SBCC season closer –SBCC Theatre Group winds up 2006-07 season with the 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: 8 pm Thurs.-Sat, 2 pm Sundays through July 28 WHERE: Garvin Theatre SBCC West Campus, 800 Cliff Dr. COST: $19-$21 (discounts for students, seniors and groups) INFO: 965-5935

Forged in iron – Twenty handcrafted iron crosses are the focus for a new exhibit presented by the SB Trust for Historic Preservation. 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 ironworkers that 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 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

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-5 pm 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

Two Worth Seeing – The summer film series continues with “The Lives of Others,” a subtle, evocative political thriller from Germany that examines the effect of a totalitarian state on the arts. The movie, a hit at this year’s SBIFF, also won the most recent Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Next Wednesday, July 25, brings “Offside,” a well-reviewed film that chronicles the attempt of Iranian women to sneak into the soccer stadium to see their team’s World Cup qualifying match – the Silver Bear winner at 2006 Berlin – WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: UCSB Campbell Hall COST: $6 INFO: 893-3535

Wednesday, July 18

Theatrical Treats – Montecito’s Elaine Kendall is not only the co-producer of the Theatrical Treats matinee staged reading series at the Victoria Theatre, she’s also one of the chief playwrights. Kendall’s latest is “Two Margarets,” another historical epic, that examines the romantic private life of Margaret Sanger within the context of her role as the founder of Planned Parenthood. WHEN: lunch 12:15 pm, curtain 1:30 pm today; also at 7:30 pm tomorrow, followed by a reception WHERE: 33 W. Victoria St. COST: $25 INFO: (800) 464-8497

Thursday, July 19

Concerts in the Park – It’s Santa Barbara’s annual summer take on the oldies but goodies, as Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries return to Chase Palm Park. It’s a real blast from the past as the red-sequined-suit attired Captain Cardiac and his band exaggerate everything we loved about the ‘50s and early ‘60s, including the hand jive. Don’t forget the dance shoes! WHEN: 6-8:30 WHERE: Cabrillo Blvd. near Calle Cesar Chavez COST: free INFO: 897-1982

NIGHTS, camera, action – July’s installment of the wildly popular happy hour-meets-art event at the SB Museum of Art celebrates local photographers in recognition of the brand new exhibit on display. Activities, performances, and installations include the Collective Submissions Camera Phone Cinema (featuring a continuous showing of mobile phone snapshots sent in to the museum in the last few weeks); the Kiosk of Regrets; atmospheric rock from Volume & Chaos, the Third Solitude, Earl and the Expanding Polka Funk Experience; Tacky Monument-Glitter Garden Postcards; Fifteen Seconds of Frame with Mr. de. Portrait Studio; Head in the Clouds Goggles; Between Artist and Reality Magnets; Khmer Body Art, and drink specials including The Absolut Apeach Untitled-tini. Warning: the last two months sold out by 6 pm, so get there early. WHEN: 5:30-8 pm WHERE: 1130 State St. COST: $25 ($10 discount for museum members) INFO: 884-6414

AfroFunk Festival – There are no big name artist on this annual festival bill, the promoters say, because the focus instead is on local independent musicians “with big hearts and a mission: to bring a little sunshine into the lives of kids in Darfur” who are undergoing the “world’s greatest humanitarian crisis.” Acts include Sila and the Afrofunk Experience, Afrobeat Nation and DJ Jeremiah who are all part of a touring outfit also visiting such cities as San Francisco and Santa Monica in an attempt to raise funds. WHEN: 9 pm WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $10 INFO: 962-7776

Troon’s tunes – Santa Barbara singer-songwriter Rebecca Troon is part of the bill at two important homegrown music series this week, including the sixth installment of the SB Songwriter Showcase at the Jensen Guitar Mainstage. Troon, who has been called a “born-again Druid folk priestess,” appears with multi-instrumentalists John Mooy and Vince Chafin plus guitarist Pat Milliken tonight at Mainstage, with Milliken and Joe Cicero also offering solo sets. Troon will also open for Teka – SB’s brilliant, Berklee-educated Brazilian song stylist and guitarist – at the Song Tree concert series on Sunday. WHEN: 7-9 pm tonight, 3 pm Sunday WHERE: Jensen Mainstage, 2905 De la Vina tonight; Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 820 N. Fairview, Goleta COST: $10 tonight ($5 under 21); $15 Sunday INFO: Tonight:; Sunday: 403-2639

Wayne’s world – There’s a reason why Wayne Brady was always chosen to do the musical performances on the late lamented improv comedy show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” Brady has years of singing and acting experience ranging from Florida, to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The four-time Emmy Award-winner also had a variety/talk show on the air for three years, so tonight’s solo act should be a well-rounded night of laughter and song. WHEN: 8 pm tonight and tomorrow WHERE: 3400 Hwy. 246 in Santa Ynez COST: $35-$85 INFO: (800) CHUMASH

Friday, July 20

California Wine Festival – By far the biggest wine event on the South Coast, the 2007 California Wine Festival, sponsored by Touring & Tasting magazine, attracts more than 70 wineries pouring 200 different varietals at a seaside setting on the ocean side of Chase Palm Park just down from the pier. General admission to today’s event includes a complimentary oversized 16 oz. souvenir festival glass that you can fill with unlimited samples, plus tasty appetizers from 20 restaurants and caterers, a souvenir program (handy for marking your favorites) and live blues entertainment -- hence the title “Reds, Whites & Blues.” VIP weekend passes also include a “Reserve & Rare Wine” sunset tasting tonight at the Ty Warner Sea Center on the Wharf boasting 20 of the most prestigious vintners pouring specialty and reserve wines for a much smaller crowd and truly gourmet dining treats. WHEN: 7-9 pm tonight; 1-4 pm tomorrow (12 noon VIPs) COST: $100 tonight, $55 tomorrow or $125 weekend pass INFO: or 963-4408

