Through 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 drama and a strikingly timely social parable for today. Marian Theatre, 805 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.
Through Mar. 4
Michael Ferguson: Electric
Michael Ferguson’s vibrant landscape paintings have an electric energy that illuminates our botanical world. The Washington state-based painter depicts the land, ocean and flora of the Pacific Northwest with textured acrylic and oil. Layered colors form a speckled surface. Turquoise, magenta and lime green strokes combine to create sea and sky. The result is a palpable atmosphere of light and color filtered through sun-drenched fog. Marcia Burtt Gallery, 517 Laguna St., 805/962-5588, marciaburtt.com.
Through Mar. 12
AWoL Emerging Artists
Art Without Limits (AWoL) and Art From Scrap present their third gallery event highlighting the work of AWoL Emerging Artists. The opening night is a party, exhibit and fundraiser. Original artwork is for sale at the event, and some emerging artists share their talent in performance. Art From Scrap Gallery, 302 E. Cota St., 805/884-0459, exploreecology.org/art-from-scrap.
World of Pinot Noir
The annual World of Pinot Noir unites more than 200 producers from the most exceptional and unique regions in the world with pinot noir enthusiasts, renowned chefs, sommeliers and leading wine scholars for a weekend of celebration and education at the edge of California’s beautiful Central Coast. This year’s event includes two days of food and wine extravaganzas hosted by an outstanding panel of sommeliers from across the U.S. | Ritz-Carlton Bacara, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta, worldofpinotnoir.com.
Staging the Daffy Dame
Launch Pad presents Staging the Daffy Dame, written by Anne García-Romero and directed by professor and department chair Risa Brainin. Raising issues of race, class and gender, the play focuses on Lupe, a Latina theater professor at a California public university, as she directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame). Studio Theater, UCSB, Theater/Dance East 1101, 805/893-3421, theaterdance.ucsb.edu/performance-programs/launch-pad.
Chris Smither Trio + Jackie Venson
A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. Enjoy Smither’s dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting as his band takes the Lobero stage with Jackie Venson. 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Manual Cinema: The Magic City
The Magic City tells the story of nine year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys and other objects. Left alone in a mansion belonging to her sister’s fiancé, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds a miniature city that later comes alive. Projections, shadow puppets, live actors, miniature toy theater and live musical accompaniment bring this modern fantasy to life with whimsy, wit and a world of imagination. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. 3 p.m. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Flutist Anthony Trionfo, who headlines a Chamber On The Mountain concert, was praised for his “spellbinding” talent and “expressive maturity and authoritative intellect” after a performance with the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. The 21-year-old flutist made his recital debut during the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center, as well as in New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai, 805/646-9951, chamberonthemountain.com.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Ingénue, K.D. Lang brings a live performance of the platinum-selling record to venues across the United States, including Santa Barbara. 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Compañía Nacional de Danza
Madrid’s Compañía Nacional de Danza returns to Santa Barbara with Johan Inger’s Carmen, a visionary retelling of mythic and universal elements of passion and violence. 8 p.m. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Johnny Irion & John Goodwin + The Mammals
There’s no mistaking Johnny Irion’s unique pedigree—his granduncle is literary giant John Steinbeck—and his father-in-law is folksinger Arlo Guthrie—but the South Carolina native gained a following on the strength of his own music, fronting several bands as a teenager before morphing into a country-folk artist as an adult. He performs with country singer John Goodwin and contemporary folk rock band The Mammals.
7 p.m. Tales From the Tavern, The Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-0383, talesfromthetavern.com.
Invasive Species/Endemic Breeds—A Sensorial Mapping of the Channel Islands
Learn how to pick, card and spin wool on a spindle and wheel with UCSB Art Department Professor Lisa Jevbratt, as she introduces her project Invasive Species/ Endemic Breeds—A Sensorial Mapping of the Channel Islands and discusses the history of the islands, conservation, natural dyeing and all things wool. 5:30 p.m. AD&A Museum, UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band
In an evening of traditional Chinese music and other selections, the brilliant Huayin Shadow Puppet Band joins Wu Man—the world’s premier master of the pipa (a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, sometimes called the Chinese lute)—to perform lively stories of life in rural China with shadow puppets, lutes, fiddles, wooden clappers and gongs. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Women Winemakers Dinner
Come celebrate International Women’s Day when dozens of Santa Barbara County women winemakers join forces with female chefs, bakers and gourmet foods purveyors for what’s sure to be an incredible four-course dinner with wine pairings—all to benefit the Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County. Last year’s first annual event sold out, so this year’s festivities are open to more participants, with a pre-dinner tasting reception featuring more than 20 women winemakers, passed appetizers and cheeses from local female cheese monger, Janelle McAtamney, of Solvang’s Cailloux Cheese Shop. 5:30-7 p.m. tasting tent, 5:30-9 p.m. VIP tasting tent and dinner, K’Syrah Catering & Events, 478 4th Place, Solvang, womenswinemakerdinner.eventbrite.com.
