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 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.
Through May 18 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.
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.
Through June 9 Marcia Burtt Studio Presents ReVisions
ReVisions, a group exhibition featuring gallery artists, comes to Marcia Burtt Studio at 517 Laguna Street. Here, each artist is represented by several works incorporating common motifs, places and styles. This unique exhibit offers art-buffs an insightful look into the artists’ various creative processes.
Through June 16 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.
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.
May 1, 7 p.m. Dan Gerber/Kenny White
In this Tales from the Tavern set, music and poetry collide when Dan Gerber, a Santa Ynez resident and American poet, takes to the stage, followed by Kenny White. White has long been in the music business—when he’s not recording or promoting his albums, he works as a writer for TV and radio, a producer and a session keyboard player.
May 1, 8 p.m. Handel and Haydn Society of Boston
Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization—and one of its most revered. Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky solos and leads the Grammy-winning orchestra in a concert featuring Vivaldi’s magnificent and much-loved The Four Seasons, as well as works by Corelli and Geminiani.
May 2, 8:30–11:30 a.m., 32nd Annual Santa Barbara County Economic Summit
Hear various speakers discuss the current and future economic outlook. Keynote speaker Neil Barofsky will also discuss the financial crisis of 2008. Don’t miss this must-see event.
May 2, 5–8 p.m. Sean Anderson at The Big Idea
Young local artist Sean Anderson brings his latest social-minded show to The Big Idea, a non-profit organization located at 740 State Street, Suite 300 (above Pinkberry). Guests will enjoy appetizers from Chef Courtney Ladin and wine from Happy Canyon Vineyards.
May 2, 5–8 p.m. Brigitte Carnochan Book Signing
Photographer Brigitte Carnochan will be signing her latest book Floating World in Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Museum Store.
May 2, 5:30 p.m.–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. This Thursday, learn to paint watercolor still-life inspired by the famous Diego Riviera.
May 2, 5 p.m. Lisa Coons & The Collected
Composer and sound artist Lisa Coons joins forces with a group of national composers and musicians for a several performances on violin and cello that explore the creative exchanges within, between and among composition across different genres.
May 2, 6–9 p.m. Raise the Barre
Come support AMP in their campaign Building From the Ground Up as they raise funds for their new Performing Arts building! Raise the bar involves wine, food, photo booth, dances and more!
May 2, 6:30–7 p.m. Quire of Voyces
Don’t miss Quire of Voyces, the professional a capella group that specializes in the sacred choral music of the Renaissance. They will be performing at Ludington Court at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
May 2, 8 p.m. An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a rare breed of astrophysicist: one who speaks as easily and brilliantly with the public as with professional scientists. His popular books, NOVA specials and StarTalk radio show have won him a fervent fan base among science novices and die-hards alike. Renowned for his fresh voice, trademark humor and canny insights, Tyson has been called “The Carl Sagan of the 21st century” By TIME magazine.
May 2–12, Next to Normal at Center Stage Theater
Based on Brian Yorkey’s novel, Next to Normal is a powerhouse musical production from Out of the Box Theatre Company, delving into a suburban family’s life while trying to cope with a mother’s mental illness. The production runs from Thursdays to Sundays, with both evening and matinee tickets available.
May 2, 5–8 p.m. Katie Stuart Trunk Show
Santa Barbara artist Katie Stuart creates award-winning artglass, currently focusing on glass jewelry and fused glass art. Enjoy her signature pieces of unrivaled artistic quality.
San Marcos High School students perform the Tony Award winning musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. The show is a high-energy performance that promises to have all ages laughing and dancing the Charleston.
May 3, 8 p.m. Brad Mehldau Trio and The Bad Plus
Whether playing his own stunning compositions, classical works or more contemporary tunes from the likes of Radiohead and the Beatles, jazz pianist Brad Mehldau is known for his improvisatory genius. Combined with avant-garde and visionary The Bad Plus, this concert brings together both traditionalists and non-conventionalists.
