Calendar of Event
All numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted. The calendar in next month’s April 2012 issue runs from Sunday, April 1 to Monday, April 30. Please make calendar submissions by the 15th of the month preceding the month your event is in. Submissions without a contact number for information verification or a publishable public information number will not be published. We will not be responsible for late changes or omissions in editorial materials previously submitted. All calendar listings are free and publication is based on space availability with advertisers’ activities, free events and nonprofits receiving space priority.
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Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP), Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight – Opening with a military drill and lowering of the flag by Los Soldados de Real Presidio de Santa Barbara, this inaugural 1st Thursday SBTHP event is an opportunity to visit the Presidio by candlelight and experience living history vignettes as you might have two centuries ago, as depicted in the accompanying photo. You’ll hear the comandante converse with officials, watch the soldados as they clean their muskets, embrace the fragrance of food cooking over an open fire, observe women doing a variety of handcrafts and revel in the music and dances of early California; 5 to 8 p.m., El Presidio de Santa State Historic Park, 123 E. Canon Perdido St. Admission is free. For more information, call 965-0093 or check www.sbthp.org
Animal Farm at Westmont – Performances at Porter Theatre are February 23, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., March 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 2 and 7 p.m. For tickets at $15 general, $7 students and seniors call the Porter Theatre Box Office, purchase at the door, and for further information call 565-7140 or check www.westmont.edu
Cambridge Drive Concert Series (CDCS), Teresa Tudury – LA Weekly describes Teresa Tudury (pictured) as a consummate performer — with a scathing comedic wit — whose deep, sultry voice is complemented by her bluesy guitar playing. She has performed with the likes of Rickie Lee Jones, Taj Mahal, Lyle Lovett and Leo Kottke, to name just a few, and has worked as a character actress on stage and screen. Currently residing in Sonoma County, she has just released her latest CD, Such Fine Things. Opening for Tudury are singer-songwriters Mark Alciati and Sherie Davis who have fused their respective styles into a blend that covers everything from love songs to soulful numbers to their own unique brand of musical wit; 7:30 p.m., Cambridge Drive Community Church, 550 Cambridge Drive, Goleta. For reservations call 964-0436 and for more information check www.cambridgedrivechurch.org
Santa Barbara Dance Arts and Arts Mentorship Program, Configuration –
A 14th annual presentation that showcases repertory from SB Dance Arts and Arts Mentorship student companies featuring dancers ages 10-18 who train weekly in jazz and ballet. Under the direction of company co-founders Steven Lovelace and Alana Tillim, the production features original works by professional choreographers and six student works, which are up for an annual Student Choreography Award to be presented by Supervisor Salud Carbajal on opening night. Jazz, Hip Hop and contemporary underscore a lineup that includes an anthropomorphic look at birds by student choreographers Aryanna Aronson, Emily Stokes and Maddy Rotman and senior choreographer Hayley Kay; a poignant piece on the topic of bullying by UCSB graduate and choreographer Larry Daniels; and a high-energy finale tribute to Madonna that mixes it up with the work of the often-compared Lady Gaga. Performances are tonight, Opening Night, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and matinees Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m., Center Stage, upstairs in Paseo Nuevo. For tickets call Center Stage Box Office at 963-0408, order online at www.centerstagetheater.org and for more information on the student companies call 966-5299 or check www.sbdancearts.com or www.ampsb.org
St. Andrews Preschool Family Festival – Game booths with prizes, face painting, inflatable bouncers, a tri-tip, chicken and hot dog BBQ highlight this fun annual carnival. A silent auction features some “gotta have” items up for bid, including creative children’s themed parties, travel packages, business services, and more. The event is an awesome opportunity to spend some quality family time together and to learn more about St. Andrew’s educational program while supporting the kids who benefit from its nonprofit status; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4575 Auhay Dr., Santa Barbara. Admission is free with a nominal fee for carnival games, and BBQ tickets are $11 ages 13 – adult and $6 ages 12 and under. Got questions? Call 964-6114 or check www.standrewspreschoolsb.com
KidsExpo, La Cumbre Plaza. See Events
