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Monday, May 23, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - CHARLIE PRICE

Meet Charlie Price from Cardiff, Wales, who moved to LA 3 years ago to pursue the acting dream! 

photography Leo Carmillio
Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
It's undoubtedly where film and TV reigns. I also have had a life long obsession with old Hollywood, to be here with Bette Davis and Rita Hayworth would have been my perfect dream. 

What do you miss most from home?
The people.... Family and friends. I think every Brit would agree, even though its not a language difference, American culture is very different. I miss the humor, the pubs, the green country sides.

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? If so why?
"It's bloody massive" It was just so overwhelming! Its like the Hunger Games out here. Everyone lives in their spaced out districts and a lot of the time, don't venture far from it if they don't have to! I still think this... I just have accepted that everywhere takes at least half an hour.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
I'm from Cardiff and moved to London young, so I have always lived in cities.... LA however is unlike any other city I've been to. That's mainly because of the lack of walking and amount of driving you have to do. There's minimal public transport so it really is a city that forces you to be car dependent.
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
That's one of the beautiful qualities of LA, it's so big that there's gems scattered all over the place! I'd give you my top 3;
- JET RAG on La Brea, a great vintage shop that has $1 sale on Sundays.

- WILDWOOD CANYON in Burbank, is a pretty tall hike with great views and rarely overcrowded

- TENANTS OF THE TREES cute bar in Los Feliz, I can walk from my house so maybe I'm biased ;)


What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
Get in a car as soon as possible, it's overwhelming and scary at first but the longer you leave it, the harder it becomes!

Give it time.... it is quite the adjustment in many ways so be patient and you'll start to fall in love with the place.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Brits On Stage

(and a few Australian & Irish ones too!) 




THE CURE
3 Nights at The Hollywood Bowl
May 22nd, 23rd & 24th
Tickets Here 

FRIGHTENED RABBIT
The Fonda

May 24th
Tickets Here

THE TWILIGHT SAD
Teregram Ballroom
May 25th
Tickets Here

BUZZCOCKS
The Mayan
May 26th
Tickets Here

ABOVE & BEYOND
Hollywood Bowl
May 28th
Tickets Here

 THE WHO
Honda Anaheim

May 22nd
THE WHO
Staples Center
May 25th
Tickets Here

CYMANDE
The Fonda
June 4th
Tickets Here

EC TWINS
LA PRIDE
June 10th
Tickets Here

BIRDY
The Fonda

June 24th
Tickets Here

NICK WARREN & JODY WISTERNOFF
Sound
June 27th
Tickets Here

RINGO STARR & HIS ALL-STAR BAND
Greek Theatre

July 2nd
Tickets Here

STING & PETER GABRIEL
Hollywood Bowl

July 17th
Tickets Here

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS
The Greek

July 27th
Tickets Here

UB40 w/English Beat
The Pacific Ampitheatre (Costa Mesa)
July 31st
Tickets Here

RADIOHEAD
The Shrine
August 4th - Tickets Here
August 8th - Tickets Here

ADELE
Staples Center
Dates from August 5th - August 13th
Tickets Here

FLUME w/Special Guests
Shrine Expo Hall (FOUR Nights!)
August 10th,11th,12th,13th
Tickets Here 

PETER FRAMPTON & LYNYRD SKYNYRD
The Greek
August 18th
Tickets Here

CULTURE CLUB
Hollywood Bowl

August 26/27th
Tickets Here 

THE KILLS
Fox Theater Pomona

September 2nd
Tickets Here

THE KILLS
The Wiltern
September 3rd
Tickets Here

JAKE BUGG
The Wiltern

September 13th
Tickets Here

THE MONKEES - 50th Anniversary!
Pantages Theatre

September 16th
Tickets Here

BLACK SABBATH
Hollywood Bowl

September 19th
Tickets Here

DEF LEPPARD
IRVINE MEADOWS AMPITHEATRE

September 22nd
Tickets Here

FOY VANCE
The Troubadour
September 23rd
Tickets Here

LUSH
The Fonda
September 24th & 25th
Tickets Here

BLOC PARTY
Hollywood Bowl
September 25th
Tickets Here

OH WONDER 
The Wiltern 
September 28th
Tickets Here

DESERT TRIP
Coachella Valley

October 7, 8, 9th
Tickets Here

VAN MORRISON & TOM JONES
Hollywood Bowl
October 13th
Tickets Here (Goldstar Special Deal)

BILLY BRAGG
Palace Theatre (DTLA)
October 25th
Tickets Here

IL DIVO
Dolby Theatre 

November 17th
Goldstar Deal 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

BRITS IN LA WEEKLY NEWS - MAY 7th

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EDITOR'S LETTER

 

 

So the big excitement of the week seems to be the announcement from Goldenvoice of ‘Desert Trip’ or  my preferred pet name, ‘Oldchella’.