May 3, 4–8 p.m. & May 4, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Eleventh Annual Spring Boutique
Liz Brady, who has been living and painting in Santa Barbara for 25 years, will host her 11th Annual Spring Boutique at 403 East Valerio Street with colleague and fellow local artist/designer Jill Gerbracht. This year, Jennifer Scarborough will grace the sale with her lovely Zia jewelry from Lovebird Boutique.
May 4, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Music Academy of the West’s May Madness Sale
This massive treasure and estate sale, organized by the Women’s Auxiliary of Music Academy of the West, has been a favorite annual Santa Barbara tradition for the past 36 years. Items for sale run the gamut from furniture to fine linen, antiques, silver, crystal, china, books, clothing, sports equipment and garden accessories. Parking is available on campus; shuttles serve those who park in outlying areas.
May 4–5, 3 P.m., The Sleeping Beauty
Come see the Goleta School of Ballet perform the full length ballet at the Marjorie Luke Theater. Watch students ages 3-18 perform the timeless classic.
May 4–5, 2 & 6 p.m., Gypsy
Come watch as Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theatre performs Gypsy, the classic American musical about the ups and downs of show business.
May 4, 6 p.m. Pups ‘n’ PJs Pawty
What child doesn’t love puppies, bedtime stories and going out in public in pajamas? Not many. Pajama-clad children can enjoy milk and cookies and listen to bedtime stories while cuddling with a furry friend at this party. The event is part of the All for Animals’ ARF! (Animals+Reading=Fun!) literacy program for children, and all proceeds will benefit the program.
May 4–5, 10 a.m.–10 a.m. American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Santa Barbara
This 24-hour team event increases awareness of cancer in the community and raises money to support the programs and services of the American Cancer Society. The money raised saves lives by funding cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts and life-affirming patient services.
May 4–5, Quire of Voyces “Songs of Farewell”
Don’t miss this a capella choral performance of “Songs of Farewell” by 19th century composer C. Hubert H. Parry, and the world premiere of local composer Michael Eglin’s “Requiem Mass.”
May 4, 11, 23 May Jane Deering Studio Tours
Join Santa Barbara artist and gallery owner, Jane Deering, as she leads viewers through exhibits and explains the concept behind contemporary art during the May Jane Deering Studio Tours. The tour starts May 4, continues on May 11 and finishes on May 23. This three part series includes photography, drawing, painting, print, and sculpture by Linda Ekstrom, Phoebe Brunner, Mary Heebner, Birgit Faustmann, Ann Diener and Alice Hutchins presented by Merrily Peebles.
May 5, Cinco de Mayo at Waxing Poetic
Stop by Waxing Poetic in Summerland for a fun-filled day of Mexican food, music and jewelry.
UCSB Arts & Lectures continues its second ART | ARCHITECTURE ON FILM series with a screening of Corinna Belz’s Gerhard Richter Painting, a fly-on-the-wall documentary depicting the renowned artist as he mixes layer upon layer of bold colors, smears the paint with a massive squeegee and scrapes away at the canvas to create a sequence of large-scale abstract compositions.
May 5, 3:30 p.m. Organ Masterworks
Come hear Olesya Kravchenko perform a wide variety of organ pieces! The concert will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church at 1500 State and Micheltorena Streets. Admission is free.
May 7, 3:30 p.m. Docent Recruitment Reception at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
If you have a passion for art and a knack for communication, come to SBMA, where volunteers of all backgrounds will be recruited for a docent training program that begins in September.
May 8, 2 p.m. “One More Night” Expo
Discover the exciting sights and activities that Santa Ynez Valley’s nightlife has to offer! Brought to you by the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association.
May 8, 8 p.m. Warhol’s World in Song
In celebration of a gift of more than 100 photographs by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, student interns at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UCSB are organizing an exhibition of selected Polaroids and prints by the famed artist. In conjunction with the show, pianist and UCSB alumna Victoria Kirsch and sopranos Suzan Hanson and Shana Blake Hill present an eclectic evening of music inspired by the iconic pop artist.
