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White Light, White Nights by Walk with Sally huge success! Guest blogged @SouthBayFoodies

By Joy A. Kennelly

Since many South Bay folks have been looking forward to my write-up on the recent White Light, White Nights cancer fundraiser review, just wanted to point you in the right direction since I am expanding my readership and guest blogged for my buddy, Micheal's site, South Bay Foodies.

Here's the intro to entice you over there.:)

Basking in the Glow of White Light White Night 2015

By  on August 31st, 2015

On Saturday, August 22nd, Walk With Sally hosted its 9th Annual White Light White Night in El Segundo, CA. Although the food and drinks are always delicious, it’s the heart of this event that brings people back year after year to experience one of the most highly anticipated parties of the South Bay summer season.


P1070089Nick Arquette started this charity in honor of his mother who passed away due to cancer and it has become a beacon of hope in the South Bay for those who have lost someone to cancer.

Fox Sports host, Jessica Rosales welcomed special guests as the evening began on the red carpet. Local notables included Supervisor for the 4th District of LA County candidate, Steve Napolitano and restaurateur Michael Zislis; Chef Deven Alexander, Cookbook author and Host of Healthy Decadence on Fit TV; and Walk With Sally Mentor, Amy Dorr.  Celebrities like James Anderson (NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys) and Carissa Rosario, International Maxim Model, were also in attendance.

To continue reading, please go here:

And for a complete photo essay review, please refer to my Facebook Fan page here: Walk With Sally Photo Album

Thanks for stopping by! More to come! Wait till you see Le Diner en Blanc pictures!:)



So many events, so much work, so little help, but working on changing this asap. #JoysTravelAdventures update

By Joy A. Kennelly

Realizing I can't continue to do this all myself, I've brought in Tomiya Eastlin to assist me with social media efforts and more. We get invitations to events to attend and cover almost daily which makes it hard to keep up with here, in addition to all my technology, videography, writing and fundraising efforts, but we're working on changing that asap.

More later. 

Can't wait to share with you all the fun times at The Forum during Happy Hour and the REO Speedwagon concert. Boston was the headliner, but didn't recognize much of their music since I was more into R & B in high school.:) 

Michael Joy and Nicole at Boston Concert
Bumped into good friends Micheal and Nicole of SouthBay Foodies too!

More pix coming soon! Enjoy the sun and hit their outside patio for some refreshments before your next concert why don't you? Here's some pictorial highlights of the food offered to get you in the mood too:

Sharlina, another Joy's Travel Adventures member and long-time friend, Nikki, and I were invited to participate in the Volunteer thank you party for Grand Performances which was a blast. Rocky Duwani and Blitz the Ambassador performed. (This pic is of Blitz- Sharlina says he got flow.:)


Here's more pix from that super fun night: Joy's Travel Adventures Facebook Fan Page We post a lot of events we're attending or recommend on our fan page too so like it already ok?:)

Last night was an absolute blast too attending the Mercedes Benz Evolution Tour concert with Bastille.

Joy & Tomiya at #MBEvolution TourI wore my Demand Media t-shirt to give them a shoutout and because it's one of the few t-shirts I actually like how it fits.:)

We've also posted highlights on our twitter feeds which you can peek at here: and 

More to come.

Oh, and if you notice my hair has magically grown long almost overnight, I owe this magic to Hairdreams and the wonderful team of David Matthew Reid, Danny & Aubry of Studio DNA. I was first introduced to Danny & Aubry by Yelp when Yelp Elite launched in Santa Monica years and years ago.:)

Here's the formal pic from that amazing night with more pix from my amazing transformation available here and here. Can you believe I won all this glamourizing? Really boosted my spirits along with my hair!:)


There's so many other events I need to share, but gotta run! Happy Hump Day everyone!


Announcing our "Vegas Escape" #travel video #JoysTravelAdventures - see the side of #Vegas only locals know

By Joy A.Kennelly

Very happy to share our completed "Vegas Escape" travel video with everyone. We had so many people help make this a reality and wanted to give them a shout out here, in addition to on our YouTube Channel. 

But first, without further ado, please enjoy a side of Vegas only locals know and that I reveal here in our "Vegas Escape" travel video:


I want to first thank Francis Vincent, my cameraman of Production Central Group, for catching my vision and coming alongside me to film all over Las Vegas in the quick five-day shoot we did together. It was great to have his son, Winston, and my good friend, Shawana, participate too.

We worked together so well, I'd love to go back to shoot a longer version whenever we find funding.

And now in no particular order, here are more of the wonderful companies, people and places who helped create this show with their support. Please visit their locations and tell them Joy's Travel Adventures introduced you to their services!


Las Vegas News Bureau 
Wynn / Encore Las Vegas 
The Smith Center 
MGM Resorts International
Tivoli Village 
Faiss Foley Warren PR 
Fashion Show Mall 
Marc Abelman, Arts B18 District
Las Vegas Canoe & Kayak Club
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area 
Lake Las Vegas Westin 
Michelle Olds, Lake Las Vegas
The Arts Factory
Happy Panda Toys 
Big Ern’s BBQ
Sonrisa Grill 
Artist Q – Wang Viva 
Las Vegas Skate Co 
Tesoro Imports
Winky Designs 
Cathay Las Vegas 
Jessica Galindo Fine Art & Leather Couture 
Chill Spot
Megan Barker, Singer/Songwriter 
Downtown Project
Downtown Container Park 
Jana's Red Room 
Island Girls Designs
Chris Builder, The Stratosphere 
City of Las Vegas 
Peace Art Studio 
Mingo Calloso, George Harris, Mingo Kitchen & Lounge

And if you want to visit the people we interviewed, here's their info too. Big thank you to all of them. We were sorry we couldn't include everyone we interviewed and hope to include them in the future:


Karen Sanders, Tourquoise Door 
Chef Robert Solano, Mingo Kitchen & Lounge & Mundo
Marty Walsh, Trifecta Gallery
Javier Anaya, Pinches Tacos 
Leslie Marroquin, Garden Grill 
Chef Roy Bass, Those Guys Pies

Lastly, big shout out to my Editor, Dustin Elkin, for his patience with all my tweaking and requests to pack in as much as possible to showcase everything I wanted to share with viewers. He took raw footage, b-roll, and captured my vision in his own unique way after I explained what I was going for.

I loved how he was able to get the edits to fit the beats of the songs I chose because I'm not an editor and would never have been able to do this on my own. He also had to work with technical difficulties presented with audio on all my interviews and standups which he overcame with Francis gracefully and without complaint.

We included footage from some of my past shoots and I want to thank and recognize those folks as well:


Dustin Elkin, Editor
Nelson Brann, Videographer/Editor, Film-Alchemy
Mike Tringe & Sara Akhteh, CreatorUp
Tony Le, Videographer
Steph Belsky, Associate Producer

I hope we thanked everyone and if anyone feels left out, please let me know and I'll include you because we want everyone who helped us to be recognized.

I love the music we included and want to throw out a big thank you to the artists as well. They really helped set the tone, pace and vibe. I have loved their music since first hearing it and couldn't wait to share it with the rest of the world because it's so fun and hip:


"Happy" is a song written, produced, and performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album.

"Angel in Blue Jeans" is a song recorded by American rock band Train for their seventh studio album Bulletproof Picasso. The song was written by Pat Monahan, Amund Bjørklund, and Espen Lind, and was produced by the latter two as well as Butch Walker.

"Stolen Dance" is a song by German duo Milky Chance and was released by Lichtdicht Records and Republic Records on 9 May 2014.

"Do I Wanna Know?" is a song by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys from their fifth studio album AM.

" Rather Be " is track #1 on the album Rather Be by British group Clean Bandit and features vocals from Jess Glynne. It was written by Napier, James John / Patterson, Jack Robert / Marshall, Nicole.

And last, but definitely not least: 


My Parents, Pat & Dianne Kennelly, for their loving financial support and belief in me

Here's to the future and creating the website for Joy's Travel Adventures next.

Stay tuned. More to come. The adventure is just beginning!

Thoughts on #Entrepreneurship, Actress @SuveriaMota, @OKMagazine's "So Sexy" party, & Notes of a Freshman @Enplug doc

By Joy A. Kennelly

Every so often, there comes a point in my journey where I realize I can't do it all by myself no matter how hard I try. I need help. As an entreprenuer it's easy to get so focused on what you're working on that you forget there are people in your life who are struggling too and we're not alone in this.

We're all in this together. We all want each other to succeed. 

Sometimes it doesn't feel like that. Sometimes it doesn't look like that. But when you peel away the facade, hear someone's story and realize they're struggling to make it just like you it's really encouraging. I'm not alone. I can relate to someone else. They get me too. 

It was another reason I returned to LA after living in GA. I missed the entreprenuerial spirit, the "we're going to make something big happen," and the excitement of seeing people find success when they worked hard enough and long enough towards a goal. The skies the limit out here. You never know when you'll meet the next Bill Gates, Ralph Lauren, Van Gogh, or Jennifer Lawrence and that's exciting.

I also love the international aspect of CA. My new client is from the Domican Republic, I have a Russian friend I'll be telling you about in a little bit, and LA is such a melting pot you're always meeting new cultures, new personalities and new people. Love it!

Being an entreprenuer is something I've been all my life. I don't really know how else to be. When I was very young I picked flowers from our yard and sold them to our neighbors. When I was in high school my sisters and I sold the most candy bars in the entire school to earn a TV because we didn't have one growing up and really wanted it. We went door-to-door, sold them outside grocery stores and just made it happen.

My Dad wanted us to read and not be influenced by TV, but gave in when we won one of our own. What could he say? He's very entreprenuerial too and despite having stability with his teaching career, always invested wisely in real estate and taught us the value of a dollar and working hard to achieve it.

I've tried corporate life and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Each time has been a learning experience, a growing experience, and a chance to see how other people run their companies - what works, what doesn't. What systems are in place, what roles people play, how people accept certain things, or not. Also, a chance to make friends, many I've kept in touch with long after.

I've been working at Shopzilla, a shopping portal, off and on for a few years now and it's one of my favorite companies I have ever worked for. They're chill, low-key, low stress, no drama, and everyone genuinely likes each other and working there. At least that's what I've observed. 

I always feel welcome when I pop in for my gigs and like I have value. It may be a minor role I play, but I feel accepted, supported and like I have friends who care. When I'm not there I don't think about them or hang out, but keep up on Facebook and when I'm back, it's like no time has passed at all.

All that to say, it's what I realize is missing in my life more and more. Working on my new web series/travel show and corresponding online social community for women has been a lonely, isolated experience. I don't have an office I go to, I don't have co-workers to bounce ideas off of, and I am not actively encouraging or supporting anyone else in their endeavors until recently.

That's why I was so happy to work with an actress to help her launch her career now that she has a starring role in a big TV movie airing on GMC this spring called "What Would You Do for Love." She's beautiful, talented, grounded, humble and smart. Everything you could ever ask for of someone you represent.

Her name is Suveria Mota and mark my words, you will remember her name because this is just the start of something big for her. She's too talented, too beautiful, and too motivated not to succeed. Plus, she has the support of her family which makes all the difference in the world. 

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See what I mean? Beautiful inside and out.

And we're just getting started working together! It was so fun to have her join me at the OK! Magazine's "So Sexy" party at the Mondronian Sky Bar recently because it was a great party filled with lots of beautiful people. Recognize anyone?:)

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Actress Suveria MotaIt feels good to sow into her life and help her achieve her goals because I love helping women move forward in their lives.

It's why I started my Goal Gals group and it's why I'm starting my travel adventure website/show for women too.

I want to show women they can have fun traveling, escape the worries of their life and come back with a renewed, refreshed outlook and perspective to attack life more joyfully, with an open-heart and feeling fulfilled. Travel does that as a by-product of new experiences and new people.

It's life-changing.

I may not have a lot of physical possessions, but the memories I've developed over the years from traveling is priceless. I'm not materialistic, never have been.

I like nice things, but don't need them to feel I have value as a human being. I learned that volunteering with Hungarian orphan children right after college and through my spiritual studies. The orphans gave freely of the little they had and were the happiest children I have ever met. It's why I ran a toy drive to give them toys for four years after meeting them until a Hungarian woman took over the toy drive for me.

94b4ef_ba046ca3d8a972fa3fa8485636e03d56.jpg_srz_305_625_75_22_0.50_1.20_0That's why I wanted to share another friend's story with you too. You have probably seen Victoria Kashtan at various Silicon Beach events shooting pictures, smiling, always gracious, always kind, but her humble demeanor hides her brilliance which I really feel needs to shine and why I felt compelled to share her doc with you today. 

Plus, her doc, Notes of a Freshman, includes another tech startup company I respect and support, Enplug. Win, win.:)

Here's the story line: "They are both Freshman – they’re both dreamers. An amateur Russian filmmaker struggling for her life in America meets a Chinese entrepreneur – David – building a new media Empire in Hollywood.

Inspired by David’s personality and deeply believing in his ideas, she rises to the challenge of making a movie about him and his company. Treating his character as a future celebrity in the beginning of his way she stakes her career on creating the story of the American Dream in the twenty-first century."

Watch and see...

 Isn't she talented? And so interesting too. I find her Russian background very unique and also, Enplug's story too. If you care to contribute, or get involved, click here for info:!notes-of-a-freshman/c23eb

So, all this to say, even though our LA Tech and Entertainment scene can be disjointed. Even though it sometimes feels like you're not really supported, you are. We're not alone. We are in this together. We really do want each other to succeed. I know I need to immerse myself even more by moving closer and getting involved even more.

Find an accelerator to be around more like minds. Find funding to move my project along faster. Find business people I can learn and grow from even more. Find more cool events to take my client to and introduce her to the right people.

I need the support and encouragement of friends who get me and what I'm doing too. I also need some distance between me and my family to be able to focus on what I need to accomplish for my client and myself more fully. 

Even though I have no idea what the future holds, I'm excited for it. I know if I work hard enough I will find success for Suveria and myself. And hopefully other women who need a positive role-model to see they can make it too against incredible odds.

I gain encouragement from the youthful optimism of the young female entreprenuers I meet at various tech events who haven't faced road blocks yet, or experienced aging parents yet and all the dynamics that brings.

Here's something Victoria has on her website which encapsulates this feeling:

“Very quickly I realized that if you really want to become Someone in America you have to create something unique and be persistent in promoting yourself. Even if you can only show your naked ass in the window you have to show it every day at the same time so finally you’ll start to get paid for it”

– Vica for Notes Of A Freshman​

I need to be reminded by younger entreprenuers that it is possible. Life can be good. And everything's going to be ok. Sometimes I just wish I had someone strong to lean against to gain strength from, but since I don't have a guy in my life right now I gain encouragement from my friends and my church. And God. 

"For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13

9 "And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12: 9,10

And I'll leave you with this because it's one of my favorite songs to listen to and sing along with. Gives me such hope and encouragement too. Christina Perri's A Thousand Years


Have a great day. I plan to!:)

#Foodie, #Fashion, #Film Fun in Los Angeles with @supperclub_la, @LloydKlein, @ChakaKhan, @SueWongFashion, & more

By Joy A. Kennelly

Here's a pictorial essay of some of the fun events I've attended in the past few weeks for your viewing pleasure. First up, the Supperclub LA.

If you go tomorrow, they're offering 50% off on ALL dinners this Saturday, October 6th ONLY! This includes a four-course meal, complimentary shot, performances and the Club action afterwards. This excludes additional alcohol and gratuity.

Regular dinners are $75 and the experience starts at 7:45pm this Saturday. Please call 323-466-1900 to reserve your recline dining seating and mention Valentine Group to get your 50% off. Tell 'em Joy sent you too.:) Hope you can go! We had a great time when we were there!

