With all the talk these days about Greek austerity measures, we Santa Barbarans can only wonder what could be going wrong in that ancient Mediterranean land. For most residents, the closest we ever get to Greece is the annual Santa Barbara Greek Festival held at Oak Park. It’s one of the most joyful weekends of the summer—an epicurean celebration of sumptuous foods, distinctive drinks, soulful music, lively dancing and memorable costumes.
And festival organizers assure us they’re not about to go all stoic on us this summer in Santa Barbara. A tradition for nearly 40 years, Santa Barbara Greek Festival won’t cut back on its 39th annual presentation of Greek food and culture to the community.
The festival originated in a fundraising brainstorming session with parishioners of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, long before they built the remarkable Greek village sanctuary nestled into the Mediterranean foothill setting.
Longtime festival director Mike Pahos gives full credit to Helen Stathis for coming up with the idea that started it all. “She said, ‘You know, on the Saturday before Fiesta week, there are a lot of people here in town, because Fiesta starts on Sunday, but there is not much going on. Let’s have a little picnic at Oak Park; we will serve Greek food, have music and everything, and we will call it The Santa Barbara Greek Fiesta BBQ,’” Pahos recalls.
Photograph by Nell Campbell
”The first festival was from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and afterward, even though we all fell, exhausted, to the floor, we were pleasantly surprised that everyone seemed to enjoy the food, the singing and the dancing.”
That single fundraising barbecue grew into a major annual event for the parish, requiring months of preparation—including planning, publicity, cooperating with a maze of bureaucracies, cooking up old family recipes, and selecting and presenting an array of talent on two stages for two full days of non-stop entertainment. Add managing a small army of volunteers who run an assortment of booths—from the labor-intensive food line to the well-oiled machine that is the pastry booth, the boutique with fine jewelry and even the small chapel where religious items are offered—and the parishioners certainly have their work cut out for them!
Pahos notes an unexpected aspect of Santa Barbara at just the right time that helped ensure the success of the Greek Festival, “There was a very active folk dance community in Santa Barbara, and those dancers were a constant presence on the dance floor, which taught us a valuable lesson: never stop the music!” When the late, great Plaka Restaurant was founded—which featured owner George Alexiades performing his famous table dance—many Santa Barbarans learned the art and considerable fun of Greek dancing. And they couldn’t wait to show off their skill every summer at the Greek Festival.
Photograph by Cheri Rae
The rest is history. The Greeks were joined by the Italian, the German, the Thai, the Chinese, the French, the Caribbean and the Jewish communities—all of which produced similar festivals at Oak Park. “Summer in Santa Barbara was filled with ethnic festivals, unique in the entire country,” says Pahos. “It was magic.”
The heyday of Santa Barbara’s ethnic festivals was a special time of unique collaboration among the festival chairs, who would meet once a month to share notes, work with the police and health departments and hammer out the many complex issues that arose in running their shows. They agreed to use local vendors whenever possible and freely exchanged vendor information with all at the table. As Pahos observes, “We never considered ourselves competitors, but part of a unique alliance; each of us could do better because of the grand scope of the different festivals, all at the same place.”
But for various reasons, one by one all of the ethnic festivals dropped out—though the French Festival will be back this year after a hiatus. Luckily the Greek Festival continues going strong. Planning has been underway for months—lining up talent, tweaking the menus, getting ready for the yearly bake-a-thon of baklava and other distinctive Greek treats.
Photograph by Nell Campbell
Now that the original ethnic festival at Oak Park is one of the last ones standing, it has only strengthened the resolve of the younger generation to carry on the traditions founded by their parents. Pahos’s daughter Maria helps run the festival these days, and Helen Stathis’s daughters Patti and Karen take their places as singers on the entertainment stage—and since they were in elementary school, Stathis’s grandchildren have staffed booths and entertained as dancers, musicians and singers. Of course, they’ve been joined by hundreds of additional volunteers over the years—and this one is no different.
The ancient Greek Epicurus (342–270 B.C.) observed, “Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.” So even if times are tough in the center of the Hellenic world, here in Santa Barbara, we can be Greek for the weekend at this classic family affair, July 28–29. No belt-tightening necessary—after enjoying all those Greek treats, it wouldn’t be possible anyway.
Horticulturalist and Curator of the Lotusland Living Collection Virginia Hayes will discuss Lotuland, Montecito’s internationally famous botanic garden, in a free lecture, open to the public, on Tuesday, April 17, from 7-8 p.m. in Westmont’s Adams Center Room 216.
With more than 18 distinct gardens housing numerous rare and beautiful plants, Ganna Walska Lotusland is definitely a must-see in Montecito, and this lecture is a great opportunity to gain fascinating insight into this inspiring place.
Serving as this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal, professional surfer, Lakey Peterson will participate in the 59th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade in Santa Barbara. On the 2nd of December, the anticipated parade will march down State Street with bands, floats and other spectacular performance groups.
Since age 11, Santa Barbara resident, Lakey Peterson has been dominating the waves and is currently ranked 7th in the world for surfing. She competed as a wild card entry in the 2011 US Open of Surfing World Tour, the biggest surfing event in the world, where she finished runner-up in the finals, after winning 6 consecutive heats earlier in the event. Peterson recently qualified for the 2012 ASP World Tour and will be the youngest competitor at the age of 17.
Surfing aside, Peterson participates in the community in other ways. She is a spokesperson for the SCA (Student Conservation Association), which helps to keep national parks and trails pristine. She has also helped raise funds for H4O (Hands for Others), an organization focusing on building clean water wells in third world countries.
The parade also features a Holiday Prince and Fairy riding in a horse-drawn carriage and the biggest anticipation of all- Santa Claus.
Peterson will hold a meet and greet at the Granada Theatre from 3:30 – 5 p.m. The parade, then, begins at 6:30 p.m. and best of all- it’s free!
Santa Barbara Seasons magazine presents a conversation with artist Keith Puccinelli and the Atkinson Gallery’s Dane Goodman. Puccinelli explores his career, influences and artistic decisions in anticipation of his upcoming solo show at the gallery on the Santa Barbara City College campus.
Keith Puccinelli’s first solo exhibit in Santa Barbara is sure to be one you won’t want to miss. Through drawings and mixed-media sculptures, Puccinelli catalogues the human experience, capturing everything from humor and compassion to anger and pathos. Check out the reception, Friday, November 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibition runs from Nov. 4 to Dec. 9. For information, call 805/965-0581 ext. 3484 or visit http://gallery.sbcc.edu.
Honoring those from Santa Barbara County who died during the Vietnam War will be the mission of the five-day visit of The Moving Wall, the original replica of the national memorial designed to honor the sacrifice of the more than 58,000 men and women who died in that conflict.
In Santa Barbara through October 3, Visitors can go to The Moving Wall 24/7 during the five-day stay and UCSB ROTC members will stand guard at The Moving Wall, as it will be illuminated throughout the night and volunteer docents will be on hand to help guide visitors locate a name and provide information on the memorial itself.
As always, there are LOTS of cool things to check out for tomorrow night’s First Thursday. High on our list is a very creative exhibition from Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Few Chosen by Many: A Berkus Selection, at Channing Peake Gallery ( 1st floor of the Santa Barbara County Administration Bldg., 105 E. Anapamu St., open M-F 8a.m.-5 p.m. ).
“I hope that viewers to the exhibition come away with the realization that liking and choosing art is not an activity limited to a few special people; that each of us makes choices each day; we all respond to different colors, images, and mediums. Many do this without a background in art history or curating. They have taught themselves over a lifetime to look at art critically and to appreciate it,” says Rita Ferri, who organized the exhibit and is Curator of Collections for the County of Santa Barbara.
Definitely worth checking out.
As a side note, an essay by Seasons Magazine contributor Joe Woodard (see his story on artist Keith Puccinelli in our fall issue) appears in the color catalog which was designed by The Lily Guild Temple of Design. It is available from the County Arts Commission at www.sbartscommission.org or by calling 8-5/568-3990.
