Buckethead The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist is one of the greatest and most prolific guitarists of all time, with hundreds of releases to his name. If seeing the legendary player has been on your bucket list, this is your chance. 9pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. Call 965-8676 or visit velvet-jones.com.
Sub Rosa: Behind the Scenes at the Museum UCSB’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum looks at itself when it thinks that no one is looking. This exhibition is designed to acquaint visitors with “issues and concerns normally kept out of the public realm.” These include the secre ts of conservation, collection stewardship, connoisseurship, and exhibition design. Expect to find some of the museum’s most valuable paintings hanging face to the wall so that you can see what’s written on the back. June 25-Aug. 14. Opening reception: Fri., June 24, 5:30-7:30pm. AD&A Museum, UCSB’s Storke Plaza.
Santa Barbara Wine Festival The oldest and most premier wine fest held in Santa Barbara brings top vintners, often pouring from rare, older bottles, and great food to the Museum of Natural History’s meandering, oak-studded grounds. 2-5pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Call 682-4711 x110 or visit sbnature.org.
Stephen Steinbrink, Erin Tobey, Anbareen Shefa S.B. DIY shines a light on three solo artists, with Stephen Steinbrink, who makes melodic, ’60s-like pop; Erin Tobey, who makes indie rock with a touch of punk angst; and Isla Vista’s Anbareen Shefa, who plans a special surprise set for the audience. 8pm. Dashain Co-op, 6719 Sabado Tarde, Isla Vista.Visit sbdiy.org.
Fratelli, A Men’s Chorus Be inspired by the soaring voices of this exciting new gay chorus that formed last January and aims to cultivate unity, compassion, and pride with its music. You will hear some musical theater, folk, jazz, classical, and even a disco ballad, with some songs performed with “choralography” (choreography for a chorus). 8-9pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Donations will be accepted. Call Zack at (415) 529-4533.
Second Nature Opera Premiere The Music Academy of the West presents Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature, a 45-minute “opera for youth” set in an ecologically damaged dystopian future. Follow the adventures of two courageous young people who leave their artificial environment in an attempt to salvage the natural world. 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 969-8787 or see musicacademy.org.
Dishwalla, Wild Coast S.B.’s homegrown, long-enduring alt-rock fave returns to the stage 20 years after the release of the band’s biggest single, “Counting Blue Cars.” Joining them will be S.B. up-and-comers Wild Coast, in a unity of S.B. bands past and present. 9pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. Ages 21+. Call 965-8676 or visit velvet-jones.com.
Flight of the Conchords This New Zealand duo, who has created some of the best comedy music of the last decade with hits like “Business Time” and “I Told You I Was Freaky,” flies to town for an especially funny time. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
Three for Joy: Benefit for the Grace Fisher Foundation Though she was paralyzed by acute flaccid myelitis in 2014, Grace Fisher has continued her music dreams through the Grace Fisher Foundation, which she founded to empower those with mental and physical challenges through music and arts. Inspired by her courage, three young string instrumentalists, aged 9, 10, and 12, formed Three for Joy, a fiddle-cello-mandolin band to benefit the foundation. 5:30pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
Bees & Pollinator Friendly Gardens & Honey Tasting Learn about plants that will attract and support butterflies and bees in your garden and about the significance of bees, the current issues that threaten colonies, and their importance to Goleta Valley farms and neighborhoods. Stay for a tasting of local S.B. honey from the hives of members from the Beekeepers Guild. 10-11am. Terra Sol Garden Ctr., 5320 Overpass Rd. Call 964-7811 or visit tinyurl.com/Bees-PollinatorGardens-Tasting.
7/2, 7/3: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue Community Concert The Music Academy Festival Orchestra featuring maestro Larry Rachleff and guest artist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will play works by Gershwin, John Adams, and Antonín Dvořák in this special community concert to celebrate Independence Day weekend. Sat: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. Call 969-8787 or visit musicacademy.org.
