Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, California

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
An intimate black box theater with weekly performances by a variety of artists and companies, located in Paseo Nuevo in the heart of the downtown Santa Barbara cultural district.


SOME PAST PERFORMANCES: 2007

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January 12 through 14, 2007

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ALLIANCE PRESENTS
NEW WORKS: 10 SANTA BARBARA CHOREOGRAPHERS
A dance concert of premieres by choreographers Robin Bisio, Valerie Huston, Misa Kelly, Peter Cheng and Lindsey Shapiro, Janna Diamond, Adriana Mitchell and Taryn Wayne, Marcos Duran, and Stephanie Nugent.

Opening night the 10th Lifetime Achievement award for contribution to dance in Santa Barbara will be presented by Mayor Marty Blum to Dianne Vapnek and Laurie Burnaby for 10 years of SUMMERDANCE. Join us for a glass of wine in celebration.

"Snake. Rattle. Roll," "Don't Have to Tell," and "Folly," are just three of the exciting newly created dance pieces premiering at Santa Barbara Dance Alliance's New Works: Santa Barbara Choreographers, Friday through Sunday, January 12 ­ 14, 8 pm, at Center Stage Theater. The Dance Alliance will also present its 10th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening performance on Friday night.

Dances based on themes ranging from the tragedy at Abu Ghraib, to romance in medieval times, to the enjoyment of a new yellow paper tutu, showcase accomplished dancers in solos and ensemble pieces, beautiful and quirky costumes, and inventive lighting design. With its great facilities and comfortable new seating, Center Stage is the perfect venue to enjoy this evening of drama and humor.

In November a panel of judges reviewed live auditions and videotapes to select the program of eight pieces:

Mixing foolery with good sense, Robin Bisio's "Folly" is a solo danced with abandon by Erika Kloumann dressed in a wild yellow paper tutu.

A work for eight dancers, Valerie Huston's "Concentric Incident" portrays a relationship and mutual attraction in the dark environment of medieval times. It starts with early music (Canciones de Amigo and Santiago de Murcia codex No. 4 c. 1730) and curvilinear walking patterns that move into a circle dance Tarantella building to a mysterious conclusion.

Misa Kelly explores the tragedy of the events at Abu Ghraib prison in "Lion's Fire", a collage of highly athletic movement, visual art and poetry to a sound track mix created by Stephen Kelly.

"Don't Have to Tell" , a duet by Peter Cheng and Lindsay Shapiro's illustrates inner struggle and loneliness juxtaposed with the comfort and passion of sensitive touch. It reminds us of hidden aspects in our lives we mask with fake smiles and nods, which, when unmasked resolve into inter-dependence.

Janna Diamond's"Snake. Rattle. Roll." was inspired by the numerous snake­like qualities in human beings. Exploring confrontation, vulnerability, and ultimately, the struggle for survival, four dancers coil, slither, rattle, and roll to fast-paced rhythms by Julia Wolfe. The UCSB Dance Company will show the piece in March at The American College Dance Festival in Montana.

Andriana Mitchell and Taryn Wayne have created a playful, spooky duet evoking Halloween type spirits and mischief.

"Coma 4", Marcos Duran's new work for 5 dancers, plays with fear, disorientation, inner confusion and frenzy to the music of Icelandic band, Sigur Ros.

Stephanie Nugent's"Broken/UnBroken" is an exploration of how individuals construct meaning out of bits of information and how, once broken, an idea, object or relationship, can never truly become 'unbroken'. With daring lifts and falls and numerous surprises, the work begins as a solo followed by a duet danced to music by John Cage.

Bringing new dance works to life is one of the many ways that Santa Barbara Dance Alliance meets its mission to promote dance and awareness of dance in Santa Barbara County. For more information and ways you can take part in the Santa Barbara dance scene, call Santa Barbara Dance Alliance 805 966-6950 and see our website www.sbdancealliance.org.

For more information, visit www.sbdancealliance.org

TIMES: January 12, 13, and 14 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, $18 SBDA members, $16 students & seniors, $50 patron (includes preferred seating and name in program) BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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January 18 and 19, 2007

SANTA BARBARA JAZZ DANCE ACADEMY PRESENTS
S.B. JAZZ DANCE ACADEMY
FACULTY CONCERT

TIMES: Thursday and Friday January 18 and 19 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$25 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday, January 20, 2007

THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SECTION OF USITT PRESENTS
JOB FAIR, PORTFOLIO REVIEW
and STAGE EXPO
For students, Designers, Professionals

10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.: Panel Discussion of Resume and Portfolio Format and Content
12:00 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.: Portfolio Review Sign-up
12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.: Stage Expo
3:00 P.M.- 6:00 P.M.: Individual Resume and Portfolio Review Slots

If you are interested in attending, please email Vickie Scott at scott@dramadance.ucsb.edu

For more information on this and other events sponsored by the Southern California Section of USITT, please visit http://www.socalusitt.org

TIME: Saturday, January 20, 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408


February 10-11, 2007

IRIDIAN ARTS PRESENTS
KEITH JOHNSON/DANCERS &
NUGENT DANCE
Come see two of the most exciting dance companies in So Cal presenting Santa Barbara and world premieres! This evening of richly poetic movement and provocative narrative will conclude with a post- concert reception for both artists and audience.

Keith Johnson will share three of his works: Outside Looking Up (Still) / Blueprint for A Goodbye, The Last Sliver of Sunlight, and his premier of I Dream a Highway. A deeply humanistic artist, Johnson's dances are architecturally etched without denying the inherent emotionality of the human body. Keith formed Keith Johnson/ Dancers in 1998 and the company has performed in California, North Carolina, Utah and Arizona. Currently on faculty at California State Long Beach, he is an Associate Professor who teaches both composition and contemporary dance technique. Keith received the Choo San Goh Award in 2002 for emerging choreographers and has had support from the Dance/USA Foundation. His work has included performances at University of Utah, The LIT Series, the Joyce Soho in New York, The Rose Wagner Theater in Salt Lake City, and the Diavolo Space in Los Angeles.

