Spring officially starts Tuesday, but it’s already “hot” in Santa Barbara with bluesy, soulful, funky and downright sizzling events this weekend.
The stars of America’s most popular dance show come to Santa Barbara for a showcase concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre. “Dancing with the Stars: Live! -- Light Up The Night” features not only the show’s popular professional dancers, but two celebrity finalists who reprise their Season 25 performances: Jordan Fisher (“Hamilton”) and Frankie Muniz (“Malcom in the Middle”). Dance fans are sure to love it! Tickets start at $44.50. (www.dwtstour.com)
Rolling Stone magazine called him “one of the most influential guitar players ever.” The New York Times proclaimed that he “might well be the best bluesman alive.” NPR said “Buddy Guy is the blues.” You may not have heard of him, but his electrifying playing influenced two guitarists you must know: Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. If you like your blues searing, raspy, taunting or downright incendiary, this is the show for you. Guy has been known to pick strings with his teeth -- a trick Jimi got from Buddy. Bring on the blues. Tickets to Buddy Guy’s 8 p.m. show Friday at the Granada Theatre start at $34. (893-3535, www.granadasb.org)
Traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African-American religious traditions are performed at the Winter Concert by the UCSB Gospel Choir on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the campus’ Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Under the direction of Victor Bell, the student choir is rousing and inspiring, no matter your religion. Founded over 25 years ago, the choir has been featured on television shows “The Steve Harvey Show,” “American Housewives” and Cedric the Entertainer’s “The Soul Man.” Tickets are $10 at the door or by calling 893-2064.
Youth art in the Zone
Another group of young people will display their talents. Members of Youth Interactive open their storefront for the first time this year as part of Friday’s Funk Zone Arts Walk, from 5 to 8 p.m. Located at 209 Anacapa St., it’s filled with student-made art, jewelry, T-shirts and bags. The young entrepreneurs (aged 14 to 24) manage the store as a team, not only making products, but gaining real-life skills experience, school credit and a paycheck. Proceeds go to college scholarships. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. (www.youthinteractive.us)
“Communicating Doors,” an intricate, time-traveling, British farce-thriller has its final performances this weekend, presented by Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College. This play is hard to categorize, but everyone agrees that it is hilarious. A sex specialist from the future discovers she’s the target of a murder plot, just like two other women killed in 2004 and 1994. Magical hotel doors whisk everyone back and forth in time. See it in the Garvin Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ($26) and Sunday at 2 p.m. ($24). (965-5935, www.theatregroupsbcc.com)