In Review: Rina Sawayama Goes to Hell With Signature Style

The multitalented musician released “This Hell,” the lead single to her album releasing this fall, “Hold The Girl.”
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David Sedaris Brings Trademark Wit to Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre

As a champion of dry humor and satirical writing, Sedaris showed that he holds up and can pen a laugh-out-of-your-chair story even 30 years into his career.
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In Review: The Welcome Solar Powerification of Carly Rae Jepsen

"Western Wind" shows a more vulnerable, freer side to Jepsen, and her allusions to love as a natural process are refreshing and peaceful.
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Lorde’s Solar Power Tour Felt Right at Home at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The “Solar Power” album, a testament to living in the moment and appreciating the nature that surrounds us, was perfect for the venue.
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Op-Ed: I Am a Loyal Patron of the Isla Vista Co-op And I’ll I’m Asking For Is Regular Toothpaste

Crest, Colgate, Sensodyne —  I’ll take anything, even if only 8/10 doctors recommend it!
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In Review: Tove Lo Continues Her Winning Streak With “No One Dies From Love”

Based on “No One Dies From Love,” her upcoming record is likely to fit perfectly into her already solid discography.
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Literature in Review: The Future

With a malfunctioning robot, a memory innovation and a happiness index, three writers attempt to peek into our future.
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In Review: Banks Slithers Her Way Toward Independence on “Serpentina”

With Banks’ era of immense change and suffering behind her, the growing pains of “Serpentina” — er, shedding pains? — are mostly understandable.
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Publishing in a Pandemic: How Authors Virtually Write, Publish and Promote

Though the pandemic may have helped writers increase their productivity, everything that comes after completing the first draft of a manuscript has taken a hit.
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Literature in Review: Hot Off the Presses

Thanks to Dutton Books and Soft Skull Press, here are some previews of books that are bound to make a mark when they hit the shelves (or are about to!).
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Rejoice! UCSB To Lower Tuition

“I felt it was necessary, desired and the downright moral thing to do,” he said while clutching his chest. “These kids have worked so hard over the pandemic, completing their studies online with...
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POV: Your Insufferable Roommate Went on a Spring Break Trip

My mom booked a cruise around the South Pacific (which, I mean, tacky, right?) and on the website it said they don’t have the best Wi-Fi (Of course! If you have a chocolate fountain that runs 24/7, ...
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In Review: Charli XCX Tries to Crash Into the Mainstream

“CRASH” is an album swerving in the direction of current pop sounds. The result is an album that veers off-course sometimes but ultimately has Charli in the driver’s seat, pedal to the metal.
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SBIFF 2022: Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem Receive Maltin Modern Master Award

On Thursday, March 10, a crowd gathered in Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre to see Javier Bardem in person and Nicole Kidman via Zoom honored with the Maltin Modern Master Award. 
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Literature in Review: Tough Love

Love takes on many different forms, whether it be obsession, power or uncomfortable distance.
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