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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.

Breaking News

The annual cycles of rain, renewal, fire, and flood is something none of us ever get used to. But we practice. The news team proudly won first place in breaking news for “The Forever Season” on the Whittier Fire from the California News Publishers Association. The Thomas Fire earned us a second for our web presence, and news editor Tyler Hayden was awarded a first for his “Housing in Santa Barbara.” But the writers bow to our artists, Ben Ciccati and Caitlin Fitch, who earned a first for their special insert covers, and photographer Paul Wellman, who won both first and second for artistry. Our unsung heroes are Jackson Friedman and Athena Tan, our copy editors. They make our words look even better than they sound.

In Print

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.

Blue and Green 2017

Our Annual Ode to the Great Outdoors

Our annual ode to the great outdoors. Read story.

Who Murdered Henry Han and His Family?

Prosecutors Present Evidence at the Preliminary Hearing

Prosecutors present evidence against Pierre Haobsh at the preliminary hearing. Read story.

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.

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