New Times / Arts
Central Coast Shakespeare Festival brings laughs with 'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
BY CLIFF MATHIESON
From the moment viewers step out of their cars at the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival (CCSF), they are transported back in time. Not to the sixteenth century, but to the Wild West. Viewers walk down a hill into a canyon of golden-brown grass, cut off from the rest of modern life. As seats are f...
BY JESSICA PENA
When M.L. (Margaret) Burdick saw a documentary about greed, she did not intend for its themes of human suffering and rampant materialism to end up in her art. But, lo and behold, there it was—in golden hues and red splotches—infused into one of her abstract ink paintings moments later. The res...
Former SLO resident Christine McKinley returns to town July 24 to read from her new book and play music at Linnaea's
BY GLEN STARKEY
If you’ve ever watched The History Channel television show Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, or if you happened to live in SLO in the mid-’90s and followed the music scene, you've seen Christine McKinley—the willowy, Cal Poly-educated mechanical engineer and ethereal musician who eventually escaped ...
Weird Al has a new album; Cambria's Pewter Plough Playhouse stages Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park
BY JESSICA PENA
You Can Call Me Al Last week, I did not think I needed a pop-polka version of the dance/lumberjack hit, “Timber.” Boy was I wrong. Once again, Cal Poly alum and master of parody Weird Al has proven he’s pretty much the best thing since they put the pocket in pita. It’s been three years sinc...