Seasonal events, happenings and things to do for October
Through Jan. 1
MCA Santa Barbara Exhibits
Assume Vivid Astro Focus: Avalanches Volcanoes Asteroids Floods
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods, a newly commissioned multi-sensory and site-specific installation by the vibrant New York/Berlin-based artist collective, assume vivid astro focus (avaf). At this stimulating experience, audiences are invited to interact with the space by lying on the ground, listening to or playing music, rearranging elements and creating their own performances using the provided materials and environment. | Wed., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m., MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Through Jan. 1
Sa Sa Bassac presents Khvay Samnang
In collaboration with Sa Sa Bassac, a gallery and resource center based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, MCA Santa Barbara presents a solo exhibition of new and recent work by Khvay Samnang (b. 1982, Svay Rieng, CM). | Wed., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m., MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Through Jan. 22
Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations
MCASB Satellite @ Hotel Indigo presents Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations, an exhibition of nine artists from Santa Barbara (Phil Argent, Weslie Ching, Petra Cortright, George Legrady, Kyra Lehman, Rebekah Miles, Maria Rendón, Stephanie Washburn and Russell Young) that explores the quiet and inconspicuous operations of everyday existence. | Hotel Indigo, 121 State St., mcasantabarbara.org.
Guests can tour local American Institute of Architects-designed projects, meet architects and building professionals, and conclude at a post-tour reception. This year’s theme is “Spirit of Place–Past and Present,” celebrating our local architectural and cultural identity, which withstands the test of time. | 10 a.m.–4 p.m., various Santa Barbara locations, aiasb.com.
Blues on the Bayou
This annual benefit—honoring Silvio Di Loreto with the Leni Fe Bland award—features lavish Louisiana cuisine and a silent auction, with all proceeds supporting the work of Santa Barbara Rescue Mission to provide services and accommodations to homeless men and women. | 2 p.m., Rancho Dos Pueblos, Goleta, 805/966-1316, sbrm.org/news/blues-on-the-bayou.
The Hot Club of Nashville
Featuring Richard Smith and opening with Muriel Anderson, The Hot Club brings together guitarist/harpist Pat Bergeson, fiddler Aaron Till, bassist Charlie Chadwick, drummer Tom Giampietro and hard-swinging singer Annie Sellick for a fun-loving story-telling toe-tapping experience that is sure to please. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Fall Native Plant Sale
Stock up on beautiful native plants at the botanic garden’s Fall Native Plant Sale, the largest sale of native plants on the Central Coast with thousands of plants and hundreds of varieties. | Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd., 805/690-1132, sbbg.org.
Ken Burns: The National Parks
This special lecture by Ken Burns is an appreciation for what the parks have added to our collective and individual spirits. | Noon, Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Art Encounters: Garden of Experiential Delights
This exciting experiential event honors Arts Fund co-founder Shirley Dettmann. Location details provided upon RSVP. | 4 p.m., 805/965-7321, artsfundsb.org.
Benise: Spanish Nights!
Guitar virtuoso Benise and his Emmy award-winning World Music & Dance Spectacular returns with a brand-new world tour: Spanish Nights! | 7 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Led by trumpet player, composer and Santa Barbara favorite Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra highlights 15 of today’s leading musicians and captures the full spectrum of the jazz experience on an unparalleled scope. | 8 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
4th Annual Gold Ribbon Luncheon
The luncheon concludes Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s 4th Annual Gold Ribbon Campaign, held in recognition of International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. Event proceeds benefit the foundation’s emotional, educational and financial support programs. | 11 a.m., Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, 1260 Channel Dr., 805/969-2261, teddybearcancerfoundation.org.
Punk-pop favorites of a generation, Blink-182 released their highly anticipated seventh studio album, California, this summer. | 6 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
Don’t miss your chance to see the first-ever performance in Santa Barbara by The Who, with special guest Tal Wilkenfeld, at Santa Barbara Bowl. | 6:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
Brian Culbertson Funk! Tour
Presented by Long Night Out,award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer Brian Culbertson effortlessly crosses genres between contemporary jazz, R&B and funk. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Local favorite Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor Laureate of Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992–2009, returns to Santa Barbara for his second appearance as principal conductor and artistic advisor of Philharmonia Orchestra of London, one of the world’s great orchestras. | 8 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
California Avocado Festival
Celebrate peace, love and guacamole at the three-day Carpinteria fest dedicated to the California fruit in all its forms. This is one of the largest free festivals in California with more than 75 music acts on four stages, arts and crafts galore, fun games and an amazing variety of avocado-infused culinary delights. | Linden Ave., Carpinteria, avofest.com.
