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

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

Homegrown Pix – With the Brooks Institute of Photography opening right after World War II – at the same time as the SB Museum of Art – Santa Barbara 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: 11 am - 5 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, through Oct. 7 WHERE: SB 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-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

Thursday, July 26

Concerts in the Park – From the ridiculous to the sublime: following last week’s Captain Cardiac & the Coronaries ‘50s/’60s revival, the concert series looks within for the Santa Barbara based men’s a cappella choral group Pacific Sound. The award-winning ensemble’s repertoire includes everything from show tunes to vocal jazz and choral works, plus barbershop quartet-style harmonies. WHEN: 6 pm - 8:30 pm WHERE: Cabrillo Blvd. near Calle Cesar Chavez COST: free INFO: 897-1982

Comedy Night – Los Angeles-based comics Kyle Cease and Stuart Paap are joined by Santa Barbara native Josh Duvendeck for an all-ages comedy show at the Jewish Community Center. Cease, who has appeared on Comedy Central, also had roles in “Not Another Teen Movie” and “Ten Things I Hate About You,” while Paap – whose bio says he is a “nice, Jewish boy from a good family with excellent hygiene and posture” – hosts “Live From the Future” on SB’s Louise “Weezy” Palanker serves as emcee. WHEN: 7-8:30 pm WHERE: 524 Chapala St. COST: $10 ($5 students/seniors) INFO: 957-1115 or

Fingerstyle guitar concert – Australian guitarist Adam Miller has been playing the six-string for more than 20 years, even though he just turned 26. With a style that bridges jazz, folk and other genres, Miller won Australia’s 2002 Fingerstyle Guitar Championships. SB’s omnipresent acoustic guitarist Andrew Jackson opens the show. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: Jensen Music Mainstage, 2905 De La Vina St. COST: $10 INFO: 563-3200

Friday, July 27

Pump Boys at the Bar – Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre continues its 2007 season with fun-loving upbeat country musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” A hit both on and off Broadway, the musical fashions an evening of country-western songs out of the loose stories of gas station pump boys and the waitresses of the Double Cupp diner on the fictional Hyw 57 somewhere in the South. WHEN: Friday & Saturday evenings at 6 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm through Sept. 9 WHERE: Refugio Rd. COST: $40, seniors $32 on Sundays INFO: 967-1962 or

Broadway Revue – Markham Productions, founded by three local high school graduates and entirely student-run, presents its second annual summer show, “Nothing But Broadway,” featuring a selection of songs from a century of award-winning musicals. All the proceeds are earmarked for the performing arts programs of the SB School System to help facilitate the continuation of music and theater programs. WHEN: 7 pm tonight, 2 pm & 7 pm tomorrow WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at SB Jr. Hi, 721 E. Cota St. COST: $15 ($10 students/seniors) INFO: 680-5552

Saturday, July 28

Long-awaited return – Lap steel guitarist Sonny Rhodes played for the Santa Barbara Blues Society five different times in the first three years after the organization was founded in 1977, but he hasn’t been back since 1979. A Texas native, Rhodes started playing guitar at age 8, recorded his first record nearly 50 years ago, and then later played in bands starring Freddie King and Albert Collins before forming his own outfit. Rhodes, who has written more than 200 songs, has also been recognized by the Blues Foundation as the best lap steel guitarist for a dozen straight years. WHEN: 8:30 pm WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real at Las Positas COST: general $30, college students $15, high school students $10; VIP seating $40 INFO: 897-0060

Reggae cruise – Cornerstone provides the skankin’ beats for a moonlight cruise aboard the Condor in support of JAMS. The new organization, created from the Star Jasmine Music foundation, aims to provide musical instruments to children that might otherwise not be able to afford them. WHEN: boarding 6 pm, departure7 pm WHERE: Sea Landing in the SB Harbor COST: $75 INFO: 561-3421 or

SCAPE paints DFP – A weekend exhibit from the local painting organization focuses on city and area parks, with an emphasis on the Douglas Family Preserve on the Mesa, including the plants, animals and family pets that inhabit or enjoy the park. Activities include artist demonstrations and entertainment. WHEN: 11 am-6 pm today and tomorrow WHERE: La Arcada Plaza, between the main library and SB Museum of Art, (bounded by Anacapa, State and Anapamu Streets) COST: free INFO:

