For those who have included “attending more live performances and cultural events” in their New Year’s resolutions, UC Santa Barbara’s Center for the Performing Arts and Culture offers plenty of opportunities to make that happen. From film screenings to visual music concerts, the Winter Season offers a wealth of activities for students, academics and event-lovers.
film and television
The Carsey-Wolf Center (CWC) will host several events this season, including a new installment of its ongoing series CWC-TV. UCSB alumnus and “The Sopranos” director James Heyman will screen “Eloise” and discuss the hit show’s enduring legacy at the Pollock Theater, moderated by CWC Dick Wolf director Patrice Petro. event Showings are Thursday, January 19th, 7-9pm.
In late January, the CWC will present the next installment in the big-screen franchise, with “Now, Voyager,” starring Bette Davis, followed by Conversation with E. Ann Kaplan(link is external), author of Feminism and Film. Hosted by Petro, the event will take place on Tuesday, January 31st from 7pm to 9pm.
CWC events for February and beyond can be found on their website website.
UCSB resident professional dance troupe, Santa Barbara Dance Theater Returning for a new season under the leadership of artistic director Brandon Whited. The Winter Concert will feature new work by Whited, who is also a professor of dance. Guest choreographers David Morris Johnson and Helen Simono will present their work. Johnson will premiere a duet and Simono will perform excerpts from her work “Dear”, which premiered in 2020.
Shows are scheduled for January 18-21 at 7:30pm and January 22 at 2pm at the Hartlen Theater. Advance tickets are $13 for faculty, staff, alumni, students, seniors and children, and $22 for everyone else. Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $15 and $25, respectively.
Artistic Director Delila Moseley and UCSB Dance Company to Present Their Season Opening Concert “Full Circle” March 9-11. Their first full concert at the Hartlen Theater, “Full Circle” is an all-female choreographer of 16 female and non-binary dancers.
Four new plays received a 20-hour workshop and were featured in this year’s Launch Pad Zoom Reading Series SectionJanuary 13-14, in partnership with the National New Games Network (NNPN) and UCSB’s student-led AMPLIFY group.
The LAUNCH PAD Enlarged Reading Series Festival, formerly known as the BIPOC Reading Series, is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and focuses on equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
During the two-day festival, the drama program will read four new plays in stages. After each reading, there are discussions with the cast, writers, and directors, providing opportunities for the audience to ask questions and network.
Launching in February is the LAUNCH PAD preview: “The She-Wolf, Marguerite of Anjou’, Katie Bender directs and Brainin directs. From February 22 to March 5, the Theater of the Performing Arts will present a brazen retelling of Shakespeare’s Queen Margaret.
Following Comedy Fantasy by Theater and Dance Student Roni Ragone March 3-12 “Good night, Roger Roger” – Directed by Julie Fishell – will be at the Studio Theater March 3-12.
Museum of Art, Design and Architecture
UCSB’s visual arts community will be buzzing in 2023 with four new exhibits at the Museum of Art, Design and Architecture. All exhibits will open Saturday, February 25th.The museum will be open to visitors at noon with a reception from 5:30-7:30 pm
Year-long exhibition to coincide with Chumash uprising bicentenary Sandy Rodriguez – History Unfolding: 200 Years of Resistance (February 25-March 3, 2024) Explore moments of resistance from the 19th century to the present.
Rodriguez reaffirmed the artistic traditions of the Americas in his paintings using locally sourced natural materials such as minerals, plants, and insects.
The core of the exhibit is a double-sided folding screen, or Screen, inlaid with abalone and mother-of-pearl.On one side of the screen are maps of historical and contemporary uprisings, and on the other is a night view of Santa Barbara as seen from Santa Cruz Island—the area depicted is also known as Luxury cara holy place for the Chumash community.
Southern California architecture buffs will love learning about the museum’s upcoming exhibit, Genius Loci: Family Life and Placemaking in Southern California (February 25-May 7).
Curated by Silvia Perea, curator of the museum’s Architecture and Design Collection (ADC), which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the exhibition features 10 single-family housing projects selected by ADC — including architects Albert Frey, Judge Bernard, Edla Muir, Lutah Maria Riggs and Rudolph Schindler.
The show explores how homes respond to their natural and historic contexts, showcasing new and radical renovation projects built in desert locations, hillsides, beachfront properties, on flat ground and even underground.
The exhibition highlights unique and bold homes that help advance the practices of their respective creators, while shaping the aspirational lifestyles that underpin SoCal’s modern architectural identity.
Also this winter, the AD&A Museum will be open On Famous Women, 1500-1700 (February 25-May 7). Featuring paintings, prints and Renaissance portrait medallions, the exhibition celebrates prominent women of the 16th and 17th centuries and draws inspiration from the museum’s permanent collection to highlight influential figures such as biblical heroines Bathsheba – whose actions secured the throne of Israel for her son Solomon – and Grand Duchess and co-regent of Cristina of Tuscany of Lorraine – a prominent patron of science who supported Galileo.
Works on display, including a painting of Bathsheba recently gifted by William and Nyna Mahan, were inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s On Famous Women (1361-62), the first collection of biographies dedicated to women in Western literature.
Department of Music’s Corwin Concert Series kicks off season with “Visual Music Night” Lotte Lyman Concert Hall. The concert will feature audiovisual works by six composers, including UCSB Corwin Chair of Composition Joao Pedro Oliveira.
Other series performances include the duo illuminator, consisting of electronic and video artist Rodrigo Sigal and flutist Alejandro Escuer. Luminico to host an interactive concert of sound, video and electronics on February 17th at 7:30pm
also in the show Annette Vande Gorne(link is external)Acoustic concert on March 3rd at 7:30 pm.
The Department of Music’s full lineup of winter activities can be found here.
UCSB Arts and Lectures
With an array of ensembles, artists and thinkers in the UCSB Arts and Lectures Winter Program, the campus will welcome winners of Grammy Awards, MacArthur Awards, Nobel Peace Prizes and more this season.
nobel peace prize winner Maria Reza will discuss her new book, How to Resist a Dictator,” Thursday, January 19, at Campbell Hall. Ressa is Rappler, a news site known for its investigative reporting. She will take the stage to describe her legal ordeal at the hands of the Duterte (now Marcos) regime in the Philippines.
On Tuesday, January 24 at 7pm, the Art & Lectures Highlights Series opens at the Granada Theater The multimedia spectacle of Joyce DiDonato Garden of Eden, Special appearances by the Baroque Chamber Orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro and Sing!, the Conservatory’s community children’s choir.
DiDonato will arrive in Santa Barbara immediately after the Met premiere of Virginia Woolf in “The Hours.”
Art & Lectures will move to the Lobero Theater on Saturday, January 28 at 7pm for a world-renowned special contemporary ensembleConducted by Matthias Pintscher.
The ensemble will perform a new score by Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth for the 1924 satirical silent film “A City Without Jews.” Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Jewish Federation and part of A&L’s Justice for All initiative, the presentation will examine the roots and rise of anti-Semitism in Austria in the 1920s and today.
Student tickets to art and lecture events never exceed $20, and are mostly less ($11-15).Check out the full Arts & Lectures event calendar on their website website.