Don James

Summer Arts Preview

Seeing Stars

Taking the Solstice Parade theme of “Stars” as its cue, this summer’s art season promises galaxies full of everything the creative astronomer could possibly desire. From the blazing musical glory of John Star Wars Williams at the Santa Barbara Bowl to the delicate verbal magic of Shakespeare in the De la Guerra courtyard, we will be tempted by outdoor entertainments of every magnitude. Wherever you enjoy your art this season-indoors or out-remember to take up summer’s offer and make the night sky your constant companion. The stars are close. Just lean your head back and look up.

Click on the links below to get started.

• Pop and Rock Preview by Nicole de Ayora
• Books and Lectures Preview by Felicia M. Tomasko
• Classical Music Preview by Charles Donelan
• Theater Preview by Charles Donelan
• Film Preview by Max Burke
• Dance Preview by Elizabeth Schwyzer
• Visual Art Preview by Darian Bleecher

Pictured above -“Big Mommas” by Don James, from EBB/FLOW, showing at the East/West Gallery through July 31.

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