Datebook Seasonal Events for September 2011

Posted on Aug 10 by SEASONS Magazine

Through September 4 Richard Schloss at the Easton Gallery

557 Hot Springs Road, Montecito. The gallery is open weekends from 1 – 5 and by appointment.

September 1, 7 p.m. , “Kegan McGurk, Memory Drain,” at the Forum Lounge, CAF

Artist Kegan McGurk, assisted by Elisabeth McMullin, will produce stories using a digital “magic” system developed by McGurk to mix augmented reality with three-dimensional programming.

September 1, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Opera Under the Stars

Don’t miss your last chance to be a part of this year’s season! Directed and played by Renee Hamaty, soprano Megan O’Toole and baritone Eric Carampatan produce this night of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The evening includes a three-course meal prepared by Chef Jeff Magown.

“Yes is a long time”

September 1, 6-8 p.m. The Canary Sings
Santa Barbara Vocal Jazz Foundation presents the best end-of-summer party. Listen to music by Vocal Point and the VIP Combo while enjoying light fare an wine generously provided by Herzog Winery on the Canary Hotel’s delightful rooftop.

September 1, Jonas Jungblut, 5-8 p.m.

Artist’s reception at Viva Design Studio

September 1, 5.7 p.m., Jazz at the Plaza, Teka & New Bossa

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

September 1-18 Caroline or Change 
Set in 1963, this production asks the question, what is the price of integrity? Caroline Thibodeaux, a divorced African-American housemaid, must decide between taking the extra change found in the laundry to help give her children a better future, or to return the money and hold onto her principles. A Tony Award nominated score featuring musical styles including blues, R&B, soul and gospel, it swings with power and pride.

Nell Brooker Mayhew, Song of the Sycamores, circa 1910, etched monotype, 8 x 8 inches.

September 1 through November 27, Sullivan Goss presents Nell Brooker Mayhew, Delicate Resilience

Opening reception September 1 from 5-8 p.m. Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery is pleased to present NELL BROOKER MAYHEW: Delicate Resilience, a new exhibition of early twentieth century paintings on paper and canvas from the Estate of the Artist.  Held in dark closets by the artist’s daughters and now in the gallery’s vaults, most of the works in the exhibition haven’t been shown in almost a hundred years and retain an astonishing freshness.

Also on view: Angela Perko, LA’s RISEN.

September 2 through November 19, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz “Universal Platform” on exhibit at Westmont College

Fee, opening reception Friday, September 2, from 4-6 p.m. A conversation with the artists is scheduled for 5 p.m.

September 2, 5-7 p.m. Reception for Artist Harmony Hammond at Left Coast Books

“Erasing Censorship” an exhibition of bronze sculptures, mixed media drawings and digital prints by Harmony Harmony will be will on view September 1 through October 22.

September 3, 2:30-6 p.m. Wild Horse Walk
An intensive study of wild horses, herd behavior, and the horse’s role in the American West. Participants get a tour of the facility with an educational overview and then hike into the hills, quietly observing the herds.

September 6, Famine Relief Benefit Concert, 6 p.m. Center Stage Theater, Paseo Nuevo

In response to the widespread famine in East Africa affecting twelve million people, Santa Barbara musicians and dancers are banding together to present a marathon concert. All proceeds will go to Direct Relief International.

September 6, Fashion’s Night Out at Paseo Nuevo, 4-9 p.m.

One-of-a-kind events and extras, including D.J. Bennett and DJ Ty Ash-Lasaca in Center Court. Also fashion shows, product demos and more.

September 8, 5-7 p.m., Jazz at the Plaza featuring John Crosse & La Cumbre Jazz All Stars

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

September 9, Maya Angelou, 8 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre

The recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Dr. Maya Angelou’s talks are always uplifting and inspirational and this year Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider will honor her by declaring “Maya Angelou Day” in the city of Santa Barbara.

September 9 Whitney Brooks Abbott and Whitney Brooks Hansen at the Easton Gallery

557 Hot Springs Road, Montecito. The gallery is open weekends from 1 – 5 and by appointment.

September 9-10, Speaking of Stories Presents A Night at the Opera, Center Stage Theater, 8 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday

A collection of beautiful Arias from Carmen, La Boheme, and more, intermingled with stories and anecdotes that take you backstage.

