It’s Not All talk

Sharon Lawrence and Meredith Baxter rehearsing "The City of Conversation" - Ensemble Theatre Co.

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In these days of a gaping partisan divide in Washington D.C., Ensemble Theatre Company’s new production of Anthony Giardina’s “The City of Conversation” is especially timely. Though written in 2010, it digs into the roots of our current sad state of political affairs, evoking many moments of déja vu and…

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For the Kids

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I’ve seen many wonderful performing arts groups’ presentations for elementary school children and none has held their attention better than the UCSB Arts & Lectures show featuring the Pilobolus dance theater company recently at the Granada Theatre. The kids had no chance to get fidgety or bored. Things started with…

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Piano Time

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The second in Santa Barbara Symphony’s “Meet Our Musicians” series features Principal Pianist extraordinaire Natasha Kislenko. See and hear some glimpses of her virtuosity as she talks about why she loves be a part of Santa Barbara’s own symphony orchestra. Dr. Kislenko is an acclaimed world-wide performer as soloist, with…

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A Mix of Straight Talk and Some Walkback

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Former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made some great points during her UCSB Arts & Lectures sponsored visit to Santa Barbara last week to promote her book “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom.” In that book and in her speech at the Arlington Theater,…

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