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Campbell Hall at 7:30 pm on Monday, January 30. Tickets are $25.

Uncanny Keaney


n what is surely a timely talk given last weekend’s protest marches, Westmont College history professor Dr. Heather Keaney explores women’s activism in Turkey and Egypt in the 1920s and 1930s, with a focus on the Egyptian Feminist Union and the Turkish Women’s Union. Keaney, who graduated from Westmont before earning a Master’s and Ph.D. from UCSB, published the book Medieval Islamic Historiography: Remembering Rebellion in 2013, and currently teaches such courses as “The Age of Islamic Empires”, “The Modern Middle East”, and “Women in the Middle East”. The free lecture – at 2 pm Saturday at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum – will address how women participated in the struggle for independence and the tensions that arose between prioritizing women’s liberation or national liberation.

Keeping up with the Joneses


obin and Robert Jones have lived part-time in the village of Molyvos, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, for 42 years, and were there in 2015 when the island became a flashpoint for the refugee crisis sweeping Europe and Asia. In their new book, The Refugee Crisis: Through the Eyes of the Children, Robin’s photographs and Robert’s narrative tell a compelling story of families fleeing from cities and towns where they feared for their lives, putting a human face on this unprecedented exodus. They’ll give brief remarks and sign copies at 7 pm Tuesday, January 31, at Chaucer’s Books. It’s free.

Picture This


avid Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picturebook creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards both here and abroad. Three of the ones he both wrote and illustrated became instant classics when they won the industry’s most prestigious award, the Caldecott Medal: Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2007. The latter made him only the second person in the award’s long history to have won as many as three times. Wiesner and his work are the subject of a major exhibition opening at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on Sunday, January 29. This show encompasses almost 80 objects, and is the first to contextualize Wiesner’s art through the inclusion of work by other artists who influenced him while also focusing on the artist’s creative process. So the exhibit will also feature original work by earlier masters of wordless picture books: the Belgian born Frans Masereel (1889–1972), the German artist Otto Nückel (1888–1955), and American wordless book specialist Lynd Ward (1905–1985). Wiesner was also deeply affected by comic book legends Jack Kirby (1917–1994) and Jim Steranko (b. 1938), best-known for their work for Marvel. The show and associated catalog also includes original art by Salvador Dalí, Joseph Stella, and Charles Sheeler, while the catalog features full-color plates of Wiesner’s original watercolors from his earliest artistic successes to his most recent project: his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, scheduled for publication in March.

Wiesner himself will be in town the day before the official opening for a lecture where he will discuss his art and career, guiding the audience through his unique approach to wordless storytelling. The 2:30 pm event on Saturday, January 28, costs $10 ($6 seniors, free for museum members) and will be followed by a book signing. Feel free to bring along personal copies of his books for him to inscribe or purchase one in the museum store. The picture book artist also returns to the museum of Thursday, March 9, at 5:30 pm for an artist-led tour through the galleries and another book signing, this time for Fish Girl.

Museum Madness


he same day that David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling opens, January 29, is also when the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) unveils its free mobile app to accompany and enhance the visitor experience of the new show and many in the future. Featuring new content created specifically for this exhibition, and utilizing technology from mobile technology for the arts specialist OnCell, the app augments the visual aspects of the exhibition with audio recordings of the artist himself describing his artistic process, techniques and approach, as well as commentary on his background and influences. The short audio clips are grouped by section within the exhibition, so creating your own self-guided tour just got a lot easier and more meaningful. The app also includes video interviews with the artist and selected images from the exhibition. Swipe to your app store forthwith because the SBMA’s new one is available for free on iPhone and Android devices, and as a Web app. New content automatically updates within the app. Details at


But wait! There’s more. That same day – yes, January 29 – the Santa Barbara Museum of Art will participate in SoCal Museums 12th annual Museums Free-for-All Day, when more than 30 museums in the Southern California area drop admission charges for all to nada. SBMA is the only one in Santa Barbara participating this year, but seeing as the dang place will likely be crowded with folks clamoring to see the new David Wiesner exhibit and accidentally running into one another while they toy with their shiny new SBMA apps – talk about a free-for-all! – you might instead want to skip town altogether and head down south to check out other participating institutions such as Annenberg Space for Photography,

California Science Center, The Paley Center for Media, Hammer Museum, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, or even the Kidspace Children’s Museum, since Santa Barbara’s MOXI has yet to open its doors, free or otherwise. For more information, visit www.SoCalMuseums. org. Anyway, you can still see the Wiesner for free on 1st Thursday, February 2, when SBMA will do its thing in the Family Resource Center from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. That’s when you can draw a story in colored pencil using a collaged detail from one of Wiesner’s own illustrations as a “story-starter” for your imagined characters, plot, and setting. Who knows? Your kid might be the next picture-book artist hero!

College’s Canadian Capers


ost local arts organizations pretty much shut down during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, figuring that a good percentage of their audience is off taking in the indies, feasting on foreign films, watching premieres or dabbling in determined documentaries – when they’re not ogling an almost obscene number of Oscar nominees receiving awards and participating in panels. Then there’s UCSB Arts & Lectures, whose organizers might be thinking something like “Festival? What festival?” judging by the fact that they’ve booked two major events – downtown, no less – for the heart of SBIFF week. Canada’s boundariesbusting Ballet BC mocks misogyny with its February 3 program featuring works by three internationally acclaimed female choreographers (8 pm; Granada; $39$39), while French-Canadian cirque troupe 7 Fingers of the Hand’s Cuisine & Confessions on February 6 features eyepopping choreography, pulsating music, humor, and spectacle fused with the delicious smells and sights of baking with a treat for the senses (7 pm; Granada; $20-$64). 

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