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Dear Artsweek…

It's funny, because I've never been that great at goodbyes (though I'd like to meet the person who's constantly raving about how they "totally rock at goodbyes"), but I've always relished the soft, we...
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Sweet Savior of Swelter

Then again, I'm not exactly sure how I even ended up in this hotel room on a blisteringly hot, sunstroke-inducing Sunday afternoon. Because my cell phone has been dead for a day and the thick blackout...
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Huge in Japan

There are bands that claim Santa Barbara as their home turf and end up making it big that you'd rather not hear a great deal from - ahem, Trapt - and then there are bands like Sugarcult who've found i...
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I’ll Take a Vowell, Please

Being on the phone with best-selling author and radio goddess Sarah Vowell is an experience akin to talking to that girl who sometimes sits by you in section and always seems to be so particularly fas...
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Say Ol

Fresh on the heels of the success of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, a new film festival is quickly edging into the local spotlight.
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Jesus’ Savior

If you do not have an adequate grasp of the Bible and, in particular, the story of the Passion, before entering the theater to see Mel Gibson's big-screen rendition, be prepared for one of the most pe...
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That Is Sooo Rufus!

When the average 14-year-old becomes lost in the pubescent angst of sexual frustration and family dysfunction, he or she often turns to drugs, drinking or even premature sex. For singer-songwriter Ruf...
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Starlight Memories

Rodney Bingenheimer is one of those names that, almost purely by its syllabic overload, seems properly suited to a larger-than-life character. Known to many as the world-famous DJ "Rodney on the Roq" ...
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Let the Pussy Party Begin!

Valentine's Day may just be the most bogus of all holidays, according to Artsweek, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to celebrate in style. Now, there are those among us with a less than critica...
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Let the Pussy Party Begin: WETT

If you've seen the sign, you know... the vaginas are coming. It sounds a bit like some quasi-pornographic gross-out horror flick playing to an audience bespectacled in 3-D glasses. One imagines giant ...
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Give my Regards

As another extension of the documentary boom resonating through many a film circle, UCSB Arts & Lectures and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival have teamed up to offer "The Truth of Nonfict...
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On your mark, get set… GO!

Don't be surprised if, over the next week and a half, you happen to see a number of sweaty, panic-stricken students dressed in oversized, red T-shirts, lugging camera equipment all over Santa Barbara.
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Long, Sweet December

There doesn't seem to be much room in indie rock these days for bands of the more literate nature. Take the success of dancey, post-punk inspired bands like Hot Hot Heat or the Rapture and their howl-...
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The “Hey Yaaah” Heard Round the World

Okay, okay. Artsweek is a little late. So sue us. We're well aware that every reputable publication has already published and shelved their year-end best of/top 10/New Year's issue. But, you know what...
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Shoot!

Sure, there are plenty of film festivals and filmmaking competitions taking place all over the country in any given week. But, how many of those festivals willingly give directorial reign to 10 random...
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