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Highlighted Events

  • July 28, 2017 to January 25, 2018
    Located in the Ocean Gallery, this exhibition will feature the winners of the annual Art of Science competition organized by UCSB’s Schuller Lab and Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships at the California NanoSystems Institute. The UCSB Library is proud to showcase these eye-opening and defining intersections of art and science.
  • September 16, 2017 to December 8, 2017
    Sacred Art in the Age of Contact focuses on the relationship between art and religion in both Chumash and Spanish traditions in the early Mission period.  Highlighting themes of devotion, sacred space, language and materiality. The exhibition investigates the mutually transformative interaction among these traditions, and will draw...
  • September 25, 2017 to December 15, 2017
    Iridescent Tongues reflects upon the spirituality of sensations and movement through queer Desi femme imaginations. These sensorial meanings explore queer desire, duality, pain, release, and sensuality to unravel deeper, liberatory practices of loving/being. Khushboo Kataria Gulati draws from intimate rituals and conversations with their flesh,...
  • November 4, 2017 to November 19, 2017
    In this ninety-minute adaptation, two casts alternate nightly to explore the story of a king igniting a chain reaction of chaos with the simple question: “Tell me my daughters, which of you doth love us most?” In Shakespeare’s great tragedy, King Lear discovers his own humanity and mortality as he teeters on the brink of madness.
  • November 18, 2017
    Imago Theatre presents La Belle, an imaginative love story set in the engine room of a 1920s steamship. Refined passenger Lady Rose and ship coal stoker reenact the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast in a whimsical, kinetic world of more than 100 astonishing automata, puppets and non-digital dazzling effects. As they tell the story, their own...
  • November 18, 2017
    Happy Hour is the newest production from contemporary American dance company, Monica Bill Barnes & Company. In the fall of 2015, we produced Happy Hour as a weekly event, every Wednesday, in downtown New York. We ran for 10 weeks, selling out every performance for over 600 audience members. Following the successful combination of radio...
  • November 18, 2017
    Set in the mid-1950’s in Red Hook, a dockworker’s community in Brooklyn, A View from the Bridge tells the story of longshoreman Eddie Carbone and a fatal mistake that changes his family forever. This raw, gritty, and explosive story, with its themes of immigration, community, pride, and secret love, remains as relevant today as on the day it...
  • November 19, 2017
    After witnessing a mob massacre in Chicago, musicians Joe (Jack Lemmon) and Jerry (Tony Curtis) are in grave danger. Posing as "Josephine" and "Daphne," they evade the mob by joining a traveling all-women band headed to Florida, but farcical complications ensue as Jerry/Daphne falls for the band's loopy ukelele player Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe),...
  • November 19, 2017
    In this ninety-minute adaptation, two casts alternate nightly to explore the story of a king igniting a chain reaction of chaos with the simple question: “Tell me my daughters, which of you doth love us most?” In Shakespeare’s great tragedy, King Lear discovers his own humanity and mortality as he teeters on the brink of madness.
  • November 27, 2017
    Hailed as a "pianist of genius" by the Washington Post, Gustavo Romero (Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas) will present a program of works by Federico Mompou, Emma Lou Diemer, and Enrique Granados as part of UCSB's Spanish Piano Festival on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. The...
  • November 29, 2017
    Directed by Jeremy Haladyna, the UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) will present its annual fall concert on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. Photo by Eric Isaacs.
  • November 29, 2017
    British pianist Alexander Boyd will present a recital featuring works by Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Beethoven, J.S. Bach, and Brahms, as part of UCSB's Spanish Piano Festival on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. Admission is free.
  • November 29, 2017
    “One of this generation’s most vital literary voices.” – Jeffrey Eugenedes, author of Middlesex “Smith has a knack for unearthing the deeper truths that lie beneath common experience.” The New York Times British novelist, essayist and short story writer Zadie Smith is known for her unique perspective on contemporary culture, superb dialogue and...
  • November 30, 2017
    This anonymous collective of women artists produces pamphlets, billboards, and posters highlighting sexism, LGBTQ issues, and racial and economic disparities. They are identifiable by the gorilla masks they always wear to provide anonymity and focus viewers on their message, rather than personalities. Learn about their projects and the ongoing...
  • November 30, 2017
    From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes The Shape of Water, an otherworldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (...
  • November 30, 2017
    There is more to life than searching for happiness, says Emily Esfahani Smith, TED favorite and author of the book The Power of Meaning. A positive psychology instructor and an editor at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Smith finds that pursuing meaning in life is ultimately more fulfilling than chasing happiness. Drawing on psychology,...
  • November 30, 2017
    Under the direction of Paul Bambach, the UCSB Wind Ensemble will present its annual fall concert on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Photo by Eric Isaacs.
  • December 2, 2017
    Directed by Scott Marcus, the UCSB Middle East Ensemble will present its annual fall concert on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.
  • December 2, 2017
    Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Pink Martini, the globetrotting “little orchestra” that draws inspiration from classic Hollywood musicals and crosses genres to make an eclectic, modern sound. Combining Latin music, jazz, cabaret and more, this effervescent group is guaranteed to have the audience dancing in the aisles. Beloved...
  • December 4, 2017
    The UCSB Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players will present their annual fall concert on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. Winners of the quarterly UCSB Chamber Music Competition will perform as the UCSB Chamber Players and open the first half of the concert. Photo by Tony Mastres.
  • December 5, 2017
    Under the direction of Jon Nathan, the UCSB Jazz Combos will present a concert on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. Admission is free. Photo by Matt Perko.
  • December 5, 2017
    Under the direction of Jon Nathan, the UCSB Jazz Combos will present their annual fall concert on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. Photo by Matt Perko.
  • December 7, 2017
    Cory Richards is one of the world's leading adventure and expedition photographers. A passionate mountain climber, his camera has taken him from Antarctica’s unclimbed peaks to the summit of Mount Everest as he captures the soul of exploration and the complex relationship we have with nature. He is part of the North Face athletic team and delivers...
  • December 7, 2017
    This year’s Fall Dance Concert features new and exciting works by senior BFA choreographers exploring themes of suspense and immersion into the unknown, radical definitions of femininity, and perceptions of freedom and incarceration. Fall Dance offers a collaborative space for choreographers and designers. These works showcase the creative...
  • December 8, 2017
    Under the direction of Victor Bell, the UCSB Gospel Choir will present its annual fall concert, featuring traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions, on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. Founded over 25 years ago, the choir is regularly featured in...