UCSB’s Fall Term Offers a Dynamic Lineup of Arts, Exhibits, and Performances | Culture & Leisure
“On a Jagged Labyrinth” by Ishi Glinsky at the Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, UCSB. (Tony Masters)
As UC Santa Barbara students and faculty return to campus for a new academic year, the campus cultural scene comes alive with an array of theater, dance, art exhibits and films for the fall term, celebrating the talents of students, faculty, and guest artists.
From productions of classic plays by Shakespeare and Nikolai Gogol to dance performances of new student choreography, the campus offers many opportunities to revel in the arts.
Theater & Dance
Talent takes the stage this fall in a full lineup of performances from UCSB’s Theater and Dance Department.
You never know what to expect at the 24-hour Play Festival on October 29. Bringing the best of their creative talents and fast-paced writing to the challenge, students write, produce and perform new short plays in just 24 hours.
Later this term, catch a presentation of cutting-edge contemporary pieces and time-tested classics from the student directing program in Fall One Acts, November 10-13.
Speaking of classics, the department will also present a production of “The Government Inspector” by Gogol and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. Directed by Michael Bernard – who came to New York’s 52nd Street project in Hell’s Kitchen – Gogol’s mid-19th century work is more relevant than ever.
Set in the cauldrons of the Imperial Russian government, Gogol imbues comic levity and dreamy interludes with a satirical portrayal of greed, corruption and stupidity among the ranks of government.
Tickets are on sale here. Performances will be November 16-20 at 7:30 p.m. and November 19 at 2 p.m. at the Hatlen Theatre.
Spotlighting rising stars and valuable dance faculty, multidisciplinary artist Christina McCarthy leads the season opener, the Fall Dance Concert, with original choreography by five senior BFA students and a piece by BFA faculty. former dancer of Alvin Ailey, Christina Sanchez.
Add to that a performance by the UC Santa Barbara Dance Company and you have an entry into the dance season that continues through the winter and spring terms.
Performances take place from December 1 to 3 at 7:30 p.m. and December 3 at 2 p.m. at the Hatlen Theater. Advance tickets are $13 for students, seniors, military personnel, and UCSB faculty and staff, and $17 for general admission; same-day tickets are $15 and $19, respectively.
Those hoping to catch a performance by UCSB’s resident professional dance company, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, will have to wait until the New Year when the company returns to the Hatlen Stage under the artistic direction of Brandon Whited, 7:30 p.m. on January 18. . -21 and 2 p.m. Jan 22. Pre-sale tickets are on sale here.
Art, Design & Architecture
For art lovers, the UCSB Museum of Art, Design and Architecture (AD&A) opened three new exhibits this fall, each promising unique and surprising artistic experiences.
Museum director Gabriel Ritter broke new ground by presenting Native American artist Ishi Glinsky’s first solo exhibition, “Upon a Jagged Maze.” With roots in the Tohono O’odham Nation, Glinsky translates North American Indigenous artistic traditions into the vernacular of contemporary art.
The star of the show: Glinsky’s colossal soft sculpture of a punk leather bomber jacket and larger-than-life beads made with repurposed skateboard wheels.
Looking for a space to enjoy quiet contemplation? Quiet your mental chatter by visiting the “Momentary Stillness” at the AD&A Museum. The fall exhibition offers a sampling of artwork, encouraging visitors to slow down and take a break from the daily pressures.
A highlight of the exhibition is the Altar triptych by artist Dinh Q. Lê, who graduated from UCSB’s art program in 1989. Using traditional Vietnamese weaving methods, Lê creates a tapestry of interwoven photographs of eastern and western spiritual figures.
Also on view is “Gods, Glory & Spirituality,” a collaboration with UCSB’s History Department. Medals and plaques from the museum’s Sigmund Morgenroth collection are exhibited along with historical fiction written by students. By reinventing the narrative past of each piece, the writing breathes new life into the works, many of which date back to the Middle Ages.
All three shows continue through Sunday, January 22. Find more information, including museum hours, on the AD&A website.
Cinema and television
It’s all about the cinematic marvel in the Carsey-Wolf Center’s fall film series, “Big Screen.” Returning to the early days of cinema with Cinerama and CinemaScope, the series celebrates the experience of the movie theater as a space of wonder and anxiety, featuring films meant to be seen on the big screen.
Expect to laugh with the first two in the series, Satyajit Ray’s 1969 musical “The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha” and its 1980 sequel, “The Kingdom of Diamonds”, which will be screened at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 11 october. and Wednesday, October 12, respectively, at the Pollock Theatre.
The fantasy films follow the adventures of Goopy Gyne and Bagha Byne, traversing dystopian themes and political commentary. A post-screening discussion following Wednesday’s broadcast will be moderated by Bhaskar Sarkar, Professor of Film and Media Studies. Guest speakers are Moinak Biswas and Supriya Chaudhuri from Jadavpur University and graphic illustrator and designer Pinaki De.
More screenings will come, including classic Hollywood films with Bette Davis and slapstick comedies with Buster Keaton and others. View the full schedule and book on the CWC(link is external) website.
Ongoing series CWC Docs and CWC Global also come to life in the fall quarter, with screenings of acclaimed documentaries, “La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered” (2021) and “The Films of Clarence Barlow,” on October 18. and November 1. , respectively.
After the screening of “La Manplesa,” poet and activist Quique Avilés, poet and artist Sami Miranda and filmmaker Ellie Walton will join English teacher Ben Olguin for a post-screening discussion about capturing resistance movements on film .
Composer and filmmaker Clarence Barlow will take the stage after the screening of his eponymous film. Barlow will discuss with Peter Bloom, professor of film and media studies, his life in images, a pioneer of electroacoustic, computer and interdisciplinary music for cinema since the 1970s.
Find details of screenings and post-screening discussions on the CWC website.
Described as “a comic opera,” Trevor Wishart’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” kicks off the UCSB Music Department’s event season. The first performance of the Corwin Chair concert series of the quarter, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” will take place on October 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.
Also in the Corwin series, a performance by “andPlay Duo”, the New York duo of Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola. “andPlay Duo” drew critical attention for their “adventurous and avant-garde musical creation”.
Their performance is at 7:30 p.m. on October 21 at Lotte Lehmann.
Many of the department’s performance groups will also take the stage this term, including the Percussion, Wind and Jazz Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Musicians, Middle Eastern and Music of the East ensembles. India and the UCSB Gospel Choir.
See program updates and additional events on the Department of Music website(link is external)
Arts and lectures
From a UkraineFest with a concert by Dakha Brakha to a conversation between author Pico Iyer and actress, filmmaker and animal behaviorist Isabella Rossellini, Arts & Lectures offers a dynamic program of fall events for the most discerning cultural consumers.
The Arts & Lectures seasonal program brings more than two dozen of the biggest names in literature, journalism, music, film and art to campus this fall, presenting performances at Campbell Hall and in various venues. other locations in Santa Barbara. Check out the full schedule of Arts & Lectures events on their website.