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SOFA Returns to Chicago

Posted on  October 4, 2017
November isn’t just about Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping! From November 2nd-5th its about a celebration of art and culture. As Chicago looks ahead to its next major art fair, SOFA CHICAGO, check out what...
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Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ Open Studio Tour 2017

Posted on  August 8, 2017
Labor Day weekend isn’t just for cookouts on the beach. The Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ Open Studio Tour has become a staple of the holiday weekend for locals and visitors alike. Artists and art enthusiasts come together for this 3-day,...
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Bucktown Arts Fest

Posted on  July 31, 2017
From the humble beginnings of four artists gathering to show their work in Holstein Park, Bucktown Arts Fest has grown to 200 artists and a weekend of fun, art, and community engagement. This free, volunteer-run...

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2017 Edgewater Edgefest in Chicago

Posted on  July 12, 2017
Celebrate all things North Side at this weekend full of live music, vendors, and food! On Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 the historic Edgewater neighborhood will be transformed into Edge Fest. Now in its fifth year, Edge...
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Blue Man Group

Posted on  May 1, 2017
This summer, visit the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago to witness one of the most unbelievable theatrical performance groups in the world- The Blue Man Group. The show’s creative blend of modern music and theatrical...
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I Madonnari 2017 | Street Painting Festival

Posted on  April 20, 2017
Have you ever witnessed pavement transform into a sea of vibrant colors right before your eyes? From May 27 – May 29 experience exactly that by visiting Santa Barbara for the annual I Madonnari Street Painting Festival, featuring...

International Quilt Festival

International Quilt Festival

Posted on  March 13, 2017
If you stop what you’re doing, sit still and listen for a second you might be able to hear the faint sound of needles clicking, machines humming and fabric rustling. The International Quilt Festival is on its way...
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International Orchid Show Coming to Santa Barbara

Posted on  March 3, 2017
April showers bring May flowers, right? Well this isn’t quite the case for Santa Barbara. For the past 71 years, flowers have been arriving a little earlier than usual, as early as March! This March 17 – 19 explore stunning exhibits, plant...
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1st Thursday in Santa Barbara

Posted on  February 20, 2017
Have you ever wanted to explore a museum or art gallery, but can never decide on which one to choose? Then you should come to Santa Barbara’s 1st Thursday, on the first Thursday of any...

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Chinese New Year Celebration in Chicago

Posted on  February 2, 2017
Chicago is known for its many festivals and celebrations but one of its largest citywide events is the Chinese New Year celebration. With a massive parade full of colorful displays and eclectic performances,

Santa Monica Airport Antique Market

Posted on  January 19, 2017
Most flea markets are known for having a plethora of unique items, but the Santa Monica Airport Antique Market undoubtedly surpasses them all—with vendors selling anything...
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Explore The Chicago Auto Show

Posted on  January 16, 2017
If you love cars, then you have to get to Chicago this February for the Chicago Auto Show. Taking place February 11th through the 20th this event is the perfect way to spend your day in the Windy City. Just a...

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Brick by Brick Lego Exhibit

Posted on  January 6, 2017
People young and old have a love for LEGOs. An entire subculture of video games, movies and even theme parks have made their way to mainstream over the decades. It goes as no surprise that the Museum of Science...
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The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Posted on  December 23, 2016
  Puppet theater has been around since at least 3,000 BC. While it's been overshadowed by other forms of entertainment in today's world, it is still a relevant and unique visual medium that's worth experiencing. A great opportunity to find...
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Santa Monica Restaurant Week

Posted on  December 7, 2016
Across the country one thing is for certain; we all love good food. From steaks and seafood to pasta and chicken, a well-cooked meal is something everyone can support. For those of you who’d like to celebrate food the way it deserves to be,

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What’s Happening at The Art Institute of Chicago

Posted on  November 25, 2016
Works of art are the gifts that keep on giving. From paintings to sculptures, art can inspire people across many generations. The Art Institute of Chicago has no shortage of breathtaking artwork and makes a great weekend getaway...
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Santa Monica Rep Presents “A Christmas Carol”

Posted on  November 18, 2016
Santa Monica Rep is proud to present A Christmas Carol at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. Spend a weekend by the beach highlighted by the Charles Dickens...
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Santa Barbara Parade of Lights at The Harbor

Posted on  November 16, 2016
The Santa Barbara Parade of Lights is an event like no other, and a must-see this holiday season. Watch as Santa Barbara Harbor is electrified with lights, lasers and fireworks! Located just 2 miles up the coast, Broughton Hotels’...

