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LIFESTYLE LETTER

Readers Chime In WHILE I KNOW THAT OUR FEATURE ARTICLES AND LOCALLY FOCUSED CONTENT LIKE AROUND TOWN AND LOCALLY OWNED ARE VERY WELL READ, I OFTEN WONDER IF ANYONE READS OUR LIFESTYLE LETTER. I put a lot of energy and emotion into the ones I contribute. That was especially true with our December and January issues. We were already well into final edits

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with the December issue when the Borderline tragedy stuck, followed immedi-

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ately by the fires that hit Malibu, the Conejo Valley and Calabasas. We literally

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“stopped the presses” (sounds like an old movie from the 1930’s, doesn’t it?) and replaced my Happy Holidays Letter with one that was much darker and troubled. We also redid our entire editorial run sheet for January, and as you have seen, we’ve covered the fires and Borderline. What follows are emails we received from readers that made us feel it was all worthwhile.

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I read your Lifestyle Letter for the December issue a week or more ago and it has stayed in my mind. Very well written and I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts. It's rare to see the ugly truth confronted in a publication like yours— which obviously is intended to focus on beautiful and successful lifestyles—but these things need to be said in public forums. I appreciate your willingness to

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to thank you for the thoughts you shared regarding the Borderline shooting in your Lifestyle Letter in the current issue of the Conejo Valley edition. Your thoughtful reflection articulated the feelings of many in our community and were especially prescient in light of the fires that devastated our area soon after you wrote them. Thank you for publishing magazines that celebrate the best of our community.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2019

FEATURES 12 Students Advocate Pepperdine Law Clinic Aids Fire Victims

18 Top Choice New West Symphony Announces Music Director

24 Local Drama On Stage with Theatre Palisades

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28 Arts Scene On the Town with the Arts

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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

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Financial Buzz

24 Local LImelight 28 City Scene 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Legal Compass


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GOOD TIMES

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AROUND TOWN

CASA VOLUNTEERS STAND UP FOR CHILDREN

honor her memory by ensuring that those dreams stay in sight for other students now and into the

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

future. With $100,000 seed funding, the University

serve as advocates for foster children in the

established the Alaina Housley Memorial Endowed

Ventura County Dependency Court System who

Scholarship Fund to create an enduring legacy

are victims of abuse and neglect. With a string of

for Alaina—by supporting generations of future

people, often including their own parents, in and

Pepperdine students in perpetuity.

out of their lives, these children are in desperate

Though Alaina's time at Pepperdine was short,

need of a stable adult. A CASA Volunteer becomes

she created a lasting impact for her classmates and

that adult—the one adult who stands up for them

teachers alike. Through this scholarship fund, the

and commits to advocating for them until the child

Pepperdine community hopes to ensure that, even

is placed in a safe, permanent home.

in her death, she will always continue to change

CASA currently needs more volunteers! To

lives for the better. Impact.Pepperdine.edu

learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child in our community, consider attending the next CASA Informational Session on Wednesday, February 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Rebecca at 805.389.3120 or Rebecca@casaofventuracounty.org.  Address will be provided upon registration.

LOCAL LANDSCAPE ARTIST PRESENTS “A WALK WITH NATURE” A Walk with Nature Art Exhibit and Sale at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center features more than 30 paintings by local landscape painter Russell Hunziker. His original watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings of the beautiful landscapes in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National

LIFE AFTER DEATH EXAMINED

Park are coordinated with a map of their locations

Classicist and expert in Greek mythology, religion

and inspirational quotes by naturalist John Muir.

and magic Radcliffe G. Edmonds III, the Paul Shorey

Located at 26876 Mulholland Hwy in Calabasas,

Professor of Greek in the Department of Greek,

the exhibit runs through Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4:30

Latin & Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College,

p.m. Parking and admission are free; a portion of

Pennsylvania, discusses the ancient Greeks’ ideas

the funds from art sales will be donated to further

regarding death and the afterlife. Complementing

arts programs in the Santa Monica Mountains. For

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more information, call 805.370.2302.

