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Arts & Entertainment Reviews

‘Staging the Daffy Dame’ at UCSB

Launch Pad presents a play about a theater program. Read story.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

‘Game Night’ Is Suspenseful and Side-Splittingly Funny

Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s film is an exceptional story of dramatic irony. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

‘Annihilation’ Is Equal Parts Absorbing, Terrifying, and Discombobulating

Sci-fi horror film swings through its visual achievements and storytelling failures so fast it’ll leave your brain cramped and exhausted by the end. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

‘Early Man’ Is Centered on the Rediscovered Origins of Football

Though the film took zillions of pains-taking hours to make, it would have worked better if shorter. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Çudamani Gives Rare Public Performance

One of the island’s most revered ensembles lit up Campbell Hall with an entrancing program. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

‘Herself: Girlhood in Stop Motion Film’

SBCC exhibit documents five recent productions. Read story.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

‘Jumping at Shadows’ Offers Multifaceted Examination of How Fear Is Stoked

Author Sasha Abramsky explores what happens when a society places the idea of safety at all costs ahead of the common good. Read story.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘The World of Extreme Happiness’ Casts Shadow on World We Live In

A play about the Chinese Dream that offers an excoriating take on contemporary Chinese urban life. Read story.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Delivers Thrilling Performance

Nicola Benedetti joins OAE for all-Beethoven program. Read story.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

‘Dreaming the Beatles’

‘Rolling Stone’ writer offers a funny, imaginative, thoroughly researched book that may well convince you to join the band’s perpetual magical mystery tour. Read story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cirque Éloize Performed Wild West–Inspired ‘Saloon’

The Montreal-based troupe brought their contemporary take on circus acrobatics and theater to the Granada. Read story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Kader Attou and Compagnie Accrorap

French dance troupe unveiled its particular flavor of hip-hop in one unrelenting, heart-pumping wave. Read story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

‘Brought to Light: Revelatory Photographs’ on Exhibit at SBMA

The show features more than 60 works of recent acquisitions and institutional favorites that together emphasize a range of photographic practices, from gelatin silver to inkjet prints. Read story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Reenacts 2015 Terrorist Attack

Clint Eastwood directs the three American heroes who helped subdue a gunman on a train to Paris. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ensemble Theatre Company Presents ‘The City of Conversation’

The play exemplifies the unsettling notion of the impossibility of bipartisan cooperation, even among family members. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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