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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.

An Eye on the Wild

“Recently, I was standing on top of an ATV, collecting lace lichen from the branches of an oak tree for a project,” Sally Isaacson recalled. “I had a big dog named Lola with me. She started barking and suddenly backed up very quickly. I heard noises in the brush, and soon Lola went in and came out with a fresh deer leg.” Living near Gaviota has given Isaacson glimpses of rare wildlife, like the mountain lion she and Lola encountered. It’s an awareness the botanist refined wandering the Irish countryside as a girl among the flowers and wild animals. “Lately, my passion has been teaching my little granddaughter about animals and plants,” Isaacson said, a sense of wonder and adventure that sparks her Backyard Wildlife column, found here.

In Print

’Tis the Season 2017

The Complete Guide to Santa Barbara’s Holiday Happenings

Check out Santa Barbara’s most complete guide to all the happenings this holiday season. Read story.

Online Ticket Services Compete for Customers

AXS and Ticketmaster in a Battle of the Ticket Titans

AXS and Ticketmaster in a battle of the ticket titans Read story.

OTOjOY Makes Live Music Accessible to All

Thomas Kaufmann Is Changing Concert Experiences One Loop at a Time

Thomas Kaufmann’s team is changing concert experiences for people with hearing loss one loop at a time. Read story.

Bluetooth Earbuds for Discerning Listeners

Rowkin and FRESHeTECH Offer High-End Sounds at Affordable Prices

Employing clever design and top-of-the-line technology, Rowkin and FRESHeTECH offer high-end sounds at affordable prices. Read story.

Singular-Instrument Suites

TubaChristmas and Ukulele Club Concert

TubaChristmas and Ukulele Club concerts take place this holiday season. Read story.

Santa Barbara's Local Heroes of 2017

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' Presents Its Annual Ode to Amazing People

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' presents its annual ode to some of the amazing people who make up our community. Read story.

Janet Garufis: Real-Life Wonder Woman

The Montecito Bank & Trust Chair and CEO’s Against-All-Odds Career and Life of Love

The Montecito Bank & Trust chair and CEO’s against-all-odds career and life of love. Read story.

From Good to Great with the UCSB BFA Program in Theater

Uniquely in the UC System, UCSB Offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Theater and Dance

Uniquely in the UC system, UCSB offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in theater and dance. Read story.

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents La Santa Cecilia

Grammy Award–Winning Group in Town on Día de los Muertos Tour

Grammy Award–winning group in town on Día de los Muertos tour. Read story.

Bread of the Dead

Santa Barbara’s Mexican Bakeries Offer Día de los Muertos Specialties

Santa Barbara’s Mexican bakeries offer Día de Los Muertos specialties. Read story.

Day of the Dead Lingo

From Cempasúchil to Mictecacihuatl, Six Día de los Muertos Terms Every Gringo Should Know

From cempasúchil to Mictecacihuatl, here are six Día de Los Muertos terms every gringo should know. Read story.

Revering the Radish: The Rise of Plant-Based Cuisine

How Santa Barbara Chefs Are Elevating Vegetable-First Cuisine

How Santa Barbara chefs are elevating vegetable-first cuisine. Read story.

Best of Santa Barbara® Readers' Poll 2017

Our Annual Celebration of the People and Places That Make Santa Barbara Out of This World

Our annual celebration of the people and places that make Santa Barbara out of this world Read story.

The Fab Five: Inside Santa Barbara’s Mayoral Race

In the Crowded and Competitive Field, Every Candidate Has a Chance

In the crowded and competitive field, every candidate has a chance. Read story.

Santa Barbara Youth Sports Follow New Concussion Safety Rules

Team Coaches and Doctors Tackle Ways to Prevent Head Injuries

Santa Barbara coaches and doctors tackle ways to prevent head injuries in all youth sports. Read story.

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