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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

Santa Barbara’s Greek Mountain Tea Connection

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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.

Sleeping Dogs Tell No Lies

Poodle Reincarnated without Dying First Thanks to District Elections

Poodle reincarnated without dying first thanks to district elections. Read story.

UCSB to Greeks: The Party's Over

Third Fraternity Shutdown; Sorority Suspended

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Lucidity Festival Scales Down, Reaches Out

Event Organizers are Scheming Up Some Big Changes

This year’s Lucidity Festival is all about community involvement and environmental action. Read story.

Travel: Cuyama Buckhorn

The Motel Reopens off Highway 166

The motel is a delightful pit stop off Highway 166. Read story.

Gardens & Villa Prep a New Album, Talk Pro Pickling

S.B.’s Beloved Synth Rockers Get Back to Basics on Forthcoming LP

The Santa Barbara boys are finishing a new record and coming home to SOhO on April 2. Read story.

Spilling the Beans on Ty Warner’s Toys and Troubles

New Book Explores Mysterious Montecito Mogul and His Stuffed Animal Craze

A new book explores the mysterious Montecito mogul and his stuffed animal craze. Read story.

Heir of the Dog

Dancing on the Precipice of the Drought, Montecito-Style

Dancing on the precipice of the drought, Montecito-style. Read story.

The Electric Coral Acid Test

Scientists Study Deep-Sea 'Poster Child'

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Business: BEADS Turns 30

The DIY Store Celebrates Three Decades in Santa Barbara

The popular DIY store celebrates three decades in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Wet Suits Made from Dry Shrubs

Patagonia Creates Gear Using Drought-Tolerant Biorubber Plant

Patagonia creates new water gear using a drought tolerant biorubber plant. Read story.

Two Jazz Greats Together Again

Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea Reunite at the Granada

Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are on tour for the first time in more than 30 years and playing the Granada Theatre on March 22. Read story.

Photog Richard Salas Takes Us On an Underwater Adventure

How One Brooks Grad Covered 4,000 Miles of Pacific Ocean

The Brooks Institute alum is opening a three-gallery art show to celebrate the completion of a trilogy of underwater photography books. Read story.

Every Dog for Himself

Poodle Takes On “F*%& the Fish” Brigade

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