Datebook Seasonal Events for April

Posted on Feb 25 by SEASONS Magazine

 

Native Plant Sale at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Through April 30 Annual Native Plant Sale at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Spring is just beginning with the late rains bringing moisture to the soil. Now is the time for home gardeners to work overtime to catch up with nature’s bounty. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden offers a terrific range of more than 5,000 California native plants that are conservation-wise and drought-tolerant along with many other interesting additions for local gardens as the season warms. Come and enjoy shopping all throughout the month of April as the Garden’s courtyard is transformed into a botanical wonderland stocked with fascinating plants
from growers across the state, with many grown locally at the Botanic Garden. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

April 2, 6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Cheeses of Northern Italy Come visit the regions of Piedmont, Lombardy & the Veneto for this delicious tasting!  Given the lush topography and rich soil of Northern Italy, the cheeses of these regions really are some of the best in all of Italy.  Enjoy the tastes through a delicious selection alongside a tasty new red wine from Piedmont.

April 3 Staples Center Stage!

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra showcases the concertmaster Sheryl Staples.  Having appeared as a soloist in more than 40 orchestras, Staples performs on one of the world’s great instruments, a Guarneri del Gesu, here in Santa Barbara.

April 3 Jonathan Biss

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents renowned pianist Jonathan Biss performing in the Stephen Hahn Memorial Concert  at 8 p.m. at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West.

April 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Financial Planning Tips for Women

Karen Telleen-Lawton, principal with Decisive Path Fee-Only Financial Advisory, will provide guidance for 2012 and beyond when she speaks on the topic, From Anxious to Adept: Financial Planning Tips for Women, at the Canary Hotel.

April 5, 5-8 p.m. The Travelbooks Paris

Ciro Coelho presents the newest installment in his Travelbooks series, depicting photographs of one of the world’s most famous capitals: Paris. Coelho, a Brazilian-born photographer and filmmaker, will be present at the showing.

April 5, 5-8 p.m. through July 1  Joseph Goldyne’s WATERFALLS

WATERFALLS, the international debut of a breathtaking new body of paintings by the critically acclaimed artist, opens this Thursday at Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery. Goldyne uses the Chinese symbolism associated with waterfalls as influence in his collection of astonishing, six-foot-tall paintings.

Window on Ellwood by Dan Levin

Window on Ellwood by Dan Levin.

April 5, 5-8 p.m. Dan Levin, Mischievous Allegory II

The first “1st Thursday” at lola (1221 State St. at the back of Victoria Court) features the work of assemblage artist Dan Levin, who typically integrates man-made artifacts that have been discarded as no longer viable. Recently, however, he gravitates primarily towards materials extracted from beaches, streams, mountains and deserts. Whether commenting on the mysteries of the natural world or simply producing an abstract that is aesthetically pleasing, the artist is driven to orchestrate relationships between objects that may never have been in close proximity – forming a singular composition or metaphorical device. The work will be on view all month.

 

April 5, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. First Thursday with Kat Devlin

Kat Devlin performs while Maria Arroyo and Todd Mehl serve samples of scrumptious yet healthy plant-based shakes. Local art adorns the walls of the Sojourner Cafe, making this First Thursday a multifaceted cultural event.

April 5, 7 p.m., Suddenly Summer Somewhere 

Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass present a whimsical dance theater piece  set to live recordings of the Rat Pack that blends deadpan comedy, space-devouring choreography, and awkwardly strenuous partnering. Center Stage Theater with a pre-performance Happy Hour at CAF, featuring La Tour Wine, music by Warbler Records, and an opportunity to peruse the exhibition Fights from Wonder.

April 5, 8 p.m., Yo-Yo Ma Reflecting on a Life in Music 
The most celebrated classical musician in the world, cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns with an inspiring lecture-demonstration titled Creating a Life With Music that will incorporate video, performance and discussion to address the role of music in today’s global culture

April 6 Green Shorts Film Festival

The Community Environmental Council and Traffic Solutions presents an annual grassroots film festival about saving our plant, improving our environment and being green. As one of the Earth Day kick-off events, the Green Shorts Film Festival has been described as one of the most heartwarming environmental events in our region.  So, come walk the green carpet, enjoy the film screening and stay for the after party! Stay Green!

