October Datebook & Cultural Calendar of Events

Posted on Sep 25 by SEASONS Magazine

Courtesy of the Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest.


Through Oct. 14

Nam June Paik: TV Clock

Korean-born, American artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006) blazed a trail with video art that remains influential to this day. Paik’s “TV Clock,” one of Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s most important media art works, is on view for the first time in nearly a decade. “TV Clock” consists of 24 color televisions mounted upright on pedestals that are arranged in a gentle arc and displayed in a darkened space. Paik created each electronic image by manipulating the television to compress its red, green and blue color into a single line against a black background. Called a “fixed-image television” by Paik, each TV does not involve a videotape, disc or computer chip, but an image the artist created by ingenious manipulation of electronic elements. Read in sequence, each static line tumbles into the next to form a dynamic yet elegantly spare rhythm that resembles a universally recognized way to measure time. A crucial work in Paik’s long career, “TV Clock” offers audiences the chance to experience the art and thought of one of the 20th century’s most innovative and enduringly vital artists. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-4364, sbma.net.

Through Oct. 14

Barry McGee

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents a solo exhibition featuring a sprawling installation of paintings, drawings and sculptural objects by San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee. McGee embraces improvisation as a guiding principle in his work, finding a balance between chaos and meticulous attention to detail. Constellations and groupings of drawings and sculptures are juxtaposed against found objects, ephemera, and collected works by other artists. McGee’s multilayered imagery is born out of elements of the urban experience, including issues of identity, homelessness and pointed critiques on consumerism and commercialism. Barry McGee is arguably the most well-known and influential of the recent surge of artists from the Bay Area to have international success. | MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.

Through Nov. 5

Nature Regenerated

The Wildling Museum presents its annual photography competition, celebrating its 10th year. Photographers were encouraged to capture examples of nature’s magical ability to regenerate and thrive. | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wed. – Mon., Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, 1511 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805/688-1082, wildlingmuseum.org.

Through Nov. 11

Fauvism to Fascism

The tumultuous period between the two World Wars is the backdrop for this intimately scaled and timely exhibition, which explores the little-known relationship between modern art and totalitarianism in the work of the French Fauves, Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) and André Derain (1880-1954). Fauvism was characterized by the use of strident hues applied with gestural brush marks for expressive rather than descriptive ends and was considered cutting-edge art of the most experimental kind at the dawn of the last century. However, both Vlaminck and Derain chose to abandon this affiliation, embarking on divergent stylistic paths that caught the attention and eventually support of the arts administration under the Third Reich. Through a selection of drawings and paintings from the permanent collection, this exhibition explores the way the representation of the human body, both in avant-garde terms, and then, as re-contextualized by 1930s National Socialism in Germany, resulted in the coopting of a modernist idiom to advance the political agenda of the Nazis—an association that still sullies the critical reception of both of these artists. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-4364, sbma.net.

The Secret Life of Flowers, courtesy photo.

Through Nov. 26

The Secret Life of Flowers

This art exhibition of Cynthia James’ ethereal work makes a wonderful addition to an exploration of the Botanic Garden. The exhibit is in the Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery. | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/682-4726, sbbg.org.


Through Jan. 21

Nature Imagined

Inspired by nature, artists Cheryl Medow, Ellen Jewett and Hilary Brace use diverse materials and methods to create environments that engage the imagination. The viewer is invited to look into the details of their artwork and explore the unique weaving of image, texture, and pattern that resembles nature and yet is unlike anything in the natural world. | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wed. –Mon., Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, 1511 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805/688-1082, wildlingmuseum.org.


1 – 31

Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest

The SYV Scarecrow Fest includes the communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and the town that started the region’s original Scarecrow Fest, Solvang. During the month-long fest, visitors and locals are encouraged to play, stay and enjoy the scarecrow sights and many scheduled fall events. Last year, the valley boasted approximately 150 scarecrows, most of which were available for public viewing and voting to determine viewers’ favorites. The scarecrows, crafted by local businesses, individuals and school organizations, are showcased throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, and the winning scarecrows from each town are eligible for the “2018 Harvest Cup: Best in the Valley” title and trophy. | Various venues throughout Santa Ynez Valley, syvscarecrows.com.

2 – 24

Pianos on State

Pianos on State is an interactive musical experience that takes place in Downtown Santa Barbara each October, which is recognized as National Arts and Humanities Month. For the project, local Santa Barbara artists transform pianos into unique, interactive works of art that are displayed on designated pads along State Street for the public to play. | 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., various locations in Downtown Santa Barbara, pianosonstate.com.


Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Annual Gold Ribbon Luncheon

This event marks the culmination of the Gold Ribbon Campaign in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September. This event includes live entertainment, a plated lunch and an assortment of wine varietals, as well as a one-of-a-kind auction featuring items such as a Daniel Gibbings’ Ring, Los Cinco Locos wine experience, Costa Rica Getaway, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Passes, and many more exciting things to bid on in support of Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. | Four Seasons Biltmore, 1260 Channel Dr., Montecito, teddybearcancerfoundation.org.

Soweto Gospel Choir, courtesy photo.


Soweto Gospel Choir

The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns for an infectiously joyful performance of spirituals, freedom songs, gospel and pop hits to commemorate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music, the 43-person strong choir comprised of South Africa’s greatest singers is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world. “Nothing can really prepare you for the riot of exuberance and depth of emotion.” – The Scotsman. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

4 – 20

PCPA’s An Iliad

An Iliad is a modern rendering of Homer’s classic story, adapted for the stage by Lisa Peterson and Dennis O’Hare. In a virtuoso performance, Tarah Flanagan inhabits more than 50 characters. With the addition of live music (Eva Scholz-Carlson on the cello), and language that ranges from contemporary realism to epic poetry, An Iliad grapples with humankind’s perpetual capacity for violence, while exploring the beauty and kinship to be found even in the midst of war. | PCPA/Severson Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, pcpa.org.


Red Feather Ball

United Way of Santa Barbara County’s 22nd Annual Red Feather Ball is a fun event filled with music and dancing, featuring a curated silent auction. Come for a gracious evening to support the impactful programs of United Way of Santa Barbara County. | 6 p.m., Coral Casino, 1260 Channel Dr., Montecito, 805/882-0505, unitedwaysb.org.

5 – 7

California Avocado Festival

Celebrate peace, love and guacamole at the three-day Carpinteria fest dedicated to the California fruit in all its forms. This is one of the largest free festivals in California with more than 75 music acts on four stages, arts and crafts galore, fun games and an amazing variety of avocado-infused culinary delights. | 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Linden Ave., Carpinteria, avofest.com.

Courtesy of the Central Coast Railroad Festival.

5 – 7

Central Coast Railroad Festival

The Central Coast Railroad Festival celebrates the many types of railroading with an eye toward the beauty of the Central Coast of California. Welcoming all ages, the Festival presents historical, educational and recreational events for locals and visitors alike. | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum, 1940 Santa Barbara Ave., San Luis Obispo, http://ccrrf.com.

5 – 21

PCPA’S Muthaland

Muthaland, written and performed by Minita Gandhi, takes us on the epic coming-of-age journey of a first-generation Indian-American woman. The life of a young woman is forever changed on a trip to India during which she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, is the victim of an assault, and ultimately discovers her voice within a culture of silence. The familiar and the foreign swap roles in this dark comedy about culture, identity, spirituality and sexuality. Inspired by true events, Muthaland navigates the tragic and magical on the way to a new sense of home. | PCPA/Severson Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, pcpa.org.


AIA Santa Barbara’s 10th Anniversary ArchitecTours

This year’s tour celebrates the fabric of Santa Barbara’s very own downtown, including some of its history, hidden gems and evolution. The tour encourages attendees to “Rediscover Downtown Santa Barbara: Imagine How You Can Live, Work & Play.” There have been many conversations recently about the changing face of Downtown Santa Barbara and how best to support its economic vitality, while making it more vibrant, livable and welcoming. Rediscover Downtown Santa Barbara tour expands these discussions by exploring downtown’s housing, business and entertainment through its architecture, with a walking tour of downtown to explore this important and evolving center of Santa Barbara. Each of the 12 selected projects will showcase the best of downtown—and will include a mix of commercial and residential projects demonstrating how Santa Barbara lives, works and plays. Ultimately, the tour will illustrate how Santa Barbara citizens, architects and planners are coming together to create a unique downtown experience that encapsulates the spirit of Santa Barbara. | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. tour, 4 – 6 p.m. after party, various locations in downtown Santa Barbara, 805/966-4198, aiasb.com.


Exceptional Plants: Lotusland Auction and Sale

More than just your average plant sale. Come for Lotusland’s sixth-annual plant auction—a celebration in the garden culminating with a very spirited live auction. A signature event for garden connoisseurs, collectors, passionate gardeners and lovers of Lotusland. | 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., Ganna Walska Lotusland, Montecito, lotusland.org.

The Bayou Open, courtesy photo.


The Bayou Open

This playful golf themed event is a once-a-year showstopper during which participants will meet and mingle with other members of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission family of friends as they enjoy a clubhouse dinner on the green, music by the Idiomatiques, fellowship and fun. The event also honors David and Anna Grotenhuis with the Léni Fé Bland Award. | 2 p.m., Rancho Dos Pueblos, 220 La Casa Grande Circle, Goleta, sbrm.org.


