Ongoing

Timbers Supper Club – After a few months of serving dinner and several “soft” opening shows, the new dinner theater at the freshly restored Timbers Restaurant is back in action! Dan Goggin’s award-winning irreverent musical “Nunsense” kicks things off with a semi-slapstick/farce of a sisterhood that needs to raise funds fast by putting on a variety show. The musical grabbed a slew of awards when it debuted 20 years ago off Broadway. Glenn Novack produces and Peter McCorkle directs a cast of local actors including Katie Thatcher, Jennifer Gimblin, Julie Anne Ruggieri, Holly Ferguson Kelly Ary in what is just the first of an ongoing series of shows that featuring a fine table-served meal followed by high quality theater in a historic building that flourished in the ’60s and ’80s. WHEN: Dinner 6:30 pm, show at 8 pm (Sunday brunch 12:30 pm and 2 pm); Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons through March 18, WHERE: 10 Winchester Canyon, Goleta, COST: $55, $65, $75 ($10 less for brunch show), INFO: 968-2222.

RTC’s ‘Love’ song – The Rubicon Theatre Company touts its current presentation, “A Time for Love,” as a sweetly comic, charmingly romantic and touchingly poignant song-cycle about a couple – played by Lois Robbins and Brian Sutherland – who fall in love, come together, marry and grow apart. The world premiere features familiar musical favorites plus original songs by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., who previously collaborated on “Baby,” “Big” and “Closer Than Ever” on Broadway; Maltby created the show and directs. WHEN: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm; ends Feb. 25, WHERE: Laurel Theater, 1106 E. Main St., Ventura, COST: $25-$45, discounts available, INFO: 667-2900.

Thursday, February 15

Local folks – Singer-songwriter Christina Grimm, who previously enjoyed a folk rock career in Germany but who has spent most of her time in Montecito as a voice teacher and sound therapist, had such a successful foray into concert promoting last December that she’s launching an ongoing local Songwriters Showcase called “Sounds Like Santa Barbara.” Tonight’s inaugural event features Grimm and Friends (Carpinteria-based singer-songwriter Lark Cobb, guitarist/mandolinist/drummer Martin Ball) and opening act Mark Alciati, a bluesy folksinger who lives in Goleta, plus Ball on didgeridoo, Native American flute and throat-singing. Jensen’s Guitar and Music, which recently installed a stage for after-hours concerts in its equipment showroom, serves as the venue. WHEN: 7 pm to 9 pm, WHERE: 2905 De La Vina St., COST: $10, INFO: 563-3200.

Let it roll – Cajun masters BeauSoleil – which originally formed to preserve the heritage and then turned into its most adventurous outfit – are no strangers to Santa Barbara. The veteran Louisiana band has played several venues in town repeatedly over the course of its 30-year history, from smallish clubs to the open-air Live Oak Music Festival. UCSB’s Campbell Hall, tonight’s venue, isn’t the most conducive to getting up and moving to the band’s irresistible rhythms, but it’s a great listening spot for Michael Doucet and company’s ever-evolving innovations within the swampy genre. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $40, INFO: 893-3535.

Gila is guest – Pianist Gila Goldstein performs a free solo recital as a visiting guest artist to UCSB’s Department of Music. Program includes works by Bach, Schubert/Liszt, Prokofiev, Yedida and Schumann. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: UCSB’s Karl Geiringer Hall, COST: free, INFO: 893-2064.

LAGC recital – The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet begins its four-day residency in the Santa Barbara Int’l Guitar Festival with a recital at the intimate Lobero Theatre. Genre-bending works are part of the day, although you will also hear a gorgeous transcription of a Bach Brandenburg Concerto and a bevy of Brazilian works as well. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St., COST: $30 & $40, INFO: 963-0761.

Friday, February 16

One-woman play – Pamela Gien’s mid-1990s apartheid play “The Syringa Tree” won the Johannesburg native the Obie Award when it debuted on Broadway in 2001. Now, Gin Hammond, who won the Helen Hayes Award as outstanding lead actress three years ago for her portrayal of the 24 characters in the play in Washington, D.C., brings “The Syringa Tree” to Santa Barbara. The single performance is part of the seventh annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts and is sponsored by the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High, 721 E. Cota St., COST: $18, students $10, INFO: 565-7247 or www.westmont.edu/syringatree.

Hall-mark of jazz – Guitarist Jim Hall may not have the name recognition of fellow six-stringers of the genre as Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny or Joe Pass, but the classically trained Hall certainly ranks among the greatest jazz guitarists in history. An original member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet, Hall has enjoyed collaborations with artists as diverse as Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, Ella Fitzgerald and Metheny, but has truly excelled in the format of a duo. Now 76, Hall teams with bassist Dave Holland for this Jazz at the Lobero series concert, which is also part of the Santa Barbara Int’l Guitar Festival. WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St., COST: $48 & $38 ($100 patrons), INFO: 963-0761.

