••• “I’m loving the pianos placed on State Street last week,” emailed D. “People from all walks of life playing morning and night. Wishing they would stay forever.” Every year I’m a little surprised to see how many people who appear to be homeless—it can be hard to tell in Santa Barbara—play the piano well. Related press release: “The third-annual Masq(p)arade! performance progressive will take place on Friday, October 20, with shows every fifteen minutes from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.,” starting at State and Carrillo. “This whimsical progressive-style performance parade showcases a series of dynamic piano-based performances. […] These bite-sized performances engage audience members through innovative presentations involving playful masks and fancifully-painted pianos. The event is free to the public, with a brief intermission between acts to allow participants to progress up State Street to enjoy the entire performance series.”
••• Palma Colectiva, in Victoria Court, is taking over the Domecíl space (once it moves to the Punch shop on State Street): “We will be moving our retail there for a curated wellness and mindful shop with a clean beauty apothecary and pantry, esoteric literature, ritual goods, and ceremonial wear. We will be keeping our current studio for classes and workshops and expanding our services into holistic facials, intuitive healings and massages, Reiki, and wellness circuits.”
••• The Historic Landmarks Commission’s October 11 agenda includes info on Providence School‘s plan for the former Girls Inc. building at 531 E. Ortega Street (at Salsipuedes). Looks pretty handsome to me.
Listed on the Historic Resources Inventory, designed in 1964 by Robert Ingle Hoyt in the Midcentury Modern style. Proposal to redevelop the existing site to accommodate a Junior/High School campus for Providence School. The project involves additions and alterations to the existing single-story main building, demolition of the existing gymnasium and construction of a new 10,500-square-foot gymnasium, a new 4,969-square-foot two-story building comprised of a theatre, library and chapel, and a new 4,244-square-foot two-story building comprised of additional classroom and office administration space. The project includes alterations to the existing surface parking lot to accommodate a total of 40 uncovered vehicle spaces, new bicycle parking, grading, and landscape/hardscape improvements throughout the site.
••• On October 13, ARM Studio will host three dance performances at its space on De La Guerra Plaza. It will “feature the works and process of Natalie Oleinik (France), Chloe Roberts (New York), and Brandon Whited (Santa Barbara) who will stage live excerpts of their upcoming dance works, followed by a lively post-performance discussion. Refreshments will be included.”
••• Here’s my annual plea for you not to use fake spider webs as decoration outside your house. Birds get trapped in it. [Update 10/15: The homeowner whose house was in the photo said he’d relocate the webs and asked if I’d take down the photo, which seemed like a fair trade.]
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