Seasonal Events and Things to Do for January
An Evening with Chris Thile
Grammy Award winner, MacArthur Fellow, mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist Chris Thile encompasses classical, rock, jazz and bluegrass to create a new, distinctly American musical aesthetic. | 7 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Motown the Musical
Motown the Musical is the true American-dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. | 7:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
BJ Miller In Conversation with Pico Iyer
Dr. BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative care specialist at UCSF Medical Center and former director of San Francisco’s groundbreaking Zen Hospice. | 7:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Lewis Black: The Joke’s on us Tour
A Grammy Award-winning, stand-up comedian, Lewis Black is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as a stand-up comedian, actor and author. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than a mean-spirited curmudgeon. Black is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Kids Helping Kids Benefit Concert
While there are a lot of ways to learn about philanthropy and economics, the San Marcos High School Kids Helping Kids (KHK) program is one of the most interesting and unique. Students have raised more than $2.5 million since KHK was founded in 2002, working together to improve the lives of disadvantaged children both globally and locally. This year’s completely student-run annual gala benefit once again benefits children. | The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org, kidshelpingkidssb.org.
The Davey’s Voice Film Festival
The 1st annual Davey’s Voice Film Festival is an evening of family-friendly animal-related films celebrating the bond between human and animal. Davey’s Voice aims to create awareness regarding animal abuse, as well as support projects and programs that promote animal welfare. | 5 p.m., New Vic Theater, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400, daveysvoice.org/2017-daveys-voice-film-festival.html.
Capulina Chisme Caliente
Starring Gaspar Henaine, Capulina Chisme Caliente tells the story of Capulina, a telephone company employee who eavesdrops on conversations. Due to his gossiping ways, he becomes an informant for a local journalist and gets involved with a newspaper | 3 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
St. Louis Symphony
Founded in 1880, St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the nation’s great orchestras. A consummate musician, masterful programmer and dynamic presence, American maestro David Robertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after conductors. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
The Comic Strippers
Semi-undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
An Evening of Stand-up with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah was catapulted into the spotlight when he was selected to host The Daily Show, becoming one of today’s favorite comics. | 8 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!
A leader in community arts outreach, ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! brings accessible high-quality programming to schools and neighborhood venues across Santa Barbara County. Viva works with dozens of local partners to serve students, at-risk youth and families with free family performances and educational outreach activities. Also on Feb. 9–11. | 7 p.m., various locations around Santa Barbara County, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
The Red Violin With Live Orchestra
In a cinematic gem brought to life on the concert stage, Santa Barbara Symphony performs John Corigliano’s Academy Award-winning score for The Red Violin, accompanied by François Girard’s engrossing film | 8 p.m. Jan. 20, 3 p.m. Jan. 21, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
With a mission to educate and inspire audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining, Telluride Mountainfilm returns with a special all-ages program that families can enjoy together! | 3 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
An Evening with Condoleezza Rice
As secretary of state and national security advisor, Condoleezza Rice pioneered a policy of transformational diplomacy and heralded the formation of new global governments based on democratic principles. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. | 7:30 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/963-4408, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Queen of Katwe
The “Movies That Matter with Hal Conklin” film series continues with Queen of Katwe, in partnership with Turn The Page Uganda and Laguna Blanca School. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Winter Wine Classic
Santa Barbara becomes the epicenter of the California wine world when one of the largest gatherings ever of California’s ultra-elite winemaking masters assemble for the 7th annual Winter Wine Classic. | Fess Parker Doubletree, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 530/274-1101, californiawinefestival.com/events/winter-winefest.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
At the height of their powers, Gustavo Dudamel and Los Angeles Philharmonic return to Santa Barbara with a powerful and unique program featuring LA Philharmonic principal timpanist Joseph Pereira’s new concerto for timpani and two percussion. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
In its Chamber On The Mountain concert debut, the Trio Valtorna ensemble promises to offer chamber music par excellence to audiences across the United States. | 3 p.m., Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai, 805/646-9951, chamberonthemountain.com.
Pilobolus Dance Theater
Pilobolus is renowned for its mix of humor, invention and drama. Celebrated for its unique, diverse collaborations, Pilobolus’s highly imaginative works combine athleticism, grace and jaw-dropping imagery, earning them critical acclaim, as well as popular appeal. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
José González + Bedouine
Born in Sweden to Argentinian parents, José González seamlessly integrates the sounds of his Latin American roots with sublime introspective folk punctuated by rock panache. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Jan. 31–Feb. 10
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. | Various locations around downtown Santa Barbara, sbiff.org.
All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit sbseasons.com.
This story was originally published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.