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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Emmy Awards and Holiday?!?

Holidays and Emmy Award Season



Me with Michael Di Girolamo and Diane Lane at the Heifer international event mimicking Diane’s famous pose. 



Congrats to all the Brits who won big at the Emmy’s this past week including, Martin freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Moffatt. I went to a few events last week including Heifer International’s A PLACE AT THE TABLE honoring my good friend Ian Somerhalder and Diane Lane at the stunning Montage hotel in Beverly Hills. I was seated with the beautiful Pop star Nikki Lund and Fitness expert Sharon Yates, The British Weekly’s Sean Borg, Station Film’s Michael Di Girolamo who won the signed photograph of Diane Lane in the live auction, (see pic) The UKares Foundation’s CEO Fiona Harden and John Scott from Heifer International. The star studded event raised close to $100,000 for the fantastic charity that provides women in third world countries the gift of livestock and teaches them how to be sustainable and grow a business. visit their website at www.heifer.org to see how you can get involved.

I was also fortunate enough to be invited to the BAFTA Los Angeles Emmy TV Tea party, celebrating all the nominees. co-hosted by Jaguar and BBC America. It was held at the SLS hotel garden in Beverly Hills. It was so nice to see so many Brits in LA members there. Our very own Sandro Monetti, Don Haber, Bryan Bowen and actor John Mawson drinking tea and all looking very dapper. 
(3 beau-TEAS) Fitness guru Sharon Yates with actresses Hayley Williams and Joanna Hawkins at BAFTA’S Emmy TV TEA Party -



Also present was Brit actresses Tehmina Sunny, Nadia Jordan, Hayley Williamson and Joanna Hawkins drinking champagne with celebrity fitness expert Sharon Yates. The lovely Shirley Greene, Julia Verdin, Christine Peake, Louise Hart and Louisa Spring all looking beautiful and summery. The Great food, cocktails and a gorgeous ride from Jaguar in the new XJS supercharged SWB from the R-Series. A villain has to arrive in style right?

Arriving for the BAFTA Tea Party in style; courtesy of the Jaguar XJS Supercharged SWB
(Source: Cjarley Gallay/ Getty images)




What could be more fitting for the Summer holidays

Holidays! That’s a funny word ins’t it? Even after 15 years of being here, the language barrier between us still sometimes throws me for a loop. Sometimes i unconsciously find myself Americanizing (is that even a word?) words, for example “Can i get…” instead of “Please may I have…” Put it in the trash", "turn on the faucet," "Open the trunk”,  "Use the correct flatware" instead of cutlery, I’ve even started adapting the accent in certain cases. In restaurants… Water has become "WAR-DERRR" and Route has becoming "ROW-T” this was never more obvious than during a recent trip back home. Family members ribbing (taking the mick of) me about how many times I used ‘like' in a sentence.  I think this all started when i adopted my dog a few years back, she wouldn’t respond to commands unless i said them with a twang.  My best Barbara Woodhouse “Walkies” impression had no impact, but as soon as i said “Shall we go for a WARK”  her ears prick up and she headed straight for the door. So I’d put on her ‘leash’ (see what i did there?) and off we’d go for our hike.(again!) Anyway this got me thinking about the word Holidays. To us back home, it’s that glorious two weeks we get off during the kids school hols. A fortnight in Majorca, a caravan in Skegness, Sticky vicky in Benidorm. (okay, I’ll stop now, you’re probably eating breakfast.) While in the American vernacular, it simply means that period between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. To me, seems more like 'work' than a holiday. Christmas shopping, Decorating, Family obligations, Office parties,( I know, I know, Bah-humbug.) I need a holiday after all that. Or as the locals say ‘A vacation’ ;-) So now that kids here are back to school and summer is coming to an end, i know it’s hard to believe with this terrible weather we are having here. I add with much sarcasm. Make sure you make the most of it… Outdoor screenings, picnics at the beach, go discover all that california has to offer. It’s a lot! 

Cheers

Craig

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekly Horoscope by Anne Shaw




ARIES.
Good news in a matter of your feelings in regard to another .You may be in love or just relieved it has been sorted out. What ever this means to you, this week ends on a better note than for some time.

TAURUS

By the end of this month you will be able to see your way to having space in your life for new people or projects or both .What is definite to do this coming week is that you must lay low and rest.

GEM
The decisions you have been putting of will not disappear from your life any time soon .Its best to bite the bullet  and take a deep breath and understand that its up to you how you want your life to be now.

CAN
Well!  what ever happens now after the whirl wind of the last month you must be ready to taking a break away, however all is not over until the fat lady sings
You have to face up to what is not finished and deal with it. 

LEO.
If you look at what the current situation unresolved means to you then the faster you will change it. If you only knew what the other side of this was you would act and swiftly. Alls will be well by September.

VIR
This month coming up is your new year so act as if it’s a celebration and make sure that what happens this month ahead continues through until next birthday. Happy Birthday.

LIB

You are ready to clear away all the past dead wood which can mean many things to you keeping healthy and feeling fit being the most important .Take action to put this in order.

SCOR
Jupiter the luck bringer will be blessing you in the coming weeks as he sits in your house of career and power. A particular area of interest to you is highlighted for success as a result. The rest of the year in general will be good.

