While we all wait hopefully for the arrival of April showers to cure our drought woes, it’s at least some consolation that, when it comes to the arts, May will bring flowers of great beauty no matter the weather. So sing the praises of spring for bringing a flood of exciting things to do in Santa Barbara, and get ready to dance, too, because several of the world-class offerings coming up not only solicit but also require audience participation. At the Lobero, DANCEworks continues its commitment to outstanding choreography and community outreach with a residency by Mark Dendy, who will set a piece on a group of volunteers in addition to the new work he composes for his own company. And at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Italian-born, Berlin-based artist Marinella Senatore will be Building Community at the gallery, in the streets, and on the beaches. Or head over to the Santa Barbara Bowl for the chill sounds of Bryan Ferry, or reconnect with Beck at the Arlington. And don’t forget to nod your head.