Celebrate the ocean’s bounty at the Harbor Festival, or take in one of several live performances this weekend in Santa Barbara.
The tastiest treats from the ocean are featured at Saturday’s Harbor Festival, along with free boat rides, shopping for ocean-y arts and crafts, live music, and dockside tours of several vessels, including a visiting tall ship.
Santa Barbara’s is a “working harbor” with a commercial fishing fleet of more than 100 fishermen hauling in over 10 million pounds of seafood a year. That’s a lot of lobster, oyster, crab, sea urchin, and fish – all available for tasting. Don’t miss the yummy seafood paella.
Stroll through NOAA research boat Shearwater; U.S. Coast Guard cutter Blackfin; the Maritime Museum’s 99-year-old flagship Ranger; and visiting tall ship Spirit of Dana Point, a replica of a 1770s privateer used during the American Revolution. The ship tours are free, as are rides on Azure Seas and Double Dolphin.
Meet the people who actively work to protect and conserve the ocean, like Channel Islands National Park, Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Ocean, and Channel Keeper, among others. Check out the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum with its intriguing exhibits about our maritime past, present and future. (www.harborfestival.org)
Gobsmacking at SBCC
The Tony Award-nominated farce “One Man, Two Guvnors” opens at Santa Barbara City College’s Garvin Theatre this weekend, and by all accounts, it is “gobsmacking,” which mean gut-bustlingly funny, in the vernacular of England, from which it hails.
Set in Brighton during the swinging '60s, the plot centers on Francis, an out of work “lackey” (menial servant) who goes to work for two seemingly unrelated bosses: a gangster and an upper class “twit” (silly or annoying person). Slapstick physical comedy, verbal jousting and wild plot twists ensue. Sounds like a jolly good night of theater, and runs Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 28, with tickets starting at $24. (965-5935, www.theatergroupsbcc.com)
'Husband's and Wives'
The world premiere adaptation of Woody Allen’s classic film “Husbands and Wives” is being performed by the Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic Theatre through Oct. 22. As with the 1992 movie, this comedic play follows two couples facing middle age and questioning their marriages. Allen’s sardonic humor and clever dialogue remain intact in the adaptation by Ensemble’s Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, who also directs the show. Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays; many have a preshow talk or post-show “Talkback.” Tickets range from $35 to $70. (965-5400, www.etcsb.org)
Mozart in dance
Mozart’s ethereal “Requiem” is interpreted in dance during concerts by the Santa Barbara Symphony this weekend. This world premiere of new choreography created by William Soleau for State Street Ballet is presented live in collaboration with the Symphony and Symphony Chorus on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Granada Theatre. Symphony Music Director Nir Kabaretti conducts the program, which also includes the beloved Mozart Symphony No. 41, or “Jupiter.” Tickets start at $29. (899-2222, www.granadasb.org)