We’ve already gotten into May and you know what that means: the 1st Thursday Art Walk! An evening of art and culture centered around lower State Street, this free event opens visual and performing arts venues for everyone to enjoy. There’s sure to be something that’ll draw you in, whether it’s gallery openings, lectures or live music. If you’re a newbie to town looking to experience the diversity of Santa Barbara or a veteran of the area just wanting to be a part of a community event, don’t miss out on this chance to mingle with the local culture.
Special events this month include Mezcal Martini, a music group that mixes Latin and jazz to create the perfect dance beat. Check them out at the Corner of State and Anapamu Streets.
Also featured is Walk About Woods, a collaborative enchanted forest being created for Burning Man 2011. Made by local artist group Fishbon, a small portion of this interactive piece will be featured at 900 State Street.
Next, check out the curated Art Crawl, presented by The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative. At 5:30 meet up with curator Nathan Vonk from Santa Barbara Art Blog at 900 State Street for this guided tour through 1st Thursday’s events.
Finally, don’t miss City at Peace at Paseo Nuevo Center Court. A nationally recognized non-profit organization that empowers teenagers to create safe, healthy and peaceful lives and communities, this group will be previewing participating teens’ work from their upcoming annual stage performance, held at Center Stage Theater May 19th-21st.
So in review, 1st Thursday Art Walk, this Thursday May the 5th from 5-8 p.m., on and around State Street from Sola Street to Haley Street. For more information, a map and guide, visit Santa Barbara Downtown. Don’t miss it!