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Matt Kettmann

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Catharsis with Jack Johnson & Friends @ S.B. Bowl

UCSB Alum with Ben Harper, ALO, Kenny Loggins, David Crosby, and More Created Curing Concert on March 18

UCSB Alum with Ben Harper, ALO, Kenny Loggins, David Crosby, and more created curing concert on March 18.

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In Memoriam: Gilbert Ramirez, 1927-2018

Ever Young at Heart

Gil Ramirez was that rare individual who retained the best of his youth at age 90.

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Jack Johnson’s Montecito Memories

UCSB-Educated Rock Star Reflects on Beach Days and Watching Disasters from Afar

UCSB-educated rock star reflects on beach days and watching disasters from afar.

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Sip This: Buttonwood Hop On

Karen Steinwachs Latest Creation Packs a Punch

Karen Steinwachs latest creation packs a punch.

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Cannabis Profile: Blue Coast Farms

Santa Barbara–Based Mark and Jillian Cardona Produce Herb-Enhanced Tinctures

Santa Barbara–based Mark and Jillian Cardona produce herb-enhanced tinctures.

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Tears and Toasts for Brewer-Clifton 20th Anniversary

Wine Cask Hosts Vertical Luncheon to Celebrate Birthday for Greg Brewer and His Winery

Wine Cask hosts vertical luncheon to celebrate birthday for Greg Brewer and his winery.

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John Palminteri Meets Palminteri the Puppet

PuppetPalooza Creates Handheld Version of Santa Barbara’s TV and Radio Star

PuppetPalooza creates handheld version of Santa Barbara’s TV and radio star.

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Women Who Crush & Progressive Pinot

Celebrating Female Vintners, Tasting Fresh Pinot Noir Ahead of World of Pinot Noir, and Hoppy Sauv Blanc

Celebrating female vintners, tasting fresh pinot noir ahead of World of Pinot Noir, and hoppy sauv blanc.

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Popular Man Dies After Hit By Car on State Street

Gilbert Ramirez, 90, Was Widely Known in Botanical, Veteran, and Nightlife Circles

Gilbert Ramirez, 90, was widely known in botanical, veteran, and nightlife circles.

Winemaker Gala Raises $1M for Direct Relief

Fire and Flood Victims Benefit from Santa Barbara Vintners Auction

A third of the money raised will benefit victims of fire and flood.

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Siduri to Clarice Wine Company: Adam Lee’s Next Move

Our New Wine Column Explores a New Pinot Noir Project and Tastings to Do

Our new wine column explores a new pinot noir project and tastings to do.

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Santa Barbara’s First-Ever Restaurant Week

Special Menus at More Than Two Dozen Restaurants February 23-March 4

Special menus at more Than two dozen restaurants February 23-March 4.

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Archie McLaren Passes Away

Food and Wine Celebrity Founded Central Coast Wine Classic

Renowned oenophile and gourmand founded the Central Coast Wine Classic.

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Maceration Magic at Central Coast Group Project

Scott Sampler Employs Punk-Rock Ethos and Extreme Winemaking in the Buellton Bodegas

Scott Sampler employs punk-rock ethos and extreme winemaking in the Buellton Bodegas.

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‘A Sniper’s War’

Director Olga Schechter

Intimate, disturbing portrait of Serbian sniper who’s fighting for Russian rebels against Ukraine.

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‘Get the Weed’

Codirectors Denny Brechner and Marcos Hecht

Hilarious mockumentary about Uruguayans sent by president to buy weed in America.

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‘Point of No Return’

Filmmakers Quinn Kanaly and Noel Dockstader

Eye-opening documentary about the first solar-power plane flight around the world.

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Films to Find at the Festival

Selected Highlights from SBIFF 2018

Our selected highlights from SBIFF 2018, based on prescreened films.

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Crossing Borders Features Cross-Cultural Films

Cinema to Challenge Stereotypes and Show Conflict in New Ways

Cinema to challenge stereotypes and show conflict in new ways.

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‘Off the Menu’

Director Jay Silverman

Romantic comedy about a man searching for food but finds love

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Stoner Flicks at SBIFF

Three Films Focus on Cannabis Culture in Different Ways

Three films focus on cannabis culture in different ways.

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Screen Cuisine Spotlights Food & Drink Films

Burgundy, New Mexico, Scotch, and More Splash onto SBIFF’s Big Screen

Burgundy, New Mexico, scotch, and more splash onto SBIFF’s big screen.

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‘Back to Burgundy’

Director Cédric Klapisch

Drama about a man who returns home to join siblings in saving the family domaine

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Director Thomas Morgan

Uplifting doc about refugee-run catering company in Lebanon

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‘Broke: The Santa Barbara Oil Spill of 2015’

Director Gail Osherenko

Doc on the Refugio spill’s effects on the landscape, animals, humans, and policy

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Matt Villard @ MCV Wines

Visalia Native Makes Petite Sirah and Other Inky Wines in Paso Robles

The Visalia native makes petite sirah and other inky wines in Paso Robles.

