BRITS IN LA NEWSLETTER JULY 2, 2013




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Editor's letter
Hey Breeps! Well I'm back albeit jet lagged.
After a three week trip camping with family, partying in the South of France and sightseeing in the Amalfi Coast... 
Me pulling a pint in ol' Pompeii.
Takin a swanny in the med

and camping it up with the family in Derbyshire
I have to admit it's a little hard getting back into the groove. I've a lot of catching up to do, so if you emailed me or fb messaged me and I haven't gotten back right away, you now know why. ;-)

Some great developments have happened over the last few weeks. Our collaboration with The British Weekly for one. We now have a page in the physical paper as well as online where we will share all our news including a new section member of the week - If you are interested in letting the rest of LA know a little bit about you email us. 

We also have some knew contributors, sharing their stories with us, restaurant & bar reviews, and their best gems about LA. 
We have an extra special pub crawl coming up in August in tandem with the movie release of 'The world's End' - check out the trailer below.

We will all be taking the big red bus from bar to bar, so less a crawl more a bus stop crawl ;-) space will be limited for this one. Tickets will go on sale soon. 

Put your wigs on and get your dobbers out for!!!
B-I-N-G-O

Britain's favourite past-time happens this Sunday with lots of great prizes, including wine, DVD's, spa packages, Grammy museum tickets and house seats for a musical show, and a live auction where you can bid on a weekend away in my mid century modern house that sleeps up to six people 

Gorgeous Mid Century House to rent
in Palm Springs
See more here
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AUGUST SOME AVAIL
SEPTEMBER NO VACANCY
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See  Shania Twain's show in Vegas, including hotel stay
I would definitely advice booking a table at Hamburger Mary's if you are in a group bigger than six and get their early for a nice bite to eat and a place to sit. Suggested donation at the door is only $20. And Robin Antin is our celeb will be on hand to help call the numbers too. 
For more info join here

Later on this month we will host 
'A very Royal Baby shower' honoring the soon to be born latest addition to the royal family. 

We will be definitely wetting the babies head in a very traditional British manor -Tickets will go on sale next week.


In July we will be announcing our discount program for a limited number of loyal members: We will be running a demo to test it out. You will receive a unique Brits in LA keyring, uniquely numbered which will give you priority booking at all of our events at a discounted rate, plus discounts at selected businesses and venues around town - PLUS invites to exclusive events throughout the year. If you are interested in being involved at a very discounted rate please email us for more details with "Key club" in the subject line. 
(please be aware we have a limited number, so if you don't make it. we will 
add you to the waiting list for the next round of membership)

And of course we have our regular events including Brekkie, every Tuesday & Saturday at Cecconi's. And Sunday Roast at The Pikey book a table any time from 2pm onwards. See events below 

Thanks to Eileen for holding down the fort while I was away, doing a splendid job as usual and I look forward to seeing a lot of you at the upcoming events.

Cheers
Craig Young

Make sure to check out our "Brits Gigging in LA" page, so many Brits playing around town, including Adam Ant, Savages, Jake Bugg and one of our favourites, 
Miss Ellie Goulding!
Huge thank you to Miss Sophie for keeping this page updated. 

Meet a member

Meet Charley Izabella King from Buckinghamshire, who moved to LA 13 years ago as an Actress/ Dancer/ Singer ,also owner of a Wedding and Event Planning Company "Bluebell Events"

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ? We just loved LA . The only other place we thought about was New York but LA always won.

What one thing do you miss from home? My family ! oh and Marks and Spencers cold custard !

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK? Ambition is not a dirty word here. Go for your dreams ,  and of course the sun is out everyday !

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?  I dont know if it is hidden, but I love the M Café at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu .

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move 
here ?  Do it ! To have an opportunity to live in another country at some point in your life is wonderful and this is a great country ! You wont regret it .

