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Housewives of Santa Barbara coming soon to a television screen near you, p. 6


MoNtECIto BEautIfICatIoN Day

Village Beat
New look for Turk Hessellund Nursery receives mostly warm praise, some criticism, p. 12

Dan and Lana Gudes Orchard Avenue cottage receives top nod from Montecito Association Beautification Committee, story on page 18

Coming & Going

The eleventh day in the eleventh month of the year 2011 is a special day for Heidi Artman, p. 40

They swarmed, they saluted, they partayed, as one of the longest Halloween weekends in memory winds down, full coverage on pages 19, 20, 21, 23

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Volunteer to help out at Beautification Day this Saturday; Montecito wooden post street signs continue to fall; Coast Village Road becoming more wheelchair-accessible Plans for Housewives of Santa Barbara-type TV show; Towbes dinner party in former city jail; Kardashian update; Sandy Hills book launch; Mangia delArte at Lobero; Halloween cemetery tour; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Angel Flight West celebration; 25th annual Concours dElegance; Legal Aid Foundation clam chowder fest Montecito Creek Water Company corrects Joshua Vaughn; Maria Carrolls suggestion; Michael Feeneys kind words to the Journal; Hot Springs Canyons listing broker speaks out; The Night Flight by Thomas Van Stein; Elizabeth Wilson Foster thanks Jim Buckley Judith Ripka sample sale; Thomas Steinbeck signs latest novel; Westmont Composers sing; Carpinteria estate sale; Beautification Day; Cookbooks for sale at Montecito Library; Owls in Wonderland at Laguna Blanca; Montecito Association board meets Handy guide to assist readers in determining when to take that walk or run on the beach Fall Festival recaps; MPC latest; Land Use Committee meeting wrap-up; Laguna Blanca hosts annual fair; Foodbank hosts annual Empty Bowls event; correction Mt. Carmels Venetian Masquerade at Coral Casino; United for Literacys Red Feather Ball; grand opening of Westmont Museum of Art Beautification Day winners announced Winners of the Heres the Scoop costume contest exclusively revealed here; enjoy a colorful gallery of some of the 1,500 festive costume-clad partakers of Ghost Village Road MCC was the locale for the fiendishly fun bash hosted by Wendy and Dr. David Laub Tips on how to stay away from the doctors office Montecito Firefighters participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month Jeff writes that the latest third quarter GDP numbers are a government head fake Cookbook Sale this Saturday; November events; resources for everyone SB Senior Expo provides valuable information about local services and nonprofits Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon; Dancing Under the Stars benefit; Italian-American Boot Club Awards Dinner; Police Foundation bash at the Biltmore Wendy Steiners latest novel asks: what happens to Art, when virtually everything is virtual? Nancy Seagal and Josh Nissan combine brains and strains in eight-week program Vehicle broken into on San Ysidro Road; witness sees theft at Cold Springs Trailhead Heidi and Lee Artman celebrate 11 years of marriage on 11/11/11; Hoover Research Fellow Bill Whalens talk at Birnam Wood Westmont names new museum after Leslie Ridley-Tree; long-time Santa Barbara educator Michelle Hughes explores Hot Topics in Public Education Jerry Dunn heads to the Rocky Mountains to explore Telluride, both inside the town and out 1st Thursday events; Terry Holder at Cambridge Drive Concert Series; violinist Gil Shaham plays UCSB; Kenny Neal brings blues to Earl Warren Showgrounds; Toad the Wet Sprocket benefit for SB Birth Center; Santa Barbara Master Chorale kicks off season Two Caryl Churchill plays coming to SB; Speaking of Stories presents Gumshoe Drama; Shakespeares Globe Theatre at UCSB The most complete, up-to-date, comprehensive listing of all individually owned Montecito restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, gelaterias, and hangouts Latest films, times, theaters, and addresses: theyre all here, as they are every week Homes and condos currently for sale and open for inspection in and near Montecito Our very own Craigslist of classified ads Smart business owners place business cards here so readers know where to look when they need what those businesses offer


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ontecito residents are getting together Saturday morning, November 5, at the green in the Upper Village opposite Tecolote Book Shop. Around 8 am, Montecito Country Club will set up a Continental Breakfast display of freshly brewed coffee, freshly baked croissants and other pastries, along with jams, jellies, marmalade and tea. Beginning at 9 am, volunteers will sign up to form cleanup brigades; theyll then choose or be assigned an area, handed gloves, identifying tee shirts, and plastic garbage bags, and sent on their way to beautify their designated area. By 11 am or so, theyll return to the village green to participate in an awards ceremony, listen to entertainment provided by bluegrass band Glendessary Jam, peruse the various information tables manned by MERRAG volunteers, History Committee members, Montecito Water, Sanitation, and Fire Department personnel and others. By noon, participants are ready for the Firehouse Chili prepared and served by Montecito firefighters, homemade cookies baked by members of the Montecito Association Beautification Committee headed up by Mindy Denson. Then, Citizen of the Year and other awards are handed out to property owners whove gone the extra step of providing aesthetic enhancement to their neighbors and passersby. All in all, its a great day and a terrific way to meet and greet neighbors and friends. The Beautification Committee is still looking for volunteers to help with setting up in the morning and tearing everything down after 2 pm or so. If you believe you could set aside a couple of hours to help, please call the Association at 805-969-2026. Theyll be pleased to hear from you.

Beautification Day Is Upon Us

Making Way for the Handicapped

After years of study and preparation, the City of Santa Barbara is finally moving to add a few more curb cuts for wheelchairs along Coast Village Road. The workers youve seen on the 1100 block of CVR beginning Tuesday, November


City of Santa Barbara construction crews are out in full force to create curb cuts on the 1100 block of Coast Village Road for easier wheelchair access Temporary No Parking signs will be enforced and an operational towaway and ticketing violation policy is now in place, through Friday, November 18


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Bravo executive Andy Cohen announced earlier this year no new Real Housewives series are in production, and Real Housewives of Miami would be the last installment of the franchise. But this is a new take on the idea, given the title is a play on the ABC show Desperate Housewives, which provided the base concept for the series, insists my chatterbox. Stay tuned... Jailhouse Jubilee It was a most arresting repast when Montecito dynamic duo Mike and Anne Towbes threw a quite unique dinner party for 30 friends in the oh-so cozy confines of the former city jail. The philanthropic pair won the prize, bidding $7,500 for the rare

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e: the Letter to the Editor by Joshua Vaughn (Hot Springs Water Rights MJ # 17/43): The information contained in that letter is erroneous. The Montecito Creek Water Company has owned the water rights since 1893 and any change of mountain ownership does not alter this right. Board of Directors Montecito Creek Water Company (Editors note: Thank you for setting the record straight TLB)

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On behalf of the team of people working on the Save Hot Springs Canyon Campaign, I want to thank you for the strong endorsement in last weeks Journal, and for your ongoing interest in keeping the community informed about this big challenge. Yesterday, we learned of a $300,000 grant from a family foundation that will be made for this purchase. Thats great news as we approach our December 15 deadline. We will send you updates on our progress in the coming weeks. Michael Feeney Executive Director Land Trust for Santa Barbara County Santa Barbara (Editors note: We look forward to a successful closing and the addition to Montecito of unencumbered access to an area where its modern history almost began TLB)

I am the listing Broker on the 462acre Hot Springs property. This property is in escrow with the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, scheduled to close December 15. To my knowledge this is the largest privately owned parcel and one of the most significant historical properties in Montecito. Thousands of people have used and enjoyed the trails to the ruins of the old hotel site, the numerous springs, and to Montecito Peak, even though this is posted private land and they are trespassing. The Land Trust has had a very successful fundraising campaign, accumulating over $6,700,000 to this date. They still need $1,800,000 to complete this purchase. The acquisition will protect this incredible property in perpetuity insuring that the trails, the springs, and the ruins will be open to the public forever. I am a former Land Trust Board member and current Advisory Council member. I have been, and am currently, involved in numerous conservation projects. I have a personal commitment to the preservation of open space and agriculture. However, I am a real estate broker and my job is to sell this property. If this fundraising campaign is unsuccessful, I will continue to market this property until it is sold. There is, and has been, strong interest in this property because of its location, size, and history. The property has six legal parcels with Certificates of Compliance (County validation that they are legal, transferable, and encumberable). There is a thorough Penfield and Smith Conceptual Development Plan with cost estimates to develop five of these six parcels into buildable lots. In addition, the Hot Springs area itself is designated Day Use Spa under chapter 35 of the Santa Barbara County Code-Montecito Land Use & Development Code. There is a thorough business plan for this type of use available to prospective buyers. The McCaslin family, the owners of the property, have been very generous in not restricting access to this property over the years. A new owner may not be so generous. I have seen similar situations where property owners have built fences and hired security guards to prevent access.

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Mesa Artists Studio Tour Twelve artists, whose output includes abstract, representational, landscape and figurative work in watercolors, pastels, oils, acrylics and other media host annual Mesa Artists Studio Tour, opening their homes for a pre-holiday exhibit and sale. Follow red balloons and signs to enjoy the art of Karin Aggeler, Susan Belloni, Deborah Breedon, Sarah Carr, Ron Freese, Morgan Green, Cree Mann, Margaret Nadeau, Ellen Yeomans, Erin Williams and Paige Wilson. When: Saturday and Sunday November 12 and 13, noon to 5 pm Cost: free Map and info: or 962-7425 the semi-rural residential character of Montecito When: 4 pm Where: Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9 Storyteller at Montecito Library Mix a dramatic, funny storyteller, great stories and an interested audience. What a perfect combination. Expect to be drawn in to another world, another time. Michael Katz, well known in the Santa Barbara area for his riveting performances, is back for another program. Storytelling for ages 4 and up. When: 6 pm to 6:40 pm Info: Tasting and Tweeting Ty Lounge at The Biltmore Santa Barbara hosts an hour of tasting and tweeting on Twitter led by Four Seasons top sommeliers. The second annual virtual wine tasting event though the first for Ty Lounge will feature a comparative tasting of sips for the upcoming holidays: sparkling wines. Leading this years hour-long virtual tasting are four wine gurus with more than 30 years combined experience: James Tidwell, Master Sommelier and co-founder of the Texas Sommelier Association; Brick Loomis, credited for the inclusion of Culina, Modern Italian in Wine Enthusiast magazines 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2011; Dana Farner, recognized by Bon Apptit magazine as one of the best around; and Mark Sayre, one of Wine & Spirits magazines 7 Best New Sommeliers. When: 6:30 pm Where: Ty Lounge, 1260 Channel Drive Cost: $15-$25 Reservations: 565-8232 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10 Food Drive at MUS To benefit Unity Shoppe, donations can be left in the schools parking lot. Items needed include baby food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, rice, soup and canned goods. Where: 385 San Ysidro Road MERRAG Meeting and Training Network of trained volunteers that work and/or live in the Montecito area prepare to respond to community disaster during critical first 72 hours following an event. The mutual self-help organization serves Montecitos 13,000 residents with the guidance and support of the Montecito Fire, Water and Sanitary Districts. This month, Light Search and Rescue. When: 10 am Where: Montecito Fire Station, 595 San Ysidro Road Info: Geri, 969-2537 FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Celebration Join the Pierre Claeyssens Foundation in honoring veterans and service personnel with a parade down State Street and outdoor concert at the Sunken Gardens on Friday, November 11 and the 16th annual Military Ball on Sunday, November 12th. American hero Louis Zamperini will be the keynote speaker at the Ball. When: Parade begins at 11 am, free outdoor concert begins at 2 pm on Friday, November 11 Where: Parade begins at State and Sola Streets; outdoor concert in the Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street; Military Ball at Fess Parkers Doubletree Hotel on Sunday, November 12 Info and RSVP: 966-1660 or www. Alice in Wonderland Head to Santa Barbara High School to see the Fall Theater Production of the magical world of Alice in Wonderland, opening November 11. When: November 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 7pm, and Sunday, November 20 at 2pm Where: SB High School, 700 E. Anapamu St. Info: 698-2162 or FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18

Owls in Wonderland Laguna Blanca School hosts carnival with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Attractions and activities include a Mad Scientist, scavenger hunts, games, arts & crafts, tea parties, live rabbits and owls for photo ops, and of course Alice herself will be there to entertain. Admission is free and the event is open to the community. When: 11 am to 2 pm Where: 260 San Ysidro Road Info: 687-1752 x 209 THURDSAY NOVEMBER 3 Judith Ripka Sample Sale Head to the Canary Hotel to peruse Judith Ripkas newest sample sale selections in 18K gold and silver at 50-70% off. Find a coupon on page four of last weeks MJ to receive $50 off your total purchase. When: 10 am to 5 pm Where: Canary Hotel, 31 W. Carrillo Street Info: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4 Book Signing at Tecolote Author Thomas Steinbeck will sign his new novel, The Silver Lotus When: 5 pm to 6 pm Where: Tecolote Book Shop, 1470 E. Valley Road Info: 969-4977 Westmont Composers Concert The new works of student composers highlight the Composers Concert in Deane Chapel. The concert, which is free and open to the public, features an eclectic mix of string, vocal and piano pieces performed by the composers and fellow students. When: 8 pm Where: Deane Chapel, 955 La Paz Road Info: 565-6040 Carpinteria Estate Sale Help celebrate the holidays at a down on the farm estate sale in Carpinteria. Items include unique Christmas dcor, European antiques, Irish equestrian and castle pieces, yacht furnishings, and more. When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 4, 5, and 6 from 8 am to 1 pm. Bid day is on Sunday. Where: 5840 Casitas Pass Rd. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5 Beautification Day Mindy Denson, her committee, and Montecito Association host the 26th annual Beautification Day. Volunteers will help pick up litter throughout Montecito, and reconvene at the Upper Village for firehouse-cooked five-alarm chili, homebaked cookies and more. Awards given to homeowners whove helped keep Montecito beautiful through landscaping and architectural detailing. Dick Thielscher is being honored as Citizen of the Year. When: 9 am Where: 1470 East Valley Road Info: 969-2026 Cookbook Sale at Montecito Library Hundreds of cookbooks will be for sale, as well as gardening books; money raised to benefit library, which depends mainly on private donations, fundraisers and bequests. Baked goods available for purchase. When: 11 am to 3 pm Where: Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road Info: Jody Thomas, 969-5063 TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8 Montecito Association Meeting The Montecito Association is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing

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SATURDAY DECEMBER 3 Dinner-Dance Holiday Party Jonatha King, Lance Jones, and Jeney and Jim McCoy cordially invite you to their 27th Annual Elegant Evening Dinner-Dance Holiday Party. Dance the night away to all styles of social partner dancing while listening to the Dave Tovar Band and enjoy a formal 3-course dinner. Black tie optional and please RSVP by Monday, November 24. When: 6 pm to 11 pm Where: Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Road Cost: $107 per person Info: or 898-8990 ONGOING MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS Art Classes Beginning and advanced, all ages and by appt, just call Where: Portico Gallery, 1235 Coast Village Road Info: 695-8850 TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS Adventuresome Aging Where: 89 Eucalyptus Lane Info: 969-0859; ask for Susan WEDNESDAYS THRU SATURDAYS Live Entertainment at Cava Where: Cava, 1212 Coast Village Road When: 7 pm to 10 pm Info: 969-8500

MONDAYS Story Time at the Library When: 10:30 to 11 am Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Connections Early Memory Loss Program Where: Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane Info: Susan Forkush, 969-0859 x15 TUESDAYS Boy Scout Troop 33 Meeting Open to all boys ages 11-17; visitors welcome When: 7:15 pm Where: Scout House, Upper Manning Park, 449 San Ysidro Road THURSDAYS Pick-up Basketball Games He 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 pm Where: Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Lane Info: 969-3288 FRIDAYS Farmers Market When: 8 am to 11:15 am Where: South side of Coast Village Road MJ

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Village Beat
n Wednesday, October 26, Montecito Planning Commissioners reviewed Alberto Valners proposed mixeduse project slated to replace Turk Hessellund Nursery at 1255 Coast Village Road. The hearing was for courtesy review only, to help bridge the gap between the city and the county when it comes to development on Coast Village Road. The project includes two, 1600-sqft, two-story townhomes, a 1,250-sqft restaurant, and over 6,000 square feet of office and retail space in the main, two story building. Forty-four parking spaces will go underground, with one space above ground. Architect Brian Cearnal presented the Spanish revival-style project to the commissioners, who were joined by Montecito Architectural Review Board member Bill Palladini. With Cearnal and Valner were an environmental planner and landscape architect to answer the commissioners questions. The owner did not want to try and push the limits of this property, Cearnal reported while showing the plans. The project is beautiful, timeless, and meets the community concerns, he added. The all white building will be traditional in style, and blend in with surrounding buildings, Cearnal noted. Four members of the community spoke at the review, including Danny Copus, president of Coast Village Business Association. Look around, he said. We have no apparent opposition or controversy. Having those things is a sign that a project is not quite right. He called the project attractive and useful for the community. John Wallace, on behalf of Protect Our Village, said his group loves the project. He went on, We are happy to see the project get the green light. Montecito Association executive director Victoria Greene also weighed in, thanking Mr. Valner for his cooperation with the Association. Resident Carole Lieff voiced her opposition,

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saying, This is a beautiful project but not for Montecito. I dont see what it adds to the community. MPC chair Jack Overall, commissioner Dan Eidelsen and Palladini asked Cearnal for more parking review. There are definitely going to be issues with people parking there for other restaurants, added commissioner Michael Phillips. Cearnal reported measures would be taken to minimize parking impacts, including possibly hiring a service to monitor the underground parking lot. All in all, the commissioners applauded the project, and thanked the architect and owner for bringing it to the MPC for review. The design and scale of the project is tasteful, Chairman Overall said. The plans have already been submitted to the City of Santa Barbara, and await Planning Commission review. Also at the meeting, the commission was briefed on new tsunami signage to be installed at three public beach access points in Montecito. The universal signs, which are used on coastal areas all over the world, warn people to leave the beach immediately in the case of an earthquake.

