The Indy Awards: Our Annual Event Honoring People Who Create All That Drama (Charles Donelan)

ON THE COVER: (clockwise from top left) Leslie Gangl Howe, Shirley Jo Finney, Jim Connolly, Diane Louise Salinger, Stanley Hoffman, and Samantha Eve. Photos by Paul Wellman.

Justices Done

Why are these judges smiling? Because the annual Independent Theater Awards are a wrap. The group who chose and presented this year’s awards are, from left: Barney Brantingham, Philip Brandes, Joseph Miller, Maggie Yates, Tom Jacobs, and Charles Donelan. Not pictured is Terry Ortega, who couldn’t make the presentations but participated in the selection.

In Print

Explore Ecology Runs Country’s Biggest School Garden Program

Santa Barbara Nonprofit Hosts Fundraiser This Saturday to Support 35 Gardens Across County

Santa Barbara nonprofit hosts fundraiser this Saturday to support 35 gardens across county. Read story.

Omar Velasco Comes Home

Goleta Singer/Songwriter Returns Home for a Show at SOhO

Goleta singer/songwriter and his band return home for a show at SOhO Read story.

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! and Las Cafeteras

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!’s Community Building Via Free Music

Las Cafeteras’ socially conscious blend of soul-stirring, Afro-Mexican folk-rock lifts you up while making sure you are getting down. Read story.

Get Hooked on Cachuma Lake’s Fish Derby

20th Annual Neal Taylor Nature Center Fish Derby Goes Down April 18 and 19

The 20th Annual Neal Taylor Nature Center Fish Derby goes down April 18-19. Read story.

Rescuing Sea Lion Pups

Climate Change Hits Sea Lions in the Santa Barbara Channel

Sea Lion Pups Starving from Shifting Climate Conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel Read story.

Early Birds and Mad Dogs

Poodle Ties Record Setting Drought with Record Antipsychotic Sales

Poodle ties record setting drought with record antipsychotic sales. Read story.

The South Coast: A Tale of Two Workforces

Grim Facts Revealed About Housing/Jobs Imbalance

Grim facts are revealed about the housing/jobs imbalance. Read story.

Eat Crickets, Save World

UCSB Bren School Students’ ‘Slightly Nutty’ Project Makes Insect Cuisine More Sustainable

UCSB Bren School students’ ‘Slightly Nutty’ project makes insect cuisine more sustainable. Read story.

Lord Huron Cometh

L.A.’s Favorite Evocative Folkies Headline the Lobero

Just days after releasing its sophomore album, the Los Angeles band heads to Santa Barbara for a show at the Lobero. Read story.

Yvon Chouinard’s Patagonia Provisions

Tsampa Soup Rounds Out New Sustainable Food Offerings from Clothing Company

Tsampa soup rounds out new sustainable food offerings from clothing company. Read story.

Summer Camp 2015

A Complete Guide of Activities for Kids in Santa Barbara

Calling all campers! Let The S.B. Independent’s Summer Camp Guide help you find just the right summertime activities. And enter our Coloring Contest! See Summer Camp 2015 for more. Read story.

Car Chasing the Dog

Lies, Damn Lies, and Cars Are Basic

Lies, damn lies, and Cars Are Basic Read story.

Sheriff Misfires in Budget Shootout

Could Santa Barbara Really Scrap the North County Jail?

Could Santa Barbara really scrap the North County Jail? Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Greek Mountain Tea Connection

Steve Raftopoulos Packages Imported, Organic Klio Teas on Anapamu Street

Former financier Steve Raftopoulos packages imported, organic Klio Teas on Anapamu Street. Read story.

Flexing Muscles Over Mussels

California’s Only Open-Ocean Shellfish Farmer Struggles to Grow His Santa Barbara Operation

Bernard Friedman, California’s only open-ocean fish farmer, struggles to grow his Santa Barbara shellfish operation. Read story.

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