Transition House 17th Annual Mad Hatter Benefit Luncheon
Head to this festive luncheon for delicious eats, fun silent auction items and a fashion show by Lana Marme of Montecito. Andrew Firestone acts as master of ceremonies for this benefit for Transition House’s programs. 11 a.m.Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave. 805/964-9742, transitionhouse.com.
Music Academy of the West May Madness Sale
A Santa Barbara tradition for more than 36 years, this massive treasure and estate sale benefits Music Academy of the West’s full-scholarship fund. Items for sale range from antiques and silver to books and fine linen. Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Women’s Literary Festival
Contemporary female authors from a plethora of backgrounds, including Anne Cherian, Nancy L. Cohen, Linda Jean Hall, Valerie Hobbs, Brenda Stevenson, Verta Taylor and Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Chryss Yost share their life and writing experiences over an afternoon of delicious food and food for thought. Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. womensliteraryfestival.com.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, this legendary orchestra returns for its annual visit to the CAMA Masterseries. A program of Brahms and a newly commissioned work from Andrew Norman, with master Emanuel Ax on the piano, showcases the Philharmonic’s ability to redefine contemporary orchestral music. The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. 805/899-2222, camasb.org.
Music-maker Branford Marsalis, often admired for his incredible technique and skillful versatility, brings an impressive collection of original compositions and classical jazz pieces to the stage, accompanied by quartet members pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/966-4946, lobero.com.
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Talented banjo players are hard to find—which makes this performance by a duo of highly regarded banjo aficionados that much more exciting. Husband and wife Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have received exceptional applause independently, but together they are an unstoppable force, mixing traditional and original songs into an all-encompassing night of music. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 3 p.m. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
YMCA/Youth & Family Services Reaching for Stars
Santa Barbara’s top chefs collaborate to prepare an incredible five-course meal for this popular gourmet dining experience, now in its 15th year. Funds raised benefit YMCA Youth & Family Services programs including Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, My Home at Artisan Court (a supportive housing program for emancipated foster youth), Homeless Youth Support and Outreach Services and the Isla Vista Teen Center. Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Rd. 805/569.1103, ciymca.org/youthandfamilyservices.
smART Talks: Kimberly Hahn
Installation artist, photographer and sculptor Kimberly Hahn discusses her abstract body of work that draws from her study of visual processes, commenting on false realities and visual phenomena. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 5:30 p.m. 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Salute the 70th Anniversary of D-Day
Celebrate this iconic World War II battle that turned the tide of the war with veterans, fighter pilots and bomber boys over lunch. Hosted by Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum and Library and Channel City Club. The Fess Parker, A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 12 p.m. 805/966-1660, pierreclaeyssensveteransmuseum.com.
Chamber music stars of the Henschel Quartett have won multiple international prizes for their talents. They perform a piece by American composer Christopher Theofanidis, as well as works by Mozart and Beethoven. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 7:30 p.m. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care 13th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon
Two mothers, one living and one in memory, are honored at this heartwarming annual event with a celebration of their lives and contributions to the community. The luncheon includes silent and live auctions, delicious lunch and drinks, and a program that tugs at the heartstrings of all mothers and families present. Coral Casino, 1260 Channel Dr. 805/563-8820, hospiceofsantabarbara.org.
Foodbank Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon
Wine country becomes “run” country at this annual half marathon, where participants raise money for Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Race begins at Sagunto St. in downtown Santa Ynez and ends with a post-race Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park. 707/933-1769, destinationraces.com/runsb.
Bella Gaia’s multisensory performance celebrates our cultural and natural heritage, combining the expertise of award-winning director, composer and violinist Kenji Williams with NASA’s cosmic visuals. The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
May 10, 18
This rendition of Rossini’s Cinderella story includes Joyce DiDonato in the title role of her first Met performance, with bel canto master and Music Academy of the West alumnus Juan Diego as her prince. Live simulcast May 10 at 9:55 a.m., encore May 18 at 2 p.m. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. 805/963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.
May 11–August 17
Marinella Senatore’s retrospective exhibit is a culmination of collaborative films that introduce a dialogue between people, groups and associations, creating novel communities out of unrelated masses. This exhibition encompasses past work, creative writing workshops, community dance opportunities, interactive photo shoots and even a public parade. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Pianist Richard Goode, hailed for the emotional power invoked by his music, closes the CAMA Masterseries season with an all-Beethoven program. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 8 p.m. 805/966-4946, lobero.com.