Shakespeare & showbiz – PCPA Theaterfest dives headlong into summer with the revival of “Kiss Me Kate,” the Cole Porter musical based on the bard’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” which shrewdly incorporates the play itself into the storyline. A temperamental stage diva and her ex-husband, an egotistical leading man, battle on and off the stage during pre-Broadway tryout of a new musical based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Lili and Fred, the once-married stars, attempt to be civil to each other for the production’s sake. But old passions and jealousies resurface – threatening the fledging show’s success. The Tony Award-winning show's score includes the timeless Porter classics “So in Love” and “Too Darn Hot.” WHEN: 8 pm Wed.-Sun. through Aug. 12 (special added show on July 11) WHERE: 420 Second St., Solvang COST: $27.25–$29.25; discounts available for students, seniors, children and subscribers INFO: 922–8313

Ted’s ‘Revenge’ – Santa Barbara filmmaker (and freelance entertainment journalist) Ted Mills’ latest effort is a 20-minute short comedy called “Revenge of the Falcon.” Brian J. Singer and Margaret Easley star in the insider film, which finds a confused actor, surly actress and anxious director having big difficulties shooting a single scene. “Revenge” will be screened twice at the Magic Lantern series in Isla Vista, paired with “Godzilla” at 7:30 (with filmmaker Q&A after “Revenge”) and “The Host” at 10 pm. WHEN: WHERE: Isla Vista Theater, 970 Embarcadero Del Norte COST: $4

Saturday, July 21

Masters tournament – The annual showdown for beach volleyball players age 45 and over takes plays at East Beach, the hallowed sand where Karch Kiraly (who is already a year past qualifying age himself and still playing on the AVP tour) learned the game. Prize money of $1,500 – as well as berths in the US Open of Beach Volleyball September 21-23 in Huntington Beach for the top four finishers in each division – should make the competition fierce. WHEN: Play begins 9am today and tomorrow WHERE: East Cabrillo Blvd. INFO: 450-2861

Historical Arms and Blade Show – The 47th semi-annual show offers displays of museum quality historical arms and blades and a glimpse into the history of firearm development from Revolutionary War times though WWII. Experienced dealers offer free appraisals to members of the public. No firearms newer than 50 years may be sold at the show. WHEN: 9 am-5 pm today, 9 am-4 pm tomorrow WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds, Las Positas and Calle Real COST: $7 ($2 for ages 16-18, free under 16) INFO: (661) 299-6436 or

Barn burner – SB’s performance art-singer songwriter extraordinaire Jennifer Terran is due to give birth to a second child in October, so there won’t be any more shows until spring 2008 after tonight’ special concert in the Barn – her private studio for home shows. Terran will be playing new songs from an album to be recorded over the winter, while visual art from Laurel Phillips (yes, Glenn’s wife and a Montecito native) will be on display all evening. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: call COST: $12 INFO: 683-3878

GROSS-fest – SB Museum of Natural History gets down and dirty for this one-day event featuring slimy demonstrations, yucky experiments, disgusting activities, gross sing-a-longs, mushy storytelling, strange food, picture opportunities with Professor Nigel Nose-It-All, and a special “Yucky” presentation by Sylvia Branzei, author of the “GROSSOLOGY” book series. It’s all part of the on-going Grossology exhibit at the museum through summer. WHEN: 11 am-5 pm WHERE: 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. COST: $8 adults, $7 teens/seniors, $5 children (free for museum members); Additional fee for “Yucky” presentation INFO: 682-4711

Seussical the Musical – More than 80 local children ages 10-16 take on the magic of Dr. Seuss in Stage Left Productions’ presentation of “Seussical.” The show is the culmination of four-week theatre workshop teaching acting, singing, dancing and production skills, now in its eighth summer. Story mirrors one of Dr. Seuss’ best-loved tales, “Horton Hears A Who!,” tracing Horton the Elephant’s earnest endeavors to protect the people of Whoville. The Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and several other beloved characters are all part of the fun. WHEN: 2 pm & 7 pm today and tomorrow WHERE: Goleta Valley Junior High School Theatre, 6100 Stow Canyon Road COST: $10 adults, $8 children (reserved seating $20) INFO: 965-0880

Sunday, July 22

Black and Blue Ball – Benefit for local chapter of Muscular Dystrophy Association – several times voted “Best Charity Event” by Santa Barbara Independent Readers’ Poll – combines dining, cocktails, auctions and rock ‘n’ roll, invariably drawing more than 1,000 revelers. Some of SB’s most popular restaurants – including Bay Café, Rodney’s Steakhouse and Zelo’s – provide the tasty vittles, while Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort rotunda is the airy outdoor venue for what is always one of the best parties of the summer. This year’s musical guest: Edgar Winter, purveyor of one of the biggest instrumental hits of all time, “Frankenstein,” plus another smash, “Free Ride.” WHEN: 6-10 pm (VIP admission at 5) WHERE: Fess Parker Doubletree Inn, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. COST: $135 ($175 VIP) INFO: 560-7651 or

Wednesday, July 25

Flamencolores – Led by flamenco luminary María Bermúdez along with guest dancer Rafael Campallo, the Sonidos Gitanos (Gypsy Flamenco) company returns from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain’s “City of Flamenco,” for a one-night-only dance show. Combining music, singing, and dance, the Sonidos Gitanos are internationally renowned performers who interpret the traditional Flamenco style of the region, including Palmas (handclapping). WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at SB Jr. Hi, 721 E. Cota St. COST: $40, $55 & $75 ($100 VIP seating includes an autographed program and post-show reception); students $25 INFO: 969-8787 or (323) 663-3779