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)

San Luis Obispo: “Where joy seems to be in the tap water”

Everyone thought that Disneyland was the happiest place on earth. Guess again. According to a new book–and we’re not making this up, we swear–it’s San Luis Obispo, “where joy seems to be in the tap water.” [Parade] Yep. Parade, that... (Continue reading)

Review: Sheryl Crow at Chumash Casino

By COLIN P. JONES Sheryl Crow reminds me of Neil Young, in the sense that the reigning queen of rock bends and challenges musical genres every time she steps into the studio.  While this shows lots of creative moxie, it... (Continue reading)

“More Than Stars” shoots in San Luis Obispo

A low-budget independent movie, based on the experiences of a former New Times writer, is currently being shot in and around San Luis Obispo. The second week of a planned 16-day shoot for “More Than Stars” has wrapped. Directed by... (Continue reading)

Last call for Writers’ Conference

Time is running out to attend next weekend’s 26th annual Central Coast Writers’ Conference at Cuesta College. The annual event, scheduled for next Friday night and Saturday, September 17-18, is expected to draw approximately 250 writers from around the state.... (Continue reading)