Through April 6, SUSPENSIONS: Claudia Perez-Pavon
The Atkinson Gallery is hosting the first U.S. solo exhibition by award-winning painter Claudia Perez-Pavon. Her oil paintings that are made on translucent surfaces must be examined from all angles to be fully understood. With each new view, the image changes suggesting that her subjects and our understanding of them are constantly evolving. Please note that the exhibition will be closed for SBCC’s Spring Break from March 23–March 31.
Through April 21 Artist Focus: Anne Ward
Marcia Burtt Studio features painter Anne Ward, along with other artists, to showcase her work with color and patterns.
Through April 30 Botanic Garden’s Spring Plant Sale
What better way to celebrate spring than to take a stroll through Santa Barbara’s beautiful Botanic Garden? Every day during the month of April, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Botanic Garden comes alive with lush and exotic plant life for sale.
Through April 30 Wine Cask Fundraiser to Support The Granada Theatre
This month, dine at Santa Barbara’s Wine Cask for lunch and 10% of your check will be donated to support The Granada Theatre’s efforts. Please note that lunch is served Tuesdays-Saturdays.
Through April 30 Waxing Poetic Poetry Contest
This April is National Poetry Month, and Waxing Poetic invites you to celebrate by entering its contest for the chance to win a personalized heart emblazoned necklace. Submit your entries to Waxing Poetic’s Facebook page and you could be the lucky winner!
Through May 8 UCSB Arts & Lectures Spring Events
UCSB is offering everything from artist talks and concerts to their Spring lecture series. All are invited to come here comic artist Scott McCloud, hear a concert from the legendary Bernadette Peters of Broadway fame and enjoy An Evening with Eric Lawson, New York Times’ bestselling nonfiction author. Find a full listing of lectures online.
Through May 4 Swarm: A Collaboration with Bees
Several artists offer their artistic interpretations of bees and hive culture, including such mediums as beeswax tiles and projections of bee images in a six-sided room, as well as other artistic offerings. Reservations required.
Through May 25 Reversal: An Exhibition by Kimberly Hahn Artist Reception
Part consignment bookstore, part edgy gallery, Left Coast Books invites guests to view its newest exhibition, “Reversal. Hahn’s contemporary art exhibit explores the question of “unmediated” perception and reality.
More than 70 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs provide a glimpse into the multifaceted nature of art produced in Latin America during this dynamic 60-year period in the 20th century. Culled from the museum’s permanent collection and several private collections, exhibited works navigate a wide range of subject matter between the realms of myth and materiality, allowing us to consider works on individual and universal levels.
Through June 2 This World is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs
More than 50 photographs and photographic montages, spanning the period from 1962 to the present, trace the fascinating and wide-ranging career of New York- and New Mexico-based Danny Lyon. Lyon uses his camera lens to directly engage his subjects and display his concern for those on the margin of society.
Through June 2, Robin Gowen‘s “Night Must Wait” at Sullivan Goss
Celebrated for her ability to depict the brilliance of California’s rolling hills, Robin Gowen’s new exhibition, “Night Must Wait,” is on viewing at Sullivan Goss through Sunday, June 2.
Through June 9 Scenery, Story, Spirit: American Painting and Sculpture
Between the 1830s and the end of World War I, American art came into its own, and now Santa Barbara Museum of Art, along with guest curator Peter John Brownlee, have compiled a selection of masterpieces in the American painting and Sculpture exhibition.
Early 20th-century paintings celebrating our state’s unique and specific topography and climate grace Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s walls, with plein air pieces depicting California nature from San Francisco to San Diego. Also called California Impression, this style of painting was adapted from French Impressionistic techniques and seeks to reproduce the natural light and beauty of this state.
Through August 11 From Field to Factory, Oxnard’s Beat Generation Exhibit
The exhibit includes never-before-exhibited photographs of the American Beet Sugar Factory in Oxnard, illustrating the rise of one of Ventura County’s most important historical crops.
April 1–10 CAF Loves Brazil
Join CAF Executive Director Miki Garcia as she leads an art-filed tour of Brazil’s most exciting art museums, artists’ studios, private collections and other cultural places. Travel from Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janiero while experiencing one of South America’s favorite artistic fairs, SP Arte.
April 2, 7:30 p.m. Jesse Cook at Lobero
World renowned guitarist Jesse Cook is bringing his jazzy melodies to Santa Barbara. After playing sold out tours around the world for the past two years and selling over one millions records, Cook is ready to awe audiences with his smooth jazz performance.
