The Riviera Theatre Is Reopening

••• I finally had a reason to visit Lemondrop, the new shop for tweens in Montecito’s Upper Village. There’s cute merchandise for girls and boys, and the prices seemed reasonable, particularly when you factor in the location.

••• While I’m in a shopping mood, check out this excellent tote at Mate Gallery.

••• From the county’s Parks Department: “The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the reopening of the renovated public tennis courts at 642 N. Kellogg Avenue in Goleta. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 1. Improvements include installation of three tennis and four pickleball courts in place of the previous four tennis courts; screened fencing; construction of a steel-cable post-tension concrete foundation to assuage cracking; replacement of degraded asphalt access walkways with concrete; and installation of bike racks and a bike repair station. Colored acrylic court surfacing was applied in accordance with American Tennis Association standards.” I underlined that bit for the pickleball addicts out there.

••• Great news for those of us who like art films: The Riviera Theatre reopens with The Lost Leonardo (October 7-10), followed by Todd Haynes’s Velvet Underground documentary (October 15-21).

••• Up now through January 22 at the Santa Barbara Historical MuseumBorein and His Circle of Friends, an exhibit about “one of Santa Barbara’s most celebrated citizens and artists, Edward Borein, and his many artist friends. In our two temporary exhibition galleries, you’ll find Ed’s portrait surrounded by works from twenty of his friends, including Carl Oscar Borg, Colin Campbell Cooper, Maynard Dixon, Frank Tenney Johnson, John Marshall Gamble, Alexander Harmer, Fernand Lungren, Thomas Moran, and Charles M. Russell.” Below: Maynard Dixon’s “Wild Horses of Nevada” (1927), from the collection of the Karges Family Trust in Carmel.

••• Now that open houses are a thing again, I’ve been making an effort to see interesting properties that came on the market during Covid. One recent winner was 4160 La Ladera Road in Hope Ranch, recently reduced to $19.995 million. I thought it was pretty spectacular; if you’re in the $20 million market, check it out. Below: a James Turrell–esque shower.


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