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On March 18 and 19, the oaken lakeside grounds in Santa Ynez will be alight with the glow of stars, both celestial and of the indie-rock variety. For the first time, the Starry Nites Festival is set to rock the Live Oak Campground with a colorful pastiche of indie-rock, classic-rock, and psychedelic-rock acts such as Alan Parsons, The Kills, Cat Power, The Dandy Warhols, She Wants Revenge, and many more. The festival, started by Tommy Dietrick and Kerry Brown of Joshua Tree’s Desert Stars Festival, kicks off a festival season that also includes the culmination of Lucidity Festival before its transformation into something as yet unknown (see future issues for deeper coverage on Lucidity). For now, we spoke with Starry Nites’ founders about what makes this festival unique, plus interviews with Alan Parsons, She Wants Revenge, and Kolars.

Best of the Best

The dedication our small staff pours into the Best of Santa Barbara® issue is truly the Indy at its best. From the first ballot prep to the last of the awards delivered to winners, it’s a ton of work. And that’s not alien at all.

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

Best of Santa Barbara® Readers' Poll 2017

Our Annual Celebration of the People and Places That Make Santa Barbara Out of This World

Our annual celebration of the people and places that make Santa Barbara out of this world Read story.

The Fab Five: Inside Santa Barbara’s Mayoral Race

In the Crowded and Competitive Field, Every Candidate Has a Chance

In the crowded and competitive field, every candidate has a chance. Read story.

Santa Barbara Youth Sports Follow New Concussion Safety Rules

Team Coaches and Doctors Tackle Ways to Prevent Head Injuries

Santa Barbara coaches and doctors tackle ways to prevent head injuries in all youth sports. Read story.

Foodie Awards 2017

The ‘Santa Barbara Independent’ Presents Its Eighth Annual Ode to Eating Out

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' presents its eighth annual ode to eating out. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian Opens

The New Gateway to the City Brings Great Change

Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian opens a new gateway to the city. Read story.

‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’

Santa Barbara Museums Collaborate On Massive Los Angeles/Latin American Art Project

Santa Barbara Museums collaborate on massive Los Angeles/Latin American art project. Read story.

The Cannabis Carnival Comes to Santa Barbara

The Industry Explodes, Leaving Everyone in It Wondering What’s Next

As the industry’s underground culture explodes, everyone from pot trimmers to tomato farmers wonders where it will go. Read story.

21st Century Tango

Kate Weare and Esteban Moreno Create New Forms for DANCEworks

Kate Weare and Esteban Moreno are creating new forms for DANCEworks. Read story.

Yoga Teaching in Santa Barbara

A Mecca for Training Programs and Practice

The city has long been a mecca for training programs and practitioners. Read story.

Vitamin Angels Bring New Hope to Forgotten People

How Distributing Vitamin A to Small Mexican Villages Changed Lives

How distributing Vitamin A to small Mexican villages changed lives. Read story.

Spray-Painting Sullivan Goss

Artist David Flores Showcases New Mural and More at Downtown Art Gallery

Artist David Flores showcases a new mural and more at the downtown art gallery. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Egg Smash

Cascarón Folk Art: A Unique Celebration of Eggs and Confetti

The unique celebration of eggs and confetti and the folk artists who make it all happen Read story.

Linda Vega and Rose Marie Cruz on Fiesta

Santa Barbara’s Grand Dames of Flamenco Talk About Their Art

Santa Barbara’s grand dames of flamenco talk about their art. Read story.

Flamenco’s Daniela Zermeño-Sanchez

Dancer/Instructor Teaches the Spanish Art

At 28, Daniela Zermeño-Sanchez has trained hundreds in the art of the Spanish dance. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Bee Whisperer

Nick Wigle Saves Hidden Hives with Love and Kindness

Nick Wigle saves hidden hives with love and kindness. Read story.

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