November 2, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Santa Barbara Open Streets (¡Calles Vivas!)
Inspired by the weekly Ciclovía events in Bogotá, Colombia, come enjoy a day of people-powered movement on our beachside roadways (without motorized vehicles) to promote better health, flexibility and fun. Bring your bike, blades, skateboard, stroller, (on-leash) furry friends or just yourself to walk, jog or roll through the street without worrying about cars. Open Streets is not a race; the only goal is to get out there and have fun at your own pace along the route. Local businesses, artists, performers and restaurants will be on hand to add to the family-friendly excitement, plus participation is free, no registration required. Route is along Cabrillo Blvd. from the Andree Clark Bird Refuge to Helena Ave., looping into the Funk Zone along Helena Ave. to Mason St. and back to Cabrillo Blvd. via Anacapa St. sbopenstreets.org.
November 4, 8 p.m. Doris Kearns Goodwin
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Team of Rivals author Doris Kearns Goodwin dives into the lives and legacies of America’s presidents, sharing stories, insights and analyses of our country’s most important figures. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
November 5, 8 p.m. Buddy Guy
Hailed by Eric Clapton as “without a doubt the best guitar player alive,” Buddy Guy is a legend in the blues community, influencing some of the greatest musicians of our time. Prepare for an evening of electrifying sound and exceptional vocals. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
November 6–8, 8 p.m. The Table
Blind Summit Theatre performs this Edinburgh Festival hit about an old puppet who, attempting to get through the story of Moses, instead diverts his focus to his own existential crisis. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
November 7, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Pop-Up Opera at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
What better way to enjoy a beautiful art exhibition than to pair it with a beautiful performance of impromptu opera? Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) partners with Opera Santa Barbara to give a show featuring soprano Jessica Julin to complement the Museum’s permanent collection and the Delacroix and the Matter of Finish exhibition. This performance will feature arias and songs from Otello, Tosca and other works. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
This luncheon honors individuals whose efforts have made a significant contribution to improving the lives of people living in Santa Maria Valley. Santa Maria Country Club, 505 W. Waller Ln., Santa Maria. 805/346-6123, sbfoundation.org/celebratephilanthropy.
November 8, 10, 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2:30 p.m. Sun. Tosca
Opera Santa Barbara portrays Giacomo Puccini’s well-loved heart-wrenching tale of Tosca, who must save the man she loves from the deceitful chief of police. The Granada, 1214 State St. 805/898-3890, operasb.com
November 8–December 7, Encore: Angel
Head on over to Santa Barbara Tennis Club (SBTC) to check out another great juried competition at 2nd Fridays Art—Encore: Angel. The exhibition will run from November 8–December 7, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. daily. The artist reception and awards will take place on November 8 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Santa Barbara Tennis Club, 2375 Foothill Rd., 805/682-4722, santabarbaratennisclub.com/secondfridays.
November 9–11 Veteran’s Day Weekend Celebrations
Pierre Claeyssens Veteran’s Museum & Library presents a series of events honoring our military heroes, including the “Veteran’s Mile” of the Santa Barbara Marathon (Nov. 9) in which the final mile of the marathon is lined with flags and all veterans are encouraged to line the last mile, from Shoreline Park to Santa Barbara City College’s La Playa Stadium. Celebrations also include the annual Military Ball, a free concert on Nov. 10 and the Veteran’s Day Parade on Nov. 11, which starts at 11 a.m. at Sola and State Streets, then heads down to Cabrillo Blvd., where it ends at the Veterans Memorial Building, 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd. 805/966-1660, pierreclaeyssensveteransmuseum.org.
November 9, 5 p.m. Military Ball
Celebrate our military at this formal dinner-dance devoted to honoring all veterans of foreign wars for their devotion and service. Festivities include a cocktail hour reception, dinner, dancing to live music, an awards ceremony and more. Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 805/966-1660, pierreclaeyssensveteransmuseum.org.
November 10, 1:30–4:30 p.m. Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
Explore a different medium each month with SBMA teaching artists on the museum’s front steps. This free community outreach event is for visitors of all ages to enjoy and be inspired. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
November 12, 8 p.m. Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt
Bringing together two of America’s greatest singer-songwriters, this acoustic night of songs, stories and style melds convention-defying Americana, rock, country, folk and blues onstage. You’ll feel as though you’re peeking at two old friends just catching up and jamming together. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
November 12–13, 8 p.m. Million Dollar Quartet
This hit musical depicts the famous recording session that brought the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins to Memphis for what can be considered the greatest jam session ever. You’ll hear favorites such as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Walk the Line” in this toe-tapping show. The Granada, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
November 13, 8 p.m. Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders
Musician/novelist Wesley Stace and comedian Eugene Mirman bring musicians, writers, raconteurs and comedians on their radio show to shoot the breeze, tell stories, perform music and just have a good time together. This live stage version of the NPR show features special guests who join the fun and laughs. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
November 16, 6 p.m. CALM at Heart–Healing Through Music
It’s always surprising how powerful music can be for the soul. Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM) is hosting CALM at Heart–Healing Through Music at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club to raise funds to support the child abuse prevention and treatment programs provided at CALM and showcase its Music Therapy program. Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, 3300 Via Real, 805/965-2376, calm4kids.org.
November 18, 7:30–10:30 p.m.“3-Course Course” in Absinthe
Need a night to relax with a cocktail? The Loft‘s “3-Course Course” features Absinthe with local cicerone Zachary Rosen and award-winning bar-keep Alvaro Rojas from The Bourbon Room, Alcazar and Milk & Honey. The Loft, 48 Helena Ave., 805/669-8733, eventsattheloft.com.
November 19, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. 1% For the Planet
Are you interested in saving the environment? 1% For the Planet (1% FTP) is hosting a night to connect with the leaders of companies and nonprofit organizations. Come and join 1% FTP, LoaTree, LoaCom and Santa Barbara Green Drinks to enjoy an evening of great conversations and connections. Workzones, 351 Paseo Nuevo 2nd Floor, 802/496-5408, onepercentfortheplanet.org.
November 21, 8 p.m. Andrew Bird
Indie singer-songwriter Andrew Bird melds American roots sounds with training in classical music, displaying his mastery of melodies with his violin, looping pedal, guitar and percussive effects—as well as his amazing whistling ability. The Handsome Family also performs. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 8 p.m. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
November 22, 6:30 p.m. Music Academy’s Annual Autumn Recital
Music always warms the heart. Music Academy of the West hosts its annual autumn recital, featuring soprano Brenda Rae and accompanied by acclaimed pianist Natasha Kislenko, a Music Academy alumna and faculty member. The recital recognizes donors who contribute $2,500 or more to the Academy’s Annual Fund that helps support its full-scholarship program. Music Academy, 1070 Fairway Rd., 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
November 23–24, 8 p.m. Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun. All Mozart
Santa Barbara Symphony welcomes guest conductor Matthias Bamert to the stage, bringing with him decades of Mozart study and an all-Mozart program that explores, separately and together, the beauty of the winds and strings and celebrates the mastery of the man behind the music. The Granada, 1214 State St. 805/898-9386, thesymphony.org.
November 28, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash
Get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the zoo for a smashing good time as elephants, gorillas and other zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins. Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Dr. 805/962-5339, sbzoo.org.
November 30, Small Business Saturday at Granada Books
The days after Thanksgiving are always considered to be the best time to go shopping. Instead of heading to the big corporations to shop, why not support local businesses and take part in Small Business Saturday? This year’s Small Business Saturday, Granada Books has invited renowned local author T.C. Boyle to be a guest bookseller for the day. Granada Books, 1224 State St. 805/845-1818, sbgranadabooks.com.
November 30, 8 p.m. Crystal Bowersox + Shane Alexander
Sings Like Hell brings singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox to the stage, with her uplifting and deeply personal lyrics that mesh with blues and soul influences throughout her songs. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. 805/963-0761, singslikehell.org.