Now a local favorite, Stephanie Nugent will present Frame/Reframe, a piece which investigates how meaning is shaped by our past experiences, perspectives and 'frames of reference'. Nugent's work is a unique blend of dance and theater, often exploring relationships between personal truths and public personas. Nugent is a choreographer, performer, and educator with special interest in dance/ theater and improvisational dance forms. She is Artistic Director of Nugent Dance and an Associate Professor of Dance at UC Santa Barbara.

"Powerful" ­ Los Angeles Times
"Fascinating" ­ Dance Magazine
"Seriously provocative storytelling" ­ Santa Barbara Independent
"Substantial and affectingsharply poignantcleverly conceived" ­ Santa Barbara News-Press

Visit the web site: www.iridianarts.com

TIMES: Saturday February 10 at 8:00 P.M., Sunday February 11 at 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, $15 students BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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February 16-17, 22-24

DRAMATIC WOMEN PRESENTS
WOMEN'S WORK
New short plays by Santa Barbara writers Ellen K. Anderson, Emma-Jane Huerta, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle and special guest Sheila Fugard

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 DC in the wake of Martin Luther King's assassination, and a confrontation in a South African squatters camp.

Well-known Santa Barbara writers Anderson, Huerta and Rolle are joined by Sheila Fugard, noted South African novelist and wife of world-famed playwright Athol Fugard, for an evening of exciting new work. This is Sheila's playwriting debut, and a world premiere.

Directors: Alison Coutts-Jordan, Michael Downey, Carol Fischer, Zoe McCarthy. Featuring: Leslie Annrenee, Michaun Barner, Qualiema Green, Dana Halverson, Matthew "Catfish" Jean, Diva Johnson, Michael Johnson, Starr Kirkland, Linda McCall, Paul McCormick, Lauren Parsons, Max Smith and Adaeze Uyanwah.

TIMES: February 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$16 general, $14 students and seniors. Opening Night Gala, February 16, all tickets $35 BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 6 and 7, 2007

BALLET SANTA BARBARA PRESENTS
FANDANGO AND OTHER FANTASIES
An evening of intimate and adventurous works

After its highly successful second season at the Luke Theater last November, Ballet Santa Barbara comes to Center Stage with a captivating program featuring the world premiere of Susan Shaberman's "Silent Voices" set to a gripping score by Benjamin Lees. The cast of local dancers will astound you as will the intensity of our guest performers, Carlos Fittante of NYC and Aida Amirkhanian of L.A. In this rich repertory performance with live musical accompaniment, Ballet Santa Barbara explores the contemporary as well as the classical, always remaining committed to highly expressive and dramatic dancing. Elizabeth Schwyzer of the Independent wrote: "[The dancers] were without exception technically strong, versatile, and dramatic." Carrie Diamond, Artistic Director; Eric Valinsky, Music Director.

Vist the web site: http//www.balletsantabarbara.org

TIMES: Tuesday March 6 and Wednesday March 7 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, $18 seniors, students, and SBDA members. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 9 and 10, 2007

SANTA BARBARA JAZZ DANCE ACADEMY PRESENTS
CONFIGURATION

TIMES: March 9 at 7:00 P.M., March 10 at 2:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS:
$10 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 15-18, 21-24, 2007

MAGDALENE WOMEN PRESENTS
BLOODLINES
Look out "Vagina Monologues"--here comes "Bloodlines"!

Thirteen stories from women of different cultures and generations, including a Hindu woman's story of the red dot on her forehead, which is tied to the blood; a woman who throws the familyTV out the window while PMS-ing; a woman. who reclaims her power by bleeding all over a corporation; and young woman's first discovery that she is a lesbian when a friend shows her how to put in a tampon.

Red dancing ninjas, red winged dragon dancers, poi spinners and swirling sufis, accompanied by musical instruments from around the world, create a sensory feast in between each of the monologues.

Women will laugh, cry, and never bleed the same again! Men will get a glimpse into a secret corridor of woman usually forbidden to them. A one-of-a-kind controversial, conversational must-see performance-art collaborative!

Friday March 16: Opening Night
7 P.M. party on the balcony with wine, hors d'oeuvres, music by Chalice, fire dancing, and more!

Thursday March 22: Benefit Night
20% of all ticket sales go to Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center.
7 P.M. party on the balcony with wine, hors d'oeuvres, music by Chalice, fire dancing, and more!

TIMES: March 15 (preview), 16 (opening), 17, 21, 22 (benefit), 23, and 24 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Matinee Sunday March 18 at 200 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general, $20 students & seniors; groups of 10 or more get 1 ticket free. Preview Thursday, March 15, $10 all tickets (no discounts). BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

PLAYING FOR PEACE:
AN EVENING OF ARTS & EDUCATION

Join Antioch University Santa Barbara and the Apple Hill Chamber Players for a creative evening dedicated to peace. Featuring piano, viola, violin, and cello, this ensemble will share their music and experiences playing with musicians all over the world, using music as a bridge to enhance global awareness towards peace and understanding.

From Armenia to Tanzania, the Apple Hill Chamber Players sustain a unique mission of Playing for Peace. Featuring piano, viola, violin and cello, this chamber group uses music as a model democratic process, noting that there is no single conductor-together the musicians communicate verbally and non-verbally to make music.

The Apple Hill Chamber Players tour worldwide, performing concerts, conducting music workshops, and awarding scholarships to musicians of conflicting cultures. These selected scholars attend the International Summer Music Festival held in Southern New Hampshire. During five sessions, Apple Hill hosted 327 participants from 24 countries, including Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, England, Georgia, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Korea, Northern Ireland, Palestine/West Bank, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Spain, Tanzania.

Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) has provided 30 years of higher education and community based service learning to the tri-county regions in areas of education, liberal studies, organizational management and psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. AUSB is one of six campuses in the Antioch University system. The Apple Hill Players appearance in Santa Barbara is part of a national residency and performance tour of each of the Antioch campuses.

