They loved them in Ljubljana. ArtBark's production in Slovenia of Alma.Sama won such acclaim that the theater company was invited to the neighboring Festival Velenje and back to the Cankarjev Dom next year. Read story.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

D'oh! (nut)

People can be forgiven for thinking Trixie the Angry Poodle is The Indy's totemic icon, but we're really mostly in a Homer Simpson frame of mind, and we like to think we're all "mostly balanced," too — well, except when it comes to donuts and oil spills. Read story.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gone to the Dogs

We dropped by our new arts editor's office to get some caption information for this spot, but instead we found that Bruce the Dog, aka Mr. Wiggles, had taken over her desk and seemed a little uncertain over his elevation of status. Read story.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Meal for Midges

While Matt Kettmann was battling for survival out in the Sespe Wilderness (see p. 25), our fearless senior editor also fed about a zillion biting midges Read story.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Handful of Birthday Wishes

Fray Crease and her husband, Adam Strachan, decided a trip to Uruguay was just the thing to celebrate her 50th birthday last month. Read story.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

SPF 900 Required

The Angry Poodle may not be everyone's idea of the Madonna, but plenty of people walking by our pocket of i Madonnari last weekend immediately recognized her. Read story.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Justices Done

Why are these judges smiling? Because the annual Independent Theater Awards are a wrap. Read story.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

True Grit

Though emotions were mixed when we won the Breaking News category for the tragedy in Isla Vista (reported by, clockwise from top left, Brandon Fastman, Tyler Hayden, Nick Welsh, Lyz Hoffman, Kelsey Brugger, and Matt Kettmann), we are more than proud about our firsts in the Better Newspaper Contest held by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, which include Fastman's DREAM Act story, Hayden's rental market cover, and the autobiographical "Paddling Through the Storm" by Ethan Stewart (who was busy with his newborn when we took this photo), and seconds for website, photo essay, and news photo. Read story.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


By correctly spelling words such as “correspondence,” “fuselage,” and “emcee,” Camille Cheng, a 6th grader at Montessori Center School, outlasted most of her 54 competitors at the California State Elementary Spelling Bee on April 18. Read story.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

For News Junkies Only

If you've enjoyed them in print, you can see them on TV Santa Barbara Channel 17 online and on cable all weekend. Read story.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Coloring Contest Winner

Our Summer Camp illustrations just begged for color, so we challenged readers to a coloring contest. Read story.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

As the World Turns

"Earth Day isn't Earth Day without The Independent," says Tanya Spears-Guiliacci. Read story.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jumpin’ Off the Page

“Man, reading through these camps, I would give anything to be a kid and do some of this cool stuff this summer,” commented The Santa Barbara Independent’s art director and the pen behind the drawings that grace this year's Summer Camp Guide. Read story.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cassandra Miasnikov

Since she started writing for The Santa Barbara Independent’s music section late last year, UCSB lit major — and published novelist! — Cassandra Miasnikov has amassed quite a clip book: more than 20 stories, including interviews with Foster the People and local boys Gardens & Villa. Read story.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Target Audience

When cover story author Tyler Hayden was 12 years old — seen here on the left with his cousin and sister — he had exactly three Beanie Babies: Stinky the Skunk, Congo the Gorilla, and Bubbles the Fish. Read story.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
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