Please welcome one of our latest contributors Dian Buckley who has an amazing organization called Shine. Read all about it here  

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UPCOMING EVENTS

BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB 
SPONSORED BY NEXT STOP LAX
Every Tuesday RSVP Here
$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX
$18 for English Breakfast

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Relocating Entertainment Professionals.
Next Stop LAX. Every day our team of experts assists entertainment professionals from all over the world in making the major transition towards working legally in the USA. We have a proven track record in obtaining visas and helping our clients meet other employment requirements. 
Disclaimer: Next Stop Media’s principal (Mr. Andrew Newton) is a bonded immigration consultant registered with the California Secretary of State, holding Bond Number 61292049. The Company is not a law firm and does not engage in the provision of legal advice. The Company does not guarantee any particular outcome for its clients, including adjudications of visa petitions or the processing time for such petitions. Further terms and conditions, including disclosures required by statute, are set forth on our website and in our client intake forms and engagement letters.
Also if you are in london Next Stop LAX have a great party that they want to invite you to

We would be delighted to invite you to attend the exclusive Next Stop LAX London Launch and Summer Party onTuesday 9th July 20137:30pm - 11:30pm at Retro Feasts29 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AN.



Celebrity guests set to attend with entertainment to include DJ sets by Glenn Ball and Ryan Taylor.  We also have music from our very own Saxophone player!  


You will also enjoy delicious cocktails and canapés in the hottest new pop-up venue, where food and drinks are inspired by childhood favourites...

Next Stop LAX is the leading relocation company for entertainment industry professionals who wish to relocate to live and work in the USA. With offices in Los Angeles, Sydney and now London Next Stop LAX work with high profile individuals including numerous media celebrities, actors, dancers, models and many other entertainment industry professionals who wish to transition to the USA.



This party really is not one to be missed...

Please RSVP for accreditation by Friday 5th July 2013 to Claire Menary at EdenCancan on claire.menary@edencancan.com / 0207 467 9404.
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.

Brits in LA Sunday Roast
at The Pikey
July 7th
4pm - 7pm

PAUL DUDDRIDGE

ACTING CAREER COACH

"I have used Paul many times, he has a magical way of helping me see the role clearer, 
and stops me from standing in my own way" - Craig Young, NCIS:LA, Hawaii 5.0, Fringe
1st Session is Free!
As a producer / agent in the UK Paul Duddridge http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2395339/combined represented some of the biggest names in entertainment. Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon etc. He is now one of the most sought after acting coaches in Los Angeles with a reputation for turning around careers.
He helps numerous actors, comedians, directors etc with acting, coaching and visas.
First consultation is free. Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount. visit www.acting.fm

We are always being asked about good dentists and I want to introduce you to  Nicolas A. Ravon and Kimberley Knopf.
Craig's been with them for about 7 years. They are so nice and relaxing.
Click here to visit there website and to book an appointment.
Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach his office by calling 310-275-5325


Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa or a green card?
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.
or
BERNARD SIDMAN IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM
Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many Brits in LA members with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA members through the citizenship application too and is very experienced and thorough. You can reach him on 
818 981 0352 or check out his website at www.bernardsidman.com or Email him at bernard@bernardsidman.com






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TWELFTH NIGHT | THE INNER CITY SHAKESPEARE ENSEMBLE
Saturday | July 27 | 1pm & 3pm

Fig at7th

Plaza Level. 735 S. Figueroa Street, LA CA 90017
Over the past three years, The Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble has engaged students in the appreciation of the wit and wisdom of “The Bard”, enriching their lives and opening their horizons with productions of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This year gifted students from George Washington Prep High School and Los Angeles High School and will present highlights from Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies.  Experience this talented troupe as Orsino speaks these classic lines, “If music be the food of love . . . Play on!”

