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An audience of approximately two dozen braved the rain on Saturday, Jan. 10, for the debut of the Malibu Playhouse’s new interview series,  “A Conversation With.”

“It’s like a Malibu version of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’” series producer Diane Namm told the Malibu Surfside News. The series will feature one-on-one talks with actors, directors and writers.

“It’s a great way to involve people in the playhouse,” Namm said. “It’s just an hour but the best hour ever.”

Chris Bashaw

On any given evening, just before their parents called them in for dinner, Ari Andersen, Monty Biglow and Dusty Kramer could be found roaming the streets of Malibu West, “a roving pack of 10 year olds — like a tribe.”

“We must’ve spent thousands of hours together; playing hockey, playing tag in the street,” Andersen said. “That’s how it was all day, every day. And these guys are still my best friends to this day. They’ll be my friends for the rest of my life.”

Chris Bashaw

During its Oct. 27 meeting, the Malibu City Council approved by a 3-2 vote the Conditional Use Permit for Malibu resident Yvonne Green’s 99 High Tide Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary that will be located in the second story of the Zuma Jay building at 22775 Pacific Coast Highway.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu resident Jadwiga Kofin suffers from anxiety and intermittent restless legs and hands. These ailments cause her distress and the only way she has been able to get relief from these symptoms has been with medical marijuana.
“It’s changed my life completely,” Kofin said. “I’d probably be a little ball of anxiety and chaos if it wasn’t for marijuana in my life.”
Kofin has had to travel to other cities such as Venice to get what she calls her medicine. But that changed last week with the grand opening of a marijuana dispensary where she lives.

Chris Bashaw

 Jett Raines scored a career-high 22 points and Stacy Davis had 21 in front of a standing-room-only Firestone Fieldhouse crowd and the Pepperdine men’s basketball team gave No. 3 Gonzaga all it could handle before the Waves came up just short, 78-76, in West Coast Conference play on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Chris Bashaw

The City of Malibu broke ground on a construction project at the Pacific Coast Highway and Big Rock Drive intersection on Tuesday, March 25, and will break ground on another project at PCH and Kanan Dume Road on Thursday, March 27.
Both projects are funded by Measure R, an approximately $40 billion traffic relief initiative approved by Los Angeles County in 2008 to install transportation upgrades across the County.

Chris Bashaw

Spring is in bloom in Malibu, despite the drought. Although it isn’t one of those stellar years when wide swaths of the Santa Monica Mountains are transformed into a living tapestry of color, there are still many places to experience the sight and scent of spring flowers.

Ashleigh Fryer

It’s the farm where various restaurants throughout the city with 27 miles of scenic beauty source their salad greens.

Sowing, planting and harvesting by paying age-old attention to the movements of celestial bodies relative to the movement of Earth, the farmers at One Gun Ranch in Malibu strive to achieve an entirely holistic approach to farming in the hills of Malibu.

Chris Bashaw

It’s the summer of the 1922: Harry Houdini’s mind and body are battered from his harrowingly death-defying escape routines, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is growing weary of writing Sherlock Holmes.

Both men are looking for something new.

After exchanging letters, the famed escape artist and mystery novel legend team-up to investigate self-proclaimed psychic mediums for the Scientific American committee.

Ashleigh Fryer

Cynthia Merritt passed away peacefully at her home May 8 with her husband, George, by her side.

“Cindi” braved a long battle with health issues but forever kept her keen sense of humor. 

Born Dec. 30, 1947, in Lakewood, California, she attended Orange Coast College.

A flight attendant for American Airlines for 35 years, she flew often to some of her favorite places — Honolulu, Tokyo, London and Rome.

Ashleigh Fryer

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