Afterlife,” on view at the Getty Villa through March

MEMORIAL FUND IMPACTS FUTURE On November 7, Pepperdine first-year student

exhibition “Underworld:

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18, the talk takes place Sunday, February 10, at 3 p.m. in the Auditorium at Getty Villa. Tickets are free; reservations required. Getty.edu

Alaina Housley was killed in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. The entire University community—students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends—grieves the loss of this bright, compassionate young woman taken well before her time.

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GIVING BACK

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IN THE WAKE OF RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS IN CALIFORNIA, THE CLINICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW LAUNCHED THE DISASTER RELIEF CLINIC, WHICH PROVIDES PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES TO THOSE HARMED BY WILDFIRES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN 2018. The clinic, which relies on volunteer lawyers and referrals for early phases of recovery, offers a variety of services to people in Malibu, the Conejo Valley and Ventura County. These include assistance on FEMA applications and appeals, insurance coverage matters, business interruption, housing and rental issues, estate matters, unemployment and consumer protection issues. “The clinic was first launched to serve folks after Hurricane Harvey and the Thomas Fire, and now we get to serve our own people in our community,” says Jeffrey R. Baker, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Education at Pepperdine University School of Law.

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The disaster clinic was inspired in 2005, when Baker was a young lawyer in his home state of Mississippi; Hurricane Katrina hit, forcing the evacuation of the southern half of the state. During this time, Baker volunteered his legal services while he and his community dealt with the devastation. “My family and I were profoundly affected by our experience,” Baker recalls. Then, almost a year ago, Hurricane Harvey hit South Texas. “I wanted to find a way to see if we could reach out to help, drawing on my own experience with Hurricane Katrina, even though we live in California now,” he says. “We reached out to

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That local moment hit in December 2017, when the Thomas Fire wreaked havoc throughout Ventura County. “What we’re doing technically is called ‘limited scope representation,’ so we’re not getting involved in litigation,” Baker explains. “We’re helping people understand the system around FEMA and insurance… and helping people advocate for themselves and understand the scavenger hunt that can occur from a natural disaster.” A big aspect of the Disaster Relief Clinic involves community education events in which volunteers with the program provide information and guidance to people affected by the fires. The most recent was the Day of Malibu Healing & Assistance in mid-December, which included yoga, meditation and acupuncture—as well as free legal counseling with representatives from the Pepperdine Law Disaster Relief Clinic. The Disaster Relief Clinic is part of the clinical education program Baker oversees in which law students have the opportunity to practice various areas of the law while attending law school,

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The “science” part of portfolio building is important. Having an understanding of which direction interest rates are headed, the unemployment rate, other economic trends, as well as what government stimulus or spending is likely to occur is a solid foundation to building a successful portfolio. But, the “art” of building the portfolio is an unparalleled and equally critical component to developing the balance that will maximize your investing experience. The “art” of it begins with a real understanding and introspection of what risk and willingness for loss you are willing to accept without deviating or altering your investment course.  Literature and pundits will tell you to “stay for the long term” and “weather the storm,” or to “ride it out.” But, I know you. You are like Keynes described when he said, “emotions ostensibly influence and guide human behavior,” meaning, you’ll “stay the course” as long as you can stand it, but when the markets really decline you’ll effectively say “mercy, I’ve had enough” and likely choose to sell. Selling at the nadir of a market decline is really the moment when you should be buying. But too often, emotion dictates, and “fear” and “greed” drive ultimate decision-making.  While everything is clearer in hindsight, if you allocate the portfolio in a way that has less risk to begin with, then you can handle the decline in stock market values because you won’t feel the same pain when you open your month-end statement. That is the “art,” to know just what you can handle and not to accept more risk, no matter how tempting the returns are in the stock market or how much money your next door neighbor professes to have made in the stock he or she told you about. It’s not black and white; it really is part art and part science. And, the sooner you’re ready to blend the two together, you’ll find an allocation of investments that are just right for you. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right. The “Goldilocks” economy is one where it’s not so hot that it causes inflation, and not too cold to lead to recession, but still operating with full employment and economic stability. We were in that environment for years, but that is a story told better by the artist who wrote it.