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At this months Montecito Association Land Use Committee meeting, representatives from Southern California Edison (SDE) explained their methodology in trimming trees in Montecito. SCEs Patricia Bartoli-Wible and Pat Gladden explained that state law requires SCE to maintain a fourfoot clearance from electricity lines. Each of Montecitos 8,000 trees is trimmed once a year, and crews are instructed to trim the trees enough that the trimming will last the entire year. We are more aggressive with cypress and eucalyptus trees, said Gladden, who is also an arborist. A discussion ensued amongst the board regarding line clearing

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and aesthetics, and Bartoli-Wible explained that SCE is mostly concerned with maintaining their lines, preventing outages, and preventing fires. Tree trimming for line clearing is not always aesthetically pleasing, Gladden said. The duo reported they are concerned with SCE lines only, and do not deal with communications or phone lines. Bartoli-Wible also mentioned to the committee that community banners are not permitted to be hanged from SCE poles. Local schools, as well as the Association itself, have commonly utilized poles along Olive Mill and San Ysidro Roads to advertise upcoming events, carnivals and meetings. Its a serious hazard, Bartoli-Wible said, explaining the signs put wind strain on the already wood-pecked poles. For more information about tree trimming around SCE lines, visit Montecito Fire Protection District representatives were back in front of the Land Use Committee Tuesday, presenting modified plans for Fire Station 3. The plans were last seen at last months meeting, where committee members directed architects Susette Naylor and Howard Leach to make changes to the proposed project. Weve made major and significant changes and improvements, Mr. Leach said. Changes include modifying the configuration of the maintenance and training buildings, so that their garage doors face inward rather than face East Valley Road. The architects have reduced the widths of the two driveways; one is 16 feet wide and one is 26 feet wide, rather than 30 feet, which was originally planned. The architects also increased the buffer in the back of the property, which has pleased the neighboring Jackson family. A percentage of the walls surrounding the main building have been removed, which the committee asked for. Contention remains on the need for two driveways, which a few members of the board feel is unnecessary. We really feel that having the two driveways is operationally successful. Weve tried to make them smaller and less commercial, but we need two driveways, said Fire Chief Kevin Wallace. This is a big improvement, said committee member Tom Bollay, who also asked that driveway gates be shortened to look more residential. Chief Wallace showed a video of a field analysis on the Westmont College campus, where they showed a fire truck traversing turf block. Using turf block instead of a second driveway was suggested by the Land Use Committee last month, 3 10 November 2011

but the video shows it is not a viable option. The truck got stuck in the turf, and with wheels spinning, had to be towed. After reviewing the modified plans, the Land Use Committee was satisfied with the changes, although they did not take a formal vote of support. The next step for MFPD is to show the plans to Montecito Board of Architectural Review. A Land Use subcommittee is also working with YMCA representatives to revise the plans for the facilitys proposed remodel. YMCA executive director Joan Price was in attendance discussing possible changes to the plans, including design elements, architectural style, and screening from San Ysidro Road. The next Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for December 6 at 4 pm.

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the co-chairs Karen Graf and Betsy Johnson and their mighty committee. Monsignor Stephen Downes gave the blessing. John Palminteri from KEYT Channel 3 News acted as master of ceremonies and auctioneer. The parents favorite is always the class projects that go up for auction. They were all wonderful, but one was news to me a fire pit that burns using a gel-based fuel instead of wood. Chris Toomey reminded all of the Adopt-A-Student Program for which he spearheaded the annual appeal. Because of him and numerous parishioners, Mt. Carmel is able to offer Catholic education to all families who desire this for their children, regardless of limited financial means. Arrivederci until next year!

Birds of a feather flock together hence the red-feathered parrot in a tropical setting to celebrate the 15th annual Red Feather Ball to benefit United for Literacy held at Fess Parkers DoubleTree Resort. The rooms were filled with tropical plants and the walls were covered with visual camera impressions of a jungle. Artist Mara Abboud added to the atmosphere with her parrot portrait for the program cover and silent auction. A flock of United Way supporters gathered for cocktails, canaps, chatter and bidding before going into the ballroom for dinner. There was more jungle and a starry, starry night illuminating the back wall. The partygoers were all there to honor ABC-CLIO and Eric, Ron and Marlys Boehm and MarBorg Industries and Mario and David Borgatello with the Abercrombie Community Excellence Award. John Wigle presented the award to the Boehms. Eric, who is a classic

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dren did what they could to help survive. Mario was still in school when he and his older brother, Charles, started hauling wet garbage with a handdrawn two wheeled wagon from the Bliss estate to the Barker property on School House Road. Through word of mouth the business burgeoned and the rest is history. Master of Ceremonies Debby Davison-Phelps kept the program on track, Andrew Firestone with his inimitable energy kept the auction bids up, and Art Deco & His Society Orchestra kept the dance floor full. The board chair and event co-chairs

from Carpinteria to Lompoc. United Way also supports Fun in the Sun, which is a nurturing summer enrichment program for homeless and lowincome children. For information on how you can contribute to these worthwhile causes, call 965-8591.

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93 years, was a refugee from Nazi Germany and met his wife Inge in Berlin after World War II. They married and launched their successful publishing business and a marriage of 52 years. Eventually, all of their family became involved. Their bio filled three

pages of the program. Dr. Peter MacDougall did the honors for the Borgatellos. There are two generations of brothers involved in a 75-year-old family business called MarBorg Industries. After Mario F. and Charles lost their father, the five chil-

Westmont Museum of Art Director Judy Larson with advisory board members and co-chairs Linda Lindbert and Sharol Siemens celebrate the new building at the home of Bob and Chris Emmons

David, Louise, Judy and Mario Borgatello at the Red Feather Ball, who received the Abercrombie Community Excellence Award

Janet Garufis and Keith and Tina Berry were happy that the evening was fully underwritten so every dollar could go to the programs that United Way supports. CEO Paul Didier was proud to announce, Santa Barbaras United for Literacy is one of the ten best learning programs in the United States. There are twenty-three schools participating. Over 3,500 children have been engaged in Reading Plus

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campus and the grand opening, art lovers of the college gathered in the spectacular home of Bob and Chris Emmons for a fundraiser. Bob explained, Our home was built by one of the hill barons, philanthropist C.K.G. Billings, on one hundred and eighty-eight acres which extended from Salinas to Hot Springs. Fortunately, its only four acres now. The Emmons bought the house and spent three years restoring it before moving into it in 1995. Its a regular museum itself due to its owners being avid art collectors. Cocktails were served on the veranda overlooking a stunning view, and dinner was served on the lawn with heaters to keep us toasty. Emcee Bob Ludwick reminded us, Back east its forty-three degrees and raining. Several committee members did nothing but pray for a perfect evening like this. A big surprise for the audience was when all the waiters began to sing. It was the Westmont Mens Chorale directed by Dr. Grey Brothers masquerading as waiters. Much cheering and whistling followed. Westmont College president Gayle Beebe remembered, When I first came to the college, there wasnt much town, gown connection. Now that has changed. The Emmons expanded the circle and made us feel welcome. 3 10 November 2011

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Chris and Bob Emmons, hosts of the fundraiser for the Westmont Museum of Art, which is now hosting its current show ChanSchatz

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Director Judy told me, Tony Askew was my predecessor for twenty-five years. Tony and artist John Carlander had a vision to have an art center and a gallery. The Reynolds Gallery was there for several years, but with the new state-of-the-art facility it is now a proper museum. Our new treasure in Montecito is now open so come see the current

show at the Westmont Museum of Art with works by Heather Schatz and Eric Chan known as ChanSchatz. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and closed Sundays and school holidays. You can still become a founding member this year. For more information call 565-6162 or email MJ


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Montecito Beautification 2011

Beautification Day Winners

by Kelly Mahan


his Saturday, November 5, Montecito Association hosts the 26th annual Beautification Day at the Village Green. The event always brings out droves of Montecito residents, who pick up garbage along Montecitos streets, beaches and trails, after being treated to a Continental breakfast provided by Montecito Country Club. After the litter pick-up, about 11:15 am, participants will reconvene to celebrate the Citizen of the Year, Dick Thielscher. Dick has a lengthy list of community involvements, including serving on the MA board for several years. He also served on the Montecito Planning Commission for four years, and currently sits on the MA Land Use Committee and the Homeowners Defense Fund. This year Beautification chair Mindy Denson and her committee, Elisa Atwill, Darlene Bierig, Helen Buckley, Deirdre Hanssen, LeAnn Madden, Dana and Andrea Newquist, Ann McWilliams, Birgit Gutscher, Jo and Willard Thompson, Jean von Wittenburg, and John and Christie Venable, have chosen three places in Montecito to honor with Beautification awards. Categories include Landscape Design, Charming Cottage, and Home Renovation. The Charming Cottage award is given to Dan and Lana Gude, who have lived in their Orchard Avenue home since 1976. For the last 35 years, they have continually renovated and upgraded the place. Originally, the house had three bedrooms and one bathroom; it now has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The couple raised their two children, Devaney and Patrick, in the home; both are Montecito Union School graduates. Renovations to the home include a kitchen remodel, new driveway pavers, a rebuilt side porch and a new walkway. Most recently, the couple, who now needs room for two grandsons, added a dining room and deck to the home. We love our home and our neighbors, and wouldnt dream of living anywhere else, Lana says. This year, the Landscape Design award goes to Laguna Blanca Lower School for its Secret Garden. In the summer of 2010, the southwest corner of the San Ysidro Road campus was transformed from overgrown shrubbery and brush to a garden ideal for outdoor classes and small receptions.

The effort began with a group of parents, led by Robin Fell, who set out to raise $15,000 during the 2009-10 school year to fund the small outdoor areas beautification. A team of Lagunas staff members (including former Head of Lower School Susan Naretto, Assistant to Head of Lower School Darla McDavid, Associate Director of Development Delene Bliss, and Director of Physical Plant Matt Bray) then coordinated the renovation. The land was cleared, a paved walkway was laid, and an underground irrigation system was put into place. By the time school started last fall, sod was laid, and an initial planting of boxwoods and roses was complete. In April, the Lower School held an official gathering to thank those who gave their time, energy, and funds to the Secret Garden. Barbara McDonald, a member of the Laguna community, was on hand to speak about her unique connection with the school. Mrs. McDonald lived in the main house as a child, and at that time it was the Howard School and both of her parents were teachers there. Mrs. McDonald spoke about what it was like to grow up on the campus, and then dedicated the garden sundial to the school as a symbol of education. Many dedicated Laguna Blanca families gave significant gifts to the project; Laguna Director of Communications Tara Broucqsault tells us the space has already become a special gathering place on the Montecito campus. Jon and Mary Lou Sorrell, whose home we featured in an issue of the Journal in July (#17/26), are being honored with the Home Renovation award. Earlier this year, the Sorrells transformed their small, dark Summit Road house into a striking, charming French country home with a red tile roof, copper gutters, antique blue shutters, vintage iron doors and gates, and a stone faade. Inside, the couple, who have been renovating homes for 25 years, opened up the kitchen into an open-beamed country look, complete with a red Italian gas range. They also renovated the laundry room and mudroom, installed French oak flooring, casement doors and windows throughout, and made other upgrades throughout the home. After the award ceremony, Montecito firefighters will prepare their Five Alarm Chili and hot dogs, and the Beautification

The Gude home on Orchard Avenue wins Montecito Associations Charming Cottage award

Laguna Blanca Lower Schools Secret Garden has become a gathering place for students and parents; dozens of Laguna community members donated funds and services to build the garden

The Sorrell home on Summit Road is reminiscent of an 18th century French farmhouse; the couple has renovated homes for the last 25 years

Committee will serve their popular chocolate chip cookies. Bluegrass band Glendessary Jam will be back to provide the music, as volunteers peruse the many informational tables, hosted by local organizations including the Fire Protection District, Montecito Association, Montecito Trails, MERRAG, Wildlife Care Rescue, Montecito Library, Lotusland, Casa del Herrero, Music Academy of the West, DAWG, Santa Barbara Channels, Braille Institute, and many others. Kids from Montecito schools will be given awards for their Beautification artwork, which has been displayed around town. MUSs Green Team will be on hand, and Laguna Blanca kids will provide decorated water bottles. Breakfast begins at 9 am at the Upper Village Green, 1470 East

Dick Thielscher is this years Citizen of the Year. He will be honored at Beautification Day this Saturday, November 5

Valley Road. Awards presentation begins at 11:15 am. In case of rain, the event will be postponed for the following Saturday. For more information, please call the Montecito Association office at 969-2026. MJ 3 10 November 2011

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by Kelly Mahan

etween a flash mob dancing to Michael Jacksons Thriller at Cava to larger than life wolf men standing guard in front of Village Properties, to Alice in Wonderland characters greeting kids at Whodidily, Ghost Village Road was host to thousands of young kids and their parents on Monday night, solidifying the annual event as one of Montecitos most popular. We judge the success of the event by the business participation, in addition to the number of trick-or-treaters, said Danny Copus, president of Coast Village Business Association, who organizes the event. This year business owners really got into it. Copus estimates at least 1,500 people traversed Coast Village Road during the three hour trick-or-treat extravaganza, while at least 1,000 visited the Montecito Inns Haunted House. Because it was on a Monday rather than a Friday, I think fewer people came out, he said, explaining that last years Friday event drew closer to 2,000 people. Heres the Scoop held its annual costume contest, while other business owners dressed up and passed out candy all along the street. Business was booming for local restaurants as well, where residents were able to get ringside seats to watch the festivities at Cava, Los Arroyos, Peabodys, Luckys and other eateries along the road. Heres a photo recap of the popular event, as well as the costume contest winners. MJ

First Place- George Nicks (Laguna Blanca, age eight) as Mike Rowe, TV host of Dirty Jobs. This show is Georges favorite and for five minutes he cited all known facts and trivia about its host Mike Rowe. To look the role, George rolled in mud and had his grandfather make plaster that he could apply to his hard hat. What made this photo the winning choice was the utter look of satisfaction and exhaustion on Georges face of just having finished a long day of dirty jobs.

Second Place- Tommy Brittingham (Crane Country Day School, age nine) as Lady Gaga in her famous meat dress. Tommy knew he had to have a creative costume that he participated in making to have a chance to win Scoops costume contest. His mind was set to be Lady Gaga in her meat dress. He found a great photo of a steak and made multiple copies of it, cut them out and attached them to a tunic he had from Morocco. The wig made his transition complete.

Karleigh Dehlsen (MUS, age eight) and Allie Womack (MUS, age nine) as two peas in a pod. The girls are cousins and best friends and wanted a costume that would unite them. What better choice than two peas in a pod? They helped mom and aunt make the costume using swimming noodles for firm edges of the pod. They both made and stuffed their own pea. One interesting note, Karleighs mom told Heres the Scoop that last year her son was the headless man, a contest honorable mention. Creativity must run in the family.

Luckys Maitre D Eric Maldonado stands guard in his original World War II uniform

Shaundie Moore as Strawberry Shortcake

Among the thousand-plus Trick or Treaters that descended upon Ghost Village Road on Halloween were (from left, back row) Joanie and Dennis Franz, rodeo clown James Buckley, and Tricia Pennestri wearing her SpongeBob Squarepants pajamas; (from left) Iron Man Dawson, Super Why Fisher, and Pirate Girl Ella Pennestri; Tricia is the Franzes daughter and the little ones are her children and the Franzes grandchildren

This family goes perfectly together, with Kate dressed as peanut butter and one side of toast, Emily as grape jelly and the other side, mom Mary Pat as a carton of milk, and dad Matt as a chocolate chip cookie, standing appropriately in front of Jeannines

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by Joanne A.Calitri

Kids in line for the Haunted House are Sara Disraeli, Brandon Crane, Nathan Alvarez and Blake Kelley The MUS mad scientist Quinn Fergusson

Perry the Pug hits the streets with the kids on Ghost Village Road Summerland School kids getting quite a fright from the Village Propertys werewolf are Haley Valenzuela and Donnay Stevens

Crane School bumblebees Liana Tacconelli, Summer Smith and Soleil Hallig with Roxy Solakian

SB Junior High boys Matt McClintok, Mac Braid, Caleb Norton and Jack Benhayon

Dressed and Ready Crane Schools Dayglow Pansies Natasha Heyer, Lauren Lokre, Cassidy Drury-Pullen, Kate Smith and Poppy Brittingham

MUS kids on the prowl are Lauren Cordero, Julia McCaw, Cory Williams, Izzy Mallet, Emma Pringle, Gibson F-E, Jameson Baldwin, Parker, Dane Westwick, Margaux Murphy, Winsow Brown and Laird Fowler


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YMCA Afterschool kids at the Montecito Inns Haunted House, Jordon, Alexander, Miles, Amelia, Kaley, Riggo, Jessica, Cosina, Jilina, Cole and Leila.