April 7 Spring Celebration of Dance 2012

State Street Ballet presents an annual choreography concert, featuring innovative choreography on young dancers from the apprentice company of State Street Ballet.  This year the works are choreographed by Rodney Gustafson and Josie Walsh.

April 7, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  The Great Egg Hunt at Elings Park

Bring your own basket and hunt for eggs filled with treats!

April 7, 9 a.m. & 6 p.m. & April 8, 2 p.m. Manon Screening

Anna Netrebko’s dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly’s new
production comes to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr
Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met’s Principal Guest Conductor, Fabio
Luisi, on the podium.

April 7, 8 p.m. An Evening of Blues with Jonathan McEuen

Jonathan McEuen brings his own refreshing and innovative take on blues to the OYES stage. Fusing folk, rock, bluegrass and country, Jonathan’s seamless talent on the guitar provides an eclectic, enlivening night of music.

April 9 & 23, 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. Plant Hunters: Wildflower Tour 

Join a staff-lead field trip to a spectacular wildflower area in Santa Barbara County.

April 9, 7 p.m. World premiere musical It’s Not Okay by Linda Newlin

Attend this benefit concert for CALM, to experience Linda Newlin’s passion for helping people live their dreams and end all forms of abuse.

April 9-May 9, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 7th Annual Santa Barbara Human Rights Film Festival

For an entire month, UCSB Arts and Lectures will be showcasing twelve human rights films, ranging in topic from sex trafficking to the “War on Terror” and genocide. Screenings occur at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on select days at the UCSB Pollock Theater. One of the highly anticipated film screenings includes the Oscar-winning Hell and Back Again.

April 10, 8 p.m. Thad Beckman

Singer-songwriter Thad Beckman brings his beautiful vocals and slide-guitar talents to Ojai, playing his own unique blend of folk and blues. He’s known for giving an exceptional show, weaving in real life stories with his heartening lyrics.

April 10, 8 p.m. Irma Thomas

The Soul Queen of New Orleans has her Santa Barbara debut courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures.One of America’s most distinctive and classic singers, Irma Thomas is a treasure from the golden age of soul music. From her 1960s hit “Time Is on My Side” (later covered by The Rolling Stones) to her 2006 Grammy-winning album After the Rain, the “Crescent City’s long reigning queen of soul” (Rolling Stone) remains as compelling and powerful as ever. Campbell Hall, UCSB.

April 11, 7 p.m. Exploring the Santa Barbara Back Country

Join James Wapotich as he gives a thorough and informative presentation on the oft-forgotten Santa Barbara mountains and trails. Wapotich’s talk will cover the San Rafael and Dick Smith wildernesses and will include a Q&A portion with tips for the novice and experienced hiker alike.

April 11, 8 p.m. Musical Comedy by Tim Minchin 

Live Nation brings in Tim Minchin, an Australian, musician, actor, comedian and writer. He has been performing his unique brand of musical comedy in front of appropriately excitable and ever-growing audiences since 2005. He won the Director’s Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his break-out show Darkside.

April 13, 7 p.m. AJJANI

Making her Santa Barbara debut, Ajjani sings Ella style vocals with a few “surprises.” Featuring stellar local favorites Debbie Denke, Kim Collins, James Antunez and Carl Villaverde.

April 13, 7:30 p.m. Grand Finale

The season finale of the State Street Ballet will feature works ranging from classics to premieres that celebrate the breadth and diversity of State Street Ballet, and honor the vision of artistic excellence.

April 13 & 14 8 p.m. BASH

The Santa Barbara Dance Alliance presents an annual extravaganza featuring over one hundred of Santa Barbara’s finest dancers.  The BASH showcase brings the best of the local professional dance and exhibition groups together on one stage at the Lobero Theatre.

April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Native Plant Garden Tours 

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden invites you to a self-guided tour of native plant gardens from Goleta to Carpentaria. Experience these beautiful private gardens firsthand and gain inspiration about using these amazing plants in your own landscape.

April 14, 7-11 p.m. “Big Band Dance”

The Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club (LAVMC) will host its first-ever “Big Band Dance”  at the clubhouse located at 429 Leslie Street at the corner of Centennial Street in downtown Los Alamos.  The Rose Garden Dance Band will be performing live classic swing, ballroom and Latin music hits from the 1930-50s including selections from such greats as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington.  The event is a fund-raiser for the LAVMC—a local philanthropic membership group open to men, women and families—dedicated to preserving the town’s unique character and hospitality and providing scholarships and funding to local students and community service organizations.

