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Shirley Pena

About Shirley Pena

A native of Southern California, Shirley Pena began her career as a music journalist over a decade ago, writing for her websites "Stars In My Eyes:the Girlhowdy Website" and "La Raza Rock!" and progressed to creating various fan sites on Yahoo, including the first for New Zealand singer/songwriter Tim Finn. From there, she became a free agent, arranging online interviews for Yahoo fan clubs with various music artists (Andy White, John Crawford, Debora Iyall, John Easdale, etc.). She also lent her support in creating and moderating a number of Yahoo fan clubs for various music artists from the 1990s-today. As a music journalist, Shirley Pena has contributed to a number of magazines (both hard copy and online), among them:Goldmine, American Songwriter, the Fresno Examiner, The Blacklisted Journalist and UK-based Keyboard Player (where she was a principal journalist). A self-confessed "fanatic" of 1960s "British Invasion" bands, Classic Rock and nostalgic "Old Hollywood ", she also keeps her finger on the pulse of current trends in music, with a keen eye for up and coming artists of special merit. Shirley Pena loves Los Angeles, and is thrilled to join the writing staff of The Los Angeles Beat!

In Remembrance of Keith Emerson: 1944-2016

It’s hard to believe it, but yesterday marked the first anniversary of the death of a beloved Progressive rock music icon: Keith Emerson. It’s been 24 years since I met him, but in my mind it was only yesterday. My … Continue reading

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Malibu Bluffs Park Will Host ‘1,000 Butterfly Miracle’ Event on November 13th!

On Sunday, November 13th at 2 pm, 1,000 living butterflies (all native to California) will be released in Malibu Bluffs Park, in honor of mentors and role models who make miracles in people’s lives. The event is part of the … Continue reading

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2016 Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards

“There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.”-Cesar Chavez This year’s Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards gala, held in the Crystal Ballroom of LA’s historic Millennium Biltmore … Continue reading

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“The Andersonville Trial” Onstage Now at Burbank’s Grove Theatre Center

“As we entered the place, a spectacle met our eyes that almost froze our blood with horror, and made our hearts fail within us.” ~ Robert H. Kellogg, Union Army Sergeant Major in the 16th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, Andersonville Prison, … Continue reading

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50th Anniversary César Chavez Legacy Awards Coming This Month!

“We invite you to join us in celebrating 50 years of justice, opportunity and change at our milestone Legacy Awards Gala. The celebration will bring together national and local Latino leaders from every sector of business, government, labor and education, … Continue reading

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DGA Award Winner Charles Haid Helms “Altman’s Last Stand” at the Zephyr Theatre

“Years ago, a now famous psychiatrist in London mentioned an Auschwitz survivor that he was treating. It had a profound effect on me when he told me that the elderly Jew had attempted suicide. That story continued to follow me. I gave this anonymous senior … Continue reading

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The Stars Come Out To Shine at Skylight Theatre Company’s Salute to Ed Asner

“Tonight I feel like I’ve been reborn, because through the many things that you have said, the memories that you have shared tonight, I feel like I have come to know myself all over again!”- Ed Asner, addressing the audience … Continue reading

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Skylight Theatre Salutes Ed Asner with Special Birthday Celebration

“I am both touched and flattered that the Skylight Theatre Company has chosen to honor me this Sunday, November 1st, at their 2015 Salute and Fundraiser. I am very fortunate to have had a long and wonderful career as an … Continue reading

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West Hollywood Celebrates Life and Love with 19th Annual Red Dress Party

What began as a vow between two bartenders suffering from HIV has become an annual West Hollywood event, which was joyfully celebrated last Sunday, July 19th, at West Hollywood’s popular bar Gold Coast. Bob Hastings, owner of the Gold Coast bar, … Continue reading

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House of Blues Bids Farewell to Hollywood with a Night of Oneness

On Sunday evening, July 12th, the city of Hollywood bid a fond farewell to The House of Blues with ‘A Night of Oneness.’ The benefit concert was held to support an emergency fund for Full-Circle Learning Preschool, which creates educational access for migrant … Continue reading

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