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Grow Older, Grow Wiser

Santa Barbara author Viola Mecke discusses her new book Aging Wisely. Read story.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Juanes at the Santa Barbara Bowl August 7

Shirtless superstar’s Fiesta show wows crowd of screaming women and men. Read story.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Listen to Me Marlon, a Morbid Retrospective

Stevan Riley summons the ghost of Marlon Brando in morbid documentary, Listen to Me Marlon Read story.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wiz Blows Smoke at the Bowl

The hip hop artist’s loud, redundant beats filled the air, the bass visibly pulsating through a cartoonishly thick haze of marijuana smoke. Read story.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Aretha Franklin at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The Queen of Soul gives crowd a strange bouquet of music and comedy. Read story.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Shaun the Sheep Is Shear Joy

Shaun the Sheep is near-perfect family entertainment. Read story.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New York Philharmonic Packs the Santa Barbara Bowl

Music Academy of the West Partnership Results in Major Public Event Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Randall Sena, Bonny Doon Play Velvet Jones

Sun Daes, Royal Suns fill out lineup of 805 indie rock. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Irrational Man Is Bloody Good

Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone star in Woody Allen’s latest film. Read story.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Paper Towns’ Coming-of-Age Quest

Adapted from the John (The Fault in Our Stars) Green novel, this film is a winning, sweet, and unexpectedly unsentimental coming-of-age tale. Read story.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Visual Indoctrination of the Bigot, an Interactive Look at Modern Prejudice

Jennifer Johns uses visuals to tackle disturbing subjects in an effort to surmount the ignorance that often surrounds social issues. Read story.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Trainwreck is a Funny, Risqué Adventure

The film is a funny of-the-moment snapshot of the pitfalls and pratfalls of modern non-monogamy. Read story.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Alison Krauss and Union Station and Willie Nelson at the Bowl

The bluegrass icon and the country music legend charm audiences Wednesday, July 22. Read story.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Footprints at Laetoli Concludes On the Verge Festival

It was a strong world premier and great first step for a play that will likely will have legs for years to come.  Read story.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Bright New Boise

Elements Theater Collective excels with offbeat view of contemporary Christianity Dad’s God. Read story.

Monday, July 27, 2015
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