Monday, March 12, 2012

BLA Newsletter Mar 12th, 2012






SPECIUAL OFFER FROM JOE AT VW

See Joe Seymour who can get a qualified customer into a car for around $150/Month. 36-month lease. $1,999 due at signing (Excludes title, tax, options and dealer fees. Excludes TDI models.)
 must ask for Joe Seymour for this limited time offer or for one of many other great lease deals available on Jetta models. Offer begins March 12 2012  | Offer ends April 2, 2012 
 Also: $100 purchase credit in parts and accessories per new or used vehicle purchase, including bike racks and ipod installation, Offer ends April 2. 2012
Call him on 310-266-8825 or email  him at  josephseymour@lacarguy.com . He is a Brits in LA member and will do his very best for you! This is also a brilliant way to build up your credit score pretty quickly too. They also have pre-owned cars if you are on a smaller budget. 



Hello you Britty Lot!
Hope all is well and enjoying this bout of beautiful weather lately.
It's that time of year where my Mum and Auntie Sue come in to town and gives me an excuse to discover some wonderful new things in my own backyard. We visited "Seaworld"in San Diego. During the week it's not very busy, so was easy to get around and see all the shows. "Blue horizons" with the dolphins is definitely a highlight. 
Blue Horizons at San Diego SeaWorld


It costs $75 for adults, however if you look on line before hand you can find some great deals. The best was 20% off if you have a southwest airlines mileage card, which you can download to your computer for free.   making it $58 each inc tax. Later we enjoyed dinner at the historic Hotel Del Coronado, where they filmed the movie, "Some Like It Hot."
Hotel Del Coronada, San Diego
We also visited downtown LA - Santee Alley, where you can shop for loud ball gowns (next years Toscars, ladies) and or expandable jeans for extra large bootays. We thoroughly enjoyed Olvera Street Market, an authentic Mexican market -  that's been there for over 100 years. A great place for leather goods and great food.
"O sole amigo"
Leather goods stall






And finally for the weekend we visited Ojai, CA which is about 1 hour from Hollywood north on the I-101 freeway. Read my previous blog about this gorgeous quaint place.




Don't forget it's Mothers Day on March 18th (in the UK) 
If you have a shout out for the newsletter or are interested in advertising with us please drop us a line via email 

See you at Brekkie and Pub Quiz tomorrow see below for details.
Cheers


Craig




 BritWeek is fast approaching and we have a special offer for the

 Film & TV Summit presented by Variety and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Los Angeles will explore a range of topics, including opportunities in the UK for film and TV content creators, resources for UK filmmakers in the US, scripted and reality programming trends and the reasons British projects succeed or fail in the US and vice versa. The summit will provide a welcoming environment in which to network and establish valuable new connections with likeminded filmmakers and business executives from the film, television and digital media worlds.
Speakers Include:
Graham King, Producer & Partner, GK Films
Basil Iwanyk, Producer, Thunder Road Pictures(Clash of the Titans, The Town, The Expedables 1 and 2, Wrath of the Titans)
Stuart Ford, CEO, IM Global
Paul Abbott, Creator & Executive Producer, Shameless
Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman & CEO, Exclusive Media
Gareth Neame, Managing Director, NBCUniversal International & Executive Producer, Downton Abbey
Tim O-Hair, Head of Production, Parallel Media
Leslie Urdang, President, Olympus Pictures & Producer, Beginners
Doug Hansen, President & COO, Endgame Entertainment
Jane Tranter, Head, BBC Worldwide Productions 
For a complete list of speakers and program details, please visit www.variety.com/britweek
Early rate registration costs $99, and is open until April 6th. Save $49 by registering today plus our BRITS IN LA colleagues save an additional 10%. Enter code BRITSINLA at checkout.

