UCSB Arts & Lectures - Spring Calendar 2024

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“Build longer tables, not higher walls.”

– José Andrés

2024 José Andrés, Apr 21

Dear Friends,

A&L’s lineup hits an all-time high this blockbuster spring.

Using the power of food to change the world, Chef José Andrés (Apr 21) serves haute cuisine with a generous helping of humanitarian courage. This just-added conversation will show us how a plate of food can bring hope for tomorrow.

Making a rare public appearance, poet Amanda Gorman (Apr 30) joins Justice for All for an evening of poetry and conversation with Pico Iyer.

Jazz genius Herbie Hancock (Apr 17) brings a stellar lineup of first-call musicians. Don’t miss this night of improvisation at its finest at the Arlington Theatre.

With her singular career melding miles-deep historical roots and contemporary sensibilities, Grammy, Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur “Genius” Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens (Apr 23) is back with her full band and a new album, You’re the One.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of innovative dance company Alonzo King LINES Ballet (Apr 26) with the moving new work Deep River.

A&L’s Earth, Air, Fire, Water series culminates in our kind of super trio: environmental heroes Suzanne Simard (May 1), Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (May 7) and Cristina Mittermeier (May 10).

And sensational Jacob Collier (May 19) returns with his full band to bookend our season. Experience the performance everyone’s talking about when his DJESSE Vol. 4 World Tour hits Santa Barbara.

Plus so much more. Enjoy the season’s grand finale with a bounty of opportunities to discover, connect and celebrate.

With deepest gratitude, Community

top photo: Isaac Hernández de Lipa; inset: David Bazemore; photos 1-3, 7-8: Isaac Hernández de Lipa; photos 4-5, 9: David Bazemore; photo 6: Ellen Crane Photography Jacob Collier opened A&L’s 2023-2024 season with a sold-out solo performance at Campbell Hall and returns this spring to the Arlington Theatre. Author Abraham Verghese, Celesta M. Billeci and Oprah Winfrey Celesta M. Billeci Miller McCune Executive Director Partners

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1. A&L Program Advisor Bruce Heavin and A&L Council member Lynda Weinman with TED curator Chris Anderson 2. A&L Major Sponsor Audrey Fisher and A&L Council member Timothy O. Fisher with soprano Renèe Fleming 3. A&L Series Sponsor Kevin and Laura O’Connor with interviewer Pico Iyer and bestselling author Abraham Verghese 4. Pico Iyer, media personality and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey, and Oprah’s Book Club author Abraham Verghese 5. A&L Partner John Arnhold with blues legend Taj Mahal 6. A&L Partner Jody Arnhold with Dilling Yang, UCSB dance faculty Rena Henrich and Ninotchka Bennahum, and Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts Daina Ramey Berry 7. A&L Partners Ellen and Peter O. Johnson 8. A&L Jazz Series Lead Sponsor Nora McNeely Hurley and Michael Hurley with Grammy-winning vocalist Samara Joy 9. A&L Council co-chair Richard Janssen and A&L Ambassador Luci Janssen with violinist Leila Josefowicz

Arts & Lectures’ Thematic Learning Initiative (TLI) extends the conversation from the stage into the community, enriching lifelong learning and initiating dialogue and empowerment through special events, book giveaways and more.

Free Film Screening

We Feed People

Film Screening

Sun, Apr 21 / 1:30 PM

Arlington Theatre / FREE (registration recommended)

From Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, We Feed People spotlights renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen’s incredible mission and evolution over a dozen years, from being a scrappy group of grassroots volunteers to becoming one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector. (Ron Howard, 2022, 89 min.) Stay after the screening to learn more from local organizations addressing food insecurity and sustainability in our community.

With thanks to our visionary partners, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, for their support of the Thematic Learning Initiative

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RELATED EVENT José Andrés, Apr 21 (p. 18)

2023-2024 Theme: Cultivating Connection

Fostering community through acts of joy, creativity and belonging

The Power of Play: Building Community in Marine Habitats

Surf Lesson with The Sea League

Sat, May 4 / 10 AM-12 PM / Leadbetter Beach (registration required) Learn about the natural world in this morning of community building, including an all-levels surf lesson led by The Sea League’s expert staff. Through the power of play, draw connections between rising temperatures and acidification, rising sea levels and environmental injustice. (Ages 18+, all levels welcome)

RELATED EVENT Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, May 7 (p. 26)

Connecting Through Street and Social Dance Community Dance Class

Mon, May 13 / 6-7 PM / Carrillo Ballroom (registration recommended)

Groove with NYC-based Ephrat Asherie Dance in a community class rooted in African American and Latinx street and club dance. Foster cultural connection through movement and discussion while gaining a more in-depth understanding of the global importance of hip-hop culture. (All levels welcome)

RELATED EVENT Ephrat Asherie Dance, May 15 (p. 28)

LatinXtravaganza Santa Barbara Celebrating Latinx Culture and History

Fri, May 17 / 5-7 PM / Campbell Hall Plaza

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Inspired by Brooklyn’s LatinXtravaganza, curated by the distinguished author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Xochitl Gonzalez, this vibrant celebration of Latinx culture and history localizes the spirit of Gonzalez’s powerful statement of inclusivity, diversity and the enduring contributions of the Latinx community to the fabric of American society.

