June Datebook and Cultural Calendar

Posted on May 25 by SEASONS Magazine


June 1

Ryan Adams & Band

Ryan Adams, courtesy photo

Ryan Adams, courtesy photo

Ryan Adams made his debut in 2000 as a solo artist with the album Heartbreaker—which was named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.

June 1 Through 24

Out of Place

Join Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art once again for its annual tri-county juried exhibition, featuring art from artists living and working in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. | Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd., 805/565-6162, westmontmuseum.org.

June 1- Through Jul. 4

Jane Gottlieb’s Fantasy Gardens Exhibition

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden displays Jane Gottlieb’s unique combination of paint, colors and photography in the four-month-long exhibit “Fantasy Gardens,” held in the new Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery. | Daily, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd., 805/682- 4726, sbbg.org.

June 1- Aug. 20

You Are Going On A Trip

Bicentennial Bandwagon, Red Grooms,1970s. From the Portfolio “Spirt of Independence, Kent Bicentennial.” Serigraph. SBMA, Gift of Lorillard Company.

From “You are Going on a Trip” at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Bicentennial Bandwagon, Red Grooms,1970s. From the Portfolio “Spirt of Independence, Kent Bicentennial.” Serigraph. SBMA, Gift of Lorillard Company.

You Are Going On A Trip  brings together a selection of highlights from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s wide-ranging collection of modern and contemporary prints. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/ 963-4364, sbma.net.

June 1 Through Aug. 20

Free Play

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara commissioned acclaimed design expert Alexandra Cunningham Cameron to curate this exhibition, which centers around the idea of play as an influential actor in the design process, producing work that intimately reveals our drive toward novelty and upends traditional notions about the role of design in our lives. Featuring contemporary furniture, architecture, artworks and objects from an international selection of designers, architects and artists, the exhibition shares each creator’s alternate view of the world through objects that appropriate childhood motifs, employ satire and generate form through chance. | Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara,  805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.

June 1 Through Sept. 3

In the Saddle

In the Saddle: Horses, Santa Barbara, and the Way of the West presents the history of our region’s equestrian culture—its origins, craft, practitioners and most importantly, its beauty. | Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun. noon – 5 p.m., Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De la Guerra St., 805/966-1601, santabarbaramuseum.com.

June 1- Nov. 15

Lotusland: Japanese Lantern Exhibit

Ishi Doro of Lotusland, courtesy of Lotusland

Madame Ganna Walska began the creation of her Japanese garden in the 1960s with her gardener/designer, Frank Fujii and stonemason Oswald Da Ros, at a time when relations between the United States and Japan were warming and the Japanese aesthetic was favored once again in American garden and estate design. True to her penchant for collecting, Walska amassed more than 30 Japanese stone lanterns, or to embellish her Japanese stroll garden. The Ishi-Doro of Lotusland exhibit remains in place until the Japanese garden renovation is completed, when the ishi-doro will be returned to their original positions in the garden. | Visits are by reservation only, lotusland.org.

June 3

Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival

The pairing of these two very different things—jazz music and olives—may be unexpected, but it certainly is delightful. Enjoy wine tastings and 30 different olive-themed dishes while listening to world-class jazz music. | 1–4 p.m., Laviana Campbell Park, 2398 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, jazzandolivefestival.org.

June 3

Zoo Brew

SB Zoo Brew, courtesy photo

SB Zoo Brew, courtesy photo

With tastings from more than 30 breweries, Zoo Brew offers a great opportunity for adults to savor local suds and bites, socialize and experience special animal encounters while fundraising for Santa Barbara Zoo’s programs. | 3–6 p.m., Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Dr., 805/962-5339, sbzoo.org.

June 3

Dream Foundation Third Annual Summer Dream

Dream Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves terminally ill adults and their families by providing end-of-life dreams, presents its third annual Summer Dream, which includes food, drinks and a fashion show, as well as synchronized swimming and spirits, courtesy of Patròn. | 4–7 p.m., Nesbitt Estate, 2800 Via Real, Carpinteria, dreamfoundation.org.

June 3

Ali Wong

Ali Wong has performed on late night shows with Jay Leno, John Oliver and Seth Meyers, as well as on Inside Amy Schumer. Her new comedy, American Housewife, premieres in the fall. With the recent release of her Netflix special, “Ali Wong: Baby Cobra,” she became the first comedian to record a stand-up special while seven months pregnant. | 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.\

June 3 Through 4


Thumbelina, courtesy photo of the Lobero Theatre

Thumbelina, courtesy photo of the Lobero Theatre

Produced by Gustafson Dance and adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, Thumbelina features dancers ages 2 and up. | June 3 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., June 4 at 2 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/ 966- 4946, lobero.com.

