Ongoing

Comedy at SBCC – Santa Barbara City College Theatre Group offers up some frothy fall fun, kicking off its new season with the modern comedy “The Foreigner.” Larry Shue’s best-known work, the play finds Charlie, whose wife has left him at a rural Georgia Inn, pretending he doesn’t speak English to cover up his shame and shyness. Instead, he becomes privy to everybody’s secrets and important information that requires some quick decisions (and lots of comic timing). SBCC veteran Edward Lee handles the role made famous by Matthew Broderick in a 2004 Broadway revival. WHEN: Opens 8 pm Thursday, October 26, plays 8 pm Thursday through Saturday, 2 pm Sundays through November 4, WHERE: Garvin Theatre on SBCC’s West Campus, 800 Cliff Drive, COST: $19-$21 (discounts for students, seniors and groups), INFO: 965-5935.

Museum 3-in-1 – The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has three new exhibits dedicated to California works from the early part of last century. “Artists at Continent’s End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907” features 70 landscape paintings, photographs and works on paper; “Lost and Found: California Pictorialist Photographs from the Dennis Reed Collection" comprises 30 vintage prints drawn from more than 700 associated with the movement; “Alice Burr: A California Pictorialist Rediscovered” features 27 prints drawn from her strongest known and was organized in conjunction with the artist’s family. WHEN: 11 am to 5 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, through January 7, WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street, COST: $9 (discounts for seniors, students and children; free every Sunday), INFO: 963-4364.

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 Laurel 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: 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.

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 www.circlebarbtheatre.com.

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.

Wednesday, October 25

Checkered past – Santa Barbara Theatre Co. launches its second season with its first musical production, the long-running nostalgia comedy “Forever Plaid.” The members of a doo-wop quartet return to Earth for one final concert featuring such ‘50s and ’60s hits as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Sixteen Tons” and “Love is a Many Splendored Thing.” Drew Geraci makes his Santa Barbara Theatre debut as director. WHEN: 8 pm tonight through Friday (no performance Saturday), 2 pm Sunday, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido Street, COST: $15-$57.50 (subscriptions available at 963-7282), INFO: 963-0761.

CAMA commences – Pianist Emanuel Ax is soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra – the 35-year-old Grammy Award-winning quartet that is in residency at Carnegie Hall – in the season-opening concert from Community Artists Music Association. The all-Mozart program marking features the Overture to “Cosi Fan Tutte,” Symphony No. 35, “Haffner,” and – befitting the organization’s 88th season in Santa Barbara (one per key on the piano) – two piano concertos. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State Street, COST: $30-$65, INFO: 963-440.

Thursday, October 26

Sailing tall – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum once again welcomes the tall ship Lynx, a replica of an 1812 Baltimore Clipper Schooner, to the harbor for the weekend. Activities include a floatilla greeting, canon fire exchange and a pirate parley with councilmember Iya Falcone tonight; opportunities to walk the decks and learn the role of a privateer during the War of 1812 during daytime tours; and set sail on the open sea, including sail hoisting and line rigging tomorrow through Sunday afternoons. Get the complete details online at sbmm.org or call 962-8404 ext. 115.

Plant encounters – Santa Barbara Botanic Garden presents “A Few of My Favorite Things: Plant Encounters in Wild California,” with naturalist Nevin Smith. Hear his personal experiences with the special places and plants of California, including the often-unpredictable process of bringing these plants to California gardeners. A book signing follows the lecture. WHEN: 5:30 pm, WHERE: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, COST: $10 ($2 member discount), INFO: 682-4726 ext. 102 or www.sbbg.org.

Doonesbury in SB – Surely no one needs an introduction to Garry Trudeau, the cartoonist who more than 35 years ago created “Doonesbury,” the satirical commentary on contemporary American culture and politics that still runs in nearly 1,400 newspapers around the world. But his accomplishments transcend the strip. Trudeau, the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer Prize, has also garnered Oscar, Drama Desk and Grammy Award nominations for animated films, a Broadway musical and cast album all based on the strip, plus an Emmy for “Tanner ’88,” the HBO special he created with Robert Altman, and he’s written columns and essays for some of the best publications in the nation. Tonight’s rare visit is billed as a visual presentation, after which Trudeau will sign copies of his books. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State Street, COST: $40, INFO: 963-4408 or 893-3535.

