Hopeful UCSB Arts and Lectures with New Season Programming


By edhat staff

UCSB Arts & Lectures announced its 2021-2022 season at an outdoor gathering at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum on Tuesday night.

Focused on hope and justice, the new season includes two new series, Justice for All and Soul of America. The Justice for All series confronts the inequalities that shape our policies, institutions and lives; and the Soul of America series showcases local wonders, from jazz to bluegrass and beyond.

The “Creating Hope” initiative began last spring with a deep commitment to delivering programs that bring hope to campus and to the community.

“We are aware that things are changing rapidly and our wish is to welcome our community as much as possible. A live-to-home streaming option will be available for many events this season for those of you who cannot attend in person, ”said Arts & Readings Executive Director Miller McCune, Celesta M. Billeci.

Regarding COVID-19 security, event planners have said protocols for attending in-person events will be developed in conjunction with evolving state, local and university health guidelines.

The season kicks off on October 10 with former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and presidential candidate Julián Castro, followed by music by soulful roots trio The Wood Brothers (October 12), the first installment of Danish’s Doppelgänger project. String Quartet (Oct. 14), Arturo O’Farrill and Fandango at the Wall by the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with The Villalobos Brothers (October 15) and environmental activist Paul Hawken on Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation (20 October).

Other notable events include author and social commentator Roxane Gay (February 25), Tony Award-winning and Emmy-winning Broadway star John Leguizamo (February 2), Street Dance Phenomenon Memphis Jookin ‘: The Show featuring Lil Buck ( March 8), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (April 13-14), Justin Joffrey Ballet (May 11-12), bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout (May 13), and a holiday show featuring the pop duo She & Him (dec. 2).

Series subscriptions are on sale now for attendees to receive up to 25% off and the ‘Create Your Own Series’ is also available for a 10% savings.

Learn more about the 2021-2022 season, subscriptions and more at artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. The 2021-2022 season brochure can be viewed here.

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