April 2, 8 p.m. Bobby McFerrin, Spirit You All
A matchless vocal improviser with breathtaking vocal range, 10-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin returns with his latest project, Spirit You All, influenced by the spirituals his father (opera singer Robert McFerrin, Sr.) sang. Expect deep soulfulness, poignancy, beauty and pure fun in an exhilarating program celebrating the transcendence of the American spirit.
April 4–13 Bill W. and Dr. Bob
Happy Destiny Productions presents the incredible story of the two men who founded Alcoholics Anonymous, along with their wives, who founded Al Anon. Through a series of events, the men create a friendship and keep each other sober.
April 4–21, The Year of Magical Thinking
A hauntingly beautiful memoir about love and loss comes to life by award-winning author Joan Didion on the stage. Linda Purl performs in this one-woman show sure to bring tears and laughs from all.
April 4, 8 p.m. The Moth Mainstage
“Brilliant” and “quietly addictive,” The Moth, New York’s hottest literary phenomenon, is an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of storytelling (The Guardian). The Moth Mainstage features memorable true stories—each no more than 10 minutes long—told live without notes by an all-star lineup of tellers. Some are dramatic, witty, suspenseful or wondrous—and perhaps some are all these things and more.
April 4, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Danny Lyon Book Signing
Meet photographer Danny Lyon as he autographs copies of his books, including Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, Knace of Hearts, and his new book, Deep Sea Diver.
April 4, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Family 1st Thursdays
Head to Santa Barbara Museum of Art every 1st Thursday for a hands-on art experience. The museum’s teaching artists create exhibition-inspired art projects and fun for all ages. Also on May 2.
April 4, 5–8 p.m. Janelle Lynch Book Signing
Janelle Lynch will be signing her latest book, Los Jardines de Mexico, a publication featuring stunning color photography taken between 2002 and 2007. Lynch explores theme of death, regeneration and preservation.
April 4, 6:30 p.m. David Starkey Poetry Reading
Former Santa Barbara poet-laureate reads from his new collection of poetry, Circus Maximus.
April 5, 8 p.m. Alison Balsom & Scottish Ensemble
Firmly established as one of the world’s leading trumpeters, Alison Balsom also ranks among classical music’s great ambassadors. In what’s sure to be an electrifying performance, she plays with the versatile and always surprising Scottish Ensemble, a tight-knit group of outstanding string players. Their 2012 album with Balsom, Seraph, won high praise from reviewers around the globe.
April 5, 5–7 p.m. The Arts Fund Presents Big Splash
Providing surfers with epic waves and beach lovers with a salty paradise, the ocean serves as an artistic muse and inspiration for The Arts Fund‘s exhibit, Big Splash. The exhibit runs through Saturday, May 18.
April 6, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Danny Lyon in Conversation
Join the conversation between Danny Lyon and UC Santa Cruz professor of Art History, Kim Beil, as they discuss Lyon’s career as a photographer and filmmaker.
April 6, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Art Career Day Conference
Help your budding artist by attending this event where teens and young adults can interact with local artists of all mediums. Lectures and smaller round-table discussions will take place to inform and encourage young artists to follow their dreams, and to empower them to do it.
April 6, 5 p.m. Brawlin’ Betties
Come see the Mission City Brawlin’ Betties take on the Bakersfield Rollergirls in the Hitz o’ Fury Roller Derby! There will be Raffles and prize giveaways, as well as a “boutfit” costume contest at halftime!
April 6, 5 p.m. Forum Lounge: An Evening with Davy Rothbart
In this Forum Lounge at CAF, Davy Rothbart, a frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and creator of FOUND magazine, discusses his acclaimed magazine FOUND and his book My Heart Is an Idiot. Expect readings of hilarious and heartbreaking excerpts from his publications.
April 6, 11 a.m. Kid Flix Mix
The cream of the crop, the best of the best—that’s what’s packed into Kid Flix Mix, an exciting hour-long showcase from New York International Children’s Film Festival. This entertaining mix offers a captivating experience for all ages, featuring the kind of high-quality “fare that may be found at the Academy Awards, but not at the local multiplex” (The New York Times).
April 6 Seniors Have Talent
Center for Successful Aging brings several singers, dancers, musicians and magicians to the stage, all over the age of 50 and living life to the fullest. This variety show is sure to be full of laughs.
April 6, 9 a.m. Santa Barbara’s Walk For Brain Injury
Help raise money for Jodi House and the Brain Injury Association, and show support for the thousands of local brain injury survivors! Either walk a mile, or run an informal 5k. Local food trucks, music and activities for kids as well!
April 6, 12–4 p.m. Eyemusement and Yunus Bilici Trunk Shows
Susan Moore, colorist and designer, and Mary Jane Pappas, award-winning interior designer, combined their 35 years of friendship with seven years of design experience to create the Eyemusement line of reading glasses and sunglasses.