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“LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE AND NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEW WEST SYMPHONY, MICHAEL CHRISTIE!”

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Music Director Leads Symphony to New Heights “AND NOW FOR A BIG SURPRISE. Tonight is a joyous celebration and I cannot imagine a better time and place to make this announcement, in front of 300 close friends of the Symphony,” teased Natalia Staneva, chief executive officer of New West Symphony, at the organization’s December gala. “Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great pleasure to introduce to you Grammy Award nominee and new music director of the New West Symphony, Michael Christie!” And with that, a nearly three-year conductor search culminated in a rousing standing ovation for Maestro Michael Christie, by New West Symphony’s patrons and musicians. Christie takes on the position of Music Director, a role that represents the artistic and creative leadership of New West Symphony. Christie first performed with the Symphony in October 2018, conducting the orchestra’s season opening concert, featuring Rhapsody in Blue and other George Gershwin songs performed by Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair. 18

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“The orchestra members experienced tremendous chemistry performing with Michael and expressed a great desire to have him as music director, and the board of directors agreed,” says Symphony Board Chair, Kim Woods. “Michael is a great fit for our organization and we have full confidence in his success as an artistic leader in our community.” In addition to conducting the orchestra during performances, the position encompasses more than most people might realize. “The main part of the job is obviously leading the performances and rehearsing the orchestra,” but as Christie explains, “the music director job has come to mean more than the man or woman on the podium. It includes setting artistic vision to help people understand why we’re doing certain pieces, and to engage, enlighten and entertain audiences. And in partnership with our donors, board and staff, getting our programs into people’s hearts so they want to support the organization and come to concerts.” CAREER HIGHLIGHTS With a career spanning more than 20 years, Christie has been music director for Phoenix Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic and Queensland Symphony in Australia, as well as a guest conductor with some of the world’s most notable orchestras around the world, including an apprenticeship under Maestro Daniel Barenboim with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Most recently Maestro Christie led Minnesota Opera as music director for eight seasons. “Michael’s experience producing diverse, multimedia productions was particularly interesting to us as we advance our repertoire to include a wider array of performances,” says Staneva. “This is unique and valuable experience, which we know will present opportunities for New West Symphony to expand into new types of concerts moving into the celebration of our 25th anniversary in 2019/2020.” Christie’s reputation in the opera world has just been boosted with four Grammy Award nominations for his live recording of the contemporary opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which he debuted with the Santa Fe Opera in 2017. “It’s really interesting to create an opera from scratch. When you do a brand new piece, audience members are comparing it to different things,” says Christie. This unique work, composed by Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell, tells the story of Apple Computer founder and the inventor of the iPhone, who, as Christie describes, “revolutionized the way people communicate, and yet he struggled with personal communications.” No stranger to winning notable awards for conducting new opera works, Christie also premiered, with the Minnesota Opera, Silent Night by Kevin Puts, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the work.

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MUSIC DIRECTOR LEADS SYMPHONY

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NEW PERSPECTIVES With his expansive background in opera, Christie brings a unique perspective to the symphonic world. “Opera forces you to be a musical storyteller. For example, when you conduct an opera by Dvořák, and then you look at his symphonic work, his dramatic impulse can inform your choice of tempo and how you do phrases. Opera gives us a way to think about composers’ symphonic music in terms of how they view drama.” New West Symphony’s 25th anniversary will mark Christie’s debut season, and planning for this milestone season, which launches in October 2019, has already begun.

