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Facebook now second most-popular website

Facebook has surpassed Yahoo to become the second most popular web site in the U.S., according to Compete, a Web analytics firm. Only Google attracts more visitors. [Los Angeles Times] Facebook attracted nearly 134 million unique visitors just in January,... (Continue reading)

Theatre Review: “I Hate Hamlet” and Vaudeville Revue are delightful and distracting

By C.L. ALEXANDER So . . . the current playbill at The Great American Melodrama in Oceano is stuffed to overflowing with something we all need more of in the midst of economic, political and personal woes: diversion. It is... (Continue reading)

Movie Review: Crazy Heart

BY DAVID CONGALTON You have seen this movie before. Many times. In some ways, “Crazy Heart” is the cinematic twin of last year’s “The Wrestler.” Stop me if you’ve heard this one before—aging former wrestling/country music legend hits rock bottom... (Continue reading)

Chronicle discovers Paso Robles

Last Sunday’s Chronicle features a nice travel tip of the hat to Paso Robles, a place the paper calls “Wine country with a rural feel.” [San Francisco Chronicle] “Twenty-five years ago, Paso Robles was cowboy country. Now there are more... (Continue reading)

Theatre Review: “Mousetrap” merits more applause

By C.L. ALEXANDER So . . . it’s terribly, terribly hard to cast a community theatre production in which all of the actors seem perfectly suited to their roles. Directors facing a shortage of age-appropriate, gender-appropriate or (dare it even... (Continue reading)

Theatre Review: Cambria gets “Finishing Touches”

By C.L. ALEXANDER So . . . it’s perplexing to contemplate that only three decades later the 1970s may already represent a bygone era in modern theatre. Jean Kerr’s 1973 play Finishing Touches is most certainly a dinosaur from that... (Continue reading)

Alan Arkin coming to SLO Film Festival

Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin will receive this year’s King Vidor Award at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. The actor comes to town Saturday, March 20, to accept the honor at the Fremont Theater. Arkin is best known for... (Continue reading)

AG’s Zac Efron makes all the right moves

Arroyo Grande native-turned-Hollywood-star Zac Efron is ready for his Hollywood close-up with a pair of new movie projects, designed to shake up his Disney-fied teen idol image. [Deadline Hollywood] Efron has just inked a deal with Universal Pictures to star... (Continue reading)

Remembering “Mean Mike” Veron

BY DAVID CONGALTON It’s January again, so inevitably I start thinking about “Mean Mike” Veron. He died from cancer just around this time back in 1998. Hard to believe it’s been 12 years–it seems like only yesterday that Mike was... (Continue reading)

Lady Tie Di to pen memoir of “The Otter”

Dianne Brooke, aka former Central Coast radio personality “Lady Tie Di,” plans to write a memoir about KOTR, the eclectic, free form FM station broadcasting from Cambria from 1984 to 1999. Known to listeners as “The Otter,” KOTR featured local... (Continue reading)