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Charles Donelan

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The Santa Barbara Symphony Plays On

Celebrating 65 Years with Dynamic Season

The orchestra celebrates 65 years with a dynamic new season.

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‘The Game’s Afoot’ at SBCC

A Comic Murder Mystery Revels in Mayhem

The comic murder mystery revels in complex plot lines, Shakespearean allusions, and some daffy mayhem.

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Artist Dane Goodman Presents ‘Consorts’

A Selective Retrospective at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies Gallery

A selective retrospective at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies gallery.

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‘“A” Train’ Stops at Center Stage

Anne Torsiglieri’s Award-Winning olo Show Gets Santa Barbara Premiere

Anne Torsiglieri’s award-winning solo show gets Santa Barbara premiere.

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‘Chaplin’ Is Full-Throttle Modern Choreography

State Street Ballet Imagines Charlie Chaplin for a New Century

State Street Ballet imagines Charlie Chaplin for a new century.

Norah Jones at the Arlington

Singer Remains as Prolific, Inventive As Ever

Singer showed that she remains as prolific and inventive as ever.

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State Street Ballet Presents ‘Chaplin’

Evening-Length Bio Ballet Is Work of Three Choreographers

Evening-length bio ballet is the work of three choreographers.

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2018 AIA ArchitecTours Head Downtown

Tour Shows Architects Reinventing Downtown Santa Barbara

Tour shows architects reinventing downtown Santa Barbara.

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‘The School for Lies’ Comes to Ensemble Theatre Company

David Ives Updates Molière for the 21st Century

Playwright David Ives Updates Molière for the 21st Century

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An Interview with Wynton Marsalis

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents the Legendary Musician and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Legendary musician talks about the importance of jazz and the responsibility of the artist in the modern world.

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Celebrating ‘Storm Reading’

30th Anniversary of Access Theatre’s Breakout Hit

Cottage Hospital celebrates 30th anniversary of Access Theatre’s breakout hit.

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Mike Love Brings Beach Boys to Granada

Founding Member Does Authentic Live Show of Group’s Music

The founding member is doing the most authentic live representation of the full range of the group’s music.

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An ’80s Flashback at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Culture Club, The B-52s, and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins Together

Culture Club, The B-52s, and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins play together on the same stage.

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The National Comes to the Santa Barbara Bowl

An Interview with Bassist Scott Devendorf

Bassist Scott Devendorf talks touring, Bowl show, and California wine.

UCSB’s Naked Shakes Presents Excellent ‘Hamlet’

Summer Shakespeare Program Takes On the Bard’s Dane

Summer Shakespeare program takes on the Bard’s Dane to great effect.

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Stoppard Under the Stars in Solvang

Arcadia. PCPA at the Solvang Festival Theater on Saturday, September 1.

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‘Julius Caesar’

Shakespeare’s View of Roman Politics

Julius Caesar. Presented by Lit Moon Theatre Company at Center Stage on Friday, August 31.

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‘A Doll House’

Lit Moon Brings Ibsen to Center Stage

A Doll House. Preented by Lit Moon Theatre Company at Center Stage on Thursday, August 30.

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‘Three Tall Women’ Shines

DogStar Presents One Dark Albee

DogStar presents dark Edward Albee play.

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DANCEworks’ 10th Anniversary

Choreographers Unite to Celebrate Dianne Vapnek

Choreographers unite to celebrate Dianne Vapnek.

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DANCEworks Presents Doug Elkins’s ‘Kintsugi’

Performance Is Full of Relentless Imaginative Variations

This performance is full of relentless imaginative variations that are the company’s lifeblood.

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Two Plays About Strong Women

DramaDogs, DogStar Present ‘Three Tall Women’ and ‘Lettice and Lovage’

DramaDogs and DogStar present ‘Three Tall Women’ and ‘Lettice and Lovage.’

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Mail Art by Mark Raymond Collins and Friends at The Arts Fund

Mail art by Mark Raymond Collins and friends at The Arts Fund.

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Jack White at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Eclectic Musician Rocks a Phoneless Show

Eclectic musician rocks a phoneless show.

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PCPA Presents ‘Arcadia’

Tom Stoppard’s Magnum Opus Comes to Solvang

Tom Stoppard’s magnum opus comes to Solvang.

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‘Contemporary Bear Area Artists’ at Sullivan Goss

Five Artists’ Expressions of Extraordinary Animals

Exhibit showcases five artists’ expressions of these extraordinary animals.

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Peter Frampton and Steve Miller

Together and Apart, Miller and Frampton Shine at Bowl

Together and apart, Miller and Frampton shine at the Bowl.

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Cynthia James’s Paintings at the Botanic Garden

Paintings of the Secret Life of Flowers

Paintings of the secret life of flowers.

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‘Phoenix Rising’: Mud and Ash as Art

James and Linda Haggerty’s Ceramics at Sullivan Goss

See James and Linda Haggerty’s new ceramics at Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery.

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Land of the Talking Dead

Santa Barbara Spiritualism Then and Now

Santa Barbara Spiritualism then and now

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Chris Fossek and Friends

Original Guitar Music at the New Vic

Original guitar music at the New Vic.

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‘Mamma Mia!’

PCPA Has a Midsummer Hit with ABBA

PCPA has a midsummer hit with the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!

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James Conlon on Mozart’s ‘Figaro’

L.A. Opera Director Comes to Music Academy for ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

L.A. Opera director comes to Music Academy for ‘The Marriage of Figaro.’

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Learning to Sail

ASA Certification at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center

ASA certification at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center

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Ojai Playwrights Conference 2018

‘Breaking Light’ at a Moment of Cultural Division

‘Breaking Light’ at a moment of cultural division.

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Interactive Art at MOXI

Abstract Virtual Worlds and Music from Your Fingerprints

Abstract virtual worlds and music from your fingerprints.

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‘Mamma Mia!’ in Solvang

PCPA Presents the Hit ABBA Musical

PCPA presents the hit ABBA musical.

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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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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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‘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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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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The Music Academy Presents OperaFest

Scenes Will Take Place Throughout Music Academy Campus

Scenes will take place throughout the Music Academy campus.

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‘Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook’: Classic Bistro Cooking

2004 Book Expresses Celebrity Chef’s Personality, Ethos

2004 book expresses the celebrity chef’s personality and ethos

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UCSB Arts & Lectures 2018-19 Season Announced

60th Anniversary Year Promises to Be Exciting

60th anniversary year promises to be more exciting than ever.