This Weekend in Malibu

” Art, Music and Stand up Comedy”

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“Stand Up at the Play House “will soon celebrate its one year anniversary.  I have been a big fan since the inception of this “comedy club” at the ocean. Host and comedian Michael Schirtzer is presenting another great show this Saturday July 30th. The show begins at 8:30 but best to arrive by 8:00 if you are buying tickets or would like to mingle and enjoy some wine and goodies before the show. Tickets are $15.00 on line with small service fee, or $20.00 at the theater.

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Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st Malibu Celebrates its 45th Annual Art and Music Festival at the Civic Center.  The day starts with the traditional Optimist Club Pancake breakfast featuring their famous pancakes, sausage and fresh brewed coffee served  from 8 AM – 10 AM  on Saturday and Sunday.

The event features local art, as well as arts and crafts from throughout the state.  There are great food and wine venues , as well.  Admission is free. There is both free and paid parking ($10).

Great local band Karma Dealers is among the musical groups who will be performing this weekend.

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Enjoy the beautiful weekend (temperature in high ’70’s) and drive safely!

 

 

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“You Can Go Home Again” (sorry Thomas Wolfe)

Long Island Sound where I learned to swim

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“California to Connecticut and back again”

My life began in Connecticut but I have spent most of my adult life in California.  Both are home to me , Connecticut because I have family there  and California because it changed my life. They are two of the most progressive states in the country, both full of natural beauty and lots of shoreline.

I recently returned to Connecticut for my uncle Larry’s 80th birthday celebration in West Hartford. I had forgotten how green it is there because of all the years of drought we have experienced in California.

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The reservoir was were we took our morning walks.

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So this is how I spent my 4th of July with my cousins (and their 10 children , 9 of them girls) enjoying the beautiful weather, familiar surroundings celebrating a family milestone.

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Lucky only boy cousin Ben.

Fun trip but always nice to come back home to Malibu.

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Happy 240th Birthday to the USA!

“We are  already a great country”

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I am a first generation American on my father’s side and on my mother’s, only a second generation American.  I  am  smorgasbord of primarily western European countries and mixed faiths but I am an American. This is what America has always been about in its humanly imperfect manner. The variety of “countries of origin” is greater with modern travel but the concept must remain the same.  The more variety we attain, the greater and more innovative we will become in future years.

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The best way to start the 4th is the Point Dume Parade.  The parade begins at 9 AM at Birdview Ave and Bluewater Rd ending at Point Dume Marine Science School, followed by a traditional 4th of July Picnic. This years picnic will offer tug of war, 3 legged races and egg tosses.  The parade will be lead by veterans on motorcycles.

Malibu always has some great fireworks displays and this year is no exception. All displays will run from 9 PM -10 PM.  Here are the locations where the displays may be viewed:

Pre-fourth of July fireworks will be held on Saturday July 2nd between Carbon Cyn and La Costa Beach.

Monday July 4th locations are Paradise Cove  and between Broad Beach and Malibu Colony.

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Please remember safety and the laws regarding fire works.  The City of Malibu ordinance restricts fireworks usage in the city and the sale or possession of fireworks , as well.  Please keep your pets indoors.

 

Happy Fourth of  July!  Here is to the next 240!!!

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Malibu Weekend: July 25th

“Music, Movies and Stand Up Comedy”

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Point Dume June 25th 12:00PM- 4:00PM

Point Dume Village offers a  free concert by Karma Dealers, Shannon Navarro-Mitchell and Michael Mitchell, who are celebrating their anniversary !  The event will include works of local artists and crystals.  Plenty of fun places like Ollies Duck Dive and Cafecito Organico, hang out  and have a snack. Parking always limited but some 2 hour street parking.

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June 25th 7:45 Malibu Country Mart 3835 Cross Creek Rd.

The Malibu Country Mart continues its traditional outdoor summer movie series. This Saturday is the classic comedy Troop Beverly Hills starring Shelley Long.  Next weekend, July 2 “Bill & Ted’s excellent adventure. Bring a blanket , picnic basket, family and friends to enjoy watching the movie on a giant outdoor screen. Take out is also available from Tra di Noi, Taverna Tony’s and Mr. Chow.

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June 25th doors open 8:00PM show start 8:30

Dean Delray headlines a fun night of Comedy at The Malibu Play House. Come early and enjoy a glass of wine and goodies while doing some pre-show mingling with friends. Malibu’s version of “Comedy Store” has become a big hit. Local Michael Schirtzer is the host of the show with a variety of comedy styles, guaranteed to find your funny bone.

Tickets are $15 on line, $20 at the door. 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

 

 

 

 

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“I Am The Elephant In The Room”

“A Horse of An Different Color”

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This is one of the most brilliant “picture” books I have read. Bursting with pithy satirical wit and commentary ” I Am The Elephant in the Room” is a must read. The art work is gorgeous.  Not only is Mr. Bender a brilliant writer and director but also a gifted artist . Just in case the name does not “ring a bell”  think “Lost”, “Game of Thrones” and  “The Soprano’s ” .

I met Jack and his wife actress and now Rabbi Laura Owens about 20 years ago when they were contemplating buying a home in Malibu. Brentwood won out but I kept in touch and followed their careers.  Facebook reunited us and I was very excited to attend Jack’s  book signing and art opening at the Main Street Gallery in Venice.

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This book is now on my gift list for all my witty and open minded friends. Great gift for Father’s day , as well.

 
Gracee Arthur with author Jack Bender at Main Street Gallery in Venice
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