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Farce by the sea – It sounds like a caper by the Goleta slough, but “Dogsbreath Devereaux, The Dastardly Doctor or Nurses! Foiled Again!” is merely the whimsical title for Seaside Theatre's first production of 2007. The plot, such as it is, finds the evil M.D. planning to wed and do away with the wealthy widow Lotta Cash so he can inherit her fortune – and her late husband's clinic. Feel free to cheer and boo at will: with characters named Nurse Ivy Dripp and Dr. Phil Good, you know this ain’t a serious drama! WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm, through April 1 WHERE: Theatre Molly Barbey, at Girls Inc., 5315 Foothill Rd., Carpinteria, COST: $12, students/seniors $10, children under 12 $5 INFO: 684-6380 or www.seasidetheatre.com.

Updated ‘Anne’ – After two recent world premieres, Rubicon Theater Company’s current production returns to the traditional, albeit with a new twist. Based on the true story of a young Jewish girl’s writings while hiding in her father’s office during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, “The Diary of Anne Frank” chronicles just about every human emotion and has become a dramatic favorite. RTC will stage a recent adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, based on the 1955 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Goodrich and Hackett, and including new passages from Anne’s writings. WHEN: Wednesdays at 2 pm & 7 pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm & 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm; ends April 1, WHERE: Laurel Theater, 1106 E. Main St., Ventura, COST: $25-$45, discounts available, INFO: 667-2900.

Thursday, March 29

‘Open’ for business – Santa Barbara Community Action Network and the Rape Crisis Center co-host the Santa Barbara premiere of the film “Open Window.” The movie is a hard-boiled examination of the impact when a just-engaged struggling photographer played by Robin Tunney is brutally raped in a random sexual assault; Elliot Gould and Cybil Shepard co-star. “Open Window” is the directing debut of Mia Goldman, whose editing curricula vitae includes “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “The Big Easy.” The writer-director and a panel of local officials will be on hand for a Q&A discussion following the screening. WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: Metro 4 Cinemas, 618 State St., COST: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, INFO: 563-0463.

Saturday, March 31

Fiesta auditions – The annual Spirit of Fiesta dance auditions are Santa Barbara’s version of “Dancing with the Stars” crossed with “American Idol” on a single night. Nine women are competing to be selected Senior Spirit while 19 girls are auditioning for Junior Spirit. The competition event is also a benefit for the Old Spanish Days celebration itself. WHEN: 1 pm, WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High, 721 E. Cota St., COST: $20, INFO: 962-8101.

Matinee concert – Santa Barbara Music Club offers another afternoon of various classical selections including Bruch’s “Eight Pieces,” with Tom Turner, viola, Nancy Mathison, clarinet, and Donna Massello-Chiacos, piano; Bach’s Suite in D Major played by violist Andreas Birk; and songs by Britten, di Capua, Grieg and Strauss, performed by Takako Wakita, soprano, with John Sonquist on piano. WHEN: 3 pm, WHERE: Faulkner Gallery, Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St., COST: free, INFO: 683-0811 or www.sbmusicclub.org.

Poetry Festival – April is National Poetry Month and Santa Barbara joins the celebration with a plethora of events in tribute to the magic of language. Today’s kick-off at the Contemporary Arts Forum (above Paseo Nuevo mall) is Santa Barbara Poetry Series event presenting David Starkey and Cecilia Woloch reading from their works 7 pm to 9 pm. On Tuesday, the city welcomes its second Poet Laureate, Perie Longo, who takes over from Barry Spacks in a ceremony during the City Council meeting at 2 pm. An open mike at the Good Cup Coffee House (1819 Cliff Dr.) from 6 pm to 7:45 pm on Wednesday is hosted by Enid Osborne. On Thursday, the poetry festival teams up with the city’s new 1st Thursday extravaganza for a high school “Poetry Out Loud” segment at various stops along the walkabout tour. Visit www.sbpoetry.net or cal 966-9959 for all the details.

Fur Ball – Cough it up for the county’s critters at the annual gala benefiting Santa Barbara Animal Care, which helps abandoned and neglected animals in the area’s three animal shelters. Considered one of the county’s “funnest” fundraisers, the black tie and tails optional event features cocktails, dinner, music by King Bee, door prizes, and live and silent auctions. This year the big name entertainment is by celebrity animal trainer David Hartwig, who along with his pal Skidboot has appeared on Leno, Letterman and Oprah’s TV shows. “The Skidboot Revue” features Hartwig and his canine cohorts in a gregarious gig that also encourages responsible pet care. WHEN: 6 pm, WHERE: Fess Parker DoubleTree Inn, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., COST: $100, INFO: 260-2386 or www.sbcanimalcare.org/furball.

