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: 2016

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Speaking of Stories logoJanuary through May, 2016

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF STORIES 2016 SEASON

Enjoy a full season of great Speaking of Stories performances. Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4. Select an A-level Subscription with an assigned seat, or a B-level with open seating. Whatever works for you! Remember, being a subscriber comes with special privileges! Unlike single tickets, Subscriber tickets can be exchanged if your plans change. As a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $69 to $140.

Nothing But Laughs January 17 & 18
Stories to tickle your funny bone and make you smile!

Personal Stories II February 14 & 15
A collection of first person true stories written and performed by members of the community.

Tales from the Twilight Zone March 13 & 14
Stories that inspired episodes on the iconic Twilight Zone television show

Madams of Mayhem April 17 & 18
Shady Ladies, Femmes Fatales, Dangerous Broads, and some plain old Bad Girls! The ladies take center stage for a collection of sizzling stories of mystery, mayhem and shenanigans.

Literary Potpourri May 22 at 2:00 & 6:00
A mixture of lovely and spicy tales that are just too good not to be shared! Please note that for May we will be doing 2 shows on Sunday, at 2:00 and 6:00, instead of our traditional Sunday and Monday schedule.

TICKETS:

For additional performance details see the individual show listings below or visit www.speakingofstories.org.
A LEVEL (reserved seat)
TICKETS: 5 show $140
TICKETS :4 show $112
TICKETS :3 show $84

B LEVEL (general admission)
TICKETS: 5 show $115
TICKETS :4 show $92
TICKETS :3 show $69

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Adderly logoJanuary 16 through 17, 2016

The Adderley School presents

Adderley January Workshops

Students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training.

TIMES: Saturday, January 16, at 11:30 A.M.

TIMES: Saturday, January 16, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, January 16, at 4:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, January 16, at 6:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, January 17, at 5:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, January 17, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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PosterJanuary 17 and 18

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing But Laughs

Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone

Speaking of Stories begins its season with a performance of hilarious stories. Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! Stories and performers to be announced soon.

Jay Carlander reading “Couple’s First Dinner Party” by Hallie Cantor
Julie Ruggier reading “The Lesbian Bride’s Handbook” by Ariel Levy
Tony Miratti reading “She Drives for a Relationship: He Is Lost in the Transmission” by Dave Barry
Leslie Gangl Howe reading “An Abbreviated Catalogue of Tongues” by Sloane Crosley
Katie Thatcher reading “Ali in Wonderland” by Ali Wentworth
Tim Whitcomb reading “Scarlatti Tilt” by Richard Brautigan and “The Little Girl and the Wolf” by James Thurber

Speaking of Stories 2016 Season Performances: Nothing But Laughs January 17 & 18, Personal Stories II February 14 & 15; Tales from the Twilight Zone March 13 & 14; Madams of Mayhem April 17 & 18; Literary Potpourri May 22 at 2:00 & 6:30

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4. Select an A-level Subscription with an assigned seat, or a B-level with open seating. Whatever works for you! Remember, being a subscriber comes with special privileges! Unlike single tickets, Subscriber tickets can be exchanged if your plans change. As a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $69 to $140.

For additional performance details see the individual show listings below or visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, January 17, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, January 18, at 7:30 P.M.(NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, January 15)

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with photo of oldfashioned typewriterJanuary 22, 2016

Recovery Works Theater &
Central Office AA Santa Barbara presents

OUR EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT US:
A SENSATIONAL HISTORY OF OUR TWELVE TRADITIONS

Directed by Jackie B.

With a sweeping cast of characters that includes Bill and Lois Wilson, Dr. Bob and Anne Smith, Clarence S., Marty Mann, Cleveland Indian’s catcher Rollie Hemsley and the starlet Lillian Roth, Our Experience Has Taught Us dramatizes the experiences of the first A.A. groups in Ohio, New York and California. Powerful and entertaining, this play brings to life the often comical and sometimes tragic experiences that led to the adoption of the Twelve Traditions. Our Experience Has Taught Us is an unforgettable journey into their group histories, celebrating the precious unity of Alcoholics Anonymous. Two Acts.

“You had us long-timers all in the palms of your hands and we just surfed the wave of emotion. Masterfully done.”
Jay S., author and historian (2015)

“Jackie B. is one of the best recovery historians of the new generation and a master storyteller. [...] Her play had the people in the audience laughing, crying, standing on their feet and applauding, and being totally pulled into the vivid tales which she spun.”
Glenn Chesnut, author and historian (2015)

More info at Recovery Works Theater

TIMES: Friday, January 22, at 8:00 P.M. SOLD OUT

TICKETS: $15 General if purchased by Thursday, December 31,2015

TICKETY; $18 General after Friday, January 1, 2016

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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posterJanuary 23 and 24, 2016

Santa Barbara Pro-Choice Coalition presents

The A-is-for-Abortion Play

Written by Cassandra Hume

Directed by Kellyn Johnson

Starring Samantha Eve, Erica Flor, Terry Li, Sydney Wesson and Rosalee Wollman,

More than forty years after the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision, "abortion" is still a dirty word. You've seen a lot of talk about this in the news lately, but how many times have you heard the personal stories associated with this hot button issue? That's what The A-is-for-Abortion Play is all about.

Facebook: A-is-for-Abortion Play in SB

TIMES: Saturday, January 23 at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, January 24 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 general, $11.50 for students with ID and individuals with limited income

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Young Asian dancerJanuary 27, 2016

Inspire Dance Arts Santa Barbara presents

Inspire Dance SB’s International Dance Exchange 2016

Inspire Dance SB will host it's very first International Dance Exchange 2016. Students from China will be traveling through Santa Barbara to the 2016 Taoli Cup Competition and will share their pieces with other dancers from California. A discussion of their dance origins and meanings and guest performers include Guest company Emergent of Huntington Beach, Ca, Taoli Cup Competitors, Studio No. 1 of Los Angeles, and Inspire Dance SB.  Show begins 6:00 pm. Limited space available.

For more information please email info@inspiredancesb.com or check our website at inspiredancesb.com

TIMES: Wednesday, January 27, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $18 student/senior, $15 children (under 12)

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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logotypeJanuary 29 through 31, 2016

PlayFest Santa Barbara presents

New Play Festival 2016

PlayFest Santa Barbara presents its 4th annual festival of new plays, joining forces with DramaDogs, Dramatic Women, Prism Productions, and Speaking of Stories. Housed primarily at Center Stage Theater, with additional events at the Alhecama Theatre and the Anyi Gallery, the festival is a celebration of new plays, including readings of plays by playwrights from Santa Barbara and beyond. Festival passes are available for admission to all events, or individual tickets can be purchased for each event in advance or at the door. Pre-sale tickets for all events are available through the Center Stage Theater box office. Tickets also available at the door for all events except the closing reception.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, January 29

7:00 P.M. DramaDogs presents
The Boondawgle Estate
by Peter McDonough
Center Stage Theater

9:30 P.M. PlayFest Santa Barbara presents
The Gun Show
by E.M. Lewis
Center Stage Theater
(this is a special event and not included in the Festival Passes)
 

Saturday, January 30

10:00 A.M. Dramatic Women & Speaking of Stories present
Breakfast with Smartasses
5 Sassy plays by 5 sassy female writers
Center Stage Theater

2:00 P.M. PlayFest Santa Barbara presents
Magellanica (parts 1-3)
by E.M. Lewis
Center Stage Theater

7:00 P.M. PlayFest Santa Barbara presents
Magellanica (parts 4-5)
by E.M. Lewis
Center Stage Theater

9:30 P.M.PlayFest Santa Barbara presents
The Gun Show
by E.M. Lewis
Center Stage Theater
(this is a special event and not included in the Festival Passes)
 

Sunday, January 31

10:00 A.M. PlayFest Santa Barbara presents
Playwrights Panel
Science, Society, Politics and Culture: The Voice of Playwrights Today
Anyi Gallery

2:00 P.M. Prism Productions presents
The Family Blessing
by Miller James
Alhecama Theatre

5:00 P.M. PlayFest Santa Barbara presents
Artist and Donors Reception
Alhecama Theatre
Festival Artists/Donors ($100 and above)/sponsors
Festival Play Pass Gold and Platinum Ticket holders
Tickets NOT available for walk-up purchase to reception

Festival Play Pass $78
Admission and priority seating at all festival events except the closing reception and performances of The Gun Show
Includes free admission to Playwright’s Panel (limited seating at Anyi Gallery)

Gold Festival Play Pass $88
Admission and priority seating at all festival events, including the closing reception but not including performances of The Gun Show

Platinum Festival Play Pass $103
Admission and priority seating at all festival events, including the closing reception and one performance of The Gun Show

TIMES: See listings below for individual shows

TICKETS: For individual shows, see listings below. Festival Play Pass $78, Gold Festival Play Pass $88, Platinum Festival Play Pass $103.

