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Summer Guide 2012 BY NICK POWELL

Summer time, and the living is easy


et’s just admit and embrace it: The Central Coast of California is the closest thing the continental United States has to paradise. Tropical islands might trump this place, but that’s about it. Besides, what this area lacks in palm trees and warm oceans, it makes up for with wetsuits, wineries, miles of open space, dune buggies, and the freshest fruit on the face of the Earth. We win, especially in summer. With ample sunshine year round, it’s a tad difficult to define the actual starting point of the season. Unlike winter, which begins with the first rainstorm and ends on the whim of some groundhog’s ability to see its shadow, the beauty of spring isn’t entirely different from that of summer. For anyone attending school, the advent of summer is signaled by the year’s final bell. Astronomers say the season officially starts June 20, but what do they know? At New Times, we don’t want to wait that long. We’ve been poring over all the awesome events that will be happening over the next few months, and we’re

getting antsy. So, we’re calling it. Summer starts today. Go the park or a pool, sit back with an iced beverage of some sort, and take some time to peruse through these listings. You’ll want to circle your favorites and then immediately fire off some corresponding vacation requests before any chump coworkers beat you to it. Of course, you’ll need a few things to really enjoy the season. Stock up on sunscreen so that you don’t get burned at the Longboard Surf Contest and barbecue held at Sea Venture resort in Pismo Beach on June 3. Buy bribes and plan favors now so you can convince a designated driver to take you home from the

May 26 Tequila Festival at the Avila Beach Resort and also the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held June 9 at the Midstate Fairgrounds in Paso Robles. Speaking of the California Midstate Fair (July 18-29), kid leashes will come in handy for that, and you’ll want a camera to catch shots of Journey and Pat Benatar. Dig into the dark corners of garages for tents and coolers to bring to Live Oak, a three-day camping and music extravaganza that takes place in the hills outside of Santa Barbara on Father’s Day weekend from June 15 to 17. You’ll also need flip-flops, sunglasses, and Hawaiian shirts. Gotta have those. A flurry of art events, concerts, and plays will keep the fine folks of this region entertained while the kids are out of school. In fact, this guide includes a handy dandy list of youth camps that can keep those little scamps busy and out of trouble. All in all, summer is a time to celebrate freedom. The days are longer, meaning more fun can be packed into them. This is the season that stress forgot. It’s a time for dancing, playing, and splashing, when we create the memories that will sustain us through the dreary winter. Don’t let it pass by without taking advantage of everything our area has to offer. ∆ Staff Writer Nick Powell can be reached at



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Special events INAUGURAL BREW AT THE ZOO Spend the evening with the original “party animals” at the zoo while enjoying local microbrews and music. Admission tickets include beer tasting and a commemorative glass. Local food and brewery merchandise can be purchased at the event. $5 admission to designated drivers. Purchase tickets now at the front entrance to the Zoo or buy at the gate the night of the event. It takes place Aug. 25 from 5-8:30pm, Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero. $30. More info: 461-5080, TRADING DAY AND KIDS FLEA MARKET North County’s largest yard sale in the Downtown City Park where kids (3-8th graders) can sell their stuff. Antiques and crafts as well. Vendors welcome on June 23. 9am-3pm, 11th and Spring Streets, Paso Robles. Free. More info: 238-4103, mainstreet@tcsn. net, LIVE-LOVE-BE: GAY PRIDE Gay Pride week of events takes place July 6-8 and includes an art reception, drag show, beach bash, all culminating with Pride in the Plaza. Times vary, SLO County. More info: 541-4252, slopride. com. COASTAL DISCOVERY FAIR On July 21 see live animals, make a remotely operated underwater robot, take a picture with Sammy the Steelhead, enjoy games, make crafts, learn how to help our local marine mammals, and enjoy tacos. 10am-5pm, Coastal Discovery Center, At W.R. Hearst State Beach, San Simeon . Free. More info: 927-6575.

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Mustang Water Park will hold its 35th Annual Celebration Carnival—a day of live music, special games, food, pony rides, and, of course, water-slidefilled fun—on Aug. 18. The park is at Lopez Lake near Arroyo Grande. Visit for more information.

Summer Guide 2012 ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW This is the 21st Annual Antique Truck Show presented by the Central Coast Chapter of American Truck Historical Society. Expect to see: big trucks, small trucks, shiny trucks, and rusty trucks. This event is fun for all ages. Free admission and free parking for visitors on Saturday, July 21, 8am-5pm , Trinity Hall, 6565 Edna Valley Road (corner of Price Canyon Road), San Luis Obispo.

Free. More info: 805-481-3318,, THE 12TH ANNUAL GREAT KITCHENS OF CAMBRIA The 12th Annual Great Kitchens of Cambria is a self-guided tour that takes place on Saturday, July 28. There will be eight unique and wonderful kitchens, each full of inspiring ideas you can apply to your own home. There will be hors d’oeuvres,

drinks, raffle prizes and more. The event benefits the Friends of the Fiscalini ranch Preserve: a rare, public 437-acre hiking and wilderness area in Cambria. For more information, visit: ffrpcambria. org. 11am-3pm, The 12th Annual Great Kitchens of Cambria, Self-guided tour, Cambria. $30 . More info: 927-2856,, ffrp ART OF BLENDING WINE Become a winemaker for a day – no experience necessary! First Crush blending workshops are a fun way to learn about the art of blending wine, and why it’s important in making great wines. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase your custom blend with a custom label for your Unique Paso Blend. Get in on the fun on Saturday, July 28 11am2pm, First Crush Wine Workshop, 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel. $60. More info: 805.434.2772,, blend-wine/blending-seminars.html. MORRO BAY SUMMER STREET FAIR On Aug. 5, the main drag comes alive with arts, face painting, petting zoo, vendors, and entertainment. 9am-5pm, entertainment is from 11am4pm, Morro Bay Blvd. to Main St., Downtown Morro Bay. Free. More info: 877-478-9477, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE CENTER’S TGIF! The Environmental Defense Center’s TGIF series offers one of the best happy hours in Santa Barbara. This is your opportunity to connect with environmental activists, elected officials, friends and family. There will be live music, food and beverages. For more information on sponsorship, donations and volunteering please contact Betsy Weber at edc@ Join the Environmental SPECIAL continued page 34


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Defense Center’s TGIF celebration on August 10 5:30pm-7:30pm, EDC Courtyard, 906 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA. $15. More info: 963-1622,, contact.html. CHILI FESTIVAL The Arroyo Grande Rotary Club presents this Western Style Chili Cook-off on Aug. 12 with chili tastings, wild west demos, live entertainment, a car show, kids’ games, arts and crafts, and vendors. 11am-5pm, Biddle Park, 3500 Lopez Dive, Arroyo Grande. $5, kids under 12 are free. More info: 489-7359, chris@, ATASCADERO LAKE CAR SHOW The Aug. 18 event benefits local charities. This is a family show, with live music, a raffle, vendors of food and vehicle products. Pre-registration highly recommended. Call for a detailed schedule, Atascadero Lake Park, Atascadero. More info: 466-3853, midstatecruizers. org. CRESTON CLASSIC RODEO This special rodeo features a queen contest, rodeo clown, jackpot team roping, steer riding, barrel racing, calf roping, mutton bustin, food, and vendors. Admission is free Sept. 14-16. Times vary, Hwy 229 and Swayze St., Creston. More info: 226-8418,, ARROYO GRANDE HARVEST FESTIVAL The Festival takes place Sept. 28-29, with a parade, pie eating contests, wiener dog races, and all sorts of other homespun fun. Starts at 4pm on Fri. and 10am on Sat., Arroyo Grande Village. More info: PASO WINE 101 This seminar will provide visitors and locals a wonderful introduction to Paso Robles wine country. The one-hour presentation will give guests an overview of how terroir influences wine taste and learn how wine is made. Participants will find out how to evaluate wines and taste several of the great wines that Paso Robles has to offer. Classes occur June 1, June 7, July 13, July 19, Aug. 9, Aug. 17, Aug. 31, and Sept. 2. 5:30pm-7:30pm, First Crush Wine Workshop, 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel. $30. More info: 434-2772,, firstcrushwinemaking. com/wine-education/wine-workshops/

Salad with bluegrass Peter Feldman and the Very Lonesome Boys bring the back hills sound to Manny’s Terrace Theater in Solvang for a bluegrass dinner show May 18. The bar opens at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and music an hour later. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased at or at Manny’s Restaurant (under the theater). paso-robles-wine-101-seminar.html. ART OF BLENDING WINE Become a winemaker for a day on Saturday, August 25. No experience is necessary. First Crush blending workshops are a fun way to learn about the art of blending wine. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase your custom blend with a custom label. Learn how to evaluate wines for aromatics, flavor, texture and aging characteristics. First Crush makes your custom winemaking experience simple, and fun, 11am-2pm, First Crush Wine Workshop, 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel. $60. More info: 434.2772, info@firstcrushwinemaking. com, wine-education/blend-wine/blendingseminars.html. “BAREFOOT” CONCERTS ON THE GREEN There’s free live music happening at the Sea Pines Golf Resort on Sat., all ages welcome. July 23: Cadillac Angels. 2-6pm, Sea Pines Golf Resort, 1945 Solano St., Los Osos. Free. More info: 528-5252 ext. 426, roxi@, LAETITIA SUMMER MUSIC SERIES Takes place through July 30 on Saturdays. Bring a picnic. July 30: Les Beck. From 1-4pm, located off the 101 freeway, Arroyo Grande. More info: 481-1772, LIVE JAZZ Enjoy music and a cheese and wine pairing on Aug. 21. 2-5pm, Morovino Winery, 76 Landing Passage, Avila Beach. $10. More info: 627-1443,, morovino. com.

