by Drew Mackie
Martina McBride This country and western chanteuse has enjoyed a dedicated following since her 1991 breakthrough “My Baby Loves Me.” Her 1997 duet with Jim Brickman, “Valentine,” expanded her fan base to adult contemporary fans as well. Experience McBride’s entire catalogue of hits at this special summer concert with openers the Warren Brothers. Thu., June 22, 7pm, S.B. Bowl, 583-8700 or sbbowl.com.
Pete Yorn A charming singer-songwriter whose guitar work might be best known from TV and movie soundtracks, Yorn begins his all-acoustic, small-venue You & Me tour with this Santa Barbara show. Thu., June 22, 8pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or www.sohosb.com.
Christopher Lawrence Considered by electronica aficionados to be among the best trance DJs in the United States — if not the best — Christopher Lawrence brings sleek grooves to every set he plays. Thu., June 22, Wildcat Lounge, 962-7970.
Voices for a Cure 2006 A benefit concert for the Scleroderma Research Foundation, Voices for a Cure brings together bands such as the Coral Sea, Crosby Loggins, Holden, and Alixandra to raise money for a crippling disease. The event will be hosted by comedian Bob Saget, who lost his sister to scleroderma in 1994. Sat., June 24, 7:30pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Cat Power Jenny Lewis, Neko Case, and Karen O are all well and good, but none of these reigning indie princesses can hold a candle to Cat Power and her withering, heartrending vocals. This Southern-born lovely has been suggested as next in line to cross over from indie popularity to mainstream renown for some years now. Sat., June 24, 6-8pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or sohosb.com.
Soul Majestic and Alma Melodiosa This alt-reggae troupe claims to jam with a mix of flamenco, psychedelia, trance, and world beats as influences. They’re the perfect soundtrack to the spacey-happy sounds of the Solstice Parade, where they will be performing at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. Once the sun goes down, Soul Majestic will also be playing an indoors show to cap off the evening. Sat., June 24, 8pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or sohosb.com.
Fiona Apple and Damien Rice Apple and Rice — a boring meal but a potentially phenomenal concert. Apple’s throaty stylings have always earned her a spot on pop charts — from her steamy 1997 debut single “Criminal” to the bouncier fare on her most recent release, Extraordinary Machine — but Rice is a relative newcomer to mainstream popularity. His song “The Blower’s Daughter” caught attention when it featured as the theme to the 2003 film Closer. Sun., June 25, 6:30pm, S.B. Bowl, 583-8700 or sbbowl.com.
Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris The second of three duet concerts at the Bowl this summer, Knopfler and Harris sing with combined 65 years of performing experience. Knopfler, the former Dire Straits front man, and country legend Harris released a collaborative album, All the Road Running, in April that showcased their musical mastery with songs they recorded over the past seven years. Thu., June 29, 7pm, S.B. Bowl, 583-8700 or sbbowl.com.
The White Buffalo With the looks of a lost Allman brother and a sound influenced by classic country and Elliott Smith, the White Buffalo sets himself apart from all the other San Francisco-bred dudes with a guitar and song journal. He performs alongside rockers Jonah Smith and the Void. Thu., June 29, 8pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or sohosb.com.
Christian Castro One of the brighter stars in the Mexican pop scene — and son of telenovela star Veronica Castro — this talented performer scored successive hits with his 1999 album, Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor, and its 2001 follow-up, Azul. Recently, he’s veered into straight-out rock. Thu., June 29, 8pm, Chumash Casino, (800) 585-3737 or chumashcasino.com.
Concerts in the Parks Looking for a kid-friendly place to rock out? The City of S.B. has put together another fine summer of evening concerts under the canopy of the sky. See swing, soul, oldies, flamenco, and jazz — and don’t forget a picnic and your dancing shoes. Thursdays, June 29-Aug. 24 (except Aug. 3), 6-8:30pm, at Chase Palm Park; and every Sunday from 3-4:30pm in July at Alameda Park, 897-1982 or sbparksandrecreation.com.
Surf Roots Tour 2006 A collaboration between Resin Music and SurfingAmerica.org, this tour promotes the album Surf Roots, Vol. Two. Touted as the new soundtrack to California’s beloved water sport, the album and the tour feature SoCal reggae outfit Common Sense as well as a host of other beach-appropriate bands like Slackstring, Ballyhoo, Sashamon, and others. Sat., July 1, 8:30pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or sohosb.com.
Rob Thomas and Jewel Both have undergone considerable transformations, with Thomas ditching former band Matchbox Twenty to pursue solo efforts and Jewel taking a break from “Who Will Save Your Soul?”-type yodeling to join the league of pop tarts with her 2003 release 0304. Together, however, these artists represent a new generation of mainstay pop idols with healthy roots in the folk genre. Sun., July 2, 6pm, S.B. Bowl, 583-8700 or sbbowl.com.
Lionel Richie Long before he became known as the father of Nicole Richie, he was the talented Commodores front man who departed the band to pursue a solo career. With hits like “Say You, Say Me,” “Three Times a Lady,” and “Endless Love” under his belt, you can almost forget that he’s the reason Nicole has a television career. Almost. Thu., July 6 and Fri., July 7, 8pm, Chumash Casino, (800) 585-3737 or chumashcasino.com.
Meltone Like Japan? Like jam bands? Then see what the country that gave us sushi, anime, and Godzilla can do with their own spin on the genre. Thu., July 6, 8pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or sohosb.com.