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! Presents Gaby Moreno
Born and raised in Guatemala, Los Angeles-based Gaby Moreno made her way into the states with just her guitar, her velvet voice and a pocketful of songs she was eager to share. Join her as she performs with a quartet in free performances throughout Santa Barbara. 7 p.m. Mar. 9, Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Rd., Isla Vista; 7 p.m. Mar. 10, Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo St., Guadalupe; 7 p.m. Mar. 11, Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota St.; artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Community/VivaElArte.aspx.
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence spins in the orbit of four Watsons: Watson the trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; Watson the loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; Watson the unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! Champ; and Watson the amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. Presented by PCPA. 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 1:30 p.m. Sun. and Wed. Severson Theatre, 870 S. Bradley, Santa Maria, 805/922- 8313, pcpa.org.
Toy Story 3
Bring the entire family for a special screening of Toy Story 3. The film is accompanied by a pre-screening conversation with representatives from Cliff Drive Care Center. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
73rd Annual Santa Barbara Intl. Orchid Show
The unmatched collection of rare and alluring orchids at the 73rd annual orchid show is cause for excitement. Growers from around the globe take the opportunity to gather and exhibit the pride of their world-class specimens, and the public is invited to join in the melding of knowledge, beauty and prestige. This year’s event doubles as the semi-annual conference of the American Orchid Society (AOS), guaranteeing that the best-of-the-best horticulturists in the field will contribute to the panoply of beauty and wonder. The theme for this year’s expo is “Orchids—The World’s Greatest Show,” which explores and celebrates both domestic and international cultivators, combining passionate hobbyists and commercial leaders. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, 805/687-0766, SBOrchidShow.com.
Cayucos Sea Glass Festival
Enthusiasts from near and far travel to the quaint beach town of Cayucos every spring to enjoy a weekend of local artisan goods, fun in the sun, live music and, of course, an extensive marketplace of the finest sea glass art. Whether a sea glass fan or someone looking to learn about this worldwide hobby, Cayucos Sea Glass Festival has something for everyone. Veterans Hall, Cayucos Pier, 10 Cayucos Dr., Cayucos, 805/704-0290, cayucosseaglass.com.
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. The festival includes short films—selected from hundreds of local and international submissions—that serve to educate and entertain. The New Vic Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/957-1115, daveysvoice.org.
Part of the Cine en Domingo Film Series, La Bamba tells the story of Los Angeles teenager Ritchie Valens, who became an overnight rock ’n’ roll success in 1958, thanks to a love ballad called “Donna” that he wrote for his girlfriend, whose parents didn’t want her to date a Latino boy. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
On the second Sunday of each month, participants explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography and paper. All projects are inspired by works of art in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s permanent collection or special exhibitions. Also Apr. 8 and May 13. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Robert Sapolsky is one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, known for studying animals to discover what they can tell us about human behaviors. A MacArthur Fellow and professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, Sapolsky’s latest book, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, examines human behavior in search of why we do the things we do. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Academy of St Martin in the Fields returns with famed music director and violinist Joshua Bell. As one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, the academy is renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music. Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, and his restless curiosity, passion and multi-faceted musical interests are almost unparalleled in the world of classical music. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Taste of Solvang
Solvang’s annual food, wine, beer and spirits destination event, Taste of Solvang celebrates its 26th year with a multi-day lineup encouraging attendees to embark on a culinary journey through Solvang, where “wine country meets dine country.” Various locations throughout Solvang, solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang.
UCSB Music of India Ensemble
UCSB Music of India Ensemble performs India classical music. 7:30 p.m. Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB, Music Bldg. 1250, 805/893-7194, music.ucsb.edu.
Charles Lloyd and Friends
In celebration of his 80th birthday, Charles Lloyd presents an evening that spans the colorful arc of his life in music—from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta with Booker T. Jones to the universe beyond with Gerald Clayton, Julian Lage, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland and other special guests. 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Whether blues guitar legend Buddy Guy plays a lick behind his back, picks strings with his teeth, sings with gentle menace or bends new curves into a blue note, his electrifying live performances showcase his incendiary style that altered the direction of the instrument. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend
Once a year, Paso Robles toasts its heritage variety, zinfandel. This three-day celebration features events at more than 100 wineries, a “Zin’ seminar and the Z After Party, pairing zinfandel with dessert and live jazz. Hosted by Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance at various locations around Paso Robles. 805/239-8463, pasowine.com/events/vintage-paso-zinfandel-weekend.
