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Ben Malkin | Ben.Malkin@LifestylePubs.com Robin Chesler | Robin.Chesler@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

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Home Is Where the Art Is... WE HAVE LIVED IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE SINCE 2004. As the years have passed, when it came down to easy access to performing arts and entertainment, we have found ourselves increasingly challenged by traffic on the 101. Anytime we wanted to go to Los Angeles for theater, music, museums, dining, sports or shopping, it was difficult. An evening of world-class jazz at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood often included an overnight stay at a nearby hotel. Ridiculous if you consider the fact that Hollywood is only 30 miles away. Not ridiculous if you want to enjoy yourself and avoid a two-hour crawl into Hollywood. Bottom line is that we do not go that often anymore. Unfortunately, I no longer get to see Tierney Sutton, Arturo Sandoval or other jazz artists I so very much enjoy. I don’t remember the last time I was at the Hollywood Bowl, the Music Center or the Pantages. Too bad, since I love musical theater, ballet and much of what those fine venues have to offer. Rather than continue complaining, it’s time to live and enjoy life locally. The Conejo Valley, Malibu and Pacific Palisades, the communities we serve with our Lifestyle magazines, have a

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offering a broad array of choices, especially from their resident companies Pacific Festival Ballet, 5-Star Theatricals and New West Symphony. Getting down to a smaller scale, we live in (or at least near) Los Angeles, a world-class entertainment capital. Excellent musicians can be found in our communities every week, for example, at Bogies or at the NABU Wines tasting room, where I was recently blown away by the incredible guitar work of the Paul

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2018

FEATURES 14 Art of the Palisades Artists Association Showcases Area Talent

16 Divine Dining Heavenly Hot Spots for Lovely Food & Drinks

20 Sparking Greatness Local Visionaries Take Creative Action

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26 Spreading the Word Malibu Poet Laureate Lauds Literary Labors

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Giving Back

24 Inspired By 26 Local Limelight 28 Financial Buzz 30 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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GOOD TIMES

Local Angels Raise Funds for Animals Animal lovers gathered in the hills of Malibu for the 1st annual benefit for Veterinary Angels' The Little Angels Project and their rescue partners. Proceeds go toward helping animals in need. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MALKIN 

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AROUND TOWN

ON STAGE

in new renditions. Songs include “I Could Have

Support local theatre at Theatre Palisades’ pro-

Danced All Night” by Lerner & Loewe, “Always”

duction of Arthur Miller’s “The Price,” which runs

by Berlin (sing-along), “Torna A Surriento” by De

through Feb. 18. Nominated for two Tony awards

Curtis, “True Love” by Porter (sing-along), “I’ll Tell

in 1968, “The Price” explores the humanity of two

My Ma” and more. One lucky patron will walk away

brothers who meet after many years to dispose of

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their dead parents' property. Their confrontation

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their very different lives and the price that each of them has had to pay. Directed by Toni Torrisi and

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produced by Martha Hunter and Sherman Wayne,

The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film

“The Price,” plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.,

Festival showcases films, tributes and symposiums

and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $18-$20.

through Feb. 10. Featuring 200+ of the best inde-

Theatre Palisades includes five major produc-

pendent and international films, the SBIFF draws

tions with a run of 18 performances per production.

some 90,000 attendees. Driven by its mission to

TPYouth produces two shows a year by children

engage, enrich and inspire the community through

for a total of 13 performances a year. Theatre

film, the nonprofit arts and education organization

Palisades offers all events at reasonable prices.

operates year-round to make a positive impact

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utilizing the power of film. Events include Super

STUDENT ART EXHIBIT

Silent Sunday, featuring free screenings classic silent films with live musical accompaniment on

Come meet student artists in Grades K-12,

the Arlington Theatre’s 1928 Wonder Morton Pipe

Saturday, Feb. 10, at the 2018 Student Art Exhibit

Organ—one of only five still in existence; and

in Malibu. An artist’s reception from 12-2 p.m. fea-

the presentation of the 2018 Cinema Vanguard

tures live poetry readings and art demonstrations.

Award on Feb. 1. Willem Dafoe will be honored for

Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students

his remarkable role in Sean Baker’s “The Florida

will be displaying arts in all mediums, from paint-

Project,” an A24 Films release, which opened in

ings to sculptures in this non-judged art show.

October to critical acclaim. For showtimes and

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more information, visit SBIFF.org.