April 6, 2:30 p.m. “From the Walls of Troy to the Canals of Venice”
Take a virtual journey with Art Historian Eric Frank as he provides background on the sites that will be visited on the SBMA-sponsored cruise “From the Walls of Troy to the Canals of Venice: Landmarks of Mediterranean Civilizations Aboard Corinthian.” The cruise ship sets sails this September, and will visit ancient sites of of Troy, Esphesus, Crete, Sicily and more! For all those fascinated by the rich culture and art history of the Mediterranean.
April 6, 3–5 p.m. From Field to Factory and Farm Fresh Quilts Exhibits Opening Reception
From Field to Factory includes never-before-exhibited photographs of the American Beet Sugar Factory in Oxnard, illustrating the rise of one of Ventura County’s most important historical crops. The reception will include sweet-treats, a no-host bar and beet-related contests.
April 6, 7 p.m. Festival Ballet Dances!
Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents new works by choreographers Lyn Wiltshire and Valerie Huston, SBFB Artistic Director Denise Rinaldi and emerging student choreographer Ashley Adams. Don’t miss a dynamic evening with guest performances by UCSB Student Dance Company and South Bay Ballet of Torrance as well!
April 6, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Master Ballet Class with Gary Sevani: Vaganova Method for Teens and Adults
Ballet and Modern Dancers welcome! Sponsored by Motion Theatre Dance Company.
April 7, 3 p.m. Brian Skerry’s Ocean Soul
Using his camera to communicate, National Geographic’s Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater, diving eight months of the year—often in predator-infested waters—to tell the oceans’ stories. In Ocean Soul, a landmark retrospective of his work, Skerry takes us from the North Atlantic’s glacial waters to the balmy central Pacific.
April 8, 3 p.m. Foodbank’s Canstruction
Watch the fun as participating groups create large creative displays from canned goods, all to benefit Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
April 9, 2 p.m. New Santa Barbara Poet Laureate
Come see our new Poet Laureate, Chryss Yost, installed by the city council at the city hall council chambers.
April 9, 4 p.m. Legacy of Abu Ghrai
Joshua Phillips, author of None of Us Were Like This Before, and Lisa Hajjar, UCSB Sociology Professor, speak about the legacy of Abu Garib as part of the IHC’s year-long Fallout: in the Aftermath of War series.
April 9, 8 p.m. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
From Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has enchanted audiences the world over with its irresistible blend of wry humor and awe-inspiring musical prowess. With ukes small and large, in high and low registers, the group hailed as “wonderfully clever” by David Bowie deftly bounds from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding, with tongue firmly in cheek, raising eyebrows and defying expectations.
April 9, 6–8 p.m. Budgets 101 Workshop with John Ogilvie
Learn about budgets for your survival as an artist or organization. Get the scoop on writing budgets for grant applications!
Fredrik Logevall, History Professor at Cornell, comes to UCSB to talk about his new book Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam. His books surveys the broad sweep of the Vietnam War through historical documents from several countries and discusses how world powers such as the U.S. and France were drawn into the disastrous event.
April 10, 8 p.m. James McCartney and Scott James
Join Sir Paul McCartney’s son, James, and Scott James for a night of music.
April 10, 8 p.m. An Afternoon with Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook’s silvery soprano, purity of tone and warm, authentic presence have charmed audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Considered Broadway’s favorite leading lady during the heyday of the musical, she subsequently launched a career as a concert performer that cemented her reputation as one of popular music’s greatest voices. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures.
April 10-13, 9 a.m. Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum Hosts “Spirit of the West” Carriage Symposium
The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum presents the third biennial gathering of nationally recognized speakers who will share their knowledge of carriage history, construction, driving and more. A docent-led bus tour will take you along historic stagecoach routes and conclude with a tour and reception at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Carriage House.
April 11, 4–6:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation Event
The Scholarship Foundation will hold an open house event this Thursday at 2253 Las Positas Road.
April 11, 6 p.m. Irish Poet Ethna McKiernan
Come hear this poet read at UCSB’s MultiCultural Center Lounge.
April 11, 7 p.m. David Starkey Book Signing
David Starkey will be at Chaucer’s Books (3321 State Street) to sign your books!
April 12-24, Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Nonna
Come see Nonna, the new play by Arthur Kornhaber, at Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, for a drama exploring inter-generational connections and the importance of family unity.
April 12-27, Thurs. & Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. at 2 & 7 p.m. In The Heights
Come watch Dos Pueblos High School’s most talented young actors and actresses perform In The Heights, the Tony Award-winning musical that explores the diverse and electric community of New York’s Washington Heights.
