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To honor the California Avocado Festival, Rincon Brewery has released an Avo Festbier with a label that pays homage to John Wullbrandt’s mural “The Carpinteria Valley: A Growing Heritage.” Wullbrandt’s mural, an ode to Carpinteria agriculture, faces the soon-to-be California Islands Museum e…

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Artist Connie Geston is the winner of the People’s Choice Award from the exhibition Power of Green held at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center. She received the award for her piece, “Gathered Things.”

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An upcoming art show in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone will feature Carpinteria local and former NFL football player Chris Gocong, as well as artist Rod Lathim. The art show centers around the pair’s artistic styles, offering audiences a look at neon, light and matter. 

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara will host a joint talk with Iman Djouini, a teaching professor at UCSB, and Jonathan Taube, an architectural designer and lecturer at UCSB, whose artwork, the Light Elephant, has been traveling throughout downtown Santa Barbara this summer and fall. 

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Carpinteria and Santa Barbara locals Joss Jaffe, Sudama Mark Kennedy and Montino Bourbon are releasing a new feature on the record label, “Be Why Music,” the second such feature with the three to be released since September 2019. It will be released on Sept. 20. 

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In its first annual summer comedy series, the Alcazar Theatre Ensemble premiered LOL – a comedic performance in eight acts, each a distinct play. The show brought many Carpinteria’s players back to the stage who hadn’t performed live since the start of the pandemic. 

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The exhibit, “A year painting the Carpinteria Estuary,” featuring plein air painters Cathy Winton and Jayne Burton, will open at Island Brewing Company on Sept. 13 and run through Nov. 13.  

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Gunpowder Press, an independent press located in Santa Barbara, has opened its first Latinx poetry chapbook contest for Latinx poets who are over the age of 18. 

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The Curtis Studio of Dance will begin its 2021-2022 fall season on Sept. 7. The studio has announced courses in ballet, tap, acrobatic, jazz and hip-hop classes. Students also perform in an annual holiday recital of The Nutcracker and seasonal parades. The studio also has a competitive team …

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Carpinteria author Valerie Bentz, a Ph.D. professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, has released a book focused on the climate crisis, illnesses, community decline and species extinction. 

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Last Saturday, the Nombres band showed off their skills at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, the latest band to perform at the free community concerts held by the center. 

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The Carpinteria Arts Center is looking for new gallery host volunteers, the center announced. A volunteer training will be held on Friday, Aug. 27, between 11 a.m. and noon. If interested, email kristina@carpinteriaartscenter.org. 

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The Curtis Studio of Dance, a multidisciplinary school of dance located at 4915 9th St. in Carpinteria, is opening up classes for September for its 49th season of teaching. 

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As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, in collaboration with the Cal Humanities Project, the Santa Barbara Public Library is inviting local Latin American artists to submit work for an upcoming show exploring immigrant identity. 

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Tamara Thompson’s original seaweed pressings will be featured in an upcoming showing of her work at Santa Barbara Hives on Palm Avenue. The show will have an opening reception next week, on Aug. 22 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

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Carpinteria’s vibrant artist community is both the subject and the beneficiary of a stunning new coffee table book entitled “Small Town Big Art: 100 Artists of Carpinteria.” Presale orders are now underway for the book, which is scheduled for release this fall. 

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At a special Saturday night event at the Alcazar Theatre, South on Linden performed live in a tribute event for Kevin Silk, who recently retired after two decades working for the city of Carpinteria. The concert was part of the Alcazar Rises Concert Series. The next live show in the series w…

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The Association for Women in Communication Santa Barbara (AWC-SB) has launched Books for Breakfast, an informal summer discussion group of books geared towards helping participants become better communicators. The next no-host event is taking place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Aug. 11 at Caje…

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Carpinteria author Alec Burquez has released a new book of poetry, “What the Dark Whispers: A Poetry Collection for Midnight,” published by Dorrance Publishing and illustrated by Charlie Bruton. 

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The Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival, in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, will be hosting several Sea Glass Sundays over the next two months, featuring handmade, ocean-themed art and jewelry. These Sunday events will be held in lieu of the typical festival, which will not…

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Within Santa Barbara County, 18 museums have joined Museum for All, a program that aims to increase low-income families’ access to museums. The program offers those who receive CalFresh/SNAP benefits admission to all 18 museums for $0 to $3 per person, for up to four people, upon presentatio…

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Local artist Lety Garcia will be showing off her latest works at Zooker’s Restaurant, from July 12 to Aug. 12. Garcia will be donating 30% of all net sales to the Carpinteria Arts Center scholarship fund. 

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The California Avocado Festival is calling for original art submissions from community members for a chance to be chosen as the official festival poster and T-shirt design.

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Carpinterian John Guerra is stepping into the spotlight with the premiere of his new play, “The Last, Best Small Town,” which will run at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga between July 31 and Nov. 7. 

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Last week, the Arts by the Sea day campers at the Carpinteria Arts Center celebrated water and air, which were the camp’s themes of the week. In the morning, they built water world dioramas, created impressionist seascapes and explored different forms of art by using Shrinky Dinks, acrylic, …

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With Carpinteria and California’s reopening, life is returning once again to the seaside town’s famed events – Avofest, Rods & Roses, St. Joe’s Festival and Surf ‘n’ Suds will all once more make their splash in Carpinteria in the upcoming months, a comforting reminder that time will (hop…

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Ahead of the Old Town Carpinteria Fiesta, Cruz & Company dancers Daniela Gonzalez, Aileen Salazar and Eva Rodriguez performed at the Seal Fountain during the Carpinteria Farmer’s Market last week. 

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In 2018, Carpinteria-based journalist Debra Herrick co-founded Lum Art Magazine to support the Central Coast arts community with independent arts journalism. The publication has covered a wide range of artists and galleries, including Carpinteria artists John Wullbrandt, Patricia Houghton Cl…

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Matt Moore of Rincon Designs is best known for his surfboards – but he’s also a talented painter with new work on view at Island Brewing Company. 

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The Carpinteria Arts Center hosted a reception on Saturday to commemorate the opening of its new exhibit, “Human Forms.” The show will run through Aug. 22, and can be viewed Fridays through Sundays between noon and 4 p.m. The show is also available to view and purchase online at carpinteriaa…

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The Carpinteria Children’s Project and the Carpinteria Library invite all Carpinterian children to join them for a Storywalk on Thursday, between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The self-guided path will begin at the Children’s Project where there will also be a “Library on the Go” van for county resid…

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The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center will open its latest exhibition, Human Forms, with a free reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 19.

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The Alcazar Theatre is celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month with a Pride film series. All tips received at the concession stand during the following showings will be donated to the Pacific Pride Foundation, a Santa Barbara-based center for the LGBTQ+ community. 

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The Arts and Craft Faire is returning this summer to the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, beginning June 12 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and again on July 3 and Aug. 7. 

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