June 5

Dead Man Walking

Part of the “Movies That Matter” film series, this film illustrates how to live a life of compassion through forgiveness and love. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.

June 8 Through 11

Ojai Music Festival

Each year, artists and audiences return to Ojai Music Festival for an exceptional musical experience. Vijay Iyer, music director, takes the helm for the 71st annual festival, drawing from classical, jazz and Carnatic traditions. | Various locations in Ojai, 805/ 646- 2053, ojaifestival.org.

June 8 Through 25


Syncopation, courtesy photo of Ensemble Theatre

Syncopation, courtesy photo of Ensemble Theatre

Set in the 1910s in Manhattan’s lower east side, Syncopation is a magical romance underscored with dance that tells a story about reaching for dreams. Desperate for an escape from his solitary life as a meatpacker and dishwasher, Henry places a classified ad in the paper for a dance partner. | 8 p.m., New Vic Theater, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400, etcsb.org.

June 10

Lotusland June Solstice Twilight Tour

View the gardens of Lotusland in the magical light of late afternoon with blooms and colors that are unique to the season. This popular event invites guests to enjoy the long days of summer. | 4 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Lotusland, 695 Ashley Rd., 805/969-9990, lotusland.org.

June 10

KJEE Summer Round Up

This year’s KJEE Summer Round Up includes Empire of the Sun, Bishop Briggs, Judah and the Lion, and Soul Majestic. | 4:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.

June 10 Through 11

Relay for Life Santa Barbara

Relay for Life. Courtesy photo.

Relay for Life. Courtesy photo.

Relay for Life is a 24-hour team event created to raise awareness of cancer in the community and raise money to support the programs and services of the American Cancer Society. | 10 a.m., Bishop Garcia Diego High School, 4000 La Colina Rd., relay.acsevents.org.

June 16 Through 18

Life Oak Music Festival

Blues, jazz, bluegrass, rock, folk, gospel and Latino musicians generate three exciting days of guitar riffs and bellowing voices. Performers include Donovan Frankenreiter, Ozomatli, Jackie Green and The Paul Thorn Band, among many others. | Live Oak Camp, Hwy. 154, liveoakfest.org.

June 18


Reggae music band Rebelution, who recently announced “The Good Vibes Summer Tour 2017,” came together in Isla Vista in 2004. | 7 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.

June 18 Through 23

Santa Barbara Writers Conference

Santa Barbara Writers Conference, courtesy photo

Santa Barbara Writers Conference, courtesy photo

Over the past 45 years, Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference has connected writers with mentors, agents and editors. This year, the conference welcomes acclaimed writers Fannie Flag, Angela Renaldi, Tracy Daughtery and David Brin, among others, who discuss their award-winning pieces and the inspiration behind their work. | Hyatt Santa Barbara, 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd., sbwriters.com.

June 23 Through 24

Summer Solstice Celebration

Celebrate the longest day of the year with thousands of other locals and visitors at the Summer Solstice Celebration festival and parade, themed “Celebrating Unity” this year. | The festival is held at Alameda Park throughout the weekend. The parade starts at noon on June 24, at State and Cota Streets, and ends at Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara St.solsticeparade.com.

June 24

6th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic

6th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic, courtesy photo

6th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic, courtesy photo

Guests enjoy a fast-paced polo match featuring several of the highest-rated players in the world, in addition to local Santa Ynez valley polo celebrities, comfortable tented seating, a champagne reception and a delicious three-course gourmet luncheon, as well as an opportunity to win prizes. Proceeds benefit People Helping People. | 11 a.m., Piocho Ranch, 1100 Secretariat Dr., Santa Ynez, syvpoloclassic.com.

June 24

Santa Barbara Wine and Food Festival

Swirl, sip and savor wines from more than 50 Central Coast premier wineries, complemented with savory and sweet edibles in the beautiful setting of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. | 2–5 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol, 805/682-4711 ext. 181, sbnature.org.

June 24

Sings Like Hell Presents: Charlie Faye & The Fayettes + Eric Ambel

Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, courtesy photo

Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, courtesy photo

Charlie Faye & the Fayettes weren’t around in the 60s, but their smart soul-pop music merges the swinging and swaying sound and style of 60s girl groups with a modern vibe that’s so current, they’re dancing to the forefront of a retro revival. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.

June 26

Trading Places

This 1983 comedy classic, featuring Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd, provides audiences with lots of laughs in honor of Santa Barbara resident, composer and songwriter Elmer Bernstein. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.



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