Celebration of Harvest Weekend & Festival
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest Weekend brings together wine makers, grape growers, chefs and wine lovers for four days of merriment. | Various venues throughout Santa Barbara County, celebrationofharvest.com/festival.html.
Places of the Heart
Guided by input from the community, artists from Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) create paintings that represent “Places of the Heart” in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties. | Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, 1511 Mission Dr., Ste. B, Solvang, 805/688-1082, wildlingmuseum.org.
October 7–Nov. 7
Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest
The month-long Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest encourages locals to play, stay and enjoy the scarecrows, all of which are handcrafted by local businesses, individuals and school organizations competing for their town’s “Best Scarecrow” title and ultimately the “2016 Harvest Cup: Best in the Valley” title. | Various locations throughout Santa Ynez Valley, syvscarecrows.com.
23rd Annual Bread & Roses Dinner Auction
Fund for Santa Barbara’s largest annual fundraiser and community celebration brings together supporters to raise money for the fund’s grant-making and technical assistance programs. Enjoy a gourmet buffet-style dinner, wines from local vintners, and both a live and silent auction. | 3 p.m., QAD Headquarters, 100 Innovation Pl., Summerland, fundforsantabarbara.org.
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Opening Night Concert & Party
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s new season roars to life with one of the most popular symphonic works of all time, Czech composer Antonín Dvorák’s richly emotional New World Symphony, followed by George Gershwin’s genre-defying yet charmingly spirited Concerto in F, featuring acclaimed pianist Wendy Chen. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Celebrated contemporary ballet company Alonzo King LINES Ballet imbues classical ballet with new expression. As it deconstructs the familiar and introduces the unexpected, LINES redefines what you thought you knew about ballet. | 8 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Wildlife expert and environmental conservationist Peter Gros, co-host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on Animal Planet, shares exciting adventures from his travels, inspirational tales of conservation and the thrill of wildlife filming—including hilarious animal bloopers. | 3 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
The Moving Wall
Meet some of the local people who fought and served as our local Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 218, brings the emotionally stirring replica of The Moving Wall monument in Washington, D.C. to Santa Barbara. | Chase Palm Park, 323 E. Cabrillo Blvd., http://www.vvachapter218.org/the-moving-wall-2016.
CALM Antiques, Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale
This decorative arts and vintage show features lovely antiques and decorative pieces, from rustic and re-purposed to 18th century and mid-century modern, with sales benefiting CALM. | 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, 805/965-2376, calm4kids.org.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Santa Barbara
This three-mile walk is an opportunity for the entire community to celebrate and honor breast cancer survivors and caregivers, educate the public about prevention and detection of the disease, and raise funds to help end breast cancer. | 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Goleta Beach Park, 5986 Sandspit Rd., Goleta, makingstrideswalk.org/santabarbara.
Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival
The annual festival draws thousands of people to the waterfront to enjoy succulent seafood like fresh lobster and barbecued albacore, complemented with fun activities, free boat rides and dockside tours. | 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Santa Barbara Harbor, 132 Harbor Way, harborfestival.org.
Santa Barbara Beer Festival
Cruise around the beautiful Elings Park and enjoy some phenomenal brews, food and tunes, all the while supporting two local nonprofits–Elings Park and Santa Barbara Rugby Association. | Noon–4 p.m., Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd., sbbeerfestival.com.
