Saturday, December 20, 2014     Volume: 29, Issue: 21
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SLOMA sees double with biennial photography exhibit, Reflections

BY JESSICA PENA

Things are looking topsy-turvy over at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. There, you can see buildings swerve and mountains bend like a piece of taffy in the heat. You can witness a tree float upside down and a clock behind the veil of a glass of water. No, this isn’t the work of some crafty magic...

SLO Little Theatre stages David Sedaris' 'Santaland Diaries'

BY JESSICA PENA

The holidays can be a sad and lonely time. It’s cold, it’s wet, and those damn Kay Jewelers commercials won’t stop. “Every kiss begins with Kay.” When will their cruel monopoly over romance end? When Judy Garland sings, “we’ll have to muddle through somehow” in “Have Yourself a Mer...

You must Whipette: New Times' executive editor teams up with other writers to sing some rock'n'roll

BY RYAN MILLER

When I volunteered to be a backup singer for the band Risky Whippet’s annual holiday show, I was told that I would need to learn the lyrics for the Who’s “Christmas.” I immediately began brushing up on the Grinch soundtrack, trying to parse the inscrutable lyrics those happy residents of Wh...

Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation stages 'A Christmas Carol'

BY JESSICA PENA

Christmas isn’t complete without the following few things: hot chocolate, a copious amount of gifts, at least one viewing of Jingle All the Way, and Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. This December, the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation will have at least one of these. That’s right! They’ve ad...

Cambria's Pewter Plough Playhouse presents original, Duke Ellington-themed musical, 'Duke's Place'

BY JESSICA PENA

Ralph Ellison once dubbed Duke Ellington “our greatest composer.” Indeed, with a career that spanned more than 50 years and a catalog of songs that have since become American standards, Ellington is up there with Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, and whoever wrote “Mambo No. 5.” His music is...