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

‘Appalachian Spring’: American’s ‘Ode to Joy’

Aaron Copland’s Classic and a World Premiere

Aaron Copland’s classic and a world premiere are on the evening’s slate at the Tue., Jul. 11 concert at the Lobero.

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‘Newsies’ at PCPA

Newsboys Dance and Sing for a Fair Deal

Newsboys dance and sing for a fair deal.

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Stage Left Presents ‘Legally Blonde’

Their Take on the Hit Musical Plays at Santa Barbara High School

Their take on the hit musical plays at Santa Barbara High School.

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Troubadour John Craigie Sings of California

‘No Rain, No Rose’ Singer to Play Santa Barbara Bowl

‘No Rain, No Rose’ singer to play Santa Barbara Bowl

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Review: ‘Stupid Fucking Bird’

Aaron Posner’s Chekhov-Based Comedy Gets a Fine New Production

Aaron Posner’s Chekhov-based comedy gets a fine new production

‘High Society’ Comes to SBCC

Theatre Group to Present Cole Porter Musical

Theatre Group to Present Cole Porter Musical

JACK Quartet with Joshua Roman, Vivaldi’s ‘Stabat Mater’


A World Premiere and a Rediscovered Classic in Two MAW Concerts

A world premiere and a rediscovered classic in two MAW concerts.

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‘Stupid Fucking Bird’

A ‘Seagull’ for a New Century

Chekhov’s ‘Seagull’ for a new century.

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Air at the Santa Barbara Bowl

French Funk for Solstice

French funk for Solstice.

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‘Citizen Twain’

Val Kilmer Brings His Mark Twain Film to the Lobero

Val Kilmer brings his Mark Twain film to the Lobero.

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