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Early California – The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has three concurrent exhibits dedicated to California works from the early 1900s. “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 Jan. 7, WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., COST: $9 (discounts for seniors, students and children; free every Sunday), INFO: 963-4364.

UCSB Film Series – Whatever your political proclivities, Michael Winterbottom’s “The Road to Guantanamo” (Mon., Nov. 27) serves a horror story made even more harrowing by the knowledge that it’s based on recent events. Part documentary, part dramatic re-creation, the film focuses on a trio of British Muslims, dubbed the Tipton Three, who were mistakenly held as terrorists at Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charges. Winterbottom is no activist filmmaker – his recent movies include the literary comedy “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story” and “24 Hour Party People,” a vehicle for British actor Steve Coogan…. “A Scanner Darkly” (Wed., Nov. 29) is the latest from innovative director Richard Linklater using live-action photography overlaid with advanced animation process called rotoscoping. The result is an eerie texture that hovers between hyper-reality and color-drenched fantasy, perfect for the subject matter of substance abuse, paranoia and invasion of privacy. WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $6, INFO: 893-3535.

Dali and Dante – 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 their first public display. WHEN: noon to 5 pm Wed-Sun through Dec. 3, WHERE: UCSB campus (park in lot 23), COST: free, INFO: 893-7564.

Zart – Local artist Larry Iwerks hosts a weekly gathering of works by more than 32 local artists, primarily with a focus on landscape paintings, at his Weldon Art Ranch on the Mesa through the end of the year. Paintings of the Channel Islands, Santa Barbara native trees and stretches of local coastline will be accompanied by renditions of the Eastern Sierra Aspens and Death Valley desserts. WHEN: 1 pm to 4 pm weekends through Dec. 24, WHERE: 958 Weldon Rd. (near Arroyo Ave.), INFO: 965-5486.

Thursday, November 23

Turkey day – After you’ve had your fill of the big bird – or the tofu substitute, as the case may be – why not top it off with a turkey of a movie, since the cinemas are about the only places of business still open on the holiday? Oh, wait. It’s late November, when the studios unleash their Oscar-baiting fare, so you might be hard-pressed to find an egg-laying flick in local theatres, although you can certainly tune in for a second helping of grub with Richard Linklater’s “Fast Food Nation” or escape with the new James Bond in “Casino Royale.” Instead, may we submit “Bobby,” one of the best films of the year, or perhaps Chris Guest’s whimsical latest “For Your Consideration,” for your consideration? Both open today. (See page 48 for more on “Bobby” and our new movie listings with times and locations on page 43.)

Friday, November 24

Graying ‘Mr. Green’ – Ben Hammer made his Broadway debut in “The Great Sebastians,” which starred Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. He alternated with Joseph Schildkraut as Anne’s dad in the original production of “The Diary of Anne Frank, and played opposite Anne Bancroft, twice, directed once each by Jerome Robbins and Arthur Penn. Add in a plethora of film and television roles and it’s clear that the star of Ensemble Theatre Company’s new production of “Visiting Mr. Green” might have some acting chops. The show, which substitutes on the Ensemble’s schedule for “The Constant Wife,” also marks the Santa Barbara directing debut of Jonathan Fox, the company’s new executive artistic director. Meanwhile, the play, written by Jeff Baron, is a touching and compassionate cross-generational comedy-drama about a devout Jewish widower and a hot-shot finance executive who find themselves thrust together sharing more than they would have imagined. WHEN: 8 pm Tuesdays thru Saturdays and 2 pm and 7 pm Sunday through Dec. 17, WHERE: 914 State St., COST: $25-$37 (discounts for students, seniors and groups), INFO: 962–8606 or www.ensembletheatre.com.

Parody play – San Francisco-based comedy troupe Kasper Hauser brings its new production “SkyMaul” to town for one night only. Based on its just-published catalog parody of the same name, the edgy multimedia satire turns its keen eye and witty ear toward American consumerism with such products as the Llamacycle, Pepper Self-Spray and Adultery Detector. Labels such as “Pythonesque” have been applied to Kasper Hauser, who counts among its fans Dave Barry and Fred Willard. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo (Chapala @ De la Guerra upstairs), COST: $15, INFO: 963-0408,

Saturday, November 25

Shake, rattle and glow – For more than 30 years, Canada’s Famous People Players have electrified audiences from the Great White Way to the Great Wall of China with a high-energy blend of music and black light theater featuring life-size characters and ultraviolet colorful shows. Now they’re taking on the early stars of rock ‘n’ roll in the a production entitled “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” The tribute to ‘50s rock features black light glow-in-the-dark animated props painted in fluorescent colors and a life-size version of the famous musicians who dance along to the music. The 90-minute show is fast-paced fun for the whole family. WHEN: 7 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St., COST: $26.50, children $20.50, INFO: 963-0761.