The line to the Haunted House on a wickedly haunted misty Montecito afternoon

Danny Copus of the Montecito Inn as Jack Sparrow with pirates Carl and Emilio at his annual Haunted House More Pirates at the Haunted House, Omar M and Kyle Walker

Princesses Francis Bennett and Lua Sprovier grace Ghost Village Road with Nicolette Fuhrer

Haunted House Pirates attack on kids Brennan, Logan, Travis and Emily Kaufman

Crane School Lady Gaga at the Cosbar Ella Drury-Pullen and Tommy Brittingham

MUS kids James Oriskoviche, Cater Adams and Madison Oriskoviche

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Nana Eilyne Whiteman with her grandson Kyle Whiteman who attends Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School inside the Haunted House

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we then walked up stairs to the prisons top deck, formerly the exercise area, where event planner, Belle Hahn Cohen, daughter of the late Stephen Hahn, and florist Joni Papay had pulled out all the stops with ornate draping and innumerable flickering candles, to make the clinical space a warm, welcoming environment surrounding a single 60 ft. long table, with Mike and Anne at either end. Chef Bryan Scofield provided us our last meal, -complete with handcuffs, -an electric chair entrecote, parolee turned potatoes and hard times green beans bundles, before the penitentiary peach cobbler announced wed been paroled. Originally the dinner party was for twenty-four, but we just had to expand the numbers for such a unique experience, Mike told the guests, who also included Tab Hunter and film producer Allan Glaser, Peter and Gerd Jordano, Gene Sinser and Patty DeDominic, Robert and Margo Feinberg, and Robert Weinman. It certainly wasnt a hard cell!... Till Death Do Us Part? A real love story or a cynical effort to cash in on their name value? Thats the question being asked after reality TV star Kim Kardashian filed for divorce in Los Angeles this week, just 72 well-rewarded days after

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their globally publicized Montecito nuptials. Kardashian, 31, and her about-tobe ex-husband, basketball star Kris Humphries, 26, reportedly raked in $18 million from magazine deals, TV coverage and endorsements from their big day at venture capitalist Frank Caufields mega-million-dollar 11-acre estate, Sotto Il Monte, which works out at around $250,000 for every day of their controversial marriage. Although the tony twosome have a pre-nuptial agreement, Kardashian has hired noted L.A. divorce attorney Laura Wasser, who has represented the likes of Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie and Maria Shriver, a protracted process that will no doubt be covered by E! TV for future episodes of its most highly rated series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The split came after news reports that Kardashian shopped around for a hoopster hubby for her popular show and was actually turned down by one Italian sports star. Reports on the website wetpaint. com suggest she was so keen to romance an athlete that she got her producers to call round top teams offering a date. New York Knicks player Danilo Gallinari was called to see if he was interested in starring on the show

with her, says the site, but declined. Kardashians marriage her second after divorcing music producer Damon Thomas in 2004 is by no means the shortest on record, having been easily eclipsed by Montecito resident Drew Barrymores 1994 wedding to bar owner Jeremy Thomas, which lasted 19 days. Topping the list is warbler Britney Spears, whose marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander in 2004 lasted all of 55 hours. Watch this space... Aint No Mountain High Enough

features text from Raul Barrenche, Robert Macfarlane, Jennifer Jordan and Nando Parrado, will go to the historic American Alpine Club Library in Colorado, which has more than 30,000 books, the largest collection on the subject in the world. Among those checking out the impressive volume were Kendall Conrad, Anthony Slayter-Ralph, Brian Hodges, Sander and Ginny Vanocur, Beverley Jackson, Gina Tolleson, Penelope Bianchi, and Barnaby and Mary Conrad... Mangia delArte Having attended the venerable Lobero Theatre myriad times in the auditorium, it was quite a change being up on the stage for the Mangia delArte event with 150 other guests. The colorful dinner party, which featured food from some of our Eden by the Beachs top chefs and eateries, including Michael Hutchings, Petit Valentiens Robert Dixon, the Wine Cask, Paradise Cafe, Sojourner, Adama, Blush and Chase, was interspersed with circus acts from a tony troupe in the Bay Area under producer Peter Lesnik. It was a great success, says Angie Bertucci, the theatre foundations marketing director. Taste buds were as entertained as the eyes! The production, which raised around $30,000, attracted a host of supporters, including Milt and Arlene
Magician Calvin Kai Ku entertains guests at the Loberos Mangia delArte gala (Photo: David Bazemore)

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Quite a crowd turned out at Tecolote, the lively literary lair in the Upper Village, when adventurermountaineer, Sandy Hill, launched her hefty 356-page tome Mountain: Portraits of High Places, a collection of photographs spanning 150 years, including Ansel Adams, Peter Beard and Frank Smythe. And the book couldnt be more appropriate for Sandy, who has climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents, including 29,029 ft. Mt. Everest in the Himalayas three times. Ive been a mountain girl all my life, she tells me. Theres a great spirituality involved. They are fascinating, awe inspiring natural structures. All the monies from the impressive Rizzoli-published work, which

Larsen, Susan St. John and Ted Baer, Paige Beard, Linda Beuret, Charles Donelan, Randy Weiss, Rick Sawyer and Jane Litchfield... Tour of the Graveyard It was certainly a most grave situation when members of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum took a Halloween tour of the citys 57-acre cemetery, which offers one of the best views of the late reclusive heiress Huguette Clarks 24-acre estate, Bellosguardo, which will become a museum in due course. When I lived in London, I would often visit Paris in the autumn, and


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Wendy and Daves Halloween Party

ontecitos biggest Halloween Blast took place at Montecito Country Club where, in spite of high-decibel noise levels, we were able to identify everyone in our photos. The party, which has become a perennial favorite, was hosted by former club champion golfer Wendy Laub and her husband, Dr. David Laub. It was a well-attended party and got a little bit crazier as the witching hour approached, replete with costumes ranging from Julia Child (on stilts), Cruella DeVille, hippies, cowboys, pirates, witches, mermen, schoolgirls, masked pro wrestlers, sailors, wenchmen, toga-clad Romans, a straw man, super heroes, zombies and other gruesome guests. Even the recently deceased Muammar Gaddafi made an appearance; we told him how nice it was to see him, as wed heard hed run into some difficulties and he responded that his heat had been shut off, so his hands were cold, but otherwise he was feeling pretty good. MJ
Wrestlemania star Sarah McKitterick joined a snarling Hulk Aaron Pelto and his milkmaid compatriot Arlene Diaz Eloy Ortega came as an especially scurvy pirate, while Raegan Erdman was his curvy and attractive wench Matti Bourgault celebrated as Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, while Wendy Smith (of Coast Village Roads newest boutique, Matti & Me) was the Wicked Witch of the West

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Muammar Gaddafi (Lenny Lefemine) made a brief appearance but left early to go back into cold storage

Stephanie Cleopatra York enjoyed a little solitude away from the togaclad Romans and other assorted ghouls

Groucho Marx (Paul Hurst) performed admirably as Master of Ceremonies and thanked party hosts Wendy Black Swan Laub (whose makeup was applied by a Hollywood professional) and her husband, Dr. David Nutcracker Laub, a urologist by trade

Anna James was a box of tissue and her skunk-attired (or perhaps a dropout from Cats?) companion Kit Will dropped in to attend the Laubs Halloween party at Montecito Country Club

Having a fine interplanetary time were Costa Rica native Jessica Tracy (who made her own fantastic outfit) and Cuban-born Elda Schaffield

A zombie and ghoul ensemble assembled for a floor-filling Thriller dance exhibition at the Laubs over-the-top Halloween party at Montecito Country Club

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Third grader Makena literally takes the cake, winning one round of the Crane Country Fair cakewalk, one of the most popular attractions at the Fair (photo by Teresa Pietsch)

The good, the bad and the ugly gourds line up, waiting to be judged at this past Sundays Crane Country Fair (photo by Tiffany Gordon)

and other sweets, along with three other judges. The judges, which included Crane parent and board of trustees member Ricardo Calderon, Crane student Natasha Feshbach, and Biltmore chef Charlie Rushton, and I agreed that Christina Lomelis Died and gone to Heaven sour cream cheesecake was the obvious winner. Lomeli has two daughters at Crane, and we are told the recipe for the mouthwatering cheesecake is a well-guarded family recipe. Above are some photos from the day.

Laguna Blanca Hosts Annual Carnival

Tiffany Gordon, Ali Oshinsky and Darcie McKnight proved a powerful threesome as chairs of this years Crane Country Fair (photo by Teresa Pietsch)

Due to its overwhelming popularity last year, Laguna Blanca will host the 2nd annual Owls in Wonderland Carnival at the Montecito campus on San Ysidro Road. A team of Laguna parents is making final arrangements

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for the whimsical community carnival, which incorporates the schools owl mascot and the tale of Alice in Wonderland. The event, which is open to the public, features a day of interactive games and creative play geared for children ages three to 10. Admission and activities are free. Laguna parents, teachers and students from the Hope Ranch campus will be volunteering to assist young carnival guests in a variety of booths and activities. Adding to the festive spirit, volunteers will be dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland. The event will feature a mad scientist, royal croquet, arts & crafts, tea parties, live white rabbits, and of course Alice! Mexican fare will be provided by Green & Tasty and complimentary valet parking will be available. Owls in Wonderland is a truly unique carnival because its a fun learning experience. Its geared toward creative and interactive learning in science, math and the arts, says director of communications Tara Broucqsault. Its not just dunk tanks and cotton candy, she said. The event takes place this Sunday, November 6, from 11 am to 2 pm, at 260 San Ysidro Road. For more information call 687-1752, ext. 209.

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Each child is handed a Passport to Wonderland as they enter; they use it to collect station stickers as they explore the World of Wonder at the carnival

(Editors note: The following was submitted to us by Jack Porter Stein, a 5th grade student at Crane Country Day School) The fifth graders at Crane Country Day School are taking part in a service-learning project to help support the Santa Barbara Foodbank. On November 6, the Foodbank will be hosting an annual fundraiser called Empty Bowls. Crane School is helping in two



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ith healthcare continuing to be a point of concern for so many, I find myself often repeating the same advice these days. Healthcare doesnt start at the doctors office, in congress or on an application form. Regardless of policy, coverage, or politics we can all be working to keep our costs down with preventative care that starts in our daily routines. The first and most proactive step we can take in preventative care is in diet and exercise. Keeping track of a few simple factors (along the lines of the proverbial daily apple that keeps us from needing a doctors care) can indeed do a great deal to keep you from the stethoscope. We are all able to work towards

Preventive Healthcare
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Fit Wise

by Jason Baker

fore diminish the toll of circulation. Activity is a not so secret recipe for health and longevity. The circulatory system also benefits from exercise from the effect activity has on cholesterol. Excess weight is linked to the amount of bad cholesterol (LDL) in your blood. This cholesterol is thought to be bad since it has been linked to heart disease.

The body needs two things in order to run most efficiently movement and good nutrition. Our bodies were built to move, and move they must in order to be healthy; but how well we move, and how well we run depends on what we put into our bodies.
preventing heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, depression, and many more debilitating and all too common conditions that constantly make their way into headlines. After all, perhaps the most obvious tie between healthcare and exercise is in regards to obesity, which is probably the most expensive preventable condition, and one weighing heavily on our national attention. To illustrate just how great of an impact preventative steps can have, we should remember that obesity is currently close to carrying a price-tag of over $300 billion a year, as reported by USA Today. In our lives, for the vast majority of us at least, this is a fully preventable condition So while I talk a great deal about the positives of exercise being based around confidence, comfort, energy and happiness, the more solid and practical effects are more powerful still. A myriad of health (not to mention financial) benefits await all those who simply learn to follow a basic guideline in their lives: consume less and exert more. First and foremost, heart health can be bolstered by simple, gentle but regular exercise. The effect of exercise on the efficiency of the cardiovascular system cannot be underestimated. Exercise demands the body move blood throughout the system, which contributes to heart health. If your heart is stronger, it doesnt have to work as hard to pump, which will diminish the force of blood moving through the arteries and there3 10 November 2011 These, as I said, are the effects of mild exercise. To do your part in avoiding health care costs, you dont need to become a triathlete (though more power to you if you do). The bodys health responds beautifully to simple exercise. Even walking does wonders. Though, as you remember from the old saying, it wasnt just the jog or the gym, but the apple that kept the doctor away. The body needs two things in order to run most efficiently movement and good nutrition. Our bodies were built to move, and move they must in order to be healthy; but how well we move, and how well we run depends on what we put into our bodies. Food writer Alton Brown likes to say, There are no bad foods, only bad habits. While I may not entirely agree with the idea that there arent some foods we should steer clear of altogether, I do agree that it is most often our attitudes to food that lead us into trouble. Much of the reason we refer to heart disease and diabetes as preventable is their direct link to diet. We should be aware of our intake of both sugar and cholesterol, and above all avoid the creation of bad eating habits. After all, this is the core of preventative care making minor changes in our daily routines that can prolong our lives and save us untold millions collectively in healthcare costs. We shouldnt forget that were not entirely at the mercy of the healthcare system. Were all covered first and foremost by our own good decisions, and perhaps our most effective healthcare starts on the smallest scale. MJ


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Men in Blue Wear Pink

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Montecito firefighters donned the iconic pink ribbon on their uniforms in their efforts to raise funds for breast cancer research during the month of October. The Ribbon was also on the Montecito Fire Department engines. (From left) top row: Fire Chief Kevin Wallace, Battalion Chief Stu Pfister, paramedic Shaun Davis, firefighter Scott Chapman, firefighter Aaron Briner, Captain Todd Edwards, and Division Chief Terry McElwee. Bottom row: Geri Ventura, Paramedic Alex Broumand, Engineer Dana St. Oegger, Communications Coordinator Jackie Jenkins

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irefighter Ben Hauser spearheaded the Montecito Firemens Association to support breast cancer awareness for October and to donate a portion of their funds, which they have taken from their paychecks, to the cause. The crew decided to wear the iconic pink ribbon on their uniforms during the month of October as well and to add a magnetic one to each of the Montecito Fire Department fire engines. The Association voted to donate $500 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation through their Montecito Firefighters Charitable Foundation, which is a qualified 501c(3) nonprofit corporation. Ben, who has been a Montecito firefighter for three years explained, A number of different events led to the department deciding to participate in cancer awareness and fundraising. Over the years, a number of local firefighters have been diagnosed with various types of cancer. For each firefighter, we have participated in different events to help raise money for them and their families. For example, a number of years ago, MFA created a benevolent fund for this very reason, money raised from the pancake breakfast go directly to this cause. MFD firefighters and staff have also participated in a number of other departments fundraising efforts like golf tournaments, poker tournaments, BBQs and some firefighters showed support by shaving their heads. As this is the first year MFD is donating funds, their goal is simple: Raise awareness and make a modest contribution. When I asked Ben if by the Montecito Journal reporting on his

Montecito Fire Fighter Ben Hauser spearheaded the departments campaign for breast cancer awareness

efforts he would like to raise the bar, he replied, As far as a goal is concerned... This is our first year at this and we dont have a specific number in mind. We would be more than happy if in our fund raising efforts we were able to match our own donation of $500. Now if we were able to raise $5,000, well than that would make us one hundred times happier! Join the Montecito Firemens Association in our fight against Breast Cancer. 411: Donations can be made in person at the Montecito Fire Protection District Station One, or by mail to the Montecito Firefighters Charitable Foundation, 595 San Ysidro Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Please indicate Breast Cancer Donation in the subject line. Additionally, donors can contribute utilizing the Montecito Firefighters Charitable Foundation through our Paypal account (payments should be made to A link for this can be found on the Montecito Firemens Association Facebook page at www.facebook. com/MTOFirefighters. MJ 3 10 November 2011

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Montecito Capitalist
by Jeff Harding
Mr. Harding is a real estate investor and a principal of Montecito Realty Investors, LLC. He was formerly a real estate lawyer in Santa Barbara. He also was financing director of a homebuilder. He has many years of experience in business cycles related to real estate, investments, and finance. He writes the blog, The Daily Capitalist ( You can e-mail him at

Q3 GDP Is A Head Fake

he news on the latest GDP numbers reports that recession fears recede. Now, a few days later, its red flags. So which is it? I believe it is still red flags. But then, we have most of mainstream economists-analysts who disagree with us. The difference is that they have been mostly wrong and we have been mostly right. There are several things to understand about gross domestic product before analyzing the numbers: 1) Spending Isnt Everything GDP measures spending in the economy as an indicator of what the entire U.S. economy is doing. In other words it is concerned only with demand and consumption of goods, not with the production of goods. As a statistic, it tells you nothing about how all those goods got there. This is an interesting topic going way back in Austrian theory economics and which distinguishes it from other economic theories. We Austrians are more concerned with what individuals are doing, not some aggregate national output that economists make up. Its complicated, but this article makes it easy. Think about this: if the Fed injects more dollars into the economy, it will show up as increased final demandconsumption and boost GDP. Since printing more money doesnt create wealth, that doesnt tell us much about our economic health (e.g., spending boomed during the Weimar Republic and in Zimbabwe). Since we Austrians are, if nothing else, realists, we understand that everyone pays attention to GDP, including the Fed, so we pay attention to it as well. 2) This Report Will Be Revised Assuming GDP is important to follow, the next thing to understand about this Q3 report is a, which is the letter attached to this report; it means advance estimate. These GDP reports are revised as better data comes in, so next we will get the second estimate and then the third (final) estimate. More often than not these reports have been revised downward lately more than upward. 3) They Fudge The Deflator Lastly, these numbers are what are

called real, or inflation-adjusted numbers. This gives rise to the question of what is the actual rate of price inflation. They dont use the CPI ratio put out by the Census Bureau. They use what is called a chained price deflator from the GDP report, which means they take prices as they were in 2005 and figure how much they have gone up since then. Then they adjust the gross spending numbers by this (deflator). This is good for the government because it is lower than what we believe to be the actual price inflation rate and makes GDP look better than it really is. Lets face it, 2005 isnt very long ago and if you go back farther in time this inflation indicator would make GDP look worse. Why not 1995 or 1985 or 1975? Also, they keep changing their calculation methodologies. My preferred price inflation source is , which uses methodologies the government used in 1990 or from 1980. Their 1980 chart is showing price inflation at about 12%. The BEA (which puts out the GDP report) is using a 2.5% rate of price inflation. In other words, if you adjusted current GDP by the 1980 deflator GDP would be in the negative. And, if that were the case, which I believe it is, we would be seeing flat to declining growth and high unemployment, which we are.

The Q3 Report

GDP was up 2.5% for Q3 2011. This is almost double the Q2 report (1.3%). Spending by businesses centered on equipment, especially computer and software related goods (up 17.4%). Consumer spending was up (2.4%) and auto sales were healthy. Durable goods were up 4.1% and fixed investment (nonresidential) was up 16.3% (vs. 10.3% Q2). Negative signs are that inventories have been increasing. Another very negative indicator is real disposable personal income (-1.7%), which confirms that income-wages are going backwards. Another negative trend is that the personal savings rate declined one full percentage point to 4.1% from 5.1%. While the report suggests that cutting back in state and local government spending is a negative, we need to see this as a positive in economic terms. A look at the BEAs report on Personal Income and Outlays for

September shows that real disposable personal income (i.e., inflation adjusted) decreased 0.1% in September (vs. -0.4% in August). And real personal consumption outlays (spending) increased 0.5% (vs. a decrease of 0.1% in August). This mirrors the Q3 GDP report. The fact that auto sales are up is a positive, but much of this is related to pent-up demand: improving availability of product, lower pricing and this years late-starting modelyear-end clearance activity. But pricing still has not fully returned to normal and there are still inventory shortages. This suggests there may be a small upside to near-term sales. Remember that most people in America are fully employed (about 84% of the workforce) and they are buying cars because of dealer incentives and the availability of desirable models. This may be analogous to Cash for Clunkers, where future demand was pulled into the present and when the incentives were gone, sales dived. A better indicator of economic health is the fact that people have cut back on driving because of higher gas prices. Business spending is also up, but other data suggests that companies are replacing equipment in order to create efficiencies in operations, but they are not hiring because of a lack of demand. What does all this tell us? It tells us that consumers are spending by almost the same amount that they are drawing down savings (savings down $116.2 billion from prior month, yet personal outlays were up $133.1 billion). These are rough statistics to be sure we would need to see the Feds Flow of Funds report when it comes out to get more accurate data. But it illustrates the reality that since people are earning less and spending more, the money must come from somewhere and that somewhere is savings. This is not healthy. In an economic recovery we would be seeing wages grow and consumption increase. That is not happening:

High On Hopium

When you see economists exultant about a minor blip in spending you can be assured that they are high on hopium.

