Meal time – Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre’s second play of the new season is the aptly named “The Dining Room.” Written by A. R. Gurney, author of “Love Letters” and “Sylvia,” the setting is the eating area of a well-off family’s home, while the action consists of a mosaic of unrelated scenes, that are, as expected, alternately humorous, poignant and rueful. Six actors, including Montecito favorite Ed Giron, handle all the roles. WHEN: Friday & Saturday evenings at 6 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm through July 2, WHERE: Refugio Road, COST: $40, seniors $32 on Sundays, INFO: 967-1962 or

Living things – The Museum of Natural History’s “Toadally Frogs” takes a close-up look at more than 20 live species of the amphibians from around the world, from Dart Frogs to Clawed Frogs. The museum sister Sea Center’s “Sharks…bite size” showcases the tiny brethren of the Great White, including swell sharks, horn sharks, thornback rays and more, none of which measure more than 12 inches. Both exhibits free with regular admission.

Migrants in art – While politicos countrywide debate the immigration problem, Santa Barbara Museum of Art traces 100-year history of migrant workers in California in the new exhibit “Taking Root.” Vintage prints by photographers from the Works Progress program and Life and Look magazine and documents of Cesar Chavez’s legendary march to Sacramento are on view at the museum, while contemporary prints by News-Press photographers of Mixtec strawberry pickers in Santa Maria can be seen at Channing-Peake Gallery. WHEN: 11 am to 5 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, through August 6, WHERE: 1130 State Street, COST: $9 (discounts for seniors, students and children; free every Sunday), INFO: 963-4364.

Art in parts – The two sides of “Contradiction” – Jack N. Mohr’s new art installation – are different enough that he’s showing them in two segments. Part I runs June 17-July 4, while a new set of abstract mixed media paintings exhibit June 21-July 9. Only one artist reception, though, tonight from 6 pm to 9 pm. WHEN: 1 pm to 6 pm Wednesday through Sunday, WHERE: Artamo Gallery, 11 West Anapamu Street, INFO: 568-1400 or

Friday, June 2

Figure this – Jorgen Hansen has been teaching figure drawing at SBCC Adult Ed for 28 years, and now his students are artists behind the first all-figure drawing show ever to hang in the main Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library. Most of the work – some by well-known Santa Barbara artists – was created in Room 3 at the Schott Center, Hansen’s classroom since 1978. A reception with Hansen, 84, is will be held from 5 pm to 8 pm on June 9, and he will give an informal talk about it at 7 pm on June 13. WHEN: Opens today, WHERE: 40 East Anapamu Street, COST: free, INFO: 687-0812.

Surf’s up – Ride an onshore wave back to the ‘60s for an evening of surf music with the Surfaris, best known for its monster hit “Wipe Out.” Other activities include a silent auction for a longboard from Progressive Surfboards, and a raffle to win surfing gear and other prizes. WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, COST: $15, children $7 (discount for members), INFO: 682-4711 ext. 170 or

The mark of Z – Pamela Z, internationally-known as a unique musician who combines operatic vocals with electronic processing, sampled sounds and interactive video, performs in collaboration with Robin Cox Ensemble. Her Santa Barbara debut combines the natural voice with cutting edge technology. WHEN: 8 pm today and tomorrow, WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo (Chapala @ De la Guerra), COST: $18, students $13, INFO: 963-0408.

Saturday, June 3

Irish festival – Soda bread, corn beef & cabbage, lots of beer, Irish crafts and clothing, step dancing, jigs, reels and hornpipes all in one place can only mean one thing – it’s the annual Santa Barbara Irish Festival. That means two days of non-stop activities on both sides of Oak Park’s wooden bridge. WHEN: 11 am to 7 pm today and tomorrow, WHERE: Alamar & Junipero Streets, COST: free, INFO: 687-4343 or

Farmworker discussion – As part of its new exhibit – “The New Okies: Same Field, Different Workers” – Santa Barbara Museum of Art hosts a panel discussion with five farmworkers, past and present, talking about their experiences as migrants in the fields of California. The panel is comprised of two Dust Bowl refugees who worked as children in Weedpatch in 1941, a former migrant from Guadalupe who picked lettuce in the early ‘50s, and two Mixtec Indians from Oaxaca, Mexico, who pick strawberries in the Santa Maria Valley today. WHEN: 3 pm to 5 pm, WHERE: 1130 State Street, COST: free, INFO: 963-4364.

