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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Opera Santa Barbara’s ‘La bohème’

Company Brings Gorgeous and Beautifully Sung Production to Granada

Company brought Puccini’s perennial audience favorite to the Granada stage.

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David Crosby and Friends Play Lobero

Quartet Performed Richly Evocative, Dreamy Folk Rock

The drummer-less quartet performed richly evocative, dreamy folk rock with lots of vocal harmonies.

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Kota Ezawa at MCASB

“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.

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‘Amélie’ at Center Stage

Out of the Box Brings Paris to Santa Barbara

Out of the Box brings Paris to Santa Barbara.

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Opera Santa Barbara Presents ‘La Bohème’

Puccini’s Immortal Tale of Artistic Life in the Latin Quarter

Puccini’s immortal tale of artistic life in the Latin Quarter.

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Sting and Shaggy Shake Things Up

Santa Barbara Bowl Show is a Funky Reggae Party

Santa Barbara Bowl show is a funky reggae party.

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‘Amélie’ by Out of the Box

Popular French Film ‘Amélie’ Becomes a Rock Musical

The popular French film ‘Amélie’ has become a rock musical.

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New Music from David Crosby

Legendary Singer and the Lighthouse Band Collaborate on ‘Here If You Listen’

Legendary singer and the Lighthouse Band collaborate on “Here If You Listen.”

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’

Broadway at the Granada Celebrates 10th Anniversary with ‘Cinderella’

Broadway at the Granada celebrates 10th anniversary with ‘Cinderella.’

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An Evening with Pat Metheny

Guitar Master Revisits Early Classics

Guitar master revisits early classics at Lobero show.

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