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Arts & Lectures Offering Grad Students FREE Tickets to Two Events

UCSB Arts and Lectures is offering graduate students a pair of FREE tickets to each event: the March 1 performance by The Danish String Quartet and the March 8 performance by Taylor MacA 24-Decade History of Popular Music, both at UCSB Campbell Hall. 

To redeem, UCSB graduate students can visit the Arts and Lectures Ticket Office (located in Bldg. 402) with a valid UCSB student ID on Friday, Feb. 26 and Monday, Feb. 29, between 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. [Offer not retroactive; not available by phone; limit one pair to each performance per ID; available while supplies last.] 

The Danish String Quartet

Danish String QuartetDanish String QuartetTue, Mar. 1 at 8 p.m. 

UCSB Campbell Hall

One of the hottest string quartets right now, the Danish returns for a consecutive season, following its thrilling 2014 Santa Barbara debut. Garnering seemingly every possible plaudit, from being appointed BBC New Generation Artists to endlessly quotable reviews, “these shaggy-haired Danes” (The New Yorker) are in demand worldwide for their integrated sound, flawless intonation and judicious balance. Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed called the quartet “mystical,” remarking, “They allowed time to stand still, and they could assume the pose of excitingly aggressive rockers. They did it all.”


Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 18, no. 6

Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 (“The Kreutzer Sonata”)

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 13

Program subject to change. View program notes.

Taylor Mac

Taylor MacTaylor MacTue, Mar. 8 at 8 p.m.

UCSB Campbell Hall

Taylor Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter and performance artist who has been called “a critical darling of the New York scene” (New York Magazine) and “one of the most exciting theater artists of our time” (Time Out New York). Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is a decade-by-decade revue exploring the evolution of American attitudes and ideas through pop music. A sharp social critic and glittering, elaborately costumed showman, Mac is so much more than a cabaret artist, describing himself as “the Elizabethan fool… phantasmagorical enough to say what everyone knows is true.” In Santa Barbara we are delighted to present Mac as he performs two decades of his ambitious project, 1906-1926, backed by a live band - drums, piano, guitar, bass and more.

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Arts & Lectures: An Afternoon With Conan O'Brien

Conan O'BrienConan O'BrienUCSB Arts & Lectures presents An Afternoon with Conan O’Brien, one of the most original and best-loved personalities in comedy today.

Conan O’Brien wields “a comic identity as distinctive as his name” (The New York Times). His quirky humor and award-winning writing have entertained audiences for decades, from Saturday Night Live to all-time favorite The Simpsons to banter with Hollywood A-listers as a popular late-night television host, including the current series Conan on TBS. Late night’s “king of cool” (Entertainment Weekly) brings his Harvard smarts and wry, laugh-out-loud repartee to this rare conversation followed by an audience Q&A.

An Afternoon with Conan O'Brien (in conversation with television producer Dick Wolf)

Time: Saturday, April 16, 4 p.m.

Place: Arlington Theatre

Tickets: $23 for students with UCSB ID; $53-$123 for general public


UCSB Arts & Lectures: Culture Clash on Jan. 27

Culture ClashCredit: UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the prolific theater and sketch-comedy group Culture Clash performing its poignant and humorous exploration of life in America, Muse & Morros: True Stories - Real People, on Wed., Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. 

Founded in 1984 by Ric Salinas, Herbet Siguenza, and Richard Montoya, Culture Clash is a celebrated Chicano/Latino performance troupe that fuses history, geography, and storytelling. Committed to social justice, their satiric sketch comedies gives voice and expression to the marginalized. In addition to receiving numerous awards, Culture Clash has been featured at The Smithsonian, Sundance Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Festival, among others. 

Culture Clash

When: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.

Where: UCSB Campbell Hall

Tickets: $15 for UCSB students (current UCSB student ID required); $25-$38 for the general public. For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lecture at (805) 893-3535 or purchase online.


National Geographic Live Series: Mark Moffet, Exploring the Forest Canopy

Mark MoffetMark MoffetUCSB Arts & Lectures presents ecologist, photographer, and author Mark Moffett in the National Geographic Live presentation, The High Frontier: Exploring the Forest Canopy, at UCSB Campbell Hall.

Moffett works in the crowns of the tallest trees, where most of the world's biodiversity lies, and deep inside subterranean caves, where he has discovered new species and behaviors.

His book, "The High Frontier: Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy," will be available for purchase and signing.

The High Frontier: Exploring the Forest Canopy

Time: Sunday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m.

Place: Campbell Hall

Tickets: $15 for UCSB students with current ID; $25 for general public. Purchase online or at ticket office.


UCSB Arts & Lectures Raises $385,000 for Outreach Programs at Mel Brooks Comedy Event

A Mel Brooks event netted $385,000 for educational outreach programs. Credit: Nell Campbell for UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures raised $385,000 during “Reel Comedy with Mel Brooks,” a sold-out gala fundraiser for its educational outreach programs, on May 12 at the Montecito Country Club.

The director, producer, writer, and actor dazzled the crowd of more than 200 guests in a rare evening of stand-up comedy, featuring jokes and hilarious anecdotes from his storied career. Beginning with his early life in a tenement in Brooklyn, Brooks went on to recount the highlights, from his first big financial hit, “Blazing Saddles,” to his attempt to cast Dustin Hoffman in “The Producers,” and beyond. The stand-up act was followed by a Q-and-A with the audience. The evening also featured a live auction.

Arts & Lectures’ gala fundraiser generated critical financial support for our educational outreach programs in the schools, both K-12 and on-campus, and the generosity of our wonderful supporters is remarkable,” said Miller McCune Executive Director Celesta M. Billeci. “And Mel Brooks is hilarious as ever at 88.”

“I especially want to thank Marcy Carsey and Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, the premier table sponsors for the evening,” she said. “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 high quality educational outreach programs.”

In the 2014-2015 season, more than 30,000 college and school-aged students and community members participated in Arts & Lectures’ educational outreach programs. They included a week-long elementary school residency by the Los Angeles-based theater company Story Pirates and the award-winning “¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!,” a collaboration with other area nonprofits that features free concerts and residencies throughout Santa Barbara County.

The event’s premier table sponsors were Marcy Carsey and Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree. Other table sponsors included Sara Miller McCune, Fredric E. Steck, and Anne and Michael Towbes.


Free Grad Student Tickets for May 5 Les Arts Florissants Concert

Les Arts FlorissantsLes Arts Florissants. Photo courtesy of Arts and LecturesAs a show of appreciation for graduate student support, the UCSB Arts and Lectures program is offering graduate students TWO FREE TICKETS to the May 5 performance by Les Arts Florissants at Campbell Hall.

Get your Free Tickets

Where: Arts and Lectures Ticket Office (bldg. 402 adjacent to Campbell Hall)

When: Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring: Valid UCSB student ID

Les Arts Florissants is one of the world’s most respected vocal and instrumental early music ensembles. They will present a program titled Airs Sérieux et á Boire (Serious Airs and Drinking Songs) from the Baroque period.

These French airs were relished by rapt listeners in Grand Siècle drawing rooms. Love, loss and licentiousness are some of the earthy themes explored in these works, originally performed in the court of Louis XIV.

See it now or regret it later.


See David Sedaris on May 4 at the Arlington

UCSB Arts & Lectures is sponsoring An Evening with David Sedaris at the Arlington Theater on Monday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Mature content is guaranteed.

David Sedaris is the New York Times best-selling author of such essay collections as Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008). His latest book is Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (2013).

David SedarisDavid Sedaris. Credit: UCSB Arts & Lectures

His essays often feature outrageous and funny stories drawn from his own life.

O, The Oprah Magazine has called him "The funniest writer in America."

Decide for yourself.

An Evening With David Sedaris

When: Monday, May 4, 8 p.m.

Where: Arlington Theater, 1317 State St.

Tickets: $19, students. $25 to $45, general public. Purchase from UCSB Arts & Lectures.


Free Film: Monty Python & the Holy Grail

Monty PythonMonty Python and the Holy Grail. See it for free.Get your free student tickets for this UCSB student appreciation event!

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the U.S. release of one of the most quotable movies of all time! An absurdist, “gut-bustingly hilarious” (Rotten Tomatoes) send-up of the legend of King Arthur and his knight’s quest for the Holy Grail. Don’t miss this rare big screen showing of the movie regularly cited as one of the greatest comedies ever made.

Monty Python & the Holy Grail (40th anniversary)

When: Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Campbell Hall. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Tickets: Free for students (with ID); $10 for the general public.

More Info: Contact UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805-893-3535.



Get Free Tickets for Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela’s Concert

Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela. Photo courtesy of Arts & LecturesWant to attend a free concert?

In appreciation of graduate student support, and to celebrate the return of two of South Africa’s greatest artists and icons, Arts & Lectures is offering all graduate students (with current UCSB student ID) up to two free tickets to attend Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela’s concert on Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in Campbell Hall.
Get your tickets in person at the Arts & Lectures Ticket Office this week on Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Supplies are limited.



Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock Play the Granada on Sunday, March 22

Chick and HerbieChick Corea and Herbie Hancock. Photo Courtesy of Arts & LecturesGet your heavily discounted student tickets for this special UCSB Arts & Lectures sponsored event!

Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock

When: Sunday, March 22, at 7 p.m.

Where: Granada Theater

Tickets: $19 for students (with ID); $45-$75 for the general public.

More Info: Contact UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805-893-3535.

This event is also co-sponsored by Cristina & Erck Rickmers and Anne & Michael Towbes. Media Sponsors: KCBX 89.5 FM Santa Barbara and KCSB 91.9 FM. Wine Sponsor: Longoria Wines.