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Charles Paddock Zoo is Wild About Art

During Wild About Art, a new event to be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, everyone will have an opportunity to watch as the Zoo’s animal residents create their own, unique and artistic pieces.

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Raconteur engages with community

Atascadero’s Traffic Way has a new beer and wine establishment operating with a playful twist in the Raconteur Room. Open since May with the room as an evening music venue and vinyl record lounge, Tyler Clark, the founding, and now former, co-owner of Libertine Brewing Co. said he’s not out of the brewing game just yet, but for now he’s happy to have the place as a stop for locals to chill and unwind.

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Smokey Robinson coming to CMSF

The California Mid-State Fair announced Smokey Robinson is the featured performer for an “Evening of Music and Wine.” An opening act will be announced at a later date. The concert will take place on Friday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Grandstand Arena.

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‘Charlotte’s Web’ returns to Cuesta College CPAC

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nationally-acclaimed Cuesta College Drama presents an encore production of “Charlotte’s Web” from June 20-23 at the Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo Campus. The 60-minute adaptation of the classic story of friendship will warm hearts young and old as it charms its way into the CPAC’s Experimental Theatre.

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Foreigner rocks Vina Robles

It was hot on Sunday afternoon in Paso Robles but not nearly hot enough to keep 3,000 Foreigner fans from filling up the Vina Robles Amphitheatre. Fans filled the lower bowl and the general admission grass area full of optimism even with the sun beating down on them. As I scurried past people racing for the pit area, I heard several groups of people claim that even though it was 95 degrees it could feel a lot hotter. Fans of the late 70’s and early 80’s rock band began showing up around 5 p.m. for a 7 p.m. official start proving their love for the band once again after selling out the venue in 48 hours, Kasey Musgraves currently holds the Vina Robles record at 24 hours.

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Jason Mraz tour coming to Paso Robles

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jason Mraz has announced plans for a very special North American tour, set to kick off this fall. The multiple Grammy award-winner will be joined by longtime collaborators Raining Jane for the run, dubbed “Ladies & Gentleman, An Evening with Jason Mraz & Raining Jane.” Set to play Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Saturday, October 26, the tour finds Mraz bringing his exuberant live show to theaters and performing arts centers. Presales begin Wednesday, June 5th at 10 a.m. (local time), with general on-sale beginning on Friday, June 7 at 10 a.m. (local time). For complete details, and ticket information, visit jasonmraz.com.

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Charles Paddock Zoo welcomes new arrivals

The Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero is very proud to announce the addition of a baby girl to the zoo family, with the arrival on April 9 of a new Prehensile-tailed Porcupine. In addition, a young female Crested Screamer recently joined the flock at the Zoo; and of special note to Atascadero’s friends and neighbors in Paso Robles, a female Binturong, also known as a Bearcat, has now moved in too.

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Sensorio dazzles: Community leaders attend viewing before it opens to public

Sensorio is launching its first phase with an expansive light installation by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, open to the public beginning Sunday, May 19, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020. Entirely solar-powered and spanning across 15-acres, Field of Light at Sensorio utilizes an array of over 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber-optics that gently illuminate the landscape in subtle blooms of morphing color. Held Thursday, May 16 at Sensorio, 4380 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, the invited preview captivated guests, inviting them to engage with the countryside through an ethereal light-based, sculptural experience.

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Diablo Paso offers a taste of Spain in every bottle

Walking into Diablo Paso’s new tasting room, one can’t help but be struck by Enrique and Nora Torres’s passion for their wines and each other. Diablo Paso opened the new tasting room in the heart of Paso Robles downtown at 1220 Park St. in August 2018 and are wowing visitors with their Spanish wine varietals.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd performing at Mid-State Fair July 23

The California Mid-State Fair announced that rock icon Lynyrd Skynyrd was confirmed to perform in concert on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 pm. The concert will take place in the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center with country star Chris Janson opening the show.

