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. 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.
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.
Opening Reception: Ray Strong
Ray Strong left an amazing legacy in the Oak Group, which he co-founded with artist Arturo Tello in 1986. The Wildling Museum honored the Oak Group’s work and mission, which aligns closely with its own, with its Wilderness Spirit Award in 2013 and a benefit exhibition that explored the Santa Ynez River and watershed. It is no exaggeration to say that the works of the likes of Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and many more documented the amazing landscapes of the American West, which moved the country to preserve these open spaces for generations to enjoy. How lucky are we to have our very own modern-day example of this in Ray Strong and the Oak Group in our own backyard? | Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, 1511 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805/686-8315, wildlingmuseum.org.
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Acclaimed as an interpreter of an extensive range of classical music, English-born conductor Nicholas McGegan was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for “services to music overseas” by Queen Elizabeth in 2010. McGegan has been the Music Director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since 1985. He established it as the leading period performance ensemble in the U.S. The Philharmonia is devoted to capturing the spirit and unique sound of music, from Baroque to early Romantic periods, by using authentic instruments and stylistic conventions. American violinist Rachel Barton Pine joins the orchestra for the rarely performed Violin Concerto in D major of violinist Franz Clement. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts) performing Réversible
Montreal’s award-winning contemporary circus troupe presents its latest creation, a playful and poignant exploration of the role ancestors play in the shaping of modern identities. For Réversible, the company’s cast members researched generations of family history, interviewing grandparents and great-grandparents about their aspirations, struggles and secrets. Through astonishing acrobatics, aerial stunts and dynamic dance movement, the artists build an intergenerational bridge between past and present, then and now. “The collective virtuosity of this troupe is something to see–and, crucially, to feel” (The Boston Globe). | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Feb. 7 – 24
Death of a Salesman
The American classic Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play. Willy Loman, nearing the end of his career and struggling to make ends meet, is the tragic hero of this timeless story of one’s life not turning out how the character envisioned. | New Vic Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400 ext. 105, etcsb.org.
Feb. 7 – Mar. 3
Shakespeare in Love
This romantic comedy is a whimsical homage to playmaking and a glimpse into the kind of passion that may have inspired one of the greatest love stories of all time. Suffering from a bad case of writer’s block, young Will Shakespeare falls in love with Viola, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for her inspires him to write his masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. How it all turns out is a mystery. | Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.
Garagiste Wine Festival
America’s best wine festival, Garagiste, meets Solvang, one of America’s best historic small towns for the seventh year in a row making for an idyllic wine country weekend! Over 40 winemakers from Santa Barbara County and across California converge at Solvang’s Mission-style Veterans’ Memorial Hall to pour over 150 wines over three days of events which include the continuation of the festival’s ‘Original Garagiste’ seminars, moderated by Garagiste Festival Co-founder and KRUSH radio host, Stewart McLennan, and, this year featuring Central Coast winemaking legend Ken Brown of Ken Brown Wines. | Solvang Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Dr., Solvang, garagistefestival.com.
Friendship Center’s 20th Annual Festival of Hearts
Last year it was Wonderland–this time it’s an Emerald City theme! Dust off your Dorothy duds, or just wear something green. Enjoy a delicious lunch with local wines, live music, unique heart-art by local artists and celebrities available at a silent auction, and a live auction with travel, adventure and luxury packages for all budgets. You might win the bid on a trip to Oz! | 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., The Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/845-7442, friendshipcentersb.org.
Kodo – One Earth Tour 2019: Evolution
Japan’s legendary drum ensemble Kodo is the world’s foremost professional taiko company. Exploring the limitless possibilities of the Japanese taiko drum, Kodo is forging new directions for this vibrant living art form through its unstoppably energetic, intricately designed and meticulously choreographed performances. But it is the company’s rigorous training and tireless dedication that gives these drummers their unique edge. Their heart-pounding live shows are a dizzying display of power and precision, “a celebration of music, of physicality, of life” (The New York Times). | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Danish String Quartet
Comprised of fierce friends who have been playing together since childhood, the Danish String Quartet has become the darling of A&L’s program for its profound and skillful interpretations of classical masters. The Nordic lads who possess “warmth, wit, a beautiful tone and technical prowess second to none” (NPR) once again dazzle Santa Barbara with the same irresistible energy that thrills audiences worldwide with two programs: a rousing evening of traditional music from their homeland and a classical evening that highlights their “flawless intonation, infectious energy and masterly poise” (Huffington Post). In this sublime foray into the rich Nordic music tradition, the Danish explore folk treasures in what they call “a nice little niche somewhere between traditional folk and classical music.” | Folk Program, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Rockwood Woman’s Club, 670 Mission Canyon Rd.; Classical Program, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
A Far Cry
Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry “brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied” (The New York Times). In the self-conducted orchestra, decisions are made collectively and leadership rotates among the players, a structure that has led to consistently thoughtful, innovative and unpredictable programming, and has engendered collaborations with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Roomful of Teeth, the Silkroad Ensemble and Vijay Iyer. Now, the Boston-based ensemble makes its Santa Barbara debut with a program reflecting the group’s ambition and creativity. | 7 p.m., Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., 805/695-7908, musicacademy.org.
Franz Lehár’s The Mock Marriage (Die Juxheirat)
Selected from the collection of the Michael and Nan Miller Operetta Foundation, the 1904 women’s suffrage operetta is set in Newport, Rhode Island, and features beautiful melodies, sweeping orchestrations, grand costumes and comedic turns that delight audiences young and old. Both performances by the award-winning UCSB Opera Theatre students are performed in English. | 7 p.m., UCSB Opera Theatre, UC Santa Barbara Music Building 1315, 805/893-7194, music.ucsb.edu.
