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Highlighted Events

  • February 11, 2018
    UCSB Opera Theatre presents its annual opera production on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. Photo by Tony Mastres.
  • February 12, 2018
    A superstar organist with tremendous technical prowess and a flamboyant persona to match, Cameron Carpenter has a rare gift for connecting with his audience. Just ask anyone who witnessed his thrilling Santa Barbara debut in 2016, when he performed an explosive program on his International Touring Organ. Returning with his monumental self-designed...
  • February 13, 2018
    In his groundbreaking work, Harvard-trained economist, former Google data scientist and New York Times writer Seth Stephens-Davidowitz argues that much of what we thought about people has been dead wrong. The reason? People lie, to friends, lovers, doctors, surveys – and themselves. For his book Everybody Lies, Stephens-Davidowitz analyzed the...
  • February 14, 2018
    Under the direction of Jon Nathan, the UCSB Percussion Ensemble will present its annual Winter concert on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. Tickets: general ($10), non-UCSB students with ID ($5), UCSB students with ID (FREE), children under 12 (FREE). Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the Associated Students...
  • February 15, 2018
    Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet is celebrated for dramatizing the turmoil of its central character through means of expression unique to cinema. Adapted and directed by its star, Olivier’s film remains a touchstone both in the cinematic treatment of Hamlet and in the history of Shakespeare on film. Mark Rose (English, UCSB) will join moderator Jim...
  • February 16, 2018
    Unwanted from the moment she’s born, Sunny is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny’s bright outlook starts to...
  • February 20, 2018
    From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and lauded author Sarah Vowell comes a powerful examination of one of American history’s most singular figures: Abraham Lincoln. Best known for his play Angels in America, “the defining work of American art of the past 25 years” (Slate), Kushner also wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s...
  • February 21, 2018
    Hailed as Bali’s most forward-thinking music and dance ensemble, Çudamani is known for their exceptional creativity and superb artistry. Comprised of Bali’s most respected musicians and dancers, the ensemble performs as a spiritual offering for temples and the village communities in their native Indonesia, maintaining the rich treasures of...
  • February 22, 2018
    Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you have an opportunity to spend time on the court with the Globetrotters - shooting, trying out ball tricks, and getting autographs and photos! The unique 30-minute pre-show, "Magic Pass," will create memories of a lifetime. All customers must have a game ticket...
  • February 22, 2018
    The Museum is pleased to present a discussion that helps us appreciate why Chiura Obata was such an influential and beloved artist, and why his artwork is still relevant today. This gallery presentation will feature ShiPu Wang, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at UC Merced, curator of this exhibition and a UCSB alumnus, Kim...
  • February 22, 2018
    She’s the Man resets William Shakespeare’s cross-dressing comedy Twelfth Night in a contemporary boarding school. Teenage Viola (Amanda Bynes) takes her brother Sebastian’s place on his school’s boys soccer team while he runs off to London with his band, and romantic complications ensue when she meets her new roommate and team captain, Duke (...
  • February 22, 2018
    The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action-packed 2018 World Tour against the Washington Generals! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Prepare to be amazed as the...
  • February 22, 2018
    MacArthur Fellow and Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond has forever changed the way we look at poverty in America. Desmond “set a new standard for reporting on poverty” (The New York Times) with his massively influential book Evicted, which gives pathos to the idea that eviction is a cause, rather than merely a symptom, of poverty. Evictedwon the...
  • February 23, 2018
    The Danish String Quartet find themselves at the core of today’s classical music world, beloved by critics and audiences across the globe who celebrate their “technically adroit and vibrant playing” (The New York Times) as much as the infectious joy they bring to music-making. Comprised of fierce friends who have been playing together since...
  • February 23, 2018
    Ifé Mora, a Detroit Native, weaves her African American and Mexican roots for creating a gritty mix, guitar-driven sonic vision of blending Rock, Blues, Soul and Bluegrass genres. Ifé is a Singer and Musician who reimagines the origins and future of Black American rock. As one of the founding bands of the AfroPunk movement in New York City, Ifé...
  • February 26, 2018
    Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand new way. For astronaut Terry Virts, his newfound perspective was from the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola observation module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station. When he became the commander of the ISS, he took more...
  • February 27, 2018
    A Santa Barbara institution, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is a perennial fan favorite. Featuring the world’s best films and videos on mountain subjects, the tour awes viewers with thrills and grandeur captured in exotic locations the world over. The show’s wide variety of film subjects – from extreme sports to mountain culture and...
  • March 1, 2018
    Combine high-energy showmanship with elements of gypsy jazz, honky-tonk blues and witty swing overtones, and you’ll have Squirrel Nut Zippers. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Hot, the band’s top-charting fast-and-loose ode to hot jazz, SNZ creator Jimbo Mathus and founding drummer Chris Phillips have enlisted leading musicians from New Orleans...
  • March 2, 2018
    In the present, on the campus of a California public university, Lupe, a Latinx theatre professor, directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy, La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame), by Lope de Vega. Personalities collide onstage and off as the company grapples with the issues of race, class, and gender raised by the play. As opening night...
  • March 3, 2018
    In the present, on the campus of a California public university, Lupe, a Latinx theatre professor, directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy, La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame), by Lope de Vega. Personalities collide onstage and off as the company grapples with the issues of race, class, and gender raised by the play. As opening night...
  • March 4, 2018
    Loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 fantasy novel, The Magic City tells the story of nine year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys and found objects. Left alone in a vast mansion belonging to her sister’s fiancé, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds a miniature city, later...
  • March 6, 2018
    Founded in 1979, Madrid’s Compañía Nacional de Danza returns to Santa Barbara with a work that is a statement of its compelling artistic direction. Johan Inger’s Carmen is a visionary retelling of mythic and universal elements of passion and violence. Debuting in 2015, and winning the coveted Benois de la Danse prize for choreography in 2016, this...
  • March 7, 2018
    Directed by Jeremy Haladyna, the UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) will present its annual winter concert on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. Photo by Eric Isaacs.
  • March 8, 2018
    While the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees citizenship to those born or naturalized in the U.S., this Constitutional right has endured attacks since its passage in 1868, and it continues to be at risk today. 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez traces these battles from their roots in the struggles against slavery prior to the Civil War...
  • March 8, 2018
    Under the direction of Paul Bambach, the UCSB Wind Ensemble will present its annual winter concert on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Photo by Eric Isaacs.