It’s a brand new one off festival held at the infamous polo field in Coachella Valley. Fortunately it is going to be at a more dignified time of year, over a weekend in less unbearable October; cleverly avoiding the usual 100-110 degree temperatures, which us oldies tend to have little patience for. I am not sure I could endure that kind of heat even if Jimi Hendrix and Elvis were on the bill!  Brits and Anglophiles were all of a buzz as soon as the line up was announced. The Who, The Rollings Stones, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters all on the same bill!! Plus stateside icons Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who certainly have the clout to keep the American music fans happy. Many of you thought it was a joke when I first posted it as it seemed good to be true, but no folks, it is happening! It is so ‘grown up’ that they are even offering ‘floor seating’ and one day passes; which the regular Coachella festival used to offer in the good old days. And if you have $225 to spare you can even purchase ‘One four-course meal cooked by celebrated chefs. A welcoming cocktail, beer and wine are included’ Tickets go on sale May 9th but grab them quickly as they will probably be all gone before May 10th. 
Visit 
http://home.deserttrip.com for full details 

Talking of legends I had the pleasure of seeing the play ‘Marilyn & Sinatra’ presented by Britweek last weekend.


Not many people can be referred to by one name unless they have reached a certain status that usually means the public is intrigued with their every aspect. So it was fascinating to learn something new about these two; the story of their romance was unbeknownst to me anyway. Multi-talented Sandro Monetti will be taking this production out on an international tour this summer, so watch this space to find out if it is coming to a city near you. 

Sandro certainly has his fingers in many pies, as he will also be hosting Brits in LA Pub Quiz at the Pikey this Tuesday (May 10th) - always a lot of fun AND you might even win something. Lots of prizes plus the winning team take the kitty home - so the more of you that attend the bigger the jackpot! His last one proved so popular it was standing room only - so get there by 730 if you need us to help you find a team. Or drop me a line at Eileen@britsin.la

Any fans of Ewan McGregor out there ? We have a give away for passes to see his latest film 'Last Days in the Desert'.

Email us at
BritsinLA@gmail.com to enter. Winners will be chosen at random on Monday 9th May. 

Don’t forget it is Mothers Day in the USA this weekend - stuck for ideas? If you are over on the Westside Ye Olde Kings Head have your mothers covered and for those of you in midtown or Hollywood I suggest you pick up the phone or click here and make a reservation for afternoon tea at Wilde (aptly named after the mother of Oscar).



If you are a Brits in LA Key Member make sure to bring your fob for a 15% discount. and don’t forget to bring your mum (or mom) !

Cheers

Eileen 

 Codes to LHR have been updated - email us here
Our great discounts with Air New Zealand have now been extended through to the end of the year and work on flights to and from the UK, plus Australia and New Zealand too! If you need a reminder of the codes you can drop us a line at britsinla@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook. 


You don’t have to be British you just have to like us! 
If you have any questions or comments feel free to drop us a line at britsinla@gmail.com

Looking for a short term rental? Then visit Secret Garden in Santa Monica
Or email

cara@secretgardensantamonica.com

 
EVERY TUESDAY

BRITS BREAKFAST


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Air New Zealand

CLICK ON THE RSVP LINK FOR DETAILS
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Still just $15 including tax, tip and valet. 
Be sure to stop by for your full English Breakfast cravings.

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AIR NEW ZEALAND DISCOUNTS
NOW INCLUDING FLIGHTS DEPARTING LHR & ALSO NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA!

 
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Check out their delicious LA Fry Up!

10% OFF ENTIRE BILL for Member and up to 3 guests
(Must show key fob as proof of membership)

 
DISCOUNTS AT MANY OTHER RESTAURANTS AROUND TOWN  
INCLUDING THE PIKEY, CECCONIS,
HOT RED BUS, RASCALS, BIRCH,
YE OLDE KINGS HEAD, PALIHOUSE, ROCK & REILLY'S
and
THE STANDARD HOTELS!
 
