SEASONAL EVENTS, HAPPENINGS AND THINGS TO DO FOR JULY 2017
Jul. 1 Through 4
Jane Gottlieb’s Fantasy Gardens Exhibition
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden displays Jane Gottlieb’s unique combination of paint, colors and photography in the four-month-long exhibit “Fantasy Gardens,” held in the new Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery. | Daily, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd., 805/682- 4726, sbbg.org.
Jul.1 Through Aug. 20
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara commissioned acclaimed design expert Alexandra Cunningham Cameron to curate this exhibition, which centers around the idea of play as an influential actor in the design process, producing work that intimately reveals our drive toward novelty and upends traditional notions about the role of design in our lives. Featuring contemporary furniture, architecture, artworks and objects from an international selection of designers, architects and artists, the exhibition shares each creator’s alternate view of the world through objects that appropriate childhood motifs, employ satire and generate form through chance. | Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Jul. 1 Through Nov. 15
Lotusland: Japanese Lantern Exhibit
Madame Ganna Walska began the creation of her Japanese garden in the 1960s with her gardener/designer, Frank Fujii and stonemason Oswald Da Ros, at a time when relations between the United States and Japan were warming and the Japanese aesthetic was favored once again in American garden and estate design. True to her penchant for collecting, Walska amassed more than 30 Japanese stone lanterns, or ishi-doro, to embellish her Japanese stroll garden. The Ishi-Doro of Lotusland exhibit remains in place until the Japanese garden renovation is completed, when the ishi-doro will be returned to their original positions in the garden. | Visits are by reservation only, Lotusland, 805/969-9990, lotusland.org.
Fourth of July Parade
Find unity and community in all things patriotic at the annual Fourth of July parade, put together by the all-volunteer Spirit of ’76 nonprofit organization. | 1 p.m., parade begins at Micheltorena and State Streets, concluding at Cota Street, spiritof76sb.org.
Fourth of July Fireworks
After the parade, bring a picnic blanket and set up for a fun day at the beach, complete with food and beverage vendors and musical entertainment. | 9 p.m., Cabrillo Boulevard at West Beach, santabarbara.com/events/fourth_of_july/.
July 5 and 7
Dr. No (1962) was the first of the Bond movies, in which a resourceful British government agent seeks answers about the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. This film is part of the UCSB Arts and Lectures summer film series “007: Bond, James Bond.” | 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at UCSB Campbell Hall, 8:30 p.m. on Friday at SB County Courthouse, ucsbartsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Blondie & Garbage
For the last four decades, Blondie has both shaped and informed the worlds of music, fashion and art. The band will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us. | 6:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com
Jul. 7 Through Aug. 20
Nell Campbell: About Face
For more than 40 years, photographer Nell Campbell has documented the people and places she encounters in the everyday, on her travels and at the political gatherings she frequents. | UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum, 552 University Rd., 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Run to Surf 2017
Surf Like a Girl’s 2nd annual Run to Surf adventure challenge has a little something for everyone, including a 5k run, a half-mile surf paddle, a beach obstacle course and a sweet beach fiesta with music, food trucks and beer. | 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Leadbetter Beach, 801 Shoreline Dr., RuntoSurf.com.
July 12 and 14
From Russia with Love
James Bond stumbles into an assassination ploy involving a Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device. This film is part of the UCSB Arts and Lectures summer film series “007: Bond, James Bond.” | 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at UCSB Campbell Hall, 8:30 p.m. on Friday at SB County Courthouse, ucsbartsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Dirty Heads Soja
Dirty Heads was formed in 2003 in Huntington Beach. Since the release of its 2008 debut album, the group has consistently experimented with its sunny style, fusing reggae, hip-hop and acoustics. | 6 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
July 13 and 15
California Wine Festival
Enjoy sampling pours of hundreds of California’s finest vintages—some entirely new, some old favorites—while soaking up your intake with gourmet appetizers and relishing live music and the ocean view—the best scenery for enjoying wine. | Various Santa Barbara locations, californiawinefestival.com.
Lotusfest is a celebration of the spectacular lotus flower that is Lotusland’s namesake. | 2–5 p.m., Lotusland, 695 Ashley Rd., 805/969-9990, lotusland.org.
Natalie Merchant and her band are joined by a string quartet for a concert that spans her 30-year recording career, with songs from 10,000 Maniacs’ albums and her solo albums. | 7:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
July 15 Through 16
Relay for Life Carpinteria
Relay for Life is a 24-hour team event created to raise awareness of cancer in the community and raise money to support the programs and services of American Cancer Society. | Aliso Elementary School, 4545 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, relay.acsevents.org.
July 15 and 16
Santa Barbara French Festival
The ever-popular French Festival returns for its 29th year with delicious Parisian delicacies, beaucoup de breads and pastries, an array of other French cuisines and wine, live performances, international jazz, classical French music and much more. | 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar Ave., 805/963-8198, frenchfestival.com.
July 17 and 18
July 19 an 21
Investigating a gold magnate’s smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve in Goldfinger. This film is part of the UCSB Arts and Lectures summer film series “007: Bond, James Bond.” | 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at UCSB Campbell Hall, 8:30 p.m. on Friday at SB County Courthouse, ucsbartsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
La Fiesta del Museo
Gather under the July moon and join Santa Barbara Historical Museum to celebrate Old Spanish Days with Spanish food, drink, art and dance at the annual La Fiesta del Museo fundraiser. | 5:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De la Guerra St., 805/966-1601, santabarbaramuseum.com.
Slightly Stoopid describes its music as “a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.” The group’s 11th annual summer tour, Sounds of Summer, takes the California natives across North America, including a stop at Santa Barbara Bowl. Joining them on tour are Iration, J Boog and The Movement. | 5 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
July 26 and 28
You Only Live Twice
Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked. This film is part of the UCSB Arts and Lectures summer film series “007: Bond, James Bond.” | 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at UCSB Campbell Hall, 8:30 p.m. on Friday at SB County Courthouse, ucsbartsandlectures.ucsb.edu..
Lotusland Celebrates: Avant Garden
Lotusland’s signature annual fundraising gala, Lotusland Celebrates: Avant Garden, is one of the hottest tickets of Santa Barbara’s summer social scene and is always a sold-out affair. | 3:30–8 p.m., Lotusland, 695 Ashley Rd., 805/969-9990, lotusland.org.
July 29 and 30
Santa Barbara Greek Festival
Indulge in baklava, gyros and moussaka to your heart’s content at this delicious annual event showcasing the best bounty of Greece from the sights, sounds and tastes of the Mediterranean land. | 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar Ave., 805/9638198, santabarbaragreekfestival.org.
70th Anniversary Community Concert
Join Music Academy of the West and New York Philharmonic at the 70th Anniversary Community Concert, honoring Alan Gilbert’s last appearance as the philharmonic’s music director. | 7:30 p.m., Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr., 805/965-0581, musicacademy.org.