Closing this blog down soon and South Bay Professional Connection news

Since people keep checking here to see what The South Bay Professional Connection is doing now, just wanted to let you know we’re on hiatus for July due to a car accident and it being the summer and all.

We are currently thinking up wonderful new events to invite you to which will be announced on the new and improved blog site:

More info to follow. Thanks for popping by.


Arlene Bogna’s Honey “What’s Hot in LA!” final week to see…

By Joy A. Kennelly

I’m really bummed because I can’t figure out how to make this appear as an image because it’s so cool to see large, but I’m going to trust that you will click on the link that follows here bogna_experiencela_whatshot-11 to see for yourself ok?

My client, Award-winning Filmmaker/Photographer, Arlene Bogna is highlighted as What’s Hot In LA for the LA Cultural site – Experience LA! I just provided the information and they thought her work was hot, as in Paris Hilton hot.

COOL! Catch it will it’s up because the show ends on 7/18. Just had to share. I told Arlene that Honey is the gift that keeps on giving.

Thanks Honey!

Actor Domiziano Arcangeli to receive Golden Halo Award for Acting Achievement





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

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

Domiziano Arcangeli is being honored for his acting work in Italy and the United States in more than sixty films, ten television series and numerous theatrical productions, nationally and internationally.

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

Additional film appearances include a cameo in the Lion’s Gate comedy STILL WAITING, and a co-starring role in the horror film, FRANKENSTEIN RISING, to name a few. Domi’s recent television appearances include a lead role in the HBO comedy IS NUDITY REQUIRED? and roles in KCAL9 Biblical television series, IT IS WRITTEN.

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

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

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

The Southern California Motion Pictures Council Awards Ceremony honoring Actor Domiziano Arcangeli with a Golden Halo Award for Acting Achievement takes place Monday, August 4, 2008 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm at the Sportsman Lodge located at 12833 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604 818-755-5000. Dinner reservations are $25 per person and can be made via phone: 626 794-1968.


Actor Domiziano Arcangeli to receive Golden Halo Award for Acting

By Joy A. Kennelly

I just have to share this wonderful news that my client, Domiziano Arcangeli, has just been selected to receive the Golden Halo Award for Acting by the Southern California Motion Picture Council this August, 2008.

I just learned the news and have nothing more than that to report right now, but as soon as I have more information, you better believe I will be posting it here!

Congratulations Domiziano! You deserve it!

Just finished promoting the 15th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival online. Check it out!

This isn’t a media alert I wrote, nor an event I’m producing, but this is something I promoted online. Doesn’t it sound fun (lots of great Cajun/Zydeco music to dance to) and delicious too? Check it out!

For August 2nd, 3rd, 2008


The 15th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival serves mouth-watering Cajun Crawfish dinners prepared to perfection by chefs from Bristol Farms in the world’s largest crawfish steamer. Crawfish feasts include succulent red baby potatoes, buttery corn on the cob and a special dipping sauce.


The Recording Academy added a Cajun and Zydeco category for the first time ever for the 2008 Grammy Awards. Three of the Grammy nominees from this new musical category will be playing on the Main Stage on Sunday August 3rd. These “Grammy Night” acts are: GENO DELAFOSE & French Rockin’ Boogie, LISA HALEY & The Zydecats, and Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars. Also playing on Sunday will be Eddie Baytos & The Nervis Bros. introducing the “Cajun Quadrille” dance.
Acts on the bill for Saturday August 2nd are: Lula Almeida and Afro Brazil, Bonne Musique Zydeco, Pamela Clay & Catahoula, and the 2nd Line Saviors featuring Eddie Baytos.

Learn more:

International Food Court featuring New Orleans- inspired cuisine, Café du Monde-style chicory coffee and beignets, children’s area, dance floor, two stages and beach bars come together to create the most authentic Crawfish Festival experience west of the Mississippi.

Also, Mardi Gras dancers, Louisiana to L.A. Second Line Dancers, Arts & Crafts booths, Magicians, Storytellers and other special attractions direct from Louisiana!

August 2-3, 2008
Saturday, August 2nd: 12noon – Midnight
Sunday, August 3rd: 12noon – 11pm

Rainbow Lagoon
400-403 Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

Learn More:

Go Metro! Take the Blue Line all the way to the last stop in Long Beach. Walk just 3 blocks west to the Rainbow Lagoon. Plan your trip here:

General Admission Presale- $13 (Valid only for advance online purchase- $15 onsite)
1-Day General Admission Presale, including a delicious Crawfish Feast served by Bristol Farms- $25
Feast includes 2½ – 3 lbs. fresh live steamed crawfish, red baby potatoes, corn on the cob and dipping sauce. (valid only for advance online purchase- $33 onsite)

Presale admission discounts and special packages available online:

The Long Beach Crawfish Festival is proudly sponsored by Bristol Farms, Sierra Nevada, Clear Channel, and the Long Beach Sea Festival.

