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The BEACH BOYS at The Granada
The Granada Theatre Concert Series presents Grammy award-winning, American rock band The Beach Boys, Friday, September 21 at 7:30pm.
The Beach Boys recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the hit "Good Vibrations," which is widely considered one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of rock and roll. The group is led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Scott Totten and Christian Love continue the legacy of America's iconic band. This concert will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.
Don't miss The Beach Boys at The Granada Theatre (1214 State St.). Tickets range from $54-123 and are available online or at the Granada's Box Office (805-899-2222).
- September 21st, 7:30 - 10:00pm
The LAST CHANCE Tournament
The Last Chance Tournament kicks off on Sunday, October 14 at 2:30PM at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The Sunday Polo main match check in time is 2:30 pm at the Engel & Volkers Polo Stadium, with the Pony Parade, followed by the singing of the National Anthem, team introductions and then the ball throw in at 3:00 pm.
Sunday Polo is open to the public and General Admission tickets start at $12, with a variety of seating options including Grandstand Seating as well as Luxury Cabanas.
Purchase tickets in advance online at SBPolo.com/Tickets. Members and their guests receive complimentary valet parking through Blue Star Parking. Members of the public attending the Sunday afternoon match will enter and park on Field 1.
Keep your Sunday funday rolling at the After-Party, beginning immediately following the match. The after-party will take place in the main clubhouse, as well as on the field, where guests can dance the night away with DJ Fab and enjoy drinks for purchase at the bar.
For more information, visit SBPolo.com.
- Sunday, October 14th at 2:30pm
One of the world's most beloved musical dramas, La Boheme is a story of love, friendship, loss, and coming of age, wrapped in Puccini's achingly beautiful melody. Kostis Protopapas conducts. Omer Ben Seadia, last with OSB for A Streetcar Named Desire and L'italiana in Algeri, will direct. Eleni Calenos and Nathan Granner will make you melt in their Santa Barbara debuts as Mimi and Rodolfo.
- Granada Theatre November 9-11th, 7:30pm
Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash
Animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the Zoo for a smashin' good time! Watch as the elephants, gorillas, and other Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins.
- Santa Barbara Zoo, November 22nd, 10:00am - 3:30pm
SANTA BARBARA Night Market
Santa Barbara, also known as the Californian Riviera, will host the first ever European-style Christmas Night Market at 701 State Street (formerly Macy's) in Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants.
Every Christmas, all over Europe, craftsmen, retailers, wineries and artisans exhibit their goods in a traditional night market often known for its lively and unique shopping experience. This year, Santa Barbara Night Market LLC, is proud to bring this tradition to State Street with holiday themed decor, live music, carolers, food, beverages and all the best products the Central Coast has to offer!
- November 23rd - January 6th, 2019, 4:00 -10:00pm
SANTA BARBARA International Film Festival announces dates
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which has become one of the most important stops on the annual road to the Oscars, has announced that its 34th edition is set to run Jan. 30-Feb. 9, 2019.
"It's extraordinary and a cause for celebration that SBIFF is heading into its 34th edition," Roger Durling, the fest's executive director, said in a statement. "We love that after this past difficult year, Santa Barbara is anxiously ready to welcome once again more world-class filmmakers."
While SBIFF always attracts high-quality films, including many U.S. and world premieres, it is best known for its full-evening tributes to artists (who tend to be top contenders for Academy Awards) during the Oscar voting period (many Academy members live in and around Santa Barbara).
Honorees at this year's fest included eventual Oscar winners Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Guillermo del Toro and Jordan Peele, as well as eventual nominees Margot Robbie, Timothee Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan. Honorees in prior years included Daniel Day-Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese and Jennifer Lawrence.
The 2019 event will be held at sites throughout Santa Barbara, including the historic Arlington Theatre and the newly restored Riviera Theatre.
- January 30th - February 9th, 2019