Lyle and Lang – Expect no surprises when Lyle Lovett and k d lang – each loosely affiliated with country music but with a vision and breadth that far surpasses the limited genre – return to the Santa Barbara Bowl in a joint appearance. While neither has any new product to promote (3 years for lang, 4 for Lovett since they came out with new albums), both are consummate veteran performers, able to captivate audiences with a large catalog of hits to draw from. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: Milpas at Anapamu Street COST: $47.50-$77.50 INFO: 962-7411

SBDC Show – Santa Barbara Dance Center presents a summer performance and demonstration by the center’s students and their teachers, featuring Latin, ballroom, salsa, swing, hip-hop and belly dancing. WHEN: 6 pm WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo (Chapala @ De la Guerra) COST: $20 (VIP patron $50) INFO: 963-0408 or 899-2901

Greek Festival – Enjoy entertainment from the Hollyberry Singers, Hellenic Sounds, Opa Baba, Belmonst Dancers, Thavma Dancers, Harbor Dance Troupe, plus special guest musicians John Bilezikjian (a master oud performer) and Peter Karnavas (violinist) at the two-day festival in Oak Park, one of the few surviving ethnic festivals in town. The event also includes shopping in the Greek marketplace and, of course, Greek food, from gyros (lamb pita-bread sandwiches), spanakopita (spinach, feta cheese, eggs and dill layered with phyllo dough), domathes (stuffed grape leaves) and moussaka (eggplant and ground beef in tomato sauce and creamy pasta) to baklava, koulourakia and yogurt cakes to delight your sweet tooth. WHEN: 11 am-7 pm today and tomorrow WHERE: Alamar & Junipero Streets COST: free

Sunday, July 29

EDC’s ‘Circle of Friends’ – Environmental Defense Center’s second annual benefit concert takes place at SOhO and boasts a baker’s dozen of local musicians, including Lily Wilson, Gabe Lackner, Karen Thurber, David Cowan and Bruce Goldish. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $10 advance, $12 at the door INFO: 962-7776 or 963-1622

Summer Intensive finale – The Eric Hawkens Dance Company, MotionTheatre Dance Company and the city’s Summer Intensive dance students team up for a final showing of work. WHEN: 3 pm WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo (Chapala @ De la Guerra) COST: $12 (students/teens $10) INFO: 963-0408

Monday, July 30

Free screening – “Everything’s Cool” is being called a “toxic comedy” about Global Warming, a documedy that takes a far less serious approach than “An Inconvenient Truth.” A group of self-appointed global warming messengers are on a life or death quest to find the iconic image, proper language, and points of leverage that will help the public go from understanding the urgency of the problem to creating the political will necessary to push for a new energy economy. Writer-director-producer Judith Helfand will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A session. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: UCSB’s Multicultural Center COST: free INFO: 893-4637 or

Wednesday, August 1

UCSB Film – “The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” documentarian-turned-feature film director Ken Loach’s latest, is an historical drama set in Ireland in the 1920s, when the fight for independence from Britain turned into a nasty civil war. Universally hailed by critics in its general release earlier this year, the film also won the Golden Palm at Cannes in 2006. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: UCSB Campbell Hall COST: $6 INFO: 893-3535

Fiesta Fun – Old Spanish Days begins in earnest today with the opening of the two Mercados (markets) at De La Guerra Plaza and MacKenzie Park (both open 11 am-11 pm every night), Courthouse Fiesta Tours (every half-hour 10 am-3 pm), the Casa Cantina (across from De La Guerra Plaza, open noon-midnight every day), Fiesta entertainment at La Cumbre Plaza (2-3 pm and 5-6 pm), plus, of course, La Fiesta Pequena (The Little Fiesta) on the steps of Santa Barbara’s historic Old Mission. The night of music and classical Spanish, Flamenco and Mexican dancing – televised live on KEYT Ch. 3 – begins at 8 pm. For details, call 962-8101 or visit

Ventura County Fair – By far the area’s largest summer fair, Ventura’s 11-day event, which starts today, features all the usual fair fare – a huge carnival, demonstrations, 4-H competitions, agricultural displays, hypnotists and other street entertainers, gobs of junk food – plus an entertainment lineup littered with marquee names. Tanya Tucker, REO Speedwagon, Tony Orlando, The Beach Boys and Lifehouse comprise this year’s musical offerings, with a demo derby and PRCA rodeo also on tap, all included with the ridiculously low admission price. Get the complete schedule, direction and details online at or call 648-3376.