RELATED EVENT Xochitl Gonzalez, May 17 (p. 30)

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Create Your Own series

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
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Deep River , Apr 26 background photo: RJ Muna RuPaul, Apr 18 Rhiannon Giddens, Apr 23
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Jacob Collier, May 19

Illuminating a wide spectrum of systemic injustice, the Justice for All programming initiative looks to today’s great minds and creators and to the courageous leaders across the globe who are forging a new path forward. Join us as we learn from those confronting uncomfortable questions, solving difficult problems, and guiding us all toward a more equitable world.

JUSTICE FOR ALL Lead Sponsors: Marcy Carsey, Connie Frank & Evan Thompson, Eva & Yoel Haller, Dick Wolf, and Zegar Family Foundation

JUSTICE FOR ALL UCSB Faculty Advisory Committee: Gerardo Aldana, Daina Ramey Berry, Charles Hale, Beth Pruitt, Victor Rios, Susannah Scott, Jeffrey Stewart, Sharon Tettegah

Robert B. Reich, Apr 3 Championing labor justice Amanda Gorman, Apr 30 Advocating for the environment, racial equality and gender justice Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, May 7 Grounding conservation in social justice
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Xochitl Gonzalez, May 17 Exploring class, gentrification and the American Dream

Economist and Former U.S. Secretary of Labor

What Really Happened to the American Dream? (And How Can it be Restored?)

Wed, Apr 3 / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall

$30 / $20 / FREE for UCSB students (registration required; limited availability)

“One of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century.” Time magazine

Robert B. Reich is one of America’s foremost experts on jobs and the economy. A bestselling author, award-winning documentarian and a respected commentator, Reich is renowned for his ability to present complex issues with warmth and urgency. In the face of growing economic insecurity, lagging wage growth and technologies eliminating jobs, many believe society’s major institutions no longer function in ways that benefit most people. Amid widespread strikes and labor disputes, Reich examines widening inequalities of income, wealth and political power, and expertly shows how restoring equal opportunity is critical for all Americans. Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Chaucer’s

Supporting Sponsor: Jennifer & Jonathan Blum

Presented in association with the following UCSB partners: Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality and Democracy, Central Coast Community Labor Project, Department of History, Graduate Student Association, and Walter H. Capps Center for Ethics, Religion and Public Life

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“The Malian artist’s music [is] luminous... she amplifies African rhythms and Wassoulou traditions of storytelling with her deep, commanding voice and unrelenting electric guitars, which rip through her songs like beautiful streaks of lightning.”

The New Yorker

Malian Singer-songwriter

Fatoumata Diawara

Sun, Apr 7 (note new date and time) / 7 PM / Campbell Hall

$45 / $30 / $15 UCSB students

“This hugely charismatic singer is at the top of her game.” Evening Standard (U.K.)

Combining thrilling vocals with deft guitar work and a flair for fashion, Fatoumata Diawara is a musical sensation out of West Africa. Singing in Bambara, the language of her native Mali, along with French and English, Diawara delivers biting social commentary and plays stinging electric guitar solos that ride on her band’s sinuous, funk-influenced beats. Her latest album, London Ko, was produced by Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) and reflects a boldly eclectic approach that remains firmly rooted in her heritage.

Presented in association with UCSB Department of Music

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Lauren Groff in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Tue, Apr 9 / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall

$35 / $20 / $10 UCSB students

“A gifted writer capable of deft pyrotechnics and well up to the challenges she sets herself.”

New York Times Book Review

A three-time National Book Award finalist, bestselling novelist and short story writer, Lauren Groff spins highly imaginative fiction out of an acute awareness of the historical forces that shape human behavior. In a six-book oeuvre that spans centuries and embraces a variety of diverse settings, Groff elevates gripping storylines with electrifying prose and startling, unforgettable descriptions. Known for literary masterpieces such as Fates and Furies and Matrix, her highly-acclaimed new novel, The Vaster Wilds, is a thrilling adventure story set in the wilderness of colonial America.

