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The Red Carpet GBK Red Carpet Gifting Suite at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills was buzzing with excitement as celebrity guests including 2013 American Music Awards Nominee Matthew West, 2013 American Music Awards Presenter Robert Herjavec, Shelley Regner from Nominated show “Pitch Perfect”, American Music Awards Red Carpet Host Carly Steel, Beau “Casper” Smart, Beverly Hills Housewife Joyce Giraud-Ohoven, Scandal’s Khandi Alexander, Shah’s of Sunset Mike Shouhed and Reza Farahan, The Game’s Jay Ellis, The Hunger Games’ E. Roger Mitchell, Elena Sanchez and Stef Dawson, BLUSH and many more visited with charities and gift sponsors providing gifts for this years nominees. Attendees of the red carpet Gift Lounge were also treated to music by DJ Shy, food & beverages and opportunities to meet charity sponsors.



In association with GBK, the lounge showcased items being gifted by Alto Collective, Bella Mira Essential Oils, Blow Hookah, Carmex, Cohesive Boom Boom Jeans One5One, Contraban Hats, Dazadi, GrandeLash MD, Herbolosophy Beauty, Jada Michaels Lingerie, Jalisco’s Mobile Taco Grill, Liquor Whipped, Mark Hill Salon professional, Palace Resorts and Caribbean Living, Rolf Bleu by Caryn Sterling, The st. Regis Bora Bora Resort and Wolfhardt lether accessories. Charity sponsors included Model Citizen Fund, and ChildSupport.



GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO), Carla Domen (VP) or GBK, please go to gbkproductions.com.

GBK’s Gift Lounge is not affiliated with the American Music Awards or Dick Clark Productions


Favorite Male Pop Rock Artist – Justin Timberlake

Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B - Rihanna

Favorite Album, Country - "Red," by Taylor Swift

Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop - "The Heist," by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock - Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist, Latin - Marc Anthony

Favorite Album, Pop or Rock - "Take Me Home," by One Direction

New Artist of the Year, presented by Kohl's - Ariana Grande

Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B - Justin Timberlake

Favorite Female Artist, Country - Taylor Swift

Single of the Year - "Cruise," by Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly

Favorite Album, Soul/R&B - "The 20/20 Experience," by Justin Timberlake

Favorite Artist, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) - Avicii

Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary - Maroon 5

Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational - Matthew West

Top Soundtrack - Pitch Perfect

Favorite Male Artist, Country - Luke Bryan

Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Pop or Rock - One Direction

Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Country - Lady Antebellum

Artist of the Year - Taylor Swift


For information on the award winners visit: Americanmusicawards.com.



Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announcements:



Awards to be presented to:

Forrest Whitaker “Kirk Douglas Award” December 11, Bacara Resort

Oprah Winfrey “Montecito Award” Arlington Theatre

Emma Thompson “Modern Master Award” Arlington Theatre

Cate Blanchette “Outstanding Performer of the Year” Arlington Theatre

For detailed information and to obtain tickets visit: www.sbiff.org




By Bonnie Carroll


Renowned Guest Conductor Matthias Bamert and The Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra delighted the audience at the November 23 and 24th performances of Mozart Serenade No. 10 for Winds and Double Bass in B-flat major, K. 361, “Gran Partita”, Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 in G major), K. 525 and Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183, which was sponsored by the Mosher Foundation , Westmont College and John A. Rodriguez II. 

Matthias Bamert began his career at the Cleveland Orchestra, has held music director positions with the  Swiss Radio Orchestra, London Mozart Players, was Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra dnd was Associate of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. 

A prolific recording artist, Barmert has made over 80 discs, many of which have won international prizes. His recording include 24 discs of Mozart’s contemporaries with the London Mozart Players, Sir Hubert Parry (the complete Symphonies) and Frank Martin (5 discs) with the London Philharmonic, the symphonies of Roberto Gerhard with the BBC Symphony, Dutch composers with the Residentie Orchestra, and the Stokowski transcriptions, Korngold and Dohmnanyi with the BBC Philharmonic. 

Tickets are now on sale for the Santa Barbara Symphony New Year’s Eve POPS Concert on December 31, 2013 at 8:30 p.m., Featuring Bob Bernahrdt with a Pops feast of tunes you and hour family will love to ring in the New Year. 

For information visit www.thesymphony.org.


A Candlelight Holiday Concert

Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 PM, El Presidio Chapel, 123 E. Canon Perdido Street

Opera Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation invite you to a very special evening to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Opera Santa Barbara’s first performance (December 3, 1993). Join us for an intimate concert with soprano Andrea Carroll and accompanist Robert Mollicone to inspire the holiday spirit. Ms. Carroll will perform songs ranging from Debussy to Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Spanish songs and a collection of Holiday tunes.

About the Artists

Soprano Andrea Carroll made her professional debut at just 23 years of age, starring as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro at Fort Worth Opera. Praised for her “vibrant soprano voice” by Opera News and her “excellent comedic timing” by The New York Times, Carroll was the top prize-winner of both the 2012 Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition and the 2011 Sullivan Foundation Competition. As a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she appeared in roles including Musetta in La bohème and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Upcoming performances include Woglinde in Das Rheingold in Houston, Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas with Washington National Opera, and Julie Jordan in Carousel with Glimmerglass Opera.  

Pianist Robert Mollicone is a second-year Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera. For that company, he has served on the music staff for operas including The Magic Flute and The Flying Dutchman, and most recently served as prompter for the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. Mollicone was a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at the Washington National Opera and has worked with companies including Virginia Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Institute. He recently appeared in concert with famed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves at the National Cathedral.

Bundle up with your loved ones for an evening of music by candlelight, inside the historic Presidio Chapel of Santa Barbara. 

Tickets are $25, are very limited, and may be purchased by calling Opera Santa Barbara at (805) 898-3890.



The Taste Awards Announces Annual Winners of 5th Annual Competition


All Nominees and Winners were voted upon by the members of the Academy of Media Tastemakers, including Bonnie Carroll, Santa Barbara travel, food & beverage journalist and publisher of www.lifebitesnews.com, online travel/lifestyle magazine

Selected Award Winners were announced in a private reception on December 2nd in San Francisco sponsored by Kikkoman, with wine by Vie Winery, snacks from Olli Salumeria and Harvest Snaps, and food by Artesano and Bluestem Brasserie.

All Taste Award  winners will receive their awards on
 January 16th, 2014 at a Red Carpet Hollywood Awards celebration at the Egyptian Theatre (limited tickets available). Lifetime Achievement Awards and other Special Awards will also be presented to valuable contributors to the industry. Nominees, Honorees, Winners, and Media partners are invited. 

The TASTE AWARDS are the premier awards celebrating the year's best in Food, Fashion, and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and on Radio. The Awards have included appearances by stars, celebrities, producers and executives from networks and platforms such as the Food Network, the Style Network, Bravo, the Cooking Channel, TLC, Discovery, Lifetime, E! Entertainment Television, PBS, NBC, ABC, the CW, HGTV, the Travel Channel, HD Net, Hulu, YouTube, Sony Pictures, and more. For details visit www.TheTasteAwards.com.

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