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Museum Admission

Tuesday – Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm.

General Admission entry into SBMA.

Ticket Cost:
Adult: $5.00
Senior (age 65+): $3.00
Child (ages 6-17): $3.00
Under 6: FREE

Parallel Stories - All Our Yesterdays (or filmic ones anyway): Geoff Dyer on Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Teutonic fortresses, and why 50 years later he still loves “Where Eagles Dare”

Thursday, May 30, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Geoff Dyer’s earlier book on film, Zona, was about Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, so it was perhaps inevitable that he should next devote his unique critical and stylistic energies to Brian G. Hutton’s Where Eagles Dare—a thrilling 1968 Alpine adventure starring a magnificent, bleary-eyed Richard Burton and a dynamically lethargic Clint Eastwood. Broadsword Calling Danny Boy is Dyer’s hilarious tribute to a film that he has loved since childhood, including a scene-by-scene analysis that takes the reader from its snowy, Teutonic opening credits to its vertigo-inducing climax. In this special 50th-anniversary celebration of the movie, Dyer explains why it is indelibly imprinted on his consciousness and that of almost all British males of a certain age. This event includes film clips and, if watches can be synchronized correctly, perfectly matched readings from the book.

Book signing to follow.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5.00
General Admission: $10.00
Senior (age 65+): $6.00

Parallel Stories - Autumn Light: Changelessness and Change amidst the Turning Seasons of Japan with Pico Iyer

Sunday, June 30, 2019
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Parallel Stories turns its gaze both inward and outward as the ever-engaging author and Santa Barbara favorite Pico Iyer shares his new book, the fruit of 31 years of reflection on his adopted home near Kyoto. In Autumn Light, Iyer describes a single season in his suburban neighborhood in Japan as the leaves turn, the skies grow ever more brilliant, and he watches elders die, grandchildren arrive, and all the universal questions of love and loss play out in a world of ancestor worship and moon-viewing. Walking every day to the post office, thinking about how autumn teaches "joyful participation in a world of sorrows" - and playing furious games of ping-pong daily with his aging neighbors-Iyer tries to set the beauty of the moment against the fact of our impermanence.

Pico Iyer is the author of more than a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction and has been writing regularly, for more than a quarter-century, for more than 200 periodicals worldwide. Two of his recent books, The Art of Stillness and The Open Road were national bestsellers. This spring he has been Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. In September, as a further run-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, he will publish a companion book to Autumn Light, A Beginner's Guide to Japan, which looks at the Faraway Island through an almost contradictory lens.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5.00
General Admission: $10.00
Senior (age 65+): $6.00

Ted Nash: The Sound of Art

Saturday, July 13, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

As part of a two-week stay as SBMA artist in residence and resulting five-day workshop, Grammy Award-winning musician and composer Ted Nash shared insight and experience with a selection of local students and fellow musicians. Continuing in the vein of his album "Portrait in Seven Shades," in which he responded to MoMA masterpieces, this workshop focused on using improvisation to guide the composition process, and was inspired by works from the Museum's collection and contemporary special exhibitions-culminating in this free performance.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE