Upcoming Events



Kids Helping Kids Benefit Gala featuring Ben Rector
Friday, January 11, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by Kids Helping Kids

Ben Rector
with opening act, Tyrone Wells

A Benefit Concert

Singer, songwriter, Ben Rector is most notably recognized for his smash hits such as “Drive” and “Brand New”, and he just released his sixth album, titled “Magic” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Americana/Folk Charts and No. 44 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Oklahoma born and Nashville based multi-instrumentalist uncovers that feeling of “magic” within 13 anthems equally rooted in whimsical nostalgia and excitement for the future. His ceaseless touring and prolific output paid off in a big way on the 2015 breakout Brand New. Not only did it bow at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 but it yielded a massive hit in the form of the title track “Brand New.” Clocking 41 million-plus streams on Spotify, the single organically landed over 40 film and television placements, including a trailer for The Edge of Seventeen, a TV spot for Disney’s Moana, and MLB World Series and Olympics primetime spots. Kids Helping Kids is excited to feature Ben Rector as one of this year’s headlining artists. He is sure to bring magic to the stage in a performance you won't want to miss!

Fri 1/11/19 7:00PM Kids Helping Kids Benefit Gala featuring Ben Rector


Kids Helping Kids Benefit Gala featuring JOHNNYSWIM
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by Kids Helping Kids

JOHNNYSWIM
with opening act, Tyrone Wells

A Benefit Concert

Kids Helping Kids is thrilled to be bringing back JOHNNYSWIM as one of this year’s headliners for their annual benefit gala. Previously an opener for KHK, JOHNNYSWIM became a fan favorite when they won over the crowd with the hits like "Home" and "Diamonds". Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez makeup JOHNNYSWIM. The pair met in Nashville in 2005, instituting a songwriting partnership not long afterward. They clicked together musically and personally, beginning a romantic relationship along with their creative connection. JOHNNYSWIM can be easily recognized by their popular songs “Diamonds”, “Take the World”, and “Home”. You won't want to miss this intimate night with JOHNNYSWIM!

Sat 1/12/19 7:00PM Kids Helping Kids Benefit Gala featuring JOHNNYSWIM


Kodo</i>
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

One Earth Tour 2019: Evolution

Japan’s legendary drum ensemble Kodo is the world’s foremost professional taiko company. Exploring the limitless possibilities of the Japanese taiko drum, Kodo is forging new directions for this vibrant living art form through its unstoppably energetic, intricately designed and meticulously choreographed performances. But it is the company’s rigorous training and tireless dedication that gives these drummers their unique edge. Their heart-pounding live shows are a dizzying display of power and precision, “a celebration of music, of physicality, of life” (The New York Times).

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Sat 2/9/19 7:00PM Kodo


<i>A Oscuras Me Da Risa</i>
Sunday, February 10, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by Illusion Touring

Spanish Language Comedy Performance

Una pareja de Marriott planea un viaje de fin de semana, cada uno viajando solo. Sin decirse, regresan a casa durante todo el fin de semana con sus respectivos amantes. Una de las vecinas ve a Cristina que está atrapada con su amante y ahora se convierte en cómplice. Antonio también regresa con su amante en otro momento y también son vistos. Ahora el vecindario es consciente de su situación y todos tratan de ocultarlo para mantener el orden.

A Marriott couple plans a weekend trip, each traveling on their own. Without telling each other, they come back home throughout the weekend with their respective lovers. One of the neighbors spots Cristina who is caught with her lover and he now becomes an accomplice. Antonio returns as well with his lover at a different time and they’re spotted as well. Now the neighborhood is aware of their situation and everyone is trying to cover it up in order to maintain order.

Sun 2/10/19 7:00PM A Oscuras Me Da Risa


Shen Yun
Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2:00pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 1:00pm

Presented by US Southwestern Falun Dafa Association

Shen Yun World Tour 2019

Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty, purity, and tremendous energy leave audiences greatly uplifted and deeply inspired.

“Absolutely the no. 1 show in the world, absolutely the best—no other company or of any style can match this.”
—Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet


Fri 3/29/19 7:30PM Shen Yun
Sat 3/30/19 2:00PM Shen Yun
Sat 3/30/19 7:30PM Shen Yun
Sun 3/31/19 1:00PM Shen Yun


Silkroad Ensemble
Friday, April 26, 2019, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Heroes Take Their Stand

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble will perform the world premiere of a bold new project,Heroes Take Their Stands. This evening-length multimedia program tells the stories of five heroic figures from diverse cultures – from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Elektra of Greek mythology, to Arjuna of Hindu epic poetry – capturing the drama of the moral borderland between conflicting values, and asking, “What does it mean to take a stand in a moment of moral uncertainty? What does an everyday hero look like? And how can an ordinary person make a difference?” Arts & Lectures is thrilled to be the lead commissioner on this new project with the renowned Silkroad Ensemble and its collaborating partners, including Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy (working with Colin Jacobsen) and puppeteer/filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian (working with Kayhan Kalhor).

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Fri 4/26/19 8:00PM Silkroad Ensemble


Che Malamba
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Powerhouse Argentina-based company Che Malambo is back with a foot-stomping, boleadora-twirling, bombos-beating vengeance after delivering the surprise hit of A&L’s 2016-2017 season with their Santa Barbara debut. Bringing fiery, fast-paced malambo to the contemporary stage, the company celebrates the unique South American tradition of the gaucho with an exhilarating percussive dance and music spectacle that offers nonstop thrills for the entire family.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Wed 5/1/19 7:00PM Che Malamba