Kiwi gala – Take a trip Down Under as the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum hosts “Passport to New Zealand,” its third annual gala. The colorful, casual evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a grand New Zealand buffet catered by the Waterfront Grill, specialty wines, a live auction and dancing to Swing Break. New Zealand’s consul-general Rob Taylor is Honorary Chair for the event, which also honors Jean and Barry Schuyler for their years of service to the museum. WHEN: 6 pm to 11 pm, WHERE: 113 Harbor Way, COST: $175, INFO: 962-8404, ext. 103.

Blue room – Roomful of Blues could just as easily describe what happens to the hall at the Earl Warren Showgrounds when the Santa Barbara Blues Society takes over for one of its monthly concerts, but this time it also indicates the name of the band that will perform as well. The jump blues-wielding band has been around for a long, long time – 39 years – long enough to have earned props way back when from no less than Count Basie, plus five Grammy noms. The boys know how to put on a show. So put on your dancing shoes and head on over. WHEN: 8:30 pm, WHERE: 3400 Calle Real, COST: $30 (members $25), college students $15, high school $10; VIP $40 (members $35), INFO: 897-0060 or

Sunday, June 4

Expedition remote broadcasts – Explore the floor of the Aegean Sea and the Greek Island of Thera with famed oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard as the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum brings Immersion Presents’ “Ancient Eruptions!” to the Munger Theatre. Ballard leads an international team of scientists in exploring the waters to learn more about the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Thera that took place 3,600 years ago, as they search for fascinating geology, collect volcanic samples for analysis, and look for signs of life. In addition to the live broadcasts, the museum offers fun, engaging, hands-on activities covering geology, biology, technology, history, and math designed to educate and entertain, and features interactive educational materials designed to spark scientific minds. WHEN: 9 am and 10 am daily through June 8, WHERE: 113 Harbor Way, COST: free with regular admission ($6, students $3), INFO: 962-8404, ext. 109.

Afternoon of song – Santa Barbara Jazz Society presents Full D.E.K., the cryptic name for local jazz stalwarts Debbie Denke (piano), Eje Lynn-Jacobs (percussion) and Kim Collins (bass) in a special afternoon concert featuring as special guest saxophonist Jon Crosse, who has played alongside Wayne Shorter, Benny Carter, and Freddie Hubbard among others. WHEN: 1 pm to 4 pm, WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court, COST: $15 (members $12), INFO: 969-0317.

TRAP-ped again – The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) fourth annual summer benefit is much more than a concert. Yep, there’s an extraordinary lineup of musicians – Daniel de los Reyes, Walfredo Reyes Jr. and Perla Batalla – but there’s also a community drum circle bringing together the disabled population, students and community members, an auction of a drumhead signed by all the artists plus other musical swag, food by Stir Crazy Catering, and a display of artwork by people with disabilities from all over the U.S. sponsored by Artists For Autism. WHEN: 1 pm to 6 pm, WHERE: Girls, Inc., 5315 Foothill Road, Carpinteria, COST: $10, INFO: 745-8280 or

Venetian Carnival – Revisit an era of decadence as Opera Santa Barbara stages its annual benefit event boasting an Italian feast, opera arias, a live auction and a costume competition for season opera passes. The three-course dinner is catered by the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, while Palmina and Royal Oaks Vineyards pour the wines; between courses, soprano Olga Chernisheva and tenor Harold Grey Meers regale attendees with arias. WHEN: 5:30 pm, WHERE: Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 100 East Anapamu Street, COST: $225, INFO: 898-3890.

Wednesday, June 7

Pajama game – Just when you thought the Summer Solstice parade couldn’t get any sillier, along comes this benefit fundraiser where you’re actually encouraged to dine out in your pajamas. The idea behind it is to promote this year’s theme: Dreams. Local celebrity guest waiters (including Mayor Marty Blum) serve up fare from Pascucci’s regular menu, and all proceeds, including tips, support Summer Solstice. No need for sleepwear when Aldo’s hosts a similar event from 5 pm to 9:30 pm on June 13. WHEN: 5 pm to 10 pm, WHERE: 729 State Street, INFO: 965-3396 or

Thursday, June 8

Ojai Music Festival – Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is this year’s music director and he’s bringing along a whole bunch of friends. The full Grammy-winning symphony plus the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus handle the bulk of the concerts, which includes several works by a Spano favorite, contemporary composer Osvaldo Golijov. Soprano Dawn Upshaw, vocalist Luciana Souza, and new music ensemble eight blackbird are among other guests for the four days of the 60th annual festival. Get a complete schedule online at or call 646-2094.

