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GOINGS ON : Actress Tells Own Story in One-Woman Show : Jaehn Clare lost use of her legs in a stage accident. The play ‘Belle’s on Wheels’ recounts her struggle for recovery.

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Leo Smith is a regular contributor to Ventura County Life

It was 15 years ago tonight that Minnesota actress-playwright Jaehn Clare fell from a theater lighting booth and injured her spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.

Clare will mark the anniversary this evening at Santa Barbara’s Center Stage Theater, where she will present “Belle’s on Wheels,” her one-woman autobiographical play based on her recovery process.

The show, which has toured across the country and in England and Scotland, is being presented by Santa Barbara’s Access Theatre (which is also celebrating its 15th anniversary). It will run through Sunday.

Show times are tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 (general), $8 (students and seniors). Call 963-0408. The theater is on the second level of the Paseo Nuevo shopping center, at the corner of Chapala and De La Guerra streets.

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For other local theater tonight, the Glendale-based theater company A Noise Within will present Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at UC Santa Barbara’s Campbell Hall. Show time is 8 p.m. General admission is $12, $15 and $18. Call 893-3535.

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About 60 local actors and actresses, children and adults will join the small cast of the Missoula Children’s Theatre on Saturday in a staging of “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs” at the Lobero Theatre.

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Locals will play the parts of Snow White, all seven of the dwarfs, the king, the mirror on the wall, a queen’s henchman and various animals, bats and magical trees. Show times are 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 (adults), $5 (children). Call 963-0761. The theater is at 33 E. Canon Perdido St.

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UCSB will open its winter film series Saturday at Campbell Hall with a showing of the documentary, “The Last Klezmer.” The film focuses on Leopold Kozlowski, a Polish Holocaust survivor who is one of the few remaining pre-World War II performers of klezmer, a style of music originating with the Eastern European Jewish community. Filmmaker and klezmer musician Yale Strom will be on hand for discussion. The film will begin at 7 p.m. General admission is $5, with tickets available at the door beginning at 6 p.m. Call 893-3535 for more information.

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There will be a heavy Native American emphasis for events at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Saturday.

First, Jan Timbrook, the museum’s senior associate curator of anthropology, will present a lecture on “Chumash Basketry.” She will discuss the important role baskets played in Chumash life--how they were used in sacred ceremonies as well as for preparing and storing food. The presentation will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Next, the Traditional Pomo Dancers of Northern California, dressed in feather headbands and skirts, will present traditional dances and share the history of the Pomo culture with music and song.

And finally, Saturday will mark the opening of the oral and pictorial exhibit “In their Own Voices,” a historical look at Native American history dating back to the 16th Century. The Library of Congress exhibit will be on display through March 5.

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All the events are free with admission to the museum: $5 (adults), $4 (teens and seniors), and $3 (children). The museum is at 2559 Puesta del Sol Road. Call 682-4711 for more information.

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Members of the 25 year-old New York City Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will visit Santa Barbara on Tuesday for the first time in 10 years for a concert at UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Among the works to be performed by the sextet are Mozart’s Quartet in F Major for Oboe and Strings and Brahms’ Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. General admission is $14 and $18. Call 893-3535.


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