Santa Barbara Fall Happenings 2015

A Sneak Peek of Entertaining Events to Make Your Autumn a Cornucopia of Fun

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9/10-11/1: Art Exhibit: Surveying the Landscape: Jeonglok Lee, Sumgseok Ahn, Won-Chul Lee wall space gallery inaugurates a series of exhibitions devoted to the best in contemporary photography from South Korea. Curator Crista Dix has traveled east to bring back dazzling images from important artists who otherwise might not get seen in California. Tue.-Sat.: 11am-5pm; Sun.: noon-5pm; and by appointment. wall space gallery, 116 E. Yanonali St., Ste. C-1. Free. Call 637-3898 or visit

9/10-10/17: Art Exhibit: tug: Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli The irreverent and soulful collaboration continues between Dane “the snowman” Goodman and Keith “the clown” Puccinelli, and, thanks to Judy Larson, director of Westmont’s Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, things have escalated. Not to be missed, this two-man tornado of drawing, painting, sculpture, and mayhem will change the way you think about Santa Barbara artists. Mon.-Fri.: 10am-4pm; Sat.: 11am-5pm. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd. Free. Call 565-6162 or visit

9/12: Astro-Vaganza Blast off on a journey to the solar system, with solar viewing during the day, a night star party, telescope and rocket building, planetarium shows, and a chance to win your own telescope. Dress as your favorite space character: You might win a prize. C’mon ​— ​the galaxy awaits! Festival: 10am-3:30pm; star party: 7-10pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Free-$12. Call 682-4711 or visit

9/12, 9/19, 9/26: Catrina Making Workshop Day of the Dead is approaching, so do the fun crafts. These workshops will focus on Catrina, that elegant skull in her beautiful hat who symbolizes Día De los Muertos and the idea that everyone is equal in the end, so let’s laugh at death. Come show your creativity and make your own, original Catrina. Preregistration is required. 2-4pm. Carpinteria Library Multipurpose Rm., 5141 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria. Free. Call 684-4314 or visit

9/12-9/13: Pictures at an Exhibition The Granada Theatre Concert Series presents this multimedia event that will join the music of the USC Thornton Symphony with the 4K projection of original animation by 11 artists from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Additionally, a new technology called Muséik will allow a musician to sit in the orchestra, and, as he or she follows the conductor, the frame rate on the video will change, thereby allowing the video to follow the music rather than the other way around as has historically been the case. Sat.: 8pm; Sun.: 3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $14-$54. Call 899-2222 or visit

9/13: Jim Messina The legendary musician will play songs from his time that were recorded with Poco, Buffalo Springfield, and Loggins & Messina. Special guest Rusty Young will also perform. 7pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $49-$105. Call 963-0761 or visit

9/13: 34th Annual Taste of the Town Enjoy the original tasting event in S.B. as 80 of the finest Central Coast wineries and restaurants come together with Bacara Resort & Spa’s executive chef, Vincent Lessage, who will design a menu of exquisite appetizers and a four-course gourmet meal. Live entertainment and a silent auction will also be included, and it’s all to support the Arthritis Foundation. Noon-3pm. Riviera Park Gardens, 2030 Alameda Padre Serra. $125-$140. Call 563-4685 or visit

9/13: 7th Annual Wags n’ Whiskers Festival From adoptable animals to vet clinics to fast-paced Flyball and pet training, this festival has a great mix of activities. Project PetSafe provides low-cost vaccines, microchipping, and licensing for dogs. Project PetSafe: 9am-1pm; festival: 11am-4pm. Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd. Free. Visit

9/15: Chick Corea and Béla Fleck The live double CD Two featuring the great pianist Corea and preeminent banjo master Fleck drops on September 11. They bring their relaxed and brilliantly musical duet act to the Lobero just four nights later. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $55-$105. Call 963-0761 or visit

9/18: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister The lively L.A. folk band plays with Kera and the Lesbians. 9pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $15. Ages 21+. Call 962-7776 or visit

Solvang Danish Days

9/18-9/20: Solvang Danish Days Celebrate Solvang’s heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, shopping, parades, live entertainment, and family activities such as eating contests, a Kid’s Korner, and more. Fri.: 4pm; Sat.-Sun.: 8:30am. Solvang. Free-$65. Visit for a full schedule.

