Brits in LA Newsletter April 9th, 2012





Contact Brits in LA member Joseph Seymour about how you can get into a VW without any credit. There are many options for ex-pats. Joe has all the answers you will need. He has helped so many members already and will give you the best deal in town whether you are buying or leasing. check out his new facebook page too, where he will post news and special offers. Call him on 310-266-8825 or  on email.



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Hi Breeps!
Separated at birth, Les Dawson and me.
Happy Easter Monday! I'm back from Hawaii, which was awesome, but was glad to get back into the swing of things here. A few of us were fortunate enough to be invited to the opening of Alan Cumming's Photography Exhibit at the Andaz Hotel titled 'SNAPS' Thanks to Brits in LA member Christine Peake.
Photo by Alan Cumming
Alan's work is pretty great and allowed us an intimate view of his life through pictures. Guests included Neil Patrick Harris, Lance Bass, Mena Suvari, Missi Pyle. The Brits were represented by novelist Jackie Collins, 'Luck' actor Tom Payne, Saffron Burrows and star of the new NBC show 'Awake' Jason Isaacs. Guests enjoyed ONEHOPE wine, coca-cola, smartwater and Heineken. Delicious Ahi tuna bites, sliders and spanakopita were passed around. 3 Elizabeth Taylor portraits (above) sold in 10 minutes along with many more pieces. You can see all of Alan's work for purchase by clicking here.

Happy Birthday
Big Congrats to one of our favourite members Kerstin Alm AKA Mammarazzi who turned 75 last week. You probably recognize her from our events, we call her the one shot hottie.


Last week I also researched a few British Tea places in and around LA and was disappointed to hear that they are definitely hurting during this economy. British items are expensive to import, due to the shipping and duty associated with bringing the items into the US. A 75p bottle of HP sauce for example sells for $4.50. The shops however aren't over charging us either. "Mark-up is very minimal" Tudor House in Santa Monica is celebrating over 40 years of business and offers high tea and great lunches. Thanks to Brits in LA member Annie Shaw who invited me to check it out and meet it's owner Theresa.
Tudor House Cafe and bakery in Santa Monica
I can highly recommend their pies, Steak and Kidney, Chicken and Mushroom, flaky crusty tops (Just like home.) Definitely check it out whenever your in the area or have family in town, very friendly staff and great food that is reasonably priced.   A bit further out in Ojai, (an hour north on the 101 from Hollywood)  I stumbled upon the The Plaza Pantry and met Beryl, who is celebrating 30 years of business of her Tea shop Cafe.
Excuse my shorts - Just can't get Hawaii out of my mind.
This charming place is right out of a movie set, era 1975. Flowered table clothes, Cozy covered Teapots, British newspapers, Royal family commemorative plates. (You would be hard pressed to find any cafe's like this left in the UK.)


Plaza Parlour in Ojai, Calif.


The walls are lined with Great British product, Marmite, Branston Pickle, Coleman's mustard. I was very happy to also find Maltesers and enjoyed a box or two for Easter. I really didn't want to leave. Beryl's prices are also set in the 1970's $1.75 for a pot of tea for two. Baked Beans on Toast $3. 


I asked her why her prices were so low and she said, she couldn't afford to change the menu and a lot of her clientele were pensioners, who can't afford a lot. - I told her I'll get on a ladder and repaint her menu for her next time I'm up there. Let's support these local british businesses, I'm sure you'd agree that we'd hate for them to not be around.

Have a great week guys and hope to see you at some of our upcoming events. Check out member news, things to do and places to go below.

--- NEWS JUST IN
Brits in LA member Jamie Donovan has been looking for his dog 'Dakota' for nearly a month now. And he never gave up, organizing search parties, digging through trash bins, he even delivered a dead dog to the vets, that maybe could have been his DAKOTA! It wasn't! Just when all hope was lost - Jamie got a call that reunited them on Good Friday. What a lovely Easter gift that must have been. Jamie is gonna share his story with us for next weeks newsletter, but for now he managed to video his special reunion with 'Dakota' get yer hankies ready. If you have a pet - make sure you get it microchipped!



