Seasonal events, happenings and things to do for December
Through Dec. 4
Irving J. Gill: Simplicity & Reform
Irving J. Gill (1870–1936) created a distinctive architecture in Southern California, using a refined and abstracted architectural vocabulary that he described as “the straight line, the cube, the arch, and the circle.” This exhibition examines Gill’s architectural language and his experiments with materials and construction. The roots of his idealistic achievement are traced to the social concerns of the Progressive era and the Arts and Crafts movement, and to the influence of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan (1856–1924), who argued for a “new architecture in America,” unaffected by the past and based on a transcendental view of nature. | Noon–5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Through Dec. 4
Done. Undone. Redone. The Chair
The evolution of the chair has depended upon the human body and the history of previous designs. The challenge of chair design is to balance form and function; it is as important to look at a chair as it is to sit in it. This exhibition explores the morphology of chair design and the “object-ness” of the chair as a sculptural statement. | Noon–5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Through Dec. 4
LIFEFORMS: The Makeup Art of Michael Westmore
Through sketches, masks and prosthetics, LIFEFORMS: The Makeup Art of Michael Westmore explores this legendary makeup artist’s process of creating singular film and television characters and creatures. This is the first exhibition to display the designs of Westmore (BA 1961, art history) through the development of some of science fiction’s most iconic characters, including Data, Worf and the Borg species. | Noon–5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
1st Thursday is an award-winning program highlighting downtown arts, culture and entertainment on the first Thursday of every month. All 1st Thursday attractions are free from 5–8 p.m. Also on Jan. 5 and Feb. 2. | 5 p.m.–8 p.m., various locations around downtown Santa Barbara, downtownsb.org/events/1st-Thursday.
Enabling Humanity’s First Interstellar Missions
Philip Lubin, UCSB Physics Department, discusses recent ideas for “backing up humanity,” in a digital format to be placed on spacecrafts, and the technical and ethical concerns behind such ideas. | 5:30 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Christmas with the Vienna Boys Choir
The famed Vienna Boys Choir delights music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse repertoire encompassing Australian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, medieval chant and popular music. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro has redefined the way people think of the instrument, combining his influences—from legendary ukulele players to rock musicians—to create a sound that is uniquely his own. | 8 p.m., UCSB Campbell Hall, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Quire of Voyces Short Program Concert
The Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces returns to Santa Barbara Museum of Art to perform a free short program of choral music. The group was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred a capella choral music of the Renaissance and the modern age. | 6:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Neil Simon’s play is set in New York during Christmas in the 1970s. This charming semi-autobiographical story, presented by Ensemble Theatre Company, follows the coping and coupling of a New York writer and recent widower. | 8 p.m., New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400, ensembletheatre.com.
Venture over to the magic village of Solvang to celebrate holiday festivities like the Julefest Tree Lighting Ceremony (Dec. 2) and the traditional Danish parade (Dec. 3), as well as many more family-friendly activities. | Various Solvang locations, solvangusa.com.
Downtown Holiday Parade
Kick off the holiday season with high-stepping marching bands, holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, Santa Claus and more at the 64th annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade. | The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at State and Sola streets and concludes at Cota Street, downtownsb.org/events/downtown-holiday-parade.
Eric Taylor & Kevin Gordon
Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. Kevin Gordon is a touring recording artist and songwriter. Together they take the Lobero stage for a night of toe-tapping country music you won’t want to miss! | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace
Treasure seekers. look no further! Shop around the world without leaving Santa Barbara at the Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace, where vendors representing more than 50 countries offer a fantastic selection of baskets, décor, ethnographic art, furniture, jewelry, pottery, rugs, sculptures and more. | Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol, 805/682-4711 ext. 181, sbnature.org.
Gustafson Dance presents a ballet of the holiday classic featuring Rudolph, Clarice, Abominable Snow Monster and even Santa. Children ages two and up dance to well-known holiday tunes, along with State Street Ballet Young Dancers. | 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
First Saturday Artists Marketplace
Carpinteria Arts Center presents its “Artists Marketplace” every first Saturday in the art center courtyard. The marketplace, a fundraiser for the arts center, is an opportunity for member artists to display, demonstrate and sell their original art, as well as magnetize people to the center with activities such as live music, art demonstrations and a children’s art table. Also on Jan. 7 and Feb. 4. | 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Carpinteria Arts Center, 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, 805/684-7789, carpinteriaartscenter.org.
Find unique and handcrafted gifts at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature’s annual holiday marketplace. The date coincides with the annual festive Solvang Julefest parade and is a perfect time to catch Solvang’s holiday spirit while supporting both local artists and artisans and the nonprofit Wildling Museum, which showcases art of the natural world. | Noon–5 p.m., Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, 1511 Mission Dr., Ste. B, Solvang, 805/688-1082, wildlingmuseum.org.
Christmas at the Casa
Spend an intimate evening at the historic Casa del Herrero, where seasonal decorations make the gala a winter “must attend.” The evening boasts a casa-inspired auction, hors d’oeuvres and wine. | 5–8 p.m., Casa del Herrero, 1387 E. Valley Rd., 805/565-5653, casadelherrero.com.
