Brilliant and versatile, Jackson Cocciolone (right) swept both the Teen Star judges and audience onto their feet for the first time in the event's seven years. Read story.

Thursday, March 3, 2016


The Channel Islands offshore of Santa Barbara are places Matt Kettmann and Tyler Hayden know well, though both are Northern California natives. Read story.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hoops, She Did It Again

Ninette Paloma's first dance class in Santa Barbara was taught by the legendary Doug Elkins, a master class put on by Summerdance, and she was sold on our town. T Read story.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Bright Light, Big Stars

Emily Cosentino, whose high school football team narrowly avoided being called the Needham Pansies, has hit The Independent like the proverbial whirlwind. Read story.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Meet the Makers

The Santa Barbara Independent’s writers, editors, and designers somehow found the time amid the usual weekly hullabaloo to put together our fifth annual, and best yet, Meet the Makers magazine, published in 18,000 copies of this paper and available at most SBIFF venues. Read story.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Aloha and Aloha?

Apparently reporters take vacations, too. Read story.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Illustrative Man

Military guys had them. Adventurers had them. But now everyone has them — tattoos, of course. Read story.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

G Is for Gaucho

The Indy staff boasts a Bruin, Bear, Blue Jay, Badger, Tiger, Trojan, Prospector, Vaquero, and even Rainbow Wahine among our number, but Gauchos definitely dominate. Read story.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

D.J. Palladino

The multitalented D.J. Palladino — he writes! he cooks! he cribs notes from Barney Brantingham at the BBQ contest! — is the author of this week's cover story on the Community Arts Workshop (CAW). Read story.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Paul Wellman

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Indy Big Shot Paul Wellman's photos are worth millions. Read story.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Big Sur photographer Kodiak Greenwood (right) and The Indy’s Editor-at-Large Ethan Stewart traveled to the French capital earlier this month to chronicle the United Nations’ historic Climate Change Conference. Read story.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Christmastime is here at The Santa Barbara Independent, and some of our more dedicated decorators have spared no ornament to spread the good cheer. Read story.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Man's Best Friend

The Indy has its share of rescues, and a lot of them are canines. Read story.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sam Goldman

Sam Goldman started writing for The Santa Barbara Independent in 2015 after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in geography and a minor in professional writing. Read story.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Maggie Yates

Maggie Yates has been many things — a dog trainer, a matchmaker, and a singing telegrammist — but it only took her one college semester to realize she preferred theater to all else. Read story.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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