TIME: Wednesday, March 28, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$10 general, to benefit AUSB Scholarship Fund BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 29-31, April 5-7, 2007

THE LOOSE AFFILIATION OF ARTISTS PRESENTS
TAPE

Jon, an up-and-coming filmmaker, meets up with his best friend from high school, Vince, a volunteer firefighter who makes his money selling pot. On the eve of Jon's film premier, Vince chokes a confession from Jon about a questionable act committed against Amy Randall, a girl whom they both dated ten years prior--only to reveal that he's taped the conversation, and that Amy is on her way over.

Tape is a biting examination of motive, memory, truth, and perception. How many years will the pangs of jealousy endure? Should justice be achieved through any means possible?

"Tape is terrific...Belber has expert fun torturing his characters with the things that never get said, yet the language is uniquely telling and the underlying grief shines through."--The New Yorker.

"Fascinating and entertaining...a terrific playReal talk, real characters, real situations-a real play."--NY Post

The LAA follows in the footsteps of their premier production of Neil Labute's The Shape of Things, and continues to explore the grittier side of life, while tapping into the universal human experience.

TIMES: March 29, 30, and 31, April 5, 6, and 7 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, $10 under 30 and students BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, April 29, 2007

IRIDIAN ARTS PRESENTS
THE ROBIN COX ENSEMBLE WITH PERCUSSION SOLOIST SCOTT DEAL

On Sunday April 29th, at 8pm Iridian Arts presents the return of the Robin Cox Ensemble, this time with Alaska percussion virtuoso Scott Deal as an added treat. A quintet of violin, cello, clarinet, and two percussion, RCE performs the post-classical music of Robin Cox and other contemporary composers.

In the last seven years this group with a one-of-a-kind instrumentation has held over one hundred performances, collaborated with many prominent choreographers, composers, and video artists, and has released two critically acclaimed recordings. It is quickly developing a reputation throughout the United States for innovative and compelling concerts, which speak to a wide range of audiences in performances both intriguing and surprising. They have commissioned works from a wide range of composers, collaborated in numerous multi- media events, and shared the stages with musicians and composers such as the Eclipse Quartet, Eve Beglarian, Sarah Cahill, Art Jarvinen, and Pamela Z.

This all-new program includes "Levitation Games," a work by Cox for Deal as marimba soloist with the ensemble, Deal's own explosive percussion trio "Cocolithophore," and Terry Riley's classic minimalist piece "In C." The Robin Cox Ensemble is: Robin Cox (violinist/composer/director), Erik Leckrone (percussionist), Eric Mellencamp (percussionist), Maggie Parkins (cellist), Marty Walker, (clarinetist), and Nic Chaffee (audio engineer).

"Impressive...a refreshingly diverse new musical encounter" --Los Angeles Times

"Outstanding Classical Ensemble/Artist Nominee" --Los Angeles Weekly Music Awards 2003

Percussionist Scott Deal is a virtuoso percussionist and innovator in collaboration between live music and video. An active performer of new music, he has been a soloist at Sub Tropics New Music Festival, May in Miami, SEAMUS International Electronic Music Conference and performed as a soloist or chamber musician at venues in London, Boston, Washington DC, Moscow, Russia, as well as throughout the United States. His frequent collaborators include composer John Luther Adams and pianist Stephen Drury. He is also a prominent member of an elite team of artists and scientists collaborating on remote location projects for Internet 2.

"[Deal gave] a riveting performance" --Sequenza Magazine

Visit the Iridian Arts web sites: www.iridianarts.com and www.robincoxensemble.com

TIMES: Sunday, April 29 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, $15 students BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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May 5 and 6,  2007

FUSION DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS
LEVEL OF HEAT II
Under the direction of Kara Stewart
and assistant director Cynthia Norton

A dance performance that encompassess everything from a tender warmth to a blistering fire!

A fun, entertaining show for the whole family--kid friendly! Some dance pieces tell a story, while others are comedic, romantic, touching, somber, exhilarating--and all are eye-captivating and entertaining! Guest performers include Steve Campbell and Lindsay Rust of Dancing Drum, Salsa Lolita/ Somos Son and Carlos and Conception (Bassh Latin dancers 2007).

Fusion Dance Company upholds its name by fusing together classical dance styles such as jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, tap, and different cultural influences such as hip hop, salsa, Afro-Brazilian, and Latin flavors. Some of its credits include Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Santa Barbara's Fire Fighter's Alliance "Fireball," Santa Barbara Jewish Federation gala, "Dancing with the Stars," and Santa Barbara's University Club, Fosse tribute and bridal fashion show, Channel 17. Also featured on KTLA news in Los Angeles.

"An unrestrainable ensemble...the next generation of social dance."
--Elizabeth Schwyzer, Santa Barbara Independent

For more detailed information and a list of credits visit thefusiondancecompany.com.

TIMES: Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 P.M.; Sunday, May 6, at 2:00 and 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS:
$12 general, $10 students and seniors, $8 kids ages 12 and under BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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May 17 through 27, 2007

SBT: THE SANTA BARBARA THEATER PRESENTS
MISS JULIE

Stephen Sachs's hot, modern World Premiere adaptation of Miss Julie is set on the Fourth of July in Mississippi, during the "Freedom Summer" of 1964. Miss Julie takes August Strindberg's original story of forbidden love, repressed desire and class relations from1888 and adds a layer of race relations during a fiery time in the United States' history. John, a black man, is the chauffeur for Miss Julie's family, and sees Miss Julie as his way out of domestic service, while also harboring true feelings for her he has hidden since childhood. Both "Pick of the Week" in the LA Weekly as well as "Critic's Choice" in the Los Angeles Times, where it is praised for Sachs' adaptation as well as its "sultry tone," Miss Julie will move to Santa Barbara from the home of our sister company, the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood. Due to mature content and themes, this production is recommended for ages 18 and over.


TIMES:
May 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 at 8:00 P.M.; Sundays, May 20 and 27, at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$32.50 to $50.00 general; $26.50 to $44.00 students and seniors; $15.00 high school students. For details, please contact the BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

SANTA BARBARA YOUNG SINGERS CLUB PRESENTS
YSC SHOWCASE
Sowcasing YSC's show choirs: The Skylarks, Dynamics, Beach Girls, Nightingales, and more!