Out of the Mud & Ashes

In the wake of the devastating Thomas Fire and resulting mudflows, our community has been severely impacted. Recipients of the 2018 New Mythos Artists Grant will showcase their creativity in theater, dance, music, video and other mediums to help process and understand our new reality. Due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, this event may not be suitable for all audiences. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761, lobero.org.

6 – 7


State Street Ballet opens the 2018-19 season with Chaplin, a groundbreaking full-length world premiere based on one of the most iconic and creative artists of the 20th Century. This remarkable collaboration by three diverse choreographers—Kevin Jenkins, Edgar Zendejas and resident choreographer and Co-artistic Director William Soleau—brings to life the immensely complicated but uniquely comedic world of Charlie Chaplin. Dance, combined with multimedia, soundscapes, mime and a host of other elements, takes the audience on a spellbinding, delightful ride into the emotional mind and creative genius that was Chaplin. | 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 & 2 p.m. Oct. 7, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, granadasb.org.


Brothers Osborne

Brothers Osborne is a twang-and-crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years. | 7:30 p.m., Vina Robles Amphitheatre, 3800 Mill Rd., Paso Robles, vinaroblesamphitheatre.com.

Courtesy of the SBMA.

7 – Jan. 6

Let it Snow! Paintings of Winter

In this installation, a range of European and American artists are represented, and in each canvas, a different motif allows the artist to take expressive advantage of the picturesque effects of snowfall. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-4364, sbma.net.


Preet Bharara, Ethics and the Law

“The Sheriff of Wall Street,” Preet Bharara earned a reputation as one of “the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors” as The New York Times says, focusing on big banks, terrorists, hedge funds and public corruption. Prosecuting some of the most high-profile cases of the last decade, he used his hard-charging style against the likes of Bernie Madoff and Wall Street firms. A defender of justice and fairness, Bharara addresses some of today’s most pressing topics in the corporate, legal and educational worlds. | 7:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.


Graham Nash

Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, two-time Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winner. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761, lobero.org.

Aida Cuevas, courtesy photo.


Aida Cuevas

The “Queen of Ranchera Music” and first female singer in the mariachi genre to win a Grammy Award, Aida Cuevas pays tribute to Juan Gabriel, Mexico’s late prince of pop and champion of traditional music. Cuevas is the only artist authorized to record and tour Gabriel’s music, lending her stunning vocals to her dearest friend and greatest mentor’s biggest hits on her new album, Totalmente Juan Gabriel. “Mexico’s most important female voice, [Cuevas is] leaving a remarkable imprint in the history of Mexican music” says Broadway World. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.


Tales From the Tavern Presents Danny O’Keefe

Danny O’Keefe’s songs have been recorded by a who’s who of artists during the last 30+ years: Elvis Presley, Alison Krauss, Jimmy Buffett, Nickel Creek, Judy Collins, John Denver, Sheena Easton and Alan Jackson, among others. “Well, Well, Well,” which O’Keefe wrote with Bob Dylan, has been recorded by Ben Harper, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bonnie Raitt and David Lindley. Tales from the Tavern is an extraordinary concert series and community cultural program that brings together singer-songwriter-storytellers, authentic troubadours and an exceptional listening audience, all in the intimate setting of an old roadhouse, to share in a journey of discovery through song and story. | 8 p.m., Tales From the Tavern, Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, talesfromthetavern.com.


SBCC Benefit Concert Featuring Michael McDonald

SBCC Music Live presents a concert featuring Michael McDonald. This show, benefiting the SBCC Music Scholarship Fund, displays the amazing talent of Santa Barbara City College music students and faculty. The award-winning Lunch Break Jazz Band, directed by Jim Mooy, presents an exciting set of contemporary Big Band Jazz. The New World Jazz Ensemble directed by Tony Ybarra accompanies Michael McDonald in a tribute to Steely Dan’s classic album Aja along with other songs from his illustrious career. Nashville-based Singer Songwriter Tess Erskine, an alumna of the SBCC Songwriting Class, also plays. | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761, lobero.org.

10 – 27

Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired around the world for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. However, when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks quickly turn dangerous. It is up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger is non-stop in this glittering mystery, a perfect prelude to the upcoming holiday season. | Garvin Theatre, Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, theatergroupsbcc.com.

JD Souther, courtesy photo.


JD Souther

Grammy-nominee and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee JD Souther creates a perfect balance of understated jazz and ineffable pop narratives in his latest album, Tenderness. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761, lobero.org.



