March Datebook Seasonal Events for Spring 2014

Posted on Feb 25 by Leslie Dinaberg

Through March 7

Art + Love

Mark Robert Halper showcases photographs from his book Between Seer and Seen alongside small works completed by the artists who are the subject of his portraits. Santa Barbara Tennis Club, 2375 Foothill Rd. 805/682-4722,

Through March 9

Untitled IV by Ruth Markofsky

LAUNCH PAD 2014 playwright Alison Tatlock (and writer on HBO’s In Treatment and ABC’s Betrayal) brings us a new play about blood and built families, place and how these things shape who we are. Laughs and tears are both present, as life issues of addiction, death, struggle and loss are confronted. Hatlen Theater, UCSB. 805/893-3022,

Through March 16

Religious Images of the Christian East

This exhibition depicts the traditionalism of icon paintings—portraits of Jesus Christ, his mother and his saints—and the wide international spread of their popularity. Even though they were created in the early modern periods (ca. 1500–1900), these works evoke the style of 14th-century Italian panel paintings, a few of which are also exhibited. Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State St.) and UCSB Art, Design and Architecture Museum. 805/963-4364,

Installation by Design Bitches, from Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity at MCA Santa Barbara. Photo by Mercedes Lowe.

Installation by Design Bitches, from Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity at MCA Santa Barbara. Photo by Mercedes Lowe.

Through April 13

Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity

Six Los Angeles-based creatives embrace cross-fertilization, collaboration and adaptation in this exhibit, subsequently constructing new ways of looking at research and implementation in architecture and beyond through installations, photography, material samples, textiles and interactive media. MCA Santa Barbara. 653 Paseo Nuevo. 805/966-5373,


Through April 13

Bloom Projects: Zack Paul, Geometric Landscapes

Argentina-born artist Zack Paul provides a birds-eye view of roofs through his immersive installation, utilizing sandpaper and perspective to comment on the repetitive geometrization of the earth’s surface, as well as the industrial fabrication that is art. MCA Santa Barbara. 653 Paseo Nuevo. 805/966-5373,


Through April 20

Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories are Worth Repeating

Peer inside renowned sculptor Alice Aycock’s creative process in this two-venue exhibit, tracing Aycock’s career from 1971 to the present. Best known for her large-scale installations and outdoor sculptures, Aycock’s ideas, visual vocabulary, architectural drawings, sculptural maquettes and photo documentation—all colorful and imaginative—are a delight to view. Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State St.) and Art, Design and Architecture Museum (UCSB). 805/963-4364,


Through May 25

Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature

Drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation—Michelle Stuart has done it all, infusing her lifelong interest in the natural world into all of her pieces and maintaining a dialogue with nature that is at times literal (smashing rocks and leaves into her art) and ethereal (creating her own imaginary landscapes). Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 805/963-4364,


Through December 7

The Vastness is Bearable

Artists inspired by a quote from astronomer and scientist Carl Sagan depict the immense vastness of the cosmos, reflecting our unending awe of the universe. Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, 121 State St. 805/966-6586,


 March 1

Jodi House 2nd Annual Walk for Brain Injury

All ages and abilities are welcome to help Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center by participating in the 2nd Annual Walk for Brain Injury to raise both awareness and funds. 9 a.m. Leadbetter Beach, 801 Shoreline Dr. 805/563-2882 ext. 4,


March 1

Visual Arts & Design Academy, The VADA Draw

Join Santa Barbara High’s VADA for a night of mingling with the art community, where you can take home a one-of-a-kind piece of art by VADA students, local artist Tom DeWalt, Billy Baldwin and more. Proceeds help VADA’s programs in art-based learning, developing students’ skill sets for life beyond high school. 7 p.m., Santa Barbara Art Foundry, 120 Santa Barbara St.

March 1, 16

Prince Igor

Alexander Borodin’s epic Prince Igor takes to the Metropolitan Opera stage for the first time since 1917, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting and Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role of the 12th-century Russian hero. Live simulcast Mar. 1 at 9 a.m., encore Mar. 16 at 2 p.m. Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. To purchase tickets click here.

March 1–May 17

Enemy of the Average

This multimedia installation showcases Madame Ganna Walska’s unique persona through archival photographs, films, recordings and her personal belongings, providing a window into her interesting life. Ganna Walska Lotusland, 695 Ashley Rd. 805/969-9990,

March 1–June 30

International Healing Art Project

Talented artists from all over the world create pieces that involve magic and the bridge between heaven and earth. Karpeles Gallery, 21 W. Anapamu St. 805/962-5322,


March 2

Coleman Barks and David Darling

Coleman Barks, renowned translator of Persian poet Jalal al-Din Rumi, and cellist David Darling celebrate the relationship between the poet and his friend and teacher Shams Tabriz—a soulful love that led Rumi to compose more than 45,000 verses in honor of his friend. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 3 p.m. 805/893-3535,


Mike Caveney is one of the stars of "It's Magic" (courtesy photo)

Mike Caveney is one of the stars of “It’s Magic” (courtesy photo)

March 2

It’s Magic!

This magical extravaganza features some of the globe’s top professional magicians in a program that offers a full-spectrum view into the world and art of magic. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 805/966-4946,

March 4

Timothy Egan

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Timothy Egan discusses his best-seller The Big Burn, which delves into America’s Big Burn of 1910 and the larger story of Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester Gifford Pinchot—the pioneer of conservation. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 8 p.m. 805/893-3535,

March 5

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

One of the world’s finest musical groups returns to Santa Barbara with a program of Schubert and Mahler, all under the talented direction of conductor Lorin Maazel. The finest strings, the wondrous woodwinds, the richest brass and the impressive abilities of soprano Juliana Banse all combine for one transcendent experience. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. 8 p.m. 805/893-3535,


March 6


In this Forum Lounge, Kyle deCamp’s multimedia performance melds perception, public policy and our childhood point of view through the story of Bessie and her experience growing up in Chicago during the 60s. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 5 p.m. happy hour, 7 p.m. performance. 805/966-5373,


March 6

Global Girls Trunk Show

After meeting several impoverished women in Kenya who made stylish handmade bags, Linda Hackett made it her mission to promote a product that stood as a symbol for empowerment and much-needed economic sustainability. Now, Hackett brings gorgeous fabrics made deep in the Congolese jungle to craftspeople of the U.S., where they are sold along with a postcard detailing their origin and history. Museum Store, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 5 p.m.805/963-4364,

March 6

Particle Fever

This film documents six incredible scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider—a feat in which ten thousand scientists joined forces to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang’s immediate aftermath and search for the origin of all matter. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 7:30 p.m. 805/893-3535,

March 7

Miranda Sings

From cyberspace to the stage, international YouTube sensation Miranda Sings brings us a hilarious night of comedy, music, magic, readings and brand-new videos in this one-woman show sure to bring laughs from kids and adults alike. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/966-4946,

March 7–8

7th Annual Women’s Festival

Advocating women and girls of all ages through connections and synergistic work, this year’s Women’s Festival focuses on Tech, Talk & Trade, discussing the expansion of interpersonal and virtual networks, utilizing technology to enhance one’s life and the importance of technology’s role in change, progress, advocacy and philanthropy. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. 805/569-9967,


March 7, 9


Verdi meets Shakespeare in this humorous opera, featuring a sprightly score and the witty story of Shakespeare’s Sir John Falstaff as he tries his hand at stealing the hearts of two married women to better his finances and his love life. The Granada, 1214 State St. 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2:30 p.m. Sun. 805/899-2222,


Sangam, courtesy photo

Sangam, courtesy photo

March 8


This exciting trio—composed of jazz musician Charles Lloyd, Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain and drummer Eric Harland—showcases Lloyd’s exploration of Eastern enthusiasms through an array of eclectic tunes in a performance that has received ecstatic reviews worldwide. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/966-4946,


March 8

Lisa Randall

Theoretical physicist and best-selling author Lisa Randall discusses the overarching world of physics in a humorous, accessible way that brings scientific ideas such as Higgs boson and enigmatic dark energy to audiences who may not know a proton from a neutron, while also reflecting on the significance of science in mankind’s future. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 3 p.m. 805/893-3535,


March 8

Laguna Blanca School, Around the World in 80 Days

Laguna Blanca’s 80th anniversary gala and auction is inspired by Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, with proceeds benefiting the school’s programs. Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave.,


March 8

Child Abuse Listening and Meditation (CALM), 28th Annual Celebrity Authors’ Luncheon

Book lovers gather for a day of appearances and book signings by a variety of authors, both big-name and local, with Andrew Firestone serving as master of ceremonies. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., The Fess Parker, A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 805/682-3925,

March 9

The Wizard of Oz

American Family Theater performs this iconic classic following Dorothy and her new friends down their adventures on the yellow brick road. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 3 p.m. 805/893-3535,

March 9

Studio Sundays

Explore a different medium each month with SBMA teaching artists on the museum’s front steps. This free community outreach event is for visitors of all ages to enjoy and be inspired. Also held Apr. 13 and May 11. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 1:30–4:30 p.m. 805/963-4364,


March 10

An Evening with Ishmael Beah

Author of the best-selling memoir A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah is a human rights advocate with an alarming past: he was forced as a child to become a soldier in the Sierra Leone civil war. In this talk, Beah shares his story and sheds light on the critical issues that concern children and war. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 3 p.m. 805/893-3535,


March 11

Catalyst Quartet

This new local favorite quartet brings the works of American composers—such as Phillip Glass, Samuel Barber and Jessie Montgomery—to Santa Barbara Museum of Art in conjunction with the current Alice Aycock and Michelle Stuart exhibitions. Mary Craig Auditorium, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 7:30 p.m. 805/963-4364,


March 12

Keali’i Reichel

Grammy-nominated Hawaiian artist and hula master Keali’i Reichel is known for his intoxicating music, blending traditional and contemporary Hawaiian sounds into mesmerizing tunes that make you feel as though you’ve been transported directly to the islands. UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd. 8 p.m. 805/893-3535,


March 13

smART Talks: Rafael Perea de la Cabada

An artist of many mediums and processes, Rafael Perea de la Cabada uses his talent to showcase the interaction between planes and spaces, where the acts of thinking and making become one, commenting on politics, current events, humor, gratitude and playfulness with his work. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 5:30 p.m. 805/966-5373,


March 13

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott

Always one of the most highly anticipated performances of the season, cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to Santa Barbara for a special recital with one of his longtime collaborators, pianist Kathryn Stott. This is a performance not to be missed. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. The Granada, 1214 State St. 7 p.m. 805/893-3535,


March 14

Newport Jazz Festival Now 60

Jazz musicians clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, trumpet wizard Randy Brecker, vocalist Karrin Allyson, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Peter Martin, drummer Clarence Penn and bassist Larry Grenadier bring this multi-generational tour to the Lobero stage. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/966-4946,


March 14

Planned Parenthood 50th Anniversary Gala

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a boutique silent auction, a fabulous dinner and inspirational speakers while celebrating the profound difference that Planned Parenthood has made in the lives of those in our community and reflecting on the history of the organization. 6 p.m., Coral Casino at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, 1260 Channel Dr. 805/722-1522,

March 14–16

69th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

With bright blooms around every corner and several workshops for growing your own flowers, Santa Barbara International Orchid Show has something for everyone. Marvel at garden exhibits, floral arrangements, orchids as fine art, demonstrations and botanic photography. This year’s theme, “Complements and Contrasts,” showcases the variety and incredible differences that can occur between these flowers. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


March 15

ParentClick Kids Expo

This fun-for-all-ages expo includes more than 100 exhibitors, resources, performances and fun activities for kids at every stage of life. Head to the Baby Zone, Teen Zone, Health & Fitness Zone or Foster Care Support Zone—there’s something for everyone at this event. La Cumbre Plaza, 121 S. Hope Ave. 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 805/448-2425,


March 15, April 6


View the Met performance of Massenet’s tragic romance Werther, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Jonas Kaufmann as the emotionally charged Werther and French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch as his unattainable love, Charlotte. Live simulcast Mar. 15 at 9:55 a.m., encore Apr. 6 at 2 p.m. Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd.


