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Santa Maria Sun / Arts

PCPA's props department brings out the puppets for production of 'Shrek The Musical'

JOE PAYNE

Tucked away into a small room just offstage of Allan Hancock College’s Marian Theatre is a winged, red-scaled, and lipstick-wearing dragon, ready for her big number. Well, the dragon is really a puppet held up by wooden scaffolding, awaiting the five puppeteers who will help spread her leathe...

The Great American Melodrama gets punny with 'Under the Boardwalk'

CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Great American Melodrama definitely has a thing for puns, but Under the Boardwalk might be as punny as it gets on that little stage in Oceano. Rapping clams, roller-skating gulls, and a DJing starfish get a little dirty under the pier in this kooky Westside Story meets Pismo Beach tale about a ...

Santa Barbara County Animal Services hopes to expand kids reading program

JOE PAYNE

Santa Barbara County Animal Services shared a post on its Facebook page announcing the expansion of a program that gets young people involved in volunteering and socializing the animals at county shelters. A teenager named Allegra, whose parents were unable to adopt a dog for her, began visiting the...

Temple Beth El will host bluegrass music July 4

JOE PAYNE

Temple Beth El in Santa Maria hosts an Independence Day celebration with a barbecue lunch and live music by bluegrass group Blue Moonshine. Described as “high octane bluegrass music,” Blue Moonshine will perform with special guest steel guitar player John Clarke. The barbecue lunch inclu...

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. holds Americana Festival at Buellton brewery

JOE PAYNE

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. announced a day of concerts at its flagship brewery in Buellton, scheduled for July 3, and featuring a lineup of Americana-style bands. Four bands will perform beginning at 1 p.m. and rocking their distinct blend of American music genres into the evening. Americana F...