Pacific Pride Foundation Sunset at the Canary
Mix, mingle and enjoy the sunset at Pacific Pride Foundation’s kick-off sunset mixer. Canary Hotel, 31 W. Carrillo St. 805/963-3636 ext. 1111, pacificpridefoundation.org.
Navigating the Art Market
Art dealer Carolyn Glasoe discusses how selling and buying art is potentially different from similar actions with other high-value products, including the added value that time and exposure offer the art market. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 5 p.m. 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
May 15–June 1
Tony-award winning RED tells the tale of renowned painter Mark Rothko’s 1958 struggle between selling out and achieving financial gain after he is commissioned to create a series of paintings. The New Victoria Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St. 805/965-5400, ensembletheatre.com.
All We Are Saying
Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen deconstruct the songs of the famed John Lennon, offering a new take on tunes that “are part of us” and “in our blood,” as Frisell states. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 8 p.m. 805/966-4946, lobero.com.
May 16, 17, 18
Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM): Antiques and Vintage Show and Sale
More than 80 dealers from all over the West Coast fill the room with decorative art, antiques, furniture, jewelry and more. Whether you’re a seasoned antique collector or a treasure hunter, there’s something to be found here. Proceeds benefit CALM. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. May 16 & 17, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., May 18, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 805/898-9715, calmantiqueshows.com.
Crave: Art, Food & Social Experience
Art and food collide with the multi-sensory experience that is Crave, a series of artist-orchestrated themed meals that complement local chefs’ distinct styles. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Dvoyak and Shostakovich
Paying tribute to his mentor and teacher Noam Sheriff, as well as Dvoyak and Shostakovich, maestro Nir Kabaretti leads Santa Barbara Symphony and soloist Sara Sant’Ambrogio in an energetic ending to the season. The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. 805/899-2222, thesymphony.org.
American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Santa Ynez
This 24-hour team event increases awareness of cancer in the community and raises money to support American Cancer Society’s programs and services. Dunn School, 2555 California 154, Los Olivos. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. 805/560-6573, relayforlife.org/santaynezca.
AHA! Sing it Out
Thirteen brave teens sing their hearts open after a semester-long journey in AHA!’s after-school program, backed by Tina Schlieske’s amazing band. This is always an inspiring event in support of AHA!, the Academy of Healing Arts for Teens, which helps more than 2,000 kids each year with programs to foster development of character, imagination, emotional intelligence and social conscience. Pre-event festivities, including a VIP reception and silent auction, start at 5:30. Deckers Headquarters, Hollister Ave. and Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, ahasb.org.
Pearl Chase Society Historic Homes Tour
Explore the grand and elegant estates of the enclave of El Montecito, featuring several graceful homes designed by George Washington Smith within a neighborhood steeped in history. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 805/961-3938, pearlchasesociety.org.
Based on the Grammy-award winning album by Green Day, this rock play depicts three lifelong friends forced to choose between taking a risk on their musical dreams or staying put in the comfort of suburbia. The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Children’s Creative Project I Madonnari
The 17th-century Italian tradition of street painting comes to Santa Barbara every Memorial Day weekend courtesy of Children’s Creative Project. Four hundred street artists create 200 large-scale works at Mission Plaza to the delight of the 25,000 annual visitors expected. Food and entertainment add to the pleasure, as does the fact that proceeds benefit the nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education office, serving 50,000 children with visual and performing arts workshops and performances. Mission Santa Barbara, 2201 Laguna St. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 805/964-4710 ext. 4411, imadonnarifestival.com.
Phoenix of Santa Barbara Sixth Annual Art Along the Creek
More than 200 works of art are displayed by nearly 100 members of S.C.A.P.E. (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment), with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their pieces benefiting Phoenix of Santa Barbara. Sat. 2–6 p.m., Sun. & Mon. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. 37 Mountain Dr., 805/965-3434, s-c-a-p-e.org.
Memorial Day Service
Special services are held at Santa Barbara Cemetary by Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum and Library to commemorate our veterans and their families. Santa Barbara Cemetary, 901 Channel Dr. 10 a.m. 805/966-1660, pierreclaeyssensveteransmuseum.com.
Scholarship Foundation and Santa Barbara Foundation Santa Barbara Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Scholarship Foundation and Santa Barbara Foundation present financial awards to thousands of students to aid in their efforts to attend college, vocational school, graduate school and medical school. 3 p.m. Sunken Gardens, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa St. 805/687-6065, sbscholarship.org.