November Datebook & Cultural Calendar of Events

Posted on Oct 25 by SEASONS Magazine


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,

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,

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,


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,



Joan Baez

Shortly after her 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, Joan Baez announced, “While 2018 will be my last year of formal, extended touring, I’m looking forward to being on the road with a beautiful new album about which I am truly proud.” The new album, Whistle Down the Wind, gathers material by some of Baez’s favorite composers, from Tom Waits and Josh Ritter, to Eliza Gilkyson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. A musical force of nature of incalculable influence, Baez’s earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963. That tradition of mutual mentoring continues on, and will reverberate long into the future across her lifetime of recordings. | 8 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., Santa Barbara,


Cancer: The Urgency of Now

When a full concert performed by David Bowie’s long-time composer and pianist, Mike Garson, combines with the expertise of healthcare advocate, Candy Hammeras, the result is an evening of education, entertainment and emotion. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761,

The Glass Menagerie, courtesy photo.

2 – 18

The Glass Menagerie

A theatrical piece of distinct power, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is a memory play as told to us by Tom Wingfield, a merchant marine looking back on the Depression years he spent with his overbearing Southern genteel mother and his physically disabled, cripplingly shy sister. Williams’ intensely personal and brilliantly tender masterpiece exposes the complexity of our memories, and the ways in which we can never truly escape them. | SLO Repertory Theatre, 888 Morro St., San Luis Obispo, 805/786-2440,


Día de Los Muertos

SLO’s annual Día de Los Muertos celebration is a festive, family-friendly event featuring decorated altars, traditional dances, mariachi music, poets, artists and sellers, arts and crafts, educational talks, costume contests, Mexican food and beverages and more! | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. , Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, 751 Palm St, San Luis Obispo,

Anthony Jeselnik, courtesy photo.


Anthony Jeselnik

Presented by Live Nation, Anthony Jeselnik is a comedy-industry veteran who has wowed audiences for more than 15 years, including on Chris Rock’s Total Blackout tour and his own show on Comedy Central, which ran for two seasons. He went on to write and appear for several Comedy Central Roasts and a critically acclaimed Netflix special Thoughts And Prayers. | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761,


Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Actor Jeff Goldblum has been lending his uniquely wry charm and unpredictable edge to films like Jurassic ParkThe Fly and The Grand Budapest Hotel for more than four decades. But he’s also an accomplished pianist who shows off his chops in a jazz show-meets-musical hootenanny with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. The quintet’s guitar, bass, sax and drums complement Goldblum’s piano prowess and electric personality for a high-energy traditional jazz music performance that brings the audience to its feet. A captivating and hilarious performer, Goldblum’s quirky, intelligent and suave humor makes for an incredibly special evening. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB,


SLO Blues Dance Concerts

The San Luis Obispo Blues Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the Central Coast with high-quality live Blues music performances at reasonable prices. | 8 p.m., SLO Vets Hall, 801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo,

David Miliband, courtesy photo.


David Miliband

Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband is the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest refugee aid agencies, providing humanitarian relief to displaced persons in more than 40 war-affected countries. He is a global leader in confronting an unprecedented crisis: 65 million refugees are afflicted by war and famine, from Afghanistan and Myanmar to Syria and Somalia. Miliband’s recent book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time, shows what can be done, not only by governments with the power to change policy, but by citizens with the passion to change lives. | 7:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB,


Michael McDonald: TRAP Benefit Concert

Join Michael McDonald and special guests Bonnie Bramlett, Carl Graves, Amy McDonald, Tamara Champlin and Bill Champlin in celebrating The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) and more than 20 years of service to our friends with Intellectual and Developmental Differences locally and globally. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761,

8 – Dec. 23

Peter Pan

The PCPA season opens with an innovative new production of the high-flying musical, Peter Pan, based on the J.M. Barrie classic tale. Audiences will find themselves surrounded by magic as Peter whisks the Darling children away to swashbuckling adventures in Neverland in this beloved family favorite. The musical features an unforgettable score including the iconic, “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.” | PCPA/Marian Theatre, 870 S. Bradley St., Santa Maria,


Richard Goode

During the past five decades, Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of remarkable emotional power, depth and expressiveness. He is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic piano music. In performances with major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals, and through his extensive and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings, Goode has won a large and devoted following. His Lobero recital will be his fourth Community Arts Music Association appearance and will traverse more than a century of keyboard music from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin to Janáček’s ravishing early 20th Century piano cycle In the Mists. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761,

Courtesy photo of La Boheme.

9, 11

La Boheme

Opera Santa Barbara launches its 25th anniversary season with Puccini’s beloved story of love, friendship and loss. Omer Ben Saedia directs and Kostis Protopapas conducts a classic production from Des Moines Metro Opera. | 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 & 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/899-2222,

9 – 11

CALM Antiques, Decorative Arts & Vintage Show & Sale

From 18th century to mid-century modern, this antique and decorative arts show is presented by more than 80 dealers throughout the West. Added dealers with folk art, new age treasures, paintings, garden artifacts, jewelry, silver and more vintage, display something special for every decorative need and every collector.  The beneficiary of this event is Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM), which is the only nonprofit agency in Santa Barbara County focusing solely on preventing, assessing and treating child abuse and family violence. | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara,


Ivan Amodei’s Secrets and Illusions

Join master illusionist and winner of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Ivan Amodei, on an epic journey to discover the secrets of life in his brand-new stage show Secrets and Illusions. While observing a stage set on the dark and deserted streets of Paris, guests will enter the legendary Louvre Museum, where an enchanting musical muse escorts them through galleries, while Amodei uncovers life’s greatest mysteries deep inside the priceless works of art, one dazzling illusion at a time. It’s a 90-minute spectacular show, which displays Ivan’s signature style of thought-provoking vignettes, audience participation and storytelling. Paired with his remarkable approach to illusion, it will ultimately inspire, encourage and motivate guests to discover their purpose and your destiny. | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761,

The Ojai Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace, courtesy photo.

10 – 11

Ojai Home Tour & Marketplace

Presented by the Ojai Festival Women’s Committee and benefitting the Ojai Music Festival, the Ojai Home Tour opens four distinctive Ojai Valley homes, including Patina Farm, for guests to tour. The adjacent Holiday Marketplace features a collection of curated lifestyle and fashion items from more than 40 vendors. | 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Various locations throughout Ojai and Thomas Aquinas Church Hall, 185 St Thomas Dr., Ojai,


Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner

For 40 years, Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of the international human rights movement, investigating human rights abuses and exposing the truth to create deep-rooted change. Support its important work at this annual benefit dinner. | 5:30 p.m., Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara,


Compagnie Käfig, Pixel

Precision, energy, speed, power—France’s acclaimed Compagnie Käfig merges elements of Brazilian urban dance and capoeira with hip hop, modern dance and circus arts in its breakneck productions. Created in collaboration with French digital production studio Adrien M & Claire B, Pixel is a masterpiece featuring the company’s 11 outstanding dancers navigating a sophisticated interactive environment of light and lasers that confounds our perceptions of what is virtual and what is real. A global phenomenon, Pixel is a surreal brew of bodies and abstractions yielding a visionary approach to both video and bodily gesture. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/899-2222,

Courtesy photo of Nebula Dance Lab.


Nebula Dance Lab: Helix

Enter a world where dreaming takes flight in this collaborative dance exploration. Enjoy performances by Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance and Santa Barbara Dance Theater, new works by Meredith Cabaniss and Shelby Lynn Joyce, and Nebula’s evening-length work Through the Looking Glass. | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761,


Tales From the Tavern Presents Mara Muldaur & her Bluesiana Band

Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere. Despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. | 8 p.m., Tales From the Tavern, Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez,


Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

The Grammy Award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is renowned for the shimmering quality of its sound and enthralling performances. The choir recorded Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Among the foremost interpreters of Estonian choral composer Pärt, the two ensembles, together with more than 50 artists, perform Adam’s LamentCantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten and works by Carlo Gesualdo, Brett Dean and Lepo Sumera. | 7 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB,

17 – 18

The Rite of Spring

Santa Barbara Symphony teams with State Street Ballet and Ensemble Theatre Company for performances marking the 100th anniversary of The Soldier’s Tale, Igor Stravinsky’s Faustian parable about a deserting soldier who loses his soul to the devil. Though based on a Russian folk tale, this unique theatrical and dance work is far removed from Russian traditionalism, and instead embraces a broad array of musical styles. Paired with Stravinsky’s landmark ballet The Rite of Spring, a work that changed the course of 20th-century music like no other. | 8 p.m. Nov. 17 & 3 p.m. Nov. 18, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/899-2222,

Dorado Schmitt & the Django Festival All-Stars, courtesy photo.


Dorado Schmitt & the Django Festival All-Stars

Back by popular demand, French guitarist/violinist and Gypsy jazz genius Dorado Schmitt and his all-star ensemble return for an encore performance celebrating the legacy of Django Reinhardt. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/963-0761,

23 – Dec. 30

Let it Snow

Check out Santa Barbara’s “best in snow” as Paseo Nuevo’s nightly snowfall shows delight Christmas carolers, shoppers and families alike. | 6 – 7 p.m., Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, 651 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara,


Home for the Holidays

In the spirit of the season, bring the family and guests “Home for the Holidays” Thanksgiving Day weekend. Prepare to be delighted and warmed by favorite holiday classics in a program curated and led by the Santa Barbara Symphony’s celebrated Music and Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti. For the young and the young at heart, an abbreviated Family Matinee program will be performed at 3 p.m., with a longer performance at 8 p.m. | The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/899-2222,

Cinderella, courtesy photo.

27 – 28


Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments we love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/899-2222,




The Tallest Man on Earth

Playing spare, tuneful indie folk enlivened by passionate vocals and poetic lyrics, The Tallest Man on Earth is Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, whose “highly personal lyrics and irresistibly rollicking guitar [are] a thing of refined and impeccable beauty,” says NPR. He’s releasing his new EP, When the Bird Sees the Solid Ground, one song at a time, accompanied by a video about the process behind each track. Matsson brings this powerful, intimate audience connection to the stage in an evening of song that “can feel like hearing someone rediscover the unfettered joy of playing music in real time,” says Pitchfork. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB,


Jake Shimabukuro

Expect the unexpected as Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro’s virtuosic performances combine his singular mix of classical grandiosity, jazz ingenuity and rock-star tenacity. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB,


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