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California Mid-State Fair ‘Rhythm and Brews’ night features Billy Idol

The California Mid-State Fair announced that an “Evening of Rhythm and Brews” featuring a full-length concert by rock icon Billy Idol. An opening act will be announced at a later date. The concert will take place on Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Grandstand Arena. Ticket prices for the show are $26, $41, $91 or $608 for a table of eight. If you are interested in securing a table of eight, call the Fair Box Office at 805-239-0655 for details.

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Bushong Vintage: For the love of wine and vinyl

High fidelity vinyl and wines made with style, care and respect for the fruit can be enjoyed at Bushong Vintage Company.

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Barn Bash and Dance is May 4

The Barn Bash and Dance Benefit set for May 4 from 4 to 8 p.m., for Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation, will be a special evening, celebrating and supporting youth arts, great food and friends at the historic, Rolling Hills Ranch in San Miguel.

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Applause Children's Theater takes on ‘Annie Jr.’

Applause Children’s Theater will take on a kids-only version of the iconic Broadway classic “Annie.” A cast of 78 children in elementary through high school have been rehearsing since January on “Annie Jr.” They’ll put on six shows over the course of two weekends, beginning with opening night on Friday, May 3, followed by a matinee and evening show on Saturday, May 4 and concluding with the same schedule the following Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. All of the performances will be on the stage inside the Flamson Middle School Auditorium.

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Templeton Wine Festival set for May 11

Tickets are now on sale for the 7th Annual Templeton Wine Festival on May 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Templeton Park produced by the Templeton Chamber of Commerce. The event will feature the Central Coast’s best wineries, breweries, distilleries and cider producers pouring unlimited tastes as well as local olive oil tasting.

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Fossil Wine Bar: Trendy new addition to Entrada’s evolution

The Jurassic period inspired wine bar, Fossil is the newest addition to an evolution of downtown Atascadero’s Entrada Avenue. Owners, Paul and Anita Zuniga, opened in November of 2018 at 5992 Entrada and saw the potential of the location as well as an opportunity to share their passion for great wine and beer.

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Smash Mouth on Frontier Stage at the California Mid-State Fair

The California Mid-State Fair has announced six of the 12 acts that will be performing on the Frontier Stage during the fair’s run July 17-28 in Paso Robles —Smash Mouth on July 17; Home Free on July 18; The Man in Black, a Johnny Cash tribute, on July 19; Luis Coronel on July 21; Cantinas Night of Faith featuring Danny Gokey on July 22; and BERLIN featuring Terri Nunn on July 24.

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Symphony of the Vines launches Student Spotlight

Strings take center stage at Symphony of the Vines upcoming concert Violin & Cello DUO featuring regional musicians Maurice Sklar, violin, and Hilary Clark, cello. In addition, the concert will feature the organization’s first Student Spotlight. The concert is Sunday, April 14, 4 p.m. at Pear Valley Estate Wine in Paso Robles.

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Parkfield Bluegrass Festival lineup announced

The picturesque hamlet of Parkfield will once again transform into bluegrass heaven when the Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast presents the 21st Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. Known as the “Earthquake Capital of the World,” Parkfield springs to life every Mother’s Day weekend with toe-tapping bluegrass, old-time, traditional and gospel music.

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Sensorio Project: Light display to open May 19 at Airport and Dry Creek roads

The Sensorio Project, a 380-acre experiential event and exhibit center currently under construction off of Highway 46 East out of Paso Robles is getting ready for their first major interactive exhibit in May.

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Cuesta College hosting Jazz Festival, reunion show

Cuesta College will host the 36th Annual Central Coast Jazz Festival on March 8 and 9 at the college’s San Luis Obispo campus. The competitive jazz festival invites middle school, high school, and college/university big bands and combos from across California to participate.

