Barney’s Weekend Picks

That Old Indian Summer: How long can it last before winter’s blast? So how about grabbing some beach breeze this weekend?

Head for Arroyo Burro County Beach Park (Hendry’s Beach to old-timers) and hit the sand, heading left or right. Go right for a sensational sunset view as old sol sinks into the Channel.

While you’re at it, bring a bag to pick up trash. The beach will thank you. Afterwards, stop at the Brown Pelican for coffee and a snack.

Movie Time: It’s a catchy idea: A novelist creates a character who somehow happens to have a real-life counterpart who comes under the writer’s control as she writes it. Stranger Than Fiction keeps you guessing, and pulling for Will Ferrell to escape his destiny, but the film bounces around like a novel missing a few pages. Good try though. Will’s a bit too nerdy, and Emma Thompson’s a bit too freaked-out from writer’s block. At Paseo Nuevo. … The first war movie filmed in Iraq entirely by U.S. soldiers, The War Tapes will be screened at UCSB’s Campbell Hall Monday at 7:30 p.m. Cameras were mounted on gun turrets, dashboards, helmets, and vests. Family Flick Night at La Cumbre Plaza stars the wonderful Polar Express Saturday at 6 p.m. Free. Order pizza for a price.

Eating Out: Look, I’m not one to push the meat of dead cows and pigs on people, but there are times when a hot dog or a burger hit the spot. My favorite wiener venders are the guys at the DogHouse, at Milpas and De la Guerra streets. Every kind of hot dog you can imagine. My favorite is the Chicago, of course. I’m told by people who should know that the best burger in town, and probably the most costly, can be wolfed down at Lucky’s on Coast Village Road. Great place for people-watching, too, from the bar. No I haven’t tried the burger, but one of these days …

Poli-Tricks: The election’s over so we’ll see what political satirist Jon Stewart has to say about it when he appears at the UCSB Events Center Saturday at 8 p.m. His only West Coast appearance, they say. See Matt Kettmann’s interview with Jon in this week’s Independent.

Wine Tasting: Where to start? East Beach Wine, 201 S. Milpas St., has a $10 tasting Friday, 4-7 p.m. On Saturday Lane Tanner and Core wines are on the table for tasting, noon-5 p.m.

Music, Music: It’s one of the great names in music, the Juilliard String Quartet, playing Mozart at the Lobero Friday at 8 p.m. It’s part of CAMA’s Masterseries. Thanks, CAMA. (Don’t forget about Woody Allen and New Orleans Jazz Band coming to the Lobero Dec. 17.)

Thee-a-tah: Ed Giron and Meredith McMinn appear in Kate Fodor’s Hannah and Martin, love against a backdrop of Nazi Germany. At Victoria Hall Theater. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

Las Floralias: That’s the Flower Arrangers Club holding its 35th annual flower arrangement show at Schott Center, 310 W. Padre St. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ($5). Proceeds to benefit local school art departments.

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