Thursday, October 17, 2013

Brits in LA Newsletter October 17th



WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
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If you are new to LA you maybe interested to know that you don’t need an American credit score to buy or lease a car, there is such thing as an International Leasing plan that both Volkswagen, Santa Monica and Audi Pacific offer, that takes into account your credit score back home and proof of some sort of visa to work in the USA. Email Artem or Jordan at Volkswagen, SM or Evan Bolton at Audi Pacific at  to find out how you can get into a car hassle free - these guys have helped countless Brits in LA members already. 

Plus both dealerships have committed to donating $100 per vehicle leased or sold to 
The UKARES FOUNDATION!


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Editor's Letter
Hi Everyone!
Thank you all for your lovely birthday wishes! I had a wonderful weekend celebrating several times, kicking off with dinner at Soho House, then on to the Pet Shop Boys on the Saturday and ending up at our monthly Sunday Roast! So very British indeed!
The Pet Shop Boys were fantastic - I have been very lucky recently at catching all the good shows and each one just gets better and better!
PET SHOP BOYS - photo Charlie McBrearty
Don't think I only go to see British acts though - I went to see gipsy punk band Gogol Bordello last week (although they do have a Scottish band member!)They are amazing , such high energy and it is a real pleasure to see performers so excited to be on stage even after all these years of touring. They are hitting the UK in December, so if you are home for Christmas, I highly recommend going to see them.
Click here for tour dates

Massive congratulations to our Craig! His film Return To The Hiding Place won lots of awards at the Bel Air Film Festival this past weekend including "Best Jury Feature" as well as a host of other accolades! Such a lovely film and based on a true story about the brave Dutch resistance during the Second World War. There wasn't a dry eye in the house by the time the credits rolled. 
ARE YOU A BIT OF A BRAINIAC?
Our monthly pub quiz at the Pikey is proving rather popular, so have decided to make this a weekly event. Team 'Our House' won for the second time in a row, so if you think you have what it takes to knock them off their pedestal come join us on a Tuesday night, starting in November. Not all questions are based on British knowledge, infact it pays to have a couple of non Brits on your team!


As you know our Halloween party, Dead British 2 is imminent, October 31st to be precise. Tickets are selling fast. Click on this link to purchase yours. Location is Bar Lubitsch, which is the perfect location for those of you who want to check out the West Hollywood Parade and far enough away for those of you who don't.
We will have a spooky photo booth, fortune tellers and costume competitons - 
your ticket price also includes a Halloween tipple. 
If you know of any Bonfire night celebrations we would love to hear from you , as this question gets asked again and again. It is a little tricky in SoCal because of the forest fire hazards - so don't try this at home! 

Since the weather has turned colder, the main topic on our Facebook page seems to be about comfort food! In particular, where to get a decent curry. Do you have a favourite? If so, please share with us and we will pass on to our members. My go to place is India's Grill but I would love to check some others out. 

We have so many great events coming up - Breakfast Club every Tuesday presented by Next Stop LAX, as previously mentioned, Monthly Sunday Roast, and our infamous Halloween Party, Dead British! If you fancy joining us for any of these but feel a little apprehensive about coming solo, feel free to drop us a line and we will make sure you are not alone for long. We have all been in the same boat at some point and absolutely love welcoming people to the Brits in LA community! 

Don't forget to check our website Britsin.LA for all the info on any events I have mentioned. For upcoming Brit acts performing in or around LA, visit our gigging page. Martin Jarvis and The Mighty Boosh have performances this weekend, as does our featured Brits in LA member and award winning composer, John Altman. So as you can see there is truly something for everyone!  
For the athletes amongst you, registration is now open for the LA Marathon. 
Scroll down this page to sign up.

Cheers 
Eileen 
Great coverage in this months LA CONFIDENTIAL all about Brits in LA
On shelves now


CALLING ALL WHISKY DRINKERS?! FREE TASTING EVENT NEXT WEEK COURTESY OF THE MACALLAN!

Click here for full details
Runs from Oct 22nd - Oct 26th

Image courtesy of Barry J Holmes
Becoming a Key Member is a great way to support Brits in LA 
and also get some brilliant discounts 
including 20% off weekday lunches (including alcohol) at Rock & Reilly's
or maybe you prefer 50% off breakfast at Cecconi's 
Plus exclusive invites to events and screenings
Previews of both "Diana" and "Made of Stonecoming up in the next couple of weeks
   We are offering the first 100 at a limited low price of  $50 p/a  
which works out to less than $1 a week! 
We still have a few left , so drop us a line to @ Brits in LA  
if you want to snap one up.  

We set up a Job Opportunities page, 
so if you have a vacancy or need some work please post it here
If you have something to sell you should check out our Selling Pages
And for housing click here

Try and join us for our weekly Twitter chat along with BBCAmerica's Mind the Gap and Virgin Atlantic. We have now moved to Wednesdays at 11 am PST. You can find us by clicking on this hashtag #mindthechat



Contact 
Evan Bolton if you are interested in leasing or purchasing a vehicle from Audi Pacific . For those of you with no established credit, make sure to mention you are interested in the Foreign Business Professional Leasing Plan

We're football Crazy, we're football mad - 
it is Premier League time check out our 
Steve 'sidekick' Sidelnyk is our new sports correspondent!!! 
Read his column now! New one out every Friday.
Particularly great for  those of us less knowledgeable in this area, as Steve gives us a few key sentences to throw in a conversation, not just full of stats but a few interesting tidbits that will make you sound like you are an expert 
at the next Brits in LA meet up!  

As a Brit in LA you are bound to want to arrive at your next event in style?! Halloween, Toscars 2014, Britannia Awards? Or  send one to the airport to pick your mum up next time she visits. She will start her  trip to Hollywood in an excellent fashion!

In which case you can't go wrong with booking this classy stretch Town Car.
Your chauffeur Paul is a fellow Brit, and is looking forward to driving you to your next event.
Contact him via email or call 310-770-8845
Mention Brits in LA to secure the best rate! Brits looking after Brits!!
( But of course he drives non Brits too!) 


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We are always being asked about good dentists and I want to introduce you to  Nicolas A. Ravon and Kimberley Knopf.
Current Special Offers for Brits in LA Members!
Home bleaching combined with one cleaning, comprehensive oral evaluation, 
and full set of radiographs for $150.
Comprehensive Invisalign treatment for $3900
Make sure to mention Brits in LA when booking your appointment for these prices. 
Craig's been with them for about 7 years.
 (Check out his gnashers next time you see him!)
They are so nice and relaxing.
Click here to visit their 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

Missing Home? Then you need to check our Back to Jack  
written by our very own Lisa Marks  . 


SPECIAL OFFER just for US
Great deal from Yogaworks for Brits in LA members
$100 sign up fee waived plus one free weeks trial ! If you choose to continue after your 1 free week you will get a discount on the monthly fee. Prices vary from location to location but will be about $15 off (except Santa Monica locations and Studio City, at this time) 
Visit their website to find a location near you. And don't forget to print off this flyer to get this fab deal ! http://yogaworks.com/

Our go to health insurance guy Adam Beach now can help you with Auto Insurance!

Gorgeous Mid Century Palm Springs House 
Now you can rent it too.
See more here
OCTOBER some  AVAIL
NOVEMBER AVAIL

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 and free valet parking!

NextStopLAX  is the leading relocation and visa consultancy service for entertainment industry professionals transitioning to living and working in the US
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.

MONTHLY SUNDAY ROAST
at The Pikey
Sunday November 3rd - Full details here
KEY MEMBERS Discount 25% off entire tab for you and a guest. 

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 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
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


THEATRE
The Dream of The Burning Boy
Free Wine and 1/2 price tickets for The Dream of The Burning boy at Malibu Playhouse--
5 stars across the board from every reviewer,
Stage Scene LA raved review here


HUMOR ABUSE IS HERE
Humor Abuse
Performed by Lorenzo Pisoni 
Directed by Erica Schmidt
Mark Taper Forum
Sept 17 – Nov 3, 2013      
Run away and join the circus with a clown, his dad and a lifetime of memories.
“90 minutes of nonstop hilarity…a tour de force of physical comedy.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Life lessons fly fast and funny for Lorenzo Pisoni when he joins the family business – San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus – at the age of six, earning his clown college stripes (and polka dots) through on-the-job training with his exacting father as his role model, guru and comic foil.
In his autobiographical Humor Abuse, Pisoni is a one-man whirlwind: spinning stories like plates and performing side-splitting physical feats with aplomb, mixing heart and humor in a tenderly rendered homage to the consummate performer, parent and perfectionist who taught him everything he needed to fill some very big shoes.
“Mr. Pisoni’s performance is breathtaking,” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
SAVE WHEN YOU PURCHASE NOW FOR HUMOR ABUSE!All seats only $30 for performances Sep 17-20
All seats only $40 for performances Sep 22-Oct 1
Visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/CIRCUS or call 213.628.2772 and mention code CIRCUS*
*Subject to availability.  Not valid on previously purchased tickets.  May not be combined with other offers. 
Save up to 50% with a group of 12 or more. Call 213.972.7231 for further details.



 1 evening with 2 brilliant women! 
Helen Fielding and Carrie Fisher on Bridget Jones
Friday November 1st
Get Tickets here - only $25 !

L.A. THEATRE WORKS
presents
$30 tickets for Brits in LA members! 
 This will sell out! 
Code is “BritsVanya” for all performances – Except Sunday. 

Any of the four performance for October 17 – 19. 
The offer excludes “Premium seating”. All the seats are good, however! 
Featuring Stacy Keach, Josh Radnor, Martin Jarvis, Grace Gummer. 

Directed by Rosalind Ayres
Click on the link to purchase 
https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/923945


 Register here 
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON 
at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Bring wine and a picnic and a blanket as it gets chilly!
Get your tickets here - parking passes recommended. 

WELCOME ZANDRA RHODES TO LA!

Designer Zandra Rhodes is featured at a luncheon program in Pasadena on Saturday, October 26, at 12:30 pm.  The event is presented by Pasadena Museum of History in conjunction with its current exhibition 
Wedding fashions and history, 1950 to present (which includes a gown by Ms. Rhodes). 

NEED TO RENT AN AFFORDABLE 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   
Or email her Expressrentacar4less@yahoo.com
Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
Also now doing airport transfers for $60**
*These cars are not brand new luxury vehicles
**Rates may vary depending on distance


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One of the most common questions we get asked is for shipping company 
recommendations. 
We have heard great things from a lot of you about these guys UPAKWESHIP. 
Visit their website here 

MEMBERS NEWS
Congratulations to Brits in LA members Julia Verdin & Julia Clancey 
who are a big part of this wonderful feature! 
2 JACKS 
LA FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Friday October 18th
Red Carpet Event - get tickets here

Tribute to Sir David Frost on BBC2 this Saturday 
produced and directed by my very own sister, Sally Norris! 
Story told by Stephen Fry who apparently was a joy to work with!
Includes interviews with Sir Michael Caine, Sir Michael Parkinson, Ronnie Corbett, 
Michael Palin and Barry Cryer. 
Plus insights from former prime ministers, Tony Blair and Sir John Major,
Tell your friends and family back home to tune in ! 
Thanks! 


Congrats to member Canan on celebrating her one year anniversary in business -British clothing store on Melrose, Scream Famous. They are having a party to celebrate - free drinks for everyone! 

STOP 8150
If you live near or frequent the Chateau Marmont 
you are probably already in the know ..
....This horrendous 16 storey monstrosity is set to be built overlooking the infamous hotel.
Brits in LA member Andrew has started a movement to prevent this from happening.
Join here to be kept in the loop of fundraisers and (peaceful) protests.

The smash hit Brits in LA/Toscars stage musical 'Miserable Lesbians' is returning to LA for a special encore performance - this time with more 'lesbians!' Ahead of the Les Mis parody's London West End debut in December, the show will be presented at Hollywood's Working Stage Theatre on Sunday November 17 at 3pm. You can book tickets, priced $15 each, at this link http://miserablelesbians.eventbrite.com/ and better do so quickly as the previous shows in New York, LA and Edinburgh all sold out very fast. This LA show welcomes 3 new cast members from BLA, Dana Barbir as Miley Lesbus, Caroline Feraday as Mistress of the House and Ione Butler as Eppynine alongside returning Mis Les stalwarts Nadia Wit Katie Amess Kerstin Alm Anthony Wemyss and Sandro Monetti. Written and directed by SandroMonetti. Composed by Michael Daniel. "Hilarious" - Mail on Sunday  "Silliness with a social message" - Wall Street Journal   "Bonkers!" - British Weekly
------------------------

 A great evening of stories at The Hudson Theater, Comedy Central Stage. 
Details below: Save the date!October 17th.
Jill Demby Guest will be returning to Sit'n'Spin, spinning another new story. 
Join her and a line up of wonderful storytellers for one delicious evening.
Date: Thursday, October 17th.Time: 8PM
Place: The Hudson Theater Comedy Central Stage
           6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
           Hollywood, CA 90038
And join after for a little libation afterwards at FRANKIE'S on Melrose.
Reserve your FREE TICKETS now by calling 323-960-5519. Be sure to say it's for October 17th.
Seats sell out quickly.
Visit sitnspin.org for more info 

