ETC SEASON CLOSER

Ensemble Theatre Co. winds up its run with a sharp-edged comedy-drama by contemporary playwright/filmmaker Neil LaBute. “This is How it Goes,” as with all LaBute works, examines a relationship as it is beset with deception and betrayal, with the added dimension of bigotry in a mixed-raced love triangle in a Midwestern town. Expect, as always, some shocking twists. Aaron Serotsky, who made his ETC debut in the fall in the hit show “Visiting Mr. Green,” stars, along with company newcomers Shannon Koob and Adam Lazarre-White; ETC’s new artistic director Jonathan Fox directs. WHEN: 8pm Tuesdays thru Saturdays and 2 & 7pm Sunday through June 24 WHERE: 914 Santa Barbara St.. COST: $25–$37 (discounts for students, seniors and groups) INFO: 962–8606 or www.ensembletheatre.com

UNIVERSITY STUDENT ART

UCSB’s Art Museum begins its annual three-week exhibition of selected works by students in the Department of Art and the College of Creative Studies art programs, in a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and video. Also, “Flashback,” featuring abstract work from the 1960s and ‘70s drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. The 23 objects on view present a range of artistic approaches, from the meditative abstractions of John McCracken and Hap Tivey to the mathematical systems of Robert Mangold and Dorothea Rockburne, and more. WHEN: Student: Through June 16; Flashback: through Oct. 7; museum open 12 noon-5pm Wed-Sun WHERE: UCSB campus (park in lot 23) COST: free INFO: 893-7564

POUR IT ON

Montecito’s Jerry Oshinsky is the driving force behind DIJO Productions/Virtual Theatre Co.’s presentation of a new play exploring the artistic career of the highly influential and contentious abstract painter Jackson Pollock. Montecito favorite Ed Giron stars as the abrasive painter in “Fifteen Rounds with Jackson Pollock,” and Oshinsky plays an influential art critic. Bruce Clarke’s play has only been presented before in Maryland. (See “On Stage” for an interview with Oshinsky.) WHEN: 8pm June 7-9 and June 14-16, plus 2 & 7pm June 10 and 1pm June 13 WHERE: Victoria Hall, 33 W. Victoria St. COST: $27 (discounts for students/seniors/groups; preview $20) INFO: 856-9113 or www.Plays411.com/JacksonPollock

FORGED IN IRON

Twenty handcrafted iron crosses are the focus for a new exhibit presented by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation that opens tomorrow at Casa de la Guerra. The unique exhibit, which explores how iron roof crosses – once considered religious folk art – are now viewed as objects of decorative art, also features tools used by the ironworkers who created the crosses, and numerous contemporary photographs. The exhibit is based on the book “Spirit of Chiapas: The Expressive Art of the Roof Cross Tradition” by guest curator and author Virginia Ann Guess, who will be on hand at the opening reception 5:30 to 7:30pm Thursday June 7. WHEN: Exhibit open Thurs-Sun, 12 noon-4pm through Nov. 11 WHERE: 15 E. de la Guerra St. COST: $3 INFO: 965-0093 at the Casa de la Guerra Historic House Museum. The public is welcome. For more information (805) 965-0093 or visit www.sbthp.org

COMEDY AT THE BAR B

A slew of local thespians including Carol Metcalf and Circle Bar B Dinner-Theatre owner Susie Couch star in the company’s production of “Don’t Mention My Name.” Fred Carmichael’s fast-paced mystery-romance-comedy thrusts an amnesiac into an off-season bed-and-breakfast where people seem to know who he is, setting off a series of events that both amuse and intrigue. WHEN: Friday & Saturday evenings at 8pm (dinner served at 7pm), Sunday matinees at 2pm (lunch 1pm) through July 15 WHERE: Refugio Rd. COST: $40, seniors $32 on Sundays INFO: 967-1962 or www.circlebarbtheatre.com

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: Through June 21 WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court COST: free INFO: 962-7776

GOLDEN AGE OF FILM

Richard Alpert’s popular Adult Ed series focusing on the finest films in history continues through the summer with an all-Hitchcock lineup. “Lifeboat,” “Rope,” “Notorious” and “Rear Window” are among the dozen features from the master of suspense that will be screened followed by a group discussion. Get the details and a full schedule online at www.ce.sbcc.edu/classes