Popovich Holiday Circus
The most beloved family show in the world features a European-style circus extravaganza including physical comedy, juggling, acrobats from the Moscow Circus, highly intelligent dogs and even house cats! | 3 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Summer and Smoke
Part of the Elmer Bernstein Memorial Film Series highlighting films with great cinematic scores, Summer and Smoke follows the story of a reserved young girl who falls for the wild, carefree doctor next door. Their different approaches to life create difficulties for their relationship, and they must reconsider their beliefs, leading to the possibility of love. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Zucchero: Una Rosa Blanca
The documentary film Zucchero: Una Rosa Blanca tells the story of the legendary, unrepeatable “Una Rosa Blanca” concert held in Havana, Cuba on Dec. 8, 2012. Watch Zucchero make a dream come true, as a tribute to what Cuba has represented. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
T Presents: A John Waters Christmas
John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) performs an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one-man show, A John Waters Christmas. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor, effectively “putting the X in Xmas,” developing a show for the open-minded and slightly left-of-center audience. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
A Year to Live
Hospice of Santa Barbara invites you to explore how to live each year as if it’s your last in the workshop series A Year to Live. This year-long group is based on Steven Levine’s book, A Year to Live, and addresses that we don’t have to wait to think about death until it’s upon us or a loved one. This group is open to individuals who would like to increase awareness and savor each moment. | 10:30 a.m.–noon, Hospice of Santa Barbara, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Ste. 100, 805/563-8820, hospiceofsantabarbara.org.
The Westmont fall dance concert, directed by Susan Alexander, features new choreography by students and faculty members of the Theatre Arts Department in a performance that promises to be entertaining, energizing and inspirational. | 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9–10, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Porter Theatre, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd., westmont.edu/boxoffice.
Trinity Backstage Acoustic Series: Holiday in the Round
Trinity Backstage Coffeehouse, a quaint, intimate room that holds 100 guests, provides unheard-of artists of various genres. Trinity Backstage Acoustic Series features favorites such as the Harmony All Stars (back by popular demand) and Tom Kimmel. | 8 p.m., Trinity Backstage, 1500 State St., 805/962-2970, trinitybackstage.com.
A Merry-Achi Christmas
Granada Theatre Concert Series presents A Merry-Achi Christmas, which celebrates the traditions of Mexico during the Christmas season with a beautiful concoction of mariachi music and folkloric dance. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Santa Barbara Festival Ballet brings an enchanting tale of Christmas to light with its 42nd anniversary performance of The Nutcracker at the historic Arlington Theatre. | 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10–11, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Arlington Theater, 1317 State St., 805/9634408, thearlingtontheatre.com.
Holiday at the Ranch
Find your holiday spirit with tours of the beautifully decorated Stow House, photo ops with Santa Claus and his “rein-goats,” Christmas music and caroling, craft-making, celebrity story-time and holiday hayrides. | 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, stowhouse.com.
Solvang Julefest Holiday Wine Walk
Your passport to this two-day holiday wine and beer walk offers tastings from more than 13 wine tasting rooms in Solvang. | Various locations throughout Solvang, 877/327-2656, solvangusa.com.
The Hallelujah Project 2016
Fast becoming one of the city’s most anticipated holiday musical events, The Hallelujah Project offers a family-friendly blend of classical choral music and traditional seasonal favorites to put everyone in a festive holiday mood! | Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 3 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Part of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Parallel Stories Series, T.C. Boyle, award-winning novelist, short-story writer and Santa Barbara area resident, engages in a freewheeling conversation with Santa Barbara Independent arts writer Charles Donelan in this thought-provoking afternoon. | 2:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Harbor Parade of Lights
Head over to Cabrillo Boulevard for the 31st annual Parade of Lights as boat owners “deck the hulls with bows of holly.” | 5:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Harbor, santabarbaraca.gov.
A Baroque Holiday
A trio of talented violinists—Amy Hershberger, Sooah Kim and Hwi-Eun Kim—perform works by three composing titans of the Baroque era. Featuring a program uniquely suited to the season, this is a holiday celebration not to be missed. | 7:30 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
An Evening with Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Chris Robinson Brotherhood is a band that thrives on the unexpected. This will be their first Santa Barbara appearance since self-recording their new album, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, with new drummer Tony Leone and without founding bassist Mark “Muddy” Dutton. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre. 33 E. Canon Perdido, 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Ring in the holidays in an evening of pure joy with Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, the world-renowned all-singing all-plucking ukulele superstars. | 8 p.m., UCSB Campbell Hall, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
The Christmas Revels
This favorite Santa Barbara seasonal theatrical production features a large colorfully costumed company of actors, singers and dancers accompanied by an ensemble of traditional instruments. | Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
State Street Ballet brings together professional dancers, students of Gustafson Dance, Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra and Morro Bay High School Chorus to perform this holiday classic in Santa Barbara style. | 2 p.m. Dec. 17–18, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Windham Hill Winter Solstice 30th Anniversary Concert
Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice Series, as well as their many solo releases. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Solvang Third Wednesday Beer and Wine Walk
Admission to Solvang’s Third Wednesday Wine and Beer Walk includes a ticket to sample two wines at five participating wine- and/or beer-tasting rooms, a special logo glass and a map to help you navigate your way through all of the fun! Also on Jan. 18 and Feb. 15. | 3–7 p.m., various locations throughout Solvang, 877/327-2656, solvangusa.com.
Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven
Get a double dose of pop punk guitarist David Lowery as both his influential bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, take the stage on their annual swing through Santa Barbara. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Chip Davis’s Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, a favorite holiday celebration. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
New Year’s Eve Pops
Bid a celebratory farewell to 2016 at New Year’s Eve Pops, with acrobatic performers from Cirque de la Symphonie as they light up The Granada Theatre, welcoming the New Year in unforgettable style. | 8:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit sbseasons.com.