SEE HEAR MOVIES

Summer nights in L.A. are for hanging outdoors as long as you can, enjoying the great weather and good friends. Eat See Hear Movies puts together the ultimate nighttime outdoor hangout, combining popular films with live indie bands and some of the city's most famous food trucks. The Los Angeles State Historic Park screenings take advantage of the spacious park setting and views of the downtown cityscape, rolling the largest outdoor movie screen west of the Mississippi into the park for screenings of everyone's favorite movies along with live performances by up-and-coming bands. As always, a variety of the city's best food trucks will be on hand to dish out food, offering up a variety of food choices from around the world.
Only $5 if you book through Goldstar

El Portal, North Hollywood. Tix available here

JOHN LENNON TRIBUTE JUST IMAGINE 
at The Hayworth Theatre, tickets start at $15
At The Geffen - Tickets available here

 The Ahmanson - Tickets available here
I saw this a couple of weeks ago and loved it!
Created by the guys who brought us Cabaret and Chicago!
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
FREE!
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She has helped many Brits in LA members
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**Rates may vary depending on distance


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BRITS ON THE STAGE


You may remember Matt Goss from BROS he performs at the Caesar's Palace in Vegas on a regular basis so good news for Brosettes everywhere as Matt releases a new album.

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Matt Goss has revamped one of his group’s best known hits – When Will I Be Famous – as a big band number. Matt has re-recorded the track – which was a number two hit in 1988 – on a new album to be released on the 7th October 2013. Goss has teamed up with a 40-piece orchestra for his forthcoming album Life You Imagine, after becoming a huge star with his Las Vegas shows. Matt who was in the group with his twin brother Luke said of the new version: “It’s almost how it was meant to sound all along.”
London-born Goss, 44, is now based in Los Angeles and has been named one of the city’s “most eligible bachelors”. He has teamed up with producer Ron Fair, who has worked with acts such as Christina Aguilera and the Black Eyed Peas, for the album which is being released by Decca Records.
Matt said of the album: “After nearly three years of making the album with Ron, and spending so much of my time singing & performing abroad – it’s truly an amazing feeling to be coming back home with such pride to share the music with everyone. My wish is that it becomes the tapestry of people’s lives.”
Fair said: “Matt Goss is true British pop royalty and his album is 100% pure heart and soul.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" From Musical Theatre West

Hollywood noir meets Broadway razzle-dazzle in Sunset Boulevard, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's classic film. Complemented by one of Webber's most radiant scores, Sunset Boulevard is every bit as enthralling, dark and delicious as the original black-and-white masterpiece. Sidelined by the introduction of "talkies," silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen. Her neediness and cunning provide the perfect trap for down-and-out screenwriter Joe Gillis who wanders into her decaying mansion looking for a quick buck ... and gets much more in return. Buy tickets here

Crazy Crumpets: 
A night of music, comedy & games, 
hosted by Gina Yashere & DJ Asha in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
1st show: July 13th, M Bar, Hollywood.
Buy tickets here:
Buy before July 5th to use discount code BRIT for $10 tickets

Starring Brits in LA member Ruth Connell. More info by clicking here




...and on July 14th the Toscars alumni have a performance of!


By now I'm sure lots of you are familiar with the effervescent and very talented David Esquire. He's extremely active in our community, with "Miserable Lesbians", "The Toscars," "Pepper" and"The Token Minorities". He is one superb photographer for events, weddings, birthday parties. Great bedside manner (oo-er!!) - Check his website out below. 
Visit his website to find out what he can do for you 

MEMBERS NEWS
Guitar Lessons - Special rates for Brits In LA members -
British guitarist living in LA, teaching all ages.
Fully schooled (degree level) at a top European music academy.
Highly experienced (see here).  For more lesson info, please click here,


