••• The Santa Barbara Museum of Art‘s grand reopening on August 15 will be the first time visitors can fully experience the results of the six-year renovation, including “new dedicated galleries for contemporary art, photography, and new media.” And August 15 is a free community day, so reserve now.
••• Interesting tidbit (underlined by me) in the city’s release of hotel-tax revenues from June: “The City of Santa Barbara collected $2,229,391 in transient occupancy taxes for June 2021. TOT revenues in June 2021 were $1.4 million above June collections last year—which was significantly impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions and travel advisories. Compared to June 2019, June 2021 revenues were higher by 17%; however, this is largely due to increased average daily rates, which are 20% higher than June 2019, with occupancy only slightly higher by 1%.”
••• At the Lobero on November 18: “Mississippi-native songwriter, singer, and guitar slinger Paul Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music. Bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern Americana. A modern day Will Rogers with songs that speak to universal truths. He has made some of the most emotionally restless yet fully accessible music of our time.” And “local singer/songwriter Will Breman, finalist on NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ to warm up the stage.”
••• On Thursday, July 29, at 6 p.m., the Parks & Recreation Department will hold a public meeting at Dwight Murphy Field (across the street from the Cabrillo Pavilion) with an update on the park’s revamp: “This park will be packed with fun features: an outdoor fitness area, a regulation-size soccer field (Santa Barbara’s first and only!), a youth baseball field, sport field lighting, water- and maintenance-saving artificial turf with organic fill, Gwendolyn’s Playground—the first fully-inclusive playground in Santa Barbara, new restrooms, beautiful (and functional) landscaping and trees, easy parking.”
••• Our new dining room has a bold wallpaper that, in my opinion, would benefit from having a lot of black-and-white photos on it. The one we have up—by Chris Silva and bought from DnA Design & Art in Carp years ago—looks fantastic. But I’m at a loss as to where to find more. I want the photos to be beautiful and interesting but not cliché and not necessarily local. Any advice?
••• Jeff O’Neil and Santa Barbara County appear to have reached a settlement in regard to the house O’Neil wanted to build on an oceanfront Summerland bluff. (Short version: even though a house already existed there, the county rezoned the property from residential to recreational, which blocked him from legally moving forward.) I assume the settlement is financial, and not that the county caved on allowing a new house; I’ve reached out to O’Neil in the hope of getting more details. Here are a few photos from when I wrote about the matter last September.
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