Seasonal Events, Happenings and Things to Do For January

Posted on Dec 20 by SEASONS Magazine

Magic Mountain exhibit

January 2016 Datebook & Cultural Calendar


Through Jan. 2

Magic Mountain

For centuries, travelers to remote mountain villages, seaside escapes, desert oases and elsewhere have sought out nature’s curative properties. This exhibition investigates the inspiration for some of these quests and obsessions, as well as the truths, mysteries, antidotes and rabbit holes that arise along the way. Magic Mountain features the work of artists Zachary Cahill, Alyse Emdur, Chris Johanson, Boris Mikhailov, Yunhee Min, Shana Moulton, John Newling, Johan Rosenmunthe, Truong Cong Tung and Hannah Vainstein. | MCASB Satellite Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, 121 State St. 805/966-6586,

Through Jan. 5


This collaborative process begins with the singular photographs of Patricia Houghton Clarke, who captures images that are at once universal yet deeply personal. Inspired by Clarke’s photos, visual artist Stuart Carey puts paint to her photographic canvases and forges them into powerfully blended works called Metamorphographs. | Montecito Aesthetic Institute, 1150 Coast Village Rd. 805/565-5700,

Through Jan. 17


Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and The Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig

This retrospective exhibition, the first in 90 years, celebrates the publication of a monograph on the work of two seminal Santa Barbara architects, who happen to be husband and wife.

James Osborne Craig is widely credited with establishing the Spanish Colonial style in Santa Barbara. He left two buildings of such potency—even precocity, given his age—completed posthumously, that one suspects he would have given George Washington Smith ample competition if not for his premature death at the age of 33. One was Casa Santa Cruz, the house for Irene and Bernhard Hoffmann. The other was El Paseo, which set the standard for Santa Barbara’s architectural rebirth in the twenties and continues to be a reference today. His wife Mary McLaughlin Craig, indelibly linked with the houses of Plaza Rubio, followed in his footsteps and established her own identity as an architectural designer for 36 years.

Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and the Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, written by the Craigs’ granddaughter Pamela Skewes-Cox and architectural historian Robert Sweeney, was recently published by Rizzoli, in conjunction with the Museum. The exquisite book includes a stunning collection of contemporary photos by Matt Walla. | Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De la Guerra St., 805/966-1601,

Through March 20

Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography

Take a look at scenes of Latin American culture, politics, environments and individuals, explored in Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s new exhibit, which features the works of Latin American photographers and artists who wish to show outsiders the experiences and traditions of diverse cultures of their home countries. Full of spirit, the exhibit includes artwork from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico and other nations. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 805/963-4364,

Through March 21

Prints from Land and Sea: A Blend of Art and Science

Featuring the work of scientist artists Shane and Genny Anderson and F. G. Hochberg, Prints from Land and Sea shows the power of nature printing to capture the beauty of plants and marine animals. The impression made on paper or fabric from the ink-covered natural item shows the artistic and fascinating details of each individual specimen, and the art of nature printing blends both art and science. Several demonstrations are planned to introduce museum visitors to the art of printing plants, shells and fishes. In addition, printing workshops are scheduled for kids and adults interested in learning about the techniques used to make nature prints of plant and animal subjects. | Wildling Museum, 1511-B Mission Dr., Solvang. 805/688-1082,


January 8

Abstract 8: 2nd Fridays Art @ SBTC

In this competitive world of art, the mission of Abstract 8 is to shine the light on a select group of talented abstract artists and allow them an opportunity to exhibit in a small group. It is an evolving and diverse group whose work seeks to connect and convey to its audience the energies and attitudes of each individual artist. | Santa Barbara Tennis Club, 2375 Foothill Rd. 805/683-4722,

kids helping kids

Needtobreathe, courtesy photo

January 9

Kids Helping Kids Benefit Concert

Kids Helping Kids originally began with a student-run penny drive in 2002 and evolved into an annual signature gala event at The Granada Theater. Over the course of 11 years, students volunteered more than 10,000 hours of work, resulting in $700,000 being raised for charitable purposes. Past performers include Toad the Wet Sprocket, Andy Grammer, Sara Bareilles and other big-name pop stars. |The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,,

January 10

Kid Flix Mix

“The birthplace of indie film for kids,” Kid Flix Mix returns with a lineup of movies, perfect for all ages. The film festival showcases the best short films and animation from around the world. | 11 a.m.–noon. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/893-3535,

January 10

Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show

One of the most beloved television personalities of her generation, comedienne Vicki Lawrence, alongside her iconic character “Mama,” comes to The Granada Theatre for a special show, a mixture of stand-up comedy and real-life observations. | 3 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,


The Orlando Consort. photo courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures

January 10

The Orlando Consort & The Passion of Joan of Arc

Don’t miss The Passion of Joan of Arc, one of the greatest performances in film, accompanied by the live vocal music of Orlando Consort. Telling of the trial and execution of Joan of Arc, the film stars actress Maria Falconetti. | 4 p.m. Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd.

