••• The Summerland Block Party is this Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
••• And in other Summerland news, Marie Ferris’s Juniper boutique is opening at 2476 Lillie Avenue.
••• Two updates to yesterday’s News Roundup post: First, regarding the Independent’s report that Charlie Munger’s dorm project at UCSB isn’t happening: M. forwarded an email the university subsequently sent to campus departments that said, “We continue to work on the planning and consultation process for Munger Hall with members of our campus community, donors, and stakeholders.”
••• Second, the Santa Barbara News-Press is dunzo. “Following a bankruptcy filing by its parent company [Ampersand Publishing] Friday, a key executive of the Santa Barbara News-Press has informed staff that the daily newspaper has ‘stopped publishing,’ Noozhawk has learned. […] It is unclear what this means for the future of its main building.”
••• Useful new product from Dresden Body + Wellness: Wipe Out! tar remover, which has “an oil base with some grit added to help scrub-off the tar.”
••• I’m thinking of starting a series of sponsored email blasts—maybe quarterly—focused on local retail, as a way for shops to share what’s new or of interest. I’ll be emailing the contacts I have to gauge interest, but if you own a shop and think it sounds intriguing, please email me at [email protected]. Any suggestions as to what works from your perspective are welcome.
••• Two shows open July 28 at Sullivan Goss: 1) Holli Harmon’s To Feast on Clouds: “An impressive group of 89 paintings of clouds rendered onto vintage tableware will take over the walls of one of the gallery’s spaces. The accumulation of clouds from sunny to stormy and everything in between creates a conversation about water, where it comes from and how it works in relation to the food we grow that eventually ends up on our tables.”
2) Nicole Strasburg’s Surfacing: “Long associated with 12 x 12 inch paintings on birch panels that seem to float away from the white walls of the gallery, the artist has, in the last two years, adopted a slightly larger square format of 14 x 14 inch panels with beautifully-finished wood sides. Impressive suites of paintings in both formats can be seen and purchased in this special exhibition. They will be joined by a focused presentation of larger paintings that revel in the endless forms and colors offered by those places where ocean, sky, and land meet.”
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