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 and Dr. Rainer Beck, along with South Bay Professional Connection Founder, Joy A. Kennelly, 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 Todd, hosted the evening and interviewed attendees, Chef David Linville, Surfrider Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, 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, and Spyder beach chairs donated by Surfrider Foundation.

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. 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 and 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 which guests:  Independent Producer, Ed Sanders; Senior VP Wachovia Securities, Mike Girardi; Skychick, Ramona Cox; Restaurant Consultant, John Bowler; and Manhattan Beach Resident, Colleen First; Paige & Coleman Interior Designer, Miriam Paige; Strong Project Sales Manager, Mike Pochepan; Chiropractor, Chris Ullman; Creative Director, Hermosa Shorts Festival, Tom Kearney; Manhattan Beach Stylist, Victoria Coleman; and others enjoyed.  


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 food.

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.


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

Artists Arlene Bogna and Gali Rotstein, Reminder:SBPC Surfrider Benefit TONIGHT!

This just in! Here’s a sneak peek preview of Arlene Bogna‘s write up in Art Scene with my update on her art show following and update on Artist Gali Rotstein as well. Yeah! Congratulations Arlene and Gali! You two deserve it!

More details on the South Bay Professional Connection’s Surfrider Benefit taking place tonight from 5:30pm – 8:00pm at The Shore Restaurant follows this wonderful news ok?


Arlene Bogna’s “Safari Americana” photographs make the viewer sink into a nostalgic reverie. They include color-saturated images of hulking man-made bovines standing like dumb, complacent sentinels in dark R.V. parks or empty dirt lots. They exert a strong whiff of this country’s historic car culture. She asks us to consider what it is in human nature, or the American psyche, that makes us delight in the sight of painted, three dimensional animals perched atop sign poles or hawking honey from flat bed trucks. Bogna’s images have the spontaneous feel of snapshots, yet the carefully orchestrated camera angles and artist’s repeated down-low perspective capture the sheer naive exhibitionism of the roadway animal signs.

Isn’t that a wonderful article? Click on the link above for more!

When we hit Arlene’s art exhibit this past Saturday night (lots of pix in this link) Safari Americana: Scenes of Delight it was packed when we arrived. Following are more pictures taken by Tasty Pie Pictures that are much more artistic than my style.

Just know, the pictures he took don’t accurately reflect how packed this gallery was although they’re very stunning. Apparently, this was the busiest the gallery has been all year! I’m telling you, that’s PR in action baby.

Arlene explaining Favorite The Director of the J. Paul Getty, Michael Brand, was there and checked out Arlene’s work which was rather exciting. So was Peggy Fogelman, who Arlene had spoken on a panel with earlier. Peggy is now at the Peabody Museum, but had been at The Getty prior to that which is cool. (They’re the twosome in the pix above.)

Arlene had a multi-media corner with a video of cows walking around and occasionally mooing. Then she had set up a cow bell that you could hit a button to hear ring. At one point it was so busy you couldn’t hear anything! Cow bell

You can see all the pix if you click the link above entitled Safari Americana: Scenes of Delight.

Just know, if you missed the opening, you can still catch the exhibit through July 18. Click here for a link to all the details.

Remember my other success story artist, Gali Rotstein? You’re going to be so impressed when you read about what she’s been up to since we got her into the Lois Lambert Gallery!

Gali has a show at the Finegood Art Gallery West Hills located at 22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307 with an Opening Reception from 2pm -4pm this Sunday the 29th. Call 818 464- 3218 for more details if you can’t read the invite as is –be there or be square!
Gali was one of 92 selected out of 2000 submissions to be in the DCA Municipal Gallery 2008 juried exhibition!!!!! Isn’t that awesome? Go Gali! For an emerging artist this is fantastic news! Check out to see more of her work ok? I believe new art is uploaded now.
Now for a quick update on the South Bay Professional Connection’s Surfrider Tasting Party Benefit at The Shore Restaurant tonight with host, TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd.


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 Restaurant1320 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

I really do hope you’ll consider joining us at The Shore on Wednesday. It just won’t be the same without you!:) Here’s the invite to entice you and share all the details followed by all the pix I’ve been promising ok?

It’s a worthy cause, great food, fun, pretty hostess, and lots of cool people. You can click on the invite to enlarge and see the words better. See you then!

June 25 shore flyer