WINE & ROSES Selected wine from Malibu and Napa Valley are featured in a Valentine’s Day-inspired wine tasting at Nabu Wines just over the hill in Westlake Village. On Feb. 10, for a special price of $20, guests can taste six varieties, including wines from both Napa and Malibu. Guests will also receive a long-stemmed red rose, and enjoy Custom Cupcakes by Sarah. Reservations not required. Nabu Wines is located at 2649 Townsgate Rd, #200, in Westlake Village. NabuWines.com

MUSIC FOR LOVERS Kick off the month of love with music to your ears

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at Theatre Palisades Concert, Valentines of Many

We are always accepting submissions for announce-

Lands, on Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. National tour soloist

ments you’d like to see included in our Around Town

Andy Rawn, Basso, and a UCLA Virtuoso student

section. Submissions are accepted via the Contact

trombone player will perform classic love songs

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GIVING BACK

PACIFIC PALISADES ART ASSOCIATION

SHOWCASES LOCAL ART ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE

AS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO SHOWCASING LOCAL ART, THE PACIFIC PALISADES ART ASSOCIATION FEATURES ART DEMONSTRATIONS, GUEST SPEAKERS AND JUDGED GROUP SHOWS, AS WELL AS MEMBER SOLO SHOWS AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND LOCAL WOMEN'S CLUB. “We serve as a community gathering for local artists,” says Pacific Palisades Art Association President Annette Dugdale-Alexakis, who is a watercolor multi-media painter. “We also offer a safe space for artists in our community to come and speak about their current works in progress, their art practice, finished works or voice anything that is currently inspiring them.” For instance, an opening reception in January at the Pacific Palisades Public Library showcased artist Rosie Galanis, whose work consists primarily of mixed media works, exploring the temporality of the human Renee Glenn demonstrates her watercolor techniques on synthetic plastic paper.

condition and the implications of the tropes of modern existence. “Her work focuses on the relationship between internal and external worlds, emphasizing the inevitable aspects of existence,” DugdaleAlexakis explains. “Her work consists primarily of organic materials. These materials in combination with transformative processes evoke bodily tissue like material, emotive and inherently human.”

Lloyd Cameron demonstrates his palette knife techniques.

In upcoming events, guest speaker Roksana Pirouzmand, who graduated from the California Institute of Arts in Fine Arts, will show slides of her paintings, sculptures and performance art from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club, 901 Haverford Avenue. For details, visit CommonSpace.CalArts.edu. Pirouzmand isn’t the only outstanding artist featured by the Pacific Palisades Art Association. Others include Judith Carr, who uses a brush and palette knife to create daring acrylic paintings on canvas; Laura McCormac, who sculpts mainly the medium-hard alabaster stone so she can use a hammer and chisel, files and sandpaper for a more organic experience than the use of power tools; and Chris Alexakis, who is experienced in logo, packaging, poster, animation and cinematography design.

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ANNUAL ART SHOW The Art Association’s yearly efforts include the Annual Pacific Palisades Village Green Art Show and Sale, which has been beneficial over the years by placing artists in the center of town for a day. “The event brings attention to the general public of our existence and encourages people to take part in our community, whether it be joining as a member or sharing their art,” Dugdale-Alexakis says. Fundraising is also a part of the Art Association’s mission and is conducted through membership dues for $55 at PaliArt.org. Members

(L-R): President Annette Alexakis & Jeane Allan at the Palette Knife Demonstration

may attend special guest lectures and demonstrations from renowned artists, gallery chairs and museum curators from throughout the Los Angeles area. Members also have an opportunity to showcase their art in collaborative shows at a discounted price for a year. Membership fees go toward paying for guest speakers, demonstrations, website maintenance, rent and liability insurance. The public is welcome to make donations to the Art Association to help fund grants to young aspiring artists at Pacific Palisades Charter High School. “Every year we try to make sure we have enough money to donate a small scholarship to the Pacific Palisades Charter High School art students,” Dugdale-Alexakis says. “The scholarship and art shows are incentives for members to join so that we may continue bringing local art free to the public.” The Art Association has been running for close to 70 years, and today has approximately 55 active members. “We are always looking for more,” Dugdale-Alexakis says. “People may join and are welcome regardless of age, gender and where they reside.” The ultimate goal of the Palisades Art Association is to encourage the community and offer tools and knowledge—regardless

“It is important to keep the arts alive in today's society because often places start to look the same between one and another,” Dugdale-Alexakis says. “Art is a way for people to reclaim their identity on a place and create a dialogue unique to the community. The Palisades Art Association is key in providing a more broad insight into the people that make up our community.”

of age, background or gender—to pursue art as a means of selfexpression, she further emphasizes.

For more information, visit PaliArt.org or call 310.459.8370.

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CELEBRATE LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP THIS VALENTINE'S DAY BY DINING OUT WITH THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE OR GATHERING WITH FRIENDS AT ONE OF THESE LOCAL FAVORITE SPOTS PERFECT FOR ENJOYING A MEMORABLE EVENING.