We fervently hope that the economy would recover, but for that to occur the Fed needs to raise interest rates and wind down excess reserves. Then real savings would increase, and ultimately as capital is accumulated, production would increase, debt loads would be reduced at the personal level, housing would bottom and start to turn around, banks would resolve their balance sheets, and employment would increase. But that isnt the likely case. All the attention on GDP demand and consumption is misplaced. This quarters report is a false signal, a head fake if you will, that is an artifact of two rounds of quantitative easing (QE), which cannot be sustained when you have wages declining and debt loads still historically high. In my article, Winners and Losers: The New Economy, I pointed out that the top 5% of earners account for 37% of all consumer spending and it is they who are supporting consumer spending. It is our opinion that the ber rich have been the main beneficiaries of QE and that it hasnt trickled down to the middle income earners. As the Feds fiat money is distributed throughout the economy it has been causing prices to rise, perhaps modestly, but then QE is not a very efficient way to inflate. It hasnt created real wealth and has been rewarding financial players rather than producers. Without another round of QE we should see a continued economic decline and then a gradual recovery as outlined two paragraphs above. Because of all of the government interference in the recovery process, this will take some time. The probable scenario in the near term is that the financial markets will decline, corporate profits will flatten or decline, exports will decline because of a worldwide slowdown and a rise in the dollar, unemployment will remain high, and prices will continue to rise. That certainly doesnt add up to an increase in future real economic growth. That will alarm the Street, the Obama Administration, and the Fed and we can expect another round of quantitative easing, continued ZIRP, higher prices, and calls for more fiscal stimulus. This will kick off another round of market euphoria, a further decline in the formation of real capital required to fuel a new recovery, more price inflation, continued high unemployment, and economic stagnation. The further implications of these events will be spelled out in another article coming soon. MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL

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ways. First, we are making ceramic bowls by hand and on pottery wheels to donate to Empty Bowls. Second, were making posters with collage art to advertise the Empty Bowls event. My art teacher, Mrs. Huglin Ridge, says this about our project: I appreciate how the students create something with attention, focus, and ultimately love that transfers to other people that might need attention, focus and love. Our posters are on display at several locations across Santa Barbara. The Foodbank is doing Empty

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Bowls to raise money for food. We are participating in Empty Bowls to help raise money as well. When asked about the project, my good friend Maddie Walker said, I think it is good for Crane to support the Foodbank because it shows kids that there are people that need help in our community. It allows Crane students to help other families in need and reminds us to be grateful for what we have. The Foodbank is a non-profit organization, which means that most of the money they raise goes to people in need. The Foodbank is workArticle author Jack Porter Stein, who, along with his classmates, are making bowls for the Foodbanks Empty Bowls event

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An event for the community

Jump down the rabbit hole!

Sunday, November 6, 11am - 2pm 260 San Ysidro Road
A whimsical day of interactive learning and creative play for young children. Featuring ... a Mad Scientist, Royal Croquet, Games, Arts & Crafts, Tea Parties, Live White Rabbits & Owls, and of course Alice!

ing to help feed people who are unable to get the food they need for themselves and their families. These people are not just the homeless. Many are average people who might have been laid off or have faced the death of a family member, which has left them unable to afford food. These can be very sad situations. Forty-four percent of the people the Foodbank serves are children. When I found this out, I was amazed and saddened by this fact. People can help the Foodbank by volunteering to serve meals, organizing a food drive or making a financial donation. With the Foodbank, kids and parents are given healthy and substantial meals that keep them from going hungry. In fact, last year, 10.5 million pounds of healthy food was delivered to those in need. On November 6, at the Rockwood Womens Club, local bakers and restaurant chefs will bring in fresh soup and bread for you to enjoy in handmade bowls donated by local artists and school children from our area. Admission is $25, with all proceeds going to the Foodbank. Each $25 donation is worth up to $75 worth of food, and that seems like a great way to help feed the hungry. To learn more about the Foodbank or the Empty Bowls event, please go to

Corrections & Omissions

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In last weeks issue (MJ #17/43) we mistakenly reported that Montecito resident John Wallace spoke at a recent Montecito Board of Architectural Review meeting on behalf of Save Coast Village Road. Wallace was actually speaking on behalf of Protect Our Village, a grass roots community group of members and supporters concerned with oversized development harming the small town character of Coast Village Road. MJ 3 10 November 2011

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Library Corner
Booking the Cooks
by Jody Thomas
Chana Jackson, Jody Thomas and Linda Schillerstrom at the cookbook sale last year


Invest in your childrens health
Certified personal trainer and athlete Nora Tobin is expanding her practice to work with children 5 to 15
Sports - Specific Training, Volleyball, Soccer, Water Polo, Tennis, etc. Speed and Agility Coordination/Balance Weight Management Yoga and Relaxation Exercises Leadership/Teamwork Skills

ur third annual cookbook sale is happening this Saturday, November 5. If you love food and books, combine them and come to the Friends of Montecito Librarys 3rd Annual Cookbook Sale where there will be a selection of Childrens, Organic, Diet, and Nutrition and Charity cookbooks as well as books on Desserts, Food Memoirs and much more. We are adding Gardening Books this year, too. All this and a terrific bake sale, from 11 am to 3 pm. After getting your work done for Montecito Beautification Day, come across the street to the library and take a look!

Jody Thomas is the Montecito Branch Library Supervisor
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We love providing a regular time for our son to get structured exercise which helps develop his fitness, coordination and balance. Nora is patient and caring while gently encouraging his progress. He looks forward to each session. -Stacey and Don Fergusson Santa Barbara

Library Resources

With daylight saving time in place, it really feels like fall. What better way to spend an evening than curled up, in your pajamas, and listening to stories? Especially when Michael Katz is telling them. Michael is storytelling at the library on Wednesday, November 9 at 6 pm. Wear your pajamas and your slippers! Bring your pillow, and dont forget your teddy bear. It is story time for families. Expect to be drawn in to another world, another time. Michael is well known in the Santa Barbara area for his wonderfully dramatic and funny stories. Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israels Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a womens contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring yet little-known movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. The film will be followed by a discussion. Israel and Palestine are very much in the news these days, and Budrus offers us an opportunity to learn about an aspect of the issue that is rarely covered in the American press. Join us on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 pm. 3 10 November 2011

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One of the things the library offers is large type books. Not every book is published in large type, but we do try to have a variety of books in this format, both fiction and nonfiction. We have just gotten in about 100 new titles. Readers advisory is another great service the library has to offer to all ages. Readers advisory comes in many forms, and staff enjoy offering personal assistance to those looking for something to read. We can create lists of titles for childrens books for parents looking for books that address a particular subject, such as being afraid of the dark or divorce or having a new baby in the family. We can suggest books that make good book club selections and that will generate lively discussion. We can recommend adult books that are suitable for young adults. We can recommend titles that might enhance upcoming travel plans. Another type of reader service we offer is staff picks. At the Montecito Library, we have a shelf of selected books that the staff has read and can recommend. In addition to the physical shelf, on the Santa Barbara Public Library homepage of our website, we offer a staff picks list with recommendations from library staff throughout the system. Each entry has a link to the title in the online catalogue, to see at a glance at what branch the book is located. And, finally, on the webpage we have a dedicated page for readers advisory. There are lists of award winners, best sellers, book reviews, discussion guides, author biographies and links to sites with lots of ideas about what to read next. Life is too short to read bad books. Happy reading, everybody. MJ

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Carla and David Valentine with Santa Barbara Cemetery historian David Petry

one of the great joys was walking around Pre Lachaise, the 200-yearold 110-acre cemetery named in honor of the confessor of King Louis XIV, which boasts a whole host of bold faced names, including Bizet, Chopin, Rossini, Sarah Bernhardt, Balzac, Edith Piaf, Pissarro, Delacroix, and, most notably, Oscar Wilde, with its enormous art deco monument sculpted by Jacob Epstein. Although not quite so old and celebrity packed, our guide, David Petry, who does regular tours of the cemetery, pointed out innumerable notable resting places, including the late actors Fess Parker; Ronald Coleman, who owned the San Ysidro Ranch, and Laurence Harvey, who starred in The Alamo, The Manchurian Candidate and BUtterfield 8. Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, were also to be buried on the bluff overlooking the Pacific near the grave
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of city beautifier Pearl Chase, but plans changed after he became Americas 40th president. He now reposes in the presidential library grounds in Simi Valley. David is well versed on the subject of cemeteries, having visited more than 1,500 worldwide and writing his entertaining 207-page book The Best Last Place on Santa Barbaras gem. If youve not visited, its well worth a tour... Momentous Movement Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which started its career 34 years ago, is a most thought provoking troupe. Under artistic director, Glenn Edgerton, the company performed three inspiring works, including two pieces, 2752 and Petite Mort by Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian. The dancers were on stage warming up as the attendees filed in, ready

for 2752 with its electronic score and stage-wide white vinyl backdrop, while solos, duets and ensemble pieces filled the program. Mozart provided the music for Petite Mort, a work filled with ball gowns and foils under a black shroud, which created most amusing moments, not to mention the attire almost resembling Victorian corsets. Johan Ingers comedic piece, Walking Mad, featuring a long tall wall and bizarre and surreal situations, perfectly wrapped the UCSB Arts & Lectures show with Ravels rhythmic Bolero... 50,000 Flights Angel Flight West, an organization that started in 1984 flying just 15 missions to help financially needy families get necessary medical treatment at the best centers irrespective of distance, is marking a major landmark this month its 50,000th mission. Its quite a record, Alan Dias, executive director, told me at a Flights of Hope reception at Santa Barbara Airports Atlantic Aviation. We now fly around 7,500 missions a year and our scope has broadened considerably. Some fourteen hundred pilots in fourteen states volunteer their planes, time and money. Under the new healthcare legislation, more people will have the necessary insurance coverage for treatment, but not the necessary means to get to the right doctors and hospitals. Former Marine, W. Mitchell, who suffered burns on over 65 percent of his body from a blazing motorbike and was then paralyzed in a plane accident four years later, was the keynote speaker, who explained his philosophy: Its not what happens to you, but what you do about it! Listening to the moving message were Jim and Jane Burkemper, council member Randy Rowse, Martin and Gina Bell, Ole and Melinda Johansson, and Bill and Sandy Pourcho... Majestic Motorcars It was horsepower of a very different kind that was the main attraction at the Santa Barbara Polo Club at the weekend when the 25th annual Concours dElegance, featuring 250 immaculately polished cars of all ages, graced the impeccably manicured fields. One of the undoubted highlights was a supercharged 1938 Bugatti, a wedding gift from the French government to the future and last Shah of Iran, that was completely restored in 1983 and is now part of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which features 150 rare and eminently collectible autos. A 1910 Flying Merkel motorbike, a 1939 Worlds Fair Delahaye and 1970s Indy 500 race car were also featured,

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The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara Countys clam chowder festival goes from strength to strength. More than 450 people packed into the Montecito Country Club for the second annual event, with 30 eateries and 16 wineries generating around $25,000 to help provide legal advice for more than 5,000 of the areas poorer residents each year. It has really caught on in a big way, gushes Ellen Goodstein, the charitys executive director. People love trying out the chowder and the locale adds a certain je ne sais quoi. Its a great mix! Phil Kirkwood, editor and publisher of Food & Home magazine, co-chaired the bash with Niki Richardson, the foundations development director, while Playboy mansion chef, William Bloxsom-Carter, restaurant critic, Michael Cervin, and Edie Robertson of the Food Networks Extreme Chef, judged the melange of magnificent mollusk mixes... Sightings: TV super salesman Ron Ronco Popeil getting his java jolt at Pierre Lafond... Weeds actor Demin Bichir chowing down antipasti and pizza at Olio e Limone... Rob Lowe perusing the menu at Luckys Pip! Pip! for now Readers with tips. sightings and other amusing items for Richards column should e-mail him at or send invitations or other correspondence to the Journal MJ 3 10 November 2011

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Senior Expo Draws a Large Crowd

anta Barbara has a myriad of nonprofits, agencies, and businesses that are geared toward local seniors and nearly 100 of them were exhibitors at the Senior Expo of Santa Barbara on October 19th from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The entrance fee was $10 and included a free flu shot at no extra charge donated by Cottage Health System. Before the doors opened, the line for those who wanted to receive the shot stretched across the entire front of the building. But with amazing efficiency, within fifteen minutes of the Expos opening, those who had been waiting for their shot had received it and were entering the exhibit hall. Each year, nurses and other volunteers help to make the event a huge success. Without their assistance, it could not be provided as affordably or efficiently. A steady stream of seniors kept the vendors busy as they made their way through the exhibits. Exhibitors included home care providers, rehabilitation and physical therapy facilities, retirement living communities, heath services, insurance and estate management representatives, a number of nonprofits such as The Friendship Center, Meals on Wheels, Hospice, and many more. Various health screenings took place; blood pressure, hearing, glaucoma screening and balance testing were offered at various booths. The Expo also had a number of outdoor vendors. The Car Fit Program provided a 12-point checklist for vehicles designed to make a car fit its driver better and enhance safety. Braille Institute was there with

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their Mobile Solutions bus, showing the amenities offered for those with visual impairments. And seniors were able to bring one box of old documents that were shredded on-site at no charge. Musical entertainment by the Dixie Daddies Ensemble and the Centerpiece Barbershop Quartet kept everyone entertained. Attendees came to the Expo for a variety of reasons. Some were interested in learning about programs such as Meals on Wheels or Easy Lift Transportation. Others were investigating some of the available retirement living options, home care providers, Senior Centers, or other health services such as Life Line or Hospice Care. And there were those who were simply interested in knowing about recreational activities such as the Schmooze Room at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, day trips that the Santa Barbara Airbus provides, or a fun travel group like Our Gang, sponsored by Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. The annual Senior Expo is a great place for seniors to learn about what is available for them in Santa Barbara County. Its also an effective way for businesses and nonprofits to connect with seniors who may be interested in their services. If you missed this event, you might want to check it out next year. MJ


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ext Thursday, November 10, Fannie Flagg and Julie Foudy will be the featured speakers at the Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon at Fess Parkers DoubleTree. Fannie Flagg was already a popular comedienne and actress when she moved to Santa Barbara umpteen years ago. Although she had written for television (Candid Camera), she discovered her talent for fiction right here in Santa Barbara at the Writers Conference. This launched her first hit, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man and she went on to write six more New York Times best selling books, including Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf, all endearing storytelling. Julie Foudy is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for the US Womens Soccer Team and ESPN commentator. With her husband, she founded the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy for girls ages 12-18 which weaves together sports and leadership in a weeklong program. The two ladies will make outstanding speakers, and personally I am looking forward to hearing Fannie Flagg, who is just as funny, and friendly and real in real life as the narrative in her books. If you think this sounds like a very nice and interesting event, you would be right. To be included at this luncheon, make reservations at 963-4757 ext. 10.

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Bank of America) were right here in Santa Barbara. Over the century, a number of local organizations have served and supported Italians here, among them: UNICO, The ItalianAmerican Boot Cub, Italian Mutual Benefit Society, Sons of Italy, The Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation, and the Daughters of Italy. The Talevi family came from Locarno (Swiss-Italian) around 1921. Frank Umanzio brought his family here during the mid 1980s when he was a manager at Raytheon. Complimenti... Me ne congratulo.

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Montecito resident, author and comedienne Fannie Flagg was nominated for the screenplay adaptation of her 1988 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf and will be a featured speaker at the Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon at Fess Parkers DoubleTree on November 10 Ms Graffy is author of Society Ladys Guide on How to Santa Barbara, is a longtime Santa Barbara resident and a regular attendee at many society affairs and events; she can be reached at 687-6733

At the Police Foundation shebang over at the Biltmore, auctioneer John Palminteri was in his usual fine form and quick wit. After the auction was finished, they were into the beg to fund rifles for the patrol officers. Among the many who wanted to help contribute toward this was Peter Caldwell, from the well-known family of pharmacists (for over 60 years) in Santa Barbara. John called out Peters name as one who would help fund the rifles, Palminteri noted that Caldwells Pharmacy, were also well known for giving shots.

of the importance and application of many aspects of commercial diving. I could not believe all the accomplishments in this field that happened in Santa Barbara, such as the focus of his presentation the inventions, including innovations ranging from diving helmets developed right here, to the experimentation of the gas mixture to dive hundreds of feet deeper. (Who would want to guinea pig that experiment? Well, somebody in Santa Barbara did.) So if you love history or have a curious mind for these things, you will be happily satisfied. Its time to learn more about this overlooked aspect of Santa Barbaras past. That illustrated lecture will be at the Munger Theater at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, on Wednesday, November 10 at 7pm.

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The Santa Barbara version of Dancing with the Stars featured the ballroom professionals from Arthur Murray teaching area celebrities in a dance-off to support Restorative Justice in Santa Barbara through Conflict Solutions Center. (Hmm, theres an idea a dance-off to settle all conflicts.) Among the choreographed contestants was our District Attorney Joyce Dudley who was arresting in a sexy tangerine dress. Though she could do no wrong in her rhumba she was cited for causing a pleasant public commotion. Staid attorney-real estate mogul John Thyne had to forego his signature coat and tie for a striped blackon-black shirt unbuttoned down the chest (what, no gold chain?). Then he finished his sizzling salsa with a completely unexpected, out-of-character worm roll. That alone was worth the price of admission. Folks also enjoyed Attorney David Landecker finishing his fancy foxtrot with flair and flourish. Attorney Kate

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Graham looked absolutely stunning in a red slinky slit-skirt number (shes got legs) and expertly tangoed her way to Grand Champion for the evening. Arthur Murray Studio Director Karen Hermanson was feted for presenting an absolutely wonderful evening of dance entertainment and performances to benefit the community and for bringing one of the best ever (14 piece LA studio musicians) dance orchestras to town.

