Summer Sessions Events

Archived Events

ucsb theater and dance
September 13, 2017
Performing Arts Theater
Naked Shakes: King Lear

In this ninety minute adaptation by Irwin Appel and presented by NAKED SHAKES, two different casts explore the story of a king who ignites a chain reaction of chaos with a simple question: “Tell me my daughters, which of you doth love us most?” In perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, King Lear discovers his own humanity and mortality as he teeters on the brink of madness. With so many talented young actors, come see either cast or both, explore the depths of this glorious play.

There are several FREE productions of the play. For more information, please visit the Theater and Dance website

Albert Chimedza
September 6, 2017
HSSB 6020, McCune Room
Public Lecture by Albert Chimedza

FIlmmaker, musician, and mbira maker, Albert Chimedza, will give a publice lecture titled, 'Recentering African Knowledge Systems and Institution Building for Self-Liberation and Development: The Mbira Centre and the Mbira Institute.' The lecture is free and open to the public.

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September 5, 2017
HSSB 6020, McCune Room
Public Lecture by Mhoze Chikowero

Mhoze Chikowero, Professor in the Department of History, will give a public lecture detailing the history of the mbira musical instrument as an epitome of the historical Madzimbabwe metallurgical and sound engineering, the persecution and stigmatization of the instrument, and the spiritual cultures that it respresents by the British colonial and missionary system throughout the 1900s.

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

summer music fest
August 17, 2017
Various UCSB locations
Summer Music Festival

The second annual UCSB Summer Music Festival will take place Thursday, August 17th through Saturday, August 19th on the UCSB campus. The festival will feature contemporary, world, classical, and folk music, with performances by Los Angeles-based Aperture Duo (violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell); Ziyad Marcus and the Sfinks; violist Jonathan Morgan; violinist and UCSB faculty member Andrew Tholl and friends; the Celtic fusion band, Dannsair; as well as a number of UCSB graduate students and alumni. The event will be free and open to the public, and will take advantage of UC Santa Barbara’s many performance venues, including the Multicultural Center Theater; the Art, Design & Architecture Museum; Karl Geiringer Hall; and the College of Creative Studies’ Old Little Theater.

Among the exciting new developments of this year's festival are the world premieres of five newly composed works by UCSB composers Marc Evans, Scott Perry, Mason Hock, Federico Llach, Rodney Duplessis, and Heena Yoon, as well as a Saturday morning concert and workshop for children with appearances by festival artists.

Admission if free. For more information, please visit: