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Book Review: Bark: Stories

Author Lorrie Moore’s stories capture the sorrows of middle age. Read story.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this good (not great) Hollywood film about the growing pains of a genius. Read story.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Chrissie Hynde at the Arlington Theatre

The Pretenders frontwoman gave us an evening of feisty feminine power on Friday, December 5. Read story.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Foxcatcher

Steve Carell turns in a career-defining performance as real-life millionaire John du Pont. Read story.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review: The Homesman

Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones play unlikely sympathizers in this brutal drama about life in the 1800s American frontier. Read story.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Review: Dr. Mütter’s Marvels

Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz writes about intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine. Read story.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Lobero Theatre

New Orleans’ R&B songsmith Allen Toussaint sang through his 50-year career with help from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Read story.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review: King Lear at UCSB’s Campbell Hall

This UCSB residency by London troupe included two performances on November 20 and 21. Read story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Avi Buffalo Is Growing Up and Out

The young Sub Pop signees return to the fold and play SOhO in support of their new sophomore album. Read story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Jennifer Lawrence steals the show in this otherwise plodding lead up to the franchise’s finale. Read story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: The Theory of Everything

A smart script, powerful performances, and artful direction round out this heartfelt, original Stephen Hawking biopic. Read story.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Almost, Maine

Mitchell Thomas directs this sweet and funny script by playwright John Cariani. Read story.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Ten Red Kings

SBCC students star in this drama about the pleasures and perils of digital media. Read story.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Review: Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War

Journalist James Risen’s latest book is a scathing indictment of the fearmongering and profiteering that keeps the war on terror humming along a dozen years after 9/11. Read story.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Foster the People at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The 2014 Bowl season went out with a band (and some pumped up kicks) on Saturday, November 15. Read story.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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