TIMES: Tuesday, May 29 at 6:00 and 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS:
6 :00 show: $10 general, $8 students and seniors
TICKETS: 7:30 show: $12 general, $8 students and seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

BAMBOO-MESSENGER-WOMAN PRESENTS
NOT JUST JAZZ

A spirited evening featuring the artistry of Woody DeMarco (piano), Jon Crosse (saxophones, flute, clarinet, trumpet), Stephen Geyer (guitar), Rex Harte (drums and percussion), and Hank Allen (bass).

TIME: Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME) BOX OFFICE
TICKETS:
 $20 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Thursday, May 31, 2007

UCSB DANCE PRESENTS
UCSB DANCE COMPANY
IN CONCERT
A select number of advanced students are chosen each year to participate in UCSB Dance Company. This student company participates in the division's outreach program and in special studio concerts. The most promising students are invited to perform and tour as apprentices with the resident company itself. Working alongside professionals provides a valid and unique learning situation for these developing artists.

TIME: Wednesday, May 31 at 8:00 P.M. 
TICKETS:
$15 general, $12 students BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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June 8 through 17, 2007

LIT MOON THEATRE PRESENTS
MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL
Four of Finland's most exciting contemporary playwrights in a repertory of Finnish plays designed to introduce American audiences to the vast riches of Finnish drama.

This year's 2007 Lit Moon season features a truly historic event: the first repertory of contemporary Finnish plays ever staged in the United States, and marks the first time a Finnish director has been invited to direct a play for a professional American company.  About the Playwrights

    • Laura Ruohonen, Queen C
    • Anna Krogerus, For Sheer Love of Me
    • Mika Myllyaho, Panic
    • Sirkku Peltola, The Finnhorse

Festival Schedule
 Friday, June 8  8:00 P.M.  Queen C
Saturday, June 9 11:00 A.M. Panic Staged Reading
2:00 P.M. Queen C
4:00 P.M. Ambush Special event; see below*
8:00 P.M. For Sheer Love of Me
Sunday, June 10 1:30 P.M. The Finnhorse Staged Reading
4:00 P.M. For Sheer Love of Me
8:00 P.M. Queen C
Thursday, June 14 8:00 P.M. For Sheer Love of Me
Friday, June 15 8:00 P.M. For Sheer Love of Me
Saturday, June 16 4:00 P.M. Queen C
8:00 P.M. Queen C
Sunday, June 17 4:00 P.M. Queen C

*Special Event, one time only! Screening of Ambush, acclaimed 1999 Finnish film that received seven "Jussis," the Finnish film awards, including Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Music, Editing, and Sound and Set Design. Director Olli Saarela's film is set in the early days of WWII and follows a Finnish soldier fighting for the Axis against the Russians. Starring Peter Franzen and Irina Bjorklund. See them on screen at 4:00 in Ambush, and on stage at 8:00 in For Sheer Love of Me! All tickets $10, Contemporary Arts Forum, Paseo Nuevo Mall.

The repertory is a co-production between the Lit Moon Theatre Company and the Finnish Theatre Information Center (TINFO), and has been generously underwritten by support from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Cultural Finnish Foundation, the Finnish Ministry of Education, the Finnish Literature Information Center, Finnish Literature Abroad, the EU Culture 2000 program, the Santa Barbara Arts Commission, and the Santa Barbara Foundation.

Lit Moon Theatre Company: www.litmoon.com

TIMES: See chart above
TICKETS:
$25 general, $12 students and seniors. Packages available. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Thursday, June 21, 2007

BENEFIT FOR DRI'S GLOBAL HEALTH JOURNEY 2007
SONGS FOR AFRICA
Gove County String Quartet • MamaJama Jazz • Headless Household

On June 21, three of Santa Barbara’s bands will take the stage in a benefit for Direct Relief International’s Global Health Journey 2007.    DRI will be heading to Africa this July to work with their clinics in Kenya and Uganda.   Santa Barbara’s musicians have a personal interest: not only are many of them long time supporters of DRI, but one of them, violinist/vocalist Sally Barr is going with DRI to assist them in Africa.  100% of the concert’s proceeds will benefit DRI specifically for this journey

The evening promises a spectacular array of Santa Barbara’s finest: first up, The Gove County String Quartet, headed by composer and bassist James Connolly will present what has been called “Circus Music Soaked in Americana.” Connolly will be joined by violinists Laura Hackstein and Sally Barr and violist Kirsten Monke.  The second set will switch over to jazz standards with MamaJama Jazz, with Barr on vocals, Connolly on bass, Bruce Bigenho on piano Tom Buckner, sax and Tom Lackner on drums.   Lithely leaping through genres from country to polka to jazz improv, Headless Household (Joe Woodard, Dick Dunlap and Tom Lackner and special guests Julie Christensen, Bill Flores, Buckner, Barr, Connolly, and more!) will be the third course in this veritable musical smorgasbord sure to please the palette. 

Songs for Africa poster

TIME: Thursday, June 21, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$30 general (includes 1 complementary tasty beverage) BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Friday, June 22, 2007

SANTA BARBARA BALLET CENTER PRESENTS
JUNE RECITAL

TIMES: Friday, June 22, at 4:30 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$15 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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June 29 through July 1, 2007

MOMENT OF TRUTH
A New Musical
...because what's more entertaining than therapy?

The Cantrell family has reached a crisis point with their teenage son, and therapy is recommended. Whether Dr. Theodore De Gras and his new approach to family theapy is the cure remains to be seen.

Music and lyrics by Deborah Wynne. Book by Annie J. Dahlgren. Directed by Judy Sanger.

TIMES: June 29 and 30 at 8:00 P.M.; matinee July 1 at 2:00 P.M. 
TICKETS:
$20 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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July 2 through 14, 2007

BALLET SANTA BARBARA PRESENTS
2007 SUMMER INTENSIVE

Classes Monday through Friday, July 2 through 14 (no classes July 4). Closing performance Saturday, July 14. For more information, please phone the box office.