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My friend Debra & I enjoying the single life!:)
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We were all pretty cold and started goofing around with the sheet cuz it cracked us up.

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It's very atmospheric and totally unlike any place I've been to in LA before.
Who knew this is what lies behind the old Vogue Theater doors? Stunning, eh? LOTS OF FUN! 

It's definitely a one-of-a-kind experience and one I recommend if you like really unusual, artsy, funky kinds of performances. Just be prepared for the unexpected is all I have to say. Totally felt like a vaudeville circus act which was extremely entertaining. Plus, the DJ is amazing and the food was delicious.

Very fun time! We did take pix with men who attended too, but these were all my friends sent me.:)

Next up, attended the wildly entertaining Lloyd Klein fashion show at Lure up in Hollywood hosted by Janice Dickenson, AnnaLynne McCord, and Lloyd Klein himself. What was fun about that event was seeing all my fashion friends who I only see at fashion events and being part of such a unique way to showcase a line. (More pix later I promise!)

Where else would you also get to hear Chaka Khan sing Happy Birthday to a guy named Mohammad?:) All while mixing and mingling with really interesting people, admiring Hotties on Ducatti's and meeting actors like hunky Geno Segers? (If he's single, tell him so am I!:)

Or always eclectic, Bai Ling? Janice Dickenson is always my favorite wild card though! You never know what's going to come out of her mouth, or what she'll do next. She's crazy fun.

(All photos courtesy Clinton H. Wallace of Photomundo International.)

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Chaka Khan with Designer, Lloyd Klein in the middle, and a guest
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Just one of the hotties on a Ducati



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Chaka Khan! I grew up singing along to her music, especially Through the Fire, and it was a thrill to see her!

I personally took some pix which I'll share next time from all these experiences, but wanted to get this blog out since I've been promising it for sooooo long!

Another really fun fashion event I was invited to attend was Sue Wong's fashion show held at the Conga Room in LA Live in conjunction with the HD Fest (or something like that. I'm not their publicist and was more interested in the fashion to be honest. However, it was very cool!)  Sue Wong 11

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Just one of the many celebrity guests in attendance. Meet Lauren Mayhew, an actress and singer, who you will soon see on Dexter! Visit her fan page to learn more of this amazing talent: She's wearing a Sue Wong design in honor of the occasion.
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Lovely wedding dresses were the highlight of the Grand Finale as Sue Wong came down to applause.

Alien_8906 LittleShop_DementiaBack_001LG sponsored a special after-party and we all enjoyed delicious food and talked shop with all the filmmakers who were there as well. You may recognize some of these guys if you're into Horror.:)

My photographer friend, Clinton H. Wallace, took all the shots for me at both parties and wanted me to make sure you knew about his new 3D horror film collection called: 3-D Collection: Dementia 13/Little Shop of Horrors

He just had a screening with Warner Bros and is doing quite well with his filmmaking career as well. Click here to see pix: 

We first met when I was working with Actor/Producer, Domiziano ArcangeliClinton was one of the first photographers to shoot him before Domi became as well known as he is today. Always have a soft spot for him as a result.:) GezaDecsy_8917 Aren't these guys fun? They're both producers and/or directors Clinton knows. L Geza Decsy R John Michael Elfers 

I always enjoy hanging out with Clinton because he knows everybody in town and always includes me in his conversations. Plus, he's super laid back, does his job really well and rarely complains (unlike some photographers I've worked with in the past, or know casually.) 

Oh, and in honor of my high school reunion taking place this weekend, I thought I'd close out with a picture of some of us taken in elementary school because many of us grew up attending all the same schools together. Can you tell which one is me?:) Recognize anyone else?

251316_853083646382_933192348_nHave a great night! Off to see my Atlanta artist friend, Yunny Bunny, who is out here in Los Angeles showcasing her work at the amazing art & music show downtown.


#Fashion, Food and Wine Festival of #Volleyball Champions at #Raleigh Studios in #Manhattan Beach with #Dig4Kids final wrap-up

By Joy A. Kennelly

This past weekend was so packed with fun activities it's taken awhile to compile pix and information to share with you. John Mayer is amazing in concert fyi.:)

So! Without further ado... (All Photos Courtesy Photographer, Angelique Chacon.)

Last Saturday night I attended the Food, Fashion & Wine Festival honoring three amazing Volleyball Champions as part of the Dinner of Champions presented by The Trade Coach and

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produced by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch (l) and Olympic Gold Medalist, Eric Fonoimoana (r) aka "the Body" and Founder of Dig4Kids, the beneficiary of the evening.

Now here's the Beach Volleyball greats who were honored:

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Linda Hanley aka Linda Robertson who has a great sense of humor and an amazing athletic career. Definitely a female trend setter on many levels. (She was wearing the jacket because it was freezing in the windy NY Backlot of Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach. Heat lamps next year please!:)

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Chris Marlowe aka "CI" who you might recognize if you happen to live in CO or enjoy basketball since he's the Denver Nuggets play-by-play announcer for the NBA. He's a talker!:)

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and Steve Obradovich aka "OB." What made me laugh is that those who introduced him said, You either love him or you hate him, no in between. The first beach volleyball ball buster.:)

They all are so talented and amazing athletes. It was wonderful to hear their life stories and see the videos Fox created to showcase them visually. It was also fun to see Manhattan Beach over the years and know that I've watched the very same volleyball games from that very same beach that thousands of spectators have also over the years.IMG_6467  Prior to the event launching we enjoyed a little street art by Artist Andy Brown.
IMG_6447 OB bought one of Artist Andy Brown's pieces Andy created during the evening which Chris "Geeter" McGee later auctioned  off.

IMG_6557 IMG_6593 Here Geeter's being teased by Chris Marlowe for shutting down the AVP's which Geeter also was able to joke about too (even though it must be hard to lose the job you love so much. He's so talented I'm sure he'll find something good again soon.)

Not only were these three amazing Olympic and other award-winning tournament volleyball athletes honored, there were also these amazing athlete pros in attendance (Sinjin Smith, Mike O'hara, Brent Frohoff, Gene Selznic, Larry Rundle, Barbra Fontana, Jim Menges (seen here in a clip from his risque acceptance speech at last year's event.)

Tim Hovland Tim Hovland (I believe that's him in this pic) introducing one of the honorees with some pretty funny stories, Mike Dodd, the recent, now former, AVP Commissioner, IMG_6584 and former professional volleyball player in his own right.  Mike Lambert and  Eliza Cost & Eric Fonoimoana Eric Fonoimoana shown here with his wife, Eliza Cost.

Before the main events began, guests wandered throughout the NY Backlot enjoying delicious local South Bay Cuisine and drinks.


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Our first stop, Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach.:)

IMG_6453 Lisa Hemmat of Lido di Manhattan Beach served delicious appetizers too. You might recognize her from Chef Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares show this past Spring.

IMG_6460This bar and El Gringo's tacos were a big hit with many guests too.

Bob Meistrell Body Glove CEO was in attendance (seen below with Angelique Chacon), as were numerous media & residents. IMG_6456 

Manhattan Beach City Council Members, Wayne Powell, Mayor Pro Tem, Richard Montgomery, & Mayor Mitch Ward enjoyed themselves too.

IMG_6445 Richard with last year's honoree, Jim Megnes.

 The biggest highlight of the pre-show was a really great fashion show. I can say that because I've covered numerous fashion shows for LA Fashion Week for the past few years.

 High quality all the way. Just ask the guys.

I've never seen any fashion show have so many whistles blown, cat calls, and hooping and hollering males. It was hilarious! They calmed down a little once they realized the girls would just keep coming out looking gorgeous. LOL

Here's a sample of the models wearing Body Glove bikinis, Meghan Fabulous dresses & cover-ups, sexy heels by Michael Antonio and jewelry by Lost Bird. I believe there were a few other designers represented, but unfortunately don't have that information available. (If you know, leave a comment and I'll incorporate it later

Volleyball Player/DJ Jeff A. Murrell kept the night moving while Miss CA Nicole Johnson introduced the entire show. IMG_6471
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My favorite designer of the evening was Meghan Fabulous and her latest designs. Aren't these beautiful dresses and cover-ups? I love her ethnic influences.

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You can see more of the fashion show and pictures from the entire evening on Facebook at the 5th Annual Dinner of Champions Fan Page.

IMG_6560 Eric officially welcomed everyone to the honoree part of the evening before turning it back over to Geeter who teased, hugged, and welcomed the honorees up after their video had shown all their athletic achievements (of which there were many!) Numerous athletes were invited to reminisce about the honorees too.

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We were so cold by the end we ducked out while OB was talking which is why I don't have more pictures of his experience, but I'm sure it was great too! 

You can see more pictures of the fashion show Angelique took here:

If you'd like to become a fan of this event to be kept in the loop for next year, click here:





#Hermosa Beach vs. #Venice Beach - A (cautionary) Tale of Two Cities 1st Friday and First Thursday events

 By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently I finally had the opportunity to attend the wildly successful 1st Friday event held in Venice Beach which I like to call "Hermosa North." Here's some of the similarities and contrasts of the demographics according to in case you're not familiar with either city to see why I say this.

I will explain why I'm sharing this information with you after you've reviewed the following stats. Please note, the heavier outline border indicates Venice and the lighter border is Hermosa to help further differentiate.

Venice Beach tends to run a little older overall and appears to have a larger 20's - 30's demographic than Hermosa. Hermosa Beach is only 1.43 square miles and Venice Beach is also rather small at 1.975 square miles (both of these stats are according to The rest are Movoto unless indicated.)

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Both cities have more men than women living there. Good to know ladies.:)



There is a slightly higher gay population in Venice, but otherwise the Unmarried Partner stats are very similar.



Now here's where we start to see a slight divergence in populations.


And this Population by Race stat was very interesting to see. Hermosa tends to run predominantly Caucasian, whereas Venice is a wider variety of races. According to one person I was mentioning this to, he said in Venice you can be surrounded by urban yuppies in one area and then turn into a neighborhood where you could get your head shot off right nearby.

In Hermosa, that just doesn't happen although their crime rate is higher than other beach cities in the South Bay.



It looks like Venice & Hermosa share similar stats on Native born citizens which is interesting. Appears people born in CA generally don't leave.:)



Educationally, Hermosa appears to have more college graduates. (Now I'm not an expert at analyzing graphs and if my estimations are off, please feel free to leave a comment to voice your opinion.)



Again, according to's 2008 stats, Venice Beach had a Population of 14,315 with a Population density of 7,249 people per square mile. Hermosa Beach had a Population in July 2008 of 19,350 with a much higher Population density of 13,531 people per square mile.

General consensus among people I've talked to and stats I've revewed is that Venice is much more creative and filled with a larger artist and entertainment industry population, whereas, Hermosa Beach is more finance and real estate.

Read more on Venice Beach demographics here: and here:

Read more on Hermosa Beach demographics here: and here:

Now that you have a clear picture of both cities, their similar size and demographics, here's my observation from the last  "Abbot Kinney 1st Friday" event in Venice Beach compared to the newly started Hermosa Beach "First Thursday" event. 

What I found interesting reviewing Yelp's promotion of Abbot Kinney 1st Friday is the majority of the reviewers were in support of the large variety of (roughly 40) food trucks and that's what they mostly discussed. There were a few angry comments about the food trucks taking over the city, but for the most part it seemed to be one of the main draws to Abbot Kinney from people who bothered to write a review.

Now while visiting the shops, it was a completely different story with some store owners who were very upset about the over-abundance of food trucks. One lady went so far as to say she wanted to take a machine gun and mow them all down she was so angry.

She had a point though. Apparently none of the food trucks have permits; they park in prime parking spots and camp out all evening blocking visibility of any stores from the street; their long lines create difficulty for people to walk the sidewalks comfortably; the police don't enforce the law regarding their vehicles; and the food trucks don't provide restrooms to accommodate everyone.

Since Hermosa Beach currently limits parking, they may want to consider whether or not they want to open this can of worms at all if extending parking limits ever comes up to vote in City Council. The other difference between Venice and Hermosa is that Venice has a much smaller predominance of restaurants on Abbot Kinney than Hermosa's Downtown area.

Hermosa Beach's First Thursdays was designed to bring business to the entire Downtown Hermosa area and is just getting started. I created a Hermosa Beach Christmas Village along the same lines a few years back which I believe was the model for First Thursdays.

If food trucks were allowed in Hermosa Beach it would draw business away from restaurants that need, and enjoy, the business foot traffic brings. Just sharing since this issue may come before City Council and it would be a smart, pro-active move to limit the amount of food trucks allowed before it gets out of hand like in Venice.

One of the other major differences between Venice and Hermosa is the variety of art galleries Venice offers along Abbot Kinney. Downtown Hermosa boasts only Bo Bridges art gallery and Ogden photography gallery. According to Wikipedia, gentrification occurs when artists move in and make an area hip. Here's the full explanation:

What I found interesting to learn about Venice's attempts to control their out-of-control 1st Fridays was the intense police presence (similar to Hermosa Beach's Pier Plaza clamp down.) Apparently, to bring sanity to the event, police ticketed jaywalkers, anyone drinking alcohol on the streets and other violations just to make it known this type behavior wasn't accepted any more.

It appears to be paying off, but there's a new twist which a friend of mine dislikes because she feels it's ruining the Venice vibe. Now, it appears numerous shops are choosing to hold "private parties" during 1st Friday in an effort to limit the amount of alcohol citations these places receive.

We walked in on two such events and where normally my friend could have enjoyed a free beer along with the rest of the party in standard Venice-style entertaining, this time they refused her which was upsetting.

Although I'm not a big drinker and didn't care either way, it did seem rather rude to have a "private" party in a "public" space and then pick and choose who you allowed to participate. It makes better customer service and marketing sense to host such an event on a night where the general public isn't apt to walk through your "private" party.

It was also interesting to note how many "beer/wine" gardens were going on in areas during 1st Friday obviously not licensed to host such events, but with no apparent law enforcement by the police. Huge areas of businesses gardens were crammed with people drinking and security guards making sure no one left with open containers.

Again, my friend thought this went against Venice's unwritten code of "open" partying, but times, they are a changing. 

I'm just writing this as an impartial observer because Hermosa Beach has been bringing the city back under control after years of out-of-control alcohol activities and what's happening in Venice may prove a cautionary tale on the potential issues facing First Thursdays in the future if it continues to grow and build too.

Now do you see why I call Venice, Hermosa North? They are very similar and experience a lot of the same issues a beach city faces which is why I thought you might appreciate this comparison and contrasting cautionary tale of two cities blog if you happen to live in either city.

This all said, I wish both cities continued success in bringing business to their shopping/dining districts, especially in this down economy.


#Six Man at #Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting Tonight in #LA Times

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just in case you missed the LA Times article on May 3rd covering the Manhattan Beach Six Man Volleyball review at tonight's City Council Meeting, here's some highlights and link:

Manhattan Beach to consider curbing massive volleyball tournament

Since 1961, the city has hosted the Charlie Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament. But attendance has grown to 60,000, and businesses and residents complain about excessive partying and trash.

May 03, 2010|By Jeff Gottlieb

..."Last year, an estimated 60,000 people crowded the beach during the tournament's first day — almost twice the population of the city, and many times more than attend the Manhattan Beach Open, beach volleyball's premier event. The sand was so packed that teams had trouble getting to their next match on one of the 42 courts.

'It was scary," said Manhattan Beach hotel and restaurateur Michael Zislis. "There were so many people on the beach, I've never seen anything like it.'...

