Charles Donelan’s Year in Review
Our Executive Arts Editor Picks His Favorite Articles from 2018
For our annual review of stories, our writers and editors have put together lists of the stories they were proud of this year, or just had fun writing or reading. Here are Executive Arts Editor’s picks.
The Branch House Takes Root in Montecito
Spending time with the architects and owner of this future-oriented, fire-and flood-resistant Montecito home provided a welcome perspective on how builders and rebuilders might effectively adapt to the “new abnormal” of climate change.
An Interview with Wynton Marsalis
For UCSB Arts and Lectures’ season opener, Wynton Marsalis brought an entertaining, interdisciplinary work with universal appeal to the Granada. In this interview, Marsalis demonstrated that he hasn’t lost his cool, or his penchant for candor about contemporary pop culture.
Four Ways of Looking at the Music Academy of the West
In its second year, the Music Academy’s “Evolution/Revolution” conference proved to be a fertile space for provocative discussion of the present and future of classical music. Innovative programming in the vocal program put some of these new ideas into practice.
Happy Meals and Happy Canyon: Ray Kroc’s Santa Ynez Valley Ranch
In Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away, author Lisa Napoli sheds new light on the Kroc’s time in Santa Ynez and on the impact of their Happy Canyon ranch on Joan Kroc’s subsequent career as a major philanthropist.
Learning to Sail
With all the excitement of the arts to keep track of, it’s easy for me to forget that we live in one of the world’s greatest arenas for developing new skills in the outdoors. Thanks to the team at Skip Abed’s Santa Barbara Sailing Center, it’s possible to become an ASA-certified coastal cruiser without leaving home.
CND’s ‘Carmen’ Is a Mind-Expanding Work of Art
This two-night stand by Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND) de España in Johan Inger’s Carmen was a highlight of the UCSB Arts and Lectures’s ambitious dance season.