Through Apr. 1
To announce the extraordinary gift of works and an archive by Keith Puccinelli, as well as the recent establishment of The Frances Garvin and Keith Julius Puccinelli Endowed Fund, UCSB’s AD&A Museum presents a celebratory exhibition. Featuring Puccinelli’s work and selections from the couple’s personal collection, this exhibition is a modest installation in anticipation of a larger forthcoming presentation of this incredible donation. Including a selection of Puccinelli’s drawings, sculptures, sketchbooks and graphic designs, as well as art by local and international folk artists, this installation underscores how this couple, recently deceased, lived an inspired, creative life. AD&A Museum, UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Through Apr. 1
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art presents Jewelbox, a non-juried exhibition showcasing artwork from The Painters Group, whose members were asked to submit up to three pieces for exhibition. The concept was deliberately left open, with the only restriction being the size of the artwork. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo, 805/543-8562, sloma.org.
Through Apr. 1
Alternative Viewpoints is an interactive mixed-media installation by artist Lori Wolf Grillias that grapples with a difficult subject: opioid addiction. In preparation, Grillias collected metal spoons from several locations, which are symbolic in her sculpture. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo, 805/543-8562, sloma.org.
Through Apr. 29
Chiura Obata: An American Modern
Surveying Obata’s rich and varied oeuvre, this exhibition features more than 150 superb works of art, many of which have never been on public display. Drawing from private and public collections, the retrospective showcases representative works from every decade of Obata’s career and presents them under thematic groupings in a loosely chronological order. AD&A Museum, UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Through Apr. 29
Jane Gottlieb Photographs France
Jane Gottlieb’s vision of France is not like anyone else’s. It is riotous in color, hyper-vibrant in energy and deeply Californian, shot through with a purely Mexican palette. When she discovered the possibility of hand painting Cibachrome prints, she had the tools to change the world to match her vision. The exhibition includes 20 works by Gottlieb that survey both the development of her techniques and the specific motifs she has concentrated on in France. AD&A Museum, UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Julia Bullock, a young soprano who has established an enviable career showcasing her luminous full voice, makes her Santa Barbara debut in a UCSB Arts & Lectures presentation. This captivating artist proves she is equally at home with opera and concert repertoire in a program featuring Schubert, Barber and contemporary blues. Music Academy of the West, Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
The Moth Mainstage
What began as a modest storytelling collective in its founder’s living room has grown into an epic nationwide phenomenon with a cult-like following. Its events are the critically acclaimed storytelling group’s hottest tickets as each show explores a theme in unexpected ways. The Village Voice describes the show as “The most memorable and hilarious narratives…an exuberant movable feast.” Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the show dances between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate and often enlightening experience for the audience. 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko, “Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon”
In an effort to share the Grand Canyon’s uncharted glory and shed light on the many threats it faces, photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko set off on an audacious and demanding adventure: to transect the length of the canyon on foot. They now find themselves among only a handful of people who have through-hiked the entire canyon. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Indigenous Poetry in Contemporary Mexico: Voices, Translations, Cultures
Several contemporary poets from Mexico read from their works written in indigenous languages, including their own translations into Spanish and English. This is a great opportunity to listen to the new voices that re-define the literary landscape of Latin America today. AD&A Museum, UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Maria Popova in Conversation with Pico Iyer
A self-described reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large, Maria Popova is the creative mind behind Brain Pickings, an immensely popular online compendium of treasures spanning art, science, poetry, design, philosophy, history, anthropology and more. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Mark Stuart and Malcom Holcombe
Christian rock musician, singer and songwriter Mark Stuart and folk singer Malcom Holcomb take the stage of Tales from the Tavern. Nashville-based Stuart has played with country and roots-rock groups like the Long Gone Daddies and Steve Earle’s Dukes. Holcombe is known for his soul-stirring music, making this an entertaining evening not to be missed. Tales From the Tavern, The Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-0383, talesfromthetavern.com.
Sir András Schiff
Sir András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer. He returns to Santa Barbara for his seventh CAMA Masterseries appearance in recital. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music, Sir András is one of the piano’s true legends. 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
The Invisible Hand
Capitalism intersects with Islamic fanaticism in a race against time in this heart-pounding thriller, set in Pakistan and presented by Ensemble Theatre Company. An American investment banker is kidnapped and held for a $10-million ransom. When his company refuses to meet the terrorists’ demands, he convinces his captors that he can manipulate the stock market to make his own ransom. The New Vic Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400, ensembletheatre.com.
