This beautiful and powerfully moving exhibition explores the evolution of Italian painting over five centuries, from late medieval works of the 14th century to Impressionist pictures of the 19th. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
This installation reflects two centuries of artistic dialogue between Italian and Northern European artists. Among the artists featured is leading Flemish landscape painter Matthijs Bril the Younger, whose drawings of ancient ruins and landscapes served as models for other Northern European artists. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Adapted from a once-banned book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties, The Wild Party is a steamy prohibition tale that tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by a chorus dancer and a vaudeville clown. | Center Stage Theater, 651 Paseo Nuevo, 805/963-0408, centerstagetheater.org.
As one of America’s most prominent political commentators, Brooks has a gift for conveying the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. | UCSB Campbell Hall. 8 p.m. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
This rollicking two-hour variety show, directed by Rod Lathim and hosted by KLITE’s Catherine Remak, features singers, dancers and musicians aged 55 and over, along with multi-generational acts and special celebrity guests performing songs and sketches from the Roaring Twenties and early thirties. Presented by the Center for Successful Aging. | Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. 2 p.m. 805/898-8080, csasb.org.
Selections include Sergei Prokofiev’s “Suite from Romeo and Juliet” and Johannes Brahms’s “Symphony No.4 in E minor, op.98,” conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, who has won multiple awards and is praised for his spirit and dramatic flair, according to Los Angeles Times. | The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. camasb.org.
Now in its second year at the Bacara, the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend showcases the distinct tastes, sights and sounds of Santa Barbara County while also bringing cutting-edge culinary talent from across the country to our region. This multi-faceted event, which includes cooking classes with famed chefs, local wine and food tastings, movie screenings, special presentations and much more, is a benefit for The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. | Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta. BacaraCulinaryWeekend.com.
Dazzling violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, peerless pianist Yefim Bronfman and enthralling cellist Lynn Harrell perform two treasured works of chamber music: Beethoven’s “Piano Trio in B-flat Major, op. 97” (Archduke) and Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Trio in A Minor, op. 50.” | The Granada, 1214 State St. 7 p.m. 805/899-2222, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Mystery in Masterpieces
Clue master Jamie Fleming returns with his inspired blend of treasure hunting and art appreciation to challenge guests at this lively fundraiser benefiting Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Intriguing clues and museum maps lead guests through the galleries as they compete to win fabulous prizes. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 6 p.m. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
When the sun goes down on Saturday’s Earth Day celebration, a large community table pops in front of the main stage immediately after the last band. The only activity in the park with an admission fee, this four-course locavore feast—a benefit for Community Environmental Council—features seasonal delights from New West Catering and Cultivate Events, as well as local wine pairings and live music. This limited-seating special event will sell out, so get your tickets early. | Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara St., 7 p.m. For tickets contact Kathi King at 805/963-0583 ext.108, or visit SBEarthDay.org.
Organized by the Community Environmental Council, this favorite annual festival includes more than 200 exhibitors, a food court, beer and wine garden, main stage, and two mini-stages offering music and demonstrations. It also features a Green Car Show, a Kid’s Corner, an Eco Marketplace and a Sports and Rec Zone. Festival goers are invited to valet park their bicycles for free. Join the thousands of participants who make a day out of celebrating our planet and learning how to live more sustainably. Entertainment for all ages makes this day fun as well as educational. | Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara St., Sat. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 805/963-0583 ext. 100, SBEarthDay.org.
Award-winning children’s recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner plays a special solo show as part of The You & Me Tour. “The queen of children’s music” (People) performs upbeat, catchy, kind-hearted songs that speak to kids without talking down to them. | UCSB Campbell Hall. 3 p.m. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Native Garden Tour goes out of the city to explore a number of native plant landscapes. The tour, a fundraiser for the garden, includes rare access to Witt Ranch, a historical California rancho with numerous charming buildings and native landscaping that complements the existing historical trees (designed by Puck Erickson, Arcadia Studio). Participants will also visit Mission Oaks HOA, a unique hillside neighborhood in Solvang with a predominantly native landscape of Manzanitas and oak trees (designed and maintained by Greg Donovan). In addition, guests will visit the Santa Ynez Valley Botanical Garden, and enjoy wine and a catered meal in a special valley setting. Each small group of 20 will ride in their own limousine coach with a native plant expert tour guide on hand to answer questions and give additional information, making this a unique, one-of-a-kind experience that garden aficionados will not want to miss. | Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. 805/ 682-4726, sbbg.org.
