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Arts & Entertainment Reviews

David Byrne Burns Down the House

Former Talking Heads frontman wowed the Bowl crowd with a percussive, kinetic concert. Read story.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thomas Frank’s ‘Rendezvous with Oblivion’ Calls for New History

A series of interlocking essays, the author directs a withering gaze on the fast-food industry, suburban McMansions, hipster cities, higher education, and the Democratic Party. Read story.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Renée Ahdieh’s ‘The Wrath & The Dawn’ Transports Readers

Cultural appreciation and folklore fantasy come together in a story full of mystery and intrigue. Read story.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

‘Beautiful Music’ Is a Novel That Lingers

Michael Zadoorian captures the inner and outer life of a Detroit teen who is saved by the FM sounds coming from his radio late at night. Read story.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Mighty Cash Cats Release ‘Alaska Boogie’

New record is chock full of winning tunes. Read story.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Jack White at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Eclectic musician rocks a phoneless show. Read story.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bon Iver Takes Bowl Crowd on Multifaceted Journey

The band offered moments of electronic madness and simplified acoustic crooning. Read story.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

‘Contemporary Bear Area Artists’ at Sullivan Goss

Exhibit showcases five artists’ expressions of these extraordinary animals. Read story.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

‘Path of Blood’ Is Gripping Account of 2003 Al Qaeda Bombings in Saudi Arabia

Documentary is based on 500 hours of raw video footage shot by the jihadis themselves. Read story.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Peter Frampton and Steve Miller

Together and apart, Miller and Frampton shine at the Bowl. Read story.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Brandi Carlile at the Arlington

The artist performed to an enthusiastic crowd at her first Santa Barbara show in years. Read story.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Regina Hall Shines in ‘Support the Girls’

The balm of sisterly support in a man’s world serves as the story’s moving maxim. Read story.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

‘Crazy Rich Asians’: A Spectacle of Carefree Wealth

The movie is the quintessential fairy tale of global capitalism. Read story.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

‘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
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