Through December 8 Call for Entries
MCA Santa Barbara showcases the work of Morgan Carter, Julia Hickey, M. Helsenrott Hochhauser, Katy McCarthy, Marco Pinter and Christopher Ulivo, who were selected by a panel of art professionals, all displaying newly commissioned work. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Through December 8 Bloom Projects: Ro Snell, All that is left
Santa Barbara-based and U.K.-born artist Ro Snell examines what remains, both physical and abstract, after a process or a period of time, using assemblage pieces, re-contextualized organic forms and combined print images. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Through December 13 Year of Rebellion: The 1970 Isla Vista Riots, Photographs by Joe Melchione
Student Joe Melchione was the only photographer able to capture the numerous student protests and rallies that took place in this tumultuous time, with his photos revealing the fear, anger and resentment as well as hope, love and acceptance of the students. Also on view: Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle. Art, Design and Architecture Museum, UCSB. 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Through December 13 Artist-in-Residence: Fran Siegel, Translocation and Overlay
Fifty large-scale drawings displayed in a patchwork pattern adorn the walls of Nachman Gallery, all displaying the complex nature—fire-burned areas, unique topography and urban design—of Santa Barbara, coming together to show the juxtaposition yet congruency of the region. Art, Design and Architecture Museum, UCSB. 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Through January 12 John Divola: As Far As I Could Get
Thought-provoking photographer John Divola merges photographs, paintings and conceptual art in his unique works. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Through January 26 Delacroix and the Matter of Finish
Debuting a previously unknown painting by Eugène Delacroix—considered the leader of the French Romantic movement—this exhibit celebrates and re-examines the groundbreaking ideas and techniques used by the painter. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
December 4, noon–1 p.m. Equal Access to Justice Annual Luncheon
Support Legal Aid Foundation and help raise funds at this luncheon for client services and Legal Aid’s efforts in providing equal access to justice and exceptional legal services to the community. The Fess Parker A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort. 805/963-6754, lafsbc.org.
December 4, 8 p.m. Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller’s annual winter film tradition hits its 64th year with Ticket to Ride, a skiing sensation featuring the adventures of Olympian Kaylin Richardson’s boat ride through the Fjords, advice from Sascha Schmid and Sigi Rumpfhuber’s climbing of Eiger in Switzerland, avalanche safety tips and much more—all narrated by Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/966-4946, lobero.com.
December 4, 5–8 p.m. La Arcada Christmas Walk
For the 19th year in a row, this beautiful and historic arcade hosts a holiday open house where restaurants, galleries and boutiques are open, carolers sing and refreshments are served. You may even score a photo with Santa. La Arcada, 1100 block of State St. between Figueroa and Anapamu streets. 805/966-6634, laarcadasantabarbara.com.
December 5, 8 p.m. Pink Martini Holiday Show with China Forbes
The often surprising and always exciting “little orchestra” Pink Martini returns to the Arlington for an eclectic night of holiday glamour. You’ll find yourself intoxicated by the melting pot of influences that emanate through Pink Martini’s music and China Forbes’s vocals, singing off the new album Joy to the World alongside longtime favorites. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
December 5, 8 p.m. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
A favorite for more than 25 years, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is an iconic American celebration of the holiday season, re-imagined by Grammy winner Chip Davis into a multimedia performance in an intimate setting. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/966-4946, lobero.com.
December 5, 5:30 p.m. happy hour, 7 p.m. performance Forum Lounge: Emily Johnson
Writer, artist and choreographer Emily Johnson uses movement, special awareness and audience perspective in this performance of Be Mountain, a selection from her newest performance SHORE. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
December 5–22 A Little Night Music
This beloved musical inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night takes us to turn-of-the-century Sweden, where actress Desiree Armfeldt finds herself spending a weekend with a new and an old lover—and both of their wives. This humorous yet farcical take on romance is an audience favorite. New Victoria Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St. 805/965-5400, ensembletheatre.com.
December 6 Community Leaders Luncheon
Various community leaders and Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara advocates come together to celebrate the work of the foundation and its impact on local students. 805/687-6065, sbscholarship.org.