Join the Parks and Recreation Community Foundation (PARC) for its third annual fundraising bash, Magic on the Urban Wine Trail, where music, art and wine meet. Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting featuring more than 12 wineries from the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail, while you mingle with friends, enjoy local art and music and feel great about supporting Parks and Recreation programs for under-served youth. There is also a silent auction, raffle and bottles of favorite wines for purchase. | Carrillo Recreation Center Ballroom, 100 E. Carrillo St., 3-6 p.m. 805/897-1946, parcsb.org.
With pianist Shai Wosner, Jennifer Koh probes Beethoven’s impact on a diverse group of composers and musicians, exploring ideas about art making and identity. Program includes Beethoven’s “Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, op. 23,” Jörg Widmann’s “Sommersonate” and Beethoven’s “Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, op. 24” (“Spring”). | Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. 7 p.m. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Feast on savory selections and bid on silent auction items at the 18th Annual Mad Hatter Luncheon. This year’s theme is “The Magic of Mardi Gras” and guests are encouraged to don hats and festive attire to celebrate. Entertainment features Gil Rosas at the piano and Andrew Firestone as master of ceremonies. The event raises money to support Transition House’s programs for homeless families. | Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta. 11 a.m. transitionhouse.com.
English tenor Ian Bostridge is an artist of major prominence in the world of classical music. His insight into the intimate relationship between music and poetry led BBC to feature him in a 1997 documentary exploring Schubert’s haunting song cycle Winterreise, which Bostridge performs in its entirety. | Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 8 p.m. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Composer André Previn’s operatic treatment of A Streetcar Named Desire closes Opera Santa Barbara’s season with a production described by Opera Grand Rapids as “lyric and sensual, infused with New Orleans jazz, it is ‘Stella!’ like you have never heard it before.” The Santa Barbara debut, directed by Omer Ben Seadia, is one of the first productions of “Streetcar” by a regional company because Previn’s original score required an orchestra too large for any but the major opera companies. Recently, Previn gave his blessing to have the score reworked to a more “manageable size.” | The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. operasb.com.
From 1914 to 1918, millions of soldiers wrote letters to their loved ones from the trenches. Millions came home with stories that could not be told or could not be heard. Dutch theater ensemble Hotel Modern and composer Arthur Sauer attempt to make tangible these soldiers’ experiences. The Western Front is reconstructed on a miniature film set before your eyes and you’ll hear compelling stories from the frontlines.| UCSB Campbell Hall, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Tenor giant Charles Lloyd brings together a fellowship of his favorite musical partners, including members of his New Quartet and guitar luminary Bill Frisell. Saxophonist Lloyd is a forward thinking “musician’s musician.” His supreme improvisational talents and passion for cross-pollinating jazz with rock, as well as non-Western styles of music during the 60s and 70s, established him as one of the key figures in the development of fusion and world music. “Every Lloyd concert is unique. And this one, with special guests Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz, is a striking display of contemporary jazz improvisation at its finest” (International Review of Music). | Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 8 p.m. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Join trustees and patrons of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara in celebrating the second anniversary of the Museum. The evening will feature immersive installations and performances by international contemporary artists as well as a cocktail reception. | El Encanto, 800 Alvarado Pl., 6-9 p.m. For additional information contact Frederick Janka, director of development at 805/966-5373 ext. 101 or visit mcasantabarbara.org.
For the past 25 years, best-selling author Michael Pollan has written about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect, challenging and changing the way Americans relate to food. The event features a moderated conversation with Pollan, Dr. Kurt Ransohoff (CEO and chief medical officer of Sansum Clinic) and Dr. Fred Kass (wellness medical director of Cancer Center of Santa Barbara at Sansum Clinic). | The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. 805/899-2222, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.