June Datebook & Cultural Calendar

Posted on May 25 by SEASONS Magazine

Seasonal events, happenings and things to do for June

Through Jun. 5

Stars, Snapshots and Chanel

In this exhibition, experience the social scene of the 70s and 80s as photographed by Santa Barbara News-Press social columnist Beverley Jackson. | Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De la Guerra St. 805/966-1601, santabarbaramuseum.com.

Through Jun. 18

Joie de Vivre

Join Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art once again for its annual tri-county juried exhibition featuring art from artists living and working in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. This year’s theme is “Joie de Vivre.” | 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd. 805/565-6162, westmontmuseum.org.


Lewis deSoto, Painted vinyl infused cloth, electric air fan, 4th in a series with color variations, Courtesy of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary

Through Jul. 31

Lewis DeSoto: Paranirvana

Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents Lewis DeSoto’s most recent piece Paranirvana (self-portrait). | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.

Through Aug. 28

Puja and Piety: Hindu, Jain and Buddhist Art from the Indian Subcontinent

Puja and Piety celebrates the complexity of South Asian representation and iconography by examining the relationship between aesthetic expression and the devotional practice, or puja, in the three native religions of the Indian subcontinent. | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.


Iration, an alternative/reggae band formed in Isla Vista, will perform at the 12th annual KJEE Summer Round Up. Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Bowl.

June 3

KJEE Summer Round Up

This year’s KJEE Summer Round Up includes Isla Vista’s own Iration, Fitz and the Tantrums, Wolfmother, The Strumbellas and a special guest. In its 12th year, the concert showcases original, energetic sound that will have you singing along and moving to the music. | 4 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.

June 4

First Saturdays Artists Marketplace

The Carpinteria Arts Center presents its “Artists Marketplace,” a fundraiser for the center and an opportunity for member artists to display, demonstrate and sell their original art and for the public to enjoy activities such as live music, art demonstrations and a children’s art table. | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Carpinteria Arts Center, 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. 805/684-7789, www.carpinteriaartscenter.org.

June 4

On Thin Ice: Antarctica

Celebrate World Oceans Day with art and live music inspired by Antarctica, the world’s last marine wilderness. Learn about penguins and other fascinating Antarctic marine life, experience a dive under the Antarctic ice, paint pictures of Pteropods and check out the Magic Planet globe. Find out why ocean chemistry is changing in the world’s oceans and discover how the Antarctic Ocean is similar to the Pacific Ocean. | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, 211 Stearns Wharf. 805/962-2526, sbnature.org.

June 4

Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival

The marriage of these two very different things—jazz music and olives—may be unexpected to some, but it certainly is delightful. Listen to notable performers and the best jazz tunes at this delectable festival, and enjoy as local wineries offer tastings, olive vendors abound and chefs compete with olive-themed dishes. | 1–4 p.m. Lavinia Campbell Park, 2398 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos. jazzandolivefestival.org.

June 4

Senior (musical) Moments

The fourth annual benefit production for the Center for Successful Aging features scenes and musical numbers that explore the joys and challenges of aging in today’s world. Showcasing a multi-generational company, the production was conceived and directed by Rod Lathim and promises to deliver moments and life experiences recognizable by the audience. | 2 p.m. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. 805/565-7550, luketheatre.org.

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Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Zoo Brew

June 4

Zoo Brew

With tastings from more than 20 breweries, Zoo Brew offers a great opportunity to savor local suds and bites, socialize and experience special animal encounters while fundraising for Santa Barbara Zoo’s programs. | 3 p.m. Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. 805/962-5339, sbzoo.org.

June 4

Opening Night Gala

Join Music Academy of the West in celebrating the 2016 Summer School and Festival and the grand opening of Marilyn Horne Main House. The gala includes a red carpet reception, black-tie concert and al fresco dinner, featuring stars of the Metropolitan Opera and benefiting the full-scholarship program, which supports 140 Academy Fellows. | 5 p.m. Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.

June 5

Plein Air & Beyond

The historic Casa del Herrero hosts 17 prominent Santa Barbara artists for a unique fundraising exhibit at this gorgeous Montecito manor designed by George Washington Smith. Casa del Herrero is a National Historic Landmark, and guests can support this beautiful estate while enjoying the property at this scenic and fun event. | 4–7 p.m. Casa del Herrero, 1387 East Valley Rd, Montecito. 805/565-5653, casadelherrero.com.