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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poster showing a goldfishJanuary 29, 2016

DramaDogs presents

The Boondawgle Estate

By Peter McDonough

A stage reading directed by Ken Gilbert

Featuring Josh Jenkins, Marisol Miller-Wave, Pacomio Sun, Kathy Marden, Leslie Story, Meredith McMinn, E. Bonnie Lewis, and Rob Grayson

A dysfunctional family unites to memorialize their beloved brother and uncle, the recently deceased Dr. Edward Boondawgle. Desiring nothing more than to give a quick nod to his dear Uncle Edward’s memory then get as far away from his unpredictable family as possible, Entrance Overhill, the executor of his uncle’s estate, soon finds himself and his new bride entangled in a plot to keep the squabbling family together longer than anticipated with the lure of a secret fortune at stake.

Served up during the early 1930s at manor home in upstate New York, the recipe for this comedy folds in a little farce, a splash of vaudeville, a split personality, a dash of skullduggery, a hint of gender bending, a distasteful elixir, a pinch of mistaken identity, an assortment of odd characters, a dose of the true meaning of family and, oh...onegoldfish.

TIMES: Friday, January 29 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20.00 general, early bird discount $17.50 by Wednesday, January 27

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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poster showing a gun pointed at the viewerJanuary 29 and 30, 2016

PlayFest Santa Barbara presents

The Gun Show

By E.M. Lewis

Directed by Jeff Meek

Starring Robert Riechel Jr.

From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright E.M. Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in The Gun Show. An actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, The Gun Show jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”

“GO! The drama’s life-changing moments evoke a here-and-now immediacy, not easily forgotten.” —LA Weekly

“Human, bold, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always honest.” —New City

“It's a show that can't help but push some buttons and get people talking about things they disagree with or aspects they hadn't considered. That's the power of a narrative so emotionally intense and so personal: It helps put you in the shoes of people you might not have thought you'd identify with at all.” —Mercury News

This performance runs 60 minutes.

TIMES: Friday, January 29, at 9:30 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, January, 30 at 9:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general, $20 seniors/students
TICKETS: This is a special event and is only included in the Platinum Festival Pass

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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poster with head shotsJanuary 30, 2016

Dramatic Women & Speaking of Stories present

Breakfast With Smartasses

Five Sassy plays by five sassy female writers

Dramatic Women and Speaking of Stories join forces to present readings of five short plays by Ellen Anderson, Nara Dahlbacka, Tania Israel, Jenny Mercein, and Chelsea Sutton, each celebrating its own special smartass outlook on life. Following the readings continental breakfast will be served and there will be a discussion with the playwrights and artistic team.

TIMES: Saturday, January 30, at 10:00 A.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students and military

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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photo of a silhouette standing on an ice floeJanuary 30, 2016

PlayFest Santa Barbara presents

Magellanica (parts 1-5)

By E.M. Lewis

A reading of a new play directed by R. Michael Gros, presented in two performances. Parts 1-3 at 2:00, followed by Parts 4 and 5 at 7:00.

In winter 1985, eight scientists travel to Antarctica to find out if there really is a hole in the sky. Magellanica is a fictional account of a very real moment in history, when the existence of a hole in the ozone layer became the subject of international debate. An epic adventure about our responsibilities to the planet we inhabit and the people who live here with us!

TIMES: Parts 1-3 Saturday, January 30, at 2:00 P.M.

Parts 4 and 5 Saturday, January 30, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 students and seniors

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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poster showing a tent cabin wiht two Adirondak chairs in frontJanuary 31, 2016

Prism Productions presents

The Family Blessings

By Miller James

The Festival concludes with a staged reading of a new play by Santa Barbara local, Miller James, who will direct his production of The Family Blessing, at 2pm, Sunday, January 31, in the Alhecama Theatre. Blessing is produced by Prism Productions, Susie and David Couch, Co-Artistic Directors. The Family Blessing is a raw and hilarious look at your typical American family who live in a yurt and a goat shed!

The event will take place at the Alhecama Theatre.

TIMES: Sunday, January 31, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster showing tango dancersFebruary 13, 2016

Danceformational productions presents

Colors of love

A Valentine Dance Show. Benefit for Arts without Limits Non-Profit.

A Unique Event With Flavors and Songs From Italy and Spain weaved with hot Argentine Tango, Latin, Ballroom Dancing and Contemporary dancing. Colors of Love is a Dance Show featuring Professional Dancers an International Star Tenor Eduardo Villa. They blend their unique colors together into a beautiful expression of love.

 

TIMES: Saturday, February 13, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $30 General (in advance), $35 General (at the door)

 

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with open book and head shotsFebruary 14 through 16, 2016

Speaking of Stories presents

Personal Stories II

An eclectic collection of original first person true stories performed by their authors. Performers will range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time in their lives and as authors they will include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. The performances will range from scripted readings to storytelling. Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Bill One:
Sunday, February 14 at 2:00 P.M. SOLD OUT
Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30P.M.

Yvonne Bazinett reading “Traveling with Dad”
Arnie Cooper reading “My Year without Testosterone”
Jerry DiPego reading “Drummer's Dream”
Madelena Fossatti reading “Mad Blood”
Peggy Lamb reading “Disheartened”
Julia McHugh reading “Sharp Tongued Mother”
Tony Miratti reading “The Coach”
Starshine Roshell reading “I Did Naked Yoga”
Nancy Shobe reading “Death by Design”

Bill Two:
Sunday, February 14 at 6:00 P.M.
Monday, February 15 at 7:30 P.M.

Michelle Ciccati reading “Tea Fire”
Pat Distad reading “Adopting”
Joelle Hannah reading “Master Gardener”
Tom Hinshaw reading “My Dad and J. Edgar”
Tania Israel reading “Santa Barbara Dreaming”
Anna Jordan reading “Learning to Aim”
Noah Lashly reading “DDS”
Michael Seabaugh reading “Your Friend, Always”
Sylvia Short reading “1956”
Steven Sysum reading “Tragedy”

Speaking of Stories 2016 Season Performances: Nothing But Laughs January 17 & 18, Personal Stories II February 14 & 15; Tales from the Twilight Zone March 13 & 14; Madams of Mayhem April 17 & 18; Literary Potpourri May 22 at 2:00 & 6:30

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4. Select an A-level Subscription with an assigned seat, or a B-level with open seating. Whatever works for you! Remember, being a subscriber comes with special privileges! Unlike single tickets, Subscriber tickets can be exchanged if your plans change. As a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $69 to $140.

For additional performance details see the individual show listings below or visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, February 14, at 2:00 P.M. (Bill One SOLD OUT) and 6:00 P.M. (Bill Two)

TIMES: Monday, February 15, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME) (Bill Two)

TIMES: Tuesday, February 16, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME) (Bill One)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday performances only, must be purchased by Friday, February 12)

Buy a ticket to one Bill and get the other for $20 (Contact the box office for this deal)

 

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster showing a dancer seen from aboveFebruary 19 through 21, 2016

Nebula Dance Lab presents

HH11 Dance Festival

Presented by Nebula Dance Lab, HH11 Dance Festival is an annual dance festival in its second year, showcasing more than thirty works within three unique shows. Artists featured in the 2016 festival include: Weslie Ching (SB); Fuse Dance Company (LA); Kiruthika Rathanaswami (Canada); Watson Dance (OC); ArtBark International (SB); SELAH Dance Collective (SB); RE Dance Group (IL); The Dance Network (SB); Nebula Dance Lab (SB); Carisa Carroll (SB); Motion Theatre Dance Company (SB); Jessica Kondrath, The Movement (LB); Nectar/Cybil Gilbertson (SB); Rebecca Bryant (LA); Alyssa Mitchel (SF); Janos Feledi/Feledi Project(Budapest; Hungary); Lauren Chertudi (SB); Rubans Rouges Dance Company (LA); Nicole Powell (SB); Kendra Pearson (SF); Allan Hancock College Dance (SM), Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers & Dancers (LA).

