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FALLING FOR ORCHIDS
This is the annual orchid show featuring laelia anceps and other outdoor growing orchids. There will be area society displays, as well as hobbyists and the vendor displays. There will be four orchid vendors ,as well as the local society sales.
- November 18th, 10:00am - 5:00pm - Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
PRESIDIO HOLIDAY STROLL
The Wineries of the Presidio Neighborhood are hosting our first annual "Presidio Holiday Stroll Charity Event!"
Join us on Sunday, November 19th from 12-5 PM for an afternoon of food, wine, and festivity, all for a good cause! 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara (just in time for Thanksgiving!). We hope that you will join us in supporting a great cause, and enjoying some great wine!
Tickets for this holiday charity event will include a wine tasting at all seven Tasting Rooms in the Presidio Neighborhood, as well as small bites at each location. There will be a silent auction featuring some incredible prizes, including a private vineyard tour, wine tasting, and swag. And a raffle with the opportunity to win bottles of wine and Magnums of wine!
- November 19th, 12:00-5:00pm
FALL ZOO CAMP
The Zoo's award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during Thanksgiving Break featuring age-appropriate themed programs for kids for ages three to 12 and includes games, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and crafts. Register for Zoo Camp online.
- November 20-22 and 24th, Half Day 9 AM-12 PM. Full Day 9 AM-3 PM.
THE KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM HONORING JUDI DENCH
Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench will be honored with the twelfth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The award will be presented at a black-tie gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Perhaps best known for her iconic roles in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, PHILOMENA, NOTES ON A SCANDAL and SKYFALL, Dench will next be seen as Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears' VICTORIA & ABDUL, in theaters on September 22, 2017.
Victoria & Abdul tells the extraordinary true story of the amazing and unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young clerk, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), who becomes her teacher, her spiritual advisor, and her devoted friend.
Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Past honorees include Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta.
"I am especially delighted to learn that Dame Judi Dench will accept the award that bears my name. She is a consummate artist of stage and screen who is a particular favorite of mine," says Kirk Douglas, original award recipient. "I wish I could have had the joy of working with her, but I am happy for the pleasure of seeing my name coupled with hers in support of the Santa Barbara Film Festival."
- November 30th, 6:00-10:00pm, Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara.
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA HOLIDAY SHOW
"The fusion of the Blind Boys' Deep South gospel with New Orleans funk, R&B and jazz creates a superweapon of roots-music uplift." Rolling Stone
In a roof-raising music event, six-time Grammy Award-winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform hidden gospel gems along with holiday standards and original songs. These "gospel titans" (Rolling Stone) will be joined by New Orleans' iconic Preservation Hall Legacy Horns with a transformative opening set by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster.
- December 16th, 8:00-9:30pm - Arlington Center for the Performing Arts
CIRQUE ELOIZE "SALOON"
"There's the circus, and then there's Cirque Eloize." The New York Post
Be transported to a dusty gathering place with Saloon, Cirque Eloize's music-packed theatrical thrill ride inspired by the Wild West. A driving force in the circus art reinvention movement, the Montreal-based circus troupe has been creating award-winning cirque shows for nearly 25 years and ranks among the world's leading contemporary circuses. In this acrobatic adventure, 11 top-level cast members will perform phenomenal physical feats set to live music featuring songs from Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Swing open the doors and rustle up some fun for the entire family.
- February 7th, 2018 7:00-8:30pm - Granada Theatre