Books by both authors will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Chaucer’s

Speaking with Pico Series Sponsors:

Martha Gabbert, Siri & Bob Marshall, and Laura & Kevin O’Connor

Presented in association with UCSB College of Creative Studies

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Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

Adès: Wreath (for Franz Schubert) (A&L co-commission)

Schubert (arr. Danish String Quartet): Lied to be announced

U.S. Premiere of Thomas Adès Commission

Danish String Quartet

The Doppelgänger Project, Part IV

Frederik Øland, Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Asbjørn Nørgaard, Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin

Wed, Apr 10 / 7 PM / Campbell Hall

$65 / $45 / $25 / $15 UCSB students

“There are simply two kinds of string quartets: the Danish, and the others.” Boston Classical Review

The Danish String Quartet is joined by Finnish cellist Johannes Rostamo for the eagerlyanticipated capstone to their international Doppelgänger Project. In part IV, the Danish pairs Schubert’s String Quintet, frequently cited among the greatest of all works of chamber music, with a new piece by renowned British composer and 2024 Grammy winner Thomas Adès. Part III of the project was heralded by The New York Times as “ensemble music at its purest –a consensus interpretation, rendered selflessly in service of the group as instrument.”

Event Sponsor: Anonymous

Presented in association with UCSB Department of Music

Pre-concert talk by Derek Katz, UCSB Associate Professor of Musicology

6 PM / UCSB Henley Hall, Room 1010 / FREE to event ticket holders (limited seating; first-come, first-served)

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“Hancock shows that it is possible to play the same songs for over 40 years and still find meaning within the notes, stretching and bending them into new shapes.”

The Guardian (U.K.)

Legendary Jazz Master

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock, piano/keyboards

Devin Daniels, saxophone

James Genus, bass

Trevor Lawrence, Jr., drums

Chris Potter, saxophone

Wed, Apr 17 / 8 PM / Arlington Theatre (note new venue)

$125 Gold Circle (preferred seating) / $90 / $65 / $45 / $19 UCSB students

An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price

Experience a night under the spell of Herbie Hancock, jazz’s most versatile and influential keyboard player. As pianist for Miles Davis in the mid-1960s, Hancock helped pioneer a groundbreaking new sound in jazz. A trained engineer, he was among the first bop players to explore the potential of electric instruments and combine jazz with funk and rock. Hancock has garnered a Kennedy Center Honor, an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score and 14 Grammys, including a prestigious Album of the Year for his 2007 tribute River: The Joni Letters.

Event Sponsors: Russell Steiner and Susan & Bruce Worster

Jazz Series Lead Sponsor: Manitou Fund

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“RuPaul is almost like a prophet. He’s constantly flying a little higher than everybody else.”

“When you become the image of your own imagination, it’s the most powerful thing you could ever do.”

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The House of Hidden Meanings

Thu, Apr 18 / 7:30 PM / Arlington Theatre

$125 Gold Circle (preferred seating) / $75 / $50 / $20 UCSB students

An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price

Includes a copy of RuPaul’s new book, The House of Hidden Meanings (pick up at event)

If we’re all born naked and the rest is drag, this is RuPaul stripped bare. Pop culture icon and international drag superstar RuPaul invites you to a spiritual awakening to celebrate the release of the highly-anticipated memoir, The House of Hidden Meanings. Allow your mind, body and soul to be enveloped in RuPaul’s lyrically poignant stories on life, love and finding your voice. During this special event, RuPaul offers fans a manual for living – a personal philosophy that testifies to the value of chosen family, the importance of harnessing what makes you different and the transformational power of facing yourself fearlessly. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear RuPaul’s extraordinary story as told by RuPaul.

Presented in association with Pacific Pride Foundation and the following UCSB partners: Office of Black Student Development and Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

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“In his live scoring of Birdman, Sánchez injects a vitality that maps out the emotions of the film’s characters with precision.” The Guardian (U.K.)

Live Concert and Film Screening

Antonio Sánchez Birdman Live 10th Anniversary

The Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Birdman, screened to a live soundtrack

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts © All rights reserved

Fri, Apr 19 / 8 PM / Arlington Theatre

$25 / $10 all students (with valid ID)

An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price

“One of the standout jazz drummers on the contemporary scene, a polyrhythmic ace attuned to the subtlest dynamic fluctuations.” The New York Times

Following the success of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, which won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, drummer/composer Antonio Sánchez performed his dramatic Grammy Award-winning score live around the world. Now one of the most sought-after drummers on the international jazz scene, Sánchez celebrates the film’s 10th anniversary with Birdman Live. Relive the tour-de-force film and its star-studded cast (Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts) in a fantastical tale that navigates the pitfalls and perils of Hollywood success with musical accompaniment performed live by the composer. (Birdman: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2014, R, 119 min.)

Presented in association with UCSB Department of Music

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“Goosby plays like an angel with nothing to prove.”

