The Complete Edhat Archives
Apr 30, 2008
April Answers Summary
A summary page with the top votes in each category for all the April Answers answers.
Apr 29, 2008
Best/Worst April Answer Question
Best April Answers Question? Worst April Answers Question?
Apr 28, 2008
Ethnic Food in SB
Best ethnic food available in town (white ethnic or otherwise)? Most lacking ethnic food available in town
(white ethnic or otherwise)?
Apr 25, 2008
Wish Not in SB
What is here in town that you wish wasn't here? What's not here in town that you hope never is here?
Apr 24, 2008
Worst Intersection/Longest Traffic Light
Worst Intersection? Longest Traffic Light?
Apr 23, 2008
Best Other City/State
Best city in California (not in Santa Barbara County)? Best State in the US (not including California)?
Apr 22, 2008
Santa Barbara Fruit/Animal
If Santa Barbara were a fruit, what kind would it be? If Santa Barbara were an animal, what kind would it
Apr 21, 2008
Most Famous Santa Barbaran
Who is the most famous Santa Barbara native? Who is the most famous Santa Barbara citizen (not
Apr 18, 2008
Missing In Santa Barbara
What is no longer in Santa Barbara County that you miss the most? What is not in Santa Barbara County that you wish was here?
Apr 17, 2008
Answers For Tourists
What is the best place to take out-of-town guests? What is the best place to avoid tourists?
Apr 16, 2008
Where To Watch People
What is the best place in town for people watching? What is the best place in town for seeing famous people?
Apr 15, 2008
Where To Dog Walk
Where is the best place in town to take your dog off-leash? Where is the best place in town to take your dog on a leash?
Apr 12, 2008
Where To Brown Bag
Where is the best place in town for a barbeque? Where is the best place in town for a brown bag lunch?
Apr 11, 2008
Where is the best place in town to watch the sunrise? Where is the best place in town to watch the sunset?
Apr 10, 2008
Alone Or In A Crowd
What is the best place in town to be alone? What is the best place in town to be in a crowd?
Apr 09, 2008
Walk Or Run
Where is the best place in town to go for a walk? Where is the best place in town to go for a run?
Apr 08, 2008
Bike Ride Scenic Drive
Where is the best place in town to go for a bike ride? Where is the best place in town to go for a scenic drive?
Apr 05, 2008
What is the best local annual event in town? What is the worst local annual event in town?
Apr 04, 2008
Place To Be Seen
What is the best place in town to be seen? What is the worst place in town to be seen?
Apr 03, 2008
What is the best parking lot in town? What is the worst parking lot in town?
Apr 02, 2008
Ugly And Pretty Buildings
What is the ugliest building in town? What is the prettiest building in town?
Mar 31, 2008
This is the parking lot of Timbers Restaurant. It was built using the timbers from the Goleta oil field pier
that was bombed by the Japanese during WWII.
Ortega Water Tank
This water tank is located by the Santa Barbara Survey Office at 220 E. Ortega Street.
Mar 28, 2008
This cool clock is a four-sided, cast iron Ansonia street clock that was originally manufactured in 1914,
and placed here around 1985. It is the only such clock on public display.
This tower is on what must be one of the most beautiful Junior High schools in the country, Santa Barbara Junior High, home of the amazing Marjorie Luke Theater.
Mar 27, 2008
Old Fort on a Hill
This structure that looks like an old fort is clearly visible from a road that leads up to the hills. It used to
be a treehouse, but the tree died, so it was resupported.
This hard-to-find March Edness location is front row center on the tourist map. In fact, people from the
Czech Republic have been there. Edhat documented all the carvings on the succulents at this popular
Mar 26, 2008
Cathedral Oaks Wagon
This wagon is located on Cathedral Oaks Road between 154 and Turnpike Road.
Anisq'oyo Park Barn
This barn is found in Anisq'oyo Park in the heart of Isla Vista.
Mar 25, 2008
Local sculptor Andy Johnson created this fountain. The idea came to him in a dream after seeing a man
drinking from a hose. Andy crawled into an old, crumbling wine cellar in a hillside and chipped out the
tiles from it to use in this fountain.
This cross marks the former grave of Colonel Colin Campbell, a British military officer and
millionaire. His body was moved to a location in Chicago, where the prominent family of his wife was
from. The dance floor of his local home was moved to Oak Park.
