On the Border

Publicity photo of UCSB Theater's "Lydia"

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The U.S. Mexico border is on the mind of a lot of people these days, and playwright Octavio Solis’s award-winning “Lydia,” which debuted in 2008, has added resonance now. The play is set in the early 1970s and was partly inspired by Solis’s experiences growing up in El Paso, Texas. It’s primarily about the…

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Diplomacy au Naturel

Edward Giron and William Waxman - DIJO Productions' "A Walk in the Woods" publicity photo 1/28/17 Oshinski Residence

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Soviet arms negotiator Andrey Botvinnik and his American counterpart John Honeyman decide to sneak off from the stifling confines of the official Geneva negotiating talks and head for some late-summer strolls in a wooded area above town. The fresh air must have been copacetic, as the two adversaries form a bond and…

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Thinking Big

Architect and Artist Maya Lin and her Storm King Wave Field - UCSB Arts & Lectures 1/30/17 Campbell Hall

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The tempest that erupted over Maya Lin’s winning entry for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial design competition was one of the opening salvos of the “culture wars” that are still being fought today. A career that began in controversy has evolved to encompass much more than memorials and buildings, and challenged the boundaries between Art and Architecture. Ms. Lin’s works grow out…

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The Stuff of Fantasy

Santa Barbara Symphony performing "Fantasia" - "The Sourcerer's Apprentice" 1/29/127 the Granada Theatre

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Dancing hippos, elephants and alligators, Donald Duck working for Noah to fill the ark and of course Mickey and the mops. Nearly everyone has probably seen the 1940 animated Disney movie Fantasia, and for the concert version presented by the Santa Barbara Symphony, new additions created in 1999 were added. The old favorites are there,…

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