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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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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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‘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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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.

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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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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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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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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.