Coward comedy at Bar B – Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre closes its season with Noel Coward’s comedy of manners “Relative Values.” Set in the 1950s, the play follows an American movie star and a British Earl who want to marry but first have to get through the members of his household and an American actor who all have other plans. Jim Cook, who has helmed theatrical productions in Santa Barbara for nearly 40 years, directs. WHEN: Friday & Saturday evenings at 6 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm through October 29, WHERE: Refugio Road, COST: $40, seniors $32 on Sundays (includes dinner and the show), INFO: 967-1962 or

‘Dames’ in Danish-land – PCPA Theaterfest winds up the summer season with the dynamic, toe-tapping musical “Dames at Sea.” The spoof of Busby Berkeley backstage films such as 1942 made Bernadette Peters into a star when it ran Off-Broadway in 1969, and features such memorable numbers and “Raining in My Heart” and “Broadway Baby.” Say goodbye to Solvang with a song in your heart. WHEN: 8 pm Wednesday through Sunday through October 8, WHERE: 420 Second Street, Solvang, COST: $18.25-$29.75; discounts available for students, seniors, children and subscribers INFO: 922-8313

Wednesday, September 27

Born to Loose – Santa Barbara has another new theater company! The Loose Affiliation of Artists – formed just last April by three recent theater graduates of local colleges (including two Westmont alums) and a 15-year veteran – presents the local debut of Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things.” Written by the writer-director of “Your Friends and Neighbors” and “In the Company of Men” and the current film “The Wicker Man,” the play explores the difficult questions of the price one will pay in the search for love. And here’s something new: a cocktail hour (beer and wine served) precedes each performance at 7 pm. WHEN: 8 pm tonight-Saturday and October 5-7, WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo (Chapala @ De la Guerra), COST: free preview tonight, $15 general (students and under 30 $10), INFO: 963-0408 or

New UAM show – University Art Museum’s new exhibit “Dali’s Divine Comedy,” comprises a comprehensive selection of wood engraving prints created by the famed surrealist for Dante Alighieri’s epic Renaissance masterpiece. The 100 prints – completed over the course of a decade later in the painter’s career – correspond to the three canticas of “The Divine Comedy” and are part of the museum’s permanent collection, although this is its first public display. WHEN: noon to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday, today through December 3, WHERE: UCSB campus (park in lot 23), COST: free, INFO: 893-7564.

Thursday, September 28

Old Town Harvest Festival – Santa Barbara’s Downtown Organization sponsors this opportunity to eat, drink and be merry at various locations right in the heart of town in this extremely popular annual event. Local growers from the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market are paired with restaurants to present tasty appetizers prepared with fresh in-season produce and other ingredients, and you can sample local wines and a special harvest beer from Santa Barbara Brew Co., as you move between the various establishments. The final party ups the ante with more food, a raffle and music by King Bee. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Children’s Holiday Parade. WHEN: Tour 5 pm to 7:30 pm; party 7 pm to 9 pm, WHERE: Begins and ends at Samy’s Camera, 614 Chapala Street, COST: $40 (advance purchase recommended), INFO: 962-2098 ext. 22 or

Hubbard’s hope – Montecito resident Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Foundation for Conscious Evolution is producing a seven-DVD series of programs entitled “Humanity Ascending…a new way through together” with the aim of inspiring people’s ability to hope and thrive in these challenging times. The first film, “Our Story,” which has been narrated by Hubbard, spans the history of evolution from the Big Bang to where we are today, on the precipice, as Hubbard says, of possible transformation. Hubbard will conduct a post-screening Q&A discussion followed by a wine and cheese reception. WHEN: 7 pm, WHERE: Riviera Theater, 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, COST: $12, INFO: 682-3222.

Surfrider benefit – The Surfrider Foundation evening includes the premiere of Wes Brown’s “Peel: The Peru Project” movie – ostensibly his latest surf film but which also includes visits to Machu Picchu and other archeological sites – plus a grand raffle featuring a custom-made surfboard and an after-party concert featuring Ventura’s new sensation singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, whose brand new major-label debut, “So Much More,” is making huge waves of its own. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 West Canon Perdido Street, COST: $25 ($12 movie only), INFO: 963-0761.

Friday, September 29

ARTWALK 2006 – Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s 18th annual ArtWalk featuring the Oak Group includes more than 200 art exhibits plus live music, food, wine and other refreshments strewn along the oak-shaded banks of Mission Creek at the museum. All of the works displayed are for sale, with a portion of proceeds supporting the museum’s programs. The Oak Group – an organization of environmentally conscious artists whose mission is to preserve, protect and celebrate our natural heritage – is also featured in a new exhibition opening today called “SB’s Landscape Legacy,” celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary. Tonight’s Artist & Patrons Gala Reception offers an early peek at the artwork and an opportunity to meet the artists. WHEN: Reception 6 pm to 8 pm tonight; ArtWalk 10 am to 5 pm tomorrow and Sunday, WHERE: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, COST: $50 reception; ArtWalk $7, INFO: 682-4711.

