Indy Person of the Week

Super Intern

Last fall, UCSB senior Sydnee Fried began writing an article a week for this paper as part of her pursuit for a minor in professional writing. Read story.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Going the Distance

Much as The Santa Barbara Independent enjoys running contests, we really love winning them! Read story.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Well Read Red

Pete Johnson gets all our thanks for helping us create the inaugural Well Read Indy Pale Ale. Read story.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sew Cool

“Catsuits, furkinis, hoods, superhero capes, flapjack onesies, fur coats with lights,” Megan Illgner rattled off. Read story.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Gold and Glitz

Previewing an entirely different sort of summer camp, Barney Brantingham found himself taking a faux Renaissance art tour at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas recently. Read story.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Lots of Life

After we learned that our colleagues Brandi Rivera and Marianne Kuga were headed on vacation to the sparkling waters and pristine beaches of Fiji, our hearts expanded with love for them when they began sending photos of themselves diving in the beautiful South Pacific and enjoying drinks encrusted with pineapple. Read story.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Reelin' in the Years

As The Santa Barbara Independent rounds the corner of our 30th year, the folks at LoaTree and the Community Environmental Council took to the dance floor at SOhO and threw a lively birthday party last week. Read story.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Vote Early, Drink Local

There's nothing better than beer and basketball, except perhaps basketball and beer. Read story.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Supriya Yelimeli

Supriya Yelimeli has been moonlighting as an intern for The Indy's news department, covering stories from rappers People Under The Stairs to justice John Paul Stevens. Read story.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

'Potbelly Pig'

In the Bahamas, Aliah Eichelberger discovered pot-bellied pigs can swim. Read story.

Thursday, March 10, 2016


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
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