BOATZART ON THE BAY This free fringe concert features Judy Philbin and takes place on Aug. 28. Attend by land or sea at noon, Los Osos / Baywood Park. More info: 528-6557, POPS BY THE SEA - SUMMER OF LOVE This annual SLO Symphony musical event takes place on Sept. 4, gates open at 2:30pm. Louie Ortega, music from the late 60s-70s, with emcee Jeanette Trompeter. Think tie-dyed tees, flower power, and VW micro buses. Concert is at 4pm, Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Drive, Avila Beach. $12-$85, 14 and under free. More info: 543-3533, PEDDLER’S FAIRE Sept. 3-5 take a stroll and peruse the many vendors selling antiques, homemade products, flea market items, clothing, jewelry, and visiting vendors of some of Cayucos’ eateries. Taking place in the Cayucos Creek lot, between Hardie Park and Ocean Ave. 7am-4pm, Cayucos. More info:

KIDS STUFF TEMPLETON OUTDOOR QUILT SHOW See more than 300 quilts hanging downtown on June 18. 9am-4pm, on Main Street, Templeton. More info: 550-4488 or 466-1207, BABY SIGNING TIME CLASSES AT THE EXPLORATION STATION Clever songs, playful animation and adorable babies make learning signs fun and easy for your kids every Tues. and SPECIAL continued page 36

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Looking back on art Channing Peake (1910-1989) is a legend of the California art scene. An exhibition of his work, “A Time and a Place,” will be on display at SLO Museum of Art from July 27 to Sept. 2. A special lecture with Badgley Arnoux, the woman who first brought Peake to SLO, is set for July 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., and an opening reception is Aug. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit for more information. Thurs. at 10-11am, The Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach. $40 for four classes, $64 for eight classes, $112 for 16 . More info: 473-1421,, KIDS CRAFT FAIRE Children 13 years and younger make and sell their own crafts. Applications for the event are available at the library. Everything is $4 or less on July 30. 10:30 a.m., Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave., Los Osos. Free. More info: 528-1862,

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appointment., SAN LUIS OBISPO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM “Fins, Feathers and Fur” is through Sept. 5. Mon-Wed: 10-3, Thurs-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5pm, 1010 Nipomo St., SLO. More info: 544-5437, KIDICAL MASS This group bike ride meets every first Thurs. with a different theme. For June 7, dress like a “fancy pants. Wear a superhero costume July 5, circus attire Aug. 2 and something musical Sept. 6. 5:45pm, Osos St. and Pismo St., SLO. Free. More info: 547-2055,, TOM KNIGHT PUPPETS Families can join Tom Knight Puppets at the Arroyo Grande Library. Singer/songwriter Tom Knight mixes music and science into this amazing puppet show. Kids ages 3 to 8 SPECIAL continued page 38

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will enjoy this free event. July 18, 2pm, Arroyo Grande Library, Arroyo Grande. More info: 781-5775,, TOM KNIGHT PUPPETS Families can join Tom Knight Puppets at the Colony Park Community Center. Singer/ songwriter Tom Knight mixes music and science into this amazing puppet show. Kids ages 3 to 8 will enjoy this free event on July 19, 11am, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero . Free. More info: 7815775,, PISMO BEACH NATURE CENTER Open from 1-4pm. Stop by for a visit and learn! Closed Tues/Thurs., 555 Pier Ave., Pismo Beach. More info: 473-7223. DIGITAL FINE ART, NUDES, FEMME FOTAL Join instructors Hal Schmit and Jane Conner-Ziser for an awesome photograpy course. You should be comfortable with the elements of Photoshop. You should also have at least shot a digital SLR camera. Bring a tripod, cable release and CF card. Price includes modeling fees and location fees. Bring a friend and save money. July 18-20 9am5pm, Light Photographic Workshops, 1060 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos. $1,200. More info: 805-528-7385,, www. WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? This is a free design seminar focusing on architectural styles and your kitchen. See how the overall style of your house can influence your choices of cabinetry and decor. Understanding general style categories will help you define a style all your own. There is a free gourmet brunch following the presentation on Saturday, July 21, 10:30am-12pm , San Luis Kitchen Co., 3598 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. Free. More info: 541-7117,, BASICS OF YOUR DSLR Learn the

basics of your DSLR from August 4-5. Master the art of using your camera in manual mode. All camera models are welcome 9am. Light Photographic Workshops, 1060 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos. $195. More info: 528-7385,, IPHONEOGRAPHY From August 17-19 get a lesson in why the iPhone should be illegal: because it’s too dang fun, 9am, Light Photographic Workshops, 1060 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos. $649. More info: 528-7385,, courses2012.html.

sand head-turning classic cars and rods, and is one of the largest car shows in the area. Times vary, Pismo Beach. More info: 866-450-7469, BEER FESTIVAL AT SEA PINES GOLF RESORT Sixteen breweries will be onsite June 16 with music by Neighborhood Creep and Three Legged Dawg. 2-6pm, Sea Pines Golf Resort, 1945 Solano St., Los Osos. $25 advance, $30 at the door. More info: 528-5252 ext. 426, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FAIR Enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment, delicious food, and exhibits July 11-15. Events occur throught the day, Santa Fun in the Sun Maria Fairpark, 937 South Thornburg, MUD MASH X Support the Navy Seal Santa Maria. More info: 925-8824, sanFoundation and John Wayne Cancer Foundation May 19 while powering ARROYO GRANDE CRUISE NIGHT through miles of muddy obstacle course. AND CAR SHOW The cruise is on 7am, Santa Margarita Ranch, West Pozo Friday night (July 27) and the show is Road, SLO., $90 for four miles, $120 for on Saturday (July 28). Hundreds of hot 10 miles. More info: 720-1245, kristin@ rods, muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles and vintage trailers fill the Village while KIDS DAY IN THE PARK There will be other activities take place around the children’s games, prizes, live entertaingazebo. Pre-1985 cars only. This is a ment, a petting zoo, fire and rescue fundraiser for local senior and kids orgateams, great food, and fun for the whole nizations. Cruise is between Halcyon family on May 20 with informational and Courtland on Grand Ave. from 6:30booths on child protection services and 8:30pm, Sat. hours: 9am-4pm, Arroyo other non-profits. It all starts at 10am, Grande. Free. More info: arroyograndevEl Camino School, Lompoc. Free. More or 489-9195. info: 736-8535, arleenlewis061@veriFATHER’S DAY BARBECUE Eat well, and rock hard with the Cadillac Angels SANTA MARIA ELKS RODEO Giddy up June 17 from 11am-5pm, Pozo Saloon, for four days of professional bull riding, 90 West Pozo Road, Pozo, east of Santa cow roping, and general parading May Margarita. Free. More info: pozosaloon. 31-June 3. There will be food, drinks, and com. vendors as well. Events occur throught the TUESDAY IN THE PARK BARBECUE day, Elks Rodeo Arena, Highway 101 and The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria. More info: cooks up a delicious dinner every 922-1538, Tuesday from June 19-July 31 starting PISMO CLASSIC CAR SHOW Takes at 5pm, Lake Park, 9305 Pismo Ave., place June 15-17 and features a thouAtascadero. More info: 466-2044,

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Funnel cake, rides, and rock The California Mid-State Fair is one of California’s biggest parties. It lasts from July 18 to 29 in the fairgrounds of Paso Robles, where dozens of big name bands— Journey, Pat Benatar, Alabama, Brad Paisley—rock a huge, outdoor theater while farmers showcase their best livestock, cowboys ride bulls, and everyone rides roller coasters. Visit for details and tickets. CL SMITH ELEMENTARY CARNIVAL AND SILENT AUCTION Enjoy game booths for kids, hamburger barbecue, a live DJ, a silent auction, and more on June 1 at 5pm, CL Smith Elementary School, 1375 Balboa St., SLO. Free admission. More info: 471-8373,, clsmithpta. YOUNGER ELEMENTARY CHURCH CAMP Join Younger Elementary Church Camp for “Riding the Ark.” 1st-3rd graders will get to: experience the outdoors, play games, sing songs, hear stories, practice group work and develop friendship skills. Campers will also grow in God’s love through the story of Noah and the promise of the rainbow. Registration forms can be downloaded at July 15-18 2pm, Camp Arroyo Grande, 250 Wesley Street, Arroyo Grande. $200. More info: 489-4139, OLDER ELEMENTARY CHURCH CAMP Join the Older Elementary Church Camp for, “Around the World on a Rainbow.” 4th-6th graders will: experience the outdoors, play games, make new friends, and be successful through

team and group activities. They will also grow in God’s love through exploration of other cultures. Registration forms can be downloaded at July 15-21 2pm-10am, Camp Arroyo Grande, 250 Wesley Street, Arroyo Grande. $350. More info: 805-489-4139, JR & SR HIGH CHURCH CAMP Join the Jr & Sr High Camp for “Faith Your Fears.” Your youth will experience the outdoors, learn to value differences, and apply leadership skills. When we turn to Jesus and God with our fears, what does that do to our lives? We’ll explore this with activities, song, and discussion. Camp goes from July 22-28 2pm10am, Camp Arroyo Grande, 250 Wesley Street, Arroyo Grande. $350. More info: 489-4139, TEMPLETON HIGH SCHOOL FFA STUDENT PROJECT AUCTION See and purchase a variety of incredible student projects crafted from metal, wood tile, and paint on June 2 with a tri-tip barbecue dinner and raffle. 5pm, American Legion Hall post #220, 805 S. Main St., Templeton. Free admission. Dinner costs $35. More info: 434-5850,

9TH ANNUAL POKER RUN Open to all bikes, hot rods, and car clubs, this June 3 poker run benefits the North County Boys and Girls Club and children of the Mooseheart Foundation. Sign in from 8-10am, Boys and Girls Club, 2631 Spring St., Paso Robles. $30. More info: 466-2140, SUNSET BARBECUE A fundraiser for La Clinica de Tolosa, nonprofit children’s dental clinic, this barbecue takes place June 9 with plenty of food, tastings from six wineries, a “barefoot putting challenge,” a raffle, and music by Unfinished Business from 5-9pm, SLO Country Club, 255 Country Club Drive $100 per person. More info: 801-5433,

Food and Wine GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, dancing and fun May 17 with the guys from Meathead Movers as your attentive companions. 6-9pm, San Luis Obispo Country Club , 225 Country Club Drive, SLO. More info: 541-6542, HISTORICAL VINEYARD AND WINERY TOUR Go beyond the tasting SPECIAL continued page 39