Its name is ‘Mud’ – Theatre UCSB kicks off 2007 with “Mud,” a three-character play by Cuban-born playwright Maria Irene Fornes, winner of eight Obie Awards and a Playwrights U.S.A. Award. Set in rural America in the 1930s the drama examines the nature of suffering and desire in a story rife with tension and jealousy pulled by past alliances and hopes for the future. WHEN: 8 pm today through Sunday and Feb. 20-24, plus 2 pm Sunday and Feb. 24, WHERE: Performing Arts Theatre on the UCSB campus, COST: $17 general, $13 students, INFO: 893-3535.

Short plays – South African novelist Sheila Fugard, wife of world-famed playwright Athol Fugard, makes her playwriting debut alongside well-known Santa Barbara writers Ellen K. Anderson, Emma-Jane Huerta and Sojourner Kincaid Rolle for this evening of new works under the aegis of Dramatic Women. “Women’s Work” includes tales the program describes as Sexy bears and humans cavorting in the woods, a bizarre family crisis in the back room of an outlet store in Nevada, urban chaos at a radio station in Washington D.C. in the wake of Martin Luther King's assassination, and a confrontation in a South African squatters camp. Local actors and directors bring the plays to life. WHEN: Opens 8 pm tonight, performances at 8 pm tomorrow and Feb. 22-24, WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo (Chapala @ De la Guerra), COST: $35 opening night; $16 general, $14 students/seniors, INFO: 963-0408 or www.centerstagetheater.org.

Saturday, February 17

New exhibit at SBMOA – Santa Barbara Museum of Art is serving as lead organizer of a new international exhibition of the works of Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo. “Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted” is the first major exhibit of Tamayo’s work in the United States in more than 27 years, and features more than 100 paintings and portable murals amassed from public and private collections around the world. Dubbed “The Fourth Great One” in his native Mexico, Tamayo’s works conjure familiar images of the country, including the colors, textures, culture – particularly in his numerous renditions of Mexico’s traditional marketplaces replete with flowers, tropical fruit and native folk art. The exhibit travels to museums in Florida and Mexico City after its inaugural run here. WHEN: 11 am to 5 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, through May 27, WHERE: 1130 State St., COST: $9 (discounts for seniors, students and children; free every Sunday), INFO: 963-4364.

Got Sol? – Ross Norman, Jeremy Cannon, Sean Bolis and several other skateboarders star in “Sol,” a video made by Erik Hatch and filmed by Anthony Petti that makes its world premiere tonight. Come early in the day for food, skateboarding, and live music from Soundsemallia and Faceplant. WHEN: 1 pm to 7:30 pm; video begins 6:30 pm, WHERE: La Casa de la Raza, 601 E. Montecito St., INFO: www.yomamaproductions.com.

First Kazakhstan, now Slambovia? – The Sings Like Hell concert series hits the fringes this weekend with Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, a quirky quartet from New York’s Hudson Valley that offers a whimsical blend of folk, rock, hillbilly and pop. Not quite as far-out as the make-believe journalist of “Borat,” the band torches classic rock ‘n’ roll with fiery enthusiasm tempered with ’60s idealism for a sound that has made it to China and TV’s “Joan of Arcadia.” Opener Jeffrey Foucault, who is blessed with a sandpaper voice and a gift for compelling songs, has been called a young singer-songwriter with an old soul. His new album is tantalizingly called “Ghost Repeater.” WHEN: 8 pm, WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 W. Canon Perdido St., COST: $39.50 advance, $42.50 at the door, INFO: 963-0761.

Festival finale – The Santa Barbara Int’l Guitar Festival comes to a close with this pair of concert pairing the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet with the Santa Barbara Symphony. The ensemble takes on Rodrigo’s iconic Concierto Andaluz and also performs the world premiere of Santa Barbara composer Peter Madlem’s “Preludio y Danza,” while new maestro Nir Kabaretti also leads the symphony sans guitars in Bizet’s “Carmen Suite No. 1” and Revueltas’s “Janitizio.” WHEN: 8 pm tonight, 3 pm tomorrow, WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., COST: $25-$59, tickets for seniors and students start at $18, INFO: 963-4408.

Tuesday, February 20

Broadway is back – The 2007 Broadway at the Arlington season kicks off with the exuberant downtown 1990s New York musical “Rent.” A modern update on Puccini’s “La Bohème,” the musical is full of interweaving, often bittersweet, tales of a community of artists struggling with reconciling their aspirations with the harsh economic realities of the era amid issues of relationship and addiction. This presentation of the national touring company of “Rent” – only the fifth musical ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award – has one show only, with four more one-nighters to follow in the season. WHEN: 7:30 pm, WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., COST: $55-$65, INFO: 963-4408.

Wednesday, February 21

Film festival – Yes, SBIFF truly is over for 2007, but there are plenty of other worthy celluloid-oriented events around town, including this two-day screening of excerpts from the Banff Mountain Film Festival as part of the on-going UCSB Film Series. A perennial audience favorite, the best of the 31st fest features a different lineup each evening, with shorts of various length celebrating the spirit of adventure, daredevil feats, and in-depth accounts of mountain culture and environment shot in exotic locations from Siberia to Patagonia. The baker’s dozen selections include the Grand Jury Prize-winner “Conflict Tiger,” Special Jury Award-winner “Aweburg,” and People’s Choice Award-winner and Special Jury Mention “Asiemut.” WHEN: 7:30 pm tonight and tomorrow, WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall, COST: $12, INFO: 893-3535.