Datebook Seasonal Events for August

Posted on May 28 by SEASONS Magazine

Throughout August Wine Cask’s Charity Lunch Promotion

Wine Cask is partnering with United Way of Santa Barbara County for this month’s charity lunch promotion. Enjoy great food while also supporting a great charity.

Fiesta dancers, photo by Bill Zeldis

Fiesta dancers, photo by Bill Zeldis

July 31–August 4, 8 p.m. Freud’s Last Session 

Come watch as actors portraying psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and author C.S. Lewis discuss matters such as religion, sex and life in a highly engaging production. Tickets are available here or at 805/963-0408.

Through August 4 Old Spanish Days Fiesta

A celebration of Santa Barbara’s unique history and culture, Fiesta brings locals and out-of-towners alike to the streets of Santa Barbara for Spanish- and Mexican-American foods, vibrant performances, a rodeo, El Desfile De Los Ninos (children’s parade) and El Desfile Histórico (historical parade)—plus a whole lot of confetti eggs. The theme this year is “Vaqueros y Vaqueras,” celebrating our town’s cowboy and cowgirl traditions. Various locations throughout Santa Barbara.

Through August 4 ADaPT Festival

ArtBarkInternational-Grit dancers Weslie Ching and Tina Corbett, photo by and courtesy of Robert Salas

ArtBarkInternational-Grit dancers Weslie Ching and Tina Corbett, photo by and courtesy of Robert Salas

ArtBark International hosts this conference-style festival, which offers artists the chance to network, discuss their work with one another and educate themselves in other areas. Performance installations, dancing and physical theater shows are also scheduled.

Through August 10 Music Academy of the West’s 66th Annual Summer Festival

This ever-popular showcase of incredible musical talent brings together 140 young gifted singers and instrumentalists for eight weeks of education and performances that include the West Coast premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s bereshit, internationally celebrated conductor Leonard Slatkin and an incredible rendition of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Other highlights include a performance of Stravinsky’s neoclassical masterpiece Pulcinella. Various locations.

Through August 10 SPECIMEN

SPECIMEN, an exhibit curated by Ted Mills, brings together an odd array of objects into cabinets created by various artists in town. Several of the artists involved are well known assemblage experts, making this exhibit a strangely cohesive yet totally fragmented experience, as though you’re peering at something to be studied. Participating local artists include Tracy Beeler, Dan Levin, Michael Long,  Ted Mills, Jim O’Mahoney, Norm Reed, Jonathan Smith, Matt Straka, Ethan TurpinDug Uyesaka and Sue Van Horsen.

Spamalot poster, courtesy of PCPA

Spamalot poster, courtesy of PCPA

Through August 10 Monty Python’s Spamalot

This hilarious and expertly written musical, Tony Award-winning Spamalot depicts the legendary (albeit a bit tampered-with) story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, traveling along on their quest for the Holy Grail.

Through September 7, Unbuilt Santa Barbara

Unbuilt Santa Barbara takes a look at alternative architecture and design plans for the city of Santa Barbara that were ultimately not pursued.

Through September 8 Dasha Shishkin: erry icket

Russian-born artist Dasha Shishkin creates vibrant drawings on large semi-transparent surfaces, with figurative depictions of the romantic, erotic, humorous and grotesque visible in this solo exhibition. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, 805/966-5373,

Through September 8 Bloom Projects: Edgar Orlaineta, Katsina Horizon

Like a magnifying glass to everyday life, Edgar Orlaineta’s sculptures use small details to convey larger cultural concepts. A man of many mediums, including sculpture, collage and video, Orlaineta will produce a completely new body of work for his exhibit at MCA Santa Barbara. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, 805/966-5373,

Through September 15, Ojai Collects

Eight private collections make up the third exhibition at Ojai Valley Museum, featuring many pieces that have never been shown to the public prior to this exhibit. Each collection depicts a different passion of its collector, including popular culture, American art from 1968–1980, New Guinea/Sepik River carvings, archery bows, American bronzes, Southern Outsider art,  American West and contemporary glass art.

