November Datebook

Posted on Oct 31 by SEASONS Magazine


November 5

Celebrate Philanthropy Luncheon

Sponsored by Santa Barbara Foundation and Santa Maria Times, this event honors individuals, couples and families who have demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable work in Santa Maria Valley. | Noon–2 p.m. Santa Maria Country Club, 505 W. Waller Ln., Santa Maria. 805/963-1873,

November 5


Arturo O’Farrill and Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures

Arturo O’Farrill and Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. He established the Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in order to bring the vital musical traditions of Afro Latin jazz to a wider audience. The orchestra fuses Latin rhythms, African-based percussion, modern jazz and swing to bring the best in Latin music. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535,

November 5–6

“WoW” Arts and Crafts Sale Supporting Local Weavers

Featuring gorgeous hand-made items, including hand-woven, knitted, felted and uniquely created items for your home and family, by artisans reflecting creativity, interest and the personality of the artists, this annual sale supports local weavers. Proceeds benefit the Wonders of Weaving class (“WoW”), a floor loom class offered by Santa Barbara City College’s Center for Lifelong Learning and a 65-year-old Santa Barbara tradition, originally started by Director Selmer Wake and Russell Groff, a veteran who learned to weave as part of his post-action physical therapy. Proceeds offset 50% of the tuition cost. | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 W. Victoria St.


Lake Street Dive, courtesy photo

November 6

Lake Street Dive 

Formed in 2004 by New England Conservatory students, Brooklyn-based Lake Street Dive has made music for more than a decade, creating their own exhilarating brand of soul pop with Motown, British invasion and gospel blues influences. Lake Street Dive is known for the unstoppable joy of their live shows, knock-your-socks-off vocals and virtuosic instrumentals. The band has played a string of sold-out shows and are currently recording their sophomore album, due for release in 2016. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535,

November 6, 8

Don Giovanni

Experience an intense opera filled with seduction, lechery, murder and revenge as Opera Santa Barbara presents Don Giovanni, written by and featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most sublime music that will certainly touch your soul. | Nov. 6 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8 2:30 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

November 7

The Veteran’s Mile

Honor all veterans by participating in The Veteran’s Mile and get some great photo opportunities! | 7:15 a.m.–noon. Shoreline Park, Shoreline Dr. and Santa Rosa Pl.

November 7

Hike for AHA!

Hike the beautiful Romero Canyon Trail to raise funds for AHA!, a nonprofit that promotes character, conscience, acceptance of difference and social-emotional intelligence in 4,000+ Santa Barbara teens every year. Hikers can enjoy a fun after-party at a nearby private estate. | 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Shuttle service available from Crane School, 1795 San Leandro Ln.

November 7

20th Annual Military Ball

Celebrate the 20th year of the annual Military Ball with Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum. Get dressed up for a formal evening and meet members of our armed forces at the themed ball, 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The keynote speaker is 1967 Medal of Honor recipient PFC Sammy L. Davis (U.S. Army). Guests enjoy cocktail hour, host and no-host bars, a three-course dinner and dancing to the sounds of Art Deco Band. | 5–10 p.m. Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.

November 7

Dream Foundation’s Celebration of Dreams Gala

Dream Foundation’s Celebration of Dreams Gala is an annual fundraiser for the nation’s largest and oldest wish-granting organization for adults. This is an amazing celebration honoring 21 years of dreamers along with the dreams that have touched lives, created lasting memories and provided peace, comfort and closure at the end of life’s journey. As always, this incredible event features world-class performers and celebrities, as well as moving stories from the people and families served every day by the foundation. Celebrate the love, compassion and community that make it all possible and learn about how to help Dream Foundation be an important part of people’s lives and dreams for years to come. | 6–11 p.m. Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave.

November 7


Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, two of America’s most admired singer-songwriters, return to Santa Barbara for an intimate acoustic evening of storytelling and music making with a fusion of country, swing, jazz, rock, folk, gospel and blues. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535,

November 8

Veterans Day Parade

Check out the Veterans Day Parade with more than 20 different vintage WWII military vehicles, local veterans groups, floats from the local bases, WWII re-enactors and Primetime Band. Scouts pass out free flags to people along the route to wave as the parade rolls by. | Noon–2 p.m. State St.

November 8

Veterans Day Concert

Remember and honor all veterans with the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation’s Veterans Day Concert, featuring original music and patriotic classics sung by the top talent from the military, Santa Barbara Choral Society led by Joann Wasserman and Westmont Orchestra. | 2–5 p.m. Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.

