Indy Awards

The judges for the Independent Theater Awards enjoyed sharing their impressions of the 2013-14 season in a lively discussion before narrowing down the awards list to a final 20 lucky recipients. Read story.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Easy Riders

Some things change, but these four Santa Barbara Independent staffers always arrive to work on bikes. Read story.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Glory Days

This hard-running athlete is none other than John Zant, our hard-working sports editor, back when he was a Golden Knight on St. Francis High School's track-and-field team in La Canada. Read story.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Sense

When he’s not toiling at his day job with the school district, Santa Barbara native Brian Tanguay writes a blog, “Shouts from the Balcony,” which he describes as "the harmless ravings of an unarmed American." Read story.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Earth Day 2014!

This weekend's Earth Day celebration and consciousness-raising event for the planet promises to be a barkin' good time. Read story.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Squeaky-toy squeals and genteel oinks let us know that Piggy's in the joint, which means that Indyites missing from their desks can usually be found down on the floor feeding Piggy her favorite meal of apple bits and Cheerios. Read story.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mark Turner and Caitlin Fitch

When we asked Mark Turner and Caitlin Fitch, who snapped photos for our Summer Camp Guide this week, whether they'd had the camp experience themselves, we got mixed results. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Charles Donelan

The final hours of work on this week’s “High-Seas Smugglers” cover story were put in at altitude, as The Indy’s Charles Donelan wrote his introduction to the Thai Stick excerpt while vacationing in the alpine village of Zermatt, Switzerland. Read story.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ethan Stewart

Still recovering from his own disaster of sorts, longtime Indy staffer Ethan Stewart, pictured with rod in hand, decided to do some good old-fashioned reporting and get to the bottom of what he calls the "Fukushima Phenomenon," the largely social-media-driven fearmongering surrounding the now three-year-old meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Read story.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mitchell Kriegman

A recent transplant to Santa Barbara, our arts contributor Mitchell Kriegman, who this week explores Carl Jung's long-hidden The Red Book, has been busy writing books himself. Read story.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Jerry Roberts

Jerry Roberts and his Capitol Letters column are back, and here at The Santa Barbara Independent, we’re very glad to have this time-honored Sage of Sacramento on board again. Read story.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Kevin McKiernan

Since the early days of The Santa Barbara Independent, Kevin McKiernan's words and photographs have given our town firsthand reports and compassionate insights on trouble spots around the globe. Read story.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Team Smitzer

For this year’s wedding issue, longtime Indy arts writer Elizabeth Schwyzer decided to go all in and get married, just so she could write about it. Read story.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Molly Christison

When word got out in her writing class that The Santa Barbara Independent was looking for food writing interns, UCSB senior Molly Christison was the first to respond. Read story.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Peter Vandenbelt

"It was incredible to see and listen to people responsible for my favorite films," said photo intern Peter Vandenbelt, who covered the red carpet at most every event of the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival for us. Read story.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
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