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ZooLights at Lincoln Park

Posted on  November 7, 2016
Truly a sight to see, ZooLights at Lincoln Park is sure to place you and yours in the Christmas state of mind. Travelers come from around the country to view this...
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Christkindlmarket Chicago

Posted on  October 28, 2016
Christmas and shopping go hand-in-hand like Frosty and snow. Don’t settle for a boring shopping mall experience. Christkindlmarket in Chicago’s
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Norah Jones at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Posted on  October 4, 2016
Make your way out to the Santa Barbara Bowl to take in the sounds of Norah Jones and her band! Located just 2-miles from the concert, Broughton’s boutique hotel the Inn at East...


2016 Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade

Posted on  September 19, 2016
October is approaching, and that means that Halloween is right around the corner! Last year, over 200,000 people made their way down to the Chicago Cultural Mile to take in the sights and sounds of the inaugural Halloween Gathering Festival and...

8th Annual Cambria Scarecrow Festival

Posted on  September 3, 2016
Drive along California’s scenic Coast this October and admire the hundreds of beautifully hand-crafted scarecrows at the 8th Annual Cambria Scarecrow Festival! Located just miles from the festivities, The Morgan is the perfect place to stay for your perfect fall...
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Lollapalooza at Grant Park

Posted on  June 30, 2016
Throw on your sunglasses and fringe and come to Chicago to experience Lollapalooza! Conveniently located just 5-miles from the music festival, the Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of July...

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14th Annual California Sculptors Symposium in Cambria

Posted on  April 1, 2016
Get away from the distractions of everyday life and immerse yourself in the beauty of art for a week at the California Sculptors Symposium in Cambria, California! Located less than 8-miles from the event, Broughton’s boutique hotel The...
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted on  January 3, 2016
Discover the best in independent and international cinema at the 31st Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival! Located less than 1 mile from the historic Arlington Theatre, Broughton’s

EXPO CHICAGO 2015: The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art

Posted on  September 2, 2015
Immerse yourself in art while you enjoy the historic Navy Pier at the EXPO CHICAGO 2015. Located less than 5 miles from Broughton’s boutique hotels, book your stay at

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Experience Art Like Never Before with How I See It: A Sensory Touch Exhibit in Santa Barbara

Posted on  July 30, 2015
NO TOUCHING–It's a message you've probably seen at every art museum you've ever been to. But what if you went to a gallery where you were not only allowed to touch the art,...

Jazz on the Lawn, a Free Event in Santa Monica

Posted on  July 28, 2015
If you're a jazz fan, you know how much better it is live than recorded. Improvisation and artistic flair are so ingrained in jazz that recordings just don't quite do it justice. Get your fill of live jazz music this August with Santa...
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I Madonnari 2015: An Italian Street Painting Festival

Posted on  April 25, 2015
You might be surprised to learn that the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival doesn’t actually involve any paint. Despite it's name, the event actually describes a group of artists who use pastel...


14th Annual Dance Camera West

Posted on  April 9, 2015
  Dance is one of the most ancient forms of communication known to man. At 9,000 years old, it even predates the written word. It's a little surprising that film, a less than 150 year old technology, is such a perfect way to capture this awesome art...

Masterpieces of Italian Artists Exhibit in Santa Barbara

Posted on  March 19, 2015
  What comes to mind when you think of Scotland? The Loch Ness Monster, bagpipes, kilts, Scotch whisky? Whatever Scottish stereotype pops into your head, you probably don’t think about art collections. And you probably don’t...

See a one-of-a-kind Violin Performance in Santa Barbara

Posted on  March 2, 2015
There's a big difference between someone who is just a violinist, and someone who has mastered the instrument. Grammy Award winner Gil Shaham fits into the latter category. Take advantage of your opportunity to see this elite musician in...