April 12-28, Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. The Last Five Years
Elements Theatre Collective presents The Last Five Years, the musical “cult-hit” that follows the five-year relationship between an aspiring actress and a successful novelist.
April 12, 10:30 a.m. Comics Cornucopia
Scott McCloud, UCSB Regents’ Lecturer, will hold a symposium at UCSB to discuss how graphic novels, such as comic books, are becoming more prevalent in education. Join McCloud, fellow UCSB faculty, and UCSB graduate students for an information roundtable discussion.
April 12, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Sabor Latino
Inspired by the Myth and Materiality exhibition, this night of music, performances, flowers, food and drink brings us from Mexico and Cuba to Brazil and Chile. Afro-Cuban jazz fills the air as Ricardo Lemvo and Makin Loca take over the museum’s front terrace.
April 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Spring Forward at 2nd Fridays.
Santa Barbara Tennis Club hosts an art exhibit every second Friday of the month. Aprils exhibit, named Spring Forward, features art by Nadya Penof, Rosemarie C. Gebhart, Nancy Jensen, Efale Mcfarland, Beda Marc, Jamee Aubrey. The work is inspired by nature and celebrates the natural beauty of springtime in Santa Barbara.
April 12, 8 p.m. BASSHup!
Enjoy an evening of dance featuring over 80 of Santa Barbara’s hottest dancers all on one stage! An exciting fusion of fresh, cutting-edge dance styles and traditional forms.
April 12, 5:30–7:30 p.m. SB Dance Alliance Presents a Master Class with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Matthew Rushing
Rehearsal Director Matthew Rushing has enjoyed a successful as a dancer and choreographer. He has performed all over the world—even on stage for former presidents, as well as current President Barack Obama! Rushing was recently named a 2010 recipient of the Dance Magazine award. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn from the best!
April 12, 7 p.m. American Double to Play Westmont Finale
Comprised of violinist Philip Ficsor and pianist Constantine Finehouse, The American Double will play their final concert at Westmont College. Fiscor has been a member of the Westmont Faculty since 2006 and Finehouse serves as an artist-in-residence. The concert will feature sonatas by Brahms, Bolcom and Ravel and is your last chance to see this dynamic duo perform!
April 13–14, Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s “sleek, athletic masters of the universe” (The New York Times), under the inspired leadership of new Artistic Director Robert Battle, presents two separate programs blending its newest and boldest works with classics including the masterpiece Revelations.
April 13–14, 8 p.m. The Four Seasons
Vivaldi’s ingenious The Four Seasons melds with Glazunov’s colorful ballet The Seasons in this spring Symphony show, but music and dance is not all—a live painter simultaneously produces a vibrant creation, which is projected on a screen. All corners of the art world are invited!
April 13, 10 a.m. 3rd Annual Santa Barbara VisionWalk
Hundreds affected by vision loss come together to enjoy a scenic 5K walk while raising money for studies toward preventing, treating and curing blindness. This family-friendly event will also include refreshments, carnival games and a carousel.
April 13, 2–3:30 p.m. Poetry Zone Reading
This reading, titled “Triskaidekaphobia” will feature poets Alison Bailey, Steve Beisner, Susan Chiavelli, Toni Lorien, Marcia Meier and Melinda Palacio. The host will be Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, and the reading will take place at Karpless Manuscript Library (21 West Anapamu).
April 13, 5 p.m. Bodies in Space III
“Bodies in Space III: A Guerrilla-Style Graduate Conference” is directed by Karen Anzoategui and features UCSB students. Anzoategui is a writer, poet, artistit, and performer whose work has been nationally showcased. She has also received a Broadway Wolrd nomination for best actress in a muscial and her show promises to be a riveting addition to the IHC’s year-long Fallout: in the Aftermath of War series.
April 13, 8 p.m. BASH
A hundred dancers with repertoires such as ballroom, aerial, salsa, swing, hip-hop and more come together for an evening of dancing your heart out. Whether performing the newest cutting-edge dance styles or some traditional favorites, they will captivate all by their skill. Afterward, hop onstage for a post-performance Dance Party.
April 13 Lotusland Theatre Garden Bee Dance
Choreographer Robin Bisio presents a dance dedicated to honey bees and their work in our lives and Mother Nature’s life.
April 13, 7 p.m. Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball 2013
Big stars are showing big support! Pacific Pride Foundation’s second annual Royal Ball will bring together a community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight supporters, presented in conjunction with Merryl Brown Events.