Friday, October 27

Westmont downtown – Singers from eight high schools as far away as Palos Verdes and Morro Bay join Westmont’s men’s and women’s chorales, chamber singers and college choir for the Fall Choral Festival Concert. Each group will perform separate programs – the Westmont gang will tackle California contemporary composer Kirke Mechem’s “Island in Space” – before joining in a 400-strong mass choir to sing Mozart’s “Kyrie” from “Missa Brevis in B Flat.” WHEN: 7 pm, WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High, 721 East Cota Street, COST: free, INFO: 565-6040.

UCSB Music – Faculty pianist Hee-Kyung Juhn presents a CD release concert of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” to kick off the school’s fall music concert series. WHEN: 7 pm, WHERE: Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UCSB campus, COST: $12, general, $7 students, INFO: 893-7001 or www.music.ucsb.edu.

Saturday, October 28

ESQ plus Wu – Three-fourths of the estimable Emerson String Quarter return to town for a recital with pianist Wu Han at the Music Academy of the West. Violinist Philip Setzer, violist Eugene Drucker and cellist David Finckel are no strangers to Santa Barbara, having played at various venues around town; Han and Finckel serve as artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The foursome will perform works by Mozart and Brahms. The string players will also hold a free-to-the-public masterclass with UCSB students on campus from noon to 2 pm. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 1070 Fairway Road, COST: $55, INFO: 893-3535. Sunday, October 29

Day of the Dead I – Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents a free family craft activity day to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos. Make skeleton masks, decorate sugar skulls, create decorative banners and learn about the Aztec traditions behind the holiday that serves as the Mexican Halloween. WHEN: 11 am to 2 pm, WHERE: Casa de la Guerra, 15 East de la Guerra Street, COST: free, INFO: 965-0093.

Day of the Dead II – Music and dance performances, art-making activities, a special display of altars created by community groups and traditional refreshments are all part of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s 17th annual Dia celebration. Activities take place on the museum’s steps and throughout the galleries. WHEN: 1 pm 5 pm, WHERE: 1130 State Street, COST: free, INFO: 963-4364.

Children’s costume parade – The seventh annual parade starts at 11 am features toddlers and all ambling down State Street from Anapamu to de la Guerra Plaza followed by the Santa Barbara Fire Department’s annual Safety Fair with activities and food from 11 am to 2 pm. And don’t forget the Downtown Organization’s “Safe Trick or Treating” at area merchants from noon to 4 pm. Details at 564-3888.

Tuesday, October 31

Harmonious Halloween – Korean-Canadian pianist Wonny Song is the soloist for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s season-opening concert. Song, whose debut CD came out just last may, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concert No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37, with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Minor (“Scottish”) also on the bill. The concert also marks the introduction of the orchestra’s new pre-concert Supper Club, featuring local restaurants – Mondial in October – serving on the Lobero patio before the new 7:30 pm start time. WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 West Canon Perdido Street, COST: $42.50 & $37.50, INFO: 963-0761.

Thursday, November 2

On the Beat – It’s been half a century since poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti opened his seminal City Lights bookstore in San Francisco – it still stands a shining beacon in the city’s North Beach district – and published Allen Ginsberg’s revolutionary “Howl,” the controversial work that became the focus on a landmark First Amendment ruling. The only surviving writer among his generation’s Beat poets, the 87-year-old Ferlinghetti’s “A Coney Island of the Mind” continues to be one of the most popular poetry book in the U.S., while his most recent work, “Americus Book I,” came out just two years ago. Ferlinghetti will read from his works and sign books after the show. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $10, INFO: 893-3535.

MOMIX at Lobero – A modern-dance company formed 20 years ago by Pilobolus Dance Company co-founder Moses Pendleton, MOMIX rivals Cirque du Soleil for blending movement with illusion in surreal, magical evenings of theater. The current show “Lunar Sea” comprises two parts: “Sea of Tranquility,” featuring phosphorescent sea creatures that seem to float from the darkness in a stage transformed into a moonscape, and “Bay of Seething,” sporting angelic puppets in a more upbeat scene propelled by music from Hans Zimmer. WHEN: 8 pm tonight and tomorrow, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 West Canon Perdido Street, COST: $35 & $45, INFO: 963-0761.

