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Lila Downs

by lesliedinaberg on September 25, 2017

  The Los Angeles Times describes Lila Downs as, “A renowned Mexican balladeer known for her wild outfits, wide range and powerful voice, a goose-bump-inducing instrument that can go from playful to grave from one note to the next.” “Few alternative artists have the dynamic power and range of this bilingual warrior-woman,” states NPR. Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American […]

Lil Buck – A Jookin’ Jam Session

by lesliedinaberg on October 24, 2016

JOOKIN’ (jook·in): A street dance style that emerged from Memphis, Tenn. Identified by its extremely intricate footwork and propensity for improvisation, seen by many as a descendant of hip-hop and jazz, with elements of ballet and modern dance.  See what jookin’ looks like for yourself, when UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Lil Buck – A Jookin’ […]

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour

by lesliedinaberg on October 17, 2016

Film and nature collide when UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. Telluride Mountainfilm was launched more than 30 years ago by a group of climbers and friends dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments […]

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

by lesliedinaberg on February 2, 2016

  UCSB Arts & Lectures presents leading contemporary dance company Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan performing Rice, a multimedia work of human drama and the story of a revered land, on Tue., Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. at The Granada Theatre. Renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min, “the most important choreographer in Asia” (Berliner Morgenpost), created the […]

Editor’s Pick: Melissa Etheridge

by lesliedinaberg on November 9, 2015

Award-winning musician Melissa Etheridge brings her singular song stylings and stage presence to UCSB’s Campbell Hall (Nov. 15) to celebrate the release of her new album and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu. Originally published in the Fall 2015 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine. —Leslie Dinaberg

Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

by lesliedinaberg on November 2, 2015

Grammy Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra bring together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music and the virtuosity of 18 of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians, on Thu., Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Pianist and composer  O’Farrill, […]


by lesliedinaberg on November 25, 2014

BalletBoyz is one of the most cheekily original and innovative forces in modern dance. Combining spectacular dance – both energetic and graceful – with groundbreaking music and film, its distinctive style has thrilled audiences and critics the world over. For the TALENT, 10 exceptional young male dancers were hand-picked to perform by BalletBoyz founders Michael Nunn and […]

Sandra Tsing Loh Dishes on Menopause, Marriage and “The Madwoman in the Volvo”

by lesliedinaberg on May 8, 2014

Humorist/memoirist will appear at UCSB Campbell on Thursday, May 8 By Leslie Dinaberg Chatting with Sandra Tsing Loh—whose new book, The Madwoman in the Volvo, focuses on what she calls Generation Triple M  (Middle-Aged Moms in Menopause)—is a lot like reading one of her essays. Her level of frankness is engaging, enlightening and charming, kind […]

Indie singer-songwriter Andrew Bird with The Handsome Family

by lesliedinaberg on November 20, 2013

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents “distinctively original” indie singer-songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird, with show opener The Handsome Family, in concert Thurs., Nov. 21 at UCSB Campbell Hall. Drawing on influences from American roots music to his classical training, the “relentlessly inventive” (NPR) Chicagoan creates lush, densely layered soundscapes on stage with his violin, a looping pedal, […]

One Radio Host, Two Dancers Features NPR’s Ira Glass

by lesliedinaberg on October 18, 2013

Ira Glass with dancers? That’s right, the always entertaining host of NPR’s This American Life has taken to the road with choreographer Monica Bill Barnes & Company for a quirky show combining two art forms that, as Glass puts it, “have no business being together – dance and radio.” Coming to The Granada on Saturday, October 19 from […]