SAG,

Just watch that temper if things don’t always go the way you planned life is an adventure.
and you need to remember that child like quality which is so unique to you. You may be 
worried about finances don’t be!! Your boss Jupiter in Leo for a whole year is great news.

CAP

This could be the month that it all comes together or goes out the window it is entirely up to you how you make it work. In any other area of life listening to your inner voice is the clue to change what you most desire.

AQU
You will always get back what you put out and just be careful you don’t say to much to another  that can really blow your plans .Keep your thoughts or judgments to your self is best. You will come out on top in some kind of dispute if you keep calm 

PISC

You are reputed to be the most romantic soul of all the signs so this week proves it, if not to another then to your self. You need to take care of your health in general this next couple of week’s maybe time to start a general healing all around you.

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

Meet A Member - Kerstin Alm aka Mamarazzi

Not all Brits in LA Members are Brits - Meet Kerstin Alm aka Mamarazzi who moved from Sweden to LA 51 years ago to pursue a normal life with her Swedish husband
photograph: Anna Grayhek


Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
The reason for our emigration was a great interest in America. This was 1963 when the Sixties syndrome was flourishing at its peak. I got a job at the Swedish Consulate, had 2 children and returned to work at Finnair, the Finnish airline downtown LA. In the floor below was Air France and this seemed more exciting. Worked for Air France in their reservations department, got the job as a cargo sales representative (the first woman sales rep for Air France in USA) and finally got the job as Regional Sales Manager when my boss retired. Many great years with the French!


What one thing do you miss from home?
The Swedish light summer nights. May be some Swedish food, but otherwise I LOVE LA! 




What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK or Sweden?
photograph: Pierre Vauthey/Corbis Sygma
The lifestyle is different. Most Americans are light hearted and easy to deal with.
Swedes are more conservative. The climate is fabulous. i lived in the UK in 1956-1957.
Enjoyed London a lot and saw Judy Garland on stage plus Sir Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in a bloody Shakespeare play on stage. Titus Andronicus. 






Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
The fairly newly built complex Terrannea in Palos Verdes… A great place for  good meal
with nice people. Ports of Call in San Pedro is a great place to observe all the cargo ships which move in and out ofthe harbor. Los Angeles is the largest man made harbor on the globe and a very busy one. Ports of Call restaurant on Friday nights sitting outside during Happy hour. Free snacks and inexpensive wine, only 5USD for a glass of decent red wine. Well worth a drive on Harbor Freeway to San Pedro. 
photograph: Terranea

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? 
Have all your paperwork in order. Be sure you are ready to deal with the traffic in this enormous city. LA is a big place, which surprises people, even though they may think they know how it is.


Lastly , how can we find you on the Internet ?  
My website is www.mamarazzi.us.com  
Have photographed professionally since 2005 in Cannes during the film festival.
Since then been in Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Dubai and Doha during their film festivals.


Love meeting new people and I am a very easy going older girl!

Monday, August 18, 2014

MEET A MEMBER: JOHN PIRKIS

Meet John Pirkis from London who moved to LA three and a half years ago to pursue Hollywood.

john-perkisWas there a particular reason you chose LA?
I had been visiting friends out here over the past 22 years who were constantly urging me to move over here. On the last trip to LA before my move, I booked with a theatrical management (agency) and took the leap.
What one thing do you miss from home?
Battersea Park! I could see the park from my bedroom window, that’s how close I was. Loved everything about it! Strolling by the Thames, Albert Bridge all lit up, the Buddhist Temple, the bandstand of the weekend, Mister Softee 99 ice cream cone with Cadbury’s flake, Bonfire Night, wrapped up against the wind and the rain, kicking your way through the puddles and piles of dropped autumnal leaves, the birdsong, especially the Blackbirds. Mmmmmm!
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
My workload has shot up! There is a very definite and palpable shift in the number of auditions I am attending. Everyone is so supportive and positive around you. People will tell you that’s a by-product of the Californian sunshine. Perhaps, but I believe it’s more than that; there is a genuine held belief here that anything is achievable, and don’t take no for an answer.
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
So well hidden, I have only recently discovered it: Grub Restaurant at 911 Seward St in Hollywood. Tucked away in a residential street, a white picket fenced garden leads to the steps up into the 50′s-style relaxed interior of the cafe. They present Californian Comfort Food to die for. Their Tuna Melt has been voted the Best in LA, and their Crack Bacon (Secret homemade recipe), is literally addictive. Check ‘em out here: http://grub-la.com/
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
Do your homework! DO NOT just hop on a plane with a handful of dollars, no set place to rest your head, and set about knocking on the doors of agents, managers and casting directors ad hoc; if you attempt that, you will be very quickly hightailing it to LAX and back home. Come here, not for one week, not for two weeks, come for at least three weeks to get a feel for the city, to get the lay of the land. Investigate what it takes to secure a working visa, and what you can and can’t do workwise once you have that all important 0-1. When you are in tune with LA, it truly is the City of Angels, and you can spread your wings and soar. Until you give it a go, you just won’t know!
Lastly, how can we find you on the Internet?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BA-CALLING MORK - COME IN MORK

