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The Emmys are on and the trade mags are filled with page after page of “For your Consideration” ads. 

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Local artist Brian Bowen Smith—a well-known photographer whose work can be found in art galleries as well as in two coffee table books—was looking for a way to create art amid the upheaval of the novel coronavirus shutdown. Smith, a commercial and fine art photographer who lives in Malibu wi…

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Ever since movie theaters were shuttered, Hollywood has found itself with a big dilemma on its hands: Either send your creation straight to streaming or postpone it for a very, very long time.

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While appearing this summer on the hit television program America's Got Talent, Nolan Neal got a standing ovation before even playing a single note. On his audition episode that aired June 16, the singer/songwriter had the audience on its feet after sharing his emotional backstory. 

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Remember March 27, 2020? It was the day the New York Times reported 3.3 million new unemployment claims and the LA Times wrote “The epicenter is now the U.S.”

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Members of the Malibu High School Sharks players will hit the beach next week for the beginning of several months of practice.Sharks head coach Derek Saenz said members of the squads and any youth that want to attend will do volleyball skills and conditioning work at Zuma Beach for three day…

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Reverend Sandy Liddell has been a bundle of tireless energy at Malibu United Methodist Church (MUMC) for the past eight years. In addition to the usual duties of giving Sunday sermons and being a spiritual leader to the congregation, she co-founded the homeless aid nonprofit Malibu CART (Com…

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It’s been more than three years since Marv Dunphy retired from his post as the head coach of the Pepperdine Waves men’s volleyball team. To the hall of fame coach, the time since the end of his 34th season leading the Waves has sprinted by. 

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In near-triple-digit heat, Malibu couple Dorothy Clay Sims and Oregon Hunter find what little shade there is at the top of Piuma Road, high up in the Malibu mountains every Sunday morning. Some 2,000 feet below, Malibu is blanketed by a layer of coastal fog, but high up in the hills it’s bli…

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Lesley Chilcott, Malibu resident and successful documentary filmmaker, just finished directing and executive producing her first miniseries for television—”Helter Skelter: An American Myth.” The six-part series takes a deep, detailed look at the people involved in what some call the “crime o…

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Lisa Benya, DO, has not had a day off since the coronavirus crisis hit in March. But the Malibu doctor is not complaining. 

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“Mr. Jones” (available to rent on Amazon Prime). Truth-tellers are often dismissed out of ignorance or fear. Such a man was Gareth Jones, a young Welsh scholar who, after interviewing Adolf Hitler in the mid-1930s, tried to warn British Prime Minister Lloyd George and his cabinet about the m…

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“I tend to stay behind the scenes,” longtime Malibu Times cartoonist Fred Purucker said during a reluctant interview in 2014. “If nobody knows what I look like, I’m safe!”

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Oh, tacos, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: carnitias, al pastor, lengua, carne asada, in no particular order. I just love me some tacos—always have, always will. Tacos seem to be the new “it” thing and everyone is making their own version of them, from vegan to Korean, Vietnamese …

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Malibu Middle and High school students have made the most of online education since the sudden shift to remote learning back in mid-March. The novel coronavirus pandemic forced students and instructors alike to come up with creative projects in replacement to in-person activities.

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Not your usual backyard visitor, this red-tailed hawk fledgling appeared in a Malibu West backyard birdbath  this May, resting on one foot “in order to prevent heat loss through unfeathered skin.”

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There is a lunar eclipse on July 4. Emotions can run high, so keep your cool. Mercury ends its retrograde cycle and turns direct on July 12. This is a better period to begin to make important decisions again. 

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A quintet of former Pepperdine Waves women’s soccer players was among the first athletes to strike a soccer ball in the U.S. when their sport returned to action last weekend after a long hiatus due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

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Rollie loves adventures and using his imagination. He has taken “A Cool Journey to Space” and he “Loves Construction.” And Rollie—the eponymous main character in a new children’s book series—came to life right here in Malibu.

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If you’re a certain age, you know the fun of drive-in movies. Snuggling under a blanket with family, friends or a date. The drive-in peaked in the 1950s but by the 1990s became a dinosaur of the entertainment business—many converted into swap meets. But now, while physical distancing is a mu…

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Now that the Los Angeles County Public Health Department has allowed the reopening of gyms and fitness studios, local gym owners are preparing to welcome back loyal clients.