Encomiums for Italians

Congratulations to Virginia Talevi and Frank Umanzio, who were honored by the Italian-American Boot Club at their annual Awards Dinner. The two were recognized for their many contributions to preserve Italian culture in Santa Barbara for 35 years and for their support of the Italian community. I should point out that the Italian immigrants were the third largest ethnic group in Santa Barbara at the turn of the century (the other one) and a significant cultural component to Santa Barbara. There were so many Italian immigrants here that one of the first branches of both Banco Fugazi and also Bank of Italy (forerunner to

Just in time for the opening of Purisima (the Santa Barbara Maritime Museums latest permanent exhibit celebrating Santa Barbara as the birthplace of commercial deepwater diving), we have Professor of Marine Technology Don Barthelmess giving a presentation titled Diving into Santa Barbara: An Evolution of Underwater Technology. This talk explains how Santa Barbara was established as the birthplace of deepwater commercial diving. Now I know what you are thinking: Hmm, I am not really into deep sea diving, so maybe this aint my cup of tea. What would I know about this? Well, do tell! And yes, I will. I was invited a few years ago to a lecture given by Professor Barthelmess. He had been honored by his peers at Santa Barbara City College and selected to deliver the 29th Annual Faculty Lecture in 2008, and this was his first presentation on this subject. I know nothing at all about diving. Heck, I dont even like to put my head underwater when splashing about in a pool. I was attending to honor Don for his accomplishments and work. But I was amazed and excited to learn about this whole other side of Santa Barbara. I discovered why Santa Barbara is on the map for all the major developments in the field. I had no idea

Margo Barbakow likes to make things happen, and she likes to support worthy causes, so when shes ready to lend a hand, you know somethings afoot... Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation needed its annual infusion, traditionally a fundraising luncheon. This year instead of having a meal, Margo thought of massaging the funny bone. Her concept was to do some healing through humor to make financial headway for this organization, which helps South Coast families of children with cancer. Teaming up with co-chair Fiona Stone, and tapping her friend Carol Burnett and other comedians, Margo launched An Evening of Laughter and Love to honor Burnett. Fiona, a former BBC broadcast journalist gave introductory remarks to remind the audience how everything gets put on hold when a child is undergoing cancer treatments, including work. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is there to offer very specific and special support. Sergeant Mike McGrew of the SBPD was featured on a video explaining how helpful the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation was, offering financial (covering expenses not covered by insurance) and other practical assistance to families during very difficult years. His story was personal. Sergeant McGrew was approached by Nikki Katz when she was forming Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. Mike rallied some support right away, never dreaming that in another year, his young son would be stricken with cancer. Twelve-year-old Michael T.T. McGrew was a plucky fighter, and fought for 5 years before succumbing to bone cancer.


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he opening years of the 21st Century could well be branded as The Age of Authenticity. As colleges and universities conferring advanced degrees in business management send new graduates forth each year, two words have followed these new masters into the marketplace of ideas and products. The words, sturdy and straightforward enough BMBA, before Masters in Business Administration, have evolved. Brand and platform now convey to the initiates a higher awareness of the need for self-knowledge, self-awareness, or, you might say, authenticity. In a world real and cyber, glutted with information posing as fact and art posing as reality, our collective need for a sense of authenticity is as vital as our concerns about the future of reality. A recent title from one of our better scholarly publishers, The University of Chicago Press, might raise the guard hairs of suspicion with its own branding of scholarly excellence. Its title, The Real Real Thing, and its unanticipated subtitle: The model in the mirror of art could raise a few more hairs. True enough, its author, Wendy Steiner, is an academic, but in these few hundred highly readable pages, language, wit, and provocative text converge with a number of appropriate illustrations to make for the kind of spirited discussion and spectrum of ideas not often found in the contemporary nonfiction book. Steiners points of triangulation are the spaces between reality and realism. She also lures us to consider the spaces between reality and art, leaving us at several points along the way to revel in the irony that art, which is, of course, invented, is often more authentic than reality, that fiction is closer to the truth than fact. This leaves us to consider the modern vision of fiction being the medium for telling the real story, while biography and history are likely to be considered sanitized and unauthentic versions. Literary references abound, reminding us that such early fictional accounts as Robinson Crusoe, first published in 1719; Moll Flanders, published in 1722; and Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, published in 1740, were believed to be accounts of actual persons. On our own side of the Atlantic, Stephen Cranes 1893 novel, Maggie: a Girl of the Streets, arguably the trigger for the American Realism movement, was thought by many readers to have been whole cloth factual. Steiner s interests also fall on liter3 10 November 2011

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His reviews have appeared in the metropolitan press since 1973. His latest book is The Fiction Lovers Companion.

immediate and remote pasts with stories of the creation of women as moral and artistic abstractions. Chapter four, which brings us along to about onethird of the way into the text, substantiates the effect of Steiners narrative on our attention. What happens to Art, she asks, when virtually everything is virtual? Steiners discussion of the Henry James 1892 long story, The Real Thing, shows her firm narrative hand. In the James story, a painter hires as his models a distinguishedlooking elderly couple, he attempts to use as illustrations of all that conveys upper middle class respectability and status. The man is a retired major, his wife a statuesque embodiment of patrician beauty. After numerous attempts, the painter cannot produce results that satisfy him. The couple already resembles the clich they were hired to impersonate, causing drawings and paintings of them to resonate with the dreadfulness associated with what they represent. No stranger to irony, James throws in the fact that the artist is able to use a humdrum, freckled cockney woman as a model from which he is able to evoke the fictional presence of refined beauty. When I drew [the respectable couple], the painter says, I couldnt get away from them get into the character I wanted to represent.

With example after example, bringing us into such diverse models as the novelized version of the model for Jan Vermeers The Girl with the Pearl Earring, and the controversial photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, Steiner draws us into the narrative itch she has created. The suspension of disbelief previously defined in art has been replaced today by a will to believe, she writes. Audiences seek out nonfiction art for its evocation of the real, but given that so much of it is a hybrid of fact and fantasy, the unwritten contract with the viewer is frequently strained. Steiner seems to me to be saying is that our search for authenticity in reality and in the forms of art we pursue is leading us astray. What we applaud when we do applaud and what we turn away from when we do turn away, or set the book down for good is the artifice of the creator. Whatever the form of art is that we are drawn to, the attraction comes from the artists ability to take us on a considerable journey; it is a journey by degrees removing us from the reality that is, transporting us to the metareality of art. Wendy Steiner is an agreeable tour guide for a journey fraught with frequent stops to assess our individual dependence on the real reality and our willingness to allow our imagination to take flight. MJ

ary renditions of painters, sculptors, and their models, notably the standing on its head of the myth Pygmalion, and his desire to create a perfect woman. But first, he needs a model. The Real Real Thing has nine chapters, arranged in three sections, Backgrounds, Models in Contemporary Art, and Interactive Aesthetics. Each of these segments presents a series of questions, which intrigue the reader into an active investigation of the real and apparent worlds around us. The first group of chapters engages from the start, asking us to consider what a model is, then takes us into the

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throughout her TV career and showcased her clever wit, comedic timing, and clowning around with her cast of characters: dressed as Scarlett OHara with those curtain rods, singing with Cher, giving her coded tug at the ear for her grandmother, letting loose with her Tarzan yell. Come to think of it, the next time I see Carol, I will have to ask her how she always manages to give her Tarzan yell in the exact same key (hovering right around concert A, as a matter of fact). In accepting her encomium for comedy, Carol shared a few behind-thescenes stories, and then, with consummate poise and grace, expressed her gratitude to Santa Barbara, Thanks for letting me be a part of this community.

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The Woodstock Revival party celebrating the 60th birthday of CEO Cathy Carter Duncan and guitarist Steve Dudas (with the 50th birthday of youngster Jon Johnson thrown in as well). Several hundred people came and went and/or happily camped out over the three days at Price Ranch a la Woodstock.
Songwriter and guitarist Steve Dudas (Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne, Quincy Jones, Aerosmith), left, and Mark Hart, keyboardist for Crowded House and Supertramp, are among the rock stars who came to celebrate the Woodstockthemed birthday party musical blowout for Cathy Carter Duncan, Steve Dudas and Jon Johnson


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The opening day, naturally, was devoted to prep. Whats a Woodstock party without tie-dye? So the first day, party participants worked on their color schemes as well as bead making, hanging lights, and hanging around. Second day party on! The recreation of the original hippie event was adjusted for age appropriateness. Instead of sexing, stoning, and snorting, these latter-day hippies were swimming, siesta-ing, and sitting around swapping tall-tales. The ranch includes a maze cornfield where people congregated in the center at the dramatic moment to sing a rousing chorus of happy birthday under the stars to the birthday trio. The birthday girl and hostess is an amazing and accomplished individ-

ual. A long-time Santa Barbara community volunteer, she is also a cattle woman, and was on the winning 2008 Baja 1000 team (first female team of off-road motorcycles to win the Baja). And as co-founder and CEO of Seymour Duncan (manufacturer of arguably the best guitar pick-up in the musical universe), Cathy Carter Duncan also knows a few rock stars. And what a surprise they all enthusiastically packed their gear and joined in the party to salute this popular corporate muse of musicians. Guitarist Steve Dudas joined fellow rock stars from groups like Canned Heat, The Doors, Super Tramp, Aerosmith and others to jam the night away. If theres a Rock n Roll heaven... well, this might have been it. ...The annual Halloween Cemetery Walk and Talk given by my historywriter colleague David Petry. He is

the author of The Best Last Place, which tells the history and contents of our

Santa Barbara cemetery. He had a huge crowd of more than 60 people, many of whom were so intrigued by his presentation at the Historical Museum, that they hooked up two days later for the on-site tour. David was a consummate researcher, his knowledge extensive and you would not believe how utterly fascinating all the aspects of our cemetery could be. He showcased the stunning artwork in the chapel, gave the history of cremation, pointed out the unusual designs of headstones, memorials, mausoleums, and highlighted all the famous people and leading citizens who made Santa Barbara their final resting spot. Not only were people eager to be part of this grave occurrence, but in the Santa Barbara Cemetery, people were dying to get in. MJ

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Montecitos attractive wooden post street signs are in constant need of repair, as they eventually rot from sitting in dirt and begin to lean until they fall to the ground. Sometimes, the signs are run into and knocked over; other times, vandalism or outright theft is the culprit. The latest sign-down event occurred on the west end of Coast Village Circle at Coast Village Road, in front of the Chevron Station there.

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Marco Menchaca, who works at both the Chevron and the 76 Station at Olive Mill and Coast Village Road, says the sign either fell down or was bumped into on Friday, October 28. When he called the city to report it, the young lady at the other end of the line informed him that the sign was none of their business (the city of Santa Barbara is responsible only for the metal signs along the strip), and that he should call Montecito and let them know. There is no Montecito, Marco told the city worker. Montecitos not an incorporated city yet, he continued, and I always thought it was the city that was responsible for Coast Village Road, that it belonged to Santa Barbara City proper because whenever there is an incident, the City Fire Department comes. The young woman on the other end of the line repeated her advice, Call Montecito, she said, Call the [Montecito] Association. Marco didnt call the Association; he first called the County to find out if the signs were in their jurisdiction.

I hate to see it not being there, he said, because it makes this place look really nice. Those wooden signs really do make this place look really nice, and they are the responsibility of the Association. Although the wooden signs predate the current metal replacements, they have never been maintained by the City of Santa Barbara, which put up the metal signs without asking Montecito residents or even the businesses along Coast Village Road what they thought. So, if you see a wooden sign down, please call the Montecito Association at 805-969-2026, or better yet, drop by during business hours (9 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday), or attend the monthly meeting that takes place beginning at 4 pm on the second Tuesday of every month at Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road. No doubt, youll receive a courteous response. MJ 3 10 November 2011

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ooking to strengthen mind and body? Nancy Seagal and Josh Nissan have designed an eight-week program that does just that. Part hypnotherapy, part physical therapy, Pinnacle Performance gathers students up to 10 per class and focuses on physical and mental goals. Classes consist of a 15-minute introduction, followed by 30 minutes of physical training and 45 minutes of hypnotherapy. Getting in shape isnt enough. Working on your mind isnt enough. You need to work on both at the same time to really reach your goals and see lasting results, says Nissan, who guides the physical fitness aspect while Seagal helps clients overcome subconscious obstacles that can inhibit ones ability to reach weight loss goals. The duos idea for Pinnacle Performance was born from 16 years of personal and professional experience. Nissan, who also works at Montecito Athletic Club, and Seagal, a practicing Hypnotherapist, have both gone through the program themselves. Theres so much going on in our lives, and we carry it all with us. We have Facebook, traffic, work, and more, and all this causes so much stress in our lives that its hard to let go. Thats what we try to do. We give our clients the tools they need to handle these obstacles everyday, says Nissan.

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whelmed teenager, to a focused and determined athlete. Some of my clients include golfers. Golf is the kind of sport that really requires using the power of the mind. And thats where I come in, Seagal says. Nissan had his own positive results from hypnosis: Nancy and I tackled one issue, procrastination. And since then, Ive been amazed with the things Im accomplishing! After a year of putting it off, I landscaped my yard, he laughs. Similar to Nissan, Seagal says she has had a life-changing experience from hypnosis. For 12 years, Seagal suffered from Mercury poisoning; she credits hypnotherapy to finding the cure. I saw one hundred doctors and went to seven hospitals. All the doctors told me it was in my head, so I used hypnosis to find the answer. What came up was something that the doctors hadnt found yet and it started with the letter M. I held on to that to save my life, Seagal says. During those 12 years of suffering, Seagal was in and out of states of paralyzation and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a result of mercury poisoning. Im a walking miracle, Seagal smiles. She has been mercury free since 2005. Ultimately, Nissan and Seagal aim to give their clients encouragement to live a healthy lifestyle. Pinnacle Performance provide balance for clients; Seagal and Nissan say that what their clients achieve in their program will stay with them for the rest of their lives and will help them overcome any obstacles life presents them. For more information visit www. or www.beyond
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Tuesday, 25 October, 10 am Deputy Bordon responded to a report of auto theft that occurred on San Ysidro Road. The victim told Bordon she found the back drivers side window smashed; the vehicle was broken into sometime during the previous night. The victim noticed that a bag was missing from her car; the victim is a notary, so the contents were all work supplies. The victim valued that cost of the bag and its contents at $750. A report was taken.

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Tuesday, 1 November, 7:26 am Deputy Smith responded to a theft report at a local housing community on Hot Springs Road. Smith contacted the victim who stated that a pair of gold earrings was taken from her home. She said she noticed them missing on October 29; she placed them on a shelf in her closet the day before. The victim believes someone entered her unit on Friday, October 28, between 9 am and noon; during that time, the victim was out of her residence, and she left her doors unlocked while she was away. The victim told Smith that she suspects the cleaning crew at the complex; the crew cleans units once a week on Fridays. She also reported that this is the second time an instance like this has occurred and that her neighbor has also reported missing items. A report was taken. MJ

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Hoover Fellow Bill Whalen and longtime friend and associate Alixe Mattingly were reacquainted during Whalens talk at Birnam Wood

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ter-in-law Scott and Ella Brittingham, who are also hosting the new series. Fifty-one-year-old political consultant Bill Whalen delivered a salty message: that the Republican Party better get its act together or it will die out completely in California. He noted that Republicans are already on the endangered species list, and if things dont turn around, within ten years the party will be third in registration among the states voters. Democrat will be the number one choice, followed by Decline To State, and Republicans number three. Thats pretty pathetic, he says. My God, he wonders aloud, How can we go from a situation where I worked for a governor (Wilson) who won in a landslide in 1994 to a point in time where Republicans do not hold a single statewide office? There was no answer forthcoming. To those that worried that the current Republican crop of presidential candidates didnt offer much excitement, he turned the situation around: What if Barack Obama, he asked, pulled a Lyndon Johnson, and in March of next year goes on national TV and says, Friends, Ive decided Im not going to seek the nomination? Who will run on the Democrat side? Hillary. Maybe. Joe Biden is already talking about running in 2016. Hillary will be sixty-eight going on sixty-nine in 2015/16. Joe Biden will be seventy-five. When was the last time, he asked, the Democrats nominated somebody that old? The answer, and you have to go back to 1876, is James Tilden of New York. He was sixty-nine years old at the time he was the nominee. Thats it. John Kerry was 59 going on 60; John Kennedy, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton were all in their forties when they got the nomination and became president; others were in their early fifties. The Democrats go after youth, he proposed. Whalen brought up a unique and original theory: that President Obama has a Glengarry-Glen Ross Problem. Whalen then describes the plot of the David Mamet play about an unscru3 10 November 2011 pulous real-estate salesman who gives a pep talk to his underlings, offering a prize of an Eldorado Cadillac to the winner of a sales contest. Second prize is a set of steak knives, and the person that comes in third is fired. Midspeech is where the now-famous ABC (Always Be Closing) dictum appears. The problem Barack Obama has, suggests Whalen, is he cant close. He cant close with Republicans in Washington; he cant close with independents right now, and he cant close with the American people. Its a similar problem that Jerry Brown has here in California. Other subjects included the impending dominance of the Latino vote; protecting the sanctity of the voting booth and avoiding voter fraud; the upcoming 2012 presidential election year: Whether you like it or not, Whalen says, Romney is probably going to be your nominee; the Tea Party; Occupy Wall Street; our wonderful economy this much I know, he says, there has never been a president re-elected with 9.1% national unemployment rate (at least not since FDR, who was re-elected with unemployment running at 16.9%); Herman Cain: Hes not had actual governing experience; hes never run a ship, so hed be wholly dependent upon the people around him, just like Obama [Cain] is an interesting novelty but [Republican voters] dont ultimately see him necessarily as presidential timber. Mitt Romney: Theres always some question about what in fact is his personal philosophy I think you have to look at him as a piece of wood thats been kind of stained over several times he needs to talk about him being bullish on this country if he gets the nomination hell have to have a heart-to-heart and kind of look in the mirror and look at himself. Hell give a great speech at the convention, but [he needs to understand] why hes running for president. Whalens speech was well received and the Hoover Fellows hope this will become a yearly event. MJ

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estmont is naming its new museum in Adams Center for the Visual Arts the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in honor of local philanthropist Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree. RidleyTree, a well-known Santa Barbara businesswoman and art connoisseur, has donated seven paintings by the famed 19th century French artist Camille Corot to the college, valued at $5 to $7 million. The naming of the museum recognizes Lady Ridley-Trees ongoing contribution to Westmont, says President Gayle D. Beebe. We are blessed to have her as a friend of the college and wanted to honor her selfless generosity to the community. In April 2010, Ridley-Tree donated $5 million to Bright Hope for Tomorrow, Westmonts capital campaign for new facilities. In January 2011, she donated more than 750 art books to Westmont, worth more than $75,000. Ridley-Tree has given significant gifts over the years to Music Academy of the West, Cottage Hospital, Santa

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few. She has established more than 120 scholarships at different educational institutions, including Westmont, where she is also a member of the Westmont Music Council. In 2003, Westmont honored Leslie and her late husband, Paul RidleyTree, with the Westmont Medal, which recognizes those in our community whose lives embody the very principles associated with the Christian character of the college: integrity, service, compassion, responsibility, faithfulness, discipline and generosity.

