Arts & Entertainment Guide

Posted online: January 2011

FEB/MAR A&E GUIDE

FEBRUARY

 

5

It’s “Super Saturday!” Enjoy a day of unlimited free miniature-train rides in celebration of the Super Bowl football game on Sunday, February 6. South Coast Railroad Museum, 1-4 pm, free, 805-964-3540, goletadepot.org.

Experience the pure tones and distinctive charm of the Vienna Boys Choir. The famed choral group has been in existence since 1498 and is bringing a performance of Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop tunes, and medieval chants to Santa Barbara. The Granada, 7:30 pm, $12-$55, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

 

7

Based on Afrobeat artist/legend/revolutionary Fela Kuti, FELA! is the provocative new Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of a wholly singular hybrid of dance and theater. Campbell Hall, 7:30 pm, $18, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

 

8

The Community Art and Music Association’s International Series presents Grammy Award-winning classical violinist Joshua Bell. Accompanied by Sam Haywood on the piano, the program includes pieces by Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Edvard Grieg, and additional works to be announced from the stage. The Granada, 8 pm, $38-$103, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

9

Listen to the brilliance of cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who is internationally renowned for her virtuosic command and technical precision. Together with pianist Gabriel Kahane, the artists’ duo recital effortlessly combines indie, classical, and theater worlds. Hahn Hall, 8 pm, $30, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

 

10

Distinguished author of the bestselling books In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan shares his influential experiences as a writer and discusses his most recent book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. The Granada, 8 pm, $33, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

11

Experience a high-definition British theater broadcast of Donmar Warehouse’s King Lear by William Shakespeare. Derek Jacobi stars in the timeless tragedy of an aging monarch, a divided kingdom, a child’s love rejected, and a world of chaos. Hahn Hall, 7:30 pm, $18, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

 

12

Get down with two of the “big three” current jazz guitarists—Bill Frisell & John Scofield. Lobero Theatre, 8 pm, $25-$100, 805-963-0761, lobero.com. Roderigo and Paulo Pederneiras collaborate as the artistic director and choreographer of Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance to produce a powerful presentation of physicality, dynamic ability, and visual finesse. The electrifying contemporary dance company integrates the sensuality of Afro-Brazilian forms with the swing of jazz and the prowess of ballet. The Granada, 8 pm, $33-$43, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Enjoy a live hi-def broadcast of John Adam’s production of Nixon in China, an opera that explores beyond the headlines surrounding President Nixon’s 1972 encounter with communist China. The Arlington Theatre, 10 am, $20-$22, 805-963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.

 

13

Inspiration by Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel, the State Street Ballet’s The Jungle Book—choreographed by Rodney Gustafson and Gary McKenzie to an original score by Czech Republic composer Milan Svoboda—tells the beloved tale of Mowgli’s adventures and dilemmas to find out whether he belongs among the animals or with humans. Lobero Theatre, 3 pm, $21-$31, 805-963-0761, lobero.com.

15

CAMA Masterseries presents pianist Peter Serkin, who comes from generations of prominent musicians (his father was pianist Rudolf Serkin and grandfather was violinist/composer Adolf Busch), in a program of Johannes Brahms’s “Theme and Variations in D Minor (arranged from the Andante of the String Sextet in B-Flat Major),” Claude Debussy’s “Six Epigraphes Antiques,” Charles Wuorinen’s “Scherzo,” and more. Lobero Theatre, 8 pm, $33-$43, 805-963-0761, lobero.com.

 

16

Celebrate the rich cultural history of India, Japan, Tibet, Ancient Greece, and Rome through works of art at “ELL Family Night.” In addition to writing activities, family games, and refreshments, gallery talks are available in Spanish and English. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364, sbma.net.

Enjoy the Santa Barbara debut of a passionately adventurous repertoire and the edgy performance style of Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider. This combination of an Iranian kamancheh, or spike-fiddle, and American string quartet has been widely recognized as a masterful and innovative instrumentation. Campbell Hall, 8 pm, $28, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

 

19

Jump on the historic Silver Splendor for the opportunity to ride a classic Vista Dome train car, famous for its graceful glass-enclosed rooftop observation room. Enjoy a one-day round-trip adventure along the Pacific coast to San Luis Obispo where you can experience an unparalleled view in all directions. South Coast Railroad Museum, 10:15 am-4:30 pm, $79, 805-964-3540, goletadepot.org.

 

19-20

The Santa Barbara Symphony presents Grieg & Shostakovich with guest conductor Arlid Remmereit, pianist Natasha Kislenko, and Jon Lewis on the trumpet. The Granada, Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 3 pm, $25-$95, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

21

Enjoy the witty yet girly Broadway production of Legally Blonde, a musical based on the Amanda Brown novel and 2001 film. The Arlington Theatre, 7:30 pm, $60-$70, 805-963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.

21

Join Dorothy on her journey down the yellow brick road with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, a stage play based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel. The Arlington Theatre, 7:30 pm, $60-$70, 805-963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.

22

French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is known for his interpretive depth and profound artistry. Enjoy a delightful selection of work by Franz Liszt, including “Isolde’s Liebestod” from Tristan and Isolde and “Tarantella” from Venezia e Napoli. Campbell Hall, 8 pm, $40, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

24

The Santa Barbara debut of The Second City takes you on a hilarious ride of original, daring, and entertaining improvisation through present-day America. With its ultimate alumni list—Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and many more—this fast-paced comedic event features scenes, songs, and lateral thinking. Campbell Hall, 8 pm, $30, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

25

Pushing dance, athletics, and daring to the extreme, Diavolo is a dramatic, thrilling narrative that unfolds through the artful portrayals of dance and theater. The Granada, 7:30 pm, $12-$55, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

26

Experience Christoph Willibald Gluck’s nuanced and graceful exposition of primal Greek mythology, Iphigénie en Tauride—starring Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo—live in HD. The Arlington Theatre, 10 am, $18-$22, 805-963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.

