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Michelle Drown

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Matt McCooey of ‘Agatha Raisin’ Interviewed

Cast Member of Acorn TV’s Series Talks Comedy and Murder

Cast member of the Acorn TV series talks comedy and murder in the Cotswolds.

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‘Harvey’ at the Garvin Theater

SBCC Takes On the Pulitzer Prize–Winning Comedy

SBCC takes on the Pulitzer Prize–winning comedy about a giant rabbit.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Arlington

Arts & Lectures Offers a Great Night of Adventure

Arts & Lectures offers a great night of outdoor adventure viewing.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Arlington

Arts & Lectures Presents Favorite Two-Night Event

UCSB’s Arts & Lectures presents the annual favorite two-night event.

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Watch the Academy Awards Live

Metro Theaters Hosts Viewing Party

Metro Theater hosts viewing parties of the Oscars.

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Poet Laureate Submissions and Tiny Libraries on State Street

Open Call for Nominations and Design Proposals

City of Santa Barbara puts out a call for nominations and design proposals.

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SBIFF Third Weekend

Free Screenings of Fest Award Winners

Free screenings of festival award winners at the Riviera.

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Michael B. Jordan Interviewed

Talking with SBIFF’s Cinema Vanguard

Talking with SBIFF’s Cinema Vanguard.

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Lights Up

Thirty-Four Years Showcasing All Things Cinematic

It’s time for the 34th annual SBIFF showcasing all things cinematic.

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Beauty and Relaxation at Majorelle

Hotel Californian Spa Offers Top-of-the-Line Pampering

The Hotel Californian spa offers top-of-the-line pampering.

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Peter Harper Interviewed

Singer/Songwriter Talks Art and Music

Singer/songwriter talks art and music.

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Nat Geo’s Bertie Gregory Interviewed

Filmmaker Talks Animals and Adventures

Filmmaker talks wolves, jaguars, and sitting in hides.

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Laguna Blanca Student at Carnegie Hall

Audrey Murphy Performs with World High School Choir

Junior Audrey Murphy performs with world high school choir in February.

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Michelle Drown's Year in Review

Senior Editor Michelle Drown and Arts Contributors Pick Favorite Stories from 2018

Small screen offerings that the Arts crew liked best.

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SBIFF’s 2019 Virtuosos Announced

Honorees Include Newcomers and Well-Known Actors

The year’s honorees include newcomers and well-known actors.

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A Weekend in Pasadena

City to the South Offers Fun, Film, and Food

City to the south offers fun, film, and food.

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Treblab and 1More’s Aural Offerings

Bluetooth Headphones and Top-of-the-Line Earbuds

Bluetooth headphones and top-of-the-line earbuds.

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Music in the Making

Celebrating Folks Creating Melodies in Our Community

Read about the folks creating lilting melodies that emanate from Santa Barbara in our annual music issue.

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‘The Alchemy of Fire’ Record Released

Ojai Musicians Come Together to Raise Funds

Ojai musicians come together to raise funds for Thomas Fire victims.

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Dinner with Hugh Jackman

SBIFF Announcements Continue

SBIFF announcements continue.

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Nebula Dance Lab Presents ‘Helix’

Program Features Contributions by Several Area Companies

The evening-length program features contributions by several area companies.

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Glenn Close Named Modern Master

SBIFF To Honor Star of Screen and Stage

The SBIFF will honor the star of screen and stage on Saturday, February 2.

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Students Onstage

SBCC, Dos Pueblos, and Santa Barbara High Offer up Fall Plays

SBCC, Dos Pueblos, and Santa Barbara High offer up fall plays.

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An Interview with Jeffrey Foucault

Singer/Songwriter Talks New Record

Singer/songwriter talks about his new record, ‘Blood Brothers’ ahead of SOhO gig.

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‘Phone-y Photos’ Capture Beauty of Everyday Life

Debby Fuller and Lynda Schiff Present Snaps from their Mobiles

Debby Fuller and Lynda Schiff present snaps from their mobiles.

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Scholarship Foundation Accepting Applications

Grants for College Scholarships Available

Grants for college scholarships are available.

