Sunday, February 26, 2017

The 10th Annual Toscars in Pictures

MEET A MEMBER - ALICE SARFATI

Meet Alice Sarfati from Miami, FL who moved to LA 6 months ago to pursue furthering her career as a TV presenter and producer  
Photo Credit:  Jora Frantzis 

Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
LA is the entertainment capital of the world and being a beach person (and Scorpio), the mix of Hollywood and beaches, made LA the right move for me!

What do you miss most from home?
I am half Cuban and half Romanian and I grew up surrounded by Cuban culture in Miami. What I miss most about Miami (other than family and friends, obviously) is having the stimulus of Cuban accents, music, food, and Cuban coffee around me all the time! (I love to say that the best thing about Miami is that it's so close to America! ;-) )

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? 
My first impression of LA was that it lacked soul and edge but as I've explored the city more and met new people, I've come to discover that this city has many stories, cultures and vibes and truly has something for everyone.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Miami?
LA is a big city with so much to offer! I love trying new things and this city provides a lot of wonderful opportunities whether outdoors (hiking, surfing, skiing, hang-gliding, horse-back riding) or indoors (comedy shows, broadway shows, tech talks, museums) so the biggest difference is that each section of the city can be explored as if it is a city in itself!

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Downtown LA has so many hidden gems to offer...The theater at the ACE Hotel is a stunning space and they always have fun and unique performances. 
The Clifton Cafeteria is just down the street from the ACE Hotel and has multi-levels of the most visually stimulating and varying themed rooms...my favorite is the 1920s era swing band live music room on the 3rd floor and the exclusive Tiki Bar on the top floor!
 Also, if you're a history, music or movie buff, the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo will transport you back to the 1920s for a throwback movie-watching experience!

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
LALALand can be daunting if you don't have a good support system...I recommend connecting with groups like Brits in LA or meetups based on your interests to find your tribe here. It can make it feel much more like home when you have like-minded people around you.

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given ? 
"The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." --Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh


I had the most life-changing experience this past summer at a Mindfulness Retreat at Plum Village in the south of France. My biggest takeaway from it was that being present is the greatest gift you can give another person, but most importantly to yourself. The key to happiness is to live in the now! 

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Are you working on anything at the moment? 
I am currently working on a "marriage" between my passion/obsession with travel and my background in television production with a travel-related project about wedding traditions around the world. You can find updates on my professional projects at www.AliceSarfati.com and updates on my travels on Instagram @AliceNWanderlust



WEEKLY HOROSCOPES Feb 11 2017


If you would like a private reading with Anne you can contact her via

Email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com
or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
Tarot and astrology! 

She is offering the following discounts
Brits in LA members $85
Brits in LA Key Members $75


Stargazing with Annie Shaw



STARS 

2/25/17

ARIES
Your ruler Mars is in charge of your life currently. Do allow him to inspire you this next few weeks to speed up your energy. He can wake up your ambition to start any thing new. It is also good time to look at what you can discard unwelcome thoughts as well as things. 

TAURUS
You should feel like you need get moving and get ready for the spring season. It’s possible you are not in the mood; however you will miss a lot of good stuff if you don’t. What ever is not working will soon be ready to be resolved.

GEMINI
What can you achieve this week is up to how willing you are to make the right decisions .A lot is expected of those who give a lot any way. Positive thoughts and actions will help you go forward.

CANCER
If you continue to hold on to grudges you will be on the wrong end of the stick.
This week in any situation that could require keeping your temper, bite the bullet 
or you will regret speaking out by the end of this month,

LEO
The powerhouse planet Mars is in a compatible position for you. Therefore clash with others you would not normally clash with. Keep a low profile and remember to think before you speak.

VIRGO
Any task you take on new will be not be easy to deal with in the next month and as this will last until the end of April you will be wise to stay low key. Taking time for your self is a good start. Gentle yoga exercise is the best way for you currently.

LIBRA
Travel is much on your mind and this can make you a bit antsy if you cannot get away right now. The clue is to make an effort to plan ahead and you will enjoy Jupiter who is visiting you and traveling slowly now.

SCORPIO
The sun is visiting your cousin Pisces these next few weeks and will soon be joined by Mercury. Your thoughts are fixed on relationships and often on your mind. Whatever you want can be, let life flow and it will. Remain positive in all areas life is about to be fun again.

SAGITTARIUS
Your lovely boss Jupiter is sitting in Libra until autumn .This will surely help you get a grip in some areas of your life. He is hoping you will not put your foot in your mouth which will get you into trouble.

CAPRICORN
The sun in your house of communications will assist you to get others to help. This will be a creative effort overall and its time to move it up your list of priorities.
Your week ahead will be busy and do not forget to relax a little.

