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Arts & Entertainment Reviews

Oakland's Blurry Vision Festival Sets a High Bar for Bay Area Festivals

With performances spanning the angelic to the hectic, the festival left an undeniably local mark. Read story.

Friday, May 18, 2018

‘Babylon Berlin’ Is a Seductive, Gritty, Film-Noir-Basted Wonder

Netflix’s original series explores Germany’s fragile but culturally fertile Weimar Republic in 1929. Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Brad Paisley’s Heartfelt Performance

The country music star performed an outstanding Bowl show that elicited myriad emotions from the audience, including laughter, bliss, and somber remembrance. Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

KjEE’s Summer Round-Up

Dante Elephante, Law, Awolnation, Cold War Kids, and Dirty Heads shared the Bowl stage for an evening of rock and reggae. Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mark Morris Dance Group in ‘Pepperland’

The Beatles’ masterpiece got an anniversary present from Mark Morris on May 10 at the Granada. Read story.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’s ‘The Deepest Well’ Is a Clarion Call

Author explores healing the long-term effects of childhood adversity in her latest book. Read story.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

LCD Soundsystem’s Alt-Rock and Synth Riffs

Brooklyn-based electronic-dance-rock band amazed Bowl audience last Thursday night. Read story.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Jane Anderson Revises Her 1990 Play ‘The Baby Dance’ to Disappointing Results

Director Jenny Sullivan’s production features several strong performances, but even good acting can only take us so far. Read story.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tasoula Hadjitofi on Reclaiming Her Nation’s Stolen Heritage

Hadjitofi spent over 30 years repatriating thousands of artifacts lost after Turkey invaded Northern Cyprus in 1974. Read story.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘A Great Place to Work for All’ Tells What Makes Businesses Successful

Michael C. Bush and the Great Place to Work research team say key attributes include maximizing human potential and trust. Read story.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘Beyond the Opposite Sex’: ‘Transition’ Not Catchall Definition for Everyone with Gender Dysphoria

Documentary reinforces the idea that people who transition are defined by their character, not their gender affirmation. Read story.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

‘You Were Never Really Here’ Is a Dark, Haunting Trip

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, writer/director Lynne Ramsay’s experimental thriller goes against the grain of the vigilante genre. Read story.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Opera Santa Barbara’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ and ‘Gallantry’

Two excellent short operas showcase studio artists. Read story.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Portugal. The Man at the S.B. Bowl

Santa Barbara “Feels It Still” with Portland psychedelia on Saturday night. Read story.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Talks Healing Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

Pediatrician/author is determined to mitigate the damaging effects of adverse childhood experiences everywhere they are found. Read story.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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