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Keith Urban Rocks the Santa Barbara Bowl

Superstar Singer Put on Amazing Show

Country music superstar put on an amazing show to a sold-out crowd of appreciative fans.

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S.B. Reads Essay Contest

‘Indy’ Teams Up with Library for Writing Event

The ‘Indy’ teams up with the library for a community writing event.

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An Interview with Steven Pinker

Scientist/Author Talks Latest Book, ‘Enlightenment Now’

Scientist/author talks about his latest book, ‘Enlightenment Now’.

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Ansel Adams Photos Donated to Yosemite

Montecito Couple Donates Photographer’s ‘Museum Set’ to National Park

Montecito couple donates the photographer’s “Museum Set” to the national park.

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Interview with Mat Kearney

Singer/Songwriter Talks Musical Heroes, Genre Blending

Singer talks musical heroes and blending genres in songwriting.

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SBCC Presents ‘The Game’s Afoot’

Theater Department Offers Up Ken Ludwig’s Side-Splitting Farce

The theater department offers up Ken Ludwig’s side-splitting farce.

Hugh Jackman Named SBIFF’s Kirk Douglas Award Recipient

Star of Screen and Stage Honored November 19

The star of screen and stage will be honored November 19 at fundraiser gala.

SBIFF 10-10-10 Applications Wanted

Deadline for Submissions Is October 1

Deadline for submissions to the program is Monday, October 1.

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Wild West Artist Joe De Yong

Author Willian Reynolds Details Life, Work of Multifaceted Man

Willian Reynolds’s recent book, ‘Joe De Yong: A Life in the West,’ details the life and work of the multifaceted artist.

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Mountainfilm Festival Comes to Ojai

World-Class Nature Docs Under the Stars

World-class nature documentaries screen under the stars.

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‘27: The Most Perfect Album’

Songs Inspired by Constitutional Amendments

Songs inspired by the 27 Constitutional amendments, featuring musicians such as Dolly Parton and Devendra Banhart.

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Soulful Sounds, Swanky Sips, and Polo Ponies


The Second Annual Polo & Wine Festival Happens on September 8

The second annual Polo & Wine Festival happens on September 8.

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Lessons in Playing Polo

Learning to Hit a Ball from Horseback at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club

Learning to hit a ball from horseback at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

UCSB Gets NEH Grant

Awarded More than $300,000 for Humanities Program

The university was awarded more than $300,000 for building renovation.

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S.B. Library Is a Community Cultural Hub

Offerings Include Live Music, Film, Book Clubs

Live music, film screenings, and book clubs are just a few events on the roster.

Youth Opera Auditions

Opera Santa Barbara is Looking for Golden-Voiced Youngsters

Opera Santa Barbara is looking for golden-voiced youngsters to be part of the children’s chorus in the company’s fall production of ‘La Boheme.’

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Read All About It

From Little Free Libraries to Reading Lists to Interviews with Literary Luminaries

It’s all about the printed page — from Little Free Libraries to an Indy staff reading lists to interviews with area literary luminaries.

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‘Indy’ Staff’s Reading Picks

Books We Love — From Mystery to Romance to History

The books we love — from mystery to romance to history.

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S.B. Library Writing Workshops

Workshops to Explore the Many Outlets of Writing

WriteSB offers a series of workshops to help folks explore the many outlets of writing.

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Music Academy Presents ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

Mozart Opera Flew By In Balanced and Spirited Flow

Mozart opera flew by in a balanced and spirited flow of continuous creation.

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Sketching in the Galleries

SBMA Offers Drawing Event with Dane Goodman

SBMA offers an hour of drawing with artist Dane Goodman.

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‘Viva Santa Barbara’ at Santa Barbara Fine Art

New Gallery Exhibit Inspired by Old Spanish Days

The new gallery’s August exhibit is inspired by Old Spanish Days.

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California Poet Laureate Nominations

California Poet Laureate Nominations

The California Arts Council has put out a call for qualified poets to fill the state position.

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Koalas in Our Midst

Santa Barbara Zoo Hosts Two of the Australian Natives

Santa Barbara Zoo hosts two of the adorable Australian natives.

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