Sunday, November 26

Finger food – It’s a Thanksgiving weekend concert with Bruce Goldish, Santa Barbara’s own master of fingerstyle guitar. If you’ve dropped by Butterfly Beach on a warm summer’s eve or drifted into parking lot No. 10 (the one next to Borders and the Fiesta Five Theatres) when the movies are getting out, chances are you’ve already heard Goldish’s sweet sounds, as he’s fond of packing his famous “Frog” guitar and small amp into his van and setting up to play guerilla-style wherever the muse strikes. Today, you can hear him inside in the sanctuary at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, an acoustic haven for Goldish’s stories, songs and nylon-string symphonies. WHEN: 3 pm, WHERE: 1535 Santa Barbara St., COST: $12, students/seniors $10, INFO: 965-4583,

Chip off the old keyboard – Havana native pianist Chuchito Valdes is a third-generation professional musician. His grandfather, Bebo, was the musical director at the famous Tropicana in the ‘40s and ‘50s prior to defecting after Castro took power, while his father, Chucho, founded both the highly influential Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna and Irakere, the outfit that popularized Cuban jazz for the world (and spawned both Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’Rivera). In addition to leading Irakere himself for two years, Valdes has played in various ensembles and toured all over the world, including performing at several major festivals and concert halls. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court, COST: $20 ($5 discount with dinner), INFO: 962-7776.

Monday, November 27

Jazz great – Getting jazz guitarist and composer Al Di Meola into a joint as small as SOhO is something of a booking coup for SB’s prime music club. The 52-year-old Di Meola is a true jazz pioneer, first as a furious fusion player during his early 20s in the most commercial version of Chick Corea’s highly-innovative Return to Forever and later as a mature solo artist who has most recently focused on acoustic-based world music. His 1976 solo debut “Land of the Midnight Solo” remains a masterpiece of the genre, while his latest opus, “Consequence of Chaos,” marks a return to the electric guitar and a reunion of sorts with Corea. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $35 ($5 discount with dinner), INFO: 962-7776.

Wednesday, November 29

Haven for Haden – Through his early, hectic associations with saxist Ornette Coleman and pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Charlie Haden may be considered one of the founding fathers of free-form jazz, but he’s also been involved in some of the most beautiful jazz recordings ever made. His output as an acoustic duo with guitarist Pat Metheny was astoundingly gorgeous, and his work with his own Quartet West has produced concerts and albums of exquisite taste and lush lyricism. It’s with that now 15-year old outfit – featuring saxist Ernie Watts and pianist Alan Broadbent – that Haden returns for tonight’s Lobero Jazz Series concert. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St., COST: $38 & $48 (patrons $100), INFO: 963-0761.

Ski flick – Extreme ski film guru Warren Miller’s latest, “Off the Grid,” takes viewers to remote locations around the globe where the world’s best skiers and riders take on huge mountains, steep terrain and deep powder. Segments from the U.S. Freeskier Open, Olympic trials and backcountry cliff drops are said to be jaw-dropping awesome. Attendees receive gift bags that include free lift tickets to Heavenly Resort. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High, 721 E. Cota St., COST: $19.50, INFO: 963-0761.

Thin is in – California-based singer-songwriters Jackie Greene and Tim Bluhm have joined forces to form Skinny Singers, but while the duo may be slight in stature, they’re super-phat in talent. Greene, the multi-instrumentalist (including Hammond B3!) exudes remarkable magnetism as well as true Renaissance man skills, and at the tender age of 26 has already compiled a catalogue that’s enviable for both its breadth and depth. His writing creates a pastiche of several genres, his chops on a slew of instruments draws frequent gasps, and his voice demands attention while it simultaneously soothes. Bluhm is the veteran of the duo, the founder and leader of the erstwhile ‘90s Northern California band Mother Hips, which presaged the jam band era with a frothy blend of bar band meets rootsy pop. Expect solo songs, duets and lots of audience interaction. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court, COST: $18 ($3 discount with dinner), INFO: 962-7776.

Thursday, November 30

Tea ceremony – Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens presents one of its periodic authentic Japanese Tea Ceremonies held in Shinkan-an, the Tea House on the garden’s south slope. The ceremony will be performed by OKYO Kasai, a certified master of the Urasenke School of Tea in Kyoto who will share her understanding of Cha-No-Yu, the Way of Tea. WHEN: 11 am to 1 pm, WHERE: 1212 Mission Canyon Rd., INFO: 682-4726 or www.sbbg.org.

Antler art – Santa Barbara-based artist Brad Nack is back with his eighth annual “100% Reindeer Art” show, a one-man Christmas-time exhibit/sale of his whimsical paintings of the antlered, sleigh-pulling critters. As in previous years, Nack has explored new ways to paint reindeer, this time coming up with 60 abstract selections. Each painting is elegantly framed and priced to sell – all of last year’s collection was already spoken for 15 minutes after the doors opened at the Frame Gallery. WHEN: Reception 6 pm to 9 pm tonight; show runs through Dec. 20, WHERE: 901 De La Vina St., COST: free, INFO: 957-1997.

Friday, December 1

Downtown Holiday Parade – Who needs snow when you’ve got Jim Ignatowsky, “Doc” Brown and Santa? Montecito resident Christopher Lloyd – who inimitably played both Iggy on TV’s “Taxi” and the zany “Doc” on the “Back to the Future” trilogy – serves as Grand Marshal for the annual parade down State Street ushering in the holiday season in tepid Santa Barbara. Santa Claus rides his festival sleigh, with a slew of marching bands, holiday floats, performing groups and others right behind, including the Holiday Prince & Fairy, who officially light the large Christmas tree at State & Victoria as well as the six smaller trees at each intersection along the parade route. This year’s theme, “The Magic of Toyland,” leaves plenty of room for imagination, which should delight the more than 40,000 spectators converging on downtown for the festivities. WHEN: 6:30 pm, WHERE: State Street from Sola to Cota, COST: free, INFO: 962-2098 ext. 22.