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On the front lines: A new, multi-media performance piece about the experience of war, 'BASETRACK Live,' comes to Cal Poly's Spanos Theatre

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On the front lines: A new, multi-media performance piece about the experience of war, 'BASETRACK Live,' comes to Cal Poly's Spanos Theatre


For San Luis Obispo High School graduate Blake Turner, war wasn’t what he expected. After struggling through school and feeling the pressures of college, he found himself aimless and out of options. So he signed up for the military—as did thousands of other young men and women in the United States—unaware of the pain, anxiety, depression, and endless difficulties tha... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles



Groundbreaking ceremony for Sunny Acres at De Vaul ranch


On Sept. 19, Sunny Acres sober living facility owner Dan De Vaul held a groundbreaking ceremony for a planned 14-bed housing structure. After years of arguments with SLO Cou...

Two correctional officers out of Monterey County are charged with voluntary manslaughter following a fatal bar fight in San Miguel


Two correctional officers with the Salinas Valley State Prison in Monterey County have been charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with a bar fight that resulted in...

Arroyo Grande sees a week of discord over impropriety investigation


After days of emotional council meetings, dueling letters, and passionate disagreements in Arroyo Grande, two things are clear: The investigation into a July 3 incident involv...

Paved in gold: Preliminary estimated costs for Walmart traffic improvements in Atascadero have more than doubled


Atascadero’s long-trod path to building a Walmart Supercenter in the city has taken an unexpected—and potentially very expensive—turn. Since the project was approved tw...

Gov. Brown signs a boating education bill into law


Hours after an article (“Making waves,” Sept. 18) about SB 941—a bill that seeks to reform California boating safety education—ran in New Times, California Gov. Jerry ...

Climate control: Locals take the streets to call for more action to address climate change


Locals brought a global issue to our little piece of the world just before the start of autumn. On Sept. 21, roughly 300 people gathered for a rally at Mitchell Park and then...


• The Sept. 18 cover story, “The art of the trade,” mentioned the incorrect amount of money that the Cuesta College Art Gallery had received. They have actually received...


• The Sept. 18 cover story, “The art of the trade,” incorrectly stated David Prochaska’s position in relation to the Cuesta College Art Gallery. He’s an instructor o...

Well, I never! New Times checks out local FCC indecency complaints


The complaint, filed by an anonymous Templeton resident, alleged that the 2014 Grammy awards were indecent for the 
following reasons: “Beyonce opening the ceremony was p...

Stuck in the mud: In Atascadero, the city election has brought a messy fight for the electoral narrative


By the time the 4th of November finally gets here, don’t be surprised if the beautiful white walls of Atascadero’s recently renovated Historic City Hall rotunda are caked ...

Cougars & Mustangs


When people of similar interests band together, they begin to find avenues to collaborate. One place that makes this possible is a college club. If I’ve said it once, I’ve...


One veteran's final flight

An ALS patient travels to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight

My dad, Alexander Palos, formerly of Camarillo, enlisted in 1942, shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack. He was assigned to the 9th Air Force, 50th Fighter Group in the Army A...


Meetings don't have to be long

Janice Peters - Morro Bay

Regarding your Aug. 28 article, “’Round midnight,” on the length of city council meetings, I sat on the Morro Bay City Council for 14 years, the last six as mayor, and i...

Vote yes on Measure H-14

Sherry Richison - Pismo Beach

I hope all Pismo Beach residents take the time to listen to Shelly Higginbothan, Mary Weiss, and Kris Vardas respond to questions from citizens on Channel 20 from the League o...

Compton can't be serious

Istar Holliday - Arroyo Grande

Lynn Compton has been running for SLO County District 4 Supervisor for at least seven months now. One would think she’d make some effort during this time to learn the job. ...



Bienvenue! Welcome, fremde! Étranger, stranger! Glücklich zu sehen! Step right up, darling, young Mustangs; sweet, innocent Cougars. You look like you could use...

Street Talk

What's your favorite banned book, and why?

Shawnita August Kristen Barnhart Pam DeTilla Kay Rader

Strokes and Plugs

Flush with cash: Los Osos offers rebates for switching to water-saving fixtures


The toilet. It’s probably the grossest thing in your house right now—save, maybe a moldy abomination in the back of your fridge. If there’s one piece of furniture that p...


Humor writer Dave Barry comes to the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center


For more than 40 years, Dave Barry has been writing—writing about family, sports, travel, politics, colonoscopies, and the horrors of attending a Barry Manilow concert. In h...

SLO Museum of Art presents fine craftsmanship in new exhibit, Dimensions


The word “crafts” tends to bring to mind the sort of activities that parents or schools threw at children to keep them busy. Like making a log cabin out of Popsicle sticks...

Love is spelled B-I-L-L: Bill Murray fans brave hornets, sharks, and the Powers that Be


Another Bill Murray’s birthday come and gone. Another week of fielding questions about whether Bill Murray finally decided to show up from people who should probably be able...

Classic dark comedy 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' screens as part of Palm Theatre's Take Two Lives series


Murder by numbers The modern-day movie murder has gotten so predictable. The killers are always either moronic brutes or lascivious creeps, with less personality than a plast...


Beach Boys founders Brian Wilson and Al Jardine play Vina Robles on Sept. 27


I spent many an hour alone in my room reveling in the sounds of the Beach Boys double compilation album Endless Summer (1974), which was mainly comprised of their early Capita...


'A Walk Among the Tombstones' is a serviceable noir crime drama

Writer-director Scott Frank (The Lookout, writer for Out of Sight, Minority Report, Marley & Me, The Wolverine) adapts Lawrence Block’s novel to the big screen in this...


No KunFusion about it: Chef Lori Nunes parks Asian fusion food truck at permanent Pismo Beach home


"Promise me—no puff pieces." This is how Lori “Lo Lo” Nunes broke the ice during an interview at her recently opened Pismo Beach restaurant, God love her for it. With f...

Hayley's Pick

Giuseppe's Day Off Cocktail and Bang the Drum Brewery's Nebula

  Giuseppe’s Day Off Cocktail Move over candied bacon, bloody mary, fresh-squeezed mimosa, and orange-adorned Shock Top! There’s a new day-drink beverage in town and it...

Hot Dates

Now's the time

Don’t pass on Skip Moss’ photo exhibit, Time in Nepal Simply Passes, showing at Linnaea’s Café in SLO, Sept. 29 through Nov. 2.  An opening reception will be held on O...

The walls are melting

Steynberg Gallery in SLO will host an exhibit of paintings by Mark Bryan, Oct. 3 through Nov. 18, with an opening reception on Oct. 3, during Art After Dark. The exhibit will ...

Old school

Schoolhouse Rock Live! will make a stop at the Christopher Cohan Center in SLO on Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. during its 20th Anniversary Tour. This live experience based on the Satur...