R-I-P - MORK AND BALL

I can’t go this week without mentioning the tragic loss of two Hollywood icons, two of the 'greats’ to ever grace our silver screen.
As we choose to live here, most of us will admit it, that part of the draw was the glitz and the glamour of it all.  The images and films we saw when we were kids sucked us in and started our love affair with Hollywood. Today through the powers of social media, we get our news far more quickly. "Whats trending?.” A few years back we would read the newspapers (like this one, of course) and watch the evening news  - These and the radio were our only a few sources of news available. Or perhaps overhearing a conversation at the club pub.  But I’ve began to notice on our facebook walls and twitter feeds that they have become instant memorials and obituruies for those public figures who are now dancing with the angels. A virtual grave site if you will, where we can express our feelings about those we didn’t even know. I remember hearing the news about Princess Diana’s death on a car radio, on my way to milk some cows in Devon. It was the first time i cried over a public figure's passing. Most Americans will more than likely remember where they were on the day Kennedy was shot or the day Marilyn was found dead. Can you imagine if social media was around then, I imagine it would have caused an internet blackout! Which brings me to.. 

Where were you when Robin Williams died. 

“In front of my computer screen.” This doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. does it? Staring at my samsung galaxy, or my iphone 5. However the emotion i felt was the same for Robin, if not more heightened as I watched friends share videos, images and words of condolences. I was actually a complete wreck over Robin’s death (A man, I never knew, that I only saw once walking around Fred segal’s looking very trendy one hot friday afternoon.) But he was the man I grew up with on my TV screen. I wanted to be Robin Williams when I grew up. He was funny, caring, kind, talented, a good father, a great friend to Mind.I felt like I knew him. And the outpouring on social media was overwhelming, friends posting as if  they too had lost a love one, chocked me up even more. 


So what is it about the famous that we feel so attached too? Why do we feel a tragic sense of loss when they leave our planet? (perhaps back to Ork) Could it be our own mortality staring us in the face? A sharp reminder of our own demons tapping us on the shoulder? Empathy for our own family and loved ones? Perhaps it’s all of the above. Whatever it is, it proves that even in this age of computers and interconnectivity, we are still capable of genuine emotion.  And that can;t be a bad thing, can it? Then came the news of actress Lauren Bacall, a stunningly beautiful icon of the golden era of celluloid. who first said the famous line “You just put your lips together and whistle.” The last living star that Madonna sang about in “Vogue.” who died the very next day. Again the number one trending topic on all media platforms. With the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Our own Bob Hoskins,and James Garner among many more, I feel that the "In Memoriam" section at the Oscars this year will have to extend their running time or even give it it’s own show. Please no more celebrity deaths this year please, i dont think social medias emotions can take it. ;-( 



Our hearts go out to all family and friends of the departed.

LEGIT BRIT - THE ONE I LOVE

Review August 08, 2014
Reviewer: Catherine Siggins

The One I Love
Director Charlie McDowell
Starring Elizabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, & Ted Danson.

On general release from the 22nd August comes the deeply satisfying and funny feature debut of emerging director Charlie McDowell, The One I Love.

Young married couple, Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elizabeth Moss), are in crisis. Much to their disappointment, their marriage didn't turn out to be the couples equivalent of Ferris Bueller's Day Off as it had promised at the start. It's been just over a year of marriage and the thrill they felt when they first met, brought on by a midnight adventure of being caught trespassing in a neighbors pool, has given way to the suspicion that they may have made a mistake, and a desiderium to reclaim that feeling, no more so as Ethan strayed off the reservation in search of thrills with another. To save the sinking ship, they go seek the help of an overly candid couples therapist (Ted Danson), who in the shadow of dissonant defeat, sends them on a weekend to an idyllic house retreat, a place so romantic, so special he tells them, it has been the saving grace of many of his clients marriages. A beautiful home, achingly stylish in lush gardens, with pool, and guest house over the hedge. 

From there the film unfolds how you would expect. Ethan and Sophie engage in the usual romantic activities, and loaded conversations, of a couple on a mission to rekindle romance. There is hope. However, while exploring the grounds, Sophie enters the guest house and has rather an unexpected experience, that is everything and more then she hoped for, but sets in motion the true test to their marriage, and perhaps their very understanding of themselves.

To say more would totally spoil this film, which is part romantic comedy, part fantasy, and definitely as they say in the film, something out of the Twilight Zone. This well crafted indie dramedy is a surprise, although the quality of the performances is everything you would expect from it's stars, Moss and Duplass. These actors work fantastically together, a fine mixture of chemistry and emotional depth. One can't help but get caught up with them in their struggle between their commitment to each other and their hearts desire.

Beautifully shot on location by seasoned cinematographer Doug Emmett at a friends property in Ojai, where McDowell grew up, this film was a hit at Sundance this year, and has rightly earned McDowell much praise. Screenwriter Justin Lader and director have in this film asked questions very much on contemporary adults minds, how to have a successful marriage and keep the chemistry alive, though sprinkled with essence of the surreal. 

Apart from being highly enjoyable, I can guarantee this movie most certainly will create some lively apr├ęs-movie conversation. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

L.A. Theatre Celebrating 40 Years!

You won’t want to miss this!

L.A. Theatre Works’ 2014-15 season of 10 radio theater productions
and a national tour mark the company’s 40th anniversary

L.A. Theatre Works is a national theatrical treasure
— The Philadelphia Inquirer



LOS ANGELES  (Aug. 6, 2014) – L.A. Theatre Works celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014-15 with a season of ten radio-theater productions, each recorded by a star-studded cast in front of a live audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. All performances take place at the 300-seat, acoustically vibrant James Bridges Theater located on the campus of UCLA in West Los Angeles. In addition, the company heads out on its 10th annual national tour.

Highlights of the upcoming season include the recording of Nina Raine’s West End and off-Broadway hit Tribes by original off-Broadway cast members Russell Harvard, Susan Pourfar and Mare Winningham; Tony Award-nominated performances by Broadway cast members Claudia Shear, Bob Stillman and Kevin Chamberlin in Shear’s Dirty Blonde; and Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife starring Jefferson Mays, who will record his Tony Award-winning tour-de-force performance as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Five performances of John Ball’s noir thriller In the Heat of the Night, adapted for the stage by Matt Pelfrey, will kick off a 21-city national tour set for October through March.

L.A. Theatre Works will also celebrate the 100th birthdays of two literary giants: a distinguished cast of Welsh and Welsh-American actors including Kate Burton, Laura Evans, Andrew Howard, Jason Hughes, Christopher Monger and Matthew Rhys will create a landmark recording of Under Milk Wood to honor the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), and Edward Asner, Hector Elizondo and Jane Kaczmarek will headline the cast of an L.A. Theatre Works original docudrama about Arthur Miller (1915-2005).

“Although we’ve been around for four decades, L.A. Theatre Works took a leap in the mid-80s in how we bring great theater to audiences everywhere,” says producing director Susan Loewenberg. “While the technology behind how we get theater to millions of global audience members keeps changing, the one constant continues to be great dramatic content. L.A. Theatre Works has an unwavering commitment to presenting and producing the highest quality, most exciting and meaningful plays of yesterday, today and tomorrow with stellar casts.”


When Loewenberg and several colleagues founded L.A. Theatre Works, then known as “Artists in Prison,” in 1974, the company’s goal was to use theater as the tool to provide a voice for unheard and under-served communities including incarcerated adults. In the 1980s, LATW began producing highly theatrical and new works from the U.S. and abroad, introducing Los Angeles to writers such as Steven Berkoff, Jon Robin Baitz, Milton Sanchez Scott, John Steppling, John Godber, Franz Xavier Kroetz, Peter Handke and Timberlake Wertenbaker. During this period, the organization received numerous Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Best Production awards, was in on the first round of Kennedy Center grants for new work, was chosen to participate in the Olympic Arts Festival, toured the Coyote Cycle to Yugoslavia and sent two plays on to New York. The establishment of L.A. Classic Theatre Works in 1987 led to the audio recording of Sinclair Lewis’ Babbitt, and subsequently to The Play’s The Thing live-in-performance radio theater series, which had its first season in 1989. Today, L.A. Theatre Works produces and records 10 plays a year at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater in addition to recording plays in the studio.

L.A. Theatre Works stands apart in its approach to making great theater widely accessible and affordable, bringing plays into the homes and classrooms of millions of theater lovers, teachers and students each year via public radio; the internet; iOS and Android-compatible apps; and availability on iTunes, Amazon, audible.com and in over 11,000 libraries across the U.S. In addition, L.A. Theatre Works recordings are distributed, free of charge, along with study guides, to thousands of middle and secondary schools. The L.A. Theatre Works catalog of 500 recorded plays is the largest archive of its kind in the world.

The schedule for L.A. Theatre Works’s 40th Anniversary Season is as follows:

Sept. 18-21:
Under Milk WoodOpening its 40th Anniversary Season and paying homage to the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas on the 100th anniversary of his birth, L.A. Theatre Works records his immortal “play for voices” with a distinguished cast of Welsh and Welsh-American actors. Sara Sugarman directs Kate Burton (Scandal), Laura Evans (BBC’s The Basil Brush Show), Andrew Howard (Limitless, Hatfields and McCoys), Jason Hughes (Midsomer Murders), Christopher Monger (director, The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) in Thomas' intensely beautiful, poignant and sublimely funny linguistic tour-de-force about the salty little fishing village of Llareggub — an enchanted spot where the wicked are forgiven and their indiscretions transformed into rich fuel for comedy. Featuring original music composed by Matthew Gold (Doctor Who).

Oct. 16-19:
In the Heat of the Night — L.A. Theatre Works kicks off a national tour with five performances of John Ball’s sizzling 1965 noir thriller, adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Matt Pelfrey. Based on the award-winning novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series, this off-Broadway hit pits a visiting black detective from California against a small Alabama town simmering with anger over desegregation. The play, a fitting reflection of America in the 1960s, remains provocative, timely and uncomfortably relevant. Following the L.A. run, the radio theater production heads out on tour to 21 cities across the U.S. (Oct. 24-March 9). Directed by Brian Kite and starring Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Sweeney HammondKalen Harriman, Travis Johns, Darren Richardson and Tom Virtue.

