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Arts & Entertainment Reviews

Review: Begin Again

The Once writer/director gives us a more-polished version of his breakaway musical hit. Read story.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Review: Bob Weir and RatDog at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Hippie ethos and jam-band noodling prove the perfect start to the all-American holiday weekend. Read story.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: Tammy

Melissa McCarthy returns to the big screen in this moneymaking romp, cowritten and directed by her husband Ben Falcone. Read story.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: The Knocks at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club

We’ve got one question: Why so much gear? Read story.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Review: Joan Baez at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The Indigo Girls stole the show away from its headliner on Wednesday, July 2. Read story.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: War of the Whales

Joshua Horwitz’s book is a reminder that our technological, industrial, and military prowess can produce unintended deadly consequences. Read story.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Review: Body of Work at UCSB’s HSSB Ballet Studio Theatre

The longtime UCSB dance professor has created a solo show charting the trajectory of his more than 40 years in dance. Read story.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

This new installment nicely highlights everything wrong with Michael Bay’s moviemaking. Read story.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Review: eighth blackbird at Hahn Hall

The sextet’s June 26 concert was enlivened by vital signs and tight patterns. Read story.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Review: Sarah McLachlan at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The Canadian chanteuse stops in S.B. on her tour to promote her eighth studio album, Shine On. Read story.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Yuna at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club

Never mind the Auto-Tune: Yuna is the real deal. Read story.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Maxwell at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Neo-soul artist Maxwell took over the Bowl with some lover-man moves on Thursday, June 26. Read story.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Vans Warped Tour at Seaside Park

Linkin Park makes a sort-of surprise appearance at the still-breathing punk-rock road show. Read story.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Review: History of the Rain

The Swain family story — brought to vibrant life by Niall Williams — is everyone’s story; it’s about how we aspire and endure Read story.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: Left Coast at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This exciting exhibit showcases the SBMA’s recent acquisitions in contemporary art and photography. Read story.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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