UCSB Arts & Lectures presents An Evening with David Sedaris, one of today’s preeminent humorists returning with his strange-but-true experiences, spot-on satire and impeccable storytelling on Wed., May 3, at 8 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

With his strange-but-true experiences, spot-on satire and impeccable storytelling, David Sedaris will again reveal himself to be one of today’s preeminent American humorists. He is a favorite voice on NPR’s This American Life, a regular contributor to The New Yorker and beloved for his sidesplitting books including Naked and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. His forthcoming collection, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), brings together his favorite diary entries. It was named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by The Boston Globe, The New York Times Book Review, Vulture, The Week, Bustle and BookRiot. Join Sedaris for another can’t-miss round of wickedly witty observations and fantastically fun book signing. (Mature content)

Tickets are $25-$45 for the general public and $19 for UCSB students (valid student ID required). An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price.

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu, or contact the Arlington Theatre at (805) 963-4408 or thearlingtontheatre.com.

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Thomas L. Friedman delivering a lecture titled A Field Guide to the 21st Century: How to Live in an Age of Acceleration on Thurs., April 20, at 8:00 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase at the event.

A three-time Pulitzer Prize recipient, New York Times columnist and an authority on foreign affairs, Thomas L. Friedman’s lauded books include The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century and From Beirut to Jerusalem. His “latest must-read” (Booklist) is Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. Looking to innovators who are finding bold solutions to the pace of change transforming our planet – from AT&T executives in Silicon Valley to U.N. experts in Syria – Friedman will provide an essential blueprint for how to think in our time. With vision, clarity and wit, Friedman will show that if we dare to slow down in this age of acceleration, we can use our time to reimagine work, politics and community.

Thomas L. Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. Described as “the country’s best newspaper columnist” by Vanity Fair, he has covered the monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. In awarding Friedman his third Pulitzer Prize, the Pulitzer Board cited his “clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.” He has been ranked second on The Wall Street Journal’s list of influential business thinkers, named to the 2011 Thinkers50 and the 2013 list of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers and considered one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report.

Friedman Thomas ThankYouForBeingLate sIn his new book, Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Friedman offers a guide to overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization and climate change. The Christian Science Monitor advised of his previous book – That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum – “Anyone who cares about America’s future ought to read this book and hear the authors’ compelling case.” Friedman’s The World is Flat won the inaugural Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. In 2012, he updated his National Book Award-winning book From Beirut to Jerusalem, adding a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and Arab/Israeli relations in a new preface and afterword. His other bestsellers include Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America, Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism and The Lexus and the Olive Tree, which Kirkus Reviews called “simply the best book written on globalization.”

Friedman is a frequent guest on programs such as Meet the Press, Morning Joe and Charlie Rose. His TV documentaries, Searching for the Roots of 9/11, The Other Side of Outsourcing and Addicted to Oil, have aired on the Discovery Channel. He is featured in Showtime’s climate change documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, executive produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Thomas L. Friedman is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures.

Tickets are $25-$40 for the general public and $15 for all students (valid student ID required). (An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price)

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu, or contact the Arlington Theatre at (805) 963-4408 or thearlingtontheatre.com.

Event Sponsors: Susan & Craig McCaw.

UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges the generous support of SAGE for its major corporate support of the 2016-17 season.

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science on Wed., March 15, at 8 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre.

Alton Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows… just in case things get messy… again.

Watch a teaser for Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science.

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science is the follow-up to the smash Edible Inevitable tour. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings), but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs, bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments and what every cook needs in his kitchen – fire! To everyone’s delight, Brown invites an audience member on stage to serve as his assistant. This year’s show has even more protective ponchos for the first few rows when things get even messier.

Brown, author of the James Beard Award-winning book I’m Just Here for the Food and the New York Times bestselling sequence Good Eats, released the first of two new cookbooks through Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House) in fall 2016. Alton Brown: Every Day Cook, or EDC as Brown calls it, is a collection of more than 100 personal recipes as well as a pinch of science and history. He has hosted numerous series including, Cutthroat Kitchen, Camp Cutthroat and Iron Chef America, and he created, produced and hosted the Peabody Award-winning series Good Eats for 13 years on Food Network. Good Eats can still be seen on the Cooking Channel and Netflix.

This show is appropriate for everyone!