HH11 strives to bring together international & national artists both emerging and established in three professional-quality performances. Each show is unique, featuring a diverse representation of professional dance works. Don’t miss any of these amazing performances!

Get your festival pass and participate in the rich experience the HH11 Dance Festival provides (passes are transferable). VIP Festival passes are available for patrons interested in early entry, a complimentary beverage, and the opportunity to personally select and reserve your seat prior to the show (early VIP entry is 30 minutes prior to performance start time, general entry is 15 minutes prior to the start time); seat selection is during the early VIP entry, not at the time of ticket purchase.

“HH11 Dance Festival reaches for the stars...” —The Santa Barbara Independent

“International & National artists under one roof, three unique performances, 30+ dance works, across three days...exhilarating” —Devyn Duex, Founder/Artistic Director, Nebula Dance Lab

“Galaxy of Dance: HH11 Dance Fest promises three days of new and recent work” —Santa Barbara News-Press
 

TIMES: Friday, February 19, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, February 20, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, February 21, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $21 general, $16 students. Festival Pass $55. VIP Festival Pass $65.

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Photo of a dancer bending over backwardMarch 5 through 12, 2016

The Arts Mentorship Program and Dance Arts present present

2016 Configuration

Come see Santa Barbara’s premiere youth dance company at the annual sell-out smash, Configuration, presented by Santa Barbara Dance Arts and the Arts Mentorship Program. Perfect for the entire family, Configuration features high-energy hip hop, evocative contemporary, and sassy jazz numbers that will leave you dancing in your seat. This year, you can also see our award-winning Competition Team; choreography by local favorite Brittany Sandoval; Director Alana Tillim is excited to present a tribute to the childhood classic, "The Giving Tree"; and Kyleigh Carlson’s nationally recognized “What I Am Within” addresses issues of insecurity and self-worth. Unique to this production, student work shares the stage with professional choreographers; carefully selected nurtured by professional mentors. A $250 cash prize courtesy of Honey’s will be awarded at the opening evening performance. Patron VIP seating available at all shows.

TIMES: Saturday, March 5, at 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, March 6, at 2:00 P.M. SOLD OUT

TIMES: Friday, March 11, at 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, March 12, at 2:00 P.M. SOLD OUT

TIMES: Saturday, March 12, at 7:00 P.M. SOLD OUT

TICKETS: $53 patron, $22 general, $15 students (matinees only)

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeMarch 13 and 14, 2016

Speaking of Stories presents

Tales From The Twilight Zone

Stories that inspired episodes on the iconic Twilight Zone television show. Be ready for some fun twists, turns and surprises. Fans of the show will recall that you never quite know where a Twilight Zone adventure might take you! Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Henry Brown reading “What You Need” by Lewis Padgett
Robert Lesser reading “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross” by Henry Slesar
Rudy Willrich reading “To Serve Man” by Damon Knight

Speaking of Stories 2016 Season Performances: Nothing But Laughs January 17 & 18, Personal Stories II February 14 & 15; Tales from the Twilight Zone March 13 & 14; Madams of Mayhem April 17 & 18; Literary Potpourri May 22 at 2:00 & 6:30

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4. Select an A-level Subscription with an assigned seat, or a B-level with open seating. Whatever works for you! Remember, being a subscriber comes with special privileges! Unlike single tickets, Subscriber tickets can be exchanged if your plans change. As a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $69 to $140.

For additional performance details see the individual show listings below or visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, March 13, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, March 14, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, March 11)

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster showing a dancer seen from aboveMarch 21 through May 16, 2016

SPEAKING OF STORIES presents

READERS THEATER CLASS

Uncover the Performer Inside of You!

Develop your acting and public speaking skills recreating stories and characters. Explore classic and modern literature and discover the language of theater, dig for literary themes, build character, uncover through-lines and learn the essentials skills needed for spoken word performance. Eight two-hour class meetings and a final performance. Class will not meet on April 18, due to Speaking of Stories performances. 2 sessions of the class will be offered, both on Mondays one at 3:30 and one at 6:00. (Classes must meet minimum enrollment to proceed.) Classes are open to all experience levels. Class size is limited.

The Readers Theater Class Class is open to all experience levels. Class size is limited, but must meat minimum enrollment in order to proceed.

TIMES: Mondays, March 21 through May 16, at 3:30 P.M. (No class on April 18)

TIMES: Mondays, March 21 through May 16, at 6:00 P.M. (No class on April 18)

TICKETS: $203 registration fee

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with image of cameraMarch 31 through April 9, 2016

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on photographs by Matthew Murphy

A picture is worth 1,000 words—what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm, each photo creates an unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theater. This intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.

For more information, visit www.outoftheboxtheatre.org.

TIMES: Thursday, March 31 at 8 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, April 1, at 8 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 2, at 8 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, April 7, at 8 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, April 8, at 8 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 9, at 8 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 on-stage cabaret table seating (where cocktails and other beverages and treats can be purchased and enjoyed), $28 general, $15 student (with student ID), $15 senior

 

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Poster with logotypeApril 17 and 18, 2016

Speaking of Stories presents

Madams of Mayhem

Shady Ladies, Femmes Fatales, Dangerous Broads, and some plain old Bad Girls! The ladies take center stage for a collection of sizzling stories of mystery, mayhem and shenanigans. Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! Stories and performers to be announced soon.

Kristina Coggins reading “Men Who May Need Killing, Quite Frankly” by Jill Conner Browne
Pamela Dillman Haskell reading “Fish” by Joanne Harris
Joe Spano reading “The Black and White Sisters” by T.C. Boyle
Anne Torsiglieri reading “Improvisation” by Ed McBain

Speaking of Stories 2016 Season Performances: Nothing But Laughs January 17 & 18, Personal Stories II February 14 & 15; Tales from the Twilight Zone March 13 & 14; Madams of Mayhem April 17 & 18; Literary Potpourri May 22 at 2:00 & 6:30

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4. Select an A-level Subscription with an assigned seat, or a B-level with open seating. Whatever works for you! Remember, being a subscriber comes with special privileges! Unlike single tickets, Subscriber tickets can be exchanged if your plans change. As a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $69 to $140.

For additional performance details see the individual show listings below or visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, April 17, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, April 18, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, April 15)

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Adderly logoApril 23, 24, and May 8, 2016

The Adderley School presents

Adderley April Workshops

Students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training.

TIMES: Saturday, April 23, at 2:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 23, at 4:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 23, at 6:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 24, at 10:30 A.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 24, at 12:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 24, at 1:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, May 8, at 1:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children

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SB Festival Ballet logo, shows a sketch of pas de deuxApril 30, 2016

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Ballet In Bloom

Spring Repertoire Concert

Aimee Lopez, Artistic Director

An evening of classical and contemporary ballet. The company will perform choreography by Valerie Huston, Aimee Lopez and Denise Rinaldi, as well as the timeless classic, Pas De Quatre. With special guest performances from the UCSB Freshman Dance Company, the Montecito School of Ballet and the SBFB Young Performers.

For more information, visit http://santabarbarafestivalballet.com

TIME: Saturday, April 30, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $22 students and seniors, $20 children

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Center Stage Theater logoMay 1, 2016

Center Stage Theater presents

Savory & Sweet:

It All Begins at Center Stage

An artistic and edible feast pairing exemplary Center Stage performances, carefully selected from the year’s best work, with great food and libations at the lovely home of Pamela Vander Heide. Performances will include dance and musical numbers by Alma De Mexico, Out of the Box Theatre Company and Christina Ball, and a reading of Afraid of Big Words, a short play by Ellen Anderson performed by Ann Dusenberry and Laurel Lyle.

Imagine a space where artists, young and old, experienced and novice, can create and share their work with their community…a space where it is safe to experiment and dare the boundaries of your talent because a seasoned, professional staff is there to support and encourage you…a space where the quality exceeds the costs, where financial support is available to the enterprising newcomer, so that art can still find its way. This is not a dream. This space is Center Stage.

