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Studios on the Park celebrating MLK Jr. Day with film, talk, dinner and exhibit 

–Studios on the Park invites the community to join in this special celebration of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Presented in affiliation with the Common Ground 2019 exhibition at Studios on the Park, the evening’s events will include a documentary screening at Park Cinemas, a panel discussion at Studios on the Park and a tribute dinner at La Cosecha. Join for any or all of these exciting activities as we commemorate the legacy of Dr. King:


The tribute begins at Park Cinemas at 4 p.m. with the screening of “I Am Not Your Negro,” which envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the minute examination of race in America, using the writer’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.


At 6 p.m., the community is invited to Studios on the Park to attend a conversation with panelists whose lives were impacted by Dr. King’s legacy and the Civil Rights Movement. Join moderator Henry A J Ramos, artist and activist Robbie Conal, City Councilwoman Maria Garcia, and Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Cross Cultural Centers at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Bryan Hubain.


Then at 7 p.m. chef Santos MacDonal of La Cosecha and Il Cortile is serving The Meal That Never Was designed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On the night of his assassination, Dr. King was scheduled to dine at the house of Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles in Memphis. The dinner, with southern favorites to be prepared by women in Kyles’ congregation, is the inspiration for Chef Santos’ three-course tribute menu. Come to The Meal That Never Was and have a meal in Dr. King’s memory.


The film is $10 at Park Cinemas. Children and teens are free, however parents and guardians must be present as there is a PG-13 rating.

The panel at Studios on the Park is free and no reservations are required but seating is limited. Donations are encouraged.

Dinner will be $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity and a wine pairing will be available for $15 and special cocktails will be crafted around this event. For reservations, email or call the restaurant at (805) 237-0019.

Featured Exhibition: Common Ground, showing Jan. 3-27, 2019

By virtue of their call to personal expression, artists are on the front lines of processing and communicating their experience into visual form. In a world that seems increasingly chaotic, divisive, and uncertain, curator Missy Reitner-Cameron asked artists to share how they respond, engage and heal in 2019.

In Common Ground 2019 viewers are invited to see how artists are engaging with our current political landscape and representing their beliefs, anxieties and ideals through their strikingly original visions. Whether through abstraction, irony, satire or space, this show invites dialogue between the artist and viewer with the hope that, through art, we can find the common ground essential for our future.

Featured artists:

  • Jan Aijian
  • Donald Archer
  • Jenny Ashley
  • Rosana Aziernicki
  • Mark Bryan
  • Carolyn Chambers
  • Robbie Conal
  • Helen K Davie
  • Nancy Dorobiala
  • WB Eckert
  • Julie Frankel
  • Scott Froschauer
  • Richard Fusillo
  • Peg Grady
  • Bill Green
  • Kat Green
  • K Ryan Henisey
  • Jordan Hockett
  • Kirstin Kallal
  • Dennis Kish
  • Anne Laddon
  • Diana Licon
  • Colleen Marlow
  • Richard Mortensen
  • Jean Obermeier
  • Susan Owen
  • Liz Phillips
  • Jordan Quintero
  • Maggie Ragatz
  • Dara Rosenwasser
  • Lena Rushing
  • Susan Schafer
  • Lori Slater
  • Wade Smith
  • Linda Grone Smith
  • Kira Smith
  • Tracy Taylor
  • Dianne Vantomme
  • Stephanie Wilbanks


“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.




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