Lobster Roll, Coast at Shutters on the Beach

COAST BEACH CAFE & BAR Coast is a delightful, casual beachfront eatery that serves decidedly yummy California-inspired American cuisine. Situated on the lower level of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, every meal comes with a lovely view of the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant and hotel channel a classy, Martha's Vineyard-style prepster vibe, with dark wooden tables and floors, wicker chairs, white walls and paneling, soaring ceilings, blue and white striped booths and banquettes and subtle lighting. The attentive servers also reflect New England style, courtesy of their crisp checked Vineyard Vines shirts. Dine at an indoor table along the wall of windows looking out at the water, a comfy booth, at the bar or outdoors on the covered patio. Whatever your dining preference, gifted Executive Chef Vittorio Lucariello—who also helms the hotel's fine dining spot, One Pico— and his team’s tasty dishes are sure to make guests smile. Standout starters include avocado toast on grilled country bread, compressed watermelon (served with grapefruit, cucumber, avocado

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and feta cheese), a trio of fish tacos, and cheddar mac & cheese with optional crab or lobster. The raw bar offerings include oysters, a Maine lobster cocktail and a shellfish platter featuring a mouthwatering selection of clams, oysters, shrimp, Dungeness crab and lobster. Noteworthy entrees include seared ahi tuna with couscous and avocado, a Maine lobster roll served on a potato bun with lemon aioli and hushpuppies, and Mary's chicken with king mushrooms and fingerling potatoes. An oversized slice of decadent chocolate, red velvet, carrot or coconut-pineapple cake from Susie Cakes makes the perfect finale. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. COAST BEACH CAFE & BAR, SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH

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Mastro's Ocean Club is a swanky spot offering panoramic

Brentwood's Pizzana is a slice of pizza heaven. Owned by

ocean views from both the indoor dining room with walls of

Sprinkles Cupcakes Founders Candace and Charles Nelson and

windows and the outdoor patio. Revered for its steaks and

actor Chris O'Donnell and wife, Caroline, Pizzana serves up wood-

seafood, this top-notch restaurant serves delicious sushi,

fired Neapolitan-style pizza. The talented Naples-born pizzaiolo

appealing appetizers and sides galore.

Chef Daniel Uditi has created a dedicated following who can’t

Talented Executive Chef Brenda Mora and her team’s

get enough of his crispy, perfectly scrumptious pies. Chef Daniel

dishes taste as good as they look. The expansive menu and

handmakes the dough—which is then fermented and proofed for

plentiful portions include oysters on the half-shell, shrimp

two days—and uses organic, stoneground Italian flour and San

cocktail, Ocean Club crab cakes, chilled Alaskan King crab

Marzano tomatoes from Naples to distinguish his pies.

legs, the Maguro (bluefin tuna) lime roll, the tuna jalapeno sashimi, and the creamy lobster bisque. While guests can easily make a meal of small plates, the

The mod, sleek interior is dressed in white and Mediterranean blue, with an open kitchen, light wooden floors, white walls, blue chairs and banquettes, and a blue and white geometric print mural.

many stellar entrees, including steak, herb-roasted chicken

Popular appetizers include the polpette al forno (yummy wood-

and rack of lamb, should not be overlooked. Choose from the

fired meatballs and bread) and the Caesar salad with fried capers,

petit filet or filet mignon (8 oz./12 oz.), bone-in filet (12 oz./18

Parmigiano, garlic croutons and Calabrian Caesar vinaigrette.

oz.), New York Strip (16 oz.), and bone-in ribeye.

The Margherita and Chef Daniel's signature Neo-Margherita top

Seafood entree standouts include Scottish salmon, Pacific

the list of favorite pies, along with the Amatriciana with housemade

swordfish, Chilean sea bass, twin lobster tails and live Maine

sauce, crispy prosciutto crudo, red onion, shaved Parmigiano and

lobster—a seafood-lover’s dream. Scrumptious sides, served

fior di latte (semi-soft fresh cheese); the Ortolano with San Marzano

family-style, perfectly complement each dish and include

dop, grilled zucchini, eggplant, red pepper pesto and basil; and the

the lobster or garlic mashed potatoes; steamed, sauteed or

Corbarina with zucchini blossoms, cherry tomatoes, burrata and

creamed spinach; the 1-lb. baked potato; Alaska King crab

gremolata. Gluten-free crust is also available.

black truffle gnocchi and crispy Brussels sprouts.

Dessert specialties include Terrina Di Napoletana, with vanilla,

MOC’s desserts are made for sharing. Try the signature

strawberry and triple chocolate ice cream and fudge; salted car-

sweet Warm Butter Cake with fresh whipped cream and ber-

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ries, the flourless Chocolate Sin Cake or the Key Lime Pie.

cornmeal cake with wildflower honey cream.