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room with owner/winemaker Becky Zelinski and Breakaway Tours for an exclusive historical vineyard and winery tour May 18. Visit four Paso Roble’s wineries and vineyards, learn the history of the Paso Robles wine region while touring and tasting. Lunch is included. 11am-3pm, First Crush Wine Workshop, 2995 Pleasant Rd., San Miguel. $139. More info: 4342772, info@firstcrushwinemaking. com, FOODIE FESTIVAL On May 20, the Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the Inaugural Central Coast Foodie Festival with great eats from mobile food vendors, caterers, and restaurateurs. 12-4pm, Foodie Festival, 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach. No entry fee; pay for tastes. More info: 489-4910, peggy@burdineprinting. com. FIVE POUND BURGER COMPETITION Sylvester’s Burgers eating competition takes place May 20. The winner gets $1,000. French fries will be free and Bud Light Pints will be $1. Sylvester’s Burgers, 6455 El Camino Real, Atascadero. More info: 440-2286, CALIFORNIA FESTIVAL OF BEERS CONNOISSEUR TASTING Over 22 breweries will be showcasing their rare release and special edition brews at an intimate tasting dinner on May 25 to kick off this three day festival. 5-8pm, Alex Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Rd., SLO. $50. More info: 544-2266,, FIFTH ANNUAL SAN LUIS OBISPO GREEK FESTIVAL Experience homemade Greek food and pastries, authentic music and dancers, and more June 2 and 3 starting at 11am, Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro St., SLO. Free admission. More info: 610-1322,, CENTRAL COAST OYSTER FESTIVAL This June 16 festival features the delectable oysters of the Morro Bay Oyster Company and fresh local produce in the hands of the area’s best chefs. In addition, the event includes a spirited oyster-shucking competition, live entertainment, and an enticing “Aphrodisiac Lounge.” Proceeds benefit OPTIONS Family of Services. 12pm, Morro Bay Golf Course, 201 State Park Road, Morro Bay. $20. More info: 459-0701, jdelaney@, THE ATASCADERO WINE FESTIVAL Artists and winemakers will come together June 23 to raise money for the Charles Paddock Zoo. Artist booths are still available. 4-8pm, Atascadero Lake Park, Highway 41, Atascadero. More info: 550-3878, Michael@ PALLET TO PALATE: BOUNTY IN THE BARN Meet local farmers and

Music by the bay There will be food, microbrews and wine, craft booths, and a boatload of music at the Morro Bay Music Festival on June 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 714 Embarcadero Road. The Mighty Croon Dogs (pictured) open the show, followed by Nightly Irie, Soundhouse, and Bootsie Merango. Admission is free, which is pretty great. Call 772-1155 for more information. chefs while savoring the wonderful flavors of the Central Coast on June 24. There will be live music and a silent auction to benefit agriculture education. 1-5pm, Turri Ranch, 3730 Turri Ranch Rd., SLO. $40-$45. More info: 2345250,, pallettopalate. com. 9TH ANNUAL OLIVE FESTIVAL On Aug. 18, celebrate the olive industry with olive oil tasting, olive oil icecream, edible delights, artists, crafters, music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, cooking contest, and more. Free to the public. A pre-festival mixer takes place Aug. 17 at Sculpterra Winery. 10am-5pm, Downtown City Park, 11th and Spring Streets, Paso Robles. Free. More info: 238-4103,, BREWS AND BITES On Sept. 1 enjoy eleven local breweries and three local bands. 12-6pm, Mission Plaza, SLO. $30. More info: 540-8040,, Get more details on PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY 30TH ANNUAL WINE FESTIVAL More than 60 wineries will come together May 18-20 to embrace everything that defines Paso Robles Wine Country: welcoming atmosphere, live music, fantastic food offerings, and, of course, exceptional wines. It takes place Friday from 3:30-6pm and Saturday from 11:30am-4pm, Paso Robles Downtown City Park, 11th and Park Streets, Paso Robles. $15-$25. More info: 239-WINE, info@pasowine. com. SUMMERWOOD BARREL ROOM DINNER This educational evening features wine country cuisine at its finest. Martin Paris will set the mood May 18 with acoustic music as you enjoy an epicurean experience which highlights a fine collection of wines. 6:30pm, Summer Wood Winery, 2175 Arbor Rd., Paso Robles. $135 all inclusive. More

info: 227-1365 ext. 11, HISTORICAL VINEYARD TOUR Go beyond the tasting room with owner/winemaker Becky Zelinski and Breakaway Tours for an exclusive historical vineyard and winery tour on May 20 from 11am-3 pm, First Crush Wine Workshop, 2995 Pleasant Rd., San Miguel. More info: 434-2772, info@, ART OF BLENDING WINE No experience is necessary to become a winemaker for a day May 26 when you blend and bottle your own unique concoction at this workshop from 11am-2pm, First Crush Wine Workshop, 2995 Pleasant Rd., San Miguel. $60 per person. More info: 434-2772, info@, MONDOMANIA SUMMER SPECTACULAR This nostalgic event will include food booths, live music, and carnival games June 30 at 6pm, Mondo Cellars, 3260 Nacimiento Lake Drive, Paso Robles. $70 per person, $60 for wine industry, $50 for club members. More info: 226-2925,, STORAGE OPTIONS AND ORGANIZING Learn how to organize your cooking space and food storage for optimal efficiency May 19 from 10:30am-12pm, San Luis Kitchen Co., 3598 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo. Free. More info: 541-7117, seminars@, 9TH ANNUAL PINOT AND PAELLA FESTIVAL Join the Pinot Noir producers of Paso Robles and 20 great chefs for an afternoon of great wine, creative Paella dishes, and live Latin beats by Incendio on June 3. Proceeds benefit youth arts programs. 2-5pm, Templeton Community Park, 6th Street and Crocker, Templeton. $65. More info:

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239-2565, anna@windwardvineyard. com, ANNUAL ROTARY WINEMAKERS’ COOKOFF On Aug. 12 enjoy thirty local winemakers as they create gourmet dishes and pair them with wines, along with live music. All proceeds go toward scholarships to local highschool seniors. 6-9pm, River Oaks Hot Springs, 800 Clubhouse Drive, Paso Robles. Tickets are $75 and $40 for designated drivers. 21 and up please. More info: 877-264-6979, info@,

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day or $122 for the full festival. Visit for more information. BIKE PARADE AND FIREWORKS All ages and abilities are welcome as we ride down the Embarcadero and end at Tidelands Park on July 4, where there will be live music, food, games, and fireworks when the sun sets. 11am, Morro Bay. Free. More info: 800-396-6910, . OLD FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY - SLO Free face painting, sweet treats, balloon animals, carnival games, live music, and a barbecue fundraiser for the Rotary Club of SLO. 11am-3pm, Mitchell Park. Free. More info: 781-7300,, ci.san-luis-obispo. INDEPENDENCE DAY PICNIC IN THE PARK CELEBRATIONCAMBRIA Enjoy entertainment, prizes, food, and a fireworks display over the ocean at dusk on July 4. 10am-10pm, Shamel Park, Cambria. Free. More info: 927-5010, FOURTH OF JULY PARADE, SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST, AND FIREWORKS Come to Cayucos and check out the parade through downtown at 10am, the sand sculpture contest beginning at 5am for novices and professionals alike, with fireworks starting at dusk on July 4. All day till 10pm, in Downtown Cayucos, near the pier. More info: 995-1200, CELLAR360 4TH OF JULY EXTRAVAGANZA Dancing and live music by the Mighty Croon Dogs will kick off the festivities, followed by a barbecue dinner with local wines on July 4. Kids are invited to enjoy the Kids Corner’s crafts and treats. 6:309:30pm, Cellar360, 7000 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles. $25. More info: (866) 486-5300,, FOURTH OF JULY IN THE A.G. VILLAGE Celebrate July 4 with hot dogs, lemonade, ice cream, period costumes, and the village band. 1pm, Rotary Bandstand, In the Heritage Square, Arroyo Grande Village. More info: 473-2250,

live Music local concert SerieS ROSS SEARS MEMORIAL The Cal Poly Music Department will honor deceased colleague Ross Sears on May 17 with an evening of performances by the SLO Symphony and musicians from Festival Mozaic. 5:30pm, Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly, SLO., Free. More info: 756-2406,, music. BAREFOOT CONCERTS ON THE GREEN Local musicians perform on the grass with a full bar and food every Saturday from May 19-July 14. 2-6pm, Sea Pines Golf Resort, 1945 Solano St., Los Osos. Free. More info: 528-5252 ext. 426, CAL POLY STUDENT PIANO RECITAL Students showcase their talent in one of Cal Poly’s quarterly student recitals May 22 at 7:30pm, Cal Poly Davidson Music Center Room 218, Cal Poly, SLO. Free. More info: 756-2406,, music. MUSIC continued page 43

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BILLY AND CHARLIE FOPPIANO This father-son duo of guitar wizards plays a rollicking mix of acoustic rock, blues, jazz, and more on May 23, June 13, June 27, July 11, and July 25 from 6:30-8:30pm, Bon Temps Creole Cafe, 1000 Olive St., SLO. Free. More info: 546-8863,, CAL POLY STUDENT VOCAL RECITAL Hear Cal Poly’s singers showcase their talents on May 24 at 7:30pm, Cal Poly Davidson Music Center Room 218, Cal Poly, SLO. Free. More info: 756-2406,, music. SLO CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA These free concerts take place every Fri. in Downtown’s Mission Plaza and feature local music, including Nada Rasta on June 1, Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band on June 8, The Kicks on June 15, Truth About Seafood on June 22, Burning James and the Funky Flames on June 29, Zongo All Stars on July 6, Cuesta Ridge July 13, Andrew Bees of Black Uhuru on July 20, The Connection on July 27, Damon Castillo Band on Aug. 3, Criticnue on Aug. 10, Resination on Aug. 17, The JD Project on Aug. 24, and Big Daddy’s Blues Band on Aug. 31. 5:30-7:30pm, SLO. Concert is free. More info: 541-0286 , 2012 MONARCH CLUB SUMMER CONCERT SERIES The Monarch Club at Trilogy in Nipomo hosts an outdoor summer concert series on the first Friday of every month with food and drinks available for purchase. Soul Sauce performs rock/reggae June 1; Bootleggers play classic rock July 6; Unfinished Business performs Aug. 3; Guy Budd and the Gypsy Souls play

Sept. 7; and Matt Cross and the One Night Band perform Oct. 5. 6-8pm, Monarch Club at Trilogy Central Coast, 1645 Trilogy Parkway, Nipomo. Free. More info: 343-7502, SIZZLIN’ SUMMER CONCERTS AND FARMERS’ MARKETS IN GROVER BEACH The series kicks off June 3 with the JD Project and continues every Sunday through Sept. 30. There will be food, drinks, and bounce houses for the kids. 3-6pm, Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach. Free. More info: 473-4585,, PACIFIC BREEZE CONCERT SERIES Enjoy the rockin’ rhythm and blues of Big Daddy’s Blues Band on June 10. 1pm, Dinosaur Caves Park, Shell Beach. More info: 773-7063, ARROYO GRANDE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES These free afternoon concerts take place on alternating Sundays at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park in the Village and take you on a journey through the decades. 1pm, Rotary Bandstand, In the Heritage Square, Arroyo Grande Village. More info: 473-2250, SATURDAY IN THE PARK CONCERT SERIES Enjoy outdoor concerts in a serene setting every week July 7-Aug. 11 6:30-8:30pm, Atascadero Lake Park, 9305 Pismo Ave., Atascadero. Free. More info: 461-5000, FESTIVAL MUSAIC: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS offers the chance to get up close and personal with talented chamber musicians through interactive brunch, dinner, and discussion events. Several large

