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Sandra Church Lecture With Professor Kim Shelton

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is presenting its fourth annual Sandra Church Lecture on Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. The lecture will be discussing the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, Greece, and its archaeological significance.

Talented Entertainers for the State Fair

The California Exposition and State Fair is on the hunt for family-oriented performers for August 17 to September 3, 2007 in Sacramento. In the past they’ve had bands, dancers, and performance groups as well as solo acts.

Healing of the Nation

Solution for Dreamers Benefit Concert, presented by Heal the Ocean. At the Arlington Theatre, Saturday, February 24.

The Arlington Theatre felt like the backyard barbeque to end all barbeques Saturday evening. Youthful and grinning, a capacity crowd of ocean-friendly individuals turned out for the day- and night-long Heal the Ocean benefit concert, swimming in a sea of like-minded people and digging on nearly six hours of ass-shaking good music.

‘Close to Conflagration’

Former Ambassador Charges U.S. with Willful Ignorance in Iraq Reconstruction

Former ambassador Barbara Bodine is hardly the first to itemize the many U.S. policy failures in the Iraq War, but she may be one of the most qualified such critics, having been placed in charge of reconstruction efforts the month after the invasion.

When the Last Veteran Dies

A Chat with Ken Williams, Author of China White

Having helped Santa Barbara’s homeless population for 30 years, Ken Williams is no stranger to what it means to be of service. His stint as a U.S. Marine ended upon his return from the Vietnam War, after which he graduated from UCSB with a degree in psychology.

Quote of the Week

‘Honest to God, we were operating with the Lonely Planet Guide to Iraq-literally, the hippie’s guide to Iraq. We set ourselves up for not knowing what hit us.’

– Former U.S. Ambassador Barbara Bodine, on the doomed reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

Wake of the Flood

Los Lobos. At UCSB’s Campbell Hall, Thursday, February 22.

If American states walked around to theme music, California would cruise its urban alleys and rural byways with Los Lobos in tow. Since 1973, this East L.A. band of proud Chicanos has been playing a uniquely Californian blend of rock, blues, and traditional Mexican music.

From Bach to Chopin

Acclaimed Pianist Murray Perahia Plays Campbell Hall

Murray Perahia, who holds the position of principal guest conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, remains one of the most traveled and best known American pianists, successfully combining scholarly attention to the music with passionate performance.

Seasons of Love

Rent. At the Arlington Theatre, Tuesday, February 20.

When Rent made its stage debut in 1997 in New York City, it was almost immediately heralded as the musical for the MTV generation.

In and Out in L.A.

dwight_trible.jpgLos Angeles’s jazz scene too often veers to one extreme or another. You’ve got “in” cats and “out” cats: the mainstream, bop-fueled scene; and the adventurers on the outskirts, who pray to the muse of free improvisation and concepts not normally embraced in public.

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