April 13, 6–8 p.m. Things That Turn Your Brains to Mush Opening Reception
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum invites the study of culture and language in the context of new media. Guest-curated by Warren Schultheis, the exhibition features Santa Barbara-based artists: David Cooley, Petra Cortright, Yoon Chung Han, Katy McCarthy, Chris Silva, Tellef Tellefson, and Jonny Troyna. The exhibit will be on view through Sunday, June 16.
April 13, 3 p.m. Robin Bisio and Ghost Tiger Present Bees Circling Heaven
Bees Circling Heaven is a dance opera by renowned choreographer Robin Bisio with live music by Ghost Tiger. Created to be performed in conjunction with Lotusland’s exhibition “Swarm: A Collaboration with Bees.”
Edith Pearlman, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, joins celebrated American short story writer Ron Carlson as they present their new stories at Center Stage Theater.
April 14, 1–2:30 p.m. Mission Poetry Series
This reading at Old Mission Santa Barbara will feature poets Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Kurt Lipschutz and Marsha de la O.
April 14, 1:30–4:30 p.m. Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
Each month brings a different medium to participants of these hands-on art workshops. Expect to work with a number of materials, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography and paper, gaining insight and inspiration from the museum’s collections. Also on May 12.
Paint personal symbols in a grid format inspired by the forms and shapes of ancient Egyptian pyramids, Gothic cathedrals and Incan art.
April 14, 2 p.m. Oxnard Labor History Lecture by Dr. Frank P. Barajas
CSU Channel Island Professor of History Frank P. Barajas, Ph.D., will present a lecture focused on the sugar beet industry. He is author of Curious Unions: Mexican American Workers and Resistance in Oxnard, California, 1898-1961.
April 15, 5:15–6:30 p.m. Favorite Poem Project
Read your favorite poems (not your own) at this fun gathering upstairs at the Blue Agave (20 E. Cota Street).
April 15, 8 p.m. Arlo Guthrie
Harmonica in one hand, guitar in the other—Arlo Guthrie is a man of many talents. With his musical range of piano, six- and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, watching this anecdotal natural-born storyteller perform is an experience all on its own.
April 16, 4 p.m. Seeing War: Identity, Purpose and Play
Join Nina Berman, documentary photographer and Columbia University professor, while she presents examples from her bodies of photographic work which explore the allure of war in post-September 11 America and the resulting consequences. This talk is park of the IHC series Fallout: In the Aftermath of War.
April 16, 7:30 p.m. The Romantic Germans
German composers of the late 18th century Romantic era sought to increase emotional expression and describe deeper truths and feelings. This evening with world-renowned soloist Kyoko Takezawa (violin) and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra stirs the audience in a way that only music can.
April 17, 3-7 p.m. Wine and Women Wine Tasting
Shout out to ladies’ night! Join fellow female wine lovers at this event, hosted by winemaker Chrissy Whittmann of Wile Horse Winery. Sample your favorites and enjoy some tasty appetizers from Toma Restaurant down at Vons at its Montecito location on Coast Village Rd. (Psst—it’s free!)
April 17, 3:30 p.m. The Politics of Passion: Activists Take To The Streets In Mexico
As political parties fail to represent their voters, people are re-learning to represent themselves. Join NYU professor, Diana Taylor, for a talk that focuses on the activism of artistis Jesusa Rodriguez during the 2006 Mexican elections, and the resulting implications. Sponsored by the IHC’s Modern Mexico RFG, the Dept. of Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Dept. of Theater and Dance, Latin American and Iberian Studies, the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative of the Dept. of English, and the Ethnomusicology Forum of the Dept. of Music.
April 17, 4:30 p.m. Matthias Merkel Hess
Come hear Hess, who holds an MFA in Ceramics from the University of California, Los Angeles, speak for SBCC’s 2013 Arts Lectures series. The talk will take place at SBCC in Room A211.
April 17-19, 7 p.m. Little Shop of Horrors
Join Laguna Blanca School as they recreate classic comedy horror musical Little Shop of Horrors. A dynamic team of actors and a new head of the school’s Drama Department ensure that the show will be a terrifyingly good time!
April 17, 7 p.m. Tony Furtado/Carlene Carter
One of the most talented players on the West Coast, Tony Furtado has played the banjo since he was in sixth grade. Since then, he has picked up slide guitar, singing and songwriting. Following Furtado is American country singer and songwriter Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter.
April 18, 5-7 p.m. iCan Art Show
Support young artists at this art show completely dedicated to works by students. Family, friends and community members are encouraged to attend this event—the gallery will be set up in Adams Elementary School Auditorium.
