Highlighted Events

  • February 10, 2015 to June 30, 2015
    This exhibition, which explores Indigenous peoples’ heritage and identity, features ancient and modern objects from the Library’s Special Research Collections, and items on loan, including a Chumash canoe called a tomol; pre-Columbian artifacts; medicinal plants; and contemporary graphic art, literature and theater. Opening Event: At 4 p.m....
  • May 5, 2015
    Les Arts Florissants, one of the world’s most respected vocal and instrumental early music ensembles, presents a program of late 17th century <i>airs de cour</i>.
  • May 5, 2015
    1941 is a period comedy that looks at hysterical Californians after the attack on Pearl Harbor who are convinced that they are the next target. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The film received three Oscar nominations. The screening will be followed by a Q&amp;A with screenwriter Bob Gale (who...
  • May 6, 2015
    Matter is made of particles flying like tiny billiard balls through empty space, right? “No” said Paul Dirac: the vacuum is actually not empty, rather it looks like an infinitely deep sea. 'Elementary' particles like electrons and protons are just ripples on this Dirac sea. Since then physicists have discovered that the vacuum is not...
  • May 6, 2015
    As part of the neo-noir series, Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) adopts the noir aesthetic to evoke Los Angeles in the 1930s as a spiritually and ecologically arid land. A private detective, played by Jack Nicholson, is hired to expose a tawdry affair, but finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. The film was inspired by...
  • May 8, 2015
    Rhiannon Giddens has made a Grammy-winning career of bringing powerful song traditions to modern life with her band the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
  • May 8, 2015
    Emmy Award-winning artist Vân Ánh Vo dedicates her life to creating music on the dan Tranh (16-string zither). She fuses her traditional Vietnamese foundation with freshness in new structures and compositions. Vân Ánh will take the audience on a journey to Vietnam through this performance of traditional sounds of North, Central, and South Vietnam...
  • May 8, 2015 to May 17, 2015
    The Department of Theater/Dance at UC Santa Barbara and director Jeff Mills present an ACTING UP FRONT production of Bloody Poetry, a play by Howard Brenton. Chronicling the tumultuous relationships between three literary revolutionaries: Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Shelley and Lord George Byron, Bloody Poetry runs from May 8 through May 17 in...
  • May 13, 2015
    Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as...
  • May 13, 2015
    Hailed as “one of the living masters of the <i>gaita</i>,” also known as the Galician bagpipe (<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>), musician and composer Cristina Pato is a musical powerhouse.
  • May 17, 2015
    Join the best-selling authors of <i>Winning</i> in a discussion of their newest book, <i>The Real-Life MBA</i>, which explores the most pressing challenges facing modern management and offers fresh, pragmatic solutions to overcome them.
  • May 19, 2015
    Three Chumash people will share how the Library exhibition “Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: Roots, Resistance, and Resurgence” relates to their community. The exhibition, which explores Indigenous peoples’ heritage and identity, features ancient and modern objects from the Library’s Special Research Collections, and items on loan, including a...
  • May 19, 2015
    Hear from this astonishing Austrian mountaineer who was the world’s first woman to summit all fourteen 8,000+-meter peaks without oxygen.
  • May 20, 2015
    Collateral (Michael Mann, 2004) brings noir to a modern-day Los Angeles. Jaime Foxx plays a cab driver who becomes the hostage of a contract killer. During the night, the cab driver and the killer (Tom Cruise) take us across the city in a murderous spree, from LAX to East L.A., from the beach to the hills. Jamie Foxx was nominated for the Academy...
  • May 20, 2015
    The Spring concert of the UCSB Percussion Ensemble directed by Jon Nathan
    Exploring many areas of percussion in an extremely entertaining performance.
  • May 20, 2015
    Dr. Pamela C. Ronald and Dr. Angelika Hilbeck will engage in a scientifically informed debate about the use of GMOs.
  • May 21, 2015 to May 23, 2015
    A black comedy, The Talented Ones looks at the thwarted dreams of immigrants eager to make it in their adopted country. As converts to the American Dream, how much more challenging and lethal do the notions of success and failure become? Omar is falling down in his attempts to make a success of his life, while his wife, Cindy, a fellow immigrant,...
  • May 27, 2015
    The Ensemble for Contemporary Music Spring Concert
  • May 27, 2015
    Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) adopts the noir style as it evokes the not-so-distant “futurescape” of Los Angeles, a dystopian city-world corroded by acid rain. Harrison Ford plays Deckard, a hunter of replicants, androids created to look “more human than human.” Their quest for a longer life span brings them to Earth, where they become a...
  • May 28, 2015
    Spring concert for Wind Ensemble directed by Paul Bambach
  • May 29, 2015
    This outstanding ensemble of music majors and non-majors comprises 34 of the best singers from the UCSB campus. The Chamber Choir presents quarterly concerts in Santa Barbara, it undertakes frequent international concert tours and has eleven CD recordings to its credit. Womens Chorus led by Pascal Salomon, A dynamic group of music majors and non...
  • May 29, 2015
    Catch Narcy premiere his new album ‘World War Free’ at the MCC! Yassin "The Narcicyst"/“Narcy” Alsalman is a leading Arab musician, actor and artist. Born in Dubai and raised in Canada, Narcy has experienced life in many contexts and has always prided himself on questioning the powers that be in his music or writings. With his unique...
  • May 30, 2015
    The UCSB Middle East Ensemble is an official "Ethnomusicology Performance Ensemble" in the Department of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Begun in 1989 by ethnomusicology professor Scott Marcus, the Ensemble has performed widely throughout California, including concerts in San Diego, L.A., Pomona, San Bernadino,...