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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Judith Owen Sings About the Big Stuff

Singer/Songwriter on Tour with Bryan Ferry

The singer/songwriter talks touring with Bryan Ferry.

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The Deepest State

New Documentary ‘Icarus’ Exposes Russian Sports Doping Scheme

New documentary ‘Icarus’ exposes Russian sports doping scheme.

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Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Closes

After 38 Seasons, SBCO Ceases Operation

After 38 seasons, SBCO ceases operation.

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Diana Krall

Krall Quintet Charms the Santa Barbara Bowl

Krall Quintet charms crowd at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

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On the Verge Reviewed

‘At the Table,’ ‘A Likely Pair,’ and ‘Outcry’

‘At the Table,’ ‘A Likely Pair,’ and ‘Outcry’

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Music Academy Finale Week Concerts

Three Great Nights of Music

Seventieth anniversary season ends with an extraordinary week of shows.

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‘Newsies’, a Fast-Paced, Enjoyable Show

PCPA Musical Praises Union Power

PCPA musical praises union power.

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Close Escapes: Venice Beach

Hotel Erwin Provides Hip Luxury in the Heart of Venice Beach

Hotel Erwin provides hip luxury in the heart of Venice Beach.

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‘The Elixir of Love’

Music Academy Does Donizetti

Music Academy does Donizetti.

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Ojai Playwrights Conference

OPC Celebrates 20 Years of Bold New Works

OPC celebrates 20 years of bold new works.

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