Through Jun. 3
Cecily Brown: Rehearsal
Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, curated by Claire Gilman, chief curator at The Drawing Center, brings more than 70 of Brown’s drawings to Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara for her West Coast debut. Arranged thematically, this exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the artist’s drawings, which foreground her iterative reworking of motifs from a wide-ranging arsenal of source material, including prints by 18th-century draftsman William Hogarth, pages from animal clip-art books and the cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 album Electric Ladyland.
Painstaking and obsessive in their efforts to work and rework either an entire scene or the slightest of gestures—a turn of a lion’s head, the arch of a boy’s torso—Brown’s drawings take the act of looking as their very subject. | Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
The Loyal League: Images from Japan’s Enduring Tale of Samurai Honor and Revenge
The Loyal League of 47 samurai, commonly known in Japan as “Chūshingura” (literally “The Treasury of Loyal Retainers”), is the most significant samurai loyalty-revenge story. Drawn from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s permanent collection and supplemented with private loans, this exhibition examines the wide-ranging pictorial representations of the drama “Chūshingura” in the flourishing “ukiyo” (floating-world) woodblock prints and illustrated books, and paintings from the late 18th through the 19th centuries. |Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. Santa Barbara, 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Through Oct. 14
Nam June Paik: “TV Clock”
Korean-born, American artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006) blazed a trail with video art that remains influential to this day. Paik’s “TV Clock,” one of Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s most important media art works, is on view for the first time in nearly a decade. “TV Clock” consists of 24 color televisions mounted upright on pedestals that are arranged in a gentle arc and displayed in a darkened space. Paik created each electronic image by manipulating the television to compress its red, green and blue color into a single line against a black background. Called a “fixed-image television” by Paik, each TV does not involve a videotape, disc or computer chip, but an image the artist created by ingenious manipulation of electronic elements. Read in sequence, each static line tumbles into the next to form a dynamic yet elegantly spare rhythm that resembles a universally recognized way to measure time. A crucial work in Paik’s long career, “TV Clock” offers audiences the chance to experience the art and thought of one of the 20th century’s most innovative and enduringly vital artists. |Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Margarita Taco Festival
Quench your thirst with a variety of Margarita tastings and Lagunitas beer, and satisfy your tummy with mouth-watering tacos at the Margarita Taco Festival in San Luis Obispo. The festival benefits the Welcome Home Soldier Foundation, which provides sleeping bags to homeless Veterans. | 11 a.m.-5 p.m., El Chorro Regional Park, Hwy. 1, San Luis Obispo, whsfnow.org.
With tastings from more than 30 breweries, Zoo Brew offers a great opportunity for adults to savor local suds and bites, socialize and experience special animal encounters while fundraising for Santa Barbara Zoo’s programs. | 3-6 p.m., Santa Barbara Zoo 500 Ninos Dr., 805/962-5339, sbzoo.org.
Gustafson Dance Presents Madeline: Lost in Central Park
Gustafson Dance presents Madeline: Lost in Central Park. Performed by students aged 3-18, this is the story of a young girl visiting New York City with her friends. She gets lost but has many adventures in her journey to find her friends once again. | 2 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Santa Barbara, 805/966-4946, lobero.org.
Pinot and Paella Festival
Join the Paso Robles pinot producers and talented local chefs for an afternoon of great wine, creative Paella dishes, and the live dance-inducing Latin guitar fusion beats of Incendio at the annual Pinot and Paella Festival. | 2-5 p.m., Templeton Community Park, 550 Crocker St., Templeton, pinotandpaella.com.
Sundays are fundays at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club this summer. Sunday polo matches are open to the public with a variety of seating options, including grandstand seating as well as luxury cabanas. The after party begins immediately following most matches, and takes place in the main clubhouse, as well as on the field, where guests can dance the night away and enjoy drinks for purchase at the bar. The Vic Graber Cup kicks off at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at the Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium with the Pony Parade, followed by the singing of the National Anthem, team introductions and the ball throw in at 3 p.m. Additional events take place every Sunday through Oct. 14. | 3 p.m. Sundays, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, 3300 Via Real, Carpinteria, sbpolo.com.
Santa Barbara Lawn Bowl Club Night Bowls
Interested area adults are welcome to join a group of enthusiastic club members to take a free lesson and throw a few bowls with Santa Barbara Lawn Bowl Club members. | 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 30, Spencer Adams Park, 1216 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara, 805/636-9748, santabarbaralbc.org.
Cookin’ at the Cookery
Ensemble Theatre Company closes out its season with Cookin’ at the Cookery, a two-woman musical that brings jazz and blues legend Alberta Hunter’s extraordinary and improbable life story to the stage. | New Vic Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, 805/965-5400, etcsb.org.
