UCSB Theater & Dance Dept. production of Octavio Solis's "Lydia" 2/15/17 UCSB Performing Arts Theater

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A family secret tied to a tragedy is finally revealed when the brain-damaged Ceci finds her voice through newly hired undocumented maid Lydia who has a special connection with Ceci and other members of the family. The defining moment for the Flores family, setting up all the tensions and conflicts, was…

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To Boldly Go

George Takei at the ArlingtonTheatre - UCSB Arts & Lectures 2/15/17

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On February  15th, Trekkies weren’t the only ones who were enthralled by George Takei’s afternoon appearance at UCSB’s Multicultural Center Theater on campus and at the Arlington Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara that evening. He spoke eloquently and passionately about human rights for all people and, just 4 days before its 75th anniversary, the impact…

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Fast Forward to…

Cast of "Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play" publicity shoot - UCSB Dept. of Theater and Dance 2/15/17 UCSB Studio Theater

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After the fall. Post apocalyptic. The Simpsons? How might a new civilization begin to evolve and what part will current pop culture play in the rebuilding of it? Anne Washburn’s “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play” posits that deeply held memories of a highly popular episode of The Simpsons are a good starting point…

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Ritual and Dance

Deise Mendonça and Thomas Fant - State Street Ballet's "The Rite of Spring" publicity 2/8/17 The Gail Towbes Center for Dance

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The original Ballet Russes production of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” choreographed by Nijinsky was subtitled “Pictures of Pagan Russia in Two Parts” and was conceived as a celebration of the mysteries of Spring and the bursts of creativity that accompany its arrival after winter loosens its grip on the…

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