Upcoming Events

<i>A Chorus Line</i>
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:30pm

Presented by Theater League

Winner of the Best Musical Tony® Award and the Pulitzer Prize, A CHORUS LINE celebrates those dedicated singer/dancers who make up the ensemble of a Broadway musical, moving them up front and center stage to tell their special tales of love and passion. Marvin Hamlisch’s sensational score propels the story with songs like “What I Did For Love” and “The Music In the Mirror”, along side Michael Bennett’s breathtaking choreography.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Wed 3/21/18 7:30PM A Chorus Line

Liszt & Tchaikovsky
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra has delighted audiences of all ages since its premiere in 1946. Liszt’s innovative first Piano Concerto showcases the bravura of pianist Alexander Romanovsky. This considerable program also includes Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Symphony No. 5.

Sat 3/24/18 8:00PM Liszt & Tchaikovsky
Sun 3/25/18 3:00PM Liszt & Tchaikovsky

San Francisco Symphony
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by CAMA

Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony is among the country's most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions. Michael Tilson Thomas is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, MTT is also noted for his work as a composer and a producer of multimedia projects that are dedicated to music education and the reimagination of the concert experience. He has won eleven Grammys® for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time; his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy® Award-winner, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Wed 3/28/18 8:00PM San Francisco Symphony

<i>Let It Be</i>
Saturday, March 31, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by Theater League

Single Tickets on sale at 10am on September 19th!

Please note, this performance was originally scheduled for May 4, 2018 and has been moved to March 31, 2018 to accommodate the touring schedule.

Relive the past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, with favourite hits including Hard Day's Night, Day Tripper, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Twist and Shout, Get Back, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Strawberry Fields, and imagine the reunion that never was…

Sat 3/31/18 8:00PM Let It Be

Kiss & Cry
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures regretfully announces that, due to scheduling difficulties, the West Coast tour of Kiss & Cry has been cancelled, including their two performances in Santa Barbara (Apr 7 & 8). The company has no current plans to reschedule their dates.

Paw Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue
Friday, April 13, 2018, 6:00pm
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00am, 2:00pm, & 6:00pm

Presented by VStar Entertainment
Race to the Rescue!

It's the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place.

Fri 4/13/18 6:00PM Paw Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue
Sat 4/14/18 10:00AM Paw Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue
Sat 4/14/18 2:00PM Paw Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue
Sat 4/14/18 6:00PM Paw Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue

Joyce DiDonato, <i>mezzo-soprano</i>
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe with “a warmth in [her] voice that can intensify into fire” (The New Yorker). With her latest and most personal album, In War and Peace, DiDonato offers powerful interpretations of Baroque arias. Now, making her Santa Barbara recital debut, she will perform her exquisite rendition of Handel’s “Lascia ch’io pianga” along with her Rossini bel canto and other gems.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Sun 4/15/18 7:00PM Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

Mahler 6
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 exerts an almost hypnotic hold on listeners. Brooding and combative in mood, it is relentlessly compelling, yet astonishingly life-affirming. This immensely powerful work for nearly 100 players is truly orchestral in scope, presenting ample opportunity for listeners to revel in its sonic glories. This is symphonic music at its best!

Sat 4/21/18 8:00PM Mahler 6
Sun 4/22/18 3:00PM Mahler 6

An Evening with Anne Lamott
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:30pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Profound, caring and hopeful, author Anne Lamott is known for addressing complex subjects like addiction, motherhood and faith with self-effacing humor and ruthless honesty. Her wisdom and forthrightness has made her an “icon of blessed imperfection [whose] classics like Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird have become handbooks for parents and writers whose lives lean toward the joyously messy” (Salon.com). Lamott’s numerous works of fiction and memoir include Grace (Eventually), Traveling Mercies and Imperfect Birds. With her latest, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx

Tue 4/24/18 7:30PM An Evening with Anne Lamott

Drought, Fire, and Flood: Climate Change and Our New Normal
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Drought, Fire, & Flood: Climate Change and Our New Normal

There is no question that the frequency and ferocity of severe weather phenomena experienced globally, nationally, and most recently locally, are the result of increasingly rapid climate change. Worse, as global warming continues to progress, the events we are seeing and experiencing now represent only the beginning stages of a new normal that will increasingly worsen in the coming years and decades. It is essential and urgent that we begin to squarely confront the potential impacts of climate change on human lives in our community, how we can improve our readiness and response to those impacts, and what this new reality requires in both policy and practice to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure, our businesses, our homes, our community and our region.
To begin this community conversation in as broad and visible a way as possible, the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, the Community Environmental Council, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History invite community leaders and members from the greater Santa Barbara region to a town hall event generously being hosted by the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts at The Granada Theatre on April 25, at 7:00 PM.
Collaboration by: UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Community Environmental Council, Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and The Granada Theatre.

