SEASONAL EVENTS, HAPPENINGS AND THINGS TO DO FOR OCTOBER 2017
Through Oct. 31
Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest
The month-long Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest encourages locals to play, stay and enjoy the scarecrows, all of which are handcrafted by local businesses, individuals and school organizations competing for their town’s “Best Scarecrow” title and the “2017 Harvest Cup: Best in the Valley” title. | Various locations throughout Santa Ynez Valley, 877/327-2656, syvscarecrows.com.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Celebrating its 40th season, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is renowned for its exceptionally talented dancers performing a diverse, adventurous repertoire. | 8 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles is the newest project of Brooklyn native Cory Henry, a member of jazz-R&B group Snarky Puppy. On his Hammond B-3 organ, Henry delivers dynamic and improvisational performances of music ranging from old gospel to Stevie Wonder. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Oct. 4 Through 6
ONTRApalooza 2017: The Modern Marketing Summit
ONTRApalooza is a three-day conference for entrepreneurs, marketers and business leaders packed with hands-on workshops, in-depth software sessions and inspiring keynotes from leading experts. | 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., The Fess Parker, a Doubletree by Hilton Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., ontrapalooza.com.
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Gold Ribbon Luncheon
This luncheon concludes Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s 5th Annual Gold Ribbon Campaign, held in recognition of International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. All event proceeds benefit the foundation’s emotional, educational and financial support programs. | 11 a.m., Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, 1260 Channel Dr., 805/617-0845, teddybearcancerfoundation.org/fundraisers.
Oct. 5 Through 22
Husbands and Wives
Ensemble Theatre Company’s 2017–18 season launches with the world-premiere adaptation of Woody Allen’s 1992 innovative film Husbands and Wives. This witty and urbane comic-drama follows two couples facing middle age squarely in the face, who find themselves questioning their faltering marriages. | New Vic Theater, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400, etcsb.org.
San Marcos High School Royal Gala
San Marcos High School Royal Gala benefits educational programs and campus improvements at San Marcos High School and features dinner, dance and an auction. This year’s honorees are the Marquis family and Jamie DeVries. | 5:30 p.m. The Fess Parker, a Doubletree by Hilton Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/564-4333, royalgala2017.auction-bid.org.
Red Feather Ball
Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends
Beloved actor Bill Murray teams with distinguished German cellist Jan Vogler to present a spirited evening of music and literature for one night only. | 7 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Oct. 6 through 8
31st Annual California Avocado Festival
Celebrate peace, love and guacamole at the three-day Carpinteria fest dedicated to the California fruit in all its forms. | Fri. 1–10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., 600-800 blocks of Linden Ave., Carpinteria, avofest.com.
AIA Santa Barbara ArchitecTours 2017
American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara presents the 9th annual ArchitecTours event, which celebrates “Living with Water” with a tour of AIA member-designed properties with unique water features.| 10 a.m.–4 p.m., various locations, 805/966-4198, aiasb.com.
Bonjour Bayou—A Tour de France
This annual benefit—honoring Denny Wayman with the Léni Fé Bland award—supports the work of Santa Barbara Rescue Mission to provide services and accommodations to homeless men and women. | 2–5 p.m., Rancho Dos Pueblos, 220 La Casa Grande Cir., Goleta, 805/966-1316, ext. 105, sbrm.org.
As the creator, producer and host of the genre-defining program This American Life and editorial advisor to the immensely popular podcasts Serial and S-Town, Ira Glass is the driving force behind some of today’s most entertaining, humorous and heartfelt stories. | 8 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Ozomatli presents Ozokidz, a special family-friendly set that captures the innovation and liveliness that Ozo fans love while educating children on everything from respecting nature to germs and skateboarding! | 1 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Shawn Colvin’s A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour is her first major tour with a full band since the album’s original release. The seven-week cross-country jaunt showcases Colvin performing the album in its entirety alongside a variety of hits, personal favorites and surprises from her repertoire. | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have a musical partnership unlike any other. Fleck embraces his jazz-to-classical ingenuity and bluegrass roots, while Washburn has the earthy sophistication of a post-modern old-time singer-songwriter. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Zadie Smith & Pico Iyer
British novelist, essayist and short-story writer Zadie Smith is known for her unique perspective on contemporary culture, superb dialogue and emotionally rich stories. She is the author of the novels White Teeth and Swing Time. Author Pico Iyer moderates this lively discussion series. | 7:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
New Beginnings 5th Annual Changing Lives Gala
Enjoy delicious food, live music and time with friends as New Beginnings Counseling Center honors its 2017 Community Champions at the 5th Annual Changing Lives Gala. | 6:30 p.m., Belmond El Encanto, 800 Alvarado Pl., sbnbcc.org/events.
