Thursday April 6: Joseph Shabalala and his cohorts in Ladysmith Black Mambazo bring their eclectic and energized stage show to Campbell Hall tonight at 8 p.m. The South African song and dance group has been touring and recording for over three decades, melding worldly instrumentation with religious Americana to create a sound that is all their own. The performance is being sponsored by Arts & Lectures and tickets are $19 for students and $40 general admission.
Friday April 7: 2001 Van Cliburn gold medal pianist and Carnegie Hall alumna Olga Kern takes to the Lobero stage tonight at 8 p.m. This is the second Santa Barbara performance for the Russian prodigy, who made her local debut alongside the Warsaw Philharmonic in 2005. Tickets for the performance range from $25 to $35 and are available online at www.lobero.com.
Saturday April 8: Be sure to catch one of the two performances of the College of Creative Studies’ latest production today in the Old Little Theatre. The musically driven romantic comedy about cyber dating – aptly titled “Lo<3struck" - promises a fair share of genre-crossing laughs and tuneful ditties about the woes of computer-aided courtship. Shows take place at both 2 and 8 p.m. and tickets are $5 with a valid student ID, and $10 for the general public. Sunday April 9: Critic, columnist and journalistic mastermind Frank Rich will give a lecture this afternoon in Campbell Hall entitled, "On Art, Culture & Politics." The talk will focus on the ongoing - and often controversial - relationship between news, media and culture. With his wit and abundance of social and historical knowledge, Rich promises to provide some much needed insight on what will surely be the many subjects he'll tackle. Admission is $15 for students and $25 general admission. Monday April 10: Following the release of Jason Reitman's satirical comedy, "Thank You For Smoking," Big Tobacco reformer Jeffrey Wigand offers up a free public lecture at Victoria Theater tonight at 8 p.m. lecture, "What To Do With What You Know? The Power of One," kicks off the newly established UCSB course, "Ethics, Enterprise and Leadership" and will touch on issues surrounding Wigand's role both in and outside the B&W Tobacco Corporation. Tuesday April 11: Tonight at 7:30 and 10 p.m. A.S. Program Board will be screening the Academy Award-winning docudrama "Capote" in I.V. Theater. The multi-faceted and often celebrated Phillip Seymore Hoffman portrays acclaimed novelist Truman Capote as he struggles to pen his infamous "true novel," "In Cold Blood." Catherine Keener and Chris Cooper lend stellar supporting performances. Admission is $3 for students. Wednesday April 12: Through May 14, the University Art Museum will be exhibiting "Journey: Dan Eldon's Images of War and Peace." As a photojournalist for Reuters, Eldon devoted himself to teaching the world about the political crises and social injustices occurring in Africa during the early 1990s. The artistic integrity and somber beauty of his pictures make for a poignant collection that celebrates the life and mourns Eldon's untimely death in 1993. Museum admission is free to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.[printicon align="left"]