••• A men’s clothing store called Tendrel is opening at 120 Santa Barbara Street in the Funk Zone; it’s promising “raw denim, timeless apparel, vinyl records, and good times,” and brands include Ginew, Mister Freedom, Iron Heart, 3sixteen, and Salt Optics. The opening party is 2-5 p.m. on March 11: “Come hang out as we open our doors for the first time. Third Man Records on the turntable, snacks/sweet treats, and Entity of Delight will be pouring their incredible wine. Buy a record and get the first official Tendrel Records release for free. Then, at 5 p.m. come to the after party across the street at Topa Topa Brewing Co. where local outfit Glen Annie will be hosting the dance party.”
••• Music Academy president Scott Reed announced that this will be his last season at the organization after running it for the past 12 years: “I am setting my sights on expanding my impact in the arts and beyond through the launch of my own fundraising firm.”
••• Another new apartment building is on Monday’s agenda for the city’s Architectural Board of Review: it’s at 501 Garden Street (at the northwest corner of Haley, currently a vacant lot), and the proposal is for “a 10,303-square-foot four-story mixed-use building with seven rental apartment units totaling 7,214 square feet and 383 square feet of commercial-retail space. Ten parking spaces provided.”
••• According to the latest Highway 101 construction update, the southbound on-ramp at Olive Mill will reopen no later than this Wednesday, March 8, while the southbound off-ramp at N. Padaro will reopen by Friday. According to a mailer, meanwhile, construction on the San Ysidro roundabout is slated to begin in the middle of this month, “and the first stage of work will include the closure of the northbound onramp at San Ysidro.”
••• “While hiking at night to Montecito hot springs last summer, at times I would come across a very lovely and sweet jasmine-like fragrance but couldn’t determine the source,” emailed S. “All I could see was either castor bean or yucca and on closer investigation of those they don’t seem to be the purveyors of this wonderful perfume.” The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden‘s director of horticulture Keith Nevison and director of education Scot Pipkin had this to say:
Fragrant, blooming at night keys towards Yucca for me. They are sweet-smelling and attract nighttime pollinating moths. They also bloom during this time of year. I suspect it might have been Yucca elephantipes, since that’s pretty common around our area, but so are others. Many Yucca sp. are native to the U.S., covering from California east to Florida and north to New England, and the rest expand into Mexico and Central America. We have thee species that are native to California: Joshua tree (Y. brevifolia), Mojave yucca/Spanish dagger (Y. schidigera), and banana yucca (Y. baccata). We sell Mojave yucca, as well as Chaparral yucca (which is a different, but aligned genus) through our online shop. Another fragrant night-blooming group that might be found on this trail are the jimsonweeds (Datura spp.) and angel’s trumpets (Brugmansia spp.). It’s very worth noting that angel’s trumpet is not native to this area and we don’t encourage planting in this area.
••• Paintings by Arty Grimm are up through March 31 at Caldwell Snyder: “The vibrant and textured compositions of Dutch painter Arty Grimm seem to evoke a sense of recognition, hinting at a degree of representation without ever quite leaving the abstract realm. Suggested forms from the collective human consciousness—monoliths, totems, and organic figures, are alluded to in her brilliant sweeps of color.” Grimm’s works are at both the Montecito and St. Helena galleries; I don’t know whether the one below is here or there, but I like it.
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