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.
Multifaceted jazz artist Jon Batiste is seen by millions on television five nights a week as bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. With his soulful brand of high-energy pop mixed with New Orleans funk and American jazz standards, his 2013 album Social Music with Stay Human topped the charts as the No. 1 jazz album in the world. This must-see solo performance supports his forthcoming album produced by T Bone Burnett. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
When it comes to Itzhak Perlman, the superlatives pile up quickly, yet somehow fail to give a full account of his status, talent, and near-universal appeal. Perlman’s numerous awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of Arts and a Medal of Liberty. Maestro Perlman returns for his 6th Community Arts Music Association concert appearance going back more than 50 years to when he first performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Admired pianist Rohan De Silva accompanies him. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Jan. 19 – 20
Pictures at an Exhibition
Composed in 1887, Brahms’ daring double concerto for violin and cello ingeniously combines the sonority and range of both instruments, thereby overcoming the inherent sonic limitations of each. These performances feature the exceptional talents of Jessica Guideri and Trevor Handy, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s concertmaster and principal cellist, respectively. Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is in intent and effect a musical gallery, evoking a succession of striking tableaus. Despite its excessive use as an erotic mood-setter in film and elsewhere, Maurice Ravel’s Boléro has lost none of its power to seduce—or inspire the occasional amorous thought. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
An Evening with Madeleine Albright
Madeleine K. Albright is a professor, author, diplomat and businesswoman who served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. Author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, Fascism: A Warning, Albright’s talk and moderated Q&A draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to address lessons we must understand and questions we must answer if we are to avoid repeating tragic errors of the past. | 7:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Pace
Leonidas Kavakos, a “formidable violinist” (The New York Times) and “prodigious talent, with an astonishing technique” (The Guardian, U.K.) returns to Santa Barbara after his enthralling 2017 performance with pianist Yuja Wang. A musician’s musician, the Los Angeles Times credits him with “the ideal sound for Schubertean lyricism,” which is on full display here in a program highlighting his “shining and sweet tone… but also taut muscularity and a sense of overall structure” (NPR). | 7 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Black Violin – Classical Boom Tour
Classical music meets hip-hop in the groundbreaking duo Black Violin and its Classical Boom Tour, blurring the lines between genre, race and gender with its unique, family-friendly fusion of groove and strings. Violist Wil B. and violinist Kev Marcus are classically trained musicians bringing hip-hop samples and a party atmosphere to their dueling strings. Get up and get down to an unforgettable fusion of strings, beats and rhythms as Black Violin delivers its genre-shattering sound: classical boom. The fun starts early! Join UCSB Arts and Lectures an hour before the show for face painting, crafts and more. | 3 – 6 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Opera Santa Barbara 25th Anniversary Gala Concert
Enjoy a non-stop hit parade of opera favorites in a concert gala event featuring Isabel Bayrakdarian, Nina Yoshida Nelson, Karin Wolverton, Audrey Babcock, Adam Diegel, Nathan Granner, Lee Poulis, Todd Thomas and Kevin Thompson. This performance honors Marilyn Gilbert, co-founder of the opera company in 1993, and sees Artistic and General Director Kostis Protopapsa and former Artistic Director Valery Ryvkin sharing the baton. | 5 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Dancing the fine line between high art and high camp, the internationally beloved Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has delighted audiences around the world for four decades. With brilliant pointe work and vibrant drag costumes, this all-male ballet troupe delivers a loving tribute to the art form’s ornate glories with witty parodies of dance classics, from Swan Lake to Martha Graham. Combining an encyclopedic knowledge of ballet with a wicked comedic sensibility, the Trocks offer a buoyant and hilarious evening for dance aficionados and novices alike. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Grammy-nominated JD Souther has penned countless hits for the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, James Taylor, Don Henley, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood and Brooks and Dunn, and also found success as a solo artist. This led him to being inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and becoming one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation. On his latest studio album, Tenderness, Souther creates a perfect balance of understated jazz with the ineffable pop narratives that have been the backbone of much of his greatest work. His classic albums John David Souther, Black Rose and Home by Dawn have been released as expanded reissues. | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.org.
Jan. 27 – Feb. 10
Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks
The 2019 Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks return for a ninth consecutive year, and again entice foodies with a once-a-year opportunity. Food lovers savor three-course tasting menus from some of the Valley’s top dining establishments—a rare opportunity to celebrate the food and wine pairings that have made this region the gem of California Wine Country. Extended to two weeks for the first time, the 2019 Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks event features dozens of restaurants and wineries as well as specials from some of the region’s most notable lodging properties. | Various locations throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, visitsyv.com/restaurant-week.
George Saunders In Conversation With Pico Iyer
One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and his surreal, experimental first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, won the Man Booker Prize in 2017. Saunders’ signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity and stylistic innovation has helped change the trajectory of American fiction—and earned him a MacArthur Genius Fellowship and a shelf full of other prizes. But as The New York Times puts it, “aside from all the formal invention and satirical energy of Saunders’s fiction, the main thing about it… is how it makes you feel.” | 7:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Martha Redbone and The Roots Band Project
Charismatic songstress Martha Redbone is one of the most vital voices in American roots music. Embodying her gospel-singing father’s voice and her Cherokee/Choctaw mother’s culture, Redbone’s magnificent vocals blend with her band of some of NYC’s finest blues and jazz musicians for “a brilliant collision of cultures” (The New Yorker). The folk and country sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian Mountains and the eclectic grit of her teen years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn come together in a masterful mix of folk, country, Piedmont blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul and traditional American Indian music. | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Jan. 30 – Feb. 10
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Dedicated to engaging, enriching and inspiring people through the power of film, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a nonprofit arts and educational program that offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes, panels and free events that transform beautiful downtown Santa Barbara into a rich destination for film lovers. Among the many celebrity tributes, Glenn Close is set to receive the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award on Saturday, February 2, for her longstanding contributions to the film industry. Leonard Maltin will return for his 28th year to moderate the evening. | Various locations throughout Downtown Santa Barbara, sbiff.org.
All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit sbseasons.com.