I Love the ’90s Vanilla Ice. Salt N Pepa. Color Me Badd. Tone Loc. If these names bring the good memories flooding back, then snatch your tickets and relive the glory days in this huge dance party with some of the most iconic hit makers of their day, parachute pants and all. Miss out on this? As if! 6:30pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
The Fourth of July 2016 in S.B. The traditional beachside Independence Day celebration will happen again with food vendors at the West Beach waterfront, so bring all the beach gear, set up for a fun day, and stay until the fireworks show that will start at 9pm. 11am-9:30pm. West Beach, W. Cabrillo Blvd. Visit tinyurl.com/4thOfJulySB2016.
7/5-7/29: Oak Group 30th Anniversary Exhibition The Oak Group will celebrate its 30th anniversary and will honor cofounder Ray Strong in two exhibitions. Works by members will be featured at Gallery 113 and Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, with 25 percent of the proceeds from Oak Group sales going toward the Student Art Fund, a volunteer organization providing art classes, supplies, and opportunities to area junior high and high school students. Gallery 113, 1114 State St., Ste. 8; Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, 11 E. Anapamu St. Visit tinyurl.com/30thOakGroupAnniversary2016 for a full schedule.
Curated Cocktails: Summer Nights with DJ Chris Douridas The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and KCRW present this evening of art, music, and a live deejay set, with curated cocktails courtesy of the Goodland all happening on the upper arts terrace of Paseo Nuevo. 7-9pm. Call 966-5373 or visit mcasantabarbara.org.
7/8-7/10: St. Joseph Church’s 59th Annual Festival Families and friends are invited to the seaside town of Carpinteria for this annual celebration. There will be live entertainment, including flamenco and folkloric dancers and live bands singing in both English and Spanish; food, including hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ, and Mexican food; and also a beer garden. Check out the views of ocean and mountains from the Ferris wheel! Fri.: 5-11pm; Sat.: noon-11pm; Sun.: noon-9pm. St. Joseph Church, 1500 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. Call 302-2438 or visit stjosephchurch.org/festival.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band/Emmylou Harris Onto the Bowl stage step two giants of the country music realm: the Cowboy Man himself, Lyle Lovett, the songwriter/actor who is an S.B. staple, and Emmylou Harris, the silver-haired songstress who still stands as one of country’s greatest and most pioneering performers. 6pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
LotusFest! 2016 July is peak blooming season for Lotusland’s namesake. Come view these uniquely beautiful flowers while spending the afternoon at this casual, fun event as you taste wines from S.B. County’s premier vintners and enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres, live music, lotus viewing, and more. Reservations are required. 2-5pm. Ganna Walska Lotusland, Montecito. Call 969-9990 or visit lotusland.org/event/lotusfest-2015.
Bob Ballard and Friends Dive into the deepest frontiers of ocean research as the UCSB alum and president of the Ocean Exploration Trust is joined by a panel of S.B. students who will share their experiences aboard the E/V Nautilus and the team’s ongoing expeditions in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. 7-9pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.
Film Screening: Sonic Sea This 60-minute documentary is about the impact of industrial and military noise on whales and other marine life and tells the story of Ken Balcomb, a former U.S. Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery involving a mass stranding of whales in the Bahamas and changed the way we understand our impact on the ocean. Learn how during the last century, human activity has transformed the ocean’s delicate acoustic habitat, challenging the ability of whales and other marine life to prosper, and ultimately to survive, and the solutions and hope for a quieter ocean. Members-only reception: 6:15-6:45pm; screening: 9pm. S.B. Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Wy., Ste. 190. Call 456-8747 or visit sbmm.org.
7/15-7/30: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike The Theatre Group at SBCC presents Christopher Durang’s Tony Award–winning comedy. Directed by Katie Laris, this outrageous combination of a country house drama and a family comedy should be one of the highlights of the summer theater season. It shows through July 30, with previews on July 13-14. Thu.-Sat.: 7:30pm, Sun.: 2pm. Garvin Theatre, SBCC West Campus. Call 965-5935 or visit theatergroupsbcc.com.
