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Finally - America The Beautiful review - Congratulations Michele, Gerren & Darryl!


By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently I was invited to attend the above premiere of America The Beautiful because my friends, Michele and Gerren Taylor, are the focus of the film. I've seen them working on this film over the past few years because we're friends.

I met both of them while attending a church up in Hollywood. I had recognized Gerren Taylor as the youngest top model ever from The Oprah Show and celebrity whore that I am, walked over to say hello and introduce myself. I love celebrities, what can I say?

Always have, always will. May explain why I enjoy my career as a personal publicist so much when I'm doing that type work. Don't always respect every celebrity (can you say John Mayer?), but do get a kick out of them nonetheless.

In any case, we've been friends ever since and although we haven't been in touch as closely the past two years, we have a friendship that doesn't require constant contact. (And no, I'm not referring to the email service. LOL)

In any case, they've been working "on" and "in" this film as the focus of this documentary with Director Darryl Roberts for the past five years. To be honest, I didn't know if it was ever going to end because it's the type of film that follows a person's life intertwined with all kinds of other data. When do you know when to stop?

It's my gut feeling after viewing the film the other night that this is going to be another Michael Moorish, Ken Burnsish, Morgan Spurlockish, and all the other filmmaker's films out there who make such a major impact on society.

Here's a review by Neil Pedley on called "A doc on beauty culture" and I quote:

"America the Beautiful"

At 12, Gerren Taylor was a bright young model who strolled the catwalk of Fashion Week in Los Angeles. By 13, she was considered a has-been. Director Darryl Roberts traces Taylor's early entrance and exit from the runway to paint a far larger picture of the inner workings of the fashion industry, examining the class system of models and the advertisers and designers who relentlessly manufacture a feeling of negative self-image among consumers and then prey upon it to get us to dip into our wallets. Through interviews with fashion industry experts, the first-time documentarian learns that beauty isn't skin deep — it's retouched, glossed over and as a business, just plain dangerous.
Opens in limited release."

What is cool to me is that all the key players of this film are African American. I can't think of any other documentary about the American experience that was created by an African American, can you? If you do, please leave a comment because I will totally give credit where credit is due.

Please don't take that observation the wrong way. I think this film is ground breaking on so many levels and am so proud of my friends I can't begin to tell you. I think that's why it's taken me so long to write about it. I'm getting teary eyed just writing this!

I know what's it like to pour your heart, life and soul into a project for years on end with no reward. They deserve all the critical acclaim and recognition they're receiving. Darryl just sent me a blog he wrote about his experiences and what's next for the film which I'll paste at the end of this blog post.

But for now, please allow me this moment to share my heartfelt observations on America The Beautiful. It's not often that people I care about achieve such HUGE goals. I'm so proud of them I can't see straight. Okay, I can see straight, but you know what I mean.

The film was a little discomfiting in certain parts because I know Michele and Gerren so well. Their relationship is so intertwined and sometimes it doesn't play as nicely on film as I know the love they feel for each other in real life. What mother/daughter relationship isn't complicated and filled with contradiction?

Also, having always wanted to model and having attended numerous fashion shows over at LA Fashion Week, I understand the demands the modeling industry places on women. It was just a little shocking to hear the Parisian modeling agents be so blunt about the reason models notoriously have been so thin. It's about the cost of fabric that the designer uses! GIVE ME A FRICKIN' BREAK!

I wonder if Heidi Klum could address this issue in her Project Runway show. Why are we allowing an epidemic of eating disorders to develop simply because some fashion designer doesn't think he/she will make a profit on the design they create if they use more fabric? Just shocking to me the lengths this industry goes to to make a buck.

But this film doesn't stop at just exposing the modeling industry, it also explores the greed and total disregard for our health that the cosmetic industry allows - again for the sake of the almighty dollar. The shocking thing this film brings out is that there are so many ingredients that actually cause cancer that are used daily unknowingly by women because its part of their daily makeup routine. Even nail polish!

I think that's the main reason this film was suppressed in the media when it screened in New York. Too many people don't want you to see what this film is explaining. It's absolutely shocking. Don't let big money control whether or not this film makes the big screen - see it this weekend! There's humor in it too. Darryl is a very funny guy and uses himself to expose the beauty myth too.

The cool thing about Darryl is that he's such a laid-back, easy going guy who narrates so gently, you're not jarred by his disclosures, but educated and angered instead. I love that about him. Just a big gentle giant with a heart for women and our empowerment which I think is great. As he says, this is not a movie opening, it's a movement!

What was absolutely jarring were the revelations that the majority of the "Doctors" practicing plastic surgery on the TV shows so many watch are not Board Certified! That means they haven't passed the Boards to practice plastic surgery, often times aren't even trained in these procedures, but E! Entertainment and all the other channels don't give a rat's ass about the people they're having carved up on national TV, only their ratings.

Now that may offend some of you from those shows, but give me a break. Are you really going to tell me that it's ok that a Doctor who hasn't passed a State Board test is ok to slice and carve open people just because he says he can? And because they're creating good TV? NO WAY JOSE! The interview with a woman we've known from TV who had a terrible surgery will just sicken your stomach it's so chilling.

Now I am the first to admit I like plastic surgery. I had my nose done years ago and never looked back. I believe that in certain instances (mine was a deviate septum that I also had enhanced to look better) plastic surgery is ok. It's just become so rampant because of TV it's insane!

This film blows the lid off so many aspects of the beauty industry its no wonder its receiving such great reviews. I really hope you'll put it on one of your must see list of films to see this weekend because based on the return from this weekend it will determine whether or not they have a national release.

Be the trend setting country and city that I know all Los Angeleans are, and see this film. You'll be blown away. I promise you. I don't promise things lightly either. I really do mean this. It will blow you away.

I don't want to buy mainstream cosmetics any more. I don't want anything except natural products now after seeing this film. When you hear how cancer is increasing and watch the hypocrisy of Revlon sponsoring the Breast Cancer Run Walk when so many of their ingredients perhaps help women get the cancer in the first place, it's disgusting.

Big business only cares about one thing. MONEY! I don't care what they claim otherwise. It's all about the bottom line. Well, I, for one, am tired of my health being one thing they don't care about. So in my small way, I'm helping spread the word to all of you in hopes your eyes will be opened also and perhaps we can create a change where they'll notice - their wallets.

So THANK YOU DARRYL ROBERTS. THANK YOU MICHELE AND GERREN.  You've boldly gone where no one has gone before and for all the heart ache, trouble, financial difficulty, ridicule and whatever else you put up with to make this film, THANK YOU!!!!!

Thank you Gerren for allowing us an intimate look into your life at your most vulnerable time of your teen-age years. Thank you Michele for being the woman you are. Thank you Darryl for exposing the beauty industry as never before. Thank you readers for reading this far. Thank you to those who will spread the news and actually go see this film this weekend.

Please note, I've taken Darryl's following email message to all of us and made it more just a letter about him and the film. I've not written any of the following, but have edited it to fit the format I host here.

Enjoy! And please, please, please, support this film and see it this weekend. You'll be glad you did. Here's a link to a recent article by the Los Angeles Times too entitled "

Model Gerren Taylor's short but stunning fashion career seen in 'America the Beautiful'

At 18, the Santa Monica high school student faces everyday teen issues while dreaming of being back on the runway."

