Malibu, California, is known as “The ‘Bu” by those in the know. This 27-mile long stretch of coastline on the Pacific Ocean lies about 30 miles west of Los Angeles and is home to about 13,000 residents. The area is close to 20 square miles and is home to celebrities, entrepreneurs, artists, and beachcombers.
Malibu is dotted with niche boutiques, artisanal gourmet shops, cafés, galleries, specialty markets, and florists, among other unique offerings. Hikers, bikers, surfers, and sun-worshippers flock to its verdant hills and sandy beaches. If you need to keep track of current events, here are just a few upcoming fun things—along with year-round activities—to do in The ‘Bu.
The Kinsey Collection
From January 15 through March 27, 2022, The Kinsey Collection
represents one of the most comprehensive African American history and culture collections. Among its displays are sculptures, paintings, photographs, rare books, letters, and manuscripts that celebrate the accomplishments and artistry of African Americans from the 16th century through modern times. The exhibit has toured 30 U.S. cities and has been viewed by more than 15 million people, and is a favorite of those who own luxury homes in Malibu. The exhibit is held at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum
of Pepperdine University.
On April 19, 2022, vocalist Marc Cohn is set to perform for music enthusiasts ready for an entertaining, intimate concert. Famous for his Grammy award-winning ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Time
calls Cohn “one of the honest, emotional voices [of] this decade.” Marc Cohn’s performance will be held in Smothers Theatre
on campus at Pepperdine University at 8:00 p.m.
On April 23, 2022, the Pepperdine Pickford Ensemble and Pepperdine Chamber Choir perform Satan’s Fall
. Stewart Copeland is the founder of the iconic band The Police and is a Grammy Award-winner and will present the area premiere of his oratorio to the Malibu community. The piece was inspired by Paradise Lost
, the 17th-century poem by John Milton. Copeland has transformed the struggle between Satan and God into a spectacular work featuring a chamber orchestra, a chorus, and numerous vocal soloists. N. Lincoln Hanks and Ryan Board direct the show. The concert will be held in the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.
On April 25, 2022, Roger McGuinn will perform in concert for Malibu residents and visitors alike in Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre
. As the founder of the iconic 1960s rock group The Byrds, McGuinn continues to delight classic rock fans with unforgettable hits, including “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Eight Miles High,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Join him for an evening of memories from the swingin’ 60s and beyond.
From May 21 to July 31, 2022, a retrospective exhibit from the 1970s through modern-day chronicles the career of sculptor Gwynn Murrill
. She earned her Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is best known for her bronze, wood, marble, stone, ceramic sculptures, and carvings. Murrill is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship
and a multiple grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her elegant sculptures combine realism with the abstract form to create sublime human and animal figures. Art lovers newly relocated to Malibu may be inclined to decorate their homes with a piece or two. The exhibit is held in the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
, and timed tickets are required.
The Getty Villa
An offshoot of the J. Paul Getty Museum—known as the Getty Center—in Los Angeles, the Getty Villa Museum
sits high atop a bluff in Malibu, where visitors can wander freely or take self-guided tours of the grounds all year-long. It may even be considered the most luxurious of all the luxury homes in Malibu, but for “art,” not residents. The architecture features arches, doric columns, and marble and mosaic floors that frame the incredible ocean views that await visitors. After viewing the museum’s more than 40,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD, visitors can contemplate their experience over Mediterranean delights in an outdoor amphitheater setting.
The Adamson House Guided Tour and Malibu Lagoon Museum
One year-round “event” is the Adamson House Guided Tour. The house was constructed in 1929 on the Malibu oceanfront near Malibu Pier. It features the best of Southern California’s Spanish-style architecture with its thick, hand-carved doors, hand-painted frescoes, molded ceiling, decorative tiles, hand-cast ironwork, and stained glass windows. Also open all year is the adjoining Malibu Lagoon Museum, which displays Malibu's history from the early Chumash Indian era through Spanish California culture. Visitors will learn about Malibu's rich history, including details about the Malibu Railroad, the 50-room Castle on the Hill, the 17-year legal battle over a Malibu highway, the Malibu movie colony, and the Malibu Dam. Admission to the museum is free.
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