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Flamenco show coming to Paso Robles

Seattle-based Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, “Luz, an evening of Flamenco,” to the Berg Auditorium at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation on March 29. Savannah will be joined by two exceptional Spanish Flamenco artists; acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno. The all-ages performance will be the 28th stop of a 30-date tour of Washington, California, Oregon, and Nevada.

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Symphony of Vines brings harpist Yom Litaker to Pear Valley

Symphony of the Vines is presenting Harp Virtuoso on Sunday, March 4, at Pear Valley Estate Wine in Paso Robles. Catherine Yom Litaker, harpist, will be accompanied by Juan Antonio Rivera, flute, and Hilary Clark, cello during the 4 p.m. concert.

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Cardi B concert sold out at California Mid-State Fair

PASO ROBLES – For the fourth consecutive year, a concert part of the Bud Light concert series has sold out at the California Mid-State Fair. Cardi B with special guest X’s & O’s sold out all available inventory on the morning of Friday, Feb. 15. In 2016, Blake Shelton with special guest Caroline Cole sold out; in 2017, two concerts featuring Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood sold out; and last year, Eric Church with special guest The Cadillac Three and Luke Bryan with special guest Jon Pardi sold out.

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Creative Chat with David Alpert

Studios on the Park is hosting "Taking The Weird and Making It Great," a Creative Chat with famed film and television producer David Alpert, known for his many hits including AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” BBC’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” and “American Ultra,” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. The first session of Studios on the Park’s chat series will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 at 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles. It is sponsored by JUSTIN Winery, American Riviera Bank, Hotel Cheval and Somm’s Kitchen.

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‘Young Frankenstein’ on PRYAF stage

Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation’s first Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation Theater Production of 2019 is “Young Frankenstein” directed by Claire Fundaro. The play will run for six shows, starting with opening night on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., followed by performances on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 and 7 p.m. The show will take place at PRYAF Berg Auditorium, 3201 Spring St., Paso Robles.

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Stein’s BBQ delights in Paso

Sweet, tangy, Santa Maria-style barbecue served up with a hefty side of vegetarian baked beans that are so packed with flavor one would assume they had a bucket of lard in them, and candy bacon topped mac and cheese; keeps people coming back for more at Stein’s BBQ Co. in Downtown Paso Robles.

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PRYAF Winter Revue is Jan. 24-26

Nearly 90 Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation performers will be showcasing their talents at their annual Winter Revue — Spirit of “I Can!” The young artists between the ages of 7 and 18 years old will be dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, acting and displaying their fine arts work.

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Valentine Movie Night is Feb. 10

Enjoy the 1964 Academy Award winner, “Father Goose” starring Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard on the big screen once again at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Park Cinemas in Downtown Paso Robles as part of the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association Valentine Movie Night.

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Música Del Rio opens 2019 with Wallace, Ornest

Música Del Río presents Alice Wallace, with Steve Ornest, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan., 11 in Atascadero. For information and reservations, call 466-6941 or visit our website at www.musicadelrio.org. Reservations are required. Donation of $20 at the door. “It is with great pleasure that we once again find the opportunity to share one of this year’s Folk Alliance International, FAR West premier showcase artists with you,” organizers stated. “Only 12 musical groups or solo artists are chosen out of scores of submissions.”

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Tamale Festival returning for fourth year

Some accounts make the foods sound quite delicious, gourmet even by modern tastes. Aztecs were reported to prepare the dish with whatever was expedient, including turkey, rabbit, and even frog meats, honey, fruits, maize flour, squash, and beans. Turkey eggs, salamander, bees and tadpole seems to have also made the cut. Nothing quite so extravagant or adventurous might be on the menu during the City of Atascadero’s Fourth Annual Tamale Festival in the Sunken Gardens and in Downtown on Jan.19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but their event planner, Deputy City Manager Terrie Banish did note they’ve been making an effort to attract gourmet sellers and national contest winners to the festival.

