Arts and Entertainment Editor
SB Film Festival February 7-11: The world famous Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has returned to Santa Barbara for the 32nd time, and there is still time to enjoy it. The SBIFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to make a positive impact on the world through the art of film. This year, the festival is hosting some of Hollywood’s biggest stars such as Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Denzel Washington, Jeff Bridges and more. Tickets are available to the public for a variety of events such as celebrity panels, screenings, and award shows. The festival will last until February 11.
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Santa Barbara (daily): The city of Santa Barbara has once again put their minds together to create a fun, exciting experience for the public to enjoy with their friends and family. The Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure is a 365 day scavenger hunt navigated by your smart phone, that leads you through the city from the wharf to the streets of downtown. This scavenger hunt is accessible through www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com, with the code “SBEVENT”. It is only $40 for 2-5 people to play as a team. Teams can race against others who have played in the past, or go at their own pace and explore our city how they would like.
Pop-Up Opera March 2: Members of Opera Santa Barbara’s Mosher Studio Artist program are coming together to present an unforgettable pop-up performance of Leoš Janácek’s song cycle Diary of One Who Disappeared. The performance will feature an alto, tenor, and three female voices who tell the story of a village boy who falls in love with a young gypsy girl and decides to leave his family to be with her. The free event will happen at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and is perfect for people of all ages.
First Thursday March 2: On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and art-related venues downtown offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment from 5-8pm. First Thursday allows participants to experience a wide variety of attractions such as art openings, live music, artists’ receptions, lectures, wine tastings and hands-on activities. This event allows art lovers of all kinds to experience and participate in the art and culture Santa Barbara has to offer at various art galleries, theaters, winery and more. Additional information can be found at http://www.downtownsb.org
Art From Scrap workshop (Saturdays): Every Saturday, The Art From Scrap (AFS) Workshop, above the AFS Creative Reuse Center, host a fun-filled workshop for kids and adults of all ages and abilities. The workshops utilize the reusable materials found in the store to help encourage people to reuse, reduce, and recycle. Upcoming themes include “Valentines Guys and Dolls”, “Seashore Dream Catchers”, and “Cardboard WEaving”. For only eight dollars, you and your family and friends can have fun creating art and learning about how to reuse, reduce and recycle.