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A Chat with Piers Faccini

piers%201.jpg Born in London to English and Italian parents and raised in France, where he still lives, Piers Faccini is a worldly influenced songwriter. His new album Tearing Sky is on Everloving Records, the label run by Ben Harper’s manager that debuted Jack Johnson. Piers comes to SOhO on Wednesday, January 10. Here is the edited bulk of a recent interview with The Indy‘s Matt Kettmann.

Tarantino Filming in Santa Ynez Valley

Grindhouse.jpgWord on the backroads is that Quentin Tarantino is filming his latest flick up on Figueroa Mountain and popping up in hotels, restaurants, cafes, and public places all over the Santa Ynez Valley. Look for our oak forests in Grind House, which is slated for an April release.

A shot in the dark

Police Take Wrong Man to Jail

In an unusual end to typical post-Thanksgiving dinner activities, 78-year-old Santa Barbara resident David Wass spent the night in jail. In Wass’s view, he merely emerged from his apartment to investigate a gunshot, then ended up detained under suspicion of being the shooter.

Prisoner Rehab makes a comeback

Project Proposed to Reduce Parolee Recidivism

The state’s top prison official visited the county this week at the request of outgoing Sheriff Jim Anderson, to help promote a project that they hope will prepare more felons to lead law-abiding lives after they are released back into society.

The Sultan of Guitars

kenny.jpgHomegrown blues hero Kenny Sultan takes a step towards “legend” status with the production of a Martin-brand custom-edition guitar bearing his name. What’s more: Those in the know consider Martin guitars among the best money can by.

A Tough Nut to Crack

The Nutcracker, presented by State Street Ballet. At the Lobero Theatre, Sunday, December 17.

For dance lovers, The Nutcracker is as central to the Christmas tradition as Miracle on 34th Street or Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” In fact, it was seeing my hometown Nutcracker as a kid that inspired me to become a dancer. The story was mesmerizing, the costumes beautiful, the music captivating, and the dancing exquisite-so seemingly effortless, so breathtaking.

Sonic Gift Guidance

ben_riley.jpgJosef keeps tabs on the best music you have’t heard for the people you don’t know what to by for, including Ben Riley, Sonic Youth and Marisa Monte.

Art House Ghost Story

Volver. Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Due±as, and Blanca Portillo star in a film written and directed by Pedro Almod³var.

Among the many pleasures woven into the latest Pedro Almod³var-directed feast are a few familiar Almod³varan traits. The Spanish auteur has an uncanny knack for telling a story with his signature blend of cinematic panache, cheeky irreverence, and a romantic glow.

Eight Days a Week for Wednesday Records

wednesday_rec.jpgA friend of mine once told me the best way to make a small fortune in independent music is to start off with a large one. But in a day and age when music is freely reaching the ears of more people than ever before and downloading decreases the need to purchase CDs, the emergence of a record label is becoming a rare event. Nonetheless, Wednesday Records was recently launched in Santa Barbara.

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