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Arts & Entertainment Reviews

Music Academy of the West’s First Show of the Festival

The Academy Festival Orchestra presented Bolero June 27 at the Granada Theatre. Read story.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Aija Mayrock Beats the Bullies

Young, Santa Barbara-raised author pens The Survival Guide to Bullying. Read story.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My Fair Lady Kicks Off the Outdoor Theater’s Season

PCPA’s summer opener brings the laughs and good spirits to Solvang. Read story.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Herbert Bayer Photomontages at SBMA

The Visionary Photomontages of Herbert Bayer, 1929-1936 at SBMA. Read story.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Max Plugs Glory of Animals Fighting Wars

Can puppy love help heal hearts and prevent crime? Doggedly affirmative, sir. Read story.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ted 2 Is Well-Worn Comedy

Seth MacFarlane goes places he’s already gone and doesn’t come up with comedy gold. Read story.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Music Academy Plays Beethoven’s Ninth

S.B. Choral Society joins Academy Festival Orchestra for Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” on Saturday, June 20. Read story.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is Funny and Moving

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s film is an accumulation of perfect small details, animated flourishes, and a wicked soundtrack. Read story.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Art Garfunkel Serenades Lobero Audience

The singer opened the evening with two of the most moving tunes from the Simon & Garfunkel songbook. Read story.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dope Triumphs on the Big Screen

This film is a goofy, summer-loving goose chase, but also finds the joke in limited expectations and the triumph in exceeding them. Read story.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Isn’t Very Original

Swedish director Roy Andersson tries to build a new kind of feature film experience and doesn’t really succeed. Read story.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review: Is There a Dry Drunk In Your Life?

Author/therapist Carole Bennett pens a sequel to her Reclaim Your Life. Read story.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Overnight Goes for Relatable and Ridiculous

The film is more of “aren’t people weird” than laugh-out-loud funny. Read story.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BFD Music Fest Hits and Misses

Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At the Disco, and Modest Mouse play at the day-long event. Read story.

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Night of Ska Punk at SOhO

Facuya, Ease Up, King Zero, and True Press rocked the club June 18. Read story.

Monday, June 22, 2015
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