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2019 – 2020 Season

Some Like It Hot

Fri, Jul 26 / 8:30 PM / COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Two male musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) masquerade as women to elude a mob hit, fleeing the state and befriending a beautiful singer (Marilyn Monroe), but further complications set in.

On the Waterfront

Fri, Aug 9 / 8:30 PM / COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) teams up with a murder victim’s sister, Edie (Eva Marie Saint), and a streetwise priest (Karl Malden) to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

High Noon

Fri, Aug 16 / 8:30 PM / COUNTY COURTHOUSE

A town marshal (Gary Cooper) must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon, despite the protests of his newlywed bride Amy (Grace Kelly).

Sunset Boulevard

Fri, Aug 23 / 8:30 PM / COUNTY COURTHOUSE

A struggling young screenwriter (William Holden) develops a dangerous relationship with faded film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) who is determined to make a triumphant return.

Tara Westover


Tue, Oct 1 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Tara Westover's bestselling memoir, Educated, explores the tension between loyalty to one’s family and loyalty to oneself and tells a universal story about the transformative power of education.
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Kristin Chenoweth

in Concert

Wed, Oct 2 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

In this intimate evening, the treasure of stage and screen shows off her sparkling demeanor as she performs standards and classics from Broadway to Hollywood.
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Philip Glass

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Thu, Oct 3 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

This special evening with Philip Glass and Pico Iyer brings together two unique and commanding cross-cultural interpreters for an intimate conversation about life, creativity and the global soul.
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Sankai Juku

Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land

Fri, Oct 4 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

With its sublime visual spectacles and deeply moving theatrical experiences, Tokyo’s Sankai Juku will perform the U.S. premiere of one of its strongest works, Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land.
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America Ferrera

in Conversation

Fri, Oct 11 / 7:30 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

A wide-ranging talk and moderated Q&A with award-winning actor, director, producer and activist America Ferrera, who uses her voice to speak up for more humanity and justice in the world.

Joel Sartore

Building the Photo Ark

Sun, Oct 13 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Photographer Joel Sartore’s stunning, provocative portraits of nearly 8,000 images of the world’s species convey a powerful message: To know these animals is to save them.
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Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer

with Rakesh Chaurasia

Sat, Oct 19 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

This trio of musical masters and genre-benders moves with ease among the worlds of classical, bluegrass and North Indian music, crossing sonic borders in an alchemical evening of magic.
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Chucho Valdés and Band

Jazz Batá

Sun, Oct 20 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

A protean performer and a singular force in music, Chucho Valdés revisits an exceptional early experiment pairing a piano jazz trio with batá drums, sacred instruments used in Santeria rituals.
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Z.E.N. Trio

Tue, Oct 22 / 7:00 PM / HAHN HALL

An enthralling piano trio of electrifying performers, the Z.E.N. Trio is made up of three standout solo musicians who captured the music world’s attention as BBC New Generation Artists.
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Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Fri, Nov 1 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Oakland’s innovative 10-piece hip-hop orchestra – two MCs, winds, strings, piano, drums and a lyric soprano – brings its cutting-edge stylings to renditions of Wu-Tang Clan and original songs.
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Elaine Weiss

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

Sun, Nov 3 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Prize-winning journalist and author Elaine Weiss recounts the riveting story of one of America’s greatest battles: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.
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Tue, Nov 5 / 7:00 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Andalusian flamenco royalty Farruquito blends intricate rhythmic foot patterns with elegant and expressive body movements and a masterful ensemble of dancers, singers and musicians.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

50th Anniversary Tour

Wed, Nov 6 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Celebrate 50 years of Dance Theatre of Harlem, the beloved, multiethnic company performing a forward-thinking repertoire and presenting a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century.
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Danish String Quartet
with the Danish National Girls Choir

Tue, Nov 12 / 7:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

With “warmth, wit, beautiful tone and technical prowess second to none” (NPR), the Danish String Quartet performs with 50 sparkling voices from their homeland.
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Danish String Quartet

Wed, Nov 13 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

The Nordic lads who’ve captured the hearts of Santa Barbara’s music lovers perform a profound evening of classical masterworks by Bach, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
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Sérgio Mendes & Bebel Gilberto