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WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO TRANSFER MONEY?
Transferring money can be a pain and I see a lot of you are asking banking questions on the FB page. Lloyds TSB have a great account available that means you can transfer money between a linked up USD,GBP or Euro account which saves all the hassle.
Click here for the Lloyds international account 
sign-up FORM

Lloyds TSB International is pleased to offer you the Premier International Account that has been designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of living, working, and retiring abroad. This multi-currency account is ideally suited to professionals traveling or relocating to or from the UK, US or Europe.
Premier International Account
  • Available in US Dollar, Sterling and Euro currencies- perfect for when you are working overseas
  • Fee-free transfers between currencies and at preferential exchange rates
  • No charges when using the debit cards on purchases in the correct jurisdiction or withdrawing funds from Lloyds' ATMs
  • Free worldwide travel insurance
  • Free 24/7 online and telephone banking making it quick and easy for you to manage your funds while you are away
  • Sterling cheque book giving you further flexibility
  • As the largest bank in the UK, you will have unlimited access to over 2,000 branches across the country and other parts of Europe

Additional savings products, such as five year fixed term deposits- yielding 20% interest- are available upon request. for more information, please call (213) 443 4096 or e-mail losangeles@lloydstsb-usa.com and mention Brits in LA.

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 DON'T FORGET TAX TIME IS JUST AROUND THE BEND....
SEE MY TIPS



Lisa is amazing - they've helped us immensely and saved us an awful lot of time preparing for this years taxes.  CONTACT LISA AT lisa@fastaccounting.net
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NEED ANY OR ALL INSURANCES, FROM CAR, TO HEALTH AND HOME - SPEAK TO BRITS IN LA MEMBER ADAM BEACH

Adam Beach has been helping us set up our new retirement plans and he's great at explaining all the complicated stuff. - Brits in LA
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UPCOMING EVENTS


BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB EVERY TUESDAY 
SPONSORED BY 
INDUSTRY HOLLYWOOD
Best Eggs Benedict in town - Plus we have Heinz Baked Beans
 RSVP here. -  only $15*
The price includes the Tax and Tip - Cash only - please remember they do not accept  credit cards.
*full English breakfast is $18


INDUSTRY HOLLYWOOD 0-1 VISA SEMINAR AND LA NETWORKING WEEK
 0-1 Visa Seminar
Sunday 18th March.
London
This will be the last seminar we are conducting for 2012 so if you would like to have inside information into the quickest, cheapest and safest route in how to obtain your 3 year 0-1 working visa for the USA, please purchase your ticket direct from our website. www.industryhollwyood.com

Los Angeles Networking Week:
5th-12th May 2012. LA Pilot Season(only 5 places remaining)
Los Angeles
After our first 2 weeks sold out so quickly, Industry Hollywood have now released dates for another networking week and this will take place during the final few weeks of Pilot season.
If you would like to be part of a small, hand selected group of actors and be given the opportunity to meet, audition and take workshops and masterclasses with some of the most influential people working within today's American Film and TV industry, then please submit your resume and head shot to info@industryhollywood.com

SATURDAY SOCIAL
For those Brits that have to work during the week come and join us for a fully earned half price Mimosa brunch - Same great deal as Tuesdays BBC. $15 and $6 mimosas. - Cecconi's is such a perfect setting to relax unwind and start your weekend right.
rsvp here

THIS TUESDAY'S IS QUIZ NIGHT at THE CAT & FIDDLE



join the Cat and Fiddle's Facebook  page. See ya there - starts at 9pm


PAUL DUDDRIDGE COACH
1st one Free!
Paul Duddridge
Paul Duddridge has represented many of the biggest names in UK entertainment. 
Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon, Phill Jupitus, Alistair Mcgowan, Paul Mckenna.
As a producer and writer he has created and worked on shows for the BBC, ITV, NBC and FOX. As a self styled entertainment coach he has had amazing results helping actors, writers and directors. Many acting coaches have never worked in the industry on which they advise. Paul has and still does.
               First consultation is FREE. 
On top of that Paul is offering 20% discount to all Brits in LA members.


