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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.

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American society has been a comfortable fit, says Blaze Manzotti, who landed on the West Coast from Correggio near Milan, Italy. He loves the open-mindedness he feels in the U.S., especially for the young, he said: “In Italy, I felt overwhelmed by a society that doesn’t allow you to do what you want if you’re young.” Blaze has been working on his English skills before starting a master’s in arts management, he said, while simultaneously herding the Indy’s calendar entries for The Week. But he misses a few things about Italy, he admitted: his grandmother in Correggio and the food, especially i cappelletti, his grandmother’s specialty. “Forgive me, Italy!” he said. “I prefer a double-double at In-N-Out to pizza!”

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

Eddie Hsueh: Santa Barbara’s Great Peace Officer

Bringing Safer Ways for Law Enforcement to Work with People with Mentally Illness

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Eddie Hsueh brings safer ways for law enforcement to work with people with mental illness. Read story.

Glorifying Sex and Tolerating Assault in Isla Vista

A Personal Investigation into Hookup Culture and its Gruesome Consequences

A personal investigation into hookup culture and its gruesome consequences. Read story.

Sexual Assault Doesn't End After College

Sexual Violence Continues on the Streets of Santa Barbara

Sexual violence continues on the streets of Santa Barbara. Read story.

SBIFF's 10-10-10 Competitors Meet Multiple Challenges

The Fire and Its Aftermath Made This Year’s Competition Special

The fire and its aftermath make this year's competition special. Read story.

SBIFF Celebration of Cinema Continues

Festival Heads into Last, Long Weekend

Heading into the last, long weekend of events, there is still plenty to do and see. Read story.

2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Kicks into Gear

Fascinating Films, Acclaimed Actors, and More

From Oscar nominees to art-house indies, the schedule is packed with films for all. Read story.

How Santa Barbara County Jurisdictions Are Dealing with Marijuana Legalization

Legal Tangles Leave Santa Barbarans Wondering: 'Dude, Where's My Weed?'

Legal tangles leave Santa Barbarans wondering: 'Dude, where's my weed?' Read story.

On the Menu at Pot Shops

What to Expect When You Walk Into Your First Cannabis Retailer 

What to expect when you walk into your first cannabis retailer.  Read story.

Growing Cannabis in Your Backyard

From Where to Start to When to Harvest, Here Are Seven Must-Know Steps to Planting Pot in Santa Barbara

From where to start to when to harvest, here are seven must-know steps to planting pot in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Death Toll Approaches 23 in the Worst Disaster in Santa Barbara History

Tracing the History and Coping with the Reality of 20 Lost and Three Still Missing

Tracing the history and coping with the reality of 20 lost and three still missing. Read story.

Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak Emerge from Montecito Mudslides

17 People Killed and 100 Homes Destroyed in Post-Thomas Fire Disaster

Seventeen people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed in the post-Thomas Fire disaster. Read story.

The Peril of the Amur Leopard

How the Santa Barbara Zoo Is Helping Save the Big Cats from Extinction

How the Santa Barbara Zoo is helping save the big cats from extinction. Read story.

Our Year in Photos 2017

The Santa Barbara Independent’s Annual Visual Review of the Year That Was

The Santa Barbara Independent’s annual visual review of the year that was. Read story.

The Thomas Fire Strikes Back

Beast Still Breathes Despite Saturday’s Epic Firefight in the Montecito Foothills

Insight and analysis on the beast that still breathes despite Saturday’s epic firefight in the Montecito foothills. Read story.

Gary Goddard Accused of Child Abuse in Santa Barbara

Victims Participated in Santa Barbara Youth Theater

Victims participated in Santa Barbara Youth Theater. Read story.

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