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Michelle Drown

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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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PCPA Presents ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

Summer Season Second Offering Is Tony Award–Winning Farce

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike depicts middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia as they fuss and whine about their unrealized dreams and dreary lives while sitting in the sun room of the family farmhouse.

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Brian Regan Returns to Town

Stand-Up Comic Brings New and Old Material to Chumash Casino

Stand-up comic brings new and old material to the Chumash Casino.

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‘Tag’ Entertains with Stellar Cast

Creative License Is Taken, Story Is Over-the-Top at Times

Plenty of creative license is taken and the story is over-the-top at times, but if you’re looking for a simple movie to watch with friends, Tag fits the bill nicely.

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Animated Nights at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens

UCSB’s Arts & Lectures Presents Its Summer Film Series

UCSB’s Arts & Lectures presents its summer film series.

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Ivanie Finsvik Shows ‘Animal Magnetism’

Wildlife Painter’s Ode to Nature

Wildlife painter’s ode to nature includes bears, mountain lion, and sea otters.

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‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Comes to Life in Solvang

PCPA Presents Victor Hugo’s Time-Honored Tale

While the script itself may leave the audience wanting, the PCPA cast and crew do not.

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Films Wanted for Area Film Fests

NatureTrack and Ojai Accepting Submissions

Los Olivos’ NatureTrack and Ojai Film Festival are accepting submissions.

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‘Wild Things’ Features Community Photogs

Forty Animal Images Selected for Show

The zoo and Wildling Museum chose more than 40 images for display out of 246 contest submissions.

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PCPA Presents ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

Victor Hugo’s Beloved Tale Comes to the Solvang Stage

Victor Hugo’s beloved tale comes to the Solvang stage.

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Sugarland Returns from Five-Year Hiatus

Kristian Bush Talks Solo Projects and Reuniting with Jennifer Nettles

Kristian Bush talks solo projects and reuniting with Jennifer Nettles.

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Acting Coach Opens S.B. Studio

J.D. Lewis and Clare Carey Teach Master Classes

J.D. Lewis and Clare Carey teach master classes for aspiring thespians.

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BottleRock Music Festival 2018

Napa Valley’s Three-Day Event Offers Great Tunes, Food, and Drinks

Napa Valley’s annual three-day event offers great tunes, delicious food, and delightful drinks.

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Summer Solstice Workshop Opens

Create Floats, Costumes for Annual Celebration

Create floats and costumes for the annual celebration.

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Brad Paisley’s Heartfelt Performance

Country Music Star Offers Up Music, Laughter, and Somber Remembrance

The country music star performed an outstanding Bowl show that elicited myriad emotions from the audience, including laughter, bliss, and somber remembrance.

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Opus Offers Artists Grants

Out of the Mud and Ashes Project in Response to Thomas Fire and Mudslide

Out of the Mud and Ashes is the title of the project that promises to “inspire a new mythos to embrace our community.”

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An Interview with Tommy Caldwell

Pro Climber Talks El Cap’s Dawn Wall, Memoir, and Life Since

The professional climber talks about ascending El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, writing his memoir, and how his life has changed since.

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Brad Paisley’s Montecito Mission

Country Music Superstar Hosts 2nd Responders Benefit for Thomas Fire and Flood Recovery

Country music superstar hosts The 2nd Responders benefit for Thomas Fire and flood recovery.

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Tribeca Film Festival Is Underway

New York City’s Cinematic Extravaganza of 2018

The annual New York City cinematic extravaganza offers all manner of viewing — from comedy to docs to TV to feature films.

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Kelsea Ballerini Brings Country Pop to the Arlington

‘Legends’ Singer on Tour for ‘Unapologetically’

‘Legends’ singer stops in Santa Barbara on tour for ‘Unapologetically.’

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Alt-J Offered Up an Epic Evening of Music

Alt-Rock, Folk-Electronica Trio Performed Stellar Set

Alt-rock, folk-electronica trio performed stellar set at Bowl.

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Mindy Sterling Talks ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’

Actor/Comedian Comes to Santa Barbara as Part of Carsey-Wolf Center’s Women in Comedy Series

Actor/comedian comes to Santa Barbara as part of Carsey-Wolf Center’s Women in Comedy series.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Success with Lady Ridley-Tree

Philanthropist and CEO of Multimillion-Dollar Company Gives as Good as She Gets

The 93-year-old CEO of a multimillion-dollar airplane parts company gives as good as she gets.

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International Ocean Film Tour Comes to Santa Barbara

Toad&Co Present Evening of Movies Dedicated to the Sea

Toad&Co present an evening of movies dedicated to the seven seas.

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Alt-J Brings ‘Relaxer’ to the Bowl

U.K. Trio Returns to Town on Tour for Its Latest Record

The popular postmodern, alt-folk-rock band returns to town with its latest record.

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‘Crimes of the Heart’ Comes to Santa Barbara

Theatre Group at SBCC Presents Pulitzer-Winning Drama

The Theatre Group at SBCC presents the Pulitzer Prize–winning drama, April 11-28.

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Mural Submissions Wanted

Granada Theatre Puts Out Call for Artists to Paint Passageway

The Granada Theatre puts out a call for artists to paint passageway.

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The Avett Brothers Do Not Disappoint

Show Was Intoxicating Evening of Music

It was an intoxicating evening of music and mutual crowd-band admiration.

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Plumbing the Depths of the Grand Canyon

Nat Geo’s Kevin Fedarko and Peter McBride Walk the Colorado River

Nat Geo’s Kevin Fedarko and Peter McBride walk the Colorado River, and live to tell about it.

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NatureTrack Film Festival Makes Its Debut

Los Olivos Hosts Three-Day Celebrating of the Outdoors

Los Olivos hosts the three-day celebration of the outdoors.

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The Avett Brothers Bring ‘True Sadness’ to the Bowl

Folk Rockers Stop in Santa Barbara for an Evening of Songs from their Latest Record

Folk rockers stop in Santa Barbara for an evening of songs from their latest record.

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BASSH 2018: The Art and Soul of Social Dance

Annual Showcase Highlights Works by Area Studios

The annual showcase highlights works by area studios.

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Third Annual Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival

Roster Includes Features, Shorts, and Docs

This year’s roster includes features, shorts, and documentaries.

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Theater League Presents ‘A Chorus Line’ and 2018-19 Season Slate

Tony Award–Winning Musical Comes to the Granada

Tony Award–winning musical comes to the Granada March 20-21.

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‘Communicating Doors’ Is Laughter-Inducing Mystery/Thriller

Theatre Group at SBCC Presents Wonderful Romp

Theatre Group at SBCC presents a wonderful romp that’s well worth seeing.

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UCSB Winter Concert Series

From Jazz to Gospel to Woodwinds to Chamber Choir

The university’s robust music program provides numerous opportunities to hear classical music.

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Muppets in the House for PuppetPalooza

Puppeteer Peter Linz Talks Animating the Beloved Characters

Puppeteer Peter Linz talks animating the beloved characters.

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Daniel Geiger Wins Teen Star 2018

People Filled The Arlington Theatre to See This Year’s Finale

It was an excitement-fueled night as folks packed into The Arlington Theatre to cheer for — and vote on — this year’s winner.

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2018 Teen Star Showcase Finale

Young Crooners Vie for Singing Championship

The annual singing competition has 10 crooners vie for the championship title during a one-night vocal spectacular.

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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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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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‘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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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.