington Palace this week, is certainly a worthy memento fit for a princess.

The limited edition piece, made by British manufacturer, Savoir Beds, is certainly the height of opulence and only 60 will be made, given each mattress takes a staggering 700 hours to make.

According to reports, there’s enough specially woven silk to stretch between New York and Miami and almost halfway back again – more than 1,600 miles worth.

Buyers can have their own fam-ily crest, initials or favorite emblem embroidered into the mattress, which already has a four-month waiting list.

The royal bed, I’m told, is inspired by 17th and 18th century British beds, when royal bedrooms were built to impress.

Don’t all rush...

Sightings: Speaker of the House John Boehner noshing with ten friends at Lucky’s after breakfasting at the Summerland Beach Café ear-lier in the day... Actor Dennis Franz chowing down with his family at Uncle Chen in Carpinteria... Carol Burnett checking out the crowd at Stella Mare’s Greenhouse by the Andree Clark Bird Refuge

Pip! Pip! for now

Readers with tips, sightings and amusing items for Richard’s column should e-mail him at [email protected] or send invita-tions or other correspondence to the Journal •MJ

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My long time buddy Scott Burns – well-known civic leader around town – is short

a kidney. Thirty years ago, unbeliev-ably, he was shot while being a good Samaritan and helping a woman, and lost one kidney in the process. Now his remaining kidney is on the blink, and he’s looking for someone with a spare.

So here is what Scott and his lovely wife, Lisa, have brought about.

They decided to draw people’s attention to the entire issue of tissue. On Saturday, April 13, there will be a forum on Organ Donation at First United Methodist Church (located on the corner of Garden and Anapamu streets) from 2 to 4 pm, with a panel of doctors and nurses, donors and recipients to discuss all aspects of organ donation. Dispelling the myths (“I think it’s against my religion,” “I’m too old to be a donor,” or “Won’t all the wealthy celebrities get first pick?”) will be part of the education process.

This is a great idea, and has the potential to literally be a real life-saver for many families. Think about it, how remarkable that a deceased donor can save up to eight lives through the harvesting of the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small intestine.

The goal of Saturday is also to start a “Kidney chain” here in Santa Barbara. Scott will kick off the chain – by proffering his brother’s kidney! His brother is not a transplant match for Scott, but could be for another if a “swap” or paired donation could be arranged. And that’s how the chain will get started.

For more info, contact them at [email protected], 448-8110, or thru Donate Life California, website

Chicken Little Was Right!

Santa Barbara is home and host to the most fascinating people, projects and programs.

Recently I was at an intimate gath-ering – two dozen people? – at the home of Simon Raab to hear about a most extraordinary project being launched (appropriate choice of words). The project has to do with incredible technology to basically find asteroids and nudge them out of orbit years ahead of time before they crash into the earth and wipe out the planet. That, at least, is the Reader’s Digest version.

The longer version is there is a foundation named B612 (after the planet of The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry). Its mission is to build a space telescope – called the Sentinel – with a 5.5-year mission to map out all large asteroids swimming around deep space and to calculate if and when their orbits might collide unpleasantly with our planet. And then nudge them out of that trajec-tory years ahead of time before they crash into the earth and wipe out the planet.

If you are wondering, “Well, who are these people – some kind of rocket scientists?” You would be right. The Chairman and CEO is Ed Lu, a former NASA astronaut who flew three space missions and spent six months on the

International Space Station. Another team player is NASA astronaut Rusty Schweickart, who was on the Apollo 9 mission, and was the first lunar module pilot.

The impressive Julian Nott (who has set a zillion aeronautical records and is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics) arranged for his good friend Ed Lu to make a presentation locally to interested phi-lanthropists and intrigued local sci-entists. A reception was organized handily by his wife, Anne Luther, at the Raab home. Speaking to us there, Dr. Lu knocked our interplanetary socks off, not simply with the overall idea and how to make it a reality, but that he could make it sound so exciting and so comprehensible. (If we can put a man on the moon, then there should be a way to package Dr. Lu and have him installed in science classrooms across the country. We could trans-form America’s next generation into potential scientists.)

The B612 (sounds like an intergalac-

tic vitamin) will be raising over $20 million for the first phase to put this in place by 2018, ideally. As our host Simon Raab so eloquently put it, “All projects start with people sitting in a room hearing people with an idea or inspiration.” He slipped a contribu-tion envelope over and that’s how it got started.

And as Dr. Ed Lu concluded, “Wow... will Santa Barbara be the city that saves the universe?”

Thought for the DaySanta Barbarians would only last a

New York minute crossing a street in Manhattan the way they do in town. Ever notice? In Santa Barbara, they simply do not know how to hustle. For that matter, there is no bustle in this town, either. The light says “walk” and locals can barely manage that. They stroll. They saunter. They amble and ramble... and that is only to cross just 24 feet of two lanes on downtown State. •MJ

Julian Nott speaks to the select crowd of science enthusiasts and philanthropists about B612, the foun-dation that seeks to stop the sky from falling

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In January, Jane Higa announced she would retire from Westmont August 1 after serving for 24 years

as vice president and dean of stu-dents. That date changed to March 7 when physicians at UCLA Medical Center diagnosed her with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease earlier in March.

“Jane has touched many lives and inspired countless students,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. “With her strong yet graceful leadership and wisdom, Jane has developed a remarkable student life program that enhances both the college’s academ-ic and co-curricular activities. We’re grateful for her legacy, but we will miss her presence and work with us. We will be praying for her as she deals with this difficult disease.”

In June 2011, the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) gave Higa its first Jane Hideko Higa Multicultural Advancement Award. The ACSD Diversity Task Force created the award to recognize individuals doing excellent work in advancing multicultural competency and named it in Higa’s honor.

Higa graduated from Westmont in 1973 and earned a Master of Science degree from USC. In the 1980s, she served for seven years as dean for stu-dent affairs and two years as dean of women at Biola University, where she met Mark Sargent, Westmont’s pro-vost. He says Higa is deeply respected throughout Christian higher educa-tion as someone who builds bridges between the academic and student life programs.

“She has a unique capacity to draw people into conversation about the essential things, and you leave every conversation with Jane knowing that she cares about you and your hopes and ideas,” Sargent says. “At a time when student life and academic life were drifting into separate profession-al spheres in Christian higher educa-tion, Jane was a persistent voice for the possibilities of partnership. Her vision for that partnership was not simply programmatic: her collabora-tion was always rooted in a love of ideas, of people, and of possibilities.”

Higa received the ACSD’s presti-gious Don L. Boender Award in 1998 and has served on the ACSD execu-tive committee as both vice president and president-elect, spoken at numer-ous conferences, chaired the plan-

ning team for the annual conference and recently served as the chair of the diversity task force. She has been active in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) as former chair of the Commission of Chief Student Development Officers and as a member of the Racial Harmony Commission.

Barry Loy, vice president for student life at Gordon College, has worked with Higa for about 30 years through ACSD and CCCU. He says she often provides wisdom and advice on a multitude of student life topics for her colleagues from other schools. “Her faith is authentic and contagious,” Loy says. “She is a tireless worker for God’s Kingdom, her family, stu-dent development and Westmont. She continues to be an inspiration to me. I’ve especially been strengthened in my own faith and work by watching Jane deal with the ups and downs of life. She is a kind and gracious person always willing to listen and put others before herself. Jane’s retirement from the profession is a great loss, but she has and will continue to inspire many others to follow in her footsteps.”

Mary Docter, Westmont professor of modern languages, remembers meet-

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Barry~ & Jo BerkusPeter & Suzanne

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Dan & Meg* Burnham Dr. Richard & Annette Caleel

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Hal ConklinCarrie Ohly-Cusack* &

Thomas Cusack Mary Tonetti Dorra

Léni Fé BlandFrank & Patricia Goss

Patricia GregoryRoberta Griffin & Michael Annese

Susan Miles Gulbransen & Gary Gulbransen

David & Linda Hughes L. Robert Johnson & Lisa Reich

Irma & Morrie JurkowitzChris Lancashire

Jon~ & Lillian Lovelace Phil & Lee Marking

Wendy P. McCaw Sara Miller McCune

Anna J. McDonald, Ph.D.Harriet Miller~

John C. Mithun & Mercedes Millington

Nancy* & Kevin O’Connor Marla McNally Phillips* &

Lee Phillips Nina* & Eric Phillips

Joan & Geoffrey Rutkowski The Honorable Helene Schneider

Sharol* & Wayne SiemensPatty DeDominic & Gene SinserBetty Stephens & Lindsay Fisher

Robert & Prudence* SterninH. Wallace & Marilyn Vandever

Carol Wilburn & Charles McClintock

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CASA MagazineClassic Party Rentals

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At this five year milestone in celebration of the past, present, and future of The Granada Theatre we’d like to thank our sponsors and supporters of the

Celebrating Our Brilliant Stars restoration gala

Special Thanks:

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Jane Higa served for nearly a quarter century as Westmont’s vice president and dean of students

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Your Westmont

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n.o.t.e.s. from downtown by Jim Alexander

What’s In A name?Mr. Alexander is an un-certified tax collector who advises the unwary that their property tax bills can be sent directly to him at: Jim Alexander, c/o Banco de Cyprus

It’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung. Days grow longer, flowers bloom, and the Easter

Bunny has delivered his baskets of colored eggs and jellybeans, except in California where he distributed qui-noa nuggets and tofu peeps. But some-thing is rotten in Paradise, and I’m not talking about the Bird Refuge. I’m referring to our property tax bill.

I should first state how lucky and privileged I feel to own a house in Santa Barbara when so many don’t. I also have no right to complain about the amount of my property taxes because, fortunately, thankfully, appreciatively, I fall under the merci-ful umbrella called Pop 13, or what we call in our house, Even Though He’s Dead, I Could Kiss Howard Jarvis Right On The Lips. I might complain about property taxes coming due just five days prior to the April 15th Federal Income tax deadline, but I make it a point to never mention Voldemort, or

the IRS aloud. What does bother me is who I have to make my property tax check out to. Who the hell is Harry E. Hagen?

When I owe federal income taxes I write a check to the Internal Revenue Service, not to an individual named Sawyer B. Hind. When I owe state taxes I send the money to the California Franchise Tax Board, not a person named Al Dente. Why do I give my property taxes to some guy named Harry E. Hagen? Just to prove I’m not sexist, I didn’t like it any better in previous years when I wrote my property tax check to some skirt named Bernice James. How do I know Harry won’t abscond with my money and join Bernice who’s prob-ably already in the Cayman Islands after setting up several bank accounts under the aliases Mr. and Mrs. U.R. Suckers? I’d feel much better if I made my property tax check out to: Local Road Improvement, School System and Public Amenities Money Pit.

With that in mind, I vowed to use the Montecito Journal’s extensive resourc-es to uncover everything I could about the mysterious Harry Hagen, and when I say “use the Montecito Journal’s extensive resources,” I mean, I Googled him.

I started with Google Images because it helps me to put a face to the name. For instance, if Harry Hagen somehow looked like a

Labrador Retriever, I’d instantly fall in love with him and trust him with my life. Well, you might be surprised to know that there were hundreds of photos of Harry Hagens and not one looked like a Labrador Retriever. There was, however, one image of Star Wars’ Princess Leia under the name of Harry Hagen (I’m not mak-ing this up). While Princess Leia is surely no dog, that iconic photo of her in a bikini always makes me feel... better.

I narrowed my Google Image search by typing in Harry E. Hagen and was

flabbergasted to find more photos of women than men (again, I’m not mak-ing this up). Could Harry E. Hagen be a woman? I never considered this. Maybe I am a sexist. While rereading this column I also noticed that I pre-sumed the Easter Bunny was a he!

I abandoned the image search idea and switched to regular Google. While I scanned the Harry Hagens, look-ing for one with a criminal check cashing record or a dubious office in Nigeria, I came across Harry E. Hagen, County of Santa Barbara: Treasurer – Tax Collector. By George, I think we got him. It seems ol’ Harry is legit and we actually elected the guy in 2010, though I sure as heck don’t remem-ber. Who ran against him, Dan Druff? Ella Vader? Adam Zapel? I guess tax collectors are like judges and school board candidates to me. I never have a clue about any of them, so I look to see if any are humor writers or former Star Trek actors, and if none are, I play eeni-meenie-miney-mo and mark my ballot.

As relived as I am about Mr. Hagen’s validity, I’d still feel better if he changed his name to For Deposit Only. And Harry, should you read this, I have a suggestion. After you give up this tax collector gig, you might consider taking up the guitar or drums because Who The Hell Is Harry Hagen would make a great name for a rock ‘n’ roll band. •MJ

While Princess Leia is surely no dog, that iconic photo of her in a bikini always makes me feel... better

VILLAGE BEAT (Continued from page 24)

Schneider. “Throughout many public meetings, Coast Village Road has been recognized as the gateway to Santa Barbara by both the community and City officials, yourselves included. Yet, we aren’t doing the things neces-sary to show that we take as much pride in our gateway as we do in what’s beyond it,” he writes.