Embrace your inner Greek Homemade Greek food and pastries will be served while authentic Greek musicians perform in fancy Greek costumes at the fifth annual SLO Greek Festival, held in SLO’s Mission Plaza June 2 and 3 starting at 11 a.m. both days. For more information, call 610-1322 or visit scale concerts will also take place at various venues July 11-22. Times vary, Locations vary: SLO Botanical Gardens to Cuesta College Performing Arts Center, SLO. $32-$125. More info: 781-3009,, CHRIS STUART & JANET BEAZLEY IN CONCERT Come enjoy the sounds of bluegrass artists Chris Stuart and Janet Beazley at the beautiful San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on August 26. Guests can enjoy a docent-led tour of the garden at 2:30pm before the show. Doors open at 3:30pm. The concert also features a no-host bar. Reserve your tickets online at 4pm, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, San Luis Obispo. $15 for members, $20 for non-members and $25 at the door. More info: 541-1400,, slobg. org. TEMPLETON’S CONCERTS IN THE PARK Bring a picnic to the park and enjoy local music every Wednesday evening June 13-Aug. 22 6:30-8:30pm, Templeton Community Park, 6th Street and Crocker, Templeton. Free. More info: 434-4828 ,, temple-

Kimball, Paul Severtson, and Theresa Riforgiate perform at this outdoor event with wine, soft drinks, water, and light Festivals food accompaniments on May 27. STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL During 3-6pm, Tiber Canyon Ranch, 280 W. May 26-27, find several stage areas Ormonde Rd., SLO. $15. More info: 549featuring many genres of music, dance, 8855,, activities, strawberries galore, food AVILA BEACH PARTY This all-ages booths, kids’ carnival, and hundreds of May 25 event features DEV, The vendors. Yum. 10-5pm daily, Heritage Cataracs, Outasight, and more. 12-5pm, Park, Arroyo Grande Village. More info: Avila Beach Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Drive, 473-2250, Avila Beach. More info: TEQUILA FESTIVAL Local bartend595-4000. ers will compete in a tequila cocktail BASS KITCHEN Feed Me, The contest while Rey Fresco and Ozomatli Chrystal Method, and Borgore perprovide the mood/party music May form May 26 at 2pm, Pozo Saloon, 90 26 12-4pm, Avila Beach Resort, 6464 West Pozo Road, Pozo, east of Santa Ana Bay Drive, Avila Beach. $45, ticket Margarita. $26-$60, ages 16 and up. includes six tastings. More info: 595More info: 4000, THE MORRO BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL AVILA BEACH BLUES FESTIVAL This features a mix of musical styles, seaMay 27 features the Doobie Brothers, food barbecue, microbrews, vendors, Tower of Power, and Taj Mahal. Food and the Central Coast’s largest outdoor and drinks will be available for purchase. dance floor, along with dance and 12-5pm, Avila Beach Resort, 6464 Ana demos by community groups on June Bay Drive, Avila Beach. 2. 11am-7pm, 714 Embarcadero Road, More info: 595-4000. Morro Bay. Free, bring a canned food KCBX-TRAVAGANZA Inga item. More info: 772-1155, info@mbhf. Swearingen, Lonesome Radio, Duane com, Inglish, Brynn Albanese, Little Robbie

LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL This three-day concert and camping event benefits San Luis Obispo’s KCBX Public Radio and takes place Father’s Day weekend June 15-17 with kids events, and several stages and dozens of bands: the Indigo Girls, Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, History of Painters, Cuesta Ridge, Melody of China, and more. Music from 8am-midnight, near Lake Cachuma, off of Hwy 154, Santa Ynez Valley. $17 for children, $42 for adults, $122 for the whole weekend. More info: 781-3030, Info, maps, schedule, and tickets: live

Winery and Wine Bar ConCerts BRADLEY TYSON performs his unique brand of contemporary acoustic rock May 18 from 6-9pm, Vino Versato Wine Bar, 781 Price St., Pismo Beach. More info: 773-6563, cingio674@gmail. com, TERRY LAWLESS OF U2 is accompanied by Mike Dean on May 25 from 6-9pm, Vino Versato - Wine Bar, 781 Price St., Pismo Beach. Free. More info: 773-6563,, PEAR VALLEY ESTATE WINE SUMMER CONCERT Bring a picnic and some friends on May 18 to enjoy the thoughtful songwriting of Hayburner, a folk and bluegrass band. Pear Valley wine available for purchase; please no outside alcohol. 5:30-8:30pm, Pear Valley Estate Wine, 4900 Union Rd., Paso Robles. Complimentary. More info: 237-2861,, MUSIC continued page 44 • May 17 - May 24, 2012 • New Times • 43

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WINE FEST AT D’ANBINO Enjoy a Tuscan buffet with music on May 18 from 7:30-9:30pm, and live music May 19-20 at 8pm, D’Anbino Vineyards and Cellars, 710 Pine St., Paso Robles. $35 and $10. More info: 227-6800,, FAMOUS JAZZ ARTIST SERIES Saxophonist Gary Soto performs May 20 at 4pm and 7:15pm, reservations required, D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars, 710 Pine St., Paso Robles. $15 per show or $20 for both. More info: 9270567,, danbino. com. SLOFOLKS CONCERT Fishtank Ensemble performs flamenco and gypsy jazz May 26 at 7:30pm, Castoro Cellars, 1315 N. Bethel Rd., Templeton. $20. More info: 528-0704,, BARFLYZ perform May 26 at 8pm, D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars, 710 Pine St., Paso Robles,CA. $10. More info: 227-6800,, UNFINISHED BUSINESS performs June 1 at 8pm, D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars, 710 Pine St., Paso Robles,CA. $10. More info: 227-6800, carmine@, ZZAH performs June 2 at 8pm, D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars, 710 Pine St., Paso Robles,CA. $10. More info: 227-6800,, FAMOUS JAZZ ARTIST SERIES Saxophonist Ted Nash performs June 3 at 4pm and 7:15pm, reservations required, D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars, 710 Pine St., Paso Robles. $15 per show or $20 for both. More info: 927-0567,, SLOFOLKS CONCERT Giles Apap plays classical violin June 9 at 7pm, Castoro Cellars, 1315 N. Bethel Rd., Templeton. $22. More info: 528-0704,, slofolks. org. LAZY LOCALS CONCERT Singer/ songwriter Martin Paris performs for Father’s Day June 17. Bring a picnic. 1-4pm, Castoro Cellars, 1315 N. Bethel Rd., Templeton. Free. More info: phone: 888-DAM-FINE, FAMOUS JAZZ ARTIST SERIES Trumpeter Don Rader performs June 17 at 4pm and 7:15pm, reservations required, D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars, 710 Pine St., Paso Robles. $15 per show or $20 for both. More info: 927-0567,, THE MIGHTY CROON DOGS perform June 23 during the Atascadero Wine Festival. Come sit under the oaks or dance on the lawn, and join the fun as wine purveyors from all over the region pour their best at this benefit for the Charles Paddock Zoo. 4 to 8 pm, Atascadero Wine Festival, Atascadero

A party for your mouth The 25th annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights celebrates the finest foods and wines that SLO can offer, in a tranquil setting at the historic Chapman House by the Sea in Shell Beach. Tickets cost $100, and proceeds benefit Community Action Partnership of SLO County Health. Live auctions, music, and raffles will also be included in the June 3 event, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 544-2498 for details and tickets. Lake, Atascadero. More info: 546 8863,, funlivemusic. com. ESCUELA DEL RIO BENEFIT CONCERT Salty Suites performs with Lily Wilson Aug. 25 to raise funds for a day program that benefits adults with disabilities. The Paso Robles Kiwanis will provide barbecue tri-trip for eating. 7pm, Castoro Cellars, 1315 N. Bethel Rd., Templeton. $25. More info: phone: 888-DAM-FINE,

More live Music... NEW TIMES MUSIC AWARDS New Times is accepting submissions for its annual music contest. Finalists from five categories will get a chance to perform live before being crowned as SLO County’s supreme rockers. Submit online or at the office, New Times SLO, 1010 Marsh St. More info: 546-8208, DORIAN MICHAEL AND KENNY BLACKWELL play acoustic music May 18 at 7pm, Faultline Music, 1526 Spring St., Paso Robles. $10. More info: 2267400, CENTRAL COAST CHILDREN’S CHOIR takes the stage for their spring concert May 19 and 20 at 4pm, United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., SLO. $8-$10. More info: 464-0443,, JAZZ NIGHT WITH ADAM THEIS Trombonist and composer Adam Theis of “The Jazz Mafia” will be the special guest artist May 19 at 8pm, Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly, SLO. More info: 756-2406,, music. SOCIAL DISTORTION performs with Toadies and Linda Ortega on May 20 from 4-8pm, Pozo Saloon, 90 West Pozo Road, Pozo, east of Santa Margarita. $27.50. More info:

THE G. ROGER BAILEY CLASSICAL GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP CONCERT Nicolas André Deuson performs May 20 from 2-4pm, Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St., Morro Bay. $20. More info: 772-2880, coalescebookstore@gmail. com, STARSLINGER performs with The Hood Internet and Crissy Murderbot for a night of house music May 23 at 7pm, SLO Brewing Co., 1119 Garden St., SLO. $21-$23, all ages. More info: 543-1843, CAL POLY STUDENT INSTRUMENTAL RECITAL Students showcase their talent at Cal Poly’s quarterly instrumental recitals May 24 and 31. An eclectic event, this recital will involve solo as well as small chamber ensemble performances. 11am, Cal Poly Davidson Music Center Room 218, Cal Poly, SLO. Free. More info: 756-2406,, music@calpoly. edu. CAL POLY SYMPHONY AND CHOIRS: RULE BRITANNIA Hear works by English masters Thomas Tallis, Herbert Howells, Gustav Holst and Benjamin Britten on May 26 at 8pm, Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly, SLO. $8-$14. More info: 756-2406, music@, SOJA The reggae group performs May 27 at 1pm, Pozo Saloon, 90 West Pozo Road, Pozo, east of Santa Margarita. $20. More info: CAL POLY ARAB MUSIC ENSEMBLE SPRING CONCERT Hear vocal and instrumental selections of some of the best-known art and popular music of the Eastern Mediterranean and larger Middle East on June 1 at 8pm, Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly, SLO. $8-$10. More info: 756-2406,, CAL POLY’S WINDS OF CHANGE: MUSIC continued page 46