Cheers, Craig

Special thanks to The Weidman Gallery who framed and awarded Best Poster Art design to 'The con-Artist' at this year's Toscars event. Get all your framing done here and browse their vintage posters - extraordinary collection - Lots of Brit art. Ask for Janet.

PAUL DUDDRIDGE ACTING CAREER COACH
1st Session is 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.


BRITISH CHARTS
MUSIC
Madonna enters the Guinness book of records this week again
 after her latest album MDNA went straight in at No.1 in the UK charts.
It marks the 12th time the singer has reached the top spot with a long-player, making her the most successful solo artist ever on the UK album charts, edging past Elvis Presley's record of 11 No.1 albums.
TOP 5


Justin Beiber must be happy with himself for backing this week's New UK number 1 Carly Rae Jepsen with
"Call Me Maybe" after he tweeted that this is possibly the catchiest song ever. He found her on youtube and 18 million hits later she hits the top spot. Sean Paul is a non-mover at 2 with "She Doesn't Mind". Moving back up the charts to 3 is the Aussie band Gotye song "Somebody That I Used To Know", Number 4 Nicki Minaj's catchy "Starships" and Chris Brown rounds off the top 5 with "Turn Up The Music"

TELLY
The Voice UK continued to attract big ratings for BBC One this week (Saturday), the latest overnight data reveals.

BBC One's talent show giant attracted four million more (10m/40.3%) than Britain's Got Talent(6m/24.2%) when the pair went head-to-head between 8pm and 8.20pm.
The Voice UK Episode 3 - Joelle Moses
© BBC / Wall To Wall
Zipparah Tafari
© THAMES/SYCO


Overall, the third blind audition averaged 9.54m (41.1%) from 7pm, peaking with a colossal 10.55m (44.9%) at 7.45pm.

The Voice has soared 500k week-on-week and found over a million new viewers since its launch a fortnight ago.

Got Talent pulled in an average of 9.43m (38.7%) for ITV1 from 8pm, peaking with 10.26m (42.1%) at 8.45pm.

However, despite being down a hefty 850k on last week's episode, the Simon Cowell talent show still scored more viewers than The Voice with +1 numbers included, as Got Talent managed 532k (2.3%) on +1.

Britain's Got More Talent followed the main program on ITV2 with 759k (3.4%) at 9.15pm (+1: 203k/1.1%).

Meanwhile, Take Me Out took 4.06m (18.6%) on ITV1 and 235k (1.1%) on timeshift, then 546k (3.6%) watched Take Me Out: The Gossip on ITV2 from 10.30pm (+1: 116k/1.4%).

Keith Lemon's Jim'll Fix It-style vehicle LemonAid opened with a modest 3.28m (17.1%) on ITV1 at 6.15pm (+1: 135k/0.6%), after which You've Been Framed and Harry Hill's Best of TV Burpamused 3.3m (15%) at 8pm (+1: 144k/0.6%) and 3.18m (13.8%) at 8.30pm (+1: 288k/1.2%).

Shrek in Shrek Forever After
Leigh Francis sips on a cocktail at the after party.
© PA Images / Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images














Back on BBC One, Shrek appealed to 3.56m (20.1%) before The Voice, while In It To Win It(4.39m/18.2%) and Casualty (4.8m/20.9%) held solid audiences later on.

BBC Three's screening of Shrek 2 at 9.10pm drew a decent 925k (4.2%), meaning it was the day's best multichannel broadcast.

Elsewhere yesterday, Masters Golf mustered 1.26m (6.8%) for BBC Two between 8.30pm and 12am, The Million Pound Drop fell to 1.16m (5.2%) for Channel 4 at 9.15pm (+1: 155k/0.9%), andCSI: NY rallied to 1.62m (7.9%) at 10pm (+1: 115k/0.8%) on Channel 5.