Mar 22, 2008
Construction on this skylight began in 1926 and it was rehabilitated in 2003. It is 44 feet in diameter and
is located in the same building as a previous Edhat WWII.
These cool structures can be found at the entryway of a Montecito office building. They were designed by
local architect Sherrill Broudy. The building used to be the storefront for Forms and Surfaces.
Mar 21, 2008
The shrine shown here can be found at the former site an institution that was in Santa Barbara from 1900
to 1987. A major construction project is scheduled to begin shortly on these grounds.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe is depicted here on the side of a building located on a street with many religious
Mar 20, 2008
The County of Santa Barbara has a Coke and a smile in one of their local parks. We wouldn't have guessed
that there was such a big demand for soft drinks in this off-the-beaten path location.
A billionaire has spent the last many years building his 18,000 square foot dream home on the bluffs
above a local beach. The only thing between the monster-sized house and the ocean is a bike path and a
40-foot drop. The picture shown here is of the front gate of the property.
Mar 19, 2008
This building is one of the most well known buildings in town because of its grand old style and ornate
decorations. We all know it's there, but the grandness of the structure must be all we can take in,
because the details go unnoticed.
Office Building Quote
Yesterday on Edhat we commented on how cool it would be to have a geographical feature, even one as
mundane as a sediment basin named after you. Wouldn't it be really cool to have one of your quotes
chiseled in stone above the doorway of a public building? Well, Ann Sullivan has that privilege. Her quote,
"Law is the voice of the people. Justice makes it heard", is chiseled front and center on a building on Santa
Mar 18, 2008
Sediment Basin Mural
Have you ever thought that it would be cool to have a star, a theorem, a disease, or a geographical
landmark named after you? Well, Kim knows how it feels. Whoever Kim is. This mural is on a bridge over
a sediment basin named after Kim.
Off Ramp Building
There are 37 steps that lead to this building. What goes on in that building is top-secret. Only a few
know, and those who do are sworn to secrecy.
Mar 15, 2008
While enjoying the beauty of this park it is easy to overlook a cool compass on the floor of the gazebo
by the pond.
This memorial, together with a flag, was placed in a location close to a beach in 1918. In 1969 the flag
was moved to its current location. The monument was not moved to be together with the flag until 1998.
When they were reunited the town had a celebration.
Mar 14, 2008
Did you ever wonder how we took one of the high ground perspective weekly pictures for Edhat's Pictures
Over Time feature? They are not taken from John Wiley's airplane. They are taken from a hill in a
parking lot with a wood fence.
Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Well, every fifth grader at a certain elementary school knows about
this secret passageway.
Mar 13, 2008
In recent years there have been many changes in the local retail scene, but nowhere have the changes
been more evident than at the Sears Shopping Center on La Cumbre Road. This picture was taken in the
front entrance to Sears on the top level by the auto repair center.
There are not many places in town where you can find a long pink wall. In fact, the only place known to
the dedicated staff of edhat.com is on Cold Springs Road where it intersects Sycamore Canyon Road (Hwy
192). The wall surrounds Lotusland, a 37-acre botanic garden built on the former estate of opera singer
and socialite Ganna Walska.
Mar 12, 2008
Chase Palm Park Plaque
There is a plaque at Chase Palm Park commemorating Harold and Pearl Chase, a brother and sister that made many contributions to the beauty of the city.
Bath & Haley Laundromat
This medallion is above the entry door of the laundromat on the corner of Haley and Bath. There are two
medallions on the facade of the building, and another two on a low wall of a house a few doors away.
Mar 11, 2008
La Cumbre Over-Crossing
This picture was taken from Modoc, where the La Cumbre Road over-crossing ahead looks big and
foreboding - more than just a road that leads to Hope Ranch.
Garden Street Under-Crossing
The picture of the cement design shown is a side shot of the freeway from underneath the Garden Street
under-crossing. It's a little tricky because the sides of both sides of the freeway appear in the picture.
Mar 08, 2008
San Marcos Gym
The blue and red doors open up to the newly renovated San Marcos High gym. The project cost $7.5
million. Measure V funding helped pay for this. It has a new floor, new bleachers, and a bunch of other
things. The gym was officially open on August 8, 2007.
Dos Pueblos Pool
The blue and gold tiles are part of the new Dos Pueblos High School pool. They make up the outside
shower. The pool officially opened on July 20, 2007. Dr. Virgil Elings, who donated an ocean of money for
the pool, swam the ceremonial first lap that day.
