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Resurrected: Did This God-Loving Man Serve 25 Years in Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit? (Tyler Hayden)

ON THE COVER: Joel Alcox. Photos by Frank Perez.

For the Best of All

An election should be a deliberate and considered proposal, undertaken with serious and thoughtful intent. But it needn't drag on forever. Unlike some balloting we're aware of, voting in The Santa Barbara Independent’s Best of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll lasts a scant four weeks. It is open to all comers, young or old, resident or visitor, and winning does not require deep pockets or fundraising, oratory or other operatic skills. What is needed is an untrammeled opinion of at least 20 of the potential Bests in Santa Barbara. The choices pop up online today at independent.com/bestof2016ballot, and also at page 45 within. Wednesday, August 17, at 5 p.m. is when we call time. Not to be confused with that other vote in November.

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2016 Independent Theater Awards

Theater Stars Take the Stage at SOhO

Theater stars take the stage at SOhO Read story.

Barking Loud

Big Oil Throws Weight Around in race for 3rd District

Big Oil throws weight around in race for 3rd District. Read story.

North County Jail All but Approved

Supes Vote 4-1 to Move Forward

With a $80 million deadline only months away, the supes vote 4-1 to move forward. Read story.

Third Window Finally Cracks Open

Kristopher Parker’s Brewery Now Slanging Craft Ale in The Mill on Haley Street

Kristopher Parker’s brewery now slanging craft ale in The Mill on Haley Street. Read story.

Walk the Moon Beams Down to S.B. Bowl

Guitarist Eli Maiman Talks Success and Empowering Positivity

Guitarist Eli Maiman talks about success and empowering positivity. Read story.

The Blues and Greys, Hawai Shake the Labels Off at Velvet Jones

Both Speak on Representing Hometown Rock Scenes

Both bands speak on representing hometown rock scenes. Read story.

The Santa Barbara Staycation

Why Travel Anywhere When We’ve Got So Much Fun at Home?

Why travel anywhere when we’ve got so much fun at home? Read story.

Day Trippin’

Six Itineraries to Enhance Your Staycation

Six itineraries to enhance your staycation. Read story.

24th District Dogfight

With Three Weeks Left, the Most Likely Scenarios in Race to Succeed Rep. Lois Capps

With three weeks left, the most likely scenarios in race to succeed Rep. Lois Capps. Read story.

Cultivating Nature at Quail Springs

Learning Wild Wisdom at the Cuyama Valley Permaculture Farm

Learn wild wisdom at the Cuyama Valley permaculture farm. Read story.

A Weekend of Gypsy Jazz and Santa Cruz Country

Royal Jelly Jive at Cabin By The Sea; The Carolyn Sills Combo at Fig Mtn.

Royal Jelly Jive at Cabin By The Sea; The Carolyn Sills Combo at Fig Mtn. Read story.

Fairview Gardens Cultivates Education

Goleta’s Pioneering Urban Farm Keeps Evolving; Fundraiser Dinner on May 19

Goleta’s pioneering urban farm keeps evolving, hosts fundraiser dinner on May 19. Read story.

Tremendous Trio of Institutional Anniversaries

S.B. Museums of Art and Natural History and Botanic Garden Celebrate Milestones

Santa Barbara Museums of Art and Natural History and Botanic Garden celebrate milestones in 2016. Read story.

Botanic Garden Turns 90

An Evolving Horticultural Legacy Since 1926

Celebrating an evolving horticultural legacy that started in 1926. Read story.

Gaviota Ranches Up for Sale

Realtor Wants Conservation-Minded Buyer for Las Varas, Dos Pueblos, and Naples Properties

Realtor wants conservation-minded buyer for Las Varas, Dos Pueblos, and Naples properties. Read story.

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