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Tom Jacobs

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Rubicon Theatre Presents ‘Heisenberg’

Faline England, Joe Spano Star in Broadway Drama

Faline England and Joe Spano Star in Broadway’s 2016 hit drama.

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Paula Poundstone Interviewed

Comic Brings Her Unique Brand of Funny to the Lobero

Comic brings her unique brand of funny to the Lobero January 25.

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A Stunning ‘South Pacific’

Rubicon Ends Season with Powerful Play

Rubicon Theatre ends its season with a powerful play.

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Rubicon Theatre Revives ‘South Pacific’

A Classic Musical with a Timely Theme

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s play explores the toll of racism.

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Interview with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Acclaimed Violinist Makes her Santa Barbara Debut

The acclaimed violinist makes her Santa Barbara debut.

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CAMA, L.A. Philharmonic Turn 100

Double Celebration at Granada Theatre

The double celebration kicks off Sunday, October 28, at The Granada Theatre.

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Camerata Pacifica Begins New Season

Orchestra Embarks on Deep Dive into Music of Beethoven

Orchestra embarks on a deep dive into the music of Beethoven.

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Lit Moon Theatre Presents ‘A Doll House’

Tweaked Title Sheds New Light on Classic Ibsen Play

A tweaked title sheds new light on the classic Ibsen play.

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The Music Academy Presents ‘Drumming’

Rare Performance of Minimalist Masterpiece

Colin Currie joins students and faculty for rare performance of minimalist masterpiece.

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Riding a Wave with Caroline Shaw

Acclaimed Composer Performs West Coast Premiere of Her Violin Concerto

The acclaimed young composer performs the West Coast premiere of her violin concerto at the Granada Saturday night.

‘The Humans’ Offers Humane Story of Family

Taut Tale of Three Generations

This taut tale of three generations of an unremarkable American family will strike a chord in nearly everyone.

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Audra McDonald’s Sublime Offerings

Singer Skillfully Weaved a Musical Mosaic

The singer skillfully weaved a musical mosaic, spotlighting the work of young musical theater artists.

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Jane Anderson Revises Her 1990 Play ‘The Baby Dance’ to Disappointing Results

Playwright Added Race to the Mix, but Choice Seems Retrograde

Director Jenny Sullivan’s production features several strong performances, but even good acting can only take us so far.

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Timely Tales from Shakespeare and Shaw

New York City–Based Bedlam Brings Resonant Classics to UCSB

New York City–based Bedlam brings ‘Saint Joan’ and ‘Hamlet’ to UCSB April 19-20.

Opera Singer Julia Bullock Finds Her Voice

Acclaimed Young Soprano Sings Music by and for Powerful Women

In her area recital debut, the acclaimed young soprano sings music by and for powerful women.

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Opera Singer Julia Bullock Finds Her Voice

Acclaimed Young Soprano Sings Music by and for Powerful Women

In her area recital debut, the acclaimed young soprano sings music by and for powerful women.

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Robert Sapolsky Breaks Down the Biology of Tribalism

His New Book, ‘Behave,’ Examines Why We’re Hardwired for Us/Them Dichotomies

His new book, ‘Behave,’ examines why we’re hardwired for us/them dichotomies

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Two Operas Hit the Stage: ‘The Barber of Seville’ and ‘Die Fledermaus’

Opera S.B. Presents Rossini’s Classic; Westmont Offers Up Strauss’s Masterpiece

Santa Barbara will be treated to a couple of classic comic capers when Opera Santa Barbara presents Rossini’s classic and Westmont offers up Strauss’s masterpiece.

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‘Buyer & Cellar’ Gives Audience a Peek at Barbra Streisand’s Private Mall

Jonathan Tolins’s Play Is Delightful Show One-Man Show

Jonathan Tolins’s play raises interesting questions about the creative ways we attempt to control our environment and the fine line between befriending another person and using them.

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Tense Times Call for Powerful Percussion

L.A. Phil’s Joseph Pereira Discusses His New, Anxiety-Inspired Concerto

L.A. Phil’s Joseph Pereira discusses his new anxiety-inspired concerto.

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György Ligeti Classical Music Mini-Festival

UCSB Music Theorist Ben Levy Talks Composer’s Importance

UCSB music theorist Ben Levy, author of ‘Metamorphosis in Music,’ talks about the composer’s influence.

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CAMA Presents Juilliard Quartet

Astrid Schween Breaks Gender Barrier

Cellist Astrid Schween breaks gender barrier, one note at a time.

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‘Taking Sides’’s Dorm-Room Debate

Solid Performances Don’t Elevate Prosaic Play

For all its talk of artistic transcendence, the play is disappointingly prosaic.