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Libertine Brewing: Sour beer and lots of atmosphere

They say most people come in one of either two categories, you’re either an artist or an engineer. The engineers of this world like to deal with exact sciences, they like to know that if you add two things together that it will be the same answer every time, they hang their hats on it and build careers around it. And while one deals in exact sciences, the opposite is true of the other, the artist enjoys ambiguity and learns how to make beauty out of the chaos.

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Hunt Cellars offers a port in the storm of vines

One of the few local wineries to have a club for their Port as well as wine, Hunt Cellars is known for offering something of a complete sensory experience. The tasting room features a Cabernet Bar, knowledgeable staff a 1,200 square foot veranda where smoking a cigar or taking a stroll wouldn’t be out of place. Frequent guests describe the chocolates served with a port-style wine as equally important as cheeses and other offerings with wines.

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Donati Family Vineyard: Celebrating the fruits of their labor and Italian heritage

For Donati Family Vineyard everything stems from “family, food, and fun.” And not necessarily in that order, says long-time DFV Director of Sales and Marketing Mitch Bakich on a pleasant fall afternoon at the winery’s tasting room and production facility nestled in the corner of Highway 46 West and Vineyard Drive intersection.

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Atascadero United Methodist Church performing Christmas concert Dec. 16

Atascadero United Methodist Church will host a free Christmas concert featuring the church’s Carnegie-singing choir. The concert will take place will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at the church.

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Espresso bar opens at Twin Cities Community Hospital

The Coffee Mafia is now serving its “strong as brass” espresso at Twin Cities Community Hospital. The coffee company — known for its deliciously complex coffee — has opened a permanent kiosk in the hospital’s main lobby.

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Benefits for TFS on tap

Two concerts are being held on TFS’ behalf, the first by the SLO Wind Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Cuesta College from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Make a Joyful Noise is the Orchestra’s holiday concert with tickets available for adults at $20 and students half off through the Cuesta College Performing Art Center at 805-546-3198. The second, closer to home and more of an all-out fundraiser bash for the charity is the Bow Ties Blue Grass Band, coming to the Pavilion at the Lake in Atascadero, 9315 Pismo Ave., on Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., which promises: “Live Foot Stomping Blue Grass Country Dancing Music, Excellent Fine Wine Available for Purchase, Scrumptious Desserts, Silent Auction and Raffles — while helping raise money needed for the Atascadero Warming Center.”

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Calwise: Offering liqueurs and a peek behind the scenes

Readers last got a look inside SLO County’s newest distillery in June, as Calwise Spirits opened their doors on Ramada Drive, in the newest development in the corridor just inside Paso Robles north of Templeton. Ahead of their opening, company founder and Ventura-native Aaron Bergh had already been selling craft California-themed rum and gin in local stores for some time, specializing in mixing herbs from Big Sur into the gin basket for a unique flavor. But the new space gave Calwise a central production facility on the Central Coast to house their new equipment, and a restaurant kitchen to go along with their stylish tasting room and cocktail lounge — centered around a hand-finished redwood bar.

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LaDonna's: Manhattan design in small-town California

In what locals who’ve stopped in since a packed Aug. 17 opening weekend have dubbed, “a beautiful addition to Atascadero,” LaDonna’s has brought modern design and a unique menu to 6195 El Camino Real. A short walk from City Hall frequent guests include both the City’s sitting mayor and the mayor-elect, and City Manager Rachel Rickard gave the establishment some love in a report to Council celebrating new development in town.

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Firestone Walker celebrates 22nd anniversary

A late grape harvest in the Paso Robles wine country this year paved the way for a boisterous group of winemakers to help blend “XXII”—Firestone Walker’s latest barrel-aged anniversary ale. The anniversary ale was released Nov. 3 to the public at Firestone Walker’s annual Anniversary Party at the brewery in Paso Robles.

