Barney’s Weekend Picks

Third Weekend: You thought Film Fest was over for the year, kaput? No way. Its Third Weekend starts today, with free (my favorite four-letter word) repeats of the prize-winning flicks. Tonight, Feb. 9, Man in the Chair, winner of the American Spirit Award, screens at 7 p.m. at the Riviera. (All the movies will be shown there.) Christopher Plummer is something to see as the grizzled, ornery retired studio electrician helping a high school kid make a movie. On Saturday, the Film Fest’s audience choice for best feature, Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life, and the Charming Sister, screen at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m. Darkbluealmostblack, Nueva Vision Award winner for the best Spanish and Latin American film, goes on. Then at 7 p.m., Beauty in Trouble, winner of the award for best foreign film, screens.

Sunday: Welcome Home, a Spanish film about an aspiring photographer leaving his village to head for Madrid, screens at 1 p.m., due to popular demand during the festival. At 4 p.m. there’s Crazy Love, about a “chilling” relationship story not for the faint of heart. The weekend winds up at 7 p.m. with Spiral, hailed as a “most innovative and unique film with an inspiring and ground-breaking vision.” Set on the rainy (natch) streets of Portland, it’s billed as a psychological thriller pairing a reclusive telemarketer (how’s that for a cine character) paired with a vivacious co-worker.

Meet Red Meat: Your doctor barneyBBQ.jpgwill tell you that this stuff is a heart attack on a plate, but I figure you probably like to cheat now and then. I am not recommending barbecue, mind you, but if you have a weak moment, there are three of the joints around. Cities BBQ serves lip-smacking treats at 901 N. Milpas St. Smokin’ Jacks Kansas City Barbecue whomps up the meat on Santa Claus Lane. Then there’s good old Woody’s Bodacious Barbecue at 5112 Hollister Ave. So on the very day I vowed to give up barbecue for life, a new friend and neighbor invited Sue and I over Sunday to talk about movies and dig into—you guessed it—barbecue. (OK, I’m weak.) Cities BBQ has a new, energetic owner, 20-year Santa Barbara resident Pedro Quito, a former taxi driver. The cow remains up top of the building.

Music: Hard on the heels of the Film Festival comes the Santa Barbara International Guitar Festival, starting Friday, Feb. 9, at Victoria Hall and Sunday at 7 p.m. at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, with the Westmont College Chamber Orchestra and soloists. Cost: $5. Students free. Next weekend the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will join the Santa Barbara Symphony at the Arlington, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. [[[]]] for more Festival info.

On Saturday at 11 a.m., LA Opera will be performing The Prospector at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, sponsored by the UCSB department of music. “Perfect for families,” they say. Info at 893-7001.

Out at the revamped and reopened Timbers, at the freeway and Winchester Road, the musical Nunsense opens Friday night, Feb. 9. For info about dinner shows and other performances, call 968-2222. It’s a bit beyond the weekend, but the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is appearing at UCSB’s Campbell Hall Tuesday at 8 p.m. And really stretching it, BeauSoleil, trumpeted as “The greatest Cajun band of the modern era,” will be at Campbell Hall Thursday and with luck I’ll be there too. Sue and I are just back from Cajun Land in southwestern Louisiana and we’re anxious to compare BeauSoleil with what we heard down home. According to the sponsoring UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Grammy Award-winning ensemble “will celebrate 30 years of traditional, sweet country waltzes and Cajun swing tunes.” Los Cojoites, playing traditional Son Jarocho music from Mexico’s Veracruz state, will perform at Marjorie Luke Theater, 721 Cota St., Sunday at 7 p.m. Free, gratis, no charge. Presented by Viva el Arte.

Be a Star (Or An Extra): About 35 children aged 4-10 are needed for a fashion shoot. Call 969-2222, Ext 2. or email, with a recent photo plus age, height, weight, etc. Also needed are men and women 48-55 for a wine ad. Same phone.

B’nai Brith Bash: The congregation is celebrating 80 years in Santa Barbara with a rock ‘n roll gala at the Doubletree Saturday night. Since Rabbi Steve Cohen arrived over two years ago, the synagogue has increased its membership by 50 percent, Ellen Raede tells me.

— Cities BBQ photo of Pedro Quito by Sue De Lapa

(Barney Brantingham can be reached at 805-965-5205 or at He is an Independent staffer and also writes a Tuesday online column for the paper and on Thursday appears in the print edition.)

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