Albee by the sea – Santa Barbara City College 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: 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.

Art abounds – The Santa Barbara Museum of Art continues its series of exhibitions devoted to California artists with this show of prints from Ansel Adams, 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ranges from early, delicate prints from the 1920s, to elegant images of the Grand Tetons and the Sierra Nevadas originally made in the 1940s, and a heroic mural-sized photograph of ranchland in Petaluma from the early 1950s. The museum has also unveiled a new collection of 13 works by French Impressionist and American artists from the late 19th to mid 20th centuries, including such notables as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Berthe Morisot and Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses. Known as the Dwight and Winifred Vedder Collection after the couple who donated them, the paintings – which will become part of the museum’s permanent collection – are the second most significant gift of art given to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in its 66-year history. WHEN: 11 am to 5 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, (Adams through June 23), WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., COST: $9 (discounts for seniors, students and children; free every Sunday), INFO: 963-4364.

‘Wiz’ of a play – Ease on down the road to nearby Goleta as San Marcos High School presents the funk-rock musical adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” San Marcos theater department head David Holmes directs the show, in which Dorothy is played by Kelci Hahn and Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion are acted by Shane Scopatz, Kyran Million and Angky Budiarjono, respectively. Connor Fatch plays the Wiz, and Felica Stehmeier takes on the Wicked Witch of the West. WHEN: 7 pm, Wednesday-Friday, May 9-11, WHERE: 4750 Hollister Ave., COST: call, INFO: 967-4581.

‘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

Blue line special – Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” is the impetus for a new volunteer group seeking to bring attention to climate change by proposing that a light blue line be drawn marking the new waterline if the sea level rose 7 meters, as suggested in the film. This exhibit, “Drawing the Line Against Climate Change,” blends art and science to educate the public about the steps we can take today to help keep the oceanfront down at the beach, where it is today. WHEN: Exhibit through June 29, WHERE: Santa Barbara City Hall, 735 Anacapa St., COST: free.

Thursday, May 10

Into the public – Santa Barbara-based Adderley School for the Performing Arts – the after-school theatre program for children 3-17 led by Broadway-veteran acting and vocal coach Janet Adderley – has formed its own performing group. The Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theatre, which features advanced teenagers from the school, debuts with the Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods.” A rotating cast of actors from the school will appear in a total of four performances in the Sondheim musical. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St., COST: $35 (preferred), $28 general, $15 children 12 and under, INFO: 963-0761.

Friday, May 11

Catch fire – Think of the “Lightning in a Bottle” festival as a cross between Live Oak, Burning Man, Coachella and Earth Day. The three-day “green” music festival – now in its second year – features more than 40 diverse musical acts on three stages underneath the trees at Live Oak Camp, plus a plethora of other activities, from interactive art zones and installations to educational and art workshops, exhibitions, performance art and a zany circus parade dubbed The Oddball’s Procession. Get a full schedule and more details online at WHEN: Today through Sunday, WHERE: Live Oak Camp, Highway 154, approx. 1.8 miles north of Paradise Rd., COST: $120 for three-day pass, INFO: (866) 55-TICKET.

Shore to shore – Santa Barbara artist Natalie Wilson exhibits her recent paintings at a show entitled "East Coast/ West Coast – Landscapes from Maine to Montecito." According to Wilson: "I have been fortunate to spend some time in Maine for the past few summers and wanted my paintings to show how the beauty of that area contrasts with that of Santa Barbara.” WHEN: Reception 5 pm to 7 pm tonight; exhibit closes June 21, WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court, COST: free, INFO: 962-7776.

EDC’s TGIF – Celebrate the return of the late afternoons in Santa Barbara at the Environmental Defense Center’s monthly “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” happy hour gatherings of green-leaning folks and other local socially conscious professionals. The season kicks off tonight with the usual wine, beer and soft drink choices, tasty hors d’oeuvres and live acoustic music from Andrew Jackson & Friends. This month is co-sponsored by Fund for Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee and WE Watch. The event is also one of the best bargains in town, as admission includes two free drink tickets. WHEN: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, WHERE: Environmental Defense Center Courtyard, 906 Garden St., COST: $10, INFO: 963-1622 or

Indian violin duo – UCSB’s Music Department presents “A Musical Rendezvous with Ganesh & Kumaresh: An Evening of Indian Carnatic Music.” The duo, has been performing since 1972 when they were 7 and 5 years old, have recently put out “Carnatic Chills,” a “new age” thematic work blending Eastern and Western approaches. WHEN: 7 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, COST: $10 general, $6 students, INFO: 893-7001.

Saturday, May 12

Genealogical seminar – Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society’s annual seminar features Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick as its keynote speaker today. Author of “Forensic Genealogy” and “DNA & Genealogy,” Fitzpatrick is considered an expert in optical and laser measurement techniques, and has developed technologies for NASA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense. WHEN: 8 am to 4 pm (speech at 8:30 am), WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, State & Constance Streets, COST: $35 ($5 discount for members), INFO: 967-1742 or

Education summit – The international non-profit Free The Children aims to combat the lack of adequate education in developing nations. The UCSB student chapter, started last fall, hosts the 1st Annual International Education Summit bringing together some of the area’s leading experts on education, including guest speakers Professor Hymon T. Johnson from Antioch University, Professor Richard Appelbaum from UCSB and founder & CEO of The Children’s Project, Wendy Read. Admission includes an Italian dinner and a youth dance performance. WHEN: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion, COST: $25 general, $10 students, INFO: 893-2064 or

Tex-Mex Musicality – Singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa comes by her borderless approach to music naturally: as the youngest of 13 children in a Mexican-American family from San Antonio, she was exposed to a variety of genres, from Southwestern and Mexican folk songs to Tex-Mex and country to pop and socially conscious rock of the late ’60s. All of those elements show up in her songs, which have been released on 15 albums, performed for presidents, and awarded by critics and a large cult audience she reaches with both her beautiful voice and an unassailable heart. WHEN: 6:30 pm, WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court, COST: $18 ($3 discount with dinner), INFO: 962-7776.