“WE ARE GOING TO START WITH SOMETHING THAT GETS PEOPLE’S ATTENTION AND REPRESENTS THE SPIRIT OF THE WHOLE SEASON,” SAYS CHRISTIE. “IT ALSO MEANS BALANCING WHAT WE’VE DONE IN THE RECENT PAST. PEOPLE LOVE THE OLD MASTERS, BUT WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT WHEN WE PLAY A MASTER WORK, WE GIVE IT A FRESH LOOK.” MAESTRO CHRISTIE OFFERS A CLUE OF WHAT TO EXPECT IN HIS INAUGURAL SEASON: “BEETHOVEN’S 250TH BIRTHDAY WILL BE IN 2020. BEETHOVEN IS BEYOND POPULAR; HE’S VITAL TO WHAT WE DO.” While Christie is inspired by music from every era, he does have some favorites. “I do gravitate to early 20th Century. I like Stravinsky and Debussy, both in their opera and symphonic works; both composers created instrumentation with a tremendous color palette. A lot of instruments really came into their current form during the late part of the 19th century, so the power and the beauty of the sound has to do with the volume the instruments could play.” Prior to this period, instruments were relatively muted, but the brass and keyboard instruments, in particular, evolved to have the larger sounds more familiar today, which are core to the modern orchestra. “You have composers like Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky and Gershwin, who made all those color combinations really sparkle,” Christie explains. Today Maestro Christie makes Minneapolis, Minnesota, his home, with his wife Alexis, a pulmonary/critical care physician he met in Australia when he was music director of Queensland Symphony, and daughter Sinclair and son Beckett. “Minneapolis is a little bit cooler than Ventura County,” he says. “I love the seasons. I grew up in Buffalo, and I love that bracing cold air. Sinclair, who is 10, is a great figure skater, as well as a Suzuki violinist. Our son Beckett is 4 and we’re waiting to see what his musical direction will be.” 20

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SPRING SHOWS Maestro Christie will return to conduct New West Symphony’s April concerts, “Indescribable Beauty,” featuring Chopin Piano Competition winner Yulianna Avdeeva performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and the orchestra performs Schuman’s Symphony No. 4. “One of my favorite symphonies is the 4th symphony of Schumann,” says Christie. “It’s a beautiful piece with a surprising number of solos for instrumentalists in the orchestra offering moments to put the spotlight on them.” Christie continues, “Robert Schumann was a fascinating composer who was trying to embrace what was going on stylistically at the time, but at the same time trying to find his own voice. With his fourth symphony, he blends the movements together in a very clever way; it’s quite dramatic and innovative. He’s a very athletic composer for the orchestra but also very lyrical.” These concerts will be performed April 6 and 7 in Thousand Oaks and Oxnard. With a degree in trumpet performance from Oberlin College of Music, Christie notes, “Trumpet players are dramatic; we like to be the top voice. I love drama in music. I can look back on the last 23 years and I can see how I’ve been influenced by that.” With his appointment at New West Symphony, audiences will get to experience Maestro Christie’s unique artistic vision and perspective in action.  

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Theatre Palisades events are offered at reasonable prices and are well-attended by its supportive subscription base and a faithful audience. 2019 SEASON Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," directed by Sabrina Lloyd and produced by Martha Hunter and Sherman Wayne, runs Fridays and Saturdays through February 17. The classic tale of “mistaken identity, gender confusion, a mordant clown, a pompous major domo and whackadoodle relatives” offers entertainment for patrons young and old. March 29 through May 5 features “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris, a Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in the Sun.” Set in 1959, Act 1 depicts white community leaders attempting to derail the sale of a home to a black family. In Act 2, set in 2009, the now-predominantly African-American neighborhood battles white gentrification.

FOR ALMOST SIX DECADES, THEATRE PALISADES' PRODUCTIONS HAVE DELIGHTED LOCALS, BRINGING HIGH QUALITY LIVE PERFORMANCES OF BOTH CLASSIC AND ORIGINAL PLAYS TO AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES.

