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Arts & Entertainment Reviews

An Evening with Michael Keaton

The Birdman actor receives this year’s Modern Master Award in front of a packed house at the Arlington. Read story.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Patti Smith at the Granada Theatre

Arts & Lectures and KCRW co-presented the punk rock pioneer on Tuesday, January 27. Read story.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: Early Shaker Spirituals

The New York-based ensemble presents a theatrical version of a record album in Los Angeles. Read story.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: Brooklyn Rider

This concert was dedicated to works from The Brooklyn Rider Almanac and included a piece commissioned by UCSB Arts and Lectures. Read story.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: 154 & Paradise at Center Stage Theater

Screenwriter Gerald Di Pegos’s new play blends disparate genres into an entertaining whole. Read story.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: Cake

Jennifer Aniston turns in a complex performance that makes all of Cake’s flaws fade into the background. Read story.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: Valley of the Deer: Jillian McDonald at SBCC

The new installation at SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery was inspired by horror movies. Read story.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Unfinished Business at the Lobero Theatre

Talk about death is for the living, says writer and thespian Rod Lathim. Read story.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Camelot at the Granada Theatre

This bold new production preserves the classic musical’s strengths. Read story.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Books: The Brain’s Way of Healing

Canadian-born psychiatrist Dr. Norman Doidge discusses recent discoveries in neuroplasticity. Read story.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Mortdecai

Johnny Depp’s latest isn’t great, but it certainly doesn’t signal the end of Western civilization as many have written. Read story.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: The Last Five Years at the Rubicon Theatre

The popular musical about a couple coming together and drifting apart plays in Ventura through February 15. Read story.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Under the Umbrella at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum pays tribute to Riggs with photos, drawings, and balsa-wood architectural models. Read story.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: American Sniper

Bradley Cooper carries this film, while Clint Eastwood’s no-nonsense direction style pushes us through the melodramatic moments. Read story.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: Blackhat

Blackhat is director Michael Mann trying to make a Hong Kong thriller. But it isn’t as bad as people are saying. Read story.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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