GOINGS ON : Women Get Equal Time in Dinner Theater ‘Odd Couple’ : Female version of the comedy tells the story of mismatched roommates Olive Madison and Florence Unger.
Let’s begin with some dinner theater.
On Friday, Goleta’s Circle Bar B Ranch, which has an ongoing theater series, will open a run of the female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” The production will run through Oct. 1.
Instead of Oscar Madison and Felix Unger of the original “Odd Couple,” it’s Olive Madison and Florence Unger who are mismatched roommates. The play will be directed by Marian Scherer.
Prior to the production, guests will be served a tri-tip dinner for the evening performances, or a champagne/Cornish game hen brunch for the matinees. Show times are Friday at 8:15 p.m. (dinner at 7:15 p.m.), Saturday at 8 p.m. (dinner at 7 p.m.), and Sunday at 2 p.m. (brunch at 1 p.m.) General admission is $26. Call 966-0652. The ranch is located at 1800 Refugio Road.
Santa Barbara County has something for just about any musical taste this weekend, beginning with a concert by veteran rocker Carlos Santana. He will bring his “Sacred Fire Tour” to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Friday evening. Show time is 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $23, $28 and $30.50. Call 568-BOWL. The Bowl is located at 1122 N. Milpas St.
Colombian jazz guitarist Juan Carlos Quintero and his quartet will play some high-powered Latin jazz/fusion Saturday at Montecito’s White Winds Studio. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call 969-5718 for more information. The studio is located at 113 Middle Road.
It will be wine and food galore at the 13 Annual Wine Festival on Saturday at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Not only will 21 Santa Barbara County wineries bring along their products, but 16 restaurants and caterers will also have edibles to sample. The Dixieland Mission City Ramblers will provide the musical entertainment. General admission is $35. Festivities will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 682-4711, Ext. 308. The museum is located at 2559 Puesta del Sol Road.
It’s Italian Festival weekend at Santa Barbara’s Oak Park. Look for the usual food, music, dance and other activities typical of the summer-long series of multicultural festivities. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Call 687-7197 for more information. The park is located off the Mission Street exit of Highway 101.
Fluxus is having a birthday party. The 1960s experimental art movement, credited with helping develop performance art, conceptual art, video art and other art forms, will be honored on its 30th anniversary in a traveling exhibit opening Sunday at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
It was a relatively small group of Fluxus artists who worked to re-establish art as an integral part of life, rather than the profession it had become by the 1960s. They used humor, multimedia, experimentalism and other out-of-the-ordinary approaches in their work.
“In the Spirit of Fluxus” will include more than 1,000 works and documentary items representing more than 40 artists. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 16, will open with a free party including interactive tours, gallery games, performance art and music. Alice Hutchins, Larry Miller, Ben Vautier and Yoshimasa Wada will be among the artists entertaining guests with street theater work.
There will be other special presentations to coincide with the exhibit’s stay at the museum. The first will be an evening with Fluxus artist Yoko Ono on Sept. 9.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2.50 for students and free for children younger than 6. The museum is at 1130 State St. Call 963-4364.
Continuing the summer series of free concerts in the park, the Santa Barbara Park and Recreation Department will present the Avant Gardeners at the Alameda Park bandstand on Sunday. Vocalist and trumpet player Nate Birkey will lead the band in the jazz/blues concert, beginning at 3 p.m. The park is located at Micheltorena and Anacapa streets.
If you’re not doing anything for lunch, botanist Sally Isaacson will lead a tour of the late-summer wildflowers at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on Monday from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. The program is one of a monthly series of special tours of the garden. Tours are free with admission: $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, teen-agers and students, $1 for children age 5 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. Call 682-4726 for more information. The garden is at 1212 Mission Canyon Road.
Back to the Bowl: The Indigo Girls and their “Swamp Ophelia Tour” will visit the Santa Barbara Bowl on Wednesday night, with special guest Kristen Hersh. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 and $28. Call 568-BOWL.