As the tournament has grown from a local event attended by a few thousand volleyball aficionados to one that has gained a national reputation as a great party, some in Manhattan Beach are wondering whether it needs to be scaled back.

'I don't even know if you can call most of the people who show up fans,' said tournament director J Parker Saikley. 'They just heard through the Internet it's a party.'

Which is why the City Council on Tuesday (tonight) is expected to take steps to control the crowd for the July 31-Aug.1 event. The panel is mulling moving the tournament date so fewer people attend, adding more security or fencing the area.

Though alcohol is banned on the county-owned beach, spectators sneak it in. In a report to the City Council, the Police Department said it has seen more drinking in recent years, especially among the underage.

Residents and businesses complain about attendees leaving behind beer bottles and other trash, urinating in public and partying into the early morning.

'It's either going to be no tournament because of that blatant disrespect for law and rules of the tournament, or it's going to be much more regulated so it's going to take fun out of it,' Saikley said."

Oh, and if you're curious about the entire proposal being presented tonight, check out the AVP's website here since they've uploaded all six pages.

Rusnak - Night of Luxury with Designer Kevan Hall - Part 1

By Joy A. Kennelly

In light of the recent White House party crashers who are soooo desperate for attention (shamefully so), I thought I'd share some of the amazing parties I've been to over the past few months as a legitimately invited guest.

Trust me, I thought being invited to attend this year's Inauguration couldn't be topped, but two luxurious parties held right here in Los Angeles were right up there as a thrilling experience to attend.

What was funny about Rusnak's Night of Luxury is that I really had no idea what to expect - I just knew I wanted to see Designer, Kevan Hall, since I've been attending his fashion shows since 2006 and love his designs.

After pitching the publicist all I could do was hope beyond hope I would receive an invitation it was so exclusive. Only Rusnak customers, VIP's and other select people were invited - I didn't see any of the usual fashion people I saw at other LA Fashion Week events which surprised me.

Rusnak's Night of Luxury was such a special evening. The best part was it's exclusivity and luxurious feel from the moment you arrived till the very end of the night.

Held on the backlot of Universal, you passed through a gate where your name was checked off by a guard before being directed where to park. (Maybe the White House should consider hiring studio security for their future parties. lol)

As I walked up to the entrance I was welcomed by Rusnak staff offering glasses of champagne and then this scene greeted me which only got better as I continued to walk up the hill to the first buffet and car display.

(Sorry they're a little blurry - have to admit, I was rather excited seeing all the luxury vehicles because I love cars and had no idea they would be on display. My photographer, Stefhan Gordon, arrived much earlier than I did which is why the streets aren't as busy in his shots.)

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IMG_8306 My dinner mates had recently purchased a Jaguar from Rusnak which is why they were attending, but every type of luxury vehicle was on display.

Speaking of jags, the gift bags of the evening were quite a hit and everyone was wearing them. IMG_8304
I saw one boorish man walking out with ten bags,  IMG_8301 but for the most part  everyone was civilized. I love my little kitty which growls when you squeeze it. Don't you love the Jaguar key chain attached to its collar? The cat's meow! IMG_8471 The night kept getting better and better. There were multiple buffet presentations of delicious cuisine, IMG_8340
multiple bars with bartenders serving decadent cocktails, IMG_8345  and lots of amazing luxury vehicles to admire.

There was even a special unveiling of the new Rolls Royce "Shadow" by Miss California (one of the few luxury cars I have yet to take a ride in which is on my list), and the new four-door Porsche Panamera (which is now also on my list!) IMG_8290 The Rusnak family and Miss California.
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Here's the composite of the Porsche unveiling for your viewing pleasure - it was awe-inspiring to say the least. The crowd gasped when it was revealed since it's the first ever four-door Porsche and is still 0-60 in 5.2 seconds. COMPOSITE REVEAL
IMG_8324 IMG_8336 Please excuse the glare - it was rather hard to grab these shots because everyone was crowding around afterward it was so popular! Here's my view of the unveiling to give you a different perspective. The composite above is courtesy Photographer, Stefhan Gordon.

IMG_8308 IMG_8310 IMG_8311 IMG_8312 IMG_8313 IMG_8314 IMG_8317 IMG_8338 IMG_8339 IMG_8329 IMG_8322 I really liked Rusnak after this evening! Here's some of the sponsors who participated and their mission statement. Isn't that lovely? "Create a positive impact through community involvement, social responsibility and charity." They made a very generous donation to a local charity as part of the evening's events.

IMG_8272 During the evening Miss California was very accessible and gracious. IMG_8341 She is so friendly I'm happy she's representing our state. Here's us sharing a moment. Isn't she adorable? IMG_8342 Now if you can imagine, this was really only the first part of the evening! I saw some people leaving when I arrived probably thinking they had seen it all, but what they missed was the most fantastical fashion show of the entire season by Fashion Designer, Kevan Hall (and I don't say that lightly.)

I'm going to cover the fashion show separately because there's just too many good things to detail and this blog is already rather long.

Part II coming soon!

VOX DJs/VOX Entertainment 25th Year Celebration wrap-up

By Joy A. Kennelly

I've been waiting on the professional photographer's shots from the VOX DJs/VOX Entertainment 25th Year Anniversary Celebration, but since it's taking too long I will use my images from the event to share what went on. (Mine aren't as diverse since there were two other shooters capturing the night. If you're my Facebook friend I've uploaded all I shot there - these are highlights.)

Oh what a night!

The turn-out was great with a huge mix of ages. Manhattan Country Club members were invited to join in the 25th Year Celebration because Shawn and his family have had a membership for years and many people wanted to recognize his achievement. In addition, VOX DJs CEO/MC/DJ, KC Campbell, and VOX Entertainment CEO, Shawn Sedlacek, had invited past and present clients, friends and colleagues which made it a fun mix.

Due to VOX Entertainment specializing in lighting and staging, the Manhattan Country Club was transformed into a nightclub like experience with colored lights creating a moody background for the final act of the evening - VOX DJ Raw Styles vs. Drummer Kaumyar performance which built from a slow beat into a huge crescendo with everyone dancing and having a great time.

Here's some of shots to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:

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and special step and repeat wall which everyone loved posing in front of.

IMG_8522 VOX DJs CEO/MC/DJ, KC Campbell, Signature Magazine Publisher, Ian Bertrand and girlfriend, Sandra Taupin, with VOX Entertainment CEO, Shawn Sedlacek

IMG_8511 Special logo enhancements glowed on the walls while VOX DJ Andy Rossi played hip hop/dance music and everyone got their groove on. IMG_8527 IMG_8623

I helped with registration for the first part of the night with Annie from VOX Entertainment and can't tell you what went on while I was outside, but by the time I did go inside the party was rocking!IMG_8521 IMG_8533 One room was set up with couches, a private bar, appetizers and DJ Hero which was very popular with all ages. IMG_8531IMG_8532 In the main room, KC got up and entertained everyone with an acoustic rendition of a popular song on his guitar. IMG_8561IMG_8556  IMG_8559
My favorite part of the night was when Shawn got up to speak from his heart about his experience building VOX and the bittersweet feeling he felt now that VOX DJs was run by his long-time friend/DJ, KC Campbell. IMG_8535
I think in this day and age there aren't many rites of passage men go through to signify the end of one stage of their lives and the beginning of another. As a result, this 25th Year Anniversary Celebration was symbolic on many levels; a public recognition of the achievements of Shawn and all the guys who helped build VOX into the powerhouse award-winning event agency it is today and also, a public passing of the torch to KC as the sole owner of VOX DJs.

KC acknowledged the business acumen of Shawn and his friendship over the years when it was his turn to address the crowd too.

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It was really fun to see everyone having such a great time after all the hard work we all put into making the event happen. Throughout the night, various VOX DJs spun, keeping the party flowing.

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We pulled an impromptu gathering of all the BNI ladies and friends which KC didn't mind.:) IMG_8568 IMG_8570 KC's parents showed up after attending a wedding and were very proud of their son. IMG_8596 IMG_8598 VOX DJ CEO/DJ/MC, KC Campbell and DJ Roderick aka Raw Styles finally relaxing.

Jose, the man who kept things running smoothly behind the scenes. He was very sweet and cut the sheet cake I'd baked to celebrate the guy's anniversary into bite size pieces to share with as many as possible.
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If you missed it, there's always the 50th!:)

Blog - #Manhattan Beach-based VOX DJs & VOX Entertainment Celebration Saturday!

By Joy A. Kennelly


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and VOX Entertainment President, Shawn Sedlacek, the founder of VOX DJs, IMG_7855 will celebrate their 25th Year Anniversary at Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach, CA Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 8:00pm – 12:00am. In 1984 at the age of 12, Young shawn
Shawn Sedlacek started VOX DJs as a hobby which quickly grew into a successful business under his direction.  In 2008, VOX DJs was purchased by its most tenured DJ/MC, KC Campbell. Kc Over the past quarter century VOX DJs has performed at over 10,000 events including national MDA PICTURE-billy-bush-nancy-odell-and-shaun-robinson-at-the-mda-als-stride-and-ride-walk
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VOX DJs is a member of the American Disc Jockey Association (ADJA) and prides itself on a high level of customer satisfaction for their professional DJ staff, entertaining MC’s, and distinctive musical stylings. CEO/DJ/MC KC Campbell and Sales & Marketing Manager, Roderick Gaerlan aka “DJ Raw Styles,”  IMG_7703
continues the legacy of VOX DJs as a powerhouse DJ/MC entertainment company known locally and world-wide; they are a Bank of Manhattan’s “Celebration of Entrepreneurship 2009 Awards” nominee.

Recent awards presented to VOX Entertainment include: Event Marketer Magazine Top 100 Event Agencies 2009, Special Events Magazine 50 Top Event Companies 2009, Promo Magazine Top 100 Agencies 2009, and Top 50 Rental Companies 2009.

Manhattan Country Club is located at 1330 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. A limited number, on a first come, first serve basis, will be open to the public on Nov 1.  More information on the 25th Year Anniversary Celebration is available:

Side note: Make sure to pick up this month's Signature Magazine for an article on VOX DJs! Available at the party! Image002

Lukas Rossi & Juke Kartel w/Wooden Robot @ Brixton South Bay w/Ara & Angelique

By Joy A. Kennelly

Since I've been so serious covering politics thought you might enjoy a change of pace. I know I needed one this weekend!

Had a great time today. Hit the MB Hometown Fair for a few hours, saw Love Happens (which I loved; especially Aaron Eckhart's performance, but even Ms. Jennifer Aniston was enjoyable which was a pleasant surprise), and then dashed off to Brixton South Bay to watch Lukas Rossi & Juke Kartel w/Wooden Robot perform courtesy of my friend, Kim Koury, SPIN PR publicist extraordinaire and the ever amazing Koffeehouse.


I invited Ara and Angelique to join me because we always have a great time hanging out together. We're all so different in so many ways that it's a good mix with fun energy whenever we get together.

Here's a few pictorial highlights from the evening. May I just say quickly that I'd never really heard any of these bands play and absolutely loved Juke Kartel. I was so surprised since it's not my normal taste in music, but must have been one of those nights.:)

Lukas Rossi you may recall, won Rockstar Super Nova contest, and was theatrical as always. Check 'em out!

IMG_7646 Ara Gougher aka Beyonce. All the single ladies, all the single ladies. Put your hands up...

IMG_7648  Angelique Chacon aka Joan Jet. I love rock n roll. Put another dime in the jukebox...

IMG_7673 Myself, Joy Kennelly aka Sugarland. I just want to oooooo, oooooh, ooooh, oooooo, oh just want to love you.

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IMG_7656 My long-time friend and colleague, Kim Koury joined us later that evening.

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Now for tomorrow, I mean today! Another fun one planned. Good morning...:)


There seems to be a run on my red dress! The Shore's Halloween parties!

I just saw Nancy Cartwright wearing my red dress from this past Sunday on TV during an interview. I've never in my life ever worn anything that others also wore. Too funny! Totally cracks me up.

I wonder what bra they wear with theirs? LOL

Okay, now for something scary.. And, no. It's not Barack Hussein Obama's self-indulgent, over the top, money flaunting infomercial, nor Barbara Boxer's latest propaganda about Prop. 8. (Notice she doesn't mention religious liberty? Cuz those rights are being crushed in this proposition and she knows it. VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 8!)

It's fun Halloween parties at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge!

Happy Halloween everyone!HOspitality_mixer Halloween invite

My long, up and down, fun, sometimes sad, interesting day

By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally have to laugh at something Bill Maher said on his show just now. He apparently is showcasing countries where he suggests people should move to should McCain become President. Now that is stupid, but what made me laugh is when he said, go to India to visit your old job. So true!

Then he mocked Ghandi a little further into the segment and fortunately people agreed it was in poor taste and didn't laugh. Now he's mocking John McCain's war hero treatment comparing it to Tina Turner. I don't know about you, but that's poor taste.

But what do we expect? He's Bill Maher. Crass, sarcastic, full of himself, the biggest head on a body I've ever seen in person (even bigger than Dick Clark!), and blasphemous.

May he rot in hell.

Oops! Did I just say that?

Oh, ha ha. That's comedy.

Or is it? You tell me. It works for him and his show.

Why not at him?

I'm waiting for Entourage and was just curious about his show having never watched it before. Now that I have, I don't have to ever again. Is it always so one-sided? And they say Fox Channel is one-sided! Are comedians only liberal? Are things only funny when it's bashing things that you're against?

Just curious.

I love it. The Republican guest is countering Bill's determination that there needs to be more negative campaigning saying that's what caused the Democrats to lose in the past. Maybe he'll listen.

One can only hope.

Sometimes I feel like Hollywood is so high school where bullies are allowed free rein because those in power are so afraid of losing their jobs to counter something they personally disagree with they go with the flow even though they'd rather not.

Maybe that's why I like Entourage so much. Tells it like it is. For the most part. Gotta watch.

That was a good show. Nice way to end my day. Chris Rock is on now and is too funny. VERY crass, but too funny. Said Desperate Housewives should be renamed Ungrateful Bitches. Too funny.

Hit a non-profit organization's art event earlier today, but just couldn't get into the art exercise designed to relax all the participants and left early in tears from the last one when we were supposed to paint a place we felt safe.

Guess I don't feel safe anywhere right now. Hopefully that will change soon though. I think my safety is being out on the town. HA!

Probably won't be back to that organization actually. Too many memories I don't feel like remembering any more.

Time to move on. I need to ask the other non-profit who always invites me to their annual picnic to stop inviting me too. I'm over remembering that experience too.

Mooooving on. Moooooving on.

What was funny driving there was the van full of young boys who kept trying to get my attention at the stop light. Cougar power. Hellooooo.

Made me a little uncomfortable when I realized they looked like they were 14. Reminded me of the hilarious young boys in Sex Drive which I just saw last night. If you can get past the crassness, it's actually really funny and has a good ending considering it's crassness.

Totally predictable, but sometimes predictable is good. Felt good to just laugh. I think I have a very sick sense of humor for a Christian. Sorry. Can't help it.

That's where I first heard Fall Out Boy's song, I Don't Care. Still lovin' it. Click on the link for the video. When it comes on in your car scream along to it and you'll experience what it's like in my car when I hear it. I. Don't. CARE!

Totally the way I'm feeling. Never quite understood why people like rock music like AC/DC and today for some reason, I love it. There's something primal about screaming along with the music that releases tension I guess. Highway to Hell - especially when you start thinking that's where you're driving.

Laughing is helping though. I love Chris Rock because he totally just tells it like it is. Especially about sex. HILARIOUS! Did I say that? He is not funny at all. I don't know anything about what he's telling.