9/18: Trombone Shorty The next superstar out of New Orleans mixes jazz improvisation with funk and hip-hop ​— ​and it’s not just about the trombone, because he sings and plays great trumpet, too. 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $11-$48. Call 893-3535 or visit

9/19: Colin Hay + Kip Boardman Perhaps best known for fronting the Australian 1980s band Men at Work, Colin Hay has been a solo act for more than two decades and has made 12 records. Check out his acoustic set presented by Sings Like Hell. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $34. Call 963-0761 or visit

9/19-9/27: S.B. Creek Week Special workshops and fun events such as a Land Shark tour, landscaping workshop, and others will take place. Don’t have time? You can participate in this Creek Week by going on a nature walk and enjoying S.B. Various locations. Free-$5. Visit for a full schedule.

9/18-9/27: The Mary Jane McCord Planned Parenthood Book Sale Visit the largest used book sale in the tri-counties. Thousands of titles can be read, used as wonderful gifts, and shared. Categories range from American History and children’s and young adult books to cookbooks and more. The best part? Most paperbacks are priced at just $1! Support Planned Parenthood and the hundreds of volunteers who donate their time to make this amazing sale happen. Fri.-Sat.: 10am-8pm; Sun.: 10am-6pm; Mon.-Fri.: noon-8pm; Sat.: 10am-8pm; Sun.: 10am-6pm. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. Free. Call 722-1527 or visit

9/19: Be a Hero to Pollinators! Joan Calder, graduate of the UCCE Master Gardener program, will give you insight on what exactly pollination is, why we care about pollinators, who they are, and how we can help them. Also learn about the best plants for them, and build a native bee house. Bee ready for fun! 10-11am. Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Free. Call 893-3485 or visit

9/19: Exceptional Plants: Lotusland Auction & Sale Designed for connoisseurs of all things flora or people who just like plants, this sale will feature rare plants, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. 1:30-5:30pm. Lotusland, 695 Ashley Rd. $60-$85. Call 969-3767 or visit

9/20: Mark Knopfler The former Dire Straits frontman and celebrated guitarist will visit S.B. on tour for his latest CD, Tracker. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $50-$85. Call 962-7411 or visit

9/20: 5th Annual Fermentation Festival Rotting food has nourished humanity for millennia, and thanks to foodie hipsters, modern society is now reaping wide benefits of the pickling process. This fest celebrates that trend, focusing on kefir, shrubs, kombucha, yogurt, and more. 11am-5:30pm. Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. Free-$55. Call 722-5324 or visit

9/23: Chris Cornell At the forefront of the Seattle grunge-rock scene with this band Soundgarden in the 1990s, Cornell has continued to make dynamic music for decades. He’s currently touring to support his fifth solo record, Higher Truth. 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $37-$82. Call 899-2222 or visit

9/24: Night at the Aquarium Go behind the scenes and experience tide pool animals like never before. You’ll be feeding squid meals to sea anemones and living in the Intertidal Wonders Exhibit. 5:30-7:30pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History Sea Ctr., 211 Stearns Wharf. $18-$22. Call 962-2526 or visit

9/25-10/4: What Rhymes with America Peter Frisch will direct this play by Melissa James Gibson, who has had a number of successes off Broadway and writes regularly for such television series as House of Cards and The Americans. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $11.50-$29. Call 963-0408 or visit

9/25-26: Adam Barruch Dance When Stephen Sondheim saw what New York dancer/choreographer Adam Barruch had done with one of his songs for Sweeney Todd, he met with the young man and granted him the rights to create an entire dance version of the musical. Now, through the DANCEworks residency program, he’s doing just that, and he’s doing it here, along with a cast that’s performed in the hit immersive theater experience Sleep No More. It’s going to be an intensely original work, and Santa Barbara will see it first. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $12-$65. Call 963-0761 or visit

9/26-10/31: Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch Be a part of this fall holiday tradition! This pumpkin patch has hayrides, farm animals, tractors, educational displays, scarecrows, the corn maze if you dare, and tons of pumpkins, from extra small to extra large, in every shape! 9am-9pm; Halloween: 9am-5pm. Lane Farms, 308 S. Walnut Ln. Free. Call 964-3773 or visit

