Winter dreams in colder climates often are fantasies of summer triumphs. Here in Santa Barbara, where the actual winter weather ordinarily obliges even the most indulgent of imaginations, our dreams are free to wander, and the alternation of cool nights and delicate sunshiny days provokes all kinds of aesthetic escapes. Our brilliantly programmed theaters teem with rich and flowing tapestries of sight and sound. On 1st Thursdays, art lovers swarm through downtown in light coats and ornamental sweaters. And eager fans fill our clubs and concert halls, pleased to accept the wintertime influx of top artists touring here to avoid the cold. With arts seasons like the winter of 2010 to look forward to, who needs spring?