Or do I?

I enjoyed watching Fashion Designer Joy Han's Voom Fashion Show earlier tonight Downtown. I loved the title "Conservatively Liberal", the girls picketing for Joy Han for President, and the election pins that were passed out. I also liked the fashion - bright colors, lots of designs related to the 60's and 70's.

Once I upload all the pix I'll share them with you. I have some from the UCLA wine & cheese tasting too.

I visited the Santa Monica Arts Studio Open House after the fashion show. I took some pix of my new potential artist client's work and met her in person for the first time. Love her work.

Also saw a few people I know. Some I don't want to know any more, but that's par for the course as I roll. Oh well.

Mooooving on. Moooving on.

Now I'm going to mooooveeee on to bed. Want to watch Joe the Plumber on Huckabee's show. Go Joe!

Oh, and because I can't leave you without at least one Obama thing, here's a video I received tonight that I found very interesting. It's a letter written to the editor by a Cuban American who lived under Fidel Castro.

Interesting comparison. Take it or leave it.

I'm tired. Maybe I'll think differently when I wake up tomorrow.

Interesting, Huckabee has two people on who registered to vote 100 times each with ACORN. People who claim ACORN is innocent are crazy!

Now I'm going to bed. Enough already.


Onto something a little more fun Domi & me out on the town - finally, right?

By Joy A. Kennelly

What I've been loving about being more vocal about my political beliefs is that it's sussing others out who normally don't say anything either. One friend teasingly (I hope she was teasing!) said she almost defriended me on Facebook when she saw who I was stumping for.

Then she said she thought most publicists were Dems to which I replied, if I only publicized things I personally agreed with life would be very boring and it's a very short-sighted way of doing business.

Another friend expressed concern that I might lose business over being so vocal. Maybe so. However, I don't mind, to be honest. If someone only doesn't want to work with me because of my politics then there's probably other reasons I wouldn't want to represent them either. If people are more evolved than just their politics, then I'm happy to work together.

Take my current Celebrity client, Domiziano Arcangeli, for instance. We're about as diametrically opposed on numerous political and moral issuse as you can get, but we respect and understand each other and appreciate those differences while learning from each other.

Same with many of my other liberal friends whom I deeply love and care about.

Just because someone disagrees with me is no reason not to be friends! That's what makes life interesting! I learn from them and they (sometimes) learn from me.:) If all we focused on were our differences then maybe we wouldn't be friends for as long as we have been, but we have so many other things in common above and beyond politics and religion it makes our friendships/relationships richer and deeper.

I LOVE hearing about the Jewish practices my friend Shana shares with me. I love it. I also love hearing people's opinions about the debate, this race, and race, gender issues in general. I think there's room in this world for all kinds of beliefs and experiences. I also believe we're all allowed to have our own opinions and express them which I will do until the day I die and support everyone else to do so too.

Apparently I'm not the only one to think so either according to this recent NY Times article entitled, Talking Politics in the Office by Journalist Lisa Belkin. Heres an excerpt I especially like which I hope I have followed, but know I probably haven't all the time.

"Jamie and Maren Showkeir, consultants specializing in workplace culture, and the authors of the book “Authentic Conversations: Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment,” have some tips on what to avoid when engaging in political conversation in the office: don’t assume your co-workers share your political views and opinions; don’t abuse your power or position, avoid making politics personal; discuss rather than debate; and try to find common ground."

I do like intelligent discussions, but being battered by someone doesn't feel good. If you have felt battered by me. I'm sorry. Now that I'm more cognizant of this fact I will try to be more balanced. However, I have to admit I did send that girl from my earlier post who sent me 12 pro-Obama newsletters a big fat email with my personal opinions from recent blogs which tipped her over the edge.

I don't mind though because now she's stopped bugging me. LOL Couldn't help myself. :) Last time though I promise. (Unless she pisses me off again.)

In any case, here's some fun pix from the other night's red carpet event up at Les Deux (sp?) in Hollywood against child pornography which was a lot of fun even though it's a very serious subject.

Really helped clear the brain to have some fun and discuss something other than politics. My client Domiziano Arcangeli was interviewed because his art house Italian film, House of Flesh Mannequins, directly relates to this issue.

(The trailer is really gory, sexual and gross because it's a horror so be warned. Very artistic though.:) It's definitely causing a stir in Italy with the Catholic Church. Domi and I laugh all the time that I'm involved with him because of this. Oh well. What can I say? I try to be open-minded about repping artists. However, it's not a film I'll be watching any time soon. He knows it too. We're cool.)

Here's a little behind-the-scenes of what goes on at red carpet events in case you ever wondered.

Vip check-in Domi & interviewer Domi & camera 2nd interview 2nd interview4 Behind the scenes Domi back interview2 Me & dom Happy domi D & j Domi bumped into his Actor friend, Jeffrey James Lippold, who had been in the Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf film with him. We all had fun hanging out together. Isn't he a cutie patootie? Uh oh, I think I'm being a cougar right now. Better pull my claws back in. :)

Jeffrey Mad dom Me & g Domi's Italian friend, Giovanni, came along to keep us company too. He doesn't speak much English, but enjoys hanging out with us because we're always laughing and joking around.
Possessed d & j Wouldn't this picture make you LOL? That's what I mean. We always goof around taking pix like Japanese tourists. Sometimes Domi has to tell me to put the camera away because it's too much.:)

Trio Trio2 We sure had fun that night. Ready for the next event! Have a good one.

Oh, because I've been so consumed with politics I haven't shared the latest and the greatest regarding Free Life International! We just launched a healthy energy drink called Chi3 Energy. You can buy some at my site: It's less expensive than buying the straight GoChi Juice and has an ounce of GoChi in it too.

I recommend taking it early in the day though because I was going till 3am the couple of times I drank it. I never crashed which was nice. Just would like to get to sleep earlier!:) Here's a new website designed to answer your questions about the product called:

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Okay, that's all for now. Back to my regularly scheduled day. Just felt like lightening the mood a bit. My back is feeling much better thanks to the great care of my Chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Palmer. He employs active release techniques in addition to traditional chiropractic treatments and it's been working wonders!

I can't wait till I can start wearing heels again, but now I can sit on a wood chair without much pain; I can drive farther and not experience the excruciating neck pain that has been debilitating; I'm sleeping better; my TMJ is improving too.

Helps that I've also been drinking my GoChi Juice again. Great anti-inflammatory. Highly recommend it!

Have a great weekend! Let me know if you want to try some Chi3! I sell it independently, or you can buy it off my website: Thanks.

Huckabee, Obama, McCain, AVP's, & The Shore Restaurant and Lounge

By Joy A. Kennelly

Watching the new Huckabee Show - did you know it existed? I didn't till now. Very interesting. Geraldine Ferraro,  Dave Ramsey, and cute Elizabeth Hasselbeck were on it.

I've put a link to Whoopi Goldberg's opinion on racism that Elizabeth counteracts tearfully on The View. It is worth watching if you're curious about another perspective than mine. Dave is actually a Christian financial guy who has a very popular radio program.

Huckabee was asking what everyone recommended for the financial situation which I've not been listening to very closely, but wanted to tell you what type of guests he had on. The VP of Fox Business referred people to the Community Reinvestment Act to see what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were originally designed to accomplish. Click on the link if you're curious.

This is too cute. Huckabee's closing his show with what sounds like a church band what with all the guitars, doing a cover of Only in America sung a little off-key and not very passionately. Too cute. Go Huckabee. Guess he's clinging to his church roots.

Oh, and because some don't always read comments, I'm reposting some key links a friend sent me that you might not have heard or read before re: Obama's connection to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and his personal pay-out (above others who've been statesmen longer!)

I'm doing it here because generally whatever I link to rises to the top of Google and this is important. Democrats, I dare you to watch and read this then comment:

Explosive Video, Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the "Family" and "Conscience" of Fannie Mae

And from Investor's Business Daily, The Real Culprits In This Meltdown

From a blog called, HotAir - Whose policies led to the credit crisis?

And the Holy Grail of the newspaper world, The New York Times, from September 11, 2003 New Agency Proposed to Oversee Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

Okay, enough of that. It is Saturday after all, but didn't want to leave that thought from yesterday just hanging there. Oh, and by the way, I really enjoyed hearing Obama speak during the debate last night. Surprised me at his knowledge of foreign relations, but did feel like I was being lectured by a college professor vs. someone with actual life experience as I felt when listening to McCain.

It's going to definitely be interested. Can't wait for the Palin/Biden debate next. I'm becoming my parents - help!

Here's some pix from fun events I've either attended, or thrown recently. The first is last Sunday's AVP's Men's championships with the recent Olympic athletes (whose names I don't know, but enjoyed viewing nonetheless. Oh, you can find out more by clicking on the link. Sorry, not that into sports, just hot guys. Especially shirtless ones. Now do you know why I love living near the beach? lol)

If you scroll down the pix fast enough it's almost you were watching them play!:) I thought this year's seating arrangements for the MB AVP's were the best ever. Lots of available viewing and seating for everyone.

Thank you AVP organizers!

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Avp & Pier

Here's some highlights. One night I hit two back-to-back with a client and then had to dash down to The Shore for another one. Needless to say, I was emotionally, physically and mentally drained by the end of the night.

One particular event was to raise awareness for Project Reina which keeps African American and Latina women and girls HIV/AIDS free through the promotion of education, prevention and wellness. Go to for more information.

Actress Gina Ravera (The Closer, ER) started this movement and was on hand to promote the artist's work and her project. If I had known who she was (she's much smaller in person), I would have taken her pic too, but didn't open the press kit till just now. That's a bummer too because I really like The Closer. Oh well...

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Outside This was such an elegant event it was really pleasant. Hated to leave.

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This was The Shore's BMW/Equinox USC v. OSU football game viewing party. Bummer for USC. We're an equal opportunity venue and will be hosting UCLA's Alumni Association on October 16 at The Shore for a wine tasting. All are welcome!

Okay, I think that's all for now!:)

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge for your reading and dining pleasure



Restaurant and Lounge


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·       FACT SHEET




Numerous Celebrities frequent * Acclaimed Live Entertainment * Special Events Planned


Hermosa Beach, CA Opened in March 2006, The Award-Winning Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere, quality live entertainment, Celebrity clientele and full-service fine dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel, St. Regis Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. One of Hollywood’s A-List Chefs, Linville now serves award-winning internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine to the South Bay community and will be a featured Chef at Los Angeles Magazine’s October Taste of LA event.

Linville was one of the top private Yacht Chefs in 2007 for numerous A-List Celebrities, and The Shore’s celebrity and local clientele also appreciate his quality, down-home cooking. Since his arrival, The Shore Restaurant has received “Hippest Dining Spot,” “Best Dinner Menu,” and “Best New Dining Establishment” recognition in the South Bay.

The Shore’s upscale mix of creative “fusion” and traditional menu items offer a variety of internationally inspired appetizers, salads, entrees, and side dishes created with authentic ingredients straight from local farmer’s markets and international sources. The basis for Chef David’s cooking always begins with quality products.

            Appetizers include a diverse mix of cuisine designed to appeal to a discerning palate and those seeking lighter fare:  Garlic shrimp sautéed in a compound butter served with goat cheese ciabatta crustinis, baby Crimini mushrooms stuffed with baby spinach, shallots and Applewood smoked bacon; Ginger soy marinated poki diced and tossed with fresh avocado served with homemade Asian shaved pickled cucumbers and fried wontons; Katsu chicken, a Japanese fried chicken served with sticky white rice and homemade ginger pineapple teriyaki sauce; and pan seared filet mignon Carpaccio seasoned with smoked pepper and garnished with aged Balsalmic reduction and fried capers served with mixed greens.

Fresh seasonal salads include: Caesar salad with wasabi Caesar dressing, The Shore salad comprised of Romaine, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts, and shaved apples with a white balsamic raspberry goat cheese vinaigrette, and homemade mozzarella Caprese salad with organic heirloom tomatoes, served with garden fresh basil and drizzled with an aged Balsamic reduction.

Sophisticated, yet authentic entrees include: Argentine prepared Chimichuri skirt steak served with crispy fries and mixed green salad; Tabasco marinated southern fried chicken and buttermilk Belgium waffles and maple syrup; ginger miso glazed halibut served with a yakisoba noodle stir fry; pacific sea bass served with sautéed heirloom tomatoes, capers and basil Chive truffle oil; pan seared scallops with a sweet corn and huitlacoche mushroom veloute’; and pan seared filet mignon served on top of greens with a port wine reduction sauce.

          Sides include: Imported Old Amsterdam aged gouda mac and cheese, farmer’s market organic seasonal veggies sautéed with French butter tossed with Japanese bread crumbs, roasted Russian and purple Peruvian fingerlings, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and sautéed Crimini mushrooms.

The Shore offers a complete, diverse international wine list designed to complement any meal with ½ price wine bottles and wine tastings on Tuesdays. A range of all spirits, including top shelf beverages, are also available.

            The Shore is a hotspot for celebrities, sports figures, and Hollywood A-listers.  Guests have included Actor Benicio Del Toro, Mark Cuban and local South Bay resident, Model Rachel Hunter; Singer - Songwriter Alanis Morissette, Oingo Boingo, Devo, Elan, No Doubt, The Bravery, and Dramarama, and sports players from the LA Lakers (Lamar Odom, Luke Walton, Jordan Farmar, former Lakers - Kwame Brown, Ronny Turiaf) the LA Kings (Derek Armstrong, Anze Kopitar, Michael Cammarelli), the Anaheim Ducks (George Parros, Sean O’Donnell), the LA Clippers (Shaun Livingston, Paul Davis), members of the LA Galaxy Soccer Team and the Buffalo Bills, World Champion Surfing brothers, Timmy and Tom Curran, and local resident, Hall of Famer, Warren Moon, who all enjoy the excellent cuisine, the Shore’s well rounded international wine list, attentive servers, and beachside ambiance.

After 10pm, The Shore offers quality live entertainment, dancing and award-winning DJ’s. The Shore’s in-house Music Stylist and Co-Owner, Jason Baran, is responsible for creating the vibe and social scene that has the South Bay jammin’ weekly. With his finger on the musical pulse of Los Angeles, Jason, along with Oren Avineri of Listen Entertainment, books acclaimed musicians and bands that have a national following rarely seen in Hermosa Beach, CA. Musical acts/performers have included: Dirty Heads, Kua Ana, Pigeon John, B Side Players, Naked Rhythm and Ricky Rocks who competes every Thursday with DJ Dini, to name a few. Cover charges vary from $5 to $10 depending on the performer.

Special event hosting is available at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge.  Recent events have included Fundraisers such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Executive Lock-up, The South Bay Professional Connection’s Surfrider Benefit, and Project Touch; Professional Industry Events such as The South Bay Professional Connection Hospitality Appreciation Evening, The Hermosa Shorts Festival Kick Off Party, Hughes Aircraft Company Happy Hour, and Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce Mixer; and private events like the Table for Six Dining group, wedding receptions, Christmas and holiday parties, birthday parties, workshops, film shoots, and others.

Future special events include: Nebraska Cornhuskers, New York Jets and Sexy Single Parent Monday Night Football viewing parties, Equinox/BMW USC/OSU Football viewing party on September 25, IAI’s Wine,Women & Wealth Seminar on September 30, LandRover Wine & Cheese Tastings Tuesdays October 7 - 28, UCLA Alumni Association Wine Tasting on October 16, the Third Annual Shore Halloween costume party October 31, and Singles Coach Katherine Bougli’s Be Open to Love Workshop on November 18, with other events to be announced.

