Although it’s now known as just one of Italy’s most remarkable cities, Venice was a republic unto itself from the 7th century to the 1700s. During that time, the Venetians were a colonial power, spreading their culture to the towns they conquered. Today, locations along the eastern Mediterranean are spotted with Venetian-designed structures. On Friday, August 20, art and architectural historian Dr. Allan Langdale will give an illustrated talk titled Three Venetian Colonial Towns. He will outline an imaginary voyage of a Renaissance-era trading ship sailing from Venice to Korčula, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; and Famagusta, Cyprus, to show how the “Venetians re-created their social institutions through art and architecture in each of these towns.” The event is at 7 p.m. at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara (229 E. Victoria St.). For info, call 965-6307 or see afsb.org.