No barbarian

Conan O'Brien & Dick Smith - UCSB Arts & Lectures 4/16/16 Arlington Theater

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But he is crazy. Conan O’Brien dropped by the Arlington Theater last weekend for a crazy funny “interview” with TV producer Dick Smith. A wide-ranging romp thru O’Brien’s life and career, he even made late arrivals and a malfunctioning “Madonna-style” head mic hilarious. As part of this UCSB Arts &…

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A bountiful trip in time and space

Nicholas Daniel and JiHye Jung - Camerata PAcifica 4/13/16 Hahn Hall, MAW

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Beginning with the dark and inviting “Journey to the End of the Night” by Nigel Osborne, taking wing with the eerily beautiful “Morning Dove Sonnet” by Christopher Deane and landing in a world of ravishing melody in the world premiere of the commissioned “New Work for Oboe, Harp, Cello and Percussion” by…

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Things fly apart

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The savagely funny family feud at the center of “Bad Jews” reaches a fever pitch and like most deeply felt arguments, reveals a lot more about the characters involved, way beyond the question of who gets a significant heirloom. Interesting, funny and provocative play! Playing now thru May 1 @ the New Vic Theatre.…

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Buoso goes to the theater

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Finally onstage at the Granada Theatre and less than a week before the curtain goes up on Buoso’s opera. Oops, I mean Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.” Everyone was so distraught about the death of Brooks Firestone’s brilliantly played Buoso Donati, that tears flowed like rain. Until they found and read his will.…

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