4446773042 22c3982c82 qSociety805’s Art & Culture section keeps your finger on the pulse on the arts and the cultural moves inside the 805. We get around the noise and beneath the hype to give you the real issues inside the 805 arts scene and the people in them. We bring you the key events shaping the 805 cultural landscape so you do not miss out on what is important and the direction of the 805 culture in art, theater, music, and film. Remember, you can’t live in style without art and culture.

 L0A1625 CND Kayoko Everhart as Carmen and Daan Vervoort as Don José by David Bazemore
UCSB Arts & Lectures presented Spain’s national dance company, Compañía Nacional de Danza, for its contemporary adaptation of Carmen over two nights, Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at The Granada Theatre. While the dancers possessed great skill and gave theatrical performances, the piece as a whole fell short of a truly contemporary retelling.

native son
GLENDALE, CA- Andi Chapman directs the Southern California premiere of Nambi E. Kelley’s visceral, groundbreaking stage adaption of Richard Wright’s racially charged novel, Native Son, for Antaeus Theatre Company. Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom and justice comes to life on stage at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale beginning April 19, with performances continuing through June 3. Low-priced previews take place April 12–18.
Set in 1930s Chicago, where opportunities for African-American men are elusive, Kelley’s adaptation focuses on the inner workings of the protagonist’s mind as a series of unleashed events violently and irrevocably seal his fate.

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Beyond The 805

Maxim Mironov (right) as Orpheus, with dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, in LA Opera's 2018 production of “Orpheus and Eurydice.” Photo Credit: Ken Howard
The Invisible Hand ART
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY presents the 4th of its 2017-2018 Season -
A Co-Production with the English Theatre Frankfurt!
Written by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Jonathan Fox
March 13, 2018…Santa Barbara, CA…ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (in a co-production with the ENGLISH THEATRE FRANKFURT) is thrilled to announce the fourth show of its 2017-2018 Season, a witty and provocative new thriller, THE INVISIBLE HAND, written by Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) and directed by Jonathan Fox. THE INVISIBLE HAND begins previews on Thursday, April 12, opens on Saturday, April 14, and runs through Sunday, April 29, 2018 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. The production will then transfer to the English Theatre Frankfurt on May 9, 2018.

Christine Rocas and Rory Hohenstein Photo by Cheryl Mann
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The Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a dynamic, contemporary take on the classic ballet. From the various costumes and settings spanning the 1930s, 1950s, and 1990s to the contemporary twists to the ballet choreography, watching Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet is a refreshing and captivating experience.
Christine Rocas and Rory Hohenstein The Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & JulietPhoto by Cheryl Mann
Christine Leongs Mountains in Blue
Christine Leong & Andrea Vargas
March 15 - May 13, 2018 
Fox Fine JewelryVentura, CA
Christine Leongs Mountains in Blue
What Happen When
Echo Theater Company presents West Coast premiere of ‘What Happened When’ by Rattlestick’s Daniel Talbott
Following 3-week limited engagement, production will re-open this summer and again in fall, each time with a different cast
LOS ANGELES (March 12, 2018) — Brooding, compelling, funny and startling. Memories unravel and dark truths are revealed in a haunting ghost story by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s Daniel Talbott (Slipping). Chris Fields directs the West Coast premiere of What Happened When for The Echo Theater Company, opening at Atwater Village Theatre on April 12. Following the production’s three-week run through April 26What Happened When will re-open this summer and again in the fall, each time with a different cast.








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