TIMES: Closing performance Saturday, July 14, 2:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
             For classes, please phone the BOX OFFICE
TICKETS:
July 14: $10 general, at the door or for reservations please call (805) 450-7535
                BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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July 7 and 8, 2007

JANUSPHERE DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS
WEST COAST PREMIER
OF NEW WORKS

Janusphere Dance Company (JDC) invites you to its west coast premiere on July 7 and 8 at CST at 7:00 p.m. These contemporary works will be performed by a new company of outstanding dancers drawn from the Bolshoi Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Metropolitan Opera Ballet and New York Theater Ballet.

Janusphere Dance Company: www.januspheredancecompany.org


TIMES: Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS:
$20 general, $15 students and SB Dance Alliance members BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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July 20 and 21, 2007

COMPANY XIV
With choreography by Austin McCormick

Extravagant. Provocative. Beautiful. Fresh from their sold-out New York debut, Juilliard graduate Austin McCormick brings his Company XIV to Santa Barbara. Company XIV performs new work inspired by the decadence of the Baroque form and the writings of Charles Bukowski; exciting the voyeur in all of us and exploring themes of sexuality, manipulation, and objectification. Do not miss this rising star!

Company XIV: www.companyxiv.com


TIMES:
Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, $15 students and SB Dance Alliance members BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Friday, July 27, 2007

SANTA BARBARA BALLET CENTER PRESENTS
FAIRY TALE DREAMS

For more information www.santabarbaraballetcenter.com

TIME: Friday, July 27, at 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME) 
TICKETS: $10 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday, July 28, 2007

SANTA BARBARA DANCE CENTER PRESENTS
HOT LATIN, BALLROOM, AND MORE
Summer performance with dance demonstrations by SBDC’s students and their teachers, featuring Latin, ballroom, salsa, swing, hip hop, and belly dancing.

Teaching Santa Barbara to dance one step at a time! www.santabarbaradancecenter.com

TIME: Saturday, July 28, at 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$20 general, $50 VIP patron. For tickets please call SB Dance Center: (805) 899-2901


Sunday, July 29, 2007

CITY OF SANTA BARBARA PARKS AND RECREATION
AND THE MOTIONTHEATRE DANCE COMPANY PRESENT
ERICK HAWKINS DANCE COMPANY
Summer Intenstive Students 2007
and MotionTheatre Dance Company

Don't miss the renowned Erick Hawkins Dance Company Summer Intensive!

You are invited to a final showing of work by the Erick Hawkins Dance Company , the Workshop Students Summer Intensive 2007 and the MotionTheatre Dance Company. 

For more information, visit: www.sbparksandrecreation.org    www.motiontheatre.com    www.erickhawkinsdance.org

TIME: Sunday, July 29, at 3:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$12 general, $10 SBDA members, teens, and students; Free for children BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408

August 1, 2, 4, and 5, 2007

SANTA BARBARA SUMMER STOCK PRESENTS
DRACULA

TIMES: August 1, 2, 4, and 5, at 7:30 P.M. August 4 and 5 at 2:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS:
$15 general, $10 childen under 14  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Friday, August 3, 2007

GUSTAFSON DANCE PRESENTS
JUNIOR INTENSIVE SUMMER SHOWCASE

For more information visit www.gustafsondance.com

TIMES: Friday 3 at 7:00 P.M.  (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS:
$15 general, $10 childen and students  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday, August 11, 2007

UCSB CENTER FOR BLACK STUDIES RESEARCH PRESENTS
BECAUSE WHEN GOD IS TOO BUSY: HAITI, ME AND THE WORLD

Haitian-American Spoken-Word Artist
GINA ATHENA ULYSSE  

“Because When God is Too Busy: Haiti, Me and the World” is a powerful one-woman performance which challenges preconceptions of what it means to be Haitian and human against tensions of migration, racism, sexism and homophobia. In the tradition of radical black feminists, Haitian-born poet-performer Gina Athena Ulysse seeks peace through self-definition.

Ulysse’s performance is a fundraiser for a new documentary film, Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy. "Like most subaltern women, everyone else has spoken for Haitian women. Yet, we have a history of speaking for ourselves,” says Ulysse. “I support Poto Mitan because it offers us a rare glimpse into how Haitian women in the struggle understand their complex conditions and what they are doing for themselves"

The evening will include a screening of the 15-minute trailer for Poto Mitan followed by a wine
reception. Poto Mitan is a Tèt Ansanm Production, co-directed by Renée Bergan of Santa Barbara’s Renegade Pictures, whose documentary about women in Afghanistan. Sadaa E Zan (Voices of Women), won the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Social Justice Award in 2003. Poto Mitan is co-directed withMark Schuller, an anthropologist at UCSB. The film’s executive producer is Mary Becker. Donations made to the film before October 1, 2007, will be matched by the Macy Trust. 

“…An extraordinarily gifted artist, that rare talent whose words are as moving on the page as they are on the stage. A thought-provoking and fabulous show.”—Edwidge Danticat

TIMES: Saturday August 11 at 7:00 P.M.  (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS:
$12 general, $10 students and seniors  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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August 17 and 18, 2007

CYNTHIA WARING MATTHEWS PRESENTS
BODIES UNBOUND
A one-woman show about a woman who leaves a convent where she went to escape the pain of her life and discovers the sacredness of ordinary experience and the wisdom of the flesh, while being a massage therapist.


TIME: August 17 and 18 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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August 23 through 26, 2007

MARETTE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
THREE ONE-ACT COMEDIES

ALAS, POOR FRED
by James Saunders

SURE THING and
THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
by David Ives

Starring Marilyn Gilbert, Nathan Rundlett, Ed Giron, Geren Piltz, and Debbie Helm. In each of these plays, garbled communication leads to outrageously funny situations.

"As played with the masterful technique of real life husband and wife Marilyn Gilbert and Nathan Rundlett, we were treated to a serene symphony of human comedy extraordinaire. ... Think Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy, Alfred Lunt & Lynn Fontaine,..." --Alex Henteloff (CASA)

"Absurd! Outrageous! So True! So wonderfully, painfully ourselves."  --Charles Donelan (SB Independent).