What's cool is that this article is written by Booth Moore who covers the LA Fashion scene and was actually in the audience when Gerren had a fateful fall on the runway which is captured in this documentary.

Okay, on with the rest of the reviews!



-Roger Ebert



-The Daily Campus


-AFI Dallas

A Personal Message from the Director
"Considering that we're challenging an industry that has been assaulting our self-esteem for a long time, this isn't just a movie opening, it's a movement. It's how each and every one of us can say ENOUGH! 

The reason I believe a movie about our
unhealthy obsession with beauty is important is because it really effects young girls. The average girl, 8 to 18 years of age, doesn't like her body, doesn't feel she's attractive and is contemplating dieting or even worse, plastic surgery. 

This is
very unhealthy because as we all know, a healthy self-esteem is the engine that makes you assertive, confident and ready to take on the world.
Unfortunately, this has been taken away from a lot of us, so that some beauty companies can sell more products and the CEO's of these companies can drive Bentley's."

All of us with "America the Beautiful" appreciate your support! We hope you will come out with friends and family, pass this blog on, and spread the word about "America The Beautiful."

We want everyone to share its important message!

Now, here's where you can see it since I know you will now. And if you need more convincing, click here for CNN's review and showcase of the film.


This weekend the film is in 4 cities. If you know anyone who lives in any of these 4 cities, forward a link to this blog and ask them to support America the Beautiful documentary.

Make sure you tell them that attending the theater is crucial between this Friday the 29th and Sunday the 31st.  Their numbers this weekend will determine if they stay a second week or not. Forwarding info actually works. Last Friday, the Monte Nido Treatment Center and the  Shoreline Treatment Center in California sent out email blasts for the evening shows on the 22nd in Los Angeles which ended in them being sold out. We can make a difference!

The 4 cities and theaters where we open this Friday:

Check theater listings for show times!

LOS ANGELES (second week):

Mann Beverly Center 13
8522 Beverly Boulevard
Suite 835
Los Angeles, CA, 90048

Culver Plaza Theatres
9919 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 836-5511


Regal Horton Plaza
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101


Regal Village Square
9400 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117


Sundance Kabuki
1881 Post Street at Fillmore
San Francisco, CA 94115



Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10
846 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205


Angelika Theater
5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230
Dallas, TX 75206

Now for some ATB news!

LA Premiere -

We had the Los Angeles Premiere of "America The Beautiful", on Tuesday August 19th at the Mann's Chinese Theater. It rocked! All 500 seats were occupied and the response was phenomenal.  This was possible because of the support of the YWCA.

Faye of the YWCA Los Angeles branch and Lorraine of the YWCA national branch did a fabulous job. (Editor's note: Joy here - this was the nicest premiere I've been to in a long time. Great food, great vibe, great music, great location, great film. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!)

Rapper David Banner, Gerren and one of the real Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Anthony Griffin, of "Extreme Makeover," attended the premiere. Gerren, the star of the doc, is 18 now. She got a car a month ago. It seems like yesterday when she was 12 on the couch saying "ooooh, boys suck!"

Actor Michael Beach "Waiting to Exhale, Soul Food, ER & Third Watch," came with his wife. (Editor's note: During the introduction to the film, Darryl explained that Michael was one of the financiers of the film saying he guilted him into it by telling him he needed to do something positive for women seeing as he always plays such a mean guy. Isn't that funny?)



There's a scene where a woman walks into a plastic surgery office and asks to have her privates shaped to look like a picture in Playboy Magazine. Then we cut to Eve Ensler "The Vagina Monologues," who looks into the camera and tells men what to do if they don't like women the way that are. She uses 1 word of profanity. 1 word! And they gave the film an R for it. Have you seen "Dark Knight," or "Hellboy 2?"

The director was given the chance to take it out and get a PG-13 so that teenagers could see the film. He declined because he felt that women have been expected to assimilate into a male dominated society for hundreds of years.

Eve was saying there's nothing wrong with women, maybe there's something wrong with men. He took that to be a statement of empowerment for women, so he left it in. But when they leave the theaters, he’s going to take it out so he can get a PG-13 and release the film to every high school in the country.


Next month on September 10th, they're having a congressional screening of the film sponsored by Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN). The purpose of screening the film for congress is to get them to pass an important bill that would require insurance companies to cover eating disorders on parity with other mental illnesses. Right now insurance companies don't have to cover eating disorders and parents are taking out second mortgages on their homes to cover the $25,000 a month for their child to get treatment.

Two bills have been introduced in Congress in an effort to provide access to care for people with mental health conditions such as eating disorders. The bills promote mental health parity, in which some insurance policies would be required to cover treatment for eating disorders equal to the coverage offered for medical conditions. The Senate bill and the House bill vary, but the Eating Disorders Coalition supports BOTH. The original 1996 mental health parity bill must be reauthorized by Congress. Compared to the new U.S. Senate version of the bill (S 558), the new House version of the bill (HR 1424) is more responsive to the needs of people seeking treatment for an eating disorder.

If you're in the Washington D.C. area on September 10th and would like to support them on this hopefully historic day, go to this website to get the information and come on out:
Washington D.C. Screening

Until next time, have a great, wonderful and fantastic day!

Darryl Roberts

America the Beautiful Director

Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraiser raised over 45k!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Here's some of my pix from the recent Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser held at The Shore before my camera died. Suzanne, the organizer, promises to send me more and I'll upload them when I get them too.
Thank you to The Shore Mda signa
The total amount raised was over $45,000, which will go directly to MDA’s Summer Camp for kids with neuromuscular diseases.  Camp is free for the camper and is an opportunity for our kids to spend time away from their families and to participate in various activities with others kids that have similar disabilities.  Activities include swimming, talent shows, arts and crafts, and other things you would find at any other summer camp.

Congratulations to all our fundraisers!

Eric, suzanne and jerry's kid
2000 Olympic Gold Medalist and current Realtor, Eric Foinoimoana, greets one of Jerry's Kids with Suzanne Gutterman, organizer of the Lock-up.

Greycie & rack Luna G store owner/stylist, Greycie brought some of her wares and donated 20% of the sales to Jerry's Kids.

Group shot of TShore There were lots of raffle items and everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by The Shore's Chef David Linville.

Chef & food
Eric behind bars When everyone arrived they were rustled into jail to get their "mug shot" taken and kept "locked up" until they raised bail. Eric raised over 4,000 and was allowed to leave - don't worry.:)

Here's a blurb on his business from his website - "As a professional athlete and Olympic Gold Medal winner, Eric understands the dedication, passion, and commitment it takes to win on the court. As a local figurehead, real estate expert, and community activist, he understands the unique circumstances and special needs that VIP, executive, and celebrity clientele have. Eric's unique combination of professional experience, industry knowledge, and integrity makes him the ideal representative for any upscale executive clients in the South Bay or the state of California."

Thanks for coming Eric!

Cute fundraisers
Here were some handsome fundraisers who spent the day helping out. I teased the middle guy for slumming in Hermosa since he was from Manhattan.

