Art & Entertainment Guide

Posted online: August 2010



Known for his distinct voice, singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne performs folk-like ballads from his three albums. British native and singer/songwriter David Gray performs hits from his acoustic pop albums. Santa Barbara Bowl, 6 pm, $44-$80, 805-962-7411,


Crooner and Las Vegas icon Engelbert Humperdinck gives a performance of his lounge-style songs, including “After the Lovin’,” “This Moment,” and “Release Me.” Chumash Casino, 8 pm, $35-$55, 800-248-6274,


Danish Days, now in its 74th year, celebrates Solvang’s Danish history with a fun-filled three-day weekend. A Torchlight Parade kicks off the festivities. Some of the weekend’s activities include street dancing, live music, free performances in the park, eating contests, the Danish Days Parade featuring the Solvang Village Band, and lots of traditional Danish food. Various locations and times, 805-688-6144,


Live music and hula dancers provide the backdrop for the Sandcastle & Sculpting Festival as contestants create masterful works of art out of sand. There will be a bounce house, sand candle making, and local vendors providing refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Citizens Planning Association & Foundation of Santa Barbara. East Beach, 11 am-6 pm, free, 805-966-3979,


Legendary singer, songwriter, and activist Willie Nelson is an icon of American country music. Listen to him perform some of his greatest hits, such as “On the Road Again,” “Mama Don’t Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” and “Whiskey River.” Santa Barbara Bowl, 7 pm, $54-$83, 805-962-7411,


View beautiful and creative works of art at The Coastal Quilters Harvest of Colors Quilt Show. Exhibits feature traditional and art quilts, wearable art, a gift boutique, and the opportunity to purchase some stunning quilts for your own home. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 10 am-5 pm, $10, 805-687-0766,


Celebrate the history and preservation of the Goleta Depot at the Goleta Depot Days. Enjoy unlimited rides on the miniature train, handcar, and Bob Mahan’s inspection speeder. Live entertainment, a silent auction, and delicious barbeque provided by Woody’s Catering round out the day for the perfect family outing. South Coast Railroad Museum, 11 am-4 pm, $5-$8, 805-964-3540,


Sings Like Hell presents Texas-based folk singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson who performs some of her greatest hits from the past 30 years with guitarist Nina Gerber. The Canadian folk duo Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala also perform their acoustic pop songs with beautiful harmonies. Lobero Theatre, 8 pm, $40, 805-963-0761,


August 27 through September 12 Enjoy a new kind of musical in Songs For a New World, a unique musical performance in which the songs are centered around a common theme rather than a narrative. This performance is presented by the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. Solvang Festival Theater, Tues.-Sun. 8 pm, $20-$34, 805, 922-8313,

Through September 3 Landscapes in oil, pastel, and watercolor are featured in the works by husband and wife artists Chris Chapman, whose plein air landscapes and botanicals are centered in Santa Barbara, and John Iwerks, whose paintings are inspired by and rooted in geologic processes. The Easton Gallery, Sat.-Sun. 1-5 pm and by appointment, free, 805-969-5781,

Through September 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 Precious Nonsense. The Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, Fri.-Sat. 7 pm, Sun. 1 pm, $20-$45, 805-967-1962,

September 17 through November 5 Oil paintings are on special exhibition with works by painter Michael Enriquez, whose works feature the Hispanic cultural and architectural influences on Santa Barbara, and California landscape artist Arturo Tello, who is known for his ability to capture the Santa Barbara bluffs and coastlines. The Easton Gallery, Sat.-Sun. 1-5 pm and by appointment, free, 805-969-5781,

September 18 through October 31 In The Cocktail Hour, a play by A.R. Gurney, the eldest son of a respectable businessman returns home to obtain permission from his family to produce a play he has written based on their family skeletons. Once the liquor starts flowing during the cocktail hour, all kinds of truths and surprises arise from each family member. The Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, Fri.-Sat. 7 pm, Sun. 1 pm, $20-$45, 805-967-1962,

Through September 19Fernand Lungren: The Desert Speaks” features 20 evocative desert landscapes of the Mojave, Death Valley, and the Grand Canyon by oil painter and Santa Barbaran Fernand Lungren. Wildling Art Museum, Wed.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, free, 805-688-1082,

Through September 19 In their first major U.S. exhibition, “Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography” features the works of 40 contemporary South Korean photographers currently residing in Korea. The works focus on themes such as family, globalization, and identity. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364,

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

September 23 through October 2 With thousands of books covering nearly every topic, including art, cookbooks, foreign languages, and more, the Planned Parenthood’s 36th Annual Book Sale is a great opportunity to buy new reading material while also supporting the Planned Parenthood cause, with proceeds helping to provide reproductive health care and sexuality education. Join the kick-off Sept. 23 from 5 pm-9 pm and enjoy wine appetizers. Earl Warren Showgrounds, Sun.-Sat., 10 am-8 pm; free; 805-963-2445,

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 from the museum’s permanent collection. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364,

–Liana Sarkisian


Chumash Casino 3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, 800-248-6274,

The Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre 1800 Refugio Rd., Goleta, 805-967-1962,

Earl Warren Showgrounds 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, 805-687-0766,

East Beach Cabrillo Boulevard near the Cabrillo Art Pavilion, Santa Barbara.

The Easton Gallery 557 Hot Springs Rd., Montecito, 805-969-5781,

Fess Parker’s Doubletree Restort 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 805-564-4333,

First Presbyterian Church 21 E. Constance Ave., Santa Barbara, 805-687-0754,

The Granada 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-899-2222,

Lobero Theatre 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-0761,

Oak Park 300 W. Alamar St., Santa Barbara.

Old Mission Santa Ines 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805-688-4815,

Santa Barbara Bowl 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, 805-962-7411,

Santa Barbara Museum of Art 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-4364,

Solvang Festival Theater 420 2nd St., Solvang, 805-922-8313,

South Coast Railroad Museum 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, 805-964-3540,

Sylvester Winery 5115 Buena Vista Dr., Paso Robles, 805-227-4000,

Trinity Episcopal Church 1500 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-965-7419,

Wildling Art Museum 2928 San Marcos Ave., Los Olivos, 805-688-1082,

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