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The 70th Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Posted on  February 13, 2015
Humans have been cultivating orchids for thousands of years. In fact, this beautiful flower has been used for herbal remedies as early as 2800 BC! Today, you can join thousands of other...

30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted on  January 22, 2015
Award season is an exciting time of year in Hollywood but at some point it wears out its welcome and it's time for some fresh content. If you’re ready for some silver screen features you haven't seen before, head a little north...

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair

Posted on  December 31, 2014
You probably know that Los Angles is a cultural hot spot in the world of cinema, television and music, but did you know it's a pretty big deal in the world of modern art as well? Besides being home to dozens of quality galleries Los Angeles hosts one of the...

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Peking Acrobats coming to the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara

Posted on  December 12, 2014
Have you ever tried to do a backflip? Then you probably know how tough it is to pull off. Well, doing backflips is one of the easiest parts of the show for the Peking Acrobats!    

Santa Monica Playhouse Presents their Annual One Time Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue

Posted on  November 26, 2014

If you enjoy theater productions, dancing and of course talented musical performances than what better way to start your New Year's eve than with a performance by the Santa Monica Playhouse! Each year the playhouse puts on their "Annual- One Time Only Musical Revue" which has...

See the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra this November!

Posted on  October 22, 2014
Grammy award-winning jazz musician Chick Corea has described the playing of an orchestra as “One of the most magnificent musical sounds that has ever existed.” While he may not have been specifically talking about L.A.’s Philharmonic...

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Napa Valley Film Festival 2014

Posted on  October 15, 2014
  Popcorn, candy and soda are practically essential for watching movies. But what if you could enjoy a film while sipping fine wine and tasting exquisite cuisine? If that sounds too good to be true think again, because it's exactly the kind of...

Cambria gets a Whole Lot Scarier! (For Birds)

Posted on  September 30, 2014
  Hodmedod, Murmet, Hay-man, Momment, Mawkin… do you have any idea what these words mean? They’re actually used in the United Kingdom to describe scarecrows! While we may not have such creative names for them here in The States, events...

The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates its 50th Year!

Posted on  September 25, 2014
Everybody loves movies... Can you really argue with a statement like that? Movies transport, entertain, educate and even touch us emotionally. That's why "Everybody loves movies" makes a perfect tagline for the Chicago International...


Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra begins its 70th Season

Posted on  September 18, 2014
It’s always great to see a group of people do something that they are passionate about. The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra is a great example. This group of talented musicians provides high quality classical music performances...

Sunset Strip Music Festival 2014

Posted on  August 15, 2014
Hollywood's Sunset Strip is an iconic part of American music culture, what better way to experience it than a music festival?   The 2014 Sunset Strip Music Festival is a two-day extravaganza featuring 70 bands including headliners:...
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California’s Quirkiest Landmark: Nitt Witt Ridge

Posted on  August 1, 2014

As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This is quite evident in regards to Nitt Witt...

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Admire the Creative Complexity of Ken Bortolazzo’s //Moving On

Posted on  July 31, 2014

  If you’re visiting Santa Barbara have a passion for abstract art, Sullivan Goss American Gallery has an exhibition that is sure to excite. The exhibition,

Have a Laugh and Learn to Love Awkwardness at this Santa Monica Exhibit

Posted on  June 27, 2014
Americans are expected to take 105 billion pictures in the year 2015. Let's face it, they all can’t be perfect. In fact, a huge number of those...

National Ballet of Canada is Coming to LA

Posted on  June 20, 2014
Join the celebration of the National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary in 2014, with Artistic Director, Karen Kain and internationally known choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky.  Kain and...


Plenty is happening at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art this Summer!

Posted on  May 23, 2014
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is the perfect destination for a summer day trip, a weekend stop or a great place to stop by on a longer Santa Barbara Trip. Stop by and enjoy some of the many...

Raul di Blasio at the Greek Theater in LA

Posted on  May 2, 2014
World-renowned jazz pianist Raul Di Blasio has announced the city of Los Angeles as one of his 2014 tour destinations! The Argentine music legend will be performing his early classics as well as recent work at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park on May...

I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival in Santa Barbara

Posted on  April 25, 2014
Surprisingly, the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival doesn’t actually involve any paint. On May 24th  artists will use pastel chalk to decorate the plaza around the Santa...


