Some Politics Some of the Time

We could comment on Hillary Clinton’s reluctance to decry or even criticize for the desultory ad it ran in The New York Times concerning General David Petraeus’s Congressional testimony; we could dissect O.J. Simpson’s most recent arrest, or even Oprah Winfrey’s intriguing interview with husband killer Mary Winkler, but… space is limited and there are more urgent local events that beg for discussion. Such as

Santa Barbara Trust for Historical Preservation Fundraiser

Jarrell Jackman, executive director since 1987 (he’s been with the Trust since 1981), calls himself “an historic relic” for having been with the same institution for so long. “We’re having a fundraising event called ‘Tapas, Vino y Arte 2007,’ to be held in the courtyard at Plaza de Alhecama (at Canon Perdido and Santa Barbara Street).” The event will take place Saturday September 29 from 3 pm to 6 pm. Tickets are $100 ($75 of which is tax-deductible).

The Trust purchased the Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens building this year and so “has quite a debt service to work on,” and says most of the money raised at the fundraiser will go towards working down the mortgage. “In addition,” he adds, “there’s the celebration of the two-hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Presidio and we are the non-profit organization in charge of operating, restoring, and interpreting the Santa Barbara Presidio, which is the birthplace of Santa Barbara, dating from April 21, 1782.”

Ten-dollar raffle tickets will be sold (3 for $25), sponsored by Santa Barbara Travel Bureau, with the winner collecting two round-trip airfares to Spain and eight days & seven nights at various Spanish Paradors (hotels converted from historic buildings). Major sponsor is Channel Coast Corporation, and at least 11 eateries are donating food, including Montecito Country Club, Panino, Pascucci, and Tuttini. Participating wineries include Firestone, Jaffurs, Bedford Thompson, Fiddlehead Cellars, Rusack, Bridlewood… in other words, many of the best Santa Barbara County vintners. On site, more than two-dozen artists will have their latest output on display; distinguished artists like B.J. Stapen, Larry Iwerks, Cree Mann, and others will donate 50% of any proceeds of the sale of art on that day.

This is a citywide effort that features live music by the Laguna Blanca Jazz Band. More importantly, Lynn Kirst, MJ TrailTalk columnist is co-chair, along with Mike Stoker, of the Tapas, Vino y Arte 2007 event committee, and has also pledged enough to be listed as a Distinguished Patron. Please call 805-965-0093 for ticket purchases and more information.

The Bill Blass Collection

Montecito’s own Maria Black has a new business venture: she has become a consultant with Bill Blass New York and will be representing the designer’s line exclusively in Santa Barbara through appointment-only Trunk Shows. BBNY is new to the trunk show industry and is the only designer label in the trunk show industry. “The clothes are fashion forward, classic with an edge, constructed of the finest fabrics from Italian mills and have the detail and finish of haute couture, but are sold at sportswear prices,” Maria says. And, since I have known Maria for over twenty years (her son Alexander and I are the same age and attended the same birthday parties growing up), I believe she’ll run an ethical and thoroughly professional business with this BBNY. Her very first trunk show is set for September 20 through the 25th, and anyone interested in the collection should contact her at 805-455-0686.

Ballet Santa Barbara

Stephen Kurtzer, a man who, according to my dad, spends way too much time at Jeannine’s on Coast Village Road, but whom my father admires and enjoys the company of, suggested readers should catch the latest presentation of Ballet Santa Barbara: “Les Petits Ballets Santa Barbara, A provocative evening of original ballet and live music,” set for Center Stage Theater (at Paseo Nuevo Mall). I’m not much of a ballet fan – in fact I am not a ballet fan – but my dad says if Kurtzer believes this is a company to watch, who am I to disagree?

Since this performance takes place at Center Stage, it means viewers will get an up-close look at the dancers and whatever intricacies of the choreography there may be; there is only seating for a little more than 100 at Center Stage Theater. An Opening Night reception follows the premiere on Friday September 28; additional shows are scheduled for Saturday, September 29 and again on Sunday, September 30. Call BSB at 805-450-7535 or go online: for tickets and information.

We’ll get back to the political front in next week’s editorial!