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JEAN-GEORGES BEVERLY HILLS The extraordinarily chic signature restaurant located in the glamorous Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills is named after their legendary Michelin starrated French chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Featuring his much-loved French-American cuisine with a California accent of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, JGBH is part of Chef Jean-Georges’ impressive culinary empire of worldwide restaurants. Fans of this famous chef will recognize signature dishes also served in his New York City restaurants. JGBH’s sky-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows fill the restaurant with natural light that enhances the opulent interior decorated in a gentle palette of neutrals, with soft Jean-Georges Beverly Hills

leather chairs, booths and banquettes, plenty of greenery and terrazzo tile floors. French Executive Chef Steve Benjamin and his expert staff’s impressive selection of dishes include the popular Avocado Carpaccio Pizza, a crunchy treat, punctuated with cilantro, lime and Serrano chili. Delectable starters include the Kona Kampachi sashimi with chilled spicy cucumber juice and lime yogurt, butternut squash soup with black Trumpet mushrooms and creme fraiche, and ahi tuna with crushed avocado, sliced radishes and ginger dressing. The roasted Maine lobster is divine, served with Chanterelle mushroom vinaigrette. Other exquisite entrees include roasted Wagyu beef tenderloin with glazed carrots and miso-mustard sauce, Parmesan-crusted organic chicken with artichokes and lemon butter, tagliatelle with basil-pistachio pesto and caramelized Brussels sprouts,

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and Icelandic salmon with carrots, coconut and quinoa. Inventive sides include the baked sweet potato with dried chili, butter and sea salt; broccoli with pistachios, chilis

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and mint; Brussels sprouts with pear, bacon and raisin vinegar; and French fries with herbs. JGBH’s desserts are an ethereal affair—why not succumb to warm chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream, toasted almond panna cotta with Frog Hollow apricots and apricot sorbet or the salted caramel sundae topped with peanuts, popcorn and hot fudge? Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily; brunch on weekends. JEAN-GEORGES BEVERLY HILLS, IN THE WALDORF ASTORIA

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C R E AT I V E IGNITING THE SPARK OF CREATIVE ACTIVISM ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

VISIONS MALNOURISHMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE, POVERTY, HUMAN RIGHTS, YOUTH AND EDUCATION—SHINING LIGHT ON THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FIND SOLUTIONS IS THE FORCE BEHIND CREATIVE VISIONS, A MALIBU NONPROFIT DEDICATED TO IGNITING THE SPARK OF CREATIVE ACTIVISM THROUGH MEDIA AND THE ARTS. “Creative activists are people who use that creative spark not only for themselves, but for others,” says Kathy Eldon, who founded Creative Visions with daughter, Amy, in 1997 after her 22-year-old son Daniel was killed in Somalia while working as a Reuters photojournalist in 1993.

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Dan Eldon in Somalia

TRANSFORMING HER SON’S TRAGEDY INTO A GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO CREATE POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH THE ARTS AND MEDIA, KATHY AIMS TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER CREATIVE ACTIVISM WORLDWIDE BY HELPING ACTIVISTS OF ALL AGES USE ART, DANCE, MEDIA, MUSIC, THEATRE AND FILM TO TURN THEIR CREATIVITY INTO A FORCE FOR CHANGE. Based on the belief in the power of storytellers and the power of people to respond, Creative Visions provides invaluable support to aspiring artists, by doing “whatever we can to amplify their voices, spread their messages and fuel their spark, the spark called creative activism,” says Kathy. Creative Visions’ mission to inspire artists comprises several programs. CREATIVE ACTIVISTS PROGRAM Incubating some 250 projects in 35 countries, the Creative Activists Program supports creative activists who are “telling the stories that need to be told about problems that need to be solved.” “We meet them where they are—from project development, all the way through to completion,” says Kathy. “We provide mentoring and support for fundraising, production and marketing. Creative Visions exists to support these dreamers and media makers.” The various projects, including award-winning films,

Kathy & Amy Eldon

art and photo exhibitions which have impacted over 100 million people on six continents, drive positive impact by addressing issues such as human rights, the environment, arts and education, helping to raise awareness, change behaviors and influence policy. ROCK YOUR WORLD “Creative activism starts at any age,” says Kathy, noting Creative Visions’ human rights-based Rock Your World program has influenced more than 90,000 middle and high school students in 2,500 schools in at least 10 countries to think about solutions to important social and environmental issues. The program empowers students to use their voices and the power of media to become change makers in their communities and world.

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CREATIVE VISIONS

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ROCK YOUR WORLD:

ONLINE CURRICULUM FOR SOCIAL ACTION Local educators will participate in a professional development workshop at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles next month, March 11 and 12. A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Rock Your World, this Creative Visions Foundation program is designed to ignite students’ passion for social action. Fully aligned with Common Core and state stanCREATIVE VISIONS MEDIA

dards, Rock Your World introduces students

Creative Visions produces documentaries, features, narratives, promotional videos

to the basic principles of human rights and

and digital content showcasing outstanding creative activists who are changing the

inspires them to action. Finding their “spark,”

world around them. Their feature film, “The Journey is the Destination,” based on the life

students engage in researching an issue and

and journals of Dan Eldon, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival to a

developing a media campaign to promote

rapt audience of nearly 2,000 people.

awareness and positive change action. Set in the inspirational learning environment

CREATIVE ACTIVIST NETWORK (THE NETWORK)

of the Museum of Tolerance, featuring promi-

Creative Visions includes a vibrant global collective of filmmakers, artists, mentors,

nent guest speakers, educators will leave this

educators, advisors, media distribution channels and professional service providers,

workshop with a customized, student-ready,

along with dynamic local and worldwide organizations that use the arts, media and

motivational unit of study designed to:

technology to empower creative activists of all ages to ignite positive social change. In addition to their Malibu headquarters, Creative Visions network hubs are found in Atlanta and New York, with plans for expansion internationally. The hubs offer screenings,

+ Apply Common Core standard academics to real-world issues

networking opportunities, consulting services and conversations featuring media and arts industry leaders to encourage compassion, community, creativity and collaboration.

