Arts & Entertainment Guide

Posted online: November 2010

DECEMBER

1

Enjoy some of the freshest powder, grandest adventures, and most breathtaking views in Warren Miller’s Wintervention, a documentary—narrated by skiing legend Jonny Moseley—that takes viewers to California, Utah, Alaska, Canada, Antarctica, New Zealand, and Europe. Lobero Theatre, 8 pm, $18, 805-963-0761, lobero.com.

1-2

The musical adaptation of the Alice Walker novel The Color Purple tells the remarkable and sometimes controversial story of a young black woman from Georgia who overcomes the adversity of abuse and her family being torn apart to find love and hope. Jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues provide a musical backdrop. Arlington Theatre, 7:30 pm, $66-$77, 805-963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.

3

Bundle up and join the merriment of the 58th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade, which features marching bands, performance groups, giant balloons, floats, and the arrival of Santa Claus and his sleigh. End the evening when the Holiday Prince and Fairy light the large Christmas tree at State and Victoria streets. Downtown Santa Barbara, 6:30-9 pm, free, 805-962-2098 ext. 23, santabarbaradowntown.com.

3

Catch the Santa Barbara City College Symphony Concert, led by James Mooy. The Marjorie Luke Theatre, 7 pm, call for ticket prices, 805-884-4087, luketheatre.org.

3-5

Celebrate the advent season with musical performances by the Westmont College Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorale, and New Sounds Singers and Orchestra at the 6th Annual Westmont Christmas Festival. First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, Fri.-Sat. 8-10 pm, Sun. 3-5 pm, free (call for reservations), 805-565-7057, westmont.edu.

7

As part of its four-month Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys tour, An Evening with the Black Crowes features both an acoustic and electric set of their most well-known songs, including “Remedy,” “Jealous Again,” and “She Talks To Angels.” Arlington Theatre, 8 pm, $38-$58, 805-963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.

11-12

Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical tells the story of the friendship that develops between an old man who believes he’s Kris Kringle and the daughter of the Macy’s employee who hires him as their seasonal Santa amid traditional Christmas songs. The Granada, Sat. 2 and 7:30 pm, Sun. 3 pm, $25-$55, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

12

Celebrate Christmas on the waterfront at the 25th annual Parade of Lights. Escorted by the harbor patrol and his elves, Santa Claus arrives at 3 pm to his village—located on the pier at the harbor near Brophy Bros. restaurant—for photos with the kiddies. Afterward, the parade takes place in the harbor near Stearns Wharf from 5:30 until 7 pm, followed by a brilliant fireworks display. Santa Barbara Harbor & Stearns Wharf, 3-7 pm, free, 805-897-1962, santabarbaraca.gov.

13-14

Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is the tragic tale of one man’s desperate attempt to maintain his kingdom and his sanity as his mother marries his father’s murderer. Hahn Hall, 7:30 pm, $10-$18, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

17

Béla Fleck & the Flecktones—Victor Lemonte Wooten, Future Man, and Jeff Coffin—return to Santa Barbara to perform their “blu-bop” mix of jazz and bluegrass from their recent album, Jingle All the Way. Campbell Hall, 8 pm, $15-$45, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

17

Experience the way in which Santa Barbara’s earliest Spanish and Mexican residents celebrated Christmas with song and food at Una Noche de Las Posadas, the traditional portrayal of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in Bethlehem. El Presidio de Santa Bárbara and Casa de la Guerra, 7 pm, free, 805-965-0093, sbthp.org.
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Transcribed in the mid-19th century by Pablo de la Guerra, La Pastorela (A Shepherd’s Play)—performed in Spanish—is a comedic fantasy play of the battle between good and evil and Santa Barbara’s oldest Christmas tradition. El Presidio de Santa Bárbara chapel, Sat. 7 pm, Sun. 2 and 7 pm, $10, 805-965-0093, sbthp.org.

18-19

The State Street Ballet presents the enchanting Christmas performance of The Nutcracker, a tale of adventure and fantasy following Clara and her Nutcracker prince’s triumph over evil set to the original Tchaikovsky score. The Granada, Sat. 2 and 7 pm. Sun. 2 pm, $28-$53, 805-899-2222, statestreetballet.com.

JANUARY

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FELA!—an amalgam of dance, theatre, and music—is a new award-winning Broadway musical about the extravagant and rebellious world of Nigerian Afrobeat artist Fela Kuti. Hahn Hall, 7:30 pm, $10-$18, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

14

The 22-year-old, Chinese-born pianist Yuja Wang returns to Santa Barbara for a special program featuring her praised technique and fresh musical interpretations. Hahn Hall, 8 pm, $15-$30, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

15

Performances to Grow On presents Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, in which Gregory Popovich (seen on America’s Got Talent) performs with his talented pets—cats, dogs, geese, white doves, and parrots—that have been rescued from animal shelters. The Marjorie Luke Theatre, 7 pm, $18-$25, 805-884-4087, ptgo.org.
20

In its third straight year, the Peking Acrobats return to Santa Barbara for its Silver Anniversary Tour, in which they draw from more than 2,000 years of artistry and illusions. The Granada, 7:30 pm, $25-$55, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

21

Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing brings the cool sounds of acoustic jazz to the Lobero with guitarists Frank Vignola and Julian Lage. Lobero Theatre, 8 pm, $93-$123, 805-963-0761, lobero.com.