May 9, 4 p.m. Paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick
Come to the Opening Reception at Crowell, Weedon & Co. for Hilda Kilpatrick and celebrate her warm and sunny oil paintings!
May 9–12 Unfinished Business
An original play written and directed by Rod Lathim, Unfinished Business deals with end-of-life issues in a way that goes right to the heart of the matter and right to the heart of its audience, offering “a glimpse into life’s mystical transitions.” Sponsored by the Alliance for Living and Dying Well.
May 9–June 3 Studio Tour Art Show
Participating artists from Carpinteria and Summerland’s 7th Annual Artists Studio Tour exhibit one to two pieces from their galleries during this show.
May 10–19, various times, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.
Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., with the same hit songs you know and love, adapted from the Broadway production! With three different casts and three different weekends filled with shows, you’re sure to have a great time under the sea!
May 10, 10 a.m. & May 11, 11 a.m. ReStore Move and New Location
Celebrate the grand (re)opening of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, now located at 6860 Cortona Drive, Suite A in Goleta.
May 10, 2 p.m. Garden Tea Party at Four Seasons
Celebrate Santa Barbara Public Gardens Day and enjoy an afternoon Garden Tea Party in the Four Seasons’ Escala Garden. A springtime tea menu will be accompanied by seasonal finger sandwiches, scones and crumpets, and delectable sweets followed by complimentary champagne.
May 10, 7:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Youth Symphony’s May Concert
Celebrate the beauty of orchestral musicianship at the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony’s May Concert. The youth musicians will perform a variety of classical music such as Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, and spice it up with modern John Williams classics such as Raiders March (from Indiana Jones!).
May 10, 5 p.m. About Face at Santa Barbara Tennis Club
SBTC presents 2nd Fridays About Face exhibit featuring Stuart Care/Patricia Houghton Clarke, Sara Lytle, Henry Rasmussen, Neil Crosbie and Barry Spacks.
Wine country is “run country” at the annual Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon, where a portion of the proceeds benefit the Foodbank. Race starts on Sagunto St. in downtown Santa Ynez and ends with a Wine and Music Festival in Solvang Park.
Help local letter carriers help the Foodbank by putting canned goods out by your mailbox to donate to those in need of food.
May 11–12, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Carpinteria and Summerland’s 7th Annual Artists Studio Tour
Spend Mother’s Day weekend touring studios of local artists in Carpinteria and Summerland. A portion of sales proceeds benefit the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council to promote and support local artists.
May 11, 3–5 p.m. Building Backyard Wildlife Habitat Gardens
California writer Nancy Bauer, author of The California Wildlife Habitat Garden: How to Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds and Other Animals, is holding a lecture and book signing hosted at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. If plants aren’t exciting enough for you, what if you could transform your garden into a haven for cute bugs and adorable animals? That’s what I thought. Interested? Come share wine and cheese and get your book signed, $15 for garden members, $25 for non-members.
May 12, 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.
May 12, 3:30 p.m. Astonishments! Young Artists In Concert
Come and support Santa Barbara youth as they perform their spectacular musical pieces. The concert will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 1500 State and Micheltorena Streets, Santa Barbara.
May 13, 12 p.m. Free Food at The Natural Cafe
On Monday, celebrate The Natural Cafe’s 20th anniversary of its State Street location by indulging in a healthy and delicious meal, totally free!
In its upcoming exhibition, Ventura County Museum of Art hosts artist and historian George Stuart to critique Hollywood’s portrayals of history in modern media (The Borgias, The Tudors, etc.), and how he goes about avoiding historical inaccuracy when creating his one-quarter life-size Historical Figures.
May 14, 7:30 p.m. Sweet 1700s
Eighteenth-century classic music finishes up the season for Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, featuring formal and structured pieces emulating the ideals of Classical Greece. Featured soloist Alessio Bax accompanies on the piano.
