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February 11, 2010
Nothing says Valentine's Day quite like an enormous flower show, and the 65th Annual Santa Barbara Orchid Show measures up nicely. Browse displays of hundreds of orchid species from North and South America, the South Pacific and Asia. A vast selection of blooming orchid plants, corsages, artworks and orchid supplies will be for sale. Complete lists of other romantic Valentine's happenings, including dining, night life and music, are available at findlocal.latimes.com. Earl Warren Fairgrounds, 3400 Calle Real.
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April 6, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
More than 100 people were arrested and dozens hurt Saturday during a daylong party in UC Santa Barbara's Isla Vista neighborhood, including 18 for their alleged roles in a violent clash between police and spring-break revelers, authorities said. Many of the arrests were for public intoxication. It was unclear how many of those arrested were UCSB students. About 15,000 people attended the event known as Deltopia, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said. The nighttime disturbance began when a UCSB police officer was struck in the head with a backpack containing large bottles of alcohol.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
A totalitarian state with a Kafkaesque bureaucracy, East Germany was a nation suffused with fear and suspicion. Yet it was also a society in which utopian ideals motivated individual sacrifices in the name of building a better way of life. The new film "Barbara" examines the contradictions of the former German Democratic Republic, transforming the everyday paranoia under the socialist regime into a quietly gripping thriller. "Barbara" won the Silver Bear prize for director and co-writer Christian Petzold at the Berlin International Film Festival and is Germany's submission for the foreign-language Academy Award.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A tribe is preparing to invest more than $100 million in an expansion and upgrade of its Vegas-style casino in the Santa Ynez Valley, tripling the size of its hotel and opening the door to negotiations that could lead to a greater footprint in California's $7-billion Indian gambling industry. But word of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians' expansion plan has ratcheted up tension and distrust between the Native Americans and some of their neighbors in Santa Barbara County. "It's huge - a huge expansion," said Robert F. Field, a local resident.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Not long ago, Barbara and Ethan Gruska - the fresh-faced siblings at the core of L.A.'s Belle Brigade - were deep in a rehearsal with their two bandmates. The goal that afternoon was reworking the songs on the Belle Brigade's self-titled 2011 debut so that they fit alongside tunes from the group's just-finished follow-up. It took some doing. A sunny blast of retro West Coast folk-pop, "The Belle Brigade" pulled deeply (and openly) from crowd-pleasing forebears such as the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. The new album, by contrast, begins with a digitally processed train whistle laid atop a booming drumbeat.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
[Warning: This post contains plot spoilers about the upcoming movie “August: Osage County.” While we don't think they'll ruin the experience, you might be mad anyway. Please read at your own risk.]   TORONTO -- If you saw Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy "August: Osage County" on the stage in any of the numerous cities it played a few years back, chances are you were struck by one scene above all else. The final one, that is, in which matriarch Violet Weston is seen sitting on the stairs of the house she once ruled, abandoned by her adult daughters,  especially eldest daughter Barbara, who don't/can't/won't stay and take care of a woman who, let's face it, has made her and her sisters' lives pretty miserable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2010 | By Seema Mehta
Two of the major Republican candidates aiming to unseat U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer made their case this weekend to the party's most active women, arguing that both Boxer's record and anti-incumbent sentiment nationally have put momentum on their side. Their arguments crystallized their central pitches to party voters before the June primary. Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief making her first bid for elective office, detailed her ascension from receptionist to multimillionaire corporate chief.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2010 | By Zachary Pincus-Roth
Some people take care of orchids. Others take care of guinea pigs. Barbara takes care of tropes. Most of the day she's a 51-year-old seamstress in Illinois and a caregiver for her husband. But in her spare time, Barbara tends to four tropes: "Cool Bike," "Badass Longcoat," "You Fail Logic Forever" and "Silly Reason for War." "They were a mess, they needed to be cleaned up, and nobody else was doing it, so I adopted them," she says. "It's equivalent of wiping down the sink every morning after I brush my teeth."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 1986 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Comedy can intoxicate you, put you in a soft, rollicking mood. But it can also draw blood. That's what the people behind "Ruthless People" (citywide) are after. It's pitched in the half-cynical vein of the comic muckraker. It tries to make sport of human vice, greed and corruption, some of the best comic subjects. The characters here aren't just bad; most of them are truly vile--human slime.