“It’s not a matter of ‘we could use’ new signs,” Copus said, “The fact is they are in horrible shape and they need to be tended to.”

CVBA plans to have its website up and running in the next month. At that time there will be a forum for complaints and suggestions about what happens on Coast Village Road. We’ll have more information about the website in a future issue.

American Riviera Bank to Open

American Riviera Bank is set to open its doors in Montecito later this month, with a Grand Opening celebra-tion scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. The bank is the first tenant to sign a lease in Richard Gunner’s Pharmacy Project on the corner of San Ysidro and East Valley Roads.

Located at 525 San Ysidro Road, Building G, the branch will be the Bank’s second (1033 Anacapa Street is the original location). According to American Riviera Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff DeVine, the decision to open a Montecito loca-tion was fueled by strong growth and consumer demand.

The 1,500-square-foot branch is located in a Cape Cod-style build-ing with two stories and an interior featuring white bead board, decora-tive moldings, and a coffered ceil-ing consistent with the exterior theme. DesignARC and Campanelli Construction designed and built the interior of the bank, which was designed to have a “hometown feel.”

The branch will be open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Fridays. Tellers will use desks instead of a counter, and the four full time employees will use the newest technology in cash machines.

The Grand Opening is open to the public. Refreshments and wine will be served. For more information, call (805) 965-5942 or visit •MJ

compiled by Kelly Mahan from information supplied by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department


Computers Stolen from SchoolThursday, 21 March, 8:30 am – Deputy Dickey was dispatched to a school

in Montecito on report of computer theft. The teacher filing the report told the deputy it appeared that a suspect broke into a basement office below the school’s theatre. It is believed the suspect was wearing gloves, and entered the office through an un-alarmed back door. The office contained several other valuable electronic items, which were left undisturbed. A report was taken.

Thefts from Vehicles on Mariposa LaneThursday, 21 March, 10 am – Deputy Padilla received a call about a stolen

wallet from a vehicle on Mariposa Lane. The reporting party said he parked his vehicle on his driveway and left it unlocked. When he returned, he found his wallet was missing from the center console. His daughter had also left her vehicle unlocked on the driveway. She came out to realize her laptop had been stolen from her purse, which was in the back seat of the car. Her credit cards and wallet were not stolen. The deputy responded to the home, and was assisted by Sgt. Brittingham. While the deputies were on the scene, the victim also reported that several hand tools had been taken from his garage, valued at $2500. A paint crew doing work on the property will be questioned. Latent fingerprints were lifted off both vehicles. A report was taken. •MJ

American Riviera Bank President and CFO Jeff DeVine, Senior Vice President Laurie Leighty, and Board Chairman Larry Koppelman at the new location in Montecito’s Upper Village, set to open on April 17

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PART A – LEGAL AND PROCEDURAL DOCUMENTS SECTION A1 – NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS This is a federally-assisted project and Davis-Bacon (DBRA) requirements will be strictly enforced. Federal Labor Standards provisions HUD-4010 will be incorporated into the successful bidderʼs contract. Contractors, including all subcontractors and apprectices, must be eligible to participate. Contractors, including all subcontractors and apprentices, must be eligible to participate. Federal Wage Determination #CA120023 is incorporated herein. This project is subject to Section 3 Economic Opportunities to Low and Very-Low Income Persons and Business Concerns of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. Bidders seeking Section 3 preference as defined in the specifications must submit a Certification for Business Concerns Seeking Section 3 Preference in Contracting and Demonstration of Capability form and required documentation. Sealed proposals for Bid No. 3575 for the LOWER SYCAMORE CREEK CHANNEL WIDENING AND PUNTA GORDA STREET BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT will be received in the Purchasing Office, 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101, until 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013, to be publicly opened and read at that time. Any bidder who wishes its bid proposal to be considered is responsible for making certain that its bid proposal is actually delivered to said Purchasing Office. Bids shall be addressed to the General Services Manager, Purchasing Office, 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California, and shall be labeled, “LOWER SYCAMORE CREEK CHANNEL WIDENING AND PUNTA GORDA STREET BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT, Bid No. 3575.” The work includes all labor, material, supervision, plant and equipment necessary to complete the following: Constructing earthen channel and other drainage facilities, removing and replacing concrete bridge and roadway approaches, relocating water and sewer facilities, planting landscape materials, installing irrigation systems, and other incidental and appurtenant work necessary for the proper construction of the contemplated improvement, as indicated on the project plans. The estimated cost of work is $1,441,000. The estimated cost will be used as the basis for the comparison of bids. Each bidder must have a Class A- General Engineering Contractor license to complete this work in accordance with the California Business and Professions Code. The plans and specifications for this Project are available electronically at Plan and specification sets can be obtained from CyberCopy (located at 504 N Milpas St, cross street Haley) by contacting Alex Gaytan, CyberCopy Shop Manager, at (805) 884-6155. The Cityʼs contact for this project is John L. Ilasin, Project Engineer, 805-564-5383. In order to be placed on the plan holderʼs list, the Contractor can register as a document holder for this Project on Ebidboard. Project Addendum notifications will be issued through Although Ebidboard will fax and/or email all notifications once they are provided contact information, bidders are still responsible for obtaining all addenda from the Ebidboard website or the Cityʼs website at: There will be a mandatory Pre-Bid Conference scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the David Gebhard Public Meeting Room located at 630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, California. The mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will ONLY provide information on the requirements of Section 3 Economic Opportunities to Low and Very-Low Income Persons and Business Concerns of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 196. All other bidder inquiries about the project can be submitted on Ebidboard. Bidders are hereby notified that pursuant to provisions of Section 1770, et seq., of the Labor Code of the State of California, the Contractor shall pay its employees the general prevailing rate of wages as determined by the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations. In addition, the Contractor shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of Section 1777.5 of the California Labor Code relating to apprentice public works contracts. Pursuant to Section 1773 of the Labor Code, the general prevailing wage rates in the county in which the work is to be done have been determined by the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations. 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Longtime Montecito resident Gina Abatemarco is hoping to raise $25,000 to help finish

her documentary on the residents of Kivalina Island via Kickstarter, a web-site used by people seeking to raise money for various – and frequently small – projects. The site allows any-one to put a proposal online and to choose an amount of money they’d like to raise. “The only catch is they must do it on a deadline,” Gina tells me during a lengthy conversation from her apartment in New York City. “If they don’t make the deadline, they don’t get the money and none of the donors are charged,” she explains.

She’s been working on her doc-umentary about Kivalina Island, a postage-stamp-sized Alaskan island deep in the Arctic for five years now and figures she’s half-way done with post-production. The $25,000 will go to paying her editor (Melanie Vi Levy) for the rest of the editing costs. Over $10,000 has been pledged so far and the filmmaker has until Thursday, April 25 to raise the additional funds; otherwise, of course, she’ll lose it all.

Gina is looking to raise $60,000 to completely finish the film: $25,000

with Kickstarter and another $35,000 outside that. “We hope to be finished on the first of July,” she says, believ-ing that gives her enough time to be accepted for next year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival. In addi-

tion to a 90-minute general release documentary, she and her editor will also compile a shorter 56-minute ver-sion for television. Some of the funds she has already received came from Vision Maker Media, which has an agreement with PBS.

It’s not as if Gina has any childhood memories of the way things were in Alaska. “The first time I ever heard about Kivalina,” she writes, “was on November 25, 2007 when over break-fast I casually opened the Los Angeles Times on a lazy Thanksgiving week-end. There, next to my pancakes, was an article that ultimately changed my life and my destiny. I had no plans to visit Alaska before this, nor make a documentary, but by March of 2008 I was on a plane heading to Kivalina to meet the village.”

Gina says the article stressed two main concerns about Kivalina Island: rapid and destructive industrializa-tion of the Arctic by oil companies that threatens to sully the pristine envi-ronment there, and that such activity will spell the end of a way of life for the small tribe of some 400 that call Kivalina home.

“I’ve been going back to Kivalina for five years now and have gone at all different times of the year,” she says. “In June, it’s the most incredible month. It’s light all night long and

everybody is out all night long. This is the time when everybody goes out seal hunting, fishing, and berry pick-ing.”

But those summer outings are endangered, she believes. “In the fall (October), Shell Oil hired some of the tribe as radio operators for a call cen-ter set up to help smaller fishing craft avoid running into larger vessels out there exploring for oil.

“This is almost a forgotten place,” she continues. “I sense on the ground that there is an incredible shift going on, that the environment is shifting. The island is eroding into the ocean and is disappearing.”

Kivalina is a 54-acre barrier island, “the length of two New York City blocks, and the width of one block, and [is so exposed] that it’s scary to be there in a storm,” Gina says.

Why did they choose this place to live? I asked.

“Actually, they didn’t,” she explains. “They were settled there when the Bureau of Indian Affairs set out to build schools around the Arctic. Dropping bricks on that island was easier than going around the mainland and to various places where people traditionally lived. Kivalina was a summer beluga and caribou hunting camp [for the Inupiat com-munity], but they never would have

Kivalina People writer-director Gina Abatemarco among Alaskan ice floes at the edge of the Arctic

Just some of the Kivalina People Gina Abatemarco (front right, on the floor) and Zoe White (center, on couch) are seeking to help

Kivalina as seen from the cockpit of the 6-passenger plane during the commercial flight from Kotzebue

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lived there. They were settled there.”Just getting to Kivalina in the

Northwest Arctic Borough of Alaska is an adventure all its own. One must book a flight into the small town of Kotzebue (population as of 2011: 3,294) and then hop on a six-passenger plane to the island. “Kotzebue was kind of sleepy even five years ago,” Gina notes, “but we’re starting to feel the change. You can’t get a seat at the restaurant. There’s a new hotel; it’s filled. There are tons of outsiders and everyone has something to do with building a better infrastructure. There are people coming up to install radios on ships; there’re people working on the hotel, all kinds of scientists… there is momentum and change.”

Her goal for the documentary is “to give people a true experience of liv-ing in the modern Arctic today. The movie will oscillate between footage that will be true to the Arctic and true to their culture and to who they are and then we’ll fling the audience back to the most grotesque experiences of the influence of Western culture on an indigenous society that is truly, truly heartbreaking.

“The people of Kivalina have nowhere to hide,” Gina asserts. “There are many lights and darks in our movie. We shouldn’t allow places and cultures like this to disappear and not

be appreciated and not be known,” she says.

“There is so much irony to the idea of industrial development,” she con-cludes. “The fact of the matter is that the industries that have helped con-tribute to the warming [of the Arctic] are now taking advantage of it.”

A Little of Her HistoryGina attended Montecito Union

School and remembers most fondly “Mr. Morgan” (Carter Morgan, now retired), and Dr. Bronte Reynolds. Upon graduating from MUS, she went to Marymount, to Bishop for high school, and then on to the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

“After film school,” she recounts, “I worked as Brian De Palma’s assistant for one year (on The Black Dahlia).” Gina’s father, Frank Abatemarco, was a writer and producer for televi-sion and was a Supervising Producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the show’s sixth season. “My dad,” she says proudly, “wrote one of the most famous Star Treks ever: Chain Of Command.”

Gina says she got the moviemak-ing bug by hearing about the way her father did research for the shows he

Zoe and Gina enjoy a little quiet time in their Kivalina digs

(from left) Kivalina People writer-director Gina Abatemarco, Lucy Adams, an elder of the tribe, and cin-ematographer Zoe White

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was writing for, “you know, riding around in cop cars for hours, things like that” she says. Her father wrote for The New Mike Hammer (which he also co-produced) and the Cagney & Lacey TV series, among many others.

Gina, it seems, likes to stay busy. While at Tisch, for example, she co-founded a film festival celebrating female filmmakers, called the Fusion Festival, which just celebrated its tenth-year anniversary. When in New York and not working on her film, she works at the Union Square Farmers’ Market.

If you’d like to help bring Kivalina People to the screen, you can either log on to Kickstarter or contact Gina directly at: [email protected].

Kivalina IncentivesGina is offering the following “incen-

tives” for anyone donating money to

her cause: $1: eternal gratitude and a place on her email list; $10 or more: an original postcard from the film; $25 or more: being named on the website’s “thank you” list; $50 or more: a copy of the DVD; $100 or more: signed copy of the DVD and a canvas bag with original “Save The Arctic” design by Berlin-based artist Jordana Maurer; $250 or more: an original photograph-ic still from the film and donor’s name in the film’s “thank you” credit roll; $500 or more: a movie poster and CD of Country gospel music from Kivalina, recorded by the filmmak-ers during the shoot; $1,000 or more: signed large movie poster, the book, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, by Subhankar Banarjee, and a “thank you” phone call from Gina; $5,000 or more: two tickets to the pre-miere and the after-party for the film, and a handcrafted custom ivory wal-rus tusk ring, crafted by a Kivalina art-ist. $10,000: two tickets to the premiere and after-party, along with a personal dinner with Gina.

Art Deco MasterpiecesPeter Mullin is a billionaire, with

homes in Big Sur, Brentwood, and elsewhere. He is also a car aficionado, particularly of French automobiles, and especially of French vehicles built

during the late 1920s into the late ‘30s, at the height of the Art Deco era, which ran from approximately 1925 to 1939. Now in his seventies, Mr. Mullin devotes a great deal of his time to the purchase, renovation, and preservation of those cars and has put many of them on display at his Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, just 25 miles down the road from Montecito.