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MUSIC OF THE 21ST CENTURY The program for this June 2 concert features works written in the 21st century. 8pm, Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly, SLO. $10-$14. More info: 756-2406,, BLUES LEGEND HAWKEYE HERMAN performs with singer-songwriter Tom Corbett, eclectic performer Phil Salazar, and blues singer Sarah Jane Nelson on June 3 at 4pm, SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd. $15-$25. More info: 541-1400, info@, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED Hear some of America’s best rock on June 7 at 8pm, Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez. $35-$75. More info: 800248-6274, KENNY LOGGINGS Hear the legend perform June 21 at 8pm, Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez. $35-$75. More info: 800248-6274, SEAL The four-time Grammy-winner performswith Macy Gray Aug. 9 at 8pm, Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez. $35$75. More info: 800-248-6274,


& comedy BEST OF THE BEST This musical theater review with the internationally awarded Nipomo High School Drama Department and special guests can be seen May 17-19 with evening showtimes at 7pm and a Saturday matinee at 1pm, Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande., $10-$15. More info: 710-6031, LITTLE WOMEN Brimming with all the life of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, this Broadway musical follows the adventures of the four March daughters as they grow up in Civil War America. See it June 14-July 1 with showtimes at 8pm, Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. $18-$24. More info: 922-8313, WILLY WONKA: THE MUSICAL Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the mad candy man comes to life through June 3 with showtimes Sat. and Sun. at 2pm, Unity Church, 1490 Southwood Drive, SLO. $14-$20. More info: 543-PLAY, HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL ROCK MUSICAL The San Luis Obispo High School Drama Club revisits the ‘60s May 17-19 and May 24 and 25 with showtimes at 7pm, San Luis High School, 1499 San Luis Dr. $8 for adults and $5 for students. More info: 5409306, SWEENEY TODD Kelrik After Dark produces the cautionary tale of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This portrait of what a normal man may become if stripped of his wife, his daughter, his rights, and his dignity can be seen May 18-June 2 with showtimes every Fri. and Sat. at 8pm, Unity Church, 1490 Southwood Drive, SLO. $20. More info: 543-PLAY, THE BOTANICAL ENGINEERS Espressivo Chamber Theatre presents this travelling comedy/musical about an eco activist’s attempts to create intelligent plant life. It can be seen at The Red Barn in Los Osos on May 18 at 7pm, Yoga Center of Morro Bay on May 19 at 7pm, Pewter Plough Playhouse in Cambria on May 20 at 3pm and May 24 at 7:30pm, Poalillo Vineyards in Paso Robles on May 25 at 6:30pm, SLO Botanical Garden on May 26 at 4pm, SLO Little Theatre on May 27 at 7pm, Gather Wine Bar in Arroyo Grande on May 31 at 7pm, at Davidson’s Furniture in SLO on June 1 at 7pm, Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles on June 2 at 6:30pm, and again at Poalillo Vineyards in Paso Robles on June 7 at 6:30pm, Call for specific details. $10-$20. More

info: 709-2227,, PIPPIN is a wacky musical that breaks the fourth wall while telling the story of a young prince trying to find his place. See the Arroyo Grande High School production May 25-27. Showtimes to be announced, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande. More info: 489-9444,, clarkcenter. org. INSIDE OUT Variable Velocity Performance Group presents an evening of original work that explores the compelling phenomenon of the soloist in performance and the relentless physicality of the athlete May 31 and June 2. 8pm and 2pm, Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., SLO. More info: 756-2787, MARTIN SHORT Martin Short, of “Saturday Night Live” fame, performs in a one-man show with an assortment of characters on June 3 at 7pm, Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave. More info: 756-2787, pac.calpoly@ CINDERELLA, CHOPINIANA, AND GISELLE ACT 1 Enjoy an evening of dance and entertainment with Santa Maria Civic Ballet and Everybody Can DANCE June 9 at 7pm and June 10 at 3pm, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande. More info: 489-9444,, THE RIVALS The aristocrats in this 18th century play are polar opposites. Hilarious rivalries ensue among love triangles, gossip, and witty retorts. See how it all unfolds June 21-30 at Allan Hancock College’s Marian Theatre with showtimes at 1:30pm and 7pm and at the Solvang Festival Theater July 5-22 with showtimes at 8pm, Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. More info: 922-8313, ARCADIA A writer and an academic converge on an old house to investigate a mysterious chapter of Lord Byron’s life. Drama unfolds June 22-23 with showtimes at 7pm, SLO Little Theatre, 888 Morro St. $7-$10. More info: 7862440,, GREASE The iconic rock ‘n’ roll musical can be seen June 23-July 8 with show-

Spike it Youth volleyball camps are offered for boys and girls ages 12 to 18 in Paso Robles and Atascadero from Aug. 4 to 14. Each session has a different schedule, location, and price, but details can be found at and times Sat. at 2pm and 7pm and Sun. at 2pm, Unity Church, 1490 Southwood Drive, SLO. $14-$20. More info: 543PLAY, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL A blonde sorority sister takes Harvard by storm in the musical based on the novel by Amanda Brown as well as the popular movie. Meet the 21st century’s new heroine July 6-22 at Allan Hancock College’s Marian Theatre with showtimes at 1:30pm and 7pm and at the Solvang Festival Theater July 27-Aug. 19 with showtimes at 8pm, 420 2nd St., Solvang. More info: 922-8313, DADDY LONG LEGS A young orphan is given the chance to develop her mind and spirit by a mysterious benefactor. See the coming of age story Aug. 1-19 at Allan Hancock College’s Marian Theatre with showtimes at 1:30pm and 7pm and at the Solvang Festival Theater Aug. 23-Sept. 9 with showtimes at 8pm, 420 2nd St., Solvang. More info: 922-8313,

Summer Movies THE GREEN BEAUTIFUL Banned in the European Union, this hilarious and inspiring sci-fi film takes us on a journey with an alien who comes to earth to find a mad species (us) running the planet. See it May 22 at 7pm, Dancing Deer, 2975 Vineyard Dr., Templeton., $6-$10. More info: 762-4848, bob.banner@, METAMORPHOSIS: A JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION Found all over the Amazon, “Ayahuasca” and its incred-

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ible ability to heal has been slowly but steadily creeping into western consciousness. See a documentary that follows several westerners as they undergo five Ayahuasca ceremonies on May 23 at 7pm, Palm Theatre, 817 Palm St., SLO. $9. More info: 762-4848, bob., THE GREENHORNS This documentary film about young farmers in America can be seen May 29 at 7pm, Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St., SLO. $10. More info: 762-4848,, THE BIG FIX This movie explores the conflicts of interest between the government and BP. It can be seen May 30 at 7pm, Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., SLO. $7. More info: 7624848,, THE BIG FIX This incredible documentary uncovers the cozy relationship between the government and BP. See it May 31 at 7pm, Unity Santa Maria, 1165 Stubblefield Road, Santa Maria. $8. More info: 762-4848, bob.banner@, TWO LANE BLACKTOP This film about two men drag-racing across the country in a 55 Chevy can be seen on June 9 at 2pm in the library community room., San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo. Free. More info: 594-8962, GREAT MOVIE SERIES Join neighbors and friends to watch a free funny flick on a big screen in your hometown library on June 14 at 6:30pm, Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave., Los Osos. Free. More info: 528-1862, jlaurenzi@ HELVETICA This independent film about typography, graphic design, and global

visual culture can be seen June 18 at 7pm, SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. $5-$7. More info: 543-8562,, I AM This is an entertaining and engaging film which asks luminaries from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia and faith two questions: what’s wrong with the world and what can we do to make it better. The screening takes place on June 27 at 10am, Morro Bay Branch Library, 625 Harbor St., Morro Bay. Free. More info: 772-6394, www. MAN OF LA MANCHA This thrilling musical version of Don Quixote can be seen on July 14 at 2pm in the library community room., San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo. Free. More info: 594-8962, DOUBLE FEATURE: PAWTUCKET RISING AND COMMODE CREATIONS See the stories of a decaying mill town revitalized by art and an eccentric man who operates a toilet seat museum on July 16 at 7pm, SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. $5-$7. More info: 5438562,, DARK DAYS See how squatters live in perpetual darkness near Penn Station on Aug. 20 at 7pm, SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. $5-$7. More info: 5438562,, THE HELP In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer. When she chooses to interview and write about the conditions black housekeepers in Jackson, Mississippi face, she turns the town and the lives of her friends upside down. The screening of this film will take place on Aug 22 at 10am, Morro Bay Branch Library, 625 Harbor St., Morro Bay. Free. More info: 772-6394,