Dancing With The Stars: Live!—Light Up The Night
Following the success of Dancing with the Stars: Live!—Hot Summer Nights and its 25th TV season, America’s favorite dance show goes back on tour across America this winter. Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live as this all-new production showcases every style of dance seen on ABC’s hit show, from sizzling salsas to elegant waltzes and high-energy group numbers, plus original pieces choreographed by Emmy-winning choreographer Mandy Moore. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/963-4408, axs.com/events/343881/dancing-with-the-stars-live-tickets.
A Spring Celebration of Dance
The apprentice company to State Street Ballet, State Street Ballet Young Dancers performs new and innovative works in addition to classical and emerging choreography. 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the “Mexican Drug War”
This chronicle of interconnected events blurs borders and cultures. In a time when border discussions and the stories behind the drug trade overwhelm both pop culture and the daily news, this conversation and reading provides a portrait of corruption, loss and shared blame. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Chicago-based folk singer-songwriter Michael Smith performs at Tales From the Tavern for his fifth time. Called “the greatest songwriter in the English language,” Smith blew the audience away at the Tales from the Tavern’s first show, inspiring the entire series. Smith’s live performances at Tales from the Tavern have been recorded on two CDs available for purchase. Don’t miss this heartfelt and brilliant performance. Tales From the Tavern, The Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-0383, talesfromthetavern.com.
Sketching in the Galleries
All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in Highlights of the Permanent Collection, with SBMA teaching artists providing general guidance and all materials. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Romeo and Juliet
Using music by Sergei Prokofiev, State Street Ballet and Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson highlights the most emotional and romantic moments of the world’s most treasured love story. The result is spellbinding, with fast-paced action and enhanced empathy for the young lovers. 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
NatureTrack Film Festival
The festival kicks off with an opening reception at the historic and newly reopened Mattei’s Tavern prior to screenings that day. A full slate of films is offered on Saturday, and the festival concludes on Sunday with a half day of programming and a closing reception. Various Los Olivos venues. 805/886-2047, naturetrack.org/naturetrack-film-festival.
The Center for Successful Aging presents Sophisticated Ladies, an entertaining tribute to the Assistance League of Santa Barbara for its 70 years of service to the community. The tribute features Santa Barbara jazz conductor and musician Ike Jenkins and his amazing 20-piece Santa Barbara Big Band (all of whom are music teachers). The show, directed by Rod Lathim, is sure to be an inspiring and fun-filled night of entertainment. Marjorie Luke Theater, Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota St., 877/523-5509, csasb.org.
Liszt and Tchaikovsky
Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra has delighted audiences of all ages since its premiere in 1946. This considerable program, performed by Santa Barbara Symphony, includes Liszt’s first Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Mar. 24–May 28
Noted and highly collectible fine art photographer Robert Stivers is on hand for an artist reception at Los Olivos’s new R&D Gallery, launching a comprehensive installation of his black and white photography. Stivers has exhibited internationally since the early 1990s and has five published monographs. His work is in major collections such as Bibliothèque nationale (Paris, France), Getty Museum (Los Angeles), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany) and Victoria and Albert Museum (London, United Kingdom). He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles. Reception Mar. 24, 5–7 p.m. Work remains on view through May 28. R&D Los Olivos, 2446 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, randdlosolivos.com.
Speaking of Stories: Surprising Stories
Sometimes people will surprise you, and all of these stories promise to do just that. This season’s stories include: You Don’t Miss Your Water (‘Til the Well Runs Dry) by T.C. Boyle, Take My Hand by John Romano and Bleacher Couch Man by Jess Walter. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, 805/963-0408, speakingofstories.org.
San Francisco Symphony
Founded in 1911, San Francisco Symphony is among the country’s most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions. Music director Michael Tilson Thomas has won 11 Grammys for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time; his flawless technique, combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit, has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy Award-winner, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and he regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
America’s longest-running magic revue returns to dazzle audiences with an all-new lineup of top illusionists direct from exotic showrooms and Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle. You won’t believe your eyes as top magicians perform incredible feats, from jaw-dropping sleight of hand and offbeat comedic magic to mind-boggling full-stage illusions. 8 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.