Richmond Fontaine and Hamell on Trial In the vein of Jethro Tull, Richmond Fontaine is not a man — it’s a group of them. They bonded together over their love of the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, which is reason enough to get excited for this headliner of the July installment of the Sings Like Hell series. The show will also feature “one-man punk band” Hamell on Trial. Sat., July 8, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Pearl Jam One of the most prolific and reliable bands to emerge from the grunge movement, Pearl Jam seems to almost have transcended the label “alt rock.” They’re rock music as we now know it — not just an off-shoot. And with Sonic Youth opening, Eddie Vedder and his bandmates will be playing in good company. Thu., July 13, 6pm, S.B. Bowl, 583-8700 or sbbowl.com.
Intocable Tejano sensation Intocable has performed its fusion of American rock and traditional Latin music for the past decade, garnering three Grammy nominations in the process. Thu., July 13, 8pm, Chumash Casino, (800) 585-3737 or chumashcasino.com.
DJ Rap Born in Singapore as Charissa Saverio, this mistress of the mixing tables has climbed to fame as one of the most reliable female DJs in the international music scene. DJ Rap has been beloved by fans in the British techno scene since her breakthrough hit “The Adored” in 1990. Thu., July 13, Wildcat Lounge, 962-7970.
Linda Ronstadt She’s come a long way from the upstart who scored a hit with a “You’re No Good” in 1974. Since then, Ronstadt has been a favorite among country and western fans, even when she’s flirting with mainstream pop, folk, and Spanish-language compositions. Fri., July 14, 6pm, S.B. Bowl, 583-8700 or sbbowl.com.
The Church The younger crowd may be best familiar with this Australian band’s 1988 hit “Under the Milky Way,” which was featured on the Donnie Darko soundtrack. The Church has a host of other dreamy singles that straddle the line between the classic pop and late new wave. Tue., July 18, 8pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or sohosb.com.
Glen Phillips The hometown favorite and former Toad the Wet Sprocket front man promises a top-rate acoustic show in an intimate atmosphere. Tue., July 25, 8pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or sohosb.com.
Spencer the Gardener A quirky local band that owes much to bands like Cake, They Might Be Giants, and others that didn’t let their decidedly whimsical sound take them out of the running for mainstream popularity. Expect music from their 10-year catalogue, as well as tracks from their newest release, Run Away wth Lulu. Thu., July 27, 8pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or sohosb.com.
Santana After emerging from the psychedelic San Francisco music scene of the ’60s, Santana remarkably climbed back onto pop charts in the late ’90s with his collaboration with Rob Thomas, Supernatural. His duet-heavy 2005 release, All That I Am, proved that Santana continues to reinvent himself, his band, and his classic sound — all of which you can experience at one of his back-to-back concerts this summer. Tue., Aug. 1, and Wed., Aug. 2, 7pm, S.B. Bowl, 583-8700 or sbbowl.com.
Matisyahu Hasidic Jewish reggae star. It sounds like joke or a flash-in-the-pan gimmick, but Matisyahu counters these claims with a surprising musical prowess. Hits like “King Without a Crown” and “Youth” have drawn a following both from reggae fans and mainstream rock. He’s a cross-over who has already crossed over more than most artists ever have to. The opening act includes Michael Franti and Spearhead. Tue., Aug. 8, 7pm, S.B. Bowl, 583-8700 or sbbowl.com.
The Dave Grisman Bluegrass Experience A man the New York Times called “the Paginini of the mandolin,” Dave Grisman leads a six-man bluegrass outfit in a musical style that he has dubbed “dawg music.” It’s a wonderful little subgenre that draws from acoustic bluegrass, jazz, and folk. Thu., Aug. 10, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Ben Harper and Damian Marley The thinking man’s Lenny Kravitz has expertly layered funk onto brash ’70s-style rock music since his mid-’90s debut. In return, Harper met with mainstream success and a huge college following. Harper and his back-up band, the Innocent Criminals, should be playing tracks from his newest, Both Sides of the Gun, which dropped in May. Damien Marley — whose latest Jamrock rocked the charts — will be opening. Tue., Aug. 15, 6pm, S.B. Bowl, 583-8700 or sbbowl.com.
Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez As if writing the words to “Angel of the Morning” and “Wild Thing” weren’t good enough, Chip Taylor — little brother to actor Jon Voigt — recently reignited his career by touring with fiddler and country-western vocalist Carrie Rodriguez. The two will be firing up the stage alongside folk rock crooner Michael McDermott. Sat., Aug. 19, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Willie & Lobo Discovered in a Puerto Vallarta bar, Willie Royal and Wolfgang “Lobo” Fink share an appreciation for all styles of international music. Though they count jazz, reggae, tango, and flamenco as some of their influences, Willie & Lobo’s greatest team-up happens when their Gypsy violin meets with their guitar. Wed., Aug. 23, 8pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or sohosb.com.
Los Lonely Boys The three Garza brothers of San Angelo, Texas, grew up playing music with their father, a conjunto musician. Only in 2003, however, did the boys release their own album independent of their father. The effort eventually netted them a Grammy, and Los Lonely Boys gained fame as a one of the most interesting Tex-Mex bands recording today. Thu., Aug. 24, 7pm, S.B. Bowl, 583-8700 or sbbowl.com.