Born 25 years ago in a unique collaboration of business, city government, and the community, Center Stage owes its existence, and continuous improvement, to the generosity of our supporters. Please join us at our annual fundraiser, Savory and Sweet: It All Begins at Center Stage on Sunday May 1, at the lovely home of Pamela Vander Hiede, where you will get a delicious taste of good food and some of the sweetest and savoriest moments from our last year….

With your help, we hope to raise $15,000 toward capital improvements for the theater and to sustain our Rental Subsidy Fund.

Here is what our performers are saying:

“You’re the only game in town and thank goodness for you.”
“Love the staff—everyone is very helpful and supportive.”
“Ummmmmm…You folks ROCK!!!!”

Together, we will keep Center Stage alive and thriving, so that every aspiring artist in Santa Barbara can know that there is space to realize their dreams.

TIMES: Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Co-host $1,000 (includes 8 tickets); Producer $500 (includes 4 tickets); Sponsor $250 (includes 2 tickets); single tickets $75 each or 2 for $100

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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posterMay 4, 2016

Jacquelyn De Longe presents

Expressing Motherhood Santa Barbara

The National Play about Motherhood
Created in 2008 by Lindsay Kavet and Jessica Cribbs

Directed and produced by Jacquelyn De Longe

Expressing Motherhood is coming to Santa Barbara’s Center Stage Theater! This national hit production has been showcasing true stories about motherhood to sold-out audiences since 2008. This one night only show is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day, with readings from published authors Ann Faison and Judy Silk, and tales by many more talented storytellers and actors. Enjoy musical performances by comedic duo Mommy Tonk and local song bird Tommie Vaughn of Wall of Tom.

For more info, visit http://expressingmotherhood.com/

Cast:
Ann Faison
Cybil Gilbertson
Judy Silk
Karen Kasaba
Maria Cina
Meredith Miller
Michelle Joyner
Karen Rappaport
Mommy Tonk
Tommie Vaughn

TIMES: Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general in advance, $28 general at the door

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black-and-white photo of seated audience membersMay 5, 2016

Weslie Ching presents

CRIT: Spring ’16

CRIT: Spring ’16 is the latest installment of a series of free informal showings of new works and works-in-progress by local performing artists followed by a community critique. Come check out some new work and let us know your reaction! We'll keep it short, easy, and fun. We welcome both long-time performing arts aficionados and curious newbies.

The artists this round are Robin Bisio & Ethan Turpin, Ally Bortolazzo, Amanda Staples, and Melissa Lowenstein, with a post show critique moderated by Elizabeth Folk.

INFO/CONTACT: wesliechingdance.com/CRIT or info@wesliechingdance.com

TIMES: Thursday, May 5, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: Free admission

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poster shows a cartoon candy house with a photo of pink ballet slippers in the backgroundMay 7, 2016

Inspire Dance SB presents

Hansel and Gretel

A storybook ballet based on the classic fairy tale. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister tricked and kidnapped by an evil witch living deep in the forest in a house made of cake and confectionery. The two children save their own lives by outsmarting her and escaping her evil clutches.

This short ballet, filled with Village Children, a Witch, a Mysterious Gypsy Storyteller, Enchanting Woodland Creatures and Fairies is sure to capture even the youngest audience members’ heart. Come join Inspire Dance Santa Barbara in its premier of‘Hansel and Gretel and enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend. You will be charmed by performances from dancers age 5 years and up and dazzled by new sets and costumes. Artistic Director Sean Lynn Crawford.

For more details contact Inspire Dance SB at info@inspiredanceartssantabarbara.com or phone (805) 770-5295.

TIMES: Saturday, May 7, at 4:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 7, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 senior/student, $10 children under 12

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logo in the form of a tavern blade sign, showing the New York skylineMay 13 through 21, 2016

The Producing Unit presents

Yankee Tavern

Directed by Peter Frisch

The Producing Unit, Santa Barbara’s award-winning theater company, announces its next play, Yankee Tavern, by one of the most produced playwrights in America, Steven Dietz.

The play takes place in a crumbling, dusty and somewhat eerie New York City bar, the Yankee Tavern, where an engaged young couple have inherited the premises due to the untimely and somewhat suspicious death of the boy’s father.

Ray, a cantankerous, colorful character provides additional layers of mystery with his many theories regarding a variety of subjects: the moon walk, the JFK assassination, 9/11 and the truth about Kleenex’s plot to increase seasonal allergies.

The mystery is enhanced when a baseball cap–wearing stranger with little to say enters and orders a beer for himself and his invisible friend. Suddenly an edge-of-your-seat thriller becomes reality and characters hurtle towards the powerful conclusion.

Yankee Tavern features four of Santa Barbara’s finest actors, including Golden Globe award-winner Joseph Bottoms (Ray), New York City actor Charlie Rohlfs (Adam), local Santa Barbara favorite Bill Egan (Palmer) and LA actress and Santa Barbara newcomer Hayley O’Connor (Janet).

Steven Dietz is an American playwright whose 30+ plays have been widely produced in the U.S. and internationally. In 2010, Dietz was once again named one of the Most Produced Playwrights in America, placing eighth on the list, tied with Tennessee Williams and Edward Albe.! Dietz was awarded the 2011–2012 Ingram New Works Fellowship (joins David Auburn and John Patrick Shanley).

Yankee Tavern is a cousin to John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: The play isn’t really about what did or didn’t happen; it’s about the agony of uncertainty.” —Miami Herald.

Yankee Taver is a very sly play from a highly accomplished craftsman of the theater.” —Chicago Tribune

“One helluva show…slyly fashioned as an edge-of-your-seat thriller.” —Daily News

TIMES: Friday, May 13, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 14, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, May 19, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, May 20, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 21, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 21, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $29 general, $25 seniors, $18 students w/ID, $11.50 student rush (available 30 minutes before curtain)

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poster containing headshots of the readersMay 22, 2016

Speaking of Stories presents

LITERARY POTPOURRI

A mixture of lovely and spicy tales that are just too good not to be shared—something old, something new and something Twilight Zone! A new story by author Christin Winn, a classic bit of humor from P.G. Wodehouse, a story by Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer, and finally a story that inspired an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”

Please note that for the May performance we will be doing two shows on Sunday, at 2:00 and 6:00, instead of our traditional Sunday and Monday schedule.

Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk (or maybe a glass of wine) —to toast the stories and the conclusion of a great season.

Meredith Baxter reading “Arco” by Christian Winn
John Fink reading “Uncle Fred Flits By” by P.G. Wodehouse
Anne Guynn reading “Beautiful People” by Charles Beaumont
Sylvia Short reading “Enemies” by Nadine Gordimer

For more information, visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, May 22, at 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, May 20)

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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May 25 and 26, 2016

UCSB Dept. of Theater & Dance presents

UCSB DANCE COMPANY IN CONCERT

Directed by Delila Moseley

Choreography by Cherice Barton, Guest Artist, Nancy Colahan, Valerie Huston, Christina McCarthy, and Jerry Pearson, Faculty, UCSB and “Dances for Isadora” by Jose Limon.

TIMES: Wednesday, May 25, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, May 26, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 students

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster showing a fanciful carriageMay 27 and 28, 2016

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Cinderella

Denise Rinaldi, artistic director

Based upon the classical ballet

TIMES: Friday, May 27, at 7:00 P.M. SOLD OUT

TIMES: Saturday, May 28, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students and children

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posterJune 4, 2016

The Children's Montessori School presents

The Aristocats

Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman,
Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston, Terry Giklyson
Music adapted and arranged and additional music by Bryan Louiselle
Book adapted and additional lyrics by Michael Bernard
Based on the 1970 Disney film The Aristocats

TIMES: Saturday, June 4 at 1:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $12 general, $10 children 12 and under

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poster showing duet dancersJune 4, 2016

Betsy Woyach & Momentum Dance Company present

Momentum Dance Company’s
2nd Annual Spring Concert

Betsy Woyach, owner/director of Santa Barbara's newest competitive dance company is proud to present the Second Annual Spring Concert!