TIMES: August 23-25 at 8:00 P.M.  August 26 at 3:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Thursday, September 6, 2007

CENTER STAGE THEATER IN ASSOCIATION WITH CAF PRESENTS
FIRST ANNUAL
1ST THURSDAY AFTER-PARTY

Enjoy an evening of cocktails, music, art and prizes! Music by oso featuring Clitorectomy and the Mutilators. $5 raffle with prizes from Beleza Skin Care, Bryan Lee, Drishti, California Pizza Kitchen, Carina Cellars, Gibian Wellness Center, Island Packers, Paseo Nuevo, Mary Kay, Planet Beauty, Soma Get Fit, Taj Cafe, Teva, Trader Joe's Tuttini, Santa Barbara Brewing Co., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Zelo, Sumbody, Zodo's Sunstone Vineyards, and more. VIEW POSTER

See also the CAF Web Site: www.sbcaf.org

TIME: Thursday, September 6, 7:00to 11:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
Admission free  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday, September 8, 2007

BALLET FOLKLORICO
ALMA DE MEXICO PRESENTS

CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE THROUGH DANCE


TIME: Saturday, September 8 at 6:00 P.M(NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$12 general, $10 children  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, September 9, 2007

DANA GEDRICK AND BARRY SHAW PRESENT
WITNESSING HEADLINES
A Documentary Film Screening

A documentary film, that looks at what happens when you turn the cameras around on the media during one of the most publicized trials of the decade. From the producers of "Can I Explain?"

TIME: Sunday, September 9, 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$5 suggested donation  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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September 13-15, 20-22, 200

MICHAEL SMITH IN ASSOCIATION WITH GENESIS WEST PRESENTS
BAD DOG and Other Plays

"Bad Dog" is a new sequel to Smith's "Dogs Bark All Night," which was presented by Genesis West at Center Stage Theater in November 2000 while the Bush-Gore election hung in the balance. Laurel Lyle and David Brainard, who played leading parts in that production, will again appear as Janice, the '70s radical who runs for president, and her supportive husband Bill, with Susan Keller and Alfred St. John Smith as Bill's sister Vera and Janice's son Tommy.

The evening is structured as a collage, punctuating "Bad Dog" with three earlier Smith plays, all brief. "More. More. I Want More!," a two-minute skit, was performed at La Mama in New York in 1965. "Fast Forward" was seen in Dramatic Women's "Santa Barbara Confidential" at Center Stage Theater in February 2000. "Point Blank," a loop play for an ensemble of eight actors, has not previously been produced.

Completing the cast are Melissa Paper, Suzanne Bodine, Tom Petra, and Melissa Rose Ziemer. Costumes are by Mary Gibson.

TIMES: Preview September 13 at 8:00 P.M.
             September 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 at 8:00 P.M.  Matinee Saturday April 22  at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
Preview 9/13: $10 general.
                Regular run: $20 general, $16 students & Seniors.  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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September 28 through 30, 2007

BALLET SANTA BARBARA PRESENTS
LES PETITS BALLETS SANTA BARBARA

A striking and diverse program of all original ballets by Santa Barbara’s newest professional contemporary ballet company.

Ballet Santa Barbara returns to CST for its fourth season. The concert will feature four newly commissioned ballets, fabulous performers, and live music. A must-see concert! Artistic Director Carrie Diamond will premiere a new ballet based loosely on the ’87 classic film, “Wings of Desire.” The work will be set to an original score by José Luis Greco, son of legendary dancer José Greco. Other premieres are by east coast guest choreographers Lizabeth Skalski, and Lines alumnus Brian Carey Chung. Artistic Associate Carlos Fittante has set his “Wayang Blues” on the Company, a compelling duet that truthfully and humorously portrays five decades of a marriage. Fittante skillfully combines dance-theater, Wayang puppetry and the music of Etta James.

“…a company entering the dance scene with dynamism and confidence.” --Independent

For more information, visit balletsantabarbara.org

TIMES: September 28 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME). Reception to follow at CAF.
             September 29 at 2:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
             September 30 at 2:00  P.M.  
TICKETS:
$22 general, $18 students & seniors. September 28 only: $30, includes reception. September 29 matinee only: $22 general,  $10 students & seniors. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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October 4-6, 11-13, 2007

THE LOOSE AFFILIATION OF ARTISTS PRESENTS
HUMPTY DUMPTY
A play by ERIC BOGOSIAN

Four ego-driven friends gather for a mountain getaway to escape from their high-pressure jobs and spend a quiet week relaxing, when unforeseen events bring them to the brink in this psychological thriller. From the producers of the critically acclaimed Tape and the Indy award-winning The Shape of Things

“Stephen King with a dollop of Lord of the Flies.”--New York Times

For more info, please visit: www.thelooseaffiliation.com

TIMES: October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, $10 students & under 30.  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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October 18-20, 25-27, 2007

MENTOR THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
DREAMING OF GRACELAND
Two one-acts by ELLEN BYRON

Elvis lives! Whether or not you’re an Elvis fan, you are sure to love Dreaming of Graceland.  The show takes us from moments of hysterical laughter to moments of poignant emotion.  These two one-acts by Ellen Byron are wonderfully paired as we witness a girl’s journey to hold on to what is most precious to her.


TIMES: October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 at 8:00 P.M
TICKETS:
$15 general, $10 students and seniors  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday, October 20, 2007

DRAMA DOGS PRESENT
MOVE YOUR MONOLOGUE

• Enhance and develop character depth
• Gain new tools through a concrete method of physicalizing to access emotional depth
• Experiment with and integrate text, character and physicality
• Work you artistry
• Develop your craft

Bring your memorized monologue, or select one when you register in advance for this impactful workshop. Come ready to move, learn and explore a new dimension to your audition and performance.

Call now to register: (805) 687-6805 www.dramadogs.org

TIMES: Saturday, October 20, 10:0 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Registration begins at 9:30 A.M
REGISTRATION:
$40 advance, $45 at the door ($5 student discount with advance registration)  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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November 2-3, 8-10, 15-17, 2007

GENESIS WEST PRESENTs
THE GOD OF HELL
A play by SAM SHEPARD

“Pungent and poignant…darkly comic…masterfully acerbic.” – USA Today

Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell is an uproarious, brilliantly provocative farce that brings the gifts of a quintessentially American playwright to bear on the current American dilemma.