Teddy Thompson Making his third Sings Like Hell appearance, Teddy Thompson — son of British folk musicians Richard and Linda Thompson — will be singing tracks from his second album, Separate Ways. Opening for Thompson will be the French-named, Alabama-bred Etienne de Rocheron. Sat., Sept. 9, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Planet Drum In celebration of the 15-year anniversary of receiving the first-ever winner of the Grammy for world music, this one-time phenom is embarking on its first tour in 10 years. Featuring former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Planet Drum promises a mix of the songs that first earned it success and newer efforts as well. Wed., Sept. 20, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
by Felicia M. Tomasko
Baryshnikov, with Hell’s Kitchen If you don’t already have tickets, you may need to beg, or wait in line, as this event is sold out. For his only performance on the West Coast with a hand-picked group of young dancers, Hell’s Kitchen Dance features choreography by Summerdance alum Aszure Barton and New York City Ballet principal dancer Benjamin Millepied. Thu., June 22, and Fri., June 23, 8pm, $50-$175, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or summerdance.com.
Solstice Eve Party Kick off (literally!) the Solstice weekend with this Friday evening event in Alameda Park, post-parade party central. The evening includes opportunities for the audience to get their groove on along with performances by the Ginga Parade Ensemble, Mojow and the Vibration Army, Erika Kloumann, and Middle Eastern dancer Renata. Fri., June 23, 4-8:30pm, free, Alameda Park, call 965-3396.
Exotic Belly Dance Dinner Show with Alexandra King King, an accomplished dancer and teacher, leads the UCSB Middle East Ensemble’s dance troupe. This evening will transform SOhO’s dining room into a desert oasis. Wed., June 28, 7pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
Summerdance Dance About Town with Rize dancers You’ve seen the dynamic film Rize (or you’ll see it at the Summerdance screening July 12 at Center Stage Theater), now see Tommy the Clown’s groundbreaking hip-hop dancers, in person, tearing up the streets from the Plaza del Mar to the County Courthouse, Storke Placita, the Solstice Building, and Paseo Nuevo. Thu., July 13, noon-4pm, free, 568‑0865 or summerdance.com.
Mythography by Doug Varone Acclaimed choreographer Varone participated in Summerdance’s first season, and S.B. audiences will be delighted to see his new work set to live music. Varone is premiering Mythography at the festival. It features 10 dancers, three singers, four musicians, and even an actor to deliver this performance with projected images and moving sets. Thu., July 20, and Fri., July 21, 8pm, $22.50-$45, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or summerdance.com.
Summerdance Open Rehearsal From concept to execution, the creation of dance involves blisters, sweat, and triumph. The always filled-to-capacity crowd gets a chance to see artists at work in this Summerdance tradition. Featuring performances of works-in-progress by Doug Varone, Robert Battle and State Street Ballet, and ASzURe. Mon., July 24, 7-8:30pm, free, Center Stage Theater, 963-0408 or summerdance.com.
Lascilo Pedere by ASzURe & Artists Last year, ASzURe and her sassy company wowed audiences with creative performances incorporating gesture, repetition, and explosive movement. While she’s currently choreographing The Threepenny Opera on Broadway, summer brings Barton to our shores, where her troupe will shine in Lascilo Pedere. Wed., July 26, 8pm, and Thu., July 27, 7 and 9pm, $22-$32, Center Stage Theater, 963-0408 or summerdance.com.
Choreographer’s Showcase Take advantage of an opportunity to see dance in the making — raw, gorgeous, explosive — and to hear the choreographers’ voices, as the audience is encouraged to comment as well as applaud. The performance also features dance by the Summerdance Kids Connection, taught this year by acclaimed dancer Brian Brooks. Fri., July 28, 4 and 7pm, $12, Center Stage Theater, 963-0408 or summerdance.com.
Summerdance Cabaret The annual event in the courtyard of Restaurant Nu is one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer dance scene. The evening features wine, great food, and dance both naughty and nice. The cabaret will feature some of the only 2006 performances by Summerdance favorite Brian Brooks. Sat., July 29, 7pm, Restaurant Nu, summerdance.com.
Then Again Stephanie Nugent, UCSB dance professor, dancer, and choreographer, curates this joint offering with Iridian Arts. Last year’s performance featured new work by a group of talented choreographers and dancers. This year promises to be just as spectacular, with collaborative presentations by Nugent, Carmela Hermann, Keith Johnson, and Kristen Smiarowski. Sun., July 30, 8pm, Center Stage Theater, 963-0408 or iridianarts.com.
Danses Chromatiques Creative Los Angeles collective La Danserie is choosing the Marjorie Luke for its first foray outside its hometown. The weekend of performances will feature premiere showings of cutting-edge work. “Appassionato” is set to Rachmaninoff and choreographed by company artistic director Patrick Frantz, while “No Way/Any Way,” choreographed by Judy Pisaro-Grant, will be danced to music by bad-boy composer George Antheil. “Ibou” is a solo performed by Berlin Opera House principal dancer Alexandre de la Caffiniere. Sat., Aug. 5, 8pm, and Sun., Aug. 6, 2pm, Marjorie Luke Theatre, (818) 341-0530 or ladanserie.org.
