Seasonal events, happenings and things to do for February
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema, Santa Barbara International Film Festival offers 10 days of more than 200 films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in between. The 32nd annual festival transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara into a rich destination for film lovers. Among the highlights, as of press time, the Virtuosos Awards (Feb. 4), recognizing actors who have distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film, include: Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Dev Patel (Lion), Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Ruth Negga (Loving), Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Stephen Henderson (Fences). | Various downtown Santa Barbara locations, sbiff.org.
Canada’s Ballet BC
Based in Vancouver, Canada’s Ballet BC pushes the boundaries of dance, celebrating the diversity of technique and style in contemporary ballet while honoring its roots. | 8p.m., The Granada Theatre 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
The 7 Fingers of the Hand: Cuisine & Confessions
In the words of this award-winning French Canadian cirque troupe, “life happens in the kitchen,” and never has the kitchen been more alive. Eye-popping choreography, pulsating music, humor and spectacle are fused with delicious smells and sights of baking in a treat for the senses. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Bruckner Orchestra Linz
One of central Europe’s great orchestras makes its Santa Barbara debut in this exciting concert featuring three powerful masterworks. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Porgy and Bess
Ensemble Theatre Company presents an American classic, where Gershwin’s Broadway musical meets the Cotton Club in a jazz interpretation adapted for Broadway by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Porgy and Bess tells the tragic story of the love between a crippled beggar and a beautiful yet broken former cocaine addict and prostitute. It features beloved songs, including “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” | 8 p.m., New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400, ensembletheatre.com.
Iconic Schubert & Copland
A monumental program starting with Copland’s cherished “Unfinished” Symphony, followed by Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto and ending with Copland’s iconic Symphony No. 3. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Odd Squad Live!
Designed to help kids build math and indirect reasoning skills, Odd Squad Live! follows the extraordinary adventures of two young government agents who use problem-solving skills and teamwork to crack cases in their kids-run government agency. | 3 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Yuja Wang & Leonidas Kavakos
Pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Leonidas Kavakos come together in one of only a select few recitals across the nation for a night of superb technical virtuosity and emotional expression. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Romance at the Museum
Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” is the perfect musical selection for Valentine’s Day, made all the more special on this occasion by a turn on viola by Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s music director and conductor, Maestro Ohyama. | 7:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol, 805/682-4711 ext. 181, sbnature.org.
Best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek, George Takei has become a powerful voice on issues ranging from pop culture to politics. | 7:30 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Young saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s flawless 10-piece band, together with his graceful solos, present a masterful brand of jazz for a new generation. | 8 p.m., UCSB Campbell Hall, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Rite of Spring
State Street Ballet presents the stellar world premiere of Rite of Spring, a “musical-choreographic work representing pagan Russia unified by a single idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of spring.” | 7:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
The Comic Strippers
Semi-undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers—a fictitious male stripper troupe (played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians)—take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
A treat for the whole family, this one-of-a-kind magic show has delighted magic fans for more than five decades. | 2 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
An Evening with David Cassidy
David Cassidy became the biggest TV and performing phenomenon in history by the time he was 20 and has managed to stay at the top of the game for more than four decades. From television to recording and record-breaking concert tours, Cassidy has made his mark and been lauded with awards in each arena. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
42—The Jackie Robinson Story
Brian Helgeland both writes and directs this inspiring film about Jackie Robinson and the importance of healing the racism once rampant in the U.S. This film documents the strength, bravery and control that Robinson showed in the face of racial slurs and physical threats. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney
Beloved for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention, The Chieftains have spent more than 50 years together, creating their own exhilarating and definitive style. | 8 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.