Defined as “an abnormally small person having atypically proportioned limbs,” their name suits aging punk rockers the Dwarves to a T. Dripping with years of drug abuse, disappearing musicians and 15-minute long sets, these guys are out there to rock you hard and occasionally spit on you. They’ll be taking the Troubadour stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 and can be bought at www.ticketmaster.com. On a lovely day like today, mosey on over to our very own University Art Museum where Venice Bianale vet Dinh Q. Le’s new show “Double Beauty” is on display. His work is a meld of his Vietnamese and American roots and delves into how much of his identity is based on the media’s perception of Vietnam. This show is free.
It’s rare that Santa Barbara is able to wrangle musically important artists (other than David at the Santa Barbara Bowl) this year, but the Coach House has been working its tail off to encourage smaller, but still important bands to make a stop in our little town. Angry Samoans, who rode the first wave of L.A. punk in the 1970s with X and Black Flag, will be taking the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 on www.ticketweb.com. So, Debbie Harry may have taken some time off and gotten a little bit older – word, is she’s 58 now?! – but nonetheless, Blondie rocks socks! With a new album and her old bandmates in tow, Debs will be breaking at least one “Heart of Glass” on stage at the House of Blues Sunset Strip tonight. Tickets are a steep $42.50 but it’s well worth it to see these living legends. The House of Blues is located at 8430 Sunset Blvd.
What goes best with an evening of local rock? Barbecue of course! That’s why Art’s Bar is putting its grilling skills to the test with its BBQ-bands combo. Starting at 5 p.m., Broken Bottles, Thee Indigents, Damaged Goods, the Cop-Outs, the Pillz and the Deveros will be playing a few ditties to help you digest. Art’s Bar is located at 2611 De La Vina St. in downtown Santa Barbara. If you have never seen the International Noise Conspiracy live, you are in for quite a treat. An attractive, fake black-haired bunch will take you to new musical heights with their handclaps and political charge, along with L.A.-based Moving Units. They’ll be performing at the Goleta Valley Center located at 5679 Hollister Ave. Tickets are $12.
You know what is not done often enough in music? The jig. Thankfully, Irish supergroup Solas is taking Campbell Hall by storm this evening, finally quenching the dearth of traditional Irish jig. Led by “multi-instrumentalist wizard” Seamus Eagan, the performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16.
Amy Goodman, informed author and politically motivated radio talk show host of “Democracy Now!” will be at Campbell Hall this evening promoting and signing her new book The Exception to the Rulers, a dynamic read focused on 9/11 and the recent war in Iraq. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about the state of the nation from a progressive journalistic mind. Tickets are $6.50.
If you’ve looked around our campus at all, it’s obvious that we are lacking a little in the diversity department. There are more blond-haired, blue-eyed white kids here than a eugenics kegger. That’s why the MultiCultural Center is holding a community discussion entitled “Outreach in the Era of Arnold: A Community and University Discussion.” It starts at 7 p.m. and is sure to get the ball rolling on a very important issue. If you are more concerned with how to make a difference getting Bush out of office, join the MoveOn organization in its book release of 50 Ways to Love Your Country as well as voter registration and town-meeting style discussion. This event starts at 7 p.m.
Newbie Epitaph stars Eyedea & Abilities will be heading our way this evening, taking up space at the Coach House North and kicking out tunes from their latest CD. Filled with aggression and political motivation, Eyedea & Abilities take things one step further, bringing hip hop to this traditionally punk label. They’ll be playing with Blue Print of Soul Position, Los Nativos and Gray Skul at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Tonight, UCSB’s Primavera Festival begins, combining dance, music and drama from various departments with “Opening Night: Drama, Dance and Music” at Lotte Lehman Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 at the door.