Shop antiques for a great cause in Santa Barbara

Posted on  April 11, 2014
With your spring-cleaning complete, it’s now time to start thinking about redecorating! Whether your style is Victorian or art deco, vintage or modern, you can discover beautifully crafted pieces for your home while supporting a great cause...

Support the Santa Monica Museum of Art with Incognito

Posted on  April 1, 2014
The Santa Monica Museum of Art fundraiser, Incognito, invites guests to “trust their instincts” as they purchase artwork from over 500 anonymous artists. The April 26th event will feature 700 identically priced works of...

There’s Plenty to do in Napa Valley this Time of Year

Posted on  February 28, 2014
It’s release party season in Napa Valley! The time of year when wineries show off new wines and host wine barrel tastings. Take a trip to Napa Valley, try some new wines and be sure to check out some of these other great events as...

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Spanish Garden Inn Spring Special!

Posted on  February 21, 2014
A southern California boutique hotel is offering a unique promotion this spring. Guests of Santa Barbara’s Spanish Garden Inn will be rewarded for simply enjoying local cultural attractions!   Now through April...

What is Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone?

Posted on  February 20, 2014
The Funk Zone is a unique section of Santa Barbara that has become a must visit for anyone who plans a trip to the city. Part art community, part neighborhood and part business district, the Funk...

Take a Tour of Downtown Santa Monica!

Posted on  January 29, 2014
Come out and take a tour of Santa Monica! The Santa Monica Conservancy hosts weekly walks around the downtown area on Saturday mornings to experience the architectural beauty and heritage of the area! This...

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2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted on  January 15, 2014
The 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival will return to the area this January! The film festival begins Thursday, January 30th and will run through Sunday, February 9th with an amazing line up of films...

Cambria’s Annual Art and Wine Festival 2014

Posted on  December 27, 2013
Cambria’s Annual Art and Wine Festival is coming around again on January 24. The event starts Friday morning and ends Sunday evening and offers food, wine, live entertainment, gallery showings, shopping specials and more.   Local...
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Delacroix and the Matter of Finish

Posted on  December 26, 2013
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is currently hosting an exciting exhibit on the painter Eugène Delacroix called Delacroix and the Matter of Finish....


Cirque Du Soleil: TOTEM in Santa Monica

Posted on  December 23, 2013
“A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind.” This tagline for Cirque Du Soleil: TOTEM accurately describes the content of the show, but it barely scratches the surface of what a Cirque Du Soleil...
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What to do over the Holidays in Chicago

Posted on  November 18, 2013
The holiday season is upon us and the Windy city is abuzz with holiday events and cheer! From lights at the zoo to a traditional German holiday market, don’t miss out on any of Chicago’s great holiday events.   Zoo Lights (November...

See the Lion King Musical in Los Angeles

Posted on  November 3, 2013
  The Lion King: The Landmark Musical Event is coming to Los Angeles starting November 20th and running through January 12

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Wicked in Chicago

Posted on  November 1, 2013
Arguably the most popular musical of the last ten years has come to Chicago. Wicked, a fantastic story set in The Wizard of Oz universehas delighted audiences and critics alike for years. The touring...

Blue Man Group Comes to Chicago

Posted on  October 30, 2013
  Three bald guys covered in blue paint walk onto a stage... No, this isn't the introduction to a joke it's one of the most interesting musical shows in the world! Get ready Chicago, the Blue Man Group is here!   Founded in 1987,...

Napa Valley Film Festival

Posted on  October 28, 2013
If you're looking for things to do in Napa Valley this time of year, The Napa Valley Film Festival is a great choice. The event combines great wine, food and film with the unique backdrop...

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Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show

Posted on  September 20, 2013
The Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show is a fun way to see some great original pieces of art as well as have a great shopping experience. This year over 24,000 pieces handcrafted by artists and artisans will fill the Anaheim...
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Lakeview East Festival of the Arts 2013

Posted on  September 11, 2013
If you are looking for a great art show in Chicago, look no further than the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. This annual festival features a great mix of high quality local artists and is expected to once again impress in its ninth...
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7th Annual MixMatch Dance Festival

Posted on  August 21, 2013
From a small start six years ago, the MixMatch Dance Festival has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the Los Angeles area. MixMatch, organized by Hart Pulse Dance Company, is a celebration of dance that packs 5 shows, 50 choreographers, 70...

