A Perfect Circle at Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara 2018
A Perfect Circle formed in 1999 with principal members Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide) and Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer) creating a fluid band where line-ups were free to shift with each ensuing album. The band's 2000 debut album, Mer de Noms, found Howerdel and Keenan joined by drummer Josh Freese, Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Sweethead) and Paz Lenchantin (Zwan). A Perfect Circle released Thirteenth Step in 2003, featuring the band's biggest single to date "Weak and Powerless." Joining Howerdel, Keenan and Freese for the remainder of the first wave of A Perfect Circle albums and tours were Jeordie White (aka Twiggy from Marilyn Manson) and James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins). The band's third release, eMOTIVe, arrived in November of 2004 and boasted a wide-ranging collection of covers which reflected the year's political climate (John Lennon's "Imagine," Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and Devo's "Freedom Of Choice" were among the songs included) as well as a pair of original songs penned by Howerdel and Keenan (with a co-writing credit for "Passive" going to Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor). A self-imposed hiatus ensued shortly thereafter and lasted until the fall of 2010 when A Perfect Circle announced fourteen live dates (all sold out in under one minute) in the Western U.S and a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The band followed with a North American tour in the summer of 2011, which once again sold out immediately and included a performance at Lollapalooza. In 2013, A Perfect Circle played the Soundwave Festival in Australia and a made a South American trek with stops at Lollapalooza Brazil and Chile. A Perfect Circle's current line-up is Howerdel, Keenan, Iha, Jeff Friedl and Matt McJunkins (Ashes Divide, Puscifer).
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Arlington Theatre - Santa Barbara
The Arlington Theater is the largest movie theater and main performing arts venue in Santa Barbara, California. In addition to regular screenings and artists, it is home to many events associated with the annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Located at 1317 State Street, the Arlington was built in 1931 on the former site of the Arlington Hotel, which was destroyed following the 1925 earthquake. The current structure was erected in 1930 as a showcase movie house for Fox West Coast Theaters. It was restored and expanded in the mid-1970s by Metropolitan Theaters Corporation. It opened in its current incarnation in 1976.
The Arlington was done in Mission Revival style in a period when Santa Barbara was being rebuilt in that style following a devastating earthquake. The exterior takes the form of an immense church oddly lacking in windows (there are a few in the upper stories) and notable mostly for a Mission revival steeple that ends in a dramatic art deco finial. The effect is of a space ship about to launch from the steeple of an immense Spanish colonial church placed on a church into which the architect forgot to insert windows.
The red tiled building features a covered courtyard with fountain and a free-standing ticket booth.
It is the interior that is most remarkable. The ceilings of the lobbies are heavily beamed and painted. The auditorium itself seats 2,000 on the main floor and balcony.
It is built to give the theatergoer the impression that he is sitting outside in the plaza of a colonial Spanish town, each wall features houses, staircases, and balconies, not painted on but built out from the walls.
The procenium, in the original theater , was formed by what appeared to be a large stone arc, through which could be seen a river and hills (these were painted on the the curtain.) Today, this effect is gone, and the procenium is topped by the lighting necessary for lighting stage shows. The original ceiling remains to give patrons the impression that they are sitting outdoors under the stars.
One of the Arlington's signature treasures is an old-fashioned organ hidden from view, that rises on a platform into view when played before a performance.