Frank and Emma are a quiet, respectable couple who raise cows on their Wisconsin farm. Soon after they agree to put up Frank’s old friend Haynes, who is fleeing from a secret government project involving plutonium, they are visited by Welch, a government bureaucrat. His aggressive patriotism puts Frank, Emma, and Haynes on the defensive, transforming their heartland American household.

Featuring: Tom Hinshaw, Leslie Gangl Howe, Fred Lehto and Tony Miratti.

For further info: www.genesiswest.org

TIMES: November 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$26.50 general, $20 students (student tickets are only available at the Box office, accompanied by student ID).  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Friday, November 30, 2007

EAST/WEST GALLERY AND FOCUS ON THE MASTERS PRESENT
IN FOCUS: IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM, RONDAL PARTRIDGE & HORACE BRISTOL

Screening of the Academy Award nominated film "Portrait of Imogen" and "Outta My Light," short format documentaries by Meg Partridge, granddaughter of Imogen Cunningham and daughter of Rondal Partridge. Also screening “Horace Bristol: The Compassionate Eye” by David Rabinovich, presented by Donna Granata of Focus on the Masters &  Henri Bristol of East/West Gallery. Q&A following the screening.

For more info, visit www. eastwestgallery.com   www.focusonthemasters.com

Of related interest:
www.horacebristol.com
www.imogencunningham.com
www.rondalpartridge.com

TIMES: Friday, November 30, 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS:
$10 general, $5 students and seniors  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Monday, December 3, 2007

HOUSEHOLD, INK PRESENTS
HEADLESS HOUSEHOLD
18th ANNUAL XMAS CONCERT

A holiday tradition for Santa Barbara and CST. Our landscape and demographics keep changing, but new music group Headless Household, founded  in 1983, refuses to go quietly into the good night. And a good night it promises to be, when they take their once-a-year sleigh ride to Center Stage for their 18th annual xmas concert. Trivia nugget: The Household’s first year at Center Stage was also the theater’s inaugural season. Bonus nugget: That was before web sites.

Joining founding members Dick Dunlap (keyboards), Tom Lackner (percussives), and Joe Woodard (guitars) will be some of the finest musicians calling Santa Barbara and Ventura home, including vocalists Julie Christensen and Glen (Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips) Phillips, saxist Tom Buckner, violinist Sally Barr, bassist David (k.d. lang) Piltch, multi-instrumentalists Kenny Edwards and Bill Flores and probably more before the night and the list are through. MORE

For more info, visit www.householdink.com

TIME: Monday, December 3, 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$12 general, $9 students and seniors  BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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December 6 and 7, 2007

ACTING OUT PRESENTS
FOUR SISTERS, FOUR SEASONS
A play by Trinity Amanda Kesselring

A grassroots stage production debuts this holiday season when the new Acting Out theater company presents Four Sisters, Four Seasons. Written by Trinity Amanda Kesselring, this play features four dynamic women whose courage and grit help them persevere through a year of immense change.

Four Santa Barbara sisters ride the wave of life. Funny, inspiring and heartfelt, Four Sisters, Four Seasons captures the comedy and tragedy of romance, divorce, family, marriage and mother-daughter relationships. It’s Steel Magnolias meets Love Actually meets The First Wives Club. The male characters in Four Sisters, Four Seasons are supportive, offering comic relief and a fresh perspective on sex, love and connection. The male energy in this play drowns out clichés that pit women against men, and reminds us that we all travel through life together.

TIMES: December 6 and 7 at 8:00 P.M
TICKETS:
$20 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Monday, December 10, 2007

A Memorial Tribute to
ROBERT GRANDE WEISS

TIMES: Monday December 10 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
TBA BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

BRAD NACK
9th Annual
100% Reindeer
Art Reception

It's reindeer season again and Brad Nack’s 100% Reindeer Art Show is still going strong as it enters it’s 9th year. This year the show will be at a new location, The Center Stage Theatre and will feature 40 small abstract Reindeer oil paintings elegantly framed and priced to sell. Bring a checkbook and a critical attitude! For more info: http://bradnack.com

5:00 P.M. : Wine and refreshments
6:00 P.M. : Art show and sale
TIMES: Thursday, December 13, at 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
Free BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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December 21 and 22, 2007

LIT MOON THEATRE PRESENTS
"HUMBUG!"
A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol

A familiar classic gets a fresh look when the internationally acclaimed Lit Moon Theatre Company presents its new show December 21st and 22nd at Center Stage.  Entitled “Humbug!” A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol, the show tells Charles Dickens’s great story of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge in Lit Moon’s fresh and inventive style of theatere. Featuring four actors playing all the parts, traditional and original music, and some wonderful surprises, “Humbug!” promises to become a delightful contribution to the Santa Barbara holiday season.

For more info, visit www.litmoon.com


TIMES: Friday and Saturday, December 21 and 22 at 8:00 P.M. Matinee Saturday, December 22, at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$17 general; $10 students & seniors; $7 childeren ages 5-12; the first child FREE with a paying adult. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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January 11 through 13, 2008

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ALLIANCE PRESENTS
NEW WORKS:
SANTA BARBARA CHOREOGRAPHERS
A Dance Concert of Premiers

“Un…Done,” “She Passes Through…” and “As We Are,” are just three of the exciting newly created dance pieces premiering at Santa Barbara Dance Alliance’s New Works: Santa Barbara Choreographers, Friday through Sunday January 11-13, 8 p.m., at Center Stage Theater.  Dance Alliance will also present its 11th Lifetime Achievement Award to Luis Goena for his contributions to the Santa Barbara Balkan dance community at a reception following the opening performance on Friday night.

Dances with themes ranging from the promise of new beginnings to feelings of anxiety and helplessness showcase accomplished dancers in solos and ensemble pieces, movement styles from contemporary ballet to post modern, beautiful to sleek costumes, classic to original music scores, and inventive lighting design. The intimate setting of Center Stage Theater makes it the perfect venue to experience this evening of evocative and engaging dance. Choreographers include Robin Bisio, Nancy Colahan, Heather Carney Shea, Nicole Helton, Valerie Huston, Misa Kelly, E. Bonnie Lewis, Delila Moseley, Susan Shaberman, Kara Stewart, and Jacqueline Wiley.