Oct. 13 Through 28
One Man, Two Guvnors
The Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College presents One Man, Two Guvnors, a comedy The Daily Mail calls “the funniest show on the planet.” | 8 p.m., Garvin Theater, Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr., 805/730-4107, sbcc.edu.
Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival
Celebrate lobster season at the free annual Harbor and Seafood Festival. Fresh seafood, from crabs and prawns to chowder and gumbo, are complemented by fun activities, free boat rides and dockside tours. | 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Santa Barbara Harbor, Harbor Way, harborfestival.org.
Santa Barbara Beer Festival
Enjoy a sunny day at beautiful Elings Park, where you can listen to local bands while sampling from the best breweries and eateries in the country. | Noon–4 p.m., Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd., harborfestival.org.
With a distinctive sound that resists categorization, Andrew Bird returns in unforgettable display of his unique virtuosity. Backed by a band, he offers his singular mix of violin, guitar, glockenspiel, vocals and uncannily accomplished whistling. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Oct. 14 and 15
Mozart in Dance
Santa Barbara Symphony and Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts open the season with a weekend of Mozart and a world-premiere ballet, with all-new choreography by William Soleau, performed by State Street Ballet. | Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, thesymphony.org/performances/season_2017-18.
San Francisco’s acclaimed modern dance group ODC/Dance presents its mesmerizing multimedia performance in Santa Barbara before headlining at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Co-choreographed by artistic directors Brenda Way and KT Nelson, the movement is set to a live, driving electro-acoustic score composed by cellist Zoë Keating. | 8 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Texas native and contemporary folk artist Sarah Jarosz is a gifted multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar and banjo), an expressive and distinctive vocalist and an accomplished songwriter. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Ozomatli has found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music. Their new record, Non-Stop, pays homage to the band’s Latin roots and recreates the magic of classic hits with a reggae dancehall vibe. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Camerata Pacifica Concert
In October, Camerata Pacifica presents Carl Vine’s “Inner World,” William Kraft’s “Encounters V,” Golijov’s “Mariel,” Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words” and David Bruce’s “The Consolation of Rain.” Featured performers include cellist Ani Aznavoorian, oboist Nicholas Daniel, harpist Bridget Kibbey and percussionist Svet Stoyanov. | 7:30 p.m., Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd., 805/893-3535, cameratapacifica.org.
Oct. 20 through 22
Boo at the Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo is transformed for three nights of traffic-free trick-or-treating fun for monstrous thrills and chills. | Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Dr., 805/962-5339, sbzoo.org.
With A Song In My Heart II
The Center for Successful Aging presents a jazz concert benefit, “With A Song In My Heart II,” with all-new music from the Great American Song Book with powerful and fresh interpretations. | 1 p.m., Marjorie Luke Theater, 721 E. Cota St., 800/838-2006, brownpapertickets.com/event/2976782.
A lifelong public servant, former Vice President Joe Biden‘s career has been defined by his commitment to equality of opportunity, global cooperation, human health and violence prevention, as well as his spirit of acceptance and bipartisanship. | 4 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Not seen in Santa Barbara since 1987, Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Presented by CAMA. | 8 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
With a rare insider’s perspective from an often-forgotten corner of the country, J.D. Vance (author of the gripping memoir Hillbilly Elegy) offers a powerful examination of how social policies and other factors affect some of the poorest communities in the U.S., providing a unique picture of the loss of the American dream and fascinating insight into how downward mobility really feels. | 7:30 p.m., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens brings audiences to their feet with her elegant bearing, prodigious voice and fierce spirit. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path that embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop allure. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Ghost Light Night
Ensemble Theatre Company presents its annual benefit bash, GHOST LIGHT NIGHT, guaranteed to be full of spooky and magical fun. | 6 p.m., New Vic Theater, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400, etcsb.org.
An Evening with Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Chris Robinson Brotherhood performs their new album at the Lobero Theatre. Barefoot In The Head marks the band’s third studio release in just two years, and it finds them pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit sbseasons.com.