Good times are in store in Santa Barbara this weekend, including a chance to laugh out loud, hear beautiful music or just smell the flowers.
On the 'D-List'
Kathy Griffin brings her hilarious Hollywood insider stories to the Granada Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. She’s won two Emmys and a Grammy for her quick wit and barbs about celebrity foibles, and holds the Guinness World Record for the number of televised stand-up comedy specials (23 in total). You also may have seen her co-hosting New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper, or in six seasons starring in her reality show “Life on the D-List.” Nobody rich and famous is safe from her “ripped from the headlines” (of People magazine) celebrity skewering. News flash: She’s moved next to Kim and Kanye. I can’t wait to hear the stories about that. Tickets to “An Evening with Kathy Griffin” start at $34. (899-2222, www.granadasb.com)
A group of stand-up comics have come together to make light of the current political situation and raise money for three local nonprofit organizations impacted by the changes in the White House: Planned Parenthood, ACLU and Pacific Pride. Comics from “Comedians for Causes” perform the next three Saturdays at Brasil Arts Café at 8 p.m. in “Laugh & Resist.” They promise it will be … yuuuuuuge.” Tickets are $17 in advance or $25 cash only at the door. (1230 State St., 845-7656, www.nightout.com)
Gil Roses is a Santa Barbara legend, a true “piano man” who has performed throughout the region for more than 30 years. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, he has been lured out of retirement play in a fundraiser for the Center for Successful Aging on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Marjorie Luke Theatre (in Santa Barbara Junior High). He has a repertoire of more than 4,000 songs, but focuses on the Great American Songbook in this concert. He’ll be joined by some of the best local musicians and singers for some terrific musicmaking and receive the “Spirit of Successful Aging” award. Bravo, Gil! Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for kids. (721 E. Cota St., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com)
Flower farm tours
Cut flowers from a little town just south of Santa Barbara are shipped all over the world. Get a rare look inside the greenhouses on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the one-day Carpinteria Greenhouse & Nursery Tour. You’ll see orchids, gerbera daisies, and roses (grown hydroponically) plus ferns, ornamentals, succulents, vines and bamboo. Find out what it takes to care for the plants and run a commercial nursery on tours led by the farmers themselves. It’s free and family friendly. Wear comfy shoes and dress in layers as the temperature can vary in growing areas. Plants and refreshments are available for sale at many locations. No reservations are needed, just pick a nursery from which to start -- maps and more information are at www.carpinteriafarmtours.com.