Los Angeles Times

Santa Barbara Debut

Randall Goosby, violin

Zhu Wang, piano

Sat, Apr 20 / 7 PM / Hahn Hall $40 / $10 UCSB students


Coleridge-Taylor: Suite for Violin and Piano, op. 3

Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, op. 100 (“Thun”)

Still: Suite for Violin and Piano

Price: Two Fantasies

Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, op. 18

“The important thing for me in any musician, is sound. And his is beautiful. It immediately hits the listener.” – Itzhak Perlman

A protégé of Itzhak Perlman, Randall Goosby debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2021 at the age of 25 and has since risen to the first rank of international violin soloists. Acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship as well as his determination to make music more accessible, Goosby is passionate about highlighting the works and influence of underrepresented composers like William Grant Still and Florence Price. Goosby will be accompanied by pianist and Music Academy alum Zhu Wang.

Education support provided by the Sonquist Family Endowment

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“One of the most important musical minds currently walking the planet.” American Songwriter
“I hope that people just hear American music. Blues, jazz, Cajun, country, gospel, and rock – it’s all there. I like to be where it meets organically.”

– Rhiannon Giddens on You’re the One

Rhiannon Giddens

You’re the One

with special guest Charly Lowry

Tue, Apr 23 / 8 PM / Arlington Theatre (note new venue)

$100 Gold Circle (preferred seating)

$75 / $65 / $40 / $19 UCSB students

An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price

Singer and instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens’ iconic brand of folk music spotlights people whose contributions to American musical history have been overlooked or erased, and advocates for a more accurate understanding of the country’s musical origins through art. A two-time Grammy Award winner, MacArthur fellow and composer, she was awarded the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her debut opera Omar. Her highly-acclaimed new solo album, You’re the One, was released in August and she is featured playing banjo and viola on Beyoncé’s history-making new single, “Texas Hold ’Em.”

Event Sponsors: Jody & John Arnhold, Kath Lavidge & Ed McKinley, and Laura & Geof Wyatt

2023 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Music photo: Ebru Yildiz
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“A tireless advocate for humanity.”

Time magazine

“Build longer tables, not higher walls.”

– José Andrés

José Andrés

Changing the World Through the Power of Food

Sun, Apr 21 / 4:30 PM (note special time) / Arlington Theatre

$50 / $35 / $20 / $10 all students (with valid ID)

An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price $50 ticket includes a Chef José Andrés cookbook (pick up at event; one per household)

Chef José Andrés has dedicated himself to feeding not just the few – at his award-winning restaurants – but the many as well. Alongside his non-profit organization World Central Kitchen and his hospitality and food media enterprise José Andrés Group, Andrés finds innovative solutions that use the power of food to inspire change and empower communities. Andrés is a proud Spanish-American citizen who embraces the responsibilities of a culinary ambassador and immigrant building bridges between cultures. His latest cookbooks include Zaytinya: Delicious Mediterranean Dishes from Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon and The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope. A visionary and a humanitarian, Andrés will appear in conversation with KLITE’s Catherine Remak, career broadcaster and recipient of the 2020 Santa Barbara Person of the Year Award.

Premier Sponsor: Eva & Yoel Haller

Presented in association with Fairview Gardens, Feed the Valley, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association, Santa Barbara County Food Action Network, and UCSB Associated Students Food Bank

Chef, Restaurateur and Humanitarian
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“When we hear about a tragedy, we all kind of get stuck on ‘What’s the best way to help?’ He just hurries his ass over and gets down there.”
– Lin-Manuel Miranda

Film Screening We Feed People

Sun, Apr 21 / 1:30 PM Arlington Theatre / FREE (registration recommended)

From Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, We Feed People spotlights renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen’s incredible mission and evolution over a dozen years, from being a scrappy group of grassroots volunteers to becoming one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector. (2022, 89 min.)

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“Evan Osnos has explained this new China better than any other writer.”

The Washington Post

“When Evan Osnos was in Beijing, I considered him to be the most thoughtful western writer on the ground there, bar none.”
– Ian Bremmer

Evan Osnos

Two Superpowers: Navigating China and America in the New Age of Uncertainty

Wed, Apr 24 / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall

$30 / $20 / $10 UCSB students

Starbucks is opening a new store in China every 15 hours and TikTok is redefining American social media – even as tensions build over Taiwan, cyberhacking and threats to global health. For the first time in a generation, the world has entered an era dominated by two superpowers. Unlike rivals in the Cold War, the U.S. and China are also entwined on an unprecedented scale. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award and numerous other honors for his reporting on China, Evan Osnos, one of our preeminent analysts of global affairs and U.S. politics, combines deep knowledge with up-to-theminute insights to assess the new global balance of power. Are China and America on a collision course, or can we find common ground?