CHARITY HALLOWEEN PARTY BENEFITING UNICEF
Curated by Brits in LA members Fiona Domenica and Jesse Boyd
Sunday November 3rd at The Parlour in Hollywood
Rare performance by Prettydead Ferrari
Click here for full details

Want to go to the famous Magic Castle?
Brits in LA David Minkin is performing there next month (Nov -25th - December 1st)
and has extended an invitation to all of you! It is an invite only venue, so feel very lucky to have an 'in' ! Click here for full details.
Make sure to follow the dress code to the letter! 
If you can't wait to see David perform his magic tricks then you are in luck! His show,  Magic & Wine is on through to November 9th at Bardot, in Hollywood.
October shows are sold out but still some available for November. 
Get your tickets by clicking here 

BRITS IN LA MEMBER GINA YASHERE
is currently on tour in the UK! 
Get your tickets here and send her our love!

CAMERON NEILSON 
PALMS SPRINGS RESIDENCY
Click here for ticket info 


FITNESS AND SPORTS

PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON 
where to watch?!
Steve Sidelynk is covering the league for Brits in LA!
Read his latest installment here 
*Updated every Friday

The following pubs usually show the games.
Call in advance to confirm. 

have said they will even open for the early ones 
if you want to round up a group! 
If we have missed any pubs , please let us know and 
we will happily add to the list below. 

Cat and Fiddle - Hollywood (323) 468-3800
Cock 'n Bull - Santa Monica (310) 399-9696
Fox & Hound - Studio City (818) 763-7837
The Kings Head - Studio City (818) 990-9055
Ye Olde Kings Head - Santa Monica (310) 451-1402
Rock and Reilly's  - West Hollywood (310) 360-1400
Village Idiot - Hollywood (323) 655-3331
White Harte- Woodland Hills (818) 224-3822

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Click here to read his fitness tips!

 THE Patriates FC 
made up of Brits in LA members!
Don't forget to like LA Premier League on Facebook
Click here for their match schedule. 
Next game this coming Monday October 21st
The Patriates on Facebook HERE - still recruiting


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 has helped many Brits in LA members with their book keeping needs 

NEED ANY OR ALL INSURANCES, FROM CAR, TO HEALTH AND HOME
SPEAK TO BRITS IN LA MEMBER ADAM BEACH



Email him here 

Weekly Stars with Anne Shaw
email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com 
call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
She is amazing!

ARIES.
 Be very low key and don’t make any waves over anything as the  current life situation will be here for some time ahead. Its time to clean out any unwanted goods or people from your life now.

TAURUS
Write a list of priorities and start with the biggest as your ruler Venus in your opposite sign just might be helping you as the month progresses especially in romance and finances.

GEM
Time to deal with what has been hidden so far  from you by others perhaps
 Uranus the trouble maker is hanging out in the area of family and close relationships .Your ready indeed for letting go of what not working .

CAN
A positive beginning to October and time to make peace or amends with any one or any thing that has caused you upset as chances are you did not see the picture clearly !! This Month is unpredictable.

LEO.
The good news is if you take control it will be sorted completely if you allow another week to go by. Any feelings of insecurity are just that feelings sp do not let them run your life.

VIR
If any area of life currently is not going as smoothly as you expect  you can let go of 
worry about the outcome all will be well in the end . Please find some thing to change that’s need the help there is  always something.

LIB

The main lesson of this month is that its time to make decisions not something Libra is often able to do quickly at. However as it is the beginning of your particular new year make at least one resolution .Happy Birthday.

SCOR
Remember this time last month and realize that all things change and that which came to pass was not any where near as bad as you thought .You are being blessed through this month by Venus visiting you .An unexpected gift will be on the cards.

SAG,
Your favorite pastime travel period is coming up and be ready to relax and take a different route this time as you are  truly in need of a break away. You will be lucky in some way this week. Venus visits you mid month lightening life up.

 CAP
Pluto the lord of digging up the dirt is settling down deeper into your life so the best thing is to look at what you know you can change the rest will take its time  in sorting out what to do and when. This a time laying low and being mellow.

 AQU
 You have a chance to rest or take a quick trip this week ahead even for the day would freshen you up, as we get deeper in to October you will be too busy to take time out.
You have realized that a peaceful life is worth the effort 

PISC
This week ahead do confront what upsets you in a non threatening way and see how much better life will be as a result of taking action for your self by your self. You will be in a social mood this week so go for it .

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