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Paso Robles Entertainment for March 9th – 15th 

Paso Robles Entertainment for the week of March 9th – 15th

Hey there Paso Robles, hope everyone is staying dry and warm out there. While the rain is very much needed I know it tends to keep most people in, but don’t let it. As usual there is so much to get out and enjoy in Paso Robles and SLO County. Live music, which there is always plenty of here on the Central Coast, and plenty of other activities to get out and enjoy. The big thing to talk about this week is the SLO International Film Festival, which is going on now and running until March 10th. For more information on all of the events just go to It had been awhile since I’d been, but Wednesday night I went to The Ranch in San Miguel for Comedy Night and had a blast. For those that aren’t aware, every Wednesday at The Ranch in San Miguel is comedy night. Some of the best comedians from Hollywood come up and put on some top notch stand up. So, if you’re looking for something to do during the middle of the week I highly suggest checking it out. Shows usually start around 8 PM and you can get there early and order supper as well. And now that Spring is here, don’t forget to change your time this weekend, Mondo Cellars in Paso Robles has started their Friday Night Sunset Hour back up. Now through the rest of the summer every Friday night can be enjoyed taking in the sunset at Mondo Cellars enjoying their wonderful wines and catered appetizers. There hasn’t been a whole lot to choose from at the movies the last couple of weeks, but a couple of new movies came out today, including “Oz The Great and Powerful” which I just got home from watching.


The Park Cinemas Picture of the Week: “Oz The Great and Powerful” (PG)


“Oz The Great and Powerful” is a great movie the whole  family will enjoy. I love the original “Wizard of Oz”, I mean who doesn’t, so I was a little skeptical about how I felt about this prequel. With Sam Raimi directing and James Franco playing the wizard who is supported by the beautiful Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams, “Oz The Great and Powerful” is just that; great and powerful. I saw it in 3-D, which I am not a fan of, but I must say this was probably the best 3-D I’ve seen since “Avatar”. Aside from the great story, which I will get to, the colors of the scenery are amazing! Also not a big fan of CGI, I prefer good old fashioned practical effects, but again I have to to say it was wonderfully done.

Now, to the story of “Oz The Great and Powerful”. In it we follow the life of Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig IsaacNorman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, or better known as Oz . We open up with Oz working as a lowly magician in a traveling Circus who loves women and money.  Not only does Oz trick and woo over his audiences with magic, he also has a thing for wooing and tricking women. Unfortunately he has wooed the wrong woman and her boyfriend is out to get him. While  being chased, Oz manages to escape with his life via a hot air balloon. Just when he thinks he is in the safe and clear, he gets caught up in a tornado and crash lands in Oz. Not long after arriving in Oz, he meets three different witches and has to try and figure out who is really the good witch and who is the wicked one. They all tell him of the prophecy, in which a great wizard will save Oz from the wicked witch and in turn be awarded the throne of Emerald City and all its gold. He knows he is not the wizard they seek, but he will do whatever he is needed to get his hands on all of the gold. While battling to find out who is indeed the wicked witch and then take her down, Oz does become the great and powerful wizard, and more importantly, becomes a good man.

Also playing at Park Cinemas this week:

Dead Man Down (R)

21 & Over (R)

Jack and the Giant Slayer (PG-13)

The Last Exorcism Part II (PG-13)

Silver Linings Playbook (R)


Playing at The Palm:

Argo (R)

The Sessions (R)

Quartet (NR)


Paso Playlist


The Great American Melodrama & Vaudville:

“The Fox on the Fairway” playing until March 10th (Showtimes vary daily)

If you love all the mistaken identities, plot twists, and silliness of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor”, then you’ll love his newest farce! This hilarious romp begins at Quail Valley Country Club as they prepare to take on arch rival Crouching Squirrel in the Annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament. Join us for a charming, madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with outrageous sweaters and…golf. (Rated PG)


San Luis Obispo Little Theater:

“Watergate and Other Solid Gold Hits” playing until March 24th (Showtimes vary daily)

From the creative minds behind My Generation andThis is Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Alan Freed Story comes a new original musical about politics and greed, featuring the greatest musical hits of the 1970’s. Watergate and Other Solid Gold Hits follows the rise of a driven political player as he navigates and inspires some of the most infamous headlines of the decade. Join us on the journey from Flower Power to leisure suits as a groovin’ live band, slick singers, and sultry dancers fill the halls of the Capitol with incredible music from one of the most scandalous decades in American history.