The art scene has never been so action packed! Los Olivos’ 25th Annual Quick Draw Art Festival is here along with its main events—literally a “Quick Draw” creative challenge. Artists have only 60 minutes to create a painting, sculpture or drawing from a model, photo or simply pure imagination, while the public is encouraged to watch and cheer the artists on, which always lends to exciting and lively interaction. As soon as the hour is up, each piece is auctioned off to the highest bidder. Get a glimpse of some of what you might see by checking out this year’s participating artists:
To allow room for all the activities, this year the festival runs two days—August 19 and 20. Creative art, wine, shopping and hospitality are featured throughout downtown Los Olivos. The festival kicks off Friday, August 19th with an art, wine and dessert pre-show reception. Saturday the 20th features the main event, with artists beginning their Quick Draw works around 11 a.m. and followed by the auction at 12:15. The afternoon is then dedicated to free artistic demonstrations and the chance to purchase more art. Proceeds support Los Olivos’ on-going beautification efforts, with a strong emphasis on the arts of course.
Through November 5, Mollie Favour: New Works Cabana Home, in collaboration with Edward Cella Art +Architecture, presents a solo exhibition with contemporary painter, Mollie Favour. Favour has exhibited since 1976 at numerous galleries around the United States, France, and Italy. In this current exhibition, Favour combines the careful observations of a botanist and the imagination of an artist to create lush and sensual abstractions of leaves, flowers, and figs. Click here to visit the exhibit website for more information.
November 1, 8 p.m. So Percussion
This Brooklyn-based quartet is both genre-defying—playing compositions by John Cage, Steve Reich and original music—and versatile—enjoyable for all ages.
The Goleta Valley Chamber hosts a breakfast at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Register for the event at the link above.
November 2, 8 p.m. Creole Choir of Cuba
Blending Caribbean melodies with rich textured harmonies, this group of 10 singers and dancers celebrates the Haitian tale of those enslaved from West Africa. Including laments, protests and ritual prayers, this Grammy-nominated group is a movement of color and sound.
The luminous, emotive, effortlessly lyrical and always supremely refined the music of Ludovico Einaudi has attracted an ever-growing audience over the last two decades. He has released a series of chart-topping albums with sales of over 750,000 copies, sells out the most prestigious concert halls worldwide, composed a string of award-winning film scores and routinely tops audience polls becoming an internet phenomenon. In his Santa Barbara debut, Ludovico will perform a program of original repertoire for solo piano at the Lobero Theatre.
Educational psychologist Loretta Red shares her insights on Speaking with sense, sex and soul. The event is hosted by the Santa Barbara chapter of the Association for Women in Communications. Redd has 35 years of experience and discusses communication in personal and professional settings. The event will take place at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara.
Sullivan Goss, an American gallery, presents its newest exhibition of local artist Nicole Strasburg. The name of this exhibit is: islands valleys home. Come enjoy this wonderful art from now until the New Year.
Join us at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum and UC Santa Barbara for a festive evening of art and culture at the Jane Deering Gallery’s new location on 128 E. Canon Perdido in Downtown Santa Barbara. View the current exhibition “Phil Argent-Container Love” and enjoy free refreshments and entertainment. UCSB 1st Thursday is open to the public and students are welcome!
Peter Glantz of the Imanginary Company. Photo by Frank Mullin.
Influential theater and film director Peter Glantz presents a multimedia solo performance. FREE.
November 4–9 New Noise Santa Barbara Music Conference & Festival
This annual conference brings together emerging artists and people from the technical and music businesses to share “their thoughts on the future of music, tech, life, love and the pursuit of happiness” and listen to music.
November 4–December 9 Keith Puccinelli
Keith Puccinelli’s first solo exhibit in Santa Barbara is sure to be one you won’t want to miss. Through drawings and mixed-media sculptures, Puccinelli catalogues the human experience, capturing everything from humor and compassion to anger and pathos. Check out the reception, Friday, November 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Speaking of Stories transforms the stage into a 1940′s radio station complete with live sound effects. The classic detective radio plays are sure to give everyone an evening of mystery. $50 patron tickets, $22 for general tickets, and $15 for students.
The students at UCSB will occupy the FM dial in Storke Plaza on campus. Bring a lunch, a battery operated radio and be ready for a picnic as the students play music through the airwaves. This event is in collaboration with SB Contemporary Arts Forum’s Wireless art exhibit.
The gallery of the Left Coast Books is pleased to announce their exhibition, “Fragments from the West Coast: A Peculiar Surf Vernacular” by Russell Crotty, an internationally-known artist. The exhibition focuses on the art, sport and lifestyle of surfing over the last thirty years. Crotty, an active surfer himself, brings his experience of surfing into his drawings and depicts the shoreline from the waves point of view.
November 5, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. VocalPoint Annual Benefit Concert
The Santa Barbara Vocal Jazz Foundation presents VocalPoint, a unique vocal jazz ensemble directed by Kim Collins. All of your favorite popular jazz arrangements will be performed through vocal harmonies at the Fe Bland Forum
located on the West Campus of Santa Barbara City College. Proceeds go towards various music education programs for students. You may call 729-2627 to reserve now. Mastercard and Visa accepted. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve early!
November 5, 8 p.m.Gil Shaham, Solo Violin
Worldwide acclaimed violinist Gil Shanham, winner of both the Avery Fisher Award and a Grammy, combines flawless technique with inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit as he performs a Bach Sonata and Partitas for solo violin.
November 5–January 8 Wireless
In honor of the UCSB radio station’s 50th anniversary, Contemporary Arts Forum presents artists concerned with the transmission of ideas, memories and objects across distances long and short. Also check out the featured Bloom Project artist, Kathleen Yorba.
November 5, 9 a.m. and November 6, 2 p.m. Wagner: Siegfried
Part three of Metropolitan Opera simulcast presentations follows Wagner’s hero, sung by Gary Lehman, on his adventure for the conquest of Brünnhilde, sung by Deborah Voigt. Conducted by James Levine and with use of Robert Lepage’s revolutionary morphing stage machine, it is quite the show.
Anyone can attend the 5K Walk, which begins and ends at the Zoo. Organizers ask walkers to raise or donate a minimum $100, which will earn the walkers a T-shirt, lunch, entertainment and admission to the Zoo for the day.
November 5, 8 p.m. Toad the Wet Sprocket with special Guest Zach Gill
The nonprofit Santa Barbara Birth Center presents the second annual benefit concert with Toad the Wet Sprocket at the Lobero Theatre. Last year’s show was a sold-out success and raised $90,000 for the Birth Center. Toad the Wet Sprocket began in 1986 in Santa Barbara. They went on to have breakout commercial success then parted ways in 1998. Recently they have regrouped and are working on material for their first album in 15 years while they tour the US.
November 5, 8 p.m., Bluesman Kenny Neal and Harmonica Legend Lazy Lester
The SB Blues Society presents second generation bluesman Kenny Neal, son of stellar Louisiana harmonica player Raful Neal.Born in Baton Rouge in 1957, Kenny learned the blues at the knees of his dad’s pals, blues greats Buddy Guy, Lazy Lester, and Slim Harpo. To quiet down a crying 3 year old, Slim gave Kenny a harmonica. A true prodigy, Kenny was soon proficient on harmonica, guitar, bass. trumpet, and piano. By the time he was 13 he was playing in his father’s band, and at 17 he became Guy’s bass player. Earl Warren Showgrounds.
King Bee will be rockin’ it at Reds, a tapas bar. This is a fabulous venue for cocktails, beer, wine and great appetizers. There will be beef sliders, artichoke dip and hot pretzels, so come to the funky side of town on Helene Ave.
This tasty, fun event will help to raise money for the Mini Grants program for the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association. There will also be a free raffle. This event will take place at Vino Divino Wine Shop.