8 –Jul. 2
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s most-beloved musical, Annie, is the fabulous finale for the inaugural season of SLO REP! | San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre, 888 Morro St., San Luis Obispo, 805/786-2440, slorep.org.
Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival
The pairing of these two very different things–jazz music and olives– may be unexpected, but it certainly is delightful. Enjoy wine tastings and 30 different olive-themed dishes while listening to world-class jazz music. | 1-4 p.m., Laviana Campbell Park, 2398 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 805/705-3736, losolivosrotary.org.
7th Annual Mac and Cheese Festival
Enjoy a variety of mac and cheeses, wine, beer and spirits, plus live music and breathtaking scenery at the 7th annual Macaroni and Cheese Festival. Proceeds go to Woods Humane Society. | 2-6 p.m., Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Rd, Avila Beach, americangeneralmedia.com.
10- Sep. 23
Inspired by several large drawings in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s permanent collection, this exhibition demonstrates a variety of experimental practices during the 1970s and represents images and issues relevant to contemporary art and culture. Included are works by 10 artists: Robert Beauchamp, Huguette Caland, Richard Dunlap, Dane Goodman, Luchita Hurtado, Tom Marioni, Marie Schoeff, Michelle Stuart, Joan Tanner and John M. White. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Since the band’s inception in 2002, Sugarland has sold nearly 10 million albums domestically, earned seven No. 1 singles to date and amassed over 260 million on-demand streams. The band recently released Still The Same, their first new music in seven years, a rejuvenation of their musical vision that remains true to the authentic sound and emotive songwriting that has made Sugarland one of the most popular Country music duos of all time. Special guests are Brandy Clark and Clare Bowen. | 6:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Two of the biggest names in American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), have teamed up to deliver an emotionally sweeping score and powerful story, making Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame the musical an unforgettable instant classic. | Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St, Solvang, 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.
Once a self-proclaimed retired artist, Damien Escobar is now back to being one of the world’s top violinists. He hits the road to promote his second solo album, Boundless, his first solo album of all originally produced material. Humbled by homelessness and depression, Escobar had to fight through his fear of failure and reemerge as a confident, positive, thriving artist. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/ 966-4946, lobero.org.
Live Oak Music Festival
Blues, jazz, bluegrass, rock, folk, gospel and Latino musicians generate three exciting days of guitar riffs and bellowing voices. | Live Oak Camp, Hwy. 154, Santa Barbara, liveoakfest.org.
Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference
Since 1972, writers from around the world have gathered each June at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference to rub elbows with fellow storytellers, celebrate well-known authors and network with publishing professionals. Nightly speakers include Pico Iyer, Steven J. Ross, Eric Puchner, Simon Van Booy, Starshine Roshell, Janet Fitch and Dara Horn. | Hyatt Santa Barbara, 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 805/568-1516, sbwriters.com.
John Butler Trio
The Australian roots and jams band, John Butler Trio, enchants and endears audiences worldwide with high-energy performances that never disappoint. Join musicians as they jam out on stage at the Granada Theatre this summer. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theater, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/ 899-2222, granadasb.org.
Music Academy of the West Summer Festival
The Music Academy of the Music Academy of the West’s 71st Annual Summer School and Festival presents 139 talented fellows and more than 70 outstanding faculty members in 200 concerts, recitals and masterclasses on its picturesque Miraflores campus and throughout Santa Barbara. Highlights include the launch of a major new partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) that sees key LSO conductors and principals in residence this summer; the Academy Festival Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale in a special Community Concert of Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony under the leadership of Mosher Guest Artist Gustavo Dudamel, a Composer-in Residence program features six composers and five premieres; plus Academy Festival Orchestra concerts with Larry Rachleff, Stéphane Denève and the LSO’s Elim Chan; a new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro that marks the festival debut of James Conlon; recitals by Jeremy Denk, David Fray, Simon Keenlyside, the Takács Quartet, and others; and the return of the Academy’s Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference, introduced last season to shed light on challenges and innovation for 21st musicians and their audiences. | Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Jerome Lowenthal has been a prominent presence in the international piano world for more than a half-century, and has performed a voluminous repertoire that includes 63 different concerti. | 7:30 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Music Academy of the West: Voice Program Opening Night
Part of the Opera Plus Series, the Voice Program Opening Night is the grand reveal of the 2018 Voice Program fellows. Hear a combination of songs and arias that display their burgeoning talent. | 7:30 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Sketching in the Galleries
People with all skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in Highlights of the Permanent Collection. Museum teaching artists provide general guidance and all materials. Each program is open to 10 participants. | 5:30-6:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
28th Annual Roll out the Barrels
Kick off the summer in San Luis Obispo’s Wine Country at the 28th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Weekend. Your getaway to this coastal wine mecca begins Thursday at Barrels in the Plaza, with more than 50 wineries and local chefs dishing out delicious food and wine. Then on Friday and Saturday, sip your way through San Luis Obispo tasting rooms with the Passport to Wine Country. | Various locations around San Luis Obispo, slowine.com.