MultiCultural Festival Before you dismiss it as just another great excuse to sample ethnic cuisine and get sunburned, remember that this weekend event features the best of dance traditions from around the world. Performances include the exotic undulations of the hula, the raucous rhythms of European folk dance, the sinuous sensuality of Middle Eastern dance forms, and opportunities to join the dancers on stage. Sat., Aug. 19, and Sun., Aug. 20, 11am-7pm, Oak Park, 966-6950 or sbdancealliance.org.
S.B. Dance Day The exact date is still to be announced, but September promises to bring a day of open dance studios, and the opportunity to try as many classes as dancers can pack into a day for only $1 per class. Previous years’ events have introduced the novice along with the well-heeled to everything from ballet to flamenco. Sept., various locations, 966-6950 or sbdancealliance.org.
by D.J. Palladino
Superman Returns Kal El — the Man of Steel’s outer space birth name — has a baby by Lois Lane? Is this one of those gold kryptonite hallucinations? Is Kevin Spacey a good Lex Luthor? Isn’t Gene Hackman still alive? Wed., June 28, general release.
I Know I Am Not Alone and The Big Buy: Tom Delay’s Stolen Congress HopeDance magazine continues their progressive film series with this dual screening, starting off with a documentary about how Congress was bought by Delay and then featuring guitar-laden warzone tour with conscious musician Michael Franti of Spearhead. Sun., July 2, Faulkner Gallery, S.B. Public Library, 544-9663 or hopedance.org.
Ice Age The Ray Romano everybody loved during the Pleistocene lends his voice to this animated animally romp, which serves as the first “Zoovie” of the summer. Without the drive-in, this is our town’s only outdoor cinematic experience, complete in two languages. Wed., July 5 (in English), and Tue., July 11 (en Español), 8:15pm, Santa Barbara Zoo, 962-5339.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Davy Jones’ locker summons the soul of Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow. One of the true wonders of big screen entertainments in the last few summers is back for more swashbuckling fun. Fri., July 7, general release.
Scanner Darkly It’s Richard (Dazed and Confused) Linklater’s turn to do a Phillip K. Dick sci-fi novel on the big screen. Fri., July 7, general release.
V for Vendetta This beautiful adaptation of a graphic novel — which is the first of the UCSB Associated Students-run free summer series — may not be politically sophisticated, but it has a nice cautionary edge from the Wachowski Brothers screenplay and a bald Natalie Portman to boot. Tue., July 11, 8pm, Isla Vista Theater, 893-2833.
Ice Age II More scrats, more mastodon blues, and a sensitive clearing of the throat toward global warming, sans Al Gore, in Zoovie numero dos. Wed., July 12 (in English) and Tue., Jul 18 (en Español), 8:15pm, Santa Barbara Zoo, 962-5339.
Sir! No Sir! UCSB Arts & Lectures’ summer school series kicks off with this award-winning doc by David Zeiger, which tracks the development of the 1960s anti-war movement within the U.S. military. Wed., July 12, 7:30pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535.
16 Blocks A tightly wrought thriller that pits Bruce Willis, a cop with a taste for hooch, against his own force, featuring the great Mos Def. It’s a neorealist version of Die Hard with a gritty aftertaste. Tue., July 18, 8pm, Isla Vista Theater, 893-2566.
Robots Get some computer animation laughs about computer animated creatures. Tue., July 19, 8:15pm, Santa Barbara Zoo, 962-5339.
Thank You for Smoking This broad satire about the tobacco industry and American mores plays twice for free. Wed., July 19, 7:30pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall and Tue., July 25, 7:30pm, Isla Vista Theater, 893-3535.
Princess Bride Life would be inconceivable without this classic 1980s fantasy film, starring, among other notables, Andre the Giant. Those dressed as pirates and princesses get in for a discount. Tue., July 26, 8:15p.m., Santa Barbara Zoo, 962-5339.
Why We Fight Eugene Darecki dissects the American military industrial complex — from Eisenhower’s dire warnings to Iraq’s deadly consequences — with this compelling, thorough documentary. Wed., July 26, 7: 30pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535.
Cache The French thriller by Michael Haneke starring Juliette Binoche was the favorite film of last winter for many. Wed., Aug. 2, 7:30pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535.
Hard Candy Exclusive performance of this cutting drama, a big fave from the film festival last year and a film that Metropolitan Theatres didn’t see fit to bring to wide audience. Good luck for us — UCSB A.S. gives it to you for free. Tue., Aug. 8. 8pm, Isla Vista Theater, 893-2566.
Our Brand Is Crisis Rachel Boynton’s doc about U.S. political consultants centers on James Carville “helping out” in a Bolivian election. Wed., Aug. 9, 7:30pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535.
Take the Lead Antonio Banderas stars in a fictional version of Mad Hot Ballroom. Tue., Aug. 15, 8pm, Isla Vista Theater, 893-2566.
Sisters in Law Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi’s 2005 docu-comedy shows the lives of two women who are judges in Cameroon. Wed., Aug. 16, 7:30pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535.
Snakes on a Plane The title says it all. It’s got snakes and it puts them on a plane, but, thank heavens, it’s got Samuel Jackson too. The one film that makes summer life worth living. Fri., Aug. 18, general release.
Mission Impossible 3 Our protagonist Ethan — amidst impossible stunts and unbelievable yet exciting intrigue — gets married, proving Tom Cruise, who produced the film, is indeed straight. Tue., Aug. 22, 8pm, Isla Vista Theater, 893-2566.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days Marc Rothemund’s German feature about the young college student in Munich who helped incite opposition to Hitler during World War II’s last legs, only to be faced with execution. Wed., Aug. 23, 7: 30pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535.