Performing Arts Center San Luis Obsipo:

Cal Poly Symphony Winter Concert: Soloist Showcase and Music and Dance on March 9th at 8 PM
Presented by The Cal Poly Music Department at the Christopher Cohan Center
Every year the symphony holds auditions for student soloists from any major. The prize for several of them: a performance with the symphony, of course! Come hear this year’s winners, and celebrate musical talent from across the university.

A Year With Frog And Toad on March 9th at 2 PM & 7 PM
Presented by Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department at the Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre
In this musical based on the beloved children’s books by Arnold Lobel, Frog and Toad journey though the seasons together in a celebration of friendship.

Salomé Chamber Ensemble on March 10th at 3 PM
Presented by The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center at the Christopher Cohan Center
Join us for the west-coast debut of New York’s most exciting classical musical group, Salome Chamber Ensemble. The ensemble, featuring David Aaron Carpenter, viola, will perform a one hour benefit concert for the Foundation for the PAC. This performance is sure to elevate spirits as well as support for the arts in our community!

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on March 13th at 7:30 PM
Presented by Cal Poly Arts at the Christopher Cohan Center
Trumpet master Wynton Marsalis leads the seasoned and hip Big Band in an encore PAC engagement. Their 25th Anniversary Tour takes the world-renowned ensemble across the U.S., performing a brilliant repertoire that has included classic Blue Note Records selections and tunes made famous by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis and more.

Willie K on March 15th at 8 PM
Presented by Cal Poly Arts at the Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre
With a repertoire moving seamlessly from traditional Hawaiian and rock to opera and genres in between, this eclectic Maui superstar can serenade one minute and belt out an electric rock set the next, all with passion and a hint of island breeze.

Clark Center for the Performing Arts:

SPRING CONCERT on March 9th at 7 PM

The young and talented members of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony (SLOYS) will take the stage at the Clark Center once again for their annual Spring Concert. Featured in the performance will be 17 year old Youth Symphony violinist Joseph Wyer from Arroyo Grande. Earlier this season, Joseph competed in the annual SLOYS Concerto Competition with five other young musicians to win his place on the program. Joseph will be the violin soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4 in D minor performing with the SLOYS Concert Orchestra. Also featured on the program will be the SLOYS ensembles: Preparatory Strings, the Academy String Orchestra and the Symphonic Winds performing a variety of classical works including Benjamin Britten’s Matinee Musicales and Bach’s Little Fugue.


HANK & MY HONKY TONK HEROES on March 10th at 2 PM

Jason Petty began his renowned career as Hank Williams in 1996 and has never looked back! His uncanny likeness to Williams led to the starring role in the Off-Broadway hit “Hank Williams! Lost Highway,” which earned him the OBIE award for Best Actor. With a four-piece band, Jason now tours North America and Europe bringing Hank’s music back to life in the insightful and energetic show, Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes. Jason “becomes” Williams in every sense as he leaves his audiences singing, clapping and toe-tapping to legendary hits. The NY Post said it best, “At times it seems as if Petty is not just offering an impersonation of Williams, but channeling his ghost.”



Explore a magical barnyard world where animals talk and miracles happen. This story of courage and friendship, based on E.B. White’s touching novel of a lovable pig named Wilbur and a kind spider named Charlotte, has inspired readers for decades. Recommended for grades K-5.


Live Music


Saturday, March 9th:

Glam Cobra at SLO Brewing Company at 8 PM

Tuesday, March 12th:

The Adicts at SLO Brewing Company at 8 PM
GrooveSession at Frog & Peach at 9 PM

Thursday, March 14th:

The Story So Far and Man Overboard at SLO Brewing Company at 6:30 PM

Friday, March 15th:

Joe Ely and Joe Pug at SLO Brewing Company at 7 PM
Ancestree at Frog & Peach at 10 PM

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