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Architectural Walking Tours of Santa Barbara

Posted on  August 20, 2013
Santa Barbara’s unique architecture is a can’t miss attraction for anyone visiting the city. One of the best ways to enjoy the historic buildings of Santa Barbara is through the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Walking...
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Meet Your Makers

Posted on  August 14, 2013
The growing move towards locally produced, sustainable goods is alive and well in Santa Barbara with Meet Your Makers, a collection of independent, environmentally conscious makers. It’s a market where independent sellers with shared values can sell to...

Los Olivos Quick Draw and Art Festival

Posted on  August 9, 2013
Featured artists put their talents on display at the 27th Los Olivos Quick Draw.“Create art in 60 minutes or less.” That is the challenge issued to participants of the annual Los Olivos Quick Draw. This year’s event will mark the...


Dancing on the Wind

Posted on  July 11, 2013
Aerial art takes flight in Chicago   By Jen Billock       The room sits in darkness, a single spotlight shining on the stage. A band of thick elastic hangs, slowly spinning, in the middle of the illuminated circle. Then, music. A dancer slips...
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Brooks Gallery

Posted on  July 10, 2013
While San Simeon may be small, it has its fair share of unique shopping opportunities. Many of the gift shops offer one of a kind, handcrafted pieces by local artisans from the San Simeon and Cambria areas. One of our favorites has to be the beautiful furniture...
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Chinatown Summer Fair

Posted on  July 10, 2013
A colorful celebration of Chinese culture.     Want to experience authentic Chinese culture? You don’t have to hop on a 14-hour flight around the world to do so. The Chinatown Summer Fair, held next Sunday in Chicago’s...


Summer on Southport Festival

Posted on  June 26, 2013
  Enjoy a great Chicago summer weekend summer in one of the city’s finest shopping and nightlife districts!     Chicago is filled with fun, local street festivals in the summer—and Summer on Southport is no exception! Located near Wrigley...
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Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival

Posted on  June 25, 2013
Experience local eats, drinks, music and art from the surrounding Lincoln Park community!     In the spirit of Chicago summer street festivals, the Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival has returned for the...

Summer Solstice Parade and Festival 2013

Posted on  June 19, 2013
Celebrate summer at this annual event with creative and original display of floats, giant puppets, whimsical costumes and masks of all ethnic and economic backgrounds     Our favorite season is officially here—summer! And what’s a...

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22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival

Posted on  May 30, 2013
Experience a festival filled with an eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts, food, information and shopping.     The Santa Monica Festival has returned for its 22nd consecutive year! According to its official website, “The Festival is a...
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The 5th Annual Millennium Art Festival

Posted on  May 28, 2013
Come enjoy a free outdoors festival filled with awesome artwork, live music and delicious local bites!     The Millennium Art Festival is returning to downtown Chicago’s Michigan Avenue for the fifth...
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I Madonnari Street Painting Festival 2013

Posted on  May 21, 2013
Watch the Santa Barbara Mission transform into 200 large-scale vibrant pieces of art!     If you’re a local looking for something to do on this long weekend or if you’re just visiting the Santa Barbara area, come...

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Corporate Night (featuring Janelle Monáe)

Posted on  May 15, 2013
Come listen to Janelle Monáe perform with the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.     Enjoy a night of beautiful music at Corporate Night, a special concert fundraiser...
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After Hours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House

Posted on  April 23, 2013
Plenty of music, refreshments and fun at one of Chicago’s iconic architectural buildings     The Robie House may be open until 4 p.m. to the public, but Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece truly...
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April is Chicago Dance Month!

Posted on  April 10, 2013
Celebrate the city’s dance scene during Chicago’s Dance Month!     City of Chicago—we hope you are shimmying, shaking, moving and grooving! Why? The month of April marks the first annual Chicago Dance...

