Wednesday, April 26, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 39

Weekly Poll
Are you concerned about the recent deaths in the SLO County jail?

Yes, there are obviously some very severe problems and we need a change in leadership.
Yes, but more people die in local hospitals than in our jail. A few deaths per year is to be expected.
No, I think the press is exaggerating. These things happen.
No, I'm not concerned. These people are criminals.

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Planting Inspiration: Kids Art Smart program exposes students to the arts


Long after the pitter patter of little feet dissipated, signaling the end of art class, Veda Baker, a first grader from Virginia Peterson Elementary School in Paso Robles, diligently continued working on her crayon and watercolor painting of a crab one rainy Friday morning in April at Studios on the...

Young at heart: Los Osos author Robin Mellom pens children's novels


Ah, middle school. It was the worst of times, it was … well it mostly just sucked. But Los Osos middle grade and young adult author Robin Mellom (who also works as a para-educator at Los Osos Middle School) thinks a little more fondly about that transitional time between elementary and high school...

A real good time: SLO Tease Burlesque builds up the heat at Transformations show


On Easter’s eve, my friend Nicole and I are pulling up to a pitch-black church parking lot in Los Osos. Then, we promptly walk down the street to catch SLO Tease Burlesque's Transformations show. Sorry, Jesus. We were long overdue for a girls night, so after a drink at the Baywood Ale House, we...

Thoughts from Earth


It’s never too early to instill a love of nature and poetry into the next generation. That’s why Cayucos-based author Kime recently published a book of poems called Our Earth Has a Voice. This book of rhymes depicts nature’s beautiful creations. Kime envisioned this book as a quiet-time read ...

Her story


It’s easy to overlook marginalized perspectives, but Cal Poly’s Gender Equality Center aims to change that on April 28 with the production of OWN: Original Women’s Narratives. This unique and innovative theater production highlights the power of storytelling by exploring the experiences of fe...

Buy that DIY


You may not have what it takes to craft DIY Pinterest-worthy creations, but you can buy it from those who do at the Mojo Flea + Makers Market on April 29 in SLO. The event will be held downtown at Ruby Rose from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a curated collaboration of vintage flea market finds and contemp...

Underrated: Only God Forgives


When? 2013  |  What’s it rated? R  |  Where’s it available? DVD, Streaming on Amazon. Writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn re-teams with Ryan Gosling (Drive) in this bloody neo-noir revenge tale, bathed in neon and gorgeously filmed in Bangkok. Gosling stars as Julian, a drug smuggler who...