If you are looking for something to do on St Patricks Day, you can't go wrong with the Fox and Hounds. RSVP here 

GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME

Look smart for pilot season by getting a great new style. Look no further than the British Hair style house of
GALVIN BENJAMIN
In the heart of West Hollywood, on Melrose, close to Cecconi's... James, Benjamin and Leanne want to reward your loyalty by continuing to offer all BRITS IN LA members 25% off all cuts, colors and Brazilian blowouts - All other stylist will offer 20% off. They are open 9am - 6pm but are very happy to make appointments for later than that.
 The salon's phone number is 424 249 3296 and email is:- info@GalvinBenjamin.com


PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD WITH YOUR WEBSITE

Many Brits in LA members have used our services here at 

We can design you a website, sell your digital content online even design you a logo!
Up to a 15 Page site including domain name, Hosting for a year & 6 updates within the first year as well. 
All for the special price of 
$499.00
Saving $369.00!!
This is our best offer so far! Converted to £'s this deal works out to be £315.00
Or upto a 4 page site for only 
$269.99
Offer ends March 31st
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If you are interested then contact us:
or visit our website at:
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IMMIGRATION LAWYERS
GIL BRITO
Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped over 100's of Brits obtain visas into the USA call or email him today to find out if he can help you.
 gbrito@beltranbrito.com or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.


BERNARD SIDMAN
Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many other Brits in LA with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA through the citizenship application and is very thorough and no nonsense. You can reach him on 
818 981 0352 or Email him at Bernard@bernardsidman.com



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 THEATRE
Green Day’s American Idiot

Ahmanson Theatre, downtown at the Music Center
March 13 – April 22
For tickets call 213.972.4400
or visit http://www.centertheatregroup.org/IDIOT
Performance Schedule:  Tue – Fri at 8, Sat 2 & 8, Sun 1 & 6:30
"A wonderfully RAUCOUS and gorgeously wrought ROCK OPERA…
--The New York Times

The music of Green Day and the lyrics of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong capture the spirit of a generation with its Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album. American Idiot puts those raw emotions front and center in a highly theatrical and thoroughly satisfying rock opera that burns up the stage.  The songs are bursting with emotion.  The story dares you to feel and celebrate and hope.

Tickets start at $20!



War Horse

You've seen the movie now see the play
Both single and group tickets are now on sale for War Horse.  For more information and single ticket purchases, please call the Center Theatre Group Audience Services at 213-972-4400 or visitwww.centertheatregroup.org/warhorse.

To book a group of 15 or more, please call Center Theatre Group’s Group Services Department at 213.972.7231

You will not want to miss this epic tale, coming exclusively to the Ahmanson Theatre!
War Horse

Six weeks ONLY!!  War Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre June 13-July 29!



Billy Elliot -The Musical is coming to the Pantages in June. 
Save $15 on Select Tickets!*
Plus 15% off at the Cat & Fiddle*
*must produce ticket and can only be used on the night of show.
Covers what ticket holder consumes only. Valid either pre or post show.



LA Theatre Works 
They have some great shows coming up over the next few months including Frost/Nixon and also The Browning Version starring the very talented Brits in LA Joanne Whalley and Martin Jarvis. 
Also in March one of my favourite British plays Look Back in Anger will be performed (also starring Joanne Whalley. These are all done with out costumes and props as they are being recorded for the radio. 


BRITS PERFORMING IN LA



Brits in LA member Julia Farino singing a set a The House of Blues as part of the Martini Jazz Show on Tuesday, 20 March.



Jazz is the music that helped shaped American music and performance what it is today.
Wardrobe: Cool hip Jazz era tuxedos, double breasted suits with pinstripes, fedoras, feather boas, satin gloves, lace, lipstick fishnets, etc. 
enquiries@juliafarino.com or call (818) 334-3045 MONDAY – THURSDAY 10am - 6pm and

The tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the door.  If people contact me by email enquiries@juliafarino.com by noon on March 20th or call the telephone number above, they can go on my guest list and will get a $5 discount and pay $15 on the door. 


Tickets for Elvis Costello on sale for April




BEAR GRYLLS LIVE SHOW

Garbage at the El Rey in April
Buy your tickets here
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Len Davies is primarily an actor but has over 30 years in production in both video and audio.
Music, Graphic and Video production are his specialties, and he has been recording and editing reels for actors and voice artists, and has very cost effective rates in place for those that need them. He's also been a Radio DJ for over 40 years and presents "The Magical History Tour" on the American Radio Network and www.solidgold14k.com.
He's a very experienced Master of Ceremonies and wrestling ring announcer, and has hosted many TV shows in the UK. More information is available atwww.len-davies.com
He can be contacted on 213.304.1565 or len@len-davies.com
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The 17th annual International Family Film Festival is screening March 21-25, 2012 at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, California.
Brits in LA member, and part time football supporter, Alex Hyde-White debuts his Hamlet-doc and is offering 6 passes, and some
discounted tickets ($5.00) for Brits in LA members.  Please contact them at 3daysmovie@gmail.com if you would like to attend.
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Falling UpStephon Litwinczuk
Street Dogs of South CentralBill Marin
Three Days (of Hamlet)Alex Hyde-White SCREENS FRIDAY MARCH 23, 5PM at Chaplin Theatre
Raleigh Studios. Melrose and Van Ness.
Uganda ManNathan VonMinden

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE IFFF GO TO:

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NEED TO RENT AN AFFORDABLE CAR 
EXPRESS RENT A CAR
Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental prices?If all you need is a runaround to get from A to B you should call Zoe at Express Rent-a-Car*

They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 
7007 Canby Ave Reseda CA 91335 818-668-3052 Hours 9-5  M-F 
and Sat by appointment after hours service 818-429-7073   
Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
Contact Economy Rent-a-car
*these cars are not brand new luxury vehicles

LOOKING TO BUY OR RENT PROPERTY?
So many of you are looking to sublet your apartments/rooms or house hunting that we have set up a new group called Brits in LA Housing. This way your listings can all be in one dedicated place. Click here to join .

Or if you would rather have someone do it all for you meet Ted! He is a friend of mine and happy to help you find the right place . He has access to listings all over town so should be able to find your dream home. He is a realtor so won't be able to help with room mates unfortunately

Contact him either by phone or email

Office: (310) 273-3113, Mobile: (310) 466-2022

tedfleming@coldwellbanker.com

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NEED A MAN WITH A VAN ?


BRITS IN LA MEMBER RANDY CAN HELP
I haven't tried them out yet but I am sure that they are better than some random off Craiglist....

$35/Hr. for two experienced movers (loading/driving/unloading of moving truck and disassembly/assembly of furniture)
Our non-discounted rate is $55/hr. for two movers. 
If you are moving locally (within 10 miles or less of the first location), we can do multiple back and forth trips with our pick-up truck for no additional charge. If you are moving beyond 10 miles away, you will have to rent a UHAUL truck (we can pick up/drop off and drive the truck for you).
We have all the moving equipment necessary for a successful move and loads of experience. We have literally hundreds of positive reviews from customers all over the LA area. Recent references can be provided upon request.
1 bedroom apartments are generally done in 2-3 hours ($70 to $105 total)
2 bedroom apartments are generally done in 3-4 hours ($105 to $140 total)
Of course, there are many factors that determine the amount of time required for a move. Please call me for a more accurate estimate.


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GET YOUR BODY IN SHAPE

I have become a regular visitor here, thanks to meeting Erica who has owned My Pilates Body for many years. She is offering a discount for Brits in LA members. So give her a ring to set up your first class. 323 653-1981 . She seems to be more cost effective than anywhere else too!

If you are a teacher she also has space for rent too! 


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If I have forgotten to include a post I apologize we get so many requests they sometimes get lost. I see lots of sublets on the Facebook page but please know we don't endorse any of these listings and you should treat these like any other transactions by getting deposits and references beforehand. 
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This is one of the funniest shows from the UK right now - Anyone else been to
BENIDORM?




Cheers


Craig



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