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Jason Isbell

Thu, Oct 1 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

Whether solo, with his former band the Drive-By Truckers or fronting The 400 Unit, four-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell writes songs that are master classes in narrative.

Gillian Tett

Thu, Oct 8 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

Financial Times U.S. Editor-at-Large Gillian Tett will address some of the most pressing economic, financial, political and social issues the market faces today.

Nathaniel Rateliff

Wed, Oct 14 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

After much acclaim with his band The Night Sweats, Nathaniel Rateliff returns to his unguarded, revealing solo work that speaks to staying strong through struggle.

Barbara Kingsolver

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Fri, Oct 16 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

Among the most relevant and original chroniclers of our times, Barbara Kingsolver is the beloved author of The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, The Bean Trees and nearly a dozen other bestsellers.

Vivek H. Murthy, MD

Fri, Oct 23 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

The 19th U.S. Surgeon General and author of Together will talk about his work on loneliness and the current state of public health and take questions on these critical topics for our time.

Mike Birbiglia

Thu, Oct 29 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

With his “genius blend of confessional and observational comedy” (The New York Times), Birbiglia will read from his new memoir followed by an off-the-cuff Q&A with the audience.

Danish String Quartet

Thu, Nov 12 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

A Santa Barbara favorite, the Danish String Quartet will play an elegant program featuring Shostakovich and a short selection of folk tunes from their homeland, followed by a conversation.

Rhiannon Giddens
with Francesco Turrisi

there is no Other

Sun, Nov 15 / 11:00 AM / VIRTUAL

Showcasing her spectacular banjo and fiddle playing, passionate vocals and perceptive songwriting, Giddens will perform a special concert from her home in Ireland, followed by a Q&A.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

Sun, Nov 22 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

This astounding sibling duo will bring their tight-knit communication, exuberance and humility to an intimate chamber music performance and conversation from their home in England.
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Cheryl Strayed

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Thu, Dec 3 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

Author of the bestselling books Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, Cheryl Strayed encourages readers to live large, love hard and be brave enough to break their own hearts.

China Forbes & Thomas Lauderdale

Thu, Dec 10 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

Pink Martini's China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale join together for a charming cabaret performance crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, followed by Q&A.

Anne Lamott

Notes on Hope

Thu, Jan 14 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

In this candid, insightful and hilarious House Calls program and Q&A, bestselling author Anne Lamott will help us rediscover the nuggets of hope that are buried within.

Jake Shimabukuro

Tue, Jan 19 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

With his out-of-the-box blend of stunning virtuosity and deep musicality, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro takes the four-string, two-octave instrument to places no one has gone before.

Puzzles & Ping-Pong with Will Shortz

Thu, Jan 28 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

New York Times crossword editor and avid table tennis player Will Shortz answers your puzzle-related puzzlements from his famed Westchester Table Tennis Center.

Gautier Capuçon, cello
& Yuja Wang, piano

Mon, Feb 1 / 7:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Incandescent pianist Yuja Wang returns in an exceptional duo alongside the dazzling French cellist Gautier Capuçon, her close friend and source of inspiration.
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Wed, Feb 3 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

International jazz ambassador and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis returns with the legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, comprising 15 of the nation’s finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers.
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Sonia De Los Santos and The Okee Dokee Brothers

Somos Amigos: Songs on Common Ground

Sat, Feb 6 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Friendship is at the heart of this joyful new collaboration between Mexican songstress Sonia De Los Santos and the Grammy Award-winning Americana folk duo The Okee Dokee Brothers.
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Yvon Chouinard

Protecting Public Land

Tue, Feb 9 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A moderated conversation with Yvon Chouinard and featuring clips from Patagonia’s upcoming film, Public Trust.
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Ranky Tanky

Tue, Feb 16 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Charleston’s high-spirited Ranky Tanky is a dynamo quintet mixing the lowcountry traditions of their West African ancestors with dynamic doses of jazz, gospel, funk and R&B.
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John Leguizamo

Tue, Feb 23 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

On the heels of a special Tony Award for his lifetime body of work as both a playwright and performer, Leguizamo brings his irresistibly irreverent brand of comedy to a new evening inspired by his entire life story.
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Wed, Feb 24 / 7:30 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Featuring the world’s best films and videos on mountain subjects from extreme sports to culture and environment, the tour awes viewers with thrills and grandeur.
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Thu, Feb 25 / 7:30 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Featuring the world’s best films and videos on mountain subjects from extreme sports to culture and environment, the tour awes viewers with thrills and grandeur.
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Ephrat Asherie Dance


Fri, Feb 26 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

A New York-based b-girl with extensive training in ballet and modern dance, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie returns with her company, revealing and exploring the complexities of street dance forms.
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Joyce DiDonato


Sat, Feb 27 / 7:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

In this cabaret-style recital, opera star Joyce DiDonato is joined by an all-star jazz group to reimagine the songs from24 Italian Songs and Arias in the manner of a jazz standard.
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An Untitled Love

Tue, Mar 2 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Choreographer Kyle Abraham mixes modern, contemporary, ballet and hip-hop dance, entwining sensual and provocative vocabulary with an emphasis on sound, human relationships and all things visual.
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The Wood Brothers

Wed, Mar 3 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Dubbed “masters of soulful folk” (Paste), The Wood Brothers are celebrated for their freewheeling musical experimentation, fluid sound and the unparalleled energy of their live performances.
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Samin Nosrat
and Yotam Ottolenghi

