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Ha Ha, Very Funny: LOL Comedy Festival Hits Downtown (Independent Staff)

On the cover: Artwork by Ben Ciccati.

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? (Yeah, right, Jackson.) Buckets of icy water on civic lawns? The shore of East Beach! Brilliant. Seawater on ice soaked 20 Indyites — here demonstrated by Marianne Partridge, our editor in chief, with a helping hand from a gleeful Joe Cole, our publisher — with the money to benefit the Walk to Defeat ALS on October 5. Check out the challenge video (and a link to Salud Carbajal's waterlogged reply to ours) here!

In Print

Youth Interactive Is Takin’ It to the Streets

Michael McDonald Headlines Benefit Concert on July 27

The S.B. nonprofit is throwing a day-long party and concert in the Funk Zone on Sunday, July 27. Read story.

John Palminteri

The Life and Legend of the S.B. Newsman

The life and legend of the Santa Barbara newsman. Read story.

Mangy Dog or Dog in the Manger?

The ABCs of District Elections and Other Corruptions That Might Be Good For You

The ABCs of district elections and other corruptions that might be good for you. Read story.

Empty Bowl Fills Asian-Fusion Noodle Cravings

Sidling Up to Jerry Lee’s Noodle Bar Inside the Santa Barbara Public Market

Sidling up to Jerry Lee’s noodle bar inside the Santa Barbara Public Market. Read story.

Interview: New York Philharmonic Conductor Alan Gilbert

The Music Director Talks Orchestras, Beethoven, and the Future of Classical Music

The music director talks orchestras, Beethoven, and the future of classical music in anticipation of his upcoming stint at the Music Academy of the West. Read story.

Is Vince Staples Hip-Hop’s New Golden Boy?

Long Beach MC Headlines Velvet Jones on July 21

The Long Beach emcee headlines the Paisley Summer Tour, which stops in Santa Barbara on Monday, July 21. Read story.

Minnie Driver Talks Emmys, Music, Motherhood

The Actress and Singer Brings New Album to SOhO

The About a Boy star discusses her forthcoming third album. She plays SOhO on July 20. Read story.

Farming the Fringe

Four Families Push the Boundaries of Agriculture on the Santa Barbara Coast

Four families are pushing the boundaries of agriculture on the Santa Barbara coast. Read story.

You Damn Dirty Dogs!

Bicycles Über Alles and Why It's OK for Me to Blow Stop Signs

Bicycles Über Alles and why it's OK for me to blow stop signs. Read story.

Sports: Sam Cathcart Turns 90

Santa Barbara Football Coach Reminisces About His Life

S.B. football coach reminisced about his life in sports and the time he faced death and destruction in World War II. Read story.

Ringo Starr’s Backing Band Seriously Rips

Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, and More Play with the Beatle at the S.B. Bowl

Come for the Beatle, stay for the shred factor. Read story.

Americana Alive Puts S.B. Bands Front and Center

Erland, Omar Velasco, Doublewide Kings Head to the Lobero

The Lobero Theatre hosts a festival-style night of music featuring six homegrown acts. Read story.

The Music Academy of the West Goes Big

New York Philharmonic Partnership and More

With an expanded guest artist program and a powerful new relationship with the New York Philharmonic, the Music Academy of the West is attracting international attention. Read story.

Throw a Shoe at That Dog

How WWI Gave Rise to the Good Land and Why We Should All Be Very Afraid

Poodle tells how WWI gave rise to the Good Land and why we should all be very afraid. Read story.

Industrial Eats Consuming Buellton Foodies

New West Catering’s Jeff and Janet Olsson Open Santa Barbara Wine Country’s Hottest Restaurant

New West Catering’s Jeff and Janet Olsson open Santa Barbara wine country’s hottest restaurant. Read story.

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