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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.

Parades and Pie

Winter is finally cooperating with traditional notions of the end of the year, and here at the Santa Barbara Independent, we count on Terry Ortega and Matt Kettmann to find the best things to do and the finest nearby places for a little shopping. Calendar Editor Terry remembers her youthful Decembers as the time to “pick out the tree, go to the parades, and visit the animals at the Old Mission nativity on Christmas Eve,” and is inspired that the community still enjoys the same traditions. Senior Editor Matt has already established traditions with his young family, which consist of tearing through Santa’s presents for some and drinking Bloody Marys for others, but always a breakfast pie: “a blend of eggs, cheese, sausage, and hash browns that’s baked in the oven.” It's all about the anticipation.

In Print

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.

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.

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