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Review: The Homesman

Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones play unlikely sympathizers in this brutal drama about life in the 1800s American frontier. Read story.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Review: Dr. Mütter’s Marvels

Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz writes about intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine. Read story.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Lobero Theatre

New Orleans’ R&B songsmith Allen Toussaint sang through his 50-year career with help from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Read story.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review: King Lear at UCSB’s Campbell Hall

This UCSB residency by London troupe included two performances on November 20 and 21. Read story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Avi Buffalo Is Growing Up and Out

The young Sub Pop signees return to the fold and play SOhO in support of their new sophomore album. Read story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Jennifer Lawrence steals the show in this otherwise plodding lead up to the franchise’s finale. Read story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: The Theory of Everything

A smart script, powerful performances, and artful direction round out this heartfelt, original Stephen Hawking biopic. Read story.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Almost, Maine

Mitchell Thomas directs this sweet and funny script by playwright John Cariani. Read story.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Ten Red Kings

SBCC students star in this drama about the pleasures and perils of digital media. Read story.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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
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