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Greetings, readers! Let’s begin today’s excursion with a brief stop in our mailbag. Redacted for the Safety of the Public At Large wrote us asking “What is the origin of the term ‘Cougarsandmustangs’??” An excellent question, Redacted. 

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Though the name of this column may sound like something out of a classified’s ad your aunt swore she’d never seen before, let alone painstakingly clipped out with her coupon scissors, we here at at Cougars & Mustangs assure you the title is merely the innocent combination of two collegiate mascots, the Cuesta College Cougar (Cougie) and the Cal Poly Mustang (Musty). Thankfully no one who works at New Times, me especially, has even the slightest trace of humor, or you’d know who to blame. Thanks for your message.

In other news, the King has returned! No, not Christ. Not Michael Jackson. Not Aragorn or Simba. I’m talking of course about Elvis, who will take the stage along with a host of other figures essential in the timeline of his life in this semester’s Cuesta College dramatic production, Refried Elvis. Brought to you by the same team responsible for the incredible (and award-winning) pool ‘63, Refried Elvis is an original musical comedy running from Dec. 3 through 6 at the Cal Poly Cultural and Performing Arts Center. 

The production is described by its director, bree valle, as “a slicked back thrill ride that re-imagines the origins of rock and roll and takes the audience behind the scenes during Elvis Presley’s rise to fame.” It features a three-piece rock band, more than a dozen songs, and 1950s inspired costumes and dance choreography. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children, and can be purchased online at cpactickets.cuesta.edu. 

The specific times you can see it, though? Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 6 at 2:00 p.m. 

For those who missed pool ‘63, it was an incredible original play relating to race relations in the early 1960s in Birmingham, Ala., that earned five national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and was selected by the Kennedy Center as the United States representative at the 2015 International University Theatre Festival in Mexico City. Here’s to whatever success awaits Refried Elvis!

Contributor Chris White-Sanborn thinks she could seriously rock some blue suede shoes. Send her your collegiate news via cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com

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