January 6 Solvang Centennial Celebrations
A day full of activities to celebrate the end of Solvang’s first century and the launch into its second century. Highlights include placement of a commemorative time capsule at 4 p.m. in Solvang Centennial Plaza and the Annual Christmas Tree Burn on Santa Inés Mission grounds beginning shortly after dark, followed by a Second Century Celebration sharing dinner and memories from some of the town’s long-time residents at Hotel Corque. Call 805/688-6144 for more information.
January 6 Hot Tuna/ David Bromberg
Hot Tuna Acoustic and David Bromberg Quartet present an unforgettable evening of folk rock and Americana. They are defined by their subtle connections to bluegrass, blues and folk music. This event takes place at the Lobero in Santa Barbara.
January 11, 6-8 p.m. “Love Under the Sea”
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is hosting a speed dating event for anyone who lonely and looking to meet new people. So, come enjoy some good snacks while meeting many local Santa Barbara singles. Must be 21 or over.
January 13, 8 p.m. The Pacific Trio
This trio of pianist Edith Orloff, violinist Roger Wilke and John Walz on cello is sure to be a first-rate performance. Each member has celebrated a career on the international music scene. This even will take place at the St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church.
January 14–April 22 Publicly Private: Enrico Natali and Doug Rickard
This exhibition explores the documentary intent and style of two photographers working 50 years apart. Enrico Natali took surreptitious photographs on the New York subways in the 1960s. In contrast, Doug Rickard’s 21st-century approach is to roam the forgotten streets of select cities without ever leaving his house. 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. Call 805/963-4364 for more information.
January 14–15 Hairspray
Big Stage Productions presents Hairspray, a rocking song-and-dance spectacular that is also a poignant social commentary about 1960s America. At the Lobero Theater, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 805/963-0761 for more information.
January 14, 3 p.m. An Afternoon With Amy Chua
UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the best-selling author of America’s most talked-about parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother at UCSB’s Campbell Hall. In her runaway New York Times best-seller, Amy Chua gave a witty, provocative and hilariously funny account about the rewards — and costs — of raising her two children the strict “Chinese” way.
January 16, 3:30 p.m. “Parenthood”
Sam Jaeger, currently starring on NBC’s “Parenthood” discusses his life an as actor, director and writer. The talk is free and open to the public and will take place in Porter Theatre.
January 17, 5:30 p.m. Opera In Film- The Sequel
Local favorite Mashey Bernstein goes back to the movies to continue the popular exploration of opera’s starring role in cinema, which he presented last season. At the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De La Guerra St. Call 805/898-3890 for more information.
January 17, 7:30 p.m. Collaborators
Collaborators by screenwriter John Hodge embarks on a journey through the fevered imagination of a writer and his funny relationship with the subject of the drama. This event takes place of the Lobero Theatre.
January 18, 7:30 p.m. Live at Preservation Hall: New Orleans Jazz on Film
For 50 years, Preservation Hall Jazz Band has played to keep the traditions of New Orleans jazz alive, both at home and on tour around the world. Along the way, they brought in collaborators of all musical stripes to play, honor and reinterpret America’s first true art form. This is a screening of rare footage and talk by Ben Jaffe.
January 18–May 12 Earth as Art 3
An exhibition of NASA satellite images that focuses on the aesthetic, rather than scientific, value of this technology. These images capture a beauty that is unique and visually stunning. Each one is an actual picture of an area on earth that was created by printing visible and infrared data in colors visible to our eyes with color combinations that were chosen to optimize their dramatic appearance. Call 805/688-1082 for more information.
January 19, 7 p.m. “The Girl in the Picture”: 40 Years of Forgiveness
“The Girl in the Picture” instructs us about the impact photojournalism had during the time of the Vietnam War. The event is a benefit to the Kim Foundation and the Friendship Fund. Come listen and discuss life during the war and her struggle for forgiveness with Kim Phuc who is “the girl in the picture.”
January 19, 7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr Lecture
MLK was embedded in two vibrant African American intellectual traditions: wisdom and prophecy. Omedi Ochieng, a professor at Westmont college, explores and discusses racialism and social justice and other struggles faced by MLK in his lifetime.
January 20, 5:30–9:30 p.m. Chinese New Year Celebration
Celebrate Chinese New Year (Year of the Dragon) at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, inspired by the newly reinstalled Asian Art permanent collection and recent gallery renovation. Call 805/884-6414 for more information.
January 20, 8 p.m. The Brown City Brass Quintet
This quintet if known for its brilliant performances of established quintet repertoire as well as their energetic new works. Comprised of Robert Frear and Marty Fenton Frear on Trumpet, Sarah Bach on French Horn, Andrew Malloy on Trombone and Norman Pearson on Tuba.
January 20-22 Winter Workshop Performances
Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara and the Adderly School present Winter Workshop Performances. Times: Friday, Jan. 20 at 6 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11:30, 2:00, 4:30 & 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 at 11:30, 2, 4:30 & 7 p.m.
January 21—22 From Bach to Ravel
Guest Conductor Robert Bernhardt joins Santa Barbara Symphony, along with Anne Akiko Meyers, one of the world’s premier concert violinists, who performs Vaughan Williams’ elegant The Lark Ascending and Ravel’s Tzigane. Jan. 21 at 8 p.m., Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. Call 805/899-2222 for more information.
