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The following is a mere smattering of the goings-on in our county from now through May 31. Be sure to read The Santa Barbara Independent each week in print and every day online for the full slate of events.

Jennifer Leitham



Mr. Little Jeans The self-made Scandinavian electro-pop artist is back for more after visiting S.B. last year with cutting tunes from her debut, Pocketknife. Despite the name ​— ​a reference to a Wes Anderson film character ​— ​it’s perhaps best not to wear jeans that are too tight, lest you feel like dancing your butt off (and you will). 8pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. $15-$18. Ages 21+. Call 965-8676 or visit

Out of the Box Theatre Company Presents 35mm: A Musical Exhibition Samantha Eve’s ongoing quest for the best in new musicals continues with this innovative work that explores a series of photographs as moments that can inspire songs. Thu.-Sat., Mar. 31-Apr. 2 and Apr. 7-9, 8pm. $15-$35. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. Call 963-0408 or visit

Transgender Day of Visibility Art and Music Show
This night will feature food, an auction, music by renowned jazz band the Jennifer Leitham Trio, a screening of the documentary I Stand Corrected, photography of the area trans community; and art by trans and gender-fluid children and area trans artists. Proceeds benefit the S.B. Transgender Advocacy Network. 5pm. MultiCultural Ctr. Lounge and Theater, UCSB. Suggested donation: $15-$25. Call 893-2064 or visit

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Elvis Costello Always a hot ticket, and deservedly so, Elvis Costello has invented and reinvented himself more times than even he can probably remember, but don’t think that means he’s out of touch. Wise Up Ghost, his 2013 album with the Roots, is a smoldering heap of leftfield funk. 9pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $59.50-$129.50. Call 963-4408 or visit

Spring Plant Sale Grow native with thousands of plants from the many habitats of California. The garden’s annual sales dwarf all other native plant events. The sale runs through May 1. 10am-5:30pm. Garden Growers Nursery, S.B. Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. Free. Call 682-4726 or visit


Lobero Live Presents It’s Magic! America’s longest-running magic revue returns to the Lobero with an all-new lineup of top illusionists direct from exotic showrooms and Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle. You won’t believe your eyes as top magicians perform incredible feats from jaw-dropping sleight of hand and off-beat comedic magic to mind-boggling full-stage illusions. 2 and 6:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $20-$80. Call 963-0761 or visit


Mothers and Dante Elephante
Athens, Georgia’s Mothers build their sound around the impassioned shouts and vulnerable lyricism of Kristine Leschper. Their debut album was just released this year after being noticed by of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes. Mothers will be preceded by S.B. fave Dante Elephante, who released Anglo-Saxon Summer last year and is working away at its newest. 8pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. $10-$12. Call 965-8676 or visit

Eric Hutchinson and Tess Henley Pop? Maybe. Intelligent lyrics? Yes. Snippets of funky rock and roll? Oh yeah! Eric Hutchinson just came out with his latest album, Anyone Who Knows Me, and this will be an amazing chance to see a big talent in an intimate setting. Soul singer/songwriter Tess Henley opens the show. 8pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $22. Ages 18+. Call 962-7776 or visit


Jennifer Koh Violinist Jennifer Koh and her musical partner, pianist Shai Wosner, present the final installment of a four-part project that presents the Beethoven violin sonatas alongside commissions from contemporary composers. This time around it’s Andrew Norman who will supply the new material. 7pm. Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. $10-$32. Call 893-3535 or visit

Nerf Herder The force awakens. Formed in S.B. in 1994, these proudly nerdy self-proclaimed geek rockers were doing it way before Comic-Con was cool, poking fun at pop culture with their smilingly DIY-spirited pop punk. The band just released its newest album, Rockingham, this month. 6pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. $10. Ages 21+. Call 965-8676 or visit

The Moth: <em>Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered </em>
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The Moth: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered
KCRW and The Santa Barbara Independent have teamed up to bring the wildly popular series to town. 7pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $49-$89. Call 963-0761 or visit


