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Talent is on display this weekend in Santa Barbara -- local and imported, young and mature and lighthearted and serious.

Teen Star finals

Teen Star, Santa Barbara’s version of “The Voice,” has surged in popularity so get those tickets online before Saturday’s 7 p.m. concert at the Arlington Theatre. Ten Santa Barbara County teens (grades 7 to 12), including Daniel Geiger, from Santa Maria, and Elizabeth Padfield, of Solvang, vie for the title by singing in two rounds. Using text messaging, the audience and celebrity judges select their top choices in the first round, then the winner after the second. The winner becomes a local celebrity in addition to the $1,000 scholarship. These kids are super talented and it’s a terrific show. Tickets are $25 to $40, and only $15 for students. (963-9580,

You’re the star!

Step into the limelight and have your picture taken at a free Pop-Up Community Portrait Studio on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Family Resource Center in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. It’s part of the museum’s current “Crosscurrent” exhibitions, which feature painted and photo portraits. Bring a pal or family member, or pose solo -- it’s up to you. Selected images will be on view in a community gallery space in the museum’s elevator, cleverly called “Going Up!”

Museum admission is free through the end of this month, due to construction. Enter through the Museum Store or behind the museum, adjacent to the Public Library. (963-4364,

New Orleans notable

One of the Crescent City’s finest saxophone players is at the Lobero Theatre this week, but not just for Friday night’s concert. Derek Douget is also here to inspire the next generation of jazz lovers, and is working with student musicians at local high schools and coaching youth on “charts” (jazz for “songs”) at various other locations.

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On Friday at 8 p.m., Douget performs with his quintet and some special friends, but don’t expect Dixieland jazz. He took a different path, starting his career playing with “Cannonball” Adderley and Al Hirt, and has since performed with many of the greats: Dr. John, Terence Blanchard, Allen Toussaint and Dee Dee Bridgewater, among others. He’s currently a member of the Ellis Marsalis Quartet. Recognize the name? He’s the father of Wynton and Branford Marsalis. It’s just $24 for reserved tickets, $12 for students. (963-0761,

Join the 'Conversation'

A timely political play presented by Ensemble Theatre Company closes this weekend at the New Vic Theatre. “The City of Conversation” by Anthony Giardina is a thought-provoking story about how politics can divide a family. Two lauded Hollywood actresses star: Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”), a four-time Emmy nominee; and Sharon Lawrence, nominated for Emmys for her work on “NYPD Blue” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” How great to see these two great actresses go toe-to-toe. Final performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. (965-5400,

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