We discovered Malibu’s grooviest little secret along PCH, hiding in plain sight atop that white-elephant American Apparel building. It’s the Dan Eldon Center, a hybrid gallery-and-social-activist hub that is a great way to see art and mingle with cultural creatives.
The rooftop center opened last year. Inside, glassed-in rooms connect to a corrugated plastic-roof gallery that through early September features work from Peter Beard protégé Guillaume Bonn. The center’s mission is to use arts and the media to effect positive change in the world, and a wall displays summaries of projects such as Roko Belic’s movie Happy and a film about Paraguayan kids making musical instruments from garbage.
The atmosphere here is warm, with screenings and other events accompanied by cocktails served on a wraparound deck overlooking the crashing Pacific. Buzzing with activity amid volunteers is founder Kathy Eldon, whose son, Dan, a Reuters photographer, was stoned to death by a Mogadishu mob in 1993, when he was just 22 years old. (Daniel Radcliffe was at one point rumored to be starring in a Julia Roberts-produced biopic about the story.)
We’re planning to visit next month’s just-for-fun cocktail parties and screenings and perhaps volunteering as a mentor. What better way to feel good and do good at the same time?
Dan Eldon Center, 18820 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu; 310-456-1109 or creativevisions.org