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‘A Star Is Born’ Tugs at the Heartstrings

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga shine in story of drugs, music, and passion. Read story.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Norah Jones at the Arlington

Singer showed that she remains as prolific and inventive as ever. Read story.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wynton Marsalis Conjures a Musical Incantation

Legendary maestro adds dancers Lil Buck, Jared Grimes, and Myles Yachts to the musical mix. Read story.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Rise Against, AFI, and Anti-Flag at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Punk rockers have cashed in but haven’t sold out. Read story.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Alanis Morissette at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The show was a treat for fans who’ve followed her since the ’90s. Read story.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’

When published, the book was a full-throated cry about the existential threat posed by climate change — now it’s a primal scream. Read story.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Interview with Ruth Nolan and Lucille Lang Day

Author/Editors talk piecing together new ecopoetry anthology. Read story.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘Tea with the Dames’: Revered Actresses Talk Career, Life

Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins venture down their respective and collective memory lanes. Read story.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Banda MS Wows Crowd at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Fans danced in the aisles to the group’s infectious tunes. Read story.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New York Theater Worth the Flight

From family-friendly fantasies to intimate, risky performance-art pieces it’s easy to get lost in NYC theater tourism. Read story.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Jai-Jagdeesh Gives Magical Performance

Spiritual singer stops in S.B. for ‘Down Come the Walls’ tour. Read story.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Michael Moore Returns with ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’

The filmmaker’s candid narration does a nice job underscoring how far and how fast the U.S. has departed from democratic norms in the Trump era. Read story.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Luis Miguel Plays the Bowl

He played songs off his most recent album and old classics that reaffirmed his title of “El Sol.” Read story.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Jason Mraz Plays the Santa Barbara Bowl

The singer delivered an enchanting, healing, and uplifting set on Saturday. Read story.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UCSB’s Naked Shakes Presents Excellent ‘Hamlet’

Summer Shakespeare program takes on the Bard’s Dane to great effect. Read story.

Thursday, September 13, 2018
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