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Meet at the market: Picked at peak

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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, the peak produce at Burkdoll Farm piqued our interest. They sell stone fruits, and grow many varieties you’ve probably never heard of. Katie spoke with Daniel Burkdoll about the history of his father’s Visalia farm and how to make that perfect, mouthwatering purchase.

David’s tips for stone …

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Behind the brochure: A chat with UCSB Arts and Lectures’ master booker

Posted June 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Get your sticky notes and calendar ready. The brochure announcing UCSB Arts and Lectures’ 2015-16 season is out. But, for those with a fixed budget and an already stocked schedule, hitting them all is an impossible feat. To help navigate the season, KCRW’s Larry Perel spoke with A&L’s executive director Celesta Billeci about how she lands these performers, and her top musical picks.
Trust us, it was hard …

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The Santa Barbara shake that shaped a city

Posted June 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Ninety years ago (a Monday, just like today), Santa Barbara shook. At 6:44am in 1925, a 6.8 earthquake centered in the Santa Barbara Channel rocked the city, killing 13 people and all but leveling most of the downtown area. Historic parts of the city sustained serious damage, including buildings like the courthouse, churches and schools.
The destruction was severe, but, in a time when communication and …

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Meet at the market: Beneath the husk

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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 met up with Jesse Gruenberg from Lane Farms. The Lane family has been farming the Santa Barbara and Goleta area since 1868. Jesse helped plant the corn that is now hitting their market stand, and shares a special thing to look out for …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

Music in movies honored at inaugural film series

Posted June 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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As word came in that film composer James Horner had died in a plane crash, a film series celebrating musical scores came to an end at the Granada Theater. The inaugural series remembers the late Elmer Bernstein, a Santa Barbara resident who composed music for films like To Kill a Mockingbird, Ghostbusters and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Songwriter and film composer Paul Williams curated this year’s …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: School’s out, but lunch is not

Posted June 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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 met up with Misha Karbelnig, the development manager at the Santa Barbara County Food Bank. She and her team kicked off their fifth annual Picnic in the Park program this week. Just because school is out, she says, doesn’t mean kids …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

As Solstice counts down, crunch time revs up

Posted June 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s coming.
In two days, sci-fi inspired floats and performers will parade down State Street for thousands to see.
For the past two months, the Community Art Workshop, on the corner of Garden and Ortega Street, has been the dedicated spot for creation and construction. Now, it’s crunch time. KCRW’s Kathryn Barnes threw on her closed toed shoes and took a peek at the hustle.

Apart from the months …

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Meet at the market: Let it rain!

Posted June 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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 couldn’t contain her excitement about the weather. On Tuesday, downtown Santa Barbara embraced over a half inch of rain. It was nowhere near enough to stock Lake Cachuma or end the drought, but it was cause for celebration among water-deprived farmers.

Rain revelry:

Robert “BD” Dautch …

Environment, News, Santa Barbara »

Has the oil spill cleanup only scratched the surface?

Posted June 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The beaches look better.
But, many things look better on the surface.
Cal State Channel Islands professor Dr. Sean Anderson is concerned with where and how much oil exists underneath the ocean floor. He and his research team have been monitoring the conditions of the ocean long before the May 19th’s spill, and are now re-purposing their resources and data to pinpoint changes and effects. They’re currently busy placing a robot (open …

Environment, Santa Barbara »

The dangers of moving oil

Posted June 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Pretty nice stretch of road, right? Exxon would like to use it to ship oil.
Yesterday an emergency application was submitted to Santa Barbara County by Exxon Mobil. Now that the Plains All American pipeline is shut down after last month’s oil spill, Exxon is asking permission to truck oil from the storage tank at Las Flores Canyon, along Highway 101 to Nipomo in San Luis Obispo. …

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Meet at the market: A tough job made tougher

Posted June 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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.
Many are wondering what effects the Refugio oil spill may have on local seafood. It’s already led to a fishing ban, stretching 23 miles along the coast and about 7 miles out. Last week we spoke to a local Santa Barbara chef concerned about …

Environment, Issues, News, Santa Barbara »

Santa Barbara spill eyed as source of tar ball invasion

Posted June 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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At first it seemed like a coincidence: globs of tar coming ashore from Ventura and Zuma down to Manhattan Beach and Long Beach – all within two weeks of the Santa Barbara spill. Natural oil seepage is not unusual on local beaches. But as more tar appears, suspicion is now falling heavily on the 21-thousand gallons of crude that spilled into the ocean when …

Education, Santa Barbara »

Confronting sexual abuse, in high school

Posted June 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California lawmakers approved a bill this week, that would require high schools to teach students about sexual assault and healthy relationships.
The state Senate approved it Monday on a 36-0 vote, sending it to the Assembly.
Under Senate Bill 695, health courses, which are a condition of graduation for a majority of California high school students, will include instruction on affirmative consent, sexual harassment, assault, violence, and the importance …

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Meet at the market: Is it safe to eat local seafood?

Posted May 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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.
Many are wondering what effects the Refugio oil spill may have on local seafood. It’s already led to a fishing ban, stretching 23 miles along the coast and about 7 miles out. That ban has made the hard job of a fisherman even harder, …

Environment, News, Santa Barbara »

Santa Barbara oil spill and its effect on the channel

Posted May 29, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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We sat down with Dr. Sean Anderson days after the oil spill on May 19th. He’s a professor of Environmental Science at Cal State Channel Islands. He gave us some great perspective on the recent oil spill on the Gaviota Coast compared to the massive spill in 1969, which spewed between 3-4 million gallons of oil in the Santa Barbara Channel, and what that …

Environment, Santa Barbara »

Whales migrating dangerously close to Santa Barbara oil spill

Posted May 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Surveying the northbound migration of Gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) through the nearshore of the Santa Barbara Channel from Counter Point, Coal Oil Point Reserve, Goleta, California, USA

It’s still too early to tell what environmental impact the oil spill at Refugio beach may have on the Santa Barbara Channel. Thousands of gallons of crude leaked into the sea May 19th. Since then, 40 live and 22 dead birds have been collected, as well as 28 live and 14 dead mammals, including seals, sea lions and dolphins. Updated numbers of oiled wildlife can …

Environment, Issues, News, Santa Barbara, Today's News »

Wanted: cleanup volunteers for Santa Barbara oil spill

Posted May 26, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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If you live around the large 10-square mile oil slick in Santa Barbara County, and have wanted to help in the cleanup efforts there, your light just turned green.
And, while you may be ready to hit the beach with buckets and shovels in hand, you can’t just show up.
You have to be at least 18 years old and fill out a registration form. And then once you’re …

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Mixer: An oily mess and a slippery cleanup

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The company that owns the pipeline that ruptured this week off the coast of Santa Barbara now has to go through a series of steps before it can restart that line.
Federal regulators are requiring Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of pipe, test it and then empty the remainder of the line.
Meanwhile, bad weather and choppy waters have slowed the cleanup …

Arts & Culture, News, Santa Barbara »

In light of IV: “A light in everyone’s window…”

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures the pulse of the community one year later.
To end our series, we headed back to Isla Vista to see how students are using art and light to both reconnect with the past and to move forward.

Most UCSB classes take place on campus, in classrooms. IV Open Labs does not. Art …

Food, News, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: A strawberry by any other name…

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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’s guest? Tom Shepherd of Shepherd Farms, a fifth-generation Santa Barbara resident who began farming organically in the area in 1973, and moving from plot of land to plot of land since then. He grows a special variety of strawberries that seem to have a cult …

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