Montecito artist – Steven Gilbar’s show of mixed media and assemblage works continues through the end of the month. WHEN: through July 31 WHERE: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu COST: free

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. WHEN: Through July 31 WHERE: 714 Bond St. COST: free INFO: 963-4041

Forged in iron – Twenty handcrafted iron crosses are the focus for a new exhibit presented by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation at Casa de la Guerra. The unique show, 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. WHEN: Exhibit open Thurs-Sun, 12 noon-4 pm through Nov. 11 WHERE: 15 East de la Guerra 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 8 pm (dinner served at 7 pm), Sunday matinees at 2 pm (lunch 1 pm) through July 15 WHERE: Refugio Road COST: $40, seniors $32 on Sundays INFO: 967-1962 or

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: 10 am-5 pm daily through Sept 30 WHERE: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road COST: Free with museum admission $8 adults, $7 seniors and ages 13-17, $5 ages 2-12 INFO: 682-4711

National Horse Show – One of the nation’s most prestigious horse competitions takes place right here in town. The Santa Barbara National Horse Show, which at 88 is also the West’s longest-running show, features two distinct components divided between two long weekends. Specialty breeds such as American Saddlebreds, roadster ponies, Paso Fino horses, black Friesens, Welsh ponies, and others, perform and compete in the first week, now through July 7, while July 11-15 is devoted to an “A-rated” hunter and jumper show. Spectators are invited to roam stable areas to view the horses up close as well as observe all the competitions. WHEN: 10 am-2 pm and 6:30-9:30 pm through July 7, then 7 am-5 pm July 11-15 WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds, Las Positas and Calle Real COST: free INFO: 687-8711

Thursday, July 5

First Thursday – The monthly downtown Art & Music celebration marks its sixth installment with the usual assorted artist receptions, wine tastings, painting demonstrations, poetry readings, and live music, in galleries and out on State Street. Of particular note is live karaoke at the Contemporary Arts Forum, readings by Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate Perie Longo and other local poets (6-7 pm) and music from The Nate Birkey Jazz Quintet (7:30 to 9:30 pm), both at Casa de la Guerra Historic House Museum. WHEN: 5:30-9 pm WHERE: On and around the first 14 blocks of State Street COST: free INFO:

Concerts in the Park – Santa Barbara’s popular free summer concert series continues with the Scott Martin Latin Soul Band, starring the 13-year veteran of the Grammy-winning Poncho Sanchez Band. Saxist Martin is joined by his brothers Andy on trombone and Stan on trumpet. Get the complete season schedule on line at WHEN: 6-8:30 WHERE: Cabrillo Blvd. near Calle Cesar Chavez COST: free INFO: 897-1982

Friday, July 6

Da Fonz does dance – Gustafson Dance, the official school of the State Street Ballet, presents a dramatic production set in the 1950s, utilizing characters from the popular TV show “Happy Days.” WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High, 721 E. Cota St. COST: $12 general, $10 students/seniors INFO: 965-6690

Saint Joseph’s festival – Fiftieth annual celebration features traditional Mexican fare from family recipes, including such favorites as Taco de Cabeza (made from cow cheek) and Pozolo (shredded pork with hominy, fresh radishes, shredded cabbage and tomatoes). Entertainment includes Mariachi Camarillo and dance performances from Alma de Mexico and Cruz Dance Studio, plus a special “Children’s Corner” for tots and toddlers. A raffle features cash prizes in what is the biggest fundraiser for St. Joseph’s parish. WHEN: 5-11 pm tonight, noon-11 pm tomorrow and noon-10 pm Sunday WHERE: El Carro Lane & Linden Ave., Carpinteria COST: free INFO: 684-2181

e-SCAPE with art – Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) presents “Island and Estuaries” benefit exhibit and sale of paintings, all created locally. Works range from realistic to abstract, in watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels and mixed media, with a subject of the coastal and interior scenery of Santa Cruz Island as well as of Coal Oil Point Reserve, including Sands Beach and the tranquil Devereux lagoon. The reception with the artists takes place 5-7 pm tonight WHEN: Through July 29 WHERE: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Main Library, 40 East Anapamu COST: free INFO:

