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 and Coal Oil Point Reserve, including Sands Beach and Devereux lagoon. WHEN: Through July 29 WHERE: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Main Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. COST: free INFO:

Final Weekend for Bar B comedy – 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,” ending this weekend. Fred Carmichael’s mystery-romance-comedy thrusts an amnesiac into an off-season bed-and-breakfast where people seem to know who he is. 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

Semana Nautica – 70th annual Summer Sports Festival continues through July 22 with competitions in more than 30 events including basketball, water polo, softball, baseball, gymnastics, running, swimming, lawn bowling, tennis, ocean swims, fishing, spear fishing, golf, kickball, biathlon, hockey, fencing, tug of war, beach volleyball, yachting and the infamous Krazy Cardboard Kayak race. While entry fees are charged for competitors, admission at all events is free. Visit for all the details.

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

‘Company,’ ‘Importance’ at PCPA Theaterfest – Opening plays of the 2007 summer season are performing in repertory at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theatre. The musical “Company,” which won the 1970 Tony Award, finds 35-year-old birthday boy Robert musing giving up the single life as he contemplates his friendship with five married couples. The Sondheim musical, which also garnered the 2006 Tony for best revival, is performed with a live band onstage. Also, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s masterful comedy of assumed identities and romantic interludes. WHEN: 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

Homegrown Photographs – With the Brooks Institute of Photography opening right after World War II – at the same time as the Museum of Art – Santa Barbara has emerged as a photographic community. The museum’s latest exhibit features more than 100 works showcasing 45 local photographers. Organized in four thematic groupings, the imagery moves from classic genre, such as landscape, portraiture, and still life, to the altered landscapes, both urban and rural, to documentary works of war and protest, and on to new media and a site-specific installation. WHEN: 11am-5pm Tuesdays-Sundays, through Oct. 7 WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. COST: $9 (discounts for seniors, students and children; free every Sunday) INFO: 963-4364

Butterflies 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 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

National Horse Show – One of the nation’s most prestigious horse competitions takes place right here in town. The SB National Horse Show at 88 is also the West’s longest-running show. The final extended weekend is 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: 7am-5pm daily through July15 WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds, Las Positas and Calle Reale COST: free INFO: 687-8711


SBCC’s season closer – With summer already in full swing, SBCC Theatre Group winds up 2006-07 season with 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 8pm tonight, plays 8pm Thurs.-Sat, 2pm 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


Concerts in the Park – You won’t find a more authentic-sounding artist than Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys, who somehow make their original rockabilly and Western swing, sound both modern and timeless. Don’t forget the dance attire for this one: Bobby sox are definitely appropriate. WHEN: 6-8:30 WHERE: Cabrillo Blvd. near Calle Cesar Chavez COST: free INFO: 897-1982

Licht, Camera ‘Action’ – Eric Lichtenfeld discusses the history of the action film as delineated in his book, "Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle, and the American Action Movie," in an open meeting of the Screenwriters Association of Santa Barbara. WHEN: 7:30pm WHERE: Borders Books, 900 State St. COST: free INFO: 698-2025

From I.V. to the Bowl – Incubus surely isn’t the first band to make the transition from playing frat houses in Isla Vista to headlining at the largest facility in Santa Barbara, but no one can accuse the Calabasas-based alternative metal band of not earning their way to the top: they’ve been playing together since their high school days back in 1991. Opening act Simon Dawes hails from Malibu, just over the other side of the ridge from the San Fernando Valley, but world’s apart in terms of privilege. The alt-rock band (the name comes from the lead singer’s and guitarist’s middle names) released its first album, “Carnivore,” just last year. WHEN: 7pm WHERE: Santa Barbara Bowl, Milpas at Anapamu Street COST: $41.50-$53.50 INFO: 962-7411

Sweet Home, Santa Ynez – Lynyrd Skynyrd, the definitive Southern rock band that has outlasted the deaths of key band members beyond all expectations, make their Central Coast casino debut playing the hits “Free Bird,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Give Me Two Steps.” WHEN: 8pm WHERE: Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 Hwy. 246 in Santa Ynez COST: $75-$145 INFO: (800) CHUMASH

Junior Olympic Sailing Festival – Young skippers get a chance to shine at the Santa Barbara waterfront in a four-day competition hosted by the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. Sailors age 12-20 will pilot five fleets of boats – Lasers, Laser Radials, 420s, CFJs and 29ers –on two race courses off the Harbor Breakwater and Leadbetter Beach. Many of the young sailors, who come from all parts of California already have national and international regatta experience. WHEN: Opening ceremony 11am today; races noon-4pm daily through Sunday WHERE: SB Yacht Club in the harbor COST: free to watch INFO: 689-9283 or


TGIF gathering – The Environmental Defense Center’s monthly warm-weather week-ending happy hour gathering takes place at the center’s sunken courtyard, as charming a spot as you’ll find in town and perfect for hosting this coming together of community organizations and area environmentalists to rub elbows, eat tasty appetizers and listen to music and talks about local groups. Admission includes two drink tickets. WHEN: 5:30-7:30pm WHERE: EDC Courtyard, 906 Garden St. COST: $10 INFO: 963-1622 or


