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Michelle Drown

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PCPA Presents Beauty and the Beast

Fairy Tale Unfolds Under Stars at Solvang Festival Theater

The fairy tale will unfold under the stars at the Solvang Festival Theater, June 15-July 2.

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Crush Club Comes to Goodland

Brooklyn-Based Duo Creates Toe-Tapping Tunes

Brooklyn-based duo creates toe-tapping tunes that burrow into your head.

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John Legend Plays the Bowl

Artist Woos and Wows the Audience

The singer woos and wows the audience during his Santa Barbara tour stop.

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2017 Santa Barbara Independent Theater and Dance Awards

Recognizing Santa Barbara’s Best on the Stage

The Indy Awards recognize Santa Barbara’s best on the stage.

‘Animals: A to Z’ at the Wildling Museum

Multi-Medium Exhibit Features Creatures Large and Small

The multi-medium exhibit features creatures large and small.

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UCSB Script to Screen Presents La La Land

Post-Film Discussion with Oscar-Winning Production Designers

There’ll be a post-film discussion with Oscar-winning production designers David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco.

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Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Profiles of Cool Careers, and the Latest Employment Trends in Santa Barbara County

Profiles of cool careers and the latest employment trends in Santa Barbara County.

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Lynsey Addario Comes to UCSB

Award-Winning Photojournalist Gives Talk as Part of Arts & Lectures’ ‘Nat Geo’ Series

The award-winning photojournalist will give a talk as part of Arts & Lectures’ ‘Nat Geo’ series.

Camille Umoff Wins Acting Scholarship

S.B. Teen Awarded $5,000

S.B. teen is awarded $5,000 from L.A.’s Music Center.

‘Best.Cover.Ever.’ Competition

Ryan Seacrest and YouTube Launch Singing Contest

Ryan Seacrest and YouTube launch a new singing contest designed to discover emerging artists.

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Rodney Crowell Plays the Lobero

Sings Like Hell Presents Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter

Sings Like Hell presents the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter on tour for his new record.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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Teen Dance Star Finale

Sophia Cordero Named Winner

Sophia Cordero was deservedly crowned winner of the night.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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.