Saturday, July 7

Teen power – The Lovell Sisters fuse country, folk, and contemporary acoustic music into a winning blend… literally. The Georgia-based quintet won NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” National Teen Talent Competition in 2005. Twenty-one-year-old Jessica (vocals, fiddle) joins sisters Megan, 18 (vocals, resophonic guitar), and Rebecca, 17 (vocals, mandolin, mandola), in producing the tight harmonies and deep-roots playing that have won the group comparisons to the Dixie Chicks just three years after the family departed from its classical training to take up bluegrass. Also on the bill for this Sings Like Hell concert is Michael Weston King, a British singer-songwriter who founded that nation’s top alt-country band, The Good Sons, before going on to a solo career that has spawned several fine albums. It’s the Santa Barbara debut for both. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido COST: $39.50 advance, $42.50 at the door INFO: 963-0761

Garden gone wild – Botanic Garden’s specialty tour this month is a docent-led excursion highlighting summer wildflowers native to the region. WHEN: 2 pm WHERE: 1212 Mission Canyon Road COST: free with membership INFO: 682-4726 ext. 112

New to town – Janusphere Dance Company, a non-profit contemporary ballet company based in New York City, makes its West Coast premiere in a two-day run featuring contemporary works. The dancers are drawn from such prestigious companies as the Bolshoi Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and New York Theater Ballet. WHEN: 7 pm tonight and tomorrow WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo (Chapala at De la Guerra) COST: $20 (students and SB Dance Alliance members $15) INFO: 963-0408 or

Weaving the truth – The Santa Barbara Fiber Arts Guild's monthly meeting includes a presentation by weaver Michael Rohde, a career chemist who dyes all of his own yarns. He will be discussing his latest series of works, "Houses for Nomads," for which one of his pieces was recently purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago for its permanent collection. WHEN: 9:30 am-12 noon WHERE: Shifco Community Center, Santa Fe Place, off Cliff Drive INFO: 967-5473 or

Sunday, July 8

College comedy – Steve Hofstetter, whose recent album reached the Top Twenty on the comedy charts, performs at Santa Cruz Hall on the UCSB Campus, one of 250 dates the comedian plays each year. Hofstetter, who was the highlight of a recent comedy series at SOhO, has appeared on ESPN's "Quite Frankly," Showtime's "White Boyz in the Hood," and VH1's "Countdown." WHEN: 7:30 pm COST: call INFO: 893-4096

Tuesday, July 10

Peerless Pierre – It’s been several years since the great French fingerstyle guitarist Pierre Bensusan has played in town, lending tonight’s return engagement at SOhO no small measure of importance. Bensusan, who is equally at home in a variety of genres and harmonic approaches, has stretched the apparent boundaries of his instrument both with compositions and improvisation. Local string-man Pat Milliken, no slouch on the acoustic axe himself, makes a worthy opening act. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $20 ($2 discount with dinner) INFO: 962-7776

Wednesday, July 11

SBCC’s season closer – With summer already in full swing, SBCC Theatre Group finally winds up 2006-07 season with clever musical comedy “Rough Crossing.” Tom Stoppard’s farce is set on a 1930’s ocean liner, where a theatrical team is attempting to finish and rehearse their next Broadway musical blockbuster. But difficulties in the romance between the composer and the haughty leading lady transform reality's confusion into the play's conclusion. SBCC theater professor Rick Mokler directs, while regulars Edward Lee, Tony Miratti and Julie Anne Ruggieri head up the cast. WHEN: Opens 8 pm tonight, plays 8 pm Thurs-Sat, 2 pm Sundays through July 28 WHERE: Garvin Theatre on SBCC’s West Campus, 800 Cliff Dr. COST: $19-$21 (discounts for students, seniors and groups) INFO: 965-5935