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. SBCC-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: 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

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, while 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

University 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

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 are here for the festival, which spotlights the dramas “Queen C” and “For Sheer Love of Me.” The complete schedule is online at (See “On Stage” for a feature on the festival.) Through June 17 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

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,” Bruce Clarke’s play that has only been presented before in Maryland, while Oshinsky plays an influential art critic. (See “On Stage” for an interview with Oshinsky.) WHEN: 8pm 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

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 arts, 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 tonight. 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

Comedy at 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

Shore to shore – Santa Barbara artist Natalie Wilson exhibits 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

Wednesday, June 13

Circus Vargas – It’s an all-new 2007 edition of acts from all over the world. Among the highlights: Ringmaster & Snake Whisperer Ted McRae’s educational presentation of his giant Burmese albino python. WHEN: 7:30pm tonight, 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

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 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 feature bachelors performing in repertory at the intimate outdoor Solvang Festival Theatre. The musical “Company,” which won the 1970 Tony Award, find 35-year-old birthday boy Robert considering giving up the single life as he contemplates 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 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; discounts available for students, seniors, children and subscribers INFO: 922–8313

Friday, June 15

Live Oak Music Festival – The three-day weekend blast of music has come a long way in its nearly two decades from a small, folk/bluegrass retreat to a full-fledged festival that represents the programming on KCBX-FM, the San Luis Obispo-based public radio station that is the event’s producer and beneficiary. This year’s performers include bayou-bluesman Sonny Landreth, roots reggae star Pato Banton, Hawaiian ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro, Ugandan singer Samite and gypsy jazz artist Connie Evingson as well as such acoustic artists as Eliza Gilkyson, Claire Lynch and La Guitara, featuring Patty Larkin, Erin McKeown, Ellen McIlwaine and Muriel Anderson. Toss in workshops, camping, jamming, an art walk and show and late-night dance events and it’s easy to see why Live Oak has become one of the South Coast’s most popular annual events. WHEN: Today through Sunday WHERE: Live Oak Camp, on Hwy. 154, 1.8 miles north of Paradise Rd. COST: Full festival pass is $115 adults, $75 teens, $35 for ages 4-12; day passes are $35 per day adults and teens, $15 children INFO: 781-3030

Saturday, June 16

Art & Physics – Art historian and filmmaker Ron Atwood presents a lecture on the relationship between art and physics, an overlap that has been recognized as central to the study of human development. Atwood suggests there has been a common thread of creativity that has been influenced and even compelled by our physical connection to structure dating back to cave paintings. Art historians and scientists from such places as the Santa Fe Institute for Physicists and UCSB’s Kavli Center for Theoretical Physics are studying the phenomenon. Atwood, a former art dealer, will be joined by Dr. Melvin Zaid, "multi-space" sculptor in the new language of "left brain art” and Fran Scorzelli, abstract expressionist and former president of Santa Barbara's Studio Artists. WHEN: 1-3pm WHERE: Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 21 W. Anapamu COST: free INFO: 962-5322

Surf/Board art – Photographers Don James, Ron Church, Jeff Divine, LeRoy Grannis, Art Brewer, C.R. Stecyk III, Dewey Nicks, Jeff Hornbaker, Chris Malloy, and Tom Blake join with board designers Raymond Pettibone, Ron Reihel, Salomon Emquies, Alison Saar, Dianna Cohen, Alex Couwenberg, Robbie Conal, Jack Reilly, and Renny Yater for this unique exhibit titled “Ebb/Flow” at the East/West Gallery. The show aims to capture imagery – both through vintage photographs and the artist-designed boards – that characterizes the development of surf-culture in Southern California over the past 80 years. Tonight’s surf community preview night features live music by Gabe Lackner while the entertainment for tomorrow’s opening reception is surf guitarist Dennis Aaberg, who is also the screenwriter of the seminal surf film “Big Wednesday.” WHEN: 6-9pm tonight and tomorrow; exhibit through July 31 WHERE: 714 Bond St. COST: free INFO: 963-4041

