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
SLO Pano: Brian Lawler's Wide-Angled Landscapes
Brian Lawler's appreciation for unsullied landscapes is at the heart of his exhibition "SLO Pano," which runs Feb. 14 through March 30 at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
San Luis Obispo's Micro-Libraries and Art-Object Books
Artists and librarians in San Luis Obispo experiment with traditional methods of reading, lending, and publishing of books.
Exploring Arab Music on the Central Coast
Two Central Coast performance groups -- Cal Poly's Arab Music Ensemble and UC Santa Barbara's Middle East Ensemble -- serve as cultural ambassadors to the community.
Finding the Metaphor: Al Schnupp Sets the Stage for Art
Finding the Metaphor: Al Schnupp Sets the Stage for Art
Al Schnupp's collection of assemblages and sculptures explores themes like fate, family, war and greed using a mixture of text, caricature, archetypal imagery, and miniature scenography.
On a Roll: Erin Inglish Spreads Her Musical Message By Bicycle
On a Roll: Erin Inglish Spreads Her Musical Message By Bicycle
San Luis Obispo singer-songwriter Erin Inglish will be traveling roughly 1,000 miles by bicycle from Humboldt County to San Diego in support of sustainability and her new album.
They've Got the World on a String
They've Got the World on a String
A community of local luthiers -- people who make and repair stringed instruments -- thrives along the Central Coast.
San Luis Obispo Church Celebrates Artists' Divine Spark
San Luis Obispo Church Celebrates Artists' Divine Spark
The Beacon Art Show, organized by the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church, will feature over 100 pieces by Central Coast artists.
Getting sm(ART) in San Luis Obispo
Getting sm(ART) in San Luis Obispo
Operating in its own little niche, the sm(ART) Studio was founded to blend art, crafting, and sustainability to support the therapeutic programs of a San Luis Obispo County nonprofit.
Love Among the Ruins: A Guide to Sex in the Ancient World
Love Among the Ruins: A Guide to Sex in the Ancient World
Morro Bay author Vicki León recreates the lives of ordinary -- and extraordinary -- people of the past in her literary works.
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