In the Fantastic Forest

Isabel Bayrakdarian as "The Cunning Little Vixen" - Opera Santa Barbara 3/1/17 The Granada Theatre

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Leos Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” is  a sort of comic tragedy originally based on a Czech daily comic strip and features lush music based on Czech folk themes. Opera Santa Barbara’s production is set in a fantastical forest of giant flowers and creatures abound, from a frog and a hedgehog to hilarious chickens, while the…

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The “Emperor’s” Eloquent Explicator

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee 2/23/17 UCSB Life Sciences 4301

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Doctor Siddhatha Mukherjee wrote the best-seller “The Emperor of All Maladies” about cancer in 2010. The second in a planned trilogy, “The Gene: An Intimate History”(2016), is a kind of follow-up, since genetics have a lot to do with cancer, not only in the mechanics of tumors, but also in why some people and animals…

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Big Band Jazz

David Pietro solos with the Maria Schneider Orchestra at the Lobero Theatre 2/20/17

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You can probably count the number top-notch of  Jazz Big Bands on one or two hands, and the most sublime is no doubt the Maria Scneider Orchestra. Bandleader Schneider’s compositions and orchestrations are lush and evocative and unlike any others, taking listeners on beautiful and richly drawn journeys through the landscapes of her original mind. That…

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Thomas Fant in Edgar Zendejas's new "Rite of Spring" - State Street ballet 2/18/17 The Granada Theatre

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Dancers spend a good deal of time moving rapidly about the stage, or springing if you will, and the dancers of State Street Ballet are very good at it. Give them some exciting choreography and they leap into it combining  superb technique with convincing acting skills. Such was the case with Edgar…

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