Thursday June 7 Through Sunday June 10

A real ‘West Side’ story – La Cumbre Junior High School, located on the West Side of Santa Barbara, committed to producing its spring musical long before the gang-related violence thrust the issue back into the local limelight. But performing “West Side Story,” the Broadway musical adapted from “Romeo & Juliet” to turf wars in New York City in the 1950s, couldn’t be more appropriate. Fifty-three students and two adults – who have been coached by a slew of local acting and voice professionals – will perform in this production directed by music teacher Mike Nunn, featuring a live orchestra composed of students and community members. WHEN: 7pm tonight, Friday and Saturday, plus 3pm Sunday WHERE: 2255 Modoc St. COST: $10 adults, $5 students INFO: 963-4338, ext. 206 or www.sbsdk12.org

Ojai Music Festival – Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard makes his first appearance at the venerable festival, now in its 61st season, serving as music director for an ambitious program that features the music of modern Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös performed by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and a host of other artists in various formats all under the oak trees at Libbey Bowl. Get a complete schedule of the June 7-10 events online at www.ojaifestival.org or call 646-2094. (See “Classical Connection” for a feature story on the festival.)

Access goes to Rubicon – Santa Barbara’s Rod Lathim revives his Access Theatre Company in spirit if not in name for a re-mounting of “Children of a Lesser God” at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura. Santa Barbara City College-trained stage actor Remi Sandri, who played the role of James Leeds in a Lathim-directed production at Access more than a decade ago before moving on to such prestigious companies as the American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep and Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival, reprises the part (and brushes up on the American Sign Language he learned back then), while near-deaf actress TL Forster stars as his pupil and love interest, Sarah Norman. WHEN: Previews tonight and tomorrow at 8, opens Saturday at 7pm. Plays Wednesdays at 2 & 7pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2 & 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm; ends July 1 WHERE: Laurel Theater, 1106 E. Main St., Ventura COST: $25–$45, discounts available

Thursday June 7

Navy League speaker – Commander C. Alan Brown, MF (FMF), US Navy, gives the lecture “Corpsman Up! Navy Medicine's support for the Marine Corps,” at a function of the Santa Barbara Navy League. Brown is a local cardiologist who practices clinical and interventional cardiology as a member of the Santa Barbara Cardiovascular Group and also serves as Coronary Care Unit Director at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The Harvard-educated Brown joined the Navy Reserve in 2002 and is currently Battalion Surgeon for the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Regiment, Marine Corps Reserve Infantry based in Southern California. A wine-and-cheese reception follows the talk. WHEN: 6pm WHERE: SB Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way COST: $40 ($15 discount for SBNL members) INFO: 879-1598

Summer Festival preview – Music Academy of the West board member Robert W. Weinman presents a multimedia preview of the school’s upcoming season, featuring slides, video, and discussion of the summer’s most notable events and programming. Weinman will deliver insights into the special events and composers whose work will be performed throughout the eight-week festival. The ticket office on campus will remain open to 7:30 pm so you can secure admission to events that pique your interest after the talk. WHEN: 5:30-6:45pm WHERE: Abravanel Hall, 1070 Fairway Ave. COST: free INFO: 969-4726

Friday June 8

Lit Moon/Midnight Sun – Santa Barbara’s ambitious, world-traveling Lit Moon Theatre Company stages the first-ever festival of Finnish drama on American soil, featuring U.S. premieres of two fully-staged plays and two staged readings, all performed in English. Leading Finnish actors, directors and playwrights will be here for the 10-day festival, which spotlights the dramas “Queen C” and “For Sheer Love of Me.” The complete schedule is online at www.centerstagetheater.org. (See “On Stage” for a feature on the festival.) WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo (Chapala @ De la Guerra) COST: $25 adults, $12 students per play, or $40/$20 for a two-play package INFO: 963-0408

Saturday June 9

Choral jazz – Santa Barbara’s Master Chorale puts some swing into the sing with this weekend’s concert, “In the Mood: Choral Jazz Favorites.” Swing Era composers Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Hoagy Carmichael and “Route 66” composer Bobby Troup are among the songwriters whose tunes will be heard. WHEN: 8pm tonight and tomorrow WHERE: Unitarian Society, 1535 Santa Barbara St. COST: $17 general, $15 seniors, $7 students grades K-12 INFO: 967-8287 or www.sbmasterchorale.org

SBMC scholarship winners – Santa Barbara Music Club winds up its 2006-07 season with a concert featuring winners of its annual Scholarship Auditions. The talented local instrumental and vocal students who survived the process get a chance to shine in public on works by such composers as Bach, Corelli, Kabalevsky, Fritz Kreisler, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns. WHEN: 3 pm today and next Saturday, June 16 WHERE: Faulkner Gallery, SB Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. COST: free INFO: 683-0811 or www.sbmusicclub.org

Sunday June 10

Solar SUNday – Think “Green” for an afternoon that’s both thought-provoking and entertaining as the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History hosts second annual “Solar SUNday.” The day includes a solar trade show, screening of a short film called “Buying a Solar Electric System,” children’s activities, and hourly workshops on such topics as energy efficiency, solar for your home or business, the California Solar Initiative, solar design aesthetics and passive solar guidelines, and the future of solar energy. Staff from the Community Environmental Council, local solar energy installers and representatives of local government are among the presenters. WHEN: 11am-5pm WHERE: 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. COST: free with reservations at solarsunday@sbnature2.org INFO: 682-4711

Tuesday June 12

Keep the Music Playing – Amanda McBroom – who is equally famous as a singer and as the composer of “The Rose,” which Bette Midler turned into a monster hit and a movie – headlines a cabaret concert that also feature Broadway performer George Ball and composer-singer Joel Silberman. The show is a benefit for the American Cancer Society and Sansum Clinic produced and sponsored by the Nadel Foundation, run by Montecito resident Jack Nadel. WHEN: 7:30pm WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St. COST: $50 & $100 ($1000 patrons include two tickets and post-concert reception) INFO: 963-0761 or www.keepthemusicplaying.org

Remembering the Wall – It was 20 years ago today that President Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate of the Berlin Wall and uttered his famous challenge: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” The Reagan Ranch Center celebrates the occasion with three special events including conservative radio host Michael Medved broadcasting live from the center, a screening of “In the Face of Evil” (the film version of the Peter Schweizer book “Reagan's War”), and an evening conversation between Medved and the speech’s writer, Peter Robinson. WHEN: 12 noon-9 pm WHERE: 217 State St. COST: $45 (students free) INFO: (888) USA-1776 (reservations required)

Circus Vargas – Children of all ages are invited to run away to the circus without leaving home, as one of America’s favorite big top circuses invites everyone to an open house the day before the shows begin. You’ll get an inside view of the Big Top Tent already set up for opening day, meet some of the circus performers and hear what it’s like to perform in and travel with a circus, and attend Ringmaster & Snake Whisperer Ted McRae’s educational presentation of his giant Burmese albino python. Then come back by the weekend for the all-new 2007 edition of acts from all over the world. WHEN: Field Trip 11am-1pm today (free); circus opens 7:30pm tomorrow, and plays 4:30 & 7:30 Thursday and Friday, 2/4:30/7:30 Saturday, 1:00/4:00/7:00 Sunday, and 7pm on Monday WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds, Las Positas and Calle Real COST: $12-$35 INFO: 687-8711 or 877-468-3861

Wednesday June 13

Werewolf in Santa Barbara – Perhaps nobody had a better view of the dichotomous life of singer-songwriter Warren Zevon than his ex-wife. Crystal Zevon has penned a brand new oral-history biography of the late, great rock ‘n’ roll wild man whose intelligent, well-crafted and literate songs competed against a dark, self-destructive nature that ultimately lead to his death from lung cancer in 2003. Crystal will discuss the book and sign copies at Borders Books this evening. WHEN: 7pm WHERE: 900 State St. COST: free INFO: 899-3668

Jazzy Jane – Jazz singer Jane Monheit hunkers down for a two-day stay at SOhO to promote her brand new CD, “Surrender.” The 30-year-old Monheit’s seventh album finds her in a more mellow mood, exchanging the Great American Songbook for more modern songs heavy on the Brazilian bossa novas and ballads. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $37 ($4 discount with dinner) INFO: 962-7776

Thursday June 14

Summer stage – PCPA Theaterfest kicks off its 2007 summer season with two different shows that both prominently feature bachelors performing in repertory at the charming, intimate outdoor Solvang Festival Theatre. The musical “Company,” which won the 1970 Tony Award, finds 35-year-old birthday boy Robert contemplating giving up the single life as he considers his friendship with five married couples. The Sondheim musical will be performed with a live band onstage. “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s masterful comedy of assumed identities and romantic interludes, guaranteed to leave you holding your sides in laughter, starts a week later. WHEN: “Company” opens 8 8pm tonight, “Earnest” opens 8pm June 22; both play in repertory Wednesdays through Sundays through July 15 WHERE: 420 Second St., Solvang COST: $19.50–$27.50