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Michelle Hughes, assistant professor of education at Westmont, tackles the complex issues regarding todays education climate in a lecture, Hot Topics and Highlights in Public Education, on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 5:30 pm at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. The lecture is free although seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call (805) 565-6051. No Child Left Behind, testing, technology, state and Common Core Standards, teacher quality, and social issues permeate the media and peoples perceptions of public education, Hughes says. Shell share the hidden treasures and stories of suc-

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Robert Gates, regarded as one of the most respected leaders in recent U.S. history, will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Westmont Presidents Breakfast Friday, March 2, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parkers DoubleTree Resort. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 9 a.m. and can be purchased only at the Westmont website. Gates, who served as a trusted advisor to eight U.S. presidents of both parties, has been secretary of defense under two presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and through two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan. The lead sponsor of the breakfast is Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. Gold Sponsors include: Anodos, Axia, Davies, Jo and Carl Lindros, Montecito Institute, Rabobank and V3. For additional sponsorship opportunities, please call Steve Baker, associate vice president for advancement, at (805) 565-7156.

Command? Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmonts Kerrwood Hall. The Erasmus Society lecture, is free and open to the public. The lecture series helps students explore a variety of disciplines through talks by leading scholars. Merrick, who chairs the department of theology and philosophy at APU, will consider ways in which the intellectual imperative of objectivity was pushed and then abandoned by many as just another Enlightenmentera presumption. Drawing on her scholarship on 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant, Dr. Merrick will argue that a distinctively Kantian notion of objectivity is worth salvaging, explains Mark Nelson, the Kenneth and Peggy Monroe professor of philosophy at Westmont. Merrick specializes in the philosophy of Kant and Frege and also on the philosophy of mathematics and logic. She graduated from CSU Fullerton and earned a masters degree and doctorate from UC Irvine. Merrick, who was awarded the Deans Emerging Scholar Award at APU in 2006 and 2008, has published several articles, including Teaching Philosophy: Instilling Pious Wonder or Vicious Curiosity? in Christian Scholars Review. MJ

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Telluride Outside and In

A tale of two seasons: Tellurides free gondola takes skiers aloft in winter, and sightseers and hikers in summer

here are two sides to Telluride its stunning natural setting in Colorados Rocky Mountains, and the Wild West town itself, the place where Butch Cassidy stuck up his first bank and where, today, Oscarworthy movies debut at an annual film festival. Given this balance of body and mind, remote Telluride is definitely worth the trip. Heres what I did and discovered: Outdoors High above town, we bounced up Tomboy Road in a beefed-up 4WD Chevy truck. The road looked like a washboard. In the late 1800s, it had been hacked into the mountain by miners using picks and dynamite, and it remained just dirt and bone-jarring rocks. Our guide and driver, Dan Tower, looked like Ted Danson, with a sense of humor to match. As we edged past a sheer drop, he hollered back to the open truck bed where we passengers clung to our seats. If youre nervous, just close your eyes, he said, gripping the wheel. Thats what I do. Back when Tellurides silver and gold mines ran 24 hours a day, this road was buzzing. We passed a meadow known as Allegheny Flats, where a frontier family once raised chickens to sell to miners streaming up the road. (Today, a descendant caters weddings there.) It was autumn, and around us the mountains blazed gold and coral where the aspen trees had changed color. Dan steered the truck up the alarmingly narrow road, making comments like, Oh, did I mention I have narcolepsy? and Do you mind if I text? We reached Social Tunnel, a spot with a colorful story. It seems that Tellurides miners were required to


live in boardinghouses in the mountains, and there were two strict rules: No women. No liquor. The tunnel became a rendezvous where prostitutes and booze vendors from town met up with miners who were ready to party. There was a lot of hanky-panky, said Dan, with a capital Panky. Farther on, a dilapidated mining shack hung halfway off the mountainside. Dan used to visit the character who had lived there. Just a great old guy! Dan said. Hed stop people on the road and try to talk them into investing in his mine which he wasnt actually working himself, since he spent most of his time in town in the bars. He was deaf in one ear and real hard of hearing in the other ear, but he loved to tell stories. Hed get right in your face and talk real loud! Dan paused for effect: And thats how he got his name Whisperin Jim. The mountainside was dotted with abandoned mines, including the Smuggler, or whats left of it: smashed and weathered boards; a collapsed tram whose high swinging buckets once transported tons of ore down the mountain. The Smuggler deserved its name: In 1876, a lawyer named J.B. Ingram stole the mine legally. The way he did his prospecting, Dan explained, was by poring over claims in the mining office, looking for discrepancies. He discovered two adjacent mines that overlapped the legal limits, so he staked a claim on the area between them, and struck it rich. One vein of Smuggler gold ran underground for a mile. Over the years, 350 miles of multi-level tunnels were dug into these mountains. We were driving atop a veritable ant farm. When our truck crossed above

timberline, spruce and aspen gave way to bare rock and scree. The skies turned stormy. Cresting Imogene Pass at 13,114 feet, we were pelted with scrapple snow that looks like tiny Styrofoam balls blown sideways by high winds. Lightning started to crack and flash all around us, and thunder exploded off the rocks. Whooping, we hightailed it back toward town. Town In a narrow valley below us lay Telluride, a tidy grid of Victorian houses and Old West buildings. Main Street ended at a box canyon one of the Wests most dramatic locations where Bridal Veil Falls tumbled down the rock wall like white lace. Thanks to its remoteness, Telluride has remained a small town, with only 2,400 full-time residents about the same as a century ago. (Of course, the number balloons during the winter ski and summer festival seasons.) One afternoon I spotted a real estate sign for an open house on Colorado Avenue (aka Main Street). Agent Mary Campbell showed me around the modestly remodeled Victorian house (price: $2.4 million). I mentioned that next day Id be going on a walking tour with the director of the Telluride Historical Museum. Oh, Lauren Bloemsma! Mary exclaimed. Shes my best friend! It also turned out that jeep driver Dan Tower was a museum volunteer. I began to see that Telluride is a small, close-knit community. The next day, Lauren guided me around town. Once an 1870s mining camp called Columbia, the settlement grew and was renamed Telluride Tellurium being a chemical element often found with silver and gold (but, oddly enough, not around here). We strolled around the neighborhood south of Main, formerly the industrial, poor area. (The wealthy lived on the sunnier north side of Main, and still do.) One notable industry on Pacific Street was the red light district, presided over by colorful madams like Diamond Tooth Leona.

Today the painted cribs of former ladies of the evening have been converted to employee housing for locals who would otherwise be priced out of the sky-high real estate market. On Main Street, we passed the site of the first bank held up by Butch Cassidy, in 1889; its now occupied by the Appaloosa Trading Company. The actual vault the outlaw looted is housed on the corner of Fir Street in a building with big stone arches (surreally, now a store selling designer sunglasses). Lauren and I dropped by Whisperin Jims favorite watering hole, the bar at the 1895 New Sheridan Hotel. Its still the epicenter of Tellurides saloon life, with its wood paneling and pressedtin ceiling. At an upstairs gambling table, Lauren sometimes plays poker with a group of local ladies. The old brick hotel itself has changed with the times, though. For the aprs-ski crowd, there are rooftop hot tubs with mountain views. Around the corner stands the 1913 Sheridan Opera House, built for vaudeville shows and touring stars like Sarah Bernhardt. Today it hosts music concerts and is a popular venue for the Telluride Film Festival. Movie critic Leonard Maltin once told me that funny and unexpected things happen at the festival. One year I interviewed Peter OToole on stage, he said. Outside afterward, he saw one of the festivals co-directors riding a bike and asked, Can I give it a try? I have a wonderful photo of Peter OToole riding around on a bicycle at nearly 9,000 feet above sea level. I dont think youd see that at the Cannes Film Festival, but you would at Telluride. People let their guard down, because its not a gawking festival, nor a marketplace where deals are being made. Its a festival for movie lovers. It seems that Telluride has always been an independent, eccentric, wide-open town from mining days through the 1970s, when hippies and trustafarians took over the city council and pot and cocaine arrived, as 3 10 November 2011

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For many western travelers, Telluride is the end of the rainbow, with its dazzling natural beauty and historic Main Street

characterized in Smugglers Blues by Glenn Frey of the Eagles. (They move it through Miami / Sell it in L.A. / They hide it up in Telluride /I mean its here to stay.) On a random walk, I met a bright and extremely verbal guy named Harold, sitting on his dilapidated front porch. He talked for a couple of hours about all kinds of things the years he spent camping in the mountains or sleeping in his truck, the politics of national energy policy, and the days when Telluride was a nonstop party a college town without the college. He told about one epic bash at a Victorian house in the 70s. Hundreds of people showed up, and in the kitchen a friend was using a broken ski to stir a garbage can of punch laced with LSD. Harold looked in the can and gasped. Whats that in the punch!? Huh? Oh thats the chicken. The chicken!? Yeah, we ran out of ice, said his friend, so I tossed in a couple of frozen chickens. A classic Telluride story. Since then, of course, the town has been discovered and gentrified by billionaires and celebrities ranging from Tom Cruise to Ralph Lauren. One draw is skiing, which started in the 1970s when Telluride resurrected itself on mountains of white gold. The town is protected as a National Historic Landmark District for its frontier boomtown faade and Queen Annestyle houses, and Tellurides roughhewn wild side has been smoothed out. Museum director Lauren Bloemsma told me that Telluride is a very safe place to live. When she moved to town fourteen years ago, the local paper had a police-blotter column. The biggest crime she can recall: Somebody was arrested for throwing a burrito at someone in a hot tub. Telluride is a small community, and I was happy to see that Main Street still has stores aimed at locals. (In a tourist 3 10 November 2011

town, humble places like drugstores and corner markets are the first to go in favor of art galleries and boutiques.) But, reassuringly, there was Timberline Hardware, selling everything from batteries to birdseed to wrapping paper, like an old-fashioned general store. On my last day in town, I was crossing the street when Harold drove by in his truck. Hed been cleaning Tellurides longstanding Free Box, a wall of cubbies just off Main Street where everyone is free to leave or take things clothes, toys, ski boots, table lamps, all kinds of stuff. Harold waved out the window: Hey, Jerry! Hows it going? Id been in town only a few days, and I already had a friend. Later I saw Lauren outside the bakery. She ran up and gave me a big hug. I liked lots of things about Telluride the Rocky Mountain beauty, the Wild West history but what I loved was the old-fashioned friendliness. Talk to a few people around town, and youll feel welcome, too.

728-0660; www.columbiatelluride. com) Location, location, location! This handsomely updated boutique hotel stands by the San Miguel River at the base of the ski area (right by the gondola). Its within easy walking distance of restaurants and shops. The 21 rooms and suites are contemporary but cozy, decorated in pleasant neutrals. Amenities include pillow-top beds with goose-down comforters, flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet, and iPod clock radios; some rooms have view balconies and hot tubs. All guests get a deluxe continental breakfast at the hotels Cosmopolitan Restaurant, a popular spot for cocktails and dinner (French, Southwestern, American, Thai). Friendly, helpful staffers create a family feeling. Rooms $175-$465, suites $385-$725, varying by season. Where to Eat: Allreds Restaurant (Station Saint Sophia at 10,551 ft., reached via the gondola; 970-728-7474, www.allred Spectacular view and food to match. Dont miss the Seared Crispy Skin Hawaiian Barramundi served on avocado salad, grilled marinated artichokes, and roasted red pepper vinaigrette. For the hardy: Rocky Mountain Elk served with sweet potato hash, blue cheese crumbles, toasted pecans. Rustico Ristorante (114 E. Colorado Ave.; 970-728-4046; (http://rusticoris Run by native Italians who use techniques and spices from family recipes. I can vouch for the Tuscan bruschetta and the mushroom fettuccine. To Do: Telluride Historical Museum (970-728-3344, www.telluridemu Excellent exhibits and programs. Ask about the ancient blanket on display and the rumors that this former miners hospital is haunted. Also learn about outlaws and lawmen, and see old hospital equipment, including a wicker litter for transporting injured miners (the origin of the term basket case). Audio walking tours of town are available. 4x4 Tours: Telluride Outside (800-8316230, 970-728-3895; www.telluride This outfitter led my 4WD trip into the mountains. Also fly-fishing, rafting, mountain bike and photography tours. Skiing: Telluride is one of North Americas top ski and snowboard areas, with more than 300 inches of snow annually and 2,000 acres for all ability levels. Lift lines rarely have a wait. Festivals: Among summer and

fall events: Telluride Film Festival, Bluegrass Festival, and Blues & Brews. Art Classes: Ah Haa School for the Arts ( From photography and ceramics to forging fireplace tools. Shopping: Appaloosa Trading Company (handmade leather belts studded with old silver coins, leather jackets, embroidered sweater coats); Cashmere Red (stylish sweaters). What Will $1 Million Buy?: A onebedroom house on an alley, or a pretty nice condo, advises Mary Campbell of Peaks/Sothebys Realty (970-7291425, marycampbell@mindspring. com). Prices have come down since the 1987 peak still, I gulped at seeing a 384-square-foot cottage listed for $995,000. MJ

Visitor Information: Getting There and Around: Located in southwestern Colorado, Telluride is served by Montrose Regional Airport, about 75 minutes away with shuttles available. You wont need a car in town, since everything is within walking distance. A free gondola connects town to the ski area and Mountain Village resort. Travel tips: Be aware of the 8,750-foot altitude and take it easy. (On the wall outside a bakery I noticed a red box not a fire alarm, but an emergency defibrillator.) Drink plenty of water. For changeable mountain weather, bring a rain shell and a jacket or fleece. Where to Stay: Hotel Columbia (301 W. San Juan Ave.; 800-201-9505, 970-

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LETTERS (Continued from page 8)

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve this local treasure. I urge you to contribute to the Land Trusts Save the Hot Springs Canyon fundraising campaign. Kerry Mormann Montecito

Thomas Van Stein Santa Barbara (Editors note: Mr. Van Stein was apparently inspired by last weeks Letter to the Editor from Less in L.A. regarding the Biltmores ebbing vintage sign at North Jameson and Olive Mill; the muse descends in many ways TLB)

Cheryl Bench MSW Hospice Social Worker Santa Barbara (Editors note: Jim Alexander is indeed a real person, as is Jim Buckley; they are not one and the same, although it has been noted that no one has ever seen them at the same place at the same time TLB)

The night Flight

Late one night on this funny pub crawl; when walking toward home I thought Id seen all. There in the distance a half lit-up light; said, MORE, (not less), with an arrow in flight. Now, Im one whos known for taking a chance; so I said to Robert Eringer, come, watch this dance... I climbed up on top of this transformer box; Id thought Id be cute, sorta sly like a fox. Eringer stood snapping his photos away; I leaped for the sky; voila! I did say. Those lofty ideas that run through my head; are more than myth that one puts straight to bed. Its Surreal, its Dadaist, its searching for edginess; Man Ray, and Dali and Magritte

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Inspired by MORE in the night, nocturnal artist Thomas Van Stein takes a leap of faith and courage; his quiver is full; his aim is true as he jumps for truth, justice, and the American way

would insist. Vlad the Impaler would spring from his grave; if sighting this scarecrow; this ghostskewered knave. Im glad I am here in this modern age; where art manifests genius and genius is sage. The Magic of flight once gave power and might; to witches and warlocks on broomsticks at night. Were I to be flying in the days of yore; Id be burned at the stake... Right? Suzanne Gore?

On behalf of the Montecito Hope Ranch Republican Womens Club, we would like to thank you for your participation in our Liberal Lies and Propaganda lecture-luncheon. It is refreshing, heartwarming and encouraging to have such a powerful conservative voice here in Montecito and Santa Barbara to help counterbalance the misinformation and exaggeration that often comes from the other side. Well Done! Gratefully, Elizabeth Wilson Foster Montecito (Editors note: We thank you for the invitation to speak J.B.)

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All the blackouts in the East are forever happening and I just dont understand what the mystery is all about. Its not brain surgery. It is very simple and yet it goes on and on. Its this simple: trees fall on elevated utility lines. Anyone can see this is going to happen and its not hard to see what trees are going to fall. Its just a case of identifying the trees that are going to fall and reduce or thin them before it snows. Why cant the departments than run the elevated lines and the tree department get together and anticipate this problem? And, if we have a weather event here in town, you can bet the ficus trees on Milpas and State are going to kill some people because we have an arborist in town that doesnt see the danger in the offing. Gene Tyburn Montecito (Editors note: Could the problem be than when utility lines come down it means extra work and extra pay for those linemen? TLB)

You have done it. You have exceeded every expectation I could have imagined on the cuteness meter. That cover shot of the Mamatoto group (MJ # 17/43) is the best thing MJ has ever covered (okay, perhaps that is an exaggeration). But, the point being that the photo stopped me in my tracks and all workrelated activity as well. Thank you for covering Deacon T Buckley and his pals in such glorious detail... Please keep it up.. In fact my office manager, Leana, had a brilliant idea for the MJ. Heres what you do: a weekly feature called Wheres Deacon? and we (the faithful readers) have to search through the pages of MJ looking for the adorable Deacon peeking out from the page. For example, Id be over the moon if his adorable little face turned up in a corner of a Montecito Landscape ad. Maybe the person who first emails you with the page and location of Deacon, gets a prize or something. Your advertisers could (I would for example) give a treat you could give to the weekly winner! Call me crazy, but I think its a great idea and it would be a sneaky (or perhaps not too sneaky) way of giving us more Deacon! (Okay, I am crazy, I get it... but I still think its a great idea) Love Lisa Cullen Montecito Landscape Montecito (Editors note: Well try to keep Deacon in the news, but we are getting pressure from the parents of that cute five-monthold from the Himalayas who are seeking equal time TLB)

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Just a n.o.t.e to tell you how much I enjoy Jim Alexanders (is that you?) column. It is the first thing I look for, knowing Im sure to get some big smiles and hearty laughs which is great therapy after a day of working with the terminally ill. Thanks so much, and keep up the great n.o.t.e.s!

