Richie DeMaria

Richie DeMaria is a Santa Barbara native who feels very fortunate to be working for the Santa Barbara Independent. He is grateful for the opportunity to write about music, movies, food, the outdoors, and interesting people. He enjoys spending his slim amounts of spare time with family and friends, practicing yoga, hanging at the beach, making music of his own, and escaping to the wilderness. With crownlike appendages, red fins, and a greatly elongated, undulating body, he is also believed to be the origin of many sea serpent tales.

Recent Stories

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Going on a Santa Barbara Soundwalk

Hearing the city in a Whole New Way

Hear the city in a whole new way.

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Santa Barbara: Your Staycation Destination

Why Home Is the Best Place to Travel This Summer

Why home is the best place to travel this summer.

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Hike up to Sheep Camp from Lockwood Valley

This Gradual Ascent Through Sacred Lands Is a Great Weekender

This gradual ascent through sacred lands is a great weekender.

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Dropout Drops In to SOhO

Santa Barbara Electronic Duo Forges Forward with Integrity

The Santa Barbara electronic duo forges forward with integrity.

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Camp Out at Cachuma

June Kicks Off Best Summer in Years to Visit Lake

Lake Cachuma Recreation Area bubbles to life after rainy winter.

It Comes At Night

Survivalist Horror Flick Surreal Thought-Provoker

Playing on fears, this survivalist horror flick is a surreal thought-provoker.

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Ishi-Dōrō Light the Path at Lotusland

Following Histories Made by Migrants at Lotusland

Following the histories shaped by Japanese migrants at Lotusland.

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Aloe Can You Go?

Inside Tom Cole's Plant Wonderland

Going inside Tom Cole's plant wonderland.

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Water-Wise Ways

Taking an Eco-Friendly Approach to Watering Native Plants

The S.B. Botanic Garden is using drought-friendly methods to water a new collection of native plants 90 years in the making.

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Goya Through Jeanne Smith Morgan’s Eyes

Santa Barbara Author, Watts Towers Preservationist Shares Goya Sketches

The Santa Barbara author and Watts Towers preservationist shares Goya sketches.

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