Arts & Entertainment Guide

Posted online: May 2010



Mixing traditional mariachi, rancheras, and pop music, singer-songwriter Pepe Aguilar performs songs from his albums, such as Homenaje and Por Mujeres Como Tu. Chumash Casino, 8 pm, $55-$105, 800-248-6274,


In his third appearance at the Music Academy of the West’s Summer Festival, Larry Rachleff conducts the Academy Festival Orchestra in a program of Igor Stravinsky’s “Symphonies of Winds,” Paul Hindemith’s “Kammermusik No. 1 for Orchestra, Op. 24, No.1,” and Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 96 in D Major, Hob. I:96 (Miracle).” Lobero Theatre, 8 pm, $38, 805-969-8787,


The City of Santa Barbara and SPARKLE co-hosts the annual fireworks display and Freedom Celebration at West Beach. The patriotic fun includes food and beverage vendors and family entertainment. After the sun goes down, the harbor will be lit up by an impressive display of glittering lights, beginning around 9 pm. For more information, call 805-564-5418.


Celebrate our nation’s birthday at the 32nd annual 4th of July Street Fair in Ventura with more than 250 vendor booths full of handmade arts and crafts. Enjoy food from local restaurants, live entertainment, special children’s activities, and a parade. Free shuttle service is provided from the Ventura County Government Center parking lot closest to Telephone and Hill Streets. Downtown Ventura, 10 am-5 pm, free, 805-654-7749,


Rock out under the stars to the sounds of Steve Miller Band this summer. With very special guest Los Lobos, this is sure to be a night to remember. Santa Barbara Bowl, Sat. 6:30 pm, $54-$80, 805-962-7411,


Join Santa Barbara County for the 119th Annual Santa Barbara County Fair. With carnival rides, commercial and competitive exhibits, a petting zoo, yummy food, concerts, and motorized and equestrian events, this is a fun event for the whole family. Santa Maria Fairpark, call for hours, $5-$20, 805-925-8824,


The California Wine Festival presents three days of wine tasting and entertainment—Old Spanish Nights featuring tapas, fantastic flamenco dancing, and wine; the romantic Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting evening; and the Beachside Wine Festival, featuring more than 200 California wineries. De la Guerra Adobe Courtyard and Chase Palm Park, call for event times and ticket prices, 805-223-1880,


The Music Academy of the West’s Festival Orchestra performs Stravinsky’s “Petrushka,” Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Isle of the Dead,” and Barber’s “Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23A” lead by conductor Jeffrey Kahane. The Granada, 8 pm, $10-$100, 805-969-8787,


Experience a joie de vivre at the 23rd Annual Santa Barbara French Festival. Taking place on France’s Bastille Day Weekend, the fête features dozens of chefs preparing everything from crepes and Cajun cuisine to café au laits. Taste famous French wines and Champagne while taking in live entertainment—including cancan and Moroccan belly dancers as well as opera and cabaret music. Oak Park, 11 am-7 pm, free, 805-564-7274,


Through June 6 With artifacts covering more than 4,000 years, “From India and Beyond: Gifts from Stephen Huyler and the Pal Family Collection” features 211 terra-cotta sculptures from Stephen Huyler’s lifelong collection and 92 works from Pratapaditya Pal’s family collection of paintings, sculptures, and lithography. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364,

Through June 6 “Milford Zornes: An American Artist” features 30 brightly colored paintings by Milford Zornes, considered one of the leading watercolorists depicting American landscape. Wildling Art Museum, Wed.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $3 suggested donation, 805-688-1082,

Through June 20 Nearly 40 quilts are on display in “Becoming Art at the Seams: A Juried Exhibition of Art and Contemporary Quilts,” an exhibition of the art of quilting that includes photo transfers, painted fabrics, hand and machine stitching, appliqués, and other embellishments. The Museum of Ventura County, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-6 pm, free, 805-653-0323,

Through June 24 “Views and Visions: Travelers” features paint on canvas artist and Westmont College alum Joshua Cave. Reynolds Gallery, Mon.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm, Sat. 11 am-5 pm, free, 805-565-6162,

Through June 30 “Field Notes” exhibits Rachel Phillips’ series of photographs that blend the domesticity of home with the joy of the wilderness. Patty Look Lewis Gallery, Tues.-Sat., Noon- 5pm, Free, 805-965-2525,