September 10 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes 

Team up with your family, friends and co-workers or simply walk by yourself on this five-mile fundraiser supporting research to find the cure for diabetes.

September 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Volunteer Work Day at Return to Freedom
The second Saturday of each month, join the staff at Return To Freedom, an American wild horse sanctuary, as they tackle various projects around the ranch. Arrive early Saturday morning, work all day and go for a hike into the hills to visit the herds in the late afternoon.

September 10, 7 p.m. Bluesman Robert “Bilbo” Walker 
Born in the heart of blues country, near famed Clarksdale, Mississippi, Robert “Bilbo” Walker fell in love with the blues when he heard Ike Turner play. In the ensuing decades Walker has honed his gritty guitar playing and singing, and combined them with a flamboyant personal appearance and a dynamic stage show, featuring his Chuck Berry duck walk and accompanying dancing girls. Presented by the Santa Barbara Blues Society with The Henderson Brothers opening. Featuring barbeque, beer and wine as well as a dance floor.

September 11, 12–3 p.m. Arthritis Foundation’s Taste of the Town
Santa Barbara’s original tasting event celebrates its 30th year, and you won’t want to miss it. The event features samples from many of Santa Barbara’s optimum restaurants and wineries. All proceeds from the event benefit Arthritis Foundation.

September 11, 6 p.m. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
This tour follows the August 2010 release of Grammy award winning album ‘God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise,’ the first time LaMontagne worked as singer/producer in a band setting, and it follows his folk style with a new twist. Joined by special guests Brandi Carlile and Vusi Mahlasela, this is bound to be a great show.

September 11, 5:30 p.m., LifeChronicles presents Honoring, Remembering and Celebrating Life at the Lobero Theatre

A personal tragedy was felt in Santa Barbara on 9/11 when the young life of Chad Keller was lost in the Pentagon crash. A year after his death, LifeChronicles was honored to film stories of Chad as told by friends and family ensuring that future generations will never forget the life that Chad lived. Guests will also enjoy the beautiful words and haunting performance of Ottiliana Rolandsson, Ph.D., as she remembers the legendary film actress in I Was Greta Garbo, her one-woman play which brings the mysterious, reclusive film star to life on the historic stage of the Lobero Theatre. Includes a post-performance reception featuring fine foods, drinks and a silent auction.

September 11, 12-3 p.m. Taste of the Town
Santa Barbara’s original tasting event celebrates its 30th year and you won’t want to miss it! The event features samples from many of Santa Barbara’s optimum restaurants and wineries. All proceeds to the event benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

September 11, ELAN performs at Soho, 9:30 p.m.

With his second solo album Fall 2011 release We Are on the horizon ELAN (former lead singer of Bob Marley’s Wailers) will begin touring the California coast with premier reggae band Katchafire, American singer/songwriter sensation Trevor Hall, and Hebrew reggae artist Zadik.

September 13, 7 p.m. Fleet Foxes 
The Walkmen open for Fleet Foxes at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

September 14 Tales from the Tavern presents Rod Picott with Amanda Shires and Slaid Cleaves

September 14 Girls Inc.’s 100 Committee Luncheon
The 100 Committee, a volunteer group of women from the Santa Barbara community, is dedicated to raising scholarships for girls who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in Girls Inc. programs. Held at the home of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, the event features speaker Kate Somerville, an expert on skin health.

September 14, 4:30 p.m., Artist Lecture with Laura Krifka at SBCC Art Department, room H111

The work of artist Laura Krifka is currently on view (through September 23) at the Atkinson Gallery, Known primarily as a painter, she also exhibits sculpture and video. The sculptures grew out of her paintings and videos grew out of her sculpture. They now all inform one another. Visually arresting, her art commingles beauty, myth, power, identity, seduction and terror. These works’ apparent innocence is laced with sensual tension.

September 15, 5:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Lecture

Author Brian Burd discusses the early careers of Allan & Malcolm Loughheed (later changed to Lockheed) and their time in Santa Barbara

September 15 Man and Woman of the Year
Join Santa Barbara Foundation’s celebration in honoring our community’s finest citizens. Bestowed upon two individuals who have made a significant positive impact on the Santa Barbara community through their volunteer work, involvement and contributions.

