Artsweek has to give mad props to any group of older men that rock out with their shades on, even if it’s because they’re blind. Tonight, the Blind Boys of Alabama will be tearing up Campbell Hall along with blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite. These Grammy-winning gospel legends have been performing since 1939 and can be seen tonight starting at 7. Tickets start at $16. Call 893-3535 for info. Also tonight, the people that brought you “Stomp” will showcase “Aeros” at the Arlington Theater. A combination of world-championship gymnastics and theatrical performance, the show promises to be “jaw-dropping” and the first of its genre. Tickets start at $26. Contact 963-4408 for info.
Yes, it’s been sold out for weeks, but hey, you never know if nutty ol’ Perry Ferrell or Dave Navarro will have pity on your poor soul and invite you to see their epic band Jane’s Addiction tonight at the Arlington Theater. Tickets cost a hefty $47, so expect to empty your wallet if any tickets are to be found. Show starts at 8 p.m. The Arlington Theater is located at 1317 State Street, downtown. Call 963-4408 for info. If you can’t get in there, wander on down to Velvet Jones at 423 State St. to see Bauhaus founding member Daniel Ash play his electronic/goth/rock solo work tonight. Also a member of Love and Rockets, Ash will bring back the ’80s starting at 9 tonight. Call 965-8676 for more info on this 21+ event.
Looking to add some rad culture to your life other than making out with the drunken foreign exchange students at I.V. parties? Then go see Radu Lupu, the legendary Romanian-born pianist and winner of the 1966 Van Cliburn, perform at the Lobero Theatre, located at 33 E. Canon Perdido St. downtown. Tickets cost a high-class sum starting at $30.50, and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more info call 963-0761. If you feel that slurred accents will suffice, then head down to the Majestic Ventura Theatre for “Local Rock Night” featuring 3 Way Conversion, Paperface and others. It supports Save Our Children’s Music Foundation and a portion of your $10 ticket at the door will go to local schools to keep programs available to students. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Call 639-3965 for more info.
Breaking the stereotype of a hefty Viking woman with a metal spiral bra, the opera Red Azalea will be performed on campus at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall at 3 p.m. It tells the tale of young woman during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and her trials leading up to a competition for a role as a heroine in an opera. The production with a cast of award winning singers costs $10. If you’re interested in voodoo or documentaries, see “In the Mirror of Maya Deren,” a film exploring the life and work of the acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren. The screening is at 7:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall and tickets run for $5. For more info on either show, call 893-3535.
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Ever wonder why kids are terrified by clowns? Go find out at the Majestic Ventura Theatre when it hosts the rap-rock sounds of the Insane Clown Posse. If you get there early, you can catch a glimpse of their fans, who go by the name of “juggalos” and “juggalettes,” before you get lost in the jumping crowd of painted faces. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are on sale for $22. Call 639-3965 for more info. If that might be too over the top for you, Zelo is hosting “The Switch,” featuring the rock/punk/indie sounds of The Snake That Crossed the Crown and Progressive Orthopedics. Its an 18+ venue located at 630 State St. It is only $1 to get in and they take the stage at 10 p.m. Zelo will also have DJ’s spinning punk, new wave, electro and garage music all night. For more info call 966-5792.
They like it hot and passionate, and they’ll be doing it together in Campbell Hall tonight at 8. Juana Amaya y Farraquito will be performing the distinct and powerful Spanish music and dance known as flamenco as a part of the 2003 USA Flamenco Festival. Tickets are on sale for $19/students and $35/general. Call 893-3535 for more info. You know you’ve been hearing their name buzzing around town and tonight; local booty-shakers The Black Plastics will be playing alongside The Brightlife at the Wildcat, located at 15 W. Ortega St. in downtown Santa Barbara. They’ll be tearin’ down the house starting at 10 p.m. For more information on this 21+ event call 962-7970.