+ Strengthen inquiry, social analysis, high-level thinking and problem-solving skills

DAN ELDON LEGACY The Dan Eldon Legacy is dedicated to honoring Dan’s life as an artist, activist and adventurer through educational programs, Dan-inspired merchandise, traveling exhibi-

+ Promote an understanding of human rights and global awareness

tions and the publication of his books and art. The film about Dan’s life, “The Journey is the Destination” is the cornerstone to igniting a global campaign encouraging people to

+ Inspire youth’s voice and

believe in their own power to change the world around them by inspiring, empowering

engage them in civic literacy

and nurturing individuals to take action on specific issues. + Utilize digital media for CREATE CHANGE

meaningful communication.

With a network of creative minds, a production department and talented teachers and mentors, Creative Visions encourages and enables artists to get involved in their

Learn more at MuseumofTolerance.com.

communities and world to create media for positive change. “Use your talents, passions, networks, your resources together to create the world we all want to live in,” says Kathy. “As media becomes more accessible, there’s more

To learn more about Creative Visions and

opportunity for our voices to be heard; we believe there’s no better time than now to

view some of their many projects, visit

bring our talents and resources forward.”

CreativeVisions.org or call 310.456.1109.

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INSPIRED BY

ARTICLE SHARON LEVINSOHN

Ronald S. Barak:

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COMBINING HIS IMPRESSIVE LEGAL BACKGROUND, KNOWLEDGE OF POLITICS AND KNACK FOR STORYTELLING INTO A SECOND ACCIDENTAL CAREER AS A WRITER OF LEGAL THRILLERS, PACIFIC PALISADES RESIDENT RON BARAK PUBLISHED HIS FIRST NOVEL, THE AMENDMENT KILLER, LAST NOVEMBER.

RAISING AWARENESS

Barak weaves a compelling tale about U.S. Supreme

Barak is proud to use his book as a vehicle to raise awareness about

Court Justice Arnold Hirschfeld, who is forced to

diabetes, a condition he has lived with for 30 years. He notes that an epi-

choose between saving the life of his diabetic 11-year-

demic-level 30 million Americans have diabetes and has pledged 50% of

old granddaughter, Cassie Webber, and saving the

the net proceeds from the sale of The Amendment Killer to fund diabetes

country. The story unfolds as Hirschfeld learns of his

research and education.

granddaughter’s kidnapping, via text message, just as hearings have started to determine the fate of the

BEYOND THE BOOK

(hypothetical) 28th Amendment enacted to criminal-

While dedicated to writing, Barak occasionally flexes his legal chops

ize the abuse of power by politicians in Washington,

for friends and long-time clients or to work on cases that pique his inter-

D.C. Retired U.S. District Court Judge Cyrus Brooks,

est. Having practiced law for the past 50 years in Los Angeles, Barak

who is in court to defend the amendment, notices

specializes predominantly in real estate transactional and courtroom law,

that his old friend Hirschfeld is acting strangely and

representing local and international developers and investors.

decides to call in D.C. veteran homicide detective

Barak’s successful career has taken him to Japan, where he gained

Frank Lotello to help decipher what is happening.

fame as a member of the United States Men's Gymnastics Team in the

Meanwhile, insulin-dependent Cassie, kidnapped to

1964 Olympics in Tokyo. An extremely talented gymnast, Barak competed

control her grandfather's swing vote on the amend-

internationally while earning his undergraduate degree in Physics at USC.

ment, watches her insulin pump running dry and won-

During this time, he earned eight gold medals at the 1961 Maccabiah

ders if time or the kidnappers are her greatest threat.

Games in Israel, scoring him a private dinner with Golda Meir.

A suspenseful page-turner that keeps readers

After graduating from law school at USC, Barak embarked on a dis-

wanting to know more, The Amendment Killer makes

tinguished legal career which included a 23-year stint at Paul, Hastings,

for quite a good read, especially for a guy who started

Janofsky & Walker—the last few as co-managing partner—and 10 years at

writing novels on a dare from a friend after a round of

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

golf. While discussing a popular book whose author had left the novel's ending unresolved, Barak's golf

LOOKING FORWARD

buddy chided him to do better. Encouraged by his

It is no surprise that this dynamic and intellectually progressive man is

wife, Barak embraced the challenge—without dis-

working on his next novel, The Puppet Master, a prequel to The Amendment

closing he was writing until he had completed a draft.

