How Funny is That?

Illustrator Maira Kalman and proposed "New Yorker" cover art sketch - UCSB Arts & Lectures 10/24/16 Campbell Hall

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Very, actually. Maira Kalman is a highly talented artist, illustrator, writer and designer, and a very funny raconteur. She is witty and her humor is gently mordant, often relying on the intelligence of the listener to fill in the blanks. Nearly hidden behind the lectern, she was larger than life anyway, showing…

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Jookin all over the place

Lil Buck - UCSB Arts & Lectures 10/25/16 Granada Theatre

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Santa Barbara will not be the same after a whirlwind Arts & Lectures residency by Lil Buck and his partner in all things Jookin, Ron Myles. They led exciting masterclasses for students at UCSB,  Santa Barbara Dance Arts and Santa Barbara High School. The pinnacle for students and non-students alike…

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Vocal splendor

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The acoustics of the Old Mission in Santa Barbara are perfect for the polyphonic singing of the Ensemble Basiani of Georgia and their concert there was achingly beautiful, sublime and, at times, quite spirited. For anyone unfamiliar with Georgian folk music, this was a rare treat that can’t be equalled by…

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Let’s Tango the Night Away

Leila Drake Fossek & Jack Stewart in "An American Tango" - State Street Ballet 10/22/16 Granada Theatre

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Probably the greatest of all dance teams during the 1930s and 40s was Frank Veloz and Yolanda Casazza. Their story is the subject of their son Guy Veloz’s full length ballet An American Tango, choreographed by William Soleau and produced by State Street Ballet. Veloz and Youlanda surpassed Irene & Vernon Castle and Fred…

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