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The Book of Life

Tue, Oct 20 / 7:00 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest to reunite with his one true love and defend his village.
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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tue, Oct 20 / 9:15 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington's quest to bring the joy of Christmas back to Halloween Town quickly turns into a nightmare.
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The Addams Family

Wed, Oct 21 / 7:00 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

When long-lost Uncle Fester reappears after twenty-five years, Gomez and Morticia Addams plan a celebration to wake the dead. But could this Fester be a fake?
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Get Out

Wed, Oct 21 / 9:15 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

When Chris, a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead to a truth he could never have imagined.
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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.
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Barbara Kingsolver

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Mon, Oct 26 / 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.
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Brittany K. Barnett

Tue, Oct 27 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

A decorated attorney and activist, Brittany K. Barnett showcases the impact that formerly incarcerated people can have when they are able to not only survive, but thrive.
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Coco

(en español / Spanish audio; English subtitles)

Wed, Oct 28 / 7:00 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

In this vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors.
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Coco

(en español / Spanish audio; English subtitles)

Wed, Oct 28 / 9:15 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

In this vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors.
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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.
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Coco

(English)

Thu, Oct 29 / 7:00 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

In this vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors.
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Coco

(English)

Thu, Oct 29 / 9:15 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

In this vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors.
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Selena

Thu, Nov 5 / 5:30 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos star in this celebration of pop-music sensation Selena, a girl from South Texas with global talent, incredible will and magnetic charm.
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Lady Bird

Thu, Nov 5 / 8:00 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

A warm, affecting comedy about a high school senior who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year.
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Tue, Nov 10 / 5:30 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

Indiana Jones and his intrepid ex-flame Marion dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest to find the Lost Ark of the Covenant
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Tue, Nov 10 / 8:00 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

With bold storytelling and striking imagination, this film introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
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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.
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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.
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John Lewis: Good Trouble

Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Dawn Porter

Tue, Nov 17 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

This film screening and Q&A with filmmaker Dawn Porter will explore Congressman Lewis' legacy of fearless protest and how we can keep his campaign for justice alive.
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Spare Parts

Wed, Nov 18 / 5:30 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

When four wildly different high schoolers team up to enter a robotics competition against the nation’s top universities, no one believes they have a chance.
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Inception

Wed, Nov 18 / 8:00 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
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Sister Helen Prejean

Thu, Nov 19 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

The nation's foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean ignited a national debate on capital punishment with her bestselling book Dead Man Walking.
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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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Whale Rider

Wed, Dec 2 / 5:30 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.
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Yesterday

Wed, Dec 2 / 8:00 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

After a mysterious blackout, Jack discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles and passes off the Fab Four’s songs as his own.
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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.
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Nikole Hannah-Jones

Tue, Dec 8 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

MacArthur Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones is the creator of The New York Times Magazine's The 1619 Project, about the history and lasting legacy of American slavery.
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Cinnamon (Canela)

(en español / Spanish audio; no English subtitles)

Wed, Dec 9 / 5:30 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

A determined girl embarks on a mission to save her grandmother's traditional Mexican restaurant.
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Elf

Wed, Dec 9 / 8:00 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

When one of Santa's elves learns that he's actually a human whom Santa inadvertently brought back from an orphanage when he was a baby, he sets out for NYC to track down his real father.
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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.
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It's a Wonderful Life

Wed, Dec 16 / 5:30 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

After a desperate George Bailey wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true, and show him what the town would look like without him.
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It's a Wonderful Life

Wed, Dec 16 / 8:00 PM / WEST WIND DRIVE-IN

After a desperate George Bailey wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true, and show him what the town would look like without him.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tue, Jan 12 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

Drawing comparisons to James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of Between the World and Me, Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power and The Water Dancer.
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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.
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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.
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Isabel Wilkerson

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Tue, Jan 26 / 5:00 PM / VIRTUAL

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America.
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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.
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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

Odeon

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

Songplay

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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A.I.M

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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DakhaBrakha

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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