Seasonal events, happenings and things to do for April 2017
Through April 30
Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti & Yvonne Rainer In CA and NY, 1955–1972
As well as photographs, videos and original scores and drawings by Halprin, Forti and Rainer, “Radical Bodies” includes work inspired by them by such artists as Imogen Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, George Brecht, Robert Morris, Jennifer Bornstein and Janine Antoni. | AD&A Museum, UCSB, Goleta, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Through May 1
Lifeforms: The Makeup Art of Michael Westmore
Through sketches, masks and prosthetics, LIFEFORMS explores this legendary makeup artist’s process of creating singular film and television characters and creatures. | AD&A Museum, UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Through May 14
David Wiesner & the Art of Wordless Storytelling
David Wiesner (b. 1955) is one of the most highly acclaimed picture book artists in the world. The winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal—for Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002 and Flotsam in 2007—and only the second person in the history of the award to have received it three times, Wiesner’s special exhibition is on view at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
An Evening with Kathy Griffin
Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winner, New York Times bestselling author and Broadway darling Kathy Griffin brings her critically acclaimed “Celebrity Run-In” Tour to Santa Barbara for a night of take-no-prisoners laughs. | 8 p.m. The Granada, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Hershey Felder: The Great American Songbook
Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community presents a performance by pianist Hershey Felder, known for his musical character creations from Gershwin to Bernstein, Chopin to Beethoven and Irving Berlin. | 5:30 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash appears in concert at Lobero Theatre. A Grammy winner and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Nash was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, both as a solo artist and with the band Crosby, Stills and Nash. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Family 1st Thursday at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
During this special hands-on event, teaching artists will assist families in creating exhibition-based art projects. | 5:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
ADC Lecture Series: Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA
As part of its Architecture and Design Collection Lecture Series, UCSB’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum presents a lecture by Mark Rios. A fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and American Society of Landscape Architects, Rios has long seen those two disciplines as inseparable. He founded Rios Associates (now Rios Clementi Hale Studios) in 1985 with a singular vision: to imagine, design and build complete environments. Under his leadership, the firm quickly developed an international reputation for its groundbreaking multidisciplinary approach to all its commissions. His work is on display in projects such as Grand Park, The California Endowment, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Mark Taper Forum, all in Los Angeles. | 5:30 p.m. AD&A Museum, UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham
As part of CAMA’s Masterseries, Graham appears at Lobero Theatre in an exceptionally fascinating program of songs in seven languages. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Provocative, Silent & Beethoven
This concert set, presented by Camerata Pacifica, includes Harbison’s Abu Ghraib; Daugherty’s Sing Sing: J Edgar Hoover and Paul Robeson Told Me; John Cage’s 4’33”; and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, OP. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky.” | 7:30 p.m. Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd., 805/893-3535, cameratapacifica.org.
Santa Barbara Kite Festival
Set on the stunning breezy cliffs of the Santa Barbara City College campus, the 32nd annual fun-filled family-style kite flying festival includes a roster of contests such as “Children’s Tail Chase,” “Most Beautiful” (handmade & commercial), “Highest Flying,” “Largest & Smallest Kites,” “Kite Fighting” and “Sport Flying.” | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr., 805/965-0581, sbkitefest.net.