Wed 4/25/18 7:00PM Drought, Fire, and Flood: Climate Change and Our New Normal

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by Network Medical Women's Center Annual Fundraiser

The Benham Brothers, identical twins, are highly driven brothers with unshakable faith bent on chasing their dreams and growing God’s kingdom. These former pro-athletes, nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs and best-selling authors will inspire you with their infectious can-do attitude at a time we could all use it. Network Medical's promise: When You Come, You Won’t Leave the Same!


<i>How to Be a Latin Lover</i>
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3:00pm
Part of the Cine en Domingo Film Series

Maximo gets the surprise of his life when his wealthy, 80-year-old wife dumps him for a younger car salesman. Forced out of his mansion, he must now move in with his estranged sister Sara and her nerdy but adorable son Hugo. Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo hatches a scheme to seduce a widowed billionaire and live the high life once again.

Máximo recibe la sorpresa de su vida cuando su millonaria esposa, de 80 años, lo deja por un vendedor de autos más jóven. Al ser echado de la mansión, se tiene que mudar a casa de su hermana y de su raro pero adorable sobrino Hugo, a quienes no ha visto en mucho tiempo. Ansioso por volver a su vida de lujo, Máximo lleva a cabo un plan para seducir a una viuda billonaria para volver a vivir en la opulencia nuevamente.

FAMILY FOUR PACK DISCOUNT: Buy a set of 4 seats for $25!

In Spanish with No subtitles

Sun 5/6/18 3:00PM How to Be a Latin Lover

2018 Santa Barbara County Economic Summit
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 8:30am
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Includes admission to the entire half-day Summit, a copy of the 2018 Santa Barbara County Economic Outlook report plus a Continental Breakfast from 7:30 - 8:30 AM.

Featured speakers are: Jorge Castañeda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico; Megan McArdle, a popular columnist with the Washington Post and author of The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success; Amity Shlaes, political commentator and author of four New York Times bestsellers including The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression; and Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez, Consul of Mexico for the Tri-County Region. The Santa Barbara County economic forecast will be delivered by Peter Rupert, Executive Director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project. Presentations will be followed by a panel moderated by Megan McArdle titled Trade: Can’t Live with It, Can’t Live Without It.

Co-presented by the UCSB Economic Forecast Project and UCSB Arts & Lectures

Founding Sponsor: Union Bank
Platinum Sponsor: Montecito Bank & Trust

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or http://www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu

*Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Tue 5/8/18 8:30AM 2018 Santa Barbara County Economic Summit

Mark Morris Dance Group: <i>Pepperland</i>
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris returns to Santa Barbara with Pepperland, a new evening-length work celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Created for the City of Liverpool’s season-long tribute to the groundbreaking album, Pepperland features Morris’ ingenuity and musicality and is accompanied live by a seven-piece chamber ensemble. An original score by Ethan Iverson intersperses arrangements of album favorites “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “A Day in the Life,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Within You Without You” and “Penny Lane” with six original Pepper-inspired pieces intended especially for Morris. Co-commissioned by UCSB Arts & Lectures, this colorful work is a must-see for dance and Beatles fans alike.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Thu 5/10/18 8:00PM Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland

<i>Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom</i>
Friday, May 11, 2018, 7:00pm
Part of the Movies that Matter with Hal Conklin Film Series
In partnership with Lois and Walter Capps Project

The remarkable life of South African revolutionary, president and world icon Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba) takes center stage. Though he had humble beginnings as a herd boy in a rural village, Mandela became involved in the anti-apartheid movement and co-founded the African National Congress Youth League. His activities eventually led to his imprisonment on Robben Island from 1964 to 1990. In 1994, Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa.

Join former Santa Barbara mayor and film critic Hal Conklin for a selection of great stories that touch the soul and draw out the best in humanity. These stories teach about forgiveness, loving others, and loving ourselves, and provide a renewed enthusiasm for living life with compassion and grace. Drawn from the syndicated film series “Cinema In Focus,” these presentations will blend together great film with audience conversations and Q&A.

FAMILY FOUR PACK DISCOUNT: Buy a set of 4 seats for $25!

Fri 5/11/18 7:00PM Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

An Evening with Audra McDonald
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

A luminous soprano, Audra McDonald’s breadth and versatility is unparalleled. With “a voice that will make you believe in angels” (Tribune News Service), she is radiant on Broadway and the world’s great opera stages as well as in film and television. McDonald was a three-time Tony Award winner by age 28 for her performances in Carousel, Master Class and Ragtime, and her 2014 performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill earned her a sixth Tony award and made her the first person to win all four acting categories. McDonald recently shone as part of the star-studded cast in the live-action twist on Disney’s timeless classic Beauty and the Beast. She has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and received a National Medal of Arts. Backed by a superb trio of musicians, McDonald presents her trademark mix of show tunes, classic songs from movies and pieces written expressly for her by leading contemporary composers.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Tue 5/15/18 7:00PM An Evening with Audra McDonald

An Evening with Anne Akiko Meyers
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony

Award-winning violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, teams up with Santa Barbara Symphony Concertmaster Jessica Guideri for a program of violin treasures, including Vivaldi’s arresting Double Violin Concerto. Ms. Meyers will also be featured in Barber’s lyrical Violin Concerto. The season ends in dramatic fashion with Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov’s magnificent romantic suite based on the tales of One Thousand and One Nights.

