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Michelle Drown

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Presents Alpine Adventures

High-Altitude Explorations Are the Subject of Cinematic Lineup

High-altitude explorations are the subject of this cinematic lineup.

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SBIFF 2018’s Third Weekend Films

‘Secret Ingredient,’ ‘Skid Row Marathon,’ and ‘The Last Suit’ Screen at the Riviera

Award-winning films ‘Secret Ingredient,’ ‘Skid Row Marathon,’ and ‘The Last Suit’ screen at the Riviera Friday-Sunday, February 16-18.

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Painting the Santa Ynez River

Six Area Artists Capture the Waterway from Origin to Outlet

Six area artists use the gouache style to capture the 92-mile waterway from origin to outlet.

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‘Kinky Boots’ Kicks Up Its Heels at the Granada

Tony Award–Winning Musical Inspires with Song and Success Story

Tony Award–winning musical inspires with catchy songs and a success story.

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SBIFF Celebration of Cinema Continues

Festival Heads into Last, Long Weekend

Heading into the last, long weekend of events, there is still plenty to do and see.

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‘We Are Galápagos’ Explores Human Life on the Islands

Documentary Offers a Peek into What People are Doing to Protect Their Home

Documentary offers a peek into what people are doing to protect their environment and preserve the landscape.

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Reel Nature Comes to the Festival

Films from the Sidebar Are Consistently Among the Best

Films from the sidebar are consistently among the best.

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Close Escape to Paso Robles

Northern Neighbor Offers Relaxation and Adventure

Central Coast town offers great food, luxury accommodations, and outdoor activities.

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S.B. Zoo and Wildling Partner for Photo Contest

Submit Snaps of Your Favorite Animal

Submit snaps of your favorite zoo animal for a chance to win prizes and be in an exhibit.

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SBIFF Opens with World-Premiere Film ‘The Public’

Emilio Estevez’s David-vs.-Goliath Movie Calls Out National Homeless Epidemic

Emilio Estevez’s David-versus-Goliath movie calls out national homeless epidemic.

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Trevor Noah Keeps Audience in Stitches

Comedian/TV Host Charmed with His Observational Humor

Comedian/TV host charmed the crowd at the Arlington with observational humor, offering a delightful night of laughter.

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The Muppets Are Coming to Santa Barbara

Favorite Characters Headline PuppetPalooza

Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear are among the favorite characters coming to town for PuppetPalooza.

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Coachella 2018 and Other Upcoming Festivals

Lineup Announced for Indio Extravaganza

Lineup announced for Indio extravaganza taking place in April

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The Peril of the Amur Leopard

How the Santa Barbara Zoo Is Helping Save the Big Cats from Extinction

How the Santa Barbara Zoo is helping save the big cats from extinction.

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Santa Barbara's Raw Science Film Festival

Three-Day Event Mingles Science and Pop Culture

The three-day event consists of movies, exhibits, and educational workshops that mingle science and pop culture.

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Year in Review: Michelle Drown’s Favorite Stories of 2017

Senior Editor Michelle Drown Picks a Few of Her Favorite Articles from the Past Year

Senior Editor Michelle Drown picks a few of her favorite articles from the past year.

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Santa Barbara Christmas Revels Celebrate Early California

Annual Holiday Show Tells of De la Guerra Wedding

Annual holiday show tells of the 1836 De la Guerra wedding.

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In the Midst of the Blaze, Saving Pit Bulls, Emus, Alpacas, Horses, and Two Pet Cows

How Animal Evacuations Went Down During the Thomas Fire

How animal evacuations went down during the Thomas Fire

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Teen Star Finalists 2018 Announced

Ten Young Santa Barbarans Chosen for February Finale

Ten young Santa Barbarans are chosen for the eighth annual competition taking place on February 24.

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Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines Opens Its Doors

Karen Atlas Starts Her Own Rehab Center on Upper State Street

Karen Atlas starts her own rehab center on upper State Street.

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SBIFF 2018 Virtuosos Honorees Announced

Lineup Includes Gal Gadot, Timothée Chalamet, and John Boyega

Lineup includes Gal Gadot, Timothée Chalamet, Kumail Nanjiani, and John Boyega

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‘Nat Geo’ Photographer Talks Climbing and PTSD

Cory Richards on His Personal Demons and Giving Up Control

Cory Richards reveals his personal demons and explains how climbing has taught him to give up control.

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Bluetooth Earbuds for Discerning Listeners

Rowkin and FRESHeTECH Offer High-End Sounds at Affordable Prices

Employing clever design and top-of-the-line technology, Rowkin and FRESHeTECH offer high-end sounds at affordable prices.

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OTOjOY Makes Live Music Accessible to All

Thomas Kaufmann Is Changing Concert Experiences One Loop at a Time

Thomas Kaufmann’s team is changing concert experiences for people with hearing loss one loop at a time.