Event Sponsor: Betsy Atwater

Presented in association with UCSB departments of Global Studies and Political Science

photo: Pete Marovich Pulitzer Prize-winning China Expert and New Yorker Staff Writer
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Kronos Quartet | Five Decades

David Harrington, violin

John Sherba, violin

Hank Dutt, viola

Paul Wiancko, cello

Sat, Apr 27 / 8 PM / Campbell Hall

$50 / $30 / $10 UCSB students

“The most far-ranging ensemble geographically, nationally and stylistically the world has ever known.” Los Angeles Times

For 50 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has challenged and reimagined what a string quartet can be, centering its work around the key issues of our time. Kronos has commissioned, performed and recorded works that engage with topics such as war and destruction, the climate crisis, social injustice and spirituality. Now, the multi-Grammy Award-winning quartet marks its anniversary with a program of new commissions, signature works from its vast repertoire, and pieces from its Fifty for the Future project.

Presented in association with UCSB Department of Music

Master Class with Kronos Quartet and UCSB students

Sat, Apr 27 / 10 AM / UCSB Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

FREE and open to public observation

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“Deep River soars along a highway to the heavens, taking us on a journey from chaos and despair to revelation and deliverance.”

See Chicago Dance

“King is one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today.”

San Francisco Chronicle

A Celebration Fusing Spirituals and Dance Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Deep River

Alonzo King, Artistic Director

Fri, Apr 26 / 8 PM / Arlington Theatre (note new venue)

$100 Gold Circle (preferred seating)

$65 / $50 / $35 / $19 UCSB students

An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price

“A striking reminder of the universality King has reclaimed for ballet.” San Francisco Chronicle

Blurring the lines between classical and contemporary, San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet is renowned for its impeccable technique, captivating dancers and rich visual works. Alonzo King’s newest creation, Deep River, uses spiritual music from Black and Jewish traditions alongside original compositions by Jason Moran to assert the power of hope in the face of seemingly impossible odds. The piece premiered in 2022 to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary and is described by King as a reminder that “love is the ocean that we rose from, swim in, and will one day return to” – and that love can set us free.

Dance Series Sponsors:

Margo Cohen-Feinberg, Donna Fellows & Dave Johnson, Barbara Stupay, and Sheila Wald

Presented in association with UCSB Department of Theater and Dance

Master Classes with Alonzo King LINES Ballet and UCSB students

Wed, Apr 24 / 9:30 AM / UCSB Theater & Dance West, 1501

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Wed, Apr 24 / 11 AM / UCSB Humanities and Social Sciences Building, 1151

FREE and open to public observation

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“Poetry has never been the language of barriers. It’s always been the language of bridges.”
– Amanda Gorman


Amanda Gorman

An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Pico Iyer

Tue, Apr 30 (note new date) / 7:30 PM / Arlington Theatre

$75 / $50 / $25 / FREE for UCSB students

Heralded as the voice of her generation, poet and activist Amanda Gorman empowers people across the globe with an undeniable message about the power of using your voice to make a difference. Gorman made history as the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States and is celebrated for her commitment to advocating for the environment, racial equality and gender justice. She became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history with her groundbreaking performance of her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. She opened the 2022 U.N. General Assembly week with a poem about the climate crisis, performed her empowering poem “We Rise” at Variety’s Power of Women event, ignited the Forbes Women’s Summit and became the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl. With her message of hope, resilience and healing, Gorman serves as an inspiration to change the world for the better.

Major Sponsor: Dorothy Largay & Wayne Rosing

Presented in association with the following UCSB partners: Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Feminist Futures, and the departments of English and Sociology

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“What Simard is revealing here has implications and potential on the scale of mapping the human genome. Simard is one of this planet’s most insightful and eloquent translators.”

– John Vaillant, bestselling author of The Golden Spruce

Acclaimed Forest Ecologist and Author Suzanne Simard

Finding the Mother Tree

Wed, May 1 / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall

$30 / $20 / $10 all students (with valid ID)

As the world’s foremost forest ecologist, Suzanne Simard has reshaped the way we understand the life and growth of plants. In her groundbreaking work Finding the Mother Tree, Simard explained how trees communicate using below-ground fungal networks coordinated through “mother trees.” The concepts she developed have influenced everyone from earth scientists to artists – think James Cameron’s Avatar and Richard Powers’ The Overstory. Join Simard for a dazzling journey through the unseen world going on above our heads and under our feet.

Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Chaucer’s

Event Sponsor: Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli

Earth, Air, Fire, Water Series

Sponsors: Patricia & Paul Bragg Foundation, Audrey & Timothy O. Fisher, Justin Brooks Fisher Foundation, and Sara Miller McCune

Presented in association with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Community Environmental Council, Explore Ecology, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Beautiful, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, UCSB Bren School, and UCSB Environmental Studies Program

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Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

What if We Get It Right? Visions of Climate Futures

Tue, May 7 (note new date) / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall

$30 / $20 / FREE for UCSB students (registration required; limited availability)

“Ayana Elizabeth Johnson embodies and inspires optimism in the fight against climate change, injecting creativity, joy and hope into an issue that often feels dire.” Time magazine

Marine biologist, policy advisor and writer Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities, and co-creator of the podcast How to Save a Planet. Her forthcoming book, What if We Get It Right? offers answers to the crucial question: What would the future look like if we forged ahead with all the solutions to actually address the climate crisis? With grace and humanity, Johnson encourages us to step away from hopelessness and envision possibility.

Earth, Air, Fire, Water Series Sponsors: Patricia & Paul Bragg Foundation, Audrey & Timothy O. Fisher, Justin Brooks Fisher Foundation, and Sara Miller McCune

Presented in association with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Community Environmental Council, Explore Ecology, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, The Sea League, UCSB Bren School, and UCSB Environmental Studies Program

Related Thematic Learning Initiative event (see page 5)

Marine Biologist and Policy Expert
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Cristina Mittermeier

Between Land and Sea: Saving Our Oceans to Save Ourselves

Fri, May 10 (note new date) / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall

$30 / $20 / $10 all students (with valid ID)

“The ocean isn’t just a victim of climate change – it is our solution.” – Cristina Mittermeier

National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier has dedicated her life to safeguarding the world’s oceans and inspiring millions to do the same. With a degree in biochemical engineering in marine sciences and training in fine art photography, she founded the International League of Conservation Photographers to drive conservation efforts through storytelling. She co-founded SeaLegacy, a nonprofit that works at the intersection of art, science and conservation to rewild the ocean for the benefit of biodiversity, humanity and climate stability.

Earth, Air, Fire, Water Series Sponsors: Patricia & Paul Bragg Foundation, Audrey & Timothy O. Fisher, Justin Brooks Fisher Foundation, and Sara Miller McCune

Additional support provided by the Beth Chamberlin Endowment for Cultural Understanding

Presented in association with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Community Environmental Council, Explore Ecology, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, UCSB Bren School, and UCSB Environmental Studies Program

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Street-inspired Dance

Ephrat Asherie Dance


Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Artistic Director

Wed, May 15 / 8 PM / Campbell Hall

$40 / $25 / $15 UCSB students

“Bold, miraculous, spellbinding.” The New York Times

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, a New York-based b-girl with extensive training in ballet and modern dance, returns to reveal and explore the complexities of street and social dance forms. ODEON brings together and remixes street and club dances including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue, set to a mix of early 20th century romantic music and popular AfroBrazilian rhythms.

Major Sponsor: Jody & John Arnhold

Presented in association with UCSB Department of Theater and Dance

Related Thematic Learning Initiative event (see page 5)

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Haydn: Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2, op. 35

Kapustin: Variations, op. 41

Rameau: Selections from Pièces de clavecin

Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7, op. 83

Santa Barbara Debut

Bruce Liu, piano

Thu, May 16 / 7 PM / Hahn Hall

$40 / $10 UCSB students (very limited availability)

“From near obscurity to rock star status in the classical music world.” The Globe and Mail

Following his win at the Chopin International Piano Competition in 2021, Bruce Liu experienced a star-is-born moment at London’s Royal Festival Hall in March of 2022. Summoned at the last moment to join the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Tchaikovsky program, Liu called for the notoriously difficult Concerto No. 2 as a substitute for the more commonly played Concerto No. 1. After an astounding performance and glowing reviews, Liu found himself shifted to an even higher level of demand. Deutsche Grammophon released his debut album, Waves, in November of 2023.

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Just added!

2023 Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Bestselling Author

Xochitl Gonzalez

Latinx Voices Are American Voices

Fri, May 17 / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall

$20 / FREE for UCSB students (registration recommended)

“Gonzalez has that particular penchant for navigating perspectives in a voice that’s at once delightfully humorous and sobering.” Elle Pulitzer Prize finalist, cultural critic, producer and screenwriter Xochitl Gonzalez is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of its newsletter Brooklyn, Everywhere, about class, gentrification and the American Dream. Her debut novel, Olga Dies Dreaming, was named a Best of 2022 by The New York Times, Time magazine, The Washington Post and NPR. Her highly-anticipated new book, Anita de Monte Laughs Last, was released in March 2024. Gonzalez writes with love about Latinx issues, bringing nuance and complexity to stories about class, labor and culture laced with wry humor and filled with abundant moral clarity. Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Chaucer’s

Presented in association with UCSB Departments of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Sociology

Related Thematic Learning Initiative event (see page 5)

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“There’s musicianship and then there’s genius, and then way, way, way above all that, out in the stratosphere, is Jacob Collier.”