16th Annual Woodies at the Beach Don’t miss this annual car show that will display the best Woodies for all enthusiasts — no moderns, please. Bring a picnic and enjoy great music with a view, raffle items, good company, and these classic cars with wood panels on their sides. 9am-3pm. West Campus Meadow, SBCC. Call Ken Gilmour at (818) 943-0242 or visit tinyurl.com/2016WoodiesAtTheBeach.
Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, Tribe Society “And I don’t want the world to see me / ’Cause I don’t think that they’d understand …” With these words, Goo Goo Dolls reached the highest echelons of ’90s-pop royalty, and the world very much knows who they are to this day. Joining them will be fellow ’90s stalwarts Collective Soul plus new act Tribe Society. 6:30pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
Goldroom Hailing from Boston, Goldroom will make the room glitter with shiny nu-disco melodies and lustrous tropical grooves. 9pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
Phoebe Ryan, Cardinox Phoebe Ryan and Cardinox vow to “Make America Dance Again” on their Boyz n Poizn Tour. With catchy electro-pop hooks and brilliantly colored hair, they’re sure to live up to their campaign promise. 8pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
Culture Club These free festive events celebrate the treasures of this community. Sip and savor local flavors, revel in dialogue and story, and discover and share traditions. Enjoy an Art Salon: A Passion for Culture and Holli Harmon and the Portraits of the Central Coast project. 5-7pm. Elverhøj Museum of History & Art, 1624 Elverhoy Wy., Solvang. Call 686-1211 or visit elverhoj.org.
7/21, 7/23: Kids Learn Birds In this two-day workshop, kids will learn the basics of bird identification, habitats, and how to use field guides and binoculars (provided). Time will be spent outdoors in the park, on a pontoon boat, and in the classroom. A snack will be served, and kids will receive a bird guide. Registration is required. 9am-12:30pm. Neal Taylor Nature Ctr., 2265 Hwy. 154. Ages 8-12. Call 568-2460 (weekdays) or 686-5055 (Fri. and weekends). Email Liz Gaspar at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit tinyurl.com/KidsLearnBirdsJuly2016.
7/22-9/10: Views from the North Guest curator John Hood, professor of art at Allan Hancock College, presents this group show featuring artists who live and work in North County Santa Barbara. Artists include Larry Delinger, Felicia Kincaid, Angelina La Pointe, Connie Rohde, Bob Perry, and Jonas Tucker. The Arts Fund Gallery, 205-C Santa Barbara St.
Robert Cray Band Lobero Live presents the five-time Grammy Award–winning blues guitarist Robert Cray and his band for an evening of incomparable music. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 966-4946 or visit lobero.com.
Beach Blanket Bingo Come see the ultimate summer movie about Frankie (Frankie Avalon) and Dee Dee (Annette Funicello), and pop star Sugar Kane (Linda Evans), who almost comes between them. Also around and about are a mermaid and a scurrilous cycle gang, and don’t forget Don Rickles and Buster Keaton. 2-4pm. Faulkner Gallery, S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Call 564-5641. Visit sbplibrary.org.
7/30-7/31: S.B. Greek Festival Come enjoy this festival that will celebrate its 43rd year at Oak Park, transforming it into a Greek Village with all the sights, sounds, aromas, and flavors that the Mediterranean has to offer. Visit the website for the full schedule. Visit santabarbaragreekfestival.com.
“Weird Al” Yankovic The man who dared to be stupid when everyone else tried to be serious, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been making masterful parodies for decades. For comedy music fans, this one’s mandatory. 7:30pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. Call 963-4408 or visit thearlingtontheatre.com.
8/3-8/7: Old Spanish Days Fiesta Celebrate the 92nd Annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta over four days with colorful music, dance, and song, with a spirit of friendliness that is a Santa Barbara tradition. Call 962-8101 or visit oldspanishdays-fiesta.org for a full schedule.
Ryan Adams & The Shining A documentarian of love in all its heartaches, the ever-inventive singer/songwriter Ryan Adams has made a name for himself as not just a sensitive troubadour but one with a good sense of humor, too. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
Yellow Man w/One Drop The legendary Jamaican dancehall deejay is still going strong, defeating cancer and rising above odds to get the halls rocking. He also taught us how to say “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” with his 1983 hit of that name. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
8/5-8/21: Sense and Sensibility PCPA presents Jane Austen’s classic “comedy of manners” set in late-18th-century England that follows the romantic and humorous exploits of sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they both pursue love in Devonshire. Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. Call 922-8313 or see pcpa.org. (Also shows July 21-30 at Marian Theatre in Santa Maria.)
