Thursday, Feb. 17
In celebration of Black History Month, the Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series will be sponsoring a presentation of the film “One Love.” A reception will immediately follow the screening at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center. For more information call (805) 899-1160, or check out www.sa.ucsb.edu/eop/AACS. Also on Thursday, Arts & Lectures will be presenting guest Jared Diamond and his lecture “Collapse – How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.” The best-selling author will be discussing what our world can learn from other failed cultures. Books will be on sale after the lecture. Admission is $8 for students.
Friday, Feb. 18
Vaginas of the world, unite! Both Friday and Saturday night at 8 and 10 p.m., the Women’s Ensemble Theater Troupe will be performing “The Vagina Monologues.” Originally conceived by playwright Eve Ensler, these humorous, touching tales of femininity have illuminated the secret world of vaginas. Proceeds will benefit the local women’s centers and the women of war-torn Iraq. Tickets are $8; for more information call (805) 893-8246. Vaginas not quite your thing? Then head over to I.V. Theater at 7 p.m. for a showing of Victor Flemings’ classic “The Wizard of Oz.” At 10 p.m., things get saucy as Magic Lantern Films plays Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as the new soundtrack – improving on the munchkin song. Magic Lantern information can be found at www.magiclanternfilms.org.
Saturday, Feb. 19
Want something with a little more interactive than a movie? The Dramatic Arts Dept. will be presenting the play “Now Then Again.” Penny Penniston’s romantic comedy will come to life Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at the HSSB Performing Arts Theatre. General admission tickets will be $17 and student and faculty tickets are $13. More information can be found by calling (805) 893-3022. Also, local indie rock band With the Strength of 10,000 Monsters, backed by Crosstide, will be performing at the Biko House. Donations are not mandatory, but don’t be a cheap ass – kick back something to support the local scene. Things will get started around 8 p.m. The Biko Co-op House is located at 6612 Sueno Rd. in Isla Vista.
If you are looking for an ass-shaking good time, noon show alum Moving Units is taking a break from its tour with the Secret Machines tonight to rock The Glass House in Pomona. The show is all-ages and admission is a mere $13.50. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. Monday, come watch “Stick Man” Patrick Dougherty at the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens as he weaves his way to the completion of his project “Where There’s a Willow There’s a Way,” a sculpture made completely of branches and twigs. Admission is $7; the gardens are located at 1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Janitor Henry Darger led a double life comparable to Clark Kent himself, mopping floors by day and painting by night. Tonight, Campbell Hall will screen “In the Realms of the Unreal,” an animated documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu about the reclusive artist. The screening starts at 7:30p.m.; tickets are $5 for students. Also, Associated Students will hold two showings of former faculty member Peter Biskind’s “Don’t Bank on Amerika.” The film recounts the Isla Vista riots and bank burning that took place in the 1970s. showing at 7:30 10 p.m. in I.V. Theater 1. Tickets are $3 for students.
The MultiCultural Center takes a whole new look at “Undercover Brother” tonight at 6 p.m. The film, starring Eddie Griffin, Dave Chappelle, Denise Richards and Chris Kattan will be screened, followed by a discussion on Blaxploitation and U.S. race relations, led by Black Studies professor Cedric Robinson. It may not be Saturday night, but if you’re looking to get your politically progressive groove on, recent Grammy winners Ozomatli are performing the first of two consecutive gigs downtown. The band will take the stage at SOhO, located at 1221 State St. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.; tickets are $25. You must be 21+ to attend.