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Michelle Drown

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Crystal Bowersox Hits Lobero

Former ‘American Idol’ Siren on Tour for New Album

Former ‘American Idol’ siren makes tour stop in Santa Barbara for live album.

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Justin Townes Earle Comes to Lobero

Folk/Blues Singer on Tour for Latest Record, ‘Kids in the Street’

The folk/blues singer is on tour for his latest record, 'Kids in the Street.'

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Laguna Blanca Stages ‘Sweeney Todd’

High School Theater Class Presents the ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ April 27-28 and 30

The high school theater class presents the “Demon Barber of Fleet Street” April 27-28 and 30.

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Kathy Griffin Kills at the Granada

Comedian Had Audience in Stitches for Two-Hour-Plus Show

The comedian had the audience in stitches for the entirety of the two-and-a-half-hour show.

DPHS Performs ‘The Addams Family’

High School Tackles Broadway Musical

The high school theater department tackles the popular Broadway musical.

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‘Going in Style’ Benefit at Paseo Nuevo

Film Starring Three Oscar Winners Raises Funds for Kidney Disease

A film starring three Oscar winners screens to raise funds for kidney disease.

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Kathy Griffin Brings ‘Epic’ Comedy to Granada

Comedian Brings Brand New Tour to Town

The comedian brings a brand-new tour to town.

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Second Annual Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival

Roster Expanded to 13 Films About Jewish Culture

This year’s roster features 13 films about Jewish culture from around the world.

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Theater League Announces New Season

Broadway Musicals Come to the Granada

Broadway musicals are coming to the Granada in the fall.

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Five for Fighting Plays with String Quartet

John Ondrasik and Co. Light Up Lobero

Singer/songwriter John Ondrasik and guests light up the Lobero.

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Spring Happenings 2017

Swing Into Spring with These Upcoming Events and Activities in and Around Santa Barbara

Swing into spring with these upcoming events and activities in and around Santa Barbara.

BASSH Presents Social Dance Exhibition

Annual Event Takes Place March 17-18

The annual showcase event takes place March 17-18 at the New Vic.

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Five for Fighting Plays the Lobero

Platinum-Selling Recording Artist Stops in S.B. with String Quartet in Tow

Platinum-selling recording artist stops in S.B. with string auartet in tow.

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An Evening with Piper Laurie

Ojai Film Festival and Women in Film Honor Screen Legend An Evening with Piper Laurie March 11

Ojai Film Festival and Women in Film honor screen the legend on March 11.

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Teen Star Finale

Dos Pueblos Sophomore Nolan Montgomery is Crowned Winner

Dos Pueblos sophomore Nolan Montgomery is named the winner of this year’s competition.

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Dog Trainer Curbs Chihuahua’s Bullying

Nathan Woods Brings Peace to My Pack

Nathan Woods brings peace to my dog pack.

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2017 SBIFF Goes Full Speed Ahead

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Celebrates the World of Cinema

The annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates cinema for 11 fun-filled days.

Teen Star Finalists Selected

Ten Vocalists Will Perform at the Finale

Ten vocalists will perform at the finale February 25.

Teen Star Finalists Selected

Ten vocalists will perform at the finale February 25.

Ten vocalists will perform at the finale February 25.

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Teen Dance Star Finale

Sophia Cordero Named Winner

Sophia Cordero was deservedly crowned winner of the night.

Wildling Museum Photo Competition

‘Trees’ Is This Year’s Theme

‘Trees’ is this year’s theme, with submissions due May 1.

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‘Saturday Night Fever’ at the Granada Theatre

Theater League Brings Touring Musical to Santa Barbara

Last Tuesday, the Theater League brought the touring musical to Santa Barbara for an evening of song, dance, and fun.

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Mabel Mabel Tiger Trainer

Director Leslie Zemeckis

Mabel Stark rose from squalor to be one of the top tiger tamers in the world in the 1920s.

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John Avildsen: King of the Underdogs

Director Derek Wayne Johnson

Profile of award-winning but little known director of Rocky and The Karate Kid.

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Actors Wanted for SBCC Play

Roles for Three Women, Two Men in ‘Rabbit Hole’

There are roles for three women and two men in the upcoming production of ‘Rabbit Hole.’

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SBIFF 2017

Complete Coverage of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Check out our complete coverage of of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Tributes, panels, Films to Find, and much more!