The Da Vinci Code The year’s most talked about movie about the past few years’ most talked about book lands in our own Sin City. Tue., Aug. 29, 8pm, Isla Vista Theater, 893-2566.
My Country, My Country Laura Poitras shows the effects of the American-brewed and -led war in Iraq as seen by the everyday Iraqi. Moral? U.S. out! Wed., Aug. 30, 7: 30pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535.
by Josef Woodard
Preservation Hall Jazz Band For more years than most of us even realize, this venerable Crescent City band, based out of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall, has passed through the area and kicked up some old-school, trad-jazz dust. Suddenly, the game has changed, in the aftermath of Katrina, and the band brings a renewed compassion for and obsession with the tremendous musical legacy of their great hometown. Thankfully, the actual Preservation Hall is back in action after months of repair work, and the music continues to matriculate through their steady touring. Thu., July 6, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Michael Buble One of the latest in the scene of post-Sinatra crooners, with impressive pipes and his musical values in a good, retro place, the Vancouver-based singer Michael Buble was weaned on swing and emerged on the jazz/pop scene a few years ago. He was just in time for a resurgence of interest in suave and nicely dressed male singers — including John Pizzarelli, Peter Cincotti, and Jamie Cullum — with a taste for the Great American Songbook. Buble’s visit to the Santa Barbara Bowl looks like the closest this Bowl season comes within sniffing distance of jazz. Someday, somehow, they’ll figure out a way to make jazz feasible in this cherry venue. Fri., July 21, 7:30 pm, Santa Barbara Bowl, 962-7411 or sbbowl.com.
Nate Birkey Quintet A longtime Santa Barbara favorite, the tasty jazz trumpeter-vocalist has now officially packed his bags and Real Book and relocated to N.Y.C., where he works with his East Coast group. But he has the good sense to pay return visits, to his old hometown and to his continuing West Coast band, including this summertime booking at his old haunt, SOhO. Birkey brings his own style and sense of subtle detours to the business of mainstream jazz, still issuing cool with a nod to Chet Baker. Wed., July 26, 8pm, SOhO, 962-7776 or www.sohosb.com.
Dr. John Consider this part two of the Lobero’s unofficial homage to New Orleans greats, after the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in July. We caught Dr. John — a k a Mac Rebennack Jr. — and his band, including a cameo by hot young blues singer Shemekiah Copeland, in late 2004, and the venue seemed ideal and resonant: a historic American figure in a historic American hall. Now, at age 65, the Doc is touring behind his new Blue Note album, Mercernary, a tribute to Johnny Mercer. Fri., Aug. 18, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Dave Brubeck The legendary and seemingly indefatigable octogenarian pianist, who has made Santa Barbara a regular stop in recent years, still pounds a piano into poetic submission and refuses to lapse into shtick or laurel-resting. His concerts also tend to be willfully diverse affairs, dipping into the old chestnuts — “Take Five,” “In Your Old Sweet Way,” “Blue Rondo à la Turk” — and items from the broad range of music Brubeck has made over the decades. Brubeck’s late brother, Henry, taught music in Santa Barbara for years, a strong family link which makes his famous brother’s visits seem like old home week. Wed., Aug. 23, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Dianne Reeves Since the time of Dianne Reeves’s last S.B. show, a memorable, spontaneity-fortified Campbell Hall concert with Terence Blanchard, the subtle powerhouse singer has made a strong impression with new audiences through her sultry singing for the soundtrack of Good Night, and Good Luck. Reeves deserves any waves of rediscovery she can get, and her set in the casual wine-soaked splendor of the Gainey “Concerts in the Vineyard” should be just about the right Rx by this point in the dog days of August. Fri., Aug. 25, 7:30pm, Gainey Vineyard, 688-0558 or gaineyvineyard.com.
Poncho Sanchez The preeminent conguero and award-winning band leader has carried the West Coast torch for Latin jazz and jazz-fueled salsa for many years. With a résumé including work with the late Cal Tjader, Clare Fischer, and Mongo Santamaria, Sanchez has deep roots in the music, and has been a stalwart whose band never fails to fire up dance-able and listen-able energy on the stand. Sat., Aug. 26, 7:30pm, Gainey Vineyard, 688-0558 or gaineyvineyard.com.
Charles Lloyd Tenor saxist Lloyd, Santa Barbara’s resident jazz celebrity, has played the Lobero countless times over the last couple of decades. The difference this time around is that Lloyd’s new album will be a live trio CD, with tabla master Zakir Hussain and drummer Eric Harland, actually recorded in this hall. It is the first major album recorded in the Lobero, a venue becoming more widely known as a great jazz space. Along with his distinctive multicultural trio, Lloyd is still playing with his hot quartet, featuring Harland and pianist Geri Allen, in the 40th anniversary year after the release of Lloyd’s legendary, and hot-selling, Forest Flower. The weekend after his hometown gig, Lloyd’s band will head up to the Monterey Jazz Festival, where the Flower album was recorded. Music-cum-venue history is abuzz in Lloyd’s life this year. Fri., Sept. 15, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
by Gerald Carpenter
Music Academy of the West’s Children’s Concert The Academy Festival Orchestra, conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and narrated by Rod Lathim, will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals and Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Children’s Concert: Sat., June 24, 4pm, Abravanel Hall, 969-8787 or musicacademy.org. Tickets available day of concert.