Santa Barbara Jazz Society, Concert with Kristin Korb — Considered a premier jazz vocalist as well as jazz bassist — who studied with jazz bass icon Ray Brown — Kristin Korb (pictured) brings to her music a personal approach and deep sense of swing as well as arrangements of ballads that leave a lasting impression. Her new CD, In The Meantime, showcases her innovative arrangements of standards with the help of jazz greats such as Bob Sheppard, Nick Mancini and Larry Koonse, to name a few, and when not on the road with her trio she’s on the faculty at USC and Azusa Pacific University. Collaborating with Korb for this performance are Los Angeles-based pianist John Proulx and dummer Dave Tull; 1 to 4 p.m., SOhO, 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court. General admission $20, SBJS members $12, and $7 for musicians and students. Got questions? Call 962-7776 or check www.sbjazz.org
Santa Barbara Public Libraries, Victoria Goring’s Improv Story Theater for Families – Beginning today through March 8, storyteller Victoria Goring (pictured) brings her special improv storytelling performance to all branches of the library. Her performance introduces kids to improv theater, creating new stories live from their suggestions that are made up on the spot for them. For families, each story is a delightful, imaginative journey with a positive message and a guaranteed surprise. Performances today at 10:30 a.m., Central Library (40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara), 1 p.m. (Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave, Goleta) and 4 p.m., Montecito Library, 1469 E. Valley Rd.; Wednesday, March 7, 10:30 a.m., Eastside Library (1102 E. Montecito St.), 4 p.m., Solvang Library (1745 Mission Dr., Solvang); and Thursday, March 8, 10:30 a.m. (Carpinteria Library, 5141 Carpinteria Ave.). All performances are free and open to the public. For more information call your local library branch, the Central Library at 564-5603 or check www.sbplibrary.org
UCSB Sedgwick Reserve Hikes – Held on the second Saturday of the month between October and May, this ongoing series of interpretative hikes on the 6,000-acre Sedgwick Reserve in the Santa Ynez Valley are conducted simultaneously and feature varying themes such as geology, landforms, panoramas, plants and animals or birds. Each hike is approximately two to three hours followed by an option to picnic on the Reserve afterwards with your own lunch. While hikes are being conducted, non-hikers can enjoy the newly-renovated old barn, the observatory, the new Tipton House, the pond, use the bocce ball court, and artists can paint landscapes and vistas. A donation of $10 per hike or $15 per couple or family is suggested and reservations are required. Call 686-1941, Ext. 6 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
UCSB Music Department, An Evening of Middle Eastern Music & Dance. See Arts & Entertainment on page 13.
San Marcos Parent-Child Workshop (SMPCW), Through the Looking Glass – Piquing inquisitiveness and fostering creativity and imagination is of paramount importance in child development and the premise of this 23rd annual fundraiser to benefit SMPCW, a nonprofit that provides parent education and affordable preschool experience for their children. Vacation getaways, restaurant certificates and party packages are only a few of the high-end items to be featured in a live and silent auction, and a $15 admission fee — which is tax deductible — includes two complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres served to the live music sounds of Glendassary Jam. For more information, call 964-8994 or check online at www.smpcw.org
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony – Under the musical direction of conductor Andy Radford, the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony present its Spring Concert today at 2 p.m. at the Lobero Theater. Highlighting the concert is flutist Jessica Kozachuk (pictured) as soloist for Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute and Orchestra in a program lineup that also includes Nikolai’s The Overture to Merry Wives of Windsor, Dvorak’s Czech Suite and Sibelius’ Finlandia. For tickets at $12 adults and $8.50 students and seniors, call the Lobero Box Office at 963-0761 or purchase online at www.lobero.com and for more information check the symphony website at www.sbys.org
UCSB Music Department, Ensemble for Contemporary Music. See Arts & Entertainment
Goleta Valley Junior High School Theatre, 42nd Street. See Arts & Entertainment
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Musically Engaging Experience, “What Makes It Great?” featuring Rob Kapilow. See Arts & Entertainment
Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Musically Engaging Experiences. “At the Zoo (And Furthermore, They Bite!)” featuring Rob Kapilow. See Arts & Entertainment
2nd Annual Art Career Day Conference, see Events
Santa Barbara Symphony, Latin Passion, concerts today and tomorrow afternoon at the Granada. See Arts & Entertainment
Lobero Live, It’s Magic. Matinee and evening performances. For details see Arts & Entertainment
KidsExpo, Pacific View Mall, Ventura See Events
Art Without Limits, Art Career Day Conference See Events on page 17.
UCSB Arts & Lectures, Family Fun Series, Cinderella, Campbell Hall see Arts & Entertainment
Sansum Clinic, Neck & Posture Wellness – Oh my aching neck and back! If you’re dealing with these kinds of ongoing health challenges, then take advantage of an opportunity to learn effective ways to find relief and join this evening’s class. Led by a physical therapist, you’ll learn simple changes you can make in your daily activities to find relief, and what you can do when the pain is sudden or severe. Next Tuesday, March 27, the class will focus on Back Wellness. Both classes are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sansum Clinic Physical Therapy, 41 Hitchcock Way. A $10 materials fee of can be paid at the door. For more information or to register, call 681-7781 or visit www.SansumClinic.org/Classes
!Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! Los Camperos de Nati Cano – For more than 50 years, this group (pictured), comprised of the finest mariachi musicians from Mexico and the U.S. has performed worldwide. Cano was born into a family of mariachi musicians in Jalisco, a small town outside of Guadalajara and one of many western Mexican communities that gave life to the Mariachi tradition. In Guadalajara his career with Los Camperos grew, and he then took the group to Los Angeles where it has emerged as a major force in shaping the tradition of mariachi music in the U.S. The free performances are: 7 p.m. this evening, Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road, Goleta (893-5037); Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., Guadalupe City Hall, Guadalupe (343-2923); and Sunday, March 25, at 4 and 7 p.m., Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St., (884-4087, ext. 7). Please note second matinee performance on Sunday. Got questions? Call number listed for venues or check Viva el Art de Santa Barbara on Facebook.
Westmont College, “Dias de Mexico: A Family Festival.” For details see Events
Song Tree Sunday Afternoon Classical Music Series, Pianist Grace Fong and Cellist Jacob Braun – Works by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Korngold and Piazzolla highlight this performance featuring the combined talent of pianist Grace Fong and cellist Jacob Braun. Fong has gained critical acclaim for her solo, ensemble, and orchestral performances nationally and internationally, has won numerous international piano competitions and enjoys performing music that crosses the genre of classical, such as her collaboration with a choreographer on a project titled “Grace” involving solo piano and dance trio. She is currently a faculty member at Chapman University Conservatory of Music. Braun, a member of the Penderecki String Quartet, is a soloist, chamber musician and teacher who has performed worldwide and is considered one of the most versatile young cellists of his generation with, according to The St. Louis Dispatch, “a distinctly warm…and gorgeous dark tone.” He is Professor/Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and plays on a Antonius Mariani cello made circa 1619; 3 p.m., Live Oak Universalist Congregation, 820 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Admission $15 adults and youth 16 and under free. Tickets available in advance by mail — see www.SongTree.org — at Santa Barbara Sheet Music, Folk Mote Music and at the door. Got questions? Call 403-2639 or email to Concerts@SongTree.org
Montecito Family YMCA, SPLASH: Learn to Swim Week – The 19th annual program offers swimming lessons to kids from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria that provide life-long skills and water safety and is designed for participants ages 5-13 of all swimming abilities — or no swimming abilities — at a reduced fee. In one week of 30-minute lessons, the course introduces the aquatic environment to beginners, teaches basic learn-to-swim skills, and increases water safety awareness for families. Lessons begin today at Ortega Pool, 640 N. Salsipuedes St. and the start times are 11 and 11:30 a.m. noon, 12:30, 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. and are offered for a low cost of $10 for the full week. Bring a towel, swimsuit, sunscreen, and goggles if needed. Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register and for more information call 969-3288 or check www.ciymca.org/montecito
Fresh Roasted Concerts, David Wilcox – Considered by many to be a true American treasure, acclaimed singer-songwriter David Wilcox (pictured) has been writing songs for 30 years, has released 17 albums and sold more than 750,000, and combines the best of pop and modern folk aesthetics. His music navigates a path through the emotional static of modern life towards the mystical terrain of the heart, and he believes the right song at the right time changes peoples’ lives. His concerts are legendary for their ability to touch listeners in a special way with a performance described by The New York Times as, “A charismatic performance by a star still waiting to be discovered by a much larger audience”; 7:30 p.m., Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Rd., Ojai. Tickets at $28 general, $26 seniors and $35 VIP seating are available at the Ojai Coffee Roasting, at 646-890, at the door (for $2 more) and at www.ptgo.org