Third Eye Blind No self-respecting ’90s playlist would be complete without 3EB’s “Semi-Charmed Life” or “Jumper,” but now well into their second decade of making music, the Bay Area band proves they’re more than just a one-album wonder. 8pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $37. Call 963-4408 or visit

Art-Tini Art-Tini stands for Art Show-Mar-Tini. This celebration will include a reception with appetizers, a silent auction, cocktails, live entertainment, and more, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated back into the community! 6-9pm. S.B. Woman’s Club, 670 Mission Canyon Rd. $50. Ages 21+. Call 379-3656 or visit

Blackberry Smoke
Blackberry Smoke is an American Southern rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They have performed with top groups including Zac Brown Band, ZZ Top, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Come hear their emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, live in concert. 8pm. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez. $25. Ages 21+. Call (800) 248-6274 or visit

Westmont Senior Art Graduates’ Exhibition 2016 Reception
These are the capstone projects of Westmont College’s graduating studio art majors. The exhibit shows through May 7. 4-6pm. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd. Free. Call 565-6162 or visit


Lucidity Festival For the sixth year in a row, folks can gather to hear live music, view art installations, attend workshops, visit healers, and eat, drink, and be merry. Fri.-Sun., Apr. 8-10. Live Oak Campground, 4600 CA-154. Visit

Terror Pigeon and Meth Dad
Already a contender for the best-named lineup of the year, this Funzone grouping, which also includes Mothras and Mono Twins, arrives as part of Terror Pigeon and Meth Dad’s Always Hungry tour, as they scour the nation in search of the best waffle. Attend the show, and maybe you can feed their waffle hunger while you feed your hunger for great indie rock. 8pm. Funzone, 226 S. Milpas St. $5. Visit

8th Annual Carpinteria Greenhouse & Nursery Tour
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8th Annual Carpinteria Greenhouse & Nursery Tour Enjoy these guided tours with the growers themselves. There is no specific start point for the tour, and no reservations are necessary. Just pick to start at any of the participating nurseries and go. There will be several locations with food available and special presentations. 11am-4pm. Various locations. Free. Call 576-7417 or visit to download map.

Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing The supremely talented violinist and composer Mark O’Connor takes an approach to the legacy of his friend and mentor Stephane Grappelli that’s at once faithful to the original music and boldly improvisational. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $39-$105. Call 963-0761 or visit

Diarrhea Planet
If its name wasn’t any indication already, Nashville’s band of former pizza boys is irreverent, goofy, and a little vulgar. For those who think the indie scene has gotten a little too dainty and demure, these guys bring a spirit of danger and party-loving back to the fore. Music Band and Clean Spill open. 8:30pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. $10-$12. Call 965-8676 or visit

S.B. Symphony Presents Sounds of the Ocean Guest violinist Timothy Chooi performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, as well as Debussy’s La Mer and more, accompanied by the orchestra. Sat., Apr. 9, 8pm; Sun., Apr. 10, 2pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $28-$133. Call 899-2222 or visit

31st Annual S.B. Kite Festival
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31st Annual S.B. Kite Festival Come fly a kite, or participate in one of the new contests that will include “Best of Fest,” “Best Ground Display,” “Youngest & Oldest Kite Flyers,” “Most Unique/Unusual Kite,” and “Funniest Kite,” to name a few. Prizes awarded to all contest winners. 11am-5pm. West Campus, SBCC, 973 Cliff Dr. Free. Call 627-6202 or visit

Ojai Raptor Center Open House
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Ojai Raptor Center Open House Don’t miss this rare chance to meet non-releasable “ambassador” birds of prey used by the ORC to raise awareness and funds for its work rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey and other wildlife on the Central Coast. Noon-4pm. Ojai Raptor Ctr., 370 Baldwin Rd., Ojai. Suggested donation: $5. Call 798-3600.