9/26: Garden Street Academy Fall Carnival and Music Festival This annual celebration has become a favorite fundraiser on the Upper Eastside of S.B. Come for the carnival-style games, bounce houses, face painting, a raffle, and music. Home Depot will also bring their Kids Workshop, and there will be a beer tent and Pinkberry booth and food for sale. 3-6pm. Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden St. Free. Visit

9/26-9/27: The 24th Annual California Lemon Festival Though lemons aren’t the cash crop they used to be, and this is no longer held on the quaint grounds around the Stow House, nothing screams modern Goleta like the Lemon Fest, the best autumnal place for music, carnival rides, and pie eating in the Good Land. Sat.: 10am-6pm.; Sun.: 10am-5pm. Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd., Goleta. Free. Call 967-2500 or visit

9/26: Death Cab for Cutie The indie-rock trio will perform with Best Coast. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $44.50-$54.50. Call 962-7411 or visit

9/27: La Época de Oro: Ahi esta el detalle (Here Is the Point) As part of the Época de Oro (Golden Age) film series, this Spanish comedy follows Cantinflas (The Charlie Chaplin of Mexico) as he pretends to be the brother of a rich woman. Watch as his lie fumbles out of control. 3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $7.50-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit

9/27: Santa Barbara Revels presents: Equinox Go through the changing season with the S.B. Revels as they sing rich Spanish/Moorish/Sephardic traditions. 5pm. Presidio Chapel, 123 E. Canon Perdido St. $25. Call 565-9357 or visit

9/27: 33rd Annual Depot Day Celebrate the preservation of the Goleta Depot with unlimited train rides and activities. 11am-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. Free-$1. Visit

9/27: Santa Barbara Wild Learn about the important role that bees play in maintaining our farms and ecosystems while tasting honey from San Marcos Farms, drinking craft brews and handcrafted wines, eating appetizers from Seasons Catering and dessert from McConnell’s, and watching a live bee demonstration from the S.B. Beekeepers Association. This event will benefit Los Padres ForestWatch. 2-5pm. Toad & Co. Courtyard, 2020 Alameda Padre Serra. $85. Call 617-4610 or visit

9/29: Ry Cooder, Sharon White, Ricky Skaggs Enjoy a night of bluegrass, blues, and gospel. 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $43-78. Call 899-2222 or visit

9/30: Milk Carton Kids The Grammy-nominated folk duo performs with special guest Joe Pug. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $34-$105. Call 963-0761 or visit

9/30: Counting Crows Since the release of their debut album August and Everything After in 1993, this indie rock band has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. The popular live band is making a stop in S.B. while on tour to support their latest release, Somewhere Under Wonderland. Openers Hollis Brown and Citizen Cope will also appear. 6pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $45-$75. Call 962-7411 or visit


10/1: Gillian Welch This critically acclaimed Americana singer will perform a night of contemporary folk. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $41. Call 963-0761 or visit

10/1: The Time Jumpers This multi-Grammy-nominated band includes 10 musicians, all masters of their instruments, and features Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, and Ranger Doug Green. From steel guitar to the fiddle and accordion, there’s not one instrument that is out of place. 7pm. Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. $60-$125. Ages 5+. Call 686-1789 or visit

10/2-10/4: 29th Annual Avocado Festival Come to Carpinteria’s biggest annual event, the place where you realize that avocado ice cream might be better than guacamole. Enjoy music, food, and good times galore. Fri.: 11am-10pm; Sat.: 10am-10pm; Sun.: 10am-6pm. 800 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. Free. Call 684-0038 or visit

10/3: 22nd Annual Mental Health Arts Festival Come enjoy beautiful paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, and great music, as well as poetry reading and karaoke, while supporting the artists in our community living with mental-health diagnoses. There will be a raffle with great prizes and T-shirts for sale. 11am-4pm. De la Guerra Plaza, De la Guerra St. Free. Visit

10/3: S.B. Chamber Orchestra Season Opener SBCO moves to a Saturday night from its regular Tuesday slot for this “Fire and Ice”-themed concert, which features works by Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Stravinsky. 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $54-$64. Call 963-0761 or visit

10/3: ArchitecTours 2015 The S.B. American Institute of Architects will share its projects that feature intriguing personal or construction stories that influence the building process. Take a tour around town and view these places. 10am-4pm. Various locations. $25-$75. Visit