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Otis College of Art and Design Second Annual Kite Festival

Posted on  April 10, 2013
Fly kites with Otis students, alumni and special guests!     The skies are clear and the wind is just right—what else is there to do but fly a kite? Don’t have one? Skip the store—this...
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1st Thursday

Posted on  April 3, 2013
An award-winning program highlighting local arts, culture and entertainment.     Downtown Santa Barbara always loves the start of a new month. With a local event like 1st Thursday, who wouldn’t?   Held on the first...
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Local Artisans Market

Posted on  March 27, 2013
Come explore artisan foods and crafts.     Not even three months old yet, the Local Artisans Market in Santa Barbara is making California history by being the first cottage food fair in the state. Established on January...

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Julia Morgan—The Woman Behind the Hotel’s Name

Posted on  March 20, 2013
Learn about the legacy behind Hearst Castle.     The Morgan. Yes, it’s the name of one of our beloved hotels, but there’s much more meaning behind it. We are honored to be named for the local architect...
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Picasso and Chicago

Posted on  March 20, 2013
Enjoy 250 of the finest examples of the Art Institute’s collection of Picasso’s work.     “A century ago, in 1913, the Art Institute of Chicago became the first art museum in the country to present the work of a young Spaniard who...
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Posted on  March 13, 2013
Walk into a decorator’s dream market!     Known as one of California’s best flea markets, the Santa Monica Airport Antique & Collectible Market is, according to, “just large enough to excite and small enough to...

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Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 2013

Posted on  March 5, 2013
Come enjoy the beautiful world of orchids in Santa Barbara!     Become captivated by the beauty of orchids at the 68th Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. “A step into [the show] is a step into...
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Vintage Fashion Expo

Posted on  February 1, 2013
Smart vintage shoppers will find bargains at this fashion filled two-day event!   “Wrap yourself in fur and chiffon or slip on velvety cloaks and costume jewelry at the Vintage Fashion Expo returning this weekend to the Santa Monica Civic...
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted on  January 23, 2013
Experience the 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by     This week, tons of movie fanatics and film connoisseurs are heading to Park City, Utah to attend...


Madame’s Magnum Opus

Posted on  January 14, 2013
Socialite. Opera singer. Collector. The ever capricious Madame Ganna Walska poured herself into everything she did, including the whimsical botanic garden at Lotusland—her 37-acre fantasy of botany and Buddhism. Here, curator VIRGINIA HAYES takes us on a stroll through the fertile...
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California Dreaming: Plein-Air Painting from San Francisco to San Diego

Posted on  January 9, 2013
View an exhibition that presents a selection of early modern paintings that celebrate the topography of California.   When you visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, make sure you see the...

Holiday SB Arts & Crafts Show

Posted on  November 21, 2012
Holiday arts & crafts show in Santa Barbara features local artists   As soon as your last bite of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner is eaten, someone is already bringing down your tree from the attic to decorate for...

Restoration Hardware Debuts Baby & Child Gallery in Santa Monica

Posted on  November 13, 2012
Restoration Hardware opened its first and largest Baby & Child Gallery in Santa Monica   Kiss the teddy bears and pastel color palettes goodbye; it’s time to decorate your nursery with furniture and...

The 23rd Annual Chicago Humanities Festival

Posted on  November 13, 2012
Encourage enjoyment and the exploration of the humanities.   The Chicago Humanities Festival returned for its 23rd year!   TheChicagoHumanitiesFestival’s (CHF) mission is to create...

On Track at Bergamot Station

Posted on  November 3, 2012


A masterstroke of development transforms a sprawling industrial complex into a Santa Monica landmark and one of L.A.’s primary cultural...


Dazzling the Gods

Posted on  November 2, 2012

Meet Chicago-born designer Nadya, whose one-of-a-kind clothing expresses the essence of paradise—her adopted home, Bali



By Andrea Rademan


“Mass production is not in harmony with the Balinese...


Meet Peggy Oki

Posted on  November 2, 2012

Santa Barbara and the Path of Passion



By Suzanne Broughton



When she first got on a skateboard, back in the seventies, Peggy Oki didn’t know she’d eventually go pro. Or that her place as the only girl on the...


Darkness Falls on the Desert

Posted on  October 9, 2012


Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming, snow is melting, and in the perpetually sunny arts haven of Palm Springs, film noir returns to cast its eerie shadow. 


By Sharon McDonnell


“The Cliff...