Mullin purchased a 1936 Type 57SC Bugatti Atlantic for just under $34 million at auction that held the record for most expensive car ever sold until fellow billionaire Craig McCaw (who not only owns a Montecito manse but is also renovating the for-mer Peabody’s restaurant on Coast Village Road at Middle Road), bid $35 million for race car driver (Sir) Stirling Moss’s 1962 apple-green Ferrari 250 GTO. The Bugatti remains the biggest and most beautiful draw in what is one of the most intrigu-ing and yes, exciting museums I’ve ever visited, second only perhaps to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Mullin’s superb collection of rare and beautiful French automotive out-put is installed in a building in Oxnard once owned by former L.A. Times pub-lisher Otis Chandler. Mr. Mullin began putting his own collection of cars on display about two and a half years ago and restructured the building inside to resemble the kind of “car palace”

that would have existed in Paris in the 1920s and ‘30s. Banners hang down from the high ceilings proclaiming each individual car maker or designer, just as they would have in a car show of that era.

Every vehicle inside the Mullin Automotive Museum was either built in France, or has a history of having been built in France. The 1920s and ‘30s was an era of stream-lining and aerodynamics and many of the vehicles reflect that sensibil-ity, perhaps because many of the auto designers were also airplane designers.

Car makes featured include Hispano-Suiza, Bugatti, Avion Voisin,

Delahaye, Delage, Leon Bollee, Panhard-Levassor, Renault, De Dion-Bouton and others.

The museum, at 1421 Emerson Avenue in Oxnard, is open just two days a month to the general public, but every weekend crowds of car lov-ers descend upon this out-of-the-way venue to admire this collection, thanks to various individuals who organize docent-led tours.

Don’t be afraid to visit this dazzling collection as a couple. Both women and men are regularly bowled over by the Art Deco sensibility of the entire ensemble, including side rooms deco-rated with furniture, toys, paintings and other handsome objets d’art of the period. For more information, you are invited to call 805-385-5400 or visit the museum’s website: www.mullinauto •MJ

Our visit to the Mullin Automotive Museum was put together by Montecito auto aficionado Dana Newquist (far left), who led a small caravan of Santa Barbara-area residents down Route 1 to Oxnard. Dana drove his 1939 supercharged Graham coupe, and was joined in the vintage American-made car by James Buckley, his wife, Helen, and Dana’s wife, Andrea.

If one purchased a Bugatti and one had a child or even children, each child would receive a battery-operated ¼-scale 1927 Bebe Bugatti. They could reach speeds of 20 kph and were raced on tracks in their day. They are now sought-after collectors items and fetch upwards of $50,000 at auction.

The Mullin Automotive Museum pays homage to the Art Deco era via the collec-tion of French automobiles on display reflecting the style and substance of 1930’s France

The Movie MakersZoe White’s background is as

a classical musician, but she com-pleted a BFA in Cinematography at the University of North Carolina School of Filmmaking and an MA in Cinematography at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney, Australia. Zoe reports that she has worked with men-tors and noted cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond, Newton Thomas Sigel, Laszlo Kovacs and James Chressanthis. She has completed one feature and an assortment of shorts, music videos, and commercials.

Others involved in the making of Kivalina People include produc-er Anne Takahashi, associate producers Jordana Maurer and Sarah Romney, sound mixer Emily Colon, assistant editor Elif Alp, along with Josiah Signor, Trina Rodriguez, Jay Keitel and Prisca Edwards.

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Now in its sixth year, “Saks & the City” has become a highly anticipated shopping

and pampering spring event, which attracts dozens of local vendors and a sellout crowd of both men and women. The ladies of the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation are gearing up for the big night, which is held after hours at Saks Fifth Avenue on State Street. The event, TBCF’s most profit-able fundraiser, features mini-make-overs, cocktails, appetizers, mini-massages, an auction full of dining, travel, and one-of-a-kind experiences, and an exclusive look at the spring fashion collection of several popular designers.

Hosted by local celebrity and par-ent, Billy Baldwin, the event will be catered by over a dozen local restaurants and catering specialists, including The Ballard Inn, Olio e Limone and Pizzeria, Los Agaves, Los Arroyos, Duo Catering, Omni Fresco, World Cuisine Express, and Young’s Market Company. Other local businesses and business own-ers taking part include 805 Girl, Hank Blanco, Cox Communications,, Dr. Gary Novatt, Pacific Plastic Surgery, Dr. Mackenzie, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural Museum, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, Santa Barbara Wine Festival, Setenay Osman, and Sisley Paris.

Saks Fifth Avenue donates ten per-cent of all purchases during the event to TBCF. Pre-shopping will also be available beginning Monday, April 15 through Saturday, April 20; if you mention TBCF at Saks, ten percent will be donated to the non-profit.

During the event, which is expected to sell out again this year, Saks’ make-up artists will be on hand for mini-makeovers, while massage therapists will be roaming around giving free hand, shoulder and foot massages. For the men, the Dice & Diamonds Casino is back by popular demand. And new this year: beer, wine, and tequila tasting.

This year, celebrity cast mem-bers from the film “Garage” will be in attendance, including writer and director Phil Volken, producer Alina Shraybman, and stars Michael Madsen, Jed Rees and John Huck.

Upstairs, Mr. Baldwin will auc-tion off some “incredible” items, says TBCF executive director Lindsey Guerrero, who joined the non-profit last year. Some highlights: a 7-day luxury European River cruise for two; a gown donated by Katy Perry; a trip to the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort

& Spa in Mexico, featuring a four-night stay in a two-bedroom suite; a “Big Apple” package that includes accommodations at The New York Palace Hotel, tickets to any Broadway Show, and dinner. Also up for auction is a 20k yellow gold heart pendant, set with two Cabochon rubies, on an 18-in link chain. The necklace, made by Montecito jeweler Daniel Gibbings, is part of a collection that included a ring that was gifted to Katy Perry by singer John Mayer after a Valentine’s Day dinner.

Attendees will also have the oppor-tunity to bid during a silent auction. Items include makeovers, spa treat-ments, personal training and physical

fitness vouchers, concert packages, restaurant vouchers, and more. Proceeds from the auctions will go directly to TBCF; each year the event raises tens of thousands of dollars in donations, reaching over $150,00 last year. An online auction has also been set up; bidding opens on April 8. (Visit TBCF’s website for more info).

The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, founded by Nikki Simon-Katz, raises funds to ensure that children in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Louis Obispo Counties receive the undivided attention and comfort of their par-ents during treatment and recovery of cancer. Since 2003, TBCF has been helping families of childhood cancer patients by paying rent, mortgages, utilities, car payments, hotel accommodations, and basic day-to-day necessities for families in financial straits. The non-profit also offers parent support groups, family fun days, health and fitness for children in treatment, spa days for moms and much more.

Event Committee Members

include: Chair Donna Barranco Fisher, vice-chair Vanessa Decker, and members Tracy Angel, Carolyn Shepard Baham, Cara Chiarappa, Sarah Clark, Barbara Seward de L’Arbre, Sean Drager, Katherine Eades, Brittany Glasner, Nikki Greene, Mer James, Mary Knezevic, Jo Landis Shields, Kristi Marks, Cynthia Murphy, Patricia S. Sadeghian, Pam Sanchez, Sylvia Schulte-Molony, Shannyn Tupper, and Jessica Willbanks.

Tickets for “Saks & the City” may be purchased by calling (805) 563-4740 or online at Individual tickets are $150; couples tickets are $275. •MJ

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a boy’s instrument. But my two best friends were also girls who played brass instruments. The trumpet as an instrument is a very outgoing, and so am I.

Hearing that, I’m a bit surprised that

I’ve heard you don’t like to listen to trum-pet music at home.

I do listen to Clifford Brown and Chet Baker, Dizzy, and Wynton Marsalis. They’re amazing. But it’s not about the instrument. I want to hear what they have to say. The classical trumpet has quite a limited repertoire. I want to expand that more, and break down the barriers, steal things from other places. It’s just about finding good music to play. I’m a classical music fan more than just a trumpet fan.

How do you feel about the necessity of having to borrow repertoire written for other instruments or even vocalists?

I’ve never known anything else. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a pia-nist and have so much material avail-able. But I do like the idea of delving into material that’s unexplored. Not everything works. It’s a lot of trial and error to find music I can play. Some of what I did for “Sound the Trumpet” just wasn’t good – I spent a lot of time, but then when I’d finished I realized they just weren’t as good; they were taking something away from the origi-nal. So you have to walk away. But I’ve loved making more repertoires for the instrument. And I’ve got a

million more things in my head that I want to get onto albums.

How did you come to make Sound the Trumpet? The arrangements are so fresh and break some new ground for the trumpet.

EMI wanted something Baroque, and it was time for me to do that. But I wanted it to be with instruments those composers would have known at the time. I found original trumpet music, but then thought it could be great to use the sound of trumpet on pieces that weren’t originally written for it, and that led me to the Handel and Purcell. And it actually worked! Trevor Pinnock (who produced the album) is an absolute guru for Baroque, and he approved, so I thought if it was good enough for him, I’m going for it.

The natural trumpet is tougher to play, I understand. Did you take to it easily?

It takes work and a lot of practice, but it’s worth it. The pitches are much closer together in the high register, and some of them aren’t playable directly, so you have to bend the notes to get the other ones you need. You have to control everything with your lips, with very tiny movements. It’s pretty precarious, but when you get it, the sound is magical, and it has so much dimension that I can’t imagine doing it any other way.

That’s what you’re playing for this tour, right?

Mostly. The Scottish Ensemble is great because they’re really flexible. I wanted to bring this music to stages, and they just said, sure, we’ll jump on anything you want to do. So for the first half I will play on piccolo trumpet and second half on natural trumpet, and I’ll talk about how the instruments differ because they look and sound so different. So it’s a great chance to show what the trumpet is capable of, which is part of my mis-sion. I believe in the trumpet and I want to take it in as many directions as it can possibly go. Even if it seems bonkers when you first encounter the ideas. The trumpet has a lot to say. It’s as versatile as the human voice.

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On Entertainmentby Steven Libowitz

Steven Libowitz has reported on the arts and entertainment for more than 30 years; he has contributed to Montecito Journal for over ten years.

Make no mistake: it’s already been an astonishing season for classical music soloists

here in Santa Barbara, and we’re just entering April. The fiddlers fired the first salvos, as world-renowned vio-linists Christian Tetzlaff, Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell and Anne-Sophie Mutter each offered solo recitals in various-sized venues from Hahn Hall to the Granada, and all in the space of less than three weeks. Then, later this month, up-and-com-ing Jennifer Koh presents another of her “Bach & Beyond” violin-and-video feasts out at UCSB. But not to be completely forgotten, that other instrument of choice – the piano – gets some time in the spotlight when András Schiff closes out the CAMA Masterseries season at the end of the month at the Lobero.

But in between we have the pleasure of something we don’t hear very often around these parts, at least not in the professional ranks, as Scottish trum-peter Alison Balsom makes her Santa Barbara debut at Campbell Hall on Friday. Balsom has cultivated a still-growing reputation as perhaps the world’s greatest classical trumpeter on the strength of several appearances as soloist for concertos with major orchestras across the globe, as well as a number of recordings spanning musical styles and periods. A lithe-some blonde, she’s also found favor outside the typically insular world of classical music via guest shots on more popular public forums, like NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and David Letterman’s late-night TV talk show, to name just a couple.

But with her new disc, Sound

the Trumpet: Royal Music of Purcell & Handel, Balsom has taken another giant leap forward by looking back, to the Baroque era, a time when the trumpet was much more preva-lent. And she has an unusual perspec-tive and approach, having transcribed and adapted many of the selections herself from parts originally written for voice or even oboe, and play-ing them in the “natural” trumpet, a valveless instrument of the era.

Balsom talked about the project, and about her first American tour with the Scottish Ensemble, over the phone from her home in London last week.

Q. How did you come to the trumpet? A. At school we could play what-

ever instruments we wanted, so I started when I was 7. Believe or not, the trumpet was most popular with boys and girls there, except maybe recorder. It was really very cool, and so was the teacher. I also loved the sound of it. And I was lucky enough to have free lessons at school. I figured out quickly where to play my lips, and how to play it… The brass band scene is huge in England so that helped, too. So it didn’t seem strange at all to play trumpet. It wasn’t until I was eleven that people started saying you were a girl, and it was supposed to be

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WESTMOnT (Continued from page 27)ing Higa during her Westmont inter-view in 1992. “I was initially struck by Jane’s warmth and hospitality, as she welcomed me into her office and into our community with a wide, gra-cious smile that still seems to accom-pany her wherever she goes,” Docter says. “As we chatted together, I saw a woman of vision and passion, of wis-dom and humility, a woman of deep and abiding faith. Jane inspires me with her passion for the mission of the Christian liberal arts and Westmont College, something she articulates beautifully and personally. It lives in every fiber of her being. I’m inspired by her desire to appreciate all the good we do, yet to always strive to do bet-ter, to be better.”