April 18, 5 p.m. A Question of Time: Knowing the Unknowable
In this Sessions discussion, presented by Contemporary Arts Forum, artist Mungo Thomson discusses the boundaries where experience and understanding begin to blur and sharpen, while also investigating life’s phenomenological qualities and subjective concepts. Sessions are held as intimate living-room conversations for creative thinkers, artists and art enthusiasts in the community.
An investigative journalist and acclaimed author of The Fever discusses malaria—a preventable disease that nonetheless kills nearly one million people every year.
April 18, 6 p.m. Saks & The City VI
Saks Fifth Avenue provides a special night to enjoy Santa Barbara’s finest masseuses, local finger foods, signature cocktails, music and a live auction—all while shopping! Preselect your spring wardrobe between April 15–April 20, and Saks Fifth Avenue will donate 10% of its proceeds to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation.
April 18, 7 p.m. New Order with Special Guest Johnny Marr
Lace up your high-tops and tune in for 80s English rock band New Order and special guest Johnny Marr! New Wave meets electronic, compelling you to get up and dance!
April 18, 5–8 p.m. Hilary Brace Trunk Show
Santa Barbara artist Hilary Brace creates unique scarves based upon her original photographs and pastel drawings. Come check out her 100% silk crepe de Chine fabric and designs celebrating the beauty of subtle colors, neutral tones and timeless design.
April 18, 5–8 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day with Hedgeware
Go green and celebrate Earth Day with Santa Barbara designer and author Barbara Flanagan as she launches Hedgeware, a new desktop accessory line made with artificial turf material.
April 18, 5:30 p.m. Danny Lyon Film Series Presents White Heat
SBMA is hosting special screenings chosen by artist Danny Lyon, which will be introduced by theorist and film historian Colin Gardner. White Heat (1949) is about a psychopathic criminal with a mother complex who makes a daring break from prisons and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist!
Join Michael Zakim, History Professor at Tel Aviv University, for a talk on capitalism. Zakim is also the author of Ready Made Democracy: A History of Men’s Dress in the American Republic, 1790-1960.
April 19–20 SBCC Dance Presents Collective
New artistic director Tracy R. Kofford leads the first annual SBCC Spring Dance Concert, which will feature choreography by SBCC faculty and students, Danah Bella DanceWorks, UCSB Student Company, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Fusion Dance Company, Nebula Dance Lab and even more Santa Barbara treasures.
April 19, 7–8:30 Reading by Santa Barbara Poets Laureate
Come hear past and present poets laureate of Santa Barbara at SBCC Fe Bland Auditorium.
April 19, 8 p.m. András Schiff, CAMA
Named Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives artist for 2011–12 and recipient of numerous other accolades, Hungarian-born Schiff’s performance of Bach’s complete English Suites amazes and astounds.
April 19, 8 p.m. Taj Mahal Trio
Grounded in American pre-war blues, but incorporating sounds from West Africa to Latin America and the Caribbean, Taj Mahal’s unmistakable and thrillingly eclectic musical fusions inspired a whole generation of performers and revitalized a dying art-form. The golden-voiced Grammy-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist appears with Taj Mahal Trio and special guest vocalist Shemekia Copeland.
April 19, 5-7 p.m. Opening Ceremony for Tom Post Solo Exhibition
Join Santa Barbara artist Tom Post for the opening reception of his solo exhibition at the Architectural Foundation for Santa Barbara. The exhibit will feature Post’s recent work with oil painting, inspired by Norse mythology and continues through May 31.
April 20, Master Class and Gala Concert
Santa Barbara Choral Society hosts its end-of-the-season Master Class and gala concert.
April 20, 7–8:30 DNA An Evening of Poetry and Story Telling
This reading features local and traveling writers. Come hear them speak at DNA Design and Art (4859 Carpenteria Avenue).
April 20, 7–9 p.m. Whitman–Stein Poetry Fest
Come hear poets from all over California read at the UCSB Student Resource Building.
April 20, 8 p.m. Paul Kelly + Sam Baker
Whether writing bluegrass-inspired jams or collaborating with musicians influenced by him, Paul Kelly’s tunes continue to find themselves lodged deep in the Australian psyche. He is followed by Sam Baker, an amazing lyricist and storyteller with a heart-wrenching past, including surviving a terrorist attack. Presented by Sings Like Hell.
April 20, 1 p.m. Spirit of Fiesta Auditions
Watch some of the most talented young dancers in Santa Barbara County compete to become the next Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta.
April 20–21 Earth Day Festival
Hosted by the Community Environmental Council, Earth day features two full days of entertainment, education and community building. Highlights include live music and entertainment, a children’s enchanted forest, green car show, an eco marketplace and more.
April 20-23 Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival
The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival weekend gives wine lovers from near and far an opportunity to meet more than 110 local vintners, taste their wines, and enjoy great food and music over a long spring weekend. Wineries also present a mélange of their own events, from winemaker dinners and library tastings to barrel tastings and exclusive new wine releases.
April 21, 2–3:30 In Celebration of Bees
This fun reading includes beekeeper Paul Cronshaw and will take place at Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens (1212 Mission Canyon Road).
April 21, 3 p.m. ART | ARCHITECTURE ON FILM Series Presents Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
UCSB Arts & Lectures kicks off its second ART | ARCHITECTURE ON FILM series with a screening of Matthew Akers’s Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present. Profiling titular performance artist and agent provocateur Marina Abramović, the film chronicles her controversial 40-year career as it culminates with a three-month retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
April 21, 8 p.m. Synergy, a Genre-Blending Collaboration
Witness the blending of styles and genres to create Synergy, formerly known as BASSH. Local professional dancers bring the stage to life followed by an outdoors post-performance dinner-party in a beautiful setting!
April 21, 8 p.m. Noche de Flamenco
Center Stage Theater hosts Juncal Street, a play and dance by Santa Barbara’s flamenco community, Noche de Flamenco. Famous flamenco dancer Pamela Lourant stars in this spicy performance!
April 22, 3:3o p.m. Uncover Keys to Productivity
Worried about focusing your life? Attend this lecture by entrepreneur and advisor Jason Womack at Westmont College’s Founders Room. This talk is aimed towards young students who want to minimize their stress and get the most out of their creativity.
April 24, 7 p.m. Jennifer Koh
“Fearless soloist” (The New York Times) Jennifer Koh returns to Santa Barbara for her highly anticipated Part II of Bach and Beyond. Her nuanced, beautifully evocative three-part project aims to strengthen the connection between our present world and Bach’s timeless Six Sonatas and Partitas.
April 24-26, Brad Fiedel in Borrowed Time
In this world premier one-man musical, famous film composer Brad Fiedel tells the story of a man in search of meaning for his life. Come one down to the Center Stage Theater to see this fun show.
April 24-28 Santa Barbara Fair & Expo
Enjoy carnival rides, farm animals, creative exhibits, games, arts & crafts, fair food and tons of contests at this year’s fair, themed “We’re Going Hollywood”.
April 25, 4 p.m. Empirical Intersectionality: A Tale of Two Approaches
USC Political Science Professor, Ange-Marie Hancock comes to UCSB to discuss intersectionality- the study of the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality politics and their impact on public policy. Hancock is globally recognized for her research and will discuss her award winning books and what is needed to overcome persistent political challenges in U.S. politics.
April 25–26, 7:30 p.m. Borrowed Time
Known for his iconic musical score in Terminator, Brad Fiedel tells the story of a man whose journey to success is haunted by the promise he left behind. Written and performed by him, this one-man musical will feature songs he wrote throughout his life.
April 25-26, Narrative-Making in the Aftermath of War
UCSB hosts the two-day conference, Narrative-Making in the Aftermath of War, featuring keynote speakers, Judith Broder and Carol Tanenbaum of The Soldiers Project, Helene Moglen, UC Santa Cruz Literature Professor, and Sheila Namir, clinical psychologist. The COnference will focus on the power of narrative-making to aid returning service members deal with the after-effects of war. Sponsored by the IHC’s series Fallout: In the Aftermath of War.
April 25, 7:30–9 Phoenix Night
Westmont presents this year’s literary magazine with live readings by the student writers along with live musical works performed by the student composers. Phoenix Night will take place in Porter Theatre at Westmont College.
April 25, 8 p.m. 1927 Theater, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets
Equal parts Charles Dickens and Tim Burton, the Bayou is a dystopian metropolis squirming with cockroaches and unrest. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place or has the real horror only just begun? Featuring live music, clever performances and stunning animation, this genre-smashing new show is like a graphic novel burst into life.
April 25, 5:30 p.m. Danny Lyon Film Series Presents The Defiant Ones
SBMA is hosting special screenings chosen by artist Danny Lyon, which will be introduced by theorist and film historian Colin Gardner. The Defiant Ones (1958) tells the story of two escaped convicts, one black man and one white man, who must learn to get along in order to elude capture.
April 26– May 11 Becky’s New Car
Just when Becky’s life seems stuck in a rut, a recently widowed millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where she works, and audiences are invited along for the ride of her life.
