Highlighted Events

  • September 12, 2014 to May 1, 2015
    As the 2014 Art, Design & Architecture Museum Artist-in-Residence, Eric Beltz will present an ambitious new project, The Cave of Treasures, a dramatic departure for the artist who is known for his intimately scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings. The title refers to three recurring themes in Beltz’s work that are commonly...
  • January 14, 2015 to March 13, 2015
    “Of Water and the Spirit” is an exhibit of Zéna Carlota Pearl Allen’s most recent artwork as it relates to ritual, mythology, and dreams in diasporic African and Indigenous cultures. Navigating the realms of the subconscious in her art, Zéna explores the meaning of identity and liberation for people of color independent of cognitive parameters,...
  • January 16, 2015 to May 1, 2015
    The Art, Design & Architecture Museum's exhibit "How to Make the Universe Right" presents an unprecedented group of scrolls and ceremonial objects of the Yao people and other groups from Vietnam and Southern China. This rich tradition of Shamanist practice brings together Daoist and Buddhist deities, Confucian ancestor worship...
  • January 27, 2015
    A small, covert team of engineers at Microsoft turned one of the largest corporate campuses in the world into a “smart campus” achieving energy and operational savings. By applying an “Internet of Things meets Big Data” approach, the team refined a data-driven software solution that is slashing the cost of operating the campus’ 125 buildings. The...
  • January 27, 2015
    A singer, songwriter, poet and author, Patti Smith ranks among the most influential rock icons of all time.
  • January 28, 2015
    Who ordered the muon and other mysteries of particle physics? At the turn of the twentieth century, physicists knew little about atoms except that they contained electrons and could be organized into families. These clues soon helped solve the problem of atomic structure. Subatomic then became all the rage. However… after the electron, proton and...
  • January 28, 2015
    Drawing from his new best-seller about the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, Michio Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold.
  • January 29, 2015
    Like elegant temple sculptures come to life, Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy weave a sensuous spell in solos and duets, accompanied by live music and narration.
  • January 30, 2015 to February 1, 2015
    The UCSB Department of Music presents Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. This Opera interpretation of one of the Bard’s most popular works features a composition by Professor Joel Feigin. Produced by Benjamin Brecher and directed by David Grabarkewitz, Feigin’s version of Twelfth Night has been given much recognition by the opera community, having...
  • January 31, 2015
    From the ancient arts of China, to the bold contemporary movement of today, the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Trio performs a beautiful blend of cultural and contemporary dance. Lily Cai's choreography transforms the dance elements, fans, and ribbons of her Shanghai heritage into a captivating performance by her star dancers. Following the...
  • February 2, 2015
    In his revolutionary new book, best-selling author Norman Doidge describes how natural, non-invasive treatments – based on light, sound, vibration and movement – can awaken the brain’s remarkable healing capacities.
  • February 4, 2015
    A performance by Kodo, Japan’s most celebrated taiko drumming ensemble, is a rare treat: part athletic feat, part artistic sensation, and an all-around
    electrifying experience.
  • February 5, 2015
    "The Curve" is a comedic exploration of the current state of America’s racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little PowerPoint – and a whole lot of Kamau comedy. (Explicit language.)
  • February 7, 2015
    The Emerson String Quartet stands alone in the history of quartets with its list of monumental achievements: nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards, the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and more than 30 acclaimed recordings.
  • February 10, 2015
    Held in celebration of Black History Month, the event will feature keynote speakers Dr. Na’ilah Suad Nasir from UC Berkeley and Dr. Tyrone Howard from UCLA and will be moderated by UC Santa Barbara Professor Jeffrey Stewart. These talks and moderated discussion are part of a day-long event of activities that feature faculty, graduate and...
  • February 19, 2015
    FOCUS ON: ANTHROPOCENE - JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE tells an epic story of cosmic, Earth and human transformation from The Big Bang to today. There will be a post-screening Q&A with Author Mary Evelyn Tucker.
  • February 20, 2015
    Isabel Bayrakdarian, Soprano and a UCSB Faculty Member, offers an exciting journey of Eastern Central Europe to the fiery flamenco music of Spain and Andalucia inspired by Liszt, Brahms, Dvorak, Schumann, deFalla, Albeniz and Lecuona. This is a special performance for the Bel Canto Scholarship Fund.
  • February 20, 2015
    The Coup craft a refreshingly unique sound that draws from the past while never sounding anything but futuristic. Consisting of vocalist-writer and activist Boots Riley and a versatile cadre of musicians, The Coup merge danceable beats, punk urgency and the astute social commentary of hip-hop.