As the most popular cinema in the Middle East, Egyptian filmmakers like Sayed Badreya are trying to stir some commotion concerning the lack of film preservation facilities in Egypt. Check out his flick for free, and get a chance to talk to the filmmaker himself (who appeared in “Stargate” and “Independence Day”) tonight at 6 in the MultiCultural Center Theater. Admission is free. 893-7609 for more info. It’s been a while since you’ve sung along to “Boys Are Back In Town” so get thee to the swanky Ventura Theater to check out ’70s rockers Thin Lizzy tonight! Tix are $23 and doors open at 7pm. Call 583-8700 for info.
The mighty sideproject reigns supreme! Tonight brings a free listening party for the Transplants, side project of Blink-182’s Travis, as well as Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman of Rancid. You’ll be able to meet the hunky, tattooed Travis, as well as score loads of free Epitaph junk if you visit the Living Room at 43C S. Fairview in Goleta. Call 692-8550 for info. Also tonight, you can decompress to the soft-folksy sounds of acclaimed singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff as she plays at the Lobero Theater downtown (33 E. Canon Perdido). Tickets start at $27.50 for this 8 o’clock show. Contact the Lobero @ 966-4946 .
Let the same-sex lovin’ abound today with the Gay Pride & Awareness Festival downtown at “Plaza Gay La Guerra!” Show your support and catch Antara and Delilah perform their Dixie Chick style folk/rock at 11 a.m. during the fest. The show runs from noon-10 p.m. and is free, free, free. For more information, check their website at www.antdeli.com. “Five Foot Feat,” the story of UCSB Drama Professor Catherine Cole’s leg amputation due to cancer and subsequent discovery of her ability to dance, returns to Hatlen Theater tonight, after a sold-out run last fall. Tickets are $12 for this 8 o’ clock show. Contact 893-3022 for further info.
Playboy. Jazz. Get the picture? Come see the Playboy Jazz Fest tonight at the Santa Barbara Bowl. We’re not quite sure if you’ll be seeing Hef strolling with his bosom-bunnies, but, hey, it’s worth a shot. Line-up includes The Manhattan Transfer, Lee Ritenour and more for this SB Bowl show, which starts at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $34. Call 583-8700 for information. Suspicious of any band called Foggy Dew? Well, don’t be! They’re playing at the Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention happening today at the Stow House, located at 304 Los Carneros Rd., in Goleta. Da da-da-da-da-da get your jig on! 969-4974 for info.
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Rembrandt? Picasso? Oh, pish-tosh. What you really need to nurture your artsy side is Ray Harding’s fab-ulous paintings of women’s shoes. He’s even depicted a certain prominent Ventura woman’s shoe closet, but remains hush-hush on whose tootsies the shoes belong to. The “Steppin’ Out” exhibit shows at the Buenaventura Gallery, located at 700 E. Santa Clara St. in Ventura. Call 648-1235 for more info. Also, the Channel City Camera Club Photo Exhibit is showcasing non-professional pics from all around the globe, at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 21 W. Anapamu St. Call 962-5322.
Do you like movies? Of course you do. And music? Thought so. So go check out Philip Glass tonight as he and his ensemble provide live musical accompaniment for six short silent films at the beautiful Arlington Theater downtown. A meet-the-artist discussion starts at 7:00, with the actual event starting at 8:00. Tickets are $20 for UCSB students and are available through Arts and Lectures. All you 21+ music lovers head on down to the Velvet Jones to see up-and-comers dredg croon, rock, and even play something called the “spirit catcher” tonight. The $5 tix can be purchased by calling 965-8676.