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Maggie Yates

Stories by Maggie

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‘Killing Eve’ Is A Tantalizing Blend of Camp and Noir

BBC America’s Spy Thriller Is Easy to Watch and Fun to Binge

The standard conventions of this secret-agent thriller make watching the show easy, and the ungainly emotional weirdness of the characters makes bingeing it fun.

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Cookin’ at the Cookery Grabs Ahold of the Audience

ETC’s Enjoyable Evening of Excellent Music

ETC’s production offers an enjoyable, toe-tapping evening of excellent music and a cast and band that exude genuine joy in the performance.

‘Cabaret’ Is a Well-Crafted Presentation

UCSB Delivers Provocative Vision of Entertainment in Times of Decay

UCSB delivers a provocative vision of entertainment in times of decay.

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Life Is a ‘Cabaret’

UCSB’s Theater and Dance Department Presents the Iconic Musical

UCSB’s Theater and Dance Department presents the iconic musical.

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Audra McDonald Comes to the Granada

Chanteuse to Sing Show Tunes and Music from the Silver Screen

Celebrated chanteuse will sing show tunes and music from the silver screen at her Santa Barbara appearance.

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‘Beyond the Opposite Sex’: ‘Transition’ Not Catchall Definition for Everyone with Gender Dysphoria

Doc Reinforces Idea That People Who Transition Are Defined by Character, Not Gender Affirmation

Documentary reinforces the idea that people who transition are defined by their character, not their gender affirmation.

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George Christie’s ‘Outlaw’

Former Hells Angel Does Solo Show

Former Hells Angel Does Solo Show

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The Ethically Chic Conflict-Free Diamond

Avoid Buying Gems Mined in Conflict Zones

Avoid buying gems mined in conflict zones, where they are distributed by corrupt governments to fund insurgency and take a deadly toll on their local environment and population.

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Julio and Macy’s Love Among the Ruins

Wedding Is Testament to Community Spirit in Wake of Catastrophe

Their wedding represented the indomitable spirit of Santa Barbara and Montecito, even in the wake of catastrophe.

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BASSH Showcases Area Social Dance Scene

Annual Event Is Light and Enjoyable, Focusing on Importance of Dance Education

The tone of the event is light and enjoyable, and the focus is on the importance (and fun) of a dance education.

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Santa Barbara Dance Arts’ ‘Configuration’

Annual Showcase of Youth Dancers and Choreographers

Organization celebrates its 20th year with a showcase of youth dancers and choreographers.

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Santa Barbara Dance Arts Presents Its Annual Showcase

An Evening of Selected Works by Student Choreographers

The event is a fully produced evening of selected works that reflect the talent and passion of SBDA’s student dancers and choreographers, ages 11–18.

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Tarish ‘Jeghetto’ Pipkins and His ‘Homemade Abstract’ Creations

Puppeteer Presents ‘Time Machine,’ a Show About a Robot Boy’s Adventures Through Time

Puppeteer presents ‘Time Machine,’ a show about a robot boy’s adventures through time.

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Ensemble Theatre Company Presents ‘The City of Conversation’

Play Exemplifies Unsettling Notion of Impossibility of Bipartisan Cooperation

The play exemplifies the unsettling notion of the impossibility of bipartisan cooperation, even among family members.

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DramaDogs Explores Breath, Movement, Sound

Kicks Off Season with Series of Short Plays About Environmental Conservation

Theater troupe kicks off its 25thyear of performances with ‘Earth Duet and Other Stories,’ a series of short plays about environmental conservation.

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The Comic Strippers Return for Naughty Mischief

Canadian Improv Troupe Brings Its Outrageous Antics to the Lobero

Canadian improv troupe brings its outrageous antics to the Lobero.

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‘Motown: The Musical’ Is Doting Homage to Music and Artists of the Era

Theater League Presents Stage Version of Berry Gordy’s Life

The music and talented cast made the show an engaging retrospective celebrating the social importance of groundbreaking artists.

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‘Motown: The Musical’ Follows Berry Gordy to the Big-Time in Detroit

Theater League Presents Show About Groundbreaking Performers in the ’60s and ’70s

Theater League presents Berry Gordy’s show about the groundbreaking performers who set the tone for a changing cultural tide in the ’60s and ’70s.

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‘Jersey Boys’ at The Granada

Theater League’s Broadway in S.B. Presents Story of the Four Seasons

Theater League’s Broadway in S.B. presents the rags-to-riches story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

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SBCC Presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play’

Theatre Arts Department Presents Compelling Production

Theatre Arts Department production successfully embodies the celebratory nature of the holidays.

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An Interview with Samantha Bee

Comedian Talks Finding Humor in Ludicrous Aspects of Society

Comedian talks about how she finds humor in society’s ludicrous aspects.

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Dogstar’s ‘The Foreigner’

Area Theater Company Tackles Foible and Farce

Area theater company tackles foible and farce in Larry Shue’s award-winning play.

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SBCC Presents ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’

Theatre Group Brings Music, Farce, and Porous Fourth Wall to the Garvin Stage

Theatre Group brings music, farce, and a porous fourth wall to the Garvin stage.

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PCPA Presents ‘Twelfth Night’

Shakespeare’s Comedy Plays Through September 10

Shakespeare’s comedy plays at Solvang Festival Theater through September 10.

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‘Trumpus Caesar’ Feeds Politic-Based Angst with Art

Comedy, Tragedy, and Farce Combine in Political Yarn

This play combines comedy, tragedy, and farce to spin a political yarn that’s both timely and enduringly timeless.

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Netflix’s 'Girlboss' Disappoints

TV Series Falls Short of Expectations

Bored twenty-something falls into niche business success based on a skill set of knowing little and demanding everything.

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‘Lend Me a Tenor’ at PCPA

Fast Pace and Comic Timing Make PCPA’s ‘Tenor’ a Hit

Fast Pace and Comic Timing Make PCPA’s ‘Tenor’ a Hit

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Floor to Air Festival Takes Flight

S.B. Centre for Aerial Dance Presents Sumptuous Show

The S.B. Centre for Aerial Dance presents a visually sumptuous show.

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Brian Wilson Performs ‘Pet Sounds’

50th Anniversary Tour of Album

The singer goes on a 50th-anniversary tour of the landmark album.

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Brian Wilson Brings Pet Sounds to Bowl

50th Anniversary Tour of Legendary Record

Beach Boys singer presents a 50th anniversary tour for legendary record.

Elaine Gale Present One-Woman Show

‘One Good Egg’ Is a Retrospective of Bushwhacking Through Adversity

With elements of dramatized memoir, comedy, and oral storytelling traditions, ‘One Good Egg’ is a retrospective of bushwhacking through adversity.

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ArtBark International presents ‘Alma.Sama.’

Dance Collective Brings Slovenian Story to Santa Barbara

Dance collective brings Slovenian story to Santa Barbara.

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Theatre Group at SBCC Presents ‘Rabbit Hole’

Moving Production Features Excellent Performances by Strong Cast

The moving production features excellent performances by a strong cast.

‘Baby Doll’ at the New Vic

Ensemble Theatre Company Stages Saga of Dysfunctional Love Triangle

ETC stages Tennessee Williams’s saga of a dysfunctional love triangle against a backdrop of mid 20th-century southern poverty.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Enlivens the Stage

RuPaul’s Newest Lineup Brings Trans Cabaret to Wide Audience

Season 9’s dizzying variety of personalities and styles mix artistic fervor with dazzling showmanship, once again.

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DogStar Theater Stages ‘Last Train to Nibroc’

New Company Present First Play in Acclaimed Trilogy

New company present the first play in the acclaimed trilogy.

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SBCC Presents 'Rabbit Hole'

Theatre Group Tackles Powerful Tale of Loss and Redemption

The Theatre Group tackles the powerful tale of loss and redemption.

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Selah Dance Collective Presents ‘Endgame’

Contemporary Showcase Offers Reactions to Art and Politics

The performance was a contemporary dance showcase offering a broad range of reactions to art and politics.

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‘With a Song in My Heart’ Benefit for CSA

An Evening of Selections from the Great American Songbook Played by S.B. Musicians

S.B. musicians present an evening of selections from the Great American Songbook.

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‘Configuration’ Explores Social Empowerment

S.B. Dance Arts Offers Up View of Female Experience

S.B. Dance Arts offers up a view of the female experience.

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SBCC Presents ‘A Flea in Her Ear’

Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College Performs Outlandish Farce

Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College offered up an outlandish farce.

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One Family, Two Weddings, 200 Years Apart

Descendants of First Couple Married at El Presidio Say “I Do” at El Presidio

Descendants of first couple married at El Presidio say “I do” at El Presidio.

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Rubicon’s ‘The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith’

Play Presents Vivid, Glamorous Life of Early-20th-Century Blues Sensation

The play presents vivid, glamorous life of the early-20th-century blues sensation.

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ETC’s ‘Porgy and Bess’

Music is True Appeal of Theatrical Folk Opera

Ensemble’s production makes clear the true appeal of this theatrically rendered folk opera: the music. Maggie Yates

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The Comic Strippers Come to the Lobero

Traveling Striptease Includes Improv Laughs

Canada’s premier traveling striptease troupe offers improv comedy at the Lobero.

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Ghostlight Project Commitment

S.B. Arts Community Promises Safe Harbor from Intolerance

The arts promises a safe harbor from intolerance in all its myriad masks.

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‘In the Heights’ Is an End-of-summer Crowd-Pleaser

PCPA Stages Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Urban Musical

PCPA stages Lin-Manuel Miranda’s urban musical in Solvang.

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‘In the Heights’ and ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’

New Shows Open at PCPA and Rubicon Theatre

New shows open at PCPA and Rubicon Theatre.

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On the Verge Festival 2016

Edgy New Plays that Celebrate the Fringe Experience

Area artists present edgy new plays that celebrate the fringe experience.

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What’s New at ETC

Upcoming Works, Events, and Programs at Ensemble Theatre Company

Upcoming works, events, and programs at Ensemble Theatre Company.