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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.

Trial by Fire

The word “overqualified” never enters the conversation around here, mainly because Indy staffers have to be jacks-of-all-trades to ensure all the readership platforms get fed words and pictures. But we struck gold with Athena Tan. Our new copy editor comes from five years with the journal Camera Obscura, which covers film and media — she holds a PhD in the same — and has self-published since she was a kid. Her first endeavor was a newsletter for her classmates and then a zine about the teenage world in Manila. Her first week here threw her into our Whittier Fire coverage. Athena’s love of music, poetry, and thrift-store finds, combined with a strong feeling for social justice, puts all our copy in the best of hands.

In Print

Gloria Steinem Still Fights for Your Rights

82-Year-Old Feminist Speaks in Santa Barbara on March 2

The 82-year-old feminist speaks in Santa Barbara on March 2. Read story.

Wedding Guide 2017

Stories and Resources for Planning Perfect Nuptials

Everything you need to know to plan your perfect nuptials. Read story.

AHA! Offers Discount Card to Kids

Business-Supported Nonprofit Program Awards Students for Fostering Peace on Campus

The business-supported nonprofit program awards students for fostering peace on campus. Read story.

Memorial for Floyd the Chihuahua

Animal Advocate Michele Morrow Spreads Compassion with Memorial at Elings Park

Animal advocate Michele Morrow spreads compassion through a memorial at Elings Park. Read story.

Yuval Noah Harari Predicts Humankind’s Future

Author of ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’ Comes to UCSB on February 27

The author of ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’ comes to UCSB on February 27. Read story.

Breathe into Rollness at S.B. Yoga Center

Low-Impact Exercise Works Alignment, Energetic Meridians

The low-impact exercise works out your alignment and energetic meridians. Read story.

Make Way for MOXI

Santa Barbara Welcomes the Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

Santa Barbara’s new Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation opens on February 25. Read story.

Montecito Trump Pick Might Not Make Cabinet Cut

Fast-Food Mogul Andy Puzder Tripped-Up by Nanny-gate ‘Scandal’

Fast-food mogul Andy Puzder gets tripped-up by nanny-gate “scandal.” Read story.

New Santa Barbara School Superintendent Listens

Superintendent Cary Matsuoka Leads by Listening

When new school Superintendent Cary Matsuoka first came to town, he went on a 90-day listening tour. What did he learn? Read story.

2017 SBIFF Goes Full Speed Ahead

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Celebrates the World of Cinema

The annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates cinema for 11 fun-filled days. Read story.

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee: Finding Good News in All the Wrong Places

The Poodle Squints to Find the Silver Linings of Neil Gorsuch Nomination

The Poodle squints to find the silver linings of Neil Gorsuch nomination. Read story.

Travel Ban Snares Santa Barbara

International UCSB Students Stuck in Iran; Syrian Couple Separated

International UCSB students stuck in Iran; Syrian couple separated. Read story.

SBIFF 2017

Complete Coverage of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Check out our complete coverage of of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Tributes, panels, Films to Find, and much more! Read story.

Trump Watch: Attacking Facts, Bludgeoning Truth

‘Alternative Facts,’ Media Black-Outs, Rogue Tweets, Women’s March, and More

The Angry Poodle examines ‘alternative facts,’ media black-outs, rogue tweets, Women’s March, and more. Read story.

Endangered Species in the Line of Fire?

Biologists Fret Over Fate of Condors, Island Foxes, Steelhead Trout

Biologists are fretting over the fate of condors, island foxes, and steelhead trout. Read story.

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