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Have you subscribed to our blog The Anglo Files? Lots of useful information including this How To guide that Craig put together
Click here to check us out
 
Bowie Unseen
by
Markus Klinko

Artist Reception 
Thursday, May 19th
7-10 pm
Partial proceeds from print sales will be donated to Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. While this is a free event, thanks to Eventbrite, we are accepting donations with your RSVP (100% of your ticket donation will go to the charity minus Eventbrite fees). For those of you who would like to donate $100, we'd like to invite you to a private preview with the photographer Markus Klinko an hour before the opening at 6 pm while enjoying champagne & hors d'oeuvres. Only 50 private preview tickets will be available. 

RSVP HERE
 
 
THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY returns to Largo on 6/13 & 6/14! Click here for tickets 
Lots of live British music coming to Los Angeles over the summer

Make sure to subscribe to The Anglo Files to see if your favourite act is coming to town.

James Blake just announced a show at The Belasco for May 16th

Re-opening May 19th 
Click here for ticket reservations 

EMAIL THEM HERE
 
 
ESTA Restrictions issued
 
US Visa Waiver Programme
With immediate effect, passengers who've visited Syria, Sudan, Iran or Iraq or have dual nationalities with those countries will no longer be able to enter the US with an ESTA.
RAVON KNOPF DENTISTS
*BLA RECOMMENDED


We are always being asked about good dentists and so we would like to introduce you to  Dr. Nicolas A. Ravon and Dr. Kimberley Knopf.
They are offering Special Deals exclusively for Brits in LA Members!
 
At-Home Bleaching with Custom trays and 2 tubes Bleaching product $99
Dental Prophy and Bite-wing check-up X-rays and Comprehensive Exam $99
Invisalign $3900 

Have questions?
You can email them through their website here

Or visit them on Facebook or Twitter
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Beverly Hills, CA
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Join us for Brits in LA Pub Quiz at The Pikey

Questions not all British Based
If you don't have a team show up at 7.40pm
and we will find you one to join

UPCOMING DATES
 

Sandro Monetti - May 10th 

Craig Young - May 24th


RSVP HERE

PASSPORT ADVICE
IMPORTANT!
Make sure your passport is biometric. You can tell if it is if it has a little square on the cover like the image above. If it doesn't do not book any travel until you have had it updated.

Make sure your passport is not about to expire before you book travel. Visit our blog for details on how to renew your passport.

One of the most common questions we get is 'Where can I get UK passport pictures done?'

Thanks to Brits in LA Member, Mario, we now have a pretty easy answer!
A simple (and very cheap!) solution to finding a UK size passport photo
  upload to a free website such as 
http://www.idphoto4you.com/, then order a print online at CVS, Costco  etc. Total cost, 32 cents!
Not comfortable with DIY?
Then we recommend
Photo Center on Beverly Boulevard @ Fairfax

We have new info for applying for a passport for your US born kids

CHILDREN BORN BEFORE 1 JULY 2006

Take a look

AND TIPS ON KEEPING YOUR PASSPORT SAFE WHILE TRAVELING Here
 

DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE USA?
CHECK OUT THESE TWO IMMIGRATION LAWYERS
THEY OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS.
MAKE SURE TO MENTION
BRITS IN LA

Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped hundreds of Brits obtain visas into the USA.  
Call or
Email him today to find out how he can help you.

Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many of our members with the immigration process and has a very high success rate.  
He has helped many BRITS IN LA members through the citizenship application process too and is very experienced and thorough.  


You can reach him on (818) 981-0352
or
bernard@bernardsidman.com or visit his website HERE

John Campbell

For all your real estate needs, whether buying or selling in the whole Los Angeles area. 
Brits in LA special, if you would like a free estimate of the current market value of your house and a 40 page comparative market analysis

Please contact John on Tel 310 279 8117  or Email jcbh@kw.com   

Also have a great network of real estate professionals including lenders with unique programs for both US and non US citizens. 
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SPORTS AND FITNESS

Two matches in California 

      Chelsea Vs Liverpool 27th July Pasadena California

     AC Milan vs. Liverpool 30th July Santa Clara, California

here is the link to purchase tickets

http://www.internationalchampionscup.com

Anyone for Netball?
Such a great group of Ladies!
All ages and fitness levels are welcome.

Come and join in and make some new friends
If you fancy giving it a go contact Maxine here
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