60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova

Sun, Nov 17 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Celebrate 60 years of bossa nova with Sérgio Mendes, one of Brazil’s most internationally-renowned artists of all time, and Bebel Gilberto, a thrilling vocalist steeped in the genre.
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A Tuba to Cuba:
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

with Cuban singer Yusa and special guests

Thu, Nov 21 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Iconic septet Preservation Hall Jazz Band delivers an immersive concert experience drawing on music from their album, So It Is, and cinematic visuals from the new documentary A Tuba to Cuba.
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Esther Perel

Wed, Dec 4 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Through her work on erotic intelligence, trauma, sexual honesty and conflict resolution, groundbreaking couples psychotherapist Esther Perel examines the intricacies of love and desire.
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Douglas Brinkley

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy
and the Great Space Race

Thu, Dec 5 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley takes a fresh look at America’s race to the moon.
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Pink Martini

Holiday Show

Sun, Dec 8 / 7:00 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Pink Martini performs festive holiday songs from around the globe, from timeless classics to rarely heard gems, creating infectiously joyous music that will have you dancing in the aisles.
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Tommy Emmanuel

with very special guests Jim & Morning Nichols

Sat, Dec 14 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Widely acknowledged as the international master of the solo acoustic guitar, Tommy Emmanuel will be joined by special guests to revisit his recent album, Accomplice One.
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Elaine Pagels

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Thu, Jan 9 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

In conversation with Pico Iyer, renowned religious scholar Elaine Pagels looks at her bestselling works including The Gnostic Gospels, Beyond Belief, Adam, Eve and the Serpent and Why Religion?
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Itzhak Perlman

Stories of His Life and Career

Tue, Jan 21 / 6:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

This uniquely personal multimedia experience finds violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman sharing stories from his life and career and performing with longtime pianist Rohan De Silva.
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Jon Boogz & Lil Buck

Love Heals All Wounds

Wed, Jan 22 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Two hip-hop phenoms join forces in a soul-stirring program featuring jaw-dropping dexterity, multimedia scenography, live musicians and a powerful spoken-word artist.
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Martha Graham Dance Company:
The EVE Project

Fri, Jan 24 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Martha Graham’s company showcases masterpieces by (and inspired by) the mother of American modern dance in this collection that makes bold statements about female power.
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Jay Campbell, cello

Sat, Jan 25 / 7:00 PM / HAHN HALL

Firebrand Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja returns with cellist Jay Campbell in a program spanning from the 11th century to a world premiere commissioned by A&L.
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Ranky Tanky

Sun, Jan 26 / 7:00 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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Black Violin

Impossible Tour

Tue, Jan 28 / 7:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

The classically-trained string duo Black Violin, plus a drummer and a DJ, is a one-of-a-kind mash-up of classical, hip hop, rock and R&B with a message.
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Jon Meacham

America Then and Now:
What History Tells Us About the Future

Thu, Jan 30 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham examines the present moment in America by looking at critical times in U.S. history when hope overcame division and fear.
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Hanzhi Wang, accordion

Sat, Feb 1 / 4:00 PM / HAHN HALL

A 2017 Young Concert Artists First Prize Winner, accordionist Hanzhi Wang’s unconventional embrace of keyboard repertoire makes her an enthralling stand-out among today’s rising stars.
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Chris Thile

Tue, Feb 4 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Grammy winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist with a broad outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz, bluegrass and just about everything else.
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Daniil Trifonov, piano

Fri, Feb 7 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

“One of the most awesome pianists of our time” (The New York Times), Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov makes his Santa Barbara debut in an all-Bach program anchored by “The Art of Fugue.”
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FLIP Fabrique


Sun, Feb 9 / 6:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Bringing the best in contemporary circus from Quebec to Santa Barbara, these expert jugglers, high flyers, aerialists and acrobats create a Blizzard that promises to blow away everything in its path.
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David Brooks

The Quest for a Moral Life

Tue, Feb 11 / 7:30 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

One of America’s most prominent New York Times columnists explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.
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Sammy Miller and The Congregation

Thu, Feb 13 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Evangelists of swing, drummer Sammy Miller and his six-piece Congregation draw on a century of American songs, spreading joy through their globally-conscious music.
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Cirque Éloize


Tue, Feb 18 / 7:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Montreal’s Cirque Éloize celebrates its 25th anniversary with Hotel, a new work channeling Art Deco-era Hollywood glamor and featuring a combination of acrobatics, theater, dance and live music.
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Anita Hill

From Social Movement to Social Impact:
Putting an End to Sexual Harassment

Wed, Feb 19 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

A women’s rights icon and powerful advocate for equality, Anita Hill inspires others to speak truth to power in order to foster true change.
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Jill Lepore