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1122: Prohibition-era speakeasy with a mod-steampunk twist in Paso Robles

The blind pig, juice joints, and speakeasies of the prohibition era, popularized by today’s mod and steampunk trends, are making a comeback and 1122 Cocktail Lounge in Paso Robles is setting the stage on Railroad Street. Founders and co-owners, Troy Larkin and Donovan Schmit opened 1122 in June of 2018 and as owners of both Pappy McGregor’s and Fish Gaucho had the drive and vision to start their third venture in Downtown Paso Robles.

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Virtuoso pianist almost became a dentist

Renowned pianist Torsten Juul-Borre is amused by his so-called accent, “A waitress the other day wanted to know where I was from because of my accent. I was born in Minnesota and I’ve lived in Templeton most of my life. It’s a bit puzzling to me.” What is more easily understood is that Torsten Juul-Borre is a piano virtuoso who travels extensively in the United States and Europe, often in Denmark, performing popular solo concerts. Symphony of the Vines presents his annual piano recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Cass Winery in Paso Robles.

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Stanley returns to Música Del Rio on Nov. 3

James Lee Stanley returns to Música Del Río at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Atascadero. For information and reservations, call 805-466-6941 or visit our website at www.musicadelrio.org. Reservations are required. Donation of $20 at the door.

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Central Coast Weavers’ 12th Annual Show and Sale, with free demonstrations

Come see free demonstrations of antique and modern weaving and spinning equipment. Fine handwoven and handcrafted items, including clothing, household items, gifts, jewelry will be available for sale on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Strawbale Barn Weaving Studio, 9156 Santa Margarita Rd., in Atascadero. For more information, visit www.centralcoastweavers.org, or call 805-438-5501.

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Open To Interpretation Exhibition at Castoro

Featuring new works of contemporary abstract art by two award winning Paso Robles artists, Page Graeber and Janice Pluma. Opening Reception is Friday, Nov. 2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The exhibit continues through Nov. 30. Castoro Cellars Winery, 1315 North Bethel Rd, Templeton. Call 888-DAM-FINE, for information.

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Cuesta College celebrates 20 years of the Cuesta Vocal Jazz Festival

COUNTY — What started in 1998 as the Cuesta Vocal Jazz Workshop, a one-day event that brought together eight high school ensembles, who performed for each other, followed by a clinic with one of several well-known clinicians from across the country who are experts at vocal jazz performance grew gradually over the years to two days, and now two days with two stages. This year, Cuesta College is hosting 40 schools on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3. The headliner for the evening concerts is Groove For Thought, winners of the NBC hit series “The Sing-off.”

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SLOMA launches art projects in county schools

SAN LUIS OBISPO — When the AWAKEN project goes into effect this year throughout the San Luis Obispo County school system, every student will have his or her chance to exhibit artwork in a real art museum, thanks to a new partnership between the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) and the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education called AWAKEN — three thematic exhibitions based on grade levels that will challenge students to think critically and broadly while exploring their artistic expression about how community, or nature, or discovery inspires and changes lives. To commemorate the launch of AWAKEN, SLOMA is challenging school officials, local government leaders, teaching artists, and local families, and every interested student to participate in this initiative.

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Art collaborative incorporates student artists

SAN LUIS OBISPO — In a unique art collaborative at College’s Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, sculpture, two-dimensional artwork, and performances will be the mediums on display for the month of October during Industry of the Ordinary’s (IOTO) Demo(cra)tic exhibit. IOTO is a two-person conceptual art collaborative, made up of Chicago-based artists and educators Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson. Their work is usually performative or sculptural, often incorporating audience participation and interaction with the artists.

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Halloween Harvest Costume Ball is Oct. 26 and 27 at Event Center

The Halloween Harvest Costume Ball is a professional, upscale production with an electrifying dance party, food, beverages, and a Grand Costume Competition, all beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27 at Adelaide Hall at the Paso Robles Event Center. Brad Golden, Chief Visioneer, will immerse guests into a mysterious and interactive Halloween experience, replete with Hollywood-caliber props, theatrical lighting, eerie fog and special effects. Chilling sounds will make spines tingle as hungry zombies are unleashed to prey upon unsuspecting arrivals.

