Ongoing

Pump Boys at the Bar – Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre continues its 2007 season with the 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 Hwy 57 somewhere in the South. WHEN: Friday & Saturday evenings at 6 pm, Sunday matinees 2 pm through Sept. 9 WHERE: Refugio Rd. COST: $40, seniors $32 on Sundays INFO: 967-1962 or www.circlebarbtheatre.com

Wednesday, August 1

Fiesta – Old Spanish Days begins in earnest today with the opening of the two Mercados 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 805-962-8101 or visit www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org

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 – 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 www.venturacountyfair.org or call 805-648-3376.

Thursday, August 2

First Thursday, Fiesta-style – It’s a clash of cultures as one of SB’s oldest traditions, Old Spanish Days Fiesta, coincides with one of its newest, First Thursday, the monthly art walk featuring artist receptions and demonstrations plus music, food and other entertainment at galleries and other locales along and near lower State Street. While Casa de la Guerra, which has hosted free music during First Thursday the past few months, tonight it serves as Fiesta headquarters. Vientos del Sur performing, the $5 admission fee does get you access to special First Thursday drinks.

Otherwise August’s activities include walking the red carpet at Brooks Institute of Photography’s downtown gallery where faculty member and celebrity photographer John Russo presents “About Face,” featuring his portraits of leading men and rising stars such as Jason Lewis of “Sex and the City,” Taylor Kitsch from “Friday Night Lights,” Ian Somerhalder of “Lost.” Also, Edward Cella Art + Architecture hosts opening reception for ” Impressions: Contemporary/Modern Prints 1960 – Present,” Artamo Gallery has a reception for its one-weekend installation of paintings on paper by Michael Moon (with champagne and chocolate served), and Borders revives the community painting project known as “Paint Jam.” A complete listing of the specific programming offered at each gallery during the 5-8 pm celebration, as well as all public performances and interactive exhibits, is available at www.santabarbaradowntown.com/go.

Back to the Chumash – Huey Lewis’s pop and roll has always seemed a little more intelligent than normal – witness Montecito singer-songwriter Glen Phillips’ cover of “I Want a New Drug” on his recent album – which may have been due to his San Francisco-Marin County roots or education at Cornell. Either way, Lewis’s outfit, “The News,” were the rare bar band that broke through (pre-Hootie) to the big time, helped not in the least by their prominent role in the movie “Back to the Future.” There hasn’t been a new record in more than a decade, but those hits from the 1980s – "New Drug," "The Heart of Rock & Roll," and, of course, “The Power of Love” – still sound as fresh and fun as ever. WHEN: 8pm WHERE: 3400 Hwy. 246 in Santa Ynez COST: $45-$95 INFO: (800) CHUMASH

War & Art – SB filmmaker Gordon Forbes spent four months embedded with the US Marines 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion during deployment to the Sunni Triangle in Iraq in the summer of 2005. He’s created a three-part documentary from the experience as the company attempted to root out insurgents responsible for IEDs. The films will screen over the three Thursdays in August at the SB Museum of Art’s Craig Auditorium. (See “Focus on Film” for more details). WHEN: 5:30 pm tonight, Aug. 9 and 23 WHERE: SB Museum of Art, 1130 State St. COST: free INFO: 963-4364

Friday, August 3

Architectural exhibit – Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara presents “Collage & Construction – In Two & Three Dimensions” by Karen Scott Browdy, a native of Philadelphia who has lived in California since 1969. 1999, Browdy, a collage, mixed-media and assemblage instructor at SBCC’s Continuing Education Division, has shown her work in Southern California since 1994. Reception with the artist is slated for 5-7:30 pm tonight. WHEN: Exhibit Aug.1-30, open Monday-Thursday, 9 am-2 pm WHERE: 229 East Victoria Street COST: free INFO: 965-6307

Ceramicists’ art show – SB County clay-workers Oscar Bucher, Scott Chatenever, Danyel Dean, Deanna Pini, Joan Rosenberg Dent, Francine Kirsch, and Roy Prince comprise the artist list for exhibit of new works sponsored by The Arts Fund Gallery. Each artist will exhibit between three and four ceramic pieces highlighting the individualistic approach each has to working with clay. Public reception will be held next Friday, Aug. 10, from, 5-7:30 pm. WHEN: Open Tuesday – Saturday from 1-5 pm today-Aug. 30 WHERE: 205C Santa Barbara Street COST: free INFO: 965-7321 or www.artsfundsb.org

Ojai Shakespeare Festival – Festival celebrates 25th anniversary – and a return to performing at the Libbey Bowl after three-year absence – with the most popular work for the season, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Besant School of Happy Valley headmaster Paul Amadio directs the show, which stars Daniel Baker, Scott Campbell, Richard Ellwood, Brad Halverson, Jaye Hersh, Viven Latham, Brook Masters, Michael Nedar, Alyson Schuster, Cecil Sutton and Rachel Ward. WHEN: 7:30 pm tonight through Aug. 12 WHERE: Corner of Signal Street and Hwy 150 in Ojai COST: $18 ($15 students/seniors) INFO: 646-WILL or www.ojaishakespeare.org

