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I found myself deeply moved by two limited series, one a documentary, one fiction but “based on true fact,” each of which I binged in the past week. Both are about powerful men and the influential women in their lives in the first half of the 20th century, and both illuminate how far we have…

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The Oscars are here, but they’ll be nothing like you’ve ever seen before. With screening and TV on the ins and wide screen on the outs for the past year, look out for a radical change. The movies are still good in quality but different in taste, many coming from the likes of Netflix and Disney+.

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A sunrise lights up the sea and sky above Malibu Road on Jan. 31, 2021. This photograph was captured and submitted by Malibuite Judy Sloan.

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Christian Pierce’s film career is off to a flying start. At just 22 years of age, the Malibu High School alumnus worked on a student film to be shown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France. 

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Malibu Farmers Market welcomed visitors on Sunday for socially distanced outdoor grocery shopping featuring fresh produce, baked goods, prepared foods, flowers, plants and other goodies. The market offered a free brunch to the first 50 attendees on Sunday, April 11, including French crepes, …

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Claudia Taylor has walked on the beaches of Malibu since she was six years old. Over the years, she traveled and moved to New York to study, but found her way back to Malibu to raise a family. Now at the age of 60, the self-taught artist has been creating sculptures and artwork with not just…

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Malibu continues to mourn the passing of recently retired sheriff’s deputy Mike Treinen, who died unexpectedly on April 5. Treinen, a surfer as well as homeless services liaison, was memorialized on “The Wall” at Surfrider Beach over the weekend (the message was later painted over). 

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Many of us who live in the paradise called Malibu may sometimes take our Eden for granted. Yet often behind the scenes are stewards helping to secure our eco environment to ensure paradise is not lost. Malibu’s Madelyn Glickfeld not only works to build a clean environment locally, she’s advo…

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Art lovers enjoy Malibu’s monthly art walk on Saturday, April 3, featuring Malibu’s Civic Center galleries: Malibu Contemporary, Tracy Park, Song-Word Art House, Canvas Malibu and Red Ladder. The walk takes place on the first Saturday of each month.

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A popular Malibu art gallery reopened its doors this week to the delight of many locals who not only enjoyed displayed works, but who came to rely on the emotional support it offered after the Woolsey Fire.

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A swished jump shot here, a made jumper over there. And don’t forget about the thunderous fast break dunk. Pepperdine Waves men’s basketball player Victor Ohia Obioha had one of best performances of his college hoops career in the biggest of games for his squad late last month. 

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The envelopes are carefully being stuffed and tuxes and shimmery gowns are being laid out with care. There is also a new film to go with the sacred holiday. It’s called “Resurrection” and it’s all about the Biblical saga.

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“Raya and the Last Dragon” (in theaters and for rent on Disney+). So many recent Disney animated films have been about “girl power”—smart, sassy, brave young women, the total opposite of the long ago softer, waiting-for-a-prince heroines that defined Disney for a couple of generations. It’s …

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A fabulous feline is featured in this week’s Best Shot, submitted by Malibuite Hans Saeby. Saeby captured this photo of a bobcat from his back deck in late March of this year.

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Few people can make the claim that they’ve lived on every beach along Malibu’s 21 miles, but in the case of Tony Stearns, it’s true. 

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We can finally dine indoors. We can talk to the elephants and visit museums and zoos—things are getting somewhat back to normal. But perhaps the biggest plus of all: We can dive into our popcorn boxes and watch full screen movies—movies the way they were meant to be seen (unless you have a h…

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Our Lady of Malibu School students invited friends and family to this year’s science fair, with projects covering a wide range of phenomena: from the senses (“What does your nose know?”) to germs (“The 5 second rule: Can we trust it?”) and much more.

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Homeless outreach workers Tiffany Stewart, Scott Edens, Gabriel Graham

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The ball is back in play for some Malibu High Sharks sports this spring, while for others it’s still up in the air because of COVID-19 restrictions. 