Spring concert – The Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus performs “Untraveled Worlds,” which celebrates music from around the world and features music from Brazil, South Africa and countries of the Pacific Rim. WHEN: 7 pm, WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, State & Constance streets, COST: $15 general, children 16 and under free, INFO: 563-7464 or

Symphony’s season finale – Violinist Martin Chalifour is the soloist for the pair of concerts that closes out the 2006-07 season, the first under music director Nir Kabaretti. The new maestro has been quoted as calling the program his favorite of the year; it features Bernstein’s “Candide” Overture, Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Suite and Ravel’s “La Valse.” Chalifour, who as the principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic is no stranger to the Arlington, will solo in Sibelius’s Concerto for Violin Op. 47 in D minor, considered one of the finest in the instrument’s repertoire. WHEN: 8 pm tonight, 3 pm tomorrow, WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., COST: $25-$59, tickets for seniors and students start at $18, INFO: 963-4408.

Jumpin’ at Warren – Although Little Charlie & the Nightcats hails from Los Angeles, the highly regarded barroom blues band hasn’t played for the Santa Barbara Blues Society in a decade. Led by guitarist Little Charlie Baty and harmonica player Rick Estrin, the band records for blues stalwarts Alligator Records. The 30-year veteran outfit pumps out some of the finest jump blues and swing tunes in the land, with stinging guitar licks that cover any style. WHEN: 8:30 pm, WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real at Las Positas, COST: general $30, college students $15, high school students $10; VIP seating $40, INFO: 897-0060 or

Sunday, May 13

Mom & Bach – The 26th annual “Bach by Candlelight” concert features four works by the master baroque composer – Air on G String; Violin Concerto in A Minor, Fugue in G Minor, and Flute Concerto in E Minor – and a finale by his contemporary, Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi: The Double Cello Concerto. Sheridon Stokes, dubbed the “Hollywood Flutist” via his thousands of sessions for record, television and movie soundtracks over 45 years, solos in the concerto. Other featured artists are violinist Tamsen Beseke and cellists Fang Fang Xu and Diego Miralles; as always, Christopher Story VI conducts. “Mums for Moms” bonus: all mothers will receive a free flower to celebrate Mothers Day. WHEN: 5:30 pm & 8 pm, WHERE: El Presidio Chapel, 123 E. Canon Perdido St., COST: $25 general, $20 students/seniors, $10 children/disabled, INFO: 963-4408 or 962-6609.

Monday, May 14

What Went Right? – Environmentalist Paul Hawken isn’t blind to global warming or other eco-disasters on the horizon. But after 10 years of research he’s noticed how the increase in global-scale problems has spurred the growth of worldwide environmental and social justice movements, as various forces coalesce into larger networks making great strides in ecological sustainability. Hawken’s optimistic account as detailed in his recent book “Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming” will be the subject of his free lecture tonight. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St., INFO: 893-3535.

Tuesday, May 15

SB dance debut – The Spanish dance ensemble Compania Nacional de Danza 2, makes its local debut tonight with a program devised by Nacho Duato, its much-honored choreographer and artistic director. The company’s dazzling performances feature both technical clarity and a sensual yet refined movement that draws from both classical and contemporary influences. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $40, INFO: 893-3535 or

Wednesday, May 16

Protecting seniors – Sharon Kennedy, attorney and professional fiduciary, presents “Preparing for those Senior Moments,” a workshop/seminar on making arrangements for future health care of loved ones, protecting seniors from scams, care choices and estate planning. A reception follows. WHEN: 4 pm, WHERE: Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, 2219 Bath St., COST: free, INFO: 682-7638, ext. 215.

Political drama – UCSB presents the SB premier of the powerful political film “Bamako.” The drama is set in the courtyard of a house in the capital city of Mali, where the international financial institutions are put on mock trial for the effects of globalization on African society. As the evidence unfolds in the courtroom, the film also intercuts glimpses of everyday life in contemporary Africa. The New York Times called “Bamako” “a work of cool intelligence and profound anger; a long, dense, argument that is also a haunting visual poem.” WHEN: 7:30pm WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall COST: $6 INFO: 893-3535

Thursday, May 17

NIGHTS is back! – The Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s happy-hour happening returns for a third series of monthly events that turns the museum into a cultural playground/singles bar/professional meeting place. The program ties in to ongoing exhibits at the museum, with this month’s theme of the spirit of ancient and modern Mexico inspired by the Tamayo display. Activities include a “Welcome to the Jungle” installation, Noche y Dia masks, Still-Life Folk Altars, Pre-Columbian Rhythms, the Sleeping Musicians Charms, Jade Jaguar/Moon Dog Offering Bundles, the Ancient Astronomer's Circus, Modern Marks Body Art, and special cocktail, a Sauza Red Mask Tequila-tini. Note the 90-minute later starting and ending times. WHEN: 7 pm to 9:30 pm, WHERE: 1130 State St., COST: $25 ($10 discount for museum members; $100 season “Luxe” pass for members only), INFO: 884-6414.