Arts & Entertainment Reviews

‘BlacKkKlansman’ Touches Raw Nerves of Race Politics

Spike Lee’s film shows how the threat of violence can be as traumatic as violence itself. Read story.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

‘Leave No Trace’: Complete Freedom Is Illusory

Film portrays the heartbreaking relationship between a haunted, war-weary vet and his daughter as they attempt to survive outside the confines of society. Read story.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

‘Phoenix Rising’: Mud and Ash as Art

See James and Linda Haggerty’s new ceramics at Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery. Read story.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

‘Dark Money’ Will Make Your Blood Boil

Kimberly Reed’s documentary exposes how camouflaged private funds influence public policy. Read story.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Internet Releases Fourth Album

‘Hive Mind’ offers mature cuts of genre-defying rhythms that tiptoe around neo-soul, jazz, and R&B. Read story.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Music Academy Presents ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

Mozart opera flew by in a balanced and spirited flow of continuous creation. Read story.

Monday, August 6, 2018

‘Mamma Mia!’

PCPA has a midsummer hit with the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! Read story.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

‘Three Identical Strangers’ Examines What Makes Us Who We Are

Using archival footage, dramatic reenactments, and investigative interviews and research, the documentary poses the “nature versus nurture” question. Read story.

Monday, July 30, 2018

‘Blindspotting’: An Operatic Cat’s Cradle

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal take up the strands of ongoing dialogues about racial justice. Read story.

Monday, July 30, 2018

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Offers More of the Same

While film maintains the silly, happy style of the original, it’s probably most enjoyable for diehard fans. Read story.

Monday, July 30, 2018

‘Love, Cecil’ Captures Life of Photog Cecil Beaton

Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary does a smashing job of filling in the blanks and chronology of this restless, multitalented Brit. Read story.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at PCPA

Christopher Durang’s comedy gets a sparkling new production at Solvang Festival Theater. Read story.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Freestyle Explosion at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Dance hits of the 1980s still hold up decades later. Read story.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

‘Sorry to Bother You’ Shines Spotlight on Problems in Capitalist Culture

Director Boots Riley’s film spins a hurricane of gripping, Dada-esque events. Read story.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

‘Grease’ Goes Big at SBCC

There’s a lot to like about this ambitious production, which runs through July 28. Read story.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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