The Shore’s 3200 square foot venue combines a chic aesthetic for relaxed dining and a sophisticated lounge experience.  The Shore seats approximately 60 in the dining room, 30 in the bar and lounge, with an additional 34 on the patio. The entire occupancy is 180.


The Shore Restaurant and Lounge Co-Owner/Manager, Mike Sribney, is an accomplished local South Bay 20 year importer/entrepreneur, and also currently owns the Award-Winning Pedone’s Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Co-Owner, Dr. Rainer Beck, a former Environmental Scientist and owner of Harvelle’s Blues Club Santa Monica, Trio By the Bay in Manhattan Beach and others, is a 30 year veteran of the restaurant and entertainment business. Co-Owner/Music Stylist, Jason Baran, previously created soundtracks for Lion’s Gate with Joel C. High and owns 5150 Music Management Company, in addition to managing the Shore Restaurant and Lounge’s musical line-up.


The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is open seven nights a week Monday through Friday from 5:00pm until 1:30am, Saturdays from 9:00am -1:30am, and Sundays 10:00am – 1:30am. A complimentary brunch buffet is served on Sundays until 12noon and a special lunch menu is served on the weekend to appeal to the sophisticated sports fan.

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



CUISINE:               Internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine


LOCATION:            1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

PHONE:                 310 376-0414


EXECUTIVE CHEF:  David Linville


CO-OWNERS:        Mike Sribney, Dr. Rainer Beck, and Jason Baran

 PRICE RANGE:       Appetizers: $7 - $13

                                    Main Courses: $15 - $27

                             Complimentary Breakfast Buffet until 12noon on Sundays


RESERVATIONS:    Recommended, walk-ins accepted at the bar/lounge. Reservations can be made through


DRESS CODE:        Upscale casual


CAPACITY:             The Shore seats approximately 60 in the dining room, 30 in the bar and lounge, with an additional 34 on the patio. The entire occupancy is 180.


BAR:                      Full Bar


PARKING:              There is a public parking structure directly across the street with street parking available in the vicinity.


HOURS:                 Open seven nights a week, Monday through Friday from 5:00pm until 1:30am, Saturday 9:00am – 1:30am and Sunday 10:00am – 1:30am.




Chef headshot - bl wh sm CHEF DAVID LINVILLE 

Chef David Linville grew up in the Central Valley of Northern California near the San Joaquin River where he experienced the typical Tom Sawyer country life. His early experiences in the kitchen were at the side of his grandmother as she used the garden fresh tomatoes and wild mustard greens he brought home from the fields for her to cook with.

Chef David took his first cooking job in a seafood restaurant at the age of 16 and quickly found himself at home. Traveling extensively throughout Europe, living in Amsterdam and on the Gold Coast of Spain a few years later, he absorbed the local foods and flavors. He continues to apply these experiences and foods to his cooking style today.

His background includes LA’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, St. Regis Hotel, Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica, Mastros Beverly Hills and The Standard Hotel on Sunset. He has also worked as a sought after private chef on yachts for some of Hollywood's elite. He currently is the Executive Chef at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge in Hermosa Beach, CA. He resides in Venice Beach, CA.

Chef David’s deep-rooted, down home childhood is quite evident in his cooking style of internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine and his gracious table manner. He firmly believes that fresh quality ingredients combined with passion create a happy table.

Recent South Bay Professional Connection Hospitality Appreciation Evening

By Joy A. Kennelly

You are curious about our recent South Bay Professional Connection "Hospitality Appreciation Evening" at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge this past week or you wouldn't have clicked on the link right?

So, without further ado... here's some pix and information on who graciously attended, and who our wonderful sponsors/participants were.

We had a great response from a variety of quality hotels from all over Los Angeles because we were fortunate to have someone who works with all the hotels through her concierge job circulating our invite on our behalf in addition to all the personal, hand-delivered invitations The Shore guys and I passed out, and all the emails I sent out.

Here's our invite just in case you're curious what got everyone so excited! Doesn't Brittney, our graphic designer on this invitation, do nice work?  She was truly a lifesaver the night of the event too.

Thank you Brittney!
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Apparently a lot of people liked it because some of the hotels that responded included: Ayres Hotel, Indigo Hotel, LAX Marriott, Loews Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Ritz Carlton, La Quinta Inn, Torrance Marriott, The Grafton on Sunset, Doubletree Hotel, Foghorn Harbor Inn, AM Resorts, Hawthorn Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, LAX Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn Express, The Westin LA and numerous others. Thanks for coming everyone!

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These lovely ladies, Johanna and Molly, were on hand to welcome all guests including those representing Enterprise, Express Shuttle, and Air Canada which was a lot of fun.

Here's some more pix from the evening.

I also invited some of my new BNI buds to attend because then they could see The Shore in action too. You might recognize some of these professionals seeing as they're locals.

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JC, the Redondo Beach Fireman on the far left of this shot is married to Dayla of UBS Financial Services (in yellow) and we all teased him about being the only guy in the shot. The other ladies represent the local Marriotts (Torrance and LAX respectively.)

Trio Another fellow BNI'er, Gayle of Redondo Beach based G Body Therapy, joined JC & Dayla later on. Isn't that a beautiful dress she's wearing? Courtesy of our local Hermosa Fiesta thank you very much.

I took advantage of her massage therapy services the next day with much satisfaction. Felt like a new woman and may have to go back soon since my neck & back injury still isn't completely healed. Highly recommend her! Tell her I sent you!
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Here's some of the Air Canada folks and others who came out to join us. Mike Sribney, the co-owner of The Shore, is Canadian and enjoyed catching up with them.

Isn't this a cute shot of he and his new wife, Kristina? I think they're a cute couple and very nice to boot. Say that with a Canadian accent ok?
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Group shot

I shot this pic just as the evening was beginning and the guy in blue is Stephen Haller, a local Redondo Beach resident, who represents Loews Santa Monica.

We had a great mix of Owners, General Managers, Sales Directors, Concierges, Catering Directors, Event Directors, Executive Assistants and everyone really connected on a personal, yet professional level.

One of my good friends, and event planner buddy who I've known for years since we produced a charity event together over at Luxe Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills when she was working there, Lana Leazer now Sales Director for Globiwest Hospitality Group, complimented my by saying this was one of the first hospitality oriented events where people actually let their guard down and were honest and friendly with others in the business.

Coming from her, I count that as high praise. Here's a pic of us goofing around together. She was trying to teach me the Paris Hilton/Nicole Ritchie pose, but I just didn't get it. Oh well, it's funny regardless right?
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Abby's group
We actually had quite a fun bunch of people show up courtesy of Abigail Fernandez, Catering Director of the beautiful Portofino Inn and Yacht Club in Redondo Beach. Ironically, a lot of the guys who came out were the winners of the free manicures courtesy of the new Hermosa Beach Elegant Nails & Spa sponsor. Thanks Rebecca!

Here's some of the happy winners.
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Carlos westin winner  Jeremy o winner Winner Winners And we had more winners too.

Bside players winners B-Side Players were performing later that evening and joined the raffle as our guests too. They won the $50 framing gift certificate courtesy of Lisa's Gallery over in Manhattan Beach.

Thanks Jay & Linda!

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IMG_2831 Local Manhattan Beach husband and wife hoteliers, Jim & Deidre, joined us and won a Dreadstar CD and amazing car detailing respectively.
IMG_2830 This gentleman won the free hour fitness training from Debbie Dmirdijian (sorry Debbie, I'm ruining your last name!)

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Cardex These handsome guys came out from Cardex and enjoyed Chef David Linville's cheesy fries along with their specialty Cocktail drink.
Dayla & guests
Chef serving food Chef made the rounds as he always does bearing foodie gifts for everyone which were a big hit. Notice the silver Equinox goody bag hanging from Lana's arm.

They, and Skechers, graciously provided bags that also included donations from our local Hermosa Beach businesses, Paciugo Gelato, Brix 1601, The Comedy & Magic Club, Pedone's Pizzeria, Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Breathe Activewear, and Manhattan Beach Business group, and Stylist Carmen Butts of The Loft, Barbie K, Iduna Medical Aesthetics, among many others.

Redondo Beach based Seeking Sitters service missed the goody bags due to our error. I'm giving them an extra plug here because I'm sure you all might have kids and would welcome a resource that provides easy, safe, reliable babysitting solutions.

Go to or call Michelle James at 424 634-1018 for more information.

Thank you sponsors one and all. If I forgot anyone, my sincere apologies, just know you are appreciated!

Okay, I think that's all. Thank you everyone for coming. This won't be the last time we hold a hospitality evening and look forward to meeting more of you in the near future.

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.

Happy waiter2 Happy waiter.:)

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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.
Mike, carla, larry2 Tom & guests
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!

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:

I can't get enough of Coldplay's Viva La Vida! What about you?

By Joy A. Kennelly

I don't know what it is about that Coldplay song, Viva La Vida, but it always makes me speed extremely fast with the song loudly blaring with all my windows down.

Every single time.

Especially on quiet streets with 35 mph speed limits - I blast down going around 60 mph. It's like my little rebellion. I can't help it. It's like great music is my speed. Don't tell.:) It has to be the aggressively strumming violins and the chorus where I can sing at the top of my lungs to release stress.

Doesn't hurt to drive a sports car too, but that won't be for long. Plus, that song doesn't come on too often unfortunately... or fortunately.

I heard it on the way to church and then when I got out. Fortunately, it was early and hardly anyone was out on the streets. I promise to stop. Really I do.

I think if I play this song at home I'd drive my neighbor crazy playing it over and over again. Especially when I don't know all the words and only belt out the chorus. Can you relate? There is just something about that song. I just love it. It's kind of primal scream therapy or something.

Now to listen to the rest of the album. I know, what's taking me so long? If I like one song, then I don't want to ruin it with another one till I'm saturated with my favorite first.

Big sigh. It's like cheating on a boyfriend. Not that I have or will. Cheat that is, or have a boyfriend for that matter, but still - I love Viva La Vida and Coldplay!

Now, moving right along. Want to hear what I learned in church today? If not, stop reading, but if you're curious enjoy the read.

The skit was right on target as always - about driving while talking on your cell and the ensuing ticket the dad received that the wife found out about through their innocent young daughter. Too funny! I especially liked it when the dad said, "It's a ridiculous law anyway." To which I said loudly, "Amen" making people laugh.

I hate not being able to talk as I drive. Now I'm afraid to put my mascara and makeup on while driving, paint my toes, shave my legs, eat food, steer with one knee while I put my hair up in a ponytail, or anything at all! Not fair.

(Oh, and for those who don't get my sense of humor - that is sarcasm people.)

Today's sermon by Pastor Jim Mackinga of Bay Cities Community Church is called:

Avoiding the Potholes in Life

James - Practical Christian Living

Part 16

Mistakes We Can Easily Make

1. Hurting Others With Words We Say.

James 4:11a

   11 -12Don't bad-mouth each other, friends. It's God's Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk.

I wish a former client would read this and realize that as Pastor Jim said today, "Slander is the revenge of a coward." Slander is defined as, "a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his good name."

Hopefully the threatening letter I sent will shut her up once and for all. It's not my fault if the public and the media doesn't find someone of interest. It just isn't. Either they like you and want more of you, or not. Brutal truth. I don't understand it either, but that's the breaks with PR folks.

I do the same type of publicity for every client and sometimes they hit, and other times, they just don't. No matter how much I want them to, or will them to, or how hard I pitch. Especially when they stop right when they should be pushing forward because they're at a tipping point, but run out of money. Oh well.

PR can be somewhat luck of the draw - if you want guaranteed placement... Buy advertising.

But I digress. Just a sore point that's all. I'm not innocent of talking badly about people either, but it does hurt when you think someone would be happy with everything you accomplished together (which was a lot of work to get her to the point she is today - trust me!)

What's weird is that I've generally only had this trouble with certain female artists. Not all, just some who think they're more than they really are.

Oh dear, is that talking bad about someone? Darn it. It's hard isn't it? Okay, this really is all. I promise.

Thinking lovely thoughts, lovely thoughts, lovely thoughts...

Ephesians 4:31:

   31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

Colossians 3:8:
8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.

(Now Pastor Jim was meddling. Just kidding. I forgot the Bible doesn't want us swearing. Duh! Just a little reminder that Christians are supposed to live differently than the world.)

2. Improper Response to God's Law & Word.

James 4:11b

If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you.

Matthew 22:35-40:
35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

   37 Jesus replied,

“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.[b] 40

The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Now this chapter was very convicting because as Pastor Jim pointed out, if we really are doing God's will, we will view everyone through God's eyes and love them as He does. Jim did admit it's harder with some people than others. Truer words have never been spoken. Ha!

3. Have a Wrong View of God Himself.

James 4:12:
12 God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor? (God doesn't need your help judging. Get it? LOL)

James 2:8:

   8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[a]

Philippians 2:3-4:

   3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

This verse is the hardest to live out, but I'm trying. Care to join me?

How To Be Careful

  1. Continue to be concerned with your words.
  2. Learn to Submit to God's word.
  3. Understand who's really in control.
  4. Stop arrogance in every way you can.
Okay, that's all for today. May the reading of God's word bless and keep you until we meet again. Isn't that a nice closing? I've only heard it in Presbyterian churches, and I like it.

Happy Sunday! Now to get some work done.

I'm excited The Shore Restaurant and Lounge has a bunch of cool events coming up which I need to prep for. Just met with the organizers of the Hermosa Beach Shorts Fest and they will be hosting their Kick Off Party at the Shore on August 7 from 7pm - closing.

Plus,Actor Domiziano Arcangeli's Golden Halo Award for Acting Achievement from the Southern CA Motion Pictures Arts Council is right around the corner, August 4. Oy!

And you're all invited to everything too ok? See ya there! 

What a fun weekend! Sharkeez pre-opening party and other stuff...

By Joy A. Kennelly

If I have to be stuck in my neighborhood because I can't drive very far right now, I guess living in Hermosa Beach aint so bad after all. I've got the beach, good friends, beautiful weather, lots of fun, free stuff to do, and great restaurants all within walking distance. Doesn't get any better than that. Right?

Saturday shopped for the perfect outfit to wear to Sharkeez Pre-opening party and a private party on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel which was fun, yet stressful too in its own way.

I need a new bathing suit now and trying to find something cute at the same time for the beach and the parties just wasn't happening. No bathing suit, but some other stuff.

Guess I'll have to skinny dip till I find something I like. JUST KIDDING.

One time when I was backpacking through Europe, I went to the beaches of Nice, France. I was all excited to go topless when for the first time the whole trip, I met this really cute guy. I was too shy then. Damn that cute guy. Just kidding.

Looking around at all the other pale English babes burning their boobies beachside (I love alliteration, don't you?) made me realize that the concept of wearing a backpack while burnt, just wasn't a smart thing to do. So, I skipped it. No regrets either.

Speaking of nakedness, what I've been experiencing lately with young guys (yes, I have that Cougar element - if you speak it, they will come...) who act interested in me who send me pix of them in just their Calvin Kleins. Whoa baby!

I'm very flattered, but I'm just not that kind of girl anymore. At least I'm trying hard not to be. But have to admit, it's getting harder and harder! I've been good for a very long time and not in the mood to falter now, but hot bods in my email box doesn't make it any easier.

It's very nice to think that young guys are sexually interested in me. But then again, they're young. Aren't they sexually interested in everyone? LOL

Just learned that another friend of mine is a bona-fide Cougar since she's in her 40's and her guy is 25. You go girl! Why should Demi have all the fun?

What cracked me up today is that casually chatting with a new friend about this recent phenomena in my life, she assumed that I only dated younger men. Then, when a guy closer to my age expressed interest in me to her, she said, "Oh, she dates younger men."

