This weekend in Santa Barbara brings movies, music and merriment, including an al fresco film fest starring a certain dashing secret agent.
'For Your Eyes Only'
“The name is Bond, James Bond,” and eight of his movies are screened weekly on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. now through Aug. 25 at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden as part of the Free Summer Movie Series. (No screening Aug. 4 due to Old Spanish Days performances.)
“Dr. No,” the 1962 classic starring (arguably) the penultimate Bond, Sean Connery, opens the series. Connery appears the following three Fridays screenings: “From Russia with Love” on July 14; “Goldfinger” on July 21; and “You Only Live Twice on July 28. After the break for Fiesta, Roger Moore gets his due in “The Spy Who Loved Me” on Aug. 11. Pierce Brosnan is 007 in “GoldenEye” on Aug. 18, and the current Bond, Daniel Craig, battles a terrifying Javier Bardem in “Skyfall” on Aug. 25.
Bring blankets, low-back beach chairs and a picnic dinner. Too crowded? The films also screen indoors on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. They're still free. (893-3535, www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu)
'Blondie' at Bowl
Also held under the stars is the concert series at the Santa Barbara Bowl. On Friday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m., it’s the Blondie and Garbage Rage and Rapture tour. Believe it or not, Debbie Harry is 72 years old, but she’s still rockin’ it with 24 concert dates between now and August. “Heart of Glass” indeed! Tickets are $34.50 to $74.50.
Upcoming concerts include Evening with Natalie Merchant on July 15; local boy Jack Johnson on July 17 and 18; Diana Krall on Aug. 6; and former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry on Aug. 19. Concerts continue through October. (962-7411, www.sbbowl.com)
Retro movie debut
The opening of the new film “Spiderman: Homecoming” on Friday, July 7, gets special treatment -- a prescreening concert on the Arlington Theatre’s rare 1928 Robert-Morton “Wonder Morton” pipe organ starting at 7 p.m. Thrill to the sound made by 2,000 pipes tucked away in and around the auditorium when organist Bill Campbell performs a program of themes from recent motion pictures. This premovie musical interlude is included with the cost of regular movie admission. Let’s hope this starts a new retro tradition (963-4408, www.metrotheatres.com).
The Count Basie Orchestra is still swinging, surviving past the big band era -- and even 33 years after the death of its founder. The 18-piece band is now led by Scotty Barnhart but plays all the hits: “April in Paris,” “Imagination,” “Autumn Leaves" and “Oh, Lady Be Good.” Grammy-winning Paula Cole is on vocals. See them in a benefit concert Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Lobero Theatre for the Rona Barrett Foundation’s “Harry’s House,” a home for Alzheimer’s and assisted living. Tickets start at $49 and go up to $200 for VIP seating and preconcert fete. A live auction follows intermission. (963-0761, www.lobero.com)