Nov. 13-16:
Racing Demon
— The first play in David Hare’s trilogy dealing with British social institutions in the aftermath of Thatcherism focuses on four Church of England clergymen who are attempting to minister to an economically and racially mixed parish in South London’s Southwark diocese. More than 20 years after its groundbreaking debut at London’s National Theatre (winner, Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play), the questions raised by this modern classic — from the relevancy of religion in today’s world to the issue of gays and women as priests — ring more resoundingly than ever. Starring Alan Mandell and Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), and directed by Rosalind Ayres.

Dec. 11-14:
Cyrano de Bergerac — For over a century this soaring story of passion, honor, romance and the heartbreak of unrequited love has celebrated the optimism and resilience of the human spirit like no other. Hamish Linklater (The Newsroom) stars as Cyrano, France's greatest swordsman and a distinguished poet whose many talents and whimsical aptitude for the spoken word are overshadowed by an attribute that is iconic, outrageous and gigantic — his nose. How can the curiously snouted Cyrano ever hope to win the affections of the beautiful Roxane? Also featuring Geoffrey Arend (upcoming CBS series Madame Secretary), Gregory Itzin (Covert Affairs) and David Krumholtz (Numb3rs), and directed by Martin Jarvis.

Jan. 29-Feb. 1:
Intelligence-Slave
Kenneth Lin’s startling tale is based on real events. We have all heard countless tales of the Holocaust: some heartbreaking, some inspiring — but few will have heard of Curt Herzstark, an Austrian industrialist and concentration camp prisoner. This deeply moving drama reveals how Herzstark was sent by the Nazis to an underground salt mine, where he began experimenting with a device that would become one of the most significant inventions of the 20th century: the hand-held calculator. Directed by Matt August, featuring Dakin Matthews and Josh Stamberg, and presented as part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

March 12-15:
Tribes
— Original off-Broadway cast members Russell Harvard, Susan Pourfar and Mare Winningham star in Nina Raine’s savage, funny look at family dynamics and the challenges of communication. Billy has been deaf since birth, but his hilariously narcissistic family has never learned sign language. In fact, until he meets Sylvia, who is fluent in ASL, Billy has never in his life been heard or understood by anyone. Teeming with rich characters and revolutionary dialogue, this critically-acclaimed West End and off-Broadway sensation boldly asks some of life’s hardest questions: what is communication and understanding, and can we truly have it — with anyone? Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding Play.

April 16-19:
Arthur MillerA Life — Celebrating the 2015 centennial of the great American playwright, this world premiere docudrama starring Edward Asner, Hector Elizondo and Jane Kaczmarek reveals the events in Arthur Miller’s life that shaped some of the most iconic plays in modern history. Get a glimpse into Miller’s Depression-era adolescence. Journey into the McCarthy era and Miller’s complicated relationships with director Elia Kazan and Marilyn Monroe; and, later, his marriage to Inge Morath. Arthur MillerA Life sheds rich and lasting light on the life and art of a profound man. Directed by Kate McAll.

May 14-17:
Dirty Blonde
— L.A. Theatre Works reunites one of the few Broadway casts in history to be entirely nominated for individual Tony Awards — Claudia Shear, Bob Stillman and Kevin Chamberlin — in this touching and hilarious tribute to Mae West. The 1930s film star comes roaring back to life when two super-fans meet at her grave and form a hesitant friendship. Together, their celebrity fantasies form a strikingly human portrait of America’s wittiest sex symbol.

June 18-21:
I Am My Own Wife
—  Jefferson Mays recreates his Tony Award-winning role as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in the solo play that swept the 2004 awards season, garnering Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre Awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating real-life story of a German transvestite who managed to survive both Nazi rule and the repressive East German Communist regime, hiding in plain sight for over fifty years.

July 16-19:
The Whipping Man — Why is this night different from all other nights? For three Richmond Jews gathered around a makeshift Seder table at the close of the Civil War — one a former Confederate soldier (Jonathan Groff), two his former slaves — age-old questions of justice and freedom find new and surprising answers. Matthew Lopez’s riveting and richly complex story has been hailed as “emotionally potent” by The New York Times, “wonderfully satisfying” by the Village Voice and “gripping” by the Los Angeles Times. Winner of the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the New York Outer Critics Circle. Directed by Judyann Elder.

L.A. Theatre Works has been the foremost producer of radio theater in the United States for over 25 years, bringing the finest recorded dramatic literature to millions of listeners every week. L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series airs weekly on public radio stations nationwide, including KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles (98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, 99.5 FM in Ridgecrest/China Lake and 93.7 FM in Rancho Bernardo/North San Diego); KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco; KRCB 91.1 FM, Santa Rosa; KUOW 94.9 FM, Seattle; and in over 75 markets nationwide.

All performances of L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theater series take place at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m., and are recorded live-in-performance (without sets or costumes). The James Bridges Theater is located in Melnitz Hall on the campus of UCLA, at 235 Charles E. Young Dr., Los Angeles CA 90095. Enter UCLA off Sunset Blvd. and Hilgard, and park in Lot 3 on the lower level. Tickets range from $15$60. Assisted listening devices are available. For more information and to purchase season subscriptions or single tickets, call 310-827-0889. To view the season brochure and order online, go to www.latw.org.

