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Each summer, in addition to offering over 700 summer courses and travel study, pre-college, Freshmen Summer Start and new transfer student programs, the Office of Summer Sessions fund a variety of cultural events open to the campus and surrounding community.

The Office of Summer Sessions is proud to provide support for a wide variety of events such as the Summer Film Series shown both at Campbell Hall and in the Sunken Garden at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, screenings of the work of environmental documentary films produced both by students in the Blue Horizons Environmental Media Project and world renowned documentarians, as well as a variety of plays, dance and musical concerts.

Summer 2015 Cultural Events Schedule (Coming Soon)





Summer 2014 Cultural Events Schedule

GRIT Talks -- Groundbreaking Research and Innovative Technology
Mon and Wed evenings beginning June 30 - July 23 / 5-6pm / Hatlan Theater / FREE

A rare opportunity to spend an evening with notable UCSB scholars and researchers in a series of dynamic and enriching talks. Please see the GRIT website ( for detailed schedule of topics and speakers.

Arts and Lectures Summer Cinema: REEL LAUGHTER: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era
The Gold Rush - Charlie Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin, 1925, 95 min.)

Wed, July 16 / 7:30pm / UCSB Campbell Hall / FREE
Fri, July 18/ 8:30pm / SB Courthouse Sunken Garden / FREE

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A down-on-his-luck prospector searches for fortune in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and discovers romance.



Book Launch: Autobiography of Red
Sat, July 19/ 6-8pm / UCSB Art Gallery/ FREE

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The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with a new essay by Colin Gardner

The book launch will also host a series of events in the courtyard starting at 6pm, with a public reception to follow:

Through the delivery of an informal address, EJ Hill will peel back the layers to reveal the dynamics of his struggle with the complexity of things.

Walking,Timing, a movement-based, multi media performance by Santa Barbara-based artist Sophie Leddick, was created during a two-week residency with the BAU Institute in Italy, and is a reflection on the idiosyncratic path traced by one person both through time and place. Combining personal history and the act of walking, Walking,Timing explores the interconnectedness of the many moving parts of a community as experienced by a person through their own unique condition, and will be adapted specifically for the book launch reception of Autobiography of Red.

The Plane (the mollusk, the parrot, the rose) by Ben Tong

Is a presentation of a stratum of images generated from a recent residency in hotel casino in Las Vegas.

Arts and Lectures Summer Cinema: REEL LAUGHTER: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era
Sherlock Jr. - Buster Keaton (Buster Keaton, 1924, 45 min.)
Cops (Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton, 1922, 22 min.)

Wed, July 23 / 7:30pm / UCSB Campbell Hall / FREE
Fri, July 25 / 8:30pm / SB Courthouse Sunken Garden / FREE

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In this ingenious, oft-imitated classic (see Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo), Buster Keaton plays a lovelorn film projectionist who falls asleep and dreams he's jumped into the movie screen, interacting with the actors and turning into the ace detective of his wildest cinema fantasies. Shown with Cops, in which Keaton plays a young man who manages to get chased by the entire crew of the Los Angeles Police Department.


Arts and Lectures Summer Cinema: REEL LAUGHTER: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era
Girl Shy - Harold Lloyd (Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1924, 87 min.)

Wed, July 30 only / 7:30pm / UCSB Campbell Hall / FREE
(Note: Fiesta at the Courthouse - no Friday SB screening)

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A shy, stuttering bachelor named Harold (none other than Harold Lloyd) pens The Secret of Making Love, a guidebook for other bashful young men. While trying to get it published in the big city, he falls for a lovely girl, but more than a few obstacles lie in their path - namely, her impending marriage to a roguish fellow.


Summer Dances 2014
Wed, July 30 / 8:00pm / HSSB Ballet Studio Theater / Tickets:
Thurs, July 31 / 8:00pm / HSSB Ballet Studio Theater / Tickets:

The Odyssey Project Performance
Sun, August 3 / 2:00pm / Center Stage Theater / Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara /
Admission by invitation only, contact Michael Morgan (

The Odyssey Project is an experimental theater event that partners teens from Los Prietos Boys Camp with UC students. Together you re-write the Odyssey of Homer using your own life stories. The cast is encouraged to develop their own unique voice supported by a network of university and community contributors including a mask maker, poet, storyteller, martial artist and hip-hop choreographer. This year, we're bringing up well-known music artists from LA to coach the cast and to appear in the show. The Odyssey Project seeks to demonstrate how artistic cooperation transcends class, racial and social barriers and how art with rehabilitation serves as an alternative to incarceration and penalty. The project is social change in action: it provides a democratic blueprint - a level playing field between teens in the juvenile justices system and UC students. It promotes leadership roles for youth through a creative process that serves as a teaching tool for life. It empowers and honors both groups by encouraging self-determination and choice making abilities with positive outcomes. Please see their website for additional information:

Arts and Lectures Summer Cinema: REEL LAUGHTER: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era
The Navigator - Buster Keaton (Donald Crisp & Buster Keaton, 1924, 59 min.)
One Week (Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton, 1920, 25 min.)

