Calendar of Events
All numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted. The calendar in next month’s May 2012 issue runs from Tuesday, May 1 to Thursday, May 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 Submissions without a contact number for information verification or a publishable public information number will not be published.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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Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC), Creditors – Performances continue through April 15 of this modern adaptation of playwright August Strindberg’s Creditors, which Time Out New York called “A roller-coaster of sex, lies and revenge.” The darkly comic tale is set at a seaside resort where Adolph, frustrated by his marriage to the older, forceful Tekla, begins to doubt her love for him. He receives instruction from Gustav, a mysterious figure who teaches him how to regain the upper hand in the relationship. But in this acerbic triangle of love and war, no one is certain who ultimately wields the power. “With this play, we continue our journey to produce classics in fresh, modern adaptations,” says ETC Executive Director Jonathan Fox,who directs the power production. “Strindberg had a lot of fire in his belly, but he was also wickedly witty, and learned as much from Mark Twain as he did from classical tragedians.” Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. and a Saturday, April 7 matinee at 4 p.m. at the Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St. For tickets, and more information, call the ETC Box Office at 965-5400 or purchase online at www.ensembletheatre.com
UCSB, Primavera Festival, today through April 15. See Events page 13.
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, see Arts & Entertainment on page 12.
Curious Cup Bookstore , 2012 Words of Wonder Book Tour – A kick-off event featuring Jenny Lundquist and Jenn Reese, two of the five authors on a tour that brings together debut authors of fiction for young readers. Pictured is the cover of Lundquist’s Seeing Cinderella (for ages 8 – 12), which is the story of a girl who learns that sometimes all you need is a little vision correction to see the Cinderella in yourself. Reese writes science fiction and fantasy stories for readers of all ages and her debut novel Above World (for ages 10 – 14), is an epic adventure where mythology and science fiction are tightly entwined: 5 to 8 p.m., Curious Cup Bookstore, 929 Linden Ave, Carpinteria. Admission to the event is free. Got questions? Call 220-6608 or check www.curiouscup.com
Cambridge Drive Concert Series, Kate MacLeod and Sierra Reeves – A performer, songwriter, studio musician and music educator, Kate MacLeod’s (pictured) songwriting style and live performances display an unbreakable link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary songwriting. Her songs have been featured on radio and TV shows, including “A Prairie Home Companion” and Joan Collins’ holiday program, she tours nationally and internationally, and was named among the “Ten Acts to Watch” by Music Hound Folk Essential Album Guide. Opening for MacLeod is singer/songwriter Sierra Reeves who draws her inspiration from movies, literature and personal experiences in conveying through her music her thoughts and musings on life and how strange it is. If you haven’t seen Reeves perform, you don’t want to miss it; 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
Circle Bar B Theatre, Wally’s Café, see Arts & Entertainment
Santa Barbara Festival Ballet - Festival Ballet Dances – An evening of dance at the Lobero Theatre in collaboration with UCSB Student Dance Company, South Bay Ballet and Paso Robles Chamber Ballet. The program features works by choreographers Austin McCormick (“You, Always You, Everything You”), Nancy Colahan (“K&L/In Tandem”), Eva Stone (“Stick Figures”), Christina McCarthy (“Questions”), SBFB Artistic Director Denise Rinaldi, with her daughter Kelly Moore (“Side by Side by Side”) and Valerie Huston (“Badinage with Homage to Charles Moulton”); 7 p.m. For tickets at $30 general and $22 students, and more information, call the Lobero Box Office at 963-0761 or purchase online at www.lobero.com
It’s Not Okay: A Musical Journey With Linda Newlin – A premiere one-woman show and benefit production starring singer/songwriter Linda Newlin plays for one performance only on Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Lobero. The musical delves into the multi-layered subject of why it’s not okay to abuse ourselves by not living our dream, not being who we truly are and not shining our light in the world. Written and directed by Newlin, in collaboration with singer/songwriter Kate Wallace with sound and multimedia design by Anne J. Dahlgren, the production mixes laughter and words of wisdom delivered in multiple genres from Broadway, to country, rap, rock and jazz. “I was fortunate to work with amazing local talent who supported my passion for authenticity and encouraging people to live their dreams by breaking free from all forms of abuse,” says Newlin. “It’s not just physical and sexual…it’s all the ways we abuse ourselves with negative self-talk, staying in empty relationships, working unfulfilling jobs, and not allowing ourselves to be who we truly are.” The music and its message have been captured on her new CD, Love Your Self, produced by David West of Play Ball Musical Services. For tickets, including VIP tickets that include a post-performance celebrity reception in the Lobero courtyard, call the Lobero Box Office at 963-0761 or purchase online at www.lobero.com
State Street Ballet, Grand Finale - Featuring works from the classic to premieres, Grand Finale showcases the close of State Street Ballet’s 16th season with a performance party at the Granada Theater this evening at 7:30 p.m. It’s a celebration that honors the breadth and diversity of the company’s 2011-12 season as well as its vision and artistic excellence in 16 years of exquisite dance. The performance includes favorites such as La Sylphide, Sinatra and Tango Rain. The evening will be emceed by comedienne Wendy Liebman, whose credits include the “Jay Leno Show” and “Late Night” with David Letterman. Complimentary champagne and desserts will be served throughout the event along with an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists and choreographers. For tickets, at $100 per person, and more information, call The Granada Box Office at 899-2222 or purchase online at www.granadasb.org
Chaucer’s Bookstore, The Dark Eagles—First Flight Book Signing and “Book Cache Adventure” - Local author’s David Smith’s new young adult action adventure novel is about a boy named Kief whose life is thrown into a grand adventure when his deceased grandfather leaves him a mysterious map on his birthday. And Smith is offering his readers their own personal adventure in hiding copies of The Dark Eagles in old-style treasure boxes (pictured) hidden in the foothills and parks around Santa Barbara. After hiding the treasure boxes (pictured) for this “Book Cache Adventure” the GPS coordinates will be posted at his website (www.fundautum.com) and young adventurers can use the maps on the website to help guide them to the locations. Adventurers who find a book can bring it to the book signing for Smith to sign; 6:30 p.m., Chaucer’s Bookstore, 3321 State St. Got questions, Call 682-6787 or check email@example.com
Heart Health Fair - See Events on page 16.
