Brasserie Pushkin, that splashy midtown restaurant with gilded walls and an over-the-top Russian menu, didn't exactly get a lot of love from the critics (exhibit A and exhibit B, the latter of which calls the restaurant exhibit D in support for the argument that there's no correlation between wealth ... More >>
Theatrical rocker Kenyon Phillips asked me to guest star at his Joe's Pub show last Saturday, and I was thrilled--even after learning I was going to play his mother.
But what to wear as a Santa Barbara socialite? I picked through my things and came up with the above eye-popping ensemble.
Eight years in, Mountains albums arrive with certain expectations attached. There will be gently melancholy expanses of sound. There will be lapping-wave dissolves and cross fades caulked with spectral drone. There will be reed-rustling whispers and dry-heaving synthesizers. There will be the illusi ... More >>
Santa Barbara native Parry Gripp is a writer of satirical songs about popular culture, probably most famous for the video, "Hamster on a Piano (Eating Popcorn)." Indeed, many of his songs concern food, and the tunes are so catchy, you'll find yourself humming them days later. Here are a few more of ... More >>
My last memory of drinking boxed wine is from a college football game. A friend duct-taped a Franzia Chardonnay bladder under khaki pants like a wino's version of a flask. During the game, he would roll up his pant leg, flick the spigot and fill-up nearby students' cups with the plonk.
Given this w ... More >>
In 1973, PBS aired An American Family, a revolutionary look at a Santa Barbara clan's collapsing under the weight of infidelity, deceit, and the son announcing he's gay.
It was basically the original reality show and it's just been revived on PBS as well as forming the subject of HBO's Cinem ... More >>
Way before Snooki, there was An American Family--the original reality show, documenting the dissolution of the Louds, a well-to-do, charismatic Santa Barbara family at war with itself.
Well, HBO is shooting a TV movie called Cinema Verite, a behind-the-scenes look at that 1973 show, with Dia ... More >>