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.
Compagnie Accrorap/Kader Attou
French-born Algerian choreographer Kader Attou, with his company Accrorap, is a representative of French hip-hop dance. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Be transported to a dusty gathering place with Saloon, Cirque Éloize’s music-packed theatrical thrill ride inspired by the Wild West. Swing open the doors and rustle up some fun for the entire family. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
The City of Conversation
Set in 1979 Washington, D.C., The City of Conversation by Anthony Giardina is a timely and moving new play that explores a family forced to choose between defending opposing political views and keeping their family together. | 8 p.m., New Vic Theater, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400, etcsb.org
Go Red for Women Luncheon
The annual Go Red For Women Luncheon raises funds for research and initiatives preventing heart disease and stroke. | 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 855/968-0100, bacararesort.com.
The New One is a hilarious blend of storytelling and stand-up in Mike Birbiglia’s honest self-deprecating style. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Friendship Center’s Festival of Hearts
The 19th annual Festival of Hearts is a valentine party to benefit Friendship Center where guests enjoy a luncheon with wine, live music and silent & live auctions at the elegant Fess Parker. With an Alice in Wonderland theme, you never know what delightful surprises await you. | 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Fess Parker Doubletree, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 530/274-1101, friendshipcentersb.org.
Calidore String Quartet
Calidore String Quartet, known for its precision of expression, makes its Santa Barbara debut with a sweeping program that includes Mendelssohn, Janácek and its lauded interpretation of Beethoven. | 3 p.m., Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
A superstar organist with tremendous technical prowess and a flamboyant persona to match, Cameron Carpenter returns to Santa Barbara with his monumental self-designed electric instrument. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
For the past 30 years, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has shocked, changed and mesmerized the music world by reinventing the orchestra. Working with several principal artists, not just one conductor, and performing repertoire from a variety of eras on period-specific instruments, the London-based ensemble stands for excellence, diversity and exploration. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Feb. 15–Mar. 4
Inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunt for Communists in America in the 1950s and the Salem witch trials of 1692, Arthur Miller’s thrilling dramatic play about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem, Massachusetts is both a gripping historical play and a strikingly timely social parable for today. | Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, pcpa.org.
Lotusland Opens for the Season
Situated in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California, this 37-acre botanical wonderland is home to more than 3,000 different types of plants from all around the world | Reservations required. 805/969-9990, lotusland.org.
Bernstein & Americana
Getting the jump on what promises to be a worldwide centennial celebration, Santa Barbara Symphony marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with some of his best-known works. | 8 p.m., Feb. 17, 3 p.m. Feb. 18, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Hidden Figures focuses on the lives of three brilliant African-American women at NASA—Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell
From playwright Tony Kushner and author Sarah Vowell comes a powerful examination of one of American history’s most singular figures: Abraham Lincoln. In this pairing born out of a shared interest in Lincoln’s legacy, two celebrated wordsmiths discuss one of our nation’s greatest presidents. | 7:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. | 7:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.
Comprised of Bali’s most respected musicians and dancers, Çudamani performs as a spiritual offering for temples and the village communities in their native Indonesia, maintaining the rich treasures of Balinese cultural heritage. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
MacArthur Fellow and Harvard sociologist Mathew Desmond set a new standard for reporting on poverty with his massively influential book Evicted, which explores the idea that eviction is a cause, rather than merely a symptom, of poverty | 7:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Danish String Quartet
Comprised of fierce friends who have been playing together since childhood, these darlings of A&L’s Chamber Arts series once again dazzle Santa Barbara with the same irresistible energy that thrills audiences worldwide. | 7 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Feb. 23– Mar 4
1st Annual Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
Organized by Santa Barbara Uncorked, Restaurant Week invites guests to enjoy a three-course meal at a discounted rate at participating restaurants. With an abundant number of establishments to choose from, the possibilities are endless for exceptional dining experiences, from prime steak to fresh local seafood, from classic American fare to international cuisine. | Various locations around downtown Santa Barbara, sbrestaurantweeks.com.
Peter Serkin, Piano
Peter Serkin’s inspired performances and recordings have successfully conveyed the essence of nearly five centuries of keyboard repertoire and been lauded worldwide. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in Concert
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is an orchestra of 65–70 young musicians from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. | 4 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
View from Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World
Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand-new way. For astronaut Terry Virts, his newfound perspective was from the International Space Station, where he installed the cupola observation module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station. | 7:30 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.