Rachel Maddow spoke to a sold out crowd on a warm, sunny day, at the Arlington Theater on October 7. Her appearance was presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures.

I shot the first ten minutes of the show and got some decent shots of the animated speaker.

You can read David Palermo's review and see my photos here: http://thearlingtontheatre.com

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I have now made it though editing half of the over two thousand photos I took of the 2011 Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race. This is the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race, held each year in Kona, Hawaii. Approximately 350 images have been posted to my Backprint Store. I'll post the best of those to the Outrigger Canoe section of my gallery soon.

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In chilly weather tonight, I photographed the Santa Barbara Holiday Parade for the Downtown Organization. The will be using these photos next year to promote the 2012 parade.

This was only the second time I've seen this parade in my 28 years as a Santa Barbara resident, and boy did I get a camera-full. This year I had access to the "middle of the road," so I was able to get some good shots. It was a bit tricky deciding when to use flash and when to use high ISO on the constantly moving subject matter, draped by the dark shadow of night.

Check out the full gallery at artfisher.com/gallery

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Wow. This year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival was a smashing success.

In addition to those listed below, celebrities I photographed this year include: Leonardo DiCaprio, Seth Rogan,Gidget, Stacey Peralta, Bruce Brown, Dana Brown, Wes Brown, Reynolds Yater, Randy Rarick, Colin Firth, Christopher Lloyd, William Baldwin, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hooper, Warren Beatty, and Kevin Costner.

I photographed ten events and was completely exhausted by the time it was over. The festival ran from Jan 27th - Feb 6th, 2011. See photos and reviews from the following ones below:

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In a rare treat, local favorite, Jackson Browne, played the Arlington Theatre in a solo acoustic performance. The well-seasoned performer had a large quiver of acoustic guitars as his backdrop, seemingly haphazardly selecting a particular for each song. Occasionally, he resorted to his little keyboard setup on stage, so you could see his whole body through as key jammed away on the keys.

The show was surprisingly entertaining, especially considering it was just a single musician making all that music. Browne singled David Crosby out of the audience and praised him as a key mentor, enticing him to duo a song or two. That was a special treat!

Read the excellent review by Jim Youngson, and see my photos at thearlingtontheatre.com

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Santa Barbara Local, David Crosby and long-time collaborator, Graham Nash, rocked the Arlignton Theatre last night with a double set of their long list of 60's and 70's favorites. Read the review by David Palermo and see my photos at thearlingtontheatre.com

March 27, 2011

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This live discussion featuring Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, and CNN's Fareed Zakaria, was an interesting mish-mash of technology and politics, intertwined in today's social culture. The event was held at The Arlignton Theatre on May 9th, 2011.

See the review by Natalie Zimmerman and my photos at thearlingtontheatre.com

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The dynamic duo of food entertainment, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Rippert, put on an interesting performance at The Arlington Theatre on May 1, 2011. The two entertainers traded off doing a Q&A of each other, enticing clever and witty remarks from each other.

See the interesting review by Rosminah Brown and my photos at thearlingtontheatre.com.

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This was my first time photographing a circus. Because there was lots of fast movement in a low light situation, it was a bit challenging. Fortunately, I was not restricted to a short time-frame, so after futzing with my camera for a while with a lot of trial and error, I finally figured it out. This would have been impossible in the days of old with a film camera.

In any case, I was able to acquire some interesting shots at The Arlington Theatre on Sept 24, 2011. Check out the review by David Palermo and the gallery at thearlingtontheatre.com

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Back to Santa Barbara for the first time in may years, Primus can to play for its fans at The Arlington Theatre on Oct 21, 2011.

For most of the show, front-man, Les Claypool, and guitarist, Larry LaLonde, were in dark shadows, making this a difficult act to photograph. Adding to the challenge was the fact that there were giant bass stacks on the sides of the stage, blocking the view from the front corners, where I like to shoot. In order to get some decent material, I was related to shoot from the back and balcony for most of the show.

See the gallery and review at thearlingtontheatre.com

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