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Paul Simon, courtesy photo

June 5

Paul Simon

Don’t miss Paul Simon live in concert! The distinguished music legend has received many honors, including 12 Grammys, and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. | 7 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.

June 5–10

Santa Barbara Writers Conference

Over the past 44 years, Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference has connected writers with mentors, agents and editors. This year, the conference welcomes acclaimed writers Rufi Thorpe, Gayle Lynds, F. Paul Wilson, Aline Ohanesian and Monte Schulz, among others, who discuss their various award-winning pieces and the inspiration for their work. | Hyatt Santa Barbara, 1111 E Cabrillo Blvd. sbwriters.com.

OJAI, CA- June 12, 2015: People gather to listen to members of ICE perform during a free community event at the Libbey Park Gazebo during the 2015 Ojai Music Festival.

People gather to listen to members of ICE perform during a free community event at the Libbey Park Gazebo during the 2015 Ojai Music Festival.

June 9-12

Ojai Music Festival

Visionary artists and music are at the helm of this year’s 70th annual festival. Peter Sellars, music director, brings an extensive guest list of musicians, offering powerful energy and the spirit of inquiry and reflection with the idyllic beauty of Ojai augmenting the experience. | Various Ojai locations. 805/646-2053, ojaifestival.org.

June 9–26

Fallen Angels

While their husbands are away, Julia and Jane hear from a mutual past lover that he intends to pay them a visit. As the excited ladies indulge in a bit of the bubbly, secrets come out and old jealousies resurface. Their night takes a turn for the worst when their husbands return from their trip earlier than expected in this new Ensemble Theatre production. | 8 p.m. New Victoria Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St. 805/965-5400, ensembletheatre.com.

June 10

An Evening with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Enjoy a special performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, spreading their message of nurture and New Orleans Jazz. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.


Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Bowl

June 11

Bob Dylan and His Band

Bob Dylan and his band return to Santa Barbara with special guest Mavis Staples this summer in support of his latest LP, Fallen Angels. | 7 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.

June 11

Trinity Backstage Acoustic Series: Michael McNevin

The Trinity Backstage Coffeehouse, a quaint, intimate room that holds 100 guests, provides unheard-of artists of various genres. A veteran of the folk scene, Michael McNevin has logged close to 20 years worth of concerts across the U.S. and has played on the main stages of some of the bigger music festivals. | 8 p.m. Trinity Backstage, 1500 State St. 805/962-2970, trinitybackstage.com.

June 11–12

Writer’s Workshop

Join Santa Barbara City College’s (SBCC’s) Center for Lifelong Learning for a two-day workshop designed to refine your writing skills, support emerging writers in a variety of areas and help in developing their novels and other works of writing. The interactive workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn from several professionals in the field. | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. SBCC Schott Campus Auditorium, 310 W. Padre St. 805/687-0812, thecll.org.


2015 Relay for Life in Santa Barbara, courtesy photo

June 11–12

Relay For Life of Santa Barbara

Relay for Life is a 24-hour team event to raise awareness of cancer in the community and raise money to support the programs and services of American Cancer Society. It is a time to celebrate the cancer survivors who are with us on this day, remember the loved ones we have lost and fight back against this disease. | 10 a.m. Bishop Garcia Diego High School, 4000 La Colina Rd. main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY16CA?pg=entry&fr_id=74317.

June 12

The Fresh Water Crisis

Brought to you by Pacific Standard, this afternoon discussion, led by environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. and a panel of experts, centers on the declining sources of fresh water, what this decline means for our future and what we can do locally, regionally and around the world. | 3–5 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.

June 13

Simon Birch

The Granada Theatre presents the film Simon Birch (1998), the story of a boy with a birth defect, which makes him taller than everyone in his town. His faith and wish to be a hero allow him to challenge those who wish to change him and his beliefs. | 7 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.

June 15

Midsommer Musik

Join the village of Solvang as it hosts Midsommer Musik to kick off its outdoor summer concert series, featuring musical acts of varied genres. Take advantage of great deals at local merchants, visit the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, go on the popular Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk, enjoy discounts at local hotels and revel in free live music. | Noon–midnight, Solvang Park, Mission Dr. and First St., Solvang. solvangusa.com.

June 16

Fabric: A New Art-Making Series!

Examine the concepts of upcycling and repurposing with fabric with the Third Thursday Studio program, which invites participants to explore techniques and themes of contemporary art inspired by artists in the Beyond 2º exhibition through conversation and hands-on experimentation. | 6–8 p.m. MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.


