••• Good news: Richard Neutra’s Slavin house (1322 Dover Road) on the Riviera, which was mostly destroyed in a fire last May, will rise from the ashes: “Miraculously, the original Neutra building plans survived,” report agents Molly and Randy Haden, who brokered the sale. “The new owners, who have a passion for architecture, intend to restore and rebuild this local landmark home to its original glory.” Vintage photos by Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10).
••• In June, the city’s hotel tax revenue was up by 17 percent compared to 2019, which the city attributed to rates being up by 20 percent. In July, the revenues were 29 percent higher than in 2019—this time, because hotel rates were 35 percent higher.
••• Coming April 6 to the Santa Barbara Bowl: Ben Platt’s The Reverie Tour. Platt is an actor best known for Dear Evan Hansen and the recent series The Politician; judging from the song below, his new album, Reverie, is an ode to 1980s adult contemporary. Tickets go on sale August 27.
••• If you have fancy stuff you’d like to unload, Bonhams auction house will be in Santa Barbara on August 26 offering estimates on decorative art, silver, and Asian, African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art. Email [email protected] to make an appointment.
••• I was on my way to LAX when I saw signage for Lobster Town USA on Santa Claus Lane. Alas, it’s a new art gallery and not a lobster shack (although apparently a restaurant by that name was once in the space). The art is intriguing, though. Below: Wesley Anderegg’s “Swimming for It.”
••• From Caltrans: “The California Transportation Commission today allocated more than $1.4 billion for projects to repair and improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state. […] Active Transportation Projects approved today include: $290,000 for the City of Santa Barbara to install 0.65 miles of new Class II buffered bike lanes as well as curb extensions at six intersections and 210 feet of sidewalk infill to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians at Upper De La Vina Street.” The announcement goes on to specify the area as “on De La Vina Street from Alamar Avenue to Padre Street, on Padre Street from De La Vina Street to State Street, and the intersection of Alamar Avenue and Junipero Street.”
••• Thank you, Studio Willam Hefner, for one of the more amusing autocorrections I’ve seen lately….
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