Major institutional support for L.A. Theatre Works is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Bilger Foundation; The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; Elizondo/Campbell Family Foundation; Hotel Angeleno; Hugo’s Restaurants; KPFK 90.7 FM; Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Los Angeles Social Venture Partners; National Endowment for the Arts; Peter Glenville Foundation; SONY Pictures Entertainment; and WHH Foundation.
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Weekly Horoscope from Anne Shaw


Stargazing with Annie Shaw


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ARIES: Your health should be a priority this month ahead, so if you are planning doing anything that could jeopardize it take heed and put it off until September.
TAURUS: Whatever you are thinking you feel is probably not the truth. Take note the planets that affect you are going backwards so you cannot trust what feel. Be careful when a sometime friend tells you a secret.
GEMINI: You will have to make haste to put right any unfinished emotional business that is still hovering in the back of your mind. It’s best to lay low this week ahead with tried and true friends. Jupiter is working financial magic.
CANCER: Plans are delayed this week due to a change in outside matters. Remember a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, this will ring true in a family situation this coming week. You should start that saving plan right now.
LEO: Movement of some kind is all around you this coming month even if nothing has come forward for you yet. You would be wise to celebrate your birthday with a small group of close family or friends this year.
VIRGO: You will be getting a break this coming month due to positive planets helping you along. The last couple of years’ problems are receding. It’s a lucky time frame this weekend. Happy Birthday.
LIBRA: You will find you can deal with life much better when you sort out any relationship problems. Mars in your money house will help you, maybe others will also. Be fun and flirt; love is coming sooner than you think.
SCORPIO: Jupiter the luck bringer will be blessing you in the coming weeks as he sits in your house of career and power. A particular area of interest to you is highlighted for success as a result. The rest of the year in general will be good.
SAGITTARIUS: Just watch that temper if things don’t always go the way you planned; life is an adventure and you need to remember that child-like quality which is so unique to you. You may be worried about finances – don’t be!! Your boss Jupiter in Leo for a whole year is great news.
CAPRICORN: This could be the month that it all comes together or goes out the window – it is entirely up to you how you make it work. In any other area of life listening to your inner voice is the clue to change what you most desire.
AQUARIUS; You will always get back what you put out and just be careful you don’t say too much to another that can really blow your plans. Keep your thoughts or judgments to yourself is best.
PISCES:  You are reputed to be the most romantic soul of all the signs so this week proves it, if not to another then to yourself. You need to take care of your health these next couple of weeks… maybe time to start a general healing all around you.


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Papal Progress, poppies and our very own talent members

Papal progress, poppies and our very talented members…

Hi Everyone: 
More changes afoot...
More changes afoot…
How are you? How many times do you find yourself being asked this question without the other person waiting for a real response? Or perhaps you are culprit of this too?  Often people say it just to be polite or out of habit, before they jump into what they really want to ask you. I’m ashamed to say that I catch myself doing it all the time, but I have decided to make a real effort, even if it means I get bombarded with lists of ailments!
I do think we need to counteract all the horrid fighting going on around the world and take a leaf out of Pope Francis’ book. Treat those around us with a little bit more care and consideration, as it is so easy to take friends and family for granted. I am not at all religious, but I love this Pope! He just released his top 10 tips for achieving personal happiness. It’s full of simple and fairly obvious pointers, like “Live and let live’ or “ Sunday is for family’, but there are a couple of surprises too.
My favorite was “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes.“
It really is inspiring to witness someone of such a high ranking and so much influence  actually practice what they preach and particularly refreshing  for a head of a religious body to request his community don’t pressure their neighbors to convert to Catholicism. Pope Francis is planning a trip to the US in 2015 – however much I admire him, I still don’t want a Pope-mageddon in LA! Visit our blog The Anglo Files for the complete list of his happiness tips.
Craig is still off on his travels – make sure to follow his jaunt on Instagram @CRAIGYOUNG26 He has posted some gorgeous pictures of London tourist attractions, including one of my favorites, The Tower of London with its the stunning ceramic poppy installation – it is there till November 11th and is to mark the centenary of WWI. You can purchase one of the actual poppies via their website (I just bought one – very quick and easy plus they ship worldwide) at: poppies.hrp.org.uk. All proceeds go to six service charities and won’t be shipped until the installation has closed.
Pub Quiz is on hiatus for the rest of the summer, but we promise to bring it back in the Autumn. In the meantime we still have our weekly Breakfast Club at Cecconi’s , plus a Sunday Roast on August 24th. All details can be found on our website or feel free to drop me a line at eileen@Britsin.LA
We have also updated our ‘Applying for a British Passport’ page to reflect the new changes – which includes free extensions for those of us overseas.
And don’t forget to check out our Members Corner too. Lots great events coming up including two plays about Marilyn Monroe (this week’s featured Meet A Member, Erin Gavin, is in one of them) plus the very talented Maria Infantino and Ewan Chung are back at Sofitel (8555 Beverly Blvd opposite the Beverly Center) next Tuesday August 12th at 8pm.
All info can be found on our blog (britsinla.blogspot.com).
Look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.

Cheers!
Eileen 

LEGIT BRIT: ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

LEGIT BRIT

Review August 4, 2014


Reviewer, Catherine Siggins
"All's Well That Ends Well"
Theatricum Botanicum, Topanga Canyon


So let me ask you, what should an educated young woman do when she falls madly in love but is rejected, by the object of her affection, for being of a different class and beneath him? The correct answer is kick him to the curb. However, that would make for a very short play, so Shakespeare's heroine, Helena (much like Helena in Midsummer's) obsessively sets out to win a rather unworthy man by risking death, faking her demise, and setting a honey trap to bed her unwilling husband, proving the adage "All cats look grey in the dark". Sounds fun right?! 


To celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Theatricum Botanicum Theatre company is staging "All's We'll That Ends Well" in their All-Shakespeare Repertory Season. Helena, daughter of a famous doctor, as fallen for her guardian's son, Bertram, the son of the Countess of Rousillon, in whose court she had lived with her father. Bertram is leaving for Paris to attend the king, so heartbroken Helen hatches a plan to save the life of the king in return for being allowed to marry any man at court. When she saves the king, she asks for Bertram's hand, but Bertram is having none of it. He is young, wants his freedom to choose who he shall marry, and to assert his manhood, and he refuses telling her she is inferior in birth. He will only be her husband the day she gets his family ring from him and when she becomes pregnant with his child, a challenge indeed when your husband hates you. To escape his fate, and the kings wrath, Bertram runs away to fight for the Duke of Florence, aided and abetted by the conceited popinjay Parolles, and poor Helena is left abandoned, and feeling she will be the reason for his death. She decides to leave France in the hope Bertram will return to his home. On her travels her path crosses that of Bertram, who she hears is trying to seduce a young Florentine maid, Diana. With the help of Diana and her mother, they trick Bertram, so she can obtain his ring and consummate the marriage. That being done she returns to France, to a court that believes her dead, just in time to save Bertram who has been accused of her death. 

Described as one of his problem plays, All's Well cannot be easily classified as either comedy or tragedy. Based on Boccaccio's Decameron, a collection of love stories, it also has elements of a Morality play of the 15th century: the main protagonist's inherent weakness are assaulted and tested by outside forces, the supporting characters represent moral qualities, the virtues and vices, or abstractions such as death and youth. This conflict between age and youth is present in this play, an ailing king, an elderly countess and advisor, all virtuous and handing out wisdom to the younger characters, whose values are as fickle as their fashions fleeting. Deception, pretense versus truth, also a component of the morality play,  is present in this play. A vice character will expose his wickedness to the audience, as Parolles does when he pretends to go in search for the drum. 

Gender roles,  class structure, male versus female sexuality and values are all examined. The main protagonist is a woman who defies gender conventions. The male lead is forced to marry, as is usual for daughters. The play attacks the belief that wealth and upper class status are more valuable then strength of character and honor, challenging the values of contemporary audiences in today's world of an ever expanding wealth gap, and appearance and celebrity obsessed consumer culture. "Good alone is good without a name", or these days a Twitter account.

The whole cast gives fine performance. Willow Geer plays Helena with a charming mixture of girlish enthusiasm and heartfelt determination. Max Lawrence's foot stomping spoiled man-child stops Bertram from being contemptibly cruel, allowing us to believe he may find redemption. Earnestine Phillips exudes warmth, playfulness, and maternal strength as the Countess Rousillon. Her scenes with the clown, LaVatch, are a treat, full of nudge nudge wink wink moments. Alan Blumenfeld is wickedly saucy as Lavatch, his comedic timing and use of song very entertaining. As wise old courtier Lefeu, Melora Marshall is a masterclass in physical transformation. 

Adding another layer to the kings words "Our bloods of colour, weight, and the heat pour'd all together, would quite confound distinction", directors Ellen Geer & Christopher W. Jones have chosen to cast the aristocrats with black of colour. They have used the cast and space to maximum effect in his classical production, dovetailing the scenes smoothly, without breaking the flow of the action. As one scenes draws to a close, so through the trees you can see the other cast approach, enter and exit from out of the trees or up through the seating, one scene dissolves into the next, holding the energy. 

LA Weekly we're not wrong to vote this theatre "Best Outdoor Theatre Space". As dusk falls in the canyon, you sit beneath the boughs of trees, serenaded by the song of crickets. Ever so often a bat will dive bomb the wide wooden stage before disappearing into the wooded slopes surrounding it. One is allowed to fantasize they are the steeds of fairies. Truer words were never spoken to describe the end of my stressful hectic weekend as I made my drive home, feeling All's Well That Ends Well. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Intermittent Fasting For Fat Loss

Intermittent Fasting for fat loss

What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?

For those that may not be familiar to the term, intermittent fasting is just taking “intermittent” times of fasting (no food)” and working them into your lifestyle. It can be used as another tool in the fight against fat loss and can be especially good for resetting your body after lets say some over indulgence. Essentially it’s the concept of taking regular breaks from eating, typically in blocks of 12 hours or more. The periods of “not eating” are called “fasting windows” and the periods of eating are called “feeding windows.” As you can see, this isn’t some new fad or diet miracle. No one invented the act of “not eating.”