Feb. 16 – 17
The Santa Barbara Symphony returns to a work it co-commissioned more than a decade earlier, acclaimed composer Joseph Schwantner’s enchantingly delicate Chasing Light, before turning its attention to Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto.” The latter features three stellar musicians with a rich history of performing locally: violinist Paul Huang and cellist Ani Aznavoorian, both of Camerata Pacifica, and pianist Gilles Vonsattel, who regularly performs with that celebrated ensemble. Robert Schumann’s popular, five-movement “Symphony No.3” is said to have been inspired by the history and spirit of Europe’s mighty Rhine River. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
New York Polyphony performing Origins
Among today’s foremost vocal chamber ensembles, New York Polyphony explores the boundaries between ancient and modern music. The Grammy-nominated group performs its provocative program Origins. Centered on the “Missa Charles Darwin,” Origins honors the compositional and harmonic conventions of its musical antecedents but replaces sacred texts with excerpts from Darwin’s writings. Composed by Gregory Brown, the “Missa Charles Darwin” became the inspiration behind his brother Dan Brown’s latest novel in The Da Vinci Code series. This superb music investigates the intersection of faith and reason and the quest for a greater understanding of life’s mysteries. | 7 p.m., Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., 805/695-7908, musicacademy.org.
Jessica Lang Dance
New York-based Jessica Lang Dance–a magnificent company of 10 dancers–debuts a repertoire rich in stunning movement, dynamic visuals and beautiful cinematic composition. A 2014 Bessie Award recipient, Lang seamlessly incorporates dramatic design elements that transform classical ballet language into artfully crafted contemporary works. JLD’s program–Lines Cubed, The Calling, Glow, Solo Bach, Sweet Silent Thought and Thousand Yard Stare–teems with an array of striking choreography and imagery. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
Art Matters Lecture
That art has this power to haunt us to such a degree that we scheme of ways to see what we have heard about or seen in reproduction or can easily access on the internet is one of those fascinating mysteries of modern life. A mystery, because it is by no means certain that the thing that haunts me will have the same effect on someone else. Because in the end, our responses to works of art are complex and personal and attempts to intellectualize the process seem to me doomed to failure. In this talk, Keith Christiansen shares some of his strategies for looking at Renaissance and baroque painting. | 4:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
Habitat for Humanity Annual Gala
Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Gala raises funds to help continue to build and repair homes within the community. Join them for a fun evening of food, wine, and a live auction. | 6 p.m., Hotel Californian, 36 State St., https://www.sbhabitat.org/2018-hard-hats-high-heels-gala/.
Feb. 22 – Mar. 3
Second Annual Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
Taste the best of Santa Barbara with exclusive menus curated by the city’s premier restaurants. Proceeds from restaurant registration help support the ProStart program, which educates and provides scholarships for the next generation of young food service leaders.
The Santa Barbara community welcomed the inaugural Restaurant Week in February 2018, drawing both locals and out-of-towners to experience the area’s diverse culinary scene. Following the same recipe for success, the second annual Santa Barbara Restaurant Week again features dozens of the city’s top restaurants, hotels and wine tasting rooms curating exclusive tasting options and prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. Participating restaurants offer a two-course lunch and three-course dinner prix-fixe menu of select items offered at a reduced price, and wine tasting rooms offer special tasting experiences. | Various locations around Downtown Santa Barbara, SBRestaurantWeeks.com.
Direct from Walt Disney Concert Hall, Snarky Puppy comes to Santa Barbara with an irresistible mix of funk, fever and finesse. The Brooklyn-based collective features a revolving cast of up to 25 musicians who work with some of the biggest names in music (Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg). Considered one of the hottest jazz/R&B outfits on the planet, Snarky Puppy is a three-time Grammy Award-winning group making “music for our brain and booty.” Don’t miss this rollicking evening with the most explosively funky mega-band in the land. | 7 p.m., Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Feb. 27 – Mar. 16
In Mary Chase’s play, Harvey, the protagonist, Elwood P. Dowd, is middle-aged, mild-mannered and a relatively wealthy man. He is convinced that he is accompanied by a white rabbit named Harvey who is more than six feet tall and has become his best friend. Harvey is invisible to everyone except Elwood, and his insistence on Harvey’s existence creates a social nightmare for his widowed sister Veta and her daughter Myrtle Mae. As lighthearted chaos develops, Dowd goes missing and it increasingly seems that Harvey may be less imaginary than anyone thought. | The Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College, 805/965-5935, theatergroupsbcc.com.
An Evening with Annie Leibovitz
Visionary photographer Annie Leibovitz is one of our most astute observers of contemporary culture, depicting the past half-century’s great personalities in images that are both iconic and intimate. Throughout her career, Leibovitz has created work that generates conversation, whether outrage, admiration, shock or some amalgam of all three. A Library of Congress Living Legend, Leibovitz’s lens both captures and shapes America’s modern landscape. | 7:30 p.m., The Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.
Feb. 28-Mar. 2
World of Pinot Noir
The 2019 World of Pinot Noir includes two full days of pairing dinners prepared by renowned chefs, Pinot Noir parties, two Grand Tastings featuring more than 250 premier Pinot Noir wineries from around the globe, and expert-led wine seminars. |Ritz-Carlton Bacara, 8301 Hollister Ave., worldofpinotnoir.com.
All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit sbseasons.com.