May 15, 5–7 p.m. Flows to the Ocean Community Education Night
Support the efforts of elementary students to preserve the Earth’s resources by attending the Flows to the Ocean Community Education Night. The students will be presenting their Replace the Waste projects, which were created to cleanse the oceans of disposable debris. Additionally, artist Laura Denny’s huge Community Watershed Mural, created with help of the students, will be unveiled. The event is free and open to the public, and healthy snacks (also pizza and ice cream) will be served.
May 15, 5–10 p.m. Pascucci Dine Out for Solstice
Pascucci Restaurant at 729 State Street will host one of its biggest fundraisers of the year, with all proceeds going to this year’s Summer Solstice Celebration. This year’s theme for the Pascucci Dine Out is “Wild,” so expect the waitstaff to dress accordingly. Come enjoy delicious Italian cuisine, abundant libations, and a fun and lively atmosphere while helping fund the Solstice celebration!
May 15, 8 p.m. Drone Warfare: Prospects and Dangers
David Cole, Mary Ellen O’Connell and Avery Plaw will debate on this hot topic affecting warfare at Cambell Hall (in UCSB campus). Jeff Greenfield will act as moderator. This debate is free!
May 15–16, 2013 Amgen Tour of California
Volunteer to help with this year’s Amgen Tour of California, where cyclists will race through Santa Barbara as one of their 12 stops during the tour.
May 15, 12 p.m. VIP Viewing Party for Amgen Tour of California
Celebrate the 2013 Amgen Tour as world-renowned cyclists cross the Stage Four finish line in Santa Barbara. Enjoy delicious food, drinks and an excellent view of the race!
Alzheimer’s Association is offering free education programs for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Within the program, learn more about the resources and strategies available to assure quality care for loved ones living with this illness. The series will take place throughout the summer on the following dates: May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18. Reserve your seat by calling 805/892-4259.
May 15, 5:30 p.m. Big Splash Artists in Conversation
Arts Fund Santa Barbara presents the Big Splash gallery talk. Reserve your seat as space is limited!
May 16, 4 p.m. Confluence Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
Come to the opening of Confluence and celebrate work of Westmont student artists.
May 16, 5 p.m. PostPost: Where Are We Now?
As cultural movements centered on identity politics, gender politics and post modernism behind us, what will be the next era of art? Or is there even a name for the artistic movement we are currently in? In this Sessions, Rita Gonzales, associate curator of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, discusses the future of art and categorizing art movements.
May 16-17, 7 p.m. Spring Dance Concert
Santa Barbara High School’s best dancers come out for their annual Spring Concert.
May 16, 7 p.m. Singletrack High
Two filmmakers, brothers and Santa Barbara natives, are touring the country with their documentary, SingleTrack High, in their attempt to establish mountain biking as a popular and legitimate high school sport. Sponsored by Pedal Born Pictures and Santa Barbara Bike Coalition, funds raised from the screening will go to youth bicycle education and accessibility. Come check it out at Lobero Theatre on May 16 at 7 p.m.
(CT) May 16- July 31 Women of America
Celebrate the work of America Martin, critically acclaimed Columbian-American painter, at the Montecito Aesthetic Institute.
May 17, 8 p.m. The Violet Hour
Le Petite Chouette Aerial Dance Company debuts its study of human bodies in flight with The Violet Hour at Lobero. The aerial exploration uses both classic and invented aerial apparatus where performers suspend their libs to a melodic jazz soundtrack. This is an evening of floor to air storytelling and is definitely not to be missed!
May 17-19, 5:30 p.m. “Body of Work” Presented by Jason Pearson
Video, music, dance, and the spoken word all combine in this one man show from Jerry Pearson, choreographer, 20 year Artistic Director of Santa Barbara Dance Theatre and UCSB professor as he explores his 46-year career on one stage! (A.K.)
