Sunday, July 27, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 20

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The outside theater


The outside theater

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and PLAY Inc. are collaborating for a series of free family movie screenings in local parks at sundown during the summer. The movie 42 will be showing, appropriately, at Edwards Baseball Field. Locals are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics to help enjoy the show.

Movies in the Park is presented by the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and PLAY Inc. with a screening of 42 on July 26 at Edwards Baseball Field, Santa Maria. Free. More info: 925-0951, Ext. 263; dsmitherman@cityofsantamaria.org; or cityofsantamaria.org.

Celebrating culture


Celebrating culture

The Obon Festival is an annual cultural celebration organized by locals of Japanese descent. The event includes traditional food, music, and dance, including the Bon Odori dance. Whether you enjoy the bright and beautiful traditional clothing or the delicious cuisine that comes from the not-so-small island, the annual Obon Festival is the place to sample them all.

The Obon Festival is the annual cultural event celebrating food, dance, and fun on July 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at Veteran’s Community Center, 313 W. Tunnell St., Santa Maria. Free. More info: 343-1053.

Welcome the world premiere


Welcome the world premiere

PCPA Theaterfest always enjoys presenting a piece of classic stagecraft, such as the current production of Oklahoma! But the world-class theater arts conservatory is also dedicated to contemporary theater, including the upcoming production of The San Patricios by Jose Cruz Gonzalez. The story relates historic events with dramatic style, and the production will enjoy its world premiere thanks to PCPA Theaterfest and the talented artists there.

PCPA Theaterfest presents its production of The San Patricios showing July 31 through Aug. 17 at the Marian Theatre and Aug. 28 through Sept. 7 at the Solvang Festival Theater. The Marian Theatre is at Allan Hancock College, 800 S. College, Santa Maria. More info: 922-8313 or pcpa.org.