For 10 years, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara has presented performance art on 1st Thursdays through Heather Jeno Silva’s wide-ranging and high-quality Forum Lounge program. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, Forum Lounge is morphing into a weekend-long performance-art festival, featuring eight artists in a variety of settings, from the intimacy of Microscope Toy Theater, which is “a miniature spectacle performed in a vintage suitcase,” to the grandeur of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, which is the location for the Thursday, September 18, opening-night event featuring Sarah Elgart’s Arrogant Elbow. This site-specific work called “Follow” investigates the connections between leaders and their acolytes in a participatory multimedia experience that will have viewers moving around the courthouse building and grounds to follow the action. Other highlights include Annie Dorsen’s “Spokaoke,” a spoken-word variation on karaoke that will take place at Municipal Winemakers; a participatory piece by Elizabeth Folk; Miwa Matreyek’s delightful animations; and evening-length works at Center Stage on Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21, by Faye Driscoll and Janie Geiser. At various locations, Thursday-Sunday, September 18-21. Call 966-5373 or visit mcasantabarbara.org.
Conviction. At Rubicon Theatre, through Sunday, September 28.
36 Views, presented by PCPA. At Severson Theatre, through Sunday, September 28.
Hamlet, presented by Lit Moon Theatre Company. At Center Stage Theater, Friday-Saturday, September 12-13.
Boeing Boeing. At Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, Friday, September 19 - Sunday, October 26.
Dance Me to the End of Love, presented by DramaDogs. At Center Stage Theater, Friday, September 26-Sunday, October 5.
The Heiress. At Santa Barbara City College’s Garvin Theatre, Wednesday, October 1-Saturday, November 1.
Amadeus, presented by Ensemble Theatre Company. At the New Vic, Thursday, October 9-Sunday, October 26.
2 Pianos 4 Hands. At Rubicon Theatre, Wednesday, October 15-Sunday, November 16.
The Moth Mainstage Fish Out of Water, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. At UCSB’s Campbell Hall, Wednesday, November 5.
BARE: A Rock Opera, presented by Out of the Box Theatre Company. At Center Stage Theater, Thursday, November 6-Sunday, November 16.
Ten Red Kings. At Santa Barbara City College’s Jurkowitz Theatre, Wednesday, November 12-Saturday, November 22.
Middletown. At UCSB’s Performing Arts Theatre, Friday, November 14-Saturday, November 22.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: King Lear, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. At UCSB’s Campbell Hall, Thursday-Friday, November 20-21.
The Best Brothers, presented by Ensemble Theatre Company. At the New Vic, Thursday, December 4-Sunday, December 21.