Thursday (2/22): Grammy Award-winning rock and rollers Los Lobos infuse their sound with East L.A. flavor – a recipe that scored them spots opening for artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews and the Grateful Dead. Now, they’re bringing their high-energy live show to our very own Campbell Hall. Tickets are just $19 for UCSB students and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday (2/23): Will Ferrell, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson and the oh-so-adorable Maggie Gyllenhaal star in “Stranger Than Fiction,” a critically-acclaimed film about what happens when a man finds out he is actually a character in someone else’s novel. The movie is screening at I.V. Theater tonight, and tickets are just $4. Screenings start at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Saturday (2/24): Take a trip to Asia without having to spend any of your hard-earned beer money on plane tickets, as the Central Asia Film Day comes to downtown Santa Barbara. The festival features four films presented in conjunction with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. The movies start at 2 p.m., and the festival is being held at the Victoria Hall Theater. Tickets are $15 for UCSB students.
Sunday (2/25): Head down to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art today, and check out the first major U.S. exhibition in over 20 years featuring the work of world-renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo. His brightly colored modern paintings feature intense colors and folk influences that are sure to brighten up your weekend. Admission to the museum is free on Sundays, and there’s a guided docent tour of the exhibit at noon today.
Monday (2/26): Wake up to some beautiful string music this morning, as the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center presents the Eclipse String Quartet. This event is designed to give UCSB Dance Majors a chance to interact with the musicians, but the free discussion about the collaboration between musicians and performers is open to everyone. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. and is located in the HSSB Ballet Studio.
Tuesday (2/27): Check out the awesome amalgamation of theater, poetry, storytelling, rap, gospel, jazz, blues and Spanish boleros that is Universe’s Slanguage. This theatrical work about life in contemporary urban America – aka New York City – is playing at Campbell Hall at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets are just $19 for UCSB students, thanks to the fine folks at Arts & Lectures.
Wednesday (2/28): Singer-songwriter Jonah Matranga – of Onelinedrawing fame – hits up UCSB’s Hub for a free show today. The show starts at 12 p.m.