Docter says she recently thought about Jane during a sermon about the fruit of the spirit. “Jane embodies love, joy and peace,” she says. “She is kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness. Jane Higa belongs to Christ; she lives by the spirit. She is a blessing to all who know her, and I am grateful for her presence at Westmont and in our lives.”

Kristin Lo, president of the Westmont College Student Association and former multi-cultural representa-tive to the WCSA, has treasured her friendship with Higa. “The best part of my education at Westmont has been the mentorship by my professors in the communication studies depart-ment and the building of wonderful relationships through the WCSA with people like Jane Higa.”

Beebe, who will begin a national search to replace Higa in the fall, encourages those who wish to com-municate with Jane and her fiancé, Jim Mannoia, to please send mes-sages to Tiffany Lobner ([email protected]). The college will soon announce an interim vice president and dean of students.

Olympic Athletes to Compete at Westmont Track

A tremendous wealth of inter-national Olympic talent will com-

pete at the Westmont track for the Sam Adams Classic, which features events in the decathlon and heptath-lon, on Friday, April 5, at noon, and Saturday, April 6, at 11 am. The event is free and open to the public.

The competition includes Ashton Eaton, Olympic decathlon gold medalist; Sharon Day, who won the Sam Adams Heptathlon last year and represented the U.S. at the Olympics; Gray Horn, who placed third at the U.S. Championships last year; Brianne Theisen, an Olympian from Canada, who set a Westmont stadium record in the women’s 200 meters and the women’s 100 meter hurdles on March 30; and Damian Warner, a two-time Canadian nation-al champion in the decathlon who finished fifth at the 2012 Summer Games. Warner holds the Westmont stadium record in the men’s 110 meter hurdles after posting 14.15 on March 30. Canadian heptathlete Jen Cotton will also join the competi-tion.

“This many Olympians haven’t

been on campus since Bill Toomey and company were training in Santa Barbara in the 1960s and ‘70s,” says Russell Smelley, Westmont head track and field coach. “We have enjoyed seeing Ashton and Brianne training each day along with the Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation athletes coached by Josh Priester.”

Priester, the meet director for this event, has gathered a good field with 17 decathletes, including three Westmont athletes, Ben McCollum ’16, Kyle Kemper ’15 and Bradford Ortlund ’16, and 12 heptathletes, including Westmont freshman Kristan Holding.

“With such distinguished and accomplished athletes competing on our outstanding track-and-field facility, I expect to see several new stadium records” Smelley says. “I am especially interested in seeing the sprint and hurdle events with such excellent head-to-head compe-tition.”

The event honors Sam Adams, a legendary multi-event coach who worked with athletes at UC Santa Barbara for 34 years and 10 years with Smelley at Westmont.

A Dozen Art Students Exhibit in ’12 Speed’

Twelve graduating art majors have created a visual capstone to their Westmont education and will exhibit work April 4 - May 4 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening recep-tion for “12 Speed” will include the artists Thursday, April 4, from 4-6 pm.

Susan Savage, Westmont profes-

sor of art, says the students have plenty of room in the museum com-pared to last year’s exhibition that featured 23 graduating art majors, the second most ever at Westmont. “This year the students have the luxury of working bigger, and most of them have taken advantage of that opportunity,” she says.

The students have worked with several different mediums, includ-ing etching, digital photography, drawing, painting, mixed media, digital painting, assemblage and sculptural installation. The art-ists are: Paige Boies, Benjamin Bisson, Tim Cederwall, Andrew Loy, Avary Mitchell, Amelia Neal, Alisha Paulsen, Bekah Rogers, Talia Sheets, Kalie Stier, Ari Stork and Samantha Watts.

Savage says many of the stu-dents planned ahead and worked to develop their initial concepts, while others welcomed the spontaneity of tackling current life challenges to bring their personal stories forward. “All these seniors worked with edu-cational synthesis in mind,” she says. “From themes involving social and cultural content to those devel-oped through deep personal con-viction, all the works represented testify to each person’s walk and place in life.

“One of the joys of this exhibit is the revelation that each student’s uniqueness is tangibly demonstrat-ed through the relationship of form and media. As a true test in compre-hending the realities and responsi-bilities of self-direction, this exhibit offers everyone a glimpse of the complex inner dialogue that mani-fests itself within the artist, and ultimately comes out as art.” •MJ

Ashton Eaton, Olympic decathlon gold medalist, at the Sam Adams Classic in 2012

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Celebrating Peopleby Hattie Beresford

The Lady Behind Living Local: Gail Kvistad

I first met the lady behind Living Local, the Cox TV show featur-ing local businesses and orga-

nizations that are a mainstay of our unique and lively community, when I was a young teacher and she was my student at La Colina Junior High School, too many years ago now to count. Through the mists of time I recall a vibrant, hardwork-ing and brilliant child who always smiled and approached learning with great enthusiasm and creativ-ity. Throughout her local education she was involved in everything! From volleyball to swimming to drill team and from student government to Junior Achievement, Gail Schmitt(now Kvistad) was a prominent and spirited participant.

I next met Gail when she was wait-ressing at Jack Sears’ Café del Sol at the Bird Refuge, where my husband and I dined at least once a week while we were still teaching. (Some days we just needed someone to take care of us, and Jack’s was, and still is, just the place for that.) Gail and I share that experience as well because I worked my way through the credential program at UCSB as a cocktail waitress at Hobie Baker’s, Jack’s former place in Goleta.

Gail had attended Santa Barbara City College where she cohosted the local TV show “Around the Town” with Ken Boxer. She later gradu-ated from UCSB, and, restless for adventure, headed for foreign parts. She studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and lived in Rio de Janeiro for a time. Later, as a representative for a cutting edge (at the time) tooth whitening company, she traveled to most major cities in the U.S.

After her brief interlude at Café del Sol, wanderlust set in again and she signed up to teach English in Japan, where for a year and a half she had many adventures before being advised to leave the country. The West Coast wasn’t far enough away so she settled in Savannah, Georgia, to work for Scuba Diving Magazine.During that time she crossed paths with the Santa Barbara-based Islands Magazine where she had interned as a college student, accepted a posi-tion with them, and returned home.

Then Islands Magazine morphed into a media company producing travel and hotel videos, commercials and websites and she was on the path leading to Living Local. She spent time as the “Scoop” reporter

for a travel show based in Miami, Florida, for which Regis Philbin was spokesperson.

Love and romance saw her mov-ing back to Santa Barbara where she freelanced as a segment producer for the National Geographic Today show and moved into the documentary film world with Matchmakers. On that project she met Paul Mathieu of West Beach Films and soon, met up with me, now retired from teaching and writing a local history column. Gail had a brilliant idea (Gail always has brilliant ideas); she wanted to produce a local history show and offered me the position of historian.

I thought about it and said, “What the heck, why not.” Off we set for walks and talks on various histori-cal topics and venues including the former Potter Hotel site, the ruins of the Miramar, and a hike up to the Hot Springs while Paul walked backwards, directed, and filmed us. Always dressed in a vibrantly appro-

priate costume, Gail sashayed her way through the past and brought it to life.

It’s tough to get people to pay for history (thank-you MJ for being the exception), and the show never obtained a sponsor. Gail moved on to other things. Eventually, she teamed up with COX Media to host and produce Living Local, a half-hour show airing daily that is an eclectic look at the varied products and ser-vices available in Santa Barbara. Gail always dresses for the part wear-ing, for instance, a Hawaiian print sheath for an episode featuring a flip flop store and a mechanic’s shirt for a feature explaining the work of an auto repair business. (Her smile in the latter episode, which opens with her driving a convertible Mini Cooper into the shop, is positively beaming!)

Although Living Local certainly keeps Gail busy, she is still into everything!

“I am passionate about nature

and the environment,” she says. She finds time to promote the mes-sage of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to schools and universities and par-ticipates in various projects, such as the ongoing clean-up of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a UNESCO marine site in the Yucatan. With Tom Piozetof Home Planet Productions, she is collaborating on a film project that focuses on NOAA and its UAS drone program to find and monitor marine species and debris from the Japanese tsunami.

One of these environmental proj-ects is her participation in the upcom-ing screening of Mission of Mermaids, a Susan Rockefeller film, on Friday,May 17 at Home Planet Productions Studios, which will air from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Balboa building, 735 State Street, Suite 103, SB CA 93101. For more information about this or any of her projects, contact: [email protected] •MJ

Ms Beresford is a retired English and American his-tory teacher of 30 years in the Santa Barbara School District. She is author of two Noticias, “El Mirasol: From Swan to Albatross” and “Santa Barbara Grocers,” for the Santa Barbara Historical Society.

Gail Schmitt and friend at graduation from La Colina Junior High School

Gail learned how exciting television work could be when she helped interview Kris Kristofferson while working with Ken Boxer (left) on “Around the Town” while she attended City College

Gail and Paul Mathieu check a take before mov-ing on to the next scene (Photo by Ryan Shand)

While filming footage for a local outfitter, Gail dressed in her finest Western gear and took to the saddle (photo by Ryan Shand)

A recent Living Local show had Gail bring on the salsa (photo by Ryan Shand)

Gail Kvistad (Photo by Eliot Hodges)

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Horse Events On Tapstory by Lynn P. Kirst


A museum and travel professional, community volun-teer, and lifelong equestrienne, Lynn Kirst is a

fourth-generation Californian who grew up in Montecito; she can often be found riding or hiking the local trails

The green grass found along local trails during Spring also sig-nals a wide range of upcom-

ing equine-related events. One doesn’t necessarily need a horse or even know how to ride in order to enjoy these activities, most of which benefit local non-profit organizations.

Relay for LifeThird Annual Poker RideSaturday, April 6Bob Campbell Ranch, Lompoc

This fun and easy trail ride to collect cards for winning poker hands ben-efits the American Cancer Society. The first group of riders will leave at 9:00 am, with the second group heading out at 11:00 am. A barbeque for riders and non-riders will be served at 1:30 pm (cost is a reasonable $10), along with silent and live auctions, raffle, bake sale and lemonade stands. Prizes for winning poker hands range from “low-hand youth” at $25 to “high-hand adults” at $100. Ride entry fees for adults is $25, youth riders pay $15, including lunch. For information, entries, and camping reservations for Friday night, contact Loretta Singley at 448-7568, or e-mail [email protected].

“Spirit of the West” Symposium on Stagecoaches and Horse-Drawn VehiclesSanta Ynez ValleyWednesday, April 10 – Saturday, April 13

Participants can register for all four days of activities, or pick and choose from the wide variety available during this biennial symposium sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House. Kicking off with a Wednesday bus tour that follows the old stage-coach trail from the Santa Ynez Valley to Santa Barbara, the first day includes lunch at the Cold Spring Tavern (a former stage stop) and an evening reception at the Museum. Thursday and Friday, national experts will speak on everything from wagon makers,

campfire cooking on the trail, Western history, Wells Fargo and its stagecoach business, Para-Olympic carriage driv-ing, and efforts to recreate the Borax Twenty Mule Team for the Rose Parade. On Saturday, stagecoach and carriage rides will be held through the lush countryside of a private ranch in Los Olivos, with lunch available every day. A Friday night BBQ will feature country music. For prices and registration information, contact the Museum at 688-7889 or e-mail [email protected].

Buck Brannaman Horse ClinicsSanta Barbara Polo ClubFriday, April 12 – Monday, April 15

Anyone who saw the documen-tary film Buck (the feature of my 6/30/11 Trail Talk column) knows that Buck Brannaman has a special way with horses… and people. Buck will be offering two clinics at the Polo Club in Carpinteria – Foundation Horsemanship and Horsemanship I. Although each clinic is limited to 25 horses and riders at $700 each, there is no limit on the number of specta-tors who are welcome to bring fold-ing chairs or blankets to observe the proceedings at $30 per day (plus $15 parking fee per day). There will be a BBQ Dinner on Saturday evening for Buck and attendees ($30 per person), with shuttle service provided from the Polo Club to the venue about a mile away. Brannaman served as inspira-tion, technical advisor, and Robert Redford’s double in the movie The Horse Whisperer, and he is the author of a best-selling book called The

Faraway Horses. To obtain a registra-tion form, contact Frankie Fullilove at A-Willing-Way Horsemanship, 643-2555.

Wildling Museum Trail RideSanta Rita HillsSaturday, April 13

Limited to just 30 riders who will be divided into two groups of 15, this trail ride to benefit the Wildling Art Museum of Solvang will take place on three private ranches in the Santa Rita Hills. Traversing the historic Jalabi Ranch, the Rio Vista Ranch and Vineyard, and Los Coches Creek Ranch, the five-mile ride will take about 2 hours. Ascending through rolling grassland studded with oak trees on a gentle climb to a ridge with gorgeous views of the Santa Ynez Valley all the way to the Pacific Ocean, riders will be met on the trail by Wayne Stewart with a four-horse team pulling his historic wagon. A tri-tip and chicken bar-becue will be held post-ride, where participants will learn about the his-tory of the properties. The price of $125 per person includes entry into a free raffle that will include two tick-ets to the Patron’s Grand Opening of the Wildling Museum’s new Solvang facility in early summer. Call 686-8315 to reserve your space.

