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Charles Donelan

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‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’

Spectacular Lip-Sync Performances Buoy Comedy

Spectacular lip-sync performances buoy comedy.

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Kronos Quartet

‘Music for Change: The Banned Countries’

‘Music for Change: The Banned Countries’

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‘p r i s m’ at REDCAT

A Powerful New Opera by Composer Ellen Reid

A powerful new opera by composer Ellen Reid.

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‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ at the New Vic

From Elvis Impersonator to Drag Queen

Play follows the transformation of an Elvis impersonator to a drag queen.

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CAMA Celebrates with Avital and Vivaldi

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to Play a Free Community Concert at the Granada

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to play a free community concert at the Granada.

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Nebula Dance Lab Presents ‘Helix'

Program Showcased S.B. Dance Scene

Program showcased the high standards, creative originality, and serious ambition of Santa Barbara’s dance scene.

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Lou Barlow Interview

Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr. Artist to Give Intimate Solo Show

Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr. artist to give intimate solo show at Gone Gallery.

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Russell Crotty’s ‘Remote and Curious Worlds’

Imaginary Properties on Real Exoplanets

Imaginary condos for real exoplanets at Porch Gallery Ojai.

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Kronos Quartet Makes ‘Music for Change’

UCSB Arts and Lectures Concert to Feature Compositions from Banned Countries

UCSB Arts and Lectures concert to feature compositions from banned countries.

‘The Soldier’s Tale’ and ‘Rite of Spring’

Symphony, State Street Ballet, and ETC Collaborate for Stravinsky Program

Santa Barbara Symphony with State Street Ballet and Ensemble Theatre Company collaborate for Stravinsky program.

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‘Vanity Fair’ at UCSB

William Thackeray’s Novel Makes Great Stage Drama

William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel makes great stage drama.

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Lit Moon’s ‘The Glass Menagerie’

A Tennessee Williams Classic at Center Stage Theater

A Tennessee Williams classic at Center Stage Theater.

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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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Abaseh Mirvali to Head MCASB

Renowned Curator to Helm Museum During Building Phase

Renowned curator to helm museum during building phase.

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Westmont’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a Hit

New Adaptation of Austen Novel Scores at Westmont

A new adaptation of the Jane Austen novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ scores big at Westmont’s Porter Theatre.

‘“A” Train’ at Center Stage

Anne Torsiglieri Triumphs in Story of Child Rearing Challenges

Anne Torsiglieri triumphs in an original story of child rearing challenges

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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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2018 AIA ArchitecTours Head Downtown

Tour Shows Architects Reinventing Downtown Santa Barbara

Tour shows architects reinventing downtown Santa Barbara.

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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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‘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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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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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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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.