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Sunday, May 1, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - ANDREW JONATHAN SMITH



This week’s Meet a Member is Andrew Jonathan Smith who lives in London...


Seeing as you don’t live in Los Angeles how did you end up joining Brits in LA?
A friend told me how amazing it was after I was in LA for a month last summer — and she was totally right!


What is your impression of LA?
I love it so much — obviously Southern California is a place of extreme beauty, and coming from the UK it’s always nice to be in a bit of sun! But what makes LA really special to me is the friends, family and community I have here; it’s the city that some of the people closest to my heart call home.


Do you think you could ever see yourself moving to LA, if not tell us what keeps you in London?
After visiting last summer and falling in love with the city, moving to LA became the dream. I feel really at home here, it’s just a case of waiting for the right time and opportunity.


Do you have a hidden gem want to share with us?
Whenever my American friends visit the UK, I seem to end up taking them to Kahaila cafe in Shoreditch. It’s a cool place with great social engagement. All their amazing cakes and pastries are from Luminary Bakery: a social enterprise designed to equip women from vulnerable backgrounds with practical and transferrable skills for the working world.

Why would you recommend other overseas readers joining Brits in LA?
I’ve ended up spending a lot of time in LA over the last year and Brits in LA is great for constantly keeping up to date with all the cool events and opportunities that are going on — it makes me feel connected. It’s also great because you know you always have a place to go when you need a bit of advice!



We hear you have been working on an exciting project. Care to tell us more about it ? 

My short film, Jellyfish is being screened for the first time outside of the UK at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles as part of BritWeek.
The screening will be taking place at 1150 Olive Centre, 1139 S Hill St, Downtown Los Angeles on April 30th. I’ll also be doing an audience Q&A, so come on down and grab a drink and watch some short films!
You can get tickets from http://newfilmmakersla.com/tickets



I’ve also recently started pre-production for my next short which looks at the relationship between two cousins: one who sees violence as a means to resolve conflict and another who will avoid conflict at any cost.


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?
“Stop comparing yourself to other people.”
It’s so weird this compulsion that we have to constantly compare ourselves to others. Everyone has their own story and it’s not worth trying to bend your story into the shape of another one, because it just won’t fit!


Lastly, how can we find you on the Internet? 
twitter and instagram: @andrew_j_smith_

Britweek Celebrations

Greetings Britlings – 
Are you celebrating yourselves, after all it is BRITWEEK?!
Nigel Lythgoe, Trent W. Harmon and the night’s honoree, pop impresario Simon Fuller
Nigel Lythgoe, Trent W. Harmon and the night’s honoree, pop impresario Simon Fuller
It of course is “more than just a week”, it’s a couple of weeks of great British culture, arts, design and music. I was fortunate enough to attend the BritWeek Innovation awards this week at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City, honoring the best in Innovation. It was so nice to see so many BiLA members there, including Kim Morgan Greene, Guy Salisbury, Adam Beach, Claire Bullivant, Chantel Rickard and Matthew Wiseman from BAFTA/LA. I was a guest of Air New Zealand and got to sit at the table with one of the winners. This year’s winner of the last American Idol, Trent Harmon performed a couple of songs and Nigel Lythgoe led a Q&A with the evening’s honoree, Simon Fuller from 19 Management who has had quite the illustrious career, from creating and guiding the Spice Girls, to managing David Beckham and Annie Lennox, and creating Pop Idol and American Idol. He’s not quite as famous on these shores at that OTHER British Simon but he’s been called a ‘pop svengali’ in the UK and he most definitely deserved the recognition he received Wednesday night.
There are tons more BritWeek happenings on the agenda, including The British Invasion –  a glittery gala celebration of BritWeek’s 10th Anniversary on May 1st, an in-store promotion at the suave British clothier Ted Baker,  a Blind Scotch Tasting at the Pikey (both May 4th) and a performance by local rocker Steve Cooke on the 7th. I’m especially excited at the MonologueSlam UK event on May 3rd, – showcasing some great British talent – at The Chinese 6 theatre in Hollywood. A few tickets priced at just $10 are still available, so come join us there. Visit www.britweek.org for all the deets!
Kim Morgan Greene with Craig Young
Kim Morgan Greene with Craig Young
You may have noticed there is an election building steam in this country. I’m looking forward to hosting my Hillary Clinton fundraiser next week on May 4th… the event is titled May The Fourth Be With Her. It’s taking place at the Hollywood home of Maria Elena Infantino, who will be singing a couple of numbers for us.  Keynote speaker will be the mayor of West Hollywood John Duran. Tickets are only $28 and available here  – www.hillaryclinton.com/events /host/VWBUBBAWPVYCFJDU
Finally spare a thought this week for our Mayor of Breakfast, Bernard Skibbens, as he retakes his driving test this week. I gave him a tip to remember to check his blind spots as I remember failing as a cocky 25 year old just after I moved here. Never again. 😉
And remember as George Formby used to say “If I don’t see you through the week, I’ll see you through the window”.

Cheers and Brit On!
Craig Young

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Brits On Stage

(and a few Australian & Irish ones too!) 



JAMIE LAWSON
The Troubadour
May 4th
Tickets Here

STEVE COOKE
Dirty Laundry

May 7th
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RUDIMENTAL
The Shrine

May 20th
Tickets Here

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

FRIGHTENED RABBIT
The Fonda

May 24th
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

EC TWINS
LA PRIDE
June 10th
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

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

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



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

CULTURE CLUB
Hollywood Bowl

August 26/27th
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

BLOC PARTY
Hollywood Bowl
September 25th
Tickets Here

OH WONDER 
The Wiltern 
September 28th
Tickets Here

IL DIVO
Dolby Theatre 

November 17th
Goldstar Deal 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Woohoo! Brits in LA Have Passed 10,000 Members!

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Woohoo!
  Brits in LA has reached 10,000 members (and then some)!
Thank you to everyone who has been so instrumental in helping our community grow. Craig and I are very proud of the group and all of you. 
If you are still on the waitlist please drop us a line here and we will process your request as quickly as we can. 

 

Looking at our Facebook feed anyone would think you were all obsessed with food! Our most popular posts this week have been “Where Are the Best Places to Get Your Fish & Chips in LA?’ , ’14 Posh Places for Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles’ and ’11 Charts About Tea That British People Will Understand Instantly’

I want to know where to get the best Liver & Bacon in LA -

I am a little tired of Fish & Chips being the highlight of every British menu - the only place I know that serves a decent plate of L & B is one of Hollywoods’ oldest restaurants,  Musso & Frank (6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028) so please send me your recommendations to eileen@britsin.la and I will gladly check them out.

Foodie fans must come and join us for our weekly Breakfast Club at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood - they honestly do serve one of the best Full English Breakfasts in town - although I am on the fence with their tea making skills, however their coffee is excellent! Everyone is welcome and we really do have people from all walks of life and all ages - it is a great way to make new friends without all the fuss of an evening event.

Sandra Cowley shared a great photo of our beloved Mayor of Breakfast Bernard Skibben with one of our younger members - enjoying the latest issue of the British Weekly!

If evening events are more your thing we have our bi-monthly Pub Quiz at the Pikey with the dynamic duo Rob Pait & Marina Paganucci on Tuesday April 26th - full details can be found on our Facebook page. If you need a team to join get there for 7.40pm.
Not all questions are British based; red blooded American Mr Pait will make sure of that! The Pikey are actually listed as one of the best places to get Fish & Chips in LA too, so come hungry!  

Britweek has just kicked off - appropriately on St George's Day, and runs  through until May 8th;  lots of flying of flags all over SoCal - make sure to visit britweek.org for their full calendar of events. I am really looking forward to popping in to  the Mr Musichead British Invasion Exhibition on April 26th ( conveniently located opposite our Pub Quiz which falls on the same night),

Tickets are free but make sure to RSVP asap as it is bound to sell out - info found on the Britweek site. 

Lots of other amazing British themed events from Shakespeare to Street Art - if you are participating and have an event you want to promote to our British community drop us a line at britsinla@gmail.com . 

We also want to invite you to participate in our weekly Meet a Member feature - you don’t have to be British or have a glamorous job, we want to share your story with our members. If you are up for it or would like to nominate someone else contact us at britsinla@gmail.com for more details.

Look forward to hearing from you, especially those of you with Liver & Bacon recommendations!

Don't forget it is Mothers Day here in the USA on May 8th!

Cheers! 

Eileen
 

 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

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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

Meet Richard Bence from London

If you would like to be featured in our Meet A Member segment or nominate a friend or colleague email us here 


Re-opening May 19th 
Click here for ticket reservations 

LACMA made Purple Rain!


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.
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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!
 
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Join us for Brits in LA Pub Quiz at The Pikey
NEXT TUESDAY ROB PAIT & MARINA PAGANUCCI WILL BE YOUR HOSTS

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
 
April 26th - Marina Paganucci & Rob Pait
Sandro Monetti - May 10th 


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Yorkshire Square Brewery To Open Late-Summer

Yorkshire Square Brewery has long been a dream for Gary Croft and his family. Born and bred in Leeds and now a resident of the South Bay, Gary was inspired by his roots to open a brewery specializing in the cask-conditioned, hand-pulled ales readily found in the north of England. Unlike other area breweries, Yorkshire Square Brewery will have a full kitchen, serving up classic pub food with a modern Californian twist. With this combination of quality beer and delicious cuisine coupled with a stylish, welcoming space, Yorkshire Square Brewery is bound to become a destination for ex-pats looking for a bit of home as well as beer enthusiasts all over Los Angeles.

Yorkshire Square Brewery will be open for business by late summer and the Crofts hope to see members of Brits in LA at the brewery for a pint -- cheers! To stay current on all events leading up to the opening, please like the Yorkshire Square Brewery Facebook page at 
http://www.facebook.com/yorkshiresquarebrewery.
 
PASSPORT ADVICE

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

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AND TIPS ON KEEPING YOUR PASSPORT SAFE WHILE TRAVELING Here
 

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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
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