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Summer Reading

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.

Fire on the Mountain

Telling the story of a wildfire is difficult because so many intense experiences, so many quickly changing facts, so many human dramas must be woven into a whole cloth. In this issue we have tried to give as clear as possible a picture of what happened to our community during the last week.

Diving for Delicacies and Dollars

For California’s abalone divers, it was the best of times, fueled by a resource with seemingly no end. A community of pals and partners, the divers had the sea to themselves and all the abs they could grab.

2008 Summer Arts Guide

Though bold, beautiful, and brilliant, the Solstice Parade is not the end-all to Santa Barbara’s summer season of arts.

‘Round ‘n’ ‘Round We Go

Unless you’re a monk who gets from place to place only on foot, your life is dependent on wheels. Whether you prefer driving your gas guzzler in the fast lane, cruising the bike lanes on your 10-speed, or taking the bus from home to office, you’re hooked on the all-important wheel.

Yesterday’s Party, Tomorrow’s Buzz

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.

The Truth Behind Tonic

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.


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