April 14 & 15 La Traviata

The Music Academy of the West presents La Traviata, taking place at Hahn Hall.

April 15 Wildlife Sanctuary Awards Luncheon

Honoring people who have enriched the welfare of animals in our community, this luncheon is capped by a silent auction of lifestyle and recreation goodies. Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network is a nonprofit volunteer organization that rescues and rehabilitates injured wild birds and small mammals in Santa Barbara County.

April 15, 1:30 p.m. Slow Food Santa Barbara’s Annual Sunday Pranzo at Via Maestra 42

Slow Food’s annual mushroom hunt and pranzo is back on this year despite fears of cancellation. Join the foodie community for a Sunday full of delicious food, wine, and Bob Cummings’s highly anticipated mushroom expertise.

April 15, 2 p.m. & 16, 7:30 p.m. Nothing like a Good Surprise!

Speaking of Stories presents Nothing like a Good Surprise!, stories that will give you a surprise on the journey from beginning to end.  Direct by Maggie Mixsell, some of the stories include, “Can Can” by Arturo Vivant, “Trusty” by Ron Rash, “Mercy” by Pickney Benedict, and more.

April 16, 6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Cheeses of Central France

With a concentration on the areas of Auvergne & Rouergue  this delicious tasting will be one you surely don’t want to miss. Home to perhaps France’s most famous cheese, Roquefort, this area has a wonderful variety of interesting cheeses that have literally been in existence for centuries.

April 16, 7 p.m. Grouplove

92.9 KJEE presents a New Noise and Numbskull production, Grouplove at the Lobero Theatre.

April 16, 8 p.m. Seun Kuti

UCSB Arts & Lectures, in conjunction with KCRW, presents Seun Kuti, the son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and Egypt 80 at UCSB Campbell Hall in an evening of unstoppable beats and raging, funky rhythms.

April 17, 8 p.m. Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve

Arts & Lectures is thrilled to bring the Santa Barbara debut of Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, the world-renowned Swiss company that is rarely seen outside of Europe. The engagement will feature Les Sylphides and Spectre de la Rose by acclaimed New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

April 18, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s Association Annual Dementia Conference

Educate yourself in the newest research in Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases at this day-long conference, offering many influential keynote speakers (including Marc Jacobson, Ph.D.), workshops, and information regarding all aspects of caring or living with these disorders.

 April 18, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Spring Morning Bird Walk  

Stroll through the Garden. Find a fine variety of birds amidst the glory of blooming California native plants.

April 18, 8 p.m. Amarando

American jazz icon, Charles Lloyd, and the doyenne of Greek song, Maria Farantouri, join forces and spirits to create a bridge of sound spanning third century Byzantine prayers to Lloyd’s own 21st century compositions in the Western premiere of Amarando.

April 18, 8 p.m. The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1948 and is Korea’s oldest and most prominent orchestra. The Seoul Philharmonic’s composer-in-residence is Unsuk Chin who received the Grawemeyer Award – dubbed the “Nobel Prize for musicians” – in 2004, and the Arnold Schoenberg Prize in 2005.

April 18-20, 7:30 p.m. Dramatic Readings by American Playwrights

Join three renowned playwrights as they each read one of their plays at the Alhecama Theatre. On April 18, Constance Congdon will read 2 Washington Square, Laura Marks will perform Bethany on April 19, and Jeffrey Hatcher will read his play The Good Soldier on April 20. All readings are free. For more information visit www.ensembletheatre.com

April 19, 11:30 p.m. 70 Years On…A Tribute to Three of Santa Barbara’s Most Highly Decorated Fighter Pilots, featuring Gen. Michael Rogers, Col. Hugh ‘Rowdy’ Dow & Lt. Wm. Davis, II

A Luncheon and symposium moderated by Colonel Noel Zampot, Commander of Edwards Air Force Base Test Pilot School; introduction by Maj. Gen. Phil Conley, USAF, (Ret) and Lt. John W. Blankenship, USNR. Come here the amazing stories of these highly decorated veteran’s in a once in a lifetime opportunity. These men were among the rare few who were clearly the best fighter pilots.