Friday, November 3

Sales, rummage & boutique – The annual Starr-King Rummage Sale is a sale bonanza for the whole family, featuring toys, clothes, furniture, books, electronics, tools, home-baked goods and much more, nearly all of it high-quality goods. Proceeds benefit the private pre-school’s parent-child workshop. WHEN: 9:30 am to 5 pm today, 9:30 am to 1 pm tomorrow, WHERE: 1525 ½ Santa Barbara Street, INFO: 966-1325. Also, the Junior League of Santa Barbara Monster Rummage Sale and Blood & Bone Marrow Drive is an even more massive one-day extravaganza that takes over the main exhibit hall at the Earl Warren Showgrounds on Saturday, November 4. Earnings go to the organization’s community projects, and shoppers who donate blood get $5 off their purchases. WHEN: 8:30 am to 3 pm, WHERE: Las Positas and Calle Real, INFO: 963-2704. Finally, the Breast Cancer Resource Center’s annual holiday boutique, also on Saturday, November 4, boasts plants, crafts, pottery, jewelry, decorations and stocking stuffers plus a giant yard sale. WHEN: 9 am to 4 pm, WHERE: 525 West Junipero Street, INFO: 569-0693.

Westmont Chamber Orchestra – The college’s ensemble ventures off campus for two concerts celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth and introducing new violin professor Philip Ficsor. The program features a symphony, violin concerto and piano concerto all of which Mozart wrote between the ages of 14-21, chosen to mirror the age of the school’s student body. WHEN: 8 pm tonight, 7 pm Sunday, WHERE: Tonight: Abravanel Hall at the Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road; Sunday: First Presbyterian Church, 21 East Constance, COST: $5, INFO: 565-6040.

Saturday, November 4

CAMA concert – The 88th season continues with the annual appearance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with British-born maestro Jonathan Nott, principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, at the podium. The program includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 6, contemporary master Hans Werner Henze’s Erlkönig, and Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major featuring Grammy-winning American violinist Joshua Bell as soloist. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State Street, COST: $35-$75, INFO: 963-4408 or www.camasb.org.

Sunday, November 5

Going for baroque – Musica Antiqua Köln kicks off the 2006-07 Pearl Chase Society Music Series with a concert of 17th and 18th century music at the historic Christ the King Chapel at the former St. Anthony’s Seminary. The 30-year-old Grammy-nominated Baroque chamber music ensemble has announced its retirement following the current tour. Today’s concert program includes Johann David Heinichen’s Overture G-dur, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto g-moll BWV 1056 R and Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Hypocondrie á 7 concertanti (ZWV 187). A reception with the artists takes place between performances. WHEN: 2 pm to 5 pm, COST: $30, INFO: 893-3535.

Monday, November 6

Best and Al-brightest – Madeleine K. Albright, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State as well as ambassador to the United Nations (both under President Clinton), talks about world politics, current state of affairs and life inside and beyond the Beltway. In her recently published book “The Mighty and The Almighty – Reflections on America, God and World Affairs,” Albright re-examines the role of faith in foreign policy, addressing the controversial questions of the day including America as theocracy and our role in spreading democracy to the Middle East and beyond. As part of her only public West Coast appearance this trip, Albright will also attend a private dinner benefiting Arts & Lectures that will be held prior to the lecture (call 893-3449). She’ll stay after her speech to sign books. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State Street, COST: $40, INFO: 963-4408 or 893-3535.

Tuesday, November 7

Huang time – Only 22, pianist Helen Huang can already boast of a 14-year career that began with a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has included solo spots with the Cleveland Orchestra and New York and London Philharmonics. Huang, who won the Avery Fisher Award at age 11, plays works by Haydn, Schubert, Liszt, Debussy, Lowell Liebermann and Chinese-American composer Zhou Long. WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street, COST: $19 ($4 discount for members), INFO: 963-4364.