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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.

Paper Envoy

It’s been a heck of a two months for father-son duo Carlos Padilla and Carlos Padilla — Junior and the Third, respectively — who head into the Independent’s drop-off spot early every Thursday morning to deliver the papers to Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, Ojai, and Ventura. They’ve been delivering us for three decades, but the fires and floods are making this patch particularly rough. “Everyone asks, ‘Why are you late?’ when the truck can’t get here on time [from Orange County],” said Carlos Jr., adding with a twinkle in his voice, “but I am the first guy who gets the paper and the last guy who reads the paper, after I get home.”

In Print

Nukes of Hazard: Vandenberg, Star Wars, and North Korea

Is Vandenberg Air Force Base Our Best Defense or Our Greatest Risk?

Will the Star Wars program at Vandenberg Air Force Base make us a North Korean target? Read story.

2017 Santa Barbara Independent Theater and Dance Awards

Recognizing Santa Barbara’s Best on the Stage

The Indy Awards recognize Santa Barbara’s best on the stage. Read story.

Welcome to the Madhouse

Looking for Mental-Health Help in All the Wrong Places

The Hickey family looks for mental-health help in all the wrong places. Read story.

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Profiles of Cool Careers, and the Latest Employment Trends in Santa Barbara County

Profiles of cool careers and the latest employment trends in Santa Barbara County. Read story.

BRAVO! Puts Families Inside the Sound

How the Santa Barbara Symphony and the School District Make Music Together

This is how the Santa Barbara Symphony and the school district make music together. Read story.

News Commentary: Santa Barbara’s First One Hundred Days of Donald Trump

One Reporter’s Journey Through a Strange Land

One reporter’s journey through the strange land of Donald Trump’s first 100 days Read story.

Battle to Save Santa Barbara’s Mission Creek

How Blind Cabinetmaker Bruce Munson Fought the Army Corps of Engineers and Won—Almost

How the blind cabinetmaker Bruce Munson fought the Army Corps of Engineers and won—almost. Read story.

Stinner Frameworks Builds Great American Bikes Again

The Story Behind the Bike Fabricator Who Made an International Brand

The story behind the man who made Stinner Frameworks an international brand. Read story.

2017 Summer Camp Guide

Start Planning This Season's Array of Fun with Santa Barbara's Complete Guide to Kids’ Activities

Start planning this season's array of fun with Santa Barbara's complete guide to kids’ activities. Read story.

Make a Great Escape with The Moth

Live Storytelling Favorite Back for Second-Annual Mainstage Show at Lobero

The live storytelling favorite is back for its second-annual Mainstage show, “Great Escapes.” Read story.

Meet the New Crop of Santa Barbara Resisters

Tough and Energized, They're Swinging High and Hitting Hard

Tough and energized, they're swinging high and hitting hard. Read story.

Spring Happenings 2017

Swing Into Spring with These Upcoming Events and Activities in and Around Santa Barbara

Swing into spring with these upcoming events and activities in and around Santa Barbara. Read story.

The Legend of Hank Pitcher

Into the Studio and Spirit of Santa Barbara’s Painter, Professor, Athlete, and Environmentalist

Dive into the studio and spirit of Santa Barbara’s painter, professor, athlete, and environmentalist. Read story.

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.

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