April 19, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Five Wishes Community Workshop

Join Hospice of Santa Barbara and the Alliance for Living and Dying Well for the Five Wishes Community Workshop. Five Wishes is an easy-to-use advance health care directive. Five Wishes trained volunteers will be available to help people complete their Five Wishes documents and provide more information about funeral homes, cemeteries, notaries, pricing and more.

April 19, 7:30 p.m. She Stoops to Conquer

One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal’s son with a view to marriage. But thanks to playboy Lumpkin, he’s mistaken by his prospective son-in-law Marlow for an innkeeper; his daughter, for the local barmaid. The good news is, while Marlow can barely speak to a woman of quality, he’s a charmer with those of a different sort. And so, as Hardcastle’s indignation intensifies, Miss Hardcastle’s appreciation for her misguided suitor soars. Misdemeanors multiply, love blossoms, mayhem ensues.

April 19-21, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Westmont Fringe 2012: Fresh-ly Sliced

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As is the tradition with fringe festivals, Westmont will be wowing audiences with fresh and vivid dance pieces, ten-minute plays, design projects, live music, art walks and devised theater throughout this three-day festival. Spread out across five venues on campus, the Fresh-ly Sliced festival will be sure to depict incredibly creative, brilliant, and unique performances, all created by the students themselves.

 

April 19, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. “Hat’s Off” Luncheon

The Lobero Theatre Associates will honor award-winning writer and producer Cheri Steinkellner for her upcoming musical “Hello My Baby” during their annual gathering with delicious food and great company. The luncheon will take place at the Montecito Country Club. For more information, call 805/698-3884.

 

April 20, Planned Parenthood Annual Dinner

This elegant seated dinner honors the contributions of community members and affiliate honoree of the year Dick Jensen for their support of Planned Parenthood and its mission to combine medical services with education and public advocacy to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families.

April 20, 8 p.m. Telescopic Viewing of Mars

The Westmont Observatory, home of the Keck Telescope

Westmont College will be opening the doors of its observatory to give visitors a chance to view Mars through its powerful Keck Telescope. In addition to the red planet, visitors will have a chance to see a triplet of galaxies beyond our own.

 

April 21, 11 a.m Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration BBQ

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 218 Santa Barbara will celebrate Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day with a BBQ at Santa Barbara Elks Lodge. Enjoy chicken, hot dogs, green salad, beans, garlic bread, potato salad, dessert, and the great tunes of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Proceeds benefit VVA Chapter 218 Santa Barbara (including a scholarship program for college-age children, The Vance Fund for disabled veterans and the restoration project of the Vietnam-era Huey Helicopter).

April 21-22 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival

Earth Day is right around the corner, and this year Santa Barbara has a huge range of musical performances, workshops, exercise classes, home improvement demonstrations, food demonstrations, book readings and other performances gracing the stage for two full days.  Come out and celebrate the beautiful area we live in! For a full schedule of activities, click here.


April 21-22, 8 p.m. Mozart Coronation Mass

Nir Kabaretti conducts Pavel Haas’ Study for String and Orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass. Featuring soprano Rena Harms, mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelson, tenor Benjamin Brecher, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society.

Times: April 21 at 8:00 p.m., April 22 at 3:00 p.m.


April 19-29 Spring Awakening

Teenagers reveal their alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety in Spring Awakening, a rock musical.  Set in repressive 19th-century Germany, these students attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated and confusing time of their adolescence. This is a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in a daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll.

Times: Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 26, through Saturday, April 28, at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m.

April 19, 7 p.m. Photography Slideshow and Lecture: Songs of the Sea, by Ines Roberts

Presented by the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

April 20, 6-8 p.m. Wine Tasting Benefit

Come out to Carr Wineery and raise your glass to an enjoyable evening of fine wines and gourmet appetizers.  This event supports the vital work of the New Beginnings Counseling Center and their homeless outreach programs.

April 20-21, 8 p.m. The Household Gods

Ojai Youth Entertainer’s Studio presents The Household Gods with special guests Deep Bob & Shallow Mark and Tara Jeffery.

