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Sunday, January 22, 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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CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE with Special Guest
STING
The Wiltern
January 24th
Tickets Here

RICK ASTLEY
Fox Performing Arts Center

January 24th
Tickets Here

FRANK TURNER & the SLEEPING SOULS
The Wiltern
January 28th
Tickets Here

80's WEEKEND
w/ Tony Hadley, ABC, Thomas Dolby & Nena
Microsoft Theatre
January 28th
Tickets Here

TOM CHAPLIN (Keane)
El Rey
February 2nd
Tickets Here

ADAM ANT
KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER LIVE 2017
The Fonda SOLD OUT

February 9th
Tickets Here

WHITE LIES
El Rey

February 15th
Tickets Here

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

+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

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

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

+Little Mix
opening for Ariana Grande

Honda Anaheim
March 30th
Tickets Here

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

RADIOHEAD
Santa Barbara Bowl

April 11th
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

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
The Greek

June 29th
Tickets Here

Saturday, January 21, 2017

BRITS IN LA WEEKLY NEWSLETTER January 21st 2017

WEEKLY HOROSCOPES January 21st 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 



1/21/17

ARIES
Your health should be a priority this month ahead, so if you are planning doing anything that could jeopardize your health take heed and put your life in safe mode.
Your boss Mars  is having an emotional few weeks so stay cool and do not overreact.

TAURUS
What ever you are thinking you feel is probably not the truth as the planets that affect you are going haywire currently, therefore you could be fooled into acting on those thoughts. Take a day or so and wait before you do any thing. . 

GEMINI
 You will have to make haste to put right that unfinished emotional business that is still hovering in the back of your mind. It’s best to set your plans for unexpected travel not as far as you think.

CANCER
Plans are delayed this week due to a change in financial matters. Remember a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. This will likely ring true in a family situation this coming month.

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 spend this next couple of weeks with close family or friends.

VIRGO
You will be getting a break this coming month due to positive planets helping you along. The last couple of month’s problems are receding this year and onwards. Its a lucky time frame this weekend.

LIBRA
You will find you can deal with life much better when you sort out any relationship problems in any area of life. Lucky Jupiter is visiting you for a while ahead and will help you, maybe not as you wish but as you need.

SCORPIO
Sometimes when life seems like it’s not going your way, remember this. There is a reason for everything and in a few weeks you will see the outcome is very much better than you can imagine.

SAGITTARIUS
Your lucky boss Jupiter is in the lovely Libra until later in the year. He is encouraging you to dream bigger than you have done in any area. As we move through the next few weeks by March you will see the plan unfold.

CAPRICORN
This is the beginning of your personal new year and with the Sun in your money houses its time to put any plans into action to grow by springtime. You will be in a much better mood by month end. Then its time to relax your personal rules and live life well.

AQUARIUS
You will probably be feeling like a break away from routine this week. This is in part as it is your Birthday time frame. However it is not the time to make long term plans yet hold of until next month if you can. Happy Birthday!

PISCES
Its time to put your life in order ready for your personal new year. While you have plenty of time left, be sure that you understand more then ever before that you are ready to make an important decision this year. Time and tide wait for no man. 




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MEET A MEMBER - MARGARET FINLAY

Meet Margaret Finlay from Edinburgh (via Shetland, Dumfries and Galloway and Glasgow) who moved to LA about 15 months ago to pursue a life worth living!


Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
My husband is retraining as an actor (from a software engineering CEO!), so LA was the no-brainer destination!
He was born in Santa Monica, grew up in Munich and spent the last nearly 20 years living in Edinburgh, where we met 8 and 1/2 years ago. I'm not gonna lie, I was talking up Vancouver as the best destination option, but here we are, "living the dream" ;) 

What do you miss most from home?
I miss the fresh air! And the green hills. And until this past couple of weeks, I was really missing rain too, but LA has been delivering the moisture of late - love it!
Now we've been here over a year, I'm missing family members more keenly. We haven't been back to visit yet, and are planning our first trip 'home' later this year. 

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since ? If so why?
I thought LA was busy! A sprawling concrete jungle with wonderfully wide streets, that were less wonderfully full of traffic ALL the time! I'm a country girl at heart, so the sheer volume of people and cars was a bit of a culture shock. I've adjusted now I think, and settled in a bit more, so I take it more in my stride. In the heat of the summer the air seemed oppressively grubby - now things have cooled off it's wonderful and there are some days it altogether feels practically fresh!

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Edinburgh?
I don't miss the dark, grey winter days. The damp and the cold (although this past summer I did recall them somewhat fondly), the wind and sleet. Despite the weather (there's no such thing as bad weather after all, just inappropriate clothing...), I used to walk more in Edinburgh, and miss being able hop on a bus as required, or a train! But I found this first LA summer a bit too hot for spending much time outdoors, and the public transport options are a bit more limited.
There's actually been some pretty major changes in my life the past few years and LA, for me, at the moment (!) is a bright and brave new world. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012 and had to give up my vet work (I'm a veterinarian) because of it in 2013. For a time I thought my life was effectively over and I never thought I'd be able to work again. I was on a half dozen or so prescription medications, daily injections and what-not and was generally feeling pretty hopeless. But then I kind of stabilised, medically speaking, and I began to look at different ways of optimizing my health and taking responsibility for managing my disease.
Fast forward to now, I'm not taking any drugs at all and have spent the last year working more and feeling better than I have in a long time! I used a functional medicine approach, focusing on nutrition and lifestyle adjustments. After spending the past year working as a veterinarian here in LA, I've come to realise that many of the diseases I was seeing in pets, could be prevented or treated using a more holistic approach, and that conventional medical options (as I had discovered to be the case in human medicine) were not always in the best interest of the patient. So I decided to quit my job and am in the process of studying holistic and integrative veterinary practices, including nutrition, therapeutic massage and hospice care and plan to set up my own business advising owners how they can best prevent disease development in the first place - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure after all ;) So LA feels very different for me on a personal level too - this biggest perceived difference is the feeling of opportunity; the positivity and the 'aliveness' of LA is just fantastic. 

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Definitely Bea Bea's in Burbank!
I am a huge fan of sweet breakfast options - pancakes, waffles, lashings of syrup - but I'm gluten free these days and was researching possible GF options (I think I researched this months before we even moved over here - priorities!) when I discovered this gem. If my husband and I are celebrating anything, rather than go out for a meal, we go out for breakfast at Bea Bea's!

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
Marry an American - makes the paperwork easier! Bring lots of tea with you and be sure to resist the temptation to employ any attempts at humor when dealing with immigration officials.

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?
Be kind. And patient. But mostly kind - to yourself as well as to others! Try to keep an open mind and trust your intuition.

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Are you working on anything at the moment? 
It's not quite finished, but my website is www.betterhealthholisticvet.com - I am looking forward to really making a difference in the lives of pets and their owners - we have so much potential for making really positive choices for ourselves and our four legged family members!
visit BetterHealthHolisticvet.com

Saturday, January 14, 2017

MEET A MEMBER - EMMA WARD


Meet Emma from Lancashire who moved to LA 10 years ago to pursue her modeling, and acting career.  After having a child, and going through divorce, and my own challenges in life, I changed my career path to an EFT energy healer, and now dedicate myself to helping others.


Was there a particular reason you chose LA? You can make allot more money here in TV on commercials than UK, and more opportunities.  I booked a Harley Davidson campaign here in 2006, and signed with an agency so thought I would give it a shot, and wanted to see America. 



What do you miss most from home? Family, monster munch, chippy, most of all the banter about random shit.   hahahaha


What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? I first hated LA to be honest.  I didn't get the people, or maybe the people did not get me, and my dry sense of humor.  I felt I did not fit in with all the industry people here, and fake conversations.  I noticed all people talked about was success, and money, and fame. Boring …….. I guess it just took me a while to find my own circle of good, genuine people, now I have that I love LA.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Lancashire? Of course the weather, constantly raining in the North West of England, and its so depressing .  I love the sunshine.

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? Yes my balcony, and stash of all my English goodies, but not sharing ha.ha.ha 


What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? Just be prepared, and have savings, and work hard.  Keep it real, do not forget where you are from, and who you are.  Stay grateful ..

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? My own advice is do not take things personally, don't be upset by rejection, or if things don't go your way.  Just do your best, one day at a time.
 A place is just a place, its what you make of it that matters.  Just keep positive, and surround yourself with like minded, kind hearted people on the same mission as you.  

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Please take a look at my website, if any of you are in need of some spiritual healing, or suffering from stress, physical pain, anxiety I am currently offering at 50 % discounted rate for the month of January for all Brits In LA members.  WWW.EFT-EMMA.COM

Thursday, January 5, 2017

MEET A MEMBER - RICHARD SHELTON

Meet Richard Shelton from London who moved to LA 4 years ago to pursue both his music and acting careers.

photography Vern Evans

Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
Dreams can come true! I portrayed Frank Sinatra in the hard-hitting drama, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’ in London’s West End (nominated ‘ Best Actor in a Leading Role’) and it confirmed a fascination both with him, and the lives of the Hollywood acting and music greats. I wanted to experience LA for myself, to see where those dreams became realities, and make my own dreams come true.


I’d enjoyed success in the U.K. including being a series regular, Dr Adam Forsythe, in ‘ Emmerdale’; singing at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, for Prince Charles at Windsor Castle,  at Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball and with the BBC Concert Orchestra, but I still felt I wanted to grow and develop in America. LA was the right place to start following my dreams.
photography Vern Evans

Recording my album, ‘An Englishman in Love in LA’ at Capitol Studios alongside Sinatra’s band mates saw that dream come true, and I am very honoured to have received great reviews including; "Richard Shelton is a superior singer who tips his hat to a legend with grace and elegance on An Englishman In Love In L.A. - an album that Sinatra himself would be proud of. Well done! ★★★★" - Edward Blanco, All About Jazz 
and "His selection of material is as impeccable as his wardrobe, and his style is shark skin sharp." - George Harris, Jazz Weekly

I’ve also appeared in ‘House of Lies’ and had a recurring role in ‘Jane the Virgin’ on TV. So, provided you’re prepared to work hard, dreams really can come true!

What do you miss most from home?
The small things - the every day London banter; ambling around Soho and going for an espresso in Bar Italia;  poking around a bookshop;deciding to go to Columbia Flower Market on a whim. 

photo from Londonist.com
What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? The endless possibility and scope to dream which hasn’t changed. When I watched ‘La La Land’, it summed it all up very nicely.



What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London? How long it takes to get anywhere and the necessity to plan! In London, I’d cycle everywhere.
East Dulwich
The journey from East Dulwich to central London is only 30-minutes and I love the feeling of freedom of being on my bike. It also means you can be more spontaneous which appeals to me. 
But driving to auditions and meetings in LA is certainly a more comfortable and a much cooler way to travel. And if I don’t get the job, well, at least I’m rejected in the sunshine!

 Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? A hike up Fryman Canyon! The steep ascent gets the heart racing and the long, slow descent allows you to dream all you like. 

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? I’m a big believer in the saying, 'We come this way but once and our time here is brief.' If there’s something you want to do in life - and you have the capacity - do it! But be clear why you’re coming. Be clear what you have to offer and keep your feet firmly planted on the ground. And then, most importantly, enjoy it!

