Datebook Seasonal Events for October

Posted on Aug 15 by SEASONS Magazine


Ongoing: performances of  “Andrew the Jelling Stone Seeker” at the Jelling Stone Museum, Solvang

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

NPR's Planet MoneyThrough-October 2, “Yes is a long time”

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.

SBBG Plant Sale (SBBG)

SBBG Plant Sale (SBBG)

October 1-31, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Native Plant Sale and Fundraiser

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

Through November 5, Mollie Favour: New Works

Mollie Favour Fig #1, 2011

Mollie Favour Fig #1, 2011

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.

October 1-31, Mahrokh Targhibi Bonderson at the Faulkner East Gallery (Santa Barbara Public Library)

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.

October 2, Tales from the Tavern presents Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka

October 2, 4 p.m. Leymah GBowee, UCSB’s Campbell Hall

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents a free lecture by African peace activist Leymah GBowee on “Mighty Be Our Powers–How Sisterhood, Prayer and Sex Changed a Nation at War,” which is the topic of her memoir.

October 2, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre at the Lobero

October 2, noon to 4 p.m. Elings Park Day of Play Festival

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.

October 4, 6:30 p.m., Journey with Styx at Santa Barbara Bowl

October 5, 5:30 p.m. Opera Santa Barbara Celebrates “La Vie Boheme”

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.

October 5, 7:30 p.m. Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at the Arlington Theatre


October 5, 7 p.m., “Revenge of the Electric Car” benefit for the Sustainability Project

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.

October 6, 5-7 p.m. Santa Barbara Sculptor’s Guild Annual Reception

October 6, 6 p.m, Tiesto with Porter Robinson at Santa Barbara Bowl

October 6, 5-7 p.m., Jazz at the Plaza featuring Chuck Flores Quartet

La Cumbre Plaza’s popular jazz series features free music and special $15 wine tastings withproceeds benefitting local nonprofits.

October 6, 5,9 p.m., Born in the 20s at MichaelKate Interiors and Gallery

An exhibition of works from artists who were born in the 1920s, including Bob Frame, Leonard Edmondson, Robert S. Neuman, Margaret Singer, Ken Nack and others.

October 6, 7 p.m., Arts Outreach Benefit Evening

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.

October 8, 1p.m.-5p.m. Ojai Raptor Center, For the Birds

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.

Glen CampbellOctober 9, 7 p.m. Glen Campbell Benefit Concert for Alzheimer’s Association

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.

October 9, 2-4 p.m., Sculptor Francis Jansen unveils “Pillars of Providence” at La Casa de Maria

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.

October 11, 8 p.m. the New Gary Burton Quartet at the Lobero Theatre

October 12, Healing Hands for Arthritis

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.

October 13, 5-7 p.m., Jazz at the Plaza featuring Vocal Point & Jazz All Stars

La Cumbre Plaza’s popular jazz series features free music and special $15 wine tastings withproceeds benefitting local nonprofits.

October 13, The Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film  fundraiser for the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Four Seasons Biltmore 

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.

October 13-30, Ensemble Theatre presents Underneath the Lintel

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.

October 13, 5:30 p.m. Free Green Building Workshop from Allen Associates

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.

October 14, 8 p.m., Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation presents An Evening of Laughter and Love, honoring Carol Burnett 

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.

October 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., R. Nelson Parrish featured at 2nd Fridays ART @TCSB

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.

October 14, 1 p.m and 7:30 p.m. Camerata Pacifica

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.

Motown Downtown benefit for CECOctober 14, Motown Downtown  benefit for Community Counseling and Education Center

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, 7 p.m., Death Cab for Cutie at Santa Barbara Bowl

Opening band is Explosions in the Sky.

October 15, 8 p.m. An Evening with Konrad Kono at the Lobero

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.

October 15, 5 p.m., Free Screening of “The Wayshower”

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.

October 15, 8 p.m. Axis Dance Company

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.

October 16, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Cancer Center Santa Barbara Walk/Run
Support local cancer research by joining the 5k or 10k run.

October 16, 4 p.m., Santa Barbara Revels presents Oktoberfest fundraiser

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.

October 17, 5:30 p.m., Gustafson School of Dance

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 MajorPlease visit 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.

October 19 Tales from the Tavern presents Kacey Cubero and Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin


October 19, 2:30 p.m. Solvang Heritage Trail Dedication Ceremony

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.

October 20, 5-7:30 p.m. Colors of Santa Barbara Art Show and Sale

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.

October 20, 5-7 p.m., Jazz at the Plaza featuring Eje

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.

October 21, 8 p.m. Youth Battle of the Bands at the Lobero

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.

October 21 8 p.m. & October 23, 3 p.m., Alumnus Paul Mori ’77

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.

October 21-22 PCPA’s Theaterfest Halloween Costume Sale

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.

October 21 through November 10 DisMiss’d Connections Art Show

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.

October 22, 8 p.m. Peter Bradley Adams Live     

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!

October 22, 8 p.m. Sings Like Hell presents Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones

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.

October 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Art Walk for Kids/Adults Trunk Show

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.

October 23, 7 p.m., Paul Simon at the Santa Barbara Bowl

October 23, 2-4 p.m., Author Barbara Greenleaf Signs Good-to-Go Cafe

In the second book in her series for business-minded teens, Barbara Greenleaf’s Good-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.

October 24, 5:30 p.m., Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Master Class

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.

October 26, 8 p.m. Planet Money LIVE, The Economy, Explained

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.

October 27, 5-7 p.m., Jazz at the Plaza featuring Pearla Batalla

La Cumbre Plaza’s popular jazz series features free music and special $15 wine tastings withproceeds benefitting local nonprofits.

October 27, 4:30 p.m., deadmau5 at Santa Barbara Bowl

World-renowned electronic music from the Meadowingtons Hax tour, supporting acts include Feed Me, Le Castle, Vania, Jason Bentley and SOFI.

Evil Dead: The MusicalOctober 27-31, Evil Dead: The Musical

Based on Sam Raimi’s 1980s cult classic films and presented by Out of the Box Theatre Company. Center Stage Theater, 8 p.m.

October 28, 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Arts Forum’s Free Pumpkin Carving Contest and Autumnal Wine Tasting

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.

October 28, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. “Grown-Ups Only” Pumpkin Carving Class and Film Screening

 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.

October 28, 7:30 p.m. Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring

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.

October 29, 4:30 p.m. Family Musik: Green Eggs and Hamadeus

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.

October 29, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Boocara!

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.

October 29 Dance Flash Thriller

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.

October 29 & 30, 1 p.m. Halloween Anniversary Party

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!

October 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Crane Country Fair

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.

October 30, 12 p.m. Hip Hop/Jazz Funk with Tovaris

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.

October 31, 10:30 a.m. An Autumnal Lunch

Join Pascale in the kitchen and learn to prepare a great seasonal meal, which includes wild mushrooms in parchment parcels, roasted persimmons and a vanilla-lemon crème Fraiche.


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