For more info, visit www.sbdancealliance.org

TIMES: Friday through Sunday, January 11 through 13 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general; $22 SBDA members; $20 students & seniors; $50 patrons. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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January 18 and 19 , 2008

PERFORMANCE THEATRE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS PRESENTS
ONE WISH
A Musical Fantasy

What happens when you mix a ring of fun-loving fairies, three mortal children and one mortal man, an evil sorceress, and a mischievous hobgoblin? Enchanting... Dramatic... Heartwarming...
Hilarious... Magical.... Fairy tales can come true, if you believe.

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$17 adults; $14 children and seniors. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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January 24 through February 3 , 2008

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

For schedule, ticketing and other information visit www.sbfilmfestival.org or call 805-963-0761
no pre-sale ticketing available at Center Stage.


February 8 and 9, 2008

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ARTS PRESENTS
DANCE TEACHERS GONE WILD

SB Dance-Arts (formerly SBJDA) has been bringing the gift of dance to our community for over 10 years. Join the staff for an entertaining evening of Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Broadway, and Tap in this fun-filled evening of dance.  Directors Steven Lovelace and Alana Tillim join their faculty for this exciting once-a-year performance. Our staff includes dancers hailing from Broadway, Ballet Russe, Ballet Santa Barbara, UCSB Division of Dance, and that have been featured in music videos and national tours or today's most famous artists!  All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund for the Arts Mentorship Program.

TIMES: Friday February 8 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME);
TIMES: Saturday February 9 at 3:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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February 15 and 17 , 2008

BACKYARD STAGE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
HAND SEWN LOVE: WOMEN TALKIN' STORY

Backyard Stage Productions announces the premiere theatrical production of Hand Sewn Love: Women Talkin’ Story in honor of Marion Woodman, internationally acclaimed writer, teacher and Jungian analyst.

In this production, Edie Barrett, Tiare Newport and Heidi Townshend-Zellner will explore the many facets of love through their touching and provocative personal monologues. The program contains adult language and content and is not suitable for children.

Proceeds from the production will be donated to Opus Archives and Research Center, housing archival collections of Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman, Marion Woodman (partial list). Opus Archives and Research Center is located on the campuses of Pacifica Graduate Institute. More

TIMES: Friday, February 15, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, February 17, at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general; $20 students and Pacifica alumni; $50 patron (reserved seating)
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February 22 through March 1, 2008

DRAMATIC WOMEN PRESENTS
LAST DAYS OF THE EMPIRE
A new play by BOB POTTER
Directed by MAURICE LORD

On a moonlit night, anything is possible.  In the sands of the Libyan desert in North Africa, the rusted wreckage of World War II German tanks lie in the shadows of ancient Roman ruins. And at the horizon, the flickering lights of an American-run petroleum consortium can be seen.  In this dreamlike setting, some remarkable inhabitants of these outposts of empire encounter one another and their historical dilemmas, in a life-and-death situation. As their paths cross, and their shared experiences collide, they make a series of tragicomic discoveries about the meaning of their lives and times.

Featuring Devon Bell, Tom Hinshaw, Sylvia Short, Tiffany Story and Matt Tavianini. Sets and lighting by Theodore Michael Dolas, costumes by Ellen McBride Sheppard.

For more information, visit www.dramaticwomen.org

TIMES: February 22, 23, 28, 29, and March 1 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$18 general; $15 students and seniors.
TICKETS: Opening night: all tickets $35.00. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 7 and 8 , 2008

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ARTS PRESENTS
CONFIGURATION

Santa Barbara Dance Arts, formally Santa Barbara Jazz Dance Academy, presents its annual student concert.

TIMES: Friday March 7 at 7:00 P.M.; Saturday March 8 at 2:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS: $15 general; $10 students at Saturday March 8 matinee only BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 14 through 16 , 2008

BALLET SANTA BARBARA PRESENTS
A NEW YORK PERSPECTIVE
Featuring Benjamin Harkarvy's Premonition with music by Maurice Ravel

Two worlds come together in a program of seven striking and original ballets—all works that premiered in New York City over the last 20 years. Five of the ballets were created for Artistic Director Carrie Diamond’s first company, the New American Ballet Ensemble, between 1989 and 1991. New York City guest artist Robin Gilbert, who was a member of NABE, will reunite with BSB for these performances, as will Artistic Associate and permanent guest artist Carlos Fittante, also a member of Diamond’s first company. More

Opening Night Gala Friday March 14th at 7:00 p.m.  Join BSB in celebration of our 18 year reunion of NYC dancers and choreographers. With scintillating opera singer Stephanie Sivers and pianist Eric Valinsky. Champagne reception to follow. All seats $50.00.

TIMES: Friday, March 14, Opening Night Gala at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, March 15, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, March 16, at 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: Friday, March 14: $50 general, includes reception following performance
TICKETS: Saturday and Sunday evening, March 15 and 16: $22 general, $18 students and seniors
TICKETS: Sunaday matinee, March 16: $22 general, $10 students K-12 and seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 20 through 30 , 2008

SBT: THE SANTA BARBARA THEATRE PRESENTS
DOUBT
Winner of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for 2005
Central Coast Premier

SBT: The Santa Barbara Theatre, a professional Actors’ Equity Association company, proudly presents John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, the most lauded play of the past ten years. Doubt stars Victoria Tennant (Winds of War, LA Story) and William Dennis Hurley (Exits and Entrances), and is directed by SBT Co-Artistic Director Asaad Kelada. Set in a Catholic middle school in 1964, Doubt is both a fascinating study of doubt versus moral certainty and an entertaining whodunit that will keep you guessing long after the play is over. MORE

Special events: Talkback with the cast and crew following the performances on Tuesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 27.

For more information, vist www.sbtheatre.org

TIMES: Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.; Sundays at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings $34.00
TICKETS: Friday evenings and Sunday matinees $42.00
TICKETS: Saturday evenings $49.00 BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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This project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.