Getting paid to travel around the country, get drunk and mingle with the people was once only a dream job until Comedy Central’s late-night show “Insomniac” came around and turned fantasy into reality. Tonight, Dave Attell of “Insomniac” and Lewis Black of “The Daily Show” will take on the Arlington Theatre with their stand-up comedy. This must-see show begins at 8 and tickets start at $28. For info, call 963-4408. The gripping and moving film Whale Rider will screen in Campbell Hall tonight at 7:30. It tells the tale of a twelve-year-old girl struggling against her grandfather’s archaic views to become the leader of her New Zealand tribe. Tickets are $5. For info, call 893-3535.
Missed your chance to see “The Animation Show” the last time it was in town? Or simply haven’t stopped saying, “My spoon is too big”? Either way, come see The Animation Show, featuring shorts by Don Hertzfeldt (“Rejected”), Mike Judge (“Office Space”) and others tonight in I.V. Theater at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. for just $5. For info, visit www.animationshow.com. Upon their return from a successful tour in France, the UCSB Chamber Choir will perform tonight at 8 in St. Anthony’s Seminary Chapel. The group, comprised of faculty and staff from 20 departments across campus, will present “An Evening of 19th Century Song.” A $7 donation is requested. For further info, call 893-7001.
No, it’s not the sound of cartilage or bones; it’s the hip hop dance known as popping. Tonight at 9:30, UCSB’s Hip Hop Club will host a popping battle in Storke Plaza with $500 in prize money up for grabs. This year promises to be as successful as the last, consisting of 16 participants from all over California. For info on this free event, known as “Pop-a-Ganda,” call 893-2775. Introduce yourself to the “Three Tenors of Santa Barbara” and enjoy an evening of selections from the greatest music written for the tenor saxophone. The Tenors will join the UCSB Jazz Ensemble for a concert tonight at 8 in the Music Building’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Tickets are $7. For info, call 893-7001.
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Being the “best tap-dancer alive” is a hard pair of shoes to fill, but having choreographed and performed in a Tony Award-winning Broadway show must make it a bit easier to handle. Savion Glover will perform tonight at the Lobero Theatre with a four-piece band. The show starts at 8 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available. Call 963-0761 for info. If you have trouble getting to the Lobero, head down to Calypso’s for up-and-coming group the Sound Room. This pop-punk band will provide a high-adrenaline performance for nothing more than a mere cover charge. The show starts at 10:15 p.m. For info, call 966-1388.
A cappella lovers are in for a rare treat with the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Choir concert tonight at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church downtown. This 60-member ensemble has been the pride and joy of Russian choral music since 1479. Tickets are $19 and the performance begins at 8 p.m. For info, call 893-3535. In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, the MultiCultural Center will hold a panel discussion on race and identity within American Indian communities. Panelists will include professors from the Asian American Studies, Black Studies and History Depts., as well as the A.S. Executive Director. This free event will be held in the MCC Lounge at 6 p.m. For info, call 893-8411.
Director Matthew Barney has been dubbed “the most important artist of his generation,” and tonight the third film of his “Cremaster” trilogy will screen in Campbell Hall at 7:30 p.m. The acclaimed art film “Cremaster 3” is a visually stimulating, surreal meditation on subjects ranging from architecture to sexuality. Tickets are $8. Call 893-3535 for tickets and info. Today, take your lunch break in Storke Plaza and catch a glimpse of a promising new band. The LA-based rock group Citrus will make a stop in SB as a part of their West Coast tour to promote their upcoming album “Io.” They have been compared to groups such as Radiohead and Coldplay, and will perform from noon to 1 p.m.