events in santa barbara, ca near hotel indigo at the state house

Curated Cocktails: Lucid Dreams

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Thursday, December 3, 2015  

Join us for Happy Hour at the Museum! $5 themed cocktails created by Outpost at the Goodland’s resident mixologist Chris Burmeister, fun art activities, & a special set of hand-selected house grooves by DJ SkyPounce. FREE tours of the current exhibitions: Tam Van Tran, Aikido Dream and Bloom Projects: Michael DeLucia, Appearance Preserving Simplification.

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Photo courtesy:
 Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara


Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Thursday, December 3, 2015  SELECT Entertainment is proud to launch our Santa Barbara division on Thursday, December 3rd at SOhO with one of the hottest dj/producers of 2015, SNBRN!

In May of 2014 Kevin launched the SNBRN brand with a series of viral covers and remixes. He was quickly met with a series of career milestones including: multiple HypeMachine chart topping releases, garnering millions of plays on SoundCloud and YouTube, and direct support from Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1. With official releases on Atlantic Records, Astralwerks, and Sony UK, Kevin has rapidly solidified the SNBRN brand as an overnight sensation in the indie dance and house music worlds. The first SNBRN single 'Raindrops feat. Kerli' was released January 20th on Ultra Records.

Opening set by EVOL MORG.

This in an 18+ event.

A Celebration of Inebriation

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Saturday, December 5, 2015  

"On December 5th we wish to gather friends, family, and conscious citizens to celebrate the repeal of this egregious amendment, to realize our natural inclination to imbibe, and relish in our epic celebration of inebriation. The top shelf of O'malleys will drift back to a prohibition era with flapper girls, big bands, classic cocktails, tasty bites ,and upright debauchery all leading to a midnight champagne toast to ring in another year of liberty and libations. Proper attire is a must, only Dapper Dans and Flappers will be admitted. This will be the holiday party of the season so lets deck the halls, with empty bottles!" 

Location: O'Malleys: 523 State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101

 9pm- 1:30am

Price: 30$

Rockstar Trolley of Lights

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - Thursday, December 24, 2015  

The Santa Barbara local’s favorite tour for admiring the amazing holiday light displays around town! Relax in an open air trolley as they take to you all of the breathtaking holiday lights around town on this 90-minute ride.

Meeting Location:
 Sambo's: 216 W. Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara 93101

MCASB Presents: Michael Delucia: "Bloom Projects"

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - Sunday, February 21, 2016
Come join MCASB and check out Michael Delucia's "Bloom Projects" exhibition titled, Appearance Preserving Simplification. 

Michael DeLucia (lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) uses sculpture and installation to suggest a conflict between the digital and physical realms, underscoring a growing tension between the abstract and the real.  At the core of DeLucia’s artistic practice is humanity’s changing phenomenological and spatial relationship to 3D experiences, particularly in regard to increased mediation by digital references and territories. “I wonder about the condition of sculpture in the technological age,” comments DeLucia, who observes that “today we work on the computer, which is an abstract and spatially fragmented place, and 99% of people will only see an exhibition on-line.”


DeLucia blurs typical associations of digital and physical realms by “sculpting” via online tools and by allowing a computer to create the physical carving.  He begins his process by selecting stock models from online software catalogs (think: clip art or digital ready-mades), typically sourced by architects and animation/video game artists to develop 3D modeling.  He manipulates the images by stretching and compressing them; then programs them into a computer-controlled router (CNC) that carves the impressions into formica and plywood sheets.


For MCASB’s next Bloom Projects, DeLucia will convert the gallery and reception area into a corporate-styled waiting area, using faux versions of luxurious architectural materials. Using elements from virtual environments of CAD workspaces, video games, and CGI films, DeLucia applies these references to the physical space at MCASB to highlight the disparity between the illusion of screen-based media and the reality of 3D space. The artist will project virtual objects onto the room, cutting the objects’ impressions into physical surfaces with a CNC router. The flawless precision of the machined surfaces will allow for a seamless illusion, and the result will be an uncanny and generic environment that lacks specificity in its form.  The room’s contents (ie. chairs, desk, fish tank, coffee table, magazines, etc.) will be carved into the medium, revealing a true materiality that is often concealed. The work will materialize as a fragmented space where mundane objects have left ghostly remains as they have entered a more abstracted reality. This work is newly commissioned by MCASB.

Exhibition on view from:
 November 15, 2015- February 21, 2016


Photo Caption:
 Michael DeLucia, Exhibtion view, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, 2014, Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia. Photo: WE DOCUMENT ART

MCASB Presents: Tam Van Tran: Aikido Dream

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - Sunday, February 21, 2016  
Come join MCASB in welcoming Tam Van Tran's exhibition titled, Aikido Dream.

Since the early 1990s, Tam Van Tran has been producing an impressive body of work comprising abstract paintings, mixed-media collages, ceramic tiles, and sculpture. By mixing traditional art materials such as linen and acrylic with unconventionally applied organic substances (including spirulina, chlorophyll, wood, staples, and aluminum foil), Tran creates colorful and highly textural works that formally and thematically syncretize Eastern and Western influences. Tran’s intricate techniques extend the field of painting while incorporating imagery and materials laden with references to his native Vietnam, his adopted home of Los Angeles, spiritual concepts, and myriad other cultural references.

Tran’s solo exhibition at MCASB, titled Aikido Dream, which features a selection of approximately twenty works from the 2000s to the present, serves as a vehicle for understanding the nature of the artistic process rather than presenting a chronological or mid-career retrospective. Aikido, often translated as "the way of unifying (with) life energy" or "the way of harmonious spirit," represents a synthesis of physical and philosophical beliefs.  Aikido Dream also reflects Tran’s interest in meditation, our environment, and his belief in intuition and transience, realms in which nothing is fixed and everything is in motion. This exhibition offers a nuanced platform to understand his artistic trajectory, providing a framework that fosters an investigation of his long-standing, iterative interests in religious thought (particularly the Buddhist idea of non-duality) and pop culture, as well as natural processes and transitions. In this spirit of ethnic and processual diversity, even Tran’s titles are delightfully unexpected cultural fusions, evoking both indie song phrases and meditative koans.

Photo Caption: Tam Van Tran, Aikido Dream II, 2015, Acrylic and marker on canvas, 84" H x 79" W x 1.5" D, Courtesy the Artist and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

MCASB Satellite - Magic Mountain

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - Sunday, January 31, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara curates the art housed in our hotel and we are pleased to have our fourth satellite exhibition, Magic Mountain, on view from March 8, 2015 - January, 31, 2016. 

This fabulous, FREE, and open to the public exhibition is a group exhibition exploring the healing and therapeutic properties of the natural world. 

Magic Mountain, titled after the classic 1924 novel by Thomas Mann, pays homage to Santa Barbara's history as a spa town that begain in 1857. The exhibition includes is a rich array of video, drawings, painting, and photography. 

Image caption: Zachary Cahill, USSADREAM, 2014, 9 X12 in., Watercolor on paper. Courtesy the Artist. 

"Coastal Artists" Exhibit and Holiday Sale

Monday, November 2, 2015 - Monday, November 30, 2015 A group of eighteen local artists gather to show and sell paintings that comprise the "Coastal Artists" exhibit. 

Located in the Cabrillo Pavilion Art Center, this exhibit will reoccur Monday-Friday 9am-5pm for the whole month of November. 

Stop by to enjoy the work of local artists while simply basking in the beauty of ocean directly adjacent to the art center.

Admission is free!

Photo caption: Courtesy of the City of Santa Barbara

Visions of Modernity: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints

Grab a glimpse of Asian art and culture from abroad at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Asian Art Collection. Filled with ancient robes, wood and stone religious sculptures, ceramic works, textiles, ceramics, jade, and Tibetan art, the collection was started at the museum's inception in 1941. Currently on view, Visions of Modernity: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints shows the influence of Western artistic practices on Japanese printmakers. The museum is open Tuesday–Sunday from 11am–5pm, and Thursdays until 8pm and is located at 1130 State Street. For more information, please visit their website here.

Image captain: AWANISHI Hide, Child, ca. 1930. Color woodblock. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roland A. Way.

Nihonmachi Revisited

Nihonmachi Revisited: Santa Barbara's Japanese American Community in Transition, 1900-1940

Head to the historic El Presidio de Santa Barbara site to experience not only the Spanish history of Santa Barbara, but Asian American as well. This insightful exhibition highlights our historic Nihonmachi (Japan Town) with a collection of obscure photographs and accounts of daily life from local residents and families as well as fragments of elegant, Japanese ceramics excavated on site.

The museum is open daily from 10:30am–4:30pm at 123 E. Canon Perdido Street in downtown Santa Barbara. For more info please call 805-965-0093 or visit their website.

Japanese Imari plate, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park Archaeology collection,. Photo by Anne Petersen.

First Thursday Art Walk

Whole Year

The first Thursday of every month, 5–8 p.m.

An evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating museums, galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment. 

Image Caption: Julia Barbosa Landois, Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass, 2011, Performance still. Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Courtesy Walley Films. 


Beachside Art Walk

Every Sunday
Local artists and artisans display their work by the beach alongside Cabrillo Blvd., just east of Stearns Whart. About 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m.

Take the Train & Show Your Ticket for the Santa Barbara Car Free Experience

Will you be one of our guests taking the Amtrak train into Santa Barbara? Hold onto your ticket stub and beginning May 3rd enjoy kayak adventures, wine tastings, whale watching and more with Santa Barbara Car Free!

With your ticket stub you can enjoy a complimentary specialty cocktail or dessert at our adjoining restaurant, Blue Tavern!

Check out the website for more details and don't forget to hashtag #SBCarFreeExperience and #hotelindigosb on social media!