Applause Children's Theater takes on 'Annie Jr.'

Applause Children’s Theater will take on a kids-only version of the iconic Broadway classic “Annie.” A cast of 78 children in elementary through high school have been rehearsing since January on “Annie Jr.” They’ll put on six shows over the course of two weekends, beginning with opening night on Friday, May 3, followed by a matinee and evening show on Saturday, May 4 and concluding with the same schedule the following Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. All of the performances will be on the stage inside the Flamson Middle School Auditorium.

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Smash Mouth on Frontier Stage

The California Mid-State Fair has announced six of the 12 acts that will be performing on the Frontier Stage during the fair’s run July 17-28 in Paso Robles —Smash Mouth on July 17; Home Free on July 18; The Man in Black, a Johnny Cash tribute, on July 19; Luis Coronel on July 21; Cantinas Night of Faith featuring Danny Gokey on July 22; and BERLIN featuring Terri Nunn on July 24.

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Symphony of the Vines launches Student Spotlight

Strings take center stage at Symphony of the Vines upcoming concert Violin & Cello DUO featuring regional musicians Maurice Sklar, violin, and Hilary Clark, cello. In addition, the concert will feature the organization’s first Student Spotlight. The concert is Sunday, April 14, 4 p.m. at Pear Valley Estate Wine in Paso Robles.

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Parkfield Bluegrass Festival lineup announced

The picturesque hamlet of Parkfield will once again transform into bluegrass heaven when the Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast presents the 21st Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. Known as the “Earthquake Capital of the World,” Parkfield springs to life every Mother’s Day weekend with toe-tapping bluegrass, old-time, traditional and gospel music.

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Sensorio Project: Light display to open May 19 at Airport and Dry Creek roads

The Sensorio Project, a 380-acre experiential event and exhibit center currently under construction off of Highway 46 East out of Paso Robles is getting ready for their first major interactive exhibit in May.

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Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge performing at CMSF

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge are co-headlining on Thursday night, July 18, of the California Mid-State Fair. The 7:30 p.m. concert will take place in the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center with Etheridge performing first, followed by Benatar & Giraldo.

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Cuesta College hosting Jazz Festival, reunion show

Cuesta College will host the 36th Annual Central Coast Jazz Festival on March 8 and 9 at the college’s San Luis Obispo campus. The competitive jazz festival invites middle school, high school, and college/university big bands and combos from across California to participate.

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Flamenco show coming to Paso Robles

Seattle-based Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, “Luz, an evening of Flamenco,” to the Berg Auditorium at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation on March 29. Savannah will be joined by two exceptional Spanish Flamenco artists; acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno. The all-ages performance will be the 28th stop of a 30-date tour of Washington, California, Oregon, and Nevada.

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Tin City gets ‘Canteen’

A burgeoning center for tasting rooms and wine-oriented businesses for several years, Tin City, in the industrial area just north of Templeton has its first dedicated eatery. With any name on the table to choose from, owners went with Tin Canteen, signifying a communal gathering point reminiscent of a camp or rugged home base for troops.

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Gardens of Avila revamped

The Chef’s Garden has taken several forms over the years, and while it’s never failed to produce an abundance of seasonal vegetables of the Garden of Avila Restaurant and partner businesses Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo and Sea Venture in Pismo Beach, the plots have taken a beating from weather since the last two growing seasons.

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Symphony of Vines brings harpist Yom Litaker to Pear Valley

Symphony of the Vines is presenting Harp Virtuoso on Sunday, March 4, at Pear Valley Estate Wine in Paso Robles. Catherine Yom Litaker, harpist, will be accompanied by Juan Antonio Rivera, flute, and Hilary Clark, cello during the 4 p.m. concert.

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Creative Chat with David Alpert

Studios on the Park is hosting "Taking The Weird and Making It Great," a Creative Chat with famed film and television producer David Alpert, known for his many hits including AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” BBC’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” and “American Ultra,” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. The first session of Studios on the Park’s chat series will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 at 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles. It is sponsored by JUSTIN Winery, American Riviera Bank, Hotel Cheval and Somm’s Kitchen.

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Old Dominion, Shelton coming to CMSF

The California Mid-State Fair unveiled the first six performers set to take the stage of the Chumash Grandstand Arena this summer. The list includes some of the hottest performers in country, pop, hip-hop and rap in the world today, including Card B and Blake Shelton.

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Stein’s BBQ delights in Paso

Sweet, tangy, Santa Maria-style barbecue served up with a hefty side of vegetarian baked beans that are so packed with flavor one would assume they had a bucket of lard in them, and candy bacon topped mac and cheese; keeps people coming back for more at Stein’s BBQ Co. in Downtown Paso Robles.

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Música Del Rio opens 2019 with Wallace, Ornest

Música Del Río presents Alice Wallace, with Steve Ornest, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan., 11 in Atascadero. For information and reservations, call 466-6941 or visit our website at www.musicadelrio.org. Reservations are required. Donation of $20 at the door. “It is with great pleasure that we once again find the opportunity to share one of this year’s Folk Alliance International, FAR West premier showcase artists with you,” organizers stated. “Only 12 musical groups or solo artists are chosen out of scores of submissions.”

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Libertine Brewing: Sour beer and lots of atmosphere

They say most people come in one of either two categories, you’re either an artist or an engineer. The engineers of this world like to deal with exact sciences, they like to know that if you add two things together that it will be the same answer every time, they hang their hats on it and build careers around it. And while one deals in exact sciences, the opposite is true of the other, the artist enjoys ambiguity and learns how to make beauty out of the chaos.

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Hunt Cellars offers a port in the storm of vines

One of the few local wineries to have a club for their Port as well as wine, Hunt Cellars is known for offering something of a complete sensory experience. The tasting room features a Cabernet Bar, knowledgeable staff a 1,200 square foot veranda where smoking a cigar or taking a stroll wouldn’t be out of place. Frequent guests describe the chocolates served with a port-style wine as equally important as cheeses and other offerings with wines.

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Donati Family Vineyard: Celebrating the fruits of their labor and Italian heritage

For Donati Family Vineyard everything stems from “family, food, and fun.” And not necessarily in that order, says long-time DFV Director of Sales and Marketing Mitch Bakich on a pleasant fall afternoon at the winery’s tasting room and production facility nestled in the corner of Highway 46 West and Vineyard Drive intersection.

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Atascadero United Methodist Church performing Christmas concert Dec. 16

Atascadero United Methodist Church will host a free Christmas concert featuring the church’s Carnegie-singing choir. The concert will take place will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at the church.

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Benefits for TFS on tap

Two concerts are being held on TFS’ behalf, the first by the SLO Wind Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Cuesta College from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Make a Joyful Noise is the Orchestra’s holiday concert with tickets available for adults at $20 and students half off through the Cuesta College Performing Art Center at 805-546-3198. The second, closer to home and more of an all-out fundraiser bash for the charity is the Bow Ties Blue Grass Band, coming to the Pavilion at the Lake in Atascadero, 9315 Pismo Ave., on Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., which promises: “Live Foot Stomping Blue Grass Country Dancing Music, Excellent Fine Wine Available for Purchase, Scrumptious Desserts, Silent Auction and Raffles — while helping raise money needed for the Atascadero Warming Center.”

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Calwise: Offering liqueurs and a peek behind the scenes

Readers last got a look inside SLO County’s newest distillery in June, as Calwise Spirits opened their doors on Ramada Drive, in the newest development in the corridor just inside Paso Robles north of Templeton. Ahead of their opening, company founder and Ventura-native Aaron Bergh had already been selling craft California-themed rum and gin in local stores for some time, specializing in mixing herbs from Big Sur into the gin basket for a unique flavor. But the new space gave Calwise a central production facility on the Central Coast to house their new equipment, and a restaurant kitchen to go along with their stylish tasting room and cocktail lounge — centered around a hand-finished redwood bar.

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LaDonna's: Manhattan design in small-town California

In what locals who’ve stopped in since a packed Aug. 17 opening weekend have dubbed, “a beautiful addition to Atascadero,” LaDonna’s has brought modern design and a unique menu to 6195 El Camino Real. A short walk from City Hall frequent guests include both the City’s sitting mayor and the mayor-elect, and City Manager Rachel Rickard gave the establishment some love in a report to Council celebrating new development in town.

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1122: Prohibition-era speakeasy with a mod-steampunk twist in Paso Robles

The blind pig, juice joints, and speakeasies of the prohibition era, popularized by today’s mod and steampunk trends, are making a comeback and 1122 Cocktail Lounge in Paso Robles is setting the stage on Railroad Street. Founders and co-owners, Troy Larkin and Donovan Schmit opened 1122 in June of 2018 and as owners of both Pappy McGregor’s and Fish Gaucho had the drive and vision to start their third venture in Downtown Paso Robles.

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Stanley returns to Música Del Rio on Nov. 3

James Lee Stanley returns to Música Del Río at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Atascadero. For information and reservations, call 805-466-6941 or visit our website at www.musicadelrio.org. Reservations are required. Donation of $20 at the door.

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Virtuoso pianist almost became a dentist

Renowned pianist Torsten Juul-Borre is amused by his so-called accent, “A waitress the other day wanted to know where I was from because of my accent. I was born in Minnesota and I’ve lived in Templeton most of my life. It’s a bit puzzling to me.” What is more easily understood is that Torsten Juul-Borre is a piano virtuoso who travels extensively in the United States and Europe, often in Denmark, performing popular solo concerts. Symphony of the Vines presents his annual piano recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Cass Winery in Paso Robles.

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Open To Interpretation Exhibition at Castoro

Featuring new works of contemporary abstract art by two award winning Paso Robles artists, Page Graeber and Janice Pluma. Opening Reception is Friday, Nov. 2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The exhibit continues through Nov. 30. Castoro Cellars Winery, 1315 North Bethel Rd, Templeton. Call 888-DAM-FINE, for information.

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Cuesta College celebrates 20 years of the Cuesta Vocal Jazz Festival

COUNTY — What started in 1998 as the Cuesta Vocal Jazz Workshop, a one-day event that brought together eight high school ensembles, who performed for each other, followed by a clinic with one of several well-known clinicians from across the country who are experts at vocal jazz performance grew gradually over the years to two days, and now two days with two stages. This year, Cuesta College is hosting 40 schools on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3. The headliner for the evening concerts is Groove For Thought, winners of the NBC hit series “The Sing-off.”

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SLOMA launches art projects in county schools

SAN LUIS OBISPO — When the AWAKEN project goes into effect this year throughout the San Luis Obispo County school system, every student will have his or her chance to exhibit artwork in a real art museum, thanks to a new partnership between the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) and the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education called AWAKEN — three thematic exhibitions based on grade levels that will challenge students to think critically and broadly while exploring their artistic expression about how community, or nature, or discovery inspires and changes lives. To commemorate the launch of AWAKEN, SLOMA is challenging school officials, local government leaders, teaching artists, and local families, and every interested student to participate in this initiative.

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Paderewski Festival schedule features Gala Concert, modern musical and youth program

The 2018 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles will again celebrate renowned Polish musician and statesman with a slate of concerts, events and educational opportunities with performers from near and far. Singapore-born pianist Kate Liu is the featured performer of this year’s Gala Concert, while Paso Robles native Corey Jordan opens the festival at Cass Winery on Thursday, Nov. 1. The festival is proud to serve as the world premiere of a Paderewski-themed musical, “Three Paderewskis,” with music by Jenni Brandon and libretto by Oliver Mayer.

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Art collaborative incorporates student artists

SAN LUIS OBISPO — In a unique art collaborative at College’s Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, sculpture, two-dimensional artwork, and performances will be the mediums on display for the month of October during Industry of the Ordinary’s (IOTO) Demo(cra)tic exhibit. IOTO is a two-person conceptual art collaborative, made up of Chicago-based artists and educators Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson. Their work is usually performative or sculptural, often incorporating audience participation and interaction with the artists.

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Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, & Jewish Soul at Atascadero Lake Park: Free Family Concert featuring Dirty Cello

On Sunday, Oct. 14, the popular blues and bluegrass band, Dirty Cello, will return to North County, performing at Atascadero Lake Park, for an afternoon of Blues, Rock, Bluegrass & Jewish Soul music. From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

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Halloween Harvest Costume Ball is Oct. 26 and 27 at Event Center

The Halloween Harvest Costume Ball is a professional, upscale production with an electrifying dance party, food, beverages, and a Grand Costume Competition, all beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27 at Adelaide Hall at the Paso Robles Event Center.

