Calendar of Events
All numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted. The calendar in next month’s July 2012 issue runs from Sunday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 31. 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 Submissions without a contact number for information verification or a publishable public information number will not be published.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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Marcia Burtt Studio, The Sublime and the Mundane– An exhibition through July 12 of paintings inspired by great
vistas, scale and atmosphere that invoke the awe and sense of the sublime that draw us to nature. Close-up studies of our everyday pleasures present a contrast to the monumental and, inspired by the mundane, the artists discover bright colors and sensitive line in what can no longer be called ordinary. Featured artists include Susan Petty, Marilee Krause, Robert Abbott, Erling Sjovold, Patricia Doyle, Anne Ward, Ian Roberts, Ann Lofquist, Marcia Burtt and Michael Ferguson, whose work is pictured. Marcia Burtt Studio, 517 Laguna St. Please note new hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Got questions? Call 962-5588 or check www.artlacuna.com
Big Stage Productions, Seussical Jr., The Musical, see Arts & Entertainment on page 12.
Circle Bar B Theatre, No Regrets, see Arts & Entertainment
Curious Cup Bookstore, Garden Tips and Book Signing with Sharon Lovejoy – Discover the secrets collected by Sharon Lovejoy, award-winning author and illustrator of nine books on nature and gardening, including Trowel & Error, Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Garden (pictured); Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together With Children; Sunflower Houses: A Book for Children and their Grown-Ups; and Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks, to name a few titles, all of which will be available for signing. Lovejoy has spent a lifetime working with plants and through “trial and error” has accumulated remedies, shortcuts and practical cures to make gardening easier, fight plant infections and get rid of garden pests. In this free presentation she will host a Q&A and discuss her knowledge of herbs, children’s gardening and publishing; 2 p.m., Curious Cup Bookstore, 929 Linden Ave, Carpinteria. Got questions? Call 220-6608 or check www.curiouscup.com
Opera Primavera – An afternoon concert to benefit arts programs at La Cumbre Junior High School featuring Santa Barbara’s most talented singers including soprano Jamie Chamberlin, whose credits include the San Francisco Merola Program and L.A. and Santa Barbara opera companies; baritone Evan Hughes, a Music Academy of the West alum and Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition grand prize winner; soprano Deborah Bertling (pictured), whose credits include numerous in-concert and main stage theatre and opera roles and as a member of the Opera Lab brings improvised opera to elementary schools through Opera Santa Barbara; and tenor Gary Smith, who has performed in concert locally, is cantor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and currently teaches music and drama at La Cumbre Junior High; with accompaniment by pianist Rene Hamaty, music director for Arts & Letters Café’s Opera Under the Stars; 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets at $35 single and $50 a pair will be available at the door. Got questions? Call 898-0941.
Santa Barbara Public Library System, Martial Arts Demonstration – Ken Loyde, Martial Arts Family Fitness camp coordinator, will present free demonstrations by a sensei and young martial arts students for kids 5 and up. Loyde will read martial art-related stories and encourage participation in a movement game. Demonstrations, which began May 31, continue through today at the Eastside Library, 3:30 p.m., 1102 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara and Wednesday, June 20, 4 p.m. Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. For more information, call 564-5603 or check www.SBPLibrary.org
Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Lip Sync Competition – You don’t need to be a singer to be an opera star in this first-ever Opera Santa Barbara Opera Lip Sync Competition at SOhO. Whether you hamm it up, or laugh it up, you’ll get to embrace your diva/divo within and perform one 4-minute aria like a star, either solo or duet — without actually singing, of course — and get a chance to win $1,000 first prize. Just like FOX TV’s hot “American Idol,” the winning act will be chosen by three illustrious judges, with a fourth vote from the audience — which could be you! So get to SOhO early for the best seats and dinner, and be sure to get your name in by the contestant sing-up deadline of Friday, June 1. And if for some unimaginable reason you miss the deadline, and they won’t let you sign up, beg! Nobody promised being a diva/divo would be a total walk in the park; 6:30p.m. dinner followed by the 7:30p.m. competition. To register for competition, which includes a $25 fee, call 898-3890 or firstname.lastname@example.org and for dinner reservations at SOhO, 1218 State St., call 962-7776. Audience admission is $10. Got questions? Call 898-3890 or check online at www.operasb.org
Song Tree Concert Series, Peter Feldman and The Very Lonesome Boys – Joining forces with Peter Feldman on mandolin (pictured L – R) are Tom Lee on upright bass and David West on banjo and guitar — AKA The Very Lonesome Boys — in a concert featuring a wide variety of music, primarily in traditional bluegrass style, heavily influenced by old time Appalachian music. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from Elizabethan-era ballads to songs and breakdowns; from country blues to modern bluegrass and beyond; 7:30 p.m., Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 820 N. Fairview Ave, Goleta. Admission is $15 and kids under 16 admitted free. Tickets available in advance by mail and at Folk Mote Music and Jensen Guitar and Music, and also available at the door if not sold out. For more information and advance ticket purchase, call 403-2639 or check www.SongTree.org
Santa Barbara Jazz Society, San Marcos High Jazz Band – An annual concert to showcase the winner of the Henry Brubeck Memorial Scholarship Fund Award. This year the award goes to the San Marcos High School Jazz Band (pictured), a sophisticated jazz ensemble — under the musical direction of San Marcos High School’s music program director Michael Kiyoi — that traveled to music festival performances throughout Europe in 2007; 1 to 4 p.m., SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court. SBJS members $12, non-members $20 and students/musicians $7. For more information, call 570-1053 or check online at www.sbjazz.org
Prime Time Band, Summer Concert – One of three annual free concerts by this remarkable band that has grown to be 80-plus members strong, all of whom are 50 years of age or older. Under the musical direction of Jeffery Peterson, the program lineup includes an Armed Forces Salute, selections from Les Miserables, American Visions, In the Presence of Heroes, Leroy Anderson’s Trumpeter’s Lullaby featuring soloist Marguerite Amer (pictured), and much more. Since its inception in 1995, the Prime Time Band has attracted more than 100 musician, 50 years of age and older; 2 p.m., San Marcos High School Auditorium, 4750 Hollister Ave. Got questions? Call 962-6983 or check www.ptband.org
DMK Studios and SBCC Adult Ed Choir, Broadway and Movie Music & Dance – A collaborative program of dance, film and theatre music at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club that showcases a broad selection of talent under the musical direction of Dauri Kennedy to the accompaniment of a live band directed by John Douglas. Featured are two musical numbers from the hit Broadway musical “Legally Blonde” choreographed by Miguel Cabrera; 5 to 7 p.m., SOhO, 1221 Sate St., upstairs in Victoria Court. For advance dinner reservations, recommended for priority seating, call 962-7776. For advance ticket purchase at $7 ($10 at the door) call 637-1191.
Art Without Limits Workshop, Grant Writing and Fiscal Sponsorship – Heather Stevenson, who brings 15 years experience to the table in non-profit grant writing and fund development and has worked for organizations such as Boxtales Theatre Company, Transition House, Community Environmental Council, Pacific Pride Foundation, to name a few, will lead this workshop. Participants will learn how to identify funders, find out what kind of proposal they will entertain and how to write it. Art Without Limits CEO Julie McLeod will briefly explain what fiscal sponsorship is and how to use it; 6 to 8 p.m., Rabobank, 914 Carpinteria St. by the roundabout on Milpas. All workshops are open to the public for $15 and Arts Without Limits mentors and emerging artists will be admitted free. Please pre-register via email at Julie@awolsb.org and for more information call 565-1332.
Ensemble Theatre Company, Black Pearl Sings, see Arts & Entertainment
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, “The Spirit of the Garden” featuring Rose & the Nightingale – The first live concert at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (SBBG) in 12 years the local premiere of the group Rose & the Nightingale, a world-class group of vocalists and instrumentalists who create genre-defying music. Performed in the Garden’s meadow amid display of wildflowers, the group’s concert blurs the boundaries of world music, folk, art song and jazz improvisation and integrates poetry about gardens and the nexus of spirituality and nature as the lyrics to the songs and as thematic threads throughout the performance. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $135 and include hors d’ oeuvres, wine and a preview of the SBBG’s new art installation and can be purchased online at www.sbbg.org or call 682-4726 ext. 102. Rose & the Nightingale will also perform two shows at Center Stage Theater on Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. For tickets call Center Stage Box Office 963-0408 or purchase online at www.centerstagetheater.org
Live Oak Music Festival, see Arts & Entertainment on page 13.
