Features & Essays

Student Film “Figment” Explores the Absurd and Surreal

Stay tuned this summer for the release of an all-UC Santa Barbara student-led film called “Figment," an absurdist comedy about someone who realizes they’re living inside someone else’s dream.
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Dancers off the Stage: “Visions of Vibrancy” Spring Dance Concert

The annual UC Santa Barbara Spring Dance Concert, “Visions of Vibrancy,” highlighted the talent of senior dancers as they showcased their dancing and choreography skills.
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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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In Conversation With Mixed-Media Performance Artist ALOK

ALOK shared their insights on art-making, fashion and personal connections and journey with the Nexus during their visit. 
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UCSB Library Hosts Beyond The Wall: The Prison Art Resistance Exhibit

The UC Santa Barbara Library hosted the Gaucho Underground Scholars Program on Jan. 19 for an online opening event and curator discussion of their exhibit, Beyond The Wall: The Prison Art Resistance.
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UCSB Dhadkan Gears Up for In-Person Nachle Deewane 2022

After losing two years of an in-person competition, everyone at Dhadkan, a South Asian philanthropic organization at UC Santa Barbara, could not be more excited for this spring’s Nachle Deewane.
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In Conversation With Isla Vista Band The Framers

The Framers are back in action, ready to go wherever they are taken.
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UCSB Alumnus THREEZERO Releases Debut Album

With a newly released album, “SEEING DOUBLE,” Santa Barbara musician THREEZERO is making strides with an ever-evolving sound.
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Literature In Review: Company Culture, Dolls and Caribbean Crises

Artsweek talked to three authors about their novels, and the menu includes a satire about office drama, a drama about a trauma-induced doll and dramatic actors filming a movie in the Caribbean.
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Art, Design & Architecture Museum Reopens Its Doors

After more than a year of being shuttered, UC Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum reopened on Sept. 25 to showcase three new in-person exhibitions.
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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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Announcement of “Deltopia” Film Is Met With Community Backlash

The opinions of actual UC Santa Barbara students and I.V. community members have undermined the directors’ “as honest as possible” approach.
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A Conversation with Santa Barbara Musician Conner Cherland

With his new LP, “Love Songs by Conner Cherland,” set to release in June, Cherland shared some backstory about the project and about his career as a singer-songwriter.
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On This Day: The Weeknd’s Drearily Hedonistic Debut Project, “House of Balloons”

The project has become a landmark in 2010s R&B — a dynamic showcase of The Weeknd’s insecurities about love and coping dive into the maximums of hedonism.
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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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