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Dancing with death: Central Coast organizations and families honor the dead in the ancient tradition of Día de los Muertos

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Dancing with death: Central Coast organizations and families honor the dead in the ancient tradition of Día de los Muertos


A skull is always smiling. While people all over the world recognize the skull as a sign of death (when else do you see one?), not everyone shrinks away from the sight. A celebration known as Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—actually looks to the human skeleton as a symbol of the people who came before us. These deathly depictions aren’t clad in long black ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles



Costly District 4 race heads to the finish line


If you’re seeing Caren Ray and Lynn Compton everywhere these days—not to mention vehicles, slate mailers, campaign signs, and television and radio ads bearing their names...

Measuring necessity is a key piece in the Measure G debate


There’s a good chance that the hot debate over the city of San Luis Obispo’s Measure G will leave sour grapes and “I told you so’s” somewhere. Voters registered in ...

Arroyo Grande City Council approves $26,000 for its city manager search


After a lively back-and-forth round of public comment, the Arroyo Grande City Council calmly and unanimously agreed at their Oct. 28 meeting to spend $26,000 on a consultant w...

SLO County airport revamp moves forward


Thanks to a unanimous Oct. 28 vote by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, officials at the SLO County Regional Airport will be able to take the next step in reali...

SLO County names a new Public Works director


The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors emerged from closed session on Oct. 28 to announce the pick for the new director of the county’s public works department. Wa...

Officers arrest 37 people in a prostitution sting


In a three-night sting operation conducted by the San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, and Arroyo Grande police departments, officers arrested 37 people, booking them on suspicion of...

Second time around: Following a failed bond measure in 2006, Cuesta is back at bat with Measure L


After more than 40 years without a successful bond measure—including a crushing refusal of a proposed 2006 bond—Cuesta College’s administrators were starting to feel des...

Measure for measure: Measure D aims to fund the renovation of San Luis Coastal schools


Leslie O’Connor loves his school. That fact would be apparent even if it weren’t Homecoming Week and he wasn’t wearing a school-color-appropriate bright yellow shirt wi...

Cougars & Mustangs


Boy, howdy! It’s time for a Cougs and Stangs Blast to the Past! First published Oct. 20, 1988. Greetings, New Times readers! Cedric here! Remember when I was ranting and ra...


Someone's misleading voters

Heather Moreno - Atascadero city councilmember

If Mr. Comar is willing to make false statements regarding my record, what other false statements has he made regarding anything having to do with the Walmart project? Tom Co...

Follow the money in the Assembly race

Rosemary Canfield - Shell Beach

It was interesting to learn the sources of campaign financing for the candidates in the 35th State Assembly District race (“In Assembly race, Achadjian outraises Harmon with...

Invest in our state's future through schools

Andrea Devitt - San Luis Obispo

Education is largely a public endeavor in California, and many of us have been fortunate enough to reap these rewards. We benefited from low teacher-to-student ratio and paid ...

Students deserve the best

Mike Lee, class of 1969, Terry Lee, class of 1974, Larry Lee, class of 1979

My two brothers and I were born and raised in San Luis Obispo. Our parents, Tom and Anne, spent their careers at Cal Poly and SLO High, respectively. They devoted their lives ...

I need to know some more info

Cassandra Dagama - San Luis Obispo

I feel passionate about education, but I certainly cannot vote for the current San Luis Coastal Bond Measure D without some very specific information to address questions and ...

Fix Morro Bay's problem with a no

Barbara Doerr - Morro Bay

I’m waiting! For what? Morro Bay’s two newly elected councilmembers to be sworn into office. They each received a majority vote at the June 8, 2014, election, but will not...

Fix Morro Bay's problem with a yes

Lynda Merrill - Morro Bay

Vote, and vote yes on Measure J in Morro Bay on Nov. 4. We need common sense to prevail! The last few elections have demonstrated the folly of a two-pronged election. Our citi...

