••• ARTchitecture opens September 16 at the Thomas Reynolds Gallery: “Nearly a dozen of Santa Barbara’s finest practicing architects who also paint, primarily in watercolor, will be featured in the exhibition. Among them are Marc Appleton, who helped organize the exhibition, Anthony Grumbine, Stephen Harby, and Jeff Shelton. Also included are Domiane Forte, Henry Lenny, John Margolis, Sean McArdle, Tom Meaney, Alexis Stypa, and Qing Xue.” Pictured above: a detail from “State Street Underpass” by Jeff Shelton, apparently channeling R. Crumb. (In case you’re unaware, Shelton is designing changes to the part of State Street that runs under Highway 101.)
••• The recent update on Highway 101 construction reminded me that a few reopening dates are approaching—here’s hoping they don’t get pushed back.
—October 3: Northbound off-ramp at Sheffield Drive.
—October 19: Southbound off-ramp at S. Padaro Lane/Santa Claus Lane.
—October 24: Southbound off-ramp at Evans Avenue.
••• Montecito Collective has opened a second shop—this one in Paseo Nuevo—to go with the original in Victoria Court. Montecito Collective is “a clothing line made for all women, made in California,” but the shops carry other brands, too, such as Alo, Pistola Denim, Motel Rocks, ASTR, and Eberjey (and the shops have different merch).
••• O’ My Sole, a shoe store with locations all over California, is opening at 1021 State Street (Figueroa/Carrillo).
••• Planned Parenthood’s big annual book sale is September 15-25, and the organization could use your support now more than ever. And bear the organization in mind when you have books, music, DVDs, games, and puzzles to donate.
••• The consent agenda for Monday’s meeting of the city’s Architectural Board of Review includes this at Santa Barbara Airport: “Proposal to designate a new service animal relief area (SARA) closer to the main terminal. The proposal will be an outdoor fenced area that does not require any walled structured development. The total area of the new SARA is approximately 380 square feet.”
••• No one guessed last week’s Where in Santa Barbara…?, so here’s the answer: the octopus in question is at the Tide Pool Villas “aparthotel” in the West Beach neighborhood (at the corner of Chapala and W. Mason).
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