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Up in the Air coming to Castoro Cellars on Friday, Oct. 5

Up in the Air is performing a benefit concert for Yes on Measure G from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at Castoro Cellars. Castoro Cellars is located 1315 North Bethel Road, Templeton. Artists for YES on G will be on display and over 50 pieces of fine art available for sale — all to Support Measure G. Tickets are $50 per person.

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West Hollywood’s ‘WeHo in Paso’ Exhibition will Debut in Paso Robles on Oct. 4

West Hollywood is partnering with Studios on the Park in Paso Robles to debut WeHo in Paso, a set of art works exploring life in the City of West Hollywood. The exhibition will feature animations, archival digital prints, original paintings, pen and ink drawings, and photographs representing the unique and personal lenses of 12 artists who live in West Hollywood. WeHo in Paso will be exhibited from Thursday, Oct. 4, to Sunday, Oct. 28, at Studios on the Park, located at 1130 Pine St. in Paso Robles. An opening reception will take place during Art After Dark in in Paso Robles on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. After its October run, the exhibition will move to the City of West Hollywood in November.

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Templeton FFA Tractor Pull is Oct. 6

Tractors of all shapes and sizes will rev their engines and roar down the track Oct. 6 at the second annual Templeton FFA Tractor Pull at Chesebrough Farm. After the success of their first tractor pull, Templeton FFA knew they had to bring it back this year. It turned out to be the largest fundraiser of the year for the chapter.

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Garagiste Festival returning to Paso Robles for its 8th anniversary

When Stewart McLennan and Doug Minnick met in 2011 and started kicking around the idea of showcasing Paso Robles’ underground, small production winemakers, neither could guess that, seven years later, the Garagiste Festival would be celebrating its 8th anniversary and 21st event at its Paso Robles home base on Nov. 9-11 — having achieved international renown as one of the most popular wine events in the country. In fact, just this month, the festival was named the country’s “Best Wine Festival’ in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.

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'Moonlight and Magnolias' — Screwball comedy opens Sept. 21 at Wine Country Theatre

“Moonlight and Magnolias,” Ron Hutchinson’s Off-Broadway comic celebration of one of the greatest movies of all time, opens Friday, Sept. 21 and runs through Sept. 30 at the Park Ballroom, 1232 Park St. in downtown Paso Robles.

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Avocado and Margarita Festival is Sept. 7-8

The 12th Annual Avocado and Margarita Festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. with the third annual Taste of the Grove. Taste is an exclusive homage to the Central Coast avocado held outdoors at a beautiful, rustic avocado grove turned wedding venue on Highway 41. Just 250 lovers of the green fruit will enjoy farm-to-table cuisine and hand-crafted wine and spirits plus complimentary access to the weekend’s main event, The Avocado and Margarita Street Festival the next day, Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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PV Wine Trail raises $10K for Old Mission San Miguel

Members of the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail recently made a $10,000 donation to the Friends of Mission San Miguel. The donation was made possible from proceeds of the sold-out “Evening Under the Estrella Sky Winemakers’ Dinner.” Owners and winemakers from member wineries paired their wines with a 4-course dinner, enjoyed by more than 150 guests during an unforgettable evening at Old Mission San Miguel. Dinner was catered by Chef Ryan Swarthout and music was performed by the Les Beck Trio.

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Tent City After Dark announces performers

Nashville recording artist Carolina Story and San Luis Obispo-based Hilary & Kate will be the featured bands at the annual Tent City After Dark on Friday, Oct. 5 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The fundraiser for Colony Days will be bigger and better than ever with more bands, food trucks, local wine and beer and a five-pound burger eating contest sponsored by Sylvester’s Burgers. The event will happen inside historic Tent City, which will be set up in Sunken Gardens along El Camino Real.