One of music’s true originals, Van Morrison’s unique and inspirational musical legacy is rooted in postwar Belfast. Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly, he was a traveling musician at age 13 and singing, playing guitar and wailing on sax in several bands before forming Them in 1964. | 7:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
SINGS LIKE HELL: Pete & Maura Kennedy with Radoslav Lorkovic
Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, TX. The Kennedys seamlessly weave their influences over the last two decades: Buddy Holly-style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with darker moments that recall British folk rock a la Fairport Convention. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Celebrate the grandeur of music with Beethoven’s 9th, his final and most famous symphony. The Santa Barbara Symphony season opener unites the entire community, featuring the choruses of Santa Barbara Choral Society, Quire of Voyces, Westmont College, UCSB and San Marcos High School, and some of Santa Barbara’s popular soloists. Experience the poetic thrill of what is often described as the most inspiring and influential work ever composed. | 8 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Joey Alexander Trio
Piano wunderkind Joey Alexander’s deft touch, adventurous spirit and captivating verve have quickly brought him to the forefront of today’s budding musicians. | 7 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Jonathan Biss piano with Brentano Quartet
Pianist Jonathan Biss teams up with Brentano Quartet for The Late Style, an unforgettable evening of some of Beethoven’s most profound and searching masterpieces, including the final piano sonata and final string quartet. Quartet-in-Residence at Princeton University for 15 years, Brentano has been Quartet-in-Residence at Yale School of Music since 2014. Biss is world-renowned for his deep musical and intellectual curiosity, performing a diverse repertoire in concert and in recording. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Grammy-nominated artist James Blake makes an appearance in Santa Barbara this fall during his 2016 tour supporting the release of his third full-length album, The Colour in Anything. | 8 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.
JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson, legendary front man for the classic rock band Jethro Tull, reimagines his namesake with a narrative set in the near future. | 8 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.
When the Lights Go Out
Kerrilee Gore and Zen Arts present When The Lights Go Out: An Immersive Theatrical Experience. Lights Out, created by Gore, is an innovative theatrical experience featuring immersive elements of cabaret, multi-media and acrobatics from some of the top Los Angeles-based choreographers and creative minds. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
An Evening of Stand-Up with Marc Maron
Marc Maron’s intelligent, frank and open comedic voice has made him one of today’s most respected entertainers. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Boo at the Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-or-treating fun for monster-ous thrills and chills. | 5:30–8:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Dr., 805/962-5339, sbzoo.org.
Heal the Ocean Fundraiser
Honorary Chair Julia Louis-Dreyfus invites guests to be totally surprised by “A Really Big Show!” with “Frank, Marilyn and Liza”—all to benefit the work of Heal the Ocean. | 6 p.m., El Paseo Restaurant, 83 Anacapa St., 805/962-6050, http://healtheocean.org/news/detail/save_the_date.
An American Tango
State Street Ballet’s 2016–17 season opens with an homage to the Jazz Age and two of the ballroom era’s most popular dancers, Frank and Yolanda Veloz. | 7:30 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Ensemble Basiani of Georgia
In two magical performances at Old Mission Santa Barbara, Ensemble Basiani, master performers in Georgia’s ancient polyphonic tradition, perform their internationally acclaimed renditions of religious hymns, monastic chant, epic ballads and folk songs from their Eastern European homeland. | 4 and 7 p.m., Old Mission Santa Barbara, 2201 Laguna St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Santa Barbara Open Streets
The streets of Santa Barbara come alive and become a huge public park for the day, when more than two miles of Cabrillo Blvd. are transformed into a celebration of people-power to promote better health, flexibility and fun! | 10 a.m.–4 p.m., route is along Cabrillo Blvd., sbopenstreets.org.
One of the world’s most in-demand performers, Memphis jookin’ phenomenon Lil Buck reunites with Damian Woetzel in an adventurous endeavor featuring tabla player Sandeep Das, violinist Johnny Gandelsman, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and fellow jookin’ star Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles. | 8 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Maceo Parker with Jones Family Singers
Legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker digs into gospel roots with Jones Family Singers, a family of Texas-based powerhouses. Join them as they infuse joyful and reverent songs with vintage soul, funk and R&B. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
For more than three decades on the concert stage, members of the Grammy award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have continually set the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles, while perennially redefining themselves in their musical explorations. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
October 29–Feb. 13
The Nature Of Wood: Fallen Trees, Local Artisans
The Nature of Wood is an exhibition and sale featuring handcrafted art pieces, furniture and more made with locally sourced wood by Central Coast woodworkers. The museum hosts a showing of photography by David Paul Bayles, known for his images of logging forests, in conjunction with the exhibition. | Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, 1511 Mission Dr., Ste. B, Solvang, 805/688-1082, wildlingmuseum.org.
National Geographic Live: Bob Poole
Join Emmy-winning filmmaker Bob Poole and experience the rebirth of Gorongosa, a jewel of Africa’s wildlife parks system and perhaps the biggest conservation project on the planet. | 3 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit sbseasons.com.
This story was originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.