Fork & Cork Classic This annual Foodbank fundraiser pairs the best chefs with great wine, and this year honors Ca’ Dario’s Dario Furlati, vintner Steve Beckmen, and Ellwood Canyon Farms’ Jack Motter and Jeff Kramer. 3-6pm. S.B. Polo & Racquet Club, 3375 Foothill Rd. Ste. 1200, Carpinteria. $95-$125. Ages 21+. Visit

El Día del Niño
Celebrate one of the year’s most popular events, “The Day of the Child,” featuring Spanish-language music, a children’s talent show, food, and fun. 11am-5pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Free-$17. Call 962-5339 or visit


Movies That Matter with Hal Conklin: To End All Wars Based on a true story by Ernest Gordon of the survivors of the 93rd Division of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, this film starring Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland shows what it means to offer forgiveness and reconciliation to captors though they are perpetuating the most horrific tortures on prisoners of war. 7pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $10-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit

An Evening with Anoushka Shankar A true cross-cultural musician, Anoushka Shankar illustrates many genres of music. For this performance, Austrian percussionist Manu Delago on the Hang drum, multi-instrumentalist Sanjeev Shankar on the shehnai (double reed instrument) and tanpura (longnecked lute), and a guest deejay will round out the lineup. 8pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. $15-$38. Call 893-3535 or visit


The Theatre Group at SBCC Presents Proof On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions. The show previews April 13-14 and runs through April 30. Various times. Garvin Theatre, SBCC, 721 Cliff Dr. Previews: $10-$18; $14-$26. Call 965-5935 or visit

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New Noise Presents Lord Huron The L.A.-based indie rock band heads up the coast to our seaside town for an evening of infectious music on tour for its sophomore album, Strange Tails. 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $25. Call 963-0761 or visit

The Fringe This spring celebration of original work features Westmont students’ creativity as actors, dancers, directors, writers, designers, choreographers, and more. Thu.-Sun., Apr. 14-17. Various times and locations. $7-$10. Call 565-7140 or visit

Queensrÿche This American heavy metal band has sold more than 30 million albums and performed to sold-out audiences around the world. Come rock out to hits including the group’s No. 1 chart topper “Silent Lucidity” and more. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez. $30. Ages 21+. Call (800) 248-6274 or visit

Ensemble Theatre Company Presents Bad Jews Daphne Feygenbaum swears she is the most devout Jew in her family, so when her less-observant cousin arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom and religious symbol, a devastatingly hilarious battle between the holy and holier-than-thou ignites! The show runs through May 1. Various times. The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St. $20-$55. Call 965-5400 or visit


Bookjoy! Alegría en los Libros! Noted award-winning author and literacy advocate Pat Mora will speak on her more than three dozen books for young people that represent the Mexican-American experience. This event is free, but tickets are required. 7-8:30pm. Garvin Theatre, SBCC, 721 Cliff Dr. Free. Visit

S.B. Food & Wine Weekend
The third annual event features chefs, seminars, dinners, and tastings galore and benefits the Julia Child Foundation. Fri.-Sun., Apr. 15-17. Various times and prices. Fri.-Sat.: ages 21+; Sun.: all ages. Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave. Visit


Earth Day Festival Celebrate our Mother Earth with two days of music, art, education, food, and drink. Sat., Apr. 16, 11am-7pm; Sun., Apr. 17, 11am-6pm. Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara St. Visit

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Magic on the Urban Wine Trail The fourth annual event focuses on urban tasting rooms, includes food served by students of the Teen Culinary Arts Program, and benefits PARC, the Parks & Recreation Community Foundation. 3-6pm. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. $45-$100. Visit

Speaking of Stories: Madams of Mayhem Shady ladies, femmes fatales, dangerous broads, and some plain old bad girls! The ladies take center stage for a collection of sizzling stories of mystery, mayhem, and shenanigans. Sun., Apr. 17, 2pm; Mon., Apr. 18, 7:30pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $18-$28. Call 963-0408 or visit