JR checking in2 Speaking of Hermosa, our Mayor J.R., popped in and raised his bail quite quickly! We have some really fun pictures of him behind bars, but my camera died just as I was taking his pic. Lucky thing, eh? All the beach city mayors showed up in support which was great. Look for their "mug shots" in the paper this week.

Jr behind bars That's our Mayor JR, can you tell? Thanks for coming out and supporting Jerry's Kids JR!

Mda check out These lovely ladies checked everyone out and collected all the money. Thanks ladies!

More fundraisers
Everyone was provided with Sprint phones to make calls and raise money. These guys were just having too much fun! The guys below show what hard work it was.
Volunteers calling

IMe behind bars2 I was locked up too. If that's my crime, I don't mind doing the time.:)

Jason, chef, jerry's kid, suzanne2 - best The Shore Co-Owner and in-house Music Stylist, Jason Baran, Chef David Linville, a special MDA guest (whose name escapes me-sorry!), and MDA Organizer extraordinaire, Suzanne Gutterman.

All in all, it was a really special day and we're all glad we participated. Lots of great people came by and raised a whole lot of money which is great! Now, I really must run. More pictures I promise!

Have a great day!

Aren't the Olympics just amazing? GO USA! GO HERMOSA BEACH GOLD MEDALISTS!

By Joy A. Kennelly

I'm watching the Olympics Closing Night Ceremonies and it's just breathtakingly beautiful. I'm loving the flashbacks on all the great Olympic moments for the athletes too. Aren't you?

I'm so proud to be an American and so proud of all the amazing Olympic athletes who have competed with honor, valor and strength.

Really makes you re-evaluate your personal life and see if you're living up to your own standard of living doesn't it? It's so cool Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are from here in Hermosa Beach. We're all so proud of them!

They even changed the sign on Pier & PCH in their honor and normally that sign is way out-of-date for weeks at a time! Just goes to show you how proud our city is of our athletes! Hard to believe these same Olympic volleyball athletes including Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers will soon be playing in our local Manhattan Beach AVP's. Simply amazing.

Sorry, I'm not normally starstruck, but there's just something about the Olympics that makes me so proud and teary eyed over the athletes. It's so cool to see the world literally come together for these days as one. Makes me believe in peace on earth, doesn't it you?

Maybe that's why today's message from Pastor Jim Mackinga of Bay Cities Community Church on Integrity struck such a chord today. The thing that really hit home was when he said, "People won't buy what we profess in public, if we don't live it out in private." OY! Made me re-evaluate certain things I've been doing and saying for sure!

Since I always promise to share my notes and it's mindless to copy, I'm going to do it while I watch the closing night ceremonies. Just know, Jim's messages are filled with anecdotes, information, stats, humor and loving care that you really only experience if you hear him.

What was interesting to feel today since I was so late is the remorse I had for missing any of the service. It was then I realized this part of my week is much more important than staying out late on Saturday with new people I don't know or don't necessarily care about at the grand opening of Zen Lounge.

I'd rather enjoy time with good friends I care about and who care about me which is how I feel about people at my church. I also feel that way about certain people I hung out with last night at The Shore. Aren't they a great group of ladies?Girl group - esbts

Meme, joy, joy, caron Then, there's always my singing minstrel neighbor who always welcomes all of us home with a song and a smile. Recognize Mr. Blue Eyes?

Duke & guitar6 - best

Okay, enough of that - here's the message! Go Kenya! I lived there in '77 and have a soft spot for that country. One of my dreams has always been to go back. One day...

May God bless the reading of His Word. Enjoy!

Integrity in What We Say & Do

"James - Practical Christian Living"

How to Live with Integrity

James 5:12:

   12And since you know that he cares, let your language show it. Don't add words like "I swear to God" to your own words. Don't show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true. That way, your language can't be used against you.

1. Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep.

James 5:12:

   12 But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else.

Matthew 5:33-36:
Empty Promises

  33 -37"And don't say anything you don't mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, 'I'll pray for you,' and never doing it, or saying, 'God be with you,' and not meaning it. You don't make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say 'yes' and 'no.' When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.

Matthew 12:33:

   33"If you grow a healthy tree, you'll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you'll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.

Matthew 12:34-35:

   34 -37"You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It's your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation."

2. Fill Your Voice, Heart and Life with Integrity

James 5:12b

let your yes be [a simple] yes, and your no be [a simple] no

Ephesians 4:25:

   25Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.

Matthew 5:37:


37"But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil. 

James 1:26:

   26If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. (Man, the Bible doesn't mince words does it?)

3. Know the Price if You're Wrong Here

James 5:12

so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation.

Exodus 20:7:
7You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely]; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

John 8:43-44:
43Why do you misunderstand what I say? It is because you are unable to hear what I am saying. [You cannot bear to listen to My message; your ears are shut to My teaching.]

    44You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.

Galatians 6:7-8:
7Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked [a]by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and [b]that only is what he will reap.

    8For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Heavy words, but just know God meant them in love and so do I.

Oh, and if you want to see pix from the weekend - check out my Elite Singles by The Shore site here:

Okay, that's all for now. I'm tired and have another busy week ahead.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Busy, Busy, Busy! And it's all good.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Yesterday after the MDA event I thought I'd lay down for just a few minutes and ended up crashing for three hours. Woke up, realized I had another networking event I had committed to, threw my clothes back on and hit that too!

I'm glad I did too because I met some nice people and a few have offered to contribute some cool stuff to my hospitality goody bag event that's happening next week at The Shore. I love goody bags. Can't you tell? I'm meeting the nicest people as I go door-to-door inviting people to participate and also receiving great stuff too.

Now to find some people to help stuff the actual bags!:) Also, launched a new singles site for Hermosa Beach to promote events at The Shore and have company at some of the cool events I'm planning to attend and usually forget to invite people to go with me to. A friend suggested calling it: Elite Singles by The Shore - so there you have it.

There's the link in case you're curious and want to join. Already had to kick that drunk guy off who, for some reason, thought he hasn't done anything wrong and everything's cool. NO. It's not. Get out of my life and stay out.

Sorry, just had to vent. I don't know what it is about certain people, but their egos are too huge for their personalities/bodies. OY! Now the 26 year old? You can stay - just drop the girlfriend. LOL

Today was fun. Got my hair done at The Loft Salon in Manhattan Beach for a change of pace by a stylist I'd met on Facebook. I added her because I like to add people with funny last names and Butts is definitely right up there!

She has a good sense of humor about her last name and is very nice. Very good at what she does too which is comforting. I've been saying I'm a curly hair girl, but in reality, I'm more of a wavy hair girl and straight is the norm. Feels good to admit that fact and stop trying to force my hair to do something it doesn't want.

I'm going to try a new shampoo and conditioner now too. Time for change! I hit a bunch of cool stores and places afterwards in Manhattan Beach to ask for donations which was fun since most people were receptive once they saw The Shore's promo card and heard about our event.

Sorry, it's closed to the public, but I'll show you afterwards ok? There's plenty of other events I'm promoting that you're welcome to join if you check out

Otherwise, enjoying my early morning BNI networking group and invited a bunch of people to join me next week for the final meeting before we close it off to the public. Should be interesting to see who actually joins. Speaking of which, I better get my application in!

