Santa Barbara Independent

The State Theatre of Georgia Visits S.B.

Shielded for nearly 70 years behind the iron curtain, long overshadowed by its northern neighbor Russia, and now struggling once again for political stability, the Republic of Georgia has been beset with challenges to its independence for all of modern history. John Blondell had earned his PhD at UCSB in 1990, and has been teaching modern theater theory and practice at Westmont College ever since. more

Westmont Profs Talk Religion, Politics at Free Lecture

Two topics often nervously side-stepped are being tackled head-on on Thursday, October 16, during a talk entitled “Does Religion Belong in Politics? Reflections in the Midst of the 2008 Campaign,” sponsored by the Westmont Foundation. The talk is part of a series called Westmont Downtown: Conversations About Things that Matter. more

Tangerine Falls: Best waterfall in the Santa Barbara area.

For those who love big waterfalls and scenic spots, when the water is running, Tangerine Falls are the best. Turn left (north), drive past Westmont College to Mountain Drive and then turn right and go a half mile east to the trailhead. more

Cold Springs—East Fork

This is absolutely my very favorite trail. The trail is reached either from Sycamore Canyon Road near the Milpas area, or Hot Springs Road in Montecito. From Highway 101, drive up Milpas Street to Montecito Street. Turn right and follow it to Sycamore Canyon and continue up this for 2 miles (it becomes Highway 192) to Cold Springs Road. Turn left (north), drive past Westmont College to Mountain Drive and then turn right and go a half mile east to the trailhead. more

Shannon Griggs: ANOTHER TWO YEARS IN PARADISE:

Friendly and quick to smile, Shannon Griggs is a recent addition to The Independent’s advertising staff. Time is flying and she’s having fun – Griggs has already been here for more than a month developing her style and design skills. The Westmont College grad has been back in S.B. for a few years after some hometown time in Santa Cruz. more

Three Reasons to Dig Poetry at the S.B. Poetry Series at CAF

Now in its 11th year, the Santa Barbara Poetry Series regularly hosts readings by area poets and visiting ones, both those whose work has received national recognition and those who are just getting started. Paul Willis has taught at Westmont for 20 years, but only recently published his first collection of poems, Visiting Home. more

Kokkonen vs. Capps: Longtime 23rd District Congressmember Faces Challenge from North

To say Republican Matt Kokkonen is a long shot in his quest to unseat Lois Capps as the representative of California’s 23rd U.S. Congressional District might be understating it. Kokkonen, an immigrant from Finland, left his country as a teenager and moved to New York. He transferred to Westmont College where he met his wife and eventually graduated. more

Off-Axis 2008: Santa Barbara’s Contemporary Art Biennial

Whether the dialogue centers on politics or religion, art or psychology, there’s one question that’s always relevant: “What’s really happening right now?” “Looking ahead,” gallerist Edward Cella mused, “what does 2010 look like? We’re looking at a city with a new director at SBMA, a new director at Westmont, Elyse Gonzales [at UAM], plus Kathryn Kanjo, Dane Goodman, Miki Garcia …” more

Rosy Boa: Bright Colors

Since venturing off into side projectville, Westmont alum and Senior Year guitarist Kevin Funkhouser has been keeping mighty busy. In between playing cover band axe man around town, Funkhouser has managed to assemble a complete, delightfully original album of pop rock tunes that, well, resonate just a tiny bit more than a rock ’n’ roll rendition of “My Humps.” more

Education 9-18

Westmont poli sci professor Susan Penksa addressed the European Parliament in Brussels on 9/10 on issues of security operations in the Balkans as well as security relations between the United States and the European Union (EU). The talk was part of Penksa’s two-week visit with EU officials, which is hosted by the minister of European Parliament, Germany’s Angelika Beer. more

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