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First King of the Festival

forest.jpg In The Last King of Scotland, Forest Whitaker becomes the notorious Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. We spoke a couple weeks ago about his role, Ugandan politics, and Santa Barbara. This is the extended version of that Q&A, which appears in an edited form in this week’s printed edition of The Independent.

SBIFF 2007 Goes East

A chilly wind is whipping around Chapala Street, and Roger Durling-the well-known and charismatic director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival-is dodging distractions in the office by walking briskly to a nearby coffeehouse while trying to explain the latest twists in the organism he heads. Part of his challenge in this, his fourth year at the helm, was to respond to the twin sisters of huge acclaim and street-level dissonance regarding last year’s festival.

A Winter Arts of Epic Proportions

From Sonny Rollins to Madeleine Peyroux, from Summerdance to Off-Axis, and from the Opera Festival to the Lit Moon Shakespeare Festival, in 2006 Santa Barbara was blessed with an abundance of arts legends either well-established or in the making. Saying goodbye to so much greatness should be hard, but then 2007 promises even more.

For the Entire Winter Arts Preview see our detailed listings in the following sections this week:
Pop & Rock, Film, Jazz, Dance, Classical and Books & Lectures

Getting Stoked

In this, the height of the Hollow Day season, The Independent offers its annual January celebration of S.B.’s surfing culture. Read on for an interview with Shaun Tomson, a first-hand tale of riding waves in Fiji, and an update on the remaining limited-edition Yater Spoon, the surfboard seen in the film Apocalypse Now.

Yater’s Spoon


Replica of Apocalypse Now’s Surfboard Hits eBay

Surf Talk


Q&A with Shaun Tomson

A Tale From the Tropics


Surfing and Lifeguarding in Fiji

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