Just added!

Back by Popular Demand

Jacob Collier


special guest Kimbra

Sun, May 19 / 7 PM / Arlington Theatre

$125 Gold Circle (preferred seating) / $100 / $75 / $60 / $45 / $20 UCSB students

An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price

“His velveteen tenor and blend of old-soul balladry and YouTube-friendly loops of live arrangements straddles generations.” Los Angeles Times

“Mind-bendingly beautiful music” – Brandi Carlile

Following this season’s kick-off event, an ecstatic, sold-out Santa Barbara debut at Campbell Hall, viral sensation Jacob Collier returns with a full band, this time to the historic Arlington Theatre. Collier’s thrilling blend of instrumental and vocal virtuosity, pop showmanship and uniquely immersive audience engagement are the talk of the musical world. Catch Collier on his largest North American tour to date, performing music from his new album, Djesse Vol. 4 (Feb 2024), live with his band.

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UCSB Special Events UCSB Special Events

UCSB Reads Author Event

Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross

Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us

Wed, May 8 / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall

FREE (registration recommended)

Your Brain On Art explores the science of neuroaesthetics, an emerging field that connects artistic practice and aesthetic experience to cognitive performance and human flourishing. Authors Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross show how activities from painting and dancing to expressive writing, architecture and more are essential to our lives.

A book signing will follow the event

Co-presented with UCSB Library as part of UCSB Reads 2024, with support from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor

2024 Santa Barbara County ECONOMIC SUMMIT

Thu, May 9 / 4:30 PM-7 PM / Granada Theatre

$200 / $25 UCSB students

A Granada facility fee is included in each ticket price

Ticket includes digital access to the 2024 Economic Outlook Publication and a one-hour reception

The annual Santa Barbara County Economic Summit features presentations by a panel of experts on the state of the economy and policy in Santa Barbara and California. Speakers include Rick Caruso, founder and CEO of Caruso, a real estate development and management company, and more to be announced. The Santa Barbara County economic report will be delivered by Peter Rupert, director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project. Presentations will be followed by a panel moderated by Peter Rupert.

Founding Sponsor: U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management

Platinum Sponsor: Montecito Bank & Trust

Gold Sponsor: American Riviera Bank, UCLA Health, Deckers Brands, 817 State on the Paseo

Special Thanks: The Gretler Foundation

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Become A Member: Help Us Deliver Remarkable Programming On Stage and Off

“If ranking events purely on the enjoyment factor, then top of the list would be the receptions and dinners that UCSB Arts & Lectures holds for its donors.”

Santa Barbara Independent

The Benefits of Giving

$100+ $2,500+ $5,000+ $10,000+

Invitation to a reception at a private residence with featured artist or speaker u

Invitations to meet-and-greet opportunities with featured artists and speakers u

Complimentary parking at all ticketed A&L events at Campbell Hall u

Opportunity to bring guests to a select A&L public event u

VIP Ticketing Concierge Service and Priority Seating u u

Invitations to Producers Circle Receptions with featured artists and speakers u u

Access to Intermission Lounge in the McCune Founders Room during A&L performances and lectures at The Granada Theatre u u

Invitation to A&L’s exclusive Season Announcement Party u u

Opportunity to attend master classes and other educational activities u u

Invitation to a member appreciation event u u u

Recognition in A&L event programs or digital media u u u

Leadership Circle includes all the benefits of Executive Producers Circle plus your own personalized membership experience.

To inquire about membership or a customized Leadership Circle experience, please call Membership Director Rachel Leslie at (805) 893-3382.

Join Arts & Lectures Today
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Education and Community Engagement

How do we build a more connected, thoughtful and compassionate community?

We do it with opportunities that are accessible to all. Through Access for ALL – Arts & Lectures’ Learning programs – inspirational, dynamic learning experiences are possible for students and lifelong learners across classrooms, our community and the UCSB campus.

Access for ALL serves more than 30,000 students and community members annually.

Here’s how we’re impacting our community:

• Assemblies in elementary and secondary schools

• Workshops and conversations with artists and speakers

• Ticket subsidies for students at all levels

• The Thematic Learning Initiative’s lifelong learning opportunities

• Matinee field trips for K-12 students at local theaters

• Lecture-demonstrations and artist panels in University classes

• Master classes for students and community members

• Post-show Q&As with audiences of all ages

• Free family performances in under-resourced neighborhoods

Please consider a contribution to A&L’s award-winning education programs. Call Stacy Cullison, Senior Director of Development & Special Initiatives, at (805) 893-3755 to learn more.

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“Art teaches abstract thinking; it teaches teamwork; it teaches people to actually think about things that they cannot see.”