Through September 22 Labour and Wait

In an exhibit that brings 19th-century principles of virtue into the 21st century, the work of 15 internationally recognized artists and artist-collaboratives comprising Labour and Wait reflects today’s obsession with authenticity, craftsmanship and the handcrafted. Artists in the exhibition include seminal figures Wim Delvoye (Ghent), Tim Hawkinson (Los Angeles) and Grayson Perry (London), as well as emerging artists Theaster Gates (Chicago), Mika Rottenberg (New York) and Allison Smith (San Francisco). Also represented are Tonico Lemos Auad, Andrea Bowers, Colin Darke, Daniel Dewar and Gregory Gicquel, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Josiah McElheny, Ricky Swallow, David Thorpe and Jane Wilbraham.

Through September 22, Peake/Picasso, Goya: Disasters of War and Unbuilt UCSB

AD&A Museum visitors have the opportunity to view three different exhibitions on UC Santa Barbara‘s campus.

Through September 29, Un/Natural Color

Come to Santa Barbara Museum of Art‘s exhibition Un/Natural Color and examine the different color repertoires associated with specific historical time periods, as well as how time affects the look of photographs.

Ellie Ga, November 1, 83°21'N, 2°28'E, 2008, black-and-white photograph, 24 x 20 in., courtesy of the Artist

Ellie Ga, November 1, 83°21’N, 2°28’E, 2008, black-and-white photograph, 24 x 20 in., courtesy of the artist

August 1, 5 p.m. happy hour, 7 p.m. performance Forum Lounge: Ellie Ga, FORTUNETELLERS

With a combination of live storytelling, recorded sound, and still and moving images, artist Ellie Ga conjures the terms and rituals of daily life in the Arctic night, based on her research on the Tara sailboat, frozen into the ice of the North Pole.

August 1, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Family 1st Thursdays

Museum teaching artists help family members of all ages create special exhibition-based art projects.

August 1, 5–8 p.m. Wild Jewels Trunk Show

Sisters Amy and Liza Cronhelm bring their New Zealand company Wild Jewels to Santa Barbara Museum of Art Museum Store, selling their gorgeous paua shell, Mother of Pearl, sterling silver, freshwater pearl and semi-precious stone jewelry pieces.

August 1, 8 p.m. Jefferson Starship

Chumash Casino and Resort hosts several former members of the psychedelic rock group Jefferson Airplane, who came back together to form Jefferson Starship. Lead by Paul Kantner, this show wil leave you entranced.

August 2-4, Rubicon Theater Company’s Summer Youth Production of “Romeo and Juliet”

Rubicon’s Fearless Shakespeare Company performs the classic play “Romeo and Juliet” like you’ve never seen it before. Performances are at the following times: 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

August 2 and 4, The Magic Flute

The Music Academy of the West will be presenting Mozart’s timeless and famous opera, The Magic Flute, at The Granada Theatre for the first time in 15 years on August 2nd and 4th. According to Marilyn Horne who is overseeing the entire production, “The Magic Flute is simply a masterpiece, and it’s fresh every time you hear it! It’s a great opera for the entire family.”

August 3, 11 a.m. Polo Americana with Santa Barbara Braille Institute

The Braille Institute Auxiliary’s 30th annual Polo Invitational Match and Benefit luncheon is sure to be an exciting afternoon in support of Braille Institute’s many valuable programs.

August 3, 12-2 p.m. “Where’s Waldo?”: Celebrate Waldo’s 25th Birthday

Readers are invited to join Waldo, Wenda and their pooch Woof at Granada Books to celebrate Waldo’s 25th birthday. The celebration will include cake, prizes and games. For more information, call 805/845-1818 or visit the website.

August 3 and 4, The Vagina Monologues 

Come to Center Stage Theater and watch the Vagina Monologues, a highly-acclaimed production that delves into the intimate lives of women. Tickets are available here or at 805/963-0408.

