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Maggie Yates

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Interview with Amy Rutberg

<em>‘Daredevil,’</em> <em>‘NCIS: NOLA’</em> Actor Talks Strong Female Roles

The ‘Daredevil’ and ‘NCIS: NOLA’ actor talks strong female roles and 100th-episode milestone.

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Interview with Tobias Jelinek and Larry Bagby

From Teen Bullies in Cult Classic ‘Hocus Pocus’ to Youth Mentors

The actors have gone from being teen bullies in the cult classic ‘Hocus Pocus’ to being youth mentors.

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‘Transformer’: Interview with Transgender Weightlifter Janae Marie

Documentary Chronicles Matt 'Kroc' Kroczaleski’s Journey from Male to Female

Documentary chronicles Matt “Kroc” Kroczaleski’s journey from male to female.

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“Thriller” at the Courthouse

World Dance for Humanity Presents Iconic Michael Jackson Hit

World Dance for Humanity presents annual iconic performance of Michael Jackson hit.

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Tony Askew at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

‘Looking Back/ Going Forward’ Celebrates Askew and his Influence

‘Looking Back/ Going Forward’ celebrates Askew and his influence.

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‘The School for Lies’ Is a Boisterous, Self-Aware Comedy

Play Brings Satire of French Playwright Molière into the 21st Century

The play brings the satire of French playwright Molière into the 21st century.

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Rise Against, AFI, and Anti-Flag at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Punk Rockers Have Cashed In, Haven’t Sold Out

Punk rockers have cashed in but haven’t sold out.

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New York Theater Worth the Flight

The Band’s Visit, Be More Chill, and Then She Fell

From family-friendly fantasies to intimate, risky performance-art pieces it’s easy to get lost in NYC theater tourism.

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‘How to Transcend a Happy Marriage’ Tackles Polyamory

The Producing Unit Presents Sarah Ruhl’s Play

The Producing Unit presents Sarah Ruhl’s play that calls into question traditional monogamous relationships.

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An Interview with Jake Busey

Actor Opens Up About Life and Upcoming TV and Film Roles

Actor opens up about his life and upcoming TV and film roles.

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‘Seven Seconds’ Is an American Story of Damage and Recovery

Gritty Crime Drama Runs on Fuel of Racial, Cultural Tensions

Series is a crime-drama that runs on the combustible fuel of racial and cultural tensions in America.

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On the Verge Offers Up ‘Athena’ and ‘Trouble in Kind’

Brings Fresh Perspectives, Experimental Flare to Theater

The 2018 offerings continue in the tradition of bringing fresh perspectives and experimental flare to theater.

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On the Verge Theatre Festival Turns Four

New Plays and Fresh Perspectives by Up-and-Coming Theater Professionals

New plays and fresh perspectives written, directed, produced, and performed by area up-and-coming theater professionals.

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‘Kiss Me First’ Is Beautifully Constructed Thriller

Narratively Stimulating Series Explores Technology and Escapism

This six-episode arc is aesthetically and narratively stimulating, offering a viewpoint on technology and escapism that is responsible yet provocative.

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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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‘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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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’ 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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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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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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