July Datebook and Cultural Events Calendar

Posted on Jun 25 by SEASONS Magazine

SEASONAL EVENTS, HAPPENINGS AND THINGS TO DO FOR JULY 2017

Jul. 1 Through 4

Jane Gottlieb’s Fantasy Gardens Exhibition

Jane Gottlieb Fantasy Gardens, on view at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Jane Gottlieb Fantasy Gardens, on view at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

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

Free Play

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.

July 4

Fourth of July Parade

Fourth of July Parade, courtesy photo

Fourth of July Parade, courtesy photo

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.

July 4

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

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.

July 7

Blondie & Garbage

Blondie & Garbage, courtesy photo

Blondie & Garbage, courtesy photo

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.

 

July 8

Run to Surf 2017

Run to Surf, courtesy photo of

Run to Surf, courtesy photo of

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.

July 13

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

Courtesy California Wine Festival

Courtesy 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.

July 15

Lotusfest

Lotusfest is a celebration of the spectacular lotus flower that is Lotusland’s namesake. | 25 p.m., Lotusland, 695 Ashley Rd., 805/969-9990, lotusland.org.

July 15

Natalie Merchant

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. Courtesy photo.

Relay for Life. Courtesy photo.

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

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson brings his laid-back tunes back to the Santa Barbara Bowl for two fun-filled evenings this summer. | 6:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.

July 19 an 21

Goldfinger

Goldfinger, courtesy photo

Goldfinger, courtesy photo

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.

July 22

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.

July 23

Slightly Stoopid

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..

July 29

Lotusland Celebrates: Avant Garden

Lotusland 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. | 3:308 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.

July 31

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.

 

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