Arabian Horse Farm TourSanta Ynez ValleyWednesday, April 24 – Friday, April 26

Five private world-class Arabian horse farms in the Santa Ynez Valley are opening their doors for horse enthusiasts during the Spring foal-ing season. Each farm will host a light catered meal, beverages, and

an elaborate presentation of their horses in an intimate environment. Each farm stop is free, but advance reservations must be made at the event website. For the complete tour schedule (participants can pick and choose which farms they would like to visit on which days), driving direc-tions and reservations, visit

Santa Ynez Valley Polo ClassicSaturday, July 20Circle JB Polo Ranch

Even though it’s several weeks away, VIP, Patron and General Admission tickets are already on sale for this sec-ond annual event that benefits People Helping People. Joel Baker, owner of this private polo ranch, expects the event will sell out as it did last year. Tickets are available online at For sponsorship opportunities, contact Fahim Farag at 686-0295. •MJ

Stagecoaches and other horse-drawn vehicles will be the focus of an upcoming symposium, which will include opportunities for the public to enjoy carriage rides through a private ranch in Los Olivos

Angelina Showlee of Day Dream Arabians exhibits the flashy action for which Arabian horses are known. Other examples of this elegant breed can be seen when five private farms in Santa Ynez open their doors to the public on an upcoming tour.

Buck Brannaman will welcome non-riding specta-tors at his upcoming clinic at the Santa Barbara Polo Club (photo by Emily Knight)

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Bella Vista $$$1260 Channel Drive (565-8237)

Cafe Del Sol $$30 Los Patos Way (969-0448)

CAVA $$1212 Coast Village Road (969-8500)Regional Mexican and Spanish cooking combine to create Latin cuisine from tapas and margaritas, mojitos, seafood paella and sangria to lobster tamales, Churrasco ribeye steak and seared Ahi tuna. Sunflower-colored interior is accented by live Spanish guitarist playing next to cozy beehive fireplace nightly. Lively year-round outdoor people-wat ching front patio. Open Monday-Friday 11 am to 10 pm. Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 10 pm.

China Palace $$1070 Coast Village Road (565-9380)

Giovanni’s $1187 Coast Village Road (969-1277)

Los Arroyos $1280 Coast Village Road (969-9059)

Little Alex’s $1024 A-Coast Village Road (969-2297)

Lucky’s (brunch) $$ (dinner) $$$ 1279 Coast Village Road (565-7540)Comfortable, old-fashioned urban steak-house in the heart of America’s biggest little village. Steaks, chops, seafood, cocktails, and an enormous wine list are featured, with white tablecloths, fine crystal and vintage photos from the 20th century. The bar (separate from dining room) features large flat-screen TV and opens at 4 pm during the week. Open nightly from 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday & Sunday brunch from 9 am to 3 pm. Valet Parking.

Montecito Café $$1295 Coast Village Road (969-3392)

Montecito Coffee Shop $1498 East Valley Road (969-6250)

Montecito Wine Bistro $$516 San Ysidro Road 969-7520Head to Montecito’s upper village to indulge in some California bistro cuisine. Chef Victor creates seasonal menus that include fish and vegetarian dishes, and fresh flatbreads straight out of the wood-burning oven. The Bistro of-fers local wines, classic and specialty cocktails, single malt scotches and aged cognacs.

Pane é Vino $$$1482 East Valley Road (969-9274)

Plow & Angel $$$San Ysidro Ranch 900 San Ysidro Lane (565-1700) Enjoy a comfortable atmosphere as you dine on traditional dishes such as mac ‘n cheese and ribs. The ambiance is enhanced with original artwork, including stained glass windows and an homage to its namesake, Saint Isadore, hanging above the fire-place. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 pm daily with bar service extending until 11 pm weekdays and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

$ (average per person under $15)$$ (average per person $15 to $30)$$$ (average per person $30 to $45)$$$$ (average per person $45-plus)

M O N T E C I T O E AT E R I E S . . . A G u i d e Sakana Japanese Restaurant $$1046 Coast Village Road (565-2014)

Stella Mare’s $$/$$$50 Los Patos Way (969-6705)

Stonehouse $$$$San Ysidro Ranch900 San Ysidro Lane (565-1700)Located in what is a 19th-century citrus packinghouse, Stonehouse restaurant features a lounge with full bar service and separate dining room with crackling fireplace and creekside views. Chef Matthew Johnson’s regional cuisine is prepared with a palate of herbs and vegetables harvested from the on-site chef’s garden. Recently voted 1 of the best 50 restaurants in America by OpenTable Diner’s Choice. 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards: 1 of 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, 1 of 50 Restaurants With Best Service in America. Open for dinner from 6 to 10 pm daily. Sunday Brunch 10 am to 2 pm.

Trattoria Mollie $$$1250 Coast Village Road (565-9381)

Tre Lune $$/$$$1151 Coast Village Road (969-2646)A real Italian boite, complete with small but fully licensed bar, big list of Italian wines, large comfortable tables and chairs, lots of mahogany and large b&w vintage photos of mostly fa-mous Italians. Menu features both comfort food like mama used to make and more adventurous Italian fare. Now open continuously from lunch to dinner. Also open from 7:30 am to 11:30 am daily for breakfast.

Via Vai Trattoria Pizzeria $$1483 East Valley Road (565-9393)

Delis, bakeries, juice bars

Blenders in the Grass1046 Coast Village Road (969-0611)

Here’s The Scoop1187 Coast Village Road (lower level) (969-7020)Gelato and Sorbet are made on the premises. Open Monday through Thursday 1 pm to 9 pm, 12 pm to 10 pm Friday and Saturday, and 12 pm to 9 pm on Sundays.

Jeannine’s1253 Coast Village Road (969-7878)

Montecito Deli1150 Coast Village Road (969-3717)Open six days a week from 7 am to 3 pm. (Closed Sunday) This eatery serves home-made soups, fresh salads, sandwiches, and its specialty, The Piadina, a homemade flat bread made daily.

Panino 1014 #C Coast Village Road (565-0137)

Pierre Lafond516 San Ysidro Road (565-1502)This market and deli is a center of activity in Montecito’s Upper Village, serving fresh baked pastries, regular and espresso coffee drinks, smoothies, burritos, homemade soups, deli salads, made-to-order sandwiches and wraps available, and boasting a fully stocked salad bar. Its sunny patio draws crowds of regulars daily. The shop also carries specialty drinks, gift items, grocery staples, and produce. Open everyday 5:30 am to 8 pm.

Village Cheese & Wine 1485 East Valley Road (969-3815)

In Summerland / Carpinteria

Cantwell’s Summerland Market $2580 Lillie Avenue (969-5893)

Garden Market $3811 Santa Claus Lane (745-5505)

Jack’s Bistro $5050 Carpinteria Avenue (566-1558)Serving light California Cuisine, Jack’s offers freshly baked bagels with whipped cream cheeses, omelettes, scrambles, breakfast bur-ritos, specialty sandwiches, wraps, burgers, sal-ads, pastas and more. Jacks offers an extensive espresso and coffee bar menu, along with wine and beer. They also offer full service catering, and can accommodate wedding receptions to corporate events. Open Monday through Fri-day 6:30 am to 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7 am to 3 pm.

Nugget $$2318 Lillie Avenue (969-6135)

Padaro Beach Grill $3765 Santa Claus Lane (566-9800)A beach house feel gives this seaside eatery its charm and makes it a perfect place to bring the whole family. Its new owners added a pond, waterfall, an elevated patio with fireplace and couches to boot. Enjoy grill options, along with salads and seafood plates. The Grill is open Monday through Sunday 11 am to 9 pm

Sly’s $$$686 Linden Avenue (684-6666)Sly’s features fresh fish, farmers’ market veg-gies, traditional pastas, prime steaks, Blue Plate Specials and vintage desserts. You’ll find a full bar, serving special martinis and an extensive wine list featuring California and French wines. Cocktails from 4 pm to close, dinner from 5 to 9 pm Sunday-Thursday and 5 to 10 pm Friday and Saturday. Lunch is M-F 11:30 to 2:30, and brunch is served on the weekends from 9 am to 3 pm.

Stacky’s Seaside $2315 Lillie Avenue (969-9908)

Summerland Beach Café $2294 Lillie Avenue (969-1019)

Tinkers $2275 C Ortega Hill Road (969-1970)

Santa Barbara / Restaurant Row

Bistro Eleven Eleven $$1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard (730-1111)Located adjacent to Hotel Mar Monte, the bistro serves breakfast and lunch featuring all-American favorites. Dinner is a mix of tradi-tional favorites and coastal cuisine. The lounge advancement to the restaurant features a big screen TV for daily sporting events and happy hour. Open Monday-Friday 6:30 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:30 am to 10 pm.

Cielito $$$1114 State Street (225-4488) Cielito Restaurant features true flavors of Mexi-co created by Chef Ramon Velazquez. Try an an-tojito (or “small craving”) like the Anticucho de Filete (Serrano-chimichurri marinated Kobe beef skewer, rocoto-tomato jam and herb mashed po-tatoes), the Raw Bar’s piquant ceviches and fresh shellfish, or taste the savory treats in handmade tortillas at the Taqueria. It is located in the heart of downtown, in the historic La Arcada.

Chuck’s Waterfront Grill $$113 Harbor Way (564-1200)Located next to the Maritime Museum, enjoy

some of the best views of both the mountains and the Santa Barbara pier sitting on the newly renovated, award-winning patio, while enjoy-ing fresh seafood straight off the boat. Dinner is served nightly from 5 pm, and brunch is offered on Sunday from 10 am until 1 pm. Reservations are recommended. Enterprise Fish Co. $$225 State Street (962-3313)Every Monday and Tuesday the Enterprise Fish Company offers two-pound Maine Lobsters served with clam chowder or salad, and rice or potatoes for only $29.95. Happy hour is every weekday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Open Sunday thru Thursday 11:30 am to 10 pm and Friday thru Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm.

Los Agaves $600 N. Milpas Street (564-2626)Los Agaves offers eclectic Mexican cuisine, using only the freshest ingredients, in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Serving lunch and dinner, with breakfast on the weekends, Los Agaves fea-tures traditional dishes from central and south-ern Mexico such as shrimp & fish enchiladas, shrimp chile rellenos, and famous homemade mole poblano. Open Monday- Friday 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9 am to 9 pm.

Miró $$$$8301 Hollister Avenue at Bacara Resort & Spa (968-0100)Miró is a refined refuge with stunning views, featuring two genuine Miro sculptures, a top-rated chef offering a sophisticated menu that accents fresh, organic, and native-grown ingredients, and a world-class wine cellar. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Olio e Limone Ristorante $$$ Olio Pizzeria $ 17 West Victoria Street (899-2699) Elaine and Alberto Morello oversee this friendly, casually elegant, linen-tabletop eatery featuring Italian food of the highest order. Of-ferings include eggplant soufflé, pappardelle with quail, sausage and mushroom ragù, and fresh-imported Dover sole. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence-winning wine list. Private dining (up to 40 guests) and catering are also available. It is open for lunch Monday thru Saturday (11:30 am to 2 pm) and dinner seven nights a week (from 5 pm).Next door at Olio Pizzeria, the Morellos have added a simple pizza-salumi-wine-bar inspired by neighborhood “pizzerie” and “enoteche” in Italy. Private dining for up to 32 guests. The Pizzeria is open daily from 11:30 am to close.

Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro $$516 State Street (962-1455)The Wine Bistro menu is seasonal California cuisine specializing in local products. Pair your meal with wine from the Santa Barbara Winery, Lafond Winery or one from the list of wines from around the world. Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The 1st Wednesday of each month is Passport to the World of Wine. Grilled cheese night every Thursday. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; catering available.

Rodney’s Steakhouse $$$633 East Cabrillo Boulevard (884-8554)Deep in the heart of well, deep in the heart of Fess Parker’s Doubletree Inn on East Beach in Santa Barbara. This handsome eatery sells and serves only Prime Grade beef, lamb, veal, hali-but, salmon, lobster and other high-end victuals. Full bar, plenty of California wines, elegant surroundings, across from the ocean. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday at 5:30 pm. Reservations suggested on weekends. •MJ

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SENIORITYby Patti Teel

Patti Teel is the com-munity representative for Senior Helpers, providers of care and comfort at a moment’s notice. She is also host of the Senior Helpers online video show. www.santabar E-mail: [email protected].

Move over Kelly Clarkson, there’s a new show in town. She’s not even eligible to

audition for another 20 years. “Seniors Have Talent” will take place at 2 pm on April 6 at the Marjorie Luke Theatre and is a benefit for the Center for Successful Aging. The director of the show is none other than Rod Lathim, who served as the project manager and development director for the cre-ation of the Marjorie Luke Theatre.