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Malibu High School (MHS) seniors may have missed prom and grad night, but they were given a memorable send-off with a drive-through diploma ceremony and celebrity-filled Zoom graduation. 

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The last 18 months have been filled with trials and tribulations for the Malibu High School (MHS) Theatre Department. First, the Woolsey Fire upended the school year, with some students losing their homes. 

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“Even though there’s a two-percent population of black people in this city, it’s still important to make those people feel heard, welcomed, understood, appreciated, loved and respected”—those are the words of 19-year-old Claire Anneet, who for the past week has organized local protests in Ma…

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Scores of Malibuites participated in a worldwide paddle-out in solidarity with Black Lives Matter on Friday, June 5. Similar observances took place at beaches in Virginia, Hawaii, North Carolina, Florida and Sydney, Australia, among other locations, including many in California. KBUU News ca…

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In light of the current coronavirus predicament, birthday celebrations, graduations and other special occasions are being postponed or placed on hold—but many people are also getting creative.

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The novel coronavirus has taken its toll—on restaurants, the airline industry, the hotel industry and, especially, the entertainment industry. 

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Throughout her years as a youth and high school softball pitcher, when Janet Anne Purtell gazed from the mound to home plate, she usually saw a familiar face adorned in a catcher’s mask—her friend Chloe Dyne.

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It’s likely not the way 2020 high school seniors wanted to end their secondary education, but for 12 area seniors, they’ll at least have a little money to help defray some college expenses. The Optimist Club of Malibu has awarded the 12 exemplary students with scholarships, each worth $1,000. 

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Mei dresses with flair while staying safe shopping at Ralphs.

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The Under the Oaks teachers greet parents during a drive-through Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday. The recognition of school moms included handing out hand-picked bouquets from flowers grown at the school on Las Flores Canyon Road

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It’s been quite a while, but I can still hold out hope that my mother is not reading my column (written on this Mother’s Day).

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A wise person once said you should never turn down a birthday party invitation for anyone over the age of 80. That’s a milestone that can’t be ignored. But during the age of the novel coronavirus, how does one celebrate? By Zoom, of course. So, when Malibu resident Ellie Somerfield turned 90…

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The drama was palpable as local author Robert Kerbeck read the opening paragraphs from his award winning “Malibu Burning” at a virtual Malibu Rotary Club meeting last week. Recognizing that “this is a crazy time,” while his book is about “back when we thought a wildfire was the worst thing t…

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Local businesses are teaming up to find innovative ways to serve the community during social distancing due to the novel coronavirus. For the past two Sundays, local pizza shop D’Amore’s and Sorenity Rocks Malibu, a local crystal store, have established a drive-thru where residents can pick …

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For Malibu’s Howdy Kabrins, Cape Town, South Africa, is a place of mixed emotional ties. His only child, Gabriela Kabrins Alban, was brutally murdered in the bustling metropolis known as the “Mother City” five years ago. Yet, the place—which he called home from 2015 to 2018 while fighting fo…

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Season six of “Bosch” on Amazon Prime Video is one of the best so far, featuring all the excellent elements of the universe that make up Michael Connelly’s mystery novels about Hieronymus Bosch, LA detective: great shots of the city, intriguing plots, growing tension and suspense, and colorf…

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Pepperdine professor Dr. Donna Nofziger describes her teaching style as “very interactive.” 

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A geranium farm, in the middle of Malibu, overwatched by Serra Retreat and those rugged hills and mountains. Photographed in Kodachrome, which brings out the nice, bright colors...

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While social distancing may be difficult to maintain inside grocery stores, open air farms and markets have been providing families in Malibu with fresh produce with little to no interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Malibuite Nili Leemon shared photos of a trip to Norway, where she had the opportunity to view the aurora borealis amid deep snow.  

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If you or someone you know has sewn a handmade mask, submit a photo for a chance to be featured in The Malibu Times: editorial@malibutimes.com. Thank you to those who have already written in!

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One-year-old Malibu pup Jilly couldn’t make it to the groomer because she’s in quarantine—we can relate. Owner Julie Krauss wrote, “I will offer t-shirts with her pic to raise money for Malibu Boys & Girls Club to support their food pantry.” Anyone interested in ordering a shirt to suppo…

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Millions of COVID captives were glued to their television sets for a musical extravaganza and helped raise millions in the process for health care workers.

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This week, I present a potpourri of bingeable stuff. Take your pick or take them all; I did the latter.

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