Food, Santa Barbara »

A grape to call our own

Posted September 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Yes, that’s whatit looks like. A UFO is beaming down on this Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2011 wine label. Matt Kettman, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast came in to give the backstory on this eccentric wine, and the creative winemaker who aspires to develop California’s own grape varietals.

The wine was created by Randall Grahm, who recently sold his Big House Winery brand …

Politics, Santa Barbara »

Two bills passed with two weeks left

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

As California’s legislative session nears its three month hiatus, a local senator is celebrating some big wins. Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, whose district incorporates Santa Barbara County and a portion of Ventura, had two bills pass off the Senate floor last week and now sit on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. One hopes to close the income inequality gap between men and women in the …

Commentary, Santa Barbara »

Surf, sting, suffer: a new KCRW host attempts to catch — or survive — his first waves

Posted August 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Growing up at 7,000 feet in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, I only knew surf from “Endless Summer.” The Bruce Brown epic gave me romantic notions of a life at the beach. So when I moved to Santa Barbara for KCRW, I was ready.
I assumed buying a surfboard would be akin to finding a life partner or soul mate. You would just understand …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: grown, shaken, served

Posted August 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she followed Patrick Reynolds around as he picked up produce to use in Tuesday’s Farm to Bar cocktail program at the Wildcat Lounge.

Patrick picked up snap peas, watermelon, arugula and peaches. He plans to concoct these drinks:

Gin, snap peas, watermelon and …

Food, Santa Barbara »

The perils and payoffs of island-grown grapes

Posted August 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

It doesn’t get much more ideal than sun soaked grapes amidst salty breezes and rich island history. However, growing grapes off the mainland also brings some unusual challenges. Matt Kettman, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast (where he reviews about 150 wines a week!), sampled a new Chardonnay made with grapes grown on Catalina Island.

Winemakers Geoff Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack were put …

Santa Barbara »

Staying competitive, in the competitive race world

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Get your spandex, swim cap and favorite pump up song ready. The Santa Barbara Triathlon kicks off this weekend. It’s one of the longest running triathlons in the world, but as new, alternative events like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder continue to reshape the competitive racing world, traditional triathlons are exploring new ways to, well, stay competitive. To hear what’s new this year, KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian sat down …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: not your average Newton

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she met up with Colton Monahan of Avila and Sons Farm to talk figs: grilled, dried, wrapped, stuffed and everything in between.

Avila and Sons grow over a dozen fig varieties. Here’s what they have at the stand this week:

Kadota figs …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

New art exhibition explores human identity, in pixels

Posted August 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

A new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara deals with the interplay between technology and human identity. Then they form us plays off a quote by philosopher Marshall McLuhan, who wrote in the 1960s about how technology becomes an extension of ourselves, and influences our experience in the world.
In 2015, with smartphones, robotic cars and facial recognition, his wondering and worrying …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, Santa Barbara »

As classical season ends, renovations begin

Posted August 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

A world class institution for classical music here in Santa Barbara has been raising quite a bit of money lately. The Music Academy of the West is striving for $17.5 million, as part of their Capital Campaign. They’re at $11.7 million so far, and as the summer season wraps up, work is beginning to expand the campus and better train classical musicians. Music Academy President …

Food, News, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: feeding your Fiesta familia

Posted August 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, in the spirit of Fiesta and outdoor meat-eating, she stopped by Jimenez Family Farm to speak with Joe Jock about his favorite Fiesta recipe and ways to use lamb fat in your next pie.

a spicy stew from the Mexican state of …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

Fiesta’s identity crisis

Posted August 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

It’ll be hard to roam around Santa Barbara this week without spotting colorfully ordained horses, flamenco dancing and mercados full of food, costumes and crafts. Old Spanish Days, known to many simply as Fiesta, celebrates the city’s heritage. But, what is that heritage? Is it Spanish, Mexican, Californian or a mixture of all three?
To help clear up the identity crisis of Santa Barbara’s biggest party, …

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Struggling market nixes disabled clerks

Posted August 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

A grocery store popping up throughout Santa Barbara County has gotten some bad press lately. Pacific Northwest grocery chain Haggen, which has replaced several Albertsons and Vons in Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara, has recently laid off dozens of workers, including 14 developmentally disabled employees at several of their stores. Many of these men and women had been working at the location for years, well …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

Light, movement, art: the creations of Moholy-Nagy

Posted August 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Santa Barbara Museum of Art always keeps people wondering, ‘what will go up on the walls next?’
Right now, adjacent to a room full of paintings by Degas and Monet, is a bit less conventional exhibit. László Moholy-Nagy (1895 – 1946) is known for integrating technology and industry into the arts. He also founded the New Bauhaus School of Design in Chicago, a descendant of the influential German Bauhaus design school. …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: who’s in charge, here?

Posted July 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, we went straight to the source and met up with Sam Edelman, general manager of the SBCFM itself. He’s been working at the market since he was 17 years old and just needed some gas money. Now, almost 20 years later, he’s …

Environment, Santa Barbara »

A hike through fracked wilderness

Posted July 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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This month, the first state-wide Environmental Impact Review on fracking was published. The report spans over 2,500 pages and will be used to guide future proposals to frack anywhere in California. It focuses on three specific proposals at oil and gas fields. One of which is in the Sespe Wilderness, just a short drive from Santa Barbara.

Goodenough Road gets you to from downtown Fillmore to …

Environment, Interviews, Santa Barbara »

Justice for the oil spill

Posted July 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

As visible signs of the oil spill along Refugio State Beach become harder to see, the work of politicians and legal counsels continue. Only days after the spill, Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney Joyce Dudley confirmed her office was investigating Plains All American Pipeline, the company responsible for the spill. Her department has teamed up with both state and federal officials to review potential criminal …

economy, Health Care, Issues, Politics, Santa Barbara »

Mixer: California gun-control program firing blanks

Posted July 24, 2015 by , and | 0 Comments | ]
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Gun sales in California continue to rise.
According to the Attorney General’s office, there were close to a million guns sold last year.
An increase of close to 100 percent since 2010.
And of all the people who applied for a background check in 2014, fewer than 9,000 were denied. Less than one percent.
In a report released last week by California’s state auditor, a program to recover …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: drink it raw

Posted July 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, she stopped to talk with Nathan Glazebrook of Organic Pastures, one of two certified Grade A raw milk dairies in California. She learned why the raw movement is really a move back, and which whole fats aren’t as prone to grow your love handles.

“It’s not about quantity …

Interviews, Santa Barbara »

An easy place to do business: sex trafficking in Santa Barbara

Posted July 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Researcher Kyli Larson. Photo: Gina Potthoff/Noozhawk

A report released to the public this week sheds light on a disturbing trade in Santa Barbara County: domestic sex trafficking.
According to study, 45 separate child survivors were confirmed between 2012 and 2014 (43 of which were living in the county), along with 80 suspected child survivors and 461 children considered “highly vulnerable” to the trade.
To compile the report, funded by the Santa Barbara Foundation, researchers Kary O’Brien and Kyli …

Environment, Issues, News, Santa Barbara, Summer »

Last closed beach reopens in SB oil spill zone

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

When a corroded pipe operated by Plains All-American burst on May 19th, a river of crude flowed into a creek that empties into the ocean at Refugio State Beach, a popular camping spot north of Santa Barbara.
Today, Refugio reopens – marking a significant milestone in the long-running cleanup process, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which is overseeing the effort.
Officials …

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