Presqu’ile Winery Presents: LED ZEPAGAIN
The #1 Led Zeppelin tribute band headlines the summer concert series at Presqu’ile. Concerts at the winery combine stunning ambiance, good wine, ocean views and spectacular sunsets in an incredible venue for experiencing musical artists in an intimate setting. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to the concerts for seating on the grass and Presqu’ile offers a variety of wines for sale by the glass or bottle in addition to fresh sandwiches. Expect other specialties sold by local food trucks. | 5:30 p.m., Presqu’ile Winery, 5391 Presquile Dr., Santa Maria, ticketfly.com/event/1641197-led-zepagain-1-led-santa-maria/.
Enjoy your picnic in the beautiful atmosphere of the Music Academy of the West’s Miraflores campus, and then enter Hahn Hall for a magical evening as Academy fellows share their talents in solos, duets, trios, quartets, and more. Catch this event weekly on Fridays throughout the summer. | 7:30 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Summer Solstice Celebration
Celebrate the longest day of the year with thousands of other locals and visitors at the Summer Solstice Celebration festival and parade. The festival is held at Alameda Park throughout the weekend. | Noon, parade starts at State and Cota streets, concludes at Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, solsticeparade.com.
Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival
Enjoy wine, beer and cider tastings featuring Central Coast wineries, breweries and ciders, art and culinary vendors. VIP entrance also includes early entrance, a wine-tasting class and custom food pairing. | 4–8 p.m., Atascadero Lake Park, Atascadero, 805/466-2044, atascaderochamber.org/wine-festival.
The Music Academy of the West’s “PercussionFest” is a showcase of virtuosity by five percussion fellows and faculty on a spectacular display of instruments. | 4–6 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Seven Sisters Quilt Show
The Seven Sisters Quilt Show is a volunteer show comprising six quilt guilds from the Central Coast. Features a display of hundreds of quilts and garments. | 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Alex Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo, 805/543-3000, madonnainn.com.
An eclectic band when it comes to musical styles as well as collaborations, Slightly Stoopid, now in their second decade of making music, continues to manufacture an energizing and multifaceted sound that has been described as “a spiritual bath of positive party energy.” Special guests are Stick Figure and Pepper. | 5:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
PianoFest is the Music Academy’s unveiling of the eight solo piano fellows who will perform in masterclasses throughout the summer. | 3–5 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Beethoven’s Archduke Trio
This Music Academy chamber music series features faculty and guest artists along with fellows, and draws sold-out crowds every year. Each program features a unique combination of ensembles. A complimentary and energetic reception with the artists follows each concert, and offers a unique opportunity to discuss the music and performance. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/966-4946, lobero.org.
This event features hallmarks of the brass repertoire from many genres. Small and large ensembles perform, including brass instruments and percussion. | 7:30 p.m. Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
28 – Jul. 7 & Jul. 12-22
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, playwright Christopher Durang puts dysfunction to hilarious effect when three siblings reunite in the family’s Bucks County, Pa., home. This giddy, Tony-winning farce on Chekhovian themes is the perfect summer tonic. |Jun. 28–Jul. 7, Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria; Jul. 12–22, Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St, Solvang, 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.
Larry Rachleff conducts the Music Academy Festival Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 at the Granada. | 7:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Santa Barbara Food and Wine Festival
Swirl, sip and savor wines from more than 50 Central Coast premier wineries, complemented with savory and sweet edibles in the beautiful setting of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. This is the original Santa Barbara County wine festival, and a not-to-be missed event for locals and visitors alike. | 2–5 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, 805/682-4711 ext. 181, sbnature.org.
30, Jul. 2
Trouble in Tahiti
For the annual OperaFest, Music Academy vocal fellows take over the Miraflores campus as small scenes, arias and ensembles come to life throughout the gardens. The evening celebrates the Leonard Bernstein centennial with a new, fully staged production of the legendary composer’s jazz-infused Trouble in Tahiti. | 7 p.m., Music Academy of the West, Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, musicacademy.org.
Community Chamber Concerts
Fellows from Music Academy of the West perform chamber music concerts at the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Faulkner Gallery, free of charge. | Also on Jul. 7, 14 and Aug. 4. 1 p.m., Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, 805/687-4266, musicacademy.org.