I think it's going to be great for my business because people really are there to support you with referrals which is the hardest part about being in business for yourself. We shall see!

Now to get ready for a busy day tomorrow - I'm hitting Sri Lanka Day for a few hours. Then meeting with the chef to work on his bio. Then, you're all invited to join me and a few other meetup groups for Happy Hour at The Shore from 6:30pm - 8:30pm this Saturday night. Chef said he'll put out some special guacamole and banana chips for us to try before we order other 1/2 price appetizer goodies.

I'm still refining the upcoming concert listings of The Shore and as soon as that's ready I'll post it here too, but you can also see it on my Elite Singles by The Shore (get it?) I think Fall is going to be even more fun than Summer because my back is finally feeling better for me to travel outside of here, but we also have a lot of fun events planned at The Shore too!

Life is busy, busy, busy and it's all good. Have a good one.

Today was a great day! Over 30k raised for Jerry's Kids!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Man, it really feels good when a charity you've been supporting does well and your event goes well too. The only bummer was my camera battery died an hour into the event, but I've been promised pix which I'll share as soon as I receive them ok?

    Today The Shore Restaurant and Lounge hosted the Annual Telethon Executive Lock Up with the South Bay Beaches.

    Local executives raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association while participating in a Lock-up held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The mayors of all three cities showed their support and participated in raising funds. Look for HB Mayor JR Reviczky's mug shot to appear in next weeks' The Easy Reader and The Beach Reporter - too fun.

Together, everyone raised almost 40k today! YEAH!!!!! I'll have the exact figure soon and will share then.

            Local volunteers arrested jailbirds from their place of work and whisked them away to be taken behind bars for one hour to raise bail for “Jerry’s Kids”. At the jail cell, jailbirds had their mug shot taken, enjoyed The Shore’s delicious version of bread and water courtesy of Executive Chef David Linville, Chef & food2 networked with other local friendly felons, and turned in their pre-raised bail or $2,400 (to send three kids to summer camp) and then were returned back to work by MDA's officers.

    Jailbirds who raised their bail, had the opportunity for their name and picture to appear on MDA's local Telethon. Local 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist for Volleyball, Eric Foinoimoana, raised over $4,000 today and won a beautiful men's long-sleeve shirt courtesy of Greycie Baran and her store, Luna G in one of the numerous raffles held all day long. Thank you Eric!

Those jailbirds who hadn’t pre-raised their bail were given cell phones provided by Sprint Wireless to make additional calls to bail themselves out of jail. Transportation to and from jail was provided by Land Rover of South Bay and Avalon Premium Transportation. Thank you everyone!

            The bail money raised today will go directly to MDA’s free Summer Camp for kids with neuromuscular diseases.  Summer Camp is an opportunity for our kids to spend time away from their families and participate in various activities with others kids that have similar disabilities.  Activities include swimming, talent shows, arts and crafts, and other things you would find at any other summer camp.

       Now do you see why I'm so happy? If you'd like to donate to this worthy cause, please click here:

Thank you!

Age is only a number baby - Cougars rule... And America the Beautiful

By Joy A. Kennelly

Someone I don't know just sent me a link to Perez Hilton mocking Sharon Stone for dating a 24 year old, but I say honey, if you've still got it, flaunt it! Right?

Here's the link in case you're curious: - is this funny or what?

I'm missing my text boy toy a little bit, but if it's meant to be... HA HA HA! Who am I kidding? He's 26 years old! Still in college! A Junior no less! Too fun, but definitely not long-term material no matter how enticing the package. LOL

Just returned from a great documentary film that you really must see called America The Beautiful which exposes the cosmetic, fashion and beauty industry like nothing else has before. I'll write more in the a.m. because I'm too tired to now, but just know when it opens on Friday, you really must see it.

It is really eye-opening and thought provoking.

It actually brought up a lot of emotions for me too. However, that could just be because I'm pmsy. LOL TMI I know, but hey, what you see is what you get when you're reading my blog.

Okay. That's all for now. I must crash. Did another of my early morning networking meetings and I am soooooo not a morning person. However, for this group, I will be one at least once a week because if the business deal I just helped bring together happens, it will be a very good thing.

And that's all I'm going to say about that!:)

Have a good one.

Sri Lanka Day 8/23 10am - 10pm Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica

Seeing as I now have pictures of this event and more information to share I thought I'd post it here. I love the Sri Lankan people and hope you will join us this Saturday for a bunch of cultural events celebrating this country and people.

Here's the official press release from The Sri Lanka Foundation: SLF_Logo

The Sri Lanka Foundation today announced that the annual ‘SRI LANKA DAY’ will take place on Saturday the 23rd August 2008 on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.  Since its inception in 2006, Sri Lanka Day includes the best of Sri Lankan culture and food from Wilshire Blvd to Arizona Ave, making Sri Lanka Day the biggest event held at the Promenade.  All Sri Lanka day festivities are free to the public, and all are welcome to attend.

 Sri Lankan Food                                         

Sri Lanka Day is perhaps the only day of the year people in Los Angeles are able to have a taste of Sri Lankan food in a fun and festive environment, which is cooked live in the most exciting of ways.  Thousands of families living in Santa Monica and greater Los Angeles have fallen in love with the food offered at Sri Lanka Day since the first Sri Lankan Day in 2006 and now people from San Francisco and even Canada make this their annual pilgrimage to quench their appetite for spicy, exotic Sri Lankan food.   

The favorite Sri Lankan foods available are Hoppers- a crispy, pancake- type item made with many a twirl. The edges are crispy and the middle is soft. Hoppers are usually eaten with meat or vegetable curry. Kottu Roti-similar to a Mongolian barbecue- is made, with eggs, meat and vegetables-a treat to watch the cooking and tastes so good! String hoppers- a soft stringy- type item accompanied by curry. Sri Lankan Food Pol rotti-bread made of flour and coconut-served with spicy onions or curry. Sri Lankan savory short eats-that’s the name for Sri Lankan snacks similar to Tapas and Empanadas-once you start with these you can't stop! Of course, they’ll be lots of Rice and curry-made Sri Lankan style. And no Sri Lankan food festival would be complete without Sri Lankan Sweets-Colorful and sweet.

Sri Lanka Day Parade

At 4 P.M the Sri Lanka Day parade will take place with Sri Lankan dancers, drummers, masked performers, flag bearers and a theatre elephant to pay honor to an ancient parade that occurs annually in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Parade

 The Sri Lanka Day Parade is the most important event of Sri Lanka Day because of its ancient religious and cultural significance to Sri Lankans. The Sri Lanka Day Parade pays homage to the annual “Esala Perahera” held in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka in which hundreds of dancers, drummers, flag bearers, masked performers and elephants adorned with beautiful garments parade through the city. All performers and elephants in the “Esala Perahera” are pledged from various Hindu kovils, Buddhist temples and individuals who volunteer their time and resources as a sacred duty.

