Charles Donelan

Charles Donelan has lived in Santa Barbara since 2001 and has worked at the Independent since 2004. He writes about music, theater, visual art, literature, dance, and even the occasional film. His background as a teacher and a scholar includes degrees from Yale and Columbia, and teaching stints at Tufts University, UCSB, and most recently for the last eleven years at the Laguna Blanca School. His favorite non-arts related events in Santa Barbara are Semana Nautica, Nite Moves, and the Santa Barbara Triathlon. When he’s not writing or checking out an exhibition, concert, or play, you might see him at the downtown Farmer’s Markets or cycling on Mountain Drive.

Recent Stories

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S.B. Symphony Performs ‘The Red Violin’

Violinist Lara St. John Joins for Performance Synchronized to Film

Violinist Lara St. John Joins for Performance Synchronized to Film

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Chris Thile Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Mandolin Unbound at UCSB’s Campbell Hall

Mandolin unbound at UCSB’s Campbell Hall

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'100 Grand' at Sullivan Goss

Celebratory Annual Exhibition in Its Ninth Year

Celebratory annual exhibition in its ninth year

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CAMA Presents the St. Louis Symphony

Maestro David Robertson’s Farewell Tour Features Augustin Hadelich

Maestro David Robertson’s Farewell Tour Features Augustin Hadelich

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‘American War’ Darkly Imagines Second Half of 21st Century

Dystopian Debut Novel Portrays an America Divided

The dystopian debut novel portrays an America divided.

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Narrative Paintings in Asian Art at the SBMA

‘Story-Telling’ Examines Multiple Strategies for Visual Narrative

“Story-Telling” examines multiple strategies for visual narrative.

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Chris Thile’s ‘Thanks for Listening’ Is 10 Songs from Radio Show

Tunes from Thile’s First Season of ‘A Prairie Home Companion’

Tunes from Thile’s first season of “A Prairie Home Companion.”

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Beverley Jackson Pop-Up at Marigold

Collages, Baskets, and More Available 1st Thursday

Collages, baskets, and more available on 1st Thursday

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Year in Review: Charles Donelan’s Favorite Stories of 2017

Executive Arts Editor Charles Donelan Picks a Few of His Favorite Articles from the Past Year

Executive Arts Editor Charles Donelan picks a few of his favorite articles from the past year.

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‘Sacred Art in the Age of Contact’ Connects Chumash and Catholic Art

‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’ Exhibit Examines Chumash and Latin American Traditions

‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’ exhibit examines Chumash and Latin American traditions.

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