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A Date 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.

1. The Frederick R. Weisman 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.

2. 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.

3. "Twelfth 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.

4. 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 andLudwig 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