Wed, August 6 / 7:30pm / UCSB Campbell Hall / FREE
Fri, August 8 / 8:30pm / SB Courthouse Sunken Garden / FREE

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Hilarity on the high seas! A pampered young millionaire (Buster Keaton) decides to ask his sweetheart to marry him and plans to set sail to Honolulu for their honeymoon. When she rejects him, he's determined to go anyway. Shown with One Week, in which a newlywed couple receives a build-it-yourself house kit as a wedding present - and attempts to use it.


Swing Fever Swing Dance
Fri, August 8 / 7:30pm - Midnight / SB Hillel (781 Embarcadero Del Mar) / FREE
Schedule: Beginner Swing Class -- 7:30 to 8:30 / Live Music -- 8:30 to Midnight

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Swing back to 1940s Hollywood during The Lindy Circle's Swing Fever dance party! Free admission includes a beginner lesson, live music by Dean Mora's Swingtet, a costume contest, complimentary snacks, a photo booth, and more. All levels are welcome and no partner is necessary to enjoy.

Additional information on the Lindy Circle facebook page.



Arts and Lectures Summer Cinema: REEL LAUGHTER: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era
Speedy - Harold Lloyd (Ted Wilde, 1928, 85 minutes)

Wed, August 13/ 7:30pm / UCSB Campbell Hall / FREE
Fri, August 15 / 8:30pm / SB Courthouse Sunken Garden / FREE

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Baseball fanatic Harold "Speedy" Smith loves the thrill of the game more than almost anything. He can barely hold down a steady job because he's so obsessed. But he sure does love his sweetheart Jane, and her grandfather, "Pop," needs his help. As the owner of the last horse-drawn streetcar in New York City, Pop's lucrative route is being eyed by greedy streetcar operators. The last of Harold Lloyd's silent films, Speedy features glorious footage of New York in its heyday, from Coney Island to Yankee Stadium, plus an unforgettable cameo by Babe Ruth.


Arts and Lectures Summer Cinema: REEL LAUGHTER: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era
Modern Times - Charlie Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin, 1936, 87 minutes)

Wed, August 20 / 7:30pm / UCSB Campbell Hall / FREE
Fri, August 22 / 8:30pm / SB Courthouse Sunken Garden / FREE

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In this clever satire of the industrial age - Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp - the beloved antihero becomes a cog in a factory. Driven giddily insane by the tedium of his job, he gets sent to an asylum, and a series of capers ensue, landing him everywhere from a political rally to the slammer. Along the way, he falls in love with a gorgeous gamine (then-wife Paulette Goddard).


BLUE HORIZONS - Student Films
Fri, August 22 / 7:00pm / Pollock Theater

Join us for the premiere screening of the Summer 2014 BLUE HORIZONS student environmental films. The film showcase is followed by a reception in the Michael Douglas lobby.

Xmas Without China: Film Screening and Q&A with the Filmmaker
Tues, Aug 26 / 7:00*pm / San Nicolas Hall Formal Lounge, UCSB / FREE
(* Note: New time)

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Pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge the Americans in his Southern California suburb to celebrate Christmas without any Chinese products. With deep ties to his extended family back home, Tom is incensed by how he considers China is misunderstood, particularly by the American media. But he gets more than he bargains for when he meets the Joneses, a young family trying to keep their children safe as a wave of Chinese toy recalls forces them to have their son tested for lead poisoning.

Naked Shakes Production
Fri, Sept 5 / 7:00pm (public opening) / Theater & Dance West, Room 1507, UCSB / FREE
Sat, Sept 6 / 2:00pm & 7:00pm / Theater & Dance West, Room 1507, UCSB / FREE
Sun, Sept 7 / 2:00pm & 7:00pm / Theater & Dance West, Room 1507, UCSB / FREE

UCSB's Naked Shakes' production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. Naked Shakes is now in its ninth season at UCSB, and its mission since 2006 has been to present energetic, exciting, raw, vibrant Shakespeare using the power of the actors and the language. Naked Shakes believes in the transformation of the actor and the space, along with the imaginative ability of the audience. Each play is presented clearly and directly so that the audience inhabits the imaginative world of the play through Shakespeare's language. The barren physical theater space is very important to the Naked Shakes concept; it takes on the identity of whatever locale or particular piece of poetic language is described, and yet always reminds the audience they are in a theater.