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3rd Annual Showdown Cornhole Tournament set for Sept. 22

The 3rd Annual Atascadero Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus Showdown Cornhole Tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Sunken Gardens in Atascadero.

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Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss at Vina Robles

I’m not a country boy. Yet, I was raised, at least partially, on a farm. And some of my fondest memories involve riding in the pickup truck with my stepfather across the ranch. His mustache permanently stained by coffee, I’d look up at him from the passenger side of the bench seat in the worn work truck. As a man he was an icon to me. He got up before the sun rose, worked until he ached all over and always smiled, always joked, always was helpful and strong, and always had Willie Nelson playing in the 8-track. So when Willie Nelson came to Vina Robles Amphitheater I jumped at the chance to see the man that meant so much to the man that meant so much to me.

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A family legacy

It would be difficult, actually impossible, to chronicle the history of wine in Paso Robles and not include Peachy Canyon. You’d be hard-pressed to not include the iconic zinfandel house, started by Doug and Nancy Beckett back in 1988, on the Mount Rushmore of the Paso Robles AVA. The Becketts built Peachy Canyon from the ground up and after 30 years are ready to pass the legacy on to their sons, Josh and Jake.

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Converted to country

I am admittedly not a country music fan. I don’t hide it, I’ll tell anyone to their face, but every once in a while an act comes to the California Mid-State Fair that makes me, in the deepest regions of my mind, almost, maybe, sort of, begin to question my decision and Thursday was one of those nights.

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Girls' night

There is only one concert at the fair this year that featured a solo female headliner and there is also only one concert at the fair this year that only featured female performers and it was the pair of Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato.

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Mid-State Fair: Plenty to get excited about

PASO ROBLES — The opening of the California Mid-State Fair is less than a week away and there is plenty being done at the fairgrounds in preparation for its run from July 18-29. The theme of this year’s fair is “Ole! It’s Fiesta Time.” It all kicks off with the Miss CMSF Pageant at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, on the Frontier Stage. California Mid-State Fair CEO Michael Bradley stated the theme “brings together bright colors, great food, diverse music and the important traditions that make the California Mid-State Fair so special.”

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YouTuber spreads positive vibes

Christian Garcia is an Atascaderan — He went to Monterey Road Elementary, Atascadero Junior High, graduated early from AHS and Del Rio. “All of the teachers at school follow me on Instagram,” he said with a laugh. He said all their support has been “mind-blowing.”

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Earth Wind & Fire: Funk legends bring message of peace and love to Vina Robles

Earth, Wind & Fire played at Vina Robles on the Tuesday, on the nineteenth of September. It was surreal, to me, since arguably their most popular song is titled “September” and begins with the lyrics “Do you remember, the 21st night of September?” They may have missed the marquee night by two, but it was still incredible that they chose the small city of Paso Robles to play so close to the famous night, even if it is 46 years after the debut of the hit song.

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Lionel Richie: ‘Easy’ listening ‘All Night Long’

The California Mid-State Fair opened last Wednesday, which consistently has a lineup filled with many of the best country music artists in the world. However, the first concert of the busy, boot-filled, booze heavy ten days of entertainment that the fair

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Additional Articles

  • Active shooter training next week in Paso Robles

    PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services and the Paso Robles Police Department are having active shooter training on Aug. 14 at a school site in Paso Robles. The Paso Robles Unified School District continues to modernize their school sites and an opportunity for training has occurred at the Bauer Spec site, 401 17th St. This site will eventually be torn down and replaced.

  • Broadway by the Sea and (new) Broadway on the Lake feature local talent

    Both concerts will also feature two local talents — Katie Rowan, 14, Paso Robles High School, and Elizabeth Umphenour, 15, Atascadero High School. Katie has been singing opera since she was 5 years old; Elizabeth fell in love with musical theater when she was just 4.