Momentum Dance Company brings dancer's ages 6 to 20 to the stage performing senior solos, duets & trios, and large groups in all styles of dance ranging from Tap to Hip Hop.

You do not want to miss out on our competitive company's top scoring dances & our recreational dances open to all members of the community! Fun for the entire family, this show is sure to inspire the artist in us all!

Performers include the 2015—2016 competitive companies: Petite Company, Junior Company, Teen Company and Pro Company. Choreographers include Betsy Woyach, Pablo Gatica, Krista Miller, Evie Slaught

For more information, visit www.MomentumDanceSB.com

TIMES: Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $23 general, $33 VIP (with seating in the first two rows)

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poster showing wacky charactersJune 10, 17, and 18, 2016

Dance With Harout presents

Love, Seduction

& an Armenian Grandmother!

The Dance with Harout Performance Company comes back for their second year at Center Stage, presenting Love Seduction & an Armenian Grandmother! Prepare yourself for a wild ride as you learn about love, seduction and the hilarious adventures of an Armenian grandmother through dance styles encompassing Burlesque, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk and Armenian! You don’t want to miss this!

TIMES: Friday, June 10, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, June 17, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, June 18, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $30 general (in advance), $40 general (at the door)

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Poster showing a boxing glove springing out of a boxJune 11, 2016

Instant Karma presents

Improv Comedy Battle Royale

a Kinda Competitive Battle of Wits

This June Instant Karma Improv Comedy returns to Center Stage Theater to present one night of spontaneous hilarity on Saturday, June 11, at 8:00 P.M. Audiences relished the genius of Los Angeles’s award-winning Impro Theatre in their past Santa Barbara productions of Jane Austen UnScripted at The New Vic and Twilight Zone UnScripted at Center Stage. Instant Karma Improv Comedy has performed sold-out productions at Center Stage Theater and has now issued an invitation to their creative neighbors from the south.

In an art form Santa Barbara has not previously seen, these witty, inventive, and always original troupes will face off for one night as they compete for comedy glory. Improvisers from Los Angeles’s Impro Theatre will take on a seasoned Central Coast cast comprised of both Santa Barbara’s own Instant Karma and members of the Ventura Improv Company. Patrons will be able to cheer for their favorites in this hilarious, totally spontaneous, and, well, kinda competitive evening of theater. The rallying cry of the comic competitors: “Float like a butterfly, laugh till you pee!”

Audiences suggestions (and laughter) inspire immediate, ingenious and often outrageous storytelling. The performers create improvised scenes, games, and songs in this completely raw and wild form of entertainment. If you like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” you’ll love Improv Comedy Battle Royale.

More information available at Improv Comedy SB

TIMES: Saturday, June 11, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students with ID

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Workers in hazmat suits cleaning up the beachJune 14, 2016

KCRW 88.7 presents

The Refugio Oil Spill, One Year Later

A year ago, a corroded pipe operated by Plains All-American burst along the Gaviota Coast, a pristine coastline west of Santa Barbara. It released a river of crude oil into a creek that empties into the ocean at Refugio State Beach. The beach may be cleaned up, but the story of the Refugio oil spill is not over.

Join KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian as he leads a lively discussion with local environmental and oil experts on major issues like criminal and civil liability, wildlife restoration, pipeline regulation and the future of oil production along the Central Coast. Jonathan will be joined by:

David Valentine, UCSB Professor
Linda Krop, Chief Counsel at the Environmental Defense Center
Joe Armendariz, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association and the Santa Barbara Technology & Industry Association

For more information, visit http://events.kcrw.com/events/the-refugio-oil-spill-one-year-later/

TIMES: Tuesday, June 14, reception at 6:00 P.M., discussion at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Free with RSVP

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Image of dancers jumping in the air in front of an ocean backgroundJune 16, 2016

Inspire Dance Santa Barbara presents

First annual June Recital

Stars and Stripes Forever! Join Inspire Dance Santa Barbara for their first annual June Recital celebration 2016. Dancers ages 3 years to 18+ will perform short pieces of their work and progress from this past year. Costume themes will be Stars and Stripes Forever and excerpts of our musical theater performance of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Show run time is 40 minutes and the show is appropriate for young children and family. For more information and questions please email: info@inspiredancesb.com.

TIMES: Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $15 general

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Poster showing dance troupe dressed in whiteJune 24 and 25, 2016

the dance network presents

Series 7

The Dance Network is proud to present its third annual studio showcase. Series 7 is back and we are once again going for broke in another high-energy and diverse show! We will be presenting pieces from our studio classes, the Dance Network's professional performance companies, and other dancers in our community. The evening will include hip hop, tap, jazz, contemporary, break dancing, and more from our dancers ranging in ages 2 to 80! Our talented choreographers this year are Kyleigh Carlson, Lauren Hovey, Karyn Laver, Deja Re, Daniel Rojo, Hector Sanchez, Bethany Sutherland, and Kyle Ybarra. Our dance family is looking forward to a fun night with all of you!

TIMES: Friday, June 24, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, June 25, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general, $13 children

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Adderly school logoJune 30. 2016

The Adderley School presents

Adderley June Workshop Performance

Students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training.

TIMES: Thursday, June 30, at 6:00 P.M

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Mulan logotype with cherryblossomsJuly 8, 2016

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Mulan II

Mulan is now the hero of China! The Emperor asks Mulan and Shang to escort his three daughters to be married to create a strong alliance against the Mongols. During the journey the princesses fall in love with the guards! The group is set upon by bandits. Everyone thinks Shang has perished. But of course there is a "happily ever after." Come see SBFB's young performers group stage this tale in a one-act ballet at the Center Stage Theater.

TIMES: Friday, July 8, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students

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Photo of dancer en pointeJuly 9, 2016

Goleta School of Ballet's Dance Camp presents

Coppelia and Selected Works

A comedy story in two acts which takes place in a peasant village and toymaker's workshop many years ago.

TIMES: Saturday, July 9, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general and $15 children age 12 and under

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Poster showing a cancan dancerJuly 16 and 17, 2016

CENTER STAGE THEATER & SPEAKING OF STORIES presents

THE 28TH ANNUAL
SANTA BARBARA
FRENCH FESTIVAL

The Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park July 16 and 17 to celebrate Bastille Day and all the things that make the French cultural history so rich. Great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance—and, of course, the infamous Poodles & Pals Parade! The Santa Barbara French Festival is an event not to be missed. It's a Dance Festival, a Music Festival, an Arts & Crafts Festival and, of course, a Food Festival! It is also a way to support Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories, two great Santa Barbara arts organizations. Each day the fun starts at 11:00 am when the entertainment kicks off on three different stages and continues non-stop until 7:00. The stages are filled with dance and music from more than 30 different acts including performances, audience participation opportunities and instruction. And every minute of entertainment is all free! Great entertainment is only part of what the French Festival has to offer—more than 70 booths will be offering everything from crepes and delicious French pastries to face painting and henna tattoos. You can grab a mimosa or a beer, as you peruse some beautiful paintings and photography. Enjoy a delicious crepe while shopping for your French Festival t-shirt and beret. Take a moment for a quick massage before you settle in for the next performance with a sinfully delicious croissant. All in the beautiful setting of Santa Barbara's Oak Park. Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories are pleased to present this great community event, which serves as a joint fundraiser for the two organizations. For complete details on the performers, food, crafts, shopping and activities visit FrenchFestival.com or "Like" us on Facebook so you get all the updates as the Festival approaches.

The 28th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival Saturday and Sunday July 16 and 17, 11:00 to 7:00 in Oak Park at 300 W. Alamar. Admission is Free and the Festival is a non-smoking event.

For more information visit FrenchFestival.com, frenchfestival@sbcoxmail.com or call 805-963-8198.

TIMES: Saturday, July 16, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, July 17, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Admission is free!

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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image of an Underwood typewriterJuly 21, 2016

THE ADDERLEY SCHOOL presents

Adderley July Workshop
Performance 1

Students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training.

TIMES: Thursday, July 21, at 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children

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Dancer in colorful dressJuly 23, 2016

Alma de Mexico presents

Asi es Mexico Lindo y Querido

Come and celebrate Mexico lindo y querido, with Alma de Mexico of Santa Barbara.