May 18, 9 a.m.–noon, Crazy Fit Challenge
Santa Barbara’s only obstacle race challenge, the Crazy Fit Challenge (CFC) will be held this year at Elings Park. The CFC is a 1.5-mile obstacle mud run race that is designed to challenge both competitive athletes and fitness newbies alike. Obstacles are revealed the morning of but in the past have included climbing walls, tire flips and even slip n’ slides. (A.K.)
May 18, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., May 19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Bonsai Club Show & Sale
The unimposing size of bonsai trees belies the skill and care required to manipulate their growth. Come see the beautiful trees formed by members of the Bonsai Club on display at the Blaksey Library, and purchase one to grow on your own! Demonstrations by Bonsai Club members will take place at 1:00 p.m. on both days. Event is free to all with Garden admission.
May 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. A Painted Journal from Latin America
Participate in this adult art studio class at Santa Barbara Museum Art and paint under the influence of artists from Mexico, Cuba and South America. Try a variety of styles, from firm to loose, from abstract to solid. Hurry, seats are limited and going fast!
May 18, 8 p.m. Fighting the Invisible
Good Works SB and The Inspired CEO with Dijo Production present Fighting the Invisible, a musical production that will both educate and entertain audience members. Proceeds will benefit the National Fibromyalgia Research Association.
May 18, 8 p.m. Eilen Jewell Band + The Far West
Sings Like Hell presents Eilen Jewell’s genre-blurring songs, where you’re not sure if you’re in your seat or in a vintage Southern California suburban saloon, and The Far West, with a moving Americana sound.
May 18–19 Mahler’s Resurrection
What better way to end Santa Barbara Symphony’s 60th-anniversary season than with a piece written for orchestra, mixed choir, two soloists, an organ, brass and percussion ensembles? Add Santa Barbara Choral Society and a number of other gifted singers, and this symphonic experience shouldn’t be missed.
May 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Adult Art Studio Class: A Painted Journal From Latin America
Learn to paint under the influence of artists from Mexico, Cuba and South America—strong, bold and linear to loose, sketchy and organic. Learn to approach quick studies with spontaneity and push through creative limitations by creating a journal.
May 18, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Trust for Historic Preservation Celebrates its Golden Anniversary of Achievement
The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) will celebrate its golden anniversary of achievement with its fundraiser, Un Paseo en Oro, at the historic El Paseo. A plated dinner, entertainment, live auction, flamenco daning and live Latin American music will follow historic tours. (A.K.)
May 18–19, 10 a.m. American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Santa Ynez
This 24-hour team event increases awareness of cancer in the community and raises money to support the programs and services of the American Cancer Society. The money raised saves lives by funding cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts and life-affirming patient services.
May 19, 2-4 p.m. Pathways: Abstract Art Collective
The Abstract Art Collective presents the opening reception for the exhibition, “Pathways”, at the Bronfman Jewish Community Center. Join for refreshments and to be the first to see this mix media show. (A.K.)
May 19, 2 p.m. Dance: Up Close and Cultural
Join American Dance & Music for their informal, community performance with all elements of their dancers’ repertoires. Organized by Artistic Director Carrie Diamond, refreshments will be provided at the reception following the performance in the Carrillo Recreation Center.
An impressive collection of top chefs and restaurants in Santa Barbara come together to help efforts to eliminate childhood hunger in our community. Guests will enjoy tastings from an array of wines and special dishes prepared by more than 25 of Santa Barbara’s top restaurants.
May 19, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Pearl Chase Society’s Historic Homes Tour
A specially chosen itinerary takes guests on a walking tour through some of the most distinctive homes in Santa Barbara. Designed by leading architects of the day, these homes are an integral part of our local history. Remember to register early for this day of sightseeing, history and fun. Refreshments are included.
May 19, 3 p.m. The Voice Inside
Santa Barbara Dance Institute presents The Voice Inside, a funny and inspiring show that features over 300 young performers from elementary schools across the county.