This America: The Case for the Nation

Fri, Feb 21 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Award-winning Harvard historian, New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the rise of America and an urgent reckoning with our divided nation.
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Miloš and Friends

The Voice of the Guitar

Sun, Feb 23 / 4:00 PM / HAHN HALL

A young star who has revitalized the role of the guitar in classical music, Miloš makes his long-awaited Santa Barbara debut, joined by a string quartet and double bass.
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Grupo Corpo

Bach & Gira

Tue, Feb 25 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Brazil’s leading contemporary dance troupe Grupo Corpo returns with a phenomenal double bill of two works that showcase the 21-member group’s extraordinary range.
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Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

She Remembers Everything

Wed, Mar 4 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

With an iconic sound that transcends country, pop, rock and blues, Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal summon powerful material rich with history, heartache, strength and humanity.
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The Wood Brothers

Fri, Mar 6 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Grammy-nominated roots trio The Wood Brothers combines rich harmonies, unwavering grooves, a kaleidoscopic array of influences and exemplary musicianship into a must-see live show.
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Michael Barenboim and
the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble

Sat, Mar 7 / 4:00 PM / HAHN HALL

Created in honor of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which connects outstanding Palestinian and Israeli musicians, the ensemble extends the orchestra’s profound message in an intimate chamber formation.
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Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Charlie Musselwhite

Sat, Mar 7 / 7:00 PM / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Three blues legends – a pair of guitar heroes and a revered harmonica player – come together for an unforgettable night of music.
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Lyon Opera Ballet

Trois Grandes Fugues

Wed, Apr 1 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

France’s world-renowned Lyon Opera Ballet performs the West Coast premiere of its revolutionary program featuring three major women choreographers.
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Lyon Opera Ballet

Trois Grandes Fugues

Thu, Apr 2 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

France’s world-renowned Lyon Opera Ballet performs Trois Grandes Fugues, its revolutionary program featuring three major women choreographers.
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Samin Nosrat
and Yotam Ottolenghi

Fri, Apr 3 / 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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Sat, Apr 4 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Marking Yamato’s 25th anniversary, this thrilling, high-energy new show takes the taiko ensemble's tremendous virtuosity, strength, spirit and sheer endurance to a soaring new level.
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Bryan Stevenson

American Injustice:
Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference

Sun, Apr 5 / 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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Yefim Bronfman and the
New York Philharmonic String Quartet

Tue, Apr 7 / 7:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

This exquisite concert sees pianist Yefim Bronfman performing with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, made up of the orchestra’s principal string players.
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Thu, Apr 9 / 8:00 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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Jennifer Koh
and Jean-Baptiste Barrière

The 38th Parallel: A Contemporary Pansori

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

This multimedia collaboration between celebrated violinist Jennifer Koh and composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière incorporates Korean pansori to recount a personal story of the impact of immigration.
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Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers

Sufi Chants of Pakistan

Thu, Apr 16 / 8:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Pakistan’s acclaimed Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers perform riveting interpretations of qawwali, an ancient Sufi improvisational vocal tradition that dates back more than seven centuries.
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Mohsin Hamid

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Fri, Apr 17 / 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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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Sat, Apr 18 / 7:30 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Explore the history of African-American people from the origins of slavery in Africa through the present with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of the country’s most influential cultural historians.
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Brooklyn Rider

Healing Modes

Tue, Apr 21 / 8:00 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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Stile Antico

Breaking the Habit: Music by and for Women in Renaissance Europe


The three-time Grammy-nominated group Stile Antico is one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, renowned for vibrant and expressive performances of Renaissance polyphony.
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Gautier Capuçon, cello
Yuja Wang, piano

Mon, Apr 27 / 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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Jon Batiste and Stay Human

Fri, May 1 / 8:00 PM / GRANADA THEATRE

Following his life-affirming Santa Barbara debut last season Jon Batiste is back with the full force of his band, pounding the keys in a high-octane night of pure musical joy.
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Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus

Sat, May 2 / 3:00 PM / CAMPBELL HALL

Straight from the score and onto the stage, Mozart appears, tumbling and twirling as daredevil artists fuse physical comedy and mischievous antics in this family show with a circus twist.
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Elizabeth Strout

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Tue, May 12 / 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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Ephrat Asherie Dance


Thu, May 14 / 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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