Assuming the Indian Summer holds for at least one more weekend, we all need to get out into the Great Outdoors.
Hike of the Week: Hit the Douglas Family Preserve (aka Wilcox Property), on the Mesa off Cliff Drive. Head for the bluff and look for the pod of dolphins that swim to and fro along the coast. End up at the point overlooking Arroyo Burro Beach County Park (aka Hendry’s Beach) and gaze down the shoreline west toward UCSB. Expect to find lots of dogs.
Culture Time: The Santa Barbara Symphony, in the capable hands of the new music director, Nir Kabaretti, hits the Arlington stage Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3. Orion Weiss will tickle the ivories on Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. The orchestra will play Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so appropriate considering the balmy weather. Edward Albee’s The Goat or, Who Is Sylva? is playing at the Center Stage Theater. It’s about a married man who falls in love with … you guessed it. The ads read: “Warning! Contains extreme language and mature content. Not for the faint of heart.” A major award winner for Albee, however. On the more demure side, Ballet Santa Barbara will perform Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., at Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. Kiss Me, Kate is one of my favorite Cole Porter musicals, and the kids at Dos Pueblos High are staging it. Info at 968-2541, ext. 263.
Dining Out: You want a pre-concert bite before the S.B. Symphony program? Park early and sit outside at Carlitos, right across State Street from the Arlington. Then stroll over. Or head for Opal, just a few steps from the Arlington, for a drink or dinner — good wine list there. (Carlito’s photo by Sue De Lapa)
Remember Veterans’ Day: The annual Veterans’ Day Parade will step off from the Veterans Memorial Building, 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Saturday at 1:30 and end at State and Sola streets. On Saturday starting at 5 p.m., Veterans for Peace will hold a candlelight vigil at the Arlington West memorial at the beach, where there are now more than 2,800 crosses. Tom Urban suggests that those planning to attend the tribute bring their candles in a cup to protect the flame from the wind. It will be a quiet vigil, with his nephew, Martin Urban, playing bagpipes. Social worker Ken Williams, a vet and a true saint for his work with the homeless, many of them vets, will be signing his book China White, Saturday, 3-5 p.m., at 416 E. Valerio St. Food, wine, and music in a garden setting. (Read his piece in this week’s Independent or online.)
Politics: Yes, politics. John Dean will be speaking at Saturday’s workshop by Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara, from 1-6 p.m. at Victoria Hall. At 7 p.m., there’s a dinner with Dean at Nu restaurant ($60). More info at 451-1219.
Moving Pictures: Family Flick Night, Saturday night at La Cumbre Plaza, is free, free, free. Kids’ activities start at 4:45 p.m. and movies start at 6. Featured this week are Looney Tunes and Back in Action (whatever that is). They’ll also take your Pizza Mizza order (for $$). Over at the Fiesta Five, the majestic Helen Mirren stars in The Queen, the trials and tribulations of the present Brit Queen Liz. In this week’s Independent, Roger Durling of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival chats with Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Babel, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, now at Paseo Nuevo.
California Indians: The dances, music, stories, food, and crafts of Native America will be on display at the California Indian Festival, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Get a buck off the admission for up to four people with the coupon in The Indy.)
Heal the Ocean: The Santa Barbara Art Association is holding a wine and snacks reception and art sale to benefit Heal the Ocean on Friday, 5-7 p.m., at Gallery 113, La Arcada Court, 1114 State St.
Donate a Turkey: Over at the Foodbank, Diane Durst tells me that she’s short 5,198 turkeys to feed the needy for Thanksgiving. You can start dropping off birds at the Foodbank, 4554 Hollister Ave. Here’s the big deal coming up: All Albertsons stores in the county will be taking part in a Bird-a-Thon Friday, November 17. Albertsons is offering a two-for-one turkey deal and buyers are asked to donate one of them to the Foodbank. Volunteers are needed to help out. Info in the North County at 937-3422, ext. 104, and from Diane at 967-5741, ext. 104.