"Hamlet" Goes Disco In New Musical Production On South Coast

It’s Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it or heard it before. To dance, or not to dance. That is the question, as a new production of “Hamlet” in Ventura County is set in a 1970’s disco.

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There’s good news about the unemployment picture statewide, and on the Central and South Coasts.

California’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% in March, the first time it’s been below 5% since 2006.

The jobless rate also dropped in our region. Ventura County went from 4.7% in February, to 4.6% in March. Santa Barbara County took an even bigger drop, with the unemployment rate dipping from 5.5% to 5.2%. San Luis Obispo County’s numbers also dropped, with a 3.9% jobless rate in February, and 3.8% in March.

The accuracy of what comes from the news media is going to be the focus of a major forum in Ventura County.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library are teaming up with Pepperdine University to present “Truth and The News: A Media Literacy Forum.”

The May 6th event at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley will include a number of different sessions related to the subject, as well as speakers from Capitol Public Radio, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and university professors.

Tragedy has hit a camping trip on the South Coast.

A woman and three of her children were driving in a van at the Lake Casitas Campground Friday morning when it suddenly veered off the road. It rolled down a hillside, throwing one of the children out of the van.

The 14 year old girl was seriously injured, and died a short time later at a hospital. The mother, and two other children were treated for minor injuries. The CHP is trying to determine what led to the accident.

The names of the victims haven’t been released.

A Santa Barbara County man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Elyse Marie Erwin was shot to death last Sunday morning, as she was visiting a friend in Santa Maria. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they found evidence that her ex-boyfriend, Jorge Tovar, might be the killer.

The 26 year old Lompoc man and the victim had a six year old child.

He was questioned at his Lompoc home after the killing, and then arrested later in the week when he showed up in court for a custody hearing for the child.

April 22nd is “Earth Day,” and a number of events are taking place on the Central and South Coasts.

One of the biggest Earth Day events is in Santa Barbara’s Alameda Park, where the event has become so large it is taking place on both Saturday and Sunday. Other events are taking place in Ventura’s Plaza Park, and in San Luis Obispo at El Chorro Regional Park.

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Rattlesnake Season Arrives On Central and South Coasts; Cutting Edge Research Underway In Region

It’s a sound you don’t want to hear if you’re on a hiking trail, the sound of a rattlesnake’s rattle. Warmer weather is bringing with it rattlesnake season, and they are common in the foothills and mountains on the Central and South Coasts. Rattlers get a bad rap, and stoke fear. But, a Central Coast researcher says as much as you don’t want to encounter one of the snakes, they don’t want to run into you.

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Carrie Brownstein has made a name for herself as creator and star of Portlandia and as one-third of the beloved riot grrl band Sleater-Kinney, whose seminal album Dig Me Out recently turned 20. But before all that, Brownstein was just another music fan — and as she tells NPR, her local record store, Rubato Records, was the site of an awakening.

Indiana University will no longer allow prospective student athletes with a history of sexual or domestic violence to compete.

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Enthusiasts say their March for Science on Saturday in communities around the world is intended to "support science for the public good."

The main event is happening in Washington, D.C., but satellite marches are planned in all 50 states, and at least 610 marches have been registered on the March for Science website across the world on all continents except Antarctica.

Speeches in book form have become a reliable cash cow for publishers. The usual formula is this: Find a commencement speech that's gone viral on YouTube, publish it with illustrations in a small hardcover format, and watch as it gets snapped up by the target demographic (in this case, that would be "people who realized they forgot to buy a present while driving to their nephew's high school graduation").

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

'I Basically Ran On Adrenaline': A Staffer Remembers Obama's White House: Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the West Wing for six exhilarating and exhausting years. She describes that era in her new memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Most days they're mild-mannered window washers, but earlier this week they donned the colorful tights and masks and became Power Rangers, rappelling down the side of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and thrilling the young patients.

Employees of Jenkintown Building Services started at the eighth floor and stopped along the way to interact with kids through the glass.

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