A discussion of access and free speech in the contemporary media landscape with public radio and sound designer panelists. The Wireless curator, Elizabeth Lovero, moderates. This event is hosted at the Canary Hotel’s Valley Room in conjunction with the New Noise Music Conference.
The Met: Live in HD presents Siegfried, the third installment of the Ring Cycle. This followed the adventures of the opera’s ultimate hero, a valiant warrior who doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear. The all-star lead is cast to Jay Morris in his first Met performance of the title role. The show runs approximately five and a half hours with two intermissions.
November 6, 3 p.m. Charlotte’s Webb
Based on the classic children’s book, Theaterworks USA’s production follows a pig named Wilbur as he escapes ending up as pork chops with help from his friend, the little grey spider Charlotte.
November 6, 7 p.m. Cinematic Titanic
Featuring the original cast of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Cinematic Titanic presents Doomsday Machine, a feature-length movie-riffing production that plays with the unfathomable, horribly great and just plain cheesy movies from the past.
These great authors talk about, read from and sign their newest books for children an young adults. Come out and meet the award-winning authors, as well as purchase their newest books. This event is being held at the Curious Cup in Capinteria.
Join MCK in the kitchen for two wonderful cooking classes where you will learn to prepare the perfect autumn meal. The class on the 14th will feature a holiday menu, so get ready to learn to cook you and your family that flawless seasonal meal.
November 8, 9 & 11, 8 p.m. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Back by popular demand, the London-based theatre group performs The Comedy of Errors, a fast-paced and extremely funny production that explores such themes as mistaken identity, coincidence and the importance of family.
You’re in for a unique experience in theatre entertainment! Women of all ages and “stages” will find their spirits lifted by the show’s light-hearted look at menopause. This laughter-packed 90-minute production features parodies of classic songs from the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” becomes “Stayin’ Awake,” the Motown favorite “My Guy” is transformed into “My Thighs,” and much more! At the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara.
November 10, 8 p.m. Pink Martini
This Portland-based group of 12 musicians is wildly diverse and intoxicating. Classically trained pianist Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes lead the group through another “rollicking-around-the-world musical adventure.”
November 10 5:30 p.m. “Hot Topics and Highlights in Public Education”
Come listen to a free lecture about the hot topics regarding recent issues in public education. Michelle Hughes, an assistant professor of Education at Westmont, discusses the current education climate, teaching quality and acts such as “No Child Left Behind”. The lecture will be held at the University Club on Santa Barbara St.
Professor of Marine Technology, Don Barthelmess, presents a lecture about the advancements in underwater technology, as well as Santa Barbara’s establishment in underwater commercial diving industry. Watch Barthelmess explore the ideas and innovations involving deepwater diving.
November 11, 2 p.m. Free Veteran’s Day Concert
There is a free concert at First Methodist Church on the corner of Anapamu and Garden Streets. Celebrate the remarkable sacrifices made by veterans!
November 11, 7:30 p.m. and November 13, 2:30 p.m. La Bohème
The most touching love story in opera follows four young bohemians living an idealistic life in pursuit of love and art. Puccini is at his most tender, providing heart-piercing music.
November 11, 11 a.m. Veterans Day Parade
The parade starts off at the corner of State St. and Sola St. and continues down State St. until Cabrillo Blvd. Any and all veterans are invited to march in the parade. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniform, caps and jackets. Come out and support those who have served our country, as well as those who still serve.
November 11-13, 27th Annual Vaquero Show and Sale
Come and enjoy various equestrian demonstrations in honor of the distinctive style of apparel, tack, saddles and other horse equipment developed by Vaqueros (cowboys) on the expansive cattle ranchos of Central California! All proceeds from the Vaquero Show benefit the non-profit Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum.
The Easton Gallery has represented the work of contemporary landscape artists for 20 years. The gallery is located in Santa Barbara and exhibits art from 20 local artists. The gallery is open weekends and by appointment. Currently, the gallery features excellent work by Michael Enriquez.
November 12, 11 a.m. Goleta Library Presents Childrens Dance Showcase
Children ages 3 and older are invited to the Goleta Public Library to enjoy a morning of learning flamenco, hip-hop-jazz, and latin dance. A showcase will follow with dances performed by prize-winning students of the inspiring local dance teacher, Rose Marie Cruz. Get ready to be amazed by these young dancers as they display their fast-paced footwork, fun choreography, and beautiful costumes to Spanish dance music. this even is free and open to the public.
November 12, 4 p.m. Urban Roots
The Casa Esperanza Homeless Center is screening the film Urban Roots at SBCC’s Fe Bland Auditorium in honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Urban Roots is a documentary about the hypothetical possibilities after the collapse of the industrial era. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this intriguing film and help support Casa Esperanza Homeless Center in the process!
November 12 Santa Barbara Marathon
Get ready! Get set! And get pumped for Santa Barbara’s marathon! Starting in Goleta’s orchards, the trail runs through Santa Barbara’s Mesa community, finishing with a two-mile descent to the ocean. The event includes a full and a half marathon, as well as an elite rehab relay.
November 12, 2 p.m. UCSB Presents Cloud Nine
The UCSB Department of Theater and Dance presents British playwright, Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine, which explores power, sexuality, gender and self-identity in the times of Victorian colonialism in Africa and 1979 London. Cloud Nine was one of the earlier dramatic works that established Churchill’s place in modern British theatre. In fast-paced scenes, some of which are punctuated by musical numbers, characters attempt to navigate from repression to acceptance as their culture faces revolutionary changes. These changes are brought into high relief as 100 years pass between the two acts. The award-winning dark comedy will showcase at UCSB Performing Arts Theatre, 522 University Rd. For more information call 805/893-3022.
The first Santa Ynez Valley Art Week will highlight events such as: the 27th Annual Vaquero Show & Sale, the Diversity & Community Photographic Awards, Sanford Art & Wine workshops and many more excellent events. Download their Art Week Map for a schedule of all the events by clicking on the link above.
Alan Parsons had an incredible start to his career working with some of the biggest names in rock including The Beatles, The Hollies and Pink Floyd. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience this rock legend in concert at the Lobero Theatre—and all for a great cause.
The St. Mark’s Episcopal Church invites the public to attend a concert in honor of Veteran’s Day and all of those who have served our great nation as well as those who continue to serve. The featured artists are Kathleen Dollahon, with the viola, and Larry Hill, on the trumpet. This evening of music will be enjoyable for people of all ages.
UCSB Performing Arts presents Carl Churchill’s Cloud Nine directed by UCSB faculty member, Anne Torsiglieri, for nine performances only. CLOUD NINE explores power, sexuality, gender and self-identity. This award-winning, full-length dark comedy was one of the earlier dramatic works that established Caryl Churchill’s place in modern British theatre.
November 13, 7 p.m. A Night in Treme
Spend a night in Treme (pronounced truh-MAY), the neighborhood of New Orleans that’s known for its African-American music and culture. This concert headlines Rebirth Brass Band, a group who mixes traditional brass band sound with jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop. Joining them is a selection of performers featured on the HBO series Treme.
November 13, Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner, Doubletree Resort
The Voice of Justice Awards honors human rights defenders from around the world who put their lives at risk to protect the rights and dignity of others. Honoring: Consuelo Morales from Mexico, Sussan Tahmasebi from Iran, with special guest Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco. For more information call, 805/284-4232.
The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, under the direction of Andy Radford, will present its Winter Concert on November 13. The night will feature a performance of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and soloist Katrina Schaefer, a senior at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, will perform Ravel’s Tziganne.
November 14, 8 p.m. Stephen Petronio Dance Company
Inspired by the songs of pop balladeer Nick Cave, choreographer Stephen Petronio’s Underland is a sexual world of dance, music and visual imagery.
Come Fly Away is the new Broadway musical conceived, choreographed, and directed by Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp and featuring the timeless songs of Frank Sinatra. Come Fly Away follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on-stage big band and 14 of the world’s finest dancers, Come Fly Away weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “My Way,” and “That’s Life,” into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction.
Spain cheeses are some of the best worldwide and only recently have they made it out to our Santa Barbara shores. So, it’s time to come explore the best cheese that Spain has to offer. You can purchase tickets online or by calling 965-0318.
The Lobero Theatre Foundation presents the new broadway musical Come Fly Away at the Granada Theatre. This one-of-a-kind experience combines the seductive vocals of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” with the sizzling sound of a live big band and the visceral thrill of Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp’s choreography. You will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excitement of a first dance, and the bittersweet moments of a first good-bye in a world of sparkling romance and astonishing beauty. Come Fly Away features a host of beloved Sinatra classics including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “New York, New York” and “Witchcraft.” Click the link for more info!
November 15, 8 p.m. Whose Live Anyway?
The cast of the hit ABC television show Whose Line Is It Anyway comes to Santa Barbara for hilarious improvisational comedy. With games famous from the television show and entirely new skits, get ready for some audience participation—and maybe even join the crew onstage.
Presented by the Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, this annual event honors the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism. For more information call 805/308-9782.
Women’s Economic Ventures and Z Folio Gallery invite you to a free network event held at the Z Folio Gallery. Come eat, shop, explore WEV client business and check out the Czech art glass. There will be silent auctions of fine products and services.
In its early years, Solvang never advertised its Danish heritage or architecture. However, that is what Solvang is known for nowadays, from the delicious Danish cuisine to the Danish-style windmills that line Copenhagen Drive. Now, it is time to celebrate the Danish heritage that surrounds the community of Solvang by walking around the village and admiring what it has to offer. This free event will be held at Copenhagen Square in downtown Solvang.
November 18, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Camerata Pacifica
For its final fall performance, Camerata Pacifica’s world-class ensemble performs Rossini’s String Sonata 3, Lutyens’ Driving Out the Death, Wiegold’s Earth and Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major. With the mission statement “To affect positively how people experience live performances of classical music,” it’s sure to be a great show.
Born out of collaboration between Joy Williams, a California girl, and John Paul White, a native Alabaman, The Civil Wars is a folk-pop duo that combines a stripped-down sound with some big ideas. Their song “Poison & Wine” was featured on an episode of the hit show Grey’s Anatomy, and brought their signature sound to a whole new audience. Don’t miss your chance to get to know this group up-close and personal! For more info, click the link.
November 18, 8 p.m. Club Mercy Presents the Civil Wars
Born out of collaboration between Joy Williams, a California girl, and John Paul White, a native Alabaman, this folk-pop duo combines a stripped-down sound, sans back-up band, with big ideas and equally big national interest. Their song “Poison & Wine” was featured on an episode of the hit show Grey’s Anatomy, and brought their signature sound to a whole new audience. Lobero Theatre.
It’s time to learn more about the diving history of Santa Barbara. This helps to honor the diving pioneer, Dan Wilson, as he made a huge impact on the diving industry in Santa Barbara. The opening reception includes food and Spanish guitar music.
Santa Barbara-based artist Stephanie Dotson speaks on the conceptual territory of printmaking echoed in non-print work. Dotson subverts the narratives inherent in her processes with an arsenal of working techniques to create opposition in realities which parallel from her own life.
November 18-19, 8 p.m. & November 20, 2 p.m. Genesis West presents A Number
Human cloning is the subject of this hour-long thriller that blends the scientific and the relationship between a father and his three sons- two of which are clones of the other. A Number by Caryl Churchill is the first true play of the 21st century.
The Wilding Art Museum invites the public to spend the weekend in Santa Barbara County’s wine country for touring of the studios of 30 area artists. Get acquainted with the local artists’ personally, visit their studios and enjoy delicious local wines. There will also be beer tasting through the Figueroa Brewing Company. These area artists reflect all types of work from watercolor to oil paintings to mixed media art.
November 19, 8 p.m. and November 20, 3–5 p.m. Beethoven Emperor
Nir Kabaretti conducts two Beethoven highlights in one evening, with Music Academy of the West alumnus Hong Xu on the piano. Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” follows Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral,” a spiritual depiction of nature.
November 19, 10 a.m. and November 20, 2 p.m. Philip Glass’ Satyagraha
In the final MET encore production of the fall, Richard Croft is Gandhi in Philip Glass’ beautiful opera.
According to Charleston City Paper, “A guy like Ryan Bingham comes along every now and then — the type of songwriter that listeners immediately appreciate, hearing their own stories in the lyrics. Guys learn their songs on guitar to impress the ladies, while their girlfriends secretly imagine the real thing.” Hear him for yourself on November 19 at the Lobero Theatre.
This is the 18th annual Marketplace taking place at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The event features of 30 artisans with unique, homemade creations, as well as coffee and baked goods. The Market is the perfect place to find some of your holiday gifts.
As Westmont launches its new concert series The Rising Stars, the 24 year-old world-renown guitarist, Mak Grgić, kicks it off. He distinguishes himself as versatile guitarist, playing classical and improvised music. Grgić received his bachelor’s degree at a Performing Arts School in Austria and continued on for his master’s at USC Thornton School of Music. Come check out Grgić at Westmont College!
November 20, 3 p.m. Ozokidz
This event had been CANCELED.
As a part of a year long anniversary celebration of 85 years, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden holds its final free day of the year. Along with free entry, visitors can partake in tours of the garden, participate in children’s craft activities and will receive a free souvenir just for coming. This is the last one of the year, so come check it out while it’s free.
November 21–23, 8 p.m. Blue Man Group
There really aren’t any words to describe the wonderfully weird world of Blue Man Group, a unique form of entertainment guaranteed to be like nothing else you’ve ever experienced. This performance abounds with a matchless explosion of comedy, music and technology. Bring the whole family—you won’t want to miss it.
November 24, 9 a.m. Thanksgiving 4 Miler
Get active this Thanksgiving and burn off some of that turkey before you even eat it! This fun run, starting at the park by Magnolia Shopping Center, takes you around the flattest part of Goleta.
The Santa Barbara Zoo hosts the pumpkin smash. Watch as elephants, gorillas and other of zoo animal favorites play with and pulverize pumpkins on this special holiday. Come visit your favorite zoo animals and have a smashing good time!
The eclectic band the Headless Household finds its groove in the 19th annual Christmas concert this year. The band effortlessly mixes up elements of jazz, avant-Americana, funk, Brazilian and more. The band has been around for more than 25 years and they don’t plan on going anywhere.
Live at the Granada Theatre, the legendary B.B. King. King has developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles. His precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato are today indispensable components of a rock guitarist’s vocabulary. His economy, his every-note-counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck.
November 30, 6 p.m., Adam Silverman Opening & Reception
Cabana Home, in collaboration with Edward Cell Art + Architecture, announces a solo exhibition for noted contemporary Los Angeles based potter, Adam Silverman. The exhibition presents a new collection of hand thrown pots with explosive, experimental glazes that epitomizes Silverman’s distinctive aesthetic connecting ancient and modern sensibilities. The opening reception of this exhibit and a talk from Silverman himself, will be held at the Cabana Home.
November 30, 8 p.m. David Gergen
Currently editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report, director of Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and senior political analyst for CNN, David Gergen offers a bipartisan analysis of politics in American today and what this means for the future.
All Tales from the Tavern shows take place at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez.
November 30, 8 p.m. Pianist Hélène Grimaud
CAMA’s Master series at the Lobero presents in recital Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310; Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1; Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor and Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, BB 68 (1915).
November 30-January 14, Adam Silverman: New Pots Cabana Home, in collaboration with Edward Cella Art + Architecture, announces a solo exhibition for noted contemporary Los Angeles based potter, Adam Silverman. The exhibition features a new collection of hand thrown pots with explosive, experimental glazes that connect ancient and modern sensibilities and epitomize Silverman’s distinctive aesthetic. The Opening Reception will be on Wednesday, November 30 from 6–8 p.m. Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Free and open to the public.
Presented by Actor’s Corner Center at Solvang’s new Jelling Stone Museum, this family event for the young and young-at-heart is a fantasy, interactive, experience which begins from the moment guests enter the museum. Historically Jelling Stones are ancient Danish ruin stones dating back to the 10th century in Jelling, Denmark. Come meet Santo Cervello the artist and the artistic creator of the museum as he tells the story of “Andrew the Jelling Stone Seeker,” a nine year old boy who lives his dream. The show is 35 minutes and runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. For more information call 805/686-2409 or visit www.actorscornercenter.com.
Presented by the UCSB Department of Theater and Dance and Santa Barbara Dance Theater, this critically acclaimed dance-theater piece explores the act of looking up, the act of holding up belief, and the act of putting your foot down and claiming your own destiny in a world seemingly composed of random coincidences. Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
October 1, 8-11 p.m. Studio 54, Disco Queens and Kings Dance All Night Long -THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Help raise money for Santa Barbara Dance Alliance Youth Programs by dancing the night away on the Lobero Stage to the heart-pumping disco sounds of *Area 51,* which recall the New York City scene in the 60′s and 70′s. The divas of *La Petite Chouette* will writhe and whirl above as you dance into the night. Tickets are on sale now at the Lobero Box Office.
Just in time for the fall planting season, The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will hold the largest sale of native plants between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This year’s Fall Plant Sale marks the first time the Garden Growers Nursery is selling native California plants exclusively. Featuring over 450 species and more than 5,000 plants, this event offers a terrific range of drought-tolerant and interesting native species adapted for our Mediterranean climate
Cabana Home, in collaboration with Edward Cella Art + Architecture, presents a solo exhibition with contemporary painter, Mollie Favour. Favour has exhibited since 1976 at numerous galleries around the United States, France, and Italy. In this current exhibition, Favour combines the careful observations of a botanist and the imagination of an artist to create lush and sensual abstractions of leaves, flowers, and figs. Click the link to visit the exhibit website for more information.
Through October 28, Small Images This competition usually receives over three hundred entries, all of works that must be smaller than 18 inches in any direction. Miki Garcia, director of the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, decides and presents the winners at the awards ceremony September 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Through October 3, The Moving Wall Vietnam War Memorial at Chase Palm Park
Honoring those from Santa Barbara County who died during the Vietnam War will be the mission of the five-day visit of The Moving Wall, the original replica of the national memorial designed to honor the sacrifice of the more than 58,000 men and women who died in that conflict. Visitors can go to The Moving Wall 24/7 during the five-day stay and UCSB ROTC members will stand guard at The Moving Wall, as it will be illuminated throughout the night and volunteer docents will be on hand to help guide visitors locate a name and provide information on the memorial itself.
October 1-31 Epicure.SB
Returning for its 3rd year, Santa Barbara’s annual culinary festival presents 31 days of food and drink festivals, cooking classes, winemaker dinners, special seasonal menus, book signings, lectures, epicurean-inspired art exhibits and many more tasty opportunities to sip and savor the bounty of The American Riviera. The region’s top restaurants, wineries, gourmet purveyors and galleries collectively gather for this community-wide fest celebrating Santa Barbara’s cuisine, libations and culture.
Joe Woodard says Bonderson’s “exuberant, unrestrained paintings are thickly laid with paint, swirling impressions and ornamentations. We get the sense of being lost in loud thoughts, as demanding as they are ambiguous.” She says, ”My work is a reflection of my strong sense of belonging to my land, the anxiety of the loss of a country, and the longing to bring it to life and keep all of its natural glories vivid. For these reasons, my favorite acknowledgement was being called a “raw talent” by my peers who could see my passion for my homeland (of Iran).” Her work is on view at the Faulkner East Gallery for the month of October.
October 1, 4 p.m. Blake Mycoskie
TOMS Shoes’ founder Blake Mycoskie revolutionized the consumer world by promising to give a pair of new shoes to children in need around the world with every pair sold. He explains why his seemingly counterintuitive ideas, such as giving more in tough times, are actually winning strategies.
October 1 AIA ArchitecTOURS
Take a guided tour of six notable properties and gain a deeper appreciation of the extraordinary legacy of great architecture in Santa Barbara.
October 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plein Air Exhibition
This special event combines plein air art production and sale from many well-known local artists. Take in the natural beauty of the preserve while watching artists paint and examining the beautiful new works that are for sale. Bring your own paints and join in also! Live music, picnic lunch and a beer and wine garden are also part of the event. 50% of sales are being donated to the Preserve.
October 1 Sol Food Festival
Celebrate the local farmers and food at this one day event created to raise awareness of sustainable, organic and local food. Engage in workshops and discussions to learn more about how a food system based on energy from the sun instead of fossil fuel is better for both our bodies and environment, as well as the economy.
October 1, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Plein Air Exhibition at Arroyo Hondo Preserve This special event combines plein air art production and sales from many well-known local artists. Take in the natural beauty of the preserve while watching artists paint and examining the beautiful new works for sale. Live music, picnic lunch and a beer and wine garden are also part of the event.
October 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christian Writer’s Conference
Join the Christian Writers Gild of Santa Barbara for their 15th annual writer’s conference. For information, call 805/682-0316.
October 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Chumash Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow
Honor Native American traditions and culture with a fun day for the entire family at the 16th annual pow-wow. Although pow-wows are not traditionally Chumash, other Native American tribes have gathered for decades to dance, sing, socialize and heal. The Chumash Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow provides our local band with an annual opportunity to share and celebrate its culture through a variety of traditional foods, drumming and dance performances, and beautiful handmade native crafts.
October 1-January 1 Al Weber: Lofty Views
The first in a yearlong series of photography exhibits to explore the unique artistic view of Southern California photographers, Al Weber’s passion for aerial photography is the theme. A well-known photographer of the Monterey Bay area, Weber explains, “To make a successful photograph of a common subject is my co-pilot. To bring forward features of the common, and make then uncommon with grace and simplicity with the best craft available.”
October 1-January 8 Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière
Henri Rivière was just one of the many artists of the artistic Parisian avant-garde movement of the late 19th century. He delved more deeply, however, producing print albums of the Parisian cityscapes through the Japanese woodblock technique. Trace his career path in this exhibit, following his early years as a designer of shadow plays for the Cabaret du Chat Noir all the way to those famous cityscapes.
This family friendly event features music from local artists Haddon Cord, False Puppet and others, as well as great food, a rock wall, photo booth, carnival games, bounce houses and more.
October 3, 8 p.m. The Infernal Comedy
Actor John Malkovich takes you on a journey through the life and mind of a thoroughly charming and utterly manipulative man. The intriguing play tells the story of serial killer Jack Unterweger, who, after being paroled from a life sentence, went on to kill 11 more women. This real-life story unravels through the works of Beethoven, Haydn, Weber, Vivaldi and Mozart.
Opera Santa Barbara’s Opera on the Go series will explore “the bohemian life” in a talk hosted by Simon Williams. The talk will explore the enduring appeal of Puccini’s La bohème and consider the novel that served as his inspiration, its other operatic incarnations, and some of the real-life stories that lent both realism and romance to these starving-artist tales. The series is co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.
This new film by Chris Paine, the director of “Who Killed the Electric Car,” goes behind closed doors at Nissan, GM, and Tesla to get the story of the global competition to produce the best new models and dominate the growing market for electric vehicles.
October 6, 8 p.m. Cambodia’s Khmer Arts Ensemble
This performance of The Lives of Giants originates from the Reamker—the Cambodian version of the ancient Sanskrit epic Ramayana. Through elaborate dance and music, mythology and contemporary global politics merge in this reflection of Cambodia’s turbulent past.
The Los Olivos Rotary Club and St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church invite the public to attend a very special benefit concert for Arts Outreach at the church located at 2901 Nojoqui Avenue at the corner of Alamo Pintado Avenue in downtown Los Olivos. The featured performers are renowned pianist Francesco Attesti and organist Matteo Galli.
October 7, 8 p.m. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews plays a high-energy, jazz, funk-rock show with his six-piece band, Orleans Avenure.
October 7-9 Avocado Festival
As the third largest avocado-producing county in North America, it’s only fitting for one of the largest festivals in California to be located in Carpinteria. Three days of family fun including great food and music, this is one of the few community festivals still happening in the heart of downtown. This year, over forty non-profit groups will benefit from the event.
October 7-January 1 Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands
Colorful descriptions of American flora and fauna in the colonial era appeared in this celebrated 18th century work. Also keep an eye out for “Arctic Sanctuary: Images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” opening late fall.
October 8, 6 p.m. The Seedless Summer 2011 Tour, Slightly Stoopid with Rebelution and Shwayze & Cisco, Santa Barbara Bowl
October 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Harbor & Seafood Festival
Come to the 10th annual festival featuring a ton of family fun. Enjoy the fabulous seafood while listening to live music and participating in arts and crafts. You can also go on free boat rides or tour a tall ship. And don’t forget to enter the raffle for a kayak!
October 8, 1-4 p.m. Celebration of Harvest
Each year the Santa Barbara County Vinters’ Association puts on this event right at the heart of winegrape harvest season. A showcase for the latest wines, also enjoy local specialty foods, live bands and a silent auction to benefit local food banks.
October 8 and 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Reiki Clinic at Return to Freedom
Learn about the history of Reiki, the Universal Laws of healing and energy work, and how to work on yourself and others. This level teaches hands on and off the body healing techniques. Also learn how to scan the body for energy blocks and a form of applied kinesiology.
October 8-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ojai Studio Artists Tour
This self-guided tour spans Ojai Valley as well as surrounding areas. Refer to your included map for the location of all participating artists’ studios.
October 8, 8 p.m., Shakespeare 150 Gala Benefit at Theater 150
Join Ojai’s finest actors for a wild excursion in the wonderful world of Shakespeare.
ORC presents an annual fundraiser in support of our local wildlife. This benefit helps benefit 1400 birds and other wildlife. Special musical performances by Rain Perry and The Get Outside Band.
October 9, 3 p.m. Riders in the Sky
Best known for their album Woody’s Round Up, featured in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 2, these Wild West cowboys are favorite children’s entertainers, both on television and the radio, as well as live!
October 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and Festival
The festival turns 40 this year and therefore welcomes back festival founder Peter Feldmann and his group The Very Lonesome Boys. It’s a day to dance and appreciate Old Time acoustic music. With one of the premier Old Time music contests on the West Coast, workshops all day and delicious barbeque, this day long celebration of traditional American folk music brings the community together to encourage a love and learning for our country’s rich musical heritage.
In June, as he was embarking on his final tour before retiring, legendary country star Glen Campbell went public with his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, as part of his farewell world tour, the “Rhinestone Cowboy” will perform in Santa Barbara at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Lobero Theatre, in a concert benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter.
Francis Jansen, sculptor of the “Monument to Forgiveness,” which garnered international acclaim and stood adjacent to the Santa Barbara Mission from 1993-1995, will unveil her newest sculptural achievement, Pillars of Providence. Comprised of two eight-foot tall lime stone pillars, the elaborately detailed mythic figures embody the divine aspects of the masculine and feminine and their interconnection with the natural world, all sculpted between capstones imprinted with sacred geometry. Jansen is the artist-in-residence at La Casa de Maria and has been working on the pillars for the past two years.
Massage Envy has joined forces with the Arthritis Foundation to host Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one‐day national event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. On World Arthritis Day–October 12–Massage Envy Spas in Santa Barbara County will donate $10 from every one‐hour massage and facial to the Arthritis Foundation.
In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, Michael Douglas will be bestowed with his father’s honor, the 2011 KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. This is the 6th annual black-tie Gala dinner.
A one-man comic mystery that transcends the ages. Underneath the Lintel, by Glen Berger will star Tim Bagley, acclaimed his recurring role on “Will and Grace.” This off-Broadway hit was chosen by Time Out New York as one of the “Top Ten Plays of the Year in 2001. For reservations and information call the Ensemble
Box Office at 805/965-5400.
Allen Associates is hosting another free public workshop on the latest in green building approaches, products and systems. This workshop, to be held at a recently completed LEED for Homes Platinum project. Please call Karen at 805/884-8777 ext. 121, to reserve your space and to learn the workshop location.
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation will host its 6th annual fall fundraising event…with a twist. It will be An Evening of Laughter and Love at the Lobero Theatre, honoring Carol Burnett, an icon in the world of comedy, with special guests to make guests laugh their way through this night to remember. Glee star and fabulous funny woman Jane Lynch will introduce and honor Carol. Dennis Miller once again joins the foundation to emcee the evening and to remind guests that laughter is the best medicine and the foundation has the prescription: an evening of laughter and love at Lobero Theatre.
October 14, 5:30 p.m. Planned Parenthood’s Politics, Sex & Cocktails
Cecile Richards, one of the country’s leading voices in the political battle for the support of women’s rights, sex education and reproductive health, discusses the current status of sexual and reproductive health care and what the future holds for Planned Parenthood.
Revisiting the Finish Fetish and Light and Space movements of recent decades, painter/sculptor R. Nelson Parrish interprets the California art-gestalts with a perspective all his own. Reception October 14, exhibition will be on view through November 5.
The second concert of the season, Camerata Pacifica’s ensemble tries to focus on an intimate and personal connection for the audience to the music and musicians. On that note, join pianist Adam Neiman as he introduces selections from Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes.
October 14-16 CALM Antiques and Vintage Decorative Arts Show and Sale
The west’s finest dealers gather at Earl Warren Showgrounds to sell everything from period furniture, garden artifacts, decorative accessories, paintings estate jewelry, silver, textiles, linens, glassware, china, porcelain, and more. All proceeds benefit CALM, a local nonprofit agency specializing in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
This year Community Counseling and Education Center’s (CCEC) Gala Benefit Motown Downtown will celebrate 27 years of service to the Santa Barbara community by dancing All Night Long with Area 51 at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion.
October 14, 1p.m. and 7:30p.m. pianist Adam Neiman
Camerata Pacifica presents pianist Adam Neiman, hailed as “a pianist who can reveal music as drama” (New York Concert Review) and as “…a genuine rarity…he plays with imagination and authority, not just an extra helping of technique” (Chicago Tribune). Neiman has performed regularly with Camerata Pacifica since 2008.
October 15, 12-4 p.m. SB Beer Festival
Gear up for a great afternoon of sampling the best brewers in the west. All proceeds generated from the ticket revenues go toward two local nonprofits, Elings Park and the Santa Barbara Rugby Association.
October 15, 8 p.m. Mary Oliver
With a connection to the natural world described in evocative and precise imagery, Mary Oliver’s poetry makes the everyday magical. One of the best American poets, she has won both the Pulitzer Prize as well as a National Book Award.
October 15, 10 a.m. and October 16, 2 p.m. Anna Bolena
Missed the live event? Now you can catch an HD screening of all the shows you weren’t able to see the first time around. The opening show of the MET: Live in HD season is Donizetti’s production of the ill-fated Anne Boleyn as she is driven insane by her unfaithful king.
October 15 and 16 Lemon Festival
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, don’t miss the biggest celebration in Goleta! Be a part of the fun family atmosphere while enjoying the food and activites. Golteta fall classic car and street rod show. Pie-eating contest, NEW green business trade show.
Starring Academy Award® Nominees Eric Roberts and Sally Kirkland, with Peter Stormare and Jsu Garcia, “The Wayshower” will have an exclusive free preview screening at the Arlington Theatre followed by a Q&A with co-director/co-writer/star Jsu Garcia and co-writer/co-director Dr. John-Roger, along with selected members of the cast & crew. This film recently won the Las Vegas Film Festival’s highest honor, the Golden Ace Feature Film Award and also the Best Ensemble Cast at Hollywood’s First Glance Film Festival earlier this summer.
October 15-23, Peer Gynt
Westmont College Festival Theatre and Lit Moon Theatre Company present Henrik’s Ibsen’s epic masterpiece in a multi-part, multi-venue production. Part 1 will be performed at the Porter Theatre on the Westmont Campus and part 2 will be performed at Center Stage Theater.
Caly Poly Arts presents one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovate ensemble of performers with and without disabilities. Artists from the company, Rodney Bell and Sonsheree Giles, were dancers on the widely popular television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Axis Dance Company will make you rethink the possibilities of the human body. This performance will take place at Faye and Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly.
October 16, Community Free Day at the Santa Barbara Botanic GardenOctober 16, 4 p.m. Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel
Community Arts Music Association brings director Gustavo Dudamel back to Santa Barbara right after his debut last May. This time he brings with pianist Yefim Bronfman with him. Described as infectious and credited with having made the LA Philharmonic the most interesting orchestra in America, Dudamel is sure to impress yet again.
Sponsored by MarBorg Industries.Along with free entry, visitors can participate in docent tours at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., visit an authentic Japanese Tea House and watch an actual Tea Ceremony, and receive free reusable grocery bags compliments of MarBorg Industries. Santa Barbara Channelkeeper will have an “examination station” by Mission Creek for visitors to explore water bugs and other critters and learn about the watershed. This month’s “Community Free Day” is taking place in the midst of the Fall Plant Sale, as the Garden’s courtyard turns into a native plant wonderland featuring more than 400 varieties. With fall planting season upon us, the Master Gardeners’ table is a great place to get horticultural questions answered and grow native in your home garden.
Eat delicious German food, sample microbrewed beers and fine wine, and enjoy lively music by the Biergarten Musikmeisters in the Lobero Courtyard. They”ll have dancing and singing, bratwurst, sauerkraut, and apfel strudel, fabulous door prizes, and exciting auction items. Come in costume (Victorian Vogue is offering a 10% discount for costumes for this event)! Bring your friends! All proceeds will benefit Santa Barbara Revels and support The Christmas Revels.
Advanced Dancer Daniel Ulbricht and pianist Alan Moverman will explore a mixture of choreography.
October 18 Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra presents Maestro Mozart! 7:30 p.m. Lobero Theatre
The 2011-2012 Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra concert season begins on October 18, 2011, with Maestro Mozart!, a program celebrating the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the 220th anniversary of his death. Maestro Ohyama has programmed overtures from four of Mozart’s best-loved operas (The Marriage of Figaro, Idomeneo, The Impresario, and Don Giovanni), as well as Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, the ’Haffner,’ and his Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488 in A Major. Please visit www.sbco.org or call (805) 966-2441 for more information.
October 18 and 19, 8 p.m. New York City Ballet MOVES
This new enterprise includes a select 25 performers from NYCB’s principals, soloists, corps and musicians. Its first season includes two, live-music, vibrant programs. This event will take place at Granada Theatre.
The old Mission of Santa Inés and its surrounding area has become a highly successful agricultural community. The easy-to-walk pedestrian path connects over 2 dozen sites. The Heritage Trail honors the institutions, attractions and points of interest that tell the educational and compelling story of the area’s rich cultural heritage.
Benefitting the Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County, this event features work by local artists Chris Potter, Wyllis Heaton, Kurtis Ashley Hughes and Kevin Gleason,with 50% of proceeds supporting the Mental Health Association.
October 20, 2 p.m. and October 29, 10 a.m. Don Giovanni
The second show of the season of MET: Live in HD, the video encore presentation of shows you might have missed, features Mariusz Kwiecien playing Mozart’s timeless anti-hero. Directed by Tony-Award winner Michael Grandage and conducted by James Levine.
La Cumbre Plaza’s popular jazz series features free music and special $15 wine tastings withproceeds benefitting local nonprofits.
October 20, 5–7:30 p.m. Colors of Santa Barbara Art Show & Sale
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Mental Health Association of Santa Barbara County present Colors of Santa Barbara! Stroll the lush grounds of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, enjoy live classical guitar, sip on wine, and sample delicious hors d’oeuvres all while viewing plein air artists create works on site. The event features work by local artists Chris Potter, Wyllis Heaton, Kurtis Ashley Hughes and Kevin Gleason. Tickets are $45, artwork will be on sale, and 50% of proceeds will support the Mental Health Association.
October 21, 6–12 p.m.Community Environmental Council’s Green Gala
Welcome to the eco-chic Gypsy Village, which focuses on repurposed, borrowed and recycled elements throughout its fortune tellers and tarot card readers, musicians, servers and exotic tent setting. The event helps the Community Environmental Council with its goal to transition our region off fossil fuels in one generation.
Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy presents the second annual Youth Battle of the Bands to benefit the Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy. Celebrity judges include JR Richards (Dishwalla), Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk), and Howie Rosen (promoter).
October 21, 8 p.m. Mary Robinson
The first woman President of Ireland and a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson is a world leader and strong human rights advocate who puts humanity at the forefront of her politics.
October 21-23 Boo at the Zoo
For a safe, traffic-free night of trick-or-treating, look no further than the zoo. Filled with fun events to participate in like Trick & Treat Trail, the Boo-Choo-Choo train, Spooky Storytelling, Costume Parades and more, it’s sure to be a fun spook-tacular event.
This 57-member orchestra showcases its diversity by performing a variety of music using a wide range of instruments. The conductor, Paul Mori, has been featured on public radio stations for his prestigious “Music in Maryland” series. At Westmont, throughout this whole year, he conducts chamber ensembles and coaches the brass and winds sections.
Just in time for Halloween- the costumes from the PCPA (Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts) extensive warehouse go public. There are an assortment of costumes from various plays and decades, as well as a great selection of shoes, masks, wigs and hats.
Based on Craiglist “missed connections” personal ads, this modern day art show is presented on animation acetate cels , acrylic, aerosol and mixed media. It is co curated with special guests Alex Goetchius, Nathan Vonk and Andi Garcia. The proceeds go to benefit ‘Heart2Hand’ Youth Arts Fund.
Trinity Backstage Coffee House welcomes critically acclaimed songwriter Peter Bradley Adams. Formerly of the duo Eastmountainsouth, the inspiring writer is set to release his fourth solo album, Between Us, on June 14. Come see him perform live!
With opening act Kristi Rose & Fats Kaplin. A fourth generation Californian, Dave Alvin, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and self-described “barroom guitarist,” is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. Since forming the highly influential roots rock/R&B band The Blasters, and throughout his long and critically acclaimed solo career, his 30 years of recordings and live performances move through loud, aggressive rock ‘n’ roll to contemplative acoustic storytelling. His songs have been recorded by a “who’s who” of contemporary roots artists from Los Lobos, Little Milton and Joe Ely to Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry and X; while they have also been featured in many movies and television shows including The Sopranos, True Blood, The Wire, Justified, Six Feet Under, Crybaby, Miss Congeniality and From Dusk to Dawn.
October 22 United Way’s Red Feather Ball
This annual event focuses on Fun in the Sun, a collaboration of more than 30 public and private agencies that offers life-changing summer activities for homeless and poverty-level children.
October 22, 2 p.m. Let’s Talk Dance!
The Brian Brooks Moving Company does minimalist works with an unexpected and delightful sense of whimsy. The company is well-known for live performances that incorporate video, animation, visual art, music, and sound design to create pure synergy. Hear insider tips on what he’ll be bringing to his upcoming DANCEworks residency at the Lobero and ask your questions.