TIMES: Saturday, July 23, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 children 12 and under

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image of an Underwood typewriterJuly 24, 2016

Kiddo and Patty Hearst

Written, directed and produced by Claudia H. McGarry

This is a professional reading theater presentation performed for the first time. Readers are from varied backgrounds with varied occupations.

The story Kiddo and Patty Hearst is about a girl, Marta, who is 17 during the summer of ’74. She lives with her alcoholic writer father who affectionately refers to her as “Kiddo.” The summer is one of mounting tension as Watergate happens, Nixon is readying to resign and in Southern California, Patty Hearst is hiding out with the SLA. Marta finds a strange connection to the young woman being held hostage as she herself struggles to grow up and find peace in the world.

Live Music: Beverly Van Wingerden, Kevin McGarry, Paul McGarry Christina Apostolopoulos, Ashley Jones, and Nick Rattray
Cast: Sheila Murphy as the Narrator, Ashley Jones as Marta, Peter Rojas as Don Saunders, Caitlin McCarthy as Dori Saunders, Chella Courington as the Hippie, Tawnie Fransen as Beth, Michele Peterson as Joan Collins, Nick Rattray as Steve, Ted Chiles as the Doctor, Homer Arrington as the policeman, Kathleen Russell Hardin as Carla, Victoria Charters as Robin, Caitlin McCarthy as Patty Hearst, Yogi, and/or Aubrey Gordon ase SLA member.
Voices by Journalist: Beverly Van Wingerden
Costuming: Lisa Dorney
Technical: Casey McGarry

TIMES: Sunday, July 24, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, July 24, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general

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Adderley logoJuly 28, 2016

THE ADDERLEY SCHOOL presents

Adderley July Workshop
Performance 2

Students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training.

TIMES: Thursday, July 28, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children

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pair of ballerinasAugust 11, 2016

The Adderley School presents

Adderley August Workshops

Students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training.

TIMES: Thursday, August 11, at 5:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Thursday, August 11, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children

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pair of ballerinasAugust 12, 2016

Goleta School of Ballet presents

Summer Intensive
Workshop Performance

This workshop performance includes selections from La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Sylvia, La Vivandiere, and Classical Symphony.

TIMES: Friday, August 12, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 children under 12

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SOS LogoAugust 15 and 16, 2016

Speaking of Stories presents

Speaking of Stories General Auditions

These auditions are for those who have not performed with Speaking of Stories in the past but are interested in being considered for the 2017 Speaking of Stories season or future productions. The auditions are not for a specific story or specific performance at this point, just for general consideration.

Auditions will be 5 minutes in length. Please bring an acting resume and headshot, and aim for a 2-minute reading.

You may choose one of the suggested stories (The Flower by Alice Walker or The Word by Robley Wilson) or one of your own choosing (autobiographical material is acceptable). A complete story, rather than an excerpt, offers the best opportunity for you to showcase the rhythm and resolution of the material. A digital copy of the suggested stories can be obtained by emailing cstheater@sbcoxmail.com.

You must have an appointment to audition, walk-ups will not be accepted.

To schedule an audition time please email cstheater@sbcoxmail.com or call 805-963-8198.
If you are responding by email please include your preferred audition day and time, and a contact phone number.

TIMES: Monday, August 15, from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

TIMES: Tuesday, August 16, from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

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Title: Swapped 2016September 10, 2016

Santa Barbara Theatre Initiative for Young Adults presents

Swapped

A gender-reversed musical theatre cabaret

Join the Santa Barbara Theatre Initiative for Young Adults for the first annual Swapped, a gender miscast musical review featuring songs from popular musicals. Enjoy free drinks and appetizers as our talented students perform, creating a cabaret atmosphere. VIP seating includes your own seat at a front row table and additional perks.

Be sure to come early (6:45) to participate in a silent auction to be continued during intermission, featuring goods from local artisans and businesses. All proceeds will go towards helping SB TIYA further their goal of bringing youth theater to the Santa Barbara Community.

Click here to visit The Santa Barbara Theatre Initiative for Young Adults Facebook page

TIMES: Saturday, September 10, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $25 general, $20 students, $35 (VIP parties of more than one, purchase VIP seating together to ensure the same table)

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An actor in a mask stands over two prostrate actorsSeptember 11, 2016

UC SANTA BARBARA DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE PRESENTS

THE ODYSSEY PROJECT

TO HAVE A VOICE IS TO HAVE A CHOICE

By Homer and the Cast

Directed by Michael Morgan

Returning for its sixth year, The Odyssey Project partners teens from Los Prietos Boys Camp with UC students through a theatrical collaboration. Supported by a network of university and community teaching artists including a mask maker, hip-hop music artists, mime/movement specialist, fight and dance choreographers, together they re-write The Odyssey of Homer using their own life stories. Everyone in the cast is a hero or heroine on their path to empowerment—their personal Ithaca. Come journey with us!

“The show they captured was varied, upbeat, and revealing. Through a variety of techniques, including recitation from the Odyssey, enactments of its scenes, dance, shared personal stories, raps, and affirmations, the cast created a hybrid virtual world that contained both the grandeur and exoticism of the ancient Mediterranean and the gritty, uncompromising reality of life at risk in contemporary Southern California.” —Independent

For more information, visit www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu/projects/odyssey/ and http://odysseyprojectfilm.com

TIMES: Sunday, September 11, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general

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a goldfishSeptember 15 through 18, 2016

DramaDogs presents

The Boondawgle Estate

World Premiere of The Boondawgle Estate by Peter McDonough

Served up during the early 1930s at a manor home in upstate New York, the recipe for this comedy folds in a little farce, a splash of vaudeville, a split personality, a dash of skullduggery, a hint of gender bending, a distasteful elixir, a pinch of mistaken identity, an assortment of odd characters, a dose of the true meaning of family, and one goldfish.

Directed by Ken Gilbert
Music by Eric Valinsky
Stage Management/Prop Master: Katelyn Tustin
Set and Lighting Design by Theodore Michael Dolas
Costume Design by Miller James

Featuring: Paul Canter, Alyssa Hadfield, Jean Hall, Josh Jenkins, Tyler X Koontz, E. Bonnie Lewis, Kathy Marden and Meredith McMinn.

Thursday September 15 performance only will be a benefit for Santa Barbara PlayFest. Tickets are $53 and the evening will include a pre-performance reception, intermission refreshments on the Center Stage Terrace and a post-performance reception with the actors, playwright and PlayFest Board.

Additional talkback opportunities with DramaDogs cast, playwright and director Friday & Saturday after the evening performances.

TIMES: Thursday, September 15, at 7:30 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, September 16, at 7:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, September 17, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, September 17, at 7:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, September 18, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, September 18, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 students, $18 seniors

TICKETS: $53 general, $96 for two tickets (Thursday September 15 performance only)

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Photo of Astonaut Edward LuSeptember 21

LCOGT presents

LCOGT Public Talk Series
Featuring Astronaut Edward Lu

Planetary Defense from Asteroids—Coming Soon to a Planet Near You

For more information, visit www.lcogt.net/events/public-talk-series/

TIMES: Wednesday, September 21, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: FREE

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photo of two women with a guitar and a motorcycleSeptember 25, 2016

Shannon Noel and Stacie Burrows present

An Evening with

Mommy Tonk &
The Assless Chaps

With special guest

Wall of Tom

2 MOMS. 1 GUITAR. CURSING IN PERFECT HARMONY.

Hire the babysitter, call your girlfriends, take your spouse on a date! Mommy Tonk is a musical comedy duo based in Los Angeles. This 90-minute show about motherhood and marriage is packed full of irreverent comedy, heartfelt storytelling, and the prettiest, filthiest music you ever did hear. Backed by The Assless Chaps, a fiddle-based variety trio performing American roots music in a country and bluegrass style, these ladies don’t hold back—they say, or rather sing, what you've been thinking all along.

With special guest Wall of Tom. Wall of Tom's music is a moody journey, twisting your heartstrings down the path of desire, lust, hope and love. The duo behind the alternative rock/country sound are Tommie and Tony, whose chemistry onstage seeped into real life off the stage, breaking the band rule and getting hitched, thus deepening this musical bond that creates the many facets of sound that are so uniquely Wall of Tom.