Poetry as Portraiture: Adam Zagajewski and Andrew Winer
Prize-winning globally admired poet Adam Zagajewski writes with precision and wonder about the calm and courage of ordinary life. His most recent book, Slight Exaggeration, is a blend of memoir, essay and anecdote, in which he defines poetry as a slight exaggeration, until we make ourselves at home in it. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe with a warmth in her voice that can light a fire. With her latest and most personal album, In War and Peace, DiDonato offers powerful interpretations of Baroque arias. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Bedlam Theater Company: Hamlet and Saint Joan
Iconic figures from two great dramatic classics—William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan—come vividly to life in two riveting stagings. Directed by Eric Tucker, four actors exhibit the adventurously pared-down aesthetic that has left Bedlam Theater Company in high demand. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM) Celebrity Authors’ Luncheon
More than 600 book lovers gather for a day of appearances and book signings from a variety of authors, both big-name and local, with all proceeds going to benefit the good work of CALM. Headline authors are interviewed at the 32nd annual event, with book signings and the opportunity to meet dozens of local authors. as well. Fess Parker Doubletree, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., calm4kids.org/events/celebrity-authors-luncheon.
Blue Water Ball
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the channel and its watersheds. Its advocacy is science-based, providing education about the channel and working to promote solutions to water pollution and aquatic habitat degradation. The 18th annual benefit event includes fine food and wine, a silent auction and live music, as well as an inspiring keynote presentation by conservationist and filmmaker Mimi DeGruy. Deckers Brands Rotunda, 6601 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 805/967-7611, sbck.org.
Santa Barbara Symphony’s rendition of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 exerts an almost hypnotic hold on listeners. This immensely powerful work for nearly 100 players is truly orchestral in scope, presenting ample opportunity for listeners to revel in its sonic glories. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Earth Day Festival
Community Environmental Council’s annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is all about bringing the community together—something we need more than ever at this time. Come together to heal, to help build climate resiliency, and to work toward local solutions to environmental concerns. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara St., sbearthday.org.
Speaking of Friends
Speaking of Stories invites you to enjoy endings of stories of friends and friendship: Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard, Chilvary by Neal Gaiman, Monster Ball by Anabelle Gurnitch and The Ambien Diaries by Jen Lancaster. 2 p.m. Apr. 22, 7:30 p.m. Apr. 23. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, 805/963-0408, speakingofstories.org.
An Evening with Anne Lamott
Profound, caring and hopeful, author Anne Lamott is known for addressing complex subjects like addiction, motherhood and faith with self-effacing humor and ruthless honesty. Lamott’s numerous works of fiction and her memoir have become handbooks for parents and writers whose lives lean toward the joyously messy. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Teresa Tudury and Eric Anderson
The powerful and inspiring singer-songwriter Teresa Tudury and the great ballad singer and writer Eric Anderson come to Tales from the Tavern. With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences and a scathing comedic wit to match, Tudury is a consummate performer who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion and disarming humor. Anderson taught himself guitar and piano, which would create a career that has spanned more than 45 years. He has recorded 25 albums of original songs that have been recorded and performed by world-renown artists such as Ricky Nelson, Judy Collins, Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, Linda Thompson, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Francoise Hardy, plus many others in Europe, Australia, England and Japan. Tales From the Tavern, The Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-0383, talesfromthetavern.com.
TAO: Drum Heart
Combining highly physical Taiko drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO: Drum Heart create a modern, dynamic performance showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Clam Bake
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s traditional New England clam bake includes a selection of wines to match the distinctive flavors of the sea, online and silent auctions, and a raffle with a variety of fun and exciting items, with all proceeds going to local children battling cancer. The Harbor Restaurant, 210 Stearns Wharf, 805/963-3311, teddybearcancerfoundation.org.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Two of the biggest names in American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), team up to deliver an emotionally sweeping score and powerful story, making Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame the musical an unforgettable instant classic. Marian Theatre, 805 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.
Jennifer Koh: Shared Madness
No stranger to ambitious undertakings, violinist Jennifer Koh presents Shared Madness, an unprecedented project that speaks to the generous and supportive spirit that thrives within the musical community. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, Koh performs a selection of short violin pieces created by more than 30 composers. St. Anthony’s Chapel at Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden St., 805/964-3211, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Art of the Table
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board’s new signature fundraiser features dramatic and imaginative tablescapes created by ten designers of local and national acclaim, each inspired by a specific piece of artwork from the museum’s permanent collection. The weekend-long event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27, with a private VIP reception where guests will be the first to see the table creations and meet with the designers in an intimate setting. At 6 p.m. that same evening, ticketed guests join VIPs and designers for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, along with viewing the imaginative displays. From traditional and elegant dining tables to fantasy and whimsical installations, these memorable creations will awe and amaze. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Race SLO Festival
Choose from four incredible races—marathon, half marathon, 5K and kids races—across two days, along with a finish line party highlighting the best of the Central Coast to celebrate each runner. Various San Luis Obispo locations, slomarathon.com.
Joey Alexander Trio
Following his inspired performance in 2016, three-time Grammy Award-nominated jazz pianist Joey Alexander is back by popular demand, exhibiting his astonishing prowess as a composer, bandleader and artist looking toward a limitless future. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit sbseasons.com.