Wondering What’s up for the weekend in Santa Barbara? Well, Summer Solstice kicks off with the festival tonight at Alameda Park and the parade tomorrow. Looking for some good old fashioned family fun? The city of Santa Barbara’s free Friday movie series starts tonight, screening Beach Blanket Bingo on Stearns Wharf. SEASONS Magazine has the scoop on those activities and a whole lot more. Read on …
June 22-24 Summer Solstice Festival and Parade
Join thousands of visitors as they celebrate the longest day of the year with live bands, theatrical entertainment, craft and food vendors, a drum circle and kids’ activities. The 38thannual Solstice festivities kick off with a Friday evening event at Alameda Park followed by the extravagant and whimsical parade (the theme for 2012 is “Fantasy”) on Saturday afternoon and more festivities on Sunday.
June 22 Beach Blanket Bingo
The City of Santa Barbara and the Stearns Wharf Business Association is proud to present the return of FREE Friday Night Movies on Stearns Wharf. Kicking off the 2012 summer movie series is “Beach Blanket Bingo” tonight. Join Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and the Beach Party group in their hilarious antics with a beautiful mermaid and the Malibu Motorcycle Gang.
All Stearns Wharf movies begin at dusk, so arrive early to pick a comfortable spot under the stars, shop around or catch a bite to eat before the show begins. Featured movies will be shown every Friday on the seaward end of Stearns Wharf near the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. Dress warmly and bring your blankets and beach chairs. Popcorn and movie snacks will be available for purchase. Parking on the wharf is free after 7 p.m.
June 22 -24 Planet of Love
What would happen if an alien from the Plane of Love dropped into a prison yard and thought he landed in heaven? Find out and see prison like you never have before at Planet of Love, directed by Molly Williams Stuckey and with music by The Beatles. Showing on June 22 at 7:00 p.m., June 23 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and June 24 at 2:00 p.m. For more information call 805/963-0408, or click here.
June 22, 8 p.m. Lompoc Flower Festival-Glen Templeton Performs Live
Country music artist Glen Templeton is back out at radio with his new single, “Sing That Song Again” and will be coming to Lompoc, CA.
June 23 Ojai Valley Lavender Festival
Featuring over 100 vendors boasting bundles upon bundles of lavender products, the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival will exhibit the best of the area’s local crops, including plenty of lavender, pixie tangerines and Mediterranean products (thanks to the large olive crops in the area). Enjoy music, food, and the relaxing scents of lavender-everything.
June 23, 8 p.m. Local Writers in the Round
Trinity Backstage features a lineup of local songwriters who donate their talents for this fundraiser to benefit Trinity Church, the venue that has generously hosted this intimate acoustic concert series for the past ten years.
June 23, 8 p.m. Academy Festival Orchestra–Larry Rachleff
Larry Rachleff will transform 100 instrumental Fellows from around the world–in just six days–into an impressive orchestra. Presented by Music Academy of the West. For tickets, visit http://granadasb.org.
June 23–24 VP Components Dirt Club Enduro
This two-day event offers an exciting test of speed, skill and endurance for mountain bike enthusiasts of all levels, with more than $15,000 in prizes and cash. Loosely based on WRC Auto Rally and European MTB enduros, this event features predominantly downhill timed special stages linked together by non-timed liaison stages. Each rider completes the courses on the same bike without shuttles or lifts, riding along through checkpoints to the start of each timed special stage. Held at The Dirt Club near Los Olivos, a private location for mountain biking enthusiasts to enjoy their sport in a safe location completely removed from other trail users.
Celebrating Household Ink’s 25th anniversary, this concert showcases Australian singer/songwriter Natalie D-Napoleon, whose CD Leaving Me Dry is being released stateside by Household Ink. Headless Household will open for the Aussie.
June 24, 4-6 p.m. Arts Fund Salon Series / 2012: A World of Ideas
The first salon of this summer series will be held at Just Folk gallery in Summerland. This is an exciting opportunity to walk through the entire gallery and discuss Outsider Art in a close setting with co-owner Susan Baerwald and Brooke Davis Anderson, deputy director of LACMA.
Through July 8 Headgear for Tony
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF) presents the work of MFA artists from UCSB’s Department of Art graduate program featuring works by Tim Brown, Jared Flores, Emily Halbardier, Bessie Kunath, Jae Lee, Nick Loewen, Ruby Osorio, Rimas Simaitis and Van Tran. Also on view isSundowner, a Bloom Projects exhibition by Susanna Vapnek. Influenced by the Tea Fire, Vapnek’s paintings reflect the apocalyptic feeling of the area’s fire season.
Through August 8 Figure Fragments: The Part As the Whole
Santa Barbara County Arts Commission presents an exhibition focusing on fragmentation and what it reveals of our lives. The local artists featured include Sky Bergman, Steve Cushman, David Brown, Rebecca Erbstoesser, Nat Fast, James Hapke, Ian Hassett, Alissa Massey, Libby Smith, Patrick Trimbath and Seyburn Zorthian. Explore this exhibition at the Betteravia Government Center in Santa Maria.
Through August 12 Behind the Wheel
Through August 17 Santa Barbara Printmakers 19th Annual Juried Exhibition
Works by local artists are on view for this annual competition put on by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. Juried this year by distinguished printmaker Paul Mullowney, who received his training at Crown Point Press in San Francisco where he became master printer in the early nineties, working with top artists such as John Cage, Richard Diebenkorn and Francesco Clemente. Mullowney founded Tokugenji Press in Nara, Japan and was founding director of HuiPress in Maui, Hawaii, where he collaborated with Sandow Birk, Swoon, Judy Pfaff, Joyce Kozloff, Robert Kushner, Artemio Rodriguez and others.
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