August 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free First Sunday

Head to the Ventura Agriculture Museum for August’s Free First Sunday, where kids have the opportunity to learn how the large seed of an avocado grows into a tree, and can work with Museum staff to grow their own plant!

August 4, 2 p.m. Jake Ducey Book Signing

Head to The Book Den to learn about Jake Ducey’s new book, Into the Wind: My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life’s Purpose, chronicling the author’s trip around the world when he was only 19 years old.

August 4, 3:30 p.m. Old Spanish Days Fiesta Concert

The West Coast Symphony Orchestra is performing their 44th Old Spanish Days Fiesta concert. Come out and listen to popular classical music with a Spanish accent in the beautiful sunken gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

August 7, 7:30 p.m. Notorious

Nothing brings three people together quite like espionage. Part of a free summer film series, Notorious stars Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains, whose lives are intertwined by a covert government operation to infiltrate a Nazi organization.

August 8, Music Academy of the West’s Cabaret

This annual gala features performers from the Music Academy’s acclaimed voice program as well as cocktails and a gourmet dinner, all to benefit scholarship programs for Music Academy of the West.

August 8-10, 7 p.m. Upstage Left and Santa Barbara High School Summer Stock Presents: Cabaret

The most-talented high school performers from Santa Barbara county come together for a production of Cabaret. Revolved around the Kit Kat Klub during the nazi-era in Berlin, the musical focuses on the budding relationship between cabaret performer Sally Bowles and young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Cabaret is the first ever summer production put on by SBHS and is definitely a can’t-miss performance! Santa Barbara High School Theatre, 700 E. Anapamu St. 888/979-3667,

August 9, 5—9 p.m. Summer Solstice “Fun”draiser and After Party

Summer Solstice will be hosting a “Fun”draiser and After Party in order to raise funds for the 40th Anniversary next year. Tickets are available here.

August 9, 7:30 p.m. Summer Intensive Workshop Performance 

Students of the Goleta School of Ballet conclude their five week summer intensive program with an entertaining repertory program. Tickets are available here or at 805/963-0408.

August 9, 8:30 p.m. Notorious

Nothing brings three people together quite like espionage. Part of a free summer film series, Notorious stars Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains, whose lives are intertwined by a covert government operation to infiltrate a Nazi organization.

August 10, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Opening of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant

The long-awaited opening of the tasting and retail wine store, Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, has been moved to August 10 for the annual Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting, open from 11 a.m—5 p.m. As part of the celebration, you’ll be invited to sample and purchase premier wines from more than 50 different local wineries, such as Au Bon ClimatQupeThe Ojai VineyardSandhi Wines and Tyler Winery at a 20% discount off of the regular retail price, all the while enjoying fresh oysters, pickled cornichons or fennel arugula salad.

August 10, 7:30 p.m. Nashville Backstage: A Country Cabaret

Looking to enjoy a musical night out listening to great country, folk and Americana talent? Then be sure to go to Out of the Box Theatre Company ‘s presentation of “Nashville Backstage: A Country Cabaret” at Plaza Playhouse Theatre in Carpinteria this upcoming Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. You can look forward to special performances by Deborah Bertling, Samantha Eve, Aaron Feeney, Ben Ginsberg, Rob Grayson, Katherine Nixon, Heather Rae and Justin Sinclair.

August 10, 8 p.m.The Academy Festival Orchestra—James Gaffigan 

Music Academy of the West presents Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra James Gaffigan and the Academy Festival Orchestra in the final performance of the festival season. Tickets are available here or at 805/899-2222.

August 11, 1:30–4:30 p.m. Studio Sundays on the Front Steps

Build a multistoried sculpture from various shapes of unfinished wood and mixed media objects inspired by Allison Smith’s Stockpile in the Labour and Wait exhibition. For more information visit Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s website or call 805/963-4364.

August 11, 4–7 p.m. Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s 2nd Annual Sangria Soiree

Enjoy an afternoon of sangria, paella, tapas, tequila tastings, a silent auction and more at this second annual event, with proceeds benefitting Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, helping to provide financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer living in the tri-counties. This event takes place at The Villa at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez.

August 12-16 1-4 p.m. Teens & Tweens Workshop IV

Register your child for an art workshop designed for teens and tweens, ages 11 and up. They will create a range of projects in different mediums guided by skilled teachers. Located at Art Innovators Studio, 5370 Hollister, Suite 2. Register online.

August 12, 5–7 p.m. Google Docs for Artists—Part of Marketing for Techniques for Artists Series

Learn how to organize your work and work with others online through Google Docs in this workshop taught by arts administrator and artists Calico Brown.

August 14, 2—4 p.m. George Stuart on Hollywood’s Portrayal of History

Artist George Stuart monologues about Hollywood’s attempt at historical accuracy, focusing on Marie Antoinette and the Xauantong Emperor PuYi. He is hosted by Museum of Ventura County.

August 14, 5:30–7 p.m. Opening of Coast Light, Dawn & Dusk: Six Months by the Sea Exhibit

Join Hospice of Santa Barbara for wine, cheese and music to celebrate the works of Gaviota artist Kit Boise-Cossart. The exhibit, titled Coast Light, Dawn & Dusk: Six Months by the Sea, will feature original oil pastels and paintings that Boise-Cossart created while caring for an ailing relative by the sea. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will be donated to Hospice of Santa Barbara. Leigh Block Gallery, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, 805/563-8820,

August 14, 7:30 p.m. The Birds

Part of a free summer film series, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds depicts a disturbing tale of Bodega Bay, California being overrun by violent bird attacks. The film is loosely based on the 1952 story “The Birds” by Daphne du Maurier.

August 15, 8 p.m. Nite Jewel

Nite Jewel, the transcendent minimalist dance-pop artist formerly known as Ramona Gonzalez, will be performing at Ojai Rancho Inn on August 15 at 8 p.m. Presented by Cool Summer Presents and Shelter Social Club, the concert is part of a three-part Ojai Rancho Concert Series.

August 15, 5–7 p.m. Art and Science

In this intimate conversation, uncover the relationship between experimental fact and artistic imagination, scientific progress and the evolution of mystery. Event is free, but advance RSVP is required.

August 16, 8-9:30 a.m. Books for Breakfast 

Have breakfast at State & Fig Restaurant while discussing Green Boat by Mary Pipher, presented by Association for Women in Communications (AWC).

August 16, 8:30 p.m. The Birds

Part of a free summer film series, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds depicts a disturbing tale of Bodega Bay, California being overrun by violent bird attacks. The film is loosely based on the 1952 story “The Birds” by Daphne du Maurier.

August 16–17, Everything Art Sale

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art hosts a large rummage sale, with everything from paintings, prints, drawings, frames, ceramics, art supplies, jewelry, antiques, art books and more for purchase.

August 16–17, 8 p.m. Elements Theatre Collective Presents Sweet Nothing, A Grim (Fairy)Tale

Sweet Nothing, written by Stephanie Timm, is a staged reading centering around the lives of three sisters after their homeland has been destroyed and pillaged in a war. Despite their dark and twisted circumstances, the sisters still aspire to escape in order to find their happy endings. Left Coast Books, 5877 Hollister Ave.

August 16–17, 8 p.m. Wind in a Mirror…Ayahuasca Visions

Josie Hyde performs a multimedia solo show that touches on death, guilt and transcendence while on a search for enlightenment. Tickets are available here or at 805/963-0408.

August 16-18, Wine & Fire – A Celebration of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills 

Join Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance in exploring its very own appellation! For an entire weekend, members are invited to celebrate Sta. Rita Hills with the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Barn Party, a number of seminars and lunches, and of course tastings! There will be much more offered at this three day event, so make sure to check out the full event list and location list for Wine & Fire weekend here.

