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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‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at PCPA

Christopher Durang’s Comedy in Sparkling New Production

Christopher Durang’s comedy gets a sparkling new production at Solvang Festival Theater.

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Four Ways of Looking at the Music Academy

From Conferences to Concerts and More

From Conferences to concerts and more

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‘Grease’ Goes Big at SBCC

There's Plenty to Like About This Ambitious Production

There’s a lot to like about this ambitious production, which runs through July 28.

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Barry McGee at MCASB

Renowned Graffiti Artist's ‘SB Mid Summer Intensive’ Impresses in Quantity and Quality

Renowned graffiti artist's ‘SB Mid Summer Intensive’ impresses in quantity and quality.

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‘Grease’ Will Rock at SBCC

Theatre Group to Present 1950s Rock Musical

Theatre Group to present the 1950s rock musical.

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‘Coastal Influence’ at Marcia Burtt Gallery

Group show captures the feeling of standing where the land meets the sea.

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‘JuxtaPOSE’ at The Arts Fund

Four Artists Expand the Field of Portraiture

Four artists expand the field of portraiture.

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‘Summer Nocturne’ at SBMA

Paper Hits of the 1970s

The ’70s show up in all their complex glory, combining celebration with criticism and offering much to consider for the present moment.

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Happy Meals and Happy Canyon

Ray Kroc’s Santa Ynez Valley Ranch and the Legacy of McDonald’s

Ray Kroc’s Santa Ynez Valley ranch and the legacy of McDonald’s.

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Freestyle Explosion at the Bowl

Nu Shooz, Taylor Dayne, and Five More Dance Acts Play Saturday, July 7

Nu Shooz, Taylor Dayne, and five more dance acts play Saturday, July 7.

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