22-23

The Santa Barbara Symphony and the State Street Ballet team up in a special presentation of “Appalachian Spring,” performed to Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite,” Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 5,” and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring Suite.” The Granada, Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 3 pm, call for ticket prices, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

24

The State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, conducted by Valeri Polyansky with pianist Dmitri Alexeev, performs a program of Aram Khachaturian’s “Waltz from Masquerade,” “Adagio from Spartacus,” “Lizginka from Gayane,” Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16,” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93.” The Granada, 8 pm, $38-$103, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

25-26

The award-winning Broadway musical A Chorus Line—featuring the original score by Marvin Hamlisch—is the story of dancers who live out their hopes and dreams on the stage. The Granada, Tues.-Wed. 8 pm, $63-$68, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

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The Bridge: El Puente with Maria Del Rey celebrates Latin American culture with a bilingual children’s music concert featuring audience participation, movement, music, and language. The Granada, 2 pm, $10-$15, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

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Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concert features a performance of back country blues by Big Head Todd & The Monsters, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Cedric Burnside, and Lightnin’ Malcolm. Campbell Hall, 8 pm, $19-$40, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

EXTENDED RUNS

Through Dec. 26 Celebrate the season at the Goleta Depot with a ride on the miniature Candy Cane Train. South Coast Railroad Museum, 1-4 pm, $4, 805-964-3540, goletadepot.org.

Through Jan. 2 “American Modernism: Selections from the Permanent Collection” is a collection of art produced during the early 20th century by artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Annie Brigman, Marion Post Wolcott, and Alfredo Ramos Martinez. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364, sbma.net.

Through Jan. 2 Drawing from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s own collection, “An American Century: 20th Century Master Drawings from the Collection” showcases more than 75 works on paper depicting an American-style of art through a view of the country’s changing history during the past 70 years. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364, sbma.net.

Through Jan. 2 Birds are migrating to Santa Barbara in “Birds in Art,” which features 60 interpretations of the winged vertebrates in the form of paintings, sculptures, and other works by U.S. and international artists. Wildling Art Museum, Wed.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, free, 805-688-1082, wildlingmuseum.org.

Through Jan. 2 Depicting nautical imagery and exploring themes from Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, painter and sculptor Tony de los Reyes features his themed works in “Chasing Moby Dick: Selected Works by Tony de los Reyes.” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364, sbma.net.

Through Jan. 2 Inspired by both fact and fiction in history, religion, literature, comics, film, and music, “Stranger than Fiction: Narrative in Works by Selected Contemporary Artists” features works by Eric Beltz, Dawn Clements, Erin Cosgrove, Noah Davis, Frohawk Two Feathers, Nicolau Vergueiro, and others. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364, sbma.net.

Through Jan. 23 More than 20 photographs capturing vistas and changing landscapes are featured in “Yosemite: Then and Now.” See the national park through the eyes of various photographers from the 1860s to 2004. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364, sbma.net.

Through Jan. 28 Learn some local history and discover how pottery was made and used in early California history at “Ceramics Rediscovered.” El Presidio de Santa Bárbara, Sun.-Sat. 10:30 am-4:30 pm, $4-$5, 805-965-0093, sbthp.org.

Jan. 22-April 17 Charles Garabedian: A Survey” features 60 paintings and drawings exploring themes of war, music, the body, heroism, comic pretension, and love through figures and landscapes. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364, sbma.net.

Jan. 27-Feb. 6 With a combination of movie screenings, special events, seminars, and tributes, the 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates independent films. Many of the filmmakers and stars are present at the screenings and participate in post-screening discussions. Various locations, call for showtimes and ticket information, 805-963-0023, sbfilmfestival.org.

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, eastongallery.com.

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, sbma.net.

Ongoing Peregrine Galleries is known for its large selection of major early California artists such as William Wendt, Maurice Braun, Edgar Payne, Sam Hyde Harris, Franz Bischoff, Douglas Parshall, and Doloris Pederson. Peregrine Galleries, Mon.-Sat. noon to 5:30, Sun. 11 am-4 pm, free, 805-969-9673, 805-963-3134.

WHERE TO FIND IT

Arlington Theatre 1317 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.

Campbell Hall UCSB campus, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Casa de la Guerra 15 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, 805-965-0093, sbthp.org.

Center Stage Theater 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, 805-963-0408, centerstagetheater.org.

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

El Presidio de Santa Bárbara 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805-965-0093, sbthp.org.

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

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

Hahn Hall Music Academy of the West campus, 1070 Fairway Rd., Montecito, 805-969-4726, musicacademy.org.

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

The Marjorie Luke Theatre 721 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara, 805-884-4087, luketheatre.org.

Peregrine Galleries 1133 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, 805-969-9673, and 508 Brinkerhoff Ave., Santa Barbara, 805-963-3134.

Santa Barbara Harbor 125 Harbor Way, Ste. 13, Santa Barbara, 805-897-1962.

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

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

Stearns Wharf E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 805-564-5518, stearnswharf.org.

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

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