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Book Review: The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History

Author James Hall’s book about selfies. Read story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson does the almost-impossible by turning a Thomas Pynchon novel into a fun, artful, thoroughly watchable movie. Read story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: Top Five

Chris Rock’s winking homage to Woody Allen ends up to be unexpectedly great. Read story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Worth the Drive: Blithe Spirit at the Ahmanson Theater

Angela Lansbury shines in this delightful but disturbing new play, which is up through January 18. Read story.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The third Hobbit may be the best yet, but it could still benefit from some serious editing. Read story.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: Chakaia Booker at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum

The prints and sculptures in this West Coast debut show Chakaia Booker's fluent command in multiple media. Read story.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: Wild

Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir makes it to the big screen and lives up to its source material to boot. Read story.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Review: What Happens Next? Matters of Life and Death

The essays in Douglas Bauer’s latest collection were written after he flew from Boston back to Iowa to piece together his life after his mother died. Read story.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Review: The Robert Cray Band at the Lobero Theatre

Robert Cray’s quartet earned a standing ovation from this sold-out Lobero audience. Read story.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Review: The Shelf

A sense of gentle, tongue-in-cheek irony permeates Phyllis Rose’s book. Read story.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Horrible Bosses 2

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day reprise their roles as three hapless disgruntled employees—except this time, the script’s not funny. Read story.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holidays in Color

From UCSB to the Funk Zone, there’s every kind of art available in Santa Barbara during the holiday season. Read story.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review: The Best Brothers at the New Vic

Daniel MacIvor’s U.S. premiere offers laughs and more. Read story.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars offered extraordinary vocal music from the 16th century. Read story.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: Antarctica: A Year on Ice

This look at life in Antarctica was 10 years in the making. Read story.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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