Summer Art “LOST WIND” These large-scale paintings take up to three years to complete and are emotionally painted on both sides. See them through June 30. The

gallery is open from 11am-9pm, Cal Terra-Trattoria, 7177 El Camino Real, Atascadero. More info: 996-0011, LOS OSOS LIBRARY CHILDREN’S CRAFT FAIRE Children ages 13 and younger are invited to submit work June 1-July 21 for inclusion in the Aug. 4 faire. Stop by the library for an application during normal business hours, Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave., Los Osos. Free. More info: 5281862, BOOK DISCUSSIONS take place every third Thursday. On May 17, the featured book will be Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. 6:30pm, Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave., Los Osos. Free. More info: 528-1862, jlaurenzi@ POETRY AT THE BEAN is a monthly poetry series held the first Saturday of each month. On June 2, the featured readers are James Cushing and Gregory Ramirez. There is an open reading to follow. 7pm, The Nautical Bean, 11560 Los Osos Valley Rd., SLO. Free. More info: 547-1318, kpsslopoet@charter. net, CORNERS OF THE MOUTH is a monthly poetry reading series held on the third Sunday of every month. On May 20, the featured readers are Jackie Berger of San Francisco, Kevin Clark of SLO, and George Wallace of New York. There is an open reading to follow. 7pm, Linnaea’s Cafe, 1110 Garden St., SLO. Free. More info: 547-1318, kpsslopoet@, “HOT NIGHTS, COOL LAVA” Liz Maruska displays her unique paintings of incredible landscapes through June 30. Open daily, Sweet Earth Chocolates, 1445 Monterey St., SLO. Free. More info: 528-2654,, UNDERWATER DREAMS Submerge yourself in the work of diverse local artists and see how creatively they reveal our underwater world through May 29. The gallery is open daily, Art Central Gallery, 1329 Monterey, SLO. More info: 747-4200, NO BOUNDARIES The artists of Paso Robles let their creativity run wild in this themeless group show that can be seen through June 10. Open Thurs.-Sun., Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles. Free. More info: 238-9800, LOCAL COLOR The gallery’s signature celebration of local art can be seen May 26-July 1. Open Thurs.-Sun., Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles. Free. More info: 238-9800, VISUAL SONNETS Bruce Barton comments on community and how it shapes our lives June 1-July 2 Open 11am-5pm everyday but Tues., SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. Free. More info: 5438562,, IMPURE THOUGHTS Robert Burridge showcases large drawings in chalk, ash, pastels, and powders June 1-July 22. Open 11am-5pm everyday but Tues., SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. Free. More info: 543-8562, assistant@sloma. org, WILD THINGS Member artists share their visions of wild animals, people, and places June 14-July 8. Open Thurs.Sun., Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles. Free. More info: 238-9800, INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF ACRYLIC PAINTERS Acrylic painters from across the county can compete for $8,000 in cash and merchandise prizes. Juried work will be on display July 12-Aug. 12 in the atrium gallery. Open Thurs.-Sun., Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles. Free. More info: 238-9800,, A TIME AND A PLACE See the work of an artistic encounter between Channing Peake and Elaine Badgley Arnoux from July 27-Sept. 2. Open 11am-5pm every day but Tues., SLO Museum of Art, 1010 ART continued page 49

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EXHIBIT An opening reception takes place May 19 from 1-3pm, and the work can be seen Saturdays through July from 11am-3pm, Atascadero Library, 6850 Morro Road, Atascadero. Free. More info: 466-1328, PASTEL SOCIETY OF THE WEST COAST JURIED SHOW This annual juried show includes local artists and can be seen May 21-June 25. The gallery is open 12-4pm daily, Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay. Free. More info: 772-2504,, PAPER SURGEON: THE COLLAGE ART OF HOPE KROLL Kroll’s work explores the nature of the heart and mind in a way that is playful and insightful. The exhibit opens with a May 26 reception from 6-9pm and can be seen through June 23. Call for gallery hours, Vale FIne

Art, 619 12th St., Paso Robles. More info: 310-795-4680, valefineart@gmail. com. STUDIO MPK OPEN HOUSE Meet the owners of Studio MPK, find out about summer classes and workshops, register for classes, and browse local arts and crafts for sale in the gallery on June 3. 10am-5pm, Studio MPK, 603 12th St., Paso Robles. Free. More info: (216) 272-3677,, RANDEE WARD AND ROSANNE SEITZ present dual painting exhibitions July 1-29. An artist reception takes place July 13 from 5-8pm, Gallery at Marina Square, 1068 Embarcadero, Suite 10, Morro Bay. Free. More info: 772-1068,, ART AFTER DARK On the first Friday of every month, dozens of galleries and non-traditional art venues throughout downtown San Luis Obispo showcase the work of experienced and new local artists. Art After Dark is a program of ARTS Obispo and San Luis Obispo County Arts Council. 6-9pm, ARTS Obispo, 1123 Mill St., SLO. Free. More info: 544-9251, programs@artsobispo. org, HOPE MYERS, GAIL BLOGGET, AND

Come Play...

ANN CARPENTER present exhibitions of paintings and photography from Sept. 1-29. An artist reception takes place Sept. 14 from 5-8pm, Gallery at Marina Square, 1068 Embarcadero, Suite 10, Morro Bay. Free. More info: 772-1068,, “BEAUTIFUL MISTAKES” Sara LeGrady examines femininity with playful color combinations in this exhibit, which can be seen through July 6 with a special reception during the Colony Art Crawl on May 25. Open TuesdaySaturday from11am-6pm, The ARTery, 5890 Traffic Way, Atascadero. Free. More info: 464-0533, the1artery@, “FATHER’S DREAMS” Heidi Franscioni displays her encaustic and mixed media works celebrating life and death through May 28. 11am - 5pm, SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. More info: 543-8562, mjohnston@ BLOOM PROJECTS: SUSUNNA VAPNEK, SUNDOWER Susanna Vapnek’s paintings tap into the intensity of shared community experience with emotive, apocalyptic representations

while the students are away!


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ART from page 49

of the Santa Barbara fire season. The work will be on display May 20-July 8 with an opening reception May 19 from 6:30-8pm. The gallery is open every day but Monday, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara. Free. More info: 966-5373,, STUDIO MPK’S SUMMER OPEN HOUSE: CALL FOR ARTISTS Local artists are invited to set up their own little space in the gallery to sell their work at this June 3 event. There is no entry fee, but a 20 percent commission on items sold will go to the gallery. Bring samples of your work and sign up by May 20. 9am-8pm, Studio MPK, 603 12th St., Paso Robles. More info: 216-272-3677,, SLO SCENES Share your vision of the area in this June show, whether it is well known, iconic, or your own secret place. To be a part of the exhibit and to receive the entry form, please e-mail, and tell us the medium and size of your piece of work. Open daily at 10am, Art Central Gallery, 1329 Monterey St., SLO. More info: 747-4200, artcentral1329@yahoo. com. LIFE DRAWING STUDIO Practice sketching with a live model May 23 from 9am-12pm and 6:30-9:30pm, SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. $12 for members and $14 for non members. More info: 543-8562, mjohnston@, CREATIVITY AND AESTHETICS In this May 18-20 workshop, students explore the concepts of creativity and aesthetics. Through a series of discussions, demonstrations, and practical applications, students will learn how to bring more creativity into their own art, thus improving the quality of their work. 9am-4pm, SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. $250-$275. More info: 543-8562,, WATERCOLOR DEMONSTRATION A guest artist will show people how to control watercolors on May 19 from 11am-1pm and again from 1-3pm, Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., SLO. Free. More info: 747-4200, artcentralslo@ “LOOSEN UP” WITH ROBERT BURRIDGE This June 8-10 workshop with an established abstract artist is designed to tear down boundaries and let participants make art in a brand new style. 9am-4pm, SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. $315-$365. More info: 543-8562,, JOAN BOGLE hosts the El Camino Art Association meeting at their new gallery on May 21. All artists and art appreciators are welcome. 2pm, The Art Space, 1200 E. Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande. Free. More info: 704-4693, joan.r.bogle@, eBOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS OPEN HOUSE The Los Osos Library staff will be available to help patrons navigate our Overdrive downloadable media site on May 24. Please bring any technology and get introduced to the wonderful world of free downloadable eBooks. 6:30pm, Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave., Los Osos. Free. More info: 528-1862,


Landmarks TWILIGHT ON THE TERRACE Guests have the opportunity to stroll the grounds, partake in a silent auction of local experiences, and enjoy fine wines and excellent food with music by Café Musique on June 2 starting at 5:30pm, Hearst Castle, 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon., $75-$100. More info: 927-2138, tmcconnell@hearstcastle. com. JACK HOUSE AND GARDENS A his-


toric living museum of a Victorian home circa 1880 with original furnishings and ongoing events. Tour the historic and elegant Victorian Jack House for $2. 1-4pm, 536 Marsh St., SLO. More info: 781-7308, TOUR THE PIEDRAS BLANCAS LIGHTHOUSE Tours last 2 hours and feature the historic lighthouse, support buildings, wildlife, plants and spectacular coastal scenery along an easy interpretive trail. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress warmly. Tours are offered through June 14 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. From June 15-August 31 tours are offered Monday - Saturday. Please arrive by 9:15am at the former Piedras Blancas Motel for the 10am tour. Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, San Simeon. $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-17, and free for children under five.. More info: 927-7361, PiedrasBlancasTours@gmail. com. THE 2012 BRIAN WATERBURY MEMORIAL ROCK TO PIER FUN RUN Get in on the fun and join the 43rd annual Rock To Pier Fun Run on Saturday, July 7. The run/walk is approximately 6 miles and takes place on the sand between the Morro Rock and the Cayucos Pier. Start time is at 8am. 1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay. $20 pre-reg and $30 on race day. T-shirts available for an extra cost.. More info: 772-6281. 25TH ANNUAL AFTERNOON OF EPICUREAN DELIGHTS The tranquil grounds of the historic Chapman House by the Sea are transformed into an elegant garden party on June 3. Guests stroll the lovely gardens, marvel at the panoramic views, and lounge poolside while tasting a wide array of awardwinning foods and beverages and enjoying live music. 11:30am-3:30pm,

Chapman Estate, Shuttle from Shell Beach Elementary School, Shell Beach. $100. More info: 544-2498, kwilburn@

Sports, recreation,

surf, & sand SUMMER REGISTRATION FAIR FOR SLO CITY CAMPS Meet the staff, get information, and see demonstrations on May 19, your first chance to register for day camps and swim lessons. No onsite scholarship processing will be offered. 10am-12pm, City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department, 1341 Nipomo St., SLO., Attendance is free. More info: 7817300 ,, slocity. org/parksandrecreation. NIPOMO NEWCOMERS MAY LUNCHEON This social and recreational membership group for newcomers and longtime residents meets May 21 at 11am, Upper Crust, 11560 Los Osos Valley Rd., SLO. $18. More info: 343-1180,, SCHOOL OF ROCK SUMMER CAMP Over a two-week session June 25-July 6, students will learn up to four instruments and how to perform in a musical group. Camps will be held simultaneously at both teVelde Music campuses in Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo. A limited number of students will be enrolled. 12:30-2:30pm on weekdays, teVelde Music, Inc., 3440 S. Higuera St., San Luis Obispo. $345. More info: 989350-4688,,

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‘Splash into Summer’ All four Kennedy Club Fitness Centers across the county invite the public to tour their facilities, learn what kind of summer programs they offer, and join them for a family swim and barbecue May 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s all free, and membership discounts will be offered to help people get into shape for summer. Visit for more information and locations. MOMS CLUB SWIMMING CLUB Come to the 5 Cities Swim School every Tuesday and Thursday. This includes instruction, fun, and great bonding with your baby. 9:30am or 6:30pm, 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande. $7-$9. More info: 481-6399, JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS AT HUNTER RANCH Three camps are scheduled for June 25-29, July 9-13, and July 16-20. Young golfers meet weekdays from 9am-12pm, Hunter Ranch Golf Course, 4041 East Highway 46, Paso Robles. $125. More info: 286-2590, VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DAY CAMP Children in grades 1-6 will learn and grow with this bible school day camp July 2-6. Kids will rotate through stations where they will learn about ecology through scripture, activities, games, songs, swimming, and more. 9am-4pm, Camp Arroyo Grande, 250 Wesley St., Arroyo Grande. $125. More info: 489-4139, dtallant@calpaccamps. org. CHILDRENS ART CAMPS Happen weekly all summer for ages 5 and up. 9am, SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., SLO. $95/$115. More info: 5438562,

THE EXPLORATION STATION offers summer camps for kids ages 5-9 with an emphasis on science. Forensics and LEGO building camps avaiable. Go online or call for details. Hours: Thur.-Fri.: noon-5pm, Sat.: 11am-5pm, The Old Fire Station, 867 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach. $150. More info: 4731421, SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS CAMP This four week camp from June 18-July 13 immerses our drama students in everything theater, culminating in a musical production of Beauty and the Beast with complete and professional sets, costumes, lighting and sound. 8:30am-3:30pm on weekdays, United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., SLO. $135 per week. More info: 776-3106, trevor@, SUPERCHARGED SCIENCE CAMP Kids do real hands-on experiments in astronomy, aerodynamics, electromagnetism, robotics, engineering, and chemistry June 25-29. 9am-2pm, El Chorro Regional Park, Dairy Creek, SLO. $250. More info: 617-1789, aurora@, LITTLE PERFORMERS THEATRE CAMP Kids ages 4-6 will meet week-

days July 2-13 to sing, dance and act their way through the classic fairytale, Cinderella, culminating in a performance for parents. 4-6pm, United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., SLO. $199. More info: 776-3106,, YOGALATES Come and relax the mind and strengthen the body with a special class that infuses Yoga and Pilates every Sunday through Oct. 27. All levels and walk-ins are welcome. 11:30am, SLO Creek Farms, 6455 Monte Rd., San Luis Obispo. $8. More info: (702) 245-3135, slocreekfarms@, CAMP NATOMA Kids ages 6 to 17 will sleep under the stars and experience a summer residence camp like no other during four separate week-long sessions July 6-Aug. 4. Activities include archery, swimming, crafts, and campfires. Call for more information, Camp Fire USA Camp Natoma, 617 Cypress Mountain Rd., Paso Robles. $465. More info: 773-5126, INTRODUCTION TO QIGONG This May 26 workshop provides an introduction to an ancient Chinese exercise form that focuses on flowing moveSPORTS continued page 52

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Enough instruction for the project & enough room for creativity! Our classes & camps are all mixed media. Students will get to experiment with watercolor, paint, oil pastel, chalk pastel, pencil & ink.

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Camp 1 Monart Learn Spanish & Make Art 5-12 yrs Camp 2 Monart Outdoor Canvas Painting 8-14 yrs

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ments synchronized with breath. 10am, Sierra Vista Regional Med Center Auditorium, 1010 Murray Ave., SLO. Free. More info: 709-2227,, SURF AND SPORT EXPO Live demonstrations of sports equipment, vendors, and speakers will be on display July 14 from 10am-3pm, South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch St., Arroyo Grande. Free. More info: 5400710, HORSE BACK RIDING LESSONS Horse back riding lessons offered for children and adults every day but Monday. All ages and abilities welcome. Call today for your free evaluation lesson. 9am-4pm, Oak Park Equestrian Center, 2059 Carpenter Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo. More info: 801-0814, AMERICAN TRIBAL STYLE BELLY DANCE Strengthen your core and selfimage while you acquire the basic skills of this empowering dance in a fun and energetic setting every Thursday from June 7-July 26. 3:30-4:30pm, Tribe Elation, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero. More info: 550-6944, ebtasam@aol. com, MARIANNE TALLEY MEMORIAL FUN RUN The June 3 event features a 5K run, 1-mile walk, and 1-mile youth run. 7am, Talley Vineyards, 3031 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande. $20. More info: 489-0446 ext. 32,, or CENTRAL COAST CANCER CHALLENGE The 3rd Annual Central Coast Cancer Challenge takes place on August 5 and raises funds for cancer support charities by challenging athletes with 5K and 10K Trail Runs and 22K, 50K, and 100K cycling in beautiful San Luis Obispo.

Close shave Kelrik After Dark presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street from May 18 to June 2. See the musical thriller on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. on the Unity stage, located at 1490 Southwood Drive in SLO. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at There’s family fun for all with a Children’s 1-Mile Fun Run, Wellness Expo and Live Concert. Walkers are welcome. Event times vary, Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo. Cost varies by event. More info: 805-2158545,, www. YOUTH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT The City of Pismo Beach and Beach Volleyball Association are proud to announce upcoming tournaments May 19, June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11. Boys and girls will compete in age appropriate brackets. 8am, Wadsworth Courts, End of Wadsworth Street, Pismo Beach. $42.50-$50. More info: 481-8334, ALTRUSA CLUB OF SLO GOLF TOURNAMENT Proceeds from this June 2 tournament will benefit youth in our community, Hawthorne School, SLO County Library, literacy, re-entry scholarships and First Tee. Registration starts at 8am, Laguna Lake Municipal Golf Course, 11175 Los Osos Valley Rd., SLO. $50. More info: 540-9002, PISMO TO POZO MOTORCYCLE RIDE Come June 3 for a pancake and sausage breakfast and make your way to Pozo Saloon to enjoy a Santa

Maria style barbecue lunch and live music. Register by May 21 to guarantee your ride shirt. Proceeds benfit the Special Olympics. Check-In at 9:30am, Huckleberry’s, 300 Five Cities Drive, Pismo Beach. $35. More info: 544-6444,,



SCIENCE CAFE: TRANSFORMED! CLOSING THE LOOP WITH WORMS Vermicomposting can turn organic waste into high quality compost. Learn how at this May 24 Science Café with Ralph Crevoshay, Director of the Center for Sustainability. Refreshments will be provided, and any waste will be composted. 11am-12:30pm, Robert E. Kennedy Library, 1 Grand Ave., SLO., Free. More info: 756-7549,, ALASKA CRUISES WITH LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS This excursion utilizes a small yacht for optimal shooting opportunities of whales, eagles, bear, and all different

kinds of wildlife in Alaska July 5-12. All day shooting, Light Workshops Epic Photographic Adventures, 1060 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos. More info: 528-7385,, GIRL SCOUT DAY CAMP SANDPIPER The Girl Scouts invite any girl entering K-12th grade in Fall of 2012 to join them from August 6-10 at Nipomo Regional Park for Girl Scout Day Camp Sandpiper. Volunteers are needed to run the camp and training is provided. Deadline to register is June 15. For more information, call Gina at 540-1203 or email giapaige@yahoo.

com. There is an extra fee for non-Girl Scouts. Contact Gina for event time, Girl Scout Day Camp, Nipomo Regional Park, Nipomo. $55 for Girl Scouts. More info: 540-1203, CACHUMA LAKE EAGLE CRUISE This two-hour boat cruise with Santa Barbara County Park naturalists focuses on bald eagles, geology, cultural history, and local flora. The cruise is available Fri.-Sun. starting at 10am, Cachuma Lake, Santa Barbara County. $7-$15 with a $10 park fee per vehicle. More info: NATURAL SAN LUIS DOCENT HIKE AT GUIDETTI RANCH Meet at the

Food for Less/Trader Joe’s parking lot in SLO and carpool to the trailhead on May 19. This hike is located on private property and is a long hike. The group must stay together throughout the duration. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. 9-11am, Guidetti Ranch, South Higuera Street, SLO. More info: 5441777, DAY CAMP: CAMP TACANNEKO Activities include swimming, crafts, music, and starflight programs June 11-15 for campers in grades K-6 and junior counselors in grades 7-11. 9:30am-3:30pm, Camp Fire USA Central NATURE continued page 55


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Coast Council, 340 Pomeroy, Pismo Beach. $170 for non-members or $95 for junior counselors. More info: 7735126, COYOTE PUPS SUMMER CAMP Dancing Deer Farm hosts a week of kids activities including earth art, gardening, and more from June 18-22. Open to children ages 3-6. 9am-12pm, Dancing Deer Farm, 2975 Vineyard, Templeton. $50 per day or $150 for the week. More info: 550-9900,, NATURE ADVENTURES Outside Now and Pismo Parks and Recreation are offering a collaborative summer camp in the Pismo Beach area July 9-14. Children will increase their knowledge of local ecology and ethnobotany while gaining skills in bird language, animal tracking, and wilderness survival. 9am-3pm, City of Pismo Beach, 760 Mattie Rd., Pismo Beach. $300. More info: 541-9900,, BEACH CAMP At Beach Camp, you will do art projects, learn oceanography lessons, and play in the sand and salt water. Beach Camp focuses on learning

Summer Guide 2012 Miss Laura is bringing her special Coyote Pups Camp to the beautiful Dancing Deer Farm from July 30-August 3. We will meet for circle gratitudes, wander the farm making earth art, stroll through the organic garden, and return to our tipi for stories. There will be singing, dancing, and much adventuring - all in three hours. Ages 3-6 welcome. 9am-12pm, Dancing Deer Farm, 2975 Vineyard, Templeton. $150 for 5 days or $50 per day. More info: 550-9900,, WISDOM SERIES EVENT LAUNCH Global Alliance for Balance and Healing will launch its special five-part series, “The Wisdom Series” on May 17. The theme of the evening is “Healing,” and the event will feature celebrated author and teacher Louise Hay as its keynote speaker. Wendy McKenna, Holistic Healer and Founder of Global Alliance, will open the evening with a talk entitled “Self Responsibility: The Path to Wholeness.” 6-9:30pm, Mondo Cellars Winery, 3260 Nacimiento Lake Drive, Paso Robles. $30, $45 for food. More info: 438-4347, elizabeth@globa-

RANGER-LED HIKE AT IRISH HILLS Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes for this May 20 hike. To reach the trail head from the Highway 101, take Los Osos Valley Road north towards Los Osos. Turn left on Madonna Road. Follow the street to the end and park. 1-3pm, Irish Hills, Madonna Road, SLO. More info: 544-1777, programs@ SLO STEWARDS TRAIL WORK AT JOHNSON RANCH Volunteer to help the environment by improving trails May 26. Meet at the turnout located at the intersection of South Higuera St. and Ontario Rd. Trail head is on the right, just off the freeway. Volunteers should bring gloves, water, lunch, and sunscreen. 9am-12pm, Johnson Ranch, SLO. More info: 544-1777, programs@ NATURAL SAN LUIS DOCENT HIKE AT RESERVOIR CANYON Embark on a docent led hike June 9 and help restore the trail. To reach the trail head, take Highway 101 north. About a mile past city limits, turn right onto Reservoir Canyon Road. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. 9-11am, Reservoir

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about our world and respecting it in all that we do. Beach camp is for kids ages 6 - 12. There is a maximum of 6 campers for this event. Camp runs from July 23-27, 9am-3pm , Avila Beach, Front St., Avila Beach. $250. More info: 550-9900,, COYOTE PUPS BEACH CAMP Beach Camp sets aside 4 spaces during the morning session for campers ages 3-6 (Coyote Pups). They will join the older campers, but will have one staff overseeing their activities. There will be arts and crafts, nature lessons and tide pool exploration. Space is limited to 4 campers. Camp runs from July 23-27, 9am-12pm, Avila Beach, Front Street, Avila Beach. $150/5 days or $50/day. More info: 550-9900,, WILDERNESS EXPLORERS Join Outside Now mentors from July 30-August 3 and discover some of the many diverse ecosystems in San Luis Obispo County. Participants will increase their knowledge of local ecology and ethnobotany as well as improve skills in animal tracking and wilderness survival. Transportation to the various trail locations in the SLO area will be provided. Ages 8 - 12 are welcome. 9am-3pm, Santa Rosa Park, San Luis Obispo. $300. More info: 550-9900,, COYOTE PUPS SUMMER CAMP

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Originally created as a radio he Botanical Engineers has a play by Morro Bay playwright and uniquely cartoony feel to it. It’s musician Devin Wallace, the show was the kind of play where a newbie produced for National Public Radio’s CIA agent and his overbearing boss NPR Playhouse in 1991. are liable to erupt Recently, it’s been revived into song and begin by Espressivo! Chamber tango dancing together Get green Theatre, a countywide aggressively, where a The Botanical Engineers, traveling theater company plant can communicate presented by Espressivo! founded by Wallace and through a series of Chamber Theatre, opens fellow thespian David bizarre gestures, and Friday, May 18, and runs through Thursday, June 7, at Hance. characters can morph locations all over San Luis The Botanical Engineers from wicked to good Obispo County. Visit esprescomes to life through a in less than an hour, for tickets or story recounted by a rather shaking their heads at more information. leafy-looking granddad how pointless their lives (Jonathan Shadrach), to were 20 minutes ago. his equally leafy young The Botanical Engineers feels very much like a show written for granddaughter (Livi Dom). Both, children, and yet there are nuggets of STAGE continued page 57 wry, sophisticated humor to be found. PHOTO COURTESY OF ESPRESSIVO! CHAMBER THEATRE

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ZELONIPHUS ATTACK! A CIA agent gets implanted with the DNA of a highly intelligent plant in Devin Wallace’s original play The Botanical Engineers, presented by Espressivo! Chamber Theatre.

we soon come to understand, are human-plant hybrids, just like everyone else in the world. Grandpa, cutely called “Poppy,” admits that he was once a full-blooded human called Burt Jenkins—much to his granddaughter’s disgust. He begins to explain the dawning of the “green age,” and a story within a story begins. The world was being overrun by cement and steel, so rebel botanist Dr. Eva Stomata (played by Toni Young) teamed up with a highly intelligent, fast-growing plant called the Zeloniphus (Jean Miller, completely obscured by greenery) in an effort to turn the world’s dead, gray metropolises into lush habitats. But the radical efforts of Eva and her plant allies to uproot buildings and replace them with jungles landed her in hot water with the CIA, who labeled her an eco-terrorist. (“They were destroyers of our way of life,” older Burt explains to his granddaughter, when she indignantly asks him why. “But your way of life sucked,” she innocently replies.) So younger Burt, a brand-new CIA agent (played by David Hance), presumed to be an expert on the subject based on a master’s thesis he paid someone else to write, gets smacked with the case by his intimidating boss Osbourne (a hilarious Michael Siebrass). Problem is, Burt actually doesn’t know a thing about eco-terrorism, is easily frightened, and suffers from a debilitating crush on Eva. When he finally finds her and the Zeloniphus hiding in a cave, it looks like Burt may not be terribly incompetent after all. But then he accidentally gets implanted with the plant’s DNA, which renders him utterly useless to the CIA—but very important to Eva’s green revolution. Espressivo! performances tend to be light, compact, original, and infused with live music, and The Botanical Engineers is no exception. Founded in 2010, the company entered the local theater scene with an Irish-themed double feature of Wallace’s original Celtic musical And the Sea Shall Provide and W.B. Yeats’ The Cat and the Moon. Last summer, the company returned with Wallace’s Lunatics in Love, a play about a doctor who, during the French Revolution, opens a posh mental institution where wealthy aristocrats can avoid the guillotine by pretending to be insane. The Botanical Engineers, which opens Friday, May 18, and travels to some unexpected but fitting locales— among them the SLO Botanical Garden—may be too earnest for some tastes. However, those looking for a buoyant comedy with a positive environmental message and the assurance of a happy ending can do no wrong here. ∆ Arts Editor Anna Weltner types with a green thumb. Contact her at

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Few words, many rules Announcing our 25th annual 55 Fiction short story contest


wenty-five years ago, New Times founder Steve Moss dreamed up a short story competition that would make James Joyce salivate. He challenged readers to tell a tale of love, murder, intrigue, adventure, or revenge in 55 words or less. The competition caught on, and soon entries from around the country streamed in. They came from third graders, inmates, professional writers, and foreigners practicing their English. The word limit was both tantalizing and intimidating. After all, the English language has 1,010,649.7 words and counting—this according to the Global Language Monitor—and all the competition requires is a piddling 55. But no sooner did writers begin crafting their micro masterpieces than the realization of their enormous difficulty set in. Shorter doesn’t mean easier, but those who have mastered the genre sure make it seem that way. That’s why, as the submission deadline for this year’s competition approaches (psst: it’s June 4, 2012), we bring you the official contest rules—plus a few tips to help you on your way. The winners will see their brilliance printed in a New Times cover story on July 5, 2012. Official rule No. 1: It has to be a story. Not a poem, a wish, a thought, a rehashed joke, or the punch line from a commercial that you saw—which, by the way, we probably did, too. By “story,” we mean that it should have a setting, characters, a conflict, and a resolution. If this sounds like a lot to fit into 55 words, consider that “setting,” “characters,” and “conflict” can be encapsulated by two warring voices inside a person’s head. Also, characters needn’t be human, or even animate. Your protagonist might be a Twinkie, your villain a freshly sharpened pencil. By “conflict,” we simply mean that something must happen. And by “resolution,” we mean an outcome. Something must be learned— by the reader anyway, even if your characters are none the wiser. There are other rules, but first, consider these choice specimens from years past.

Logan, the SelfProclaimed Giraffe

“I am a giraffe!” Logan shrieked to his mom from outside. “No, you’re not,” his mom yelled back. But, in fact, Logan was a giraffe. He ate leaves every day for every meal. He hadn’t eaten anything else since spring. Yet Logan’s mother was concerned. Winter was coming, and the leaves were falling and dying. —Gabe Birkley

At the Bar

“Afternoon, Detective. What’ll it be?” “Anything, George, provided it’s strong.” “I judge that cryogenics lab break-in didn’t turn up any leads?”

“Not this time, George. … God, this drink’s good.” “Glad you like it, Detective. That drink’s new. Boss says it’s from concentrate.” —Horatio Bartle

Letter to Arturo

Dear Arturo, I’m sorry, but I ran over your cat, or gato as you would say. I will buy you a new one, and we can have a fiesta with tacos, sombreros, and a piñata. I know this will not bring back Señor Mittens, but it will make you feel better. Viva La Alamo, Zander —Zander Pingel

all been part of rule No. 1 (“it must be a • Numerals like 5, 67, and 1,087 story”). The other rules are as follows: count as a single word. However, • No more than 55 words. You don’t written out as words, they fall under have to force the story into 55 words the hyphenation rule. Sixty-seven is two exactly, but this word count is not to be words; 67 is one. exceeded. • Punctuation is free. Help yourself to A “word” counts as a word as much of it as you want. if it is found in the dictionary. We won’t tell your word Hyphenated words count count. It was all as individual words. AcidFinally, once you’ve a dream damaged poetry? Three finished tinkering with Send entries to this year’s words. Exceptions include your tiny tale, get it to us by 55 Fiction short story contest to 55 Fiction, 1010 Marsh St., words like re-open and reMonday, June 4, at 5 p.m. San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, start, which connect words to Late entries will go into next or e-mail them to 55fiction@ prefixes that are not words in year’s pile. Due to the huge The deadtheir own right. amount of submissions we line is Monday, June 4, by 5 • The title isn’t part of the receive, we will not be able to p.m. Good luck! 55-word count, but it may not confirm receipt of the stories. exceed seven words. However, if yours gets in to • You may submit as many stories as our July 5 issue, you’ll be hearing from us. you like, but no more than one story to a Send or deliver it to 1010 Marsh St., page. Each page must also include your San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or e-mail it name, city, and how you can be reached. to Or just call • Contractions are single words. We us up and read it to us over the phone! shan’t, mustn’t, oughtn’t, and daren’t Just kidding. Do not do that. ∆ count them as two. • An initial is one word. J.R.R. Tolkien? Arts Editor Anna Weltner bought a radar Four words. However, acronyms like gun for this year’s contest. Contact her at NASA or GOP count as one word.

All of these are perfectly realized stories. They have a setting, or at least hint of one. A backyard, a bar, a driveway. They have characters, one of them obliviously racist, another unwittingly murderous—perhaps! Ha ha! Things happen, though not necessarily in the present. And we come away having learned something about our characters, like that one of them is either delusional or a giraffe. But for every killer story we come across, there are 100 tired clichés we continue to encounter over the years. Chief among them is the it-wasall-a-dream ending. Cut that out, OK? Then there are the countless stories that appear to be about sex, but turn out to be about something silly and mundane, like peeling a hard-boiled egg. And the ones that appear to be about a human character displaying very odd behavior, but then, in an unsurprising twist, the character turns out to be an animal. Like, “Susan meowed and rubbed her head on Scott’s leg. She wanted a treat.” A few sentences later: “After all, Susan is a cat.” Please, stop writing these. They are no longer charming. Anyway, this has ARTWORK BY NEAL BRETON

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