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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.

Best of the Best

The dedication our small staff pours into the Best of Santa Barbara® issue is truly the Indy at its best. From the first ballot prep to the last of the awards delivered to winners, it’s a ton of work. And that’s not alien at all.

In Print

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.

Women’s Water Polo Power

Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions Brings Olympic Dreams to the Pool

Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions brings Olympic dreams to the pool. Read story.

Dr. Curtis Roads Wins 2016 Giga-Hertz Award

UCSB Composer and Researcher Praised for Electronic Music Innovations

The UCSB composer and researcher wins praise for his electronic music innovations. Read story.

Music Academy Announces 2017 Season

Community Concert with N.Y. Phil Planned for La Playa Stadium

A community concert with the N.Y. Philharmonic is planned for La Playa Stadium. Read story.

Trump, Russians, Dirty Tricks, and Tricky Dick

New Revelations Prove Nixon Worse than Expected, Still Better than Trump

New revelations prove Nixon worse than expected, still better than Trump. Read story.

Two New County Supervisors Sworn In

Will Trump Put Their Environmental Credentials to the Test?

Will Trump put their environmental credentials to the test? Read story.

Remembering Triangle Café on Milpas

Jimmy McMullin Recalls His Uncle’s Restaurant, Owned and Operated While Blind

Jimmy McMullin recalls his uncle’s restaurant, which he owned and operated while blind. Read story.

Odell Runs 50 Charitable Miles For 50th

Westmont Athletic Director to Donate to Westmont and S.B. Track Club

The Westmont athletic director will donate to Westmont and the S.B. Track Club Read story.

Filmmaker Mike Mills Talks ‘20th Century Women’

Family Friend Hilary Dole Klein Reminisces with the Santa Barbara–Raised Writer/Director

Family friend Hilary Dole Klein reminisces with the S.B.-raised writer/director about life with their mothers. Read story.

Let Leonard Peltier Go Free

Interview with a Native American Seeking Clemency After 41 Years Behind Bars

Interview with a Native American seeking clemency after 41 years behind bars. Read story.

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