Then she tried to interest me in him saying he wasn't too old since he was just 40. She totally cracked me up, but also embarrassed me because that's totally not who I am. I may tease a lot and enjoy young men's company, but I like all kinds of guys - young, old, black, white, husky, hot, whoever...

Here's an article from Yahoo which gives you tips just in case you're curious about Dating Older Women though:;_ylt=Av6gqJFFAWxvvCpDiEIIxVwazJV4

Pretty funny, eh? But true.

Enough on this. On with the party report!

I must say, I'm getting more and more tired of the BS that goes on with Hollywood/Beverly Hills parties. My friend and I made the effort to go all the way up to the Thompson Hotel only to be told we weren't on the list and they refused to help even though she had rsvped, was an advertiser, and we requested they find our contact (as you normally do whenever the door guy is clueless.)

Well, despite our best efforts with the lame hotel staff (sorry, but it's true - total lack of customer service. OY!) and leaving a message with one of the party staff for our contact we weren't able to connect and chose to leave because Sharkeez was a' calling.

Turns out my friend's contact did have us on the list and emailed Lana twice thinking she had a blackberry and would see it, but we didn't till too late. That type of list crap just pisses me off. Oh well, it's over. Bye bye bitches. LOL

We had a great time when we got back to Hermosa at The Shore first because I wanted to show off the space for Lana to consider for one of her fashion clients. She loved the space, loved the food, and everyone there. We'll figure out all the details and then you'll be the first to know.

After a bit, walked over to Sharkeez where we were warmly greeted and treated like the VIP's we are. JUST KIDDING! I love saying that, but am totally joking. I'm not like that, but I do hate disrespect of me, or anyone else for that matter.

Back to the party.

What a hopping place! There were so many people there, many I didn't know which was fun. I also saw a lot of people I do know and some I've been curious about (like the former mayor of HB nicknamed Burgie.)

Also bumped into a guy I've wanted to meet because I think he's interesting, but never had the opportunity to do so until last night. Turns out not only is Dan an Emmy Award Winning cinematographer, he's also involved with our Public Works department in a leadership capacity.

He told me about some guy at their last meeting who became so belligerent Dan had to use the gavel for the first time ever to get back control of the meeting! All this over a stupid sidewalk! That's what cracks me up about living here in Hermosa. People are such characters!

Here's an example of one right now. Some of you may recognize him. I took a pic with him while he may not know who I am because if he knew, he probably wouldn't have been as friendly.

This man Burgie, many believe, was the guy who is responsible for all the lawlessness of all the Downtown bars because he kicked the ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) out of Hermosa years ago. They're back now and really active.

Me berge2\
Burgie totally reminds of my friend's Dad because they look alike. Burgie's more wild though, that's for sure. Very fun-loving guy, but...

Here's another one of him and our local Planning Commissioner who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent, but if you live here, you know him. Big kiss PH!:)

Sorry, Ron didn't take my camera away... Just know, this is all in fun ok? You are a good guy and we all love you... You're allowed to let loose too since it's been stressful for you too!:)

I think PH just told Burgie who I was. Big difference in his demeanor, eh? Or maybe he's sucking something sour. Love you Burgie!:)

Ph & Burge2

There were a lot of other fun happy people in attendance and Sharkeez is wonderful. The food was quite delicious, our bartender cute which lead me to drink more than my usual (what can I say? It's been stressful lately!), and just a great, happy vibe.

Here's some more pix from last night:

Crowd scene  

Aren't the decorations fun?

Here's the happy owners in the next pic. Very nice guys and extremely smart business men. Gotta love handsome AND smart, right? Don't be thinking anything, they're both very happily married to very beautiful women. I'm just saying...

Happy owners2  

Ron & me & Julie2 

Recognize my picketing bud, Julie? She's running SURFin Hermosa group along with a bunch of other people which, and I quote, "is a new group of civic-minded Hermosa Beach residents who have made a commitment to work together to protect and enrich the traditional quality of life in our city.

Their steering committee is comprised of former City Council candidates, long-time city activists and concerned citizens and business owners. 'SURFinHermosa' is a new link connecting members of the community to our city's various institutions, dedicated to seeing that the rights and responsibilities of every citizen are served."

This has been a public service announcement.

Ph burgie2 

More of the happy dudes enjoying the evening.

Brady & me2

This is our bartender, Brady. I wasn't lying was I? Tall too! Wonder how old he is? LOL


My good friend Lana enjoyed herself too. Doesn't she look pretty?

Joy, Julie & Bobby2 

What do you call a blonde and two red heads? Out numbered!:)


I see he liked our bartender's skills too!:) Yummy tropical drinks I must say. I recommend the Mai Tais.

Ron & sienna2

Ron Newman with his mistress. JUST KIDDING. She said I could say that. This is Sienna Tucker, our local councilman's wife. Remember her?

We all had fun last night and attempted to let bygones be bygones. Doesn't she look pretty here? She's very civic minded and heads up a lot of great groups in the city. Thanks Sienna!

Me & crowd2 

This is to give you a little idea of what more of the interior looks like. Isn't it fun? Totally cabo beach vibe. We had a great time and it made me happy to live in Hermosa Beach. Real people, real good times, and real good food.

That's all for now. Will share more about the great sermon Jim shared over at Bay Cities Community Church later. Really helps to have someone wise speak God's truth into your life is all I have to say. The only thing keeping me from being a floozy. JUST KIDDING!

Well, maybe just a little truth...

God bless everyone! Have a great week!

SBPC's Surfrider Benefit/Tasting Party at The Shore hosted by She's Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd

By Joy A. Kennelly



TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, Hosted

 South Bay, CA--- The Shore Restaurant’s Chef David Linville and Co-Owners, Jason Baran Jason & greycie2 and Dr. Rainer Beck, along with South Bay Professional Connection Founder, Joy A. Kennelly, Joy & rainer - sm   co–hosted a tasting party benefiting Surfrider Foundation during an evening of networking, music, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine, environmentalism and beauty in Hermosa Beach, CA at The Shore Restaurant on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Model Finalist, Melissa ToddMelissa todd long-short hosted the evening and interviewed attendees, Chef David Linville, Tom, melissa, chef2 Surfrider Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, Melissa interviewing alan2 and others on camera, and announced winners of the evening’s raffle prizes which included a $50 Dinner for Two to The Shore Restaurant, a designer dress donated by Luna G’s Stylist,  Greycie  Baran, Raffle winner2 and Spyder beach chairs donated by Surfrider Foundation. Melissa & Greycie2

    Chef David Linville served numerous internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine appetizers during the tasting party with the Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction as the hands down favorite, and the Crab Cakes served with cream sauce a close second. Food display with jl2 Guitarist James McKenna played acoustically throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter Chairperson, Craig Cadwallader and Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, explained Surfrider’s mission Alan & craig2and encouraged guests to speak out in favor of banning the use of plastic bags due to the negative environmental impact. Group shot near surfrider2 $500 was raised from entry fees and t-shirt sales for the charity.

Curly Hair and Color Specialist, Kym Chartrand of Maximus Salon in Hermosa Beach, sponsored the networking contest’s goody bag prize Kym with goody bags2 which guests: Independent Producer, Ed Sanders; Ed with filming in the background2 Senior VP Wachovia Securities, Mike Girardi; Skychick, Ramona Cox;  Restaurant Consultant, John Bowler;  and Manhattan Beach Resident, Colleen  First;Group shot near bar2 Paige & Coleman Interior Designer, Miriam Paige; Strong Project Sales Manager, Mike Pochepan; Chiropractor, Chris Ullman; Group shot with mike inside2   Creative Director, Hermosa Shorts Festival, Tom Kearney;  Manhattan Beach Stylist, Victoria Coleman; Tom kearney2 and  others enjoyed. Actor/Producer Patrick Kilpatrick was delayed casting his film, Vain Attempt, and Fitness Model, Brenda Kelly's flight delay prevented her from attending.  Julie, joy & kym2 Bar scene2

Mike & victoria2

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,  Chef2 formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort food.  Mushrooms2

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance.  Setting2 After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ's. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.


The South Bay Professional Connection’s (SBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. SBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

South Bay Professional Connection achieves these goals through membership, special events, a comprehensive calendar of events, local, state and national government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and public relations/marketing for members.


Joy A. Kennelly

The Joy Writer PR & Marketing  (310) 714-2077 thejoywriterpublicity (at) gmail (dot) com

South Bay Professional Connection Surfrider Benefit at the Shore adds new celebrity guests!


 WHAT: The South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) announces a Tasting Party at The Shore Restaurant featuring Executive Chef David Linville’s menu of fresh, internationally inspired California comfort food from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA. TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” finalist, Melissa Todd, a Redondo Beach native, will host the evening and raffle drawing. Goody bags will be given to the top 20 winners of the SBPC networking questionnaire contest open to all attendees. 100% of the $20 suggested entry fee donation will be given to The Surfrider Foundation. (

 WHO: Chef David Linville, Chef david- best TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, and special guests,Tank Top Pic 4 E-Mail Fitness Model Brenda Kelly, and Actor Patrick Kilpatrick

WHEN: Tonight, Wednesday, June 25, 2008 5:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: The Shore Restaurant 

1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

WHY: The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo 

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents.

For more information, please contact Publicist, Joy A. Kennelly 310 714-2077






South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) Announces June 25 Surfrider Benefit at The Shore with TVLand's She's Got the Look, Melissa Todd, hosting

By Joy A. Kennelly


The Team Pic

Hosted by TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” Finalist, Melissa Todd; Evening benefits The Surfrider FoundationSurfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

South Bay, CA The South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) announces a Tasting Party at The Shore Restaurant featuring Executive Chef David Linville’s menu of fresh, internationally inspired California comfort cuisine from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA.

TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” finalist, Melissa Todd, a Redondo Beach native, will host the evening and raffle drawing. 100% of the $20 suggested entry fee donation will be given to The Surfrider Foundation. Goody bags will be given to the top 20 winners of the SBPC networking questionnaire contest open to all attendees.

The Shore’s Executive Chef Dave’s Chef david- best Tasting menu includes: Garlic Shrimp sauteed in compound butter with goat cheese crustinis; Shrimp Crimini Mushrooms stuffed with spinach, shallots and smoked bacon; a Greek Trio served with hummus, tapenade, tiziki and toasted pita; Ginger Soy Marinated Poki served with shaved Japanese pickled cucumbers and fried wontons; Buttermilk and Tabasco marinated Southern Fried chicken with Belgium waffles and maple syrup; Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction; Crab Cakes served with Dijon cream sauce, and Mac & Cheese with Amsterdam imported cheese enhanced by a well-rounded international wine list. “It’s all about the food,” says Chef Dave. “I love the South Bay because people care more about enjoying my food than they do about being seen.”

An experienced TV host/model, Melissa Tank Top Pic 4 E-Mail Todd, will host the raffle offering a $50 Gift Certificate to The Shore, a designer dress donated by local retailer Luna G’s Personal Stylist, Greycie Baran, among other items. Melissa will be available for guest’s questions and comments about her appearance on TV Land’s show, “She’s Got the Look,” throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation information will be available for interested guests to review and additional donations will be accepted throughout the evening.

The Shore is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 and is open Monday through Friday: 5:00pm - 1:45am and Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm - 1:45am. Executive Chef David Linville, formerly with Standard Hotel Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel, Mastros Beverly Hills, and St. Regis Hotel, offers an internationally inspired California comfort cuisine menu. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.


The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. TSBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.


“She’s Got the Look” model, Melissa Todd, a sexy 38-year-old originally from Redondo Beach, CA, is a finalist on TV Land’s new series, in collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc., which seeks to discover a sophisticated, beautiful and confident woman 35 or older to become the next great supermodel. Prior to her TV Land appearance, Melissa enjoyed an active hosting career as an on-camera host for the Hallmark Channel, Toyota Corp., LA Fitness and a PBS cooking show among others, in addition to commercial & film appearances. She has also graced the covers of Shape, Muscle and Fitness Magazines.

ABOUT THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. or call Nancy Hastings 310 995-7873.


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. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine. Scallops

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ's. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.

(Look for our scallop ad in the local papers!)



For More Information: Joy A. Kennelly


thejoywriterpublicity(at) gmail (dot) com



With a Networking Celebration on Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:30pm – 7:00pm

South Bay, CAThe South Bay Professional Connection announces the Grand Opening of CA Associates Employment Specialists’ and Verch Insurance Services’ new El Segundo offices with a night of Networking and Celebration on Thursday, May 29, 2008 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.

As part of the Grand Opening Celebration, California Associates‘ Career Coach, Sonja McColgan, will offer resume critiques, information on industry trends and interview techniques while Verch Insurance Specialists will offer complete insurance analysis. Appetizers will be provided by Shark’s Cove Hermosa Beach, CA. A portion of the proceeds from GoChi Juice shots poured will benefit the Brent Verch Memorial Fund. The new El Segundo offices are located at 425 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. RSVP to CA Associates: 310.416.8797.

“We chose to move to Downtown El Segundo because it has been voted the ‘Most Business Friendly,’” says Verch Insurance Services Founder/Owner, Darold P. Verch. Verch Insurance Services is a multi-line, family owned agency with 40 years experience specializing in all types of insurance. For more information, please review: or call 310 322-1626.

California Associates Employment Specialists focus on placing candidates in Media, Technology, Accounting, Engineering, Human Resources, Fitness, Sales & Marketing, Administration and Entertainment. For more information, refer to: or call 310.416.8797.

The Brent Verch Memorial Fund was created to honor Brent Verch and his life’s desire to support his three young niece’s college education. For more information, please refer to:

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interest of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. For more information, please contact Joy A. Kennelly via 310 714-2077 or tsbpc2008 (at) gmail (dot) com.


Lovin' Mariah Carey's new song... Happy St. Paddy's Day...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Had a very nice day today seeing as I'm Irish. Hit the local Hermosa Beach Community St. Patrick's Day parade which was very cute. Reminded me of a very small version of the Rose Parade in Pasadena that my dad used to take us to every year when we were very young.

My favorite was all the groups of young children performing and the group of Irish Red Setters. Very, very cute. I made my Hollywood friend laugh when I told her what I was doing. I know. Big Hollywood red carpet events and now... but hey, it's my hometown. Give me a break ok? LOL Totally hilarious I know.

Enjoyed hitting the 10 year anniversary of the Bel Air Bar & Grill party with some friends tonight. Then hit my friend's birthday party and met a very interesting woman I knew only online through Ladies Who Brunch. I meet the most interesting women through this group. We always have a great time figuring out which posts we've written to put the name with the person.

I was telling her all about This is Hermosa and posting on there vs. Ladies Who Brunch etc. which was fun. I know sounds very boring, but it made me happy to share the latest since she's familiar with Hermosa Doesn't take much to please me right?

It's late and I don't know if this makes sense at all, but it does to me. And no, I haven't been drinking. Just tired. In any case, I'm loving Mariah Carey's new songs on SNL.  I like watching the dancers perform and how Mariah phrases her music. Jonah Hill is too funny too.

I wish there was a place where adults could go dancing. Ever since I've been taking my GoChi Juice I have so much more energy and my libido is higher. OY! What to do? What to do? I need to get out more. Time for this cougar to go on the prowl.

I'm so glad I'm throwing a party soon and going to my client's party in a few weeks. I'm also glad my Mexico trip looks like it's finally happening! More later. Now I'm just hoping my downstairs neighbor moves his little party on out of here in a bit.

Not in the mood to listen to buzzed people asking for pot and stupid stuff. If it comes up to my window... I hate the smell and it pervades this place cuz so many people toke here (is that how you spell that? Does anyone even say that any more? I haven't heard it discussed since high school.) OY!

