Malibu Playhouse Presents : “Flim Flam”

“Dinner and a Play”

Flim Flam at Malibu Playhouse

What: A Play.  World Premiere of Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter written by Gene Franklin Smith and directed by Thomas James O’Leary.  Featuring Gigi Bermingham, Melissa Kite, Sabra Malkinson, Cameron Mitchell Jr, Peter Van Norden and Rick D. Wasserman.  Produced by Julia Holland and Andi Howard.

Based on actual events, in Flim Flam during the summer of 1922, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle team to investigate psychic mediums for the Scientific American committee.  Their friendship is challenged when Conan Doyle champions a beautiful and seductive psychic as authentic. Houdini is determined to prove that she is a phony, until she appears to make contact with Houdini’s beloved dead mother, and he must confront his own beliefs about life-after-death.

As a supporter of the local theater for several years, I highly recommend the experience.  This is the last play in the current season.  I hope if you enjoy “Flim Flam” you will buy a season ticket for the 2014-2015 season.

Gravina Malibu offers a 10% discount to theater going diners before or after the performance.  Reservations Recommended 310-457-0711



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Sotheby’s International Realty Malibu

“Malibu Mountain Estates”

Malibu is known for its beautiful beaches and ocean views but we are also surrounded by the magnificence of the Santa Monica Mountains . Many properties have views of both ocean and mountains, some are nestled in the mountains and foothills surrounded by green vistas. Sotheby’s  International Realty’s Malibu office presents the finest estate properties  from the mountains to the sea:

Rocky Oaks Estates .

Rare & unique opportunity to own 37 acres of stunning mountain terrain, meticulously hand crafted into a superb award winning vineyard, The home is constructed from rough hewn  Santa Barbara and local stone , has 5 en suite bedrooms and grand entertaining areas. Views of the Mountains., oceans and beyond from the beautiful roof top deck. Property also has a helipad.  $36,000,000

Mendenhall Estate

Unprecedented nearly all usable 16 acres, close to civilization and the beach. The 16 lushly landscaped acres are zoned for horses and have room for a helipad. The approx. 12,000 sq. foot Tuscan style villa has 8 en suite bedrooms, total of 11bathrooms. There is a 65′ saline pool, N/S lighted sunken tennis court and vast outdoor entertaining areas. Well water used for landscape, solar electric, organic orchard and gardens. security system.  $15,999,000

The Glass House

Perched on the top of a mountain overlooking Leo Carrillo State Park  with sweeping ocean and canyon views. The property is on 32 private acres with two security gates, a detached guest house, parking for up to 20 +/- cars, surrounded by State-park land. Saltwater pool overlooking magical sunrises and sunsets.  $14,900,000

Gracee Arthur / Estate Agent   Sotheby’s International Realty

CalBRE # 01118257  310-804-0708






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Malibu’s Romeo

“Romeo and Mama looking for forever homes”

Romeo is a 10 year old Maine Coon with a great Charlie Chaplin mustache.  Romeo was a surrender who currently resides at Spunky’s Rescue Ranch in Malibu. He has become the special house cat there.  Romeo is very affectionate (as his namesake) and loves to be close to his person. He is a real lap cat, who like most Maine Coons loves water. Initially diagnosed as diabetic, he is now on a high protein/no grain diet and off of insulin.  Anyone out there looking for a bit of cat love , Romeo is available to move in with you . contact or phone 818-874-9488

Mama                                                                 Romeo

Mama is another terrific feline looking for a family.  I saw her last week through the window of the Vet’s office at Point Dume on my way to Pilates class. I stopped in to visit her and she greeted me purring and rubbing against her cage.  She is a sweet cat between 2 and 3 years old and gets along with some dogs but not all. 310-457-6353


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Malibu Playhouse Presents: Noel Coward’s “The Vortex”

“The Dinner and a Play Series

I cannot think of a better way to spend an evening than with a good play and delicious meal with friends. Even more spectacular is to do it within miles of home right here in Malibu.  My friend Mary Lou convinced me to buy  a season ticket a few years back and I have been a devoted subscriber since that moment.

“The Vortex” is a very droll comedy originally set in the “roaring twenties” which has deftly been transposed to the equally transformational era of the early sixties by director Gene Franklin Smith. Gene, who is also the theater’s Artistic Director and his talented cast provide the audience with a great laughs and ample drama true to the brilliant Noel Coward. The cast is a great ensemble led by Craig Robert Young, Shannon Holt and Daniel Jimenez. Costumes by Brian Primeaux and scenic design (creative split “screen” setting) by Erin Walley , all add to the ambiance of the Claudia Zahn Production.

The post play dinner was a stop at Malibu’s new dining venue Gravina. This was my third trip to the charming  Italian restaurant and each time has provided an innovative dining experience. This time I had veal and wild mushroom ravioli, while my dining companions had the Bolognese with wild boar , as well as tradition style. We shared a fabulous Cabernet and were treated to some yummy desserts, as well.

Malibu Playhouse would be a great place to take mom this Mothers Day , May 11th. There is a Matinee Sunday at 3:00 PM. Reservations recommended.

Malibu Playhouse 310-589-1998   Gravina  310-4570711

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Malibu’s Gravina Restaurant

“Giuseppe of Ago brings his fine cuisine to Malibu”
Gravina in Puglia.,is an Italian municipality in the Southern Italian Province of Bari. it is sited along a river of the same name in the Western Murgia geographical area of Apulia. It’s the seat of Alta Murgia National . Gravina (meaning grain and wine) was home to Giuseppe Segreto, who has been involved in many great restaurant ventures of the past 30 years, including Toscana Brentwood. The design of his new restaurant ,located in the former home of the Sage Room , is simultaneously elegant and casual with such creative touches as wine bottle chandeliers..
I had the good fortune to dine at Gravina twice since it opened and am happy to report the food is fabulous and they now serve some wonderful wines to compliment their fine Italian cuisine. My first visit I enjoyed the excellent rack of lamb while my companions enjoyed delicious steak au poivre . My most recent visit was with my friend Diana,a fellow realtor (recently relocated from NYC) . We shared a delicious, locally sourced Rucola  which is arugola with shaved parmesan and balsamic dressing ,followed by tagliatelle with bolognese for me and delicately prepared filet of sole for Diana. I drank a tasty Sangiovese  while Diana sipped a full bodied Cabernet. We finished our meal with a yummy fresh berry tart .  Giuseppe’s wife Mariella  and her sous chef from Ago get  kudos for the great kitchen .

Gravina will be open on Easter Sunday for dinner from 5PM to  9 PM serving their regular menu .Reservations Recommended

$$$ (30-50) · Italian Restaurant

28925 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California 90265(310) 457-0711 open 5:00 pm – 9::30 PM    

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