Poncho Sanchez

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761, lobero.org.



Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang create dance-theater works that are deeply rooted in hip hop and street culture. Created for six performers—five dancers and an aerial rigger—Borderline is a series of stunning and intimate vignettes about human relationships, love and hate, joy and sorrow and how the dialogue between technique and creativity takes flight. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Courtesy of the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival.


Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival

Celebrate lobster season at the free annual Harbor & Seafood Festival. Fresh seafood, from crabs and prawns to chowder and gumbo, are complemented by fun activities, free boat rides and dockside tours. | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Santa Barbara Harbor, 132-A Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, harborfestival.org.


Solvang Stomp

At Solvang Stomp guests have the opportunity to stomp grapes barefoot in vats, sip tastes from dozens of area wineries, dance to a live band, drink pink in the “I Love Rosé Lounge” and purchase food inside the festival area from popular area eateries, including Cecco Ristorante, First & Oak and California Tacos, as well as participate in the “Lucy & Ricky Ricardo Look-a-Like Contest.” | 2-5 p.m., Downtown Solvang on First Street, between Mission Drive/Hwy. 246 and Copenhagen Drive, SolvangUSA.com/stomp.


I’m With Her

Multi-Grammy-Award winners Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan— I’m With Her—have released seven solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761, lobero.org.


Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival

Goleta Valley Historical Society hosts the 47th annual Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival, featuring all day entertainment, an Old-Time Music contest, free workshops, opportunities to “jam” with other musicians, family friendly fun and much more. | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, fiddlersfestival.org.

Courtesy of the Wilding Museum of Art and Nature.


The Art of Brunch

Wildling Museum of Art and Nature holds its annual fall event, The Art of Brunch, which includes live music, multi-sensory art demonstrations, a silent auction, the famous Bloody Mary bar and more. | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wilding Museum of Art & Nature, 1511-B Mission Dr., Solvang, 805/688-1082, wildlingmuseum.org.




Get The Led Out

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical,  Get The Led Out, a Philadelphia-based group comprised of six veteran musicians, has captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761, lobero.org.


Seong-Jin Cho

South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho was thrust into the top ranks of the musical world in 2015, when his flawless, insightful performances earned the Gold Medal at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. His live album of that competition has reached nine-fold platinum sales in Korea, achieved gold status in Poland, attracted a worldwide following and earned critical raves. After his sold-out Santa Barbara debut last season, the poetic young artist returns, bringing his deep musicianship and “lucid and shimmering sound” says Financial Times, to masterful renditions of Debussy and Chopin. | 7 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.


Steven Pinker

When one reads the news today, it can look like the world is falling apart. Civil unrest. Terrorism. Inequality. Environmental degradation. Poverty. But is that truly the case? Absolutely not, says two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Steven Pinker, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists. The author of award-winning books including The Language InstinctHow the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature, Pinker presents the big picture of human progress: People are living longer, healthier, freer and happier lives, “a powerful case that the main line of history has been, since the Enlightenment, one of improvement” says Scientific American. | 7:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Boo at the Zoo, courtesy photo.

19 – 21

Boo at the Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo is transformed for three nights of traffic-free trick-or-treating fun for monstrous thrills and chills. | Oct. 19 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Oct. 20 4:30 – 8:30 p.m., Oct. 21 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Dr., Santa Barbara, sbzoo.org.

19 – 21

Quique Escamilla

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! opens the 14th season of free family concerts and community outreach with Juno award-winner Quique Escamilla performing original songs in Spanish and English inspired by the political and social issues of today. Originally from Chiapas, Mexico, this multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter blends Mexican folk music such as huapango and rancheras with jazz, pop, rock and ska. | Oct. 19, Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Rd., Isla Vista; Oct. 20, Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo St., Guadalupe; Oct. 21, Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High School, 721 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara. All concerts start at 7 p.m., facebook.com/VivaelArteSB.


Santa Barbara Beer Festival

Enjoy a sunny day at beautiful Elings Park, where attendees can listen to local bands while sampling from the best breweries and eateries in the country. | Noon – 4 p.m., Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd., Santa Barbara, sbbeerfestival.com.


Paseo Nuevo Fall Runway Show

Fall’s newest trends hit the runway as Paseo Nuevo retailers and pop-up shops reveal their fall collections in active, beach, holiday and evening wear. The free event includes beauty bars, photo ops, samples, a DJ, special in-store events, pop-up shops, one-day sales and the highly anticipated runway show featuring more than 35 models wearing looks available at Paseo Nuevo. | 1 p.m., Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, 651 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, paseonuevoshopping.com.