  • Dunbar Brewing aiming for July opening in Atascadero

    Dunbar Brewing owner Chris Chambers is getting into a routine of moving operations a little further up El Camino Real every few years. Specializing in Irish, English and Scottish ales — served cold, thank you — the brewmaster gave fans in Santa Margarita notice about three months ago that the public house was headed north to Atascadero

  • Recipes to get your summer started on the right foot

    The month of June heralds a multitude of activities and celebrations, from Father’s Day to graduations and weddings. And then there’s the start of the Summer Concerts in the North County communities, the Optimist Wine Festival Golf Tournament, and of course, the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival Reserve Experience!

  • ‘Behind the Ides’ at Cuesta College

    On the heels of winning 10 national awards from the Kennedy Center for “Ghost Ship,” Cuesta College Drama is hitting the mainstage with its spring production of “Behind the Ides.” The new docu-style original play, written by David Armstrong and directed by Joan Marie Hurwit, will have its world premiere May 3-12 at the Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cuesta College.

  • Cattlemen’s Western Art Show is March 29-31 in Paso Robles

    The Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale is celebrating 29 years this weekend at the Paso Robles Event Center. Fifty artists will be showing their latest work and telling the stories that keep the cowboy spirit alive from March 29-31.

  • Recipes from the Heart: St. Patrick's Day

    I got to thinking about St. Patrick’s Day when I turned to March on my calendar. I was thumbing through my collection of little Irish cookbooks and it occurred to me that there were so many recipes for potato dishes, or for using potatoes in conjunction with vegetables, lamb, beef, or poultry, as a secondary addition.

  • Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park Summer 2019 lineup announced

    The Templeton Community Services District released its line-up for the 20th annual Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park series. The 11 bands selected represent a diverse mix of music including rock, county, blues, funk, folk, R&B, reggae, and pop that organizers say will appeal to everyone.

  • THS Drama offers ‘The Addams Family’

    Directed by Templeton Drama instructor Catherine Kingsbury, the play will be performed at the Templeton Performing Arts Center over two successive weekends: Thursdays through Saturdays, March 7-9 and March 14-16 at 7 p.m., with two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, and Saturday, March 16. Tickets are available at https://thsaddamsfamily.bpt.me.

  • Paso Robles Winter Wine Stroll is Jan. 19

    The Downtown Paso Robles Wineries, a group of over 20 tasting rooms located in the beautiful and historic Downtown Paso Robles area, will be holding their annual Winter Wine Stroll on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2-5 p.m.

  • Hanukkah celebrations counting down

    The Jewish Festival of Lights is underway, this year falling from Dec. 2-10 on the Gregorian or Common Era calendar. For those that have grown up with only one calendar to reference it’s worth noting that there are myriad ways to know the universe and in this case, remember history with the passage of time.

  • Ideas for cooking with cranberry, pumpkin

    At this time of the year, I become acutely aware of recipes that include cranberries, making it one of my favorite challenges. Along with looking for cranberry recipes, I also look for ways to use pumpkin. You can’t imagine how many ways there are to use those two “heralds of the holidays.”

  • Templeton Nightmare on Main Street back

    A Haunted House that promises pure heart pounding chills and thrills. Nightmare on Main Street is a non-profit created to give back to the local community. The haunted house at 99 Main St. is an old historic home that has been abandoned and boarded up for over 100 years — what scary secrets are inside?

  • Cuesta: 2019 Book of Year selection

    Cuesta College’s 2019 Book of the Year program will bring renowned Mexican-American Chicana scholar, novelist, and poet Ana Castillo to Cuesta College in March of 2019, to discuss her memoir “Black Dove: Mama, Mi’jo and Me.” The memoir includes a collection of essays that offer an intimate look at pivotal experiences in Castillo’s life across three generations: the relationship between Castillo and her immigrant mother, Castillo’s own challenges as a single mother to her son, and her childhood memories of growing up in the Mexican barrios of Chicago.

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