Through Dec. 2
FOLK & TRIBAL ARTS MARKETPLACE
Shop the world passport-free! The Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace is back and better than ever. The savviest treasure-seekers find unique, authentic gifts for everyone on their list, no matter their budget. Carefully selected vendors from around the world with imported jewelry, textiles, baskets, pottery, art and décor take over the museum’s transformed exhibit halls for a three-day international Marketplace. Be generous to your loved ones while supporting international artisans and the local community: 25% of the proceeds benefit museum exhibits and education programs. | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol, 805/682-4711, sbnature.org.
Through Dec. 9
Hand Made: The Art of the Hand
Presenting items from UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum’s permanent collection, including drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture, Hand Made: The Art of the Hand looks at the imagery of this ubiquitous appendage. In this eclectic installation, viewers are encouraged to explore the question: what is it about the human hand that retains such fascination? Artists have frequently turned to this mundane subject because it is literally close at hand. Depictions of this subject, however, have taken on a variety of forms. From precise representational drawings and sketches to fantastical depictions, artists have explored the hand for different reasons and effects. For some, this appendage presents an extraordinary challenge they wrestle with to improve their skills, while others have used the hand as a symbol of self-reflection. Artists in the exhibition include: Andy Warhol, Connor Everts, Edouard Boubat, Howard Warshaw, John Coplans, Joseph Hirsch, Man Ray, Parnel Corder, Rico Lebrun, Rudolph Schindler and Yvonne Rainer, and range from contemporary art to religious iconography. This exhibition was curated by Winston Braun, BA 2018 Art History, curatorial intern. | Noon – 5 p.m. daily, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Through Dec. 20
Fall Adult Ceramics Class
Inspired by works of art in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s permanent collection and current exhibitions, students of all skill levels develop and refine both sculptural and functional techniques of ceramics through hand building, throwing, surface decoration and glazing techniques. This course features small group instruction and individual attention for beginners, while advanced students are welcome to work independently. Course includes all materials, firings and a docent-led tour of the Museum. | 6 – 9 p.m. Thursdays, SBMA’s Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Through Dec. 31
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 (derisively described by contemporary critics as the work of “Wild Beasts,” in French Fauves) 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 eventual 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 recontextualized 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. |11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Through Dec. 31
SBMA: Highlights of the Permanent Collection
In celebration of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s 75th Anniversary in 2016, this installation highlights some of the most important works of art from SBMA’s permanent collection, as well as several of the most exciting gifts and acquisitions in the areas of modern and contemporary art, photography and the arts of Asia. |11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Through Jan. 6
Let it Snow! Paintings of Winter
French Impressionists Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro are often credited with painting the first snow scenes in their newly minted pictorial language of gesturally applied brushwork and juxtaposed unblended touches of raw hue. But the challenge of depicting snow scenes, which as a matter of course, pose the problem of a limited tonal range that can still blind with refracted and reflected sunlight, has long been a part of the repertoire in the Western tradition of painting. In this installation, a range of European and American artists are represented—including George Bellows, Henri Le Sidaner, Maurice de Vlaminck, Marsden Hartley, Maurice Utrillo, Colin Campbell Cooper, Bruce Crane, Childe Hassam, Wilson Irvine, Jervis McEntee, Grandma Moses, Walter Palmer and Edward Redfield—and in each canvas, a different motif allows the artist to take expressive advantage of the picturesque effects that snowfall uniquely occasions. Whether the pristine blanketing of a Parisian street scene or the hushed quiet of new snow in the woods of New England, this special installation enfolds the viewer in winter’s poetry as conjured through the brush. |11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Through Jan. 21
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 SBMA’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. |11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Through Feb. 4
The Wildling Museum in Solvang collaborates with the Santa Barbara based Abstract Art Collective to produce Nature Abstracted. The Wildling’s Executive Director Stacey Otte-Demangate and Westmont College’s Nathan Huff juried the submissions from the members of the Abstract Art Collective for this exhibit and more than 25 artworks are on sale, with 30% of the proceeds supporting the museum. | Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, 1511 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805/686-8315, wildlingmuseum.org.