Santa Barbara Symphony, courtesy photo.

20 – 21

Rhapsody in Blue

Santa Barbara Symphony launches its 65th anniversary season with a program every bit equal to the occasion, beginning with Ernest von Dohnányi’s folk- and gospel-infused American Rhapsody. Chart-topping recording artist Jeffrey Biegel, renowned for his interpretations of works by both classic and contemporary composers, next takes to the piano for George Gershwin’s wonderfully intoxicating Rhapsody in Blue. The program concludes with Berlioz’s epic Symphonie fantastique, which captures the young composer’s consuming passion for an actress, and clearly exudes the revolutionary spirit of 1830 France. | 8 p.m. Oct. 20 & 3 p.m. Oct. 21, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.


Ojai Storytelling Festival on Tour

Whether it’s a tall tale filled with hilarity or a journey of the imagination, master storytellers deliver a program children will never forget. These charismatic yarn-spinners incorporate sign language, movement, song, puppetry and inventive audience participation to bring adventures to life and reel audiences of all ages into captivating worlds of wonder and humor. “Storytellers who make a career out of their narrative skills, without pontificating, will keep audiences chuckling, weeping and pondering… Lessons learned tend to wind themselves into hearts,” says Ventura County Reporter. | 3 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.


St. Paul & The Broken Bones

High-voltage soul-based rockers St. Paul & The Broken Bones render a blazing mating of ’60s soul fire with later-day influences like Sly Stone, David Bowie and Prince. The Alabama-based band’s take-no-prisoners live shows caught the eye of the Rolling Stones, who tapped them as an opening band. “I love the Rolling Stones,” says Frontman Paul Janeway, “but my train of thought is, you gotta try and blow ‘em off the stage. And that’s still my goal.” Making their incendiary Santa Barbara debut with their Southern soul revival, they’ll stir up the crowd with guitars, horns, brass and a James Brown-worthy get-on-up style. | 7 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., Santa Barbara, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.


Puddles Pity Party

The ‘Sad Clown with the Golden Voice’ is here with his heartfelt anthems and a suitcase full of Kleenex. But this Pity Party is not all sadness and longing; it is also peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761, lobero.org.

Joan Halifax, courtesy photo.

Oct. 23

Joan Halifax in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Joan Halifax is many things—activist, author, caregiver, teacher, Zen Buddhist priest—but in all her roles, she is consistently courageous and compassionate. Halifax runs the Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico, a Zen Peacemaker community she opened in 1990 after founding and leading the Ojai Foundation for 10 years. Her practice focuses on socially engaged Buddhism, which aims to alleviate suffering through meditation, interfaith cooperation and social service. In an intimate conversation with Pico Iyer, Halifax offers a unique opportunity to hear the stories behind her extraordinary life and to gain insight into her latest book, Standing at the Edge. | 7:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.


Tales From the Tavern Presents Gretchen Peters

Grammy nominated, Nashville singer-songwriter and writer of CMA Song of the Year for “Independence Day,” Gretchen Peters brings her themes of beauty tempered by dread and sorrow buoyed by hope to the Tales of the Tavern fall concert series. | 8 p.m., Tales From the Tavern, Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, talesfromthetavern.com.


Finding Neverland

Tony-award winner Diane Paulus directs this breathtaking show that follows playwright J.M. Barrie, who struggles to find the inspiration he needs until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Delighted by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he writes a play about a boy named Peter Pan and the magical world of Neverland. Packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, Finding Neverland is a timeless story about the power of imagination, and proof that you never really have to grow up. | 7:30 p.m., Harold Miossi Hall, Cal Poly, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo, calpolyarts.org.


Los Angeles Philharmonic

Two of the nation’s most respected classical music institutions come together to create a shared centennial as Community Arts Music Association opens its 100th anniversary season with a performance by the dynamic Los Angeles Philharmonic. On the podium is British conductor Daniel Harding, who was mentored by both Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, and has since enjoyed a quintessentially meteoric career as one of the world’s most favored conductors. | 4 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.


Pat Metheny

Recently inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame as its youngest member and only its fourth guitarist, 20-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist Pat Metheny performs alongside his long-time drummer Antonio Sanchez, Malaysian/Australian bassist Linda Oh and British pianist Gwilym Simcock. | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761, lobero.org.

Courtesy of Kip Moore.


Kip Moore

Known for one of the most high-energy and captivating live-shows in the genre, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore hits the road this fall for a string of headlining dates across the country in his After the Sunburn Tour. | 7:30 p.m., Vina Robles Amphitheatre, 3800 Mill Rd., Paso Robles, vinaroblesamphitheatre.com.


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