••• This was news to me, but it has clearly been in the works for a long time: “In December of 2019, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation bought the old Bank of America building [at Linden Avenue and Carpinteria Avenue] in Carpinteria to be converted into the Chrisman California Islands Center. Re-construction has been underway since January of 2021. When complete, it will have one of the largest archives of California Islands records, papers, and collections along with interpretive displays, live video cams of the islands, dedicated art gallery of SCIFs Richard Diebenkorn island paintings, and an outdoor courtyard with representations of all the eight Channel Islands. Terra Marine Research & Education will also have a permanent home for its underwater ROV for future marine research and education.” (The text and rendering are from the TMRE website.) The Santa Cruz Island Foundation posted recently in an Instagram story that the center is close to being finished.
••• On May 21, Olivia Rodrigo plays the Santa Barbara Bowl, with Holly Humberstone, below, as the opening act. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 10.
••• And Santa Barbara’s own Jack Johnson plays the Bowl on October 4 and 5. (Tickets also go on sale Friday.) Here’s a favorite song—love the way he says “bling bling.” UPDATE: The Bowl just sent out an email saying that presale tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. at axs.com with the password SBBOWL.
••• Folk-rock legend Richard Thompson plays the Lobero on March 1.
••• Planting is underway at the botanical garden Ty Warner is building at the north end of the San Ysidro Ranch. You can sort of see it in the photo A. took from across the ravine.
••• The city’s Louise Lowry Davis Center event space on De La Vina (at Victoria) will be closed February 16 to June 16. According to the sign posted there, “The project will expand usable outdoor space by connecting the building to a renovated courtyard and new shade pergola. Accessibility improvements will include parking, ramps, and walkways. Landscaping and lighting will also be refurbished.” Renderings courtesy Bildstein Architecture and Planning.
••• Sweep is a new-ish service renting electric golf carts, bikes, and scooters—and it’ll deliver the vehicle(s) to your house or hotel.
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