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MONTECITO MISCELLANY

FREE 20 – 27 July 2017 Vol 23 Issue 29

The Voice of the Village S SINCE 1995 S

Burning desire: Gretchen Lieff appears on global TV as fires get too close for comfort, p. 6

ASHLEIGH BRILLIANT, P. 19 • MOVIE GUIDE, P. 17 • OPEN HOUSES, P. 37

Village Beat

Just another roundabout way of dealing with what is beginning to seem like ever-growing traffic, p. 12

She’s Back!

Speranza Scappucci returns to conduct business at Music Academy of the West for The Elixir of Love, p. 18

A PREMIERE FOR THE FINALE In addition to the 12-year-old Piano Brothers, a living art tableau vivant of El Jaleo, and masterful Flamenco dancing, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Milena Kitic makes her first-ever Santa Barbara appearance, all at the Profant Fiesta Finalé on Sunday, August 6 (story begins on page 14)

Warming Up

The $3-million to $4-million range heats up Montecito’s real estate market, nearly doubling last year’s sales, p. 36

A PREMIERE FOR THE FINALE  
A PREMIERE FOR THE FINALE