Modern dance, independent films, offbeat comedy, storytelling, and much more: It's just a typical weekend in Santa Barbara.
'Rite of Spring'
New contemporary dance works are on the program of State Street Ballet’s concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Granada Theatre. A new work by choreographer Edgar Zendejas, commissioned by the company, is set to Igor Stravinksy’s famous “Rite of Spring.” Zendejas describes his version as an “ecstatic dance between body and spirit, earth and the unknown.” Kassandra Taylor Newberry’s “(con)version,” a hit when performed last May, and William Soleau’s “Five by Gershwin” are also performed. Tickets start at just $24. (899-2222, www.granadasb.org)
Best of the fest
Insiders know that there are free screenings of films from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this weekend at the Riviera Theatre (2044 Alameda Padre Serra), but exactly what and when have not been announced. Part of the fun of a film festival is discovering something completely surprising, so my best advice is to “go with the flow” and just show up or visit www.sbiff.com.
“Canadian male stripper” just sounds funny -- and it is funny when “The Comic Strippers” appear at the Lobero Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. Several of Canada’s best male comedians comprise this fictitious male stripper troupe, who present an entirely improvised show. Their gyrations and banter are sure to be hilarious for both men and women. Expect lots of audience participation. There’s no full nudity, but the show is still for ages 21 and over. Tickets are taking off, pun intended, at $30. (963-4946, www.lobero.com)
Billy Crystal appears at the Arlington Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday to tell stories, show film clips and talk about his life and career. It’s intimate and unscripted, and sounds like a whole lot of fun. Crystal started out on television (“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Saturday Night Live”) and became a comedic movie star in such hits as “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers” and “Analyze This.” He was a beloved host of the Academy Awards nine times and has written several books, including his latest, “Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?” The only tickets available are $120 and even those are going fast -- and may sell out. Check www.ticketmaster.com.
See former teen star David Cassidy in one of his last West Coast shows at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Granada Theatre. A star at age 20 in TV’s “The Partridge Family,” Cassidy recently announced his retirement from touring after this tour. “My arthritis has certainly made these cross-country shows ... difficult,” he wrote on his website. “What a remarkable, long-lived career I have been blessed to have.” All his fans can say is “I Think I Love You,” the name of The Partridge Family's hit song, which was 1971’s best-selling record. Tickets start at $29. (899-2222, www.granadasb.org)