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GOINGS ON : Diversity of Sounds on Tap This Week : Santa Barbara offerings will include alternative rock, an Indian vocalist and the Huun-Huur Tu singing ensemble.

February 02, 1995|LEO SMITH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

If you're a fan of many different musical forms, you may just want to camp out in Santa Barbara this coming week.

The list of events includes a remarkable variety of sounds, beginning with the veteran alternative rock band Violent Femmes in concert tonight at the Arlington Theatre. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $19.50. Call the Arlington box office at (800) 4TOPTIXS or Ticketmaster at 583-8700. The theater is at 1317 State St.

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The new Los Angeles-based band Geggy Tah, which recorded its debut album "Grand Opening" on David Byrne's Luaka Bop / Warner Brothers label, will join local groups Dudley and the Cory Sipper Band on Friday at Santa Barbara's Underground. The show will begin at 9 p.m. Admission is $4. The club is at 110 Santa Barbara St. Call 965-5050.

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UC Santa Barbara's "American Music Traditions on Film" series will continue Friday with a look at the history of bluegrass as depicted in Rachel Liebling's documentary "High Lonesome." The film will follow the genre's path from the Depression era to the 1990s, with legendary bluegrass musicians Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, as well as representatives of the new breed, such as Alison Krauss. Show time is 7 p.m. at the Isla Vista Theater at Embarcadero del Norte and Trigo Road. General admission is $5 at the door. Call 893-3535 for information.

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For more musical diversity at UCSB, stop by Saturday, when vocalist Lakshmi Shankar will present a concert of north Indian music at the university's MultiCultural Center Theater. The internationally acclaimed singer will be backed by Hemant Ekbote on the tabla and Gopal Marathe on the harmonium. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. General admission is $12. Call 893-8411.

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The vocal ensemble Huun-Huur Tu, each member of which can produce multiple sounds at the same time using a technique known as throat-singing, will present a concert Wednesday at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre. Huun-Huur Tu is from Tuva, a republic of the former Soviet Union. Show time is 7:30 p.m. General admission is $13 (in advance), $15 (at the door) or $19 (for preferred seating and a pre-show meal). Call 963-0761. The theater is at 33 E. Canon Perdido St.

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Believe it or not, there are some non-music events this week: Two middle-class women, each with a deep, dark secret, leave their safe suburban Connecticut homes for a pilgrimage to India. They travel down the Ganges River, through the crowded market streets, to the Taj Mahal. There they meet the elephant god Ganesha, who takes them on an emotional journey.

That's the story line for Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally's newest work, "A Perfect Ganesh," making its West Coast premiere Friday night at the Alhecama Theatre, in a presentation by the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara.

The show will run through March 5. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 962-8606. The theater is at 914 Santa Barbara St.

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Barnaby Conrad, a Santa Barbara author and painter, will be the guest speaker at the San Ysidro Ranch Literary Club luncheon Monday. Conrad will be sharing stories from his book, "Name-Dropping," which, as it suggests, should provide some insight into a number of celebrities.

Conrad's eclectic background includes running a San Francisco saloon in the 1950s and '60s, during which time he mingled with such folks as Jonathan Winters, Ava Gardner, Artie Shaw and Robert Mitchum. The three-course lunch, reception and book-signing begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $45, book included. For reservations, call (800) 368-6788 or 969-5046. San Ysidro Ranch is at 900 San Ysidro Lane, Montecito.

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And tickets are on sale for the 13th annual Santa Barbara County Vintner's Festival set for April 22 and 23 in Solvang. The popular event will feature the county's 30 wineries and more than 30 restaurants and caterers, with music provided by Leslie Lembo & Raw Silk. Tickets are $55, with only 1,250 sold for each day, so expect a sellout. Call (800) 218-0881 or 688-0881.

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