Ansel Adams art – The Santa Barbara Museum of Art continues its series of exhibitions devoted to California artists with this show of prints from the famed photographer of the American West. The exhibit, drawn from the museum’s permanent collection including recent acquisitions, ranges from early, delicate prints from the 1920s, to elegant images of the Grand Tetons and the Sierra Nevadas originally made in the 1940s, and a heroic mural-sized photograph of ranchland in Petaluma from the early 1950s. Local trivia: the Santa Barbara Museum of Art was an early champion of Adams, having presented a solo exhibition of his work way back in 1946, around the time as he founded the department of psychology at what is now the San Francisco Art Institute. Adam’s picture of Refugio Beach, including in this exhibit, was shot the same year. WHEN: 11 am to 5 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, through June 23, WHERE: 1130 State St., COST: $9 (discounts for seniors, students and children; free every Sunday), INFO: 963-4364.

‘Crimes’ on the Ranch – Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre 2007 season is underway with a presentation of “Crimes of the Heart,” the 1981 Pulitzer Prize winning play. Later made into a heartwarming and funny, critically acclaimed movie, “Crimes” tells the story of the three 20-something McGrath sisters, who have gathered at a local Mississippi hospital to say goodbye to their grandfather. WHEN: Friday & Saturday evenings at 6 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm through May 20, WHERE: Refugio Rd., COST: $40, seniors $32 on Sundays, INFO: 967-1962 or

Thursday, April 19

Surf movie premiere – Santa Barbara has seen its share of surf movies over the years, but “Absolute Mexico” promises to take your breath away with producer/director (and UCSB grad) Josh Pomer’s latest opus to riding waves. Tonight’s screening serves as a fundraiser for the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s surfing exhibit, so it also features a silent auction plus music from local surfer/rocker Tom Curren, Burleigh Skidmore, Tripdavon and Brandon Bistow, plus a late-night screening of “Crystal Voyager” by George Greenough. WHEN: 5:30 pm (VIP) / 7:30 pm general, WHERE: 113 Harbor Way, COST: $100 VIP ($50 general), INFO: 962-8404 x100.

Songwriter showcase – Susan Marie Reeves is the headliner for this third installment in the new monthly series featuring largely local singer-songwriters at a new performance stage at Jensen’s Guitar, away from the State Street hub. The lead singer of the bluegrass band Wild Sage, Reeves will focus on poetic folk and alt-country songs tonight, with local “guitar chameleon” Andrew Jackson and Will Barkley opening the show. Showcase producer Christine Grimm also conducts a free “Tune Your Voice” sound therapy workshop next Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 pm at Paradise Found (698-3580). WHEN: 7 pm to 9 pm, WHERE: 2905 De La Vina St., COST: $10 general, $5 under 21, free under 12, INFO: 563-3200 or

Foxx in the casino – With the release of his debut CD, “Unpredictable,” Jamie Foxx has now hit the top in three performance arenas. The Oscar winner (“Ray”) also had his own hit TV show (and starred on “In Living Color,”) but tonight he’ll be focusing on music, delivering the soulful R&B that landed him a coveted American Music Award. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: 3400 Hwy. 246 in Santa Ynez, COST: $65-$135, INFO: (800) CHUMASH.

Friday, April 20

Wine & Design – Local interior designers team up with Santa Barbara-area chefs and some of the region’s best wineries for the third annual event that will transform the Opportunity Shop into a showcase of fanciful décor and culinary delight. Guests can mingle with the professionals gleaning tips on cooking or decorating, and of course there will be plenty of exotic food to sample at the various chef stations. Proceeds benefit Work Training Programs, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides services and support to individuals with disabilities and disadvantages. WHEN: 5:30 pm to 8 pm, WHERE: 127 W. Canon Perdido St., COST: $50, INFO: 966-3310.

Hoop dreams – The Harlem Ambassadors aren’t as well known as their neighborhood brethren the Globetrotters, but the basketball team sets itself apart in other ways. For one thing, the Ambassadors offer their high-flying slam dunks and comical ball-handling routines led by a female player/coach Lade Majic; the team has several women players. And true to their name, the team works with local organizations wherever they go as part of community fundraising events, which includes tonight’s Ambassadors game against a loose local team. WHEN: 7 pm, WHERE: Carpinteria High School, 4810 Foothill Rd., COST: $8 general, $6 children in advance ($10/$8 at the door), INFO: 866-305-3926.