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Up in the Air coming to Castoro Cellars

Up in the Air is performing a benefit concert for Yes on Measure G from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at Castoro Cellars. Castoro Cellars is located 1315 North Bethel Road, Templeton. Artists for YES on G will be on display and over 50 pieces of fine art available for sale — all to Support Measure G. Tickets are $50 per person.

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West Hollywood’s ‘WeHo in Paso’ Exhibition will Debut in Paso Robles on Oct. 4

West Hollywood is partnering with Studios on the Park in Paso Robles to debut WeHo in Paso, a set of art works exploring life in the City of West Hollywood. The exhibition will feature animations, archival digital prints, original paintings, pen and ink drawings, and photographs representing the unique and personal lenses of 12 artists who live in West Hollywood. WeHo in Paso will be exhibited from Thursday, Oct. 4, to Sunday, Oct. 28, at Studios on the Park, located at 1130 Pine St. in Paso Robles. An opening reception will take place during Art After Dark in in Paso Robles on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. After its October run, the exhibition will move to the City of West Hollywood in November.

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Templeton FFA Tractor Pull is Oct. 6

Tractors of all shapes and sizes will rev their engines and roar down the track Oct. 6 at the second annual Templeton FFA Tractor Pull at Chesebrough Farm. After the success of their first tractor pull, Templeton FFA knew they had to bring it back this year. It turned out to be the largest fundraiser of the year for the chapter.

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Garagiste Festival returning to Paso Robles for its 8th anniversary

When Stewart McLennan and Doug Minnick met in 2011 and started kicking around the idea of showcasing Paso Robles’ underground, small production winemakers, neither could guess that, seven years later, the Garagiste Festival would be celebrating its 8th anniversary and 21st event at its Paso Robles home base on Nov. 9-11 — having achieved international renown as one of the most popular wine events in the country. In fact, just this month, the festival was named the country’s “Best Wine Festival’ in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.

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'Moonlight and Magnolias' — Screwball comedy opens Sept. 21 at Wine Country Theatre

“Moonlight and Magnolias,” Ron Hutchinson’s Off-Broadway comic celebration of one of the greatest movies of all time, opens Friday, Sept. 21 and runs through Sept. 30 at the Park Ballroom, 1232 Park St. in downtown Paso Robles.

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Avocado and Margarita Festival is Sept. 7-8

The 12th Annual Avocado and Margarita Festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. with the third annual Taste of the Grove. Taste is an exclusive homage to the Central Coast avocado held outdoors at a beautiful, rustic avocado grove turned wedding venue on Highway 41. Just 250 lovers of the green fruit will enjoy farm-to-table cuisine and hand-crafted wine and spirits plus complimentary access to the weekend’s main event, The Avocado and Margarita Street Festival the next day, Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Tent City After Dark announces performers

Nashville recording artist Carolina Story and San Luis Obispo-based Hilary & Kate will be the featured bands at the annual Tent City After Dark on Friday, Oct. 5 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The fundraiser for Colony Days will be bigger and better than ever with more bands, food trucks, local wine and beer and a five-pound burger eating contest sponsored by Sylvester’s Burgers. The event will happen inside historic Tent City, which will be set up in Sunken Gardens along El Camino Real.

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3rd Annual Showdown Cornhole Tournament set for Sept. 22

The 3rd Annual Atascadero Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus Showdown Cornhole Tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Sunken Gardens in Atascadero. With 64 teams in last year’s tournament, it was the biggest tournament on the Central Coast, according to organizers. This year’s tournament is expected to have over 100 teams playing in the grass at Sunken Gardens.

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Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss at Vina Robles

I’m not a country boy. Yet, I was raised, at least partially, on a farm. And some of my fondest memories involve riding in the pickup truck with my stepfather across the ranch. His mustache permanently stained by coffee, I’d look up at him from the passenger side of the bench seat in the worn work truck. As a man he was an icon to me. He got up before the sun rose, worked until he ached all over and always smiled, always joked, always was helpful and strong, and always had Willie Nelson playing in the 8-track. So when Willie Nelson came to Vina Robles Amphitheater I jumped at the chance to see the man that meant so much to the man that meant so much to me.