AQUARIUS
You are probably feel as life is in some kind of turmoil or has been recently. While this may be true it is not overall and can be adjusted. Bear this in mind, what you put out in mind or deed makes it positive.

PISCES
The eclipse in your sign this weekend is will assist to all the way through until spring to help you to put your life in order. Only you know what needs to be changed in order to be happier. Take the bull by the horns now.
Happy Birthday!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

MEET A MEMBER - JAMES LONGMAN

Meet James Longman from London who moved to LA 1 year ago to pursue Television Producing on the Late Late show with James Corden


Was there a particular reason you chose LA?

I have been working in comedy TV for several years on such shows as Friday Night Project, Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Alan Carr Chatty Man and Never Mind The Buzzcocks but got offered a role producing the guest comedy segments on The Late Late Show with James Corden

I have always wanted to work in the US and this was too good an opportunity to turn down. My job is to come up with ideas for and to produce sketches with celebs like Matt Damon, Ryan Reynolds, Renee Zellwegger, Ice Cube and Zach Galifianakis to name a few.

What do you miss most from home?
Other than the standard things (friends, family), I am a huge West Ham fan, so I miss going to matches to watch us (lose) every week. On March 4th, I am putting on a
screening of the new West Ham documentary called ‘Iron Men’ about the move from the Boleyn Ground to The Olympic Stadium.
The film is great, and I thought the screening is a brilliant opportunity to bring sports fans together to share in the passion and the ups and downs of supporting a team. It should appeal to anyone who loves sport/passion, or anyone who loves documentary.

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? 
It felt quite daunting at first but now I’m getting to know the areas, it feels more manageable and welcoming. I used to zip around on a scooter in London, so needing a car was a new experience. Other than people trying to kill me on the roads, I’m starting to feel more settled.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London?
In London, my work was always very social, and people would be out lots of nights during the week. As there isn’t an amazing commuting system here like the tube, you can’t just jump on the train after a few beers. It's such a driving culture here. Everyone here is also a lot more clean living - when I first started at work, I suggested us all going out and one of the guys agreed and said he was organizing a hike! That wasn’t quite what I meant. Often I will go to a comedy club and the majority of people are sat there with water - you’d get kicked out of a comedy club in London for that!

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
I’m not a huge baseball fan but I walked past a tiny LA dodgers shop on Hyperion in Los Feliz the other day. Just a small room full of knick knacks and curiosities. I’m not even sure it was a store as it wasn’t open but it looked like something out of time. I’ve just tried to find it on Google and can’t - that’s how hidden it is!
marerestaurants.com


Food wise, my wife and I love Mare on Melrose (and soon to be in our neck of the wood, Los Feliz too) - have to queue but they serve you with toasted cheese sarnies as you wait - win win. And the tacos out here have been a game changer for me…

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?

There are a lot of minor annoyances moving country - Little Britain’s “computer says no” is never more relevant than here: 
the banking system feels antiquated (who still gets paid in cheques?!), getting a car, this weird credit rating they are hung up on, have I mentioned people will try and kill you on the road? but once you get past all of that, the weather is great and you’re never more than 3 hours from the beach / ski-ing in the mountains / hanging by the pool in the desert / hiking up hills. Career wise, LA makes you feel like things can happen. It’s exciting. 

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given?
Try and not be too British. It’s not generally in our nature to be direct, overly confident and out going, so you have to really push yourself. You don’t need to be arrogant but you should believe in what you can do, and then do it (or at least try to and valiantly fail).

Lastly, how can we find out more about you ? Are you working on anything at the moment ?
The Late Late Show is on Monday to Fridays on CBS and you can obviously subscribe to our channel on YouTube.

I am currently working on a feature script for a horror film after we made a short which got into the BFI London Film Festival.

Also, if you are keen to go to the Iron Men Screening on March the 4th,(and don't mind West Ham / football fans!),
 please drop me a line on longers1@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter at @longers1. I tweet a lot of nonsense but mainly bits from my show / film / tv and sport.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Brits On Stage

(and a few Australian & Irish ones too!) 

Make sure to visit us on Facebook @BritsLoveLA for ticket giveaways!

Long Day's Journey Into Night
at the Geffen
Starring Alfred Molina & Jane Kaczmarek
January 31st - March 18th
Great deals on tickets at Goldstar
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WHITE LIES
El Rey

February 15th
Tickets Here

+Steve Cooke
The Grafton Hotel

February 17th
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ADAM ANT
Observatory OC
February 17th
Tickets Here

Mark de Clive-Lowe
The Blue Whale
February 17th Tickets Here
February 18th Tickets Here

LOS ANGELES SCOTTISH PIPE BAND
+Queen Mary
February 18th
Details Here
+Goldstar have a great deal on tickets
Even some free ones available. Grab them quickly before they go!
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+The Staves 
Masonic Lodge +Hollywood Forever Cemetery 
February 21st
Tickets Here

RICHARD SHELTON
+Vitellos Jazz  +The E Spot Lounge
March 2nd
Tickets Here

SKANKING REGGAE FESTIVAL
The Shrine
March 11th
Tickets Here

VAN MORRISON
+The Theatre at Ace Hotel
March 17th Tickets Here
March 18th Tickets Here
March 19th Tickets Here

STARRY NITES FESTIVAL
Santa Barbara
March 18th/19th
Tickets Here

ELTON JOHN & HIS BAND
Rabobank Arena/Bakersfield
March 18th
Tickets Here

ERIC CLAPTON
The Forum
March 25th Tickets Here
March 26th Tickets Here

+Little Mix
opening for Ariana Grande

Honda Anaheim
March 30th
Tickets Here

ALAN CUMMING 
joins the L.A. Gay Men's Chorus in
HE HAD IT COMING
April 1st & 2nd
Click here for a great deal on tickets 
w/Goldstar

+Richard Ashcroft Official 
+The Wiltern 
April 3rd
Tickets Here

RADIOHEAD
Santa Barbara Bowl

April 11th
Tickets Here

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
Fox Theater, Pomona

April 13th
Tickets Here

+Two Door Cinema Club 
w/ Jack Garratt
+Santa Barbara Bowl 
April 14th
Tickets Here

+Coachella 
April 14th - 16th SOLD OUT
April 21st - 23rd SOLD OUT

NEW ORDER
Santa Barbara Bowl

April 18th
Tickets Here

THE ZOMBIES 
The Theatre at the Ace
April 18th
Tickets Here

AIR SUPPLY
+Saban Theatre 

May 5th
Goldstar have a deal on tickets here

U2
Rose Bowl
May 20th - Tickets Here
May 21st - Tickets Here

FRIGHTENED RABBIT
opening for Band of Horses
+Greek Theatre 
May 25th
Tickets Here

DEF LEPPARD 
w/ POISON
Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario)

June 14th
Tickets Here

ROGER WATERS
Staples Center
June 20th/21st
Tickets Here

QUEEN w/ Adam Lambert
Hollywood Bowl
June 26th
Tickets Here

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
The Greek

June 29th
Tickets Here

UB40
+The Greek Theatre 
 July 6th
Tickets Here

TCB CONCERTS PRESENTS

80’s Weekend #4

July 29th

DEEP PURPLE & ALICE COOPER
Greek Theater
August 13th
Tickets Here

 ERIC CLAPTON
+The Forum 

September 15th Tickets Here 
September 16th Tickets Here


Monday, February 13, 2017

THEATRE REVIEW: BECKETT5

BECKETT5 REVIEW
Odyssey Theatre, In Association with The KOAN Unit
Beckett5- Act Without Words II, ome and Go, Catastrophe, Footfalls, Krapp’s Last Tape.
Review by Catherine Siggins, for Brits in LA
30 January 2017



It seemed somehow fitting that the weather should have been suitably damp and Irish for the opening weekend of the KOAN Unit’s production of BECKETT5, a selection of 5 very different short plays by Samuel Beckett at the Odyssey Theatre.
What unifies these plays is Beckett’s lifelong exploration into the Sisyphean condition of man. His characters struggle, are trapped, and repeat patterns, without really knowing why, except that one must go on, until one simply doesn’t.
In “Act Without Words II”, two unspeaking figures A and B get goaded from their sleep. Each alone, they don’t interact, but go through the motions of their different lives, at times dragging the other across the floor; A, apathetically, B with energy. Glass half empty, glass half full.
Then there’s “Come and Go”, a play with a few words, 121 words to be exact. Three women sit in a pool of light, their faces obscured. They mostly sit in silence, trapped in formality, nostalgic for their youth, when love and marriage was a shared dream, which never came to pass. Each will get to know a secret about her two friends, but unaware of her own plight. Together alone.   
In “Catastrophe”, an authoritarian Director, and assistant, put the last touches to a staged event, which is only a Man standing on a box, manipulated, and made wretched, for the ruling audience’s pleasure. However at the end he shows his face, reasserting his humanity and freewill. It’s one of Beckett’s few political pieces dedicated to the then imprisoned playwright, Vaclav Havel, whose political philosophy was of anti-consumerism, humanitarianism, environmentalism, civil activism, and direct democracy, and who was instrumental in expanding NATO membership eastward. It resonates especially today.
A tattered ashen woman in “Footfalls” obsessively paces back and forth in a hallway, talking to her mother through a door. She stops only to answer her or tell a story. Her mothers disembodied voice can be heard, though as the play advances one wonders if it is not just a figment of the girl’s imagination, or two ghosts in a haunting. Past manifest in the present.
Krapp’s Last Tape, the most autobiographical of Beckett’s plays, let’s you watch awareness dawn in an old man’s eyes of how his decisions as a younger man, to choose his work over love and companionship, have left him alone, with only his recorded voice for company. It speaks to today’s anxiety and despair, felt by many much younger, when reviewing their social media presence against their desires and expectations, and their growing feeling of isolation in the digital age.
The KOAN Unit members, Alan Abelew, Diana Cignoni, Sheelagh Cullen, Beth Hogan, and Norbert Weisser playing Krapp, successfully bring their combined years of experience to the demands of Beckett’s writing. Director Ron Sossi and the production team have chosen to not stray from Beckett’s original staging and presentation, keeping the set design minimal, and lighting as dictated by Beckett, though Mr. Sossi has changed up the casting, giving Elizabeth Hogan two of the lead male roles, and allowed costume designer Audrey Eisner some freedom in Come and Go, clothing the women in bright pastel outfits reminiscent of the 50’s. He has also made Act Without Words II more a nod to silent film, then a mime.
If Beckett is your thing, this production makes for an engaging evening, and these short plays are a great way to experience a broad spectrum of Beckett’s exploration of life, death, loneliness, alienation and futility, and always with some wonderful dark humor.
BECKETT5 performances through March 5, 2017. Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes, with 15-minute intermission.


Brits in LA Newsletter

Greetings Britlings!

This past week I was in New York City editing my film @asst_ so being locked up in a darkened edit bay for 12 hours each day didn’t give me much room for inspiration. However I did get a chance to get out and see a couple of Broadway shows. The first was an amazing new musical called “Dear Evan Hansen” – a story of how even the smallest of lies can have the hugest impact.
It’s a wonderful show that I highly recommend and not just for the main actor Ben Platt, whose physicality and emotional journey will have you mesmerized from start to finish. I smell Tony in his future for sure. The other play I saw was the classic revival of “Sunset Boulevard” with the marvelous Glenn Close as Norma Desmond. I had never actually seen any of the previous productions. Patty Lupone originated the role in London in the summer of 1993 while Glenn got the nod for the first Stateside production, at the Schubert Theatre in Century City just a few months later, before the production moved to Broadway where Close won a Tony for her performance.
   The evening was like a throwback to Broadway’s golden age; the audience erupted when Close first appeared on stage, and when it was all over she even took FOUR curtain calls in perfect diva style. She totally embodied the role. It’s a terrific play and I loved that they have the orchestra on the stage the whole time too. Definitely worth seeing if you are in NY.
After a couple of days back in the City of Angels I’m suffering from some devilish flu! So as to not infect my loved ones with the lurgy I have reverted to walking around with a mask in the style of Michael Jackson….or a Japanese tourist. I am a conscientious sicky. I might look silly, but at least I’m cautious. I also went to the doc and got a course of antibiotics and cough syrup, I’m taking plenty of vitamin C, fluids and rest.


But I did manage to go to the opening of 946: The Amazing story of Adolpho Tips at The Wallis Annenberg Center of Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, from the British Knee High Company, who brought us Brief Encounter a few years ago. The Show runs till March 5th 2017

Not to get all political, but it seems like Saturday Night Live are having a whale of a time being satirical, Trump and his band of merry men are providing oodles of source material for them – Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of Sean Spicer was spot on last weekend and it seems Rosie O’Donnell is working on her impression of Steve Bannon. Can’t wait to see that one. Because let’s face it, in times like this we all could do with a good laugh.

Poster photography by Walter Tabayoyong.

Which leads me nicely to The Toscars. I am very honored to be hosting the show this year, following in the footsteps of Jai Rodriguez, Brian Dunkleman, Candis Cayne and Alex Newell. The event is set for Feb 22nd at The Renberg Theatre, located on McCadden Place in Hollywood. Tickets are priced at $100 and include open bar, food, screening, awards and laughter. Celebrity presenters include Lily Tomlin, Cynthia Bailey from the Real Housewives Of Atlanta and others currently being added to the mix. The sponsors are Beltran Brito Immigration Attorneys, Deep Eddy Vodka and Final Draft. Thanks to Cole Haan and Tikkun Spa for prizes for the winners. For tickets to attend visit www.toscars.eventbrite.com or click on the Image above.
We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating our tenth year of silliness!
Cheers, have a good week and stay healthy!
Craig Young

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