Alton Brown Live is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures with support from our Community Partner the Orfalea Family.

Tickets are $30-$65 for the general public and $19 for UCSB students (valid student ID required). An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price.

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu, or contact the Arlington Theatre at (805) 963-4408 or thearlingtontheatre.com.

“Modest, wry, self-effacing and demonstrably the most intelligent of the late-night comics.”-The Washington Post

Wielding “a comic identity as distinctive as his name” (The New York Times), Conan O'Brien has established himself among today’s most original and best-loved personalities in comedy. His quirky humor and award-winning writing have entertained audiences for decades, in a career that has spanned comedy pillars like Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Late Night and The Tonight Show.


Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at The Arlington Theatre

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents, back by popular demand, The Avett Brothers in concert Tues., Feb. 10 at the Arlington Theatre

"Revved-up, bluegrass-steeped pop... heartfelt, plain-spoken hooks and harmonies straight from the North Carolina mountains they grew up around." Rolling Stone

"Seth and Scott Avett aren't content to merely play gorgeous roots music... they craft alternately stompy and swoony music that's rooted in a desire for self-improvement." NPR

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents, back by popular demand, The Avett Brothers in concert Tues., Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., in Santa Barbara.

Since 2010, when they blew us away with their kinetic, house-raising Santa Barbara debut, The Avett Brothers have entered the pantheon of quintessential American bands.

Drawing from deep reservoirs of ear-pleasing punk, folk, country and bluegrass, yet transcending the limits of any genre or label, the brothers keep their songs honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But the heart and boundless energy with which they are sung are why people keep talking about them and why so many sing along.

About The Avett Brothers

Life's rich ephemerality. That's what Magpie and the Dandelion – The Avett Brothers' most recent album – is about. The things in life we can never repeat. People we will never see again. Relationships that run their course. Words that will never be spoken or sung in exactly the same way. That moment in a concert we experience only one time. Once. Then it's over. Gone. Poof.

When The Avett Brothers went into the studio in early 2011 to begin recording their sprawling song cycle of the following year, The Carpenter, they actually brought in enough material for two albums. It was a heady, exciting session, ideas bouncing everywhere, new experiments attempted, used, discarded. But not everything fit neatly into The Carpenter's grand narrative about love and life, aging and mortality. So the Brothers put the extra songs on a shelf and hit the road to perform for their fans.

It was a tough tour. That September, bassist Bob Crawford took a leave of absence after his baby daughter, Hallie, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The next two years would continue to be challenging. Brothers Scott and Seth Avett's beloved aunt, Alice Haas, would die from cancer, and Seth's marriage would fall apart. The universal and remarkably mature truths the Brothers had explored on The Carpenter – in lyrics like, "If I live the life I'm given, I won't be scared to die," "You and I, we're the same" and "We're not of this earth for long" – had become very immediate and very personal. It so happens that the songs the Avetts had put on a shelf reflected that sense of urgency.

In their 14 years of performing and touring, from small clubs in their native Southeast to big arenas around the world, The Avett Brothers have spent lots of time thinking about variety, dynamics and song placement. Early on, they just wanted to create the right mood and arc for frenetic shows full of ringing acoustic guitars and banjos, chirpy vocal harmonies, lots of hooting, hollering, hand-clapping and foot-stomping. When the Avetts took that explosive sound into recording studios, they initially sought to recreate the energy of their shows. Their earliest full-length studio albums for the Concord indie label Ramseur – Country Was (2002), A Carolina Jubilee (2003) and Mignonette (2004) – were fine documents of specific moments in time, but it wasn't until the Avetts recorded Emotionalism in 2007 that they began thinking more in the tradition of great LPs from rock's golden age – albums like The Band's 1968 milestone, Music from Big Pink, or Neil Young's 1972 classic, Harvest.

The Avett Brothers' subsequent releases – I and Love and You in 2009 (which was recently certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America), The Carpenter in 2012, and now Magpie and the Dandelion (2013), all produced by Rick Rubin and released on American Recordings – have thrust the Brothers into the pantheon of quintessential American bands. When the Avetts think of variety, dynamics and song placement today, the results are more novelistic. Today, their narrative folk-rock tells bigger stories about what it means to be Southern, to be American, to be alive.