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My (vegan) husband Jeff and I were recently in Palms Springs attending a vintage flea market and, after a successful day of buying antique-y stuff, we were hungry. Of course we have our favorites in Palm Springs, chief among them Palm Green Café (I love their Caesar salad!), but this is a ne…

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Sunday, March 14, was Save a Spider Day, and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area recognized the holiday by posting photos of a particularly fearsome looking arachnid: a pet non-native Brazilian black tarantula (Grammostola pulchra) crawling on a rock.

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David Strapf submitted this week’s Best Shot: a stand-off between a dog and a bird at Paradise Cove this February.

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March 14 was Pi Day—the day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π) and to eat lots of pie. It’s also the annual celebration of a never-ending infinite number, as well as Albert Einstein’s birthday (he was born March 14, 1879). Pi Day, which became a national holiday in 2009, is celebr…

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Boys and Girls Club of Malibu recently announced this year’s winner of the Youth of the Year Award: Linda M. Each year, the club selects a Youth of the Year based on the student’s contributions to their school, community, family and the club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.

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“One Night in Miami” (Amazon Prime Video) is a fictional depiction of what actually occurred in a hotel room in 1964: a conversation among recently crowned boxing champ Cassius Clay (soon to be known as Muhammed Ali), football star Jim Brown, civil rights leader Malcolm X and singer-songwrit…

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For many a Malibu resident involved in gardening, planting expensive new landscaping or even vineyards, the pocket gopher can be the bane of their existence. The most common question neighbors seem to ask on social media site Nextdoor is, “How do I get rid of gophers?” The voracious little r…

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In February 2020, Malibu Friends of Music—a nonprofit arts organization run by longtime residents Maria Newman and Scott Hosfeld—was just wrapping up the Valentine’s Day concert series “Champagne and Chocolate.” Little did they know at the time, the concert was to be the last in-person soire…

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Those words were used around the globe to describe the intense interview with Oprah Winfrey and former royals Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. On Monday, millions of Brits woke up to read the rags with those sizzling headlines.

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You might say life’s a picnic for Malibu resident Robyn Ritter Simon. If she’s not enjoying one herself, Ritter Simon is making picnics for others in her new business. And as you might imagine during the COVID pandemic, things are really taking off for her.

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Funny thing about the award season: The Oscars are clean and neat with every film category in its place. But the second-biggest prize is more of a mix-up, with serious drama, comedy, music and lifetime legend awards crowding the room at the Golden Globe Awards.

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COVID-19 shutdowns and safety precautions have us missing all kinds of social interactions—dinners with family, drinks with friends and artistic showcases of all kinds, from museums to theater and so much more.

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“Nomadland” (Hulu) I don’t use the word “masterpiece” very often, but “Nomadland” deserves the appellation here, for sure. Chinese-born director Chloe Zhao and lead actress Frances McDormand have created a stunning, unconventional film about a world most of us are not aware of. The economic …

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From picnics to playgrounds, warm winter days mean plenty of outdoor activities in the sunshine this February. With the toughest lockdown orders lifted across LA County, Malibuites are encouraged to step outside and enjoy the fresh air. This week, scores of locals and visitors alike could be…

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The following line of poetry is written from the perspective of some sort of animal, household object, plant or otherwise non- sentient being. Try to guess the narrator’s identity:

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A rainbow lights up the sky over Malibu for this week’s Best Shot, captured by John Payne on Jan. 22—an “interesting and beautiful Malibu sight,” according to John and his wife Anne.

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Malibuite Stella Williams, an eighth grader at Malibu Middle School, hand-made and delivered 50 Valentine’s Day cards for residents in a nearby senior living facility earlier this month. 

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The glittering Golden Globes are right around the corner, but it will be a very different event than in years past. The red carpet, with its beaded, satin and feathered creations, will be replaced by a less fashion friendly version on Zoom.

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