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Arts & Entertainment Reviews

The 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays

A year of redemption where ‘empathy is a bird’ Read story.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Performs Recital at Granada

UCSB Arts and Lectures presented the Met Opera star on April 15. Read story.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Theatre Group at SBCC’s ‘Crimes of the Heart’

Beth Henley’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize–winning play feels dated. Read story.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sir András Schiff Explores Brahms

The Masterseries recitalist demonstrated a profound connection to the music. Read story.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Alt-J Offered Up an Epic Evening of Music

Alt-rock, folk-electronica trio performed stellar set at Bowl. Read story.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

ETC Scores Hit with ‘The Invisible Hand’

Ayad Akhtar revives the political thriller, a genre that has been mostly absent from the stage. Read story.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ Gets a Bit Too Undone at Times

It’s a stew of a film that lures viewers into its tasty trap without fully satisfying. Read story.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

‘A Quiet Place’ Ushers In Return of Creativity and Suspense in Horror

Director John Krasinski has reinvigorated modern thriller storytelling with a script, setting, and production that are original and fantastically constructed. Read story.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Is Easy and Uncluttered

Writer/director is at his meticulously whimsical best with the stop-motion feature. Read story.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Haim Plays to Enraptured Audience

The sisters offered vibrant lighting, smooth choreography, dynamic solos, and serious musical chops. Read story.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Is an Engrossing, Memorable Adventure

Although the plot development is a little rushed at times, the story is suspenseful, engaging, and visually stunning. Read story.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘The Icon Hunter’: One Woman’s Mission to Recover Cyprus Artifacts

Nonfiction book tells of refugee Tasoula Hadjitofi’s quest to reclaim her nation’s stolen heritage. Read story.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Captain Liz Clark Comes of Age in 'Swell'

The sailing surfer’s autobiography is a page-turning high-seas adventure. Read story.

Friday, April 6, 2018

‘Circus of the Queens’ Is a Sweet, Satisfying Tale

Audrey Berger Welz writes of one woman’s determination, heart, and love. Read story.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Dark Comedy ‘Barry’ Dazzles in Series Opener

Bill Hader stars as a reluctant hitman in his fab new show on HBO. Read story.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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