Picnic Concert These are the marvelous and consciousness-expanding chamber music concerts programmed and performed by the students themselves. Always brilliantly executed and intriguingly chosen, these concerts are, for at least one aging music lover, the main events of the summer. June 30, July 7, 14, 20, 28, and Aug. 3 and 9; 7:30pm, Abravanel Hall, 969-8787 or musicacademy.org.
S.B. Symphony Fourth of July Pops Concert The symphony’s annual Fourth of July Pops Concert is a perennial favorite and a Santa Barbara tradition. This year, Guest Conductor Edwin Outwater, the orchestra, soloists, and other guests will perform the requisite patriotic favorites, light classics, and Broadway show tunes for the standard fee of your attendance. That is to say that the concert is free. Tue., July 4, 5pm, Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, 898-9626 or thesymhony.org.
Tuesdays at Eight The Music Academy’s 2nd “Tuesdays at Eight” chamber music concerts by the Academy faculty will feature the usual suspects playing unusual programs: W. A. Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478; Lukas Foss’s Three American Pieces; Richard Lavenda’s Chiaroscuro; George Antheil’s Sonata No. 2 for Violin with Piano and Drums; Darius Milhaud’s Quatre Visages for Viola and Piano, Opus 238; and Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. All Tuesdays at Eight concerts are performed on Tuesdays at 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761, 969-8787, or musicacademy.org.
Festival Orchestra Concert The Music Academy’s miraculous phoenix, the Festival Orchestra, offers its second major concert under the baton of Michael Stern, with David Halen, violin, performing W. A. Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218; and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor. Sat., July 15, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761, 969-8787, or musicacademy.org.
Opera For this year’s big opera spectacular, the combined forces of the Summer Festival will put on Gioacchino Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, written for the coronation of the reactionary French king Charles X, conducted by Christopher Larkin, with stage direction by Christopher Mattaliano. Fri., Aug. 4, 7:30pm, and Sun., Aug. 6, 2:30pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761, 969-8787, or musicacademy.org.
Academy Chamber Orchestra Concert Something new this year: the Academy Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Julian Wachner, with Paul Merkelo (trumpet), playing Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Strings in G major, RV 151, “Alla Rustica”; Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat Major, “Dumbarton Oaks”; Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major for Two Trumpets; and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, Opus 48. Sat., Aug. 5, 8pm, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (1300 E. Valley Rd., Montecito), 969-8787 or musicacademy.org.
by Charles Donelan
Views and Visions: Celebrating California An end-of-season show with landscape works by invited artists and Westmont alumni. Through June 30, Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, 565-6162 or www.westmont.edu/reynolds_gallery.
Karpeles Manuscript Library & Museum Seeking the Light, works by Nancy Kittredge and Images of the Divine Feminine, works by Pat Fulmer, will be on view through July 9. These exhibitions will be followed by Finding Balance, a show of figurative porcelain sculpture by Laura Langley. 21 W. Anapamu St., 962-5322.
Contradictions (Part II) More engaging abstract paintings and sculptures by local artist Jack Mohr. Through July 29, Artamo Gallery, 11 W. Anapamu St., 965-1500 or artamogallery.com.
Shiba Ward, New Work New Work is the debut solo exhibition by contemporary scene painter Shiba Ward. Ward is a young, Los Angeles-based disciple of Edward Hopper, minus the anomie. Through Aug. 2, Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery, 7 E. Anapamu St., 730-1460 or sullivangoss.com.
Asian Persuasion Co-sponsored by Santa Barbara Visual Arts and the Fielding Graduate University, this show features works by seven artists interpreting Asian themes. Through Aug. 25, Fielding Graduate University Gallery, 2112 Santa Barbara St., 687-1099.
Between Light and Shadow: Photographs of Great Sand Dune National Park by John Weller Great Sand Dune National Park in southern Colorado is the youngest national park in the system, having been declared in 2000 by then-President Bill Clinton. These photographs are great and compelling — the kind of nature photography that makes you get up and dance, or head for the dunes. Through Sept. 10, Wildling Art Museum, 2329 Jonata St. Los Olivos, 688-1082 or wildlingmuseum.org.
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China This show consists of 130 works of photo and video art produced by 60 Chinese artists, all since the mid-1990s. China’s contemporary art scene has the look of the next big thing, and this is the show’s only West Coast stop. Go and educate yourself for an art-collecting expedition to Shanghai. July 1-Sept. 17, S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 963-4364, sbma.net.
Growing Flowers by Candlelight (Pt. II) A collection of flags by gothic Romantic New York artist Amy Gartrell shows on State Street in conjunction with other works by the artist to be seen at the Contemporary Arts Forum. July 7-14, 966-5373 or sbcaf.org.
Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator This is a big, unpredictable summer avant-garde blockbuster from the University Art Museum and guest curator Judith Hoos Fox. Forty works of wearable art will be shown by an all-star cast of contemporary artists including Mimi Smith, Ecke Bonk, Cat Chow, Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, Rosemarie Trockel, and Issey Miyake. The works show a wide range of possible connections among the social nodes associated with clothing, fashion, media, and art. There will be an opening on Friday, July 7, 5 p.m., featuring a performance event by Fishbon Event Lab Fashion Cell. July 7-Aug. 27, University Art Museum, UCSB, 893-2951 or www.uam.ucsb.edu.