Vive La France! – Santa Barbara’s largest ethnic festival turns 20 this year, and now that America-loving Nicolas Sarkozy is in charge, it’s okay to love France again. Organizers are planning the biggest bash yet. More than 40 acts – including singers, dancers of all types (Cancan, belly, folk and more) and the famous Femmes Fatales Drag Revue – entertain on three different stages, while arts & crafts and cuisine from Paris and beyond – including a mini-Eiffel Tower erected in the middle of the park – provide additional culture. And don’t forget the Poodle Parade. Ooh la la! WHEN: 11am-7pm today and tomorrow WHERE: Oak Park, Alamar & Junipero Streets COST: free INFO: 564-PARIS or

Krazy Kardboard Kayak Race – Teams of four attempt to construct a sea-worthy kayak using only cardboard, tape, and a marker (materials included with the $25 entry fee) that can survive outside Santa Barbara Harbor. Competitors have one hour of vessel design at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum before their crafts head over to the Yacht Club shoreline to see whose can travel furthest before disintegrating. The prize? A cardboard trophy, of course. WHEN: 10am-1pm WHERE: 113 Harbor Way COST: free to watch INFO: 962-8404

Beer & Motorcycle Classic – Elings Park is the site for the annual Santa Barbara Beer Festival & Motor Car Classic, hosted by the Grunion Rugby Club. Combining events dedicated to drinking and driving might seem disingenuous, but it’s hard to beat the combo of classic cars and motorcycles, live bands, barbecue, and regional microbrews on hand, as well as the Grunion 7’s rugby qualifier, featuring top teams in the grueling sport from Southern California. WHEN: Car show: 10am-5pm; Beer Fest: 11am-4pm WHERE: Las Positas Rd at Jerry Harwin Parkway COST: $5 car show; $20 beer fest (parking $5) INFO: 569-5611

Select-a-seat – The Broadway at the Arlington series offers a unique way to secure your tickets for the upcoming series of touring shows. For two hours this morning the public is invited to come to the theater to literally hand-pick seats for the new series, which is at least twice as large as any of its predecessors and features the local debuts of “Hairspray,” “Movin’ Out,” and “Cirque Dreams.” All unsold seats go on sale at noon. WHEN: 9-11am WHERE: Arlington Theater, 1317 State St. COST: Series tickets $220-$434.50 INFO: 963-4408 or (877) 858-0300

Does He or doesn’t He? – Professor Victor J. Stenger discusses his book, “God: The Failed Hypothesis,” in which empirical scientists argue against the existence of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic God, at a presentation of the Santa Barbara Humanist Society. WHEN: 3pm WHERE: Fe Bland Auditorium on SBCC’s West Campus, 800 Cliff Dr. COST: $5, students $2 INFO:

Garden Visions – Santa Barbara Botanic Garden hosts annual Goleta Valley Art Association Show and Sale featuring paintings by local artists set against the glorious colors of summer foliage at the garden. A portion of sales will be donated to the Botanic Garden. WHEN: 11am-5pm today and tomorrow WHERE: 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. COST: free INFO: 682-4726


Love The One You’re With – With neither Crosby, Stills & Nash nor Neil Young touring anywhere near Santa Barbara this summer, the closest we can get to the super-group of the Seventies is Stephen Stills himself. As we remember the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, it’s also not a bad time to look back at Stills’ contribution as a founding member of Buffalo Springfield. Along the way, Stills – a two-time inductee of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame – has also had numerous solo hits, including the ever enduring “Love the One You’re With,” which he’ll no doubt play during tonight’s Stephen Stills Band performance at the relatively intimate Marjorie Luke Theatre. WHEN: 7:30pm WHERE: 721 E. Cota St. COST: $67.50 & $57.50 INFO: 963-0761

Beach Tennis Open – Hailed as Beach Volleyball meets Tennis at the X Games, Beach Tennis is a hot new sport making its first professional appearance on the shores of our fair city. The rules are simple: using tennis racquets, two players on each team get one hit per side to send a slightly depressurized tennis ball directly over the net in a regulation beach volleyball court without letting it bounce. Points are scored by your opponents hitting the ball out, or by having it hit the sand in their court. Teams in the Men's and Women's Pro divisions compete for a $1,000 prize.” WHEN: 10am-6pm today and tomorrow WHERE: West Beach, off Cabrillo Blvd. between Bath and Chapala Streets COST: free INFO:


Surfrider benefit – Some of the world’s best surfers descend on a small Mexican community to conquer a perfect swell in “Absolute Mexico,” the latest surf film from director Josh Pomer, whose previous efforts include The Kill Series, Wow, and Destination Point. The post-screening after-party is hosted by New Belgium Brewing Company, with live music from surf guitarist Denny Aaberg and others. Proceeds benefit the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St. COST: $18 (screening only $10.50) INFO: 963-0761

Spotlight On Stasi – The summer film series continues with “The Lives of Others,” a political thriller from Germany that scrutinizes the effects of a totalitarian state on the arts and more importantly, the artists and writers. The movie, a hit at this year’s SBIFF, also won the most recent Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. WHEN: 7:30pm WHERE: UCSB Campbell Hall COST: $6 INFO: 893-3535