Crime pays – Santa Barbara prosecutor Joyce Dudley, author of two recent well-received crime novels, discusses the writing process and the challenges of publishing during an open monthly meeting of the Screenwriters Association of Santa Barbara. WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: Borders, 900 State Street, COST: free.

Friday, June 9

Musical marriage – Super virtuoso violinist Gilles Apap and Brazilian singer-guitarist Teka – both locals – had such a good time when they blended their respective ensembles and mixed musical tastes for a benefit concert two months ago, they’re doing it again. A wine and cheese reception is held during intermission. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: The Center of the Heart, 487 North Turnpike Road, COST: $15, INFO: 964-4861.

Saturday, June 10

Caribbean festival – Music from the Islands, including reggae and calypso, wafts across Oak Park while you sample jerk chicken entrees and fruit drinks, engage in a little rhythmic dancing or shop at a myriad of booths offering clothing and other wares at the annual festival, one of the few remaining ethnic events at Oak Park. WHEN: 11 am to 7 pm, WHERE: Alamar & Junipero Streets, COST: free, INFO: 687-4701 or

Wine festival – The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s creek side setting is the location for this event offering an opportunity to taste selected red and white wines from the county’s premier vineyards, paired with delectable treats from choice restaurants in the area. WHEN: 2 pm to 5 pm, WHERE: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, COST: $75 (members $50), INFO: 682-4711 ext. 443 or

Tapas, Vino y Arte – Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation invites you to dine on delights from nearly a dozen local restaurants, sample wine more than half a dozen vintners and take in (and hopefully bid on) works of art from nearly two dozen local painters and more. As part of the Trust’s second annual fundraiser, you’ll also get an early look at two newly reconstructed rooms in the Presidio Chapel, the family quarters on the northwest corner. WHEN: 4 pm to 7 pm, WHERE: 123 East Canon Perdido Street, COST: $75, INFO: 965-0093.

Masterpiece Ball – If you thought the Museum of Art went all out transforming itself for the summertime NIGHTS soirees, you haven’t seen anything! “La Belle Epoque,” tonight’s gala ball sponsored by the Women’s Board, turns the space into a luxurious Parisian nightclub, complete with cabaret and cancan entertainment and other delights of French opulence, reminiscent of the nation’s “beautiful period.” A sumptuous four-course, French-inspired dinner comes via the culinary artistry of Village Modern Foods, followed by dancing to the music of Julie Christensen and Stone Cupid and a high-end silent auction. WHEN: 7 pm, WHERE: 1130 State Street, COST: $250, INFO: 884-6428.

Glenn lives! – Regular Saturday Night Ballroom Dance ups the ante hosting Big Band Now and featuring a 16-piece big band orchestra directed by Dick Clark playing Glenn Miller’s hits and more for your dancing pleasure. WHEN: 8 pm to 11 pm, WHERE: Carrillo Ballroom, 100 East Carrillo Street, COST: $10 (lesson 7-8pm additional $5), INFO: 897-2519 or 967-1819.

Sunday, June 11

Vroom, vroom – The Second Annual Santa Ynez Classic brings more than 100 classic cars and motorcycles to the heart of the Valley for a family outing that also offers gourmet food, beer, wine and soft drinks. Race car driver Dan Gerber has three cars entered, and the real 1964 Ford GT350 made for a LeMans challenge is also present. Call for info about a kick-off party and tour on Saturday, and a time trial in the morning. WHEN: 11 am to 4 pm, WHERE: Dunn School, 2555 West Highway 246, Los Olivos, COST: $20, under 15 free, INFO: 708-5598 or

Spring Fling – It’s an afternoon of fun for the whole family that also supports children with cancer. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s annual event sports food for the family plus drinks, music, socializing and a silent auction for adults, and art projects, face painting, a cartoonist, games, an obstacle course and more for the kids. WHEN: 3 pm to 6 pm, WHERE: Beach Grill at Padaro, 3767 Santa Claus Lane, COST: $25, children $10 (ages 13-17), INFO: 962-7466.

Tuesday, June 13

Jazzy reunion – When vibraphonist Gary Burton lured his late-‘70s quartet players guitarist Pat Metheny and bassist Steve Swallow to regroup for a show at the Montreal Jazz Festival last summer, it was supposed to be a one-off reunion. But the concert was such a hit with both musicians and fans that put it together again for a recent tour of Japan and have booked six shows in the U.S., one of which is tonight at the Lobero. Metheny’s drummer, Antonio Sanchez, rounds out the lineup for the concert, which promises to be a highlight of the year in straight-ahead jazz. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 West Canon Perdido Street, COST: $50 & $60, INFO: 963-0761.