Cachuma Lake, 17th Annual Trout Derby - today and tomorrow, April 15. See Event on page 16.
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, an artists’ setup for painters at the pond, and use of the bocce ball court. A donation of $10 per hike or $15 per couple or family is suggested and reservations are required. Call 686-1941, ext. 6, or check firstname.lastname@example.org
Song Tree Concert Series, Teka – From smooth Bossa Nova and Brazilian jazz to contemporary pop and sambas, Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Teka brings her seductive melodies, infectious rhythms and velvety tones to the Song Tree Concert stage for a special performance. Accompanying her are a well-known, all-star trio of musicians that includes guitarist Chris Judge, bassist Randy Tico and percussionist Kevin Winard, with special guests to be announced. A longtime local favorite, Teka’s music takes you a little closer to Brazil, home of the samba, and Rio and remarkable musicians like Teka; 7:p.m., Live Oak Universalist Congregation, 820 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Admission $15 adults and kids16 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
UCSB, Family Fun Series, Zoo Zoo - See Arts & Entertainment on page 12.
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! - Grandeza Mexicana – A return performance by Los Angeles’ premier Mexican folk dance company, Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, which was founded in 2003 to advance the field of Mexican folk ballet and the public’s appreciation for the diversity and depth of Mexican culture through high-quality dance productions. Grandeza’s choreography is based on careful research and is committed to preserving the tradition and customs of Mexico’s historic past and promising present. Free performances are: 7 p.m. this evening, Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road, Goleta (893-5037); Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Guadalupe City Hall, Guadalupe (343-2923); and Sunday, April, 22, at 7 p.m., Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St., (884-4087, ext. 7). Got questions? Call the number listed for a venue or check Viva el Art de Santa Barbara on Facebook.
Westmont College, Public Viewing of the Stars - A free viewing on the third Friday of every month at Westmont College’s observatory using a powerful 24-inch reflector Keck telescope. Used by students and faculty to conduct astronomical research, it also serves as one of the public observing sites for the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, who also bring their telescopes. This month local stargazers can view the Great Orion Nebula, M42 and several open clusters, M35 in Gemini (the Twins), M37, M38 and M36 in Auriga (the Charioteer); 7:30 p.m., 955 La Paz Road, Montecito. The observatory is located between Russ Carr Field and the track and soccer complex. Free parking near the baseball field. In case of inclement weather, call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at 565-6272 to see if the viewing has been cancelled. Got questions? Call 565-6000 or check www.westmont.edu
SB Trust for Historic Preservation, Founding Day . See Events page 16.
Curious Cup Bookstore, Blended But Not Broken Book Signing & Seminar
– Anyone who is, has been or is going to be in a blended family will be interested in, and enlightened by, Pamela Rohr’s new book, Blended But Not Broken (cover pictured) and coaching seminar conducted with her husband, Ron Rohr. The seminar from 9 a.m. to noon is $20 and includes a signed copy of the book and discussions of chapter subjects from the book, followed by a Q & A. The book signing is from 2 to 4 p.m. and is free. Curious Cup Bookstore, 929 Linden Ave.,Carpinteria. To register call Pam Rohr at 235-4930 and, for further information, call 220-6608 or check www.curiouscup.com
South Coast Railroad Museum, Excursion on the Overland Trail
– A one-day round trip excursion aboard the classic American railcar Overland Trail (pictured), complete with narrative by museum guides, a Q & A about points-of-interest and local history, light snacks and soft drinks (Passengers are responsible for any additional food), and an opportunity to experience the Central and South Coast from the 39-seat club lounge Overland Trail built in 1949 by the Pullman company for Southern Pacific Railroad. Board the train at either the Santa Barbara Amtrak station at 10:22 a.m. or Goleta Amtrak station at 10:34 a.m., arriving in San Luis Obispo at 1 p.m. Arrive back in Santa Barbara at 4:32 p.m. and at 4:17 p.m. in Goleta. For tickets and more information, call 964-3540 or purchase online via email at email@example.com
Music at Trinity Concert Series, Kirkin’ O’ Tartans – An annual celebration and blessing of the tartans and wee beasties with bagpipes, songs, instrument and poetry is co-hosted with the Santa Barbara Chapter of the International Scottish Society; 3 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. For more information, call 965-7419, 687-0189 or check online at www.trinitysb.org