September 15, 5-7 p.m., Jazz at the Plaza featuring Lois Mahalia

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

September 15 and 22, 8 p.m. Loveland
Writer/performer Ann Randolph embodies many characters for this hilarious and deeply human show.

September 15, 5-6:30 p.m., Faces of the Ojai Studio Artists

Ojai City Hall Invitational Gallery, located at 401 S. Ventura Street, Ojai presents Faces of the Ojai Studio Artists, an exhibition by renowned photographer Donna Granata, September 12 through November 11. A public reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, September 15 from 5-6:30 p.m.

September 16, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Camerata Pacifica 
This chamber music ensemble composed of the finest performers from around the world is starts out the fall season with Rachmaninoff’s ‘Prelude in C-sharp minor,’ Crumb’s ‘Vox Balaenae for three Masked Players,’ DeMey’s ‘Musique de Table,’ and Reich’s ‘Sextet.’

September 16-18 Danish Days 
Be a part of Solvang’s 75th annual event dedicated to reflecting on the Danish culture that’s still alive and well today. The three days include a multitude of events, including parades, live music, dancing and shows as well as traditional food to try out on your taste buds. Come be a Dane for the weekend!

September 16-18, noon to 4 p.m. “Picasso & The Secret Muse”

Visit Karpeles Manuscript Museum (21 W. Anapamu St.) for this special opportunity to take an artistic journey of original work by Picasso, Modigliani, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, & Renoir with hosts James and Stevenett.  See unknown portraits of Max Jacob, Marie Laurencin, Apollinaire, Dufy, Picasso and many other historic masters through the eyes and works of their secret muse, American born Gaston Longchamp.  Hosted by Leslie James and Diane Stevenett with an opening reception on September 16 from 6:30-10 p.m. For more information, call 805/895-5121.

September 17 Day of Caring
It’s the 20th annual day of giving back to the community through helping local non-profit organizations. Lend a hand on the tasks the United Way agencies don’t generally have the resources to do themselves. Volunteers help plant trees, repair classrooms and paint over graffiti, even stuff envelopes.

September 17, 4–8 p.m. Bread & Roses
Travel to the top of Ortega Hill in Summerland for a night to celebrate Fund for Santa Barbara’s work while raising money for the its technical assistance and grant-making programs. The evening includes a buffet-style dinner featuring some of the region’s finest restaurants, as well as a silent and live auction.

September 17 Sings Like Hell presents The Gourds 
Finishing up the summer Series #29, the Gourds are joined by a special guest. Songwriters Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith have made country a genre of deep thought, writing timeless music that make them some of today’s best American songwriters.

September 17-January 8 Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910–12 
After being on exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, all summer, this intimate exhibition comes to Santa Barbara. Featuring 15 paintings and 25 prints of Georges Braque’s and Pablo Picasso’s during one of the most prolific and intensely experimental exchanges in the history of art, this is the first presentation to focus on how they helped invent the revolutionary art form now known as Analytic Cubism. A central theme of the show is the role of format and its representational consequences in the Cubist experiment. Along with the exhibition, scholarly essays will be featured as well as new way to look at the illustrations produced through spectral imaging.

September 17-25 Vintages Week in Santa Ynez

September 17, 9 a.m. to noon, Bacara’s Coastal Cleanup Day, Haskell’s Beach

Each year, Bacara assembles a team of employees and volunteers to comb the local beaches for trash and debris in an effort to restore the cherished coastline. In 2010, the Bacara team covered 2 miles of land, and successfully removed 113 pounds of trash and 456 pounds of recyclables. With continued support from staff and volunteers, this year’s event will make an even more substantial impact! Volunteers will meet at the beach house, down the dirt path that begins at Bacara’s tennis courts. Parking will be available at the beach parking lot, also near the tennis courts. Please RSVP to Henry Ventura at

September 17-November 5, Mollie Favour, New Works on exhibit at Cabana Home (in collaboration with Edward Cella Art + Architecture)

Artist Talk and Opening Reception at 4 p.m. on September 17.

September 18, 5–8 p.m. Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network’s Sunset Cruise
Hop aboard the Channel Cat and enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and a raffle for a Bud Bottoms sculpture, all to help support the care of local wildlife.