Soft Sounds of the Chicago Symphony

World-Class Orchestra Masters Art of Intimate Playing

Principal clarinetist Stephen Williamson reports the world-class orchestra has mastered the art of intimate playing.

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Eddie Izzard Stops in Town on Book Tour

Comedian Talks About Memoir ‘Believe Me’

The British comedian shares intimate stories of his life with Granada audience.

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‘Incognito’: Ambitious Play of Ideas

Nick Payne’s Play Makes West Coast Premiere

Nick Payne’s play makes its West Coast premiere.

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‘The Elixir of Love’

The Music Academy of the West Presents a Distinguished Duo Doing Donizetti

The Music Academy of the West presents a distinguished duo doing Donizetti.

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The Other Mozart at the Rubicon

Playwright/Actress Sylvia Milo Brings Nannerl to Life

Playwright/actress Sylvia Milo brings Wolfgang’s sister Nannerl to life.

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

UCSB Stages Bertolt Brecht’s Celebrated Play

UCSB stages Bertolt Brecht’s celebrated play.

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Rubicon Theatre’s Socially Conscious Music Fest

Troubled Times Call for Truth-Telling Troubadours

Rubicon Theatre salutes the art of politically aware songwriters in a weeklong festival.

CAMA Presents L.A. Philharmonic

Mezzo Soprano Sings Mahler

Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung sings Mahler with the orchestra.

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Camerata Pacifica Concert for Trump Era

Chamber Music Ensemble Performs Old and New Works with Political Overtones

The chamber music ensemble performs old and new works with political overtones.

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Dennis Russell Davies: An American in Austria

Conductor Comes to S.B. with His Linz-Based Orchestra

The conductor returns to his native country with his Linz-based orchestra.

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‘Gulf View Drive’ at Rubicon Theatre

Third Play in Nibroc Trilogy Runs Jan. 28-Feb. 12.

The last installment of the Nibroc trilogy runs January 28-February 12.

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Rubicon Theatre Presents Sondheim

Composer’s Masterpiece Rolls into Ventura

The stage composer’s masterpiece rolls into Ventura.

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Lit Moon Tackles Tennessee Williams

John Blondell Brings ‘The Glass Menagerie’ to Westmont Stage

John Blondell brings ‘The Glass Menagerie’ to the Westmont stage.

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MAW Presents ‘The Bartered Bride’

Opera Brings Lovers, Liars, and Clowns to the Stage

Bedřich Smetana’s opera brings lovers, liars, and clowns to the stage.

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Matthew Aucoin Summers at MAW

For the Composer and Conductor, Writing Music Is Second Nature

For the New York–based composer/conductor, writing music is second nature.

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Yuja Wang Gets Serious

Pianist Wang to Perform at Granada on Monday, May 2

Pianist Wang to Perform at Granada on Monday, May 2

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Rubicon Theatre Tackles ‘eXtras’

Latest Offering, Seen April 16, Is Timely and Highly Entertaining

Latest offering is timely and highly entertaining.

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Jennifer Koh to Play Hahn Hall

Virtuoso Violinist Expands Repertoire with New Compositions

The virtuoso violinist expands her repertoire with new compositions.

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Rising Star Pianist Daniil Trifonov

25-Year-Old Russian Composer/Musician Comes to S.B.

CAMA brings 25-year-old Russian composer/musician to S.B.

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‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ at Rubicon

Jethro Compton’s Play a Compelling Piece of Theater

Jethro Compton’s play is a compelling, even urgent piece of theater.

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John Blondell Stages Classic Love Story

Director Presents Two Takes of Dido and Aeneas

The director presents two takes on the Dido and Aeneas story.

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‘See Rock City’ Opens at the Rubicon

The Play Evokes a Bygone Era, Minus the Sentimentality

The play — a sequel to ‘Last Train to Nibroc’ — evokes a bygone era minus the sentimentality.

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The London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Comes to S.B.

Legendary Violinist Pinchas Zukerman to Perform and Conduct

The legendary musician Pinchas Zukerman will perform with and conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Granada January 19.

All Rubicon’s ‘My Fair Lady’ Wants is a Larger Stage

Nuanced Performances Restricted By Small Space

Nuanced performances restricted by Rubicon’s small space.

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‘Copenhagen’ Probes Moral Qualms of Atomic Bomb

Tony Award–Winning Play’s Speculative Look at the 1941 Meeting of Physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg

This Tony Award-winning play takes a speculative look at the 1941 meeting of physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg.

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Developing Drama at Ojai Playwrights Conference

This Year’s Four-Day Fest Tackles Social Issues, Obscenity-Spouting Sock Puppets

This year’s four-day fest tackles social issues and obscenity-spouting sock puppets.

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The Ojai Music Festival 2015

The Four-Day Event Takes Place June 10-14

The four-day event celebrates its 69th birthday June 10-14 in Libbey Park.