San Luis Obispo
Ever since Junipero Serra went up in search of Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo has been a space in between - an area of rest, a thorough way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is this distance from the main urban hubs that has afforded the area the capacity to retain, preserve and celebrate its agrarian Mexican and Spanish past and allowed its cities and towns to grow at a sustainable rate. This lifestyle, coupled with the emergence of a robust wine industry, has attracted a myriad of writers and artists that are exploring the cultural ethos of the area.
Highlights
Going Nuclear: Artists and Activists Take On Diablo Canyon
The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is the focus of a new art exhibit pairing editorial cartoons with heavily redacted communications between government bodies that regulate it.
Ghosts of Taiwan: C. Hite Grapples With Her Past
C. Hite's new multi-disciplinary exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is largely informed by her childhood spent in the war-torn island nation of Taiwain.
New Play 'pool '63' Dives Into America's Civil Rights Struggle
The new play "pool '63" revisits a pivotal chapter in American civil rights history while drawing clear parallels between the nation's past and current conflicts.
Inga Swearingen Explores Swedish Jazz Roots on the Central Coast
Inga Swearingen Explores Swedish Jazz Roots on the Central Coast
Pedro Arroyo and Catherine J. Trujillo interview Swedish-American jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen in two of her most treasured environments.
The Many Lives of the Fremont Theater
The Many Lives of the Fremont Theater
The Fremont movie theater in San Luis Obispo is a historic construction. With the decreased appeal for movie houses, owners plan to reinvent the downtown property.
Crossed-Cultural Coast: Art and Rituals of the Central Coast
Crossed-Cultural Coast: Art and Rituals of the Central Coast
Although often described as monochromatic in regards to the ethnic makeup of the community, there are diverse groups of people who are finding ways to foster meaningful cross-cultural experiences in San Luis Obispo.
Around the Counties: Cruising the Central Coast with Sarah Linn
Around the Counties: Cruising the Central Coast with Sarah Linn
Columnist Sarah Linn and San Luis Obispo County resident discusses the local art scene in her area.
Festival Mozaic Brings Class Acts To the Central Coast
Festival Mozaic Brings Class Acts To the Central Coast
This month, classical music artists and aficionados will flock to California's Central Coast for Festival Mozaic.
Making Faces with Oaxacan Mask Crafter Jesus Avila
Making Faces with Oaxacan Mask Crafter Jesus Avila
Pedro Arroyo and curator Catherine Trujillo meet Oaxaca native and Los Osos resident Jesus Avila, who offers a glimpse into his woodworking studio where he carves and designs wooden masks used in traditional Oaxacan dances.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

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Music

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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