Going North

* Irish Roots--The Sings Like Hell concert series at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara will continue Friday at 8 p.m. with the traditional Irish music group Solas. The high-energy contemporary folk band, whose Gaelic name means "light," will be joined by special guest violinist David Perales. The theater is at 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Advance, $28.50; at the door, $32.50. 963-0761.

* Theater--Genesis West will present two plays by Maria Irene Fornes in repertory beginning Friday at Center Stage Theatre, located on the upper level at Paseo Nuevo mall, Santa Barbara. "The Danube," Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. "Mud," Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 p.m.; April 1, 4 p.m. Through April 1. Opening night gala, including both shows and reception, $50. Thereafter: one play, $16; both plays, $26. 963-0804.

* Classical--Santa Barbara Symphony will perform this weekend at Arlington Theatre with the women of the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Master Chorale, plus members of the Cold Spring School Children's Chorus. Show times: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Conductor Gisele Ben-Dor will lead the program, featuring Mahler's Symphony No. 3. $15-$40. The theater is at 1317 State St., Santa Barbara. 963-4408. Internet: http://www.thesymphony.org.

* Wolves--Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will present a special program Sunday at 2 p.m. aimed at dispelling the negative myths and folklore that have surrounded wolves for centuries. "Wolf at the Door" will include a slide presentation by wildlife biologist Pat Tucker, detailing the wolf's natural history. There will also be an appearance by Koani, a gray wolf, and her dog companion, Indy. Free with museum admission: $6 general, $5 senior citizens and students, $4 children 12 and under. The museum is at 2559 Puesta del Sol Road. 682-4711.

* Words--Speaking of Stories will continue its "Fine Actors Perform Great Writers" series Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. Program: Diane Leslie's "A Life of Crime," read by Nancy Kawalek; O. Henry's "The Ransom of Red Chief," read by Richard Jones; Sandra Tsing-Loh's "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp," read by Heidi Harrison; C. Ryan Hyde's "Alice Needs This," read by Robert Riechel; Robert Pinsky's "Salt Water Jews," read by Robert Lesser. $13-$22.50. 963-0761.

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