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Tris Imboden, of the band Chicago, has traveled around the world and back behind a set of drums.

But at home in Malibu, he is able to unwind a bit, and he recently offered his expert opinion to young, aspiring musicians during the Malibu Rotary Club’s annual choral competition at Pepperdine last month. It was here that the Surfside caught up with Imboden. 

“I’m delighted to serve the community of Malibu by judging this competition,” Imboden said. “I’m not able to give back as much as I wish I could because often I am on the road.”

Lauren Finkler

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

Malibu’s Hunter McIntyre is a hunter through and through.

The moment the 6-foot-2, 178-pound pro obstacle racer steps into a competition, he is sizing up his opponents, picking apart their weaknesses and planning his attack. That mentality was what McIntyre believes set him apart in Season 4 of “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge,” in which the 27-year-old emerged victorious among eight of the top dogs from previous seasons. The show premiered Sunday, Jan. 22, on CMT. 

Lauren Finkler

Family and police are searching for Bruce Yasmeh, a 62-year-old man from Encino, California, who has not been seen by his family since Thursday, Oct. 20.

Ventura County police located Yasmeh’s vehicle in Malibu on Thursday, parked just north of the county line, stated the Lost Hills Sheriffs Station in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Lauren Finkler
Trey Cotwright relishes opportunity for increased college basketball competition.
Alex Vejar

A former Malibu resident is crowd sourcing funds for a monetary award she hopes will lead to the prosecution of the person who shot and killed an albino raven.
Madena Bennett, who now lives in Thousand Oaks, discovered on May 13 a rare albino raven she cared for escaped from its cage and was shot to death in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood near the intersection of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Hampshire Road.

Chris Bashaw
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 53-year-old Malibu woman who reportedly was missing as of the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Lauren Finkler
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District notified the public of a suicide which took place on the campus of John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica on Saturday, June 23. The man, who was identified as a JAMS parent, reportedly used a firearm to take his live in front of the school, according to the district statement, which is attributed to Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati. Nobody else was injured.
Lauren Finkler
A deadly wildfire that started in Woolsey Canyon on Thursday, Nov. 8, has decimated the City of Malibu, killing at least three and destroying at least 1,600 structures while covering more than 98,000 acres.
22nd Century Media Staff

The official start of spring is still three weeks away, but all along the California coast record numbers of sick, malnourished and dying sea lion pups are washing ashore, and rescue facilities are already overwhelmed. 

The Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, the largest local center for marine mammal rehabilitation, is reporting five times as many sea lion pups as usual and more than twice as many for the same time period in 2013, when the number of sea lion deaths was officially declared an unusual mortality event.

Ashleigh Fryer