It's Tony Gleaton week in Santa Barbara.
The Los Angeles-based photographer's extensive collection, titled "Beyond the Middle Passage: Africa's Legacy in Mexico, Central America and South America," is being shown in three parts at four different locations throughout the city.
Santa Barbara's Museum of Art is displaying Gleaton's photos from Central America, UC Santa Barbara's Art Museum is showing the South America portion, and the UCSB Center for Black Studies and Santa Barbara's La Casa de La Raza are exhibiting Gleaton's work from Mexico.
Gleaton began his project during a trip to western Mexico in 1986. Over the next five years, he traveled to five villages, documenting the daily lives in the black communities of the area. From 1988 to 1992, Gleaton moved on to Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama. Through his work, Gleaton examines how looking at race is dependent on location and time.
The Museum of Art is at 1130 State St. It is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays noon to 5 p.m., and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. La Casa de La Raza is at 601 E. Montecito St. It is open Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The UCSB Art Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Center for Black Studies is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Since 1989, members of the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara have been helping local children sketch the city's landmark buildings during annual late-spring drawing sessions. A collection of more than 800 of those drawings are on display in the "Kids Draw Architecture Retrospective," showing through April 1 at Santa Barbara's Contemporary Arts Forum.
CAF is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. It is located on the second level of the Paseo Nuevo shopping center at the corner of De La Guerra and Chapala streets.
The Bach Camerata will perform works by Debussy, Ravel and Saint-Saens tonight at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. General admission is $18. Call (800) 557-BACH. The academy is at 1070 Fairway Road.
Black Holes will be the topic of conversation Friday and Saturday in shows at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's Gladwin Planetarium. Lecturers Rich Krahenbuhl and George Rudenko will talk about how these celestial objects are formed and the myths that surround them. Show times both evenings are 7 p.m. for a children's show and 8 p.m. for a longer adult show. Tickets are $2 (children's show), $3 (adult's show). Call 682-4711 or 682-3224 for more information. The museum is at 2559 Puesta del Sol Road.
Watching the Academy Awards in front of a small television at home is one thing. Being treated like movie star during the Hollywood extravaganza is quite another.
You can have the latter opportunity Monday evening when the nonprofit group Dalmatian Dreams hosts a benefit gathering at a private estate in Santa Barbara. Guests will walk the red carpet to the front door, be hounded by paparazzi , see the Oscar-nominated songs performed live, rub elbows with celebrity look-alikes and get their fill of lavish food and drink.
The party will go from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, and they're going fast. Call 564-2131.
Dalmatian Dreams works to fulfill the lifelong dreams of those who are terminally ill.
Tickets now on sale: Music legend Carl Perkins will headline the Sixth Annual Rockabilly Roundup on March 31 at the Arlington Theatre. Proceeds will benefit the Child Abuse Listening & Mediation organization of Santa Barbara County. Also on the bill will be Santa Barbara's Roadhouse Rockers and musician Ronnie Mack, a promoter of American roots music at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood. Christopher Nance, weatherman at television station KNBC in Los Angeles, will emcee.
Show time is 8 p.m. General admission is $15, $20 and $25. Call 583-8700 or (800) 486-7849. There are also some $100 tickets, which include a post-concert reception with the stars. Call 965-2376. The Arlington is at 1317 State St.