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Summer Arts Preview

Summer Arts Preview

Taking the Solstice Parade theme of "Stars" as its cue, this summer's art season promises galaxies full of everything the creative astronomer could possibly desire. From the blazing musical glory of John Star Wars Williams at the Santa Barbara Bowl to the delicate verbal magic of Shakespeare in the De la Guerra courtyard, we will be tempted by outdoor entertainments of every magnitude. Wherever you enjoy your art this season-indoors or out-remember to take up summer's offer and make the night sky your constant companion. The stars are close. Just lean your head back and look up. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summer Arts Pop and Rock Preview

The revamped S.B. Bowl leads by example this summer by providing a little something for all musical palates, including the 12th Annual Mariachi Festival and Gwen Stefani. Other venues that may have slipped past your radar but come highly recommended are SOhO, Jensen Guitar's Mainstage, Velvet Jones, the Chumash Casino, and Muddy Waters. Whatever your preference and whichever your poison, don't let this summer pass you by without reaping the benefits of living in this sunny musical cosmos. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summer Arts Books and Lectures Preview

Summer is upon us, and that means bookstores are gearing up for Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final Harry Potter installment. Some of us have already preordered a copy. Of course, there is more to the literary life than the trials and tribulations of a nearly grown-up wizard. For example, this week, the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference brings a bevy of writers to town for public talks and panel discussions. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summer Arts Classical Music Preview

Ask those who have attended the concerts and masterclasses of the Music Academy of the West faithfully for years what the best parts of the festival are and you are likely to get many different answers. Some love the picnic concerts, while others are devoted to the Tuesdays at 8 series. Masterclasses offer the higher level of pleasure that can accompany witnessing new musical inspiration strike. Whatever your taste, the academy's extensive schedule of programs is bound to offer something to please you. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summer Arts Theater Preview

Nothing says summer quite like theater under the stars, and there are a number of opportunities to experience drama al fresco in the next few months. PCPA will bring us a full summer season in the beautiful Solvang Theatre, including gems from Sondheim, Wilde, and Cole Porter, and the De la Guerra courtyard will resound with laughter when Shakespeare Santa Barbara puts on The Comedy of Errors. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summer Arts Film Preview

Sony scored a major coup a few years back by opening Spider-Man in May, and ever since then, the summer blockbuster season has begun earlier and earlier. By the time you read this, most of the major summer releases will have already bowed. But that doesn't mean there are no more surprises in store, both from UCSB's venerable Arts & Lectures and the love-to-hate-it Hollywood movie machine. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summer Arts Dance Preview

For Santa Barbara dance lovers, fall is an exciting season. Out come the glossy brochures, calendars are consulted and seats reserved, and we proceed to measure out our year in world-class dance performances, ticket stubs, and post-show coffee spoons. Then summer arrives and the cultural calendar shifts, leaving us with a strange yearning for an evening at Campbell Hall. Luckily, summer is the season for more than just wearing your trousers rolled and walking upon the beach; it's time to let your imagination linger by the sea, and shift your focus to the dance originating right here at home. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summer Arts Visual Art Preview

Nights and 1st Thursday may occupy our summer evenings, but the wealth and diversity of art on view this season will lure us into the cool sanctuary of Santa Barbara's museums and galleries all summer long. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2007
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