Sunday 17 – Father’s Day
South Coast Railroad Museum, “Rotary Day” Free Train and Handcar Rides – All visitors will be able to ride the train and handcar without charge as often as they like on this Father’s Day 12th Annual Rotary Day, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime. This includes the “Goleta Short Line,” a miniature train that follows a one-half mile course around the museum grounds and handcars (pictured) that are powered by the passengers. There is a 43-inch minimum-height requirement for the train, and handcar riders must be at least 48 inches tall. Admission is also free to the museum for this Father’s Day event is also free; 1 to 4 p.m., SCRM, 300 N. Los Carneros Road., Goleta. And be sure to check the Events section on page 17 for information about the upcoming SCRM’s Goleta Railroad Days on Saturday, June 23 and 24. Got questions? Call 964-3540 or go online at www.goletadepot.org
Music at Trinity Concert Series, Musical Fireworks – A concert of piano music for four hands with Kevin Rose featuring organ and piano duets with David A. Gell. A highlight of the program includes a performance of a wide range of vocal repertoire by LUX, a women’s a cappella quartet, which is directed by Jane Hahn who also performs with the group; 3:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. For more information, call 965-7419, 687-0189 or check online at www.trinitysb.org
Fillmore & Western Railway, Father’s Day BBQ Lunch Train – Give Dad a very special treat on his day and bring him down to the Fillmore train station and put him on board the train where he can enjoy a BBQ lunch while taking a fun ride to Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium, where the whole family can browse and shop. It’s an awesome way for Dad to feel like he’s a star for the day on one of Fillmore & Western’s movie trains, which depart at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. from the Fillmore Station in downtown Fillmore. Adults $47, youth 4 – 12 $26, children 2 – 3 $22 and infants under age 2 free, on a lap. For more information and to make reservations, call Fillmore & Western Railway at 524-2546 or check online at www.fwry.com
Summer Solstice Celebration, see Events
South Coast Railroad Museum, Goleta Railroad Days, see Events
Music Academy of the West Summer Festival, Academy Festival Orchestra – A first public concert at the Granada Theater by the 2012 Summer Festival Orchestra featuring Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 conducted by Larry Rachleff (pictured), hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a take-charge maestro who invests everything he conducts with deep musical understanding.” Currently music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Rice University’s Shepherd School orchestras and the Chicago Philharmonic, Rachleff returns to the Music Academy of the West (MAW) for a fifth summer to perform the astonishing feat of transforming in a mere six days 90 instrumental student Fellows — who just arrived in Santa Barbara from all over the world — into the accomplished Academy Festival Orchestra; 8 p.m., Granada Theatre. For tickets and more information call the MAW at 969-8787, the Granada Box Office at 899-2222 or purchase online at www.granadasb.org or www.musicacademy,org
Early Independence Day Celebrations…
Rods & Roses Car Show and Spirit of Independence Day Parade – Andy Granatelli, “Mr. Indy 500,” returns again this year as Grand Marshall of Carpinteria’s free Independence Day Parade at 5 p.m. on Linden Avenue and weekend celebration from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For the 15th Annual Rods & Roses Car Show, more than 150 classic cars, motorcycles, race cars and an antique tractor will be on display on downtown Linden Avenue along with arts and crafts, and family-friendly food. A raffle and awards are noon to 2:30 p.m. Got questions? Call 684-4428 or check online at www.rodsandroses.com
Curious Cup Bookstore, RED, WHITE and BOOM! Celebrate Reading and Independence Day – Lee Wardlaw, award-winning author of close to 30 books for children, tweens and teens, including Won Ton – A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, will read from and sign copies of her latest book for young readers, RED, WHITE and BOOM! ($16.99, Holt, ISBN -10:0805090657, ages 3 and up). Illustrated by Huy Voun Lee, RED, WHITE and BOOM! ( cover pictured) is a poetic celebration of the many cultures and traditions that make America’s birthday BOOM! Win a prize for the best Independence Day costume at this free celebration and also take home free flags, bookmarks, stickers and more; 2 – 5 p.m., Curious Cup Bookstore, 929 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. Got questions? Call 220-6608 or check online at www.curiouscup.com
… and Upcoming 4th of July celebrations
Spirit of ’76 4th of July Parade – Presented by the Spirit of ’76 Association, the theme of this 50th annual Independence Day Parade is The Gift of Individual Liberty. It begins at 1 p.m. at State and Micheltorena streets and travels down State to Cota Street. The celebration is capped off with the Spirit of ’76 concert at the Courthouse Sunken Garden at 4:30 p.m. For more information or to participate in the parade, go to www.spiritof76.org or call 284-5245.