Saturday, August 4

Surf guitar legend performs – Dick Dale, known as “The King of the Surf Guitar,” rides a wave to an unusual venue for a concert tonight: The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Dale, who spent untold days surfing California’s coastline, is credited with helping to invent the surfing sound in the late ‘50s/early ‘60s as a sonic representation of the joys of the sport. Dale’s career was revitalized when “Pulp Fiction” employed his original version of “Miserlou” in the club dance scene featuring John Travolta and Uma Thurman. The show is part of the museum’s “Environmental Music Series.” WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. COST: $32 ($4 discount for museum members); $60 includes a post-performance reception with Dale ($20 discount for members) INFO: 682-4711 ext. 170

Shakespeare Santa Barbara – Early August heralds return of six-year-old theater company dedicated to offering fresh take on a single Bard classic each summer. UCSB professor Irwin Appel – whose experience includes directing at Shakespeare Festivals in New York, Oregon, Utah and Colorado – directs this year’s production of “The Comedy of Errors,” Shakespeare’s most rambunctious farce. Cast includes Shakespeare SB alums Jonathan Wade Drahos (who won an Indie Award for “Merry Wives of Windsor”) and Matt Tavianini, as well as new faces Ain Hunter and Aja King. The show plays tonight and tomorrow evening on the manicured lawn at Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos before moving to Casa de la Guerra’s courtyard in downtown Santa Barbara Aug. 11-26. WHEN: 5 pm tonight & tomorrow, and weekends through Aug. 26 WHERE: 6200 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, tonight & tomorrow; 15 East De La Guerra Street Ag. 11-26 COST: $22 general admission ($20 students/seniors; $15 children 12 and under) INFO: 231-5088 or www.Shakes-SB.com

Sunday, August 5

Fits like G. Love – Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, is no stranger to the Santa Barbara Bowl, having played here ever since his early sloppy-R&B records made a splash on American radio late in the 1990s. Along the way he helped a few up-and-coming musicians by the name of Ben Harper and later Jack Johnson, both of whose followings have grown far larger than his own. Still, Love keeps groovin’ along, with or without his Special Sauce; tonight he holds down middle slot on bill that features hip-hop/pop-skate funk band Slightly Stoopid and SB favorites Ozomatli. WHEN: 5pm WHERE: Milpas at Anapamu Street COST: $27.50-$40.50 INFO: 962-7411

Sonotube panel discussion – Stephanie DeLancey, Gamynne Guillotte, and Brigitte Kouo – designers of the current Sonotube Forms: Contemporary Art exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Forum – discuss concept and show’s design with museum executive director Miki Garcia. Exhibit features storage staple as central motif to address the way portability, economy and ease have become essential factors in the growing expediency and itinerant art world of traveling exhibitions and international art fairs. Thirty-five artists from around the world were sent a hollow sonotube with a request to fill it with an artwork of their choice and, if desired, installation instructions for their work as well as the shipping tube itself. WHEN: Talk 3 pm today; exhibit through Aug. 26 WHERE: Upstairs in Paseo Nuevo Mall (Chapala @ De la Guerra) COST: free INFO: 966-5373

Tuesday, August 7

‘Taste of Abruzzo’ – Via Maestra 42 owner Renato Moiso presents week of special cuisine featuring dishes from Abruzzo, Italy. Dante Sigismondi, the restaurant’s general manager, has included authentic recipes sent by his family from the region. Each dinner guest will receive travel book on Abruzzo, compliments of the Italian Government Tourist Board. WHEN: Today through Sunday WHERE: 3343 State Street INFO: 569-6522

Wednesday, August 8

In the mood for ‘Drood’ – Santa Barbara’s student-run theater company asks “Y-Not a mystery?” As in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” the unfinished murder-mystery by Charles Dickens’, who died before he completed the play. Rupert Holmes adapted the story for the stage, but in true mystery fashion left the identity of the murdered unrevealed, allowing the audience to vote each night for who they think committed the crime. ‘Drood’ ran for more than 600 performances and garnered five Tony Awards including Best Musical when first produced by NY Shakespeare Festival in 1985, but hasn’t played in town since the Civic Light Opera went defunct. Y-Not, in which the entire cast and crew of more than 50 is comprised of students ages 16-24, is reviving the show for its third annual summer production. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara. WHEN: 7 pm tonight-Friday, plus 2 & 7 pm on Saturday WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at SB Jr. Hi, 721 E. Cota St. COST: $20 ($10 students/seniors/children) INFO: 895-1769

UCSB Film – The summer series screens the SB debut of “An Unreasonable Man,” a documentary about the polarizing consumer advocate and recent politician Ralph Nader. (See “Focus on Film” for more). WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: UCSB Campbell Hall COST: $6 INFO: 893-3535