Hippies and punk rockers collaborating in the ’70s are like Britney Spears and Metallica sharing a stage, today. Yet fate brought the Doors’ ex-keyboardist and L.A. punk rockers X together to break ground in the early ’80s. Slick that mohawk up and get down to the Ventura Theatre tonight at 7. Tickets are $25. Call 653-0721 for info. Their theatrical chops will induce laughter, jaw dropping and a bit of joy. The undergraduate-directed “Night of One-Acts” is back with six new productions. These free shows run tonight through May 11 in Studio Theatre on campus. Starts at 8 p.m.
Two of this band’s members are rather well-known radio personalities at Santa Barbara’s number one station. And they’re awfully yummy eye candy to boot. Not convinced? See the History Of perform tonight at Velvet Jones, alongside Prototype. This 21+ show starts at 9 p.m. Call 965-8676 for info. MTV revealed the hellish nightmare that all-girl cohabitation can be and now the Hope Community Church Theater is using a similar story line with a twist. “Eleemosynary” is a play examining three generations of women living under one roof and the unending struggles therein. Performances are on May 2, 3, 9 and 10. Show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets starting at $8. Call 403-3479 for info.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Who would have guessed that this beach dancing concerns stars, destiny and birds traveling between heaven and the sea? Check out the UCSB’s Dance Company’s “Jupiter into the Swan” today at 2 p.m. at Thousand Steps Beach. It’s free and sure to be otherworldly. Still carrying the torch of the big band era, the Afro-Cuban All Stars will lay down the jazzy world beats in Campbell Hall tonight at 8. Tickets to see this multi-generational group led by Juan de Marcos of the Buena Vista Social Club starts at $16. For info call 893-3535.
Le pellicole italiane sono grande! The Italian Club at UCSB presents Cinema al Dente, a free film festival being held at the MultiCultural Center. Today’s screening is at 3 p.m. Don’t miss out on the free refreshments and raffle prizes, either. Call 893-5757 for info. The Santa Barbara Symphony, accompanied by pianist Emanuel Ax, will perform a matinee show at the Arlington Theatre, located in downtown Santa Barbara. The show starts at 3. Tickets start at $20.50 to see this chamber orchestra and renowned pianist. For info call 963-4408.
Norah Jones’ long road traveled is intriguing, but her father Ravi Shankar’s life as a sitar legend is astonishing. Tonight at 7:30 in Campbell Hall, the documentary “Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds” takes a retrospective on a young Shankar first picking up a sitar in India and eventually becoming a world-famous musician. Tickets are $5. Call 893-3535 for info. If you think that the Biko House only hosts emo and hardcore bands, you’re mistaken. Tonight at 9 they’ll welcome the punk rock and indie sounds of Against Me!, Fifth Hour Hero and Steve McQueen and the Bullets. A $5 donation will get you inside the four-car garage.
Plays on words never sounded so good until Murs’ newest release The End of the Beginning. This West Coast hip hop heavyweight, along with members of Living Legends, will hot box the Coach House with a barrage of beats Wednesday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 965-0789 for info. You saw students with 35mm cameras around campus a couple weeks ago; tonight will offer some answers. Second only to Sundance and Slamdance, I.V.Dance will take over I.V. Theater’s big screen on Wednesday at 7:30. All profits from this student film fest are donated to the Film Studies 106 class. Call 893-2347 for more info.