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GOINGS ON : Food 'From the Good Earth' Is the Topic of Exhibit, Talk : Chef Alice Waters and gardener-photographer Michael Ableman will discuss natural foods and farming.

March 17, 1994|LEO SMITH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Alice Waters, chef at Berkeley's Chez Panisse, and organic gardener-photographer Michael Ableman will discuss natural foods and the relationship between food and the earth at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

The informal dialogue is in conjunction with Ableman's "From the Good Earth" photo exhibit, now on display at the museum, which shows diverse farming practices from around the world. Ableman, who operates Fairview Gardens in Goleta, took his camera to China, Africa, Peru, Europe, South America and across North America.

Friday's presentation will be followed by a reception. General admission is $8. The exhibit is on display through July 10. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, till 9 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $3 adults, $2.50 senior citizens, $1.50 children age 6-16, and free for children under 6 and on Thursdays and the first Sunday of each month. The museum is at 1130 State St. Call 963-4364.

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Poetry, music and stars (the celestial kind) will mix in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's unique show, "When Night Equals Day," to be presented Friday evening in the planetarium.

Santa Barbara County poets will read their own planetary-themed works as well as those of leading American poets. Planetarium Director Fred Marshak will coordinate special effects to be displayed during the readings. As for music, museum lecturer Rafael Gonzales will play the Native American flute, drum and instruments native to the Andes.

The show, recommended for those age 15 and older, will be presented at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Admission is $6 in advance, $5 at the door. Call 682-4711. The museum is at 2559 Puesta del Sol Road.

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Broadway's biggest hits will take some big hits of their own Friday night when the national touring company of "The Best of Forbidden Broadway: Volume II" makes a call at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre.

In its 10th year, this daring show spoofs some of the most successful Broadway productions. This time around, "Miss Saigon," "Grand Hotel," "Camelot," "Guys and Dolls," "The Goodbye Girl" and "Phantom of the Opera" are the victims, and "Annie," "Evita" and "Les Miserables" return from past shows. And don't forget the stars of Broadway. Robert Preston, Tommy Tune, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin and Julie Andrews will all get stung.

Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 general, and $17 students and senior citizens. Call 963-0761. The Lobero is at 33 E. Canon Perdido St.

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Santa Barbara's Victorian Brinkerhoff district will be the site of an outdoor "Collectors' Faire" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Paintings, dolls, pottery, porcelain, toys, jewelry and other collectibles will be set up in booths outside historical homes in the area. A couple dozen collectors will join avenue shop owners in displaying their goods. Call 967-6516 for information.

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John Giordano, music director of the Fort Worth Symphony, will be the guest conductor for the Santa Barbara Symphony concerts Saturday and Sunday at the Arlington Theatre. Giordano is the seventh guest conductor for the symphony this season, as the ensemble continues auditions for the position of full-time conductor.

The program will include Bach's Suite No. 3, Barber's Symphony No. 1 and Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances." Saturday's concert will begin at 8 p.m., Sunday's concert at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $32 Saturday, $10 to $24 Sunday. Call 963-4408. The Arlington is at 1317 State St.

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More from the Museum of Art: Bruce Coates, associate professor of art history and humanities at Scripps College, will lecture on "A Splendid Realm: Japanese Bird and Flower Painting" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $2 with admission to the museum. The talk coincides with the museum's show "Jewel Rivers: Japanese Art from the Burke Collection." The exhibit looks at Japanese art from prehistoric times to the 19th Century through paintings, sculptures, ceramics and lacquer ware. It will run through April 24. Call 963-4364.

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