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Spring Arts Preview

Spring Arts Preview

Traditionally, much of art has been devoted to communicating an understanding of nature. For cycle after cycle in the history of art, new movements and aesthetics have sprung from imaginations fired by direct observation of the natural world. In the 21st century, this imperative for art to "go to nature" to renew itself has been complicated by the increasingly artificial state of nature itself. With mounting scientific evidence that such pervasive features of the natural world as global climate are in significant flux due to the activities of humans, it has become more and more difficult to separate out the natural from the artificial world. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Arts Preview- Visual Art

Spring is in the air and photography seems to be the look of the season in Santa Barbara's art scene. From awe-inspiring nature scenes to motor-racing photographs, there is a trend in local galleries and museums focused on the lens. But don't forget about paintings, as they're not to be missed. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Arts Preview- Pop and Rock

With the S.B. Bowl season pushed back due to construction, you music junkies will have to look elsewhere to get your fix through the spring. Fortunately, SOhO, UCSB, Ventura Theatre, and other venues have loaded us up with a season full of hot shows, including Bright Eyes, The Ataris, and The Killers. But come summer, all bets are off with the Bowl's late but killer lineup, which already includes shows by Norah Jones, Gwen Stefani, and Marco Antonio Sol-s and is rumored have Incubus, Snow Patrol, Diana Krall, 311, and Reggae Sunsplash waiting in the wings. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Arts Preview- Jazz

For Santa Barbara jazz fans, the not-so-good news is the official jazz concert season-the series at both the Lobero Theatre and Campbell Hall-is pretty much over. The good news is that jazz continues to slip between the cracks at other venues in town during the next few months, before the summer "chill. " Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Arts Classical Music Preview

Singers and songs provide the inspiration for many of this spring's most promising classical concerts. The Santa Barbara Master Chorale has a major performance coming up, as does the Santa Barbara Choral Society, which will join the Westmont College Choir and the Santa Barbara Symphony for Brahms's majestic Requiem. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Arts Preview- Dance

The art of classical ballet, with its five positions, its formal technicalities, and its emphasis on flowing movement and weightlessness, forms the foundation for contemporary dance. Even the most innovative, radical modern dance choreographers work in relation to this fundamental technique, whether or not their work appears balletic. This season, Santa Barbara gets a taste of the art form in all its guises. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Arts Preview- Film

With the movie industry finally getting back into high gear after the early '07 lull, there will be plenty to take in this spring. But don't let the lure of the Hollywood machine steer you away from the many fine documentaries and independent screenings hosted by UCSB's Arts & Lectures, Magic Lantern Films, and HopeDance Media. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Arts Preview- Books and Lectures

War and human rights. Laughter and frivolity. Puzzles and puzzlement. These are the conversations that pertain to the world today. So set your TiVo and dare to try on new ideas from the selection of lectures and book events scheduled for spring. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Arts Preview- Theater

Santa Barbara takes on a slew of the greatest living American playwrights this spring, with major productions of works by Sam Shepard, Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Lee Blessing, and Richard Greenberg. There's also something by an Englishman named Shakespeare, and two important American premieres of contemporary plays from Finland. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007
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