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It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and Santa Barbara offers events that reach far from the Central Coast -- to glorious Paris, glittering Broadway, troubled Iraq and beyond.

City of Light

The Santa Barbara Symphony celebrates their season finale concerts with a program inspired by Paris, once the heart of classical music. In 1778, Mozart was in Paris and was commissioned to write a symphony for ensemble Concert Spirituel. Albert Einstein once said that the resulting Symphony No. 31, “hovers continually between brilliant tumult and graceful seriousness.”

Dynamic Zuill Bailey is soloist in Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto -- the composer was born in the City of Light in 1835, and wrote this work in 1872. Also on the program, conducted by Nir Kabaretti, are “Les preludes,” based on works of French poet Joseph Autran, and Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” suite, inspired by Paris in the 1920s, and later the name of an Oscar-winning film starring Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly. Tickets start at just $29. (899-2222,

Rodin exhibit

“Rodin and His Legacy” opened just last week at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Seven sculptures from the museum’s collection are in the Ludington Court, including Rodin’s bronze “The Walking Man.” The other works are by artists he influenced or who were influenced by him, such as his student Antoine Bourdelle, woman sculptor Germaine Richier (who studied with Bourdelle), early teacher Antoine Barye and British artist Frederic Leighton.

This is the last weekend to see the whimsical exhibit “David Wiesner & the Art of Wordless Storytelling,” which features work by this three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal for his wordless picture books and other noted artists of this genre. Kids and adults alike will adore these images. Museum admission is currently reduced to $10 for adults and $6 for kids under age 6, due to renovations. (963-4364,

Treat your mom to a yummy lunch at the Museum Café, which is open 11 a.m. to 3 weekdays, until 4 p.m.Sundays and closed Mondays. Enjoy organic salads, inventive sandwiches, thin crust pizza, tasting platters of cheese or Mediterranean foods, sweets, plus an espresso bar and freshly made aguas frescas.

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'Fearless Woman'

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario documents humanitarian crises for National Geographic, Time magazine and The New York Times. Listed among Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women, Addario has been kidnapped twice -- in Iraq in 2004 and Libya in 2011. She recounts her adventures in UCSB Campbell Hall on Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission. Her memoir, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” is being adapted into a Steven Spielberg film, starring Jennifer Lawrence. Note: Contains mature content, so kiddies should stay at home. (893-3535,

Quick pick: CALM Antique Show at the Earl Warren Showgrounds Friday through Sunday has collectibles and treasures from around the world. Ladies get in for free on Mother’s Day; regular admission, good for all three days, is $6 for adults, and parking is free. (

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