California sweet potatoes get a late start

Sweet potato lovers, take heart! Your little, nutrient-rich tubers are doing just fine. After a slow start because of unusually wet weather, the crop, which thrives in warm, tropical climates, has begun to flourish again. [Merced Sun-Star] Unseasonably wet weather... (Continue reading)

Weekend spotlight

It’s mid-July with barbecue, bonfire and beach party season in full swing. But instead of firing up the grill for a block party this weekend, take advantage of a weekend packed with fabulous outdoor concerts and festivals. The Central Coat will... (Continue reading)

Weekend spotlight: Drag shows, alligators and ice cream

San Luis Obispo County started summer off with its fair amount of “June gloom,” but July has brought the shining sun, a free concert by Taylor Dayne, a block party featuring a 300 pound ice cream sandwich and a wild... (Continue reading)

Movie Review: Larry Crowne

BY MIRANDA FORESMAN There is something nice about getting out of your own life and visiting someone else’s for a few hours. Larry Crowne is a nice enough getaway, but I just don’t feel like it got far enough away.... (Continue reading)

Chef Rick heads to the Far West(ern)

Chef Rick’s, the upscale funky Orcutt restaurant that tempted more than a few foodies to make the trek south from San Luis Obispo County, has closed after 22 years. [Santa Maria Times] The iconic eatery, tucked away in the corner... (Continue reading)

Willie Nelson brings country crew to Pozo Saloon

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Willie Nelson capped off a country music festival for the ages Saturday at Pozo Saloon. Thought to be the largest single-day concert in San Luis Obispo County history, Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown featured 16 artists spanning eight... (Continue reading)

Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown coming to Pozo Saloon

By KARLEE PRAZAK In what appears to be the largest one day musical event San Luis Obispo County has ever experienced, Willie Nelson’s Country Showdown, featuring 16 artists playing full sets on three stages, will rock the Pozo Saloon on... (Continue reading)

Movie Review: The Green Lantern

BY MIRANDA FORESMAN Dear Ryan Reynolds, I’m afraid we must break up. After anticipating your film Green Lantern for what feels like years, the majority of your body didn’t even show up. You let them CGI your tush in. Other... (Continue reading)

Movie Review: Midnight in Paris

BY DAVID CONGALTON The good news is that Midnight in Paris is one of the stronger Woody Allen films of the last 20 years. There are, I submit, three main phases of Allen’s iconic career as a director. First came... (Continue reading)

Facebook fatigue?

New figures released Monday report that Facebook, the popular social networking site, lost members in both the U.S. and Canada last month. [AFP] Facebook had 687 million members at the start of June, said Inside Facebook, which closely tracks developments... (Continue reading)