Local Arts Scene Cautiously Reopens After Months in the Dark

As vaccination efforts continue to forge ahead in Santa Barbara County, the local arts and music scene is gearing up to welcome back members of the community. 
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NIKI And Dominic Fike Headline Extravaganza 2021

Budding R&B songstress NIKI and Floridian indie-rap star Dominic Fike took the stage for the second night of this year’s Extravaganza concert on Sunday, May 16.
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SBIFF 2021: Carey Mulligan Wins The Cinema Vanguard Award At The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The tribute, which honors actors who have “the tenacity to forge new ground in their craft,” was in recognition of Mulligan’s electrifying performance in “Promising Young Woman."
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“Waiting on Host”: UCSB Filmmakers on Shooting During the Pandemic

The film is about Jennifer, a professional dancer who lands an audition for a coveted role only to find out that her grandmother has tested positive for COVID-19.
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“Script to Screen”: In Conversation with “The Big Short” Screenwriter Charles Randolph

Matt Ryan was joined by screenwriter Charles Randolph for an engaging conversation about his work on “The Big Short," a true-crime comedy that takes place during the financial crisis of 2008. 
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“Six Cents” Podcast: Three UCSB Students Give Their Two Cents on Politics, Sports, Music and the World Around Them

For those of you who are looking to add a new podcast to your rotation, allow me to introduce you to UC Santa Barbara’s very own “Six Cents.” 
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Highlighting Nature’s Beauty, UCSB Student Alex Funk Shares His Art To Raise Money for Charity

Inspired by the natural beauty of Santa Barbara and saddened by the onslaught of tragedies in recent months, Funk wants to help his community through his art. 
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Streamlining the Social Aspects of Music, College Students Introduce Their Vision for Paddle

Along with his childhood friends and fellow college students Sam Nicholson and Matthew Dull, Cerofeci has been working on developing a music and social media hybrid app called Paddle. 
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In Review: Dominic Fike Proves Himself on “What Could Possibly Go Wrong”

To call “What Could Possibly Go Wrong” a promising debut is an understatement, as Fike has created a record that remarkably encapsulates the nihilistic and cynical worldview of his Gen Z fanbase.
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Vegan Queen Tabitha Brown Brings Her Garlic Powder and Catchphrases to UCSB

If you’re on TikTok like the rest of us, you’ve probably come across one of Tabitha Brown’s videos.
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“The King of Staten Island” Is Exactly What You Think It Is

In true Davidson fashion, “The King of Staten Island” tackles serious issues with abrasive sarcasm and laugh-out-loud one-liners.
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Dance in the Age of COVID-19

For UC Santa Barbara’s dance majors, virtual classes are uncharted territory and have left many of them struggling to find their footing.
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Steve Aoki Brings the (Virtual) Rave to You

Isla Vista’s favorite DJ, Steve Aoki, brought the rave to everyone’s living rooms this past Sunday night for a one-and-a-half-hour-long live set streamed straight from his Las Vegas mansion. 
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DaBaby Takes the Heat on “BLAME IT ON BABY”

“BLAME IT ON BABY” sees DaBaby try to emulate the success he found with his first two projects by leaning on his signature aggressive vocals and sardonic flow.
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In Review: “After Hours” by The Weeknd

New listeners can revel in a melancholic sound that they may not be familiar with yet, and long-time fans can take comfort in the fact that The Weeknd has not really lost sight of who he is after all.
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