 The religious importance of the “Esala Perahera” is that it is dedicated to the sacred tooth relic belonging to the Buddha. The sacred tooth relic is kept in custody of the “Temple of the Tooth” in the city of Kandy on behalf of the ruler of Sri Lanka and the custody of the tooth ensures the divine right to rule the land. The “Esala Perahera” is the only occasion where the sacred tooth relic is taken out of the temple and it is carried in a casket on top of an elephant.

 Sri Lanka Foundation is proud that we have been able to organize the Sri Lanka Day Parade with full support of the Sri Lankan community in Southern California and are able to share our rich heritage in America.

Miss Sri Lanka America and Miss Teen Sri Lanka America pageant

The stage on Broadway and 3rd Street corner will be hosting the Miss Sri Lanka-America and the Miss Teen Sri Lanka America beauty pageants, a fashion show and teen dance crews. Sri Lankan Beauty Pageant You will see the beauties parading in colorful traditional Sri Lankan clothing including jacket and cloth and saris, evening wear and competing in a talent contest for the crown.  The uniqueness of the Miss Sri Lanka America and Miss Teen Sri Lanka America is the focus on Sri Lankan culture and a relaxing of traditional pageant perimeters, opening the contest to all types of beauty: the conventional, the unconventional, the hidden, the incongruous, and the subjective.

Sri Lankan- American rapper DeLon will make a special stage appearance here at the Broadway and 3rd Street stage. There will be lots of dance crews and DJ’s from Los Angeles to entertain the crowds.

A fashion show featuring models adorned in Sri Lankan batiks and other Sri Lankan clothing will take place at the same stage.

 Non-stop Entertainment

The stage on Wilshire and 3rd Street corner will host Sri Lankan and American musicians and dancers that will keep the audience entertained from 10 AM-10 PM. You will see the traditional Sri Lankan “Kandyan” dancers and drummers, Bharatha Natyam dancers perform throughout the day.  These traditional Sri Lankan performers are a rare treat in Southern California and usually attract many Asian dance enthusiasts and shutterbugs to see their mesmerizing performance.

There will be special dance performances highlighting the religious and cultural events important to the Sri Lankan community. This stage will come alive with the Sri Lankan American bands “Heat”, “Beyond Asia”, “Strangers” and a performance by George Rutnam’s band playing popular Sri Lankan and western music until 10 PM.

  Information about Sri Lanka Day and Sri Lanka Foundation is available via the Internet at:


What a difference sleep makes...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Time to move on and it feels good. Today's sermon was all about being patient and waiting on God's reward for your faithfulness. I took it to mean being patient as I wait on God to bring the right guy into my life seeing as Mr. right now's haven't worked out lately. LOL

Seriously though, I think I like living God's way more than my way because I'm just happier in the long run. Plus, I have way too much stuff going on right on now to focus on negativity and dwelling on stuff that's over now.

We've got some amazing musical acts booked at the Shore. I plan to share them with you soon. Now to get back to promoting all the events I have responsibility for.

The beach is calling my name - can you hear it? Work first, then play though.

Hope you have a good one. I plan to.

Tonight was an interesting mish mosh of events, oh I mean morning.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Ok. I'm done. No more cougaring for me. Only real men need apply. Wasted more time on the stupid 26 year old only to learn he has a girlfriend. Typical.

Then the 31 year old said he was going to come over tonight after his night out like it was his right to do so. I didn't feel like being his hotel and left to hang out with my friend instead. I am not into men who don't treat you to dinner and just expect sex. So over that attitude and action it's not even funny.

Deliberately left my phone at home to have a break from everyone and returned to find 9 text messages and 7 voicemails from the 31 year old, each one progressively drunker.  Then he shows up at 1:30am, barges his way in my apt., strips down, gets into my bed, and refuses to leave because he's too drunk to drive! Acting like I owe him to stay over so he won't get a DUI!

So over you dude. Not into drunks. Get a DUI and maybe you'll change.

Fortunately, I have a great group of neighbors I'd been hanging with for most of the morning when I got back tonight and they came up to help me kick his butt out when he refused to leave. My one neighbor Duke was hoping this guy would put up more resistance because he was in the mood to fight, but I'm glad he just left.

Didn't hurt that Duke is very tall and spoke authoritatively in his deepest voice. Thanks Duke! You're my hero. Really you are.

I'm telling you, the South Bay is feeling a little claustrophobic because all the guys I'm meeting are either young or alcoholic. So over it! Time to start going back to the gym now that my back is healing and throwing more parties because I always meet nice people then.

Now it's 3am and I really must get some sleep.

Church in the morning! I mean in 6 hours. It already is morning. Tonight was really fun despite that one little episode. Felt real nice to have my neighbors support me when this guy was being such a jerk. Sorry Ry, you know it's true. Don't call me and I won't call you. Thank you very much.

Okay, I need to hear the Bible in the morning to cleanse my mind.

I gots to go.

Thanks for praying. Deb's Dad is doing real well.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just heard from Deborah and her father actually recognized her and spoke for the first time in a week since having brain surgery. Amazing difference. He's still recovering and it's extremely critical time for him.

Please continue to pray for Deborah, Rick, her Dad, Mary Pat, her Mom, and her brother and sister as they're dealing with this incredible battle for his life. Thanks.

Now to my Sat. night. Hope you have a good one too.

It's good to get out of the Hood! (Hermosa Beach hood that is...)

By Joy A. Kennelly

My back has been out of commission for so long I haven't been able to leave Hermosa Beach or the South Bay for weeks. Never realized how important the escape was until this past week.

Ventured down to the Santa Monica Pier to catch their free concerts on the pier, but just wasn't feeling the music. Some Italian woman was singing soulful, sad sounding songs by the time we got there. We enjoyed the rasta band playing in Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Pier so much more!

Even the armless guy playing guitar with his toes begging for money on the sidewalk was better in our minds. Sad, but true.

I had grabbed a friend for company and we ended up taking quite a nice little tour of Santa Monica Pier. Here's me on the beach. Me
It had been so long since I'd been to the pier, I didn't even know there was a Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant there!

That was fun to check out. I bought a t-shirt for my son (who lives with his adoptive parents in DC) and then we flitted in and out of a couple places to check out the scene. Loved the bathroom mosaic tilework at Shutters Hotel on the Beach.

Here's us goofing around inside. What's the guys bathroom like? 

Me in shutters bathroom

Also, the decorations at Casa Del Mar - two of my absolute favorite places in Santa Monica to hang out, meet people for drinks, enjoy a nice meal and conversation, or just read. 
Me at cdm

Me at cdm bar
Me at cdm lobby close up I love nice hotels even when I don't stay there, but just visit. We really felt like we were on vacation because we'd both been cooped up for a bit - her with a cold and me with my back.

Good to get out is all I have to say.

Then my friend/client, Arlene, was very sweet and treated me to high tea at my favorite Beverly Hills hotel - The Four Seasons on Doheny. Recognize these stars? lol We did see an actor there, but everyone's famous in BH, so who cares right? Just kidding. Me at 4 seasons I don't know what it is about that place, but it's my favorite hang. Plus, their high tea is really, really wonderful. We had a great time catching up and she was busting a gut at some of my recent pix which made me happy.