Weezer & Panic! At The Disco A meeting of two powerful forces of contemporary pop-rock: On one side, Weezer, champions of unforgettable melodies and nerdy good times, and the delightfully flamboyant Panic! At The Disco, drama kings of the finest order, on the other. 6pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
21st Annual S.B. Mariachi Festival Don’t miss one of Old Spanish Day’s most special events. This year’s Festival lineup will feature Aida Cuevas, Lila Downs, Mariachi Sol de México, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. 5:30pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. $35-$90. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
Glen Phillips w/Sara Bowman The thoughtful, deeply feeling songwriter reappears on the SOhO stage just months before the release of his upcoming solo output in the fall. Musically, he’s a hometown hero if there ever was one. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
8/12-8/14: Central Coast Wine Classic: The 31st annual incarnation of this event comes to Santa Barbara for the first time, with various dinners, tastings, and educational affairs. Times and locations vary. Visit centralcoastwineclassic.org.
8/13-1/1/2017: assume vivid astro focus: avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods International artist’s collective assume vivid astro focus was formed in New York City in 2001 and has since gone on to become one of the art world’s most influential proponents of site-specific installations and an optimistic take on sensory overload. Making use of a wide range of mixed media, the group will transform the MCA space into an adult art playground of immersive activities and textures. Opening reception: Sat., Aug. 13, 6-8pm. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo. Call 966-5373 or visit mcasantabarbara.org.
Steve Martin & Martin Short Fast friends since filming The Three Amigos, Steve Martin and Martin Short have been taking their humor on the road off and on for years. Don’t miss the chance to see these legends of comedy under the stars. 7:30pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
8/17, 8/19: Key Largo This 1948 film directed by John Huston, considered one of the most visually evocative noir films, concentrates on the simmering tensions between Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart), an embittered war veteran, and Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall), the wife of his deceased war buddy. Wed.: 7:30pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. Fri.: 8:30pm. S.B. County Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa St. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
8/26-9/11: In the Heights Don’t miss this Tony Award–winning musical from Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda about New York’s Washington Heights, where neighbors meet for coffee and the “breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.” Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. Call 922-8313 or see pcpa.org. (Also shows Aug. 11-20 at Marian Theatre in Santa Maria.)
An Evening with Jackson Browne Though perhaps best known for a slew of classic songs, including “The Pretender,” “Running on Empty,” and “Doctor My Eyes,” Jackson Browne has continued making seminal music, his latest effort being his 2014 album, Standing in the Breach. Hear the legendary singer/songwriter perform from his catalog at the beautiful Bowl. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
Yes: The Album Series For their S.B. show, the group will perform side one, “The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn),” and side four, “Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil),” of their 1973 concept album Tales from Topographic Oceans; their 1980 album Drama in its entirety; and a few of their greatest hits. 8pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. Call 963-4408 or visit thearlingtontheatre.com.
Journey For those who never stop believing, take the pre-midnight train to the Bowl to see this legendary rock group. 7pm. S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
3rd Annual iSurf Block Party This event, serving as the Surf Like a Girl Foundation’s (a Watergirl Fund) biggest fundraiser, will include a silent auction, raffle, music, dinner, local sweet treats, and beer and wine. The goal is to raise $20,000 to provide needs-based scholarships for up to 75 girls to attend a quarter of afterschool programs. 5-9pm. Casa de la Guerra, 15 E. De la Guerra St. Visit tinyurl.com/3rdAnnualiSurfBlockParty.
Eve 6 These SoCal rockers broke into the airwaves with their 1998 eponymous debut album, which spawned the hit single “Inside Out.” Nearly 20 years later, and the band is still playing its catchy rock for fans. 9pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. Ages 21+. Call 965-8676 or visit velvet-jones.com.