Return to Rincon: Photographer Donnie Hedden Comes Home

ON THE COVER: Photo by Donnie Hedden.


The holidays have struck, and they've never hit The Santa Barbara Independent in quite this way. Years past have housed grumps of the bah-humbuggery faith, but our offices this season experienced the twinkling of mini-lights, the scent of balsam, and a touch of ceiling-level psychedelia — all engineered by elves-in-chief (from left) Rachel Gantz, Diane Mooshoolzadeh, Michelle Drown, Tanya Spears Guiliacci, Terry Ortega, Jackson Friedman, Marianne Kuga, and Aly Comingore and her dog, Potato — it's like a … miracle …

In Print

Doubling Down on Milpas Street

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Will new business district keep it real or accelerate gentrification? Read story.

Boxtales Theatre Company Turns 20

Myth Specialists Return to the Lobero Theatre to Celebrate

For Michael Andrews and Boxtales Theatre Co., 20 years may mean a blink, an eon, or the time it takes to get to the heart of a story. Read story.

Piano Riviera Lounge Bets on Mediterranean and Music

Stephen Goularte and Fabrice Allain Serve Food and Entertainment Across from Courthouse

Stephen Goularte and Fabrice Allain serve food and entertainment across from the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Read story.

Playback Celebrates Five Years of Studio Time

The Rise of Santa Barbara’s Most Inclusive High-End Music Space

The rise of Santa Barbara’s most inclusive high-end music space. Read story.

Deep End of the Pool

UCSB Water Polo Scores with Hometown Team

S.B. high schools and UCSB are all about water polo, a sport that is rapidly on the rise in popularity. Read story.

Oil Industry Polluting Ventura?

Toxic Metals and Salts Found in Coastal Watersheds

Toxic metals and salts found in coastal watersheds. Read story.

War Vets Find Peace in Farming

Ojai Documentarian Dulanie Ellis Discusses Her Ground Operations Film and Movement

Ojai documentarian Dulanie Ellis discusses her Ground Operations film and movement. Read story.

Getting Fit at Bicycle Bob’s

New Trek Superstore Concept Boasts “Precision Fit”

The new Trek superstore concept boasts “precision fit” for its customers. Read story.

Patty Griffin Comes to S.B.

Silver Bell Tour Pulls Into UCSB

The singer/songwriter will stop by UCSB as part of her Silver Bell tour. Read story.

The Santa Barbara Bowl Revives Día de los Muertos

Café Tacvba Headlines the Second Annual, Community-Wide Event

Café Tacvba, Ozomatli, and Las Cafeteras are just some of the performances going into this week's blowout Day of the Dead event. Read story.

Coach Rusty Fairly Honored

The Coaching Legend Headed Up SBCC Baseball from 1965-1981

Coach Fairly guided SBCC to a 255-160 record from 1965 to 1981; they won the Western State Conference title in 1972. Read story.

Sleep with Dogs, Wake with Fishes

Mind Your P’s and S’s

Last-ditch reflections on big oil, loud college students, skyrocketing rents, and other ballot measures. Read story.

Tempers Flare over District Elections

Council Opts to Put Issue to Voters Next Year

City council opts to put issues to voters next year. Read story.

Derek Trucks’s New Beginnings

Tedeschi Trucks Band Pulls into Santa Barbara

America’s greatest living slide guitarist on leaving The Allman Brothers. Read story.

Chicano Batman Plays for Free in I.V.

L.A. Band Is Taking Cues from All Over the Musical Map

This East L.A. group is fusing genres, styles, and cultural references. Read story.

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