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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 2/23/2014 FATOUMATA DIAWARA
UCSB Campbell Hall
A rising star of African music, with a "spell-weaving new voice" (MOJO), singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara was raised in Mali and now lives in Paris. Inspired by ancestral Wassoulou traditions, as well as jazz, pop and funk, her arresting music is a joyous mix of vibrant and understated melodies soaring over intricate guitar and percussion arrangements. Her 2012 debut album, Fatou, brought the charismatic performer critical and popular acclaim. But success has been hard-won: Diawara had to overcome opposition from her parents and her culture's restrictive attitudes toward women before striking out on her own and launching her artistic career.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 2/23/2014David Sedaris in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> DAVID SEDARIS
Arlington Theatre
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphe­misms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls (2013), each of which became immediate best-sellers. The audio version of the latter was nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album. There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. Sedaris' pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name "The Talent Family" and have written half a dozen plays that have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler's Knob and The Book of Liz. David Sedaris' original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International. David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His most recent live album is David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure (November 2009). A feature film adaptation of his story "C.O.G." premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2013).
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Center Stage Theater
Gen Kelsang Rigpa, National Spiritual Director for the Western U.S., will visit Santa Barbara to give a special talk on how we can transform our daily difficulties into the spiritual path. Often life is filled with difficult circumstances that make us feel overwhelmed and trapped. When we respond to life's difficulties with discouragement, frustration, irritation or depression, our problems increase. We can learn to change our minds. Then we can respond to difficulties with positive and constructive attitudes instead. By living in accordance with the insights developed during meditation, gradually we will learn how to be free from everyday problems. Learn how to transform these difficulties into a spiritual path that you can learn positive life lessons leading you to a life of joy and peace of mind.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 2/23/2014 IT'S MAGIC!
Lobero Theatre
This live stage spectacle features top professional magicians from around the globe, carefully selected to represent the variety and art of magic. Each year the lineup changes to include the best and brightest magical acts including well-known Las Vegas performers.
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The Tabard Theatre Company
Theatre on San Pedro Square:Kurt Gravenhorst; music: Jeremy Harris.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 2/23/2014 FOR BETTER
Magic Circle Theatre
In this plugged-in world of email, text messaging and camera phones, do a bride and groom really need to be in the same country to go on a honeymoon? Karen and Max are getting married. At least, if their jobs will ever let them be in the same city at the same time. A romantic comedy for the digital age, For Better is a hilarious new farce that pokes fun at our overdependence on the gadgets in our lives.
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