Perhaps the larger truth that Magpie achieves is showing that The Avett Brothers have grown far beyond their old pigeonhole of being those quaint, foot-stomping, banjo-picking Southern boys who sparked a back-to-basics trend in rock. Says Seth Avett: "I think, genre-wise, we continue to give little attention to what's said about us – you know, the banjos on the radio thing. At this point, that's more of a humorous afterthought. The idea of there being a movement – if there is such a thing – I think we're on the other side of that."

The Avett Brothers will be featured on Asleep at the Wheel's album Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, due out in March, alongside other guest artists including Amos Lee, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Seth Avett's album of Elliott Smith covers with Jessica Lea Mayfield – a project three years in the making – will also be released in March.

The Avett Brothers' concert is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures.

For tickets or more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or purchase online at www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.Tickets are also available through the Arlington box office at (805) 963-4408 and Ticketmaster.


One of the most decorated players in the history of the NBA, Magic Johnson will give a rousing talk about his role in the game as a player and beyond – from the Olympic “Dream Team” to buying the Los Angeles Dodgers – followed by an audience Q&A.

What have you always wanted to ask Magic Johnson?

YOU may have that opportunity on 10/24.

Read full press release for the scheduled UCSB Arts & Lecture's sponsored event here.

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Grammy award-winning band Tedeschi Trucks Band in concert Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. The show is part of TTB's Made Up Mind Tour.

"The 11-piece band booms like a soul thunderclap." Boston Herald

"Equal parts Stax and Muscle Shoals without dilution of either." Rolling Stone

The 11-piece tour-de-force band led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi has proven itself as one of the hottest, most uplifting acts on the road today. Formed in 2010 when Derek, one of the most respected guitarists of his generation, and six-time Grammy nominee Susan decided to set aside their successful solo careers, Tedeschi Trucks Band has since been touring the globe, accruing fans and accolades along the way – including a Best Blues Album Grammy for Revelator, its debut release.

Fronted by Trucks' signature slide guitar and Tedeschi's honey-to-husk voice, TTB – as their fans call them – delivers a hearty, roots-rich musical mix with the power to renew faith in live music.

Writes The Post-Standard (Syracuse) of a recent show: "Trucks played the lightning to Tedeschi's thunder, accenting her soulful voice and bluesy guitar with his furious six-string. It's a partnership unparalleled in rock 'n' roll, and one that makes the Tedeschi Trucks Band a group that will go down in history as one of the great rock groups of this generation."

Don't miss this blazing hot concert by one of the best live music acts around!

Tedeschi Trucks Band's concert is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Tickets to Tedeschi Trucks Band's show are $50 to $75 for the general public and $20 for UCSB students with a current student ID. (An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price.) For tickets or more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or purchase online here. Tickets are also available through the Arlington box office at (805) 963-4408 and Ticketmaster.


About Tedeschi Trucks Band
Tedeschi Trucks Band is an 11-member collective that thrills audiences worldwide with its transcendent live performances and award-winning albums. Formed in 2010 by husband and wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and featuring two harmony singers, a three-piece horn section, keyboards, bass and a pair of drummers, TTB disproves the adage "less is more" while building a devoted following of fans and critics alike.

Tedeschi Trucks Band has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe and Japan, headlining the venerable Newport Jazz Festival, co-headlining tours with B.B. King and The Black Crowes, and playing to packed houses in the world's most celebrated venues, from Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Beacon Theatre to the Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall. TTB's debut release Revelator, produced at the couple's Swamp Raga home studio, earned both Grammy and Blues Music awards, while 2011's dynamic live follow-up, Everybody's Talkin', delivered a double-disc classic reminiscent of legendary concert recordings like Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen and The Allman Brothers Band's At Fillmore East. Its second studio effort, Made Up Mind (August 2013), entered the Billboard 200 at No. 11.

Emerging as one of the most respected guitarists of his generation, Trucks led his own Derek Trucks Band for over 15 years prior to teaming with Tedeschi. Presently and for the past 13 years, the Florida native also performs as a full member of The Allman Brothers Band and has toured with both Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. Additionally, as the youngest musician to make the list, the slide guitar wunderkind was voted No. 16 of the top 100 Guitarists of All Time (Rolling Stone, 2011) by a panel of fellow musicians and industry experts.