Killer about a vigilante serial killer in modern-day Washington, D.C. Barak

His newfound passion for writing led Barak to

plans on publishing The Puppet Master this spring, along with a third book

attend writers’ conferences, read how-to books

at year’s end. The three novels are part of the Brooks/Lotello thriller series.

and find a mentor in New York Times bestselling

When he is not writing, Barak can be found at the Brentwood

author of the Jack Reacher novels, Lee Child, who

Country Club golf course, reading novels and watching "good" movies

has sold over 100 million books. Child read an

and television shows. He and his wife Barbie—who met in junior high

earlier draft of The Amendment Killer and provided

school—have made the Palisades their home for 20 years. They have

Barak with invaluable advice on character and

two children and four grandchildren.

story development, working with Barak at a writ-

The Amendment Killer is available in hardback, paperback, ebook and

ers’ conference in the Bahamas and supplying a

audiobook versions at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other book sell-

quote for The Amendment Killer book jacket.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

MALIBU POET LAUREATE SHARES PENCHANT FOR POETRY ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN PROVIDING A UNIQUE AND INSPIRING VOICE FOR MALIBU, MALIBU’S FIRST POET LAUREATE, RICARDO MEANS YBARRA, FELT SURPRISED, ELATED AND HONORED WHEN HE WAS CHOSEN FOR THE POST LAST MARCH.

“THERE IS A WONDERFUL GROUP OF ART SUPPORTERS IN MALIBU,” SAYS YBARRA. “THE IDEA IS TO ENLARGE THE ARTS AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FOR THE COMMUNITY, OUR CHILDREN AND OURSELVES. TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS GROUP IS SUCH AN HONOR.” First proposed by Malibu resident Ann Bruxie, long-time coordinator of the community “Tales by the Sea” poetry and storytelling event, the Poet Laureate Program came to life with support from the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission and the Malibu City Council. The two-year term position includes a $1,000 stipend and requires the Poet Laureate to promote poetry in local classrooms and throughout the community. Ybarra, a published author and teacher of poetry in the California Writers in the Schools program, was selected as Malibu’s Poet Laureate by a panel headed by

AMERICA Sing it my brothers and sisters from sea to shining sea volver, volver, volver America to our open arms again to purple mountain majesty dreamers and mariachi this land is our song. Call roll, camp brothers and sisters sing of Manzanar and the 4-4-2, purple hearts, spacious sky shigata ga nai, shigata ga nai this song is our land Sing out paper brothers and sisters working on the A train, Central Pacific and the Santa Fe from old gold mountain to the New York island this land is our song

Pepperdine University’s Creative Writing Department Chair Dr. John Struleoff, an Esteemed Writing Fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts and the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. Ybarra’s post takes him to local schools, where he enjoys sharing his love of poetry with students. “Meeting students and other artists, not just poets,” are perks of Ybarra’s post he finds especially rewarding. “My ‘post’ speaks and honors all the arts and everyone involved because everyone has a creative spark,” adds the 6th generation Californian.    “I am very proud to be a 6th generation Californio on my Mexican Ybarra side of the family,” says Ybarra, who grew up in Echo Park/Silver Lake, which he describes as a “fascinating childhood and neighborhood.”  Ybarra, who started writing poems in his 30s, finds inspiration for his writing in relationships and everyday events. He says his favorite topics to write about are “things I don’t understand or know too well.” Ybarra found a mentor in renowned SoCal poet Benjamin Saltman and names several poets among his favorites, including Neruda, Wanda Coleman, Sandra Cisneros, Uncle Walt and Wooi-chin J-son. When it comes to offering advice for aspiring poets, Ybarra says keeping in mind that “not every poem works” is a good rule of thumb. And as for writer’s block? “Love writer’s block,” he laughs. As Poet Laureate, in addition to working with local students in classrooms at Point Dume

volver, volver, y volver America

Marine Science and Juan Cabrillo Elementary Schools, Ybarra has participated in several

to our open arms again.

community events, including the annual Concert on the Bluffs, where he read his poem, “America” (see sidebar); the Go Fly a Kite poetry event celebrating the kites of Tyrus Wong at

—Ricardo Means Ybarra

Malibu City Hall; and the Pizza Poems workshops featuring students’ poems on pizza boxes. The community is invited to the monthly Poetry Open-Mic events at the Malibu Library and the upcoming Call to the Wall reading, an event featuring other poet laureates and emerging voices in May. When he’s not writing poetry, Ybarra loves to surf, swim and walk his Dachshund, aka “7 lbs. of fury!”

