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GOINGS ON / SANTA BARBARA : Parisian Spring : The community schedules multiple cultural events around an exhibit of Auguste Rodin sculptures at the Museum of Art.


It's springtime in Santa Barbara. Or is it springtime in Paris? It's hard to tell these days.

A series of cultural events, including theater, film and music, will be presented throughout Santa Barbara through April 29, all under the heading "Parisian Spring." The festivities are in conjunction with an exhibit of Auguste Rodin sculptures at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

"The Thinker," "The Kiss," "The Prodigal Son," and "The Age of Bronze" are on display along with 25 other works by the artist. The museum is also showing photographs of Rodin at work in his studio.

On Friday, the museum will host the second annual "Noir et Blanc II" gala. The black-and-white-themed evening will honor the reinstallation of the museum's 19th- and 20th-Century French and British collections.

For the $85-per-person admission ($40 for those under age 35), guests will get a French bistro-style buffet served up by the Wine Cask of Santa Barbara, and music by George Friedenthal and Del Franklin of the jazz group Raw Silk. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the museum's photography acquisition fund and education programs.

The party is scheduled to run from 7 to 10 p.m. at the museum. For reservations or more information call 963-4364, extension 325.


Friday's Museum of Art gala will give guests the opportunity to preview the facility's "Living Legends of Hollywood" installation, a collection of 40 movie star photos taken by some of Hollywood's best-known photographers. The show will open to the public Saturday.

These photos, most from the 1920s and 1930s, are part of a more than 550-piece collection donated to the museum by Diana and Sid Avery. Sid Avery, a former Hollywood photographer, saved and preserved the photos.

"Living Legends" includes shots of Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Lionel Barrymore, Lucille Ball, Tyrone Power, Lawrence Olivier, Norma Shearer, Greer Garson and Jackie Coogan taken by photographers George Hurrell, Laszlo Willinger and Ruth Harriet Louise.

The show will run through May 30 in the museum's Graphics and Photography Gallery. The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, noon to 9 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 963-4364.


It's time to celebrate 1990--at least in the world of wine.

On Friday night Downey's Restaurant and the Santa Barbara Winery will welcome the arrival of the vineyard's 1990 Lafond Vineyard Chardonnay. The wine took 18 months to age. Only 100 cases of it will be sold, at a price of $30 per bottle.

Cost for the multi-course feast and wine-tasting is $65 per person. For more information or reservations call 966-5006.


Members of the Moscow Dance Theatre will demonstrate their wide range of talents in a production of "Fantasm (Fantasies of the Mad Monk Rasputin)" Saturday and Sunday at the Granada Theatre.

The predominantly female troupe will perform a combination of ballet, modern dance and gymnastics. If you're wondering about the gymnastics, consider that the show was choreographed by Olga Morozowa, head coach of the Soviet Olympic Gymnastics team from 1986 to 1990.

Saturday's show will begin at 8 p.m., Sunday's at 3 p.m. General admission is $29.50, $22.50 and $17. Call 966-2324. The theater is at 1216 State St.


Santa Barbara's Museum of Natural History on Sunday will present "Peru: The Mysterious Journey" as part of its travel films series. The film begins with a canoe trip into the Amazon jungle, and will feature Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Show time is 3 p.m. General admission is $4. The museum is at 2559 Puesta del Sol Road. For more information call 682-4711.



On Monday, Santa Barbara's Contemporary Arts Forum will begin a five-week series called "Art of Music Video: Ten Years After." The weekly presentations will look at experimental film and video that combine visual art, music, politics, theater and dance.

Monday's presentation, "The MTV Decade," will look at 1970s works by David Bowie and DEVO, which helped to establish MTV; works by David Byrne and Laurie Anderson, which were instrumental in the first year of the music television network; MTV ads and experimental videos shown on MTV between 1980 and 1991.

The series will be presented on Monday evenings through May 3, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Center Stage Theater, located across from CAF on the second floor of the Paseo Nuevo shopping center. General admission is $6 (for individual shows), and $25 (for the series). Students and seniors can get in for $5 (individual shows) and $20 (for the series). For more information call 966-5373.


Since they left their facility in November, the folks who run Victoria Street Theater have been looking for a new home. And at least for the evening of April 8, they have found one in Santa Barbara's Bluebird Cafe.

Next Thursday, the Victoria Street Theatre will present "Innocents Abroad" and "Marc and Ann," two films by Bay Area documentarian Les Blank. "Innocents" follows an American tour group on a quick trip through Europe. "Marc and Ann" focuses on the Savoys, a young Cajun couple. Marc Savoy, a musician and accordion maker, shares stories of Cajun country.

The twin bill, with a musical intermission courtesy of singer Sandy Ross, will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Tickets are on sale at the Bluebird Cafe and Video Shmideo, both located in Victoria Court, at the corner of Victoria and State streets.

Look for a couple of other Victoria Street Theatre productions in the near future.


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