Saturday, April 29, 2017     Volume: 18, Issue: 8

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Lend me a stage: PCPA's Brad Carroll directs the play he co-wrote and premiered in London's West End, 'Lend Me a Tenor the Musical,' for its Central Coast debut

Cover Story

Lend me a stage: PCPA's Brad Carroll directs the play he co-wrote and premiered in London's West End, 'Lend Me a Tenor the Musical,' for its Central Coast debut


You don’t need much help to find the rehearsal space where Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) actors and students prepare for their productions. I followed a loose list of directions, turning down the small asphalt road behind Costco’s tire service center, convinced for a brief moment I was lost. A small group of people was gathered on the lawn in front of th... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Lend me a stage: PCPA's Brad Carroll directs the play he co-wrote and premiered in London's West End, 'Lend Me a Tenor the Musical,' for its Central Coast debut
Commentary: County is wasting money on helicopters
Biz Spotlight: Spotlight on: Mobile Phone Investigations
Sports Lead: Driven to disc: The Santa Maria Showdown welcomes disc golfers of all ages to compete at Waller Park
News: Suspected Easter shooter charged with murder


Local Assembly member backs higher standards for oil drilling, farmer equity


Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) is backing initiatives that support chemical reporting transparency for oil and gas extractions and equality for farmers ...

Suspected Easter shooter charged with murder


A Lompoc man who allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in Santa Maria early on Easter Sunday was arrested by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies on April 19 an...

Three maps chosen for prospective Santa Maria districts


Santa Maria got a taste of what political jurisdictions could look like on April 20, when three proposed district maps approved by the city were presented during a special Cit...

Fisherman loses appeal in civil rights cases involving panga boat


A fisherman who was cited by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office deputies after refusing to turn over a panga boat he discovered off El Capitan Beach lost an appeal on...

Supervisors discuss cuts to Behavioral Wellness and Social Services in light of budget shortfall


Santa Barbara County’s Social Services and Behavioral Wellness departments will likely take the brunt of county budget slashes for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, according t...

Hobnobbing with Helen

Murder in Morocco, staged at the Vocational Training Center’s (VTC) A Street Café, was an off, off, off Broadway play. This one-act drama, a lot of fun to watch...

Political Watch 4/27/17

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) got heckled at a town hall meeting she hosted on April 17 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San Francisco. The town hall was organ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Mobile Phone Investigations


Hypothetical scenario: You drop your smartphone into the toilet, damaging the screen and other electronic aspects of the device. Beside the obvious monetary loss, you’ve...


County is wasting money on helicopters


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Janet Wolf and Steve Lavagnino refused to meet with me regarding Santa Barbara County’s Air Support Unit. I thought I would inform you, ...


A Muslim speaks

By Adam Khan - Islamic Center of Santa Maria

I have been reading some irresponsible “opinions” in this publication regarding Muslims. These messages do not say anything about Muslims or Islam but rather about...

The cost of the new gas tax

By Michael Southern - Santa Maria

I read that the California tax on gasoline and diesel fuel is going to be raised by $0.12 per gallon in the motor vehicle fuel (gasoline) tax imposed by bill SB 1. There will ...

Support the Bob Jones trail

By Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

Dear supervisors and fellow citizens of SLO county, I support the Bob Jones Trail Expansion Project  and I encourage you to keep supporting it as you have done in the pas...

A special place in SLO

By Ethel Landers - Santa Maria

Sometimes you find a hidden gem just around the corner, and this is the case at 1060 Palm St., San Luis Obispo. The GALA Center is a nonprofit organization offering support an...

Have your say on Nipomo's water rates

By Mario Iglesias - Nipomo Community Services District, general manager

The mission of the Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD) is to provide its customers with reliable, quality, and cost-effective services now and in the future. The increa...


Driven to disc: The Santa Maria Showdown welcomes disc golfers of all ages to compete at Waller Park


A plastic disc zips through the air and clinks into the metal chains of a disc golf basket at Waller Park. Score! People play disc golf there daily, but on April 29, the secon...

Bree Foerster


Nineteen-year-old Bree Foerster made the transition from dance student to dance teacher when she started working at the Coastal Dance and Music Academy (CDMA) in Arroyo Grande...

School Scene

Chumash aim focus on education


The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is taking on a couple of educational initiatives, including the fight to implement Native American studies into middle and high school c...

American GI Forum Education Foundation awards scholarships


The American GI Forum Education Foundation of Santa Maria awarded a total of $25,000 in scholarships to 35 students on April 21, according to foundation treasurer Helen Galvan...


What a headache

Ugh, here it is again, that hellish thing we’ve all been dreading. No, I’m not talking about the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors’ budget hearing...

Street Wise

If you had to perform in a play or musical, which one would it be?

Mel Petten Justine Garcia Manuel Vargas Jasmine Zamora


Bringing the laughs: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood bring their comedy tour to the Chumash


Even when they aren’t onstage with each other or even in the same room, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood can’t stop joking around about one another. “I feel ...

Stilt walker entertains kids of all ages at Santa Maria's Strawberry Festival


The moment Karen Quest talks about kids, her voice lights up. “Everything is beautiful when I’m talking to family and kids,” she said. “I’m in t...

Local artists beautify Santa Maria utility boxes


The city of Santa Maria chose four local artists—Matthew Betancourt, Edward Chavarria, Melissa Johnson-Barash, and Ruben Espinoza—to beautify traffic signal utilit...

Santa Maria Arts Council announces arts competition winners


The Santa Maria Arts Council (SMAC) plans to honor the winners of the Individual Grants in the Arts Competition at a dinner and awards ceremony on May 15. Winning artists&rsqu...


Boldly old


Last month I had a birthday, and I am now 63 years old. At this stage of my life, I have grown in many ways, leaving me with just one question. What the hell happened? Who...


SipMusic Club pairs wine with local albums in Lompoc


There are literally hundreds of wine clubs available up and down the Central Coast, but only one comes with a new album from a local band. SipMusic Club came about when local...


'Free Fire' delivers gleefully vacuous Tarantino-lite fare

Director and co-writer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, High-Rise) helms this action-packed crime thriller about an arms deal gone wrong. Set in Boston in 1978, two rival ...


The Bear and Star restaurant opening in Los Olivos


On a warm Tuesday night in April, Chef John Cox nervously moved from room to room as crowds of well-dressed diners, well-wishers, and food critics flooded into the Fess Parker...

Hot Stuff

Berry good time

The Strawberry Festival is back once again in Santa Maria, featuring a variety of activities and attractions for kids and grown-ups. Fun things to do include cooking demonstra...

Help our furry friends

Join the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society’s Four-Legged Affair for a fun evening to help animals in need. Featuring Miss Kitty and Quick Draw McPaw’s Casino Night...

Tri-tip for a cause

The Lompoc Cares For Kids Benefit Dinner and Drawing benefits local youth and features live entertainment and local wine tasting on April 29. Tickets include chicken and tri-t...