September 18, FREE Community Day at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Sponsored by Citrix Online. 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 get horticultural questions answered by Master Gardeners, who will have an information table in our Garden Growers Nursery along with a free seeds to sow in mini-pots for kids 12 and under. In addition, for every Garden membership purchased, visitors will receive a free, one-gallon native plant.

September 20, 6 p.m. Green Drinks at Lobero Theatre Courtyard

Toast the greener Lobero with LoaTree and friends for September’s Green Drinks benefit for the Sustainable, Organic, Local (SOL) Food Festival. Cost is $10 and includes a complimentary glass of wine fromMartian Vineyard, and hors d’ oeuvres featuring local farm products.

September 20-23 Drawn to Wild Horses
Join Kim McElroy, one of America’s most beloved equine artists, and Sandra Wallin, a transformative equine guided learning specialist, on an experiential getaway to help benefit Return to Freedom: The American Wild Horse Sanctuary.

September 21 Tales from the Tavern presents Ruby Jane and Butch Hancock

September 21- January Island Encounters: The Art and Conservation of the Channel Islands

September 21, 11 a.m. Santa Barbara Historic Museum, Lecture and Book Signing

Author Frederic Claire Chiles talks about “Santa Cruz Island”

September 22, 5-7 p.m., Jazz at the Plaza featuring Big Time Boogie Woogie Orchestra

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

September 22–October 2 Planned Parenthood’s Annual Book Sale
Paradise for bookworms, the largest used-book sale in the tri-counties caters to all age groups and interests. Attend the opening night reception to get an early start on your selections while enjoying wine and refreshments.

September 23, 8 p.m. The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute at the Lobero

This loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil. Hear record-perfect live performances of such classics as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude.”

September 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gainey Vineyards Crush Party 
Join in a lively celebration of winemaking. Pick grapes straight off the vine, enjoy cooking and wine tasting demonstrations and go for a hayride. Also don’t miss out on the tri-tip and chicken Santa Ynez style barbecue or the infamous barefoot grape stomp!

September 24, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Living History Tour
The day starts with an educational presentation, followed by a tour of the ranch facilities and a walk to the edge of the hills to see the horses. Tour focuses on the historical significance of America’s wild horses and current political issues that threaten their survival.

September 24, 8 p.m. Michael Lille
A modern Renaissance man, Michael Lille is an amazing singer, writer and guitar player. With a gift for heartfelt lyrics, he’s a 1993 Kerrville New Folk winner and winner of the 1996 Telluride Troubadour competition. Keep an eye out for more nights of live acoustic music from artists that might otherwise never be heard, every fourth Saturday of the month.

September 24, 5–8 p.m. Breast Cancer Resource Center’s Think Pink
Come to the hottest pink party ever and support free educational programs and services for breast cancer patients. Includes fun pink cocktails, amazing hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts enjoyed to live music, as well as a silent and live auction.

September 24, 8 p.m. Tower of Power
One of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage, Tower of Power has been pleasing fans with their unique soul music since 1968.

September 24, 6:30 p.m., Don Henley, Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys at the Santa Barbara Bowl

September 24-25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Barbara ARTwalk 
Come check out more than 200 works of art while listening to live music and enjoying tasty food along the oak-shaded Mission Creek. Also, don’t forget to watch some art demonstrations and see the Children’s ARTwalk. All proceeds support the museum’s programs.

September 25 Santa Barbara Beautiful’s Annual Awards: Serenading Santa Barbara 
Dedicated to beautifying our community through such actions as landscaping and public art, Santa Barbara Beautiful’s annual awards recognize outstanding contributions to the beautification of Santa Barbara.

September 25, 7 p.m. Bright Eyes at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Kurt Vile & the Violators are the opening band.

September 28- November 13 Where Humans & Nature Intersect

September 29, 5-7 p.m., Jazz at the Plaza featuring Gina Eckstein

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

September 29-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.

September 29-October 9 Morning’s At Seven
In the pre-WWII year 1938 in Midwestern America, crises interrupts a family of four sisters in their sixties and seventies, who have lived their entire lives within walking distance of each other, allowing us to perceive the joys and struggles, the affections and resentments that are fundamental to relationships, aging, and domestic conflicts.

September 30-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. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

September 30-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.


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