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FINANCIAL BUZZ

WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD EXECUTING ON

Bonds: Should I Stay or Do I Go? ARTICLE JEFF RUNYAN

THEIR PROMISE TO RAISE INTEREST RATES, THE OLD AXIOM “WHEN RATES RISE, BOND PRICES FALL” PUTS INVESTORS IN A PRECARIOUS SITUATION. The question, “Should I retain bonds in the portfolio or sell them because they’ll lose value?” has merit and highlights a reasonable concern that follows the right train of thought. However, while the world of investing fits many descriptions, it most certainly is never characterized as black or white. First, a quick reminder on what a bond is and how it works. A bond is essentially an investment whereby you loan money for a specified period of time and earn interest for making that loan. Money is typically loaned to a government (i.e., the United States), a municipality (like the County of Los Angeles), or to a corporation (ranging from Amazon to Viacom). And, you, the investor, are paid interest each year for the loan you made. At maturity of the loan, you’re then repaid the Face Value of the bond. For a quick illustration, let’s say you buy a Face Value $100,000 bond issued by Amazon, with a 3% coupon (interest payment) that matures in 10 years. Amazon pays you $3,000 every year for the next 10 years, and in the 10th year they repay you the $100,000 you loaned them. But, what if interest rates go up to 4%? Now, if Amazon wants to borrow money, they pay new bond buyers 4% (or $4,000 yearly) on a $100,000 loan. You can see that if rates go up, and you own the 3%-paying bond and you want to sell the bond, investors will pay you less to buy that position because they can get a bond that pays 4%— why would they want yours only paying 3%? The challenge is that when you only consider the example above, you’ll likely be running from bonds in a rising rate environment. But, if you take other investment elements into consideration, you may evaluate your situation and find bonds can still be a complement to a successful investing strategy. Bonds provide diversification from stocks and real estate—think of “not keeping all your eggs in one basket” if you were to trip and fall. Meaning, if the stock market or real estate market were to decline in value, then you would have greater total portfolio safety by being diversified and owning different types of assets. Please note that diversification does not guarantee against a loss. Also, for retirees and other long-term investors, you may have bond positions that pay higher rates of

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F E B R U A RY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

RUNS THROUGH FEB. 18 ARTHUR MILLER'S "THE PRICE" Pierson Playhouse

Theatre Palisades presents "The

Basso, and a UCLA Virtuoso student trombone player performing classic love songs in new renditions. $29. Reservations required: 310.459.2326.

WINE & ROSES Nabu Wines

Enjoy wine tastings at a special price

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of $20 for six varieties, including wines from both Napa and Malibu.

Price," Fridays and Saturdays at 8

DANCE IN FLIGHT

p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Directed

Smothers Theatre

red rose. Custom Cupcakes by Sar-

by Toni Torrisi, produced by Martha

Pepperdine Student Activities pres-

ah will be served. Reservations not

Hunter and Sherman Wayne. Tickets:

ents an impressive showcase of stu-

required. Also 2/11. NabuWines.com

$18-$20. TheatrePalisades.com

dent artistry. Emerging student dancers

RUNS THROUGH FEB. 10 33RD SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Guests will receive a long-stemmed

and choreographers cultivate creativity, physical expression and teamwork in a professional performing atmosphere.

One of the leading film festivals in the United States, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival draws some

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The company members come from a

BRANDON RIDENOUR, TRUMPET

variety of dance backgrounds, inter-

Raitt Recital Hall,

ests and fields of study and are united

Pepperdine University

by their passion for the art of move-

Kicking off the 2018 Recital Se-

ment. Arts.Pepperdine.edu

ries, Brandon Ridenour's program includes  George Gershwin’s  I Got

Arlington Theatre

Fascinating Rhythm; Maurice Rav-

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el’s Piece en forme de Habanera, M. 51; and  Claude Debussy’s,  La Puerta

90,000 attendees and offers 11 days of

VISION BOARDS WORKSHOP

200+ films, tributes and symposiums.

Michael Landon Community Center

composer combines his wide-rang-

The nonprofit SBIFF organization brings

Makers Mess leads this workshop to

ing activities as a soloist and cham-

the best independent and international

help make those New Year’s resolu-

ber musician with his passion for

cinema to Santa Barbara, fulfilling its

tions come to fruition by creating a

composing and arranging.

mission to engage, enrich and inspire

vision—a powerful tool for visualizing

Arts.Pepperdine.edu

the community through film. SBIFF.org

what’s truly important in life. A vision board helps to generate an artistic,

2 1970'S CONCERT CHOIR

big-picture representation of the key aspects in life. No special art skills required. $10. Call 310.456.2489, ext. 239 to register. MalibuCity.org

Mercer Hall

Palisades Charter High School Concert Choir presents this free event featuring songs from the 1970's. Also Feb. 3. PaliHigh.org

3 THEATRE PALISADES CONCERT

13 CHRISTOPHER PARKENING GUITAR STUDENTS IN CONCERT The community is invited to a con-

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cert performed by the guitar students of Christopher Parkening, one of the

STUDENT ART EXHIBIT

world’s preeminent virtuosos of classical guitar! Also 2/16. Library.

