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December 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Our in-box becomes clogged with invites to arty holiday events this time of year. So in the spirit of spreading the word -- not to mention opening up some space on our hard drive -- here are a few worthy stops to make (starting Thursday night) on the quest for interesting, art-oriented gifts. Cal Arts' “East of Borneo,” an L.A.-centric contemporary art Web magazine, is hosting a “holiday cheer” and launch party for its new EoB Editions, a line of limited edition, signed and numbered artworks.
December 4, 2013 | By Alicia Banks and Carla Rivera
The family of a UC Santa Barbara lacrosse player whose feet had to be amputated after he came down with meningitis last month says that they have been overwhelmed by the public's support. Aaron Loy is one of four student meningitis cases confirmed on campus last month. Two other men and one woman have since returned to class or are recovering. Loy's infection, however, has been marked by bouts of kidney failure, blood poisoning, tissue wounds, and, eventually, amputation. His parents, Mike and Kristen, track their son's daily progress on the Caring Bridge website.
December 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Officials are suspending fraternity events and parties at UC Santa Barbara after a fourth student was diagnosed with the disease that causes meningitis. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced the fourth case Monday. All four people became infected last month and one of the patients had to have both feet amputated , the Associated Press reported. The first two confirmed cases of meningococcal disease involved male students, the first of whom fell ill Nov. 11. The fourth case also expanded the group of people potentially exposed from 300 to 500, health officials said.
December 3, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
It wasn't until the final five minutes that UCLA seemed to get involved in this basketball game with UC Santa Barbara at Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday. Until then the Bruins seemed unwilling to play defense and unable to score 90 or more points as they'd been doing. But finally Jordan Adams scored three free throws to put the Bruins up almost comfortably. An Adams layup with 3:50 left put UCLA up by double digits and the 18th-ranked Bruins beat the Gauchos, 89-76. UCLA (8-0)
December 2, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
UCLA VS. UC SANTA BARBARA When: 8:05. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 570 AM. Records: UCLA 7-0; UC Santa Barbara 3-2. Update: The 18th-ranked Bruins have opened 7-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season and are averaging 90.9 points per game. Kyle Anderson has four double-doubles and one triple-double and Jordan Adams leads UCLA in scoring with an average of 21.4 points per game. UCLA holds an 18-1 series advantage against Santa Barbara, but the Gauchos won the last game, in 2003 at Pauley Pavilion.
December 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Barbara Walters has announced most of her list of the most fascinating people of 2013, to be examined on her annual "Most Fascinating" special. With Christmas music on the radio and Black Friday in the rear-view mirror, the revealing of "the list" was only a matter of time, right? No. 1, as usual, will be revealed on the Dec. 18 show, which will also reflect on high spots from the first 20 years of the special, turning 21 this year, ABC said Monday. This year's list is heavy on names from the celebrity circuit: Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
November 20, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Like Frida Kahlo's famous La Casa Azul (“The Blue House”) in Mexico City, the sunny green kitchen of John Benson and Molly O'Brien in Silver Lake resonates with bold and unexpected color. Benson's Latin American roots -- his mother was born in Colombia and raised in Chile, and he was born in Ecuador  -- influenced architect Barbara Bestor, who said she also was reminded of Kahlo's home during the remodel. “In a Spanish house you can get away with lots of color,” Bestor said.
November 19, 2013 | By Susan King
Oscar-winning British actress/screenwriter Emma Thompson will receive the Modern Master Award at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Thompson, who won the best actress Oscar for 1992's "Howard's End" and the adapted screenplay Academy Award for 1995's "Sense and Sensibility," will receive her honor at a tribute Feb. 8 at the Arlington Theatre. The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by the film festival and pays tribute to an individual who "has enriched our culture through his/her multi-facted accomplishments in the motion picture industry.
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