Today marks the first installment of “3 on 3,” the lecture series organized by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center in conjunction with the University Art Museum’s exhibition “Out of Site: Selections from the Marsha S. Glazer Collection.” Thomas Crow, former chair of the Dept. of Art History at Yale, currently Director of the Getty Research Institute will be discussing three works of his choosing from the show at 5 p.m. in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB. Free. Tonight, Arts & Lectures presents “Directions in Music: Our Times,” a musical performance featuring Grammy award-winning jazzmen Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove. Starts at 8 p.m. in Campbell Hall. $60 general, $25 students.
The MultiCultural Center presents a one-man show by Imani Henry titled “B4T: Before Testosterone with Imani Henry.” [[ok]] Henry plays a character named LaShawnda (a.k.a. Shawn) in a performance that deals with the challenges related to gender expression, trans-phobia and racism at 8 p.m. See http://events.sa.ucsb.edu for more information. Magic Lantern Films presents a special screening of hit action film “Hero.” Jet Li stars in this beautifully shot martial arts epic, directed by Zhang Yimou (“House of Flying Daggers”), who presents this visually magical look at the attempt to assassinate the emperor of China. The film will screen at 7:30 and 10 p.m. in the Isla Vista Theater. $4 at the door.
Arts & Lectures presents a special fundraising event titled “An Afternoon of Classic Lily Tomlin.” Tomlin, one of America’s foremost actors, is revered for her numerous comedic and dramatic roles. She will perform scenes from her hit play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and revive some of her cherished characters at 4 p.m. in Campbell Hall. $60 general, $25 students. Also tonight is another installment of I.V. Live. Performers include hip hop artists Tha Faculty (www.thafaculty.com), improv troupe I.V. Players, solo acoustic performer Swede and a live DJ. You can also win free CDs among other things, so be sure to check it out. 9-11 p.m. in Embarcadero Hall. $4 at the door.
End your weekend with a pair of big concerts. On Sunday, prolific indie band Bright Eyes will be performing in Los Angeles. They’re touring in the wake of the release of not one, but two new full-length albums. One centers around songwriter Conor Oberst’s traditional acoustic-driven compositions and the other exhibits a newfound affection for all things digital. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. Tickets are available for $23 from Ticketmaster. All ages. On Monday, celebrate the national day of romance with Cupid herself, Ani DiFranco. She’ll be letting love run wild through Santa Barbara, so be sure to catch some in your needy nest at 8 p.m. in the Arlington Theater, 1317 State St. $29.50 through Ticketmaster.
Arts & Lectures and the Lobero Theater present a performance by Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras. One of Europe’s most popular and celebrated dancers, Sara Baras has received Spain’s most prestigious dance award, the 2004 Premio Nacional de Danza, and recently made flamenco box office history with a record-breaking five-month show in Madrid. Along with her 16-member company, Baras will present the area premier of her eloquent suite of dances at 8 p.m. in the Arlington Theater. $45 general, $19 students. The Associated Students Program Board presents a special advanced screening of “Constantine,” the new thriller-suspense film starring Keanu Reeves. Be the first to see it. 8 p.m. in the Isla Vista Theater. Free.
Like entertainment that doesn’t empty your pockets? Then today is your day. The A.S. Program Board presents another of its noon concerts for your pleasure. The Los Angeles pop-rock outfit The Fizzies will be doing what it is that they do for you while you eat your orange chicken and drink your smoothie in Storke Plaza. Free. Later that evening, twenty-something writer Koren Zailckas will be delivering a writer’s reading from her novel, Smashed – Story of a Drunken Girlhood. Zailckas’ vivid and cautionary talk, based on her debut book of the same name, examines teenage girls’ binge drinking with unflinching candor and an exquisite analytical eye. 8 p.m. in Campbell Hall. Free.