Memorial Day events around the county

Enjoy your day off on Monday, but also try to take some time to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Spend part of the time honoring the men and women who sacrificed in order to preserve our freedom. There are... (Continue reading)

Inga Swearingen prepares for Wolf Trap

Inga Swearingen, everyone’s favorite jazz vocalist on the Central Coast, is skipping the usual Memorial Day weekend trappings–no barbecues or volleyball for the popular Atascadero-based singer. Instead, Swearingen is winging her way towards Virginia and a performance on Saturday at... (Continue reading)

Video Pick: Coyote

By DAVID CONGALTON Steve is 31, already retired, and bored with life. He made his money quick and easy as a successful Tucson entrepreneur. Now he plays golf, lectures other young wannabe Donald Trumps and acts bemused as his beautiful... (Continue reading)

Good sign: More Americans planning to get away this summer

A new study suggests that more Americans are planning on going somewhere on vacation this summer, staying longer, and spending more money. [Los Angeles Times] The study, released Monday by American Express, reports that of those Americans who plan to... (Continue reading)

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)