Lewis deSoto: Paranirvana (Self-Portrait) Presented in the museum’s historic Ludington Court, this installation represents the artist’s most recent work in a series of oversize, inflatable sculptures based on the figure of the 12th-century Buddha at Gal Vihara in Sri Lanka. The exhibit shows through July 31. S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St. Free-$10. Call 963-4364 or visit


The 1975 with Japanese House The 1975 has enjoyed the rare feat of being both a critical darling and fangirl fodder, and on its unbelievably catchy and inventive newest, You Are So Beautiful When You Sleep Yet So Unaware Of It, the band proves it’s more than just a bunch of pretty faces. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $39.50-$54.50. Call 962-7411 or visit

S.B. Vintners Spring Weekend Enjoy grand tasting, dinners, seminars, and more at this weekend featuring the largest collection of Santa Barbara County wineries. Thu.-Sun., Apr. 21-24. Various times, locations, and prices. Ages 21+. Visit

An Evening with Linda Ronstadt: A Conversation The multiple Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will recount episodes from various times in her long career, as well as her thoughts on music and what it has meant in her life. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $39-$104. Call 963-0761 or visit


Heart & Soul: Jim Brickman & Kuh Ledesma Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best-selling solo piano artist of our time. Kuh Ledesma is a popular Filipino pop and jazz singer, known in the Philippines as the Pop Diva. Together they are Heart & Soul, the perfect combination of voice and music, live in concert. 8pm. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez. $40. Ages 21+. Call (800) 248-6274 or visit

Gianni Schicchi & Suor Angelica Opera Santa Barbara presents two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini, whose glorious music will inspire you. Fri., Apr. 22, 7:30pm; Sun., Apr. 24, 2:30pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $4-$169. Call 899-2222 or visit


Founding Day Festival This celebration will start with a costumed reenactment of the founding ceremony, originally held on April 21, 1782, followed by area entertainment and a living history station. 11am-4pm. El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, 123 E. Canon Perdido St. Free. Call 965-0093 or visit


AHA! Sing It Out Sing It Out is an after-school group where teens are mentored in developing character and social-emotional intelligence through music. These teens had to learn, master, and perform a rock and roll cover song, and this show is the result of their hard work. Reception: 6pm; show: 7:30pm. Deckers Brands Rotunda, 250 Coromar Dr., Goleta. $10-$125. Call 770-7200 or visit


The Heavy and U.S. Elevator With its triumphant choruses, smooth vocals, and blasts of brass, England’s The Heavy translates Motown styles and sounds into its own unique hybrid. The band will be joined by Johnny Irion’s on-the-rise U.S. Elevator, which continues to receive raves for its recently released eponymous debut. 8pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. $15-$20. Ages 21+. Call 965-8676 or visit


State Street Ballet: Funk Zone Style This uniquely sexy dance and drink event pairs world-class ballet with world-class wine. 6-8pm. S.B. Wine Collective, 131 Anacapa St. Price TBA. Ages 21+. Visit

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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! Presents Monsieur Periné Celebrating its 10th anniversary season of music and dance from Latin American cultures ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! presents Monsieur Periné, Colombian swing band and winner of the 2015 Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, to families and students countywide.Fri.-Sun., Apr. 29-May 1. Various times and locations. Free. Visit

Shen Yun This show will feature 100 world-class performers, more than 400 sets of exquisite handmade costumes, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops creating a spectacular performance beyond your imagination. Fri., Apr. 29, 8pm; Sat., Apr. 30, 2 and 7:30pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $58-$154. Call 899-2222 or visit


Pentatonix with Us the Duo The two-time Grammy Award–winning a cappella group will fill the Bowl with its bright and spirited take on pop harmonies. Opening will be Us the Duo, known for its #65SecondCovers. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $44.50-$64.50. Call 962-7411 or visit

Taste of UCSB The most exciting public part of the All Gaucho Reunion, this gathers alumni who are involved in the food and drink business to serve and pour under the springtime sun. 3pm. UCSB Science Green. $25-$100. Ages 21+. Visit

19th Annual Carpinteria Beautiful Home and Garden Tour Enjoy the day visiting five wonderfully unique homes in this small beach town with a large heart in a self-guided tour that stretches from hilltop, to beachfront, and throughout town. 11am-5pm. Various locations. $30. Call 684-9328 or visit



CAMA Presents the Los Angeles Philharmonic Czech maestro Jakub Hruša will lead the orchestra and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in a program that pairs Leoš Janácek’s Taras Bulba with Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and with Thibaudet on board for the Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 of Edvard Grieg. 4pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $38-$93. Call 899-2222 or visit

S.B. Jewish Festival This festival will come alive with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Israel and Jewish culture. There will be a children’s area, Israeli dancing, art activities, Israeli artisans, and food vendors, including the cuisine of Sababa Catering and falafel by UCSB Chabad’s Jerusalem Café. 11am-4pm. Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar Ave. Free. Call 957-1115 or visit

Yuja Wang


Lobero Live Presents Capitol Steps No one in the headlines is safe from the side-splitting satire of the Capitol Steps, the only group in Washington attempting to be funnier than Congress. This troupe of former congressional staffers travels the country, satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $35-$105. Call 963-0761 or visit

Yuja Wang This 28-year-old Chinese-born pianist has been praised for her command over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire and the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and charismatic stage presence. 7pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $48-$58. Call 899-2222 or visit


9 to 5, the Musical Based on the hit movie about three office workers who plan to get even with their egotistical, lying, hypocritical boss, this hilarious show features the blockbuster title song plus a jubilant score by multiple Grammy Award winner Dolly Parton. The show runs through May 14. 7pm. San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave. $8-$14. Call 967-4581 x5568 or visit


Lucius Brooklyn’s Lucius brings the percussive hand-claps aplenty with its rollicking and rhythmic indie rock. Carried on the strength of singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who look eerily alike, it’s fun and lively music with plenty of style to match the substance. 9pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $17-$20. Ages 21+. Call 962-7776 or visit

Too Much Water Follow Ophelia’s ghost as she revisits Elsinore, guided by other famous suicides such as Meriwether Lewis, Seneca, and Virginia Woolf. Combining found text and transcriptions of interviews with contemporary young women, this production explores the lives of “good girls,” the social taboos of madness, and the repercussions and reverberations of suicide. The show runs through May 15. Various times. Performing Arts Theater, UCSB. $13-$17. Call 893-2064 or visit

Bead Elements & Design Show This show offers 250 artisan galleries exhibiting handmade beads, jewelry, clothes, accessories, artisan supplies, and textiles. Fri.-Sun., May 6-8, 10am-6pm. Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. $10. Visit for attendee and workshop registration.

S.B. Zoo Roar & Pour


S.B. Zoo Roar & Pour There will be more than 20 area wineries, tasty eats from food trucks, zoo animals out late, and zookeeper talks. Proceeds benefit the zoo animals. GA: 5-8pm; $60. VIP: 4-8pm; $115. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Ages 21+. Call 962-5339 or visit

Puerto Aereo, Radio Viejo, Alma de Jade, Corazon Atomico, and Miercoles de Ceniza Presented by Rock Sin Fronteras, the Rock en Español tour unites multiple Spanish rock bands that come from across California. A perfect night for concertgoers who find the S.B. scene a bit too monolingual, it will be a splendid showcase of up-and-comers. 8pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. $15. Ages 21+. Call or visit


Mother’s Day at the Zoo Mothers get special treatment at the zoo on Mother’s Day, and a special photo opportunity is available for an additional charge. Keeper talks focus on mothers in the animal world. 10am-3pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Free-$17. Call 962-5339 or visit


The Elmer Bernstein Memorial Film Series: The Age of Innocence This stunning drama of romance, societal tradition, and betrayal captured the hearts of a generation and helped solidify the careers of its all-star cast for decades to come. Jon Burlingame, noted cinematic music critic and biographer of the late Elmer Bernstein, will host a talk with audience Q&A before the film. 7pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $10-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit


The Neighbourhood Just in time for May Gray, which is undoubtedly “sweater weather,” The Neighbourhood comes to your favorite neighborhood 4,562-seat concert venue. The Thousand Oaks–based band tours now on the strength of newest single “Afraid.” 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $37.50-$49.50. Call 962-7411 or visit


The Wave Film Festival: Pan-Asia As part of the S.B. International Film Festival’s continued effort to bring year-round foreign and independent films to the community, there will be a screening of 11 brand-new and exciting films from Asia. Wed.-Sun., May 11-15. Riviera Theatre, 2044 Alameda Padre Serra. $12-$250. Visit for full schedule.

Saturday 5•14

Hairspray! S.B. Youth Ensemble Theatre presents John Waters’s classic musical set in Baltimore in the 1960s, in which a young girl sets her sights on performing in a live dance contest. Sat.-Sun., May 14-15, 2 and 6pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $15-$125. Call 963-0761 or visit

Atelier: The Scent of Secret Gardens Atelier takes India as inspiration in an evening embracing everything from Moghul to Modern, from Bombay to Bollywood. Music and dance, as well as fabulous flowers, food, and drink, celebrate the richly layered culture of the Indian subcontinent. 5:30pm. S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St. $25-$30. Call 963-4364.


State Street Nationals Premier Car Show Take a look at 300 vintage and collectible vehicles and more than 15 vendors right on State Street! 9am-4pm. Between Micheltorena and Gutierrez sts. Free. Visit


Movies That Matter with Hal Conklin: Thirteen Days Starring Kevin Costner, Thirteen Days is a gripping saga of the Cuban missile crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war in October 1962. 7pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $10-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit


S.B. Chamber Orchestra Presents Alessio Bax, Piano The orchestra ends its season with a program of Schumann and Mendelssohn and guest pianist Alessio Bax. 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $54-$64. Call 963-0761 or visit

<em>We Want the Funk: A Rustbelt Lullaby on the One! </em>
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We Want the Funk: A Rustbelt Lullaby on the One! This Launch Pad preview production will take you to the 1970s when the fourth-largest auto company in the Midwest just laid off more than half its workers and Chuck is convinced that he and his band of Vietnam vets, burnouts, and Motown coulda beens, and “the funk” will bring prosperity. Only thing is, Chuck can’t play no instrument. The show runs through May 27. Various times. Hatlen Theater, UCSB. $13-$17. Call 893-2064 or visit


Sings Like Hell Presents Jimmer Podrasky + Hamell on Trial Best known as the frontman/songwriter for the critically acclaimed American band The Rave-Ups, Jimmer Podrasky will perform his alt-country/indie-rock sound with Ed Hamell, the one-man punk band, opening the show. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $39. Call 963-0761 or visit

Chanticleer Come on the Mission Road, and hear glorious and profound music by composers of New Spain with Chanticleer, known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. 7:30-9:30pm. Old Mission Santa Barbara, 2201 Laguna St. $45-$60. Visit


Allá en el Rancho Grande (Out on the Big Ranch) As part of the film series La Época de Oro, this drama is considered to be the film that started the golden age of Mexican cinema and is the prototypical romantic story about two friends who fall in love with the same woman and only one may keep her. 3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $7.50-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit


Walk the Moon with MisterWives Shut up and dance with Walk the Moon, who are joined at the S.B. Bowl by New York’s MisterWives. Walk the Moon’s newest album, Talking Is Hard, encourages us all to cut the chatter and rock the body. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $35-$55. Call 962-7411 or visit


Lumineers with SOAK and Sleepwalkers In a nation filled to the brim with folk-rock bands, The Lumineers are one of the most prominent and best-selling acts on the scene, standing out with their winning and rollicking tunes. 6:30pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $40.50. Call 962-7411 or visit

Gustafson Dance Presents Tina the Ballerina The ballet school presents the tale of a young French country girl who gets the chance to dance in Paris, and the adventures she encounters on the way. Sat., May 28, 2 and 6pm; Sun., May 29, 2pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $14-$25. Call 963-0761 or visit


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