October 22, 8 p.m. Peter Bradley Adams
Formerly one half of the duo, Eastmountainsouth, Peter Bradley Adams since released three solo records and many of his songs have appeared in films and television shows. You will not want to miss this fast developing songwriter!
October 22, 8-10 p.m. and 23, 3-5 p.m. Fantastique Opening
Nir Kabaretti conducts one of today’s top cellists, Lynn Harrell, through three magnificent pieces. The concert opens with contemporary American composer John Adam’s Tromba Lontana, followed by Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto. The night ends with Berlioz’s romantic piece Symphonie Fantastique, which follows an artist as he escapes hopeless love.
October 22-23, Ecotopia: Creating Conscious Communities
A two-day festival in the mountains of Ojai celebrating a balance between social and ecological well-being that embraces both ancient wisdom and state-of-the-art technology.
This is sure to be a great show as very talented artists share their work with the community. There will be art wear, jewelry, accessories, handbags, clothing, lotions and tasty treats to choose from. This event is free and is a wonderful start to finding all those holiday gift items.
October 22, 1-4 p.m., The Art of R.W. Firestone
Robert Firestone is an artist who utilizes a variety of images and impressions and whose insights into life are a very personal offering to others. At this release party, come meet Robert and taste new wines at his art reception. This event will take place at the Artiste studio on Los Olivos. Tickets are free to members and $15 for guests.
In the second book in her series for business-minded teens, Barbara Greenleaf’sGood-to-Go Café follows a half-Jewish/half Hispanic teenager as he tries to find himself and success as a chef. You’ll recognize Santa Barbara in this funny, inspirational, and informative novel. Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State St.
October 23 Chowder Fest
Don’t miss Food & Home Magazine’s 2nd Annual Chowder Competition. Last year, a whopping 26 local restaurants made it extremely difficult for a panel of judges to decide who to award for the two categories: Clam and Creative. There’s also a separate award for the People’s Choice. The Boathouse at Hendrie’s Beach currently displays the revolving trophy for their divinely delicious Whiskey Crab Chowder. Proceeds benefit Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County.
Before catching the show on the 25th, the talented Hubbard Street dancer, Penny Suanders, teaches a contemporary dance class open to the public. If you have ever wanted to learn to dance with guidance from a professional, now is a better time than any to learn!
October 25, 8 p.m. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
One of the world’s most original forces in contemporary dance, this group of 16 dancers are known for their unparalleled versatility as well as for having the highest artistic standards. Innovative and diverse, this group is sure to thrill.
October 25, 7 p.m. Reading to Feature Author, Salmon Fisher
Leslie Leyland Fields is an author, speaker, editor and an active participant in the salmon fishing industry in Kodiak, Alaska. At Westmont College, Fields will read from her most recent essay “One Skiff, Two Women, Wild Ocean: A Life in Alaska.” The lecture is sure to be inspiring and stimulating.
UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the Santa Barbara debut of Planet Money LIVE, the entertaining and humorous live stage version of National Public Radio’s economics radio show at UCSB Campbell Hall in a presentation titled The Economy, Explained. Did somebody just say economics? Don’t worry! Once these lively explicators get started, they keep things witty, easy to understand and rolling along.
October 26 & November 2 &9 Free Noontime Bohéme Concert
As rehearsal begin for La bohéme, Opera Santa Barbara is offering free noontime concerts featuring members of 2011 Studio Artists Program. The concerts will take place in Granada Theater.
Join CAF for a family friendly night of ghoulish delights, crafted with fun activities for all ages. Free activities include wine tasting from Kunin Wine’s premiere selections, face painting and hair tinseling by Paul Mitchell the School. Carved pumpkins may be submitted the day before or carved at the pre-party session on October 27 at 7 p.m.
Renowned pumpkin carver Dennis Banning will instruct a “grown ups-only” pumpkin carving class at Oreana Winery. Banning has held seminars at Chicago’s Smith & Hawken for many years and has even made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show! There will also be a screening of Creepshow, the 1982 black comedy straight from the mind of Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero. Fabulous new Oreana wines, toasted pumpkin seeds, and fresh-popped corn will be available. For ages 21 and older.
October 28, 6 p.m. Invasion: An Extraterrestrial Halloween at Canary Hotel!
On Friday, October 28th from 6–11p.m., Canary Hotel is rolling out the landing pad for an otherworldly invasion in what is surely going to be their best Halloween bash yet! There will be a costume contest, drink specials, a DJ dual featuring Matty Matt vs. Pat Swayzak, and more! Alien inspired attire is encouraged, so get your E.T. costume and your Martian dance moves ready! Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door.
Rob Kapilow captivates his audience full of both adults and children with his classical music. He unravels the beauty of this music genre and help listeners to appreciate it in all new ways. This event will take place at Lobero Theater and a lively Q & A will follow the performance.
Want to get your children to the theater? Well, now is your chance. The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra incorporates sophisticated references to classical and popular music into a parable about prejudice. Come watch and enjoy Rob Kapilow’s version of this Dr. Suess classic.
October 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Van Jones Presents Green For All: The Next American Economy
A benefit event for Sustainable Vocations, a sustainability and leadership training program for young people. Van Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy and the event will be held at the Marjorie Luke Theatre. Tickets are available at the Lobero Box Office, online or by calling 805/963-0761.
October 29 Summit for Danny
Hit the trail to help raise funds for the first outpatient treatment center for teens in Santa Barbara, the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Treatment Center. Includes three hikes that range from easy to advanced, each followed by a community barbecue.
Get into the Halloween spirit and don’t miss the SPOOktacular activities like costume contests, trick or treating and magic tricks at the Boocara Bar. There will also be an outdoor movie screening of the Nightmare Before Christmas. All of these fun activities will take place at the Bacara Resort & Spa.
Ever heard of a flash mob? Well, a couple days before Halloween, people around the world will simultaneously perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller to celebrate a one-of-a-kind global dance experience. This year’s Santa Barbara event benefits San Martin Chiquito. It’s not too late to join in the Thriller dance practices! No experience needed.
October 29 and 30 Concours d’Elegance
Luxury automotives come to Santa Barbara this October. The top antique, vintage, classic, exotic and modern American and European automobiles come together with fine food and wine, are and fashion.
On the 29th, The Kingston Candy Company hosts a wonderful Arabian night with Princess Jasmine. Come enjoy candy, cake and a special reading by the beautiful Princess herself. On the 30th, expect a visit from Captain Voltaire from Star Wars. The best part? These events are completely free!
This year’s fair comes just before Halloween and offers a haunted house, petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin carving contests, batting cages and even a cake walk. There is also a Coyote Club Corner, a play area designed for preschoolers. With live music, ice cream and BBQ, there is something for every member of the family. Admission is free and open to the public. This event is located at Crane School in Montecito.
October 30, 4 p.m. Screening of the film classic “Nosferatu”
The Santa Barbara International film festivals presents a pre-Halloween screening of the silent film “Nosferatu.” Live music and sounds effects will be performed by Scott Foppiano on the pipe organ. The silent film, shot in 1922, still continues to pack theaters with spectators all over the world. Tickets are available at the Arlington box office.
Tovaris is an international dance legend and choreographer. He has choreographed world tours of artists like Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls and Janet Jackson. He has also worked with So You Think You Can Dance, MTV and American Idol. He will hosting different level dance classes as well as holding autograph and photo sessions for his fans.
This year’s Theatre League lineup is a terrific one, starting with Blue Man Group in November. The season all includes My Fair Lady, Young Frankenstein and Cirque Dreams. All shows are at the beautiful Granada Theatre.
Happy American Craft Beer Week! Santa Barbara is privileged to have several craft breweries to help us wet our whistles, and we celebrated a few of our favorite brewmasters and local breweries with our Cheers to Beer! video. Keep your eye out around town for special beer events and tastings, talks with brew masters and connoisseurs, and discounts on hoppy goodness.