December 6, 6:30–9 p.m. Santa Barbara Christmas Parade
Head to State Street for a festive evening of various marching bands, floats, performances and local personalities, all celebrating the beginning of the holiday season. The parade culminates with the arrival of the most anticipated celebrity—Santa Claus! State Street from Sola to Cota Streets, santabarbaradowntown.com.
December 6–8 Folk and Tribal Arts Marketplace
Thirty vendors from nearly 50 countries bring tribal baskets, décor, ethnographic art, furniture, jewelry, pottery and much more for collectors, treasure seekers and eclectic shoppers to peruse at this annual marketplace. Be sure to sample the delicious cuisine at Tribal Arts Café amid your international shopping spree. Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, 2559 Puesta del Sol. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun. 805/682-4711, sbnature.org.
December 7, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Rudolph
The Christmas favorite about the misunderstood red-nosed reindeer who learns to embrace his difference comes to life through the players of Gustafson Dance and State Street Ballet Young Dancers. Complete with orchestra, soloists and a chorus of 90+ voices, this multi-sensory performance is a perfect family affair for the holiday season. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/563-3262, gustafsondance.com.
December 7, 2–4 p.m. J.Z. Bingham Children’s Book Signing at The Book Den
Growing up, children are introduced to books, something that helps them use their imagination through captivating storytelling. Authors like J.Z. Bingham, who is a Santa Barbara based children’s author, build the foundations of creativity. Bingham will be signing and reading excerpts from her recently released trilogy, Salty Splashes Collection, at The Book Den. The Book Den, 15 E. Anapumu St. 805/962-3321, bookden.com
December 7, 5–8 p.m. Christmas at the Casa
Spend an intimate evening at the historic Casa del Herrero, where seasonal decorations make this gala a winter staple. The evening boasts a Casa-inspired auction, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Casa del Herrero, 1387 E. Valley Rd., Montecito. 805/565-5653, casadelherrero.com.
December 7–8, 3 p.m. The Nutcracker
A magical ballet without which Christmas just wouldn’t feel as complete, The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that is reborn through Goleta School of Ballet and Goleta Ballet Theatre. Join dolls, mouse kings and children as the enchantment unravels onstage. (Check out My Santa Barbara for more Nutcracker news.) Marjorie Luke Theater, 721 E. Cota St. 805/328-3823, goletaschoolofballet.com.
December 7–8, 14, 5:30 p.m. Light Up A Life
Tree-lighting ceremonies in Goleta (Dec. 7), Santa Barbara (Dec. 8) and Carpinteria (Dec. 14) offer a time to celebrate the lives and memories of loved ones with star decorations. Donations benefit the free services at Hospice of Santa Barbara. 805/563-8820, hospiceofsb.org.
December 8, noon Holiday Tea & Fashion Show
Join Breast Cancer Resource Center in honoring those affected by breast cancer with a lovely afternoon of fashions modeled by BCRC clients, lunch, tea, desserts, boutique offerings, raffles and a silent auction. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, 1260 Channel Dr., Montecito. 805/569-9693, bcrcsb.org.
December 8, 1:30–4:30 p.m. Free Studio Sunday at SBMA
Do you have that itch to get creative? Santa Barbara Museum of Art is inviting people of all ages to participate in a workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists. Participants will get to explore different mediums and create their own pieces of art inspired by the exhibitions and collections featured in the Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
December 8, 5:30 p.m. Harbor Parade of Lights
Grab a seat along Cabrillo Boulevard and watch as the stretch between Santa Barbara Yacht Club and East Beach lights up for the holidays. Small or large, these bright boats meander down the coast, all hoping to win best in show. Head to the city pier for Santa’s Village before the parade, and stay for the fireworks after. Santa Barbara Harbor on Cabrillo Blvd. 805/897-1962, santabarbaraca.gov.