Oak Group 20th Anniversary Show An exhibition celebrating the founding of the Oak Group will include works by member artists of this great S.B. institution. July 8-Aug. 14, Palm Loft Gallery, 410A Palm Ave., Carpinteria, 684-9700 or palmloft.com.
by Karen Leigh
Open Secrets Dale Wasserman wrote One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the book for a little musical called Man of La Mancha. His next work finds its way to the Central Coast, making its world premiere with Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre Company. The evening is comprised of two short plays: “The Stallion Howl” and “Boy on a Blacktop Road.” In the former, there are repercussions when a wife takes on a wealthy benefactor and refuses to reveal “how and why” to her husband. The latter focuses on a young boy’s mysterious disappearance. St. Elsewhere’s David Birney stars. Through July 9, Rubicon Theatre, Ventura, 667-2900 or rubicontheatre.org.
Anna in the Tropics Here’s a bold move — resetting the bleak Russian novel Anna Karenina as a drama in Depression-era Cuba. Daring, yes, but for Nilo Cruz, the strategy paid off; Anna in the Tropics was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for drama. After a lengthy Broadway run, it makes its Central Coast debut at the Marian Theatre on the campus of Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, now through July 15 (the production transfers to the Solvang Festival Theatre July 21-August 6.) Stars include PCPA resident company member Leo Cortez, a recent Indy award winner for his role in Inventing Van Gogh. With its Cuban setting and Latino playwright — the first Hispanic man to nab a Pulitzer — Anna speaks to the important contributions and intellect of our area’s substantial Latin population. Through July 15, Marian Theatre, Santa Maria; July 21-Aug. 6, Solvang Festival Theatre, 922-8313 or pcpa.org.
Theatrical Treats At long last, David Mamet and Tennessee Williams have something in common. Theatrical Treats, a summer-long series comprised of communal audience lunches followed by dramatic play readings, begins June 28 at the Victoria Hall. The leadoff show is Mamet’s Mere Mortals and Arabian Nights, in which three construction workers perch on a beam 50 stories in the air and spill their innermost secrets. On July 19, noted local actress Christina Alison stars in Peter Shaffer’s White Liars, chewing the scenery as a mysterious psychic. Elaine Kendall’s politically charged new work The Chameleon rounds out the series on August 2. Tickets for all three productions are available for a set price of $75. Wed., June 28; Wed., July 19; Wed., Aug. 2; Victoria Hall, (800) 494-8497.
The Man Who Came to Dinner The last time The Man Who Came to Dinner received a Broadway mounting, Nathan Lane played persnickety media personality Sheridan Whiteside, and Jean Smart, Lane’s longtime friend, played movie star Lorraine Sheldon. Together, the pair crashes the home of an ordinary Ohio family and havoc ensues. Locals who missed this Kaufman and Hart gem when it played New York can catch it next month at SBCC. With a cast of 15 principals, 12 ensemble members, and eight choirboys (for the rousing, madcap finale), SBCC promises a hit of epic proportions — Nathan and Jean, be warned. This summer, The Man is your best bet locally for classic social comedy. July 12-29, SBCC, 965-5935.
UCSB Summer Theater Lab Despite sunny days good for surfing and being outside, theater students at UCSB — coming off the success of their New Plays Festival, which premiered new works by seven collegians — plan to hole up indoors and write, write, write. The dramatic arts department and playwriting program director Naomi Iizuka presents the annual Summer Theater Lab, which this year operates on its biggest scale to date. The program “brings to campus both prominent and up-and-coming artists,” said co-coordinator and grad student Beth Wynstra. “We focus on workshopping new plays.” Several of the pieces go on to be professionally staged — consider the Lab an incubator for our area’s brightest collegiate playwriting talent. July 16-Aug. 4, UCSB, times and locations TBA, dramadance.ucsb.edu. Most performances and some rehearsals are open to the general public.
BOOKS AND LECTURES
by Felicia M. Tomasko
Dennis Miller Whether you agree or disagree with his political stance, author, comedian, actor, and Montecito resident Miller produces laughs with his rants and raves about the state of the world. Thu., June 22, 7 and 9pm $25-$65, Chumash Casino, (800) 585-3737 or chumashcasino.com.
Bobby Moresco, with Roger Durling The Santa Barbara Writers Conference and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival team up for this afternoon event, where Durling interviews the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Moresco, whose script, Crash, won an Oscar. Sat., June 24, noon-1:45pm, $10, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 964-0367 or sbwc.org.
Stirring the Fire: Seven Evocative Steps to Enhance Your Creativity We can all use techniques to learn more about how to generate new ideas, whether we write on the page or create art or in our own minds. With Marilee Zdenek, the best-selling author of The Right-Brain Experience. Sat., June 24, 4pm, $10, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 964-0367 or sbwc.org.
Ray Bradbury For 34 years, the reigning king of visionary science-fiction and author of such books as Dandelion Wine and Fahrenheit 451 has been delivering the Santa Barbara Writers Conference Keynote Address. You don’t have to attend the conference to hear Bradbury’s reflections and words of wisdom. Sat., June 24, 7:30pm, $15, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 964-0367 or sbwc.org.
