Steel strings and heartstrings

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There was some sublime tugging at both going on at the Lobero Theatre October 3rd. Jerry Douglas is comfortable (way comfortable) playing many different styles of music and putting his own stamp on them with dazzling virtuosity and impeccable taste. This night he tugged the strings of his Dobro in a…

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Making it personal.

UCSB Arts & Lectures: Ken Burns - "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" 10/2/16 Granada Theatre

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Noted documentarian Ken Burns had an emotional night while making “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” During his UCSB Arts & Lectures talk Oct. 2 at the Granada Theatre, he related the story of a sleepless night he had after wrapping up a long day shooting in Yosemite. A childhood memory returned…

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Look where the lust for power gets you.

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It gets you and a lot of other people dead. In the world of Shakespear’s plays, only Richard III rivals Macbeth for murderousness and blinding ambition. The Macbeths, unlike Richard, are wracked by guilt for their bloody deeds; Lady Macbeth to the point of suicide. So, Macbeth explores the duality of character in the evil-doers while Richard…

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The Truth of the Matters

Fareed Zakaria - UCSB Arta lecture 9/27/16 Granada Theatre

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Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post columnist and host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, is one of the most thoughtful and insightful commentators on matters politic and global. His wide ranging (and sold out) talk at the Granada Theatre, kicking off UCSB’s Arts & Lectures 2016-17 season, focussed mainly on the U.S. presidential campaign…

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