Across primetime, BBC One reigned victorious again with 26.9% versus ITV1's 23.5% (+1: 1.3%). BBC Two claimed 6.7% in third place, ahead of Channel 5's 4.7% (+1: 0.2%), and Channel 4's 3.7% (+1: 0.5%).

MOVIES
Hunger Games holds on to the top spot, But the Liam Neeson starrer Wrath of the Titans makes an impression at this weeks number 2. British Animated movie Pirates! is doing very well overseas at number 3.

01. The Hunger Games – £2,986,317
02. Wrath of the Titans – £2,192,740
03. The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists – £2,176,195
04. 21 Jump Street – £962,537
05. StreetDance 2 – £608,024

BRITS PERFORMING IN LA


Kasabian are at the Fonda next month! Get your tickets here


British rockers Def Leppard at playing in June! Click here to get your tickets.


Pulp are playing between Coachella performances in April
Tickets here

Keane are playing June 29th 
Get Tickets here

Tickets go on sale for Iron Maidens August show
click here to buy 


 June 16th BRITISH TEEN SENSATION ONE DIRECTION ARE TOURING STATESIDE
AND COMING TO LA Tickets here







NEED TO RENT AN AFFORDABLE CAR 

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They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 
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She has helped many Brits in LA members
*these cars are not brand new luxury vehicles

BRITWEEK





 BritWeek is fast approaching and we have a special offer for BLA members

 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 Expendables 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.


Plus there is a great art competition happening: Click on image to read all the details.
Art Internships Available

BritWeek T4C Art programme: 4 April 2012 to 7 May 2012

We are currently looking for reliable volunteers to assist a large scale Artists Competition launching during BritWeek across Los Angeles. For more information please visit our website: www.thankyouforcreating.com.



Skills & Experience Required: desire to work in the arts, excellent communication skills both written & spoken, knowledge of social media & web, some experience of working in a gallery/exhibition environment, punctuality, flexibility, ability to work under pressure.



Please send your cover letter and CV to: info@thankyouforcreating.com 
Successful applicants will be provided with references following their work experience with us. 


VISIT THE BRITWEEK WEBSITE TO SEE A LIST OF ALL EVENTS

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 DON'T FORGET YOU ONLY HAVE TILL APRIL 17TH TO FILE YOUR TAXES, DON'T WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE....
CLICK HERE TO 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 
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

Los Angeles Networking Week:
5th-12th May 2012. LA Pilot Season(only 1 place 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


FILM EVENT
There are still a few upcoming free screenings of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Click here to Rsvp

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

LA Theatre works present an evening just for us at BRITS IN LA of 
FROST/NIXON _$20 tickets
Get all the info here

SAVE THE DATE 


QUEEN'S JUBILEE PARTY
JUNE 3rd, 2012
Click here to RSVP and keep up with the details

SPORTS
UK FOOTBALL RESULTS

British snooker fans in LA: 

The 2012 United States National Snooker Championship will be staged at the Embassy Billiards Club in San Gabriel from May 25-27
RSVP HERE

LA GALAXY VS. SPURS
THIS SHOULD BE AN AWESOME MATCH - 

SEE HOW POLO IS MAKING AN IMPACT IN LA


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DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN RENT FURNITURE IN LA?
From couches to beds, to TV's and microwaves. Ideal for people on 01 visa etc..

Fashion Furniture Rental

Southern California Home, Office & Home Staging Rental Services


Fashion Furniture Rental, Southern California’s premier furniture rental company, provides more than just high quality furniture, electronics, and housewares; we provide peace of mind. Our company-wide commitment to making your transition stress-free and effortless is summed up in the simple words of our motto, “Completely home. Completely easy.” Rest assured that we have taken care of everything you may need in your home away from home. 

check out their website
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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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DO YOU NEED A WEBSITE?
PAUL @ PLATINUM HAS A SPECIAL OFFER

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 up to a 4 page site for only 
$269.99
Offer extended till April 30th
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If you are interested then contact us:
or visit our website at:
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THEATRE and FILM

Saturday, April 14th, 2012, 05:30 PM

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES SCREENS DELHI IN A DAY
Come see the LA Premiere of Prashant Nair's Delhi in a Day and see what happens when a British stranger arrives and turns a bourgeois Dehil household upside down at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) taking place at the Arclight Hollywood on Saturday, April 14th at 5:30pm. IFFLA is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this year—be sure to join in all the festivities!