Saturday, April 21

Founding Day – Celebrate the 225th anniversary of the founding of El Presidio de Santa Barbara, the city’s 18th century birthplace. The free community event features traditional music by local guitarist Anthony Ybarra, dances by the El Camino School dancers, Early California living history demonstrations, adobe brick making, as well as hands-on archaeology activities for the entire family. The Honorable Inocencio F. Arias, cónsul general of Spain in Los Angeles, will join the event, which is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. WHEN: 11 am to 2 pm, WHERE: 123 E. Canon Perdido St., INFO: 965-0093.

Sea Festival – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s annual waterfront bash “Diving Deeper in 2007” features tours of the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point, a variety of craft activities, diving demonstrations and presentation by submarine captain Duke Snyder, sunset sails and much more. WHEN: 10 am to 5 pm, WHERE: 113 Harbor Way, COST: free with museum admission ($7 adults; $4 for seniors, students, youth (ages 6-17) and active military; $2 for children 5 and under), INFO: 962-8404.

Wheels & Waves – The 9th annual Santa Barbara Classic Car, Hot Rod & Motorcycle show takes over a dozen city blocks in the heart of downtown this weekend, with a “State Street Cruise” scheduled for 4 pm today, and a full festival all day tomorrow. More than 400 hot rods and classic cars from across the country roll into town for the event, which includes live music, food and merchandise booths and a chance to check out the cars as part of the judging process. The 2007 honorary Grand Marshal is none other than Montecito’s own car racing maestro, Andy Granatelli. WHEN: 4 pm today, 9 am to 4 pm tomorrow, WHERE: State Street between Gutierrez and Micheltorena, COST: free, INFO: 683-3869.

Persian dance – The 15-year old Djanbazian Dance Company is led by choreographer Anna Djanbazian, who has composed more than 100 works and won several international awards. Tonight’s performance features brings the traditional and folk dancing of Persia to the stage of the Marjorie Luke Theatre in a multimedia presentation that encompasses the poetry, costumes, music, rituals, ceremonies and customs throughout the different provinces of Iran. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: 721 E. Cota St., COST: $20-$25, INFO: 963-0761 or (818) 580-2170 or visit

All grown up – Sings Like Hell reaches the age of majority tonight as the little-singer-songwriter-series-that-could begins its 21st season by going back to its roots. Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans, tonight’s headliner, surely qualifies under the series’ slogan as “the best music you’ve never heard.” The band is led by a fourth generation Canadian rancher/cowboy who actually did all that stuff before he took on a life in music, and now plays every style of country-hyphenate there is. As far as the opening act, Nathan, nothin’ we can tell you would be more descriptive than the CBC Radio quote from his website: “If David Lynch had directed ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?’ Nathan’s music would be the soundtrack.” WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St., COST: $39.50 advance, $42.50 at the door (subscriptions available for $180 for 6 concerts), INFO: 963-0761.

Sunday, April 22

Earth Day – Party for the planet at the Community Environmental Council’s annual Earth Day festival in the Sunken Gardens. This year’s theme naturally focuses on climate change – “Global Warming: Change Begins with Learning” – but as always the emphasis is on having a good time while doing the right thing. Thus, display booths and environmental exhibits share the space with a plethora of musical acts (on a solar-powered stage, of course), a “Green Car” show, free bicycle check-ups and more. Get the full schedule of activities online at WHEN: 10 am to 5:30 pm, WHERE: Courthouse Sunken Gardens, COST: free, INFO: 963-0583.

