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.
Company Brings Gorgeous and Beautifully Sung Production to Granada
Company brought Puccini’s perennial audience favorite to the Granada stage.
Quartet Performed Richly Evocative, Dreamy Folk Rock
The drummer-less quartet performed richly evocative, dreamy folk rock with lots of vocal harmonies.
“The Crime of Art” Animates Art Theft
Oakland-based artist Kota Ezawa brings his skill with digital tools to bear on the history of art theft and art vandalism in the 20th century.
Out of the Box Brings Paris to Santa Barbara
Out of the Box brings Paris to Santa Barbara.
Puccini’s Immortal Tale of Artistic Life in the Latin Quarter
Puccini’s immortal tale of artistic life in the Latin Quarter.
Santa Barbara Bowl Show is a Funky Reggae Party
Santa Barbara Bowl show is a funky reggae party.
Popular French Film ‘Amélie’ Becomes a Rock Musical
The popular French film ‘Amélie’ has become a rock musical.
Legendary Singer and the Lighthouse Band Collaborate on ‘Here If You Listen’
Legendary singer and the Lighthouse Band collaborate on “Here If You Listen.”
Broadway at the Granada Celebrates 10th Anniversary with ‘Cinderella’
Broadway at the Granada celebrates 10th anniversary with ‘Cinderella.’
Guitar Master Revisits Early Classics
Guitar master revisits early classics at Lobero show.