Ballet ‘Dream’ – Montecito School of Ballet – which has its business office on Cheltenham Road and its studio in downtown Santa Barbara – presents an original ballet based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Scenes from the timeless tale have been crafted into an original ballet, choreographed and directed by Delila and Carla Mosely. WHEN: 7:30pm WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at SB Jr. Hi, 721 E. Cota St. COST: $17 general, $14 students/seniors, $12 children INFO: 969-1616

Sunday, June 17

Sample this – It’s hard to imagine that The Samples are marking their 20th anniversary, albeit over a career that has had its ups and down. After an early stint on a major label went bust, the band took an indie route – via indie labels and the long road of touring – to build a sizeable cult fan base. Leader Sean Kelly, who at one point about a decade back spent a year or two as a Santa Barbara resident, still has the jingle-jangle in his guitar licks and an ache in his voice that can pull you in. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $15 INFO: 962-7776

Flutter by – After a one-year hiatus, the popular summer exhibit “Butterflies Alive!” returns to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The fully enclosed Butterfly Pavilion sports a garden filled with flowers and luscious greenery to host the nearly 1,000 butterflies that will populate the exhibit all summer long. Visitors become part of the exhibit as the insects from a variety of countries drink nectar, alight on the vegetation and, perhaps, flutter just a few inches from your face. WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, today through Sept. 30 WHERE: 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. COST: Free with museum admission $8 adults, $7 seniors and ages 13-17, $5 ages 2-12 INFO: 682-4711

Monday, June 18

CD release party – Santa Barbara native Moriah and her husband John Whoolilurie – who lend the first syllables of their first names to the band’s moniker Mojow – play music from the new album “Work With What You Got,” featuring a mix of jazz/funk-influenced dance compositions inspired by music from around the world. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $7 ($15 includes a CD) INFO: 962-7776

Wednesday, June 20

Fun with Follies – The Santa Barbara Follies return to the stage of the historic Timbers Restaurant, site of their sold-out public nightclub debut in a Holiday Revue last December. The one-night-only Summer Show features the Razzle Dazzle Dancers’ precision footwork and the ensembles’ song stylings delivered as only those with experience (minimum age for membership is 50) can deliver. Dance to a live band following the show. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: 10 Winchester Canyon, Goleta COST: $30 INFO: 968-2222 or

Thursday, June 21

NIGHTS by the Nile – The Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s monthly happy-hour/arts extravaganza heads to Egypt! Inspired by the museum’s impressive collection of antiquities, the event invites you to travel back in time to Egypt’s Dynastic period for a smorgasbord of food, drink, art activities, and music, linking one way or another to the ancient land. Each gallery space offers different themed activities and performances, including Amun-Re Headdresses, String Theory’s Sonic Journey, Scarab Amulets, Book of the Dead: Ka House Beats, “Oh, But You Can Take It With You” Peek-a-boo Pyramids, Absolut® Immortality on the Rocks martinis, a “This Is Your Afterlife” Installation, Dynasty: Cleopatra Meets The Carringtons Portrait Studio, and an Ancient Egyptian Tarot Tent. WHEN: 5:30-8pm WHERE: 1130 State St. COST: $25 ($10 discount for museum members) INFO: 884-6414

Songwriter showcase – Montecito’s Kenny Edwards – who at least around town is now better known as an imaginative singer-songwriter of taste and refinement than as Linda Ronstadt’s former bassist or Karla Bonoff’s sideman – headlines the fifth installment of the new series at Jensen’s Guitar. Opening is Santa Barbara-based pop-rock singer-songwriter Fiona Kernaghan, whose debut CD “Cypress Grove” earned her a spot as a finalist in the Australian Recording Industry Awards in her native country, is an accomplished tunesmith who has had more than 100 of her compositions recorded worldwide (including 10 No. 1 hits in Australia). WHEN: 7-9pm WHERE: Jensen Guitar Mainstage, 2905 De La Vina COST: $10 general, $5 under 21, free under 12 INFO: 563-3200 or