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Denzel Washington Talks 'Fences'

Actor/Director to Accept SBIFF’s Maltin Modern Master Award on February 2

The actor/director will accept SBIFF’s Maltin Modern Master Award on February 2.

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S.B. Dance Theater’s Winter Performance

The Company Presents ‘Anima and Animus’

The professional company explores gender roles with ‘Anima and Animus.’

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Jeff Bridges Named SBIFF American Riviera Award Honoree

Legendary Actor Recognized for Role in ‘Hell or High Water’

The legendary actor recognized for role in ‘Hell or High Water.’

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Teen Star Auditions

Tryouts for S.B.’s Version of ‘American Idol’

It’s time to try out for S.B.’s version of ‘American Idol.’

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Kenny Broad Finds Magic in Underwater Caves

Nat Geo Explorer on the Wonder and Scientific Value of These Mysterious Caverns

The Nat Geo explorer explains the wonder and scientific value of these mysterious caverns.

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Murder Mysteries from Across the Pond

Some of the Best Crime Dramas on TV Come From Britain

Some of the best crime dramas on TV come from Britain.

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SBIFF to Honor Affleck, Williams, and Huppert

Festival Announces Cinema Vanguard and Montecito Award Recipients

The film festival announces the Cinema Vanguard and Montecito Award recipients.

Santa Barbara Arts for the Holidays

Yule-Themed Theater and Dance

The nights may be long during December, but fortunately there are plenty of Yule-themed events in S.B. with which to fill the moonlit hours.

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SBIFF Honors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

‘La La Land’ Actors Named Outstanding Performers for 2017 Film Fest

The ‘La La Land’ actors are named Outstanding Performers for the 2017 film fest.

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Lompoc Theatre Restoration

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall Make Major Donation

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall make a major donation to the Lompoc Theatre Project.

Denzel Washington to Be Honored at SBIFF 2017

Actor/Director to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award

Actor/director to receive Maltin Modern Master Award Feb. 2.

Billy Crystal Comes to S.B. Feb. 18

Comedian/Actor/Author Presents One-Man Stage Show

The comedian/actor/author presents his one-man show at the Arlington February 18.

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Steven Johnson’s Wonderful World

Author Shows the Connection Between Play and History

The author shows the connections between play and major historical achievements.

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SBCAST’s Third Thursday Films

New Monthly Series from Myriad Genres

Monthly films screened from myriad genres including experimental, art, music, political, social, and spiritual.

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Nat Geo’s Brian Skerry Commitment to Save the Seas

Underwater Photographer Presents Multimedia Talk

Underwater photographer presents his multimedia talk ‘Ocean Wild: The Light Beneath the Seas’ November 20.

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Eric Idle and John Cleese Tour

Comedians Present ‘Together Again at Last … for the Very First Time’

The legendary comedians present ‘Together Again at Last … for the Very FirstThe legendary comedians present ‘Together Again at Last … for the Very First

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Why Art Is Important

VADA Hosts Community Panel Discussion

SBHS’s VADA hosts community panel discussion on the arts’ role in innovation and social change.

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Out of the Box Theatre Presents ‘Lizzie’

Tale of Murder and Madness Wows

A tale of murder and madness set to spine-tingling music

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Glen Phillips Releases New Record

‘Swallowed By the New’ Is a Stunning 11-Song Offering

‘Swallowed By the New’ is a stunning 11-song offering. 

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SBIFF 2017 Virtuosos Announced

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Simon Helberg, and Dev Patel Among the Actors To Be Honored

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Simon Helberg, and Dev Patel are among the actors to be honored.

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Ojai Film Festival

Annual Celluloid Extravaganza Takes Place Nov. 3-13

Need some big-screen binge-watching? Head to Ojai for the annual Ojai Film Festival, November 3-13.

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Conversation with Marc Maron

‘WTF’ Host Talks Podcasting and His Love of Comedy

‘WTF’ host talks about interviewing guests, stand-up comedy, and the surprise success of his podcast.

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UCSB Professor Analyzes Sting’s Brain

Scott Grafton Helps Evaluate How Sting Processes Music

Scott Grafton helps evaluate how Sting processes music, thanks to fMRI scans.

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Exclusive Interview with Glen Phillips on ‘Swallowed by the New’

Santa Barbara Singer/Songwriter Talks New Album, New Projects

Santa Barbara singer/songwriter talks new album and new projects.