We only need one election in Morro Bay

Susan Heinemann - Morro Bay

Morro Bay's two-election system was one of those ideas that sounded good on paper, but in reality has not worked out. It has cost the city taxpayers dollars and, contrary to t...

We need new faces in office

C. Marie Hoffman - Nipomo

I once believed government officials represented U.S. citizens; they were “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Yet Gov. Jerry Brown signed laws allow...

I've got one word for the propositions

August Salemi - Atascadero

Once again Californians are being inundated with a plethora of “propositions” on which we are admonished to vote. The basic premise of these propositions is increasing tax...


I know what you did last election

I was driving home from a city council meeting the other night, and this big-rig trucker got into the lane right behind me and kept flashing his high beams at me. It was reall...

Street Talk

We visited the Port San Luis Lighthouse and asked staff and visitors to give us their best scary face. This is Street Shock!

Kristi Balzer Keith Langer Ila Philips Kailani Cabanting

Strokes and Plugs

Greengate Ranch and Vineyards offers experience-oriented destination for nuptials and more


The Central Coast is an extremely beautiful place. There are verdant forests, breathtaking beaches, rolling vineyards—it just makes sense that this is a prime spot for desti...


Cuesta College debuts a bloody adaptation of the classic horror novel 'Dracula'


A large crowd had gathered in the lobby of Cuesta College’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center. The chitchat was casual and mundane; the mood was relaxed—even jovial. Tha...

Local printmaker Joseph Kalionzes debuts Dia de Los Muertos-themed prints at Studios on the Park


If you’ve ever spent some time in the sun-soaked vineyards of Paso Robles or in the wine aisles of several Central Coast grocery stores, you’re probably familiar with the ...

We braved the haunted Port San Luis Lighthouse and lived to tell the tale


No lighthouse is all that light. I mean, any time you hear of one, it’s because some 19th-century widow drowned herself or a boat full of swarthy sailors crashed into the bl...

Tony Award-winning musical Chicago comes to Cal Poly


Slick your hair and wear your buckle shoes, fellow musical lovers, because Chicago is coming to town. Yes, all the sex, scandal, and fishnet tights of the Tony Award-winning s...

Seaside Gallery hosts Pismo Beach's first all-abstract art exhibit


Pismo Beach is known for a lot of things—clams, kayaking, and fine beach fare. But, just steps from the beach, there’s another attraction with far less risk of getting san...


Jody Mulgrew brings new songs from the road to the Wise Owl on Nov. 1 and Steynberg Galley on Nov. 2


As a guy who knows something about undependable cars, I can’t help but appreciate the collaboration between Jody Mulgrew and Bob Rea, who wrote some great songs together. If...


'St. Vincent' delivers laughs, tears, and lots of heart!

Writer-director Theodore Melfi (in his feature-length debut) helms this story about a misanthropic war vet (Bill Murray) who befriends a young neighbor boy (Jaeden Lieberher...


Two inventive chefs bring pop-up dining to SLO County with Pop 46


Thick riffs off AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” reverberate through the deserted kitchen at Pier 46 Seafood in Templeton. It’s after 5 p.m. on a Sunday night, and the restau...

Hayley's Pick

Steynberg Gallery's Maui Mocha Latte and J Dusi Wine's 2011 Zinfandel

Friday means deadline day in the world of this writer. On a recent Friday, I attempted to combat the crazy by tricking my rather gullible brain into thinking I was actually em...

Hot Dates

To die for

Have a life-affirming experience at Día de los Muertos, a group art exhibition at Frame Works in San Luis Obispo, through Jan. 14. The works featured in the exhibition are in...

What’s in a name?

Studios on the Park in Paso Robles will play host to an untitled exhibit of paintings by Allen Cox, Braeden Cox, and Tom Peck through Nov. 23. Allen and Braeden both deal in a...

Sounds like fun

Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center will be alive with Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music on Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. at the Cohan Center. This event will feature a screening of the classic...