Seasonal events, happenings and things to do for March 2017
Through March 25
Bowers/ERRE – So Close and So Far
Westmont-Ridley Tree Museum of Art features an exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Bowers. Bowers communicates her visions for social justice and political issues through her art and activism. The exhibition includes highlights from Bowers’s oeuvre that powerfully address immigration issues in the U.S. | Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd., 805/565-6162, westmontmuseum.org.
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.
Family 1st Thursday at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Sculpt the head of the ancient Greco-Roman goddess of the hunt and moon, Diana, or Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, in air-dry terracotta clay. | 5:30–7:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Performing within the galleries of Santa Barbara Museum of Art, members of Opera Santa Barbara’s Mosher Studio Artist program return to present a crowd-pleasing pop-up performance of Leoš Janáček’s songcycle Diary of One Who Disappeared. | 5:30–7 p.m. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Social activist, writer, editor and lecturer Gloria Steinem has been an outspoken champion of women’s rights since the 1960s. | 7:30 p.m. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Westmont President’s Breakfast: General Stan McChrystal
A bestselling author, a popular college teacher and one of the most revered military officers of his generation, General Stan McChrystal speaks at the 12th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast. | 7 a.m. The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/564-4333, westmont.edu/presbreakfast/.
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
Hailed by critics for their transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca embodies the essence, complexity and mystery of flamenco. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
World of Pinot Noir
The 17th annual celebration of this renowned grape includes two packed days of tastings, seminars, dinners, food pairings and the camaraderie that pinot noir brings to the table. | Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 855/968-0100, worldofpinotnoir.com.
CALM Celebrity Authors Luncheon
More than 600 book lovers gather for a day of appearances and book signings by a variety of authors—including headliners Fannie Flagg, Dianne Dixon, Craig Johnson and Kate McDermott—with all proceeds benefiting the good work of CALM (Child Abuse Listening and Mediation). Headline authors are interviewed at the event, with book signings and the opportunity to meet a dozen local authors as well. | The Fess Parker: A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 10 a.m. 805/969-5590, calm4kids.org.
An Evening With Jim Messina
Rock legend Jim Messina performs in a special benefit concert for William Sansum Diabetes Center. Messina—who was in three of the most iconic Americana folk rock bands of all time, Loggins & Messina, Poco and Buffalo Springfield—plays along with special guest John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) and Jackson Gilles. | 7 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball
The 2017 royal ball promises an evening of chic metallic glamour, beauty, high-energy decadence and alluring guests, benefiting Santa Barbara’s vitally important Pacific Pride Foundation, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. | Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, 1260 Channel Dr., pacificpridefoundation.org/royalball.
March 3, 21
Chef’s Cycle & No Kid Hungry
These two delicious pop-up events from Finch & Fork chefs help raise money for Chef’s Cycle and No Kid Hungry charities. Riders Chef James Siao and Chef Peter Cham of Finch & Fork host a Ramen Pop-Up at M. Special on Mar. 3, with money raised from the sales of the ramen dish going towards the ride. And on Mar. 21, Chef Cham hosts a CHAMiLY Meal, 7-course pop-up dinner at Sama Sama. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The Spring 2017 ride takes place May 16-18 in Santa Rosa, CA with a goal of 250+ chefs riding to raise $2 million. | M. Special Brewing Company, 6860 Cortona Dr., Bldg. C, Goleta & Sama Sama Kitchen, 1208 State St., Chefscycle.org, nokidhungry.org.
Beauty and the Bizarre: Hummingbirds, Bees, Bats and Zombie Parasites
National Geographic Live presents photographer Anand Varma and scientist Rodrigo Medellín. | 3 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Mandelring Quartet performs at Santa Barbara Museum of Art in the Mary Craig Auditorium. | 7:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Aaron Diehl With Cécile McLorin Salvant
Timeless classics become modern masterpieces when two of today’s hottest young jazz musicians—pianist Aaron Diehl and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant—revitalize works from piano greats George Gershwin and Jelly Roll Morton. | Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Man & Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon
Santa Barbara Foundation recognizes outstanding citizens at the 74th Man & Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon. | 11:30 a.m., Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, 1260 Channel Dr., SBFoundation.org/MW74.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
CAMA presents Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performing J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation—a celebration of Bach’s genius and the latest multi-media creation by Alison Mackay, the creator of phenomenally successful Tafelmusik productions seen around the world including The Galileo Project and House of Dreams. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
A Bessie Award-winning troupe known for “blasting open our notions of tap” (The New Yorker), Dorrance Dance pushes tap dance’s tradition—rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually. | 8 p.m., The Granada, 1214 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
David Wiesner: Artist-Led Tour and Book Signing
Join artist David Wiesner in the galleries of Santa Barbara Museum of Art to tour his work in the exhibition David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling, followed by a book signing of his latest release, Fish Girl. | 5:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Workshop: Figure Drawing with Colin Gray
Artist-instructor Colin Gray shares figure drawing techniques and instruction on observational skills. | 5:30 p.m. AD&A Museum, UCSB, 805/893-2951, events.ucsb.edu/event/figure-drawing-with-colin-gray/.