“Lend Me A Tenor” by Ken Ludwig runs May 31 through July 7. Set in 1934 Cleveland, Ohio, the production stars a world-famous Italian tenor and his jealous wife. Up next from August 30 through October 6, is “Ruthless! The Musical,” with music by Marvin Laird and based on the book and lyrics by Joel Paley. In her quest to play Pippi Longstocking, 8-year-old Tina Denmark will stop at nothing to win the part.

Founded by a trio of television writers—Ken Rosen,

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” running from

Sheldon Stark and Jacquie Chester—to produce original

November 1 through December 8, ends the 2019 sea-

plays, Theatre Palisades was created in 1963, holding

son. Set in post-WWII England, the play begins with

its earliest performances at the Pacific Palisades Jewish

news about a murder in London and weaves a mysteri-

Community Center (now Kelhiath Israel) on Sunset Blvd.

ous tale sure to enthrall audiences.

From 1967 to 1975, the membership- and subscriber-driven community theatre produced shows in area

THEATRE PALISADES YOUTH

venues, including Palisades Park and Rustic Canyon Park,

The youth theater provides an opportunity for youth

before securing its permanent location in 1975 on land

in 3rd through 9th grades to participate in a hands-on

donated by Lelah and J. Townley Pierson.

theater experience with a professional and experienced

In November 1988, Theatre Palisades opened Pierson

director and production staff. Producing two shows a year,

Playhouse, a 125-seat theatre named in honor of the

Theatre Palisades Youth presents “Guys and Dolls Jr.”

Piersons. Today, the busy theatre produces five major

from February 22-24 and March 1-3.

productions with an 18-show run each year, as well as two yearly shows by Theatre Palisades Youth, chamber music

For tickets and more information, call Theatre Palisades at 310.454.1970 or visit TheatrePalisades.org.

concerts, special shows and membership meetings. Theatre Palisades also hosts Palisades Historical Society

Theatre Palisades is located at 941 Temescal Canyon Road,

presentations throughout the year.

in Pacific Palisades.

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A Date with the Arts ON THE TOWN WITH THE ARTS The Malibu and Pacific Palisades areas are a mecca of arts and culture. Make a date this month with your sweetheart to appreciate some of the many cultural offerings right here in our own backyard.

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THE FREDERICK R . WEISM AN MUSEUM OF ART

TUESDAY-SUNDAY, 11 A.M.-5 P.M. PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY Founded in 1992, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University showcases historical and contemporary art by nationally recognized artists, with a focus on California artists. Through March 31, the landmark exhibit, “Richard Diebenkorn Beginnings, 1942–1955,” explores the artist’s evolution from early representational landscape, to semiabstract Cubist and Surrealist-inspired work, to his mature Abstract Expressionist paintings from the Sausalito, Albuquerque, Urbana and early Berkeley years, culminating in his return to figuration in the mid-1950s. Focused exclusively on paintings and drawings made in his formative years, it features approximately 75 works, most of which have never before been publicly exhibited. Arts.Pepperdine.edu

WALK WITH NATURE ART EXHIBIT & SALE

THROUGH FEB. 27, 9 A.M.-4:30 P.M. SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS INTERAGENCY VISITOR CENTER Local landscape painter Russell Hunziker features more than 30 original watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings of the beautiful landscapes in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National Park. Russell coordinated his captivating paintings with a map of their locations within the Santa Monica Mountains and Channel Islands and inspirational quotes from the famed naturalist John Muir. This is a wonderful opportunity to take an artistic walk through a unique and precious area! This free event runs all month. A portion of art sales will benefit future arts programs in the Santa Monica Mountains. WNPA.org

“ T WELFTH NIGHT ”

FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS THROUGH FEB. 17 THEATRE PALISADES Pacific Palisades’ own community theatre presents classic and modern works to entertain and delight audiences of all ages. This month, Director Sabrina Lloyd and Producers Martha Hunter and Sherman Wayne present William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." The classic tale features a shipwrecked heroine who disguises herself as a boy and joins Duke Orsino's court. Sent as his emissary to the Countess Olivia, who's mourning the death of her brother, chaos—and a great deal of fun—ensues. TheatrePalisades.org