Grimm ballet – State Street Ballet takes on the Brother Grimm’s classic fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” in a ballet composed by Bodgan Pawlowski and choreographed by Marina Fliagina, and transposed from 1812 to the 21st century. Four-year company member Jennifer Rowe dances the title role joined by 16 young ballet dancers from Gustafson Dance who will portray Ladybugs and Bumblebees, while six walk-on characters, including the King and Queen, are the auction winners of last weekend’s State Street Ballet “Dancing with the Stars” gala. WHEN: 7 pm tonight, 2 pm tomorrow, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St., COST: $24 & $44 adults, $20 & $38 seniors/students, and $14 for 12 and under, INFO: 963-0761.

Words and music – Santa Barbara’s Master Chorale gets into the spirit of Poetry Month with a performance of Vaughan Williams’s “Sea Symphony,” which features words by famed 19th century American poet Walt Whitman; Mary Dombek and Nikolaus Schiffmann are soloists for the piece, which will be accompanied by orchestra. The program also includes Stravinsky's “Symphony of Psalms.” WHEN: 8 pm tonight, 3 pm tomorrow, WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, State & Constance streets, COST: $17 general, $15 seniors, $7 college students and free for all grade school students, INFO: 967-8287 or www.sbmasterchorale.org.

Sunday, April 1

East meets West art show – Photographer Mark Edward Harris has traveled around the globe capturing on film iconic landscapes and diverse cultural activities. Harris’s updated book “Wanderlust” will be premiered along with Chronicle Books’ color monograph “Inside North Korea” during a book signing and artist reception 6 pm to 9 pm on April 7. WHEN: 10 am to 6 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, through May 15, WHERE: East West Gallery, 714 Bond Ave., COST: free, INFO: 963-4041 or www.eastwest-gallery.com.

Monday, April 2

Self-portraits – The Santa Barbara artists in question aren’t painting their own likenesses, but instead have captured the local scenery in Santa Barbara in this two-person exhibition opening today. “Two Santa Barbarians Paint Santa Barbara" features Camille Renga Dellar and Kris Buck – both born and raised and still life-long residents of Santa Barbara who also grew up together. Both artists primarily work plein air, on location, with Dellar painting in oils and Buck focusing on pastels. WHEN: Mondays-Thursdays 9 am to 2 pm through April 30 (artists reception 5 pm to 7:30 pm, Friday, April 13, WHERE: The Architectural Foundation, 229 East Victoria St., COST: free, INFO: 965-6307.

Museum music – The Biava Quartet, winners of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the London International String Quartet Competition in 2003, are now considered of the country’s top young quartets. The ensemble’s performance of Haydn’s Quartet in E Flat Major Op. 33, No. 2 (“The Joke”), Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Beethoven’s Quartet in E minor Op. 59, No. 2, rounds out the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s chamber presentations for the current season. WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: 1130 State St., COST: $19 ($4 discounts for members), INFO: 884-6423.

Tuesday. April 3

Back in town – Now that Glen Phillips, Montecito’s hardest-working singer-songwriter, is back from the family’s European excursion, the former front-man of Toad the Wet Sprocket has resumed his regular heavy-duty gigging schedule, including a recent headlining date at Sings Like Hell, and tonight’s solo show at SOhO. Jesse Rhodes, another fine local pop musician who had a stab at stardom with his own major label deal a few year’s back, opens the show. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court, COST: $12, INFO: 962-7776.

Local recital debut – One-time child prodigy Sarah Chang – who has turned into a young adult violin sensation on the international classical music scene – makes her Santa Barbara recital debut accompanied by pianist Ashley Wass. Chang, who performed with the New York Philharmonic when she was only 8, has gone on to collaborate with nearly every major orchestra and conductor in the world. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $40, INFO: 893-3535 or www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Wednesday, April 4

Morning Music – The Colorado Brass Quintet, the faculty ensemble from the University of Colorado that specializes in contemporary American music, performs chamber music by Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington and others in the on-going concert series sponsored by the Santa Barbara Music Club. WHEN: 11 am, WHERE: Faulkner Gallery, Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St., COST: free, INFO: 683-0811 or www.sbmusicclub.org.

From Ireland to Appalachia – Highland, Heath & Holler trace Celtic music’s voyage to southern Appalachia in an uptempo presentation that is much more a concert than a history lesson. Comprises of Scottish fiddling duo Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, the Irish two-some of Martin Hayes (fiddle) & Dennis Cahill (guitar), an Appalachian fiddler-guitarist-banjoist-singer Bruce Molsky, the ensemble will play jigs, reels, ballads and more to commemorate the cultural journey in this family-friendly program. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $40, INFO: 893-3535.