Mar 07, 2008
At the County Transfer Station (dump) off of Calle Real there is big white sign that spells out these hold-
your-nose no-nos in big, black, capital letters. Up until 1966 the Calle Real facility was a landfill in its
own right. Today the daily trash is put onto big trucks and driven 24 miles up 101N to the County-owned
Bacara Resort Entrance
The sign is located at the entry road to the Bacara Resort. We're pretty sure the emergency in question
would be expected to come from the oil and gas plant next door, rather than the four-star spa hotel. But
you never know.
Mar 06, 2008
Yoga Center Windows
Each of the three neo-classical windows shown in this March Edness picture has twenty-two panes. All
sixty-six panes can be found on the front of a former church that is now home to the Santa Barbara Yoga
Center. The building is on Micheltorena Street, just east of State Street.
Los Olivos Gargoyle
If you think that the green monster shown here a gargoyle, then Wikipedia would classify you as a layman. True gargoyles, it turns out, must have water spouting from their mouths. This green thing is more properly labeled as a chimera or a grotesque figure. It can be found within spitting distance of the Mission.
Mar 05, 2008
City Hall Gates
These gates are on Anacapa Street in front of City Hall. The gates used to be made of wood and painted
blue, but in the early 1990s the wooden gates needed to be replaced. The City hired architectural
designer and artist Henry Lenny to design the gates.
La Arcada Lions
These big cats, their tails, and the castle they're guarding are on an arch above the entry to La Arcada, the
little shopping haven in the middle of the block behind the corner of Figueroa and State Streets. This
design was taken from original artwork that appeared on a building at this location in 1927.
Mar 04, 2008
This is a picture of an ox cart, known as a 'carreta', located at the Santa Barbara Presidio. Though the
Presidio was founded in 1782 this cart is not original. It is a replica from that period that was made in
This horse is located in front of the Sandman Inn at 3714 State Street. It was created at the Santa Barbara
School of Fine Arts in the late 1960s.
Feb 04, 2008
2008 Film Festival Contests
There were 5 Edhat 2008 SBIFF Tribute Contests. Here are the results.
Review of An Unknown Woman
The Closing Night film was 'An Unknown Woman', a dark movie that focuses on the anguish of a woman
who was a prostitute, and is now trying to salvage something from that terrible time in her life.
2008 Pedometer Challenge Champion
Erick Goycochea is the 2008 SBIFF Edhat Pedometer Challenge Champion. Over the 10-day festival he
walked a total of 110 miles!
Feb 03, 2008
Filmmaker Interviews XI
Ed Carpet interview with director Todd Darling of the documentary 'A Snow Mobile for George'.
Filmmaker Interviews X
Ed Carpet interview with director Robyn Bliley of the documentary 'Circus Rosaire', and Kay and Linda
Angelina Jolie Tribute
Angelina Jolie wore a full-length dress for her tribute at the Arlington. It was a goose egg for leg skin and also for much of the local press. I don't know if we can blame it on Wendy, but the only respected journalists left in town are students from a local private Junior High School.
I Want To Be A Director
The Directors Panel has a reputation in the Film Festival of always being good, so I was looking forward to an informative and interesting ninety minutes of intellectual stimulation and insight into the world of movie making.
Review of Short Program #5
Review of shorts: Feathers to the Sky; Bloodlines; Resurgent; Editing; The List; and Midway.
Review of Pixar Story
It was a two-fer as SBIFF scored big-time again by scheduling Brad Bird on the Director's Panel, and this
year - a Conversation, held immediately after the world premier of The Pixar Story.
The Jolie Red Carpet
Ms. Jolie, Mr. Pitt and their considerable entourage can move quite quickly down the red carpet when they
want to, which seems to include when confronted with people wanting to interview them.
Filmmaker Interviews IX
Ed Carpet interview with directors Anne Slick and Danielle Bernstein of the documentary 'When Clouds
Clear' and director Jacob Medjuck of the movie 'Summerhood'.
Feb 02, 2008
Filmmaker Interviews VIII
Ed Carpet interview with director Tom Miller of the movie 'One Bad Cat'.
Review of Jones Tribute
In terms of his persona, he reminds me of an uncle of mine in Oklahoma. Both men are somewhat
reserved, but enjoy the art of relating an anecdote and do so with attention to timing and detail.
