Feeling the blues? Want to get jazzy? If so, visit Santa Barbara this weekend. There’s also a kid-friendly play, mini-orchid show and more.
Kim Wilson has been the singer and the harmonica player for beloved Texas band the Fabulous Thunderbirds for nearly 30 years. Some critics say he’s the best “harp” player performing today. Find out for yourself at his solo show, presented by the Santa Barbara Blues Society on Saturday at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St.
The show opens at 7:15 p.m. with the Paradise Kings, winners of the Blues Society’s Battle of the Blues Bands. Then Wilson takes the stage, performing from his new CD “Blues and Boogie, Vol. 1.” Bring your dancing shoes, as the Rec Center’s floor is spring loaded. Tickets are $30 general admission. (www.sbblues.org)
Vocalist Janis Mann and her trio perform on Sunday at 1 p.m. at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club (upstairs at 1221 State St.), presented by the Santa Barbara Jazz Society. A true jazz singer in the manner of Carmen McRae or Shirley Horn, her voice’s rich timbre has been compared to that of Sarah Vaughn. Comparisons aside, the Los Angeles-based artist has performed with Diane Schurr, Roy Haynes and Kenny Werner, to name a few. The All Music Guide says she’s “one of the most authentic and pure jazz voices working today.” Tickets are $25 at the door only, starting at 12:30 p.m. (962-7776, www.sohosb.com)
Known for its innovation and inventiveness, Portland’s Imago Theatre brings its whimsical, steampunk-inspired production of “La Belle: Lost in the World of the Automaton” to UCSB’s Campbell Hall on Saturday for a kid-friendly 3 p.m. performance. Called “a nonstop eye-popper,” "La Belle" features 100 detailed puppets, automatons and actors. Audiences of all ages will delight in the imaginative love story inspired by “Beauty and the Beast” that is set in the grimy engine room of a 1920s steamship. Tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for kids, but the fun starts an hour early, at 2 p.m., with balloons, face painting and crafts. (893-3535, www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu)
Dazzling orchids from around the world but locally grown are on view at the Orchid Society of Santa Barbara’s annual show and sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Fleischman Auditorium. It’s a mini-show compared to March’s International Orchid Show, but timed perfectly for holiday gift shopping. Don’t miss the unique selections at the Museum’s own Gift Store. The show itself is free, but museum admission is required (http://orchidsb.org/).
QUICK PICK: Santa Barbara Shakespeare Festival’s inaugural show is “The Taming of the Shrew,” performed outdoors in Montecito’s Manning Park (449 San Ysidro Road) on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Bring a blanket and “sit by my side, and let the world slip; we shall ne’er be younger.” Suggested donation is $10.