Fortunately, it's not that often that people light up so what the hey. If it was an issue I'll just sic the landlady on them. She's worse than the police!:) I really like her style though because she doesn't take any crap. If you're wrong. You're wrong. 2 strikes you're outta here.

I'm so glad The Riches are back on. I hope I like it this season. Sometimes the writer's try to be so extreme it gets icky. I do love the dark humor though. 

I'm a huge fan of Eddie Izzard. HUGE FAN! If you know him, please tell him I say hi. Goofy I know, but hey, I'm allowed. I like who I like. He's brilliant in my mind.

Ok, that's all. I was much more inspired earlier, but now a wee bit tired. Big day tomorrow. Fun day today. Oh great - now they're yelling. Hello... It is 1am after all. Oh well. Live and let live... for now at least.

Gen Art Fashion Show, Seal Beach, GoChi, The Lost Patrol

By Joy A. Kennelly

Enjoyed hanging out with a bunch of friends last night at the Gen Art Fashion Show downtown LA and then again today over in Seal Beach. Two very different experiences, and very fun. I love my friends.

I need to give my hands and shoulder a break from typing since I over-extended myself too much this past week and an old injury is flaring up... It will calm down and then you'll hear all with pix.

Just wanted to say sorry about the GoChi juice commercial that still plays! Didn't realize it would and don't know yet how to stop it. Hope you keep coming back regardless. I promise to look into it. I do rep GoChi Juice so if you're interested, shoot me an email via and I"ll hook you up.

Otherwise, enjoying some cool space cowboy/David Lynchesque music by The Lost Patrol - check it out here.

Have a good one!

Channel 4 Chuck Henry news coverage on Hermosa Beach bar scene

By Joy A. Kennelly

Watch Chuck Henry, co-anchor of the award-winning weekday editions of the "Channel 4 News", coverage of our out-of-control Downtown Bar scene and the recent Planning Commission meeting.

Henry has won 12 Los Angeles area Emmy Awards for his work in front of the camera as anchor, reporter and host, and behind the camera as director and producer. In 1995, he was feted with a national Cable Ace Award for best host of a series.

Click here for his coverage into this issue with live footage of a fight that occurred at 1am outside a local resident's home near the North End bar. There's also some great interviews with locals who are fed up. Those of you in the biz, might even recognize one particular interviewee!:)

Check out my latest posts on my wordpress blog

By Joy A. Kennelly (new link here too - check it out!)

Hi Everyone, I've been busy promoting my client, Artist Gali Rotstein's Art Opening Reception January 12, 2008 at Lois Lambert Gallery in Bergamot Station and will have more time to blog about all the fun events I've been attending later today. Check out my wordpress blog ( for recent highlights - very fun!

Hope to see you at the party!

Yeah! School is finally over! I'm getting my life back...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just had my last final exam presentation tonight at UCLA and I am so happy school is over for now. I need a break! Although I've really loved meeting all the cool speakers, getting to know Julian and Henri, my teachers/mentors, better and learning new things about the industry as it is today, but I just need some down time to enjoy Christmas and party a little.

This whole semester I couldn't really go to any of my usual social events because everything in Hollywood normally falls in the middle of the week vs. the weekend and I was too busy. I miss socializing! Tonight to celebrate the end, my friend Julie was gracious enough to meet me for a little impromptu bar hopping of our own in glorious Hermosa Beach.

We were curious about North End Bar having heard so many terrible things about the place that we decided to check it out first. Here's a quote from one web site:

"Worth Noting: Cursory research on the joint turns up a sketchy crime history in the neighborhood, so try not to bumble about hammered in the wee hours."
Interesting, eh? Otherwise all the locals have nothing but great things to say except for one resident and perhaps others a little less vocal about the noise, urination, bottles in their yards, fighting, etc. after the bar closes. Wonder what the outcome of the meeting with good 'ole Police Chief Saveli was? Inquiring minds want to know...

As we walked into the bar, there was a loud disagreement going on among some of the patrons with the young couple leaving in a huff, while the guy yelling at them remained at the counter nursing his liquor. Very exciting stuff and we just walked in on it! The female bartender was very nice, but she wasn't spilling. Who knew what kind of show we would have had if we'd only arrived a few minutes earlier! :)

Because their kitchen closed at 9pm and we were hungry we opted to go Downtown to find a place still serving. I had been so pumped up earlier I hadn't been hungry, but after my presentation I was starving. We ended up at Union Cattle for some nibbles and it was very pleasant.

Very quiet, but perhaps it was because we were downstairs vs. the upstairs bar, but we weren't there for that so it didn't really matter. I had presented my ideas for publicizing the City of Hermosa Beach in front of three PR experts as part of my final exam and was excited to share the outcome with Julie.

One of the gentleman, when I was through presenting my 18 page report, said, "In all my years of doing public relations, I've never heard of anything like this ever." Made me feel good like we were all on the right track. I'm going to be contacting him in the next few days for ideas on how to proceed based on what I've started since last July with the media and government officials . We shall see!

I have one more class ending tomorrow night which will be a little sad to end because I've really made some good friends there, but I am ready for a break! Me and some friends are planning a get-together at this weekend's Christmas boat parade in Belmont Shores which should be fun.

S'mores anyone?

I say you can never have too much chocolate. That's my drug of choice. You can have your alcohol. Not my thing since sometimes it gives me acid reflux. Bummer. Just depends on the quality though so I do enjoy certain drinks, but am not a lush - that's for sure!

Now that class is over I will have time to write about more of the speakers I heard in my other class taught by Henri Bollinger who were quite good too. I really love learning and meeting new people which is the only thing that kept me committed to attending class regularly when there were so many cool events going on in Hollywood.

However, the way my fine artist client, Gali Rotstein's Art Opening in January is shaping up I think we're going to kick off the New Year first class all the way. More details to come, but save Saturday, January 12, 2008 because it's going to knock your socks off.

Lois Lambert Gallery themselves are inviting over 4,000 guests! Then there's my list, Gali's list, Children's Action Network's high-profile entertainment industry list, all the other artist's who are included in this Group '08 show, and all the media relations I've done - this is going to be one of the better parties Bergamot Station has enjoyed in a long time if I do say so myself.

Plus, rumor has it there are other BS galleries throwing their own openings, so come early and stay late. Oh, and most important... BUY ART!!!! You know I have to say that or I wouldn't be doing my job as Gali's publicist right? There will be plenty to choose from, but buy Gali's first ok? Sometimes I make myself LOL.

I hope you LOL too.

Stay tuned, more to come...

Money, Money, Money! I won the pitching contest!

By Joy A. Kennelly

As a publicist, when you're pitching the media you have very limited time to get your point across. As a result, you learn to speak quickly, succinctly and cover all your bases in a minute or less.

That training came in handy today when I participated in the pitching contest in front of 3 venture capitalists judges during the final day of StartupLA which was a great "unconference" as they like to call it!

I've never, ever pitched a product in person like that before in front of an audience no less and it was a little intimidating to say the least, but afterwards I knew I'd nailed it. I was affirmed by the judges who said I'd done a great job which made me hopeful that I'd won, but still unsure because there were a couple others I felt were good too. I was so nervous my face was twitching during the judge's critique! I hope no one else saw that!:)

I wasn't able to stay because I had my class and asked a friend to accept on my behalf in the event I did win. She agreed as long as the main organizer agreed and she was fine with it so I raced off to Hollywood.

I was on such a high! It was like all these years of toiling away behind the scenes had paid off and I was validated as a professional in front of my peers. I've sold things since I was a child and am extremely competitive. As a result, when I came to the event today it was with the sole purpose of winning. I didn't even know there was a prize, but when I came out of my class I had 2 messages telling me I'd won a $1,000!

How cool is that? What a great event! I know how much work goes into organizing events having produced numerous events over the years. The speakers and sessions they produced were very impressive. I hope you make the next one!

I caught the tail end of Jason Calacanis' speech the night before and he totally cracked us up with his blunt observations on what it's like to be an entrepreneur. Anyone who's been doing this for any length of time could totally relate. He was a riot! If you EVER get the chance to hear him speak, do. You won't regret it at all.

He runs Mahalo along with Mark Jeffrey and it seems like it's a very cool company. A human driven search engine I believe - very cool.

StartupLA was very interesting because there were so many tech people and I haven't seen that many since the early days of the tech boom. People who are involved in the tech world are always extremely creative, extremely bright and extremely driven which I just love being around.

It was a great experience and I highly, highly recommend you attend the next one when it happens. I met some amazing VC's, heard some great speakers, saw people I haven't seen in a while, and met some cool entrepreneurs. Very fun and informative. Loved it!

Now to collect my money. Still can't believe I won a $1,000 doing what I do all the time! I'm thinking I should hire myself out to help entrepreneurs sell their ideas to VC's as a business! Couldn't you just see it now? I could pitch people's businesses at various VC contests (if such beasts even exist), win the prize money and take a commission off the money funded!

We'll see. Stranger things have happened, eh? I just got a call from someone whose work I highly respect and it came out of the blue. Could be a new direction for me and I'm all for it. For those of you interested in learning what it was I pitched, here's my winning 60 second pitch about Travel Play Company  and the Travel Tray in a nutshell (give or take a few things because I was in the zone and can't really remember everything!)

$1,000 60 second winning pitch

My name is Joy Kennelly and I've been involved in PR & Marketing for the past 10 years. Recently I was hired to represent Travel Play Company and the Travel Tray for children. (I had a sample of the product and pulled it out to show how it worked and what it looked like.) This helps children keep their food and toys in their laps when traveling.

It retails for $19.95 or $24 and is manufactured for $3, but with mass production can be reduced to $1.50. The main target market we see this product sold to is the auto industry, next is the airline industry and basically anyone who has children. We've sold 1,000 pieces to date with minimal advertising support.

The company is looking to sell the patent, license the product or sell the company. I see it as a company in a box because it's ready to go with the right funding.

Okay, now I'm fuzzy. I think that's all I said - correct me if I'm wrong. I was so nervous! Anyway, it was a great experience and I'm eager to do it again for other companies and products. I love competition! Plus, I love the money! We shall see!

BTW, Travel Play really is for sale as is the patent. Contact me if you're interested. (the contact button is messed up and you really do need to contact me for any info ok? Thanks!)

Let's make a deal!

There was a minor mis-connect afterwards which prevented me from taking the check home tonight, but I've been assured the "check is in the mail." Can't wait! Pretty cool for a minute's work, eh?

After that, dashed downtown to the Murakami exhibit at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. It was the perfect way to wind down because it was like walking through another world. At one point I felt like I entered a whacked out It's A Small World from Disneyland it was so absolutely wild.

Another room felt like Wizard of Oz on drugs... Huge almost 2 story fantastical Anime sculptures, HUGE floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall paintings filled with bold colors, wild crazy images and lots of detail.

It was a little overwhelming after the day I'd been having. Almost too much sensory overload because the Geffen is a HUGE almost warehouse like space with lots of large rooms filled with lots of amazing, over-the-top pieces of art as sculptures, paintings, installations, media etc. I LOVED IT!

If you see only one art show this year, please make the effort to see this one. It will blow you away. I can only imagine what the curator and programmer went through to pull this all together.

I've never seen such variety of work on such a large scale ever. It was like walking through a crazy mixed up world of Japanese Anime art that someone crazy had come up with, but not in a scary way, more like a great big adult playhouse if this makes sense.

This exhibit is absolutely brilliant in my humble opinion. I'm going to go back to see it when there aren't so many people around, however, with the turn-out tonight I'm sure the crowds aren't going away any time soon. I think all MOCA's members came out for this event it was so packed! People watching was at a high because of it being Halloween weekend - lots of costumes, interesting people and children too!

My friend and I arrived on the early side and there were still lines out the doors for the video room and the Louis Vuitton store. Simply breathtaking and awe-inspiring to think all that art came from one person. I was blown away and I'm sure you will be too. Check it out and let me know what you think!

You have to like modern art obviously! I believe I heard rumor it's the only US Exhibit Murakami is holding. The show runs through February 11, 2008 - Run, don't walk to see this exhibit. You'll be glad you did.

Afterwards enjoyed great fish and chips at The Village Idiot courtesy of my good friend Adrienne of Magnolia PR who celebrated my win with me. She's had some great wins for clients recently too and as soon as she sends me the tear sheets I'll share it with you. She and I work really well together and she's going to help me spread the word on Travel Play Company too which will be great!

Okay, that's all for now. Have a good one!

Fun art event tonight - care to join me & my friends?

 (This is posting crazy, but I have to run to church so just read it and realize it looked better on the email ok?)

You are invited to the exclusive Saints & Sinners art show at

Cush Salon, featuring the artwork of Hector Rodriguez.

Mingle with LA's elite artists, stylists, and fashionistas and enjoy light refreshments.

 When: Sunday, October 7th at 7 p.m.

Where: Cush Salon 171 S. Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

310 360-7963

About Hector and his artwork:

Hairstylist, entrepreneur, artist. This self-taught painter finds his inspiration by fusing his love of pop culture with his Mexican heritage. He creates new dimensions through digital manipulation, layering of images and colours. No longer limited by humanity and hairstyling as his canvas, Hector is free to express his unique view of the world as he sees it, manifesting in the pop-surrealistic images that he creates.

Hector has joined forces with silversmith ENZO (Hector Fernandez) of Made In Moon to create jewelry inspired by his art.

About Cush Salon:

Located on posh Robertson Blvd. in Beverly Hills, Cush Salon is devoted to quality customer service and a sleek, elegant setting (complete with a cafe) for luxurious hair treatments by their staff of expert stylists.  Experience warm, friendly service and beautiful results.

Guests may bid on silent auction goods from Kerastase and more! Live art models inspired by Hector's designs will also be on display. Cush-invited makeup artist Veronica Lane to add her expert creativity to the mix. Spoken word by Poetry Vizion. Musician Dino Saldo will perform and DJ D Nastee will be spinning tunes throughout the event.

Proceeds from the silent auction will go to our sponsor SmileTrain, a charity devoted to providing surgery for children in need.

Kerastase gift bags will also be given out to the first 50 guests to RSVP.

This event brought to you courtesy of my good friend and colleague - Adrienne Dorsey of Magnolia PR.

My Letter to the Editor was published in The Easy Reader this week!

FYI, this was originally one of my blogs in July and I decided to submit it to the papers to share my view on what's going on in the South Bay. This was printed this week in the Easy Reader and another shorter letter I wrote was published last week in the Beach Reporter.

I think the Easy Reader editors made it even better and I'm proud to have my name attached to this. Now hopefully more people will read this and realize it's time for a change.

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend. Now here's my letter....

I haven't written something like this in a while, but I woke up and feel compelled to share this viewpoint in hopes maybe people will read it down here, see themselves and think maybe, just maybe we need to change... I'm referring to Manhattan Beach and those who live here. In fact all of the South Bay and especially Hermosa Beach. It deeply saddens me that when I invited a girlfriend to come down here to join me and some of my new friends for dinner one of the first things she shared with me was a girlfriend of hers who'd gone out down here five years ago was drugged and then raped in a parking lot of a bar.

Then, over lunch with my mom yesterday, when I told her I'm starting to socialize in Manhattan Beach, she said, “Well you know what they call that city don't you. Drunken Manhattan Beach.” That is so sad to me. Since when has alcohol become such a dominating force in a sleepy bedroom community that two separate people have such a bad impression of this beautiful seaside area? I grew up down here. I attended the local elementary schools, finished four years of high school and then after I left for college, not returning until now.

