Tag archives: UCSB Arts & Lectures

A Grinning Audience
By Richard Mineards   |   April 9, 2024

After postponing their concert in February given a mandatory evacuation warning because of heavy rain, the charmingly named Grammy Award-winning octet Roomful of Teeth with pianist-guitarist Gabriel Kahane, performed in a UCSB Arts & Lectures show at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall. The tony troupe is dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential […]

Words on Stage: Pitches, Poetry and Pico
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 9, 2024

Grad Slam, the annual event in which UCSB graduate students present their research in three-minute talks meant to quickly spotlight the exciting work they are doing on campus, wraps up its 11th year with presentations from the seven finalists on April 5 at Campbell Hall. The pitches are designed to captures the students’ research in […]

Book ‘em: Dream on
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 2, 2024

Considered one of America’s foremost experts on jobs and the economy, Robert B. Reich was part of the administrations of three presidents – Ford and Carter and Secretary of Labor for Bill Clinton’s first term – and is also a bestselling author, award-winning documentarian, and a respected commentator. Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at Berkeley […]

A Purr-fect Show
By Richard Mineards   |   March 19, 2024

Neo-cabaret diva Meow Meow, who has performed to sold-out to audiences worldwide including the Sydney Opera House and Lincoln Center, was in outrageous form when she sang at the Lobero as part of the popular UCSB Arts & Lectures series. The show Sequins and Satire, Divas and Disruptors: The Wild Women of the Weimar Republic […]

Around the World with Renée
By Richard Mineards   |   February 13, 2024

Singer Renée Fleming, who has performed at the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, was at the top of her game when she made her second appearance as part of UCSB’s Arts & Lectures series at the Arlington, after the performance was switched from the Granada following the sprinkler disaster. Fleming, who became the […]

Bravo McDonald and Cho
By Richard Mineards   |   December 12, 2023

UCSB Arts & Lectures provided a wonderful double bill at Campbell Hall when unparalleled Broadway singer Audra McDonald and Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho performed within 24 hours of each other. McDonald, winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards and an Emmy, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, and received a National […]

Crowds Turnout for ‘Turn It Out’
By Richard Mineards   |   November 7, 2023

The venerable Granada was chock-a-block when UCSB Arts & Lectures staged the new season’s second dance event Turn It Out with Tiler Peck & Friends, a delightful and innovative two-hour show. Award-winning New York City Ballet principal dancer Peck embraced the role of director for the colorful, energized performance running up the heat with an […]

Dancing Through the Ages
By Richard Mineards   |   October 17, 2023

New York’s century-old Martha Graham Dance Company gave a sensational kickoff to the UCSB Arts & Lectures dance series at the sold-out Granada. It was a fitting launch given Graham, who died in 1991, aged 96, attended Santa Barbara High School, graduating in 1913, after being editor of the school newspaper and captaining the girls’ […]

Jenna Hamilton-Rolle Joins A&L Team
By Richard Mineards   |   July 25, 2023

Jenna Hamilton-Rolle, former director of education at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Sea Center, is the new director of education and community engagement for UCSB Arts & Lectures. She brings many community connections to her new role, including administrators and educators at the Goleta and Santa Barbara Unified school districts, and […]

A&L Going Strong at 64
By Richard Mineards   |   June 27, 2023

Social gridlock reigned at the Santa Barbara Club when 245 guests converged on the historic venue when UCSB Arts & Lectures, which is celebrating its 64th anniversary, revealed its slate of performances for the 2023-2024 season that features 48 events. These include recitals by Broadway star Audra McDonald and Kristin Chenoweth, jazz legend Herbie Hancock, […]

Standing up to Dictators… and Facebook… to Save Democracy
By Gwyn Lurie   |   May 24, 2023

I don’t have many heroes. Maybe because I’m too easily disappointed. Or that just beneath my optimistic surface lives a somewhat jaded self. Or perhaps it’s simply that it’s hard to find heroes these days who stand up to the test of time, not to mention under the harsh glare of modern-day journalism. But when […]

A Dash of Quartet and Ballet
By Richard Mineards   |   March 21, 2023

It was certainly a plucky performance when the Grammy award-winning Attacca Quartet, a decidedly funky and exuberant foursome, played at the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall, as part of the popular UCSB Arts & Lectures series. The works, all by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy-winning composer Caroline Shaw, known for “a world of sound never heard before,” […]

Segueing From SBIFF
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 28, 2023

After hundreds of screenings and appearances by more Academy Award-hopefuls (and likely winners) gathered in one place this side of the Oscar luncheon, the 38th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival wrapped last weekend. But there’s still plenty of movie magic around beyond the cineplex and streaming.  UCSB Arts & Lectures’ annual visit from the […]

A Flipping Good Time
By Richard Mineards   |   February 21, 2023

Cirque FLIP Fabrique staged Muse at the Granada, part of the popular UCSB Arts & lectures series. Playing with gender roles, the production offered up a refreshing view of contemporary circus with the eclectic performers, whether wearing high heels or shoulder pads, football uniforms or ballet attire, using the cavernous stage to its fullest for […]

A Stirring Evening
By Richard Mineards   |   February 14, 2023

Pink Martini, the 11-member group of talented multi-lingual musicians, made their 10th appearance in our Eden by the Beach, part of the popular UCSB Arts & Lectures series. The venerable Granada was sold-out as pianist Thomas Lauderdale, the Portland, Oregon-based founder, and his fellow Harvard classmate China Forbes led the group singing songs in Armenian, […]

DiDonato’s ‘EDEN’ Communing with nature through music
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 24, 2023

A week after California finally emerged from a series of threatening atmospheric river rainstorms, award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is bringing her new passion project to town. EDEN is a timely theatrical experience co-commissioned by UCSB Arts & Lectures that explores our connection to nature and its impact on our world adding movement and theater to […]

Mariachi in His Veins
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 17, 2023

Born and raised in Bakersfield, Jimmy Cuéllar has never lived a day of his life in Mexico, but it’s safe to say that mariachi music is in his blood. Both of his parents migrated to the United States with their parents when they were kids, his father brought here in his pre-teens to work the […]

Abundance After the Winter Dry Spell
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 10, 2023

The arts and entertainment scene in Santa Barbara stays particularly fallow in the current year-spanning four-week period, as none of the major producing organizations in town are staging events between mid-December and mid-January, save for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s annual New Year’s Eve concert. The Lobero is the first downtown to spring back into action, […]

Merry Mariachi 
By Steven Libowitz   |   December 6, 2022

The Arlington Theatre, our town’s largest indoor venue, hosts Santa Barbara’s first-ever Mariachi holiday concert produced by a local organization, in this case UCSB Arts & Lectures. The incomparable José Hernández will lead Mariachi Sol de México in a festive musical tribute to Mexico’s Christmas traditions, offering holiday favorites in a December 7 performance that […]