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Converted to country

I am admittedly not a country music fan. I don’t hide it, I’ll tell anyone to their face, but every once in a while an act comes to the California Mid-State Fair that makes me, in the deepest regions of my mind, almost, maybe, sort of, begin to question my decision and Thursday was one of those nights.

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Girls' night

There is only one concert at the fair this year that featured a solo female headliner and there is also only one concert at the fair this year that only featured female performers and it was the pair of Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato.

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North County Theatre Works presents “Anything Goes”

“I wanted to produce something light and fun this summer,” said Director Catherine Kingsbury, “and something that provides an opportunity for a wide range of ages and talents.”

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Smedley, Hensley present #IMOMSOHARD

They said they usually like to touch on some “Nebraska-isms” during their act. If anyone comes to the show from Nebraska, Jen Smedley said, “you can rest assured we’ll find them.” Kristin Hensley added, “The way we know is they’ll bring a crock-pot with something like Corn Flakes on top.”

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Rabbi Janice and Her Friends perform benefit concert in A-Town

Rabbi Janice Mehring and her friends will be performing “An Elegant Evening of Song” in Atascadero on Sunday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m.

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YouTuber spreads positive vibes

Christian Garcia is an Atascaderan — He went to Monterey Road Elementary, Atascadero Junior High, graduated early from AHS and Del Rio. “All of the teachers at school follow me on Instagram,” he said with a laugh. He said all their support has been “mind-blowing.”

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AMS invites public to be their guest

“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” cast invites the community to “be their guest” to see Belle and the Beast, Gaston and LeFou, Mrs. Poss and Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth and all the enchanted castle characters perform on Friday June 1 through Sunday, June 3 at the Atascadero Middle School Baro Gym.

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“Deadpool 2” places local rap in movie

“We couldn’t be more excited to be back for the sequel, and are honored to be part of the most outrageous franchise in superhero history,” said Teamheadkick vocalist and songwriter Mason Storm.

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A Mediterranean Escape

“I love to enjoy the moment, so I’ll be playing, I’ll be dancing, they’ll be dancing — whatever comes our way,” said Pavlo, who explained his music is all about enjoying the night, enjoying the music and enjoying each other.

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North County talent stars in 'Oklahoma!'

Gabriel Manro shared that he really wanted to title this article “SLOklahoma!” because that was the ranching, horseback riding, cowboy culture he grew up in. He said, “I’ve been all over the world and I don’t know of a place more beautiful than San Luis Obispo.”

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Class Act Dance receives accreditation

“It’s the first year in eight years that we’ve exceeded standards for technique,” Class Act Artistic Director Cheryle Armstrong said, adding that her company also met standards for choreography. “To have someone [Sutton] of his caliber come in and be very complimentary of the class — he’s taught all over the world, coached at the Bolshoi, taught at Juilliard – so for him to come into our little town, he was very complimentary.”

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A Grand Palette

“Little did I know that the teacher had told the band, ‘Whatever Brian does, you play something else,’” Opera SLO Conductor Brian Asher Alhadeff recalled.

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Atascadero native makes surf doc with heart

“This is a story of four souls whose past will not define who they will become...”

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Paso native animates Pixar blockbusters

When Mike Venturini attended Paso Robles High School back in the early 90s, he was considered the “art kid” and was asked to paint the Bearcats logo on the gym floor. Now he’s heading hundreds of animators at one of the most prestigious animation studios in the world.

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T’was time for the Nutcracker

“It’s always been my dream to be Clara,” said Emaly Bousman, 13, of Trinity Lutheran School, who sees her dream come true as she stars as Clara in this year’s performance.

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Fifth-graders listen to Winds

"Music never lets you down.” – Atascadero resident and SLO Winds Conductor, Jennifer Martin

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Earth Wind & Fire: Funk legends bring message of peace and love to Vina Robles

Earth, Wind & Fire played at Vina Robles on the Tuesday, on the nineteenth of September. It was surreal, to me, since arguably their most popular song is titled “September” and begins with the lyrics “Do you remember, the 21st night of September?” They may have missed the marquee night by two, but it was still incredible that they chose the small city of Paso Robles to play so close to the famous night, even if it is 46 years after the debut of the hit song.

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