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Arts & Entertainment Reviews

Los Angeles Philharmonic Delivers the Goods

Joseph Pereira, the in-house percussionist for the L.A. Philharmonic, stole the show with semi-improvisational piece. Read story.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Teju Cole’s ‘Blind Spot’ Is New Collection of Photographs

The photography critic is a talented writer and brings a pleasing symmetry to the overall project. Read story.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

‘Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs’

Beth Ann Fennelly is so charming that one can’t help but be drawn into her quirky and ultimately life-affirming world. Read story.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

‘Buyer & Cellar’ Gives Audience a Peek at Barbra Streisand’s Private Mall

Jonathan Tolins’s play raises interesting questions about the creative ways we attempt to control our environment and the fine line between befriending another person and using them. Read story.

Monday, January 29, 2018

‘The Polka King’ Explores the Unjustly Maligned and Ignored Musical Tradition

Viewers at once are immersed in a polka-lined world and view it from a half-satirical remove. Read story.

Monday, January 29, 2018

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

St. Louis Symphony offered splendid Britten and Shostakovich to a weary city. Read story.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Trevor Noah Keeps Audience in Stitches

Comedian/TV host charmed the crowd at the Arlington with observational humor, offering a delightful night of laughter. Read story.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Spoon Gives Confident, Tight Performance at the Arlington

Rock group showed off its sterling professional skills and experimental prowess at its Santa Barbara show on January 18. Read story.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

‘I, Tonya’ Beautifully Blends Memory and Reality

Tonya Harding biopic shows that the “truth” of things often depends on who is telling the story. Read story.

Monday, January 22, 2018

‘The Post’ Defends the Fourth Estate in Heroic Thriller

The story is so interesting that not even Steven Spielberg can ruin it. Read story.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Suicidal Impulses Thread Through ‘Happy End’

This tale of dysfunctional family ties is dotted by calamities amid deceptively calm circumstances. Read story.

Friday, January 19, 2018

‘Motown: The Musical’ Is Doting Homage to Music and Artists of the Era

The music and talented cast made the show an engaging retrospective celebrating the social importance of groundbreaking artists. Read story.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

'100 Grand' at Sullivan Goss

Celebratory annual exhibition in its ninth year Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Author Rebecca Solnit’s Book Offers Optimism in Dire Times

Hope in the Dark reminds that social change often takes a circuitous route, moving so imperceptibly that we hardly see it coming because we’re in the process of living it. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chris Thile Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Mandolin unbound at UCSB’s Campbell Hall Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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