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October 2017

Joe Biden

October 21 @ 4:00 pm

A lifelong public servant, former Vice President Joe Biden's career has been defined by his commitment to equality of opportunity, global cooperation, human health and violence prevention, as well as his spirit of acceptance and bipartisanship. 

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J.D. Vance

October 23 @ 7:30 pm

With a rare insider’s perspective from an often-forgotten corner of the country, J.D. Vance offers a powerful examination of how social policies and other factors affect some of the poorest communities in the U.S., providing a unique picture of the loss of the American dream and fascinating insight into how downward mobility really feels.

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Rhiannon Giddens

October 26 @ 8:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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Co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens brings audiences to their feet with her elegant bearing, prodigious voice and fierce spirit. 

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Rhiannon Giddens “The Freedom Highway Tour”

October 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$15 - $38
Rhiannon Giddons, courtesy photo.

Co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens brings audiences to their feet with her elegant bearing, prodigious voice and fierce spirit.

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November 2017

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

November 1 @ 7:00 pm

One of Israel’s oldest and most influential cultural institutions, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 as an “orchestra of soloists,” made up of first-chair Jewish European musicians who had lost their positions.

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Robert Reich “How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Reclaiming Our Economy and Our Democracy”

November 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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Free
Robert Reich, courtesy photo.

Robert Reich has a reputation for seeing where politics and the economy are going before they get there.

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Dia de los Muertos Tour

November 3 @ 8:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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Three of today’s hottest alt-Latino groups–La Santa Cecilia, Mexrrissey and Mariachi Flor de Toloache–come together for the first time, showcasing the exciting and diverse sounds of Mexican music. 

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OK Go

November 5 @ 7:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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One of today’s most playful and tech-savvy bands, pop-rock pioneers OK Go are known as much for their ambitious single-take videos as their colorful songs. 

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Leila Josefowicz

November 8 @ 7:00 pm
Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108 United States
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Violinist Leila Josefowicz captivates audiences with her technically precise and emotionally resonant performances. One of today’s preeminent soloists, she performs with the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors.

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The Knights with Kinan Azmeh and Avi Avital

November 9 @ 7:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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The trailblazing Israeli mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital and soulful Syrian clarinetist/composer Kinan Azmeh team up with The Knights for a performance that is nothing short of electric. 

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An Evening with Samantha Bee

November 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The first woman to host her own late-night satirical news show, Samantha Bee has changed the tone of the genre with her bare-knuckle delivery that walks a line between outrage and hilarity.

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Seong-Jin Cho

November 14 @ 7:00 pm
Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108 United States
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Piano star Seong-Jin Cho attracted worldwide attention in 2015 when he won the International Chopin Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world. Now his rapidly expanding career takes Cho to the U.S.

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Simon Shaheen

November 15 @ 8:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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An internationally acclaimed interpreter of traditional Arabic sounds, Simon Shaheen's soaring technique, melodic ingenuity and unparalleled grace have put him at the forefront of contemporary Arabic music. 

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Jon Meacham

November 16 @ 7:30 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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Presidential historian Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A brilliant speaker with deep knowledge of politics and current affairs, Meacham will explore the transformation and progression of presidential powers.

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History Book Club Discussion, American Lion by Jon Meacham

November 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UCSB Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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$35
Jon Meacham, photo by Gasper Tringale.

Presidential historian Jon Meacham is a brilliant speaker with a great knowledge of public affairs. In this talk, he will explore the transformation and progression of presidential powers.

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Imago Theatre

November 18 @ 3:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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Imago Theatre presents La Belle, an imaginative love story set in the engine room of a 1920s steamship. This marvelously inventive production conjures up a deliciously detailed and tactile wonderland filled with intricate gears, handmade machines and mischievous fairies run by both machines and puppeteers.

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Zadie Smith and Pico Iyer

November 29 @ 7:30 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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British novelist, essayist and short story writer Zadie Smith is known for her unique perspective on contemporary culture, superb dialogue and emotionally rich stories. She is the author of the novels White Teeth and Swing Time.

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Emily Esfahani Smith “The Power of Meaning: Making Your Life, Work, and Relationships Matter”

November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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Emily Esfahani Smith, photo by Jonathan Durling.

“The search for meaning just got a little easier, and a little more fun.” – Darrin M. McMahon, author of Happiness: A History

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December 2017

Pink Martini: A Holiday Spectacular with singer China Forbes

December 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St,
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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$20 - $150

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Pink Martini. No, we aren’t referring to a fruity cocktail.

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Cory Richards

December 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$15 - $25

Cory Richards is one of the world's leading adventure and expedition photographers. A passionate mountain climber, his camera has taken him from Antarctica’s unclimbed peaks to the summit of Mount Everest as he captures the soul of exploration and the complex relationship we have with nature. 

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The Blind Boys of Alabama Holiday Show

December 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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Free - $15

In a roof-raising music event, six-time Grammy Award-winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform hidden gospel gems along with holiday standards and original songs. 

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January 2018

An Evening with Chris Thile

January 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$15 - $50

Grammy Award winner, MacArthur Fellow, mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist Chris Thile encompasses classical, rock, jazz and bluegrass to create a new, distinctly American musical aesthetic.

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BJ Miller In Conversation with Pico Iyer

January 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$15 - $50

Dr. BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative care specialist at UCSF Medical Center and former director of San Francisco’s groundbreaking Zen Hospice.

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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara

January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until January 21, 2018

A leader in community arts outreach, ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! brings accessible, high-quality programming to schools and neighborhood venues across Santa Barbara County. Viva works with dozens of local partners to serve students, at-risk youth, and families with free family performances and educational outreach activities.

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An Evening of Stand-up with Trevor Noah

January 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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$25 - $150

Trevor Noah was catapulted into the spotlight when he was selected to host of The Daily Show, becoming one of today's favorite comics.

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Telluride Mountainfilm

January 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$5 - $10

With a mission to educate and inspire audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining, Telluride Mountainfilm returns with a special all-ages program that families can enjoy together!

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An Evening with Condoleezza Rice

January 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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$25 - $150

As secretary of state and national security advisor, Condoleezza Rice pioneered a policy of transformational diplomacy and heralded the formation of new global governments based on democratic principles.

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Pilobolus Dance Theater

January 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$19 - $70

Pilobolus is renowned for its mix of humor, invention and drama. Celebrated for its unique, diverse collaborations,

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José González + Bedouine

January 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$18 - $40

Born in Sweden to Argentinian parents, José González seamlessly integrates the sounds of his Latin American roots with sublime introspective folk punctuated by rock panache.

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February 2018

Compagnie Accrorap/Kader Attou

February 6, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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$19 - $45

French-born Algerian choreographer Kader Attou, with his company Accrorap, is a representative of French hip-hop dance.

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Cirque Éloize

February 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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$19 - $65

Be transported to a dusty gathering place with Saloon, Cirque Éloize’s music-packed theatrical thrill ride inspired by the Wild West. Swing open the doors and rustle up some fun for the entire family.

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Mike Birbiglia

February 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$20 - $42

The New One is a hilarious blend of storytelling and stand-up in Mike Birbiglia’s honest, self-deprecating style. 

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Calidore String Quartet

February 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108 United States
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$9 - $35

The Calidore String Quartet, know for the precision of their expression, makes its Santa Barbara debut with a sweeping program that includes Mendelssohn, Janácek and its lauded interpretation of Beethoven.

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Cameron Carpenter

February 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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$19 - $45

A superstar organist with tremendous technical prowess and a flamboyant persona to match, Cameron Carpenter returns to Santa Barbara with his monumental self-designed electric instrument.

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Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell

February 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$10 - $35

From playwright Tony Kushner and author Sarah Vowell comes a powerful examination of one of American history’s most singular figures: Abraham Lincoln. In this pairing born out of a shared interest in Lincoln’s legacy, two celebrated wordsmiths will discuss one of our nation’s greatest presidents.

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Çudamani

February 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$18 - $40

Comprised of Bali’s most respected musicians and dancers, Çudamani performs as a spiritual offering for temples and the village communities in their native Indonesia, maintaining the rich treasures of Balinese cultural heritage. 

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Matthew Desmond

February 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$10 - $35

MacArthur Fellow and Harvard sociologist MathewDesmond set a new standard for reporting on poverty with his massively influential book Evicted, which gives pathos to the idea that eviction is a cause, rather than merely a symptom, of poverty. 

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Danish String Quartet

February 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$15 - $40

Comprised of fierce friends who have been playing together since childhood, these darlings of A&L’s Chamber Arts series will once again dazzle Santa Barbara with the same irresistible energy that thrills audiences worldwide.

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View from Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World

February 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93107 United States
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$15 - $25

Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand new way. For astronaut Terry Virts, his newfound perspective was from the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola observation module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station

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