THE LISA SMITH WENGLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY'S MALIBU CAMPUS The public is welcome to attend the many performances held throughout the year by world-renowned and emerging musicians, dance and circus companies, and students. This month features a wide variety of options: + Dance in Flight, presented by Pepperdine Student Activities, Feb. 7–9, Smothers Theatre Emerging student dancers and choreographers from a variety of dance backgrounds, interests, and fields of study present an impressive showcase of student artistry. $20 + Kenny Broberg, Piano, Recital Series, Feb. 10, 2 p.m., Raitt Recital Hall Award-winning pianist Kenny Broberg performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110. $28 + Die Fledermaus, Feb. 21 & 23, 7:30 p.m., Smothers Theatre Presented by The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program, Johann Strauss's beloved operetta Die Fledermaus captures the charm of cosmopolitan Vienna and imagines what would happen if for just one night, we were free of the bonds of our social status. $20 + Ailey II, Feb. 26, 8 p.m., Smothers Theatre As a part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ailey II continues the legacy of its founder Alvin Ailey by celebrating the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African American cultural experience. $20-$50 Arts.Pepperdine.edu

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

DAILY, ALL MONTH

shaping of themes, revelation of inner voices, and an unfailing sense of

momentum”

(Texas

Classical

Review), pianist Kenny Broberg is known for his “poise” and “technical

UNDERWORLD: IMAGINING THE AFTERLIFE

brilliance” (Minnesota Star Tribune). Arts.Pepperdine.edu

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and Cross Creek Road

The Santa Monica Bay Audubon

The Getty Villa

Organized around a monumental funerary vessel on loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and recently conserved at the Getty Villa, this exhibition explores

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Society "SMBAS" invites all to their

THE ROMANTICS

month, at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Meet at the

free, monthly Malibu  Lagoon Field Trips, held the 4th Sunday of every

Oxnard Performing Arts Center

metal-shaded viewing area next to

depictions of the Underworld in the

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conducts

the parking lot before going forward

art of Greece and southern Italy.

New

Symphony's concert

with the 2-3 hour tour. Binoculars

Beyond tales of famous wrongdoers

featuring

Romantic

masterworks

and rulers of the dead, the objects on

including

Brahms’

monumental

view highlight the desire for a blessed

Symphony No. 1, which took 14 years

existence after death. Getty.edu

to complete, and which many have

Haimor West

guest

called “Beethoven’s 10th.” Rodolfo

recommended. SMBASBlog.com

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Leone performs Beethoven’s vigor-

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SMARTY PANTS STORYTIME

County composer Pauline Frechette presents "The Sacred Mountains

As a part of the Alvin Ailey American

Malibu Library

of Ojai" and "Reflections (Song for

Dance Theatre, Ailey II celebrates the

Children of all ages are sure to enjoy

Michael)." NewWestSymphony.org

American modern dance heritage,

ous Piano Concerto No. 1, and Ventura

this storytelling event, held Mondays at the Malibu Library. Malibu.org

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Director

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African-American

CASA INFORMATIONAL SESSION

technique” (Broadway Dance World),

“dynamic movement and dazzling

ular human beings” (the New York

in the life of an abused or neglected

Times). Arts.Pepperdine.edu

foster child in our community at this CASA Informational Session. Court

William

Appointed Special Advocates serve

Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," Fridays

as a stable adult in a child's life. RSVP

and Saturdays through Feb. 17. Tickets:

or for more information: 805.389.3120.

present

ence. Universally renowned for its

the members of Ailey II are “spectac-

and

Wayne

experi-

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and

Martha

cultural

Ventura County

Lloyd

Sherman

Sabrina

preserving the uniqueness of the

Hunter

Producers

24255 Pacific Coast Highway

$22. TheatrePalisades.org

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missions for events you'd like to

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Piano Competition for performances

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