Through July 11 In William F. Brown’s The Girl in the Freudian Slip, trouble brews when a New York psychiatrist writes a sexually charged play in which he casts himself and a young female patient as the protagonists. The Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, Fri.-Sat. 7 pm, Sun. 1 pm, $20-$45, 805-967-1962,

Through July 18 Inspired by the political and geographic atmosphere of his El Paso home, artist Adrian Esparza explains life through art. In “Bloom Projects: Adrian Esparza,” featured works include deconstructed serapes, reconstructed sculptures, and paintings on bed sheets. Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Tues.-Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm, free, 805-966-5373,

Through July 18 “Visionaries: Contemporary Art from Santa Barbara’s Private Collections” features paintings, prints, drawings, photography, and sculpture by prominent contemporary artists. Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Tues.-Sat. 11 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm, free, 805-966-5373,

Through July 31 Award-winning photographer Sara Yerkes displays her water-centric series “The Inbetween. Patty Look Lewis Gallery, Tues.- Sat. Noon- 5pm, Free, 805-965-2525,

Through Aug. 15 “Colorscope: Abstract Painting 1960-1979” exhibits abstract paintings from the 1960s and ’70s that highlight the use of color in new ways. Featured artists include Richard Anuszkiewicz, Roy Colmer, Thomas Downing, Sam Francis, and Bridget Riley. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364,

June 3-27 Loot, a dark comedy by British playwright Joe Orton, parodies popular detective fiction of the 1960s. On the night before his mother’s funeral, Hal and his friend Dennis rob a bank next to the funeral parlor, hiding the money in Hal’s mother’s coffin. Once an inspector gets involved, mayhem ensues. Alhecama Theatre, Tues.-Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 2 and 7 pm, $29-$48, 805-965-5400,

July 23-Sept. 5 A Depression-era traveling Gilbert and Sullivan troupe finds itself in a web of mistaken identities, love triangles, and cross-dressing in Rachel Lampert’s musical . The Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, Fri.-Sat. 7 pm, Sun. 1 pm, $20-$45, 805-967-1962,

July 25-Sept. 20 Painter Richard Schloss captures the beauty and majesty of local vistas in his oil paintings on display in “Santa Barbara Beaches.” The Easton Gallery, Sat.-Sun. 1-5 pm and by appointment, free, 805-969-5781,

Ongoing The Easton Gallery shows Glenna Hartmann’s plein air pastels of Southern California. The Easton Gallery, Sat.-Sun. 1-5 pm and by appointment, free, 805-969-5781,

Ongoing “Hokusai: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection” exhibits woodblock prints and book illustrations by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364,
–Liana Sarkisian


Alameda Park 1400 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, 805-564-5418,
Alhecama Theatre 914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, 805-965-5400,
Chase Palm Park 323 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 805-897-1982,
The Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre 1800 Refugio Rd., Goleta, 805-967-1962,
Chumash Casino 3400 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez, 800-248-6274,
The Easton Gallery 557 Hot Springs Rd., Montecito, 805-969-5781,
The Granada 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-899-2222,
Libbey Park 205 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-640-2560.
Lobero Theatre 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-0761,
The Museum of Ventura County 89 S. California St., Ventura, 805-653-0323,
OAK PARK 300 W. Alamar Ave., Santa Barbara, 805-564-5418,
Reynolds Gallery Westmont College campus, 805-565-6162,
Sandpiper golf club 7925 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 805-968-1541,
Santa Maria Fairpark 937 S. Thornburg St., Santa Maria, 805-925-8824,
Santa Barbara barbara bowl 1122 Milpas St., Santa Barbara, 805-962-7411,
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, 805-966-5373,
Santa Barbara Museum of Art 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-4364,
Santa Barbara MUSEUM of NATURAL HISTORY 2559 Puesta del Sol, 805-682-4711,
Trinity Episcopal Church 1500 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-965-7419,
Wildling Art Museum 2928 San Marcos Ave., Los Olivos, 805-688-1082,

One Comment

  1. trevor

    Please email to submit event listings for consideration.
    Thank you.

    June 7th, 2010 at 10:06 pm (Reply)

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