April 20-22 8th Annual Taste of Pismo

The Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the 8th Annual Taste of Pismo.  Guests can experience the delicious cuisine of Pismo Beach and the delightful world of Central Coast wine.  There will be three special events over three days, “Farm to Street,” “Premier Wine & Culinary Event” and “Pancake Breakfast.”

April 21, 2 p.m. Concierto Para Los Niños

With live performances by some of the most prominent flamenco artists today, this performance brings the excitement of flamenco music and dance into the lives of children. This matinee performance is designed to encourage discussion of world cultures and cultural diversity; inspire creativity and expression; introduce the historic relationship between Spain and Santa Barbara; and present the emergence of flamenco as a major component of America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

April 21, 3 p.m. Gizmo Guys 

At the Museum of Ventura County’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion, the Gizmo Guys, master jugglers, will take he stage with their high-energy performance.   Known for their humor as well as technique, these guys tour worldwide and have appeared in more than 2,500 live performances.  The performance is for both adults and children.

April 22, 7 p.m. Bettye LaVette

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents acclaimed R&B powerhouse Bettye LaVette at UCSB’s Campbell Hall. The 1960s soul singer made a major comeback with her Grammy-nominated album, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook.

April 22, 9:15 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus’s Earth Day Performances

Earth Day in Santa Barbara deserves the best lyrical performances, so the Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus will be wowing audiences in two locations for the Earth Day festivities. Be sure to use this Sunday to celebrate the beautiful area that we live in and the children whose voices are just as enchanting.

April 24, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Second Annual Celebration of the Five Wishes

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well gathers the community together to celebrate the Five Wishes, an advance health care directive. The Five Wishes program helps patients and families alike cope with illness and educates them on how to make medical decisions. Guests speakers include County Supervisor Salud Carbajal and the CEO of Cottage Hospital, Rob Werft.

April 25, 11 a.m. Transition House Auxiliary’s Mad Hatter Luncheon 

“Derby Day” is this year’s theme for the 15th annual event. The Mad Hatter Luncheon supports the effective diversified programs and services that Transition House provides to homeless families with children. Four Seasons Biltmore Coral Casino, 1260 Channel Dr.

April 25-29, 4 p.m. FAIR-y Tails come true

“FAIR-y TAils come true” at the 23rd annual Santa Barbara Fair & Expo at the Earl Warren Showgrounds is a happy place that will put a smile on your face! Exciting carnival rides, bewitching fair food and enchanting farm animals are waiting for you!

April 25, 5:30 p.m. Master Class with Mark Morris Dance Group

Join the Mark Morris Dance Group for an evening of dance instruction at Santa Barbara Dance Arts. Co-presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures and Santa Barbara Dance Alliance. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 805/966-6950 or visit www.sbdancealliance.org.

April 25, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. “On Tender Wings” Exhibit Reception

Hospice of Santa Barbara is hosting a wine-and-cheese reception for local photographer Betsy Mooney’s new exhibit. Titled “On Tender Wings” and featuring an array of photographs of butterflies, the exhibit will run through mid-July.

April 25, 8 p.m. Westmont Jazz Concert

The Westmont Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of John Douglas, performs a mixture of standard and eclectic jazz pieces. The group will also feature an original song by Rutherford (vocals and cello).

April 26, 8 p.m. Mark Morris Dance Group

The sheer brilliance and wealth of Morris’ choreographic invention is a joyous expression of classical refinement and thrilling musicality. Presented by UCSBArts & Lectures at the Granada Theatre.

April 26-May 2, 8 p.m. The Fever: A Play by Wallace Shawn

Mitchell Thomas and Maurie Lord (co-founder of Genesis West) collaborate to produce The Fever, a one-man show begging the question: “Is it possible, or even right, for a sensitive person to be happy in today’s world?” Mitchell Thomas, an award-winning actor, director, teacher, and Chair of the Westmont College Theatre Arts department, will perform the monologue.

April 27, 5 p.m. Local Legends at AFS Gallery

Featuring the work of Santa Barbara artists Neal Crosbie, Brad Nack, Bill O’Malley, Barry Spacks, and Ron Robertson; Local Legends promises to be one of the most eclectic and dynamic exhibitions of the year. The show runs through June 15, 2012.

April 27, 7:30 p.m. and April 29, 2:30 p.m. Orphée at Eurydice

In Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, based on Greek mythology’s central character, Orpheus’ grief at the death of Eurydice is so profound that the god of love and allows him to journey to the Underworld and bring her back to life. But there is a catch: he cannot turn back to look at her. He is unable to resist and pays the ultimate price. Performed in French with English supertitles.

 

April 27, 8:00 p.m.  Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Joshua Bell and the acclaimed Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The concert marks the orchestra’s first appearance in Santa Barbara since Bell took over for Sir Neville Marriner as the new music director – and its first tour with the renowned, Grammy-winning violinist at the helm.

April 28, 12:00 p.m. Heart of the Matter Gala

A fitting tribute to donors, sponsors and the lives of those affected by heart disease. This event attracts community members together to gain awareness about heart disease and to help the community build healthier lives. Four Seasons Biltmore Coral Casino, 1260 Channel Dr. For more information, call 805/963-8862.

April 28, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Ensemble’s Storybook Theatre: Aesop’s Fables

Performances of The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, The lion and the Mouse and many more! Appropriate for K-6, performance time approximately 50 minutes. The Children’s Creative Project endorses Ensemble’s Storybook Theatre.

April 28, 1-5 p.m. Fearless Women

Join the Let It Go Yoga studio for a half-day workshop that will help women get in touch with their inner “warrior” selves. A combination of yoga poses and writing exercises will lead participants on a journey of creativity and self-discovery. For more information, call 805/685-8079.

April 28 Wine & Cheese Lecture with Garden Wise Guys, Billy Goodnick & Owen Dell 

Enjoy wine and cheese pairings while learning about our natural environment from Billy Goodnick and Owen Dell at the beautiful Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

April 28, 3 p.m. Kirkin’ o’ Tartans & Blessing of the Wee Beasties

Trinity Episcopal Church (1500 State Street) is eager to partner with the Santa Barbara Chapter of the International Scottish Society to bring us this celebration complete with blessings of the tartans, songs, readings, bag pipes and drums.

April 28, 5-7 p.m. Public Sail, Bill of Rights

Presented by the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

April 28 Berkeley Hart

Trinity Backstage presents Berkeley Hart as a part of their Acoustic Concert series this year.

April 28, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sea Festival

Presented by the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, the Sea Festival includes ship tours, arts and crafts, food, diving demos and fun for the whole family.

April 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Lost Posters of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum presents the exhibit opening of The Lost Posters of Santa barbara by surf artist Rick Sharp.

April 28, 7 p.m. Siloam Quartet’s Spring Concert

The Siloam Quartet at Westmont, which features Emily McClean (violin), Madison Martin (violin), Sarah Shasberger (viola) and Rebecca Shasberger (cello), will perform at Deane Chapel.

April 29-May 3 Bill of Rights: Marine Science Tall Ships Program

Presented by the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, this program is for 6th to 9th grade students.

April 29, 3:00 p.m. “Blues Jams” featuring the Bullfrog Blues Band

Reds presents their first blues night, with the Bullfrog Blues Band opening and closing while the stage will be open to other blues and jazz acts throughout the night.

April 29, 2-4 p.m. Community Film Studio Santa Barbara, Inc. Public Launch

Join fellow community members for the launch of the world’s first non-profit community film studio, Community Film Studio Santa Barbara, Inc. (CFSSB). CFSSB invites individuals to come learn how to make and produce a film. Memberships and sponsors are welcomed. The event is hosted by the CFSSB Borad of Directors and takes place at Marjorie Luke Theater at Santa Barbara Junior High School.

April 29, 7 p.m. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Comedian, writer and banjo player Steve Martin performs at the Granada Theatre for an evening of fun and laughter. Attendees will hear his collaborations with the Grammy-nominated band the Steep Canyon Rangers. For tickets, call 805/893-3535.

April 29 Spring Orchestra Concert

The Westmont Music Department performs their spring concert at First Presbyterian Church. For more information or to purchase tickets, call  Trinity Hokama at 805/565-6040.

April 30, 8 p.m. Pakistan on the Brink–The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Heralded as “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter,” Ahmed Rashid will be at UCSB’s Campbell Hall to discus the situation, and America’s options, in the post-bin Laden Middle East. Following his lecture, Rashid will be signing copies of his new book, Pakistan on the Brink.

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