Arts & Lectures

Arts & Lectures

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Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Arts & Lectures annually presents more than a hundred events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to "educate, entertain and inspire," A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.

Upcoming Events

Jake Shimabukuro

"Amazing uke playing to be relished… It really is exquisite.” – Brian May, guitarist for Queen Watch ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro take the four-string,...

1/19 5pm
Isabel Wilkerson

"Wilkerson's work is the missing puzzle piece of our country's history." The American Prospect Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the...

1/26 5pm
Puzzles & Ping-Pong with Will Shortz

"A philosopher of puzzles." The New York Magazine The world’s only academically accredited puzzle master, Will Shortz has been crossword editor of The New...

1/28 5pm
Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theater to explore issues of community, character and diversity in America. Honored by the MacArthur Foundation...

2/2 7pm
Minnijean Brown-Trickey

In 1957, 15-year-old Minnijean Brown-Trickey changed history as a member of the Little Rock Nine, striding through the front doors of Central High School in...

2/5 5pm

Recent Events

Anne Lamott


Ta-Nehisi Coates


Cheryl Strayed


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