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 best advice I was given was harsh but true. Don’t ask what LA can give you. Rather, ask what you can give to LA. 
Wolverhampton
When you’ve discovered that, the city will start to unfurl it’s secrets, pleasures and joys like a peacock’s tail. Los Angeles is a long way from Wolverhampton where my dreams first started


Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Are you working on anything at the moment?  
Lot’s of places! I’m performing my Edinburgh Festival sell-out show, ‘Sinatra and Me’ on Friday 20th January

at Vitello’s Club, 


 which looks at the life long synchronicity between my life and Sinatra’s, plus music from my recent album, ‘An Englishman in Love in LA’. I’m very proud of the wonderful review from Bonnie Priever who caught the show at Catalina Jazz Bar on Sunset Boulevard in December - ‘Richard Shelton - the essence of cool’ -  

VIP - Text 'Shelton' to 22828

Twitter - @RichardShelton
Facebook - @Richard Shelton

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - ARCHIE GALBRAITH

Meet Archie originally from a tiny village near Glasgow called Lochwinnoch .
He moved to LA 11 years ago to pursue the accumulation of wealth (unfortunately timed with the arrival of the recession so I had to put up with lifestyle improvements instead).

photo by N Galbraith


Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
I was moving to join a start up company and LA was where my first client was based. We were supposed to move to New Jersey but having lived there before, we decided to give the West Coast a try - thereby neatly avoiding issues like rain that turns into ice when it lands. 


What  do you miss most from home? The Today show on +BBC Radio 4  as you drive to work; apple crumble; high quality TV advertising. The thing I miss the most is the Scottish habit of just dropping in to a friends house. Not making appointments for dinner, just dropping by for a coffee and a chat unannounced that might turn into dinner, a trip to the pub or a friendly "sorry, too busy".  and the relaxed approach to social life. Mind you - I missed that when I lived in London too. 


What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? First impression -  a huge sprawling mess with ugly above ground power lines everywhere, ugly strip malls and the same shops over and over again.
My impression of LA has changed a lot. I have discovered nuances and character that I wasn't aware of at first. There are clear differences in the different parts of town - like any other large city I've lived in, so the trick is to find the part of town that reflects your style. The other thing I realized was that in between all those chain stores are a myriad of independents offering just about anything you want. Thats LA for me - anything you want as long as you have the cash and are willing to drive. Want to learn Kung Fu, Horse Riding, Circus Trapeze -  all here. 

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? 

The Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon.  Do you remember Grandpa Walton? Played by Will Geer who was reportedly backlisted during McCarthyism and moved onto a parcel of land in Topanga Canyon shared with his friend Woodie Guthrie. Will's wife built an outdoor theater among the mature trees & streams of the upper canyon and its still run by his family. Rivals the setting of any outdoor stage I've ever been to. 
A professional theatre company that performs classic and modern works in a natural amphitheater. 
It is a center for the arts, culture and social expression.



What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? 
Can be fantastic place to live. The weather and the opportunities for learning, hobby's and fun are outstanding. Can be overwhelming because of its size. Just like any city, the places that are easiest to afford are not likely to be very close to the places you want to be and unlike London, there isn't likely to be a train to get you there. Brilliant place for business.
You MUST have a job that includes family health insurance. Be prepared to struggle at first to establish a credit history - start by putting cash in a local bank which guarantees a debit card. Use the card and replace the cash you spend. Trying to lease a car, get Cable TV, sign up for utilities are all made more difficult without a credit score.
Network your way into the place prior.

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?  Don't sweat the small stuff - and in the scheme of things, almost everything in your life is small stuff


Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Are you working on anything at the moment?


I'm a Youth Rugby Coach at Santa Monica Rugby Club - http://www.santamonicarugby.com/youth/
Great bunch of parents from all over the rugby playing world doing our best to teach our kids good values.
2016-17 kicks off the 14th season of Santa Monica Rugby’s youth rugby program, 
which has grown to include over 250 players from around Santa Monica and the Los ...

I also run a company that is committed to helping small businesses become bigger ones. In that capacity I sometimes have to take on a position in the companies such as www.mobss.com 
I am also a Director of a new Charitable foundation, we are launching on Jan 1 so I'll come back and update you then