27

A musical prodigy since childhood, Esperanza Spalding has experimented with and redefined perceptions of jazz. Now the youngest professor at the Berklee College of Music, this bassist, vocalist, and composer has landed gigs with luminaries such as Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny. Campbell Hall, 7 pm, $30, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

MARCH

1

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness Europe’s premier classical musicians—the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The Granada, 8 pm, $53-$153, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

 

2

Experience a high-definition British theater broadcast of Donmar Warehouse’s King Lear by William Shakespeare. Derek Jacobi stars in the timeless tragedy of an aging monarch, a divided kingdom, a child’s love rejected, and a world of chaos. Campbell Hall, 7:30 pm, $18, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

4 and 6

Enjoy the romantic tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, an opera based on the novel and play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexander Dumas Jr. The 1848 French novel was put to music with the inspired direction of Opera Santa Barbara’s artistic director, Jose Maria Condemi. The Granada, Fri. 7:30 pm, Sun. 2:30 pm, $28-$188, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

 

5

The internationally acclaimed, nine-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet is stopping in Santa Barbara on their 2010-2011 tour. Campbell Hall, 8 pm, $35, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

7

The Joffrey Ballet has boasted America’s most promising young dancers since its formation in 1965. The company is bringing its groundbreaking contemporary dance to the Granada theater for the first time. The Granada, 8 pm, $48-$68, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

8

Sing the blues to McCoy Tyner with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quartet. The five-time Grammy winner and master of modern jazz sweep you away with crazy beats and cool tempos. Lobero Theatre, 8 pm, $35-$100, 805-963-0761, lobero.com.

 

8-9

Laugh out loud at the wacky humor of Monty Python’s Spamalot. The irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend’s misadventures blends history with musical comedy. The Granada, 8 pm, $63-$68, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

 

10

Experience Brazil’s fiery beats and assortment of capoeira, samba de roda, and afixire dances with Bale Folclorico da Bahia, the country’s only professional folk dance company. Campbell Hall, 8 pm, $38, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

 

10

Hot Tuna Blues with Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale hit the stage with their notable psychedelic sounds and acoustic and electric blues beats. Lobero Theatre, 8 pm, $35-$100, 805-963-0761, lobero.com.

 

17

Frankenstein comes alive onstage with National Theater Live’s HD broadcast. Danny Boyle, director of the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, makes his theatrical directorial debut with Nick Dear’s adaptation of the classic gothic novel by Mary Shelley. Hahn Hall, 7:30 pm, $18, 805-893-3535, artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

 

19

Enjoy a live broadcast of the tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Geatano Donizetti, starring Natalie Dessay as the fragile heroine opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings as her lover Edgardo. The Arlington Theatre, 10 am, $18-$22, 805-963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com.

 

19-20

The Santa Barbara Symphony presents Gilles Apap, a classical violinist known for his musical ability to harmoniously merge various genres such as American old time, Irish, and gypsy fiddling with the standards of classic repertoire. The Granada, Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 3 pm, $25-$95, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

23

CAMA’s International Series presents Russia’s oldest symphonic ensemble, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, originally founded to perform in the presence of royalty. The Granada, 8 pm, $38-$103, 805-899-2222, granadasb.org.

 

EXTENDED RUNS

Jan. 22-Apr. 17 “Charles Garabedian: A Retrospective” represents the artist’s nearly 50-year career. With an emphasis on paintings and drawings, Garabedian explores themes of war, music, the body, dismemberment, heroism, comic pretension, love, and death. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Tues.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm, $6-$9, 805-963-4364, sbma.net.

Feb. 10-Mar. 26 Be among contemporary artists and collectors for Ruth Pastine’s ongoing exhibit “Transcendent Boundaries,” organized by gallerist Edward Cella of Edward Cella Art + Architecture, along with Caroline and Steven Thompson, principals of Cabana Home. Cabana Home, Mon.-Sat. 10 am-6 pm, free, 805-962-0200, ruthpastine.net.


Feb. 26-Apr. 3 Penelope Gottlieb’s “Gone” shows 25 botanical paintings in honor of extict plants. Lotusland, Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm, Sat. p am-1 pm, call for pricing, 805-969-9990, lotusland.org.

Mar. 6-May 1 Photographer Macduff Everton and painters Nancy Gifford and Hank Pitcher, among eight other local artists, interpret their ideas of the social, historical, and present-day implications of living in a modern Eden in Lotusland’s exhibition “Eating Apples in Paradise.” Lotusland, Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm, Sat. 9 am-1 pm, $10-$35, 805-969-9990, lotusland.org.

Mar. 6-May 1 Drawing inspiration locally from the Moreton Bay fig tree located near the Santa Barbara Train Station, Los Angeles artist Sarah Cain takes traditional painting to the next level, using different manmade and natural materials to construct a freestanding abstract painting. Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Tues.-Sat. 11 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm, free, 805-966-5373, sbcaf.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 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.

Where to Find It

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

Cabana Home 111 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, 805-962-0200, cabanahome.com.

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

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

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, 805-966-4946, lobero.com.

Lotusland 695 Ashley Rd., Montecito, 805-969-9990, lotusland.org.

Peregrine Galleries 1133 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, 805-969-9673.

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, 805-966-5373, sbcaf.org.

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.

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