I don't want to come off as holier than thou or whatever because I'm not. I enjoy my mojito as much as the next person, but I want to ask those living in the South Bay to stop and think for a moment if the legacy we want to leave to generations to come is bigger than the fact this is a party town where the big focus is getting drunk.

I was surprised to learn an acquaintance mention that her daughter was turning 14 and she knew she'd have to provide alcohol at her birthday party, but she was concerned about how much to offer. Since when does serving alcohol to minors constitute a good party?

Are we going to continue to be a community that turns a blind eye and condones alcoholism for under-age children? Are we going to continue to teach our children that this is how we live - drinking all the time? Are the police going to continue to turn a blind eye to the rampant open containers on the beach during events like the 6-person volleyball tournament and events on major holidays?

It sickens me that everything else we do down here - the wonderful free outdoor summer concerts available in all the South Bay cities, the amazing fireworks displays available during the 4th of July, the creative, entrepreneurial minds and businesses that come out of here are completely overshadowed by alcohol and partying.

Maybe our International Surf Festival deserves national and international attention for the quality of our lifeguards. Maybe our art scene deserves national and international attention for the diverse, unique, art festivals. Maybe the wonderful sports associations that host numerous city-wide sports like volleyball, softball, and soccer should receive more attention.

Maybe the creative recreation department that offers such a wide variety of inexpensive activities for the community deserves attention. Maybe our multiple adult schools that are so inexpensive, yet so popular and offer such a wide array of classes, deserves attention. Or the classy Manhattan Open Tennis Tournament or the interesting accomplished people who live down here like our local newscaster, professional athletes or CEO's, or our many volunteers. What about our education system, our shopping, and of course our beautiful beaches and piers?

As a publicist interested in the image and reputation of where I grew up I don't want my hometown to be casually dismissed by guests I’ve invited to visit as, “Oh, that city? That's where you go to get drunk. You have to go visit there at least once to see the party scene and get wasted. “

I want the South Bay to be known for something other than alcohol and if it means hitting up the chambers to do publicity for them, then that's what I'll do. If it means starting a coalition of businesses, organizations, citizens, government officials, police and others interested in making a change, then I will. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!

I pray my words bear fruit and sober up those of you who are using alcohol as the grease to promote your businesses, or score women (or men), or to avoid reality, or pain. Please stop. I know it's a disease, but let's not perpetuate it to future generations.

It’s time we as a community take back our beaches and our nightlife and create an environment where all are respected and protected. I’m sick of public drunkenness as a common occurrence. It’s time for a change!

We can make a difference in our community-- one activity, one business event, one story at a time.

Joy A. Kennelly

Manhattan Beach

South Bay Sorrow - Al Anon & Alcohol Anonymous support

By Joy A. Kennelly

I'm beginning to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and praying for the wisdom to know the difference. It still deeply, deeply, deeply, saddens me that the South Bay is so over-run with rampant, flagrant alcohol abuse on our public parks and beaches.

I couldn't stop from crying today as I shared my past few weeks with my Al Anon group because it just breaks my heart that my city is so blind to the legacy of drinking we're leaving generations to come unless we make some changes now.

Here's some information to help those of you curious what I'm talking about to understand the nature of this disease. Those who suffer from it can find information on Alcoholic Anonymous at the end. Thanks for reading. My prayers and thoughts are with the city and those who still suffer.

May we see ourselves as we are and decide how we want to live. One day at a time.

Al-Anon Family Groups Backgrounder         

In the U.S. and Canada, there are more than 18 million people with a drinking problem, and only 10 percent of them will ever get help. according to some estimates, every individual with a drinking problem disrupts the lives of at least four other people through business and financial responsibilities neglected or the child who loses a parent due to a drunken driving accident, careers ruined and marriages destroyed by problem drinking. Of the estimated 80 million Americans and Canadians affected by someone else's drinking, most will not get help for themselves and many will never even realize that they could have benefited from some insight into the problems caused by another person's drinking.

  • Al-Anon Family Groups was the first of many mutual support groups to adapt AA's Twelve Step Program. It is well-known, but still not widely understood. Al-Anon focuses only on providing confidential help to people in need. There are no celebrity spokespeople; the confidentiality and anonymity of members is strictly protected.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups (which includes Alateen for younger family members) is a pioneer in the concept of "family recovery" from alcoholism, which holds that one person's drinking problem adversely affects the lives of close friends and family, and that friends and family who are able to recover from these adverse affects are able to improve their lives, as well as the problem drinker's chances for recovery.
  • There are 26,000 autonomous Al-Anon/Alateen groups in 131 countries, with groups now starting in Cuba, Iran and Romania.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups is supported by members' contributions and sale of its literature. The group declines contributions from non-members, and accepts no outside funding from government, foundations, or other agencies.
  • Al-Anon has helped millions of people over 55 years, and sold about 13 million books, including the inspirational daily readers One Day at a Time in Al-Anon and Courage to Change. There are more than 100 Al-Anon/Alateen books and pamphlets. A range of materials are available in more than 30 languages.
  • Information on A.A.

    Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

    AICP Awards Show, X Bar, The Liquid Muse and the Independent Television Festival,

    By Joy A. Kennelly

    Just returned from attending the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Awards Show tonight over at the LACMA with an actress friend. I like working the door of the show because then the rest of the night we can mix and mingle and enjoy.

    Here's a link to the show in case you're curious to see which commercials won. I love this this stuff because I love cutting edge creativity which I believe the advertising industry creates over and over again. What was interesting was to discuss the state of this business since it's turned upside down right now. I never realized how many advertising events I go to till tonight.

    Even though I'm in public relations, I appreciate good advertising. The ability to tell a story in 60 seconds is brilliant. That's why I think there's many talented commercial directors who move into creating amazing features as a result. I don't think it ever works the other way around though.:)

    Here's a few of my favorites from tonight - watch them and you'll see why (They're all good, but these stood out the most to me.)

    1. Vaseline "Sea of Skin" by Smuggler's Director Ivan Zacharis - brilliant talent - check out his reel on their site. This commercial is so artistic and all nude so it was only shown in Europe. It may offend some of you, but I love it. I think it's actually orchestrated by a famous artist, but I'm not sure. This company picked up 7 awards I believe.

    2. JC Penny Crazy Beautiful - fun to watch, but you've probably seen it already. It was cute to see again.

    3. Nike Zoom LeBron IV "Pool" by Epoch Films Inc's Director Stacy Wall. This one is so funny if you watch nothing else you must see this one.

    There's others, but I'm tired and have a meeting with the Hermosa Beach City Manager in the morning and other meetings the rest of the day. Yes, I'm doing it. Going to see what we can do to help stop the public drunken madness one city official at a time. I'll keep you posted.

    Oh yeah, the other day was interesting - here's one anecdote which should make you LOL as it did me. Met up with my new English actor friend and a group of his model, musician, director, actor friends at the Belmont again. He shared that he'd bumped into the Hotel Rwanda director at Les Deux the other night and he was wearing a t-shirt that said, "If you see the police - (then the logo) Warner bros (get it? Warn-a-brother?)

    I have had such a kick sharing that with all my friends. I think it's especially ironic since it was that particular director wearing it! Too funny. Spent some time catching up with my good friend/mentor Marcia immediately after since she lives right around the corner and we rarely see each other any more, but talk on the phone all the time. Ended up borrowing a skirt from her since mine was linen and horribly wrinkled. Thanks Marcia!

    The rest of the day was filled with a lunch meeting with Robin from LA Inc to discuss future media opportunities with them. While eating bumped into my technology friend Natalie Farsi who I only see when I'm dining out every few months or so - it's just uncanny how that happens.

    Then dashed up to Shana's to see her since we rarely see each other any more since I'm living in the South Bay and she's still in Hollywood. Drove back down to the South Bay for a doctor's appointment which I missed so took a quick swim to cool down and mellow out before running back to Century City to the new X Bar in the Hyatt Regency in Century City to hear my other friend Natalie aka The Liquid Muse teach  a class on how to make 4 different cocktails which was very entertaining and yummy.

    Ironic, eh? However, I like to support my friend's endeavors and she personally invited me to attend so... I was just careful to soak up all the alcohol with lots of delicious appetizers.:)

    Met the Hyatt hotel's amazing publicist, Jennifer Barry of The Barry Group, who I'd worked with on the hotel press release for the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau aka LA Inc. We happened to sit at the same little table and enjoyed noshing all class long. A little too spicy for me at times, but yummy nonetheless.

    I really must have a mixer there soon because the outdoor patio is really, really lovely - outdoor firepit, huge comfy chairs, cool, summer breezes, and nice music playing. There was a girl laughing rather obnoxiously, but otherwise, it was very quiet overall. Extremely enjoyable. This hotel is where a lot of high-end Hollywood events are held so if you're looking for a convention location - check it out.

    Then, once that was over dashed cross town to Hollywood again to Raleigh Studios (where I held one of my last festivals) for the Opening Night Gala of The Independent Television Festival and the LA TV Fest with a live performance by Biz Markie who was awesome! I had no idea what to expect and the friend I had invited bailed at the last minute leaving me to attend alone.

    To be honest it was really nice to be free to do what I wanted and I actually had a great time - better than I expected! The backlot was absolutely packed with young, aspiring filmmakers. There was an energy in the air I've not experienced that often at most Hollywood events - it was like they were all expecting great things to happen and the world was their oyster. That was a great vibe to be part of.

    Bumped into my Actress friend Esther and her girlfriend who I learned had been finalists that night which was great for them. Gave them a little boost and got them on the red carpet which was thrilling for them. Made me happy to help. We had fun creating fun pictures in their picture booth area.

    Also bumped into a friend I haven't seen in maybe 7 years and had fun catching up with her until this weirdo guy who'd been bothering me all night came up and interrupted. For some reason my friend thought I'd want to talk to him and bowed out. I quickly gave him the cold shoulder and he finally got the hint. ICKY! Not my type AT ALL.

    Now Shemar Moore, the actor, he is totally more my type and he was there. Yes girls, I gave him the flirty eye, but he had a beautiful blonde bombshell with him so I left them alone. However, later on I could swear I saw him looking at me. Isn't that so silly? Give a girl a break ok? It's been too long since a handsome black man has paid me some attention and I'm taking that to the bank.

    I had to wonder if he'd read my blog from awhile back when I was cooing about how adorable he was and maybe he was wondering if it was me or not. No, Mr. Moore, I am not a stalker. Just an admirer of all that's hot and sexy and that night it was you babe. Bring it on!

    Whoa, be still my beating heart. Okay, enough of the silly. What I really appreciated about that night was how multi-cultural it was. Years back when I was producing my film festival I always made sure to have representation of minorities. A filmmaker friend of mine didn't think it was that big a deal until I warned him he'd see it when he went to accept an award at the Kodak building.

    When he walked in, he was the only black filmmaker there. His first name is Marshall and we both thought maybe since his film wasn't like a John Singleton ghetto film, maybe the judges thought he was white and he was there by mistake. I wonder what ever happened to him? He was extremely talented and I used to have the biggest crush on him. It was just nice to see that now at least at this festival we've come a long way baby.

    Oh, I just remembered that tonight I not only enjoyed a great meal prepared by Patina, but I also bumped into my Redondo Beach editor friend, Nelson Brann, who edited the PSA I did a few years back for the Tsunami Relief Benefit I helped promote.

    I didn't recognize him, but he recognized me and gave me a big hug hello. I said I know your voice and I know your face, but I can't remember your name. Then it all came rushing back. He's grown his hair out and looks completely different now! It was fun to catch up with him and his wife.

    I also met the Publisher of the Creative Handbook, David Shapiro - great guy. We were having a nice chat, but I was distracted because I saw another friend, Sylvia Kahn, who I hadn't seen in more than 8 years walking towards me. She was part of my film festival days before I had my son.

    She remembered me too! We met when I interviewed with the production company she had been working at at the time and we stayed friends for quite awhile afterwards. Sometimes I think I go out on interviews just to make new friends! LOL!

    She's now working at Technicolor and we're going to "do lunch" soon. She's got this amazing new position and maybe there's some fun stuff for us to do together again. We'll see. You just never know who you'll bump into going out which is why I love Hollywood.

    Now that my back is officially well as determined by my chiro I'm back to my usual hobnobbing in a big way which I just love. Met an Executive Producer tonight who wants to talk biz. Who knows - could start repping a post house which would be very cool. I love good creative work which is why I ran my film festival for so long despite the low pay. Not no mores though - you pay, or you don't play.

    Okay, this is really all. I think the coffee I drank is finally wearing off and I'm tired enough to sleep. All in all, these past two days were a lot of fun and very good for meeting new people and catching up with old friends. Lovin' the variety!

    Now to see what tomorrow (or should I say today since it is almost 2am) brings... Sleep well!

    Try to make this cool event Thursday, June 14

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    invites you and a guest to the Opening Night Reception for


    Thursday, June 14th, 7-10 p.m.

    Rec Center Studios

    1161 Logan Street, Echo Park



    Hi Friend,


    We're writing you because you attended an LA-based event that we produced in the past, and we wanted to let you know about the inaugural West Coast presentation of The Creators Series, presented by our new company, Tomorrow Unlimited, this coming weekend in Echo Park. 




    We would like to extend a special invite to you and a guest to our opening night reception tomorrow from 7-10 pm at Rec Center Studios. We hope you can join us for complimentary cocktails and music from DJ Franki Chan. We've brought together a stellar group of artists from around the world, many of whom have not shown their work here in the United States. Their work will be on display June 14 through June 17 in our free public gallery, and all will be speaking in a series of panels and presentations Saturday and Sunday. Based on our experience premiering the event in New York City last weekend, the LA edition promises to be memorable.




    If you can join us for our opening tomorrow, RSVP to [email protected] by 3 pm tomorrow afternoon.  and this invite is strictly plus one due to space limitations. For the schedule and additional information about The Creators Series, please visit And please pass the word along to friends and colleagues whom you think would be interested in the weekend's programming.




    We hope to see you tomorrow evening,


    The Tomorrow Unlimited Team

                 The Creators Series              

    What is The Creators Series?

    The inaugural Creators Series is a weekend showcase of emerging creativity and ideas. The Creators Series opened June 8-10 in New York City, and continues on to Los Angeles June 14-17. The event features participants from around the United States and Europe who will exhibit work, deliver presentations, and speak on panels--with a few surprises thrown in. They include: 

    • Film futurist Matt Hanson, recently named one of Forbes' "Ten People Who Could Change the World" for his pioneering open source cinema project, A Swarm of Angels
    • Graffiti Research Lab, acclaimed by The New York Times, The New York Post, Wired, and other publications for their tech-savvy approach to street art
    • Sustainable design gurus Jennifer Leonard, co-author of Massive Change, and Sarah Rich, co-author of Worldchanging, in a special collaboration
    • Interactive designer Theo Watson, who collaborated last year with director Michel Gondry on a special traveling exhibition for The Science of Sleep
    • Webby Award-winning Net artist Jonathan Harris, who spoke at this year's TED conference
    • Multidisciplinary artist Chris Doyle, whose new video project, 50,000 Beds, features contributions from fellow artists like David Ellis, Marina Zurkow, and Kevin and Jennifer McCoy
    • French film and art trickster Nieto, whose innovative work brings a magician's sensibility to digital filmmaking
    • Up-and-coming psychedelic rocker Pop Levi, whose debut album, The Return To Form Black Magick Party, came out earlier this year on Ninja Tune.   

    And more! Tickets for this special conference are on sale now, but supplies are limited, so get them while they last.




    For complete schedule, tickets, and detailed information about all the participants and programs in this year's inaugural Creators Series, please visit We hope to see you there!