November 8

Story Pirates

Based on the idea that every child has a story to tell, this whimsical theater group uses stories written by elementary school kids as material for outrageous side-splitting plays. | 3–4:30 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535,


Lise de la Salle, courtesy photo

November 8

Lise de la Salle

Pianist Lise de la Salle has established a reputation as one of today’s most exciting young artists and a musician of uncommon sensibility. She recently made her London Symphony Orchestra debut and, in 2014, became the first Artist-in-Residence of Zurich Opera. | 4 p.m. Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. 805/893-3535,

November 8

Chris Thile

Chris Thile is the mandolinist and vocalist of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. London’s Independent called him “the most remarkable mandolinist in the world.” McArthur Foundation echoed that assessment when it named Thile one of its 23 MacArthur Fellows for 2012 and a recipient of its prestigious “Genius Grant.” As a solo artist, he has released five albums, as well as performing and recording extensively in duos with Edgar Meyer, Brad Mehldau and Mike Marshall. Other stellar musicians with whom Thile has collaborated include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, banjoist Bela Fleck, violinist Stuart Duncan and bluegrass guitarist Michael Daves. | 7 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

November 10

Dorado Schmitt & Django Festival All-Stars

Back by popular demand, Gypsy jazz genius Dorado Schmitt and his all-star ensemble’s encore performance celebrates the legacy of Django Reinhardt. Born to Gypsy parents, Schmitt, weaned on traditional Roma music and Gypsy jazz, eventually took up the electric guitar, emulating Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. By the mid-90s, he was a leading figure on the international Gypsy jazz scene, where he continues to represent the art form at its highest level. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,


Akram Khan Company, courtesy photo

November 10

Akram Khan Company

Inspired by creation and destruction, Hindu gods, Indian time cycles and black holes, award-winning choreographer Akram Khan’s Kaash returns to the stage. Twelve years ago, Khan teamed with composer Nitin Sawhney and sculptor Anish Kapoor to present his company’s first full-length piece Kaash (Hindi for “if only”) in hope of bridging the worlds of contemporary dance and the Indian classical dance form kathak. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

November 12–Dec. 23


PCPA heralds its 52nd season with the brand-new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical Cinderella in Marian Theatre. This contemporary take on the timeless fairy tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic new book by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane, introducing some new characters and surprising twists. | Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria. 805/922-8313,

November 14


Diana Nyad, photo by Steven Lippman

An Afternoon with Diana Nyad

On Labor Day 2013, her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim through shark and jellyfish-infested waters from Cuba to Florida. Now a prominent sports broadcaster, author and public speaker, Nyad discusses her forthcoming memoir, Find a Way: One Wild and Precious Life, her grueling 53-hour journey and her extraordinary quest to live life at the highest level, in and out of the water. | 3 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535,

November 14

The Shakespeare Experience

William Shakespeare once said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” This November, Santa Barbara Symphony brings that famous saying to life when it partners with Ensemble Theatre Company for Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The program also features William Walton’s film score for As You Like It and Prokofiev’s memorable Romeo and Juliet. Join the symphony as artists of Ensemble Theatre Company share the stage to play their many parts in wonderfully dramatic fashion. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

November 14

19th Annual Holiday Home Look In & Holiday Marketplace

Calling all architecture fans. Ojai Music Festival Women’s Committee invites guests to tour four distinct Ojai Valley homes to benefit Ojai Music Festival and its BRAVO! music education and community programs. The Holiday Home Look In celebrates the art of living and the group’s unique approach to welcoming in the holiday season. | Various Ojai locations.


Melissa Etheridge, courtesy photo

November 15

Melissa Etheridge

Celebrating the release of her new album, This is M.E., Academy and Grammy award-winning artist Melissa Etheridge, known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, shares personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. | 7 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535,

November 19

Kronos Quartet

Now in its fifth decade, the multi-Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet continues to chart a bold, innovative musical path and inspire generations of fellow musicians. The quartet’s distinctive concert performances draw upon hundreds of works composed for them by such visionaries as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. This season’s featured composition is the riveting multimedia piece about the Armenian Genocide of 1915, Silent Cranes by Mary Kouyoumdjian| 7 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535,

November 22

Mark Moffett

A modern-day explorer, Dr. Mark Moffett is one of only a handful of people to earn a Ph.D. under the world’s most respected ecologist, E.O. Wilson. Moffett has worked in the crowns of the world’s tallest trees, where he studies the world’s biodiversity, pursues orangutans and canopy bears, and finds rare orchids and insects. He recently released his book, The High Frontier: Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy, crafting stories that make people fall in love with the unexpected: insects, frogs and other of nature’s small wonders. | 3 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535,

November 23


Carousel, presented by Granada Theatre as part of its Rogers & Hammerstein film series, tells the story of Billy Bigelow (Gordon MacRae) and Julie Jordan (Shirley Jones). When the attractive young couple gets married, they find themselves unemployed, pregnant and desperate for money. | 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

November 26

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Get the kids out of this house this Thanksgiving for the Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash. Animal lovers are encouraged to come to the zoo for a smashing good time! Watch as elephants, gorillas and other zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins. | 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. 805/962-5339,

November 30


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, courtesy photo

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Don’t miss Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in its 43rd year of making internationally acclaimed music, from classical to contemporary, while reinventing the way individuals and organizations across the world think about collaboration, outreach and democratic leadership. Presented by CAMA’s International Series, the orchestra is unique in that it performs without a conductor and integrates musicians into virtually every facet of the organization. With over 70 albums, collaborations with leading contemporary soloists and more than 40 commissioned works as part of its history, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra strives to expand the repertoire for chamber orchestra and continues to develop its international reputation through innovative projects and tours to Europe, Asia and South America. | 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

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