Paso Robles wineries capture top honors

Wines from Paso Robles collected half of the Sweepstakes awards in this month’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which attracted 5,000 entries. [MercuryNews] 2011 Sweepstakes winners: Alapay Cellars — 2009 Paso Robles Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc $30.00 Ecluse Wines —... (Continue reading)

Concert Review: Willie Nelson at Chumash

BY COLIN JONES Willie Nelson is one of those rare artists, like Bob Dylan, whose half-century body of work is overwhelming. He’s also someone whose classic songs are often more memorable and popular when recorded by others. And like Dylan,... (Continue reading)

Legends show a classic at the Clark Center

BY COLIN JONES A little piece of Vegas has invaded the Central Coast to ring in 2011, which is not necessarily a good thing. But after a thoroughly enjoyable, if a bit kitschy, Best of the Original Legends Series’ show... (Continue reading)

Review: Jon Anderson at Spanos Theater

BY COLIN JONES Some perfomers are great entertainers, musicians or storytellers but rarely all three combined. Jon Anderson, former lead vocalist from the prog-rock supergroup Yes and proud Arroyo Grande resident is an exception. And the close-to-capacity crowd for his... (Continue reading)

The Beatles come together for a photo shoot

On this 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, let’s pause and have a Beatles flashback. Thanks to Jeff B. for sending along this rarely-seen, but classic photo of John, Ringo, Paul, and George, only moments away from shooting... (Continue reading)

Beatles on iTunes: “We can work it out”

Media speculation is rampant about a possible announcement that the Beatles music catalog may soon (finally!) be available on iTunes. [LA Times] An agreement for legal downloading of the group’s cherished catalog of more than 200 songs recorded from 1962-1970... (Continue reading)

“Danno” from Hawaii 5-0 books no more

James MacArthur, who played Danny “Danno” Williams in the long-running TV series “Hawaii 5-0,” died Thursday in Florida of natural causes. He was 72. [LA Times] MacArthur, the adopted son of stage legends Helen Hayes and Charles MacArthur, enjoyed a... (Continue reading)

Google developing self-driving cars

The future has arrived. It is coming by car. And apparently, according to experts, the car is driving itself. Google officials revealed Saturday that they are hard at work on road-testing cars driven, not by humans, but by artificial intelligence.... (Continue reading)

Travel: Rafting with the Hualapai

By DAVID CONGALTON Second in a series When it comes to whitewater rafting, certain rivers pop into mind. Folks talk up the American River and the Kern River and the Upper Sacramento, or the Lower Klamath. All fine places, I’m... (Continue reading)

The CCN Interview: Dennis Palumbo

By DAVID CONGALTON Writer Dennis Palumbo has many fans on the Central Coast, thanks to his regular appearances as a presenter at the Cuesta College Writers’ Conference. Palumbo knows his craft on many levels. He started out in Hollywood back... (Continue reading)