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Book Review: Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War

Journalist James Risen’s latest book is a scathing indictment of the fearmongering and profiteering that keeps the war on terror humming along a dozen years after 9/11. Read story.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Foster the People at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The 2014 Bowl season went out with a band (and some pumped up kicks) on Saturday, November 15. Read story.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Pilobolus at the Granada Theatre

The New York physical theater and dance company performed on Monday, November 17. Read story.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Diplomacy

Volker Schlöndorff’s film succeeds, thanks to two fine actors engaging that premier WWII plot device: an impossible quandary. Read story.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: The Bird Man at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Art meets natural science in these hand-colored lithographs from the atelier of 19th-century ornithologist John Gould. Read story.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Middletown at UCSB’s Performing Arts Theater

This excellent production captures the excitement of America’s next great playwright. Read story.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Whiplash

Even during a year of remarkable movies, Whiplash stands as a monument to cinematic craft. Read story.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: Big Fish at SBHS

With an expert professional orchestra in the pit and talented students onstage, SBHS goes big with Big Fish Read story.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: Czech Philharmonic at the Granada Theatre

French Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet blazed with the spirit of Liszt. Read story.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Bare: A Rock Opera at Center Stage Theater

Bare provides a consistently satisfying and often thought-provoking night of musical theater. Read story.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Rigoletto at the Granada Theatre

Strong direction and an exciting performance by Andrea Carroll made this a Rigoletto to remember. Read story.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In Search of the Dark Watchers

Thomas Steinbeck and Benjamin Brode’s new book is part adventure, part legend, filled with illuminating sketches and lavish oil paintings flush with mystery, shadow, and light. Read story.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Parmet and Blackwood: Unbound at wall space gallery

Christa Blackwood and Barbara Parmet represent the wall space gallery aesthetic at its best. Read story.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: Big Hero 6

This is the first spawn of the unholy marriage between Disney and Marvel Comics, and without a doubt, it wears the shared DNA on its cartoon sleeves. Read story.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Age of Sail: The Transatlantic Packet Ship Era

Author Robin Lloyd discusses his novel Rough Passage and gives a multimedia presentation of the history of New York packet ships. Read story.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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