– Bill T. Jones, Choreographer and MacArthur Fellow

Thank you to our Education and ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! Sponsors

Arnhold A&L Education Initiative

Connie Frank & Evan Thompson


Sara Miller McCune

Audrey & Timothy O. Fisher

Kath Lavidge & Ed McKinley

Dorothy Largay & Wayne Rosing


University Support:

Office of the Chancellor

Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor

Office of Education Partnerships

Martha Graham Dance Company’s Anne Souder teaches a master class for UCSB students Renée Fleming moderates a Music and Mind panel discussion with local researchers and medical practitioners Author and plant ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer leads an assembly at Dos Pueblos High School
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! brings people together to share the rich cultural heritage of Latin America, serving more than 15,000 students and community members each year throughout Santa Barbara County.

Created in 2006 out of a commitment to arts access for all, Viva works with dozens of local partners to present high-quality artists who share their knowledge and passion. Schools, neighborhood spaces and community centers come alive in these free programs for youth and families.

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is a collaboration between UCSB Arts & Lectures, The Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center and the Isla Vista School Parent Teacher Association serving Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Guadalupe and New Cuyama.

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Charro Esteban Escobedo delights audiences at The Marjorie Luke Theatre Dancers from Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles at The Marjorie Luke Theatre

“Everyone should have access to art and music. Viva is awesome. It provides world-class musicians and artists to the community at no charge.” – Salud Carbajal, U.S. Congressman, representing California’s 24th District

“The free community performances by ¡Viva

el Arte de

Santa Bárbara! are one of the coolest things going on in town.”

Santa Barbara Independent

Spring 2024 FREE Community Concerts

Jarabe Mexicano

May 17-19

Please consider a contribution to the awardwinning ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! program. Call Director of Development Elise Erb at (805) 893-5679 to learn more.


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Ticket Donations and Exchanges

If you are unable to attend an event, we offer ticket exchange and donation options. Donation or exchange requests for another event within the 2023-24 season (subject to availability) can be made by 5 PM up to two business days before the event. Exchanging into a higherpriced performance or seating area may result in a price difference. We are not able to offer a refund for exchanging into a lower-priced event or seating area. It is the policy of UCSB and the UC Regents that a modest portion of gifts and/or the income from gifts may be used to defray the costs of raising and administering funds.

Refunds and Canceled Performances

If an event is canceled or rescheduled, tickets are refundable. The value of the tickets for canceled or rescheduled events may also be donated or exchanged for another event of equal or lesser value during the 2023-24 season. Service charges may not be refundable.

Please Provide Your Email Address

Please make sure your current email address is on file with the A&L Ticket Office; it will be used to communicate event guidelines, ticketing info and other important updates.

Tickets and Fees

All tickets and orders are subject to service charges and/or facility fees. Ticket prices, service charges and facility fees are subject to change without notice. Always purchase tickets directly from Arts & Lectures, the event venue or the ticket agency authorized by the venue. Tickets obtained through the secondary market or unauthorized sellers may be fraudulent and will not guarantee entry.

Due to the nature of live events, artists, programs and prices are subject to change.

Student and Youth Discounts

UCSB student-rate tickets are available to full-time UCSB students who have completed enrollment (one ticket per ID). A valid UCSB student ID is required at the time of purchase and at the event. “All Student” ticket holders must show current student ID at the event. “Youth” ticket holders of high school age may be asked to show ID at the event.

Group Sales

Groups of 20 or more may take advantage of special rates for select events. Contact the A&L Ticket Office with inquiries.


A&L is committed to making events accessible to all who wish to enjoy them. Please contact the A&L Ticket Office in advance to ensure the best possible experience and receive information about accessible seating, assistive listening devices, large-print programs and other accommodations.

Suitability for Children

A&L’s performing arts season is designed primarily for adult audiences. Contact the ticket office if you have questions about the appropriateness of an event. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theater.

Late Seating

A&L makes every effort to begin events at the published start time. Patrons who arrive after an event has begun will not be seated until an appropriate point in the program determined by the artist, and may be reseated in a new location.

UC Santa Barbara Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Policy

Under the authority of California Government Code 7597.1, smoking and the use of all tobacco products, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e.g., “e-cigarettes”) are prohibited anywhere at all indoor and outdoor spaces managed by UC Santa Barbara.


A&L presents events at a variety of locations on the UCSB campus and around Santa Barbara. Visit the A&L website for specific venue details.

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A fee is required to park on campus. Permit dispensers are available in all campus parking lots. Purchase a short-term permit on arrival using your license plate number. Note: Select lots are closed to visitor parking. Visit www.tps.ucsb.edu for more information.

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Legendary Jazz Master Herbie Hancock Wed, Apr 17 / 8 PM Arlington Theatre

“Today’s greatest living jazz artist.”

The Washington Post

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