First Thursday

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Santa Barbara, California

First Thursday Santa Barbara Reviews

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Art, Music and Theater ever 1st Thursday of the month Mar 22, 2008
The best thing to do is probably picking up the Independent, a free local newspaper that comes out every Thursday. They have a map as well as explanations on what each location is showing, this way you'll know what you might be interested in and you'll be able to head there straight away instead wandering around aimlessly, unless that's what you prefer doing =)

I put the rating at average because there are so many different things being shown, played etc that it is hard to give the whole event a rating because some are amazing and some others not so much, at least from my point of view that is.

The spots that I usually head to are: the Brooks Institute (a photography school), Samys (a photography supply store. There is an exhibition space in the back of the store) and the Museum of Art. This time Brooks is showing a documentary by 12 students that went to Ireland with the documentary class. The documentary was already shown last Friday and I can assure you that it is worth seeing it. The museum has "Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children's Books", I wasn't able to see this exhibit yet. It doesn't seem like Samys has any exhibit on this time round.

It might also be worth checking out the Channing Peake Gallery at the County Administration Building. They have some exhibits on the FSA photographers like Dorothea Lange and they had "Migrant Mother" on show as well as other important images of that time.

The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in Paseo Nuevo also tends to have interesting exhibits on. Their current show is "My Barbarian", the website states that the exhibit "confronts mainstream culture with a commitment to serious fun."

Go and check it out for yourself. It is hard to recommend places because different people tend to like different things. Don't expect too much of an artsy young crowd like in other cities, there might be a few but the majority of people there tend to be middle-aged and middle-class and the art reflects this but there are also exceptions to that.
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