Calendar for 1/18/07

Thursday (1/18/07): If you heart The New Yorker, or just have a hankering to learn more about torture and the United States, check out Mark Danner at Campbell Hall tonight. This former staffer at The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books will be discussing and signing his book Torture and Truth, and talking about the state of torture in post-9/11 America. The event starts at 8 p.m. and is free thanks to the kind folks at Arts & Lectures.

Friday (1/19/07): Check out the Magic Lantern Films screening of “Marie Antoinette,” directed by indie film goddess Sofia Coppola and starring the stunning Kirsten Dunst, tonight at I.V. Theater. The film follows the adventures of the titular queen of France and it screens at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $4.

Saturday (1/20/07): She’s gorgeous and she’s got rhythm. Go see up and coming singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat at Zoey’s CafŽ in Ventura tonight. This SoCal native combines folk, jazz, pop and R&B to create her signature acoustic-based sound. Her show starts at 8 p.m. and more information is available at (805) 652-0091.

Sunday (1/21/07): A picture is worth a thousand words, and these pictures definitely speak volumes. Check out An Unobserved Life: Folk Photography by Joe Schwartz at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This exhibit features 30 black-and-white photos taken by the self-proclaimed “folk photographer” depicting the everyday lives of ordinary people in urban centers such as New York and Los Angeles. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers free admission on Sundays.

Monday (1/22/07): She sang with Lou Reed just a few months ago, and now she’s taking the stage at SOhO on State Street. That’s right, soulful chanteuse Julie Christensen is bringing her brand of soul, jazz and folk music to Santa Barbara at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets are just $10 for this all-ages show

Tuesday (1/23/07): Looking to spice up your life with a little dark comedy? Check out “Running With Scissors” at I.V. Theater tonight. This film follows the adolescence of the poster boy for that whole “dysfunction breeds creativity” theory, Augusten Burroughs. The movie screens at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Wednesday (1/24/07): Music, art and fashion collide at Campbell Hall tonight, as the Stephen Petronio Company takes the stage. This contemporary dance troupe will perform a few new works from its repertoire, including BLOOM, which is set to a score by Rufus Wainwright. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are just $19 for UCSB students.