Filmmaker Interviews VI
Ed Carpet interview with director Carolyn Miller, actress Lake Bell and actor Clifton Collins Jr. all of the
movie 'Still Waters'.
Filmmaker Interviews VII
Ed Carpet interview with director Glenn Gers and actresses Staci Lawrence and Deidra Edwards all of the
Tommy Lee Contest Results
It's the question we've been asking all week, posed only to women: Whom would you rather go out on a
date with, Tommy Lee or Tommy Lee Jones?
Feb 01, 2008
Jones Tribute Ticket Giveaway
Edhat has four pairs of tickets to give away to this Friday night's Tommy Lee Jones Tribute. Just tell us why
you want to go and we'll pick the winners Friday morning.
Review of Location Panel
Noting this was the second gathering of tree-huggers and environmental activists in the Marjorie
Luke Theater, Anna Everett, Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies introduced the
panel for SBIFF's Location, Location, Location: The Greening of Hollywood.
Livin' La Vida Verde
I strapped my bike helmet on and pedaled down the State Street bike path to interview Debbie Levin and
Hart Bochner actor/director/ environmental activist with Environmental Media Associates.
Jan 31, 2008
Review of Virtuosos Red Carpet
For the Virtuoso Tribute, we had two dedicated staffers trawling the great red be-scene. One reporter
stood at the carpet start, armed with nothing more than a noise meter. The other reporter, our seasoned
red carpet picture taker, was at the other end of the carpet - the very end.
Review of Virtuosos Tribute
What do you get when you throw five acclaimed screen actors on to a stage with a microphone and a few
flower arrangements? I don't really know either, but I did get to see it Wednesday night.
Review of A Room With a View
A Room With a View is a sweet story, of love denied and recognized, of what it means to really live a life.
This production, also sweet, carries the viewer along through the story at a pace that has us watching and
waiting and rooting for love.
Pedometer Challenge Update
With the 2008 Film Festival over half-way done, the dedicated staff of edhat.com checked on the status of contestants in this year's pedometer challenge.
Jan 30, 2008
Review of Ben X
Ben X is the story of a teenaged boy afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. The young man
escapes the incessant bullying and cruelty of his life by immersing himself in the world of a video game
Review of Fix
Tao Ruspoli uses the phrase "happy coincidences" to describe the unplanned people, events, and locations
that worked their way into his movie. Those many strokes of good luck that occurred over the 18-day
filming period often became the film's most memorable characters, scenes, and camera shots.
Review of Short Program #4
At 4:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon, the Marjorie Luke Theatre was the site of the Shorts Program 4. This
particular shorts program may have drawn a few extra bodies to the most out-of-the-way venue due to
the inclusion of a film entry by a celebrity filmmaker in the mix.
Review of Ryan Gosling Tribute
No one warned me that this film festival could be so dangerous. Sure, it's all happy endings and popcorn -
until someone loses an eardrum. Nothing comes close to the violent mob of professional photographers
next to the red carpet. But I have to admit that I underestimated the deafening potential of Ryan Gosling
and his screaming fans.
Review of Two Short Films
Three-Fifty is one of the cleverest movies I've seen at the Festival this year. A man trying to get out of a
late charge at the video store. Another short named Looking Up Dresses has Film Festival volunteer and
personal friend of the dedicated staff as the woman whose dress is being looked up.
Review of Up the Yangtze
Up the Yangtze is one of 13 films nominated by the Fund for Santa Barbara for its 2008 Social Justice
Award. The documentary focuses on a family of peasant farmers who are forced to move because of the
Three Gorges Dam Project.
Gosling Contest Results
Are you a Ryan Gosling fan? Well, if you are, most likely you're young and female. Strong evidence of that
could be seen on Tuesday at the Red Carpet for the Film Festival's tribute to Gosling.
Jan 29, 2008
Middle School Teen Press
What do Dennis Franz, Cate Blanchett and Julie Christie have in common? They all said that the teens from
SB Middle School asked really good questions on the SBIFF Red Carpets.
Bardem Contest Results
Here are the results of the second Edhat Film Festival contest. We have been asking this week for you to
predict the number of minutes that Javier Bardem will spend on the red carpet.
Review of Javier Bardem Tribute
"I drove three hours to give you this award…Antonio." When Woody Harrelson started laughing after
calling the Monday night Montecito Award-winner by the wrong name, it capped an evening that the
consensus was very funny and highly entertaining.
Jan 28, 2008
Review of Mongol
Mongol is Kazakhstan’s entry for Best Foreign film. It follows the life of Temujin, the real name of the
man known to western civilization as Genghis Khan.
Review of Summerhood
Cleverly written and executed, this film is a must see! Jacob Medjuck manages to find a funny and slightly
different twist on the coming of age summer camp film.
Review of Priceless
Audrey Tautou is trolling for Euros, hitting on sugar daddies and hoping to land on easy street in this
French comedy of Eros.
Review of Angels in the Dust
There are some people in this world who have the purpose and courage to step outside what is
comfortable and into what is right. The four members of the Cloete Family are just such people.
Jan 27, 2008
2008 SBIFF Photos
The dedicated staff of edhat.com will be all over the Film Festival taking pictures of everyone and
everything. Pictures will be added each day!
This year's Movers & Shakers Producer's Panel included producers from Juno, There Will Be
Blood, Hairspray, The Bucket List and The Simpsons Movie. The producer
who was approached with the first question deftly replied, 'I'll pay you money to start with someone else.'
Cate Contest Results
Here are the results of the first Edhat Film Festival contest. We have been asking this week for you to predict the number of photographers lined up on the Red Carpet for the Cate Blanchett Tribute.
Review of Armin
Armin is the story of a father and son who travel from a small town in Bosnia to Zagreb, Croatia so the
boy can audition for a part in a German film about the Balkan conflict.
Review of In Plain Sight
Edhat has been pointing out Santa Barbara things in plain sight for over four years now. We even coined
the phrase 'Wednesday Where Is It?'. This movie shows many of the same spots we have detailed on our
site, and it provides more in-depth coverage.
Review of Cate Blanchett Tribute
Honestly, I left the Cate Blanchett award ceremony wanting more. Although she was expertly interviewed
by Leonard Maltin, enough so that we had a very good sense of how she approaches her craft, I longed for
a less formal interview process.
Review of Beautiful Bitch
This film is based on the real life situations of homeless and orphaned children who are conscripted into a
life of street crime. The grit, poignancy and touch of hope the title implies is most apt.
Jan 26, 2008
Filmmaker Interviews I
Ed Carpet interviews with: Diane Stevens and Santa Barbara High student filmmakers of 'Don Riders', and
Tiffany Foster of 'The Wheels on the Bus: Mango's Big Dog Parade'.
Filmmaker Interviews II
Ed Carpet interviews with: Jared Ingram of 'Looking Up Dresses', Colin Cunningham of 'Centigrade' and
Paul Abramson of 'Regret is my Demon'.
Filmmaker Interviews III
Ed Carpet interviews with: Robin Bisio and Catherine Bennett of an installation called 'Blue Meadow',
Jenny Reinish and Louise Palanker of 'We Played Marbles: Remembering a Stolen Childhood', and Caroline
Zelder of 'A Plumm Summer'.
Filmmaker Interviews IV
Ed Carpet interview with Frank McGinity of 'Riven Rock'.
Filmmaker Interviews V
Ed Carpet interviews with: Jose Salgot of 'My Way', Christy Zwicke and Tony Ruggieri of 'In Plain Sight:
Public Art in Santa Barbara', Norbert Caoili and Kellee Bradley of 'Frayed', and Dennis Fallon of 'All Roads
Review of Julie Christie Tribute
Leonard Maltin said it best. What we love about Julie Christie is her intelligence, awareness and curiosity. In the intimate setting of the Lobero Theater, Julie Christie gave thoughtful answers about her career,
Hollywood and Warren Beatty.
Review of Crude
Crude puts the academy-nominated film There Will Be Blood into perspective. The breathtaking speed
between the discovery of oil in the late 19th century and our gluttonous addiction to it ever since is but a
blink of a geologist's eye.
Jan 25, 2008
Red Carpet Speak
On Opening Night Edhat conducted Ed Carpet interviews with local fashionistas. We asked people to describe what they were wearing in the their best Red Carpet Speak.
Festival Swag Bag
Edhat discloses the contents of this year's Festival swag bag that is given to Platinum Pass holders.
2008 Film Festival Opening Night
Day One of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the rain is coming down in buckets. I check in at the press table, take note of the truncated red carpet, and make my way around the barricades to claim my six inch section of the red carpet.