No stranger to center stage herself, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi started playing in bands in her hometown of Boston at age 13. Her knack for combining American roots music – particularly electric blues, Southern soul and gospel – with passionate, awe-inspiring vocal prowess has resulted in a prolific solo career full of award-winning records, six Grammy nominations and a devoted following. Blessed with a voice that ranges from powerful R&B belters to gentle ballads, Tedeschi is a talented guitarist as well, her style alternately recalling post-war electric blues and Hendrix-inspired rock.

Easily capable of shining as individuals, this ensemble of 11 is concerned more with the sound than the spotlight. Sharing a level of respect and camaraderie rarely found in rock and roll, Tedeschi Trucks Band has found a magical combination that delivers nightly an unforgettable, can't-miss concert experience. For these musicians and their audiences, more is indeed more.


UCSB Arts & Lectures presents world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company in the Santa Barbara premiere of SADEH21 on Tuesday, November 4 at 8 p.m

Known for its power, speed and passion, Israel's Batsheva Dance Company is among the most electrifying contemporary dance companies in existence. Pulsating with history and heart, politics and place in a collision of fiery individualism, the company's unique movement language tells evocative stories.

"Intense and engrossing... Rich in choreographic ideas and performed with a kind of rugged grace that often surprises." The Sydney Morning Herald

"SADEH21 is, first and foremost, a celebration of dance... [The dancers] are living sculpture that defines space and time." The Globe and Mail

Batsheva makes its long-awaited return to Santa Barbara as part of its 50th anniversary tour of the U.S. Originally shaped by Martha Graham, the company was propelled into a new era by the adventurous curatorial vision and distinctive choreographic voice of Artistic Director Ohad Naharin, whom The New York Times calls "one of the most fascinating dancemakers on the planet."

With themes swaying from political to playful, Naharin's riveting dance odyssey SADEH21 explores and pushes boundaries in a voyage of cinematic proportions brimming with originality and raw vitality. The piece includes music by Brian Eno, David Darling, Autechre and The Hafler Trio, and more.

Tickets to Batsheva Dance Company's performance are $35 to $45 for the general public and $19 for UCSB students with a current student ID. (An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price.)

For tickets or more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or purchase online here. Tickets are also available through the Arlington box office at (805) 963-4408 and Ticketmaster


About Batsheva Dance Company
Batsheva Dance Company has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. Together with its junior Batsheva Ensemble, the company boasts a roster of 34 dancers drawn from Israel and abroad. Batsheva Dance Company is Israel's biggest company, maintaining an extensive performance schedule locally and internationally with more than 250 performances and more than 75,000 spectators per year.

Hailed as one of the world's preeminent contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin assumed the role of artistic director in 1990. Batsheva's dancers take part in the creative processes in the studio and create works themselves in the annual project, "Batsheva Dancers Create," which recently culminated in public performances Sept. 21 through 23 in Tel Aviv.

Batsheva Dance Company was founded as a repertory company in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who enlisted Martha Graham as its first artistic adviser. Since 1989, Batsheva Dance Company has been in residence at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv.

UCSB Arts & Lectures in association with UCSB Athletics presents an inspirational talk by basketball legend and entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson titled The Magic of Winning on Friday, October 24th at 8 pm.

"Magic Johnson changed America forever... In an age of diminishing activism in sports, Magic has had indelible power." Time Magazine

"He may have been the best basketball player the game has ever known." The New York Times

"Magic is head-and-shoulders above everybody else. I've never seen [anybody] as good as him." – Larry Bird, basketball player and rival

One of the most decorated players in the history of the NBA, Magic Johnson won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, was selected three times as NBA Most Valuable Player and was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal "Dream Team." He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. Since retiring from professional basketball, Magic has turned his attention to entrepreneurship and is a leading spokesperson on HIV education.

Already a legend in sports, he is forging his legacy off the court with his latest venture, Magic Johnson Enterprises, which provides strategic alliances, investments and consulting in underserved urban communities. In his talk, The Magic of Winning, Magic will revisit his life story with a passionate message about how we can all make a difference.

Don't miss this rare chance to meet a true sports legend, powerful businessman and inspirational human being.

Note: Tickets are now are $20 to $85 for the general public and $18 for all students (with a current student ID) and youths (18 and under). (New $20 general section and all students/youths section.) (An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price.)

For tickets or more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or purchase online here

Tickets are also available through the Arlington box office at (805) 963-408 and Ticketmaster.

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