Sat 5/19/18 8:00PM An Evening with Anne Akiko Meyers
Sun 5/20/18 3:00PM An Evening with Anne Akiko Meyers

The Wiggles—Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle Tour!
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 6:30pm
Presented by The Wiggles
The Wiggles—Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle Tour!

Returning to the USA for the first time in 5 years, the world's most popular children's entertainment group The Wiggles are bringing the The Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! tour to The Granada Theatre’s stage! Featuring Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and the Wiggly dancers, the audience is invited to sing and dance along with them to hits including “Do the Propeller”, “Emma’s Yellow Bow”, “Rock-A-Bye Bear” and “Hot Potato”. Join Emma as she performs Irish, ballet and other bow-tiful dancing. Listen to Anthony play his guitar, banjo and bagpipes. Do the actions with Simon as he sings “Simon Says”, and if Lachy falls asleep, call out “Wake up Lachy!” because we need him for the show!

Tue 6/5/18 6:30PM The Wiggles—Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle Tour!

<i>The Red Violin</i>
Saturday, June 16, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, June 17, 2018, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony


A cinematic gem brought to life on the concert stage. The Santa Barbara Symphony performs John Corigliano’s Academy Award-winning score for The Red Violin, accompanied by François Girard’s engrossing film in its entirety. Canadian violinist Lara St. John will remarkably recreate the demanding solo passages depicted on screen, in what amounts to a virtuosic two-hour concerto!

The Red Violin film, © by Rhombus Media Inc. used by permission of Rhombus Media Inc. The Red Violin film score by John Corigliano, © by G. Schirmer, Inc., used by permission of Schirmer Theatrical, LLC

Sat 6/16/18 8:00PM The Red Violin
Sun 6/17/18 3:00PM The Red Violin

John Butler Trio
Monday, June 18, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by The Granada Theatre Concert Series
with special guest Mama Kin Spender
Australian roots and jam band John Butler Trio is led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler, an APRA and ARIA-award-winning musician. An independent role model, founder of Australia’s Jarrah Records, family man and proud skateboard aficionado, John Butler is an enigma. Front man for Australia’s ultimate jam band, he is the consummate rebel-refugee whose songs chart disenchantment with the corporate world and show a yearning for truth along with an ongoing struggle for a sense of locus. John Butler Trio's music mixes rootedness and rootlessness, pain and celebration in a way that is utterly beguiling. One of the most successful recording artists Australia has ever produced and a musician whose reputation has begun to rock the waters of both Europe and America, Butler is nevertheless a man on the edge, poised like a beautiful suicide. Where will he go next? Up or down? Despite the tensions within the man and his music the new album makes his future trajectory abundantly clear.

Mon 6/18/18 8:00PM John Butler Trio

The Beach Boys
Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:30pm
Presented by The Granada Theatre Concert Series

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, continue the legacy of the iconic American band. The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 sold-out shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events across the globe. Recently, The Beach Boys 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.

Fri 9/21/18 7:30PM The Beach Boys

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:30pm

Presented by Theater League

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderellais the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love— the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

Tue 11/27/18 7:30PM Cinderella
Wed 11/28/18 7:30PM Cinderella

<i>The Sound of Music</i>
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 7:30pm

Presented by Theater League

The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score! The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.

Winner of five Tony Awards®, The Sound of Music is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most iconic show of all time. See this brand new production!

Tue 1/29/19 7:30PM The Sound of Music
Wed 1/30/19 7:30PM The Sound of Music

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 7:30pm

Presented by Theater League

Follow the rise of ambitious and ruthless Eva Peron through the eyes of the future revolutionary leader Ché Guevara as she becomes the beloved Argentinian iconic First Lady, worshiped by her people.

Andrew Lloyd Webber - the mind behind The Phantom of the Opera and Cats - captures musical gold with his Grammy® Award-winning score. Evita combines Latin music, pop, jazz and musical theatre styles that have captivated audiences for over 40 years.

Winner of 7 Tony® Awards, Evita shines with its female and male star power and highly involved, meaningful chorus with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

<i>Legally Blonde</i>
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:30pm

Presented by Theater League

A wonderfully fun musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde – The Musical, follows the transformation of California girl Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in self-discovery at Harvard Law School.

This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable scenes and lovable characters including the ever-successful Bend and Snap and Elle’s favorite companion, Bruiser the chihuahua!

Equipped with LED technology, fresh inventive design, and snazzy modern scenery, this show is perfect for lightening everyone’s mood and bringing joy.

Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery.

Tue 4/9/19 7:30PM Legally Blonde
Wed 4/10/19 7:30PM Legally Blonde

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:30pm
Presented by Theater League

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.

RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning masterpiece RENT returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production—a re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT has wowed audiences ever since its first performance! Don’t miss your chance to see this amazing show!

RENT is intended for mature audiences only.