January 21, 8 p.m. Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass
The creator of the public radio show This American Life, Ira Glass talks about his program and how it’s put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show and how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn’t usually do. Call 805/893-3535 for more information.
January 21, 8 p.m. Sings Like Hell: Joy Kills Sorrow + Special Guest
The Boston-based string band Joy Kills Sorrow brings a decidedly modern sensibility to an old-world sound, with its bold new brand of acoustic music, channeling the prodigious talents of its individual members into elegant arrangements and well-crafted songs. Call 805/963-0761 for more information.
January 21, 11 a.m. Kid Flix Mix
A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short films and animation from around the world, this 65-minute entertaining mix of musical and narrative shorts offers a delightful experience for all ages. Call 805/893-3535 for more information.
January 21–22 The Enchanted Island
Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Plácido Domingo, Danielle de Niese and Luca Pisaroni are among the stars of this “Met: Live in HD” performance of The Enchanted Island, a world premiere work inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century. Live simulcast Jan. 21 at 9:55 a.m., encore screenings Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. 805/969-4726, www.musicacademy.org.
January 21, 4 p.m. Re-Release: The Women and the Waves
Originally released in 2009, this film has screened for enthusiastic audiences and Film Festivals worldwide. The 21st will mark the kick off of “Surf Film Saturdays” at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. This movie is the ultimate “female surfing experience” and can’t be missed.
January 21, 6-10 p.m. Hangover Hat Day Extravaganza
The Oreana Winery hosts the festive, winter-like night of music and wine. Gawd Damn Band performs live rock music. Oreana will also be releasing its newest vintage of 2009 Gewurztraminer.
January 22, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. ParentClick Mother-daughter Night at Saks
The goal of this event is for mothers and daughters to spend time together while learning about age appropriate make-up application and skin care. Everyone will be treated to delicious appetizers and mocktails. This sounds like the perfect time to bond- just mother and daughter. This event will take place at Saks Fifth Avenue.
January 22, 1 p.m. Urbanized
From the director of Helvetica, a look at the strategies that go into urban design, with appearances by the world’s foremost architects and thinkers.
January 22, 3 p.m. Objectified
This film examines our relationship with manufactured objects and the inventiveness of designers of everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets.
January 23, 8 p.m. Kathryn Schulz
The world’s leading wrongologist, author Kathryn Schulz, discusses Being Wrong— Adventures in the Margin of Error, a funny and philosophical meditation on why error is mostly a humane, courageous and extremely desirable human trait. Call 805/893-3535 for more information.
January 23, 6-8 p.m. Center Stage Open House
A new year full of new possibilities! Come to the Center Stage open house and find out what the new year will bring. Check out the new seating, lighting equipment and platforms. Light refreshments will be served.
January 24, 8 p.m. Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout
Blues harmonica icon Charlie Musselwhite joins bandleader, harp player and vocalist Mark Hummel—a blues titan in his own right and an influential force in shaping the genre—in a tribute to Chicago harp master Little Walter Jacobs. Call 805/893-3535 for more information.
January 25, 8 p.m. Kevin Nealon
Get ready to laugh with the Weeds and Saturday Night Live veteran Kevin Nealon as he performs all-new stand-up comedy material. His performance will take place at the Lobero Theater, so don’t miss your chance to check out Nealon’s incredible wit and likeable demeanor.
January 25–Aug. 19 The Flying A: Silent Film in Santa Barbara
This exhibition marks the centennial anniversary of the arrival of American Film Company’s “Flying A Studio” in Santa Barbara and focuses on the history of silent film production in the Santa Barbara area through a variety of objects, artwork, images and film. Call 805/966-1601 for more information.
January 26–Feb. 5 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Cinefiles, film buffs and fans gather together for 11 star-studded days of movie magic. Various locations in downtown Santa Barbara. Call 805/963-0023 for more information.
January 26, 8 p.m. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
CAMA presents Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recognized as one of the United Kingdom’s most prodigious orchestras. Royal Philharmonic enjoys an international reputation for bringing audiences first-class performances across a diverse range of musical repertoire. Call 805/ 899-2222 for more information.
January 27 & 28, 8 p.m. and 29, 2 p.m. Clair-Obscur
An Exploration of Shadow and Light under the direction of Devyn Duex, choreography by Emily Wheeler and Erin Martinez. Clair-Obscur features Emily Wheeler’s world premiere new work, “Take the Bull by the Horns.” Incorporating the talents of Nebula Dance Lab’s professional dancers, exhilarating costumes and multimedia elements it is sure to be a captivating show.
January 28 La La La Human Steps
An incredibly complex ballet performed by 11 virtuoso dancers, two operas—Dido and Aeneas and Orpheus and Eurydice—are transmuted, here, into a single seamless ode. The music, by Gavin Bryars, is performed live by a quartet, evoking the well-known melodies of the operas by Purcell and Gluck. Call 805/893-3535 for more information.
January 28, 2 p.m. Poet Laureate to Host Stafford Reading
Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English and S.B. poet laureate, hosts a sixth annual community reading in the Los Padres National Forest, “Remembering William Stafford.” Local writers Christine Kravetz and Greg Orfalea will also be featured readers.
January 31, 8 p.m. Van Dyke Parks & Documentary of “Music Man Murray”
Legendary artist, composer and producer Van Dyke Parks will perform at Santa Barbara’s SoHo Restaurant & Music Club. The show is in conjunction with an after party for the screening of “Music Man Murray.”