10/3-10/4: 2015 20th Annual Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow Get an education and cultural experience that focuses on Native American music, arts, customs, and food. Noon. Live Oak Campground, 4600 Hwy. 154, Santa Ynez. Free. Call 688-7997 or visit

10/4: An Afternoon with Bill Moyers Have an intimate discussion with this influential and prolific American journalist and political commentator. 3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $6-$12. Call 893-3535 or visit

10/5-11/3: Fall Native Plant Sale Shop through 450 species and more than 5,000 plants from many California habitats (including drought-resistant varieties) in this botanical wonderland. It’s the garden’s biggest horticulture fundraiser of the year. 10am-5pm. S.B. Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. Free. Call 680-4726 or visit

10/5: Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India UCSB’s Arts & Lectures presents this wildly colorful evening that includes costumed dancers, acrobats, fire-eaters, and sword dancers, all to live music played on an array of instruments. 8pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. $14-$40. Call 893-3535 or visit

Patton Oswalt

10/7: Patton Oswalt Patton Oswalt is one of the most dynamic comedian/actor/writers today. He’s been in film (Young Adult, 22 Jump Street) and on TV (King of Queens, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), he is a best-selling author, and his comedy specials (My Weakness Is Strong, Finest Hour) have earned Grammy nominations. On tour for his latest book, Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film, this mega talent comes to Santa Barbara, thanks to UCSB’s Arts & Lectures, to tickle funny bones and split sides with his irreverent observations. 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $16-$48. Call 893-3535 or visit

10/7: 27th Annual Senior Expo Day This expo has been a great source of information for more than 1,000 seniors in our community for more than 25 years. There will be 90 exhibit booths in financial services, residential facilities, travel clubs, genealogy researchers, health-care providers, and more. Seniors can receive free flu shots, balance and fitness testing, bone-density scans, and more. There will be soup and bread and valet parking for those with a blue placard. 9am-noon. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. $5. Call (855) 247-9355 or visit

10/7: Tyrone Wells This folk singer will perform with Joe Brooks. 8pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $18-$46. Call 962-7776 or visit

LOL Comedy Festival

10/8-10/17: LOL Comedy Festival In 2014, this one-of-a-kind festival came to town in search of a permanent home. It turns out Santa Barbarans love to laugh, and so the fest is returning for its second year with a stellar lineup that includes comedians Cheech Marin, Brad Williams (pictured), Jenny Zagrino, Karen Rontowski, and Chris Hardwick, Comedy Central’s host of @Midnight, among many others ​— ​some are still to be announced. If you like laughing so hard it makes your cheeks hurt, don’t miss this festival. Various locations. $28-$99. Visit for a full schedule.

10/8-10/25 Sweeney Todd Sondheim’s wild ride through a London underworld of demon barbers, mad bakers, and assorted other musical fiends gets the full stage treatment with Ensemble Theater Company’s popular artistic director Jonathan Fox at the helm. The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St. $35-$55. Call 965-5400 or visit

10/9-10/12: Celebration of Harvest Weekend One of the main annual events thrown by Santa Barbara Vintners, this is the best place to try almost all of the wineries in the county, along with the best food purveyors on the Central Coast. It also includes a harvest dinner on Friday, a panel on Saturday morning, and open houses all weekend. It’s money perfectly spent for wine newbies and veterans alike! Fri.: 11am; Sat.: 10am; Sun.: 9am; Mon.: all day. Various locations, Solvang. $35-$250. Call 688-0881 or visit

Santa Ynez Scarecrow Fest

10/9-11/9: Santa Ynez Scarecrow Fest More than 200 scarecrows crafted by businesses, individuals, and school organizations will be on display throughout the valley, scaring the crows, and maybe you, for all of October. Drive by, judge, and vote for your favorite scarecrows, and the winners will be announced on November 18. Downtown Santa Ynez Valley. Free. Visit

10/9: Twyla Tharp For 50 years, Twyla Tharp has wowed audiences with her genre-crossing choreography and dance ​— ​from jazz to ballet to Broadway. The iconic artist celebrates half a century in the business by going out on tour with a new company of 12 dancers. 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $20-$53. Call 893-3535 or visit

Neil Young

10/10: Neil Young + Promise of the Real The deep-feeling, deep-thinking songwriter has moved the lives of millions with his stirring catalog and pioneering spirit, still going strong at age 69. The living legend comes to the Bowl with his new, 36th studio album, The Monsanto Years, and will play with album partners Promise of the Real. Neither burned out nor faded away, Young (pictured) continues to draw praise for his live sets, which span his half-century-long career. 6:30pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $55-$135. Call 962-7411 or visit

10/11: Asian American Neighborhood Festival In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Presidio Neighborhood included Chinese and Japanese communities. Celebrate the culturally rich past of S.B. with taiko drumming and Japanese flute performances, hula dancing, and calligraphy and origami demonstrations. 11am-4pm. El Presidio de Santa Bárbara Historic Park, 123 E. Canon Perdido St. Free. Call 965-0093 or visit

10/11: My Morning Jacket The alternative band will perform with indie favorites Fruit Bats. 6:30pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $46-$61. Call 962-7411 or visit

10/11: 44th Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival This all-day American Heritage music festival will bring you area favorites the Ventucky String Band, smokin’ bluegrass with The Kathy Kallick Band, and the big, Bay Area sound of Front Country. There will be contests, workshops, vendors and crafts, and delicious BBQ. 10am-5pm. Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. Free-$20. Call 681-2716 or visit

10/13: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club On the heels of a terrific new CD of previously unreleased material called Lost and Found, these venerable Cuban musicians have embarked on a farewell tour, and courtesy of UCSB Arts and Lectures, we are on that itinerary. Don’t miss your last chance to see these legends without going to Cuba. 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $16-$48. Call 893-3535 or visit

10/14: Sir András Schiff Consummate keyboard artist Schiff returns to the Lobero with a program of all last sonatas by such superior practitioners of the form as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $49-$59. Call 963-0761 or visit

10/15-10/18: New Noise Music Festival Look for highlights including Black Lips at SOhO, and explore a Funk Zone block party featuring Run the Jewels at this year’s New Noise. Various locations and prices. Visit for a full schedule.

On Edge Festival

10/15-10/18: On Edge Festival MCASB’s Forum Lounge has metamorphosed into a long weekend’s worth of extraordinary performance art taking place in a variety of locations, from the familiar (the MCA gallery space in Paseo Nuevo) to the surprising (the Ablitt House, 13 W. Haley St.). Heather Jeno Silva programs this cavalcade of super-hip, hyper-aware events with an eye for the shock of the new. Highlights of this year’s fest include Jennifer Vanderpool and Paige Bossier at the Alhecama Theatre and the duo known as Quindar at the Goodland Hotel. Various locations. Prices vary. Call 966-5373 or visit for a full schedule.

10/17: Tim Flannery He may be best known as a Major League baseball player, but Tim Flannery is also an accomplished musician. His fingerpicking Americana guitar style and poignant lyrics have garnered him fans worldwide. The show is presented by Sings Like Hell. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $34. Call 963-0761 or visit

10/17: 2015 S.B. Beer Festival Come for an afternoon of sampling the best brewers in the west while supporting Elings Park and the S.B. Rugby Association. There will be food from Neighbor Tim’s BBQ, Woodstock’s Pizza, and Judge’s Sausages and live music. Noon-4pm. Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd. $50-$60. Ages 21+. Visit

10/17: S.B. Harbor & Seafood Festival Come join the thousands of people that will head to the waterfront to enjoy succulent seafood, marine-related demonstrations, and fun activities. 10am-5pm. Harbor Wy. Free. Call 897-1962 or visit

10/17-10/18: Carmina Burana This monumental collaboration involving three of the city’s top performing groups had its premiere to a sold-out crowd on May 31 of 2008. William Soleau’s choreography provides a strong narrative arc to the material, which is a ravishing blend of medievalism and composer Carl Orff’s own peculiar 20th-century genius. With lyrics taken from found Latin texts written by rogue monks, the song cycle celebrates the role of fortune in people’s lives through a series of vivid and sometimes bawdy vignettes. Sat.: 8pm; Sun.: 3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $28-$133. Call 899-2222 or visit

10/18/15-2/14/16: Art Exhibit: Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography The late Karen Sinsheimer’s final show as curator of photography at SBMA reveals the disparate points of view that have come together to establish photography as a crucial medium in contemporary Latin American art. Beginning in 1930, the show features work by early masters Raul Corrales and Alberto Korda, as well as works from Mexican Alejandro Cartagena’s series documenting the lives of construction workers in 21st-century Monterrey. Tue.-Sun.: 11am-5pm; Thu.: 11am-8pm. S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St. Free-$10. Call 963-4364 or visit

10/18 Anna Deavere Smith Never Givin’ Up features one of American theater’s premier solo performers collaborating live with violin virtuoso Robert McDuffie on a piece that showcases the rhetorical genius of the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” 7pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. UCSB. $15-$50. Call 893-3535 or visit

10/18: Hozier This Irish-born sensation has taken the world by storm with his alluring vocals, thoughtful lyrics, and mixture of soul and folk music. Little Green Cars will open. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $44.50-$64.50. Call 962-7411 or visit

10/21: Ray Chen, Julio Elizalde The talented young musician Chen will fill the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall with the wonders of a virtuoso’s repertoire, including sonatas by Beethoven and Saint-Saëns, and the solo sonata op. 27, no. 4 of Eugene Ysaye. 7pm. Music Academy of the West, Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd. $10-$32. Call 893-3535 or visit

10/19: Creepy Creatures of Cachuma Lake Fall under the spells of living owls, bats, and spiders; make masks; have your face painted; and touch a collection of skulls that will rattle your own bones. 11am-1pm. Neal Taylor Nature Ctr., 2265 Hwy. 154. Free. Call 688-4515 or visit

10/20: Florence + the Machine The quirky pop-rock group led by impressive vocalist Florence Welch comes to the Bowl in support of its latest record, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $65.50-$105.50. Call 962-7411 or visit

10/21-10/22: Janet Jackson The Grammy-winning and multiplatinum artist returns to the Bowl as part of her Unbreakable World Tour. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $69-$140. Call 962-7411 or visit

10/21-11/15: My Fair Lady It’s on virtually everyone’s list of “perfect” musicals, and this season it gets an intimate treatment by director James O’Neil, who plans to go back to G.B. Shaw for clues to the unplumbed depths of this timeless classic. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. $20-$64. Call 667-2900 or visit

10/22: MOMIX The brainchild of Moses Pendleton, a founding member of the Pilobolus Dance Theater, MOMIX dance troupe incorporates multimedia and illusion as they create a visually arresting experience in Alchemia. 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $20-$68. Call 893-3535 or visit

10/23-10/25: Boo at the Zoo Enjoy nights of traffic-free trick-or-treating full of thrills and chills, trails, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, storytelling, games, and more. Come in costume, and feel free to howl and roar like the animals. Fri.: 5:30-8:30pm; Sat.: 4:30-8:30pm; Sun.: 4:30-7:30pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. $9-$14. Call 962-5339 or visit

10/24: Sufjan Stevens The esteemed indie darling will support his new album, Carrie & Lowell. 8pm, The Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $46.50. Call 963-4408 or visit

10/24: S.B. Open Streets Get ready for Cabrillo Blvd. to be transformed into the longest public park. More than two miles of the street will be home to multiple community activity zones, such as 5Ks, yoga, and more. 10am-4pm. Cabrillo Blvd. Free. Call 216-1223 or visit

10/24: The Junior League of S.B. 79th Annual Monster Rummage Sale The JLSB has been hosting this annual sale for almost 80 years, and everyone knows that this is the place where you can find anything and everything, especially that special treasure for a great price. 8am-1pm. Exhibit Hall, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. Free. Visit

Ojai Raptor Center’s Fall Open House

10/25: Ojai Raptor Center’s Fall Open House Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet ambassador raptors and tour the home of the largest flight aviary in California, which is usually closed year-round due to the sensitive nature of wildlife in rehabilitation. You will be greeted by hawks, falcons, and owls, and there will be fun activities for children such as the release of a raptor. These raptors are held in rehabilitation in hopes to be freed back to the wild. Noon-4pm. Ojai Raptor Ctr., 370 Baldwin Rd., Ojai. Free-$5. Call 649-6884 or visit

New York City Ballet

10/26-10/27: New York City Ballet: MOVES Over two nights, Peter Martins’s troupe of dancers will perform two completely different programs. Night one features work from ballet phenomenon Alexei Ratmansky, and night two includes works by both Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon. 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $23-$153. Call 893-3535 or visit

10/30-10/31: 3rd Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration The Bowl will transform into Oaxaca, Mexico, a place inspired by the Day of the Dead festivities. Celebrate this holiday with mariachis, costumed crowds, Aztec dancers, altar blessings, and more. Time TBD. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Price TBD. Call 962-7411 or visit

10/30-12/5: Art Exhibit: unintended consequences Artists Ro Snell, Tom Pazderka, Vanesa Gingold, Alice Wang, and George Leo Sanders explore the borders of expression, where creativity departs from intention. Wed.-Sun.: noon-5pm. Arts Fund Gallery, 205-C Santa Barbara St. Free. Call 965-7321 or visit


11/1: S.B. Empty Bowls Always an early sellout, this raises money for the Foodbank while attendees fill their artistically made bowls with even more artistically made soups and breads. 11am-2pm. Page Youth Ctr., 4540 Hollister Ave. $30+ donation. Visit

11/5-11/15: Heathers: The Musical Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy have adapted the dark ’80s high school comedy that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater for the musical theater stage. Expect humor, harmony, and lots of dead Heathers in this production by Out of the Box Theatre Company. Thu.-Sat.: 8pm; Sun.: 2pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $15-$28. Call 963-0408 or visit

11/6-11/14: Venus Long before Kim Kardashian broke the Internet with her backside curves, there was another world-famous posterior, and it belonged to Sarah Baartman, the “Hottentot Venus” of the Paris stage. Tom Whitaker directs Suzan Lori-Parks’s controversial fantasia on this historical figure presented by the UCSB performing Arts Theater Department. Performing Arts Theater, UCSB. $13-$17. Call 893-2064 or visit

11/6, 11/8: Opera S.B.: Don Giovanni Mark Walters stars in this production of Mozart’s dark and beautiful masterpiece about the power and perils of seduction. Fri.: 7:30pm; Sun.: 2:30pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $29-$204. Call 899-2222 or visit

Lyle Lovett (right) and John Hiatt

11/7: Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt These legendary singer/songwriters will pull from their vast catalogs of country/rock/blues/folk tunes for an evening of acoustic tunes and storytelling. 8pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. $25-$125. Call 893-3535 or visit

<i>Story Pirates</i>

11/8: Story Pirates Using stories written by elementary schoolkids, this theater group will perform songs with hilarious props and puppets. Cats will fly, ninja babies will fight crime, and tickle monsters will take over. 3pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. $10-$15. Call 893-3535 or visit

11/8: Veterans Day Parade & Concert More than 20 different vintage WWII military vehicles, along with area veterans groups and bands will march down State Street. This year’s parade will be complemented by a series of flyovers at 12:45 p.m. by more than 15 vintage airplanes in various formations! After the parade, check out the food trucks while you wait for the annual concert of soaring original music and patriotic classics sung by military talent plus the S.B. Choral Society to begin. Parade: noon; begins at 1400 State St. and ends at 600 Cabrillo Blvd. Concert: 2pm; Outdoor Pavilion, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Free. Visit

11/10: Akram Khan Company From the man who choreographed the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony comes Kaash, a work that bridges the worlds of contemporary dance and the Indian classical dance form “kathak.” 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $20-$48. Call 893-3535 or visit

11/15: Melissa Etheridge The “Come to My Window” singer plays solo in support of her new album, This Is M.E. 7pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. $25-$150. Call 893-3535 or visit

11/22: Prime Time Band Winter Concert Find out why this band, whose members are all over 50, is also known as a Santa Barbara Treasure. 2pm. San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave. Free. Visit

11/14: Word of Mouth Series: Diana Nyad Spend an evening with the renowned long-distance swimmer who swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida in 53 hours. 3pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. $10-$40. Call 893-3535 or visit

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

11/26: Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash Get the kids out of the house on this holiday for a smashin’ good time. The zoo will close early, but that doesn’t mean the fun will be cut short. All day long, animal lovers can watch the elephants, gorillas, and other zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins. 10am-3:30pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Free-$15. Call 962-5339 or visit

11/30: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the conductorless chamber ensemble for a program of music by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Schubert. 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $38-$108. Call 899-2222 or visit


12/3-12/20: Women in Jeopardy! “I’ll take Female Buddy Stories for 300, Alex.” No, that’s “Women on Jeopardy.” Ensemble Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of this comic mystery about two divorced women and a suspicious-acting dentist. The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St. $20-$35. Call 965-5400 or visit


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