May 19, 3 p.m. ART | ARCHITECTURE ON FILM Series Presents Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner
UCSB Arts & Lectures concludes its second ART | ARCHITECTURE ON FILM series with a screening of Murray Grigor’s Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner, a documentary that traces the lifelong quest of visionary genius John Lautner to create “architecture that has no beginning and no end.”
May 19, 5–10 p.m. La Primavera
Help kick off the 2013 Fiesta season as El Presidente Josiah Jenkins unveils the 2013 Fiesta poster and pin. Learn about the plans and events for this year’s Fiesta Celebration as you enjoy delectable food, Mariachi’s, a live band and dancing.
Speaking of Stories presents a stew of spicy new stories by Nora Ephron, T.C. Boyle, Alice Walker and David Rakoff. Join the performers on the patio after the show for milk and cookies.
May 20, 4–6 p.m. iCAN Art Show
Join the Santa Barbara community in honoring these young students as artists. Each student will have a piece of artwork on display in the iCAN Art Room at Harding University Partnership School. (A.K.)
May 22, 2–4 p.m. Grandpa has Dementia and is Still Trading his Stocks
Funded by The Alzheimer’s Association, join Vicki Johnson, Santa Barbara County senior deputy district attorney, and learn to your loved ones afflicted by Alzheimer’s avoid financial exploitation. Free two-hour workshop at the offices of the Alzheimer’s Association at 1528 Chapala St., Suite 204, Santa Barbara. RSVP to Luciana Cramer at (805) 892-4259.
May 22, 3 p.m. Santa Barbara Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Come support students receiving scholarships at this event. The awards will take place at Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden.
May 22, 6:30 p.m. Edible Santa Barbara Supper Club
Reserve your spot for this all-inclusive dinner at Arlington Tavern. Enjoy some new summer menu items as well as classic Tavern favorites like the Red Wine Braised Short Ribs. (AS)
May 23, 5:30–9:30 p.m. Downtown Art & Wine Tour
Food and wine overflow at this yearly event where participants take their logo wine glasses on a self-guided tour of several downtown venues, sampling bounty along the way. End the tour with the final party at Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Several downtown locations.
May 23, 5–7 p.m. Business Workshop: Websites for Artists
Art Without Limits SB presents “Websites 101”. Learn the ins and outs of creating and maintaining a website with Naseem Hyder, UCSB Computer Science graduate. This is a vital skill for artists to properly represent themselves in this digital world. (A.K.)
May 24, 7:30 p.m. Colors of the Organ in the American West
Join St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos for a multimedia event featuring organist and artist Ann Elizabeth Thiermann, pianist Rose Knoles and works from Santa Barbara artist Marcia Burtt and composer Emma Lou Diemer for a night of American West entertainment. This is a non-religious event open to all ages. (C.T.)
May 24, 4:30–8 p.m. Teen Arts Mentorship Group Exhibition
The Arts Fund’s Teen Arts Mentorship program releases their students’ creations for public enjoyment at the Arts Fund Gallery, kicking off with a celebratory opening reception and readings of the students’ creative writing projects. The exhibit will remain active through June 22.
May 24, 5–8 p.m. Bright Lines and The Void Opening Reception
Come enjoy a contemporary art show at MichaelKate Interiors and Gallery, where the works of Santa Barbara-based artists John Carlander and Thomas Van Stein will be paired with those from Norman Lundin (from Seattle) and Hillary Baker (from Los Angeles). The featured artwork ranges from bold, dark and nocturnal to colorful and geometric, representing each artist’s idiosyncratic style.
May 25, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Wings, Beaks and Tails
The first of four pre-Solstice workshops from Art From Scrap, this class allows you to create art from a vast array of reuse materials. The workshop will feature Mary Stanley and is open to all ages! (AS)
May 25, 3–5 p.m. Wine and Cheese Botanic Lecture Series: Steve Gliessman
Come enjoy wine, cheese and a lecture by Steve Gliessman entitled “Bracken, Fennel, & Calochortus: What Santa Cruz Island Taught Me About How Nature Works” at the beautiful Botanic Gardens!