In a modern Delhi home lives beautiful 19-year-old Rohini. Full of vigor and dreams of Bollywood stardom, Rohini is just one of the many servants that work under the hands of Kalpana and Mukund Ghambir, the 'lords' of the mansion. S.
Jasper, a young idealistic Brit arrives in Delhi to find the 'real' India. Instead he is planted in the home of the uptight Ghambir family who fancy themselves the highest elite. A budding artist, Jasper is drawn to make a portrait of the beautiful Rohini, making her feel important and self-aware. But when Jasper's money goes missing, his sentiments and naiveté take a drastic turn. His questioning turns the entire fragility and balance of the home upside down as assumptions are made and fingers are pointed.
This dark romantic comedy echoes the finest of a Jane Austin style understanding and humor of the classes, in particular the nouveau riche of modern India.
Hindi (English subtitles)




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

"KICKS ASS!
This blissful extravaganza makes
you think even as it knocks you out."

- Bob Verini, Variety
"The music is awesome. GO SEE IT!"
- Lisa May, KROQ-FM
"Rabble-rousing pop-punk show. Electric staging.
A FULL THROTTLE CONCERT."

- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles 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.



Special Ticket Offers for American Idiot!

GREENSEATS! Save 50% on Mezzanine seats!
Rear Mezzanine seats are just $42.50 (Tues-Fri; Reg. $85) or $50 (Sat-Sun; Reg. $100) for all performances through March 25! Call 213.972.4400 and mention code GREENSEATS or visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/GREENSEATS.


Sandro Monetti

"Forget the celebrity gossip magazines, this show gives you enough information to dine out on for months to come."  Elisa Roche, Daily Express showbiz editor

Ever wondered what the biggest stars in Hollywood are really like? Find out from the man who has met them all. 
Venue: The Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea (near Pink's Hot Dogs), Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dates: Wed April 25 and Thur April 26 at 8.30pm.
Prior to Edinburgh Fringe Festival (for which these are fundraising performances)
You can buy tickets here and this is the Facebook page
and Britweek page too
For half price tickets use the discount code "Britweek"
Congratulations on the shows that have been added in July in New York for "Best of Fringe" watch this space for ticket details


Brits in LA member Leila Birch in New Sketch Comedy
Every Tuesday through to the 17th

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 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.
Click here for all details


Brits in LA member PJ Chase is performing every Saturday for the next month The Hothouse Improv in Silverlake
its only $10 you get 4 shows FREE drinks and live music! Visit their website for more info


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This sounds like a lovely event and a great cause. They are still looking for a few acts and volunteers. If you are interested visit their Facebook page




The guys at Allied who have been organizing all the free screenings recently, 
want you all to check out this show/great cause.
Click here to visit their website


Check out the trailer for Hunger Hits Home  — a new documentary about childhood hunger in America premiering April 14 at 8pm/7c on Food Network.  See it. Share it. Support it. Foodnetwork.com/hungry
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LOOKING FOR A ROOM OR AN APARTMENT?
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 .

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NEED A MAN WITH A VAN ?


BRITS IN LA MEMBER RANDY CAN HELP
I just used these guys for my move last week and they were brilliant.

$35/Hr. for two experienced movers (loading/driving/unloading of moving truck and dis-assembly/assembly of furniture)
Our non-discounted rate is $55/hr. for two movers. 

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.  

Call Randy (951)-642-7967



And something to leave you with... as Eurovision season strikes up...

Comments

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