Studio Sunday at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the museum’s front steps. Participants will create multiple katagami stencil-inspired water patterns and leaves to print in paint on cotton. | 1:30-4:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu with Masters of Hawaiian Music
Escape to paradise in an evening of dance and music celebrating the rich cultural traditions of Hawai’i. | 7 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Terry Tempest Williams
An acclaimed author, naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, Terry Tempest Williams has been called a “citizen writer” who speaks eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life, environmental issues and matters of justice. She discusses her new book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, published in honor of the National Park Service’s centennial. | 7:30 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Compagnie Herve KOUBI: What the Day Owes to the Night
Recognized as one of Europe’s most distinctive choreographers, Hervé Koubi makes his Southern California debut with What the Day Owes to the Night, a highly physical, stunningly fluid work that invokes the complex interwoven threads of his French-Algerian ancestral history. Combining capoeira, urban and contemporary dance with powerful imagery evocative of Orientalist paintings and the stone filigree of Islamic architecture, 12 French-Algerian and African male dancers appear in striking contrasts of light and dark, skin and textile, and whirling yet chiseled movement to reveal a powerful interpretation of an internal quest. | 8 p.m. The Granada, 1214 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
DISRUPTION: Una Noche en El Taller / A Night in The Studio
M CA’s annual spring benefit and art auction features interactive art experiences, a boutique auction of unique museum-quality artworks and a cocktail reception. | 6 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
An Evening With Isabel Allende
Among today’s most respected authors, Isabel Allende is an unapologetic romantic whose enduring passion blends with her unique wisdom gained from the experiences that have shaped her life. In a rare public appearance, “the queen of magical realism” (Los Angeles Times) weaves together her family history, literary trailblazing and the sorrows and heart-stirring beauty of the human condition. | 7:30 p.m. The Granada, 1214 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
18th Annual HOPE Awards
Educators, elected officials and community members gather to honor the champions of public education in our community at Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s HOPE Awards. This year, SBEF presents Ed Heron with the 2017 HOPE Award on the occasion of his retirement following eight years of service on the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education. Funds raised at the event help provide scholarships for students enrolled in SBEF’s Get Ahead summer school program, which offers for-credit courses for high school students. Last year, the event helped generate tuition for nearly 100 students in need. | 5:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De La Guerra St., sbefoundation.org/hope-awards-2016.
High Fidelity—a Rock Musical
Out of the Box Theatre Company presents High Fidelity—a Rock Musical, the story of Rob Gordon, a 30-something indie record store owner who knows everything there is to know about music but nothing about how to have a mature functional relationship. | Center Stage Theater, 651 Paseo Nuevo, 805/963-0408, centerstagetheater.org.
Sings Like Hell: An Evening with Eric Andersen, Dan Navarro, Steve Postell and Danny Kortchmar
Eric Andersen showcases his songwriting versatility and decades-long staying power in this very special performance. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Earth Day Festival
Spend a weekend in Alameda Park celebrating our amazing planet and humanity’s advancements in environmental stewardship during Community Environmental Council’s Earth Day Festival. | Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara St., 805/963-0583, sbearthday.org.
Makeup artist Michael Westmore (BA Art History, 1961) gives a talk at UCSB’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum. Westmore has transformed actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Patrick Stewart and Tom Hardy for their movie roles including Raging Bull, Rocky and Mask, for which he won an Oscar in 1985. | Noon–2 p.m. AD&A Museum, UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Celebrate the thrilling South American cowboy traditions of the gaucho with Argentina’s Che Malambo, a powerhouse company of 14 performers | Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Julian Lage, Chris Eldridge and Aoife O’Donovan: Release the Hounds
Representing a new generation of Americana music, Julian Lage, Chris Eldridge and Aoife O’Donovan join forces for a night of unflinching songwriting and acoustic innovation. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Roomful of Teeth
Grammy Award-winning vocal project Roomful of Teeth is dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. | Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
An Evening With Crystal Bowersox
American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox performs at Lobero Theatre. Her old-soul voice, carefree style and don’t-mess-with-me attitude set her apart from the other contestants and eventually landed the self-taught songstress a career performing with the likes of Joe Cocker, Harry Connick, Jr. and Alanis Morrissette. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Carpinteria Beautiful Home and Garden Tour
Culminating Carpinteria Beautiful Month, this Carpinteria Beautiful tour celebrates 20 years of opening doors to Carpinteria’s most amazing homes and gardens. Tour proceeds fund community beautification projects, such as the tile murals at Linden Plaza. | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Various Locations in Carpinteria, carpinteriabeautiful.org/HomeGardenTour.aspx.
Art Without Limits: Art Career Day Conference
Art Without Limits, providing business and career mentoring for artists, hosts its annual conference, which offers young artists the opportunity to explore art career strategies, as well as mentorship and internship possibilities. | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fe Bland Forum, Santa Barbara City College, , 721 Cliff Dr., acdc-sb.org.
With a distinguished career spanning more than four decades, cherished pianist Murray Perahia is celebrated for his “breathtaking drive and imagination” (Los Angeles Times). | 7 p.m. UCSB Campbell Hall, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Kid Flix Mix
The annual festival that “redefin[es] what kids entertainment can be” (Time Out New York) returns to UCSB’s Campbell Hall with a fresh and exciting lineup of kid-friendly parent-approved –and parent-juried selections. | 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 spring 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.