Students in Grades K-12 showcase their

artwork.

Various

mediums

represented. An Artist's Reception featuring poetry readings and art

Theatre Palisades

demonstrations takes place from 12-2

Valentines of Many Lands features

p.m. The student art exhibit is non-

national tour soloist Andy Rawn,

judged. MalibuCity.org

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del Vino. The virtuoso trumpeter and

Surfboard Room, Payson Library

Malibu City Hall

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22 PEPPERDINE OPERA: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Smothers Theatre,

Pepperdine University

"Come Friends Who Plough the Sea!" Join the Pirate King and his apprentice Frederic as they once again match wits with the Major General and his beautiful daughters. Hear both talented casts in Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular operetta. Music by Arthur Sullivan and Libretto by W.S. Gilbert, directed by  Henry Price. Arts.Pepperdine.edu 

25 MALIBU LAGOON FIELD TRIPS Malibu Lagoon State Beach

The Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society hosts Malibu Lagoon Field Trips the 4th Sunday of every month. Adult Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. for 2-3 hrs. Meet at the metal-shaded viewing area by the parking lot. Brings binoculars and cameras. Children & Parents Walk starts at 10 a.m. for a one-hour session. SMBASBlog.com

27 ARTIST SLIDE SHOW Pacific Palisades Woman's Club

Pacific Palisades Art Association member local artist Roksana Pirouzmand, a graduate of the Calif Institute of Arts, shows slides of her paintings, sculpture and performance art. CommonSpaceCalArts.edu

28 MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Palisades Branch Library

Enjoy a pause in the day to refresh by simply sitting and paying attention to your senses, thoughts and feelings. Learn about Mindfulness and how it may relieve stress. Stay for five minutes or the entire 30 minutes. Sessions conducted by Natalie Bell, Mindful Wellness consultant. 

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PARTING THOUGHTS

spread a little

Self-Love DO YOU SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE YOU ARE ALWAYS PUTTING YOUR-

SELF LAST ON YOUR OWN LIST? Well, I’m right there with you. There are some people who put themselves first in everything they do and only think for themselves first. Some may think this is selfish, while others see it as a form of self-love. In order to truly be happy, it is important to incorporate some form of selflove into our lives. However, some of us might not know how to love ourselves, how to receive love or even how to accept compliments. This is a great time of the year to learn how to not only love yourself, but also how to love and appreciate the important people in your life. I have many tips for you all to practice self-love while also showing your love and appreciation for others. You can start doing this by admiring others for their inner beauty and noticing their reactions. Also, make an effort to find out what others’ perceptions of giving are in regard to showing their love for others. You may find out that some people in your life really have a flair for it! The next step you can take is to find a mentor you admire and have them teach you something you want to get better at in life. Start your days by putting a zip in your step, as this could be the change you’ve been needing to make that will lead you to living your best life. In your everyday life, is your automatic response to things usually a positive loving one, or would you consider it negative criticism? If you start to voice your daily responses with compassionate feelings, you will definitely see positive changes in your relationships with those around you. Counting your blessings is another great place to start on the path to self-love. Do you have dreams and goals? Or, are you someone who always thinks that having dreams and goals are not worth it? Well, I am here today to say that your dreams and goals are very important, and you are so worth it. Chasing your own dreams and goals is a great form of showing self-love, as it will make you feel more accomplished once you start reaching for your dreams and goals. We all need to learn to be our own best friends and cheerleaders in life and know in our hearts that we are worth it. When we work with others from a heartfelt place, we not only gain our own power back, but we also take away any negative feelings that may be holding us back. Always remember to help others in life, especially when you start reaching your own personal goals. Don't forget to turn around and help the next person in line in your life. Always stay humble, be kind and be good to others. Most importantly, don’t forget to always love yourself. Happy Valentine’s Day! Please tune into the brighter side of life on 1590 KVTA on Saturday mornings or tune into my podcast on ITunes/the Kim Pagano Show. You can also sign up to receive updates from my weekly newsletter.

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As a dancer, Peggy has spent a lifetime taking graceful steps. So her move to University Village comes as no surprise. From the beautiful cliff views and the friendly residents to the independent lifestyle and proximity to Cal Lutheran University, Peggy has found everything she was looking for, and more. For the same cost of homeownership, she feels like she’s given up nothing and gained so much. And that puts a spring in her step.

Hear more from Peggy at UVTO.com/testimonial. Or call 1-866-983-1903.

Continuing Life LLC provides support and services to leading senior housing communities under a services and licensing agreement that allows for use of the Continuing LifeÂŽ mark. The company does not own, nor is it financially responsible for, University Village Thousand Oaks CCRC LLC. State of California License #565800978. Certificate of Authority #221.


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Malibu to Palisades, CA February 2018  

February 2018 Issue of Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle

Malibu to Palisades, CA February 2018  

February 2018 Issue of Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle