Blog: Free Entertainment

Burt Ross

You probably have a favorite four-letter word. I know I certainly do. My favorite four-letter word is “FREE.” When I can get something for nothing, then I feel like I have beaten the system, and a big smile adorns my face.

This brings me to “Tales by the Sea,” the storytelling winter concert featuring seven storytellers and three musicians to be held at 4 p.m. this coming Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Malibu West Swim Club. In the spirit of full disclosure, yours truly will be one of the storytellers. The theme of the talks will be “Close Calls,” and if the past is prelude, you can rest assured that you will be moved by the different performances.

Because of the time change, you will be able to see the sun setting from the deck of the Swim Club while you take advantage of some delicious homemade soup. And if all this were not enough, believe it or not, the price of admission is zilch! Yes, you heard me correctly — you pay nothing! Life does not get any better than that.

I have now attended six different “Tales by the Sea” and always leave having had a good time. Many of the speakers are professional actors/story tellers/comedians, and, like TED Talks, the stories are limited to around 10 minutes each.

All you have to do is to make a reservation by contacting Ann Buxie, our local impresario who has been putting together these performances for years. Ann’s email address is We in Malibu owe Ann a debt of gratitude. She has offered our community enjoyable entertainment for many years now.

By the way, if you are able to attend, please feel free to say, “Hello.” I am always happy to meet those of you who read my column.