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An Irish Christmas at the Granada

Traditional Dancing and Music from the Emerald Isle

A night of traditional dancing and music from the Emerald Isle.

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Davey’s Voice Film Festival

Entries Wanted for Inaugural Fundraising Event

Entries wanted for the nonprofit’s inaugural fundraising event taking place January 2018.

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Willem Dafoe to Be Honored at 2018’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Actor to Receive Cinema Vanguard Award

Actor to receive Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

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SBCC Theatre Group Opens Auditions

Try Out for Spring 2018 Offering, ‘Communicating Doors’

Try out for the Spring 2018 offering, ‘Communicating Doors.’

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High School Fall Theater Offerings

Dos Pueblos’ ‘Almost, Maine’ and SBHS’s ‘Cry-Baby: The Musical’

DP performs ‘Almost, Maine’ and SBHS offers up ‘Cry-Baby: the Musical.’

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UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents La Santa Cecilia

Grammy Award–Winning Group in Town on Día de los Muertos Tour

Grammy Award–winning group in town on Día de los Muertos tour.

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OK Go Stops in Santa Barbara

Alt Rock Band Brings Live Show to UCSB

Alt rock band brings live video performance show to UCSB.

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David Gray and Alison Krauss at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Top-Notch Show from Heralded Folk Artists

Co-headliners brought the house down with their stellar sets.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie

Legends of Rock and Roll Play the Arlington

Fleetwood Mac bandmates pair up for tour of new record.

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Santa Barbara Tourism Generates $1.9 Billion Annually

Yearlong Visitor Study Highlighted at Annual Travel Outlook Presentation

Yearlong visitor study highlighted at annual Travel Outlook presentation.

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Shawn Colvin Comes to the Lobero

Singer/Songwriter Stops in S.B. on ‘A Few Small Repairs’ Anniversary Tour

Singer/songwriter stops in S.B. on her ‘A Few Small Repairs’ 20th anniversary tour.

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Boxtales Presents ‘Stand Up Stories’

Santa Barbara–Based Theater Company Presents Four Tales

Santa Barbara–based theater company presents four multicultural tales.

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Tears for Fears at the Bowl

Duo Presents Stellar Evening of Dynamic Music

Duo presented a stellar evening of meaningful, dynamic music that isn’t simply a pleasant nostalgia trip, but rather still resonates today.

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Tycho Plays the Lobero

Bay Area Band Brings Post-Rock Sound to Santa Barbara

Bay Area band brings their post-rock sound to Santa Barbara.

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Ray LaMontagne Plays the Arlington

Singer/Songwriter Wows Crowd

The singer/songwriter wowed the crowd with his acoustic set.

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Andrew Belle Plays SOhO

Electronica-Influenced Singer/Songwriter On Tour for ‘Dive Deep’

Electronica-influenced singer/songwriter is on tour for his latest record, ‘Dive Deep.’

Carp Arts Center Campaign

Funds Needed to Realize Goal of Performing Arts Center

Funds still needed to realize the goal of creating a performing arts center.

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Ojai Storytelling Festival

Three Days of Workshops, Music, and Theater Performances

The event offers three days of programming that includes workshops, musical and theater performances, and student outreach.

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Wildling’s Bay Area Adventure

Museum Offers Art, Literature, and Science in San Francisco Trip

Museum offers trip in search of “art, culture, and beauty” with Art, Literature, and Science in San Francisco.

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Outside Lands 2017, Day 3

Music Festival Wraps Up with an Impressive Line-Up

Outside Lands wraps up its third day with another incredible roster of musical acts.

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Acoustic Instrument Celebration Returns

Luthiers, Seminars, and Live Music Events

Meet luthiers, attend seminars, and see live music events at the second annual event.

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Outside Lands 2017, Day 2

Cold Temperatures and Hot Acts Dominate Saturday's Line Up

Colder weather swooped in for Day 2 of OSL, but the crowds still turned out in droves to see dynamic artists' line up.

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Outside Lands 2017, Day 1

Gorillaz, Alt-J, Little Dragon, and More Take Stage in San Francisco

The Gorillaz, Alt-J, Little Dragon, and more take stages in the heart of Golden Gate Park.

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An Interview with James Vincent McMorrow

Irish Singer/Songwriter Plays the Lobero

Irish singer/songwriter speaks of being a solo artist, defying genres, and following his musical muse.

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Cat Adoption Event

Free Felines from Five Santa Barbara County Shelters

Free felines will be available August 12-13 from five Santa Barbara County shelters.

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Robinson Eikenberry Memorial Concert

Santa Barbara Musicians Gather to Celebrate Music Producer’s Life and Legacy

Santa Barbara musicians gather at the Lobero to celebrate area music producer’s life and legacy.