ETC embraces Pinter – Ensemble Theater Co., launches its 27th season with Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.” One of the 2005 Nobel laureate’s most accessible plays, “Betrayal” charts a seven-year affair between a literary agent and the wife of his best friend in reverse chronological order. While the technique has become a gimmick made popular by such movies as “Memento,” Pinter uses the time shifting to elicit even greater poignancy out of his two nimble characters, whose sharp language and subtle nuances require close attention. WHEN: Opens 8 pm tonight, continues Tuesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm and 7 pm through October 22, WHERE: 914 State Street, COST: $25-$37 (discounts for seniors, students, groups), INFO: 962-8606 or

Saturday, September 30

Airport Adventure – Here’s your chance to check out a Blackhawk helicopter, mosh with the local M.A.S.H. unit or explore a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue chopper as the Santa Barbara Airport hosts local emergency responders and their aircraft. The event offers hands-on exploration of vintage, modern and experimental flying machines, including seaplanes, corporate jets, gliders, helicopters and war planes. Firefighting, rescue dogs and water drops will be demonstrated, and a variety of other interactive exhibits plus marching music and other aviation tunes from the Prime Time Band make this a day for kids of all ages. WHEN: 9 am to 3 pm, WHERE: 1495 Cook Place, COST: free, INFO: 967-7111 or

Book & Author Festival – The 7th annual event moves uptown a few blocks away from de la Guerra Plaza in front of the News-Press building to perhaps a more literary location at the Santa Barbara Library, but still features a same loaded lineup of panels, award presentations, readings, author appearances, booths and more (e.g. a new Scrabble tournament!). This year’s honorees include mystery writer Robert Crais, poet Jane Hirshfield, and Chicano literature winner Helena Maria Viramontes. The mission is bringing books to life for everyone, and all events are free. Get a complete schedule online at WHEN: 10 am to 5 pm, WHERE: 40 East Anapamu Street, INFO: 962-9500.

Night for Sight – SEE International’s 32nd annual gala is dubbed “An Evening with the Rat Pack” where you can dance the night away to a tribute band live from Las Vegas. The event also includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, raffle for a European Cruise and a seated dinner show. Dress in the cool glamour appropriate for the swinging ’60s. WHEN: 6 pm to 11 pm, WHERE: Fess Parker Doubletree Inn, 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, COST: $175, INFO: 963-3304.

Sunday, October 1

Smooth Jazz Festival – The third annual event ups the ante via both a change of venue – from the Doubletree Resort to the hilltop lawn at the SB Zoo – and a fresh lineup featuring the return to Santa Barbara of elegant English-bred chanteuse Julia Fordham for her first local concert in three years. Also on the bill are Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship guitarist), Warren Hill, Vega, Ray Parker Jr., (“Ghostbusters”) and Chris Standring. Co-sponsored by Magic 106.3 FM, the event also offers wine tasting, good booths and of course, the view of the ocean. WHEN: 3 pm to 8 pm, WHERE: 500 Ninos Drive, COST: INFO: (866) 468-3399 or or

Afternoon with the author – John Berendt, author of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” reads from his latest work, “The City of Falling Angels.” Critics have called the new book “The ‘Midnight’ of Venice, Italy,” as Berendt again mines the quaint eccentricities of a unique city and its inhabitants. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the reading. WHEN: 3 pm, WHERE: Victoria Hall, 33 West Victoria Street, COST: free, INFO: 893-3535.

Classical Savion – Savion Glover, the Tony Award winner for “Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk” and arguably the top tap dancer in America today, branches beyond the urban roots for a genre-busting night of dancing to classical music. Following two smash local appearances with his jazz ensemble, Glover’s show this evening is being billed as a marriage of the improvisational elements of the jazz tap tradition with the structured themes of classical music as “the percussionist of the feet” will dance to a live string quartet performing such works as Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto.” WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 West Canon Perdido Street, COST: $65, INFO: 963-0761.

Monday, October 2

UCSB film series underway – The Fall Cinema series kicks off tonight with a double bill from Werner Herzog, the German master of bringing the conflicting qualities of the obsessed to the screen. Both his 1973 fictional classic “Aguirre, The Wrath of God,” which chronicles the imperialist exploits of Spanish conquistadors, and last year’s “Grizzly Man,” the disturbing documentary of self-appointed bear expert Timothy Treadwelll, will be screened. On October 5, it’s the 2005 documentary “The Real Dirt on Farmer John,” the true story of maverick All-American farmer John Peterson and the resurrection of his family business as an organic farm following the debt crisis of the 1980s. WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $6, INFO: 893-3535.

Wednesday, October 4

Peyroux redux – Jazz vocalist Madeleine Peyroux returns to UCSB a year after her smashing Santa Barbara debut to kick off the 2006-07 season from UCSB’s Arts & Lectures. With her just-released third album, “Half the Perfect World” Peyroux continues to invoke Billie Holiday with a captivating blend of soulful blues and jazz encompassing several originals plus inventive covers of Leonard Cohen’s “Blue Alert,” Tom Waits’s “(Looking for) the Heart of Saturday Night,” and Joni Mitchell’s “River.” WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $46, INFO: 893-3535.

Thursday, October 5

RTC takes on the ‘Man’ – The Rubicon Theatre Co., closes out its year-long Dale Wasserman festival with the playwright’s best-loved work, “Man of La Mancha.” The production – timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the publishing of “Don Quixote,” upon which “La Mancha” is based – represents the largest and most lavish musical ever to appear on the theater’s intimate stage. The five-time Tony Award-winning musical, which features the moving hit “The Impossible Dream,” has a cast of 25. WHEN: Previews at 8 pm tonight and tomorrow, opens Saturday at 7 pm, continues Wednesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, plus matinees at 2 pm, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sunday through November 5, WHERE: Laurel Theater, 1106 East Main Street, Ventura, COST: $34-$59, discounts available, INFO: 667-2900.

Friday, October 6

Charity Masquerade Party – The first of a planned monthly “Full Moon Party” takes place tonight on the rooftop of the new Andalucia Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, music and a fire-dance performance and feel good about it as all net proceeds are earmarked for the Westside Boys & Girls Club. Will it become the new “Nights?” WHEN: 9 pm to midnight, WHERE: 100 West Carrillo Street, COST: $40 in advance, $50 at the door, INFO: 705-7077.

Saturday, October 7

Pow-wow – The 11th annual Chumash Pow-Wow Drum and Dance competition features Native American music, dance, food, arts & crafts, pottery, jewelry and more. Everyone’s welcome to enjoy free admission and overnight camping, but leave the alcohol at home. WHEN: 10 am to 9 pm today, 10 am to 6 pm tomorrow, WHERE: Live Oak Campground, near San Marcos Golf Course off Highway 154, COST: $3 for parking only, INFO: (800) CHUMASH.

Morris dancing – It’s dancing by the sea featuring lively performances by five troupes offering four types of Morris Dance, an old form of ritual dancing that originated in England and named after the Moores who occupied Spain during the Middle Ages. The dancers, who wear bells below their knees and wave or clash sticks as they perform, will offer Cotswold Morris, Northwest Morris, Swords of Gridlock and English Step Dancing on the front patio of the Maritime Museum. The troupes will also perform at various other venues around town this month, including the Santa Barbara Zoo. WHEN: 2 pm and 3:30 pm, WHERE: Santa Barbara Harbor, 113 Harbor Way, COST: free, INFO: 962-8404.

Sunday, October 8

Fiddler’s Convention – The 35th annual gathering of old-time musicians features contests, performances and plenty of jamming on the sprawling and splendiferous lawns at Stow House. WHEN: 10 am to 5 pm, WHERE: 304 North Los Carneros Road, COST: $15, seniors/teens $10, children $5, INFO: 964-4407.

Monday, October 9

WWI founder discusses war – Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi presents a free lecture based on her new book “The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope,” which chronicles her work with female victims of conflict across the globe, from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Rwanda, in recovering from brutality to find lives of courage, healing and renewal. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Victoria Hall, 33 West Victoria Street, COST: free, INFO: 893-3535.

Tuesday, October 10

Nobel economist lectures – Joseph Stiglitz, author of “Globalization and its Discontents,” discusses “Making Globalization Work” in a public lecture at UCSB. Stiglitz, who was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Clinton and chief economist of the World Bank from 1997-2000, won the 2001 Nobel Prize for his work on the economics of information. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $10, INFO: 893-3535.

The ‘Genius’ of John – Guitarist John Scofield has been under the spell of Ray Charles since, like so many of us, he first heard “Hit the Road Jack” on the radio. Now, the jazz great is paying tribute to the late soul legend with a new album, “That’s What I Say,” and a tribute concert featuring Dean Bowman on vocals that’s sure to be one of the jazz-soul highlights of the year. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 West Canon Perdido Street, COST: $35 & $45 (patrons $100), INFO: 963-0761.