I recently spoke to Lathim about the upcoming show and he stressed its great diversity. The entertainers range in age from 50-90 and there are 18 acts that include music, dancing, and com-edy. The music runs the gamut from fun, upbeat contemporary pieces, to classical works. A ninety-year-old pia-nist, Florence Katz, will play a Chopin piece. Another musician will be play-ing boogie-woogie piano, and there are two accordionists – one of whom is also a clown. The dancing is just as varied. There are hula dancers and The Silver Follies, a group of talented senior women, will perform two num-bers. The audience will definitely not be bored and are sure to be impressed by the talent. Only half of the people who auditioned were chosen to be in the show. Rod said that they could definitely put on another show in the near future and bring in a whole new group of talented seniors.

The show will undoubtedly make many people reassess their attitude about seniors and aging. Rod is no stranger to utilizing the arts to affect social change and is a pioneer of the accessible theatre. He founded Access Theatre in 1979, and developed the company from a grass-roots commu-nity theatre, to a professional, award-winning, international touring com-pany. For 18 years, Access Theatre was a national model of accessibility. The company trained and employed artists who were disabled, able-bod-ied, blind, sighted, deaf and hearing, and staged primarily original works. Lathim directed and in many cases co-wrote many of the company’s 20 productions. Access Theatre set the standard for, and was considered the model of, a fully accessible theatre. To this day, the company’s accomplish-ments are sighted as landmark and pioneering.

The producer of the show is Judi Weisbart. She remembers when Bobbi Kroot, the board president of the Center for Successful Aging, approached her with the idea to put on a senior talent show. They decided that the event clearly embodies the

mission of the Center for Successful Aging and negates outdated stereo-types of senior citizens. The event is a fundraiser for CSA and proceeds will support its activities. Judi wanted to give special thanks to La Shon Kelley, a CSA board member who, along with many other volunteers, has worked tirelessly to make the show a success, and ultimately to make things better for seniors. The primary CSA service is senior peer counseling, where CSA-trained individuals conduct one-on-one and group counseling for people over the age of 50. What is distinctive about this counseling service is that the client and counselor are roughly the same age. This means they usually share many similar experiences, which enhance the counseling process.

Tickets for the show will be avail-able at the door. The Marjorie Luke Theatre is located at Santa Barbara Junior High School at 721 East Cota Street. General admission tickets are $20 and $10 for children. There will be a raffle before the show and during intermission.

You can listen to my radio interview with Rod Lathim at www.youngath •MJ

Rod Lathim, director of the Center for Successful Aging’s Seniors Have Talent show at Marjorie Luke Theatre

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DATE OF HEARING: APRIL 17, 2013 PLACE: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ENGINEERING BUILDING 123 EAST ANAPAMU STREET SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101 The Montecito Planning Commission hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. The order of items listed on the agenda is subject to change by the Montecito Planning Commission. Anyone interested in this matter is invited to appear and speak in support or in opposition to the projects. Written comments are also welcome. All letters should be addressed to the Montecito Planning Commission, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, California, 93101. Letters, with nine copies, and computer materials, e.g. PowerPoint presentations, should be filed with the secretary of the Planning Commission no later than 12:00 P.M. on the Friday before the Montecito Planning Commission hearing. The decision to accept late materials will be at the discretion of the Montecito Planning Commission. Maps and/or staff analysis of the proposals may be reviewed at Planning and Development, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, California, 93101 a week prior to the public hearing. If you challenge the projects (12DVP-00000-00011 or 13APL-00000-00004) in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence to the Montecito Planning Commission prior to the public hearing. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this hearing, please contact the Hearing Support Staff (805) 568-2000. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the hearing will enable the Hearing Support Staff to make reasonable arrangements.

Beyer Single Family 12DVP-00000-00011 Dwelling Development Plan 1389 Oak Creek Canyon Road 93-EIR-3 and Addenda Zoraida Abresch, Supervising Planner (805) 884-8851 Brian Banks, Planner (805) 568-3559 Hearing on the request of Andrew Beyer, owner, to consider Case No. 12DVP-00000-00011, [application filed on September 27, 2012] for approval of a Final Development Plan in compliance with Section 35.472.080 of the Montecito Land Use and Development Code, on property zoned RMZ-40 and RMZ-100, to develop a new single family dwelling, new swimming pool, new access driveway, and new landscaping on a vacant lot; and to determine that Environmental Impact Report 93-EIR-3 and Addenda are adequate for this project pursuant to Section 15162 of the State Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act. The application involves AP Nos. 011-280-010 and 011-280-021, located at 1389 Oak Creek Canyon Road, in the Montecito area, First Supervisorial District.

Appeal of MBARʼs Preliminary Denial of Handtmann Demo/New Single Family Dwelling, Guesthouse, 13APL-00000-00004 Cabana, Pool, and Agricultural Structures 145 Tiburon Bay Lane Exempt, CEQA Guidelines Section 15270 Zoraida Abresch, Supervising Planner (805) 884-8851 Brian Banks, Planner (805) 568-3559 Hearing on the request of Jan Handtmann, to consider the appeal, Case No. 13APL-00000-00004 [appeal filed on February 6, 2013], of the decision of the Montecito Board of Architectural Review to deny Preliminary approval, Case No. 12BAR-00000-00189, for the Handtmann Demo/New Single Family Dwelling and Accessory Structures project in compliance with Section 35-182 of the Article II Coastal Zoning Ordinance, on property located in the AG-I-5 zone; and to determine the project is exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to Section 15270 of the California Environmental Quality Act. The application involves AP No. 007-340-058, located at 145 Tiburon Bay Lane, in the Montecito Area, First Supervisorial District.


FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Super Chalice, 1172 Hilltop Road #B, Santa Maria, CA 93455. Todd Malhmood, 1172 Hilltop Road #B, Santa Maria, CA 93455. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 20, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Hector Gonzalez. Original FBN No. 2013-0000928. Published April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Concors Construction, 1019 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Concors Development, Inc., 1019 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 14, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Hector Gonzalez. Original FBN No. 2013-0000832. Published April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Light the Sky Productions, 922 West Valerio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Casey Rae Stouffer, 922 West Valerio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 29, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Melissa Mercer. Original FBN No. 2013-0001040. Published April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Fine Olde Briars, 349 Ash Ave., Spc. 58, Carpinteria, CA 93013. Robert L. Denholtz, 349 Ash Ave., Spc. 58, Carpinteria, CA 93013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 20, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Hector Gonzalez. Original FBN No. 2013-0000903. Published April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Spudnuts Donuts, 5718 Hollister Ave Ste. 101, Goleta, CA 93117. John Chang, 309 Ladera St. Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 19, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Joshua Madison. Original FBN No. 2013-0000880. Published April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: M & M Properties, 210 Arden Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Kelly Meza, 1521 Crestline Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Mark Meza, 1521 Crestline Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement

was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 26, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabriel Cabello. Original FBN No. 2013-0000988. Published April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Firesafe Solutions; The Yoga Doctor, 4285 Encore Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Marc Russo, 4285 Encore Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 27, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabriel Cabello. Original FBN No. 2013-0000998. Published April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: A-OK Weed & Brush Abatement Service; Agri-Environmental Landscapes, 4285 Encore Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Marc Russo, 4285 Encore Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 27, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabriel Cabello. Original FBN No. 2013-0001013. Published April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Luce Salon, 1822 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Anderson, Erminia, 5516 Tellina Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 21, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Hector Gonzalez. Original FBN No. 2013-0000931. Published April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Global Digital Protection, 4612 Via Roblada, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. MPH Development, Inc, 4612 Via Roblada, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 26, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Catherine Daly. Original FBN No. 2013-0000649. Published March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Rao Properties, 4235 Cresta Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Joseph S Rao, 4235 Cresta Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 5, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk

(SEAL) by Catherine Daly. Original FBN No. 2013-0000740. Published March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Barbie Locks, 701 Rimes Ct., Santa Maria, CA 93454. Divya Bhatia, 701 Rimes Ct., Santa Maria, CA 93454. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 19, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Eva Chavez. Original FBN No. 2013-0000561. Published March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Golf Greens Fore U of The Tri-Counties; Golf Greens of California, 285 Chateaux Elise #G, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. George W Umholtz, 285 Chateaux Elise #G, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 19, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Hector Gonzalez. Original FBN No. 2013-0000550. Published March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Casabella Property Enhancement; Tuscan Sun; Chateau Bow Wow; Fi-Dough, 1187 Coast Village Road #617, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Shari Mequet, 617 Sierra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 12, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Hector Gonzalez. Original FBN No. 2013-0000472. Published March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 1912 Picture Company, 40 Willow Springs Lane #101, Goleta, CA 93117. Christina Lauranne Eliason, 40 Willow Springs Lane #101, Goleta, CA 93117. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 6, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Catherine Daly. Original FBN No. 2013-0000750. Published March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESSNAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Flex Fitness Coaching; Peak Construction Management & Inspection, 250-B West Mountain Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. L & M Success Company, LLC, 250-B West Mountain Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 6, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Melissa Mercer. Original FBN No. 2013-0000743. Published March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 2013.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 1415781. To all interested parties: Petitioner Brier Ghen filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Brier Summer, and name of child from Natasha Monique Ghen to Natasha Monique Summer. The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described about must file a written objection that included the reasons for the objection

at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Filed March 4, 2013, by Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk. Hearing date: April 25, 2013 at 9:30 am in Dept. 6, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 1415652. To all interested parties: Petitioner Michael Bryan Coan filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Michael Bryan Studer. The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described about must file a written objection that included the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Filed March 4, 2013, by Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk. Hearing date: April 18, 2013 at 9:30 am in Dept. 6, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3

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BOOK TALK by Shelly Lowenkopf

A Place of One’s Own

Lowenkopf’s latest book is The Fiction Writer’s Handbook. His College of Creative Studies course for the Spring Quarter is on genre fiction.

The titles of many books are a play on words, sometimes suggesting double meanings,

outrageous puns, or a delicious com-bination of both.

In a subtle way, the play-on-words title is the literary equivalent of an unresolved musical chord, where the reader/hearer is left to supply the resolution without conscious thought.

So it goes with J.R. Moehringer’s captivating memoir, The Tender Bar.

No question about the title, which refers to a bar in Manhasset, Long Island, a tad south east of New York City. The locals called the bar Steve’s. Steve, the owner, called it Dickens, after the great Victorian storyteller. J.R. Moehringer called it, among other things, home, the father who abandoned him, a gathering spot for male bonding, and a cultural library.

Manhasset had been invested with a magical quality by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who studied it from across the Long Island Sound and on drinking expe-ditions of his own, changing its name to West Egg in The Great Gatsby. The main street had any number of places where a person could get a drink, and many did with great frequency in the likes of Brass Pony, Gay Dome, Lamplight, Joan and Ed’s, Popping Cork, and The Scratch. Then there was Dickens.

“Steve wanted his bar to be differ-ent,” Moehringer tells us. “He wanted his bar to be sublime. He envisioned a bar that would cater to Manhasset’s multiple personalities. A cozy pub one minute, a crazy after-hours club the next. A family restaurant early in the evening, and late at night a low-down tavern, where men and women could tell lies and drink until they dropped.”

Moehringer’s father was a disc jockey in NYC, with, of course, his own show, that Moehringer listened to until his father vanished, then listened for, hoping somehow in that magical poignancy of the young to find him, then reconnect. “My father was a man of many talents, but his one true genius was disappearing. Without warning he would change shifts or change stations. I’d counter by taking a portable radio outside on the stoop, where the reception was better. With the radio on my lap I’d wiggle the antenna and slowly turn the dial, feeling lost until I found The Voice again.”

Under one sagging roof, Moehringer and his mother lived with Grandpa, Grandma, and his mother’s grown

siblings, Uncle Charlie and Aunt Ruth, as well as Aunt Ruth’s five daughters and one son. While Steve was establishing Dickens at 550 Plandome Road, Grandpa was run-ning a flophouse at 646, “Huddled masses,” Grandpa said, “yearning to breathe rent-free.”

Uncle Charlie tended bar at Dickens. The avuncular pull and chemistry were at work early, exert-ing their tug. Moehringer went to Dickens as a young person, a non-drinking person, for male compan-ionship, for hanging out, for having favorites with whom he could share his experiences. “I went into the world, worked and failed, fell in love, played the fool, had my heart broken and my threshold tested.” For the first twenty-five years of his life, Charlie drove him to the bar, accompanied him to the bar, rescued him for the bar, or was in the bar when he arrived, as if waiting for him since the day he was born.

The Tender Bar is a heart wrench of a story, ending with Moehringer’s growing career as a Pulitzer-Prize-winning-journalist, catching up with his father, discovering, learning some ironies and achieving a hearten-ing closure with what Dickens had become.

This memoir resonates for the many of us who have known such a place as Dickens. Thanks to Moehringer’s fine eye for quirk and detail, we’re allowed to see its denizens who were, after all, Dickensian. In particular, Steve comes to vivid life. My own such place, Burke’s Bar, seemed stuffed as an afterthought into the building that housed a Fox flagship movie house on Wilshire Boulevard in mid-city, Los Angeles, where Mae Burke sat at the end of the bar, mak-ing sure Charlie poured what she called hospitable drinks.

