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SPIRITED AWAY

The Wildling Art Museum (2329 Jonata St., Los Olivos) will hold an awards dinner and benefit auction on Saturday, September 20, to open their fall exhibition, Nocturnes. Honorees include Santa Barbara natural history teacher Dr. Fred and his wife and Women’s Environmental Watch Save Our Skies leader Nancy Emerson. Tickets are $175. RSVP by Saturday, September 13 by calling 688-1082.

CALLING ALL SONGWRITERS

The October 15 deadline is fast approaching for 2008’s International Songwriting Competition. This year, the ISC is offering over $150,000 in cash and prizes to be shared by 62 winners in 20 categories. Judges range from top musicians (Ray Davies, Robert Smith) to industry execs. Visit songwritingcompetition.com for details or to enter online.

RITES FOR PASSAGE

Santa Barbara artist Arnette Jens Zerbe will be exhibiting Passages, a series of paintings on canvas, linen, and paper, in New York City’s Robert Steele Gallery (511 W. 25th St.) starting Friday, September 5. Zerbe has lived and worked in S.B. since 1971. To view Zerbe’s exhibit online, visit robertsteelegallery.com.

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