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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.

Writer’s Stamp

“I swore I’d never do another in-depth story on another person,” Roger Durling said of the great responsibility he felt to get it all right when profiling Hank Pitcher last March. But when Michael Towbes died, “I attended his memorial and heard Janet Garufis speak. It dawned on me right then that I’d known her for many years as a public figure, but I didn’t know who she was,” said Roger. “I think the hardest part for me is how invested I get into the profiles. The most pleasurable aspect is trying to understand how another person ticks — and stepping into their shoes — and losing myself.” Readers will find Roger’s story on the Montecito Bank & Trust CEO in print on page 23 and online here.

In Print

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.

Summer Reading 2017

D.J. Palladino Releases First Novel, and More

D.J. Palladino releases his first novel, a fantastical murder mystery in 1958 Santa Barbara. Read story.

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. Read story.

Santa Barbara Surfer Rides a 53-Foot Wave

Ben Andrews Rides Maverick’s and Wins $50,000

Santa Barbara surfer Ben Andrews rides a 53-foot wave at Maverick’s and wins $50,000. Read story.

Carrizo Plain: The American Serengeti

National Monument Is Small but Significant Remnant of Great Grasslands

National Monument qualifies as a small but significant remnant of what was once one of the world’s great grasslands. Read story.

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