I said, are you ready to rock? Pressure 4-5 is playing a benefit concert tonight in The Hub. Associated Students’ Program Board has organized the show; proceeds will go to the surviving family members of last year’s apartment fire in Isla Vista. The show starts at 8 and tickets are $5 student presale, $8 general admission. If being eeeeeviiiil is more your thing, the Santa Barbara Youth Theatre will be performing Steven Dietz’s “Dracula” at the Center Stage Theatre. The show promises a new look at the classic tale, examining an evil that strikes at even the purest of souls. What I want to know is if they’ll show Renfield eating bugs. The show starts at 8 p.m. Call 963-0408 for more information.
If you think your job sucks, check out “Priceless Children: American Photographs 1880-1925/Child Labor and the Pictorialist Ideal,” which opens today at the University Art Museum on campus. The show contrasts the work of Lewis Hine, who captured images of children in poor working conditions, with the sugarcoated images of famed photographers Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz. Call 893-7564 for more information. Ever wondered which direction your toilet paper should hang? Victorian art critic John Ruskin did, and his ill-fated marriage is documented in Gregory Murphy’s “The Countess,” opening at the Alhecama Theatre tonight. The Alhecama is at 914 State St. Call 962-8606 for more information.
Jig-a-what? Jig-a-who? Have some fun from the waist down with the Trinity Irish Dance Company, performing tonight at Campbell Hall. The all-woman group features dancers trained at the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance and achieves levels of finesse and complexity not to be found in “Lord of the Dance.” The shows are at 4 and 8. Tickets are $35/$30 general admission and $19/$16 students. For those who are more likely to visit the Hootenanny Festival every year, tonight at SOhO is an American music bash, featuring local rockabilly band the Cadillac Angels and the crazy psychobilly sounds of Blazing Haley. The show is at 9. SOhO is located at 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 for more information.
Sunday / Monday
This is not a commercial for Summer’s Eve. “The Day I Became A Woman” is a film of three overlapping vignettes examining the lives of women in Iran. According to director Marzieh Meshkini, Iranian women are fixed in society “not because they are hated, but because they are loved.” The film plays on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall. Tickets are $6 general admission, $5 students. Pulitzer prize nominee Dave Eggers, author of “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” is reading at Campbell Hall on Monday night at 8. The Los Angeles Times has described Eggers as “James Joyce, back from the dead!” Irrespective of whether he deserves this title, Eggers’ readings are renowned for their quirkiness and engaging quality.
George Jones is one man whom Tammy Wynette shouldn’t have stood by. This famously alcoholic ex-husband performs tonight at 8 at the Arlington Theatre. While not all country songs are autobiographical, George Jones’ life is said to be more tragic than anything Willie Nelson cut onto vinyl. The Arlington Theatre is located at 1317 State St. Tickets are $29.50-$44.50. Call 963-4408 for more information. Arts & Lectures presents a screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s classic “Band of Outsiders” tonight in Campbell Hall. Godard’s second take on American gangster films features his then-wife Anna Karina as the key to a robbery for two young men. Tickets are $6 general admission, $5 students. The film starts at 7:30.
I don’t know how to whistle on paper, but if I did, you’d know that the Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Events Center on campus tonight to amaze us with their mad skills and shenanigans. This ain’t the Globetrotters of the ’70s cartoon either – the team features 25 talented players from all over the country. The show starts at 7. Call 893-2336 for more information. What’s the matter, honey? Are you lost? Find your way back home with UCSB’s Music Department production of Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel,” opening tonight at Lotte Lehman Concert Hall on campus. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students. Call 893-3535 for more information.