Yearly Archives: 2008

On Stage : Georgian theater company joins festival

A theater company from the former Soviet republic of Georgia will give its first U.S. performance during the Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival. The play is part of an 11-day festival that will begin Thursday and feature companies from Bulgaria, Finland and Macedonia. Also performing are the Lit Moon Theatre Company and faculty and students from UCSB and Westmont College. 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

IN BRIEF : Westmont hosts talk on homeless veterans

Dwight Radcliff, president and CEO of U.S. Veterans Initiative, will speak at Westmont College on Oct. 21 on the effort to break the cycle of homelessness in which some military veterans find themselves. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at the college’s Hieronymous Lounge inside Kerrwood Hall. more

Entertainment Calendar for Oct. 10-18: On Stage

The Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival, which will be highlighted by fully-staged productions of Shakespeare’s plays including “Julius Caesar,” “The Winter’s Tale” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream” will host events at the Lobero Theatre, Westmont College’s Center Stage Theater and the UCSB Department of Theatre and Danceamong others. more

Kokkonen thinks he's got a chance: Underdog Serious About Race

Westmont graduate Matt Kokkonen is nothing if not an optimist. When he talks about the long odds he’s facing in his race against Rep. Lois Capps, a five-term Democrat from Santa Barbara, his broad smile and the lilt in his lightly accented voice don’t waver a bit. He could be discussing a horse race in which he’ll ride Secretariat and his opponent will climb on a rocking horse. more

Students Try to Reconcile Religion With Campus Culture

Sophomore Emma Young had a tough freshman year-she found few friends in her co-op and faced the deaths of both her grandfather and her best friend’s father in the same month. “At another school you don’t know other people’s backgrounds,” said senior Tom Shank, a religious studies major at Westmont College. “I feel like there’s not a whole lot of common ground at UCs other than that you happen to be at the same college.” more

ON STAGE : No-holds Bard – Lit Moon brings both the traditional and the far-out to its Shakespeare festival

If theater is the church, then Shakespeare is its holy text. The festival’s European element still comes as a playful surprise to John Blondell himself, who confessed that for the first 35 years of his life, he had never traveled out of the country. But then Blondell found himself going abroad via Westmont, immersing himself in the famous Edinburgh Festival, the center of the cutting-edge theater world. 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


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

Montecito tree surgeon branches out into opera

After 30 years as a tree surgeon, Montecito-based Gene Tyburn wants to end his career on a decidedly musical note. “He was waiting for words to inspire him. He just pours forth arias. He’s brilliant. I hired a singer and pianist at Westmont and gave it a run through. It was so good I got weak. It really knocked me out!” more