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Get to Know These Garagistes

Introducing Four Wine Brands You’ve Never Heard Of, All Pouring Next Month in Solvang

Introducing four wine brands you’ve never heard of, all pouring next month in Solvang.

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Eric Johnson @ Ann Albert Wines

Winemaker at Talley Vineyards Makes Chardonnay and Gamay with His Wife, Cait

Winemaker at Talley Vineyards makes chardonnay and gamay with his wife, Cait.

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Phil Kaplan @ Velvet Bee Wines

Trial Attorney Turns to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sta. Rita Hills

Trial attorney turns to pinot noir and Chardonnay from the Sta. Rita Hills.

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Marisa Beverly @ Bevela Wines

Niece of Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen Makes Syrah, Teroldego, and More

The niece of Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen makes syrah, teroldego, and more

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‘Sky & Ground’

Director Joshua Bennett

Intimate documentary about of a family fleeing Syria and trying to reach Germany

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Old-Style Spanish Beef Stew

Recipe from Upcoming Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight Event on February 1

Recipe from upcoming Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight event on February 1.

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Octopus, Pork Belly & Poached Egg @ Convivo

Pairing Sea with Land at Oceanfront Restaurant

Pairing sea with land at oceanfront restaurant on Milpas Street and Cabrillo Boulevard.

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The Pajama Palate of Marissa Ross

Author of ‘Wine. All the Time.’ Talks Trebbiano, #MeToo, and Air-Puffed Violets

The author of ‘Wine. All the Time.’ talks trebbiano, #MeToo, and air-puffed violets.

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Industrial Way Food & Drink Purveyors Unite

Buellton’s Growing Strip of Alcohol Artisans Joins Forces to Attract Visitors

Hugh Margerum gets Buellton’s growing strip of alcohol artisans to join forces to attract visitors.

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Turning Persimmons into Hot Sauce

P.O.P. Sauce Combines Seasonal Fruits with Spicy Peppers

P.O.P. sauce combines seasonal fruits with spicy peppers.

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Eat This: Seabass Lettuce Wrap @ Outpost

New Items Now Served on the Goodland Hotel’s Stripped-Down Menu

One of the new items now served on the Goodland Hotel’s stripped-down menu.

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Getting a Sense of Laplace

Veteran Winemonger Betty Dunbar Opens Wine Bar and Bottle Shop in Funk Zone

Veteran winemonger Betty Dunbar opens wine bar and bottle shop in Funk Zone.

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Year in Review: Matt Kettmann’s Favorite Stories of 2017

Senior Editor Matt Kettmann Picks a Few of His Favorite Articles from the Past Year

Senior Editor Matt Kettmann picks a few of his favorite articles from the past year.

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The Best Bubbles to Buy for New Year's Eve

Taittinger, Mionetto, The Fizz, and More

Taittinger, Mionetto, The Fizz, and more

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C’est Cheese Closes Café Due to Thomas Fire

Owners Focusing on Retail Cheese Shop Due to Slow Christmas Season

The owners are focusing on the retail cheese shop due to slow Christmas season; 15 laid off.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Entertains yet Leaves You Wanting More

Second Film of Latest Trilogy Explores Spiritual Side of the Force

The second film explores the spiritual side of the Force as characters retreat and regroup.

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Jazzman Nate Birkey Releases ‘Rome’

Trumpet-Playing Crooner with Santa Barbara Roots Records 10th Jazz Album in Italy

Trumpet-playing crooner with Santa Barbara roots records 10th jazz album in Italy.

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Comprehensive Guide to ‘Red Wine’

New Book by World Wine Guys and Kevin Zraly Goes from Agiorgitiko to Zinfandel

New book by World Wine Guys and Kevin Zraly goes from agiorgitiko to zinfandel.

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What’s Up with the Santa Barbara Fisherman’s Market?

Kim Selkoe Helping Commercial Fleet Organize, Advocate, and Attract Customers

Kim Selkoe helping commercial fleet to organize, advocate, and attract customers.

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Get Your Art on State Street

Deadline Extended, Meeting Rescheduled for ‘State of the Art Gallery’ 2018 Exhibition

Deadline extended, meeting rescheduled for ‘State of the Art Gallery’ 2018 exhibition.

New Fire Erupts in Los Alamos

UPDATE: Drum Fire Kept Below 14 Acres; Crews Released Back to Fight Thomas

UPDATE: Drum Fire kept below 14 acres; crews released back to fight Thomas.

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Cocktail Contest and Holiday Tamales

Roundup of Food & Drink Happenings in Santa Barbara

Roundup of food & drink happenings in Santa Barbara

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Boutique Wine Sampler Is Screaming Deal

Bob Sweeney and Tim Jones Sell Solid Six-Packs for $50 at Costco

Bob Sweeney and Tim Jones sell solid six-packs for $50 at Costco.

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Tips for Following the Thomas Fire

Which Sources Should You Use to Follow the Latest Wildfire News?

Which sources should you use to follow the latest wildfire news?