Party On, Garth!

Santa Barbara Independent staffers love Halloween, not only for the bowls of sugary sweets that pop up around the office, but also for our annual costume contest. Read story.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bella Bellosguardo

Despite some outright begging, only a select handful of Santa Barbara Independent staffers got to visit Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo estate for our cover story, namely Columnist Barney Brantingham and Executive Arts Editor Charles Donelan, who captured himself and the third lucky one, Paul Wellman, our ever-on-duty photography editor. Read story.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wellman and Palladino

The team of Wellman and Palladino dates back to a simpler, more innocent era when there were only half-a-dozen categories in the Best Of because many of the things we rate and celebrate today had not yet been invented. Read story.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Leslie Westbrook

Author and radio producer Leslie Westbrook said she was “surprised and pretty darn excited” when she learned she’d won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. Read story.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Costa Brava

While on a visit to Spain's Costa Brava, Susan Billig (left), Lynda Van Patter, and Holly Joseph took a copy of The Santa Barbara Independent along for a group photo. Read story.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

George Yatchisin

Coauthor of the Foodies cover story, George Yatchisin has been eating since he was born. Read story.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

George Relles

Some of the brightest people read The Santa Barbara Independent. Read story.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Marie Autumn "Peanut" Smith

Marie Autumn "Peanut" Smith delighted her mom and dad when she arrived, as they predicted, right on her due date, which fewer than 5 percent of babies tend to do. Read story.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mason Kettmann

After some grump told Joanna Kettmann, wife of Santa Barbara Independent Senior Editor Matt Kettmann, to sit down instead of dancing during the Jack Johnson show on Monday at the Santa Barbara Bowl (when did sitting become the norm at concerts?), she headed backstage in search of friendlier vibes. Read story.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Helping a Cause

When the ALS Golden West Chapter tapped The Indy for the ice bucket challenge, our "yes!" was tempered by our waterless state: douse ourselves with glitter, newspaper confetti, or Cristal instead? Read story.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Henry "Hank" Hart Poett Campbell

To say the least, Henry "Hank" Hart Poett Campbell has been a busy boy in his first two weeks of life. Read story.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Though the whirlwind crowd at the Star Trek shindig in Las Vegas a couple weeks back meant Sabina Saib (left) and Pilar Montes missed meeting Peter Weller, Kate Mulgrew, or Simon Pegg, they managed to get to the costume contest. Read story.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kelsey Abkin

A happy traveler since briefly living in France at age 4, Indy intern Kelsey Abkin visited State Street to cover a vigil for the dead in Gaza and Israel, here speaking with Imam Yama Niazi. Read story.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


The always-cutting-edge women of The Santa Barbara Independent family took it up a notch when a bunch decided to attend the KUT program at the Martial Arts Family Fitness studios. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dana Solomon

Congratulations to Dana Solomon, newly crowned winner of the first-ever Santa Barbara Independent Mustache Contest! Read story.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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