Spirit of ’76 4th of July Concert – Presented by the Spirit of ’76 Association, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden will be filled with the sounds of traditional music in celebration of America’s Independence Day with a concert at 4:30 p.m. Featured will be the talent of prominent musicians from our community including artists from the Music Academy of the West. Admission is free. Got questions? Call 284-5245 or check www.spiritof76sb.org
Santa Barbara Foresters Baseball Game – The Foresters play the Conejo Oaks at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on the UCSB campus today at 5:10 p.m. Great Independence Day sports action for the whole family. General admission is adults $6, seniors $3 and $1 kids 12 and under. For more information call 684-8596 or check www.sbforesters.org
Condor Express Fireworks Cruise – An opportunity to experience an exciting visual of the fireworks from just outside the Santa Barbara Harbor, and have a fun time doing it. The cruise includes food, no-host cocktails, music and, of course, watching the fireworks. The Condor leaves Sea Landing at 6 p.m. For more information, including cost and reservations, call 882-0088 or check online at www.condorcruise.com
Santa Barbara Fireworks and SPARKLE Freedom Celebration – Co-sponsored by SPARKLE and the city of Santa Barbara, a 18-20 minute fireworks display is presented by Bay Fireworks off West Beach starting at 9 p.m. Bike or shuttle to the beach early to enjoy food, beverages and crafts from dozens of vendors along Cabrillo Boulevard beginning at noon. The celebration continues through 7 p.m. on West Beach with SPARKLE’s 2012 Freedom Celebration featuring patriotic and family-friendly entertainment. For more information call 963-0611, 568-0020 or check online at www.sparkle.com
Goleta Fireworks Festival – Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Goleta, this 15th annual celebration at Girsh Park features entertainment for all ages capped off with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. It’s a family-friendly, alcohol-free event with bounce houses for kids 6 and older, face painting, train rides, an ice rink for kids 6 and over, a watermelon eating contest, obstacle courses run by city fire fighters, and much more. All activities are free with the price of admission. Former Goleta Mayor Eric Onnen returns again this year as emcee as does live entertainment from the funk-soul-R&B sounds of Area 51 and The Excellent Tradesmen. A raffle features a $1,000 grand prize, iPads and many more hot items with tickets $5 each. Winners need not be present to win; 4 to 10.p.m, Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Road, south side of Camino Real Marketplace. Admission tickets at $6 adults and free for kids 12 and under (accompanied by an adult) will be available at the gate or call 879-3979 and, for more information, check online at www.goletafireworks.org
Stow House Old-Fashioned 4th of July – Hosted by the Goleta Historical Society at Rancho La Patera and Stow House, this 38th annual celebration starts with the Moscow parade at 10 a.m. followed by the Village Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring face painting, dunking booth, music, bouncy house, clowns, ongoing live entertainment, balloons and food. There are seven miles of sales to keep shoppers busy, and softball and soccer tournaments going on as well. The celebration ends with annual fireworks display at dusk. Bring folding chairs, blankets and spend the day, but please leave Fido at home; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rancho La Patera and Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. Admission is $6 for adults and kids are admitted free. Got questions? Call 681-7216 or check www.goletahistory.org
The Village Fourth Parade – This annual community event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Montecito’s Upper Manning Park. The festivities continue at lower Manning Park following the parade with plenty of food and live entertainment. At 7:30 a.m. there is a pancake breakfast at the San Ysidro Firehouse, and tickets will be available at the door. Got questions? Call 969-2026 or check www.montecitoassociation.org
Ventura Family Festival and Fireworks Show – An annual 4th of July festival for the whole family at Ventura College Athletic Field, 4201 Telegraph Rd. in Ventura featuring live entertainment by Men on the Moon, activities, games, food booths, expanded kids area and much more. Gates open at 4 p.m. so bring blankets, lawn chairs and jackets to be comfortable while watching the fireworks that begin at 9 p.m. Discount tickets can be purchased in advance at Vons and McDonald’s beginning June 24 with Family 6-pack at $25, adults $6, kids $4, and free to ages 2 and under; and purchased at the gate the Family 6-pack is 435, adults $8 and kids $6. Got questions? Check www.venturafireworks.com
Solvang independence Day Parade & BBQ in Solvang Park – Hosted by the Solvang Rotary Club, this old-fashioned 4th of July Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Dive. (Hwy.246). It travels West on Mission Drive to Fourth Street, south on Fourth Street and then east on Copenhagen Drive, south on Alisal Road and east on Molle Way back to the Mission. After the parade at 2 p.m., enjoy a BBQ with hot dogs and hamburgers at Solvang Park at Mission Drive and First Street. Tickets are $5 at the gate ($4 presale at local outlets)) and provide admission to the grounds, entertainment and fireworks at 9 p.m. and additional costs are charged for food, drinks and some activities. Got questions? Call 688-6144 or check www.solvang.com
Solvang Independence Day Fireworks – An annual fireworks display at 9 p.m. hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club following the BBQ festival at the Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive (Hwy. 246). For more information, call 688-6144 or check online at www.solvang.com