May 25, 7 p.m. Hans Christian Andersen
The Rudenko School of Dance celebrates the life and legend of famous poet and author Hans Christian Anderson with a tap, jazz and ballet performance.
May 25, 8 p.m. Bryan Bowers
Known to many as the man who brought the autoharp into the music world, Bryan Bowers is a legend on this unusual instrument.
May 25, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., May 26, 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. The Hero Twins: A Mayan Story
Boxtales Theater Company presents this bilingual play based on the Quiche’ Mayan Polpol Vuh. Don’t miss this world premiere production! (AS)
May 25–27, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Children’s Creative Project’s i Madonnari
The 17th-century Italian tradition of street painting comes to Santa Barbara every Memorial Day weekend courtesy of Children’s Creative Project. Four hundred street artists create 200 large-scale works at Mission Plaza to the delight of the 25,000 annual visitors expected. Food and entertainment add to the pleasure, as does the fact that proceeds benefit the nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education office, serving 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances.
May 25–27; Saturday 2–6 p.m., Sunday and Monday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. S.C.A.P.E./Phoenix of Santa Barbara’s Art Along the Creek
More than 200 works of art will be displayed by nearly 100 members of S.C.A.P.E. (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment). A portion of the proceeds from each sale benefits the creek restoration project of Phoenix House, a nonprofit residential mental health treatment agency.
May 26, 6 p.m. Orphans Potluck
Kick off the premiere of this month’s play Orphans by enjoying a delicious potluck before the show! (AS)
May 26, 7 p.m. Orphans
Experience the highly anticipated premiere of Orphans, a play by Lyle Kessler that explores the relationships and daily obstacles of two orphaned brothers struggling to survive. The play features Gary Best, Sage Stoneman and Chance Lang. You won’t want to miss it! (AS)
May 27-28, 7:30 p.m. The Lonesome Traveler: A Musical Journey Down the Rivers and Streams of American Folk at the Lobero Theatre
Lobero Theatre is hosting the best ho-down in town with two consecutive evenings of American folk music and backyard BBQ buffet. The buffet will start at 5:30 p.m. with a delicious spread from Woody’s Bodacious BBQ. Following the feast, nine remarkable young musicians will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., where they will channel legendary American folk musicians and enact the genre’s long and storied history. The Lonesome Travelers in Concert will play a second concert at Lobero on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. (A.K.)
May 28, 3:00 p.m. Santa Maria Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Come witness this special awards ceremony in the First Christian Church located at 1550 S. College Drive.
May 29 3:30 p.m. The Scholarship Foundation of SB Awards Ceremony
The Scholarship Foundation is awarding a record $8.1 million to thousands of Santa Barbara County students attending college, vocational, graduate or medical school. Congratulate these students and be part of the ceremony at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden.
May 29, 5 p.m. Pasadena Seminario 2013
Witness the power of music by coming to support the joint musical performance of students from the iCAN Music Program and the VYMA Music Project. (AS)
May 29–30, 8 p.m. UCSB Dance Company
Don’t miss these exciting performances that feature new work by New York choreographer Peter Pucci and works by American Dance Masters Donald McKayle and Jóse Límon. Directed by Delila Moseley, the graceful and talented UCSB Dance Company will be performing at Center Stage Theater. Make sure to buy your tickets soon! (AS)
May 30-June 28 Patricia Post Printmaking Exhibition Confluence
Celebrate Santa Barbara artist Patricia Post by visiting her exhibition Confluence, which focuses on her personal approaches to printmaking, incorporating traditional and contemporary processes at the Studio Channel Island Art Center. Be a part of the Artist’s Reception on June 1 from 4–7 p.m. (C.T.)
May 31, 8 p.m. Noche de Flamenco
Experience this exciting monthly Flamenco music and dance concert open to all music and world-dance lovers. The concert is produced and directed by Pamela Lourant of Lourant Productions and also features Sangre Nueva Dance Company. (AS)