Isn't the elevator tilework pretty? I'm a sucker for good artistry.
4 seasons elevator

Popped over to visit my married Cougar friend Shana afterwards for a quick minute who informed me this morning after going out last night with her friends some 27 year old is after her now. We crack each other up with our young guy tales. She's very happily married and I just like to have fun with the whole concept.

My friend Adrienne keeps telling me I should pitch a cougar reality show, but I figure if I'm that interesting, people will find me. Plus, do I really want superficial, sex-driven, go nowhere relationships showcased on TV? Not really. I just like goofing around and being silly. Helps break up the stress of real life. LOL I'm ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille! Me at shanas
Okay, that's all the fun recap for now.

Please pray for my friend Deborah's dad who's in surgery today from 12-5pm. It's extremely serious and he could die. Sorry for the downer, but sometimes life interrupts and requires a quiet moment, or two. Thanks for your prayers. She's very scared for him. Me too.

Now this really is good day.

Enjoy yourselves! And pray for Deborah's dad!

Sean Rosenthal, Benicio Del Toro and other hotties...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Everyone keeps searching to see if Sean Rosenthal is Jewish. Now I can't say for sure, but with a last name like that I wouldn't doubt, would you? Anyone watching the Olympics and care to share how he's doing? Go Sean! Click on his name for his bio - just thought I'd help you out in your search.

Speaking of hotties, just learned that last night the incredibly sexy, smokin' hot, extremely talented Actor Benicio Del Toro was hanging out at The Shore and hit Pedone's afterwards. Very cool. No, I mean hot. I don't know what I mean he's got me all aflutter. LOL

And I didn't even see him! But I heard from a very reliable source he was there. Bet you didn't know this, but we've actually had quite a few celebrities dine at The Shore. Sexy places draw sexy people, what can we say?
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Maybe one of these days I'll share a list of our celebrity guests with you if you're good.

Okay, that's all for now. Just felt like sharing because it made my day to hear the news. Now to go hit the beach. Isn't this the best weather? And the ocean has been simply wonderful lately too.

Gotta love it. Happy Sunday everyone. If I feel in the mood I'll upload today's sermon which was really good. Last weeks' was good too, but it hit a little too close to home and I needed to let it digest before I posted it. Maybe I'll include it too so you can see what I mean. That Pastor Jim Mackinga - he's speaking the truth even when you don't want to hear it!:)

Last night at The Shore's Kick Off Party for the Hermosa Shorts Fest!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Okay, I cheated. I snuck out before uploading the pix to watch some shorts over at the Hermosa Shorts Festival, but I'm back because I remember now why I don't produce short festivals any more. Nothing against the filmmakers or anyone else, I'm just so burnt out after having done that for five years of my life I just can't watch another one no matter how good they are!

That said, I had a GREAT time at the kick off party last night. When I first arrived it was very quiet and I was a little worried, but I shouldn't have been. Before long the place was packed with happy people enjoying all the aps Chef Dave was sending out and all the drinks Mike and Heather were serving.

I was running between the red carpet and the main room all night gathering people together for pix which was fun. Here's some for your enjoyment now, but we do have others coming since they had a photographer stationed at the red carpet who got some great shots:

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Who likes Short Shorts? We like Short Shorts! Remember that old commercial?

This is the calm before the storm as event staff waits for filmmakers and other special guests to arrive on the red carpet for their close-up.

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Annalise came back and brought a friend to enjoy Chef Dave's cooking after joining us recently for a tasting party for her engineer group's special event consideration.

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These guys liked it too. The guy on the left distributes short films and was looking for fresh talent.

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Alana and Mandy, just some of the cute waitresses from The Shore. They're the sweetest, nicest girls.

Bar2 Mike, the bartender, is the nicest guy too. Everyone at The Shore is nice.

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Tom listens intently to some of the filmmakers while Actor Patrick Kilpatrick does the same in the background.

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Mike was busy all night long!

This was a light summertime snack someone ordered - caprese salad anyone?

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Hungry? asks Chef Dave. How about some of my signature stuffed mushrooms, filet mignon or salad?

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Chef Dave & Melissa Todd, host/model with a new look.

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Our Chef David Linville is one bad ass. He does martial arts training six days a week. Don't mess with him!

Kit & tom2 City Council Member, Kit Bobko, and Tom Kearney.

Me & kit2 - best Me and Kit. He always makes me smile because he's so handsome and nice. Wouldn't you get involved in politics too? Thanks for coming Kit!

Joy & Joy1-sm Me with Jazz Singer, Joy Rushing. We're the Joy's of Hermosa Beach. She's performed all over Los Angeles and is one of my friends down here.

Mel & friend2 Host/Model, Melissa Todd, with her best friend whose name unfortunately escapes me. Thanks for coming Melissa!

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Chef David Linville, The Shore's Bostonian General Manager, Brian Kelleher, and Hermosa Shorts Festival Director, Tom Kearney

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Chef came out of the kitchen to have fun on the red carpet with City Council Member, Michael Keegan, who arrived later and The Shore Co-Owner, Mike Sribney. Michael Keegan owns Manhattan Bread & Bagel over in Manhattan Beach so when you're in need of some of the best, go there.

Below, Mike Sribney (who also owns Pedone's Pizzeria voted Best Pizza in the South Bay by both the Daily Breeze and The Easy Reader) is joined by his lovely wife, Kristina, and Actor Domiziano Arcangeli.

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Actor Domiziano Arcangeli, recent recipient of the Golden Halo Award, was surrounded by beautiful women of the Hermosa Shorts Festival.

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 Equinox Corporate Executive, Shayline; Actress Melinda Bennett; Kiwanis Member, Pat Love; Volunteer Extraordinary, Vicki Hanson; and Hermosa Shorts Co-Founder, Maura Kearney.

Filmmakers2 Happy attendees.

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Happy Hermosa Beach Mayor, JR Reviczky, and City Council Member, Pete Tucker and his lovely wife, Sienna all came to support the Hermosa Shorts Festival. Thanks for coming!

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Happy Actor/Producer, Patrick Kilpatrick with a beautiful fan. Thanks for coming Patrick! He and I have been friends for a long time. He was one of the original board members of my shorts fest, Short Pictures International Film Festival years ago. Very good guy.

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Even a happy po po came to check out the Hermosa Shorts Festival. Keep him busy Kristina!:)
Almost all of Hermosa Beach City Council came to show support. Back row - City Council Members, Kit Bobko, Mayor JR Reviczky, Peter Tucker and his wife, Sienna. Front row - Hermosa Shorts Festival Founders, Tom & Maura Kearney, Beach Cities Health District Board Member, Joanne Edgerton (I believe, correct me if I'm wrong),The Shore Co-Owners, Kristina and Mike Sribney and Actor/Producer, Patrick Kilpatrick.

We have another pic with more people that I'll upload once I receive it too ok? Below are the Owners, Jason & Mike, with Kristina, Melissa and Patrick. We all agreed, Jason was the hardest working man of the evening.

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Former City Council Member/Mayor, Sam Edgerton, even came out to show his support. He sat on Hermosa Beach City Council for 16 years.

Tom & art - sm Another former City Council Member (and probably Mayor too - sorry I don't remember, but if you tell me Art, I'll change this), Art Yoon, enjoyed receiving the special goody bags Equinox prepared for everyone.

Equinox & sribney2 Speaking of Equinox, here's the Equinox team, Veronica, Larry, and Shayline along with The Shore Co-Owner Mike Sribney and his lovely wife, Kristina.

Thank you Larry! Thank you Equinox! I'll be curious to see how many people turn in their golf ball gifts for their free one week pass.

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James McKenna entertained everyone acoustically until about 9pm then the dueling drummer/DJ began kickin' it up a notch. After that everyone was dancing and just having a blast. Even the LA Kings came in towards the end. Very nice hunky guys. My camera battery died and I really didn't want to disturb their privacy so it's just as well.
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I caught HB Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Carla Merriman, on her way out to snap this shot with Mike and Larry.
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Tom did not mind his job as Festival Director one bit last night despite having recently had foot surgery to mend a ripped Achilles I believe. Whatever it is, it was extremely painful. The injury, not posing with these beautiful women. Probably made the pain go away a little more too, right Tom? :)

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In the pic above is Tom's surgeon on the left and Roxanne Messina Captor in red, who used to run the SFO International Film Festival, Ken Unger on her right, and her friends, Harold and his wife, on her left.

Roxanne had a film showcased in last year's Hermosa Shorts Festival featuring Harry Shearer and Shelly Long and is good friends with Francis Ford Coppola if I remember correctly. We've been friends for awhile, but I'm tired so bear with me.
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Don't you love Larry's shirt? The body is a temple - Attract worshipers. I'll worship you Larry! LOL He's the GM of Equinox and such a great guy. We're going to start doing more events together soon. Can't wait!

Roxanne teaches yoga and other classes at Equinox when she's not busy writing and doing entertainment stuff. I'm sure she's quite good at yoga because she was a dancer all her life too. Very interesting woman.

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These folks are fun and interesting too. Tom, Joy, Domiziano, Patrick, Chef, and Maura.

And with this pic, I close.

Tom & Maura
Hermosa Beach Shorts Festival Founders and Husband and Wife team, Tom & Maura Kearney - some great people who are making Hermosa Beach popular with filmmakers and the world.

Don't forget, this Sunday is a free beach screening of all the best shorts of the festival as soon as the sun goes down. Also, there's a closing night party at the Hermosa Beach Community Center where all the films are screening at 10pm Saturday night.

You know where you'll find me!:)

Have a good one everyone. Hope you are enjoying the Olympics! . Very cool to have so many South Bay residents competing in the Olympics this year too!

Oh, and here's a few links to websites with the results of the International Surf Festival last weekend too in case you're curious: (The Beach Reporter) and (The Easy Reader)

Enjoy the read!

Wrap up on Hermosa Shorts Kick Off party coming soon!

Just editing all the pix I took from the opening night kick off party for the Hermosa Shorts Festival at The Shore last night, and promise to upload them before I go hit a screening tonight ok?

It was a lot of fun and every single city council member showed up except one, but then we had a few from previous years so it's all good. Plus, Patrick Kilpatrick, Melissa Todd and Domiziano Arcangeli were there too. (Jasmine came down with the flu unfortunately, but she assures me next time...)

Can't wait to see the shorts tonight now that I've met some of the filmmakers too. Hermosa Beach Community Center is the venue so go there to buy tickets and enjoy the pre-screening reception.

Hermosa knows how to have fun so join us!

Tonight The Shore hosts the Hermosa Shorts Festival Kick Off Party!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Tonight is the Kick Off Party for the Hermosa Shorts Festival at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge in Hermosa Beach at 7pm. The Shore doesn't close till 1am. Don't forget to come!

Goody bags sponsored by Equinox include a one week's pass to their amazing brand new gym over on Rosecrans and Isis right off the 405. When you go, tell 'em Joy Kennelly sent you. And yes, I do get credit, so do it please!:)

Discounts from Pedone's Pizzeria, Lhea Beauty and Body Collection, The Shore and info on Shops@1601 (which by the way has amazing designer clothing. I don't know why they're only showing candles since that's a very small part of their clothing stores for men and women!) and the Hermosa Shorts Festival are included too.

Could be some additional surprises if certain things fall into place in time. You'll just have to come to find out for yourself! Thank you Joy and Vicki for helping stuff them yesterday!

    Executive Chef David Linville will serve his signature internally inspired CA comfort cuisine from 7:30pm - 9:30pm for filmmakers, VIP's, Sponsors, Hermosa Beach City Officials, Kiwanis members, and all the film lovers planning to attend.

I just had a tasting dinner last night with some guests at The Shore and Chef's food is to die for! Every single time I go Chef creates something new and every single time it's absolutely delicious. Last night's stand out was the Chicken and Belgium Waffles! YUMMY!!!!

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I'm addicted to his mushrooms too. I think I have to find a way to exercise with my back injury or I'm going to continue gaining weight quickly. Good thing the ocean is only a block away. I absolutely love floating in the cool water and ducking under waves as I swim out past the breaking water. Pure fun.Mushrooms2

No host bar tonight by the way. Please drink responsibly! This is Cougar Mama Joy ready to spank you if you get out of hand. And I do mean it young un's.
    The Kick Off party at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge launches the Hermosa Shorts Festival which runs through Sunday, August 10, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA with screenings, workshops and special events including a special beach screening of all the top films on Sunday evening when it gets dark. For more information on the Hermosa Shorts Festival: or call 310 430-8609.


Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills.

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the excellent food menu, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ's. 

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 5:00pm - 1:00am. Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm - 1:00am. Happy Hour Specials from 5:00pm - 7:30pm. For more information, please call 310 376-0414 and review:

Tonight Actor Domiziano Arcangeli receives Golden Halo Award!

Domiziano Arcangeli

Joy Kennelly
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Los Angeles, CA Italian Actor Domiziano Arcangeli (Do-meet-zee-ahno Ark-an-jelly) to be honored with a Golden Halo Award for Acting Achievement during the 72nd Annual Southern California Motion Pictures Council’s Awards Dinner held Monday, August 4, 2008 at the Sportsman Lodge in Studio City, CA from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Academy-Award Winning Actress and Hollywood Icon, Margaret O’Brien, will present Arcangeli with his award. Past acting honorees include such notables as Actors Charlton Heston, Burt Lancaster, and Robert Mitchum.

The Evening in Paris themed event includes a silent auction, gourmet dinner, and Philanthropy Award honorees in addition to honoring Actor Domiziano Arcangeli. Actor Randal Malone, current president and chairman of the board of the Southern California Motion Picture Council, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Confirmed celebrities attending include: Actress Rose Marie, Actor Jerry Maren, Actress Jayne Meadows, among others.

Domiziano Arcangeli is being honored for his acting work in Italy and the United States in more than sixty films, ten television series and numerous theatrical productions, nationally and internationally.
Arcangeli has performed in over seven productions this year alone. This past spring, Arcangeli starred in the big budget Martial Arts action thriller, SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF, which was shot in Tokyo, Japan and Los Angeles, CA. Arcangeli is currently producing and starring in the feature film, THE HOUSE OF FLESH MANNEQUINS, an art house thriller shot in Rome, Italy and Los Angeles, CA. Additional film appearances include a cameo in the Lion’s Gate comedy STILL WAITING, and a co-starring role in the horror film, FRANKENSTEIN RISING, to name a few.