March 15–16

Classical Knockouts

A night of classical hits, this Santa Barbara Symphony performance includes Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Freig’s Peer Gynt Suite and more, with incredible young violinist Timothy Chooi tackling Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, among others. The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. 805/898-9386,


March 18–19

West Side Story

This Tony-winning favorite tale of the Jets and the Sharks set in the Upper West Side of 1950s New York City is often regarded as one of the greatest musicals and love stories of all time. The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. 805/899-2222,


March 20

Art & Science

Artist Christina Ondrua discusses the various ways in which art and science overlap and how art allows us to access other dimensions and the unknowable through the creative process. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 5 p.m. 805/966-5373,

March 20

Brett Dennen

Numbskull & New Noise presents Brett Dennen on Thursday March 20 at the Lobero Theatre. Brett Dennen’s music career began humbly around the camps of the Sierra Nevada mountain range–a retreat to which he would eventually return for inspiration on Smoke and Mirrors. Brett’s first album, So Much More, officially launched him as a discovery artist and drew frequent comparisons to troubadours like Paul Simon and Tom Petty. In 2011, Dennen’s Loverboy brought a danceable collection of songs influenced by the road and recorded by a studio filled with friends and imperfect takes.

March 21

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Charismatic music director and violinist Joshua Bell leads Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in a exciting and exhilarating program of Bach, Schubert, Vaughan Williams and Beethoven in this CAMA performance. The Granada, 1214 State St. 8 p.m. 805/899-2222,

March 21

Sings Like Hell presents The Watkins Family Hour featuring Sara & Sean Watkins + Special Guests 

Sings Like Hell presents The Watkins Family Hour featuring Sara & Sean Watkins + Special Guests on Friday, March 21. Sings Like Hell favorites Sean & Sara Watkins have been at the Lobero many times: T-Bone Burnett brought them for Down From The Mountain, they are part of Works Progress Administration, and of course we loved them with Nickel Creek. The Watkins Family Hour is a regular feature at Largo and McCabes in Los Angeles and now they are coming back in all their low-key, artistically superb glory. Lobero Theatre.


March 22

Tierney Sutton: “After Blue,” The Joni Mitchell Project

Grammy-nominee and Jazzweek’s 2005 Vocalist of the Year Tierney Sutton and her band reimagine a collection of tunes by the iconic Joni Mitchell in this performance, with the help of Larry Goldings and Peter Erskine. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/966-4946,


March 23

In The Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

In the Mood recreates the popular music and songs of an often overlooked era of music: the late 1930s and 40s. Bringing these tunes to life through singers, dancers and the String of Pearls Orchestra, In the Mood hopes to shed light on this significant time in American history. The Granada, 1214 State St. 3 p.m. 805/899-2222,

March 26

Foodbank, Lompoc Empty Bowls

For a small donation, participants can choose a beautiful handmade bowl and enjoy a meal of soup and bread with one another—taking the bowl home as a reminder of the meal’s purpose to feed our community.  805/937-3422 ext. 106,

March 27–April 13


The classic play of ancient characters from the Myths of Ovid captivates audiences with its dreamlike imagery, haunting beauty, lyricism, music and dance, bringing the ancient world into the contemporary. The New Victoria Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St. 805/965-5400,


March 28

Unity Shoppe 6th Annual Unity Golf Classic

Head to the greens to support this fundraiser for Unity Shoppe, which provides vital services to more than 22,000 low-income individuals. Rumor has it last year’s raved-about Helicopter Ball Drop will return. Sandpiper Golf Course, 7925 Hollister Ave. 805/886-0613,

March 29

Trinity Backstage presents Dana Cooper

“This veteran song poet is a self-contained road warrior–a man of many tunes and tunings, and a right hand few guitarists will ever know,” according to Frank Goodman of “His music is vital, and live, you see him channel all his energy into the song. The songs are smart, but they come from his heart.”

James M. Manheim of the Ann Arbor Observer describes Cooper as having “…the kind of idealistic Whitmanesque songs of experience that not many people are singing these days. Put all this together and you have something that sounds suspiciously like wisdom.”Come hear for yourself at 8 p.m. at Trinity Backstage, 1500 State St., For information and table reservations call 805/962-2970.

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