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I am inundated with unwanted mail, including local publications. For example, a couple of months ago a new weekly began sending me its newspaper, which I never requested. Not wanting to receive it at my home, I called its offices, and asked that it not be sent to me. Still, it keeps coming. The same thing I tried a few years ago with other local publications to no avail. How many times must we call to be removed from unwanted mailings? Probably at least 90% of the publications sent this way end up being tossed without being read; hopefully they are recycled. In our society, we truly have an epidemic of unwanted mail. It uses much energy to produce, transport, and to recycle all this mail. Also, a terrible destruction of trees occurs to produce it, and a lot of toxic ink is used as well. Massive clearcuts mar our national forests, destroying critical wildlife habitat, in order to create wood and paper products. An alternative is to use 100% postconsumer recycled paper and soy ink, but of course thats more expensive. Years ago, I had a similar problem with unwanted phone calls from telemarketers. Government came to the rescue and created a no call list. I signed up, and the calls ceased. Perhaps, Supervisor Salud Carbajal would be willing to create a local no unwanted mail list that residents could sign to stop advertisements and publications. It could be tried on a voluntary basis, and if that doesnt work if businesses ignore our requests to not receive this mail it could become involuntary with penalties, as is the case with the no call list. If Supervisor Carbajal hears from enough people, he may want to create such a no unwanted mail list. Persons concerned about this environmental waste can call him at 805-5682195. Bryan Rosen Montecito (Editors note: Printers ink is no longer toxic and is made from vegetable oil; as for a no unwanted mail list, its probably a good idea, although it may be impossible to implement. TLB)

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OWS protests by lashing out at Bank of America for raising its fees. This is laughable, because (1) he signed and supported the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act that requires all banks raise fees and (2) the Sunlight Foundation reports that Obama has received more money from BofA than any candidate dating back to 1991: a total of $421,242 in just seven years. Furthermore, the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that, by the end of Obamas 2008 election campaign, executives and Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs, BofA, Citigroup, BS AG, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, poured nearly $15.8 million into his coffers. Following his campaign, Wall Street contributed $1.8 million to underwrite his inauguration, according to a Reuters 2009 report. In the current election cycle, Wall Street has raised $7.2 million for Obama, states the Center for Responsive Politics. This president is up to his eyeballs with Wall Street money. He may think he can have his cake and eat it, too, but only fools believe a hypocrite. Diana Thorn Carpinteria

We want to thank you again for the excellent cover story you did on our documentary (The Girls in the Band MJ # 17/29), so I thought it was time for an update. I just got home today from the Vancouver International Film Festival where we had our World Premiere. We had three screenings with three sold-out houses and three standing ovations. A pretty exciting launch for the film. (The first time theyve ever had standing ovations for a film!) Not only did audiences thoroughly enjoy the entertainment aspects of the film, but they completely got what the film was about: The injustices that women musicians suffered all these years, which were at last being brought to light. In the Q&A after the film, people expressed amazement that they had

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never heard about giant talents like Mary Lou Williams, Lil Armstrong and Melba Liston. Several young women jazz players in the audience spoke about what it meant for them to see their predecessors honored... how powerful it was for them to connect to the past and how it made them realize that they are standing on the shoulders of the courageous women who went before them... women they never even heard about. The unbelievable support we had from the Vancouver radio stations in playing women jazz instrumental recordings was another important achievement, because music that rarely gets a chance to be heard was at last being paid attention to. So beyond the hoopla and excitement of starting our festival run, the more important aspect of screening the film is in showing that when half the human race is dismissed or forgotten, all of us suffer an inestimable loss. Its an indignity that all women, no matter how successful, have had to face. The message that resonates with audiences is what bass player, Carline Ray, says in the film, You put two musicians behind a curtain and who can tell me which one is the man and which one is the woman? You cant, because its the music that counts. You dont have to be a jazz musician or even a jazz fan, to understand that... we all desire dignity

and respect for our work, regardless of gender. Fortunately, as filmmakers, we were able to wrap that important idea in an entertaining package that audiences respond to. Many have asked when and where The Girls in the Band will be playing. Were just beginning to set our schedule, so please visit our website (www. for upcoming screenings and press reviews. Well post more as they come in. In the meantime, in order to show the film in theaters, on television and to as many of you as possible, we need your help to spread the word. Please tell your daughters, sons, students, teachers, family and friends about the film. In this new age, distribution decisions are often based on a films number of Facebook fans and Twitter followers. You can help raise awareness by asking your local art house theater to show the film, by telling your school music department about the film, by sharing our YouTube trailer and of course, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We are also selling a home video version of the film on our website. Thank you for supporting us on this journey Judy Chaikin, Mike Greene, and the Girls in the Band Team (Editors note: Happy to oblige; it is a wonderful documentary J.B.) MJ

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1st Thursday With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, lots of the cultural art venues that participate in the monthly downtown evening walk are taking part in the season of gratitude and feeling the festive cheer. At Ultimate Bagels, baking turns into a global project with Sweet Hearts Bakery and Have a Heart for Rwanda sponsoring, and with Taste and See donating goodies for the event where handmade items by the women of Rwanda will be on sale, with 100% of the proceeds going to feed orphan children there. Encanto hosts local nonprofit Africa Schools of Kenya and is displaying and selling their hand-beaded jewelry collections made by the Maasai women in Kenya. All the profits are earmarked for Africa. Over at Jodi House, its a showcase for The Purple Crayon, which provides instruction in the use of art materials and the creative process; purchases support brain injury survivors and their families. Also in the holiday spirit, the annual Prince and Fairy Art Contest returns with children ages 6-10 invited to create a holiday masterpiece. The winners will be named the Holiday Prince and Fairy and will ride along in a horse-drawn carriage to light the Downtown Holiday Tree during the 59th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade next month. Art stations will be set up in Paseo Nuevo Center Court and on the corner of State and Anapamu Streets, which normally hosts live bands during 1st Thursday. The Marshalls patio (which still sounds weird after so many years as Borders Books) is back in the game, though, offering up local band Kalinka whose acoustic sound is joyous, sweet and gutsy. Meanwhile, you might be giving thanks that theres still an hour or so of sunlight at this months 1st Thursday, the final one before Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. WHEN: 5-8pm WHERE: Along State Street and side streets in downtown Santa Barbara INFO:

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Neal down in awe If there were much justice in the world of blues music, Kenny Neal would be as much of a household name as, say, Robert Cray or Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana natives warm, powerful voice, liquidy-stingy guitar riffs and harmonica licks grace mostly upbeat swamp-influenced songs that are danceable, sweet and heartbreaking all at the same time (comparisons to Cray are not off base here at all). Hes got the pedigree too: a second-generation bluesman (dad was harmonica great Raful Neal), Kenny began playing harp at age three, learning licks from his dads pals Buddy Guy, Lazy Lester and Slim Harpo, and later took up guitar, bass, trumpet and piano. By the time he was 13, he was playing in his fathers band, and at 17 he became Buddy Guys bass player. Since leaving the band, hes played with B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt, starred as the lead in the lauded Broadway musical Mule Bone, and put out more than a dozen more than worthy CDs. But likely youve never heard of him. Correct that error tonight when the Santa Barbara Blues Society brings Neal to the Earl Warren Showgrounds with childhood mentor Lester joining him in a special show. WHEN: 8pm COST: $30 general, $40 preferred seating ($15 college students, $10 high school students, children under 12 free) INFO: 722-8155 the 1699 Countess Polignac Stradivarius. Shaham also conducts a masterclass with UCSB students Tom Yaron, Katherine Hodgson and Marie Hbert from 2:30-4:30pm Saturday afternoon at the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library (40 W. Anapamu Street), open to public observation for free. What a way to kick off the Arts & Lectures classical season WHEN: 8pm WHERE: UCSB Campbell Hall COST: $40 INFO: 893-3535 or Toad for tots OK, its not toddlers but babies-to-be, really, and their moms, that brings Santa Barbaras favorite pop music sons Toad the Wet Sprocket back to the Lobero for the second annual benefit for the Santa Barbara Birth Center. This ones a no-brainer, as Toad leader Glen Phillips wife, Laurel, is the founder, president and head midwife at the new facility run as a nonprofit organization providing complete midwifery care to women with low-risk pregnancies as a safe alternative to a hospital birth. (Thanks partially to last years sold out concert, which raised $90,000, the center, located at 2958 State Street, has completed construction and is now accepting clients with due dates of December 1 or later.) Montecito resident Phillips and his cohorts in Toad the most popular band ever to emerge from our little berg are celebrating the bands 25th anniversary in 2011, and still command audiences for their periodic reunions. Plus we hear theyre working on material for their first brand-new album in 15 years. Also on tonights bill is Zach Gill, the keyboardist and multiinstrumentalist singer-songwriter who co-founded ALO in Santa Barbara and is also a member of Jack Johnsons band. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido Street COST: $53 general, $153 VIPs (which include a pre-concert reception at Wine Cask with wine, cocktails and hors doeuvres, a meet-and-greet with the musician, a live auction, plus preferred seating for the concert) INFO: 963-0761 or www. Music by and from Masters The Santa Barbara Master Chorale launches its 2011-12 season with two pieces each by Baroque great Vivaldi and Buxtehude, the GermanDanish organist and composer of the same era. Steven R. Hodson, a Montecito resident and professor of music at Westmont College, conducts the 27-year-old community volunteer ensemble in each composers versions of Gloria and Magnificat with a full orchestra comprised of professionals from Santa Barbara and the greater Los Angeles area. WHEN: 8pm today, 3pm tomorrow WHERE: First United Methodist Church, Garden & Anapamu Streets COST: $20 general, $18 seniors and disabled, $10 college students, children K-12 free INFO: 9678287 or

Back to Bach Thanksgiving is still three weeks away, but youll be full of gratitude galore if you grab this chance to hear multiple Grammy Award-winning Israeli-American violinist Gil Shaham perform an all-Bach program on Saturday. Shaham, who made his debut at age 10 with the Jerusalem Symphony and Israel Philharmonic, has recorded more than two dozen critically-acclaimed concerto and solo albums, performed at nearly every major concert hall in the world either in recital or in front of leading orchestras, collaborated with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, and won the coveted Avery Fisher Award. And tonight hell be playing some of his and just about all music lovers favorite works of all-time: Bachs Partita no. 3 in E Major (BWV 1006), Sonata no. 3 in C Major (BWV 1005), and Partita no. 2 in D minor, on

Drive-ing age Folk may be the only musical genre where being a little long in the tooth isnt a barrier to entry. In fact, some of the finer singer-songwriters of our era didnt get started until later in life. Hence, tonights headliner at the Cambridge Drive Concert Series, Terry Holder, who listed stay at home mom as her fulltime job until 1999, when the youngest of her three kids moved out around the same time as her own mother passed away. Her first song, Am I Here, Is This Me?, was originally intended only as a keepsake for her daughters, but outsiders also related to her introspective music and a career was launched. In the dozen years since, Holder has released three solo CDs, the latest, Ticket to the Moment, continuing to explore themes of abandonment, heartbreak, and social- and self-awareness. She was a finalist in this years Wildflower Songwriting Contest and also a new folk finalist at Kerrville in both 2010 and 2011. The local opener, Robert Postel, also has some experience under his belt, having been an integral part of the Santa Barbara acoustic music scene for years via the gravel-coated, world-weary vocals and low-tuned guitar licks he offers up in support of innumerable other players in town as well as on his own Americanafolk-blues songs. Postel is recovering from a health challenge that kept him away from music for more than a year; this concert is his first full public performance since his recovery, making the evening especially poignant. Coming to Cambridge Drive next month: Songs on a Mid Winters Night, featuring local musicians in the round playing a fundraiser for The Unity Shoppe. WHEN: 7:30pm WHERE: Cambridge Drive Community Church, 550 Cambridge Drive, Goleta COST: $10 with advance reservation, $12 at the door INFO: 964-0436 or


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Free family flicks The calendar says November, but that makes no never mind to us folks here on the American Riviera, where the weather remains temperate all year round. So fresh off its outdoor music series, La Cumbre Plaza is once again hosting weekly screenings of classic family-friendly films during the first three weeks of the month. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and/or sleeping bags to cozy up outside on the plaza and watch the movies with your entire gang. Bring your own food stuffs, or enjoy the treats from Marmalade Caf, which will offer small snacks for under $5. The series kicks off Saturday with the Oscarwinning Pixar classic Ratatouille, with the original Home Alone (Nov. 12) and the Christmas-themed Elf with Will Ferrell (Nov. 19) to follow. WHEN: Film begins at sundown WHERE: 121 S. Hope Ave. (near Macys) COST: free INFO: 6873500 or

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espite winning a few Obie Awards for three of her earlier plays, the brilliant post-modernist English playwright Caryl Churchill has never quite received the acclaim and attention here in the U.S. that she enjoys back home in Britain. Which makes it all the more surprising that two of her major works are being mounted at the same time right here in tiny Santa Barbara. UCSBs Theater Department is presenting 1979s Cloud Nine, Churchills earliest hit, a farce about sexual politics set both in a British colony in the Victorian era and present day London with the same cast who play characters that have aged only 25 years over the span of a century engaging in cross-gender casting for both comic and illustrative reasons. Meanwhile, Genesis West, Maurice Lords frequently edgy indie company, is putting on 2002s A Number, Churchills third-most recent opus of her 40-something works, a thoroughly modern and ferociously inventive hour-long psychological drama about fathers, sons and human cloning that is getting a thoroughly modern production as a piece of pop up theater taking place in several unusual locations around town. You look at both of these works, and you cant believe its the same playwright, says Lord, who directs frequent GenWest players Brian Harwell and Tom Hinshaw in A Number. That diversity is one of [Churchills] strengths she keeps changing the form and challenging us to play with it.

by Steven Libowitz Santa Barbara is new Haven for Churchill

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

time just figuring out the timing and the phrasing. Is the message about coping in a world where science moves faster than society? Oh, absolutely. Its delves into all those great questions, but also touches on classic horror, the issues brought up by Frankenstein, about man and science, moving too quick, and societal responsibility, but it also moves it into the home setting and fathers and sons, seeking redemption. Sam Shepard another of your favorite playwrights was lured onto the stage for the first time in thirty years to play the role of the father, while Sir Michael Gambon and future James Bond Daniel Craig appeared in the play in London. Those are tough shoes to fill. Tell me about Brian Harwell and Tom Hinshaw. Theyre two of the most quintessential actors I work with. Theyre smart and creative and willing to do something weird. And with the whole popup idea, they both totally embraced the challenge and the notion. These words are hard to say out loud in any environment and theyre open to working with that. They have a great relationship and play off each other well. And weve done a lot together, so we have a short hand in working. The show has been on my shortlist for about six years. Toms had a lot of time to digest it. He had a strong take and ideas and of where to go right out of the chute. Why pop-up theater for this play? Ive done thirty to forty shows in the black box theater and this was something different. It made us sharper, crisper and with more ideas. A Number is such a Spartan show and open to much interpretation anyway, so moving it around makes perfect sense. The actors are exposed; there are no safety nets of lights and set. You have to be on top of your game. And the audience cant get away with being passive, they have

Web of love Next up in UCSB Arts & Lectures marvelous new Family Fun Series is a one-hour live stage production of Charlottes Web, as the beloved childrens classic comes to life via Theatreworks USA. The loving story of an unlikely kinship between a pig named Wilbur and the little gray spider Charlotte poignantly explores themes of bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship. The treasured tale features mad-cap antics among the endearing farm animals, especially Charlotte, who

spins the words Some Pig in her web to spare Wilbur the fate of winding up on the dinner table. The show is considered most appropriate for kids grade K-5, but is also fun for the whole family. As with all events in the series, come an hour early for balloons, food, face-painting and family fun, and stay after the show to meet the performers. Download a study guide before the show at www. studyguide_1155.pdf. WHEN: 3pm WHERE: UCSB Campbell Hall COST: $15 general, $10 children INFO: 893-3535 or MJ

Cheese in space Mystery Science Theater 3000 the cult comedy TV show that featured a stranded man and his robots providing a running commentary on bad sci-films like an old-time movie theater peanut gallery ran from 1988-99. While series creator Joel Hodgson left back in 1993, the idea was just too good to stay away from forever. So in 2007, he formed Cinematic Titanic, the much more cleverly-named series that does much the same thing, only over feature-length movies that are also released on DVDs. The show features the original cast that later versions of the Peabody Award-winning MST3K, including Trace Beaulieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo, Dr. Erhardt), Frank Conniff (TVs Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), who riff endlessly on the foibles and cheesy nature of the reels as they unfold. The comics also take their act on the road, where instead of being superimposed on the screen, they stand in front of it and riff away on the obscure, often dreadful movie morsels of earlier eras. Tonight, theyll bring their snarky and sharp-witted commentary to bear on the kooky 1972 spy flick Doomsday Machine, a decidedly non-legendary B-movie with a truly spoof-worthy plot. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: UCSB Campbell Hall COST: $20 INFO: 893-3535 or

Q. What appealed to you about A Number? And what are we to take away? A. Its so topical. The scientific speculation of human cloning really speaks to me. Its a play of right now, not at all a museum piece. That said, its a major work that will last a long time. The human cloning element is actually a device; its truly more about fathers and sons, which is one of the oldest things of drama. But instead of a king and rivalry among princes, its a father and the clones. Its a great device and clones are much more interesting than vampires and zombies. The play asks questions brilliantly. You walk away with more questions, not answers. Its enigmatic. Even the script which is really Spartan has almost no punctuation. It reads like a poem on the page. We had a devil of a

