A global leader of the women’s rights movement, Gloria Steinem has profoundly affected the way Americans think about the politics of gender. The outspoken journalist, editor and activist began advocating for equality and social justice in the 1960s and continues her work with the same ardor today. Co-founder of Ms. magazine, the National Women’s Political Caucus, Choice USA and Take Our Daughters to Work Day, among other institutions, she is also the author of many books and essays. Steinem will reflect on her involvement in the social movements of the past four decades, as well as current issues we face. Presented by ... UCSB Arts & Lectures Venue ... Arlington Theatre Website
10/31 - Save the Date! Pink Martini Holiday Show -- December 5th at the Arlington
Beloved chanteuse China Forbes – back in Santa Barbara after more than four years – performs with the internationally renowned ensemble, led by effervescent bandleader/pianist Thomas Lauderdale. Influenced by sultry Latin music, swinging jazz, cabaret, cinema scores and more, the fabulously eclectic ensemble will intoxicate you with its polished and glamorous sound. The band will draw from its best-selling, multi-denominational album Joy to the World, upcoming release Get Happy (due out Sept. 24) and longtime favorites. Get your fill of heady holiday cheer and goodwill toward all, Pink Martini-style! “This is rich, hugely approachable music, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious.” The Washington Post "Impressive at every musician’s station, this ensemble produces music that’s charming and elegant.” Variety Presented by ... UCSB Arts & Lectures Venue ... Arlington Theatre Website
10/31 - Save the Date! Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt -- Campbell Hall -- 11/12
The uncompromising musicality of Lyle Lovett. The soul-stirring lyrics of John Hiatt. Two of America’s most admired singer-songwriters turn the Campbell Hall stage into their front porch for a rare and intimate acoustic evening, swapping stories and songs from throughout their incredible careers. One of the most distinctive songwriters to come out of Nashville, four-time Grammy winner Lovett has created his own style of Americana, defying convention and breaking barriers along the way. Eleven-time Grammy nominee Hiatt melds rock, country, folk and Mississippi Delta blues into chart-topping songs covered by the likes of Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Iggy Pop.
“An unplugged show with a difference… Both men are master songwriters, fine guitarists and hugely distinctive singers.” The Irish Times.
“Armed with just acoustic guitars, distinctive voices, their wits and songbooks bursting with wonder.” Santa Barbara News-Press. Presented by ... UCSB Arts & Lectures Venue ... UCSB Campbell Hall Website
9/5 - Save the Date! Alan Alda will be at the Granada Theatre on October 1st
Best known for his witty and charismatic portrayal of “Hawkeye” Pierce on the landmark TV series M*A*S*H, beloved actor Alan Alda is also a New York Times best-selling author, devoted science advocate and talented director. He’ll take a humorous look at a serious question: What’s been the meaning of my life? Having survived a near-death experience on a mountaintop in Chile and wanting to squeeze the most juice out of his second chance at life, he reflects on advice he’s given young people over the years, spinning a story as funny and riveting as it is surprising. “A rare performer who truly cares about the world he lives in.” Chicago Tribune Presented by ... UCSB Arts & Lectures Venue ... The Granada Theatre Website
7/12 - Tonight -- Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" at the Courthouse
Alfred Hitchcock Nights: Eight Classic Films of Obsession, Mystery and Suspense -- FREE screenings of movie gems by legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock on Wednesdays at UCSB's Campbell Hall and Fridays at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden, from July 3 to August 23 at 8:30 p.m. FRIDAY SCHEDULE (Courthouse):
7/5 - Vertigo
7/12 - Rear Window
7/17 - North by Northwest
7/24 - Psycho
8/9 - Notorious
8/16 - The Birds
8/23 - Strangers on a Train
Presented by ... UCSB Arts & Lectures Venue ... Santa Barbara County Courthouse - Sunken Gardens Website
6/10 - UCSB's FREE summer cinema series kicks off July 3 with Vertigo
Alfred Hitchcock Nights: Eight Classic Films of Obsession, Mystery and Suspense kicks off with FREE screenings of the 1958 masterpiece, Vertigo, on Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall and Friday, July 5 at 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden.
The gripping new summer film series features FREE screenings of movie gems by legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Campbell Hall and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. under the stars at the Sunken Garden through August 23.
One of Hitchcock’s personal favorites, the psychological thriller Vertigo masterfully depicts a retired private eye’s spiral into a tangled web of obsession and deceit. Shot on location in San Francisco, the Oscar-nominated flick famously stars James Stewart as the private investigator who is terrified of heights. Hired to investigate the mysterious activities of an old friend’s beautiful, much younger wife (played by Kim Novak), he finds himself becoming dangerously obsessed with her. Because of its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance, Vertigo was preserved in the National Film Registry by the U.S. Library of Congress in the first year of the registry’s voting. Writes Newsweek, “Why is this movie Hitchcock’s masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession.”
All Alfred Hitchcock Nights screenings are FREE. Please note that the films contain mature themes and may not be suitable for young children. The series is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara County Park Foundation, and the Community Services Department of Santa Barbara County.
Courthouse filmgoers are encouraged to bring blankets, low-backed beach chairs and picnic dinners. Arrive early to find the best spots for what has become a favorite Santa Barbara summer pastime!
5/30 - UCSB Arts & Lectures raises $380,000 in Tony Bennett gala fundraiser
UCSB Arts & Lectures raised $380,000 during An Intimate Evening with Tony Bennett, a sold-out gala fundraiser for its educational outreach programs, on May 22 at the Montecito Country Club.
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett dazzled the crowd of 228 guests by performing classics from throughout his storied career, ranging from “The Good Life” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” to his signature “I Left My Heart in San Francicso.” Bennett sang for more than an hour, backed by a three-piece ensemble.
“We were thrilled with the turnout for Arts & Lectures’ gala fundraiser and the generosity of our wonderful supporters,” said Miller McCune Executive Director Celesta M. Billeci. “And Tony Bennett was simply outstanding! Truly a class act with an incredible voice at 86.
“I especially want to thank Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, who made a significant gift to Arts & Lectures to help underwrite the evening. All of the funds raised from this event will ensure that local students from kindergarten through college, as well as underserved community members, continue to have access to our quality educational outreach programs.”
In the past year, more than 30,000 college and school-aged students and community members participated in Arts & Lectures’ educational outreach programs. They include the award-winning ¡Viva El Arte de Santa Bárbara!, a collaboration with other area nonprofits, featuring free concerts and performances throughout Santa Barbara County.
The evening also included a silent auction of a watercolor painting of Rome by Tony Bennett and a live auction. Campaign for Arts & Lectures Co-chair Dan Burnham and Chief Financial Officer for the UC Santa Barbara Foundation Eric Sonquist were the auctioneers, presiding over lively bidding for one-of-a-kind packages, including an Epiphone banjo signed by Steve Martin, plus box seats to see Martin in concert at the Hollywood Bowl; an Eastman cello signed by Yo-Yo Ma, along with tickets to Arts & Lectures’ complete 2013-2014 season of events and a meet-and-greet with Ma; and a National Geographic Expeditions trip to Cuba with tickets to A&L’s upcoming National Geographic Live lecture series.
The event’s premier table sponsor was Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree. Other table sponsors included Marcy Carsey, Robert Feinberg & Margo Cohen-Feinberg, Brian Frederick, Goldman Sachs, Luci & Rich Janssen, Irma & Morris Jurkowitz, Tom Kenny & Susan McMillan, Gretchen & Robert Lieff, Sara Miller McCune, Nina & Eric Phillips, Stephanie & Jim Sokolove, Fredric E. Steck, and Anne & Michael Towbes. Wine for the evening was generously provided by Lieff Wines.
During the event, Billeci also announced that Arts & Lectures has raised more than $10 million to date in its five-year major fundraising initiative. The Campaign for Arts & Lectures seeks to raise $20 million with funds to be split between a permanent endowment and annual support.
For more information about the Campaign for Arts & Lectures, contact Arts & Lectures’ development office at 805-893-2174 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu/campaign.
3/27 - Note the Venue Change! -- Alison Balsom & Scottish Ensemble -- from Granada to UCSB
Firmly established as one of the world’s leading trumpeters, Alison Balsom also ranks among classical music’s great ambassadors. The “magnetic and distinctive” (The Times, U.K.) musician has swept up multiple Classic FM, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards and was twice proclaimed Female Artist of the Year at the Classical BRITs. In what’s sure to be an electrifying performance, she plays with the versatile and always surprising Scottish Ensemble, a tight-knit group of outstanding string players who perform regularly under Artistic Director Jonathan Morton. Their 2012 album with Balsom, Seraph, won high praise from reviewers around the globe. Don’t miss this astounding U.S. debut.
“A true poet of the trumpet.” BBC Music Magazine
“The Scottish Ensemble is an ideal fit for Balsom, accompanying her with equal drive and vitality.” The Guardian (U.K.)
Venue: UCSB Campbell Hall. EmailWebsite
1/28 - Just announced! -- An Evening with Alice Waters -- April 27th
Hailed as the “mother of the local-food movement” (Time magazine), chef, proprietor and author Alice Waters is a culinary icon. As founder of legendary Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, she “single-handedly changed the American palate” (The New York Times) by pioneering a wholesome – and delectable – approach to food based on using the freshest organic, seasonal and local ingredients. Waters’ program, The Edible Schoolyard, is an influential model for public school programs across the country, teaching children how to grow and prepare food. Come join us for a discussion you’ll long savor, celebrating the pleasure, beauty and power of food. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for UCSB students with a current student ID. Venue: UCSB Campbell Hall. Website
9/21 - Heads Up! -- Venue Changed to UCSB Campbell Hall for Sanjay Gupta on October 21
Millions of TV viewers know Dr. Sanjay Gupta as CNN’s Emmy-winning chief medical correspondent and trust him for their critical health information. The charismatic journalist, neurosurgeon and best-selling author will deliver an in-depth examination of the media’s role in reporting on today’s sometimes scary and shocking medical headlines. With examples from his own work – such as post-9/11 reports on anthrax – Dr. Gupta uses his unique expertise seen on programs like Anderson Cooper 360° and Sanjay Gupta, MD to address the responsibility of news reporting in the public health arena. “Sensible, evidence-based advice.” – Dr. Andrew Weil
“CNN’s hero.” – Oprah Winfrey
Venue: UCSB's Campbell Hall. Website
9/15 - Save the Date! -- The Last of the Haussmans -- October 25
National Theatre Live. Feisty high society dropout Judy Haussman (Julie Walters) presides over her dilapidated Art Deco house on England’s Devon Coast while clinging to the spirit of the ’60s. After an operation, she’s joined by wayward offspring Nick and Libby and a cast of lively characters. They share a few sweltering months in a chaotic world fueled by drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments and free love. A funny, touching and sometimes savage portrait of a family losing its grip. “Deliciously comical.” Evening Standard (U.K.)
Venue: UCSB's Campbell Hall. EmailWebsite
9/3 - Save the Date! -- An Afternoon with Rachel Maddow -- October 7
Rachel Maddow is the funny, “whip-smart” (Time magazine) host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. The hit Emmy-winning TV program features her takes on the biggest stories of the day – political and otherwise – including lively, respectful debate with guests from all sides of the issues, in-depth analysis and stories found nowhere else on cable news. Maddow is the first openly gay person to host a primetime news program and author of the recent New York Times best-seller, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, a “smart and deeply documented” look (Los Angeles Times) at America’s drift into perpetual war. Don’t miss this rare public appearance by one of America’s most influential commentators on the political scene. “Commentary laden with dashes of humor and flashes of wonkish prose but free of righteous rant.” Variety
Venue: Arlington Theatre. Website
6/27 - Season subscriptions on sale now for UCSB Arts & Lectures’ extraordinary 2012-2013 season.
The Central Coast’s premiere arts organization recently announced a lineup of 57 magnificent new shows, including an unparalleled 28 Santa Barbara debuts, with thought-provoking lectures by today’s newsmakers and dazzling performances by the world’s leading dance companies, musicians and theatrical groups.
Among the featured artists is brilliant comedian Eddie Izzard; Star Trek icon William Shatner in his one-man Broadway show, Shatner’s World; international superstar, musician Gilberto Gil; the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, America’s oldest and most revered performing arts organization; legendary Broadway performer Barbara Cook; breathtaking dance troupe Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in Hamlet; and enchanting trumpeter Alison Balsom with the Scottish Ensemble in the ensemble’s North American debut.
Subscribe now to one of Arts & Lectures’ 12 series to get the best seats and savings of up to 20 percent. Single tickets go on sale Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m. The season kicks off with a thrilling solo performance by Grammy-winning pop legend Elvis Costello at 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 30 at The Granada Theatre.
Don’t miss a whole new season of BOLD MOVES and BIG IDEAS. Call the UCSB Arts & Lectures Ticket Office at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu and subscribe today.
ROBOTS! SPACE ALIENS! BODY SNATCHERS! Science Fiction Film Classics of the 1950s, a thrilling FREE summer film series, features The War of the Worlds on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. inside UCSB Campbell Hall and on Friday, July 27 at 8:30 p.m. outside at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden.
“At this very moment, space ships from the beyond may be on their way to destroy our planet!” So chillingly claimed the original film poster for 1953’s iconic sci-fi film, The War of the Worlds.
This Oscar-winning screen adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells novel tells the tale of a devastating alien attack on Earth. How will the human race be saved when even atomic bombs fail to deter the Martian invaders? Set in Southern California, this fast-paced, suspenseful film won an Academy Award for special effects by techno wizard George Pal, plus two other Oscar nominations. Writes the Hollywood Reporter: “A half-century after its creation, the film’s best moments are still so enjoyably unnerving.” Preserved in the National Film Registry by the U.S. Library of Congress, The War of the Worlds stars Gene Berry as an investigating scientist and Ann Robinson (of Dragnet fame) as a spectator in the explosive extraterrestrial battle.
The ROBOTS! SPACE ALIENS! BODY SNATCHERS! summer cinema series features FREE film screenings on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. under the stars at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden through August 24.
Filmgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic meal, lawn chairs and blankets to the Courthouse screenings and to arrive early to find the best spots for what has become a favorite Santa Barbara tradition. The FREE series is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara County Park Foundation, and the Community Services Department of Santa Barbara County.
For more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures (805) 893-3535 or the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission at (805) 568-3990 or visit the website www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.
6/18 - David Byrne (October 11 - Arlington) tickets on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m.
Best known as the fearlessly creative frontman of The Talking Heads, David Byrne has trailblazed post-punk musical and artistic paths for more than 40 years, reinventing himself in fascinating new iterations and inspiring the likes of Arcade Fire and Radiohead. In their first tour together, Byrne appears with edgy and beguiling songstress St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), performing songs from their explosive, hook-laden new album, Love This Giant, due out in September. With lyrics written by the duo, the music features the idiosyncratic horn arrangements of an eight-piece brass band, a keyboardist and the propulsive drum programming of John Congleton (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah).
Tickets are $45 to $125 for the general public and $25 for UCSB students with a current student ID. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m.
Venue: Arlington Theatre. Website
6/13 - UCSB Arts & Lectures announces BOLD MOVES and BIG IDEAS -- its 2012-2013 Season.
There are 57 spectacular events, with 28 Santa Barbara debuts and one North American debut. The 2012-2013 season launches September 30 with a thrilling solo concert by pop legend Elvis Costello.
· UCSB Arts & Lectures presents 57 events in its 2012-2013 season
· Series packages on sale now; single tickets on sale Sat., Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.
· Season features 28 Santa Barbara debuts and the North American debut of Scottish Ensemble with Alison Balsom
· Four new series: Marquee, The Blues Sessions, National Geographic Live!, Classical Plus (plus eight returning series: Dance, Classical Music, World Music, Word of Mouth, Date Night, Family Fun, The Works!, Create Your Own)
· Series subscriptions and season brochures available at Arts & Lectures’ Ticket Office or by calling (805) 893-3535.
UCSB Arts & Lectures has just learned that John Cusack will not be able to attend his event with Leonard Maltin, An Evening with John Cusack, originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 8 PM at UCSB Campbell Hall and regretfully announces the event’s cancellation. John Cusack’s office gave no reason for the change in the agreed visit, except that Mr. Cusack would not be able to attend. There is no rescheduled date at this time.
Patrons who have already purchased tickets to An Evening with John Cusack will receive refund checks in the mail, to be issued by the University in the next few weeks. For questions or more information, contact the Arts & Lectures ticket office at (805) 893-3535.
4/13 - Ballet de Geneve -- Tuesday, April 17 at The Granada
Arts & Lectures is thrilled to bring the Santa Barbara debut of Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, the world-renowned Swiss company that is rarely seen outside of Europe. The engagement will feature Les Sylphides and Spectre de la Rose by acclaimed New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, “among the most skilled ballet makers working today” (The New York Times), who is widely known for his work in the Academy Award-winning film Black Swan.
"Mr. Millepied's ballet has craft, discipline and a welcome energy." The New York Times
"This Swiss company has a rich, century-long history [and] exceptionally supple ballet-trained dancers." The New York Times
Venue: The Granada Theatre. Website
UCSB Arts & Lectures regretfully announces the cancellation of the performance by Ozokidz, originally scheduled for Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 3 PM. A new family-friendly show will round out the Family Fun Series roster in 2011-12. Stay tuned – artist to be announced shortly!
Patrons who have already purchased tickets to see Ozokidz will receive refund checks in the mail, to be issued by the university in the next few weeks. For questions or more information, contact the Arts & Lectures ticket office at (805) 893-3535.
8/12 - UCSB Arts & Lectures Single Tickets On Sale August 13
Single tickets for UCSB Arts & Lectures’ 2011-2012 season of BOLD MOVES and BIG IDEAS will be available for purchase beginning Saturday, August 13th at 10:00 a.m.
John Malkovich, New York City Ballet MOVES, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, David Gergen, Whose Live Anyway? with Ryan Styles, Julia Fisher, Tom Colicchio, Irma Thomas, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Pink Martini, Ira Glass, The Chieftains, David Sedaris, and Patti Smith name just few of the options!
Single event tickets will be available on the web, by phone or fax, and also in person at Arts & Lectures Ticket Office. The Ticket Office will be open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will resume regular Saturday hours on September 24th.
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5/5 - The Del McCoury Band -- May 11th -- at UCSB Campbell Hall
UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the world-class bluegrass ensemble The Del McCoury Band performing on Wednesday, May 11 at 8 PM at UCSB Campbell Hall.
Known for its original and traditional compositions performed with eloquent harmonies and what USA Today calls “ferocious, purebred musicianship,” The Del McCoury Band holds more than 30 trophies from the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards and multiple Grammy® Awards, making them the most honored group in bluegrass history.
----- Earning the universal acclaim of music industry colleagues ranging from pop star Björk to jam band favorites Phish, Del McCoury Band fans are equally diverse and unanimously passionate, filling venues from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry.
----- Admission to the performance by The Del McCoury Band is $35 for the general public and $19 for UCSB students with valid ID. For tickets or more information, call 805.893.3535 or purchase online at www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
4/8 - Eric Schmidt & Fareed Zakaria -- at the Arlington on May 9th
"How Information Technology is “Revolutionizing” the World." Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt and New York Times bestselling author and CNN host Fareed Zakaria will discuss how the Internet and social media have changed the nature of politics and governance. ----- Fareed Zakaria, also TIME magazine Editor-at-Large and columnist for The Washington Post, has been called “the most influential foreign policy advisor of his generation.” ----- Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google from 2001-2011 and Executive Chairman of the company beginning April 2011, is a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
1/28 - February 1 -- Michael Sandel -- The professor we all wish we had!
The Lost Art of Democratic Argument – Can We Reason Together About Values Without Rancor and Incivility? Author of the New York Times bestselling book Justice – What’s the Right Thing to Do?, Michael Sandel has been a professor of political philosophy at Harvard for 30 years whose wildly popular course “Justice” has enrolled more than 14,000 students and is now a widely distributed multimedia event presented on television and online. ----- He examines a range of topics, from government bailouts to the lost art of debate, taking audiences on a journey of moral and political reflection “to figure out what they think and why.” Publishers Weekly calls Sandel’s work “erudite, conversational and deeply humane… truly transformative.” ----- “The professor we all wish we had.” Kirkus Reviews
9/28 - Lecture by author Khaled Hosseini at the Arlington Theatre CANCELLED due to family emergency
UCSB Arts & Lectures regrets to announce that Khaled Hosseini has cancelled all speaking engagements, including his Santa Barbara date at the Arlington Theatre on September 29, due to his fathers’ emergency hospitalization. There are no plans to reschedule the event at this time.
Arts & Lectures is requesting that the UCSB Accounting Office refund patrons the full price of tickets purchased. Refunds should arrive in the mail in the next several weeks.
For more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805.893.3535. EmailWebsite