January 10

Viva el Arte: Mariachi Los Camperos Nati Cano

A free family concert featuring Los Camperos, which has just released a new recording for Smithsonian Folkways in tribute to their late founder, Nati Cano, who died last fall. With Tradición, Arte y Pasión, Los Camperos explore the multi-dimensional sounds of Mexico’s past, spanning a century of traditions. | 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St., 805/884-4087 ext. 7,

January 12–13

Flashdance: The Musical

Inspired by the hit film, Flashdance: The Musical tells the story of Alex Owen, a working-class girl from Pittsburgh. A romance with her boss, Nick Hurley, inspires her to pursue her dream of being accepted into a distinguished ballet academy and become a dancer. | 7:30 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

January 14

Seth Horowitz

Join UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center for an enlightening talk with neuroscientist Seth Horowitz, whose work in comparative and human hearing, balance and sleep research has been funded by National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and NASA. Aside from teaching a number of classes and working on educational outreach, Horowitz is also the author of The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind. | 4 p.m. McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, University of California.


Monterey Jazz Festival, photo courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures

January 14

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour

Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest-running jazz festival in the world, has featured artists like Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Sonny Rollins and Billie Holliday. The 2016 tour showcases the music of trumpeter Terence Blanchard, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and more. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/893-3535,

January 14–Mar. 19

Barbizon, Realism and Impressionism in France

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art presents 30 works on display from 19th-century artists working in France within the Barbizon, Realism and Impressionism movements. | Opening reception on Jan. 14 from 4–6 p.m. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd. 805/565-6162,

January 16–17

Handel’s Water Music + Bartok

Explore the rich virtuosity of Santa Barbara Symphony, featuring a work that highlights its orchestral talents: Bela Bartock’s masterful “Concerto for Orchestra,” plus the U.S. premiere of Italian composer Christian Carrara’s “Machpelah.” Hear the brass section shine with Gabrielie’s “Symphoniae sacrae for antiphonal brass.” It’s an evening to see firsthand why our beloved symphony is one of the city’s cultural jewels. | Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,


Amazing Grace, courtesy photo

January 18

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, a part of the Movies that Matter with Hal Conklin film series, tells the story of William Wilberforce, who fought for years against incredible odds to end the British sanctioning of slavery. The film stars Academy Award-winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch. | 7 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

January 19

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

One of the United Kingdom’s most distinguished orchestras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra entertains audiences worldwide with its extraordinary performances, led by conductor Pinchas Zukerman, who has marveled the music world for more than 40 years. | 8 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

January 21

Agustín Fuentes

Agustín Fuentes studies multispecies anthropology, cooperation and bonding in human evolution, and interaction between humans and non-human primates. His latest works include Evolution of Human Behavior, Monkeys on the Edge and Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You. The author and anthropologist gives a talk at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center as part of its The Humanities and the Brain lecture series. | 4 p.m. McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, University of California.


Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax, photo courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures

January 21

Itzhak Perlman & Emanuel Ax

Don’t miss a rare collaboration between Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax, two of the most beloved artists of our time. Perlman is an extraordinary violinist who celebrates his 70th birthday with a recital alongside pianist Emanuel Ax. | 7 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

January 22

Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel, a master of many genres, is a talented guitarist and instrumentalist. Emmanuel is a “great showman…You can’t watch Tommy perform and not feel happy.” | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/893-3535,

January 22–May 1

AD&A Museum Winter Exhibitions

UCSB‘s Art, Design & Architecture Museum presents three new winter exhibitions: an exhibit showcasing the life and work of California muralist Lucile Lloyd; the creation of a commissioned massive painting covering all four walls of Nachman Gallery by 2015 artist-in-residence Stephen Westfall; and a group exhibition featuring the work of more than 40 California artists such as Kim Abeles, Karen Carson, Judy Chicago, Sam Francis, Charles Gaines, Maren Hassinger, Alison Saar, Audrey Sanders, Beatrice Wood and more. | AD&A Museum, UCSB, 552 University Rd. 805/893-2951,


Salman Khan, photo courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures

January 24

Salman Khan

Spend an afternoon with Salman Khan, founder of the well-known Khan Academy, which offers over 6,000 instructional videos and changed the way people think about education. The MIT and Harvard graduate is also the author of The One World School House. | 3 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

January 27

Culture Clash

Join Culture Clash—actors Ric Salinas, Herbert Siguenza and Richard Montoya—as they retell stories from their childhoods in Muse & Morros. The group traveled throughout the country, collected stories and gave a voice to the voiceless. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/893-3535,

January 29–Mar. 25

Ed Inks

Longtime Santa Barbara City College 3D Design and Sculpture Professor Ed Inks has a one-man show on view at Atkinson Gallery on campus. “The 21st-century Post-Modern artist is motivated by a search for answers. It is my job to set each student on a path of discovery—encouraging clarity in the communication and development of personal concepts,” writes Inks. “I was born into a generation of artists whose education was grounded in the simple, reductive forms of Minimalism, but also by the irreverence of neo-dada. I choose to create works that have multiple meanings and levels of experiences. My work suggests an ‘everyday’ simplicity, through complex narrative associations and rhythmic, whimsical forms.” | 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr. 805/965-0581 ext. 3484,


Yamato: The Drummers of Japan. Photo courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures

January 31

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

The renowned Yamato ensemble returns for another energetic performance of Japanese taiko drumming, which includes controlled rhythms and movements inspired by the human heart. This unifying performance is not one to miss. | 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/893-3535,

January 31

Black History Month Worship & Celebration

Visions of Hope presents a free celebration of a century of black history, life and culture. This annual event brings the community together with Gospel music and a spiritual message with a vision of hope. | 3 p.m. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St., 805/319-1762,

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Originally published in the winter 2015/16 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.


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