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Arts & Entertainment Reviews

Review: Frederick Hammersley at LA Louver Gallery

In this show, the LA Louver gallery in Venice Beach examines a pivotal moment in SoCal art history with an important connection to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Read story.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones

Scott Frank’s latest thriller is an exercise in squandered potential. Read story.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: Crosby, Stills & Nash at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Old songs mixed and mingled with new clunkers on Saturday, September 20. Read story.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: Thundercloud

Talon Clemow writes, directs, and films this complex surfing story about the famed Cloudbreak waves of 2012. Read story.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Camerata Pacifica at Hahn Hall

Camerata Pacifica marked its silver anniversary with new work, new faces, and a new CD. Read story.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: The Drop

Tom Hardy steals scenes in this crime drama penned by Dennis Lehane. Read story.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: Conviction at the Rubicon Theatre

The odd thing about Carey Crim’s new drama is how stubbornly old-fashioned it feels. Read story.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream at UCSB

This bold version of Shakespeare made for a dream of a Midsummer Night. Read story.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review: The Last Internationale at Velvet Jones

This New York trio is out to save rock 'n' roll, and their Tuesday night performance proved they're succeeding. Read story.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review: A Summer’s Tale

Like a French Richard Linklater, writer/director Eric Rohmer knows how to make profound statements out of the seemingly mundane. Read story.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: The Identical

The trouble with The Identical is that it has an agenda that makes it impossible to explore the inspired premise with all its dramatic possibilities. Read story.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: The Cherry Orchard at Porter Theatre

Lit Moon did a stunning job with this take on the play by Anton Chekhov. Read story.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: As Above, So Below

The shaky-cam tactic doesn’t destroy this creepy underground adventure, but it doesn’t help it, either. Read story.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Jack Johnson at the Santa Barbara Bowl

S.B.’s favorite singer/songwriter brought two days of laid-back, cool tunes to his sometime-home town. Read story.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: The Last of Robin Hood

Kevin Kline shines as the notorious Hollywood lothario in his final days. Read story.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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