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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.

A Clean Sweep

We’re lucky. About twice a week, it feels like spring around here because Jesus Sanchez has been through our offices. For roughly the past dozen years, he’s been cleaning up our act, saving us from ourselves and the messy people in our offices who have yet to make a two-point shot at their wastebasket or never notice when their coffee cup dribbles from the kitchen to their desk. Jesus has also been spreading his meticulous skills further afield lately. His JJ’s Cleaning Service, named after himself and his son, Jesus Jr., officially celebrated its first year in business, and he now works from Ventura to Isla Vista. You can find out more in our classifieds section on page 64.

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

‘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.

The Artistic Life of a Con

The Story of Fulton Leroy Washington’s Second Chance at Life

The story of Fulton Leroy Washington’s second chance at life. Read story.

The Whittier Fire

The Story of Near Escapes, Trapped Children, Heroic Acts, and an Endless Fire Season

The story of near escapes, trapped children, heroic acts, and an endless fire season. Read story.

The New Normal: California Forest Fires Have Doubled in Size

This Year 3,449 Wildfires Have Already Consumed 92,439 Acres

This year 3,449 wildfires have already consumed 92,439 acres in the state. Read story.

Whittier Fire Threatens Pets and Cattle

Zebras, Watusi Cattle, a Guinea Pig and a Parrot Find Shelter

Zebras and Watusi cattle survive while a guinea pig, a parrot, cats, dogs, and horses evacuate safely. Read story.

Rescuing Children from the Whittier Fire

A Forest Service Patrolman and a Santa Barbara Firefighter Helped 90 Campers and Their Counselors Survive the Flames

How a Forest Service patrolman and a Santa Barbara firefighter helped 90 campers and their counselors survive the flames. Read story.

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