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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.

Awesome Oils

The abstract oil paintings of Vizma Hodosy frequently serve as backgrounds for these weekly portraits. She was also a renowned watercolorist, and is the mother of Laszlo Hodosy, a longtime Indy advertising sales representative. Though he admits to inheriting none of his mother’s talent, Laz’s interest in photography while a student at City College led him to The Channels, the student-run paper where he became editor in chief. He stayed with newspapering after college but, ever practical, moved to the business side. He joined The Weekly as an advertising rep and then started with this newspaper in 1986, when The Weekly merged with the News & Review to form the Independent. That was 31 years ago to the issue, as our first Independent ever was our Local Heroes edition. Since then, Laz’s constant care has kept nearly a dozen of his advertisers with the paper, a representational success we’re ever grateful for.

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

Santa Barbara's Local Heroes of 2017

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' Presents Its Annual Ode to Amazing People

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' presents its annual ode to some of the amazing people who make up our community. Read story.

Janet Garufis: Real-Life Wonder Woman

The Montecito Bank & Trust Chair and CEO’s Against-All-Odds Career and Life of Love

The Montecito Bank & Trust chair and CEO’s against-all-odds career and life of love. Read story.

From Good to Great with the UCSB BFA Program in Theater

Uniquely in the UC System, UCSB Offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Theater and Dance

Uniquely in the UC system, UCSB offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in theater and dance. Read story.

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents La Santa Cecilia

Grammy Award–Winning Group in Town on Día de los Muertos Tour

Grammy Award–winning group in town on Día de los Muertos tour. Read story.

Bread of the Dead

Santa Barbara’s Mexican Bakeries Offer Día de los Muertos Specialties

Santa Barbara’s Mexican bakeries offer Día de Los Muertos specialties. Read story.

Day of the Dead Lingo

From Cempasúchil to Mictecacihuatl, Six Día de los Muertos Terms Every Gringo Should Know

From cempasúchil to Mictecacihuatl, here are six Día de Los Muertos terms every gringo should know. Read story.

Revering the Radish: The Rise of Plant-Based Cuisine

How Santa Barbara Chefs Are Elevating Vegetable-First Cuisine

How Santa Barbara chefs are elevating vegetable-first cuisine. Read story.

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.

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