Budd Schulberg Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Schulberg, who wrote On the Waterfront and The Harder They Fall, will be presented with the SBWC’s conference Ray Bradbury Award for a Lifetime of Excellence in Writing. After receiving the award, he will talk books on stage with TV host Connie Martinson. Sun., June 25, noon-12:45pm, $10, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 964-0367 or sbwc.org.
Kid Ethics from A to Z by James “Bud” Bottoms This is a coloring book, a workbook, and a series of exercises to help children question and reflect on ethical principles. Perhaps if Ken Lay had this book when he was young, the Enron story might have ended differently. Sun., June 25, 1pm, Borders Books and Music, 7000 Marketplace Ave., Goleta, 968-1370.
Speaking of Stories: Summer Sunday Series Last summer’s foray into summertime conversations for the popular story series brought conversations with authors into the intimacy of Center Stage. This year’s series of three afternoons begins in June when teacher and writer David Starkey, host of Creative Community, chats up talented writers. Sun., June 25, 4pm, $20 each or 3 shows for $45, Center Stage Theater, 966-3875 or speakingofstories.org.
Jewell Parker Rhodes The evocative Rhodes is the author of Douglass’ Women, winner of the National Book Award, which explores women’s lives and loves throughout history with passion and poignancy. Her newest is Voodoo Season, the sequel to her first novel, Voodoo Dreams. Sun., June 25, 7:30pm, $15, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 964-0367 or sbwc.org.
Nilo Cruz on the Writing Life Long before Hollywood, we acted out our stories on stage, and playwrights provided the drama to propel the story. Cruz won the coveted Pulitzer in 2003 for Anna in the Tropics, and has also written Night Train to Bolina and Dancing on her Knees. Join him for a discussion of the writing life. Mon., June 26, 7:30pm, $15, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 964-0367 or sbwc.org.
Dynamic Divas Many of the writing instructors and speakers at the SBWC are exciting and award-winning novelists and writers. Workshop leader, writer, and teacher Shelly Lowenkopf leads a provocative discussion among international intrigue author Gayle Lynds (The Last Spymaster), feel-good expert Catherine Ryan Hyde (Pay It Forward, Becoming Chloe, and Love in the Present Tense), and mystery pro Gillian Roberts/Judith Greber (A Hole in Juan). Tue., June 27, 4pm, $10, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 964-0367 or sbwc.org.
Erica Jong Jong set women’s imaginations free with her iconic novel Fear of Flying and recently penned the memoir Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life. Jong will continue the writers conference theme of exploring the lives of writers and the process of writing. Wed., June 28, 7:30pm, $15, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 964-0367 or sbwc.org.
T.C. Boyle The wry, funny author of The Road to Wellville, The Tortilla Curtain, and The Inner Circle, maverick writer Boyle will read from his excursions into telling tales, including his to-be-released Talk, Talk. Thu., June 29, 7:30pm, $15, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 964-0367 or sbwc.org.
The Guynd: A Scottish Journal by Belinda Rathbone Rathbone’s journal chronicles her life as the mistress of an ancestral Scottish estate and her tribulations of renovation and trying to make friends with her stoic Scottish neighbors. Fri., June 30, 5pm, free, Tecolote Book Store, 969-4977.
Poetry Zone Amid the manuscripts, the Karpeles Museum hosts the lively verse-play of monthly Poetry Zone. Whether you slam or rhyme, or don’t know the difference between haiku and iambic pentameter, enter the zone for an afternoon of poetry reading. Sat., July 8, 2-4pm, free, Karpeles Manuscript Library and Museum, 963-5322.
Sea Stories The horizon and beyond never ceases to allow us to dream, and every Sunday, the Sea Center hosts a half-hour of sea stories to capture the imagination of the world beneath the waves. The tales are fun for kids of all ages. Sun., July 9 and every following Sunday, 11:30-noon, included in admission, Ty Warner Sea Center, 682-4711 or sbnature.org/seacenter.
Jenn Caselle, PISCO and Coastal Island Research Want the update on research into the area’s coasts and islands? This month’s Shore to Sea lecture focuses on interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding our coastal habitats. Tue., July 11, 7pm, free, Chase Palm Park.
Speaking of Stories David Starkey, host of Creative Community, will chat with mystery writer Andrew Klavan, whose oeuvre includes Shotgun Alley, True Crime, and Corruption. Sun., July 30, 4pm, $20 each or three shows for $45, Center Stage Theater, 966-3875 or speakingofstories.org.
Marine-Protected Areas August’s Shore to Sea lecture features Gary Davis demystifying the stories behind the underwater protected areas of the Channel Islands National Park. Tue., Aug. 8, 7pm, free, Chase Palm Park.
Garlic: The Stinking Rose Uncovered A panel discussion revealing the history, culinary uses, and medicinal applications of the tasty food will be only part of an afternoon that also includes freshly made recipes including garlic, along with wine to cleanse a garlicky palate. Sun., Aug. 20, 2-5:30pm, $45-$60, S.B. Museum of Natural History, 682-4711 x170 or sbnature.org.
Santa Rosa Island Research More than a wind-swept habitat for seals and birds, Santa Rosa Island preserves a unique ecosystem and holds a selection of secrets all her own. John Johnson will be speaking on current research unlocking Santa Rosa Island’s treasures. Tue., Sept. 12, 7pm, free, Chase Palm Park.