UCSB Arts & Lectures presents an evening performance by pianist Igor Levit. | 7 p.m. Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Wild Brew Fest 2.0
As part of the 2017 Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival, Soho Restaurant & Music Club hosts Wild Brew Fest 2.0. | 2–5 p.m. SoHO, 1221 State St., 805/962-7776, sbfermentationfestival.com/wild-brew-fest.
Liner Notes: Songwriters, Stories and Music with Rita Wilson and Billy Steinberg, Richard Marx & MoZella
Rita Wilson—talented actress (It’s Complicated, The Good Wife, Sleepless in Seattle), film producer (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mamma Mia!), and Broadway star (Chicago)—shows off her musical talent as she hits the stage at The Granada Theatre. Special guests Billy Steinberg, Richard Marx and MoZella join Wilson for an evening in which they perform and share the stories behind their music. | 8 p.m., The Granada, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Studio Sunday on the Front Steps
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Teaching Artists on the museum’s front steps. | 1:30–4:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Hansel & Gretel
Beyond the snowy depths of The Black Forest, a family is frozen by the mystery of their missing mother in this all-ages rock musical. | 3 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Alton Brown Live
UCSB’s Arts & Lectures presents an interactive evening of culinary performance art with Alton Brown at Arlington Theatre. | Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
25th Annual Taste of Solvang
Taste of Solvang, which has become a destination event for food and wine lovers alike, is a unique experiential culinary festival featuring Solvang farmers, chefs, bakers, winemakers, brewers, distillers and artisans showcasing the bounty of Santa Barbara wine country set amid the quaint Danish town. Festival attendees taste their way through dozens of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and wine and beer tasting rooms while exploring authentic architecture, thatched roof cottages, old-world craftsmanship, traditional windmills and rich Danish heritage. | Various venues in Solvang, 805/688-6144, solvangusa.com/wine-country.
Schumann & Dvořák
Camerata Pacifica presents a concert at Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall that includes Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet & Piano, Op. 73; Ewazen’s Ballade, Pastorale, and Dance for Flute, Horn & Piano; and Dvořák’s Sextet for Piano & Winds in A Major, Op. 81 (arr. Jolley). Featured artists include Adrian Spence, flute; Robert Atherholt, oboe; Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Martin Owen, horn; and Warren Jones, piano. | 7:30 p.m. Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd., 805/893-3535, cameratapacifica.org.
72nd Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
This year’s theme, “Orchid Mystique,” pays homage to a family of flowering plants that boasts 25,000 species, among which beauty is ubiquitous and uniqueness is commonplace. | Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, 805/687-0766, SBOrchidShow.com.
State Street Ballet Young Dancers Choreography Showcase
In its annual choreography showcase, A Celebration of Dance, the apprentice company to State Street Ballet performs new works by Kassandra Taylor Newberry, William Soleau and Autumn Eckman. | 7 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
A Woodwind Affair
In a sumptuous feast for discerning woodwind aficionados, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra presents a program that combines three modernist delicacies—Poulenc’s charming dance-based Suite Francaise (d’après Claude Gervaise), Stravinsky’s Russian-folk-infused Symphonies of Wind Instruments (dedicated to the memory of Claude Debussy) and Kurt Weill’s famed “Kleine Dreigroschenmusik” Suite from The Threepenny Opera—with an agreeably congruous work by contemporary composer Jeff Scott. | 7:30 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival
This highly acclaimed festival once again brings the community together to experience the power of exceptional films from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity. | The New Vic Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/957-1115, sbjewishfilmfestival.org.
Jack Jones is one of the greatest singers of all time; a true “singers’ singer” and a luminary in the music industry. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Sings Like Hell: The Mastersons + Mike Stinson
The Austin, TX-based husband and wife duo’s lilting song craft and charismatic chemistry have already won over listeners around the world, thanks to the couples’ ongoing status as members of Steve Earle’s band The Dukes, their frequent opening sets for Earle and their critically lauded album, Birds Fly South . | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Transition House Auxiliary’s 20th annual Mad Hatter Luncheon
All proceeds benefit Transition House’s work to combat homelessness and poverty by offering emergency shelter, housing and anti-poverty services for homeless families with children. | 11 a.m. The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/564-4333, transitionhouse.com.
All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit sbseasons.com.