This weekend, the sunshine is peeking through the sky and warming up the coastal cold snap. So Santa Barbara offers a cool collection of events to keep you busy! For one, help save the world! OK., not exactly, but this weekend marks the city’s “Above and Beyond” Water Conservation Effort, encouraging residents to do their part in conserving water. An ozonation project is being constructed at the Cater Water Treatment Plant, which requires this three-day shutdown. Hungry for some art? Feed your senses at Art Zone SB’s dual art exhibit openings! Smooth over this past week’s hiccups and work stresses by relaxing at a free sonata concert, or escape on a pseudo-vacation and enjoy traditional Hawaiian music.
Friday, January 18
Sip a cup of chai tea, finish up those late afternoon emails and get yourself ready for tonight’s events! Art Zone SB orchestrates art’s double feature tonight. Stop by the Arts Fund Gallery at 5 p.m. for the premiere of Double Trouble Redux: Four Couples, Eight Viewpoints.
This exhibit explores the dynamic between creative couples, displaying the work of local artists. Although the exhibit continues through next Saturday, January 23, don’t miss its debut! Wall Space Gallery also celebrates its exhibit opening of Beautiful My Desire, a unique collection of 40 images seeking to illustrate the diverse ways in which we view the world around us. Both galleries are located in the Funk Zone. Although both exhibits run until 8 p.m., don’t tire out because the late evening hosts exciting entertainment opportunities as well. Check out our post on tonight’s Art Zone here.
American Double, a duo featuring violinist Philip Ficsor and pianist Constantine Finehouse, will perform Beethoven’s sonatas at a free public concert in Westmont’s Deane Chapel at 7 p.m. Want to be indoors? Emmy-winning TV and movie mega-star William Shatner will keep you company, so long as you listen to his life story. Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It premieres Shatner’s one-man Broadway show at 8 p.m. in the Arlington Theatre. Read a little more here!
Saturday, January 19
More art abounds tomorrow, but Saturday is a day infused with a few more tunes as well. America Martin Solo Show starts at 6 p.m., showcasing America Martin‘s beautiful paintings at Elizabeth Gordon Gallery. Working with acrylics, oils, oil sticks and charcoal (as well as aluminum in her wall sculptures), Martin creates one-of-a-kind paintings known to move our spirits, as well as adorn celebrities’ homes.
Come an hour early and enjoy the artist reception, with cocktails and artistic discussion until 8 p.m. The show closes at 9 p.m., but you’ll want to squeeze in a little classical music as well!
Here’s where you’ll have to do some decision-making. The city is going to get a little loud around 8 p.m., as the hour rings in three musical events: Mozart & Mendelssohn, The Harmony All Stars and Keola Beamer and Moanalani Beamer. Mozart & Mendelssohn is an event that celebrates the reunion of two stars from New York Philharmonic, Glenn Dicterow and Cynthia Phelps, playing Mozart’s masterful Sinfonia Concertante on the musicians’ respective instruments, violin and viola. The evening culminates with one of the finest romantic orchestral works, the famous “Scottish” Symphony by Mendelssohn. May we suggest enjoying this event at 3 p.m. on Sunday instead? Two separate performances loosen up an already overflowing schedule.
The Harmony All Stars includes Kate Wallace, Doug Clegg, James McVay and Caren Armstrong for an intimate night of cover songs in the Trinity Backstage Coffeehouse. Or check out Keola Beamer and Moanalani Beamer and enjoy traditional Hawaiian music and dance with this world-renowned guitarist/singer and his hula dancing partner at Lobero Theatre.
Sunday, January 20
On Sunday, to conclude a weekend filled with fun (as well as breaths of relaxation), sit back with a book and a glass of grape. In the early afternoon, cruise by The Book Den for an event with Pamela Hale at 2 p.m., author of Flying Lessons: How To Be the Pilot of Your Own Life. Hale helps readers command the flight of life, giving people the tools they need for healing. Feeling the strong female figure trend? Just an hour later, UCSB Arts & Lectures welcomes one of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers Annie Griffiths to Campbell Hall at 3 p.m. A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel shares Griffiths’ photographic journey, finding a way to raise a family without putting the brakes on her globetrotting career.
At 5 p.m., enjoy an hour of wine tasting and soak up some knowledge, too! The Fess Parker: A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort hosts a Pinot Noir Seminar, ensuring a relaxing late-afternoon tour through the basics of the red grape, preceding the Santa Barbara Winter Wine Classic tasting. The Winter Wine Classic, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m., involves a tasting of nearly 100 classic California wines. Delicious wine-worthy pairings will also be offered by some of the region’s most notable chefs.
Take advantage of the warmer temperatures and leave the house this weekend—Santa Barbara has an enticing line-up for everyone.
-Grace Piro Delia