Shall we dance? – Try your hand – er, feet – at a whole slew of different styles as the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance presents its Dance Day Benefit 2007. Dance studios across the region will be open for a series of four, one-hour lessons for the price of $1 each, offering everything from ballroom, tap, salsa, hip-hop, ballet, contra, hula and more, open to everybody with an interest, beginner to advanced. Proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for young dancers. WHEN: 11 am to 3 pm, WHERE: Eight locations in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Santa Ynez, COST: $1 per class at the door, INFO: 966-6950 or

Monday, April 23

Lecture on detention – Former U.S. Army Chaplain James Yee – who served as the Muslim chaplain for the U.S. detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba – discusses the struggle for justice and human rights at the facility in a free public lecture sponsored by UCSB. Yee will discuss his experiences at the prison, including his arrest and wrongful imprisonment in 2003, which are also covered in his recent book, “For God And Country – Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.” WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, INFO: 893-3535 or

Julie, round II – Ojai-based singer-songwriter Julie Christensen sang at SOhO just a few months ago to commemorate the release of her jazz CD, “Something Familiar.” Now, she’s back at the same place to celebrate another new disc, “Where the Fireworks Are,” a more personal, largely self-penned brew of pop, soul and rock sprinkled with such unlikely covers as the Talking Heads’ “Psychokiller” and Elvis Costello’s “Shipbuilding.” The group Stone Cupid, which features keyboardist/collaborator Karen Hammack and local arts writer Joseph Woodard on guitar, serves as backing band. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court, COST: $10, INFO: 962-7776.

Tuesday, April 24

Lullabies of Broadway – The penultimate presentation in the 2007 Broadway at the Arlington series aim to recreate the greatest moments from the Great White Way’s last century. “100 Years of Broadway” is a jubilant musical revue of Broadway’s beloved songs and finest moments, performed by a cast of five stars from the likes of such shows as "The Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables," "CATS," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Jekyll & Hyde." WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., COST: $47.50-$57.50, INFO: 963-4408.

Hough love – Pianist Stephen Hough didn’t make his Santa Barbara recital debut until just last season at the Lobero. But the 1983 Naumberg Int’l Piano Competition winner and recipient of a 2001 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant (the first classical musician ever so honored) is making up for lost time with a return engagement. The eclectic program boasts familiar works by Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin, plus more unusual selections from Webern, von Weber, Saint-Saëns and Chabrier. Including an all-waltz second half. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St., COST: $30 & $40, INFO: 963-0761.

Wednesday, April 25

Country fair – Wrangle up the little ones and the rest of your ranch hands and head over to the Earl Warren Showgrounds for “How the West Was Fun” – the theme for this year’s Santa Barbara Fair & Expo. Entertainment will also have a Western flair this year, with an operational western town and stages dubbed Frontier and Gold Rush, where veteran actor Rich Hoag will reprise his role as the legendary Western humorist in “Will Rogers’ America,” and cowboy comedians and trick ropers will serve as strolling entertainers. Of course, the event also offers the usual fair fare of food, fixins, livestock, competitions, horticulture and art exhibits, displays, merchandise booths and, of course, carnival rides. Get the complete schedule online at WHEN: Today through Sunday, WHERE: Las Positas and Calle Real, COST: $6 adults, $4 seniors (60+), $3 for kids (6-12), under 6 free. Pay-one-price carnival wristbands cost $20-25. Pre-sale tickets, available through April 24, offer discounts on admission and wristband prices, INFO: 687-8711.

Film premiere – The feature-length documentary “The Rape of Europa,” based on the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning history by Lynn H. Nicholas, examines the story of theft and destruction of European art during the Third Reich and Second World War, when the Nazis systematically plundered the priceless collections. The film, which has its local premiere via UCSB this evening, also delves into the heroic recovery efforts following the end of the war. WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $6, INFO: 893-3535.

Albee by the sea – SBCC Theatre Group takes on one of the American masters of the stage in presenting the absurdist/existentialist comedy satire “Seascape,” by Edward Albee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play examines emotions, intelligence and the very nature of life itself in a setting by the sea that finds ocean-bound creatures venturing on shore to encounter a bored middle-aged couple. WHEN: Preview 8 pm tonight and tomorrow, opens 8 pm Friday, plays 8 pm Thurs.-Sat, 2 pm Sundays through May 12. WHERE: Jurkowitz Theatre on SBCC’s West Campus, 800 Cliff Dr., COST: $14 previews, $19 general, $21 on Friday and Saturday evenings (discounts for students, seniors and groups), INFO: 965-5935.