Music at the Movies

By Steven Libowitz   |   November 8, 2022

The Music Academy launches its new season of projecting Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series at the recently technically upgraded Hahn Hall with Luigi Cherubini’s rarely performed Medea, with Met soprano star Sondra Radvanovsky as the mythic sorceress who will stop at nothing in her quest for vengeance. The Met-premiere production recorded live transmission at 2 pm on November 6 also stars tenor Matthew Polenzani, soprano Janai Brugger, bass Michele Pertusi, and mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova. Visit… Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba, a documentary that traces the story of Cuban DJ and producer Isnay Rodriguez, screens November 9 at UCSB’s MCC followed by a discussion and Q&A with co-producers Eli and Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi. Details at

Notes Around Town

Sihasin, the duo of brother and sister, Clayson and Jeneda Benally, from the Diné Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona, grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide against their traditional way of life, with the anger reflected in their previous family band. Now, Sihasin offers music that reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities, and social and environmental justice, albeit via an explosive genre-blurring combination of only bass, drums, and vocals. Catch them at UCSB’s MCC on November 4… 

Innovative piano-based singer-songwriter Jennifer Terran performs a CD release show for her years-in-the-making new disc California National Anthem, accompanied by Loránd Lokuszta on violin, Laura Mihalka on cello, and Ada Sycamore Ray with vocal harmonies. The November 5 concert from the veteran Santa Barbara musician who once recorded a praiseful ode to Trader Joe’s takes place at her own mountain venue called The Barn. Details at…

Short Cuts

Dirtwire brings its “back-porch space cowboy blues, swamptronica, and electro-twang” to SOhO on November 5… Café Tacvba, Mexico’s leading alternative rock band known for blending indigenous folk with electronic, rock, and punk, brings its three-decades-plus experience to the Arlington Theatre on November 6… Local Kimberly Ford offers up her nationally-touring spot on a tribute/interpretation of Joni Mitchell complete with a seven-piece band modeled on Mitchell’s years backed by Tom Scott & the L.A. Express (Court & Spark, Hissing of Summer Lawns, Miles of Aisles) back at SOhO on November 8.


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