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Arts & Entertainment Reviews

‘Appalachian Spring’: American’s ‘Ode to Joy’

Aaron Copland’s classic and a world premiere are on the evening’s slate at the Tue., Jul. 11 concert at the Lobero. Read story.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Natalie Merchant Lights Up the Bowl

The singer/songwriter’s voice was as enchanting as ever. Read story.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dirty Heads Headline Bowl

The Orange County band brings relaxed energy to appreciative fans. Read story.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Music Academy of the West’s World Premieres

The Festival Orchestra played reworked compositions by William Neil and Matthew Aucoin. Read story.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hearing Josh Kun’s ‘Aural Border’ at SBMA

The MacArthur fellow discusses California’s ‘Spanish Fantasy Heritage’ through song. Read story.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blondie and Garbage

Rage and Rapture Tour hits Santa Barbara Bowl. Read story.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

‘Lend Me a Tenor’ at PCPA

Fast Pace and Comic Timing Make PCPA’s ‘Tenor’ a Hit Read story.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: ‘Stupid Fucking Bird’

Aaron Posner’s Chekhov-based comedy gets a fine new production Read story.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Music Academy Festival Artists Series July 5 Concert

Caroline Shaw premieres along with works by Brahms, Francaix. Read story.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

‘The Robot War’

Joe Friend and Matt Haley’s graphic novel sets a robot apocalypse in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

‘The Exception’

Even Christopher Plummer can’t save this film; check out reruns of Hogan’s Heroes instead. Read story.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

JACK Quartet with Joshua Roman, Vivaldi’s ‘Stabat Mater’


A world premiere and a rediscovered classic in two MAW concerts. Read story.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

'Nothing That Is Ours'

D.J. Palladino gives Santa Barbara literary treatment in his first novel. Read story.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summer Reading Suggestions

Chaucer’s Books staff offer myriad selection of great tomes. Read story.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ten Best Santa Barbara Novels

Sleuths, saints, and sinners explore the town’s enchantments and fatal illusions. Read story.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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