Wynonna & The Big Noise will perform at the 2016 Live Oak Music Festival. Courtesy photo

June 17–19

Live Oak Music Festival

Blues, jazz, bluegrass, rock, folk, gospel and Latino musicians generate three exciting days of guitar riffs and bellowing voices. Performers include Jay Farrar, Sarah Jarosz, Sean Rowe and Wynonna and the Big Noise, among many others. | Live Oak Camp, Hwy. 154. liveoakfest.org.

June 18

U.S. Elevator + Berkley Hart

Santa Barbara-based band U.S. Elevator and acoustic duo Berkley Hart will wow you with their iconic musicianship, camaraderie and stunning harmonies. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.

June 22–Jul. 31

Shrek the Musical

Shrek, Donkey and Fiona face an evil king through spectacular song and dance with music from Jeanine Tesori and script by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek The Musical is a fun, fresh fairytale for all. | Jun. 22–25 at Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria; Jun. 30–Jul. 31 at Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.

June 23

David Bromberg Quintet

Join David Bromberg as he returns to the 70s and 80s with his latest project Only Slightly Mad, a perfect mix of blues, pop, folk and more. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.

2015 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice, photo by Robert Bernstein.

2015 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice, photo by Robert Bernstein.

June 24–26

Summer Solstice Celebration

Celebrate the longest day of the year with thousands of other locals and visitors, complete with live music, performances, craft and food vendors, kids’ activities and a Santa Barbara favorite tradition: the vibrant parade, themed “Legends” this year. The parade starts at high noon on Saturday, as creative floats, fascinating costumes and brilliant masks journey from Cota St. up State St. to Micheltorena St., all the while transforming downtown Santa Barbara into a stunning splash of color, music and dance. The festival at Alameda Park (1400 Santa Barbara St.) starts Friday night and continues through the weekend, featuring live music; delicious foods and beverages from local restaurants, caterers and nonprofit groups; an arts and crafts boutique with more than 75 artisans and craftsmen; a large “drum circle” formed by parade participants and anyone who cares to join in the beat; and a special children’s area with storytellers, musicians, drama and mimes. | Various locations around Santa Barbara. solsticeparade.com.

June 25

5th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic

Guests enjoy a fast-paced polo match featuring several of the highest-rated players in the world, in addition to local Santa Ynez Valley polo celebrities, with comfortable tented seating, a champagne reception and a delicious three-course gourmet luncheon, as well as an opportunity to win fabulous prizes. Proceeds benefit People Helping People. | 10:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m. Happy Canyon Vineyard’s Piocho Ranch, 1100 Secretariat Dr., Santa Ynez. syvphp.org.

June 25

Santa Barbara Wine Festival

Swirl, sip and savor wines from more than 50 Central Coast premier wineries, complemented with savory and sweet edibles in the beautiful setting of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Enjoy the refreshing ambiance of being in nature while sampling and help raise funds for the museum’s exhibits and science education programs. | 2–5 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol. 805/682-4711, sbnature.org.

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Betty Stephens Family, courtesy American Heart Association.

June 25

Heart Ball

The American Heart Association honors local philanthropist Betty Stephens for her many contributions to its mission, when “Hearts Come Together” for a celebration of sights, sounds, tastes and spirits to delight the senses and inspire the heart. Enjoy a delightful poolside cocktail hour and silent auction with panoramic views of the city and Riviera at the breathtaking Stephens estate in Hope Ranch. | 4–8 p.m. 805/963-8862, sbheartball.heart.org.

June 26

Slightly Stoopid

Slightly Stoopid, celebrating their two-decade-spanning career, returns for their 9th annual coast-to-coast summer tour with friends Zion I and The Grouch, SOJA and Eligh. | 5:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.

June 28

Grasshopper for Grandpa

Part of the Carpinteria Arts Center “Art in Film Series,” Grasshopper for Grandpa is the story of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens, a celebrated institution in Santa Barbara for more than 60 years before closing its doors in 2006. Today the gardens are the last visible remnant of Santa Barbara’s Chinatown. By creating a portrait of a Santa Barbara landmark, this film pays homage to an important epoch in the city’s history. | 7 p.m. Carpinteria Library, 5141 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria. 805/684-4314, santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/lib/locations/carpinteria.asp.

All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit sbseasons.com.


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