Cal Poly student wins big on “Wheel of Fortune”

Fourth year Biology major Katie Berger shouldn’t have any problem paying tuition after winning nearly $50,000 on TV’s “Wheel of Fortune.” [KSBY] The Cal Poly student won $49,493 in cash and prizes in an episode that aired locally Thursday night.... (Continue reading)

Dining Out: The Neon Carrot

By DAVID CONGALTON I am but a poor media peon, so The Park was one of those wonderful San Luis Obispo restaurants normally out of my budget. I could go if others were paying, or it was a truly special... (Continue reading)

Picasso sells for (gulp) $106.5 million at auction

A 1932 portrait by Pablo Picasso, capturing his lover on canvas, has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. [Los Angeles Times] The painting, “Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust” went for $106.5 million Tuesday night at Christie’s New... (Continue reading)

The eyes of Texas are upon us

Nice write-up about the Central Coast by the travel writer for the Houston Chronicle in last Friday’s paper. [Houston Chronicle] Kristin Finan and her husband recently spent a long three-day weekend hanging out at the Madonna Inn and wandering through... (Continue reading)

Journalist Evan Thomas comes to Hearst Castle

Newsweek editor and bestselling nonfiction author Evan Thomas is coming to the Hearst Castle Visitors Center on Saturday, May 8. Thomas will be in the main gift shop from 1 to 4 p.m., signing copies of his new book, The... (Continue reading)

Places to Go: The lilacs of Descanso Gardens

Here’s a place we’ve always had a hankering to visit. Descanso Gardens is tucked away in the quiet foothills of La Canada Flintridge, just off the 210, outside Los Angeles. Visitors get to meander 150 acres of what one writer... (Continue reading)

Travel: Catalina calling

By DAVID CONGALTON it is almost May, so thoughts once again turn towards Santa Catalina Island. Charlotte and I have been making yearly pilgrimages to Catalina since 1995, mostly in May for our wedding anniversary. Heading for Catalina has become... (Continue reading)

Theatre Review: “Taking Leave”

By C.L. ALEXANDER So . . . let’s make something very, very clear right up front about “Taking Leave,” a comedy by the award-winning playwright Nagle Jackson directed by the amazing Anet Carlin, currently onstage at San Luis Obispo Little... (Continue reading)

New York Times spotlights Pismo Beach

“This breezy, easygoing city on the central coast midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is a throwback to endless summers gone by, a time when you could drive on the beach, build a fire in the sand and camp... (Continue reading)

Theatre Review: Looking for “Love” at the Melodrama

By C.L. ALEXANDER So . . . the time is ‘nigh on one hundred years ago, the setting is a lumber camp deep in the woods of the upper Midwest, and four lonely lumberjacks seeking solace in music are tossing... (Continue reading)