by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
Malibu, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/6/16 – “Gimme the beat boys to free my soul/I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n roll and drift away.”–Doobie Brothers
While President Obama was valiantly finishing out the last few months of his eight years in office going head to head with the Chinese, this reporter had plans of her own to further Sino-American relations in the USA. Serenaded on the car radio by all American classics sung by Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, the Rolling Stones, and the Doobie Brothers, she and her husband made the long round trip from West Hollywood to Sue Wong’s Art Haus in Malibu for an international Labor Day Weekend potluck on the afternoon of Sunday, September 4th, 2016.
More music and marvelous food were the event’s main attractions as well as the chance to see old friends such as Faith Harrington-Boutin, Jacqueline Lewis, and Larry Namer. Mr. Namer will possibly join this reporter for a panel on globalization and the film industry at the HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY International Film Festival to be held on Saturday, September 10th at the understatedly elegant Harmony Gold Theater on the Sunset Strip.
The modern indoor/outdoor sensibility of Wong’s Art Haus suits the Malibu beachfront scene with its brisk ocean breezes perfectly. Its furnishings and artworks mimic the irregular shapes found in nature. A high point of the day was watching seagulls wheel lazily above the waves from the window of the second-floor study.
All in all this global potluck was a wonderful way to say goodbye to the summer and hello to the fall. For work and play so often join hands in Southern California just as they always should!