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

Second Saturday Funk Zone Art Walk

Stroll through the Funk Zone Art Walk each Second Saturday of the month from 1-5pm! 

Make sure to stop by our hotel and participate in a guided walk through of our Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara satellite exhibition, The Vastness is Bearable at 2pm. Following the tour, get the afternoon really started with Happy Hour and a discussion next door at Blue Tavern. 

This month, October 11, The Art Fund will be showing "inch4inch," featuring art that is 4" by 4". They will be open for extended hours after the Art Walk from 1-8pm. 

Bloom Projects: Lisa Tan, Sunsets

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - Sunday, December 14, 2014 Sunsets (2012) is a video by Stockholm-based artist Lisa Tan that confronts the limits of language in giving meaning to creative work. In an informal and at times difficult to follow Portuguese-to-English translation and transcription of an interview with esteemed Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector (1920-1977), the writer is asked philosophical and technical questions about her work. In between the muffled recordings of the interviewer and interviewee’s voices, the translator struggles to find appropriate words in English, pausing, correcting herself, her clear voice followed by rapid clicks of a keyboard. Amidst this dialogue, on screen Lispector is only periodically seen, sitting cross-legged in a television studio during her 1977 interview, while the remainder of the video entails long takes shot during the threshold time between night and day—scenes of Tan’s studio and home, and, beyond these spaces, of subtly lit twilight skies. If the conversation verges on incomprehensible, there remains an understanding of Lispector; a transmission of knowledge occurs amidst interruptions, silence, and uncertainty. 

Caption: Lisa Tan, Sunsets, 2013, HD video with sound, Courtesy the Artist

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Friday, October 31, 2014

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MCASB presents Requiem for the Bibliophile

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Jorge Méndez Blake, Carlos Garaicoa, Nancy Gifford, David Horvitz, Emily Jacir, Xaviera Simmons, and Mickey Smith

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”  Jorge Luis Borges

Throughout the ages, humanity has created, destroyed, rescued, neglected, discovered, stolen, and cherished libraries. History offers the library as a praxis that illuminates the human condition—indexing knowledge formation in different societies. In the exhibition Requiem for the Bibliophile, seven artists consider the current state of this ancient establishment to provide a diverse set of perspectives on its next manifestation, acknowledging the library of the 21st century as anything but stable.

Because libraries stand in parallel to art museums as vessels of civilization’s reminiscences, visual art maintains an ineluctable connection to the written and spoken word secured in libraries. As the artists in Requiem for the Bibliophileexamine the library’s role as a vital part of society, they interpret how this institution continues to influence the art of our time. Historical and current phenomena that affect the library system will be examined vis à vis artistic production of Jorge Méndez Blake, Carlos Garaicoa, Nancy Gifford, David Horvitz, Emily Jacir, Xaviera Simmons and Mickey Smith. In newly commissioned and recent works ranging from architectural proposals to large scale installations, they explore the library via concepts of diversity, strategic redundancy, innovation, and experimentation.

Caption: Jorge Méndez Blake, Project for an Empty Library I 2011, Wood, mirror, metallic plinth, 39 x 24 x 50 in., Courtesy the Artist


Sunday, October 26, 2014 - Sunday, October 26, 2014
Sun, Oct 26 / 7:00 PM
Campbell Hall
“Spellbinding… Tinariwen is one of the finest bands on Earth.” Slate

Tinariwen’s musicians are Grammy-winning guitar gods from the southern Sahara Desert. Musical ambassadors of one of the oldest and proudest people on earth – the Tuareg nomads of northern Mali – their unique version of “desert blues” was forged in the ashes of rebellion. Their expansive, hypnotic sound draws from a rich amalgam of Berber, Arab and African influences, along with Western blues and psychedelic rock. “Tinariwen [makes] extraordinary music,” writes Slate. “The songs are modal vamps, with gruff call-and-response vocals, congas, handclaps, and layered guitar riffs, which build to trancelike fugues.”

$25 - $38 : General Public
$15 : UCSB Students (Current ID required / Limited availability)

Part of the UCSB Arts and Lectures series.


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.

MCASB Satellite - The Vastness is Bearable

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara curates the art housed in our hotel and we are pleased to have our third Satellite exhibition The Vastness is Bearable on view from January 26 - December 7, 2014. 

This fabulous, FREE and open to the public exhibition features artists who contemplate the vastness of the cosmos and contact between humanity and a more technologically advanced, extraterrestrial life form. 

Photo credit: Courtesy the Artist; Russell Crotty, Milky Way Over Ponderosas, 2001.

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!