December 9, 8 p.m. Rick Steves
Travelbook guru Rick Steves shares his worldly experiences with a live audience with “Lessons from a Lifetime of Travel,” bringing 40 years of international stories and cultural knowledge along with him. Learn why traveling is one of life’s greatest joys, and how you can do more of it. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. The Granada, 1214 State St. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
December 13, 8 p.m. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy
The creative and emotionally tantalizing Jeff Tweedy, frontman for indie rock band Wilco, writes the kind of songs that our hearts wish we had the words for. Join the Grammy winner for a night of solo song sessions, bringing an acoustic vibe to his genre-hopping song catalog. The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
December 13–January 4, 2014 Sunburst–Age of Innocence at SBTC’s 2nd Fridays Art
Whenever we want to discover new and even renowned artists, we head over Santa Barbara Tennis Club to check out their 2nd Fridays Art exhibitions. Starting December 13 until January 4, 2014, Sunburst–Age of Innocence will be available for the public to view. The opening reception will take place on December 13 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. with normal gallery hours from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. daily. Santa Barbara Tennis Club, 2375 Foothill Rd., 805/682-4722, santabarbaratennisclub.com.
December 14, 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Wreath-Making with Victoria Wanberg
Holidays are the perfect time to DIY, as floral designer Victoria Wanberg shows in this Kinfolk Community Gathering that teaches wreath-making and tree décor using natural materials. Sip spiced cider and mulled wine from Chef Ash Mulligan while you create. 321 Loma Vista St. fruitfulcollaborations.com/events/
December 14, 4–8 p.m. Unity Telethon
Local celebrities and thousands of Unity Shoppe volunteers unite to raise funds to help children, seniors and families with needed food, clothing and holiday gifts. The Unity Telethon airs on local television stations throughout the day and evening. Kenny Loggins Community Center, 110 W. Sola St. 805/965-4122, unityshoppe.org. (For more about Unity Shoppe, see Legacies.)
December 14–15 Holiday at the Ranch
Spend the weekend touring the beautifully and festively decorated historic Stow House, complete with Santa Claus photo ops, crafts, cookie baking and live holiday music. Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. 805/681-7216, stowhouse.com.
December 16, 8 p.m. Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour
A collection of music’s biggest names—Keiko Matsui, Oleta Adams and Jonathan Butler—come together with multi-Grammy nominee Dave Koz for a high-energy holiday show that’s so popular, it’s been returning to town for 16 years. The Granada, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
December 21–22 The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice
A local holiday tradition, this year’s production—The Spirits of Haddon Hall—combines choral and instrumental music spanning the 12th through 20th centuries, with an imaginative interpretation of events from 1926 Derbyshire—expect spirited country dancing, storytelling and Revels traditions. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. 805/966-4946, lobero.com.
December 21–22 Quire of Voyces
Celebrate 20 years of a cappella mastery and a new Christmas CD with Santa Barbara’s Quire of Voyces, offering two not-to-be-missed Christmas concerts in an acoustically powerful setting. St. Anthony’s Chapel, 2300 Garden St. 7 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. 805/965-5935.
December 21–22 State Street Ballet: The Nutcracker
What are the holidays without The Nutcracker? State Street Ballet comes home after touring the country just in time for Christmas to perform the classic on December 21 at 2 and 7 p.m. and on December 22 at 2 p.m. in Granada Theatre. Opera San Louis Obispo Orchestra accompanies the ballet with Brian Asher Alhadeff conducting the musical score. The show features Kate Kadow as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Ryan Camou as the Nutcracker Prince and Jack Stewart as the Cavalier. The Granada, 1214 State St. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
December 27, 9 p.m. Donavon Frankenreiter
Hawaiian-based singer, guitarist and songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter is an explorer of instrumentals, rich vocals and loving lyrics, with a unique sound and a feel-good attitude that makes you want to sink into his songs. SOhO Music Club, 1221 State St. 9 p.m. 805/962-7776, sohosb.com.
December 31, 8:30 p.m. New Years Eve Pops
The place to be on New Years Eve, this lively concert features all your pop favorites, and then some. Bob Bernhardt puts on the best NYE party in town, with party hats, tiaras and noisemakers for midnight. The Granada, 1214 State St. 805/898-9386, granadasb.org.