FITNESS AND SPORTS
You wanna get fit  - Less time more results
Ever considered working out with a world class personal trainer? Want to burn body fat fast with High Intensity Interval Training? Build muscle or add greater definition, have fun and learn martial arts and / or boxing along the way? I have many secrets tips and cheats to get you to your perfect body goal FAST! Be it a target body weight, specific muscle tone, or just that nice athletic or perfect body as you imagine it to be. In home or on location with all equipment provided. Rates $75 - $100 per session depending on location, rates discounted for block bookings first session allow a minimum of 1 hr 30 mins to build an accurate profile for your unique personal program to include advice on nutrition and health for an all round approach to fitness with sustainable goals.
With over 18 years experience in the fitness industry working with every type of people from celebrities to C.E.O's and housewives to old timers and being a former professional boxer and martial artist JC knows exactly what it takes to get you to reach your goals fast and in a friendly encouraging atmosphere. For more information please email  and please visit me on Facebook  No one gets a one size fits all program because we are not all one size. We are all different and everyone gets a personalized program designed specifically for your goals for maximum results that you will keep."
JC is a certified Fitness Expert with Body, Your Design Personal Training and contributor to Brits in LA, read his latest Fitness tips and advice here 
Click here to read his fitness tips!

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Or fancy a kick about? Some members are getting together to just have a fun kick-about with mates - check the group out here 
They are trying to get a group together for this Sunday, so sign up now!

Anyone for Netball?
Such a great group of Ladies. 
All ages welcome as long as you can run around for an hour straight!
If you fancy joining in the fun you can either join their Facebook group 

FINANCES

Don't get frazzled with your book-keeping have a 
pro do it for you.
Lisa is brilliant - 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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"Adam Beach has been helping us set up our new retirement plans and 
he's great at explaining all the complicated matter." - Brits in LA

STARS

ARIES
In any relationship situation you will find that what ever was a problem will begin 
to ease up as Mars your boss moves forward into your money area of life. This will 
be in the middle of July so hang on and keep cool.

TAURUS
Your priority should be taking care of you in any area that requires attention. and 
be aware that mercury the planet of all communications will be on your case mid 
month if you resist. Now that Jupiter is in your house of family expect visits.


GEM

The sun in your money house can bring out a very generous side of you and it also 
favors getting a handle on any part of life or person that is causing you problems 
or upset. Your rascally ruler Mercury is going in a backwards stroll so keep a low 
profile.

CAN
The consequences are long reaching for you  fall out with another especially if it’s a 
close friend or family .Its best to say nothing at all right now and then  it will fizzle 
out for now any way.! Jupiter is visiting you for a year now so life will improve.

LEO
Your health issues or those of someone close is stopping you from participating in 
life right now .Be sure to get enough rest and things will pick up in a positive way 
mid month. Jupiter is following behind you and will help you to feel better.

VIR
Its time you figured out that you die if you worry and you die if you don’t so with 
this in mind, every time you start to obsess about something you cannot control 
stop. On the upside that longtime on hold deal of any kind will probably complete 
by months end.

LIB
If you have any thing you need to be working on get it done by mid month as 
Mercury will hold you back until August and let’s face it you need to get it sorted. 
The fact is that you will manifest what you think at some point in time.

SCOR
Stress is the predominant force around you these days and worry is a big part of what
causes stress .Take it easy, relax and know if you have tried your best at whatever is
important in life for you then that’s all you can do .Jupiter in your cousin sign  will
mellow life out a bit.

SAG
You are likely busier than you thought or will be by mid month .Do not overextend
yourself or overdo things. It’s a month to catch up with things not start any thing new if
you can possibly hold of until month end  then life will be easier.


CAP
This could be the week that you lose it or regain it whatever this means to you it is
entirely up to you how you make it work Jupiter has arrived in your opposite sign Cancer
so you may want to hide out for a day or two.


AQU
Keep your life stress free this month and plans should be in process for a trip of sorts
although late this month or August is best. Work should be improved by Autumn and its
best to lets things take a natural course.


PISC
You are seeing the rewards of past efforts to settle your self in to a better way of being
in this Topsy Turvy life we are all experiencing these days. If you can be mellow until
September comes life picks up in many ways for the better. Jupiter will bring Joy to you
then.

We all know it's Wimbledon Season and Murray (our only hope) is in the final but it reminded me of an old French and Saunders skit from back in the day - Love these comediennes. Enjoy!



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