Summer’s end isn’t all that bad when September’s 1st Thursday is just around the corner, and this fall month is boasting quite the expansive line up, with several back-to-school-related events sure to exercise your brain.
Over 35 cultural venues will open their doors for free this 1st Thursday, ranging from new art exhibits and artist receptions to author visits and live music performances. Check below for just a few of the events and exhibits celebrated on this fall’s first 1st Thursday, offering something for every grade and age.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art offers a last-chance look at the highly acclaimed Portrayal/Betrayal exhibit, closing later in the month. Test your spatial reasoning and design skills by building a 3D landscape at the SBMA’s Family Resource Center. Continue your art exploration at Plum Goods, where art takes on a different form (and composition) with Aaron Kramer‘s found-object artistic pieces (check out our article on him in the fall issue of SEASONS). Feel like a college crowd? Head to the Art, Design & Architecture Museum on the UCSB campus for an exhibit by the late UCSB Art History Professor Peter Meller, whose designs and images conjure a whole spectrum of emotions. Move on over to the Brooks Institute: Gallery 27 for Good Conversations: The Photographs of Keith Carter afterward and bump arms and artistic opinions with students ready to tackle the next semester of classes. Enough seeing, time for some doing! Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) is providing an interactive collaborative painting studio on their library’s lawn, so get your paint on, or join Learning Den Preschool in fashioning collaged bookmarks.
After a healthy dose of art to get the brain juices flowing, the Book Den‘s author talk with Paul Gallender, writer of Sonny Liston: The Real Story Behind Ali-Liston Fights, is sure to tickle your literary bone. Stock up on your back-to-school books as well, the Book Den’s selection is sure to be favorable.
Music lovers, don’t fret! We didn’t forget about you. Several performers will be lining the downtown area, including thirteen-year-old local singer/songwriter sensation Brandi Lentini (State and Anapamu Sts.). Other performers include youth bands Stolen Thunder and 50 BELOW.
Now, my favorite part of back-to-school shopping: new clothes! Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center hosts the international Fashion’s Night Out, with a Walk in Paris Fashion Show, exclusive steals and deals and many more free activities.
Start the season and school year off right with this city-wide celebration of art, culture, fashion and education at September’s 1st Thursday. For more information and a complete list of events, performances and exhibits, don’t hesitate to go to the Downtown website.
See you by the runway!
-Taylor Micaela Davis