August 17, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 27th Annual Quick Draw and Artwalk

View acclaimed at-work artists up close and personal at this free annual event. Watch artists produce a full-fledged work of art in 60 minutes, observing a variety of techniques. Afterward, talk to the artists about their pieces before each work is sold to the highest bidder.

August 17, 12–5 p.m. Museum of Ventura County’s Bi-Annual Art Alfresco Invitational Exhibition & Art Sale

Come meet the 30 artists participating in the Art Alfresco and see their art displayed in the natural light of the afternoon sun.

August 17, 3–5 p.m. Not in My Backyard: Risks to Wildlands When Using Invasive Plants to Landscaping

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s wine and cheese botanic lecture series features John Knapp, director of Native Ranch Inc. and board president of CA Invasive Plant Council. The lecture kicks off with a reception and tastings offered by Riverbench Vineyard and Winery.

August 17, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Italian Carnivale at Sogno del Fiore

Jerry and Liz Fiore are hosting their 7th annual Wine Members and Friends dinner to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The event theme is in Italian carnivale, and will feature food prepared by chefs from 10 different Italian restaurants, live music, and wines from 25-30 different California wineries.

August 17, 5–8 p.m. Wine & Fire Grand Tasting

As the grapes ripen on the vines throughout the Santa Rita Hills, the members of the Winegrowers alliance present their wines for tasting, joined by neighborhood restaurants at the beautiful La Purisima Mission.

August 17, 7 p.m. Red Ribbons & Memories, Dance Concert

Rubans Rouges Dance Company presents two programs Red Ribbons Memories which will be sure to delight the audience with elements of dance, drama, film, live music and theatre. Red Ribbons is the highly anticipated uncensored version of performance about a girl reliving nightmares from her past. Memories is a collaborative dance embodying memories from many choreographers from within the dance community. Tickets are available for purchase here. ARC (A Room to Create) Pasadena, 1158 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena,  310/890-8285,

August 17–September 1 Cyrano de Bergerac

Enjoy this classic tale by Edmond Rostand about a man’s love in the literal face of self-doubt—his large nose is the only thing standing in his way. With a talented cast from PCPA Theaterfest in the lovely outdoor Solvang Festival Theater, this is a show not to be missed.

August 18, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Wags ’n’ Whiskers with C.A.R.E.4Paws

Santa Barbara County’s largest pet adoption event features adoptable dogs, cats and bunnies from more than 20 animal shelters and rescue groups; showcases a wide range of local pet service providers and animal welfare groups; and offers animal-related entertainment. The festival inspires many adoptions each year and sheds light on the important work of local rescue groups and shelters.

August 18, 12-3 p.m. Flying Goat Barrel Tasting & Luncheon

Come meet Flying Goat’s new Cooper at this year’s Barrel Tasting & Luncheon event. Also, the event will give participants a rare inside look at winemaker Norm Yost‘s winery, where he will provide a demonstration on the art of making wine. In addition, there will be a sneak preview of 2012 Pinot Noirs in honor of Sta. Rita Hills Winegrower Alliance’s “Wine & Fire” Weekend. Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, 1520 E. Chestnut Ct. Lompoc, 805/736-9032,

August 18, 12-3:30 p.m. 5th Annual Paws, Pizza & Pinot

What better way to celebrate man’s best friend than by taking them to Riverbench Vineyard & Winery for handmade pizzas and wine tasting? Riverbench’s tasting room bulldog Roy invites you to bring your dog for this wonderful even! Pizzas will be donated by Central City Market and 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the So Cal Bulldog Rescue. For tickets, call 805/937-8340. Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd. Santa Maria,

August 21 Solvang Third Wednesday

This month’s Solvang Third Wednesday is giving shoppers another excuse to shop ’till they drop. Lucky for them, on August 15 several shops are taking their merchandise to Solvang’s European-style open air market. Shoppers of all kinds are sure to find treasures at this “End of Summer Sidewalk Sale,” as several different kinds of shops are participating.