Intermittent Fasting Isn’t New                                                                                                            I have been using this protocol myself and with some of my clients for some time now with great results although it is not for everyone. Results and goals can vary by each person with fat loss, muscle gain, better health, improved performance in your sport of choice and more. With all that also factors in the individuality of what is a person’s insulin resistance, current body composition (body-fat%), daily lifestyle, eating habits, macronutrient ratios (carbs/protein/fat), type of exercise program, frequency and volume of training, recovery demands, and so forth.

What Are The Benefits?
Depending which study you read the claims are everything from living longer and reducing stress to increasing brain function and reducing the risk of certain diseases and conditions like cancer and hypertension. So for the purpose of this blog I’m going to talk about it’s use as another tool for increasing fat loss in conjunction with your exercise schedule. The one thing all the studies seem to agree on is to drink plenty of water during the fasting hours to boost energy levels and prevent dehydration

Adjust the Fast to Fit Your Exercise Style
Intermittent fasting actually can improve athletic performance, as long as you limit the amount of time you spend fasting. Extended periods of fasting are not usually recommended if you are exercising intensely. There are, however, techniques for fasting and exercising that can produce dramatic results.
The benefits of fasting for endurance athletes come from a two-part approach: training during a fasted state, and competing during a fed state. Training during a fast improves performance by forcing the body to adjust to lowered glycogen stores. This adjustment results in the body using glycogen more efficiently. Training while fasting also stresses the metabolism and the muscles, forcing the body to compensate. As a result, the muscles become stronger. This sets up a huge boost when competing in the fed state– the body now maximizes it’s pre-workout fuel.

Will I lose muscle or put my body into starvation mode?
Short-term fasting is also beneficial for power training. Intermittent fasts lasting less than 24 hours will not cause muscle loss or prompt your body to enter starvation mode as long as you consume adequate calories and protein when you are eating.
Weight training while fasting offers even more advantages. During a fast, the body uses protein more efficiently, giving a boost to muscle growth. Eat lean, healthy proteins to gain lean mass without adding fat. Some studies even suggest that IF can even help increase levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) during the fast.
Lose Weight, Feel Satisfied and Gain Control
Deliberate intermittent fasting is a powerful weight loss tool. Fasting involves restricting calories and reduces hunger. Many people feel a reduction in hunger while fasting, and a feeling of accomplishment when they end the fast with a healthy, satisfying meal. While fasting, there is less calorie counting, less fixation on eating meals and less opportunity for overeating.
Hormonal changes involved in fasting also promote weight loss, even if you don’t restrict your daily calories. Fasting lowers the body’s levels of insulin, releasing more stored body fat. When insulin levels fall, the body uses it’s stored fat for energy. In fact fat becomes it’s primary energy source. This makes fasting a particularly useful tool for dieters, since it promotes the loss of fat specifically, allowing you to keep your muscle mass.
24 Hours a little extreme?
 My Fasting technique is 15-19 hours. So here is the formula that I use the most with myself and my clients. I’m going to give you two options of 15 and 19 hours but please feel free to do less or experiment on your own. I have experimented with various time durations etc and find 24 hours without food just a little extreme. I also like to start the fast in the evening so I can sleep through the early part of it and have less temptation. As a rule of thumb I try not to eat after 7-8pm anyway which I won’t go into here as that is a whole other blog.

The Formula
Not essential and depending on your schedule I like to work out just before so will generally do a weight training workout with a little HIIT say from 5-6.30pm Immediately followed by a large protein rich meal with plenty of vegetables. My fast starts around around 7pm (but could be 8 depending on my schedule). I try not to have too late a night so as to further reduce temptation but generally am tired from the workout and full from the meal. I’m going to sleep around 10-11pm but again not essential. I’m generally up around 6-7 and begin training clients so getting ready for work etc. I drink 2 glasses of water the minute I open my eyes, helps with hydration and hunger there is no limit to how much you drink water during this fast. I then like to train when I am completely empty before I start eating again so my favorite is Tabata training for maybe 4 blocks so with a warm up and final stretch workout time only 20 mins but you could just as easily go for a jog or bike ride or your preferred way of working out. Then I have a hearty protein rich brunch but generally my stomach has shrunken a little so not that hearty. If I’m feeling weak and simply need to eat I listen to my body and will workout then eat around 10am giving me the 15 hour fast. If I’m feeling OK I’ll push on and eat around 2pm giving myself 19 hours. I’ll use this protocol only once every one to two weeks at the most.
Making the Fasting Decision
Most healthy adults should have no trouble with an occasional, intermittent fast. This amount of time is different for everyone. Fasting is not recommended for unstable conditions.
You should not feel sick, dizzy, or inexplicably exhausted during a fast. If you do experience these symptoms, have a small snack, or adjust your fasting hours
Fasting stresses the body, so it can do more harm than good if you’re already under any kind of chronic stress. Consider postponing the fast if you are experiencing any of the following:
·       fatigue or feeling very sleep-deprived
·       suffering the physical effects of training too hard
·       chronic lifestyle stress from family or work issues
·       are leptin resistant
·       having blood sugar problems

I have found that Intermittent fasting improves athletic performance, benefits health, leads to faster weight loss and is easy to practice. For more information please feel free to call me on 310 279 8117 or email me at Email and check out my website at Body Possible