For mor information, visit www.mommytonk.com, https://www.facebook.com/MommyTonk, and www.TommieV.com

TIMES: Sunday, September 25, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $23

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headshots of three guitaristsSeptember 30, 2016

The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration presents

A Classical Guitar Celebration

with Fiore and Chapdelaine

Giacomo Fiore teaches a diverse set of courses (including 20th/21st Century Classical Music Surveys, Improvisation, Music Appreciation, the Hollywood Musical, and the Music of the Beatles) at the San Francisco Conservatory, UCSC, USF, and Cal State Monterey Bay and serves as the Artistic Director of Tangents Guitar Series. Giacomo will present a contemporary classical repertoire of original pieces including music by California and Santa Barbara-based composers Lou Harrison, Larry Polansky, Garry Eister, and Nick Norton.
Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield , Kansas. From New York’s Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Michael continues to enchant, dazzle and surprise audiences and critics alike as he redefines the modern acoustic guitar with his amazing technique, “soulful” expressiveness, and versatility as a performer, composer and arranger/producer.
Presented informally, trading stories and humor, the evening will be a delightful treat for those who love the harmonies of the classical guitar.

TIMES: Friday, September 30, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general $12 students

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poster showing dancer in soft focus with shadowsOctober 1, 2016

Weslie Ching presents

Semiosis

Weslie Ching, a recent recipient of the first Santa Barbara Independent award for emerging choreographer, is staging a full-length evening of her work at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara. She has invited Jessica Kondrath, a Los Angeles-based choreographer and artistic director of Jessica Kondrath | The Movement, and Robin Bisio, a local dance filmmaker, to share the program. Entitled Semiosis, the concert will explore the use of signs and portents as portals to meaning in multimedia contemporary dance.

TIMES: Saturday, October 1, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general $15 students with I.D.

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poster showing dancer in soft focus with shadowsOctober 6, 2016

KCRW & the Santa Barbara Independent presents

Priced Out

Santa Barbara's Housing Crisis

Join KCRW and the Santa Barbara Independent at the Center Stage Theater on Thursday, October 6, for a conversation about Santa Barbara’s housing crisis. Hosted by KCRW's Jonathan Bastian, this live broadcast event is free with RSVP* and will be followed by a Q&A. Be sure to come early and unwind with complementary wine at the reception!

Ask workers in Santa Barbara what their biggest struggle is, and there’s a good chance they’ll say it’s finding an affordable place to live. The numbers paint a troubling picture: the median home price is around $1 million, and the rental market is 99.5 percent full. So how did we get here? Is it the rise of Airbnbs? The lack of student housing at Santa Barbara City College? O, strict building codes designed to preserve Santa Barbara’s charm? We’ll hear from Robert Pearson, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Housing Authority, and Nick Welsh, Executive Editor of the Santa Barbara Independent, as they try to answer a number of pressing questions, including: how do you keep a young, talented workforce in a place they can’t afford to live?

*Please note that your RSVP does not guarantee admission. Seating will be first-come, first-served.

For more information, visit KCRW at www.kcrw.com and the Santa Barbara Independent at www.independent.com

TIMES: Thursday, October 6, at 7:00 P.M.Reception at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Free

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Actress in sunglassesOctober 8, 2016

Cynthia Waring presents

Bodies Unbound

Written and Performed by Cynthia Waring, Directed by Jill André

As seen in New York City, Los Angeles and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bodies Unbound is the triumphant story of a woman who left a convent—where she went to escape the pain of her life—and became a massage therapist. In laying her hands on more than 30,000 people, she discovered the sacredness of ordinary experience and the wisdom of the flesh. The poetry of her story will sing in your blood and touch you to the marrow of your bones. “A must see for those committed to healing.” Gillian McIntosh, Whole Life Times

TIMES: Saturday, October 8, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, October 8, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general

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Head shot of Prof. KirshnerOctober 19, 2016

The Las Cumbres Observatory presents

LCO Astronomy Talk Series

Featuring Prof. Robert P. Kirshner

Einstein's Blunder Undone:
Exploding stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Universe

Just 100 years ago, Albert Einstein invented a new theory of gravity: general relativity. When he applied it to the universe as a whole, he inserted a mathematical term, the cosmological constant, to account for a static universe. But within a decade, astronomers showed that the universe is not static, but expanding. Einstein discarded that cosmological constant, dubbed his "greatest blunder." But more recent observations of exploding stars halfway across the universe show that the universe is not only expanding, but the expansion is speeding up. We attribute this to a "dark energy" that is very much like Einstein's cosmological constant--a mysterious repulsive energy that makes up 2/3 of the energy in the universe.

For more information, visit lcogt.net/events/public-talk-series/

TIMES: Wednesday, October 19, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: Free, admittance on a first-come-first-served basis

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Actress in sunglassesOctober 22, 2016

Carol Metcalf and Maija DiGiorgio present

Carol and Maija:

Growing Up Crazy in America

Two Women, Two Stories, One Show

World Premier of Two Original Works by Two Comediennes

Carol and Maija present their unique viewpoints of life growing up in America. Their experiences have helped them deal with pain and anxiety through laughter.

Carol Metcalf wrote and stars in Catastrophic Thinking—The Musical. Carol showcases her heritage as an Air Force brat and Texan, always preparing for the next catastrophic event with catastrophic humor. Carol brings to the stage a cross-section of outrageous characters who, for better or worse, shaped her development. Seen through the eyes of Carol Ann, Brother Bill, Viet Nam “Johnson”, Playboy model Betty, Nelda the Cosmetic Lady, Karma the traveling psychic, Benson the Agoraphobic psychiatrist, and others explain her view of life.

Carol Metcalf has been a professional comic for almost 20 years, appearing at The Comedy Store, Evening at the Improv, and Girls Behaving Badly with Chelsea Handler. Carol toured her one woman show, “My Life is Too Vivid” in California and Texas, where she performed at SXSW. She has performed at Center Stage in Hair, Assassins, Ives Lives, and Vagina Monologues. She is thrilled to premier her original work, Catastrophic Thinking, at Center Stage.

Maija DiGiorgio wrote and stars in Unmistakably Maija. Maija shares her story of growing up biracial, raised in New York by her fascist, post-WWII immigrant Sicilian grandparents who struggle to conceal her own mother's racial identity. And they do…until her African American relatives crash her mother's funeral. At that point Maija finally understands why she never really fit in at her Greenwich, Connecticut, boarding school.

Maija is the daughter of an award-winning mambo dancing father from Sicily and an accomplished African American chanteus/concert performer mother. Growing up, Maija was always saying, "I want to be me, but who am I?" As Maija experienced bigotry and racism, she realized that the solution to these problems might be found through "educational comedy" as a way to handle the sensitive questions of racial differences.

Growing Up Crazy in America will touch everyone who has survived dysfunctional family and work relationships. You don't have to accept what they do or who they are, but you can still respect them and maybe even love them! “Laughter is Healing” is the message we want to impart to the audience.

For more information, visit http://www.comedybycarol.com/ and http://www.unmistakablymaija.com/

TIMES: Saturday, October 22, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general

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Actress in sunglassesOctober 28 and 29, 2016

The Dance Network presents

The Voodoo Strut 2016

The Dance Network is proud to present our second Halloween showcase, The Voodoo Strut! Our fall performance will feature an evening of Halloween-themed dance pieces, guest performers, fun costumes, some tricks, and a surprise treat for the audience at the end of the show. This unique showcase is not to be missed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Come see performers ages 4 to almost 80 in a wide variety of styles, including jazz, tap, hip hop, and more!

Choreographers include: Lauren Hovey, Karyn Laver, Deja Re, Daniel Rojo, Bethany Sutherland, Kyle Ybarra, and guest performers Just Baila!

TIMES: Friday, October 28, at 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, October 29, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, October 29, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $13 children

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Image of a bloody hand holding a bloody axNovember 3 through 13, 2016

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

Lizzie

Music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Tim Maner

Lizzie is a rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America's favorite ax-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl. Lizzie Borden, who has become fodder for jump rope rhymes, feature films, and the Lifetime channel, was a Massachusetts woman who was acquitted in 1892 of the ax murders of her father and stepmother, and lived the rest of her life as America's first infamous tabloid star. But did she really do it? And if so, why?

NOTE: This production contains mature content and language.

TIMES: Thursday, November 3, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, November 4, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, November 5, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, November 10, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, November 11, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, November 12, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, November 13, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 student and seniors

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Poster showing CSTNovember 14, 2016

The Arts Fund presents

Fall 2016 Teen Arts Mentorship Presentation

Featuring films from Video Essay Making, performance and videos from Dance for Camera, and work from Photoshop for Animation

About the Teen Arts Mentorship Program
Initiated in 1993, the Teen Arts Mentorship is an in-depth arts enrichment experience designed to expose teen artists ages 13–18 to career opportunities in the visual arts, performance and multimedia arts, and literature. Working in small groups of 5–10 with the best professional artists, filmmakers and writers in our community, students are able to develop specific art-making skills, learn exhibition techniques, and build strong portfolios, résumés, professional networks, and real-world experience before applying for college. Over the years we have seen hundreds of our students receive scholarships and acceptance into excellent university art programs through their work in the mentorships.

The Teen Arts Mentorship program offers classes in virtually every kind of medium throughout the year: photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, assemblage, murals, graphic design, creative writing, poetry, filmmaking, singing for theater, and performance art. Over the last couple of years have been actively expanding this program in many ways to include 15+ year round classes with a fall session focused on performance and multimedia arts, new mentors and classes, and now a branch of mentorship offerings in the underserved community of Santa Barbara’s North County.

About the Arts Fund
The Arts Fund (www.artsfundsb.org) was established as a nonprofit in 1983. The organization’s mission is to create, fund and administer programs that foster the arts for the people of Santa Barbara County, to maximize the effectiveness of arts resources, and to nurture collaborative relationships between arts organizations.

The Arts Fund is known for our Teen Arts Mentorship Program, which matches promising high school students with professional artist mentors in intensive workshops representing a spectrum of cultural arts. We are also known for our Community Gallery, which presents professionally curated art exhibitions featuring artists from across Santa Barbara County. Through our Guest Curator program, the gallery frequently invites exhibition proposals from the community in order to provide diverse, thought provoking and exciting exhibits. The Arts Fund also coordinates the Funk Zone Art Walk and facilitates projects for the Funk Zone Public Art Program, including large-scale murals and public sculpture. For more information please visit www.artsfundsb.org or e-mail info@artsfundsb.org.

TIMES: Monday, November 14, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Admission free

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Poster showing Tango dancersNovember 19, 2016

Hector Sanchez presents

Envision!

Life Through Dance!

A Student and Professional Showcase

Produced and Directed by Hector Sanchez

The show will feature local professional dancers and choreographers, arealists, and their students. This show was created to inspire, encourage and invite the community and their students to perform and showcase on stage either for the first time or again. This show also wants to promote the involvement of kids of all ages to perform, especially underprivileged and lower income children. This is Hector Sanchez’s first production in hopes to attract more people to support and motivate community for future performances. “If you envision a life through dance, anything is possible!”

TIMES: Saturday, November 19 at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $17 students

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with snowflakes on blue backgroundNovember 20, 2016

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Winter Wonderland

A performance of holiday-themed ballet repertoire.

For more invormation, visit SantaBarbaraFestivalBallet.com.

TIMES: Sunday, November 20, at 2:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 children 12 and under

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Image of a dancer in redNovember 26, 2016

Inspire Dance Arts Santa Barbara presents

Inspire Dance SB's Classical Holiday Medley 2016

Join Inspire Dance SB for their annual Classical Holiday performance at Center Stage on Saturday, November 26th, at 2 p.m. IDSB's Classical Holiday Medley has something for all ages! Come see performances of classical ballet excerpts from The Nutcracker Ballet Act I, Coppelia, and Musical Theater also performing excerpts from your favorite Broadway show Annie. There is something for every age at this performance so please join us during your Thanksgiving weekend! Special guests from Dance Studio No. 1, of Los Angeles California.

For more information please contact IDSB at Phone (805) 770-5295.

TIMES: Saturday, November 26 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $22 general, $18 students/seniors, $12 children under 12

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Poster showing a woman with a giftDecember 1 through 3, 2016

The Santa Barbara Silver Follies presents

Christmas Celebration

A cavalcade of glittering costumes and leggy dancers interspersed with incredible singing talent of all ages. A true family show sure to send you out stomping to the beats of Motown after roasting your chestnuts with all your Christmas favorites.

TIMES: Thursday, December 1, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, December 2, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 3, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $30 general

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster showing a bass player in a fedoraDecember 4, 2016

San Marcos High Band Boosters presents

Music and Art in the Afternoon

Featuring the San Marcos High School Jazz Band plus other musicians

The San Marcos High School Jazz Band performs, with special guests Jim Connolly The Toy Store Ghost, The Ralph Lowi Trio and Woody Locke and the Sanderlings. With original jazz art by Michelle Thomas. Sponsored by Santa Barbara Bowl and Dolas Designs. A fundraiser for the SMHS Jazz Band.

TIMES: Sunday, December 4, 2:00–6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Admission free. Suggested $10 donation at the door (cash only).

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Adderly logoDecember 10 , 2016

The Adderley School presents

December Workshop Performances

Students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training.

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 10:30 A.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 12:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 3:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 5:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children, $18 groups of 10 or more for a single performance

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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December 12, 2016

The Las Cumbres Observatory presents

LCO Astronomy Talk Series

The Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy

Featuring Prof. Tabetha Boyajian

The NASA Kepler Mission provided four year-long, ultra-precise light curves for over 150,000 stars–in hopes of finding the sign of transiting planets. In Kepler's field of view was KIC 8462852, a star that citizen scientists identified to have unusual, random patterns in its light curve. Prof. Tabetha Boyajian will talk about the discovery, the current leading theories, and future work planned to study this star.

Prof. Tabetha Boyajian is an assistant professor at Louisiana State University studying the fundamental properties of stars, and works to characterize the host stars of planets in other systems. In February 2016, Prof. Boyajian gave a TED talk on this mysterious object. Prof. Boyajian is also the manager of the Planet Hunters project, which utilizes citizen scientists to search for signals of planets among the Kepler space telescope data.

For more information, visit lcogt.net/events/public-talk-series/

TIMES: Monday, December 12, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: Free, admittance on a first-come-first-served basis

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster showing bearded dancerDecember 14 and 15, 2016

Momentum Dance Company presents

3rd Annual Company Concert

Betsy Woyach, owner/director of Santa Barbara's newest competitive dance company, is proud to present their Third Annual Company Concert! Momentum Dance Company has kicked off their third successful season of dance here in Santa Barbara and are so pleased to be teaming with Center Stage to once again bring their competitive company's season preview to the community! MDC brings dancers ages 6 to 21 to the stage performing competitive level solos, duets, trios, and large groups in all styles of dance ranging from Tap and Jazz to Contemporary and Hip Hop. We are very honored for this show to feature choreography from some of LA's top choreographers set on our dancers!

Fun for the entire family, this show is sure to inspire the artist in us all!

Performers include the 2016–2017 Competitive Companies: Junior Company, Teen Company, and Pro Company. Choreographers include Betsy Woyach, Kelly Marshall, Ambrose Respicio, Whitney Duggins and Pablo Gatica.

TIMES: Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLLY TIME)

TIMES: Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLLY TIME)

TICKETS: $30 VIP, $20 general

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster showing a giant mouseDecember 17, 2016

West Coast Ballet presents

A Gem of a Nutcracker

West Coast Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ellen Schipper, proudly presents its 26th annual production of Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet with "The Best of a Gem of a Nutcracker."

This unique production will include favorite scenes from the Nutrcacker (approximately 45 minute running time) with lavish costumes and will take place in the intimate setting of the Center Stage Theater. The "best of" excerpts are particularly suitable for young children (and the young at heart).

West Coast Ballet will be joined by the dedicated students of the Ellen Schipper Classical Ballet Studio as well as select West Coast Ballet alumni and guests.

Bring your family to join the West Coast Ballet family for this special holiday tradition. Meet the characters after the show and join the raffle to win a beautiful Nutcracker Doll!

TIMES: Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLLY TIME)

TICKETS: $18 general, $15 students and seniors, $10 children 12 and under

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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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.