Fri, Mar 5 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A mouthwatering evening with two James Beard Award-winning cookbook authors and chefs, who will share their passion for everything food as they dish secrets from the kitchen.
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Mountainfilm on Tour – Kids' Showcase

Sat, Mar 6 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Highlighting environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining, Mountainfilm’s fun, engaging playlist features short films sourced from the festival in Telluride.
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Ann Patchett

Sun, Mar 7 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A celebrated author and champion of literary culture, Patchett was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People for her efforts on behalf of independent booksellers, books and bookstores.
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Joffrey Ballet

Tue, Mar 9 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Among America’s premier ballet companies, Joffrey Ballet is committed to artistic excellence and innovation, presenting a repertoire of past masterpieces and cutting-edge works.
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Joffrey Ballet

Wed, Mar 10 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Among America’s premier ballet companies, Joffrey Ballet is committed to artistic excellence and innovation, presenting a repertoire of past masterpieces and cutting-edge works.
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José Andrés

Changing the World Through the Power of Food

Sun, Mar 14 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A two-star Michelin chef with an award-winning group of restaurants and several cookbooks, José Andrés is changing the world through food as founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen.
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Las Cafeteras

Thu, Apr 8 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

This East Los Angeles band is lauded for their joyous blend of the folkloric son jarocho music of Veracruz with hip hop, rock and rancheras, zapateado dance and incisive social consciousness.
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Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Sat, Apr 10 / 4:00 PM / HAHN HALL

With “too big a talent to be pigeonholed” (New York Magazine), Alisa Weilerstein returns to perform Bach’s complete Cello Suites, a body of solo cello music that forever defined the genre.
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Sun, Apr 11 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

DakhaBrakha weaves Ukrainian folk melodies into a subversive musical tapestry that embraces indie rock, pop, hip hop and innovative and traditional instrumentation from around the world.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tue, Apr 13 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Now in its seventh decade, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater stands tall as an enduring cultural touchstone, especially when it comes to work that speaks directly to the times.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Wed, Apr 14 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Now in its seventh decade, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater stands tall as an enduring cultural touchstone, especially when it comes to work that speaks directly to the times.
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Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Thu, Apr 15 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Taking audiences from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, an evening with the Ukes is a funny, virtuosic, foot-stomping medley of musical delights.
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Moshin Hamid

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Fri, Apr 16 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Mohsin Hamid takes on ethnic identity, class disparity and mass-urbanization in his bold, inventive novels including Exit West, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke.
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SFJAZZ Collective

The Music of Joni Mitchell and Original Compositions

Sat, Apr 17 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

An all-star ensemble comprising the finest performers and composers in jazz today, SFJAZZ Collective is joined by singer Lizz Wright to reimagine the music of the incomparable Joni Mitchell.
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Silkroad Ensemble

Home Within

Tue, Apr 20 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

A 60-minute audio-visual performance, Home Within is the newest project of Syrian composer and clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh, and Syrian-Armenian visual artist, Kevork Mourad.
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Dreamers' Circus

Wed, Apr 21 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Dreamers’ Circus performs a thrilling blend of contemporary and traditional folk music from Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and the far reaches of the windswept Faroe Islands.
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Alexander Malofeev, piano

Fri, Apr 23 / 7:00 PM / HAHN HALL

At just 18 years old, the exciting young Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev already has a glittering record of achievement as a soloist.
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Jennifer Koh and Davóne Tines

Everything That Rises Must Converge

Sun, Apr 25 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

In this multimedia collaboration, Koh and Tines examine how their family histories have influenced their artistry and reveal a universal history shared by immigrants and minority Americans.
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Yo-Yo Ma & Austin Mann

Truth, Trust and Service – How Culture Connects Us

Tue, Apr 27 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and photographer Austin Mann explore the role culture can play in helping us to imagine and build a stronger, more resilient society.
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Bryan Stevenson

American Injustice:
Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference

Fri, Apr 30 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

MacArthur Fellow Bryan Stevenson is an attorney, human rights activist, author of Just Mercy and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.
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Andrew Yang

Sun, May 2 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

A noted entrepreneur and the author of The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang was named Presidential Ambassador of Entrepreneurship during the Obama administration.
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Brooklyn Rider

Healing Modes

Tue, May 4 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Iconoclastic Brooklyn Rider’s new program focuses on Beethoven’s Opus 132 and responses to the masterwork from five women composers including Caroline Shaw and Du Yun.
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Arthur C. Brooks

National Renewal

Tue, May 11 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Drawing on cutting-edge social science and a decade of experience leading the American Enterprise Institute, Arthur C. Brooks shows that what the country needs is not agreement, but better disagreement.
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Elizabeth Strout

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Thu, May 13 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Elizabeth Strout's lauded collection of works of fiction include the Pulitzer-winning short story collection Olive Kitteridge, The Burgess Boys and My Name Is Lucy Barton.
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Ami Vitale

Wild Hope

Sun, May 16 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Award-winning photographer Ami Vitale has spent years producing work that illuminates the unsung heroes and communities protecting our wildlife and finding harmony in our natural world.
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David Sedaris

Tue, May 18 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

David Sedaris is a master of satire, known for his wit, weirdness and seriously funny observations about himself, his unique family and the world around him.
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Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Americans Reaching for Hope

Thu, May 20 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Renowned for their tireless advocacy of human rights and giving a voice to the voiceless, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn now issue a plea to address the crisis in working-class America.
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Jon Batiste

Sat, May 22 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Following his life-affirming Santa Barbara debut in 2019 Jon Batiste is back, pounding the keys in a high-octane night of pure musical joy.
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