First Thursday - Lutah Maria Riggs & Her Santa Barbara Style

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Fiesta

November 6
5:00-8:00 pm

Explore the life and work of architect and draftswoman Lutah Maria Riggs and her contribution to what has become "Santa Barbara Style." The new exhibition celebrates the iconic architectural elements that define America's Riviera- white walls with arched openings, red-tile, wrought iron, classical Mediterranean mixed with Art Moderne, and a focus on outdoor living and enjoying the views. The fascinating tribute highlights the work of a very talented designer who left her mark on Santa Barbara landmarks such as the Lobero Theatre and the Vedanta Temple. Her handiwork as designer for renowned Spanish Revival architect George Washington Smith, and later on her own, graces the historic El Paseo complex in downtown Santa Barbara and Casa del Herrero in Montecito.

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum collaborated with the Lutah Maria Riggs Society and the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara to fully illustrate her work and the evolution of her own "Santa Barbara Style."

Join us for music and wine to celebrate the opening!

Lecture - History of UCSB

Thursday, November 13 at 5:30pm

The Rise of UCSB, 1944-2014 (Noticias) examines the development of this major educational institution on the occasion of its 70th anniversary. Santa Barbara was a pioneer in California education from the 1790s and UCSB has continued this tradition. Lanny Ebenstein, who has written on a number of topics regarding local education, traces this history from the earliest days, through the period on the Riviera campus, to today with UCSB's proud roster of Nobel laureates past and present.

Dr. Lanny Ebenstein grew up in Santa Barbara and is a graduate of Santa Barbara High School, UCSB, and the London School of Economics. He served on the Santa Barbara Board of Education from 1990 to 1998. He teaches economics at UCSB and is a former President of the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association. He is a former treasurer of the Coastal Preservation Coalition and a member of the board of directors of a number of non-profit and charitable organizations. His father, William Ebenstein, taught at UCSB from 1961 to 1976. Two of his brothers, Bob and Andy, are also graduates of UCSB.

Reservation required.

First Thursday

Thursday, December 4 from 5:00-8:00 pm

Holiday Cocktail Party

Sunday, December 7 - Details TBD