BUSINESS
April 20, 1987
Richard Hug has been promoted to vice president-research and development at Santa Barbara-based Softool Corp., which develops and markets software productivity and maintenance tools.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2014 | By Marc Stirdivant
Buellton, 25 miles north of Santa Barbara, has been known for just one thing: split pea soup. For years, Buellton was that midday rest stop on the way to points north where you lunched at Pea Soup Andersen's. No longer in the shadow of trendier neighbors Solvang and Los Olivos, Buellton has taken on a life of its own. It's a fun place to stay, explore, eat and drink - and I'm not just referring to wine. The bed Buellton has at least one remarkable place to spend the night, the Flying Flags RV park (180 Avenue of Flags; [805]
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Sophomore guard Amber Melgoza did her best, scoring 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, but Santa Barbara was beaten by Modesto Christian, 64-55, in the Division III state championship game on Friday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Melgoza's 30 points tied a Division III record. She made 20 of 28 free throws on the day before fouling out. The Dons (30-6) trailed, 37-35, late in the third quarter, then started losing the ball on turnovers and lost their aggressiveness. Modesto Christian (27-8)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm and Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Capping 12 months that moved from a potential loss of independence to a chance at a fresh start under new museum director Philippe Vergne, L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art announced the return Tuesday of trustees John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie, prominent Los Angeles artists who had resigned from its board in 2012 as MOCA fell into upheaval, uncertainty and financial drift. Kathi Cypres and Steven F. Roth, who left the board more quietly in 2012, are also back as trustees, MOCA announced.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Billy Fredrick was one of the top hitters in the Foothill League last season at Golden Valley. Now he's making an impact as a freshman at UC Santa Barbara. He had a game-winning pinch-hit walk-off double on Sunday against Wichita State. He's three for three on the season, with RBI hits in each at-bat. Santa Barbara is 13-3 on the season. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Not long ago, Barbara and Ethan Gruska - the fresh-faced siblings at the core of L.A.'s Belle Brigade - were deep in a rehearsal with their two bandmates. The goal that afternoon was reworking the songs on the Belle Brigade's self-titled 2011 debut so that they fit alongside tunes from the group's just-finished follow-up. It took some doing. A sunny blast of retro West Coast folk-pop, "The Belle Brigade" pulled deeply (and openly) from crowd-pleasing forebears such as the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. The new album, by contrast, begins with a digitally processed train whistle laid atop a booming drumbeat.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Seventh-seeded Cal Poly pulled off a huge upset in the Big West Tournament on Thursday by stunning second-seeded UC Santa Barbara, 69-38, at Honda Center. Cal Poly's win in the first game of the tournament came just five days after the Mustangs suffered a 16-point home defeat to Santa Barbara. “We just decided to turn the pressure up everywhere, and make the game ugly,” Cal Poly Coach Joe Collero said. Cal Poly (11-19) dominated from start to finish and completely frustrated Santa Barbara's Alan Williams, the conference player of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1995 | SCOTT HARRIS
It had been years since our hero, a mild-mannered reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper, had been, as the saying goes, "in the market." Only recently had he and his so-called better half come to an impasse. "We should date other people," they told each other with a certain uncertainty. And so it was that the reporter would find himself at a party for a friend who was moving to Florida. Here he was introduced to a tall brunette named Barbara. Hmmm . . .
NEWS
June 3, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO and MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On almost any Wednesday night for the past two years, JoKema Du Bois, 15, and her 14-year-old sister, Barbara, would either call their pastor for a ride, or get their grandmother to drop them off for youth night at a local church. The girls were too young to drive. But on Wednesday, JoKema hopped in the driver's seat of her grandma's gold-colored 1986 Chrysler LeBaron anyway.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ron Popeil, the inventor and pitchman without parallel who founded the company Ronco, has listed his Rancho Quinta Ladera for sale in the Santa Barbara area at $4.995 million. The 150-acre manzanita- and oak-studded property includes riding trails, natural springs and 360-degree views. An 1898 adobe house, a guest house, a swimming pool, a pool house, outbuildings, a six-stall barn, a riding arena, riding pens and a 700-tree olive grove are among the amenities. There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
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