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Cast off with Irish tunes and sea shanties as Santa Barbara Revels hosts its first Harbor Sing, onboard the Condor Express. Following in the tradition of Revels's popular Pub Sings, in which anyone and everyone is invited to join in some rollicking music-making, the Harbor sing is designed to showcase a different vein of communal singing, highlighting traditional shanties, as well as Irish favorites. The festivities are under the able and enthusiastic direction of Revels Music Director Erin McKibben, with instrumental accompaniment by Guest Artist Andrew Manos. Light snacks will be provided, and there is a cash bar.
- October 28th, 5:00pm - Santa Barbara Harbor
Shortly after her 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, Joan Baez announced, "While 2018 will be my last year of formal, extended touring, I'm looking forward to being on the road with a beautiful new album about which I am truly proud." The new album, Whistle Down the Wind, gathers material by some of Baez's favorite composers, from Tom Waits and Josh Ritter, to Eliza Gilkyson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. A musical force of nature of incalculable influence, Baez's earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963. That tradition of mutual mentoring continues on, and will reverberate long into the future across her lifetime of recordings'
- November 1st at 8:00pm - Arlington Center for Performing Arts
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