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Movies, Music and Entertainment Jan. 7-13th 

Entertainment in Paso Robles

Jan. 7-13th, 2013

By Russ Troutt
First off, Happy New Year! I hope as you’re reading this that your year is off to a great start. Here in the entertainment section I plan on doing my best to keep you updated on all forms of entertainment happenings here locally. From current movies playing, theatrical plays, and live music, make this your one stop source for planning your nights out. Every week I will feature The Park Cinema’s Picture of the Week, where I will review one movie currently playing. You’ll also be able to find a list of all other movies currently playing in Paso Robles and SLO County. If it’s live theatrical plays you’re looking for, head on over to the Paso Playlist where every week I will update with all plays being performed that week. And if you’re looking to get down to some good live music you’ll be able to find out here who is playing where.

The Park Cinemas

Picture of the Week: “Django Unchained” (R) Showtimes

While there are several great movies playing over at Park Cinemas, picking the picture of the week was very easy. If there is one movie you see this month, or this year, make it “Django Unchained”. Days before the ball dropped in Time Square, Quentin Tarantino dropped this gem on us. It is his best movie since “Pulp Fiction” and is hands down the best film of 2012. With an all-star cast, Christopher Waltz(Inglorious Bastards), Jamie Foxx(Ray), Leonardo DiCaprio(Inception), Kerry Washington(Ray), and Samuel L. Jackson(Pulp Fiction) just to name a few, this film delivers some of the best acting I’ve seen in years.

“Django Unchained” is set in the year 1858, two years before the Civil War. Dr. King Schultz, a German born bounty hunter, needs the help of a slave, Django, to hunt down the Brittle Brothers. Upon finding them, Schultz promises to make Django a free man. Once free Django, now turned bounty hunter, decides to stay by Schultz’s side. Together they seek out the South’s most wanted criminals. Django has but one goal: to search out and rescue his wife Broomhilda, whom he lost to slave trades several years back. Django and Shultz track down Broomhilda to Calvin Candie’s Plantation; Candyland. They come up with a scheme to rescue her, but will they succeed? You will just have to watch it and find out.

“Django Unchained” has a running time of three hours, but trust me, it doesn’t feel that long. When the credits roll, not only will it not feel like you’ve been in the theater for three hours, but you wish you could sit down and watch it for three more. Filled with tons of laughter and action, “Django Unchained” draws you in from the very first scene and keeps you until the very end. Also, stay throughout the credits for one last laugh afterwards.

Also playing at Park Cinemas this weekShowtimes

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (R)
Les Miserables (PG-13)
Parental Guidance (PG)
Jack Reacher (PG-13)
This is 40 (R)
Guilt Trip (PG-13)
Monsters, Inc. 3D (G)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey(PG-13)

The Palm in San Luis Obispo


Hyde Park on Hudson (R)
Not Fade Away (R)
Hitchcock (NR)

San Luis Obispo Jewish Film Festival
January 12th & 13th at the Palm Theater
A weekend of features and shorts highlighting the diversity of Jewish Culture. Includes Opening Reception, Jewish Food Fair, and Filmmakers/Sponsors Dinner.

San Luis Obispo Little Theater
“Honk, Jr.” playing from January 11th – January 27th
The whimsical, witty retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’ is an enchanting comic musical for all ages.

Performing Arts Center San Luis Obsipo
“Hair” playing on January 10th in the Christopher Cohan Center at 7:30PM
Broadway’s exuberant, Tony Award-winning musical is an electric celebration! Young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time strikes a resonant chord with all ages. HAIR features an extraordinary cast and unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy To Be Hard.” Its relevance is undeniable. Its energy is unbridled. Its truth is unwavering. It’s HAIR, and it’s time! (Brief nudity)

Cal Poly Faculty Recital: W. Terrence Spiller playing on January 11th in the Alex & Faye Spanos Theater at 8PM
An all-Beethoven recital! Concert pianist and Music Department Chair
W. Terrence Spiller will perform these Beethoven sonatas:
• Sonata in G Major, Op. 79
• Sonata in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1
• Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 31, No. 3
• Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”

The American String Quartet playing on January 12th in the Alex & Faye Spanos Theater at 8PM
Internationally recognized as one of the world’s finest ensembles for over 35 years, the American String Quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. Program: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Hero;” Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 130; and “Liebquartett” with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133.

Clark Center for the Performing Arts

The Peking Acrobats on January 11th at 7PM
Since their western debut in 1986, THE PEKING ACROBATS® have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. They are masters of agility and grace. Often accompanied by live musicians skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects that coalesce with the music and awe-inspiring feats to create an exuberant entertainment event featuring all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival!

San Luis Obispo Symphony:

California Missions Tour on January 12th & 13th
Join us for three amazing concerts at three beautiful Central Coast Missions featuring Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons and composer Craig Russell’s beautiful re-creation of early mission music.

Live Music in San Luis Obispo County

Wednesday, January 9th:
Jelly Bread at Frog & Peach at 8PM
Red Wanting Blue at SLO Brewing Company at 7:30PM

Thursday, January 10th:
El Ten Eleven at SLO Brewing Company at 8PM

Friday, January 11th:
Birds of Chicago at Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay at 7PM
Natalie Gelman at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa at 5PM
Stranger at SLO Brewing Company at 7:30PM
Freebo at The Ranch in San Miguel at 9PM

Saturday, January 12th:
Nada Rasta at Mongo’s Saloon in Grover Beach at 9PM
Birds of Chicago at Castoro Cellars Winery in Templeton at 7:30PM



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