Through Feb. 17
April Street: The Mariners’ Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars and Flying Clouds)
Inaugurating the Park Projects series at Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based artist April Street. The installation takes its inspiration from the historic voyage of Navigator Eleanor Creesy and Captain Josiah Perkins Creesy in the clipper ship Flying Cloud (1851), which set a record by sailing from New York to San Francisco (traveling around Cape Horn in South America) in only 89 days. Comprising 13 three-dimensional paintings in a salon-style configuration, Street’s installation evokes the portrait wall of a grand staircase from ages past. It is also accompanied by sound—an original track by the artist and other actors that may also be construed as an abstracted conversation between the seafaring couple. Referencing history, exploration, mythology and art history, Street’s work invents sublime parallels with both time and place.
April Street: The Mariners’ Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars and Flying Clouds) coincides with the artist’s residency at SBMA’s Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House and a series of interactive projects and environments designed by the artist. Park Projects is a new series of installations utilizing the grand stairwell at SBMA’s Park Entrance. Serving as the Museum’s main point of access during the current renovation project, this space has become the site of temporary installations of works by cutting edge contemporary artists. |11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Los Olivos “Olde Fashioned Christmas”
Los Olivos invites locals and visitors to start the holiday season by experiencing the warm and friendly small-town vibe of an Olde Fashioned Christmas. On tap, a variety of crafts and activities for kids, and an abundance of Christmas shopping opportunities for adults as many of Los Olivos’ shops, restaurants and tasting rooms host open houses while the Los Olivos Grange Hall holds a pop-up Artisan Boutique. St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church transforms into a Gingerbread Wonderland while Santa Claus holds court for photos in the St. Mark’s Parlor.
Los Olivos brims with holiday treats and carolers all afternoon and into the evening, as the Summerset Farm & Dale’s Train ferries kids and their parents through the quaint village. The official lighting of the Los Olivos “Christmas Tree” at the flagpole in the center of town is set for 6 p.m., with live Christmas music in the park, and food trucks scattered throughout town. | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., various locations, Los Olivos, losolivosca.com.
Rudolph, based on the story by Robert L. May, tells the story of the reindeer, Rudolph, and other misfit characters like Heidi the Elf, Yukon Cornelia, the Abominable Snow Monster and all of the Misfit Toys. Music will be well-known holiday classics, and this is a great opening to the holiday season! Students aged 2-18 delight audiences with joyful dancing. The show is presented by Gustafson Dance and features State Street Ballet Young Dancers. | 2 p.m. & 6 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
The Okee Dokee Brothers
Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Now they’re a Grammy Award-winning folk and roots music duo that puts the natural world at the heart of their Americana music, with songs written under wide-open skies and harmonies fine-tuned around the campfire. Performing songs from their new album Winter—a tribute to the season of coziness, family time and fun—the Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other and the world we live in. They inspire your family to get outside and get creative! | 3 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Santa Barbara Music Club Christmas Recital
3rd Annual Past, Present and Future Dinner
Join Presqu’ile Winery for a memorable evening that includes a delightful array of wines from vintages past, present and yet to be released. Hosted by winemaker Dieter Cronje and members of the Murphy family, the evening features an inspired four-course dinner created by Chef David Rosner of The Monarch. Each individual course features a trio of wines: a library release, a current release and a highly anticipated futures release. As part of this very special exploration of its portfolio, each guest (or pair of guests) takes home a six-pack of wine, featuring a bottle of each of the library and current release wines served with the meal.
Reservations are required and to ensure the intimate nature of the evening, seating is limited to just 40 guests. | 6:30 p.m., Presqu’ile Winery, 5391 Presqu’ile Dr., Santa Maria, 805/937-8110 ext. 103, presquilewine.com.
Dec. 1, 8
Ceramic Studio Saturdays
Studio Saturdays are an informal opportunity for students of all skill levels to create ceramics without the long-term commitment. Come on the first Saturday to develop or refine both sculptural and functional techniques of ceramics through hand building or throwing. Return the following Saturday to glaze your works of art. This two-part course features small group instruction and individual attention for beginners, while advanced students are welcome to work independently. | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays, SBMA’s Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Dec. 1 – 23
The season opens with an innovative new production of the high-flying musical, Peter Pan, based on the J.M. Barrie classic tale. Audiences 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.” Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.
Dec. 1 – 31
Let It Snow!
Check out Santa Barbara’s “best in snow!” Nightly snowfall shows take place twice each evening in Center Court as a flurry of white snow falls down on the Christmas tree, singing carolers, shoppers and families. This magical experience brings joy to adults and amazes children! | 6 – 7 p.m., Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, 651 Paseo Nuevo, 805/963-7147, paseonuevoshopping.com.
Dec. 1 – Feb. 3
Yassi Mazandi in Residence
Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation presents Yassi Mazandi in Residence, curated by Frederick Janka, executive director, with a selection of recent ceramic sculptures by the Iranian born and Los Angeles-based artist. A new collection of works on paper are created on site as part of her residency. This is the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition on the West Coast and promises to be a tour de force.
The innovative strategies in Mazandi’s studio practice have also inspired Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation’s programmatic theme of Learning the Wrong Way. As an artist who is constantly experimenting and challenging conventional approaches to learning, Mazandi actively pushes the boundaries of how one should use material. For example, experimenting with self-defined modes of working with ceramics have led the artist to use paper porcelain to make amorphous and bulbous wheel-thrown pods. She has also developed an intuitive technique of hand carving clay during many weeks to produce intricate and otherworldly forms. Both examples of her technique are featured in her exhibition.|8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, 248 S. Montgomery St., Unit A, Ojai, 805/633-9188, carolynglasoebaileyfoundation.org.
Santa Barbara Zoo’s Snow Leopard Festival
Beautiful and elusive, snow leopards are highly endangered and the subject of celebration at this Zoo event. Kids sled down the Zoo’s “mini-Himalayan” mountains and play in the snow area, complete snow-leopard arts and crafts and take photos with Santa. | Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Dr., 805/962-5339, sbzoo.org.
Jeh Johnson – National Security: Challenges and Opportunities
As Secretary of Homeland Security from 2013-2017, Jeh Johnson protected the nation from its most formidable threats. Formed in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security includes Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, TSA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FEMA. In overseeing the DHS, Secretary Johnson led the nation’s efforts in counterterrorism, cyber security, aviation and maritime security, border and port security, administering and enforcing immigration laws, protecting our national leaders, protecting critical infrastructure, protecting against chemical, biological and nuclear threats and disaster response. A national security expert who speaks candidly about immigration, the border and other national security matters, Johnson provides audiences unique insight into U.S. policies. | 3 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has embodied a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. A response to the 2017 executive orders limiting travel to the U.S., Music for Change highlights the rich diversity of artistic voices from the original seven “banned countries.” The Grammy Award-winning ensemble performs a new program featuring music from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen
Texas greats Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen join forces in an up-close-and-personal evening you won’t want to miss. Since their days as college buddies swapping songs on the front porch, Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant performers, a beloved four-time Grammy Award winner with a rich and eclectic body of work. Robert Earl Keen has become an Americana cult hero with a raspy voice and a reputation as one of the nation’s finest musical storytellers. In this unforgettable acoustic evening, these old friends perform stripped-down songs and share humorous and heartwarming stories. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Youth Opera Performance
The Santa Barbara Youth Opera performs selections from the Benjamin Britten collection of old English songs “Ceremony of Carols,” as part of a special seasonal celebration of Pop-Up Opera. The Youth Opera provides young singers with tuition-free instruction and performance opportunities in a fun, rewarding and artistically challenging environment and unparalleled exposure to the workings of a professional opera company. Seating is informal and limited. | 5 – 6 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Quire of Voyces
The Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces returns to Santa Barbara Museum of Art to perform a short program of choral music. The group, founded in 1993, rediscovers the sacred a cappella choral music of the Renaissance and the modern age. | 6:30 – 7 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Dec. 6 – 9
An eclectic collection of original first-person true stories performed by their authors, exploring some of their favorite memories of Holidays past and present. The performances range from scripted readings to storytelling. Your Santa Barbara neighbors have some wonderful stories to share! Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! | 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, 805/963-0408, centerstagetheater.org.
Dec. 6 – 23
The Legend of Georgia McBride
In a run-down bar in the Florida Panhandle, Casey’s career as an Elvis impersonator is not going well. With his young wife now pregnant, his luck changes when he meets an aging drag queen. An uplifting music- and dance-filled comedy for the holidays. | New Vic Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400 ext. 105, etcsb.org.
Downtown Holiday Parade
The 66th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, presented by Consumer Fire Products Inc., lights up State Street and brings the spirit of the holidays to more than 65,000 spectators. This year’s parade features giant balloons, magnificent marching bands, community floats, spectacular performance groups, the Holiday Prince and Fairy, and of course, the most anticipated appearance of the season: Santa Claus. This year’s theme, “Santa Barbara Shines,” is sure to highlight the creativity of the community, as all participating groups vie for coveted trophies and the ultimate “ooh and ahh” factor from the fans. | 6:30 p.m., parade starts at Sola St. and continues down State St. to Cota St., downtownsb.org.
This December, Finch & Fork keeps it all in the CHAMily! Executive Chef Peter Cham invites guests to gather around the table for an evening that highlights his Cambodian roots. The multi-course, family-style dinner features traditional Cambodian cuisine served alongside truly great company. Reservations include a welcome drink from lead bartender George Piperis. Optional wine and beer pairings are available. With the holiday season right around the corner, guests are encouraged to bring a toy for donation to someone less fortunate. It’s what CHAMily does! | 7 p.m., Finch & Fork, 31 W Carrillo St., 805/879-9100, finchandforkrestaurant.com.
Watch on KEYT 3 and call in to the 32nd Annual Unity Telethon Celebration. Highlights include performances by Kenny Loggins, Peter Noone, Teen Sing and David Gonzales. All pledges benefit the Unity Shoppe’s ongoing services provided to our community’s most vulnerable. | 4 – 8 p.m., Unity Shoppe, 110 W. Sola St., 805/965-4122, unityshoppe.org.
Dec. 8 – 9
Hallelujah Project 6
Back for the sixth year, Hallelujah Project returns with the family-friendly mix of holiday classics and seasonal favorites designed to delight audiences of all ages and kick off the season in magical, musical style. Make a musical holiday tradition with your family and friends at Hallelujah Project 6. With special guest narrator, Angela Cartwright. | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
UNITY SHOPPE 31ST ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE TOY RUN
The 31st Annual Unity Shoppe Motorcycle Toy Run occurs rain or shine. Ride starts at Carpinteria’s Santa Claus Lane, and proceeds through Montecito and Santa Barbara, ending at the beautiful Carriage Museum on Castillo Street. Entry fee includes participation in a barbecue, raffle and other entertainment opportunities. | 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Santa Barbara Carriage Museum, 129 Castillo St., 805/965-9051, unityshoppe.org.
Community Beach Cleanup
Do you love being on the beach, taking care of the ocean and environment and making a positive difference? Join Explore Ecology for their Monthly Beach Cleanups at Arroyo Burro Beach, one of Santa Barbara’s most beautiful beaches. Beach Cleanups are a wonderful way for families, businesses and groups to volunteer together. Cleanups are on the second Sunday of the Month from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Watershed Resource Center to pick up supplies. If you like, you can bring your own bag, bucket and gloves. After the cleanup, stop by the Watershed Resource Center to learn about your local watershed. | Also Jan. 13 and Feb. 10, Arroyo Burro Beach, 2981 Cliff Dr., exploreecology.org.
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Grammy Award-winner Patricia Kopatchinskaja is considered the world’s most exhilarating violinist for her singular approach to baroque and classical repertoire, new commissions and reinterpretations of modern masterworks. Music director of the 2018 Ojai Music Festival, she intrigues fellow artists, conductors, composers, collaborators and audiences alike. Hailed as “dizzyingly unpredictable and almost unbearably exciting” by Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times, “her body and her instrument and the music she makes all seem one. She is ever thrilling alive to the moment.” | 7 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry’s most gifted musicians, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has spent the past five decades polishing its reputation as one of the world’s top ensembles. A musical force in his own right, “explosively charismatic” states The New York Times, virtuoso mandolin soloist Avi Avital has emerged as one of the foremost ambassadors for his instrument. This concert sees them team up for an all-Vivaldi program, including two of the Venetian Baroque master’s concertos for two violins and The Four Seasons, his beloved collection of violin concertos, performed with Avital on mandolin. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
An Evening With the Chris Robinson Brotherhood
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB) tours in support of members’ latest studio album, Barefoot In The Head. In the middle of one of its most prolific periods to date, the band rides a creative wave with a slew of studio and live records coming out amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to further fuel the members’ fire. The band’s stellar new album marks the CRB’s third studio release in just two years, and it finds the artists pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Spilling over with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his band mates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
An Irish Christmas
Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season. An Irish Christmas features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by Caterina Coyne (Principal dancer, Riverdance), World Champion dancer Tyler Schwartz and Connor Reider (Principal dancer Celtic Fyre, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, The Chieftains), as well as members of the Kerry Dance Troupe, The Kerry Voice Squad and the Kerry Traditional Orchestra, in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring. A perfect family event! | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Sketching in the Galleries
All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Museum teaching artists provide general guidance and all materials. Each program is open to 10 participants. | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
The Last Five Years
Santa Barbara High School’s December show The Last Five Years is Jason Robert Brown’s intimate window into a couple’s doomed marriage. Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a budding novelist on the brink of wild success, are 20-somethings in New York who meet, fall in love, marry, and divorce over the span of—yes, the title of the show—five years.
This clever musical uniquely chronicles the breakup of a relationship—one begins at the start of the relationship, while the other couple works backward in time from the end of the relationship—they briefly achieve equilibrium in the middle. Since its off-Broadway premiere in 2002, Brown’s funny, poignant, and devastatingly honest two-person production has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding and emotional score and libretto. Director Otto Layman says, “For our production, we will be casting two separate couples, who will each perform during the run, and then switch partners on the closing Saturday.” Directed by Layman, with music and vocal direction by the outstanding staff. | Santa Barbara High, 700 E. Anapamu St., sbhs.sbunified.org.
All Wrapped Up: The Art of Giving
This one-day workshop provides the opportunity for children to gain inspiration from works in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s collection and create handmade cards, prints, ornaments and more. Students draw, paint, print, collage, and sculpt artful gifts to share with friends and family. | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
The Blind Boys of Alabama Holiday Show
One year since the originally scheduled date, UCSB Arts & Lectures is thrilled to welcome back this roof-raising music event. Six-time Grammy Award-winners The Blind Boys of Alabama perform hidden gospel gems along with holiday standards and original songs. The gospel titans are joined by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster, who Rolling Stone describes as “pure magic to watch and hear,” setting the tone with a transformative opening set. We missed this magical experience last season due to wildfires, but this powerful and uplifting holiday show is a spirited testament to our community’s resilience! | 7 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Santa Barbara Sings!
Santa Barbara Master Chorale and Steven Hodson, Artistic Director & Conductor, present Santa Barbara Sings!—a free Christmas concert. The performance features Navidad Nuestra, a folk drama of the nativity, based on the rhythms and traditions of Hispanic America, by well-known composer Ariel Ramirez. The American Riviera Children’s Chorus and a high school chorus will also sing Christmas music from several traditions. Guest artists include Guitarist Anthony Ybarra and Contralto Carol Ann Manzi. The program finale is an audience sing-along of favorite Christmas carols.
Established in 1984, the Santa Barbara Master Chorale is a community chorus committed to enriching the cultural life of the Central Coast by presenting the world’s finest choral music, accompanied by professional orchestras and soloists, at affordable ticket prices.
At the same time, Santa Barbara Master Chorale helps participating singers improve their musical knowledge and performance skills, and we actively promote an interest in choral music to diverse audiences, with a special focus on young people.
Tickets will be available from chorale members, to be picked up at the Box Office, starting 45 minutes before the show starts. Admission is Free. | 3 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
38TH ANNUAL MESSIAH SING ALONG
Make a joyful noise! Raise your voice on high! A benefit concert for low-income families, children and the elderly. | 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 21 E Constance Ave., , ?805/687-0754, fpcsb.org.
Writing in the Galleries
Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s galleries as an impetus to writing. Each session is led by a visiting writer/facilitator who begins with a conversation and prompts, partially inspired by works on view. Participants are free to write on their own and then reconvene as a group to share and comment on each other’s work. Please bring a journal or notebook, laptop or tablet on which to write. Each program is open to 12 participants. | 5:30 – 7 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Dec. 22 – 23
The Christmas Revels: An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice
The Christmas Revels: An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice is a joyous theatrical production celebrating the spirit and strength of the Irish emigrants who came to America in the early 1900s to build new lives in a new land. Many people will be looking for places to stay in Portrush so that that they too can view this show! At sea over the holidays, these strangers bond over spinning stories, singing songs and sharing seasonal traditions; they form friendships, and find romance.
The Christmas Revels is a favorite Santa Barbara holiday tradition created by and for our community for the past 11 years. Accomplished guest artists, including award-winning actors and Irish dancers as well as vocal soloists, a brass ensemble and a string and wind quintet join the Santa Barbara Revels company for this exciting and heartwarming entertainment experience for every age.| 2:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.