August 21, 7:30 p.m. Strangers on a Train

Part of a free summer film series, Strangers on a Train brings two people together with a common goal: the desire to murder someone they know.

August 21, 8 p.m. The Sally Cats

Somewhere between melancholic folk and passionate blues, The Sally Cats‘ latest album On the Prowl was well-received for its “energy and spellbinding versatility.” For an opportunity to be serenaded by these “clean and lean” vocals, head over to The Piano Kitchen at 8 p.m. on August 21st for a live jazz performance.

August 22, 5–8 p.m. Beer and Pickles, Chocolate and Wine

Beer and pickles? Chocolate and wine? Could a vendor-to-vendor tasting, put on by Carr Winery and Telegraph Brewing Company get any better than this? If you remember last year’s event, we know that you’ll be going back for this year’s installment taking place on August 22 from 5–8 p.m. at Carr Winery (414 N. Salsipuedes St.), especially since this time, there will be even more food and drink to sample than last year.

August 22, 8:30 p.m. Tribute to Johnny Cash – Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 

Enjoy a night out paying tribute to the talented Johnny Cash and June Carter, while helping out the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the same time! SoHo Restaurant and Music Club invites you to a performance by Jimmy Ray and Black Train with Cyndi Cantrell for a night of food, music and fun. $3 of each ticket purchased will go towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information or to buy tickets, call 805/962-7776 or visit the website. SOhO Restaurant and Music Club, 1221 State St.

August 23, 8 p.m. Memphis Music Fest 

The Granada Theatre Concert Series presents Memphis Music Fest. This performance features Booker T, The Bar-kays, William Bell, Jean Knight and Eddie Floyd in a perfect combination of soul, R&B and funk. Tickets are available here or at 805/899-2222.

August 23, 8:30 p.m. Strangers on a Train

Part of a free summer film series, Strangers on a Train brings two people together with a common goal: the desire to murder someone they know.

August 23, 9:30 p.m. Club Mercy Presents: Jonathan Richman 

Alternative/Indie artist Jonathan Richman comes to SOhO Restaurant and Music Club for a truly entertaining performance. Personified by his childlike songs, such as “Ice Cream Man” and “I’m A Little Aeroplane” (just to name a few!), Richman is sure to delight his audience in a completely unpredictable way. For more information or to buy tickets, call 805/962-7776 or visit the website. SOhO Restaurant and Music Club, 1221 State St.

August 24, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. C’mon, Let’s Roll! A Bread Baking Demonstration with Bob Oswaks of Bob’s Well Bread

Learn how to make your very own artisan bread under the guidance of a master himself! Bob Oswaks, an old-world style artisan baker and future owner of Bob’s Well Bread, is going to be teaching a seminar on how to bake delicious bread using a outdoor wood fired oven. Learn everything from how to mix the dough to developing your own olive and sourdough starter at this mouth-watering demonstration! Pre paid reservations are required. Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd. Santa Maria, 805/937-8340,

August 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Trails ‘n Tails

The Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens will be hosting Trails ‘n Tails in honor of National Dog Day. The event will include many dog-centered activities including a photo contest and paw print art. August 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Wildling Museum’s Grand Opening Spend the day celebrating art and nature at the Wildling Museum’s Grand Opening. The Museum, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, will be providing a free open house full of colorful exhibits and family fun.

SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning LOGO_A (2)August 24, 1–3:30 p.m. SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning Grand Opening Celebration

Celebrate the grand opening of the fall 2013 program at the Center for Lifelong Learning, a continuing education program with affordable classes, workshops and seminars for adults and families.  Meet instructors, view demonstrations and participate in mini-classes while learning about the offerings at CLL.