The Tender Bar works just as well for those who have wanted and not yet found that special place where things may not always work out for the best but where, sooner or later, things do work out. •MJ

FAIRVIEW225 N. Fairview - Goleta

PLAZA DE ORO371 Hitchcock Way - S.B.

PASEO NUEVO8 W. De La Guerra Pl. - S.B.

RIVIERA2044 Alameda Padre Serra - S.B.

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FIESTA 5Features Stadium Seating

916 State Street - S.B.


Hollister & Storke - GOLETA

METRO 4Features Stadium Seating

618 State Street - S.B.

Cannes Film FestivalOfficial Selection!

RENOIR (R)Fri & Mon-Thu - 5:00 7:45Sat/Sun - 2:00 5:00 7:45

The Most Terrifying FilmYou Will Ever Experience!

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THE CALL (R) Fri-Sun - 1:15 3:30 5:45 9:00Mon-Thu - 3:30 5:45

EVIL DEAD (R) 12:55 3:10 5:30 7:50 10:10

G. I. JOE: RETALIATION3D: 3:20 (PG-13) 2D on 2 Screens:12:45 2:00 4:30 5:50

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2D: Fri - 1:00 7:00Sat-Thu - 1:10 7:40

THE HOST (PG-13) 1:20 4:10 7:00 9:45

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (R)1:40 4:20 7:20 10:00


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2:45 8:00Sun only - 8:00

THE SAPPHIRES (PG-13)Fri & Mon-Thu - 7:30Sat/Sun - 2:15 5:00 7:30

NO (R)Fri & Mon-Thu - 7:15Sat/Sun - 1:45 4:30 7:15

JURASSIC PARK (PG-13) 2D: 6:30 3D: 1:30 4:30 7:30

ADMISSION (PG-13) 4:00

THE CROODS (PG) 2D:1:20 2:25 4:50 7:15

Santa Barbara Film FestivalAudience Choice Award!

STARBUCK (R) 2:00 4:45 7:30

Tyler Perry’s TEMPTATION 2:30 5:15 8:00 (PG-13)

SPRING BREAKERS (R) 2:45 5:30 8:15

ADMISSION (PG-13) 2:15 7:45

GINGER & ROSA (PG-13) 5:00

JURASSIC PARK (PG-13) 2D: Fri-Sun - 12:45

Mon-Thu - 1:503D: Fri-Sun - 3:40 6:30 9:20

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G. I. JOE: RETALIATION (PG-13)3D: Fri-Sun - 1:00

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Mon-Thu - 4:15 7:00

OZ (PG) 2DTHE GREAT AND POWERFULFri-Sun - 12:30 3:25 6:20 9:10Mon-Thu - 1:30 4:25 7:20

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FAIRVIEW225 N. Fairview - Goleta

PLAZA DE ORO371 Hitchcock Way - S.B.

PASEO NUEVO8 W. De La Guerra Pl. - S.B.

RIVIERA2044 Alameda Padre Serra - S.B.

Information Listed for Friday thru Thursday - April 5 - 11

FIESTA 5Features Stadium Seating

916 State Street - S.B.


Hollister & Storke - GOLETA

METRO 4Features Stadium Seating

618 State Street - S.B.

Cannes Film FestivalOfficial Selection!

RENOIR (R)Fri & Mon-Thu - 5:00 7:45Sat/Sun - 2:00 5:00 7:45

The Most Terrifying FilmYou Will Ever Experience!

EVIL DEAD (R) Fri-Sun -

2:00 4:30 7:00 8:15 9:25Mon-Thu -

2:00 4:30 7:00 8:15

DreamWorks AnimationTHE CROODS (PG) 3D: Daily - 4:152D on 2 Screens:

Fri-Sun -12:45 1:50 3:105:35 6:40 8:00

Mon-Thu -1:50 3:10 5:35 6:40 8:00

Rachel RobertsTHE HOST (PG-13)

Fri-Sun - 1:00 3:50 6:50 9:35Mon-Thu - 2:15 5:00 7:45

THE CALL (R) Fri-Sun - 1:15 3:30 5:45 9:00Mon-Thu - 3:30 5:45

EVIL DEAD (R) 12:55 3:10 5:30 7:50 10:10

G. I. JOE: RETALIATION3D: 3:20 (PG-13) 2D on 2 Screens:12:45 2:00 4:30 5:50

7:10 8:30 9:50


3D: Fri - 4:00 Sat-Thu - 4:45

2D: Fri - 1:00 7:00Sat-Thu - 1:10 7:40

THE HOST (PG-13) 1:20 4:10 7:00 9:45

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (R)1:40 4:20 7:20 10:00


3D: Daily - 5:302D: Fri/Sat & Mon-Thu -

2:45 8:00Sun only - 8:00

THE SAPPHIRES (PG-13)Fri & Mon-Thu - 7:30Sat/Sun - 2:15 5:00 7:30

NO (R)Fri & Mon-Thu - 7:15Sat/Sun - 1:45 4:30 7:15

JURASSIC PARK (PG-13) 2D: 6:30 3D: 1:30 4:30 7:30

ADMISSION (PG-13) 4:00

THE CROODS (PG) 2D:1:20 2:25 4:50 7:15

Santa Barbara Film FestivalAudience Choice Award!

STARBUCK (R) 2:00 4:45 7:30

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Thursday, april 4

1st Thursday – April is National Poetry Month, and our monthly art-and-culture downtown gathering is taking note. Former Santa Barbara poet-laureate David Starkey reads from his new collection “Circus Maximus” at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art amid the visually poetic exhibit “The World is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs,” whose subject will be on hand for a book signing in the gift shop. At the Contemporary Arts Forum above Paseo Nuevo, Found magazine creator Davy Rothbart reads hilarious and heartbreaking excerpts from his acclaimed publication, and essays from his book My Heart is an Idiot (note, this is April, not February). Poetry, music and art mingle at CASA with the theme Honoring the Earth, featuring a sing-along and poems selected by CASA’s Resident Poet, Carol DeCanio. Create your own odes or other lyrical lines at the new downtown business WorkZones, a co-working club and meeting space where you can try your hand at magnetic poetry, participate in a design contest or garner a professional head-shot. Sit down with the My Haiku on Wheels with MTD event to take part in a poetry craft for kids and adults – your three-line may make it onto an ad posted in an MTD bus. The Poetry Booth features an interactive public art installation and collaborative workspace for experiencing and creating poems with the help of practiced poets and educators. Over at Paseo Nuevo Center Court, Sound Impressions incorporate poetry into their music performance, while Kat Devlin, who quickly became a Santa Barbara favorite upon her arrival

in town just a few years ago, gets quite poetic in her country-hipster style. WHEN: 5-8pm WHERE: Lower State Street and offshoots COST: free INFO:

Twisted tales – Thanks to the long-running series Speaking of Stories, we’re not new to the whole concept of actors telling live stories on stage here in Santa Barbara. But what a treat to have “The Moth,” the New York-based troupe who have captivated listeners around the world via their Public Radio Exchange hit “The Moth Radio Hour,” coming to town for an in-person segment at Campbell Hall. Actress Molly Ringwald (known for the 1980s films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink) is among the all-star lineup of actors and other literati who will spin yarns sans notes, all on the tantalizing theme of a “twist of fate,” and the stories are each no more than 10 minutes long, keeping things moving at a brisk pace. Also appearing are TV writer and independent film actor Craig Chester, award-winning filmmaker Ellie Lee, writer and artist Jessica Lee Williamson and an as-yet-to-be-named storyteller. The show will be hosted by Brian Finkelstein, an Emmy-nominated writer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show and host of the L.A. Moth StorySLAMs. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall COST: $35 INFO: 893-3535 or

Viva Los Texmaniacs – The 2010 Grammy Award-winning Tex-Mex conjunto make their Santa Barbara debut as the latest multicultural group brought to town by ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!, a

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Friday, april 5

‘Big Splash’ – It’s not often an art exhibit is titled both after its theme… and the impact intended for the audience. The Arts Fund’s new show, curated by Catherine Gee and Nancy Gifford, features works by artists Benjamin Anderson, Cayetana Conrad, Blakeney Sanford and Rick Stich, who employ a wide swath of media in their large scale works with aquatic themes. “We hope visitors walk away feeling overwhelmed by undulating patterns evoking waves, ripples and the nuances of light within water – almost a

sense of claustrophobia but in the best way possible,” Gee explained in the press release. “By filling the space with gargantuan paintings we attempt to transport the viewer from the gallery into an aquatic vessel for a total immersion experience.” WHEN: Artists reception 5-7pm Friday; exhibit through May 18 WHERE: 205C Santa Barbara Street COST: free INFO: 965-7321 or

saTurday, april 6

‘Seniors Have Talent’ – Singers, dancers and musicians from the community who are all age 50-plus come together for a talent show that not only highlights the gifts of our senior citizens, but also serves as a benefit for the Center for Successful Aging, which promotes the physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional health of seniors and their families. Veteran Santa

Barbara playwright Rod Lathim – whose own play inspired by his own mother, Unfinished Business, is set to premiere next month – directs the show that will be hosted by K-LITE radio personality Catherine Remak. Among the participants are Betty Montano, 82, who sang in Los Angeles with Artie Shaw’s big band in the 1950s and was also a headlining vocalist in the Noches De Ronda show at the Santa Barbara Courthouse during Fiesta; author-writer-producer-comedienne Louise Palanker; and The Santa Barbara Silver Follies, who produce their own annual full-scale variety show. WHEN: 2-4pm WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at SB Junior High School, 721 Cota St. COST: $20 general, $10 children ($100 patrons include reserved seating) INFO: 963-8080 or

partnership between The Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center, Isla Vista School, and UCSB Arts & Lectures. Los Texmaniacs serve up their spicy, accordion-driven sound in three free family concerts, plus a conjunto music and dance workshop where everyone is invited to work on their conjunto sound (bring your own instruments) and fancy dance steps with members of Los Texmaniacs musicians and dancers from Santa Barbara-based Grupo Xochipilli. The quartet, founded in 1997, is rooted in conjunto, the jalapeño-spiced polka music featuring the 12-string bajo sexto and the button accordion – a legacy of 19th-century German immigrants to the Lone Star State. Los Texmaniacs leader/ bajo sexton player Max Baca is a true legend of the instrument. He’s toured Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Kosovo to entertain our troops; appeared on national late night TV shows hosted by Conan O’ Brien, David Letterman and Jay Leno, as well as Austin City Limits; been feature in several PBS documentaries; and participated on 10 Grammy-winning projects including the double-platinum CD for the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge. Following Thursday’s workshop (7-8:30pm, La Cumbre Jr. High, 2255 Modoc Road), the performances are Friday at Isla Vista School (7pm; 6875 El Colegio Rd., 893-5037), Guadalupe City Hall on Saturday, and Sunday at the Marjorie Luke Theatre (7pm, 721 E. Cota Street, 884-4087 ext. 7). Free admission to all events.

Founding fathers – The aptly-named Happy Destiny Productions is bringing back BILL W. and DR. BOB, Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey’s play about the two unlikely partners who cofounded Alcoholics Anonymous, and their wives, who created Al Anon. In 1929, New York stockbroker Bill Wilson crashed along with the stock market and became a hopeless drunk. Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon

from Ohio, had also been an alcoholic for 30 years. Through a surprising series of events, Bill W. and Dr. Bob meet and form a relationship, each helping to keep the other sober, thus forming the core concept of AA: that the responsibility for helping another avoid drinking is the strongest support for maintaining one’s own sobriety. Newcomers John Brindle, Jean Hall, Kathleen Leary, and Ray Wallenthin join returnees from the April 2010 production Kathy Marden and Tim Whitcomb in the cast, directed by Robert Riechel, Jr., who together recreate this inspiring and often humorous story of the beginnings of a still vitally-important organization. WHEN: 8pm tonight-Saturday and April 10-13, plus 2pm Sunday WHERE: Center Stage Theater, upstairs in Paseo Nuevo mall COST: $25 general, $15 students INFO: 963-0408 or

Friday, april 5

I.V. Juggling Fest – Unicyclists, clowns, magicians, acrobats and, of course, jugglers galore gather at Rob Gym on the UCSB campus for the 37th annual festival, a loosely organized three-day affair where virtually anybody can host a workshop or organize a competition. About the only thing that’s firmly scheduled is Saturday night’s annual performance at I.V. Theatre (7:30pm; $10, students/seniors/children $5), featuring some of the cream of the crop – and anyone else who wants to furnish their feats from the stage – in a fundraiser for the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. The festival has a sad beginning: in 1977, Patty Laney, a 21-year-old student activist and avid juggler, was raped and killed on her way to a mime class; her friends organized the annual event both to honor the memory of her efforts and increase awareness for violence against women. But the event itself is all about

