••• The new sound wall between Highway 101 and N. Jameson Lane probably improves the lives of nearby residents, but you used to be able to see through the chain link fence, across the highway, to the buildings on the other side. It was scruffy but pleasant and very Montecito. Now you could be in Riverside.
••• Speaking of walls, a recent Caltrans press release about the Butterfly Lane pedestrian undercrossing below the 101—it should be done in mid-August—included these photos. The effect is a little Medieval Times for my taste.
••• Rad Power Bikes is apparently opening a Santa Barbara showroom, but the location hasn’t been announced….
••• The July 4 schedule from the city’s Waterfront Department:
Cabrillo Boulevard sidewalk at West Beach
—11 a.m.-9 p.m.: Food and vendor booths
—2 p.m.: Free face painting
—4 p.m.: Live music featuring Area 51
—Noon – 8:50 p.m.: Live music at the West Beach bandstand. Featured acts include: The Detar Music Review, Drifting Dimension, Sweetheart Sisters, Why Golf Why, Brandi Lentini and Band, Slideways + La Boheme dancers, Fiesta dancers, Riding Out the Storm, False Puppet, and Petty Set Go
—9-9:20 p.m.: Fireworks
••• Have you been to the Domecíl shop yet? It’s full of exquisite things—heaven for those of us who like an elegant line and an interesting material. I was there looking for a birthday gift, but I wish I had also purchased a few of the copper nails by Toro Canyon sculptor Ray Gabaldón. P.S. Be sure to grab one of the free recipe postcards—the current one is for lemon basil burrata, which sounds delicious.
••• Potluck, paintings by Leslie Lewis Sigler, opens July 1 at Sullivan Goss: “This exhibition will feature the artist’s signature portraits of heirloom silverware—giving personality and identity to otherwise inanimate objects with refined detail. The majority of this body of work deviates from the iconic solo portraits that were so prominently featured in previous exhibitions, and encompasses instead group portraits that speak to gatherings of friends and families.”
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