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Never give up” is an attitude that’s easier to espouse than to embrace, especially when the project in question has gone on for decades and the chances of success seem slim.
To an outsider’s eye, Santa Barbara summers may not vary much from our winters, but locals know how these balmy days and light-filled evenings bring with them a certain sense of freedom.
From the spire of the Arlington to the sands under Stearns Wharf, our main drag is consumed by businesses that cater to the idea of going out on the town, which is why State Street is a party mecca for anyone in a 100-mile radius.
Situated where you’re bound to pass at least once on your average night downtown, 634 State Street has been a nightlife hotspot throughout its many evolutions. But since opening at the address three years ago, Tonic-with a huge dance floor and mix of resident and far-flung deejays bumping hip-hop, electronic, and rock jams-has established itself as the weekend place to be for the college kids, out-of-towners, and anyone looking to shake their rump amid a crowd of sweaty revelers.
Yes, it is crunch time on Chapala, as the city’s proudest and most successful festival operation gears up for another 10 days of film-obsessive activity. Our rich little tourist town will host stars, artistes, craft people, seminars, panels, swanky parties, homegrown filmmakers, and what is, for some of us, the festival’s heart and soul: films from around the globe inviting us to reflect on both the state of the world and the state of the cinematic art form.