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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.

St. Pete's on the Neva

Wendy Arellanes knew she'd have a hard time deciphering Cyrillic script on a recent trip to Russia with her father, Independent columnist Barney Brantingham. So she brought along a copy of The Santa Barbara Independent to read while resting from the festivities of St. Petersburg’s famous White Nights. It was the only newspaper she saw while there, she said, which made it a great vacation — in fact, a Trumpless triumph. When she's not traveling to visit relatives in Panama, you’re liable to find Wendy in her beloved London, haunting a small hotel, walking the town, or sipping tea in a hideaway shop.

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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.

Oil and the Fight for the Environment

How the Trump Administration Could Allow Oil Drilling and More

The Trump administration could ruin Santa Barbara Coast with oil drilling. Read story.

Planned Parenthood Faces Congressional Defunding

National Public Health Crisis May Result If Planned Parenthood Is Forced to Close

A national public health crisis may result if Planned Parenthood is forced to close. Read story.

What Killing the Affordable Care Act Means for Santa Barbara

100,000 People in 24th Congressional District Soon to Be Without Health Care

The Republican congress moves to kill the Affordable Care Act, leaving 22 million Americans without health care, including 100,000 in the 24th Congressional District. Read story.

Santa Barbara's Pre-Trump Immigration Policy

How ICE Operates, Conducts Deportations

How ICE operates and conducts deportations. Read story.

Santa Barbara in the Time of Trump

Where D.C. Could Strike S.B. First

How will the new president's policies and people affect our county? Read story.

Keep Santa Barbara Great Again!

A Practical Guide to Protecting the Things We Hold Dear

A practical guide to protecting the things we hold dear. Read story.

The Farmworker Fear

Increased ICE Raids Loom Over Undocumented Field Hands

Increased ICE raids loom over undocumented field hands and their employers. Read story.

For Immigrants, Knowledge Is Power, Protection

Attorneys Hosting ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshops for Undocumented Residents

Attorneys hosting ‘Know Your Rights’ workshops for Santa Barbara's undocumented residents. Read story.

On Immigration and Sanctuary, S.B. Looks the Other Way

Law Enforcement Doesn't Ask, and City Doesn't Want to Tell

Law enforcement doesn't ask, and the city doesn't want to tell. Read story.

Undocumented Students on Tenterhooks

Their Futures and the DACA Program Hang in the Balance

Their futures and the DACA program hang in the balance. Read story.

Schools Expanding 'Safe Zones'

S.B. Unified, UCSB, SBCC All Taking Steps to Protect Students

S.B. Unified, UCSB, and SBCC are all taking steps to protect students. Read story.

Santa Barbarans Stoked for Trump

A Chat with Some of the County's 56,000 Who Voted for the Donald

A chat with some of the county's 56,000 who voted for the Donald. Read story.

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