August 24, 2-3:30 p.m. The Book Den Author Event: Sue Schleifer

The Book Den invites you to a discussion by former resident of Santa Barbara Sue Schleifer, who is the author of The Key to the Castle: Zen and Travel Stories of Trust. The book answers Schleifer’s main question “What is going on here?” as she travels through Thailand, South Africa and Chile in her journey for self-discovery. Join The Book Den and don’t miss this enlightening discussion. The Book Den, 15 E. Anapamu St. 805/962-3321, 

August 24, 4 p.m. Private Screening of Red Obsession at the Bacara Resort & Spa

The Bacara Resort & Spa will be hosting a private screening of the new wine documentary Red Obsession. The film is narrated by Russell Crowe, and details the recent changes in the markets for Bordeaux wines.

August 24, 6:30–9:30 p.m. Art From Scrap’s One Night Stand

Join Art From Scrap for an unforgettable One Night Stand, featuring 9″ x 9″ work from more than 200 artists from across the country, exhibited for one night only, for just $200 per piece. The key part of the fun factor is that sophisticated art patrons and first-time collectors must trust their instincts as they hunt for works of art from renowned artists and local celebrities, as none of the artists are revealed until the work is purchased.

August 24, 8 p.m. Douglas Clegg 

Trinity Backstage Coffeehouse notes the inevitable end to summer is fast approaching. However, they want you to enjoy one last summer concert as part of their monthly concert series! Multi-instrumentalist Douglas Clegg returns to Trinity Backstage Coffeehouse for a delightful end-of-summer performance. Come enjoy a night of acoustic music as Clegg plays an entertaining blend of traditional and contemporary folk, blues and bluegrass. Trinity Backstage Coffeehouse, 1500 State St., 805/962-2970,

John Rowbottam, "Dawn in the Channel," 36x48 acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist

John Rowbottam, “Dawn in the Channel,” 36×48 acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist

August 24–25, Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ 12th Annual Open Studios Tour

Visit up to 50 private art studios on this self-guided tour through Santa Barbara’s stunning back roads, charming neighborhoods and stately estates. From landscape and contemporary painting to sculpture and assemblage, the art created in these studios is some of Santa Barbara’s finest. Various greater Santa Barbara locations.

August 25, 1–4 p.m. “An Insider’s Sneak Peek to the Casting Process” presented by Ensemble Theatre Company

Have you ever wondered how Ensemble Theatre Company finds its talented actors? Wonder no more, because this event gives you the opportunity to meet, converse and have lunch with Amy Lieberman, Ensemble’s casting director, as she discusses the casting process. Do demonstrate this process, executive artistic director Jonathan Fox will then “audition” an Ensemble actor. (JM)

August 25, Silver Screen Celebration

Attention film festival goers: Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is throwing its Silver Screen Celebration on August 25th to raise funds for its free programs that support children’s educational and community outreach programs, and you won’t want to miss it.

August 29, 4:30–8 p.m. Craft Happy Hour

Inspired by the present love for all things artisanal and local, as well as the exhibition Labour and Wait, SBMA invites all to create, sample, listen, eat and drink together. Craft beer, artist demonstrations, performances and art installations all make this an event to truly bring the community together to appreciate art and all things DIY.

August 29-October 17, 5:30-7 p.m. Living with Loss Support Group 

Beginning Thursday, August 29 and then continuing every Thursday until October 17, Hospice of Santa Barbara will be hosting a support group for parents who have lost a child anywhere from pregnancy to the age of 5. Completely confidential, this support group has the goal of aiding parents through the grieving process and meeting others who share the same experience. Pre-registration is required. Hospice of Santa Barbara, 2050 Alameda Padre Suite 100, 805/563-8820,

August 31, 4th Annual Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest

Sample from over 50 different tequilas and mexcales at Elings Park, sampled food, trying your luk at the raffle and enjoying life music all day long.

August 31-September 1 AAC Charity Exhibit

The Abstract Art Collective is sponsoring an Abstract Art Exhibit at the Bacara Resort to benefit the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara. The event is free to attend, and there will be 8″x8″ artworks by AAC artists that can be purchased for $35. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to support local artists!





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