April 26, 11:30 a.m. Transition House’s A Vintage Affair Mad Hatter Luncheon
Join Transition House Auxiliary for this festive annual event featuring a special performance of “Hollywood Revisited,” with singers and dancers wearing actual costumes from classic movies of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, silent and live auctions plus prizes for the best hats. Proceeds benefit Transition House’s work to combat homelessness and poverty by offering emergency shelter, housing and anti-poverty services for homeless families with children.
April 26, 1 p.m. The Intellectual as Agent: Politics and Independence in the Lives of Ignazio Silone
Join SDSU Political Science Professor, Emanuele Saccarelli for a talk on Silone’s role working with the OSS in World War II.
April 26, 7–8:30 p.m. Final Poetryfest
Don’s miss this event featuring April poetry month organizers and hosted by Paul Willis at the Contemporary Arts Forum.
April 26, 6:30 p.m. Sanford Winemaker Dinner
The Four Seasons hosts a special evening comprised of a reception and lecture with Sanford Winery and Vineyard’s Mike Fennell, followed by a four-course dinner by Executive Chef Alessandro Cartumini. Each course will be thoughtfully paired with famous Sanford wines.
April 26 & 28, The Curtains Close for Opera SB with Don Pasquale
Opera Santa Barbara (OSB) is closing its 2012-2013 season with a big bang! After the success of this year’s season there is a guaranteed strong turnout for the perennial favorite Donizetti’s delightful Don Pasquale.
April 27, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dream On By
Peter Pucci delivers his world premiere of Dream On By, a ballet set to the songs of Paul Simon that evokes intangible ideas explored in the music legend’s lyrics, performed brilliantly by State Street Ballet.
April 27, 3 p.m. Gary Small, M.D.: Keeping Your Brain Healthy—Preventing Alzheimer’s
The best-selling co-author of The Memory Bible and director of the UCLA Longevity Center shares research-based Alzheimer’s prevention tips and healthy brain exercises.
April 27, 3–5 p.m. Wine and Cheese Botanic Lectures: “Green Building in Santa Barbara”
Come enjoy wine, cheese and a lecture by Bryan Henson building green and sustainable designs.
April 27, 8 p.m. Eric Taylor
A storyteller in musician form, Eric Taylor is an American singer-songwriter from Texas who has graced the musical stage many times. His songs have also been recorded by other musicians, including Lyle Lovett.
April 27, 8 & 9 p.m. Belly Dance Shows with Cris! Basimah
Cris! will perform two belly dance shows at Restaurant Zaytoon. Full dinner menu available during both performances.
April 27–28 Guilio Cesare
Part of Music Academy of the West’s “Met: Live in HD” series, Guilio Cesare comes to the big screen at Hahn Hall.
April 28, 3–5 p.m. A Tribute to Langston Hughes
Don’t miss this last poetry month event at St. Paul AME Church (502 Olive Street).
April 28, 3–6 p.m. The Wildling Museum’s Annual Spring Barbecue
The Wildling Museum’s 10th annual spring barbecue offers more than a delicious meal on a private ranch in the rolling green hills of Santa Ynez Valley. Raffles, nature hikes, live music and more help raise funds for California’s only museum whose exclusive purpose is to combine art and nature.
April 28, 2 p.m. Museum Of Ventura County Presents Six Generations
Come view Six Generations, an insightful documentary tracing the lives of several generations of women in the Barbareno Chumash family. One of the documentary writers, Ernestine DeSoto, begins her story with her great-great-great grandmother who was born in a Chumash village the year the Spanish arrived. Stick around after the film for a discussion with DeSoto, co-writer John Johnson and director Paul Goldsmith.
April 28, 3 p.m. Magic on the Urban Wine Trail
Magician Mark Collier joins the PARC Foundation for a jam-packed day of magic, wine tasting, silent auctions and delicious appetizers cooked and served by teens in the City’s Culinary Arts program. All proceeds go toward supporting underprivileged youth and the culinary arts program.
April 28, 3 p.m. ART | ARCHITECTURE ON FILM Series Presents Portrait of Wally
UCSB Arts & Lectures continues its second ART | ARCHITECTURE ON FILM series with a screening of Andrew Shea’s Portrait of Wally, a gripping documentary that traces the peculiar history of Egon Schiele’s painting of the same name.
April 28, 8 p.m. Old Crow Medicine Show
Experience a night of music and wonder as Old Crow Medicine Show takes the stage at Lobero Theatre.
April 30, 8 p.m. An Evening with David Sedaris
Santa Barbara just can’t get enough of David Sedaris. The sardonic genius returns for an evening of irreverent musings, hilarious social commentary and laugh-out-loud storytelling, reading selections from his recent work. This favorite author, NPR humorist and New Yorker contributor has crafted some of the most entertaining humor writing of the last 20 years—and sold more than seven million books.