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Bella Vista $$$ 1260 Channel Drive (565-8237) Featuring a glass retractable roof, Bella Vistas ambiance is that of an elegant outdoor Mediterranean courtyard. Executive Chef Alessandro Cartumini has created an innovative menu, featuring farm fresh, Italianinspired California cuisine. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 am to 9 pm. Cafe Del Sol 30 Los Patos Way (969-0448) $$ Plow & Angel $$$ San Ysidro Ranch 900 San Ysidro Lane (565-1700) Enjoy a comfortable atmosphere as you dine on traditional dishes such as mac n cheese and ribs. The ambiance is enhanced with original artwork, including stained glass windows and an homage to its namesake, Saint Isadore, hanging above the fireplace. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 pm daily with bar service extending until 11 pm weekdays and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Sakana Japanese Restaurant 1046 Coast Village Road (565-2014) Open six days a week from 7 am to 3 pm. (Closed Sunday) This eatery serves homemade soups, fresh salads, sandwiches, and its specialty, The Piadina, a homemade flat bread made daily. Owner Jeff Rypysc and staff deliver locally and cater office parties, luncheons or movie shoots. Also serving breakfast (7am to 11 am), and brewing Peets coffee & tea. Panino 1014 #C Coast Village Road (565-0137) with salads and seafood plates. The Grill is open Monday through Sunday 11 am to 9 pm Slys $$$ 686 Linden Avenue (684-6666) Slys features fresh fish, farmers market veggies, traditional pastas, prime steaks, Blue Plate Specials and vintage desserts. Youll 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. Stackys Seaside 2315 Lillie Avenue (969-9908) Summerland Beach Caf 2294 Lillie Avenue (969-1019) Tinkers 2275 C Ortega Hill Road (969-1970) Santa Barbara / Restaurant Row Andersens Danish Bakery & Gourmet Restaurant $ 1106 State State Street (962-5085) Established in 1976, Andersens serves Danish and European cuisine including breakfast, lunch & dinner. Authentic Danishes, Apple Strudels, Marzipans, desserts & much more. Dine inside surrounded by European interior or outside on the sidewalk patio. Open 8 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday, 8 am to 10 pm Saturday and Sunday. Bistro Eleven Eleven $$ 1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard (730-1111) Located adjacent to Hotel Mar Monte, the bistro serves breakfast and lunch featuring all-American favorites. Dinner is a mix of traditional favorites and coastal cuisine. The lounge advancement to the restaurant features a big screen TV for daily sporting events and happy hour. Open MondayFriday 6:30 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:30 am to 10 pm. Chucks Waterfront Grill $$ 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 enjoying fresh seafood straight off the boat. Dinner is served nightly from 5 pm, and brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 1 pm. Reservations are recommended. El Paseo $$ 813 Anacapa Street (962-6050) Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara in a Mexican plaza setting, El Paseo is the place for authentic Mexican specialties, homemade chips and salsa, and a cold margarita while mariachis stroll through the historic restaurant. The dcor reflects its rich Spanish heritage, with bougainvillea-draped balconies, fountain courtyard dining and a festive bar. Dinner specials are offered during the week, with a brunch on Sundays. Open Tuesday through Thursday 4 pm to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, and Sunday 10:30 am to 9 pm. $

CAVA $$ 1212 Coast Village Road (969-8500) Regional Mexican and Spanish cooking combine to create Latin cuisine from tapas and margaritas, mojitos, seafood paella and sangria to lobster tamales, Churrasco ribeye steak and seared Ahi tuna. Sunflowercolored interior is accented by live Spanish guitarist playing next to cozy beehive fireplace nightly. Lively year-round outdoor people-watching front patio. Open MondayFriday 11 am to 10 pm. Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 10 pm. China Palace $$ 1070 Coast Village Road (565-9380) Montecitos only Chinese restaurant, here youll find large portions and modern dcor. Take out available. (Montecito Journal staff is especially fond of the Cashew Chicken!) China Palace also has an outdoor patio. Open seven days 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. Giovannis 1187 Coast Village Road (969-1277) Los Arroyos 1280 Coast Village Road (969-9059) Little Alexs 1024 A-Coast Village Road (969-2297) $

$$ Pierre Lafond 516 San Ysidro Road (565-1502) This market and deli is a center of activity in Stella Mares $$/$$$ Montecitos Upper Village, serving fresh baked 50 Los Patos Way (969-6705) pastries, regular and espresso coffee drinks, smoothies, burritos, homemade soups, deli Stonehouse $$$$ salads, made-to-order sandwiches and wraps San Ysidro Ranch available, and boasting a fully stocked salad 900 San Ysidro Lane (565-1700) bar. Its sunny patio draws crowds of regulars Located in what is a 19th-century citrus packdaily. The shop also carries specialty drinks, inghouse, Stonehouse restaurant features a gift items, grocery staples, and produce. Open lounge with full bar service and separate dining everyday 5:30 am to 8 pm. room with crackling fireplace and creekside views. Chef Jamie Wests regional cuisine is Village Cheese & Wine prepared with a palate of herbs and vegetables 1485 East Valley Road (969-3815) harvested from the on-site chefs garden. Recently voted 1 of the best 50 restaurants in Whodidily Cupcakes America by OpenTable Diners Choice. 2010 1150 Coast Village Rd (969-9808) Diners Choice Awards: 1 of 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, 1 of 50 Restaurants In Summerland / Carpinteria With Best Service in America. Open for dinner from 6 to 10 pm daily. Sunday Brunch 10 am The Barbecue Company $$ to 2 pm. 3807 Santa Claus Lane (684-2209) Trattoria Mollie 1250 Coast Village Road (565-9381) $$$ Cantwells Summerland Market 2580 Lillie Avenue (969-5894) $

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 famous 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 Grass 1046 Coast Village Road (969-0611)

Corktree Cellars $$ 910 Linden Avenue (684-1400) Corktree offers a casual bistro setting for lunch and dinner, in addition to wine tasting and tapas. The restaurant, open everyday except Monday, features art from locals, mellow music and a relaxed atmosphere. An extensive wine list features over 110 bottles of local and international wines, which are also available in the eatery's retail section. $

Luckys (brunch) $$ (dinner) $$$ 1279 Coast Village Road (565-7540) Comfortable, old-fashioned urban steakhouse in the heart of Americas 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 Caf 1295 Coast Village Road (969-3392) Montecito Coffee Shop 1498 East Valley Road (969-6250) Pane Vino 1482 East Valley Road (969-9274) Peabodys 1198 Coast Village Road (969-0834) $$

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Heres The Scoop 1187 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. Scoopie also offers a full coffee menu featuring Santa Barbara Roasting Company coffee. Offerings are made Nugget $$ from fresh, seasonal ingredients found at Farm- 2318 Lillie Avenue (969-6135) ers Market, and waffle cones are made on site everyday. Padaro Beach Grill $ 3765 Santa Claus Lane (566-9800) Jeannines A beach house feel gives this seaside eatery 1253 Coast Village Road (969-7878) its charm and a perfect place to bring the whole family. Its new owners added a pond, Montecito Deli waterfall, an elevated patio with fireplace and 1150 Coast Village Road (969-3717) couches to boot. Enjoy grill options, along

Jacks Bistro $ 5050 Carpinteria Avenue (566-1558) Serving light California Cuisine, Jacks offers freshly baked bagels with whipped cream cheeses, omelettes, scrambles, breakfast burritos, specialty sandwiches, wraps, burgers, salads, 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 Friday 6:30 am to 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7 am to 3 pm.

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Enterprise Fish Co. $$ 225 State Street (962-3313) Every Monday and Tuesday the Enterprise Fish Company offers two-pound Maine Lobsters served with clam chowder or salad, and rice or potatoes for only $29.95. Happy hour is every weekday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Open Sunday thru Thursday 11:30 am to 10 pm and Friday thru Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm. The Harbor Restaurant $$ 210 Stearns Wharf (963-3311) Enjoy ocean views at the historic Harbor Restaurant on Stearns Wharf. Featuring prime steaks and seafood, a wine list that has earned Wine Spectator Magazines Award of Excellence for the past six years and a full cocktail bar. Lunch is served 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday-Friday, 11 am to 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Dinner is served 5:30 pm to 10 pm, early dinner available Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 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 features traditional dishes from central and southern 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. Mir $$$$ 8301 Hollister Avenue at Bacara Resort & Spa (968-0100) Mir is a refined refuge with stunning views, featuring two genuine Miro sculptures, a toprated chef offering a sophisticated menu that accents fresh, organic, and native-grown ingredients, and a world-class wine cellar. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 6 pm to 10 pm. Moby Dick Restaurant $$ 220 Stearns Wharf (965-0549) Sitting right on Stearns Wharf, Moby Dick offers fish, lobster, clam chowder, fish and chips and a plenty more. A great place to watch the sun set over the ocean. Open 7 days a week from 7 am to 9 pm. Olio e Limone Ristorante $$$ Olio Pizzeria $ 17 West Victoria Street (899-2699) Elaine and Alberto Morello oversee this friendly, casually elegant, linen-tabletop eatery featuring Italian food of the highest order. Offerings include eggplant souffl, pappardelle with quail, sausage and mushroom rag, and fresh-imported Dover sole. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence-winning wine list. Private dining (up to 40 guests) and catering are also available. Next door at Olio Pizzeria, the Morellos have added a simple pizza-salumi-wine-bar inspired by neighborhood pizzerie and enoteche in Italy. Here the focus is on artisanal pizzas and antipasti, with classic toppings like fresh mozzarella, seafood, black truffles, and sausage. Salads, innovative appetizers and an assortment of salumi and formaggi round out the menu at this casual, fast-paced eatery. Private dining for up to 32 guests. Both the ristorante and the pizzeria are open for lunch Monday thru Saturday (11:30 am to 2 pm) and dinner seven nights a week (from 5 pm). Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro $ 516 State Street (962-1455) The Wine Bistro menu is seasonal California cuisine specializing in local products. Pair your meal with wine from the Santa Barbara Winery, Lafond Winery or one from the list of wines from around the world. Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The 1st Wednesday of each month is Passport to the World of Wine. Grilled cheese night every Thursday. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; catering available. Renauds $ 3315 State Street (569-2400) Located in Loreto Plaza, Renauds is a bakery specializing in a wide selection of French pastries. The breakfast and lunch menu is composed of egg dishes, sandwiches and salads and represents Renauds personal favorites. Brewed coffees and teas are organic. Open Monday-Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 3 pm. Rodneys Steakhouse $$$ 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard (884-8554) Deep in the heart of well, deep in the heart of Fess Parkers Doubletree Inn on East Beach in Santa Barbara. This handsome eatery sells and serves only Prime Grade beef, lamb, veal, halibut, 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. Ojai Maravilla $$$ 905 Country Club Road in Ojai (646-1111) Located at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, this upscale eatery features prime steaks, chops and fresh seafood. Local farmers provide fresh produce right off the vine, while herbs are harvested from the Inns herb garden. The menu includes savory favorites like pan seared diver scallops and braised beef short ribs; dishes are accented with seasonal vegetables. Open Sunday through Thursday for dinner from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 5:30 pm to 10 pm. MJ

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While Lord has become a Santa Barbara indie institution, UCSB faculty member Anne Torsiglieri makes her local directorial debut with Cloud Nine. The veteran actress and educator she was seen on Broadway in Parade, Blood Brothers, Miss Saigon and Churchills Top Girls, toured with Les Miserables and appeared regularly off-Broadway and regionally as well as taught at Princeton and Dartmouth and the Adler studio is also a longtime Churchill fan. I got to know her a tiny bit when I was understudying Top Girls, and it was very inspiring to see her in action and hear her talk to the cast at rehearsals, she said. But Ive loved her forever. Ive been a fan since I read Cloud Nine back in college in 1984. I think shes a master. The major appeal of the play, Torsiglieri noted, surrounds the power struggle of the individual versus societal pressure and the frequent Churchill theme of sexual struggles. Primarily for me, its about the idea of society controlling a persons identity, she explained. In the first act, we learn a lot about the power plays that were a part of Victorian life and colonialism, about sexuality, societal rules, racial struggles, sexual stereotypes the whole ball of wax. In the second act, one hundred years later, its a time of great upheaval in terms of sexual roles. Womens liberation and the Stonewall riots have taken place. Ideas about homosexuality are changing, and women are taking control of their lives. The play is about sex and gender, but even more about self identity, exploring and seizing who we are. I find it very uplifting and powerful. Even though the work is now more than 30 years old, Torsiglieri explains it still applies to our time. Its absolutely timely, she said. Weve come a long way in the world, but theres still a long way to go. Just look at the current political climate to see a big gap between those who want to celebrate individuals embracing themselves versus having those choices dictated by society, religious or political mores or strictures. Torsiglieri hopes audience will be entertained by Churchills humor that comes out of a clear understanding of human nature, but also hopes theyre inspired. It makes you reflect on what it means to search for and celebrate ones own personal identity, think about self-realization and actualization. As far as the synchronicity of the productions, both directors say they

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Andrew Fromer and Brittany Carriger in UCSBs production of Caryl Churchills Cloud Nine, a play composed of two acts, in which each actor plays a different role in both acts, even though some of the characters remain the same in both

hope to find time to catch the others production. Im excited, Torsiglieri said. The more Caryl Churchill, the better!. (There are nine performances of Cloud Nine November 4-12 in the Performing Arts Theater on the UCSB campus. Tickets cost $13-$17; call 893-7221 or visit www.theaterdance. GenWests pop-up production of A Number plays single dates at Santa Barbara Odd Fellows Lodge, Fishbon Pescadrome, Porch (Santa Claus Lane), Municipal Winery and elsewhere November 4-17 before closing with a weekend of shows at Center Stage November 18-20. Tickets are $25 general, $20 students. For locations and times visit www.

(Interestingly, Emily Jewell, who is making her SOS debut, is co-founder and artistic director of Elements Theatre Collective, which just presented its own pop-up production, Boom, as its premiere production). Having the sound effects on stage give it a real nostalgic feel, said SOS executive director Teri Ball. The stories take us back to a time thats really different from the detective stories we have now, which are more violence and action. This is more the time

of tough guys and gorgeous broads, when it was all about the dialogue and interplay. (Gumshoe Drama performs at the Center Stage 8pm Friday and 6pm Saturday. Tickets are $22 general, $15 students, $50 for patrons, including preferred seating and a post-performance reception with the artists. Info at 963-0408, www.centerstagetheater. org or Londons world-renowned Shakespeares Globe Theatre is back on the road and returning to Santa Barbara for three nights of hilarity with the Bards The Comedy of Errors. The farce about mistaken identity and the bonds of family liberally sprinkled with slapstick and puns features players from the famed outdoor theater rebuilt just yards from its original site, and is performed with Elizabethan-inspired staging and live music. Errors is the authors shortest, most accessible work, a pre-cursor to many of his later classics and a crowd-pleasing farce, appropriate for all ages, that is quick-on-its-feet, clear-as-a-bell, boom-boom-funny! according to The Guardian of London. There are several special events in conjunction with the Globes appearance, including a talk with artistic director Dominic Dromgoole hosted by theater department chair John Blondell on Monday at Westmont (Blondell is directing Henry VI, Part 3 at Shakespeares Globe during the Cultural Olympiad next May), lunch with director Rebecca Gatward on Wednesday, and an acting workshop with the cast and UCSB students

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Speaking of Stories second special fall presentation before the regular season gets underway in January and marks a return to the days of radio dramas, when actors not only read lines but created sound effects live over the air. Gumshoe Drama: An Evening of Classic Detective Radio Plays revisits the 1940s for an evening of classic mystery with cases from Gumshoe heroes Richard Diamond, Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. Four Santa Barbara actors, mostly new to the SOS canon, will together perform one episode each from The Adventures of Sam Spade (The Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail Caper), Richard Diamond, Private Detective (The Nathan Beeker Case) and The Adventures of Philip Marlowe (the first episode, Red Wind), playing all the roles and employing a variety of props and gadgets to create the sounds.

Shakespeares Globe Theatre is on the road, bringing to UCSB the farce The Comedy of Errors starting November 8 (Photo: Fiona Moorhead)

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on Thursday on campus. Shows are at 8pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at UCSBs Campbell Hall. Details at 893-3535 or www.artsandlectures. Also, Menopause the Musical returns to the Lobero for one night only on Wednesday, but its in an In Concert format. Which means the four women stage all the words, the jokes and the zany song parodies (think The Capitol Steps for the apolitical middle-aged set) like My Thighs (My Guy) and Stayin Awake (Stayin Alive) everything from the fully-produced version of the lighthearted look at the silent passage but in concert form. Get tickets and more info at 9630761 or

and How We Discover Music in 2012 & Beyond. New this year is a special seminar called Building a Success Story, in which industry players from all aspects of the biz discuss the steps taken by a single artist they worked with. We checked in with New Noise cofounder and principal Jeff Theimer for the latest info on the conference. Q. Whats new and exciting for 2011? A. The big thing is that were raising money to reopen the Living Room, the drug- and alcohol-free music venue, which was around in 1990s. It was a very important meeting spot for musicians; lots of bands that got their start there went on to great careers, like Lagwagon and Nerfherder. It gave Santa Barbara a hub of all-ages music. Nobody paid to play or had to bring fans. Kids ran the door, helped with concessions. We got to play there in my band when we werent very good at all. Were hoping to bring it back in 2012 under our flag. The panels are down to a single weekend day. Yes, but its the same number of speakers and panelists, were just basically doubling up. The idea is that people come for different reasons, whether its an artist who wants to learn how to make money with it, through licensing or touring, or someone who wants to work in the industry. So now we have three rooms doing panels at the same time so we can serve the different markets and not have people have to sit through things you may not care about. Can you tell me how you put together the bills at the clubs? Thats changing too. When we

started, I wanted very eclectic nights at each venue, really forcing people to listen to three or four different styles of music. Now were a little more mindful of the clubs and what they need, more conscious of getting people who fit the room, more genrespecific topped by a headliner, filled by local bands. Wed like to get into artist curation eventually, where the headliner picks the bands they play with. Getting people out to the clubs gives us more power to do what we want to do later. (The 2011 New Noise Conference & Festival takes place in Santa Barbara Thursday through Sunday. A full schedule of events including band bios and a set times, info on the panelists and speakers, details on Fridays free block party and the Pianos on State Street promotion, plus the opportunity to purchase full conference badges or individual tickets can be accessed online at

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The New Noise Music Conference & Festival is back for a third year this weekend, and the format is much the same as the first two, which took their cue from both the similar if much larger event in Austin (South By Southwest) and our own Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Four nights of live music will take place at five different venues around town, with the hot Portland band Typhoon which recently appeared on Letterman Deer Tick and The Entrance Band among the highlights. The performances orbit around panels and seminars about various aspects of the music business, with the centrally-located Canary Hotel once again serving as HQ. J Sider, the founder of RootMusic, which is the top music app on Facebook, will deliver the keynote address while panel topics include such subjects as 10 Things Your Band Should Do Now, How to License Your Music in Film & TV

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Malcolm McCormick wont turn 20 until January, but the Pittsburgh-

based rapper better known by his stage name, Mac Miller, has already garnered some pretty impressive attention even before his first album Blue Slide Park comes out on Tuesday. He has a close connection with fellow Pittsburgh hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa (who played the Santa Barbara Bowl this summer), while his song Donald Trump earned praise from the business/TV mogul. Millers myriad mix tapes are more upbeat than some of his brethrens and have spanned subjects and sounds, and include Best Day Ever and I Love Life, Thank You, the latter a paean to fans for reaching one million followers on Twitter. Miller makes his local debut at UCSBs Hub Friday night in a show thats geared toward students but also open to the general public. (Info: 893-2064 or www.asprogram Elsewhere, Canadian singer-songwriter and folk-rock pioneer Gordon Lightfoot, who turns 73 later this month, offers classics from his career such as If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Carefree Highway, Rainy Day People, and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald to the Arlington Theater on Wednesday. MJ

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