FAME ON FILM: On Thursday, July 9, Montecito’s Tre Lune (1151 Coast Village Rd.) honors the American release of Santi Visalli‘s Icons, a 170-page collection of photographs constituting a visual history of the Western world’s celebrities from 1960 to 2000. The Sicilian-born Santa Barbara photographer’s black-and-white shots capture filmmakers, painters, sportsmen, presidents, movie stars, and musicians, including John F. Kennedy, Barbara Streisand, and Muhammad Ali. The cocktail reception and book-signing runs from 5-8 p.m., and selected photos will be exhibited. For details, call 969-2646.
Santi Visalli, circa 1970
Santa Barbara Literati
Pages & Sages Highlights the Many Talents of Our Regional Authors
Monday, July 6, 2009
NATURE’S PLEASURES (AND DANGERS): On Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m., Chaucer’s Books (3321 State St.) invites Debra Lee Baldwin to discuss her new release, Designing with Succulents. Those who have dreamed of growing their very own paradise of cacti, aloe, and yucca should not miss her appearance. Also slated for a Chaucer’s signing is regional novelist and former firefighter Geoff Aggeler, whose new The Firewatcher, described as “an inferno of crime, survival, intrigue, and danger,” tells the tale of Rebecca Perez, high school teacher and part-time fire lookout. The book sees its heroine’s otherwise relatively normal life turn harrowing when a wildfire breaks out and threatens to spread, setting off a domino effect of troubles. Aggeler signs his book at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. Call 682-6787 or visit chaucersbooks.com for more information on either event.