Domi’s recent television appearances include a lead role in the HBO comedy IS NUDITY REQUIRED? and roles in KCAL9 Biblical television series, IT IS WRITTEN.

Arcangeli began his acting career at the age of thirteen in Italy performing in The Good Soldier for Academy Award winning director Franco Brusati, which led to work with such ‘Masters of European Cinema’…Federico Fellini (Intervista), and Liliana Cavani (Francesco). He has also worked with other celebrated Italian directors which include Tinto Brass (Paprika), Umberto Lenzi (Black Demons), Lucio Fulci and Bruno Mattei (Venetian Caprice).

Some of Arcangeli’s better known U.S. television credits include Showtime’s SIN’S KITCHEN and the Zalman King’s series, CHROMIUM BLUE. He has also co-starred alongside Dennis Hopper in DEVIL’S HIGHWAY, and in Spanish cult director Jesus Franco’s film FLORES DE PERVERSION. Theatre credits include a world tour of Lev Dodin’s THE VISIONARY.

In 2007, Arcangeli launched a fan Web site,, with his film credits, bio, headshots, demo reel, and additional publicity pictures and links for his fans. His professional credits can be seen here on IMDB ( ).

The Southern California Motion Pictures Council Awards Ceremony honoring Actor Domiziano Arcangeli with a Golden Halo Award for Acting Achievement takes place Monday, August 4, 2008 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm at the Sportsman Lodge located at 12833 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 755-5000. Dinner reservations are $25 per person and can be made via phone: 626 794-1968. For more information on the Southern California Motion Picture Council, call 818 901-7629 (media only – not for publication).
For more information, please contact publicist: Joy A. Kennelly at 310 714-2077.


Domiziano Arcangeli

DOMIziano Arcangeli

Domiziano Arcangeli (Do-meet-zee-ahno Ark-an-jelly) has appeared in more than sixty films, ten television series and numerous theatrical productions, in Italy and the United States.

Internationally renowned, Arcangeli’s acting defines depth, sensitivity, insight and edge. Arcangeli has performed in over seven productions this year alone. This past spring, Arcangeli starred in the big budget Martial Arts action thriller, SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF, which was shot in Tokyo, Japan and Los Angeles, CA. Arcangeli is currently producing and starring in the feature film, THE HOUSE OF FLESH MANNEQUINS, an art house thriller shot in Rome, Italy and Los Angeles, CA.

This has been a busy year for Domi, as he is affectionately called, as his additional film appearances include a cameo in the Lion’s Gate comedy STILL WAITING, and a co-starring role in the horror film, FRANKENSTEIN RISING, to name a few. Domi’s recent television appearances include a lead role in the HBO comedy IS NUDITY REQUIRED? and roles in KCAL9 Biblical television series, IT IS WRITTEN.
His television appearances this past year include a recent personal appearance in the MTV Italia show, Switch Trip, which was shot in his Hollywood Hills home, a supporting role in TNT’s mini-series Bible Proven, a lead role in the romantic drama Coupled With Love, and a supporting role in the comedy Thrust. Independent film appearances last year include a lead as a lothario in the comedy What A Great Idea!, a co-starring role in the mockumentary Caravaggio, a heavy in the drama Game Face, and a starring role in the supernatural thriller, The Seer, directed by Luigi Desole.

Demonstrably talented and respected for his craft, Domiziano starred alongside Christian Slater and Sean Connery in The Name of the Rose (directed by Jean Jacques Annaud) and alongside Dennis Hopper in Devil’s Highway. He also starred in Spanish cult director Jesus Franco’s film Flores De Perversion. Theatre credits include a world tour of Lev Dodin’s The Visionary. Music credits include appearances in Atlantic Records’ The Academy Is’ music video Lowdown, and their VH1 Behind The Music special this year. Also, in the band whose music graced the film, Snakes on A Plane, Cobra Starship’s music video, The Church of Hot Addiction.

Domi simultaneously starred in Sin’s Kitchen on Showtime and in Cannibal World on Cinemax. Then, in Showtime Beyond’s series Chromium Blue, produced by Zalman King (creator of 9 ½ Weeks and Red Shoe Diaries), Domiziano wooed viewers as ‘Popo’ the most colorful, popular character on the cast. At the Venice Film Festival, Domi starred in Far Winters (Inverni Lontani) and he was also the lead in a hugely popular European mini-series, The Girls from the Spanish Steps. This short sampling is just the tip of the iceberg of his experience, as Domiziano’s resume reads like any actor’s wish-list.
Domi, began his acting career at the age of thirteen in Italy performing in The Good Soldier for Academy Award winning director Franco Brusati, which led to work with such ‘Masters of European Cinema’…Federico Fellini (Intervista), and Liliana Cavani (Francesco). He has also worked with other celebrated Italian directors which include Tinto Brass (Paprika), Umberto Lenzi (Black Demons), Stelvio Massi (L’urlo Della Verita) and Bruno Mattei (Venetian Caprice).

Fluent in English, French and Italian he has dubbed Jude Law (Closer and The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Mark Wahlberg (The Truth About Charley and Four Brothers), and holds dual citizenship. Domiziano possesses extraordinary dramatic talent, described by Ego Magazine as “powerful, unexpected and intense.”

A gifted artist who emotionally connects with his characters, whether they are villains or heroes, Domi explains his inspiration in his own words. “I believe in never being satisfied with yourself, never getting tired of looking inside, or of discovering new things, new emotions, new experiences. Living life fully and with intensity, I’d like to be always able to express myself as an artist and through art leave an impression of integrity and humanity in the public imagination.”

Hermosa Shorts Film Festival Kick Off Party at The Shore Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 7pm

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Hermosa Beach, CA The Shore Restaurant and Lounge in Hermosa Beach to host the Hermosa Shorts Festival Kick-Off Party, on Thursday, August 7, 2008 from 7:00pm – 12:00am. Executive Chef David Linville will serve his signature internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine from 7:30pm – 9:30pm Mushrooms2 for filmmakers, and VIP’s,Sponsors, Hermosa Beach City Officials, Kiwanis members, Founders Tom & Maura Kearney and Greg Wyatt, and other film lovers who will attend. No host bar, complimentary appetizers. Space is limited.

        Invited & confirmed celebrities for the The Shore's Hermosa Shorts Festival Kick Off party  include: Actor/Producer, Patrick Kilpatrick, TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Model Finalist Melissa Todd, Actors Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry, Award winning Actor, Domiziano Arcangeli, Arcangeli_Domiziano_0263 and over 80 local and international Filmmakers.

        The Kick Off party at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge launches the Hermosa Shorts Festival which runs through Sunday, August 10, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA with screenings, workshops and special events. For more information on the Hermosa Shorts Festival: or call 310 430-8609. 


        Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere Empty shore from the front2 and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Scallops-sm

        Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the excellent food menu, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. ShoreBar2 After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ’s.        

        The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is located at  1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. For more information, please call 310 376-0414 and review: