Monthly Archives: December 2017

Inside the bag ban: paper, plastic or none of the above?

  BY RYAN YOUNG When consumers go to any grocery store or convenience store in California, they are forced to decide if they want to purchase a paper bag for…

Brace yourselves, Carmel: Poke is coming

BY ASHA JOHNSTON In the Crossroads across from r.g Burgers is Carmel Poke Co., scheduled to open Dec. 12, serving poke, buddha bowls and shoyu chicken with local salmon, crab…

Carmel scenery and atmosphere draws in artists

BY ATHENA FOSLER-BRAZIL Carmel-by-the-Sea is world-renowned for its great natural beauty, picturesque cottages, tree-lined streets and luxury vacation homes, hotels and golf courses. But what drew local artists like Will…

Actor-director takes center stage in production

  BY AVA CRAWFORD Former Carmel High School student Gracie Balistreri stars in and directs an original Christmas play, “Christmas Ghosts of 1944,” written by her mother Kelly Balistreri, in…

Local ballet company unwraps inaugural ‘Nutcracker’

BY SOPHIA BURAGLIO The swirling snowflakes and waltzing flowers of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” are an international hallmark of the holidays. This winter, a new production of the ballet is coming…

Taylor Swift embraces her ‘reputation’ with new album

BY KYLIE YEATMAN Approximately one year after the highly publicized reveal by reality star Kim Kardashian-West that Taylor Swift had lied about her knowledge of a controversial lyric written by…

Apocalypse when? Apocalypse now! Can you survive?

Society has always been morbidly fascinated with the end of the world. How would I do in an apocalypse? Would I live? Would any of the people I care about…

The holiday season brings fake cheer, overplayed songs and absurd drinks

Dear gingerbread-latte-drinkers and Nov. 24 decorators, Your beloved Dec. 24 is just as average as Dec. 21 and Jan. 4. Your year-long display of Christmas lights cannot dim the sorrow…

Peter’s picks: 3 works of fiction to contemplate over winter break

I have been a voracious reader for most of my life, constantly pushing away my upcoming assignments in order to spend an inordinate amount of time with a book. In…