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Shirley Pena

About Shirley Pena

A native of Southern California, Shirley Pena began her career as a music journalist almost twenty years 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, Classic Drummer Magazine 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!

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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‘A Man and His Prostate’ Debuts at The Malibu Playhouse on July 11th

Veteran television writer Ed. Weinberger will be making his theatrical debut with his new comedic play ‘A Man and His Prostate’ on Saturday, July 11th, 7 pm at The Malibu Playhouse.  The play will also include a brief Q & … Continue reading

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Sonny Burgess and The Pacers to perform on June 12th at The Ink and Iron Festival in Long Beach!

Of the many legendary artists that Sun Records spawned in the 1950s, arguably its wildest was Rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess. With his band The Pacers, their performances went off the Richter scale in sheer energy and wild abandon, making even … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards 2015

“When we are really honest with ourselves, we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So, it’s how we use our lives that determines what kind of men we are. It is my deepest belief … Continue reading

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LA Welcomes Back The Babys With a Gala CD Release Party!

Wednesday night, June 25th, the legendary British band The Babys were welcomed back to the Los Angeles area music scene with a fun-filled party that celebrated the official release of their first album in over thirty years, ‘I’ll Have Some of … Continue reading

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Review: Super Duper Alice Cooper (Deluxe Limited Edition)

Described as “The first doc-opera” by its creators and distributors Scot McFadyen,  Sam Dunn and Reg Harkema, this ambitious (and at times fragmented) blend of rock opera, documentary and animation comes just this close to biting off more than it can … Continue reading

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CD Review: Last Day on Earth by Robert Nix

On a blazing hot day like today, with the temperature rising as businesses all over town are either closing their doors early or not opening them at all, the icy-cool sound of Robert Nix was exactly what my fevered brow … Continue reading

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