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Barbara CookLet’s Fall in LoveWED, APR 10 / 8 PM / LOBERO THEATRE“A national treasure, the premier interpreter of the American musical songbook working today.” Los Angeles Times

saTurday, april 6

Kid Flix Mix – UCSB A&L is bringing back this hour-long screening culled from the best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival. The totally kid-oriented films, 11 in all, comprised of animated shorts from all over the world, all either audience or jury choices from the most recent fest. Highlights include B/W Races, a paper cut-out animation about a

car race in which a rogue driver who runs others off the track gets his comeuppance and featuring homemade sound effects; Balloon Moon, a stop-motion animated short in which a cardboard boy and his ladybug friend set sail into a deep blue moonlit sea and have a dream adventure; and Diversity, a cartoon that teaches important life lessons – like how to do the happy dance. The event is the final entry in this year’s Family Fun Series. As always, come early for balloons, food, face painting and more family fun. WHEN: 11am WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall COST: $15 general, $10 kids INFO: 893-3535 or

Tuesday, april 9

Uke it up – The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain not only proudly calls itself the original and best ukulele orchestra on the planet – leaving us to wonder just how deep the competition is – they’ve got the reviews and resumé to prove it. The group plays ukuleles of all sizes, in high and low registers, in order to reinterpret everything from alternative rock to golden oldies to romantic classics with an irresistible blend of wry humor and virtuosic musical prowess. “The sophisticated sound they make – both percussive and melodic – is at once hilarious and heartfelt,” raved the Financial Times from their home base, and even the gray lady herself, the New York Times, has fallen in the fold, exclaiming the band’s concert as “sheer fun and outright daffiness tied to first-

rate musicality and comic timing.” Now, 28 years after coming together for a one-off gig in 1985, and after concerts in such hallowed halls as Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain makes its Santa Barbara debut tonight at Campbell Hall as part of an ambitious world tour. And the foot-stomping fun doesn’t have to be only about watching: the unabashed uke-ers in the zany, genre-defying tiny-instrument ensemble will also hold a community workshop at 7pm on Monday (April 8; UCSB’s Geiringer Hall) that’s free and open to the public. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall COST: $35 INFO: 893-3535 or

connection, sharing, learning, practicing, laughing, growing and having all sorts of frivolous fun. The experts are almost all willing to share pointers with beginners, and various vendors are often on hand to provide materials and more. WHEN: 6-11pm Friday; 11am-6pm and post show-11pm Saturday; 11am-6pm Sunday COST: free INFO: or 961-2019

sunday, april 7

Under the sea – Underwater photographer Brian Skerry takes the audience around the world and down in the depths with him in the multimedia presentation titled Ocean Soul, based on the title of his popular 2011 book. One of National Geographic’s most seasoned

photographers, Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater, diving eight months of the year – often in predator-infested waters – to tell the stories via his camera of the hidden world beneath the waves. Ocean Soul is a landmark retrospective of Skerry’s photographs. The book, and the presentation, traverses the globe from the glacial waters of the North Atlantic, where harp seals face off with commercial hunters, to the balmy central Pacific, where Skerry photographed damaged coral ecosystems in the fight for renewal. The event closes out UCSB Arts & Lectures’ new National Geographic Live series, marking NatGeo’s 125th anniversary this year. WHEN: 3pm WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall COST: $20 general, $10 youths 18 & under INFO: 893-3535 or •MJ

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EnTERTAInMEnT (Continued from page 34)5, at Campbell Hall. Tickets are $35 gen-eral, $19 students. Call 893-3535 or visit

Classical cornerLess-frequently heard instruments

and off-the-beaten-path repertoire are also part of the program for the next Santa Barbara Music Club concert on Saturday afternoon at the Faulkner Gallery. Oboist Ted Rust and pia-nist Viva Knight play French com-poser Pierre de Bréville’s Sonatine and Dutch composer Hendrik Andriessen’s Ballade to kick things off, while Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu’s Sonata, H. 306 gets a read-ing from flutist Adrian Spence (the founder of Camerata Pacifica) and pia-nist Christopher Davis. In between, we get a very popular piano piece, Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 27, No. 1, “Quasi una fantasia” (“Almost a Fantasy”), performed by Neil Di Maggio. As always, admission is free.

Eighty-five and Still Cook-ing

At age 85, most folks are happy just to get out of bed in the morning, maybe watch a little TV, go for a walk and wait for a visit or email from the grandchildren.

Then there’s Barbara Cook.The famed soprano Broadway

star – she won a Tony for portraying Marian the Librarian in The Music Man in 1957 a year after she originated the role of Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, and then played Anna in The King and I – who later became a popular cabaret singer isn’t resting on her laurels… or anywhere else.

In fact, she’s still learning new mate-rial, trying out new styles of singing, taking on new projects and record-ing new albums. Case in point: last year’s Loverman, her most jazz-influ-enced disc to date, chock full of classic love songs and swinging numbers including “The Nearness of You,” “If I Love Again,” “Let’s Fall in Love” and “What a Wonderful World,”

“I love doing new things,” Cook said with a laugh over the telephone from her home in New York City. “I get scared about it, especially when the songs are not my so-called bag, but then what else is new? It keeps my interest up, and keeps me going. So far, so good.”

But it isn’t just taking on new material and approaches that makes Cook worthy of not only respect – she received the prestigious Kennedy Center honor in 2011 – but also careful attention more than 60 years after she made her debut. It’s that she contin-ues to get better, at an age when most have no interest in growing at all.

“I have more courage to go farther with the songs as I’ve gotten older,” she explained. “I try to go deeper, to search more in the song for things that are personal, and to communicate them in a more meaningful way… I think I sing them better than I did five or ten years ago, and they will be even more so in another five years. I don’t feel like I’m finished. I’m a work in progress.”

As to how she’s managed to keep her voice healthy, Cook said she’s a little bit mystified herself.

“Well, I don’t know. I have a tech-nique I first learned in 1953 that still works for me. And I sing songs that I love. I sing in lower keys, which I think is right for the music anyway. And if it hurts I don’t do it.”

Cook is taking the “Loverman” material on the road in a concert called “Let’s Fall in Love,” which makes a stop at the Lobero Theatre on Wednesday, April 10. But don’t expect to hear “Till There Was You,” anything from Candide or even a selection from Sondheim on Sondheim, which earned her a Tony nomination in 2010.

“I do sing some songs I’ve done for a long time, but this program is really about the new stuff for me.”

So what’s next for the eternally young Cook?

“I’m not sure. Maybe I’ll go do some blues. I’m thinking about those old Southern blues. (Sings) ‘Baby, baby, baby / please be good to me.’ I’ve never tried to do it before, but I just saw some Muddy Waters on TV and I’m thinking, ‘Maybe I could do that, too.’ Why not?”

Barbara Cook performs at the Lobero at 8pm Wednesday, April 10. Tickets cost $25-$125. Call 893-3535 or visit

Chip off the old BeatleJames McCartney first performed in

public at age 20 as part of his famous father Paul’s 1997 solo album, Flaming Pie. But it wasn’t until four years ago that he started playing his own music. Now at 35 – seven years older than his dad was when the Beatles broke up

– McCartney is set to release his first full-length CD, Me (recorded at Abbey Road), later this year just months after putting out a couple of EPs, Available Light and Close At Hand, as digital-only releases. A quick listen reveals a lot of dad’s musical taste from soar-ing melodies to classic rock ‘n’ roll. Get a preview of the new stuff when McCartney makes his Santa Barbara debut at SOhO on Wednesday, April 10 as part of a 47-city solo-acoustic American tour.

Purl Of Wisdom… And Sorrow

Even if you don’t recognize Linda Purl’s name, you’ve surely seen her face.

In her early 20s, she was Fonzie’s fiancée on the final seasons of Happy Days (after having appeared as Richie’s girlfriend in the second sea-son as a teenager eight years earlier). She played Ben Matlock’s daugh-ter on Matlock. And she’s made a slew of guest appearances on all sorts of small screen series over the last four decades, from Hawaii Five-O and The Waltons in 1974, to Murder She Wrote in 1985, to more recent roles on modern hits The Office (Pam’s moth-er), Desperate Housewives, Homeland (Elizabeth Gaines) and True Blood (Debbie’s mother).

She has a huge list of theater cred-its too, ranging from parts in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending on Broadway, to starring roles in off-Broadway shows and in regional theaters around the country.

Along the way she’s worked with such icons as Julie Harris, Laurence Olivier, Kim Hunter and even Shaun Cassidy, the teen pop star who, she says, taught her not to judge a book by its proverbial cover.

But Purl’s next part represents quite a departure. She’s portraying Joan Didion in the author’s one-woman play The Year of Magical Thinking at the Ensemble Theatre opening this week-end. The play is based on Didion’s bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name about her almost intractable grief and eventual

recovery following the sudden death of her husband, author John Gregory Dunne, minutes after visiting their gravely ill daughter in the hospital. The work is a life-affirming account of Didion’s attempts to make sense of the overwhelming pain of family tragedies, and has been heralded by critics for its wit, insight and emotion.

Purl shared her thoughts about the play and more over the phone last week.

Q. You’re very busy with TV roles, movie parts, acting on stage and cabaret singing. What got you to come up here to do small regional theater in Santa Barbara?

A. I adore Jonathan [Fox, ETC’s executive artistic director], and we’ve spoken about doing things before, but the timing has never worked out. I’m also close with [director] Jenny Sullivan, and when Bonnie Franklin – who was a friend of mine – fell ill and had to withdraw, I was deeply flattered to be offered the project. It’s a very sensitive piece, very soulful. It felt like a real gift at this moment to do the role, even though I didn’t know what was to happen. Within a matter of weeks, Bonnie passed away and a couple of weeks after taking on this project my own mother went into hos-pice. So the play has become a medita-tion for me, and helpful in organizing my own thoughts. The whole produc-tion has taken on a poignancy that none of us expected at the start.

How familiar were you with The Year of Magical Thinking? Had you read the book or seen the play?

I knew it from a distance. I’ve been a Joan Didion fan from her earlier writ-ings. [Because of the subject matter] it takes a certain amount of gearing up to make the choice to read the book, or to go see the play. But as much as you the audience member signs up to take the journey, Joan Didion deliv-ers. She takes your hand and you’re off on a ride. She really did the work, she really confronted her own fears and questions and limits, and, per-haps most importantly, prevailed. She says – with no ego attachment, which was long burned out of her – that it’s a manual for survival. If anyone of us is honest enough to say that life is tough, and there are hurdles, if we’re willing to accept that, then “Magical Thinking” is an extremely valuable piece of art. It does what art is sup-posed to do: it heals, it helps, it has the discussion we may not be brave enough or clear-thinking enough to embark on outside of the theater. She does it for us. And it was very healing for me.

Normally I ask what an actor draws on from his or her own life to play a role, but in your case, it’s more about how you were

Tony-award-winning actress and singer Barbara Cook visits the Lobero on Wednesday, April 10

James McCartney stops by SOhO on his way to Coachella on Wednesday, April 10

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able to distance yourself from your own situation to portray her.

It’s her story, her journey. So I do get to leave myself at the door. It’s almost a vacation from life even though I’m going through something similar. But her theme is so universal; it’s like put-ting a full cup of water in a bathtub. It’s specific, but the waters kind of blend.

I would think your process must be very different for a one-woman show than in ensemble TV, especially comedies.

It’s uncharted water for me. But there is a surprising amount of humor, in the Chekovian sense. It’s obviously not knee-slapping vaudeville shtick, but poignant can be very funny. It is, in some ways, a conversation with the audience. So I don’t feel alone at all. I feel companioned by all the people who are in the play, and by Joan… It’s told from the point of view of how to get through it. It needed to be in service of everybody’s process. That

broke through the fourth wall, so you can relate to the audience.

And I think the physical space at the Ensemble is so perfectly suited to this play, because it’s so intimate. It can be very mesmerizing. The play draws on something ancient of storytelling, sitting around the campfire, sharing your wisdom and your history. You can’t help but have empathy for some-

one who survives so brilliantly what she went through.

So audiences take away some relief?Yes, and even if you haven’t had

that kind of grief, or haven’t pro-cessed losses, you now have Cliff notes of how to survive a tough go. That’s the vitamin pill of this show. When you get thrown out of the boat into the ocean, you’ll have a life raft having experienced this play. And you get some good laughs along the way. It’s a big dollop of love.

Now that you’ve checked “one-woman show” off your list, is there anything you haven’t played on TV, or in a stage part, that you’d still love to do?

Always, always. I’ve never done something set in the future, like sci-fi. I’ve gone back to the Roman Empire, and Victorian days and the Wild West, but never forward. I’d really enjoy that. And Broadway musicals – I’d like to do more of that… My son is

just about to leave home, so I’m going to be an empty nester. Who knows if those opportunities will come knock-ing again that I had to turn down before as single mother. But now I can open the door.

Linda Purl performs Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking Saturday night through April 21, at the Alhecama Theatre. Tickets cost $32-$65, with dis-counts for students, young adults and seniors. Call 965-5400 or visit

More Ensemble newsThe company has announced that

the Luria Family Trust have pur-chased the Victoria Theatre on behalf of the company, ensuring that its new home – currently being renovated into an intimate, contemporary, 300-seat theater – will be a permanent one. Construction is slated to finish in October, with an opening date of December. •MJ

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Year of Magical Thinking, starring Linda Purl (photo by David Bazemore)

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4 – 11 April 2013 MONTECITO JOURNAL 47The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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