Brits in LA Newsletter October 30th


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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,  you need 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 
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Editor's Letter
Hi Everyone!!
DEAD BRITISH! DEAD BRITISH! DEAD BRITISH! Can you tell I am excited about our Halloween party?!  I am really looking forward to seeing all your costumes, you are such a creative bunch , I just know they will be outstanding as usual! 
Make sure to catch Craig’s column next week to see all the fab Dead Brits that showed up! Huge thank you to Volkswagen Santa Monica and Beltran Brito for supporting this event. For those of you that are not aware, Volkswagen Santa Monica offer a foreign business professional leasing program which ultimately means you don’t need to have credit established here to get a car! Beltran Brito is one of the immigration firms our members prefer - for more details check out their advert below. 
Extra special thank you to Bar Lubitsch (the sister bar of the Pikey) for letting us host our party there. 
I am delighted to announce we have reached over 6000 members on our Facebook page!! If you have put in a request to join and are still pending, make sure to drop us a line to give us a nudge. We automatically accept new members to the group only if they have friends that are already members, otherwise we ask that you send an email to us telling us a little about yourselves. 
Or just come along and say hi at one of our events?! 
There are lots to choose from - we have our weekly Breakfast Club sponsored by Next Stop LAX every Tuesday morning at Cecconi’s, I missed this weeks, but I heard we had a very non British guest in attendance...
L-R Marc Conneely, Ron Jeremy,Clement von Franckenstein
Some of you may not be quite so familiar with Ron Jeremy, its definitely an 'only in LA' moment, although he is known all over the world - however be careful if you google him, don't say I didn't warn you ;)

Doctor Who celebrates 50 years!! 

  We also have Pikey Pub Quiz and also a lot of one off events including our upcoming and very exciting collaboration with the Cat and Fiddle pub in Hollywood, celebrating 50 years of Dr Who on November 23rd. Live broadcast of the anniversary episode ‘The Day of the Doctor’ . Sandro Monetti will be hosting the evening along with special guest Tessa Shaw (from the Third Doctor’s ‘Spearhead from Space’ ). Costumes encouraged, so come and enjoy a cyber-snack or a pint of Extermin-ale with us and some fellow Whovians! Scroll down to our events section for ticket details

The two questions posed to us this week that seemed to get a lot of attention were
‘Where can I buy wellies?’ And ‘Where can I buy parsnips?’ For the answers to these questions and many more - find us on Facebook. I also would love to hear what some of you don’t miss from the UK or what you miss when you are away from LA? 
Don’t forget the clocks change here on Saturday night! Think it means we get an extra hour sleep, woohoo!!. The reminder us ‘Americans’ can use is “ Spring forward, Fall back’ , I do, but I still get confused!
Make sure to read all the way to the bottom so you don't miss out on all the deals and discounts we have secured for you. Lots of new events added - bound to be one you fancy!
Are you a Craigslist shopper? Be careful, as not all people are who they say they are. 
Just recently a pair of local teenage boys posing as sellers, got arrested for murder. 
Read more about it here

If you are taking a trip up to San Francisco over the next few weeks this is well worth adding to your itinerary
Runs through to January 20th
David Hockney, Self Portrait with Charlie, 2005. Oil on canvas, 72 x 36 in. Collection National Portrait Gallery, London, purchased with help from the proceeds of the 150th anniversary gala and Gift Aid visitor ticket donations, 2007, NPG 6819. © 2013 David Hockney. Photo: Richard Schmidt
Lastly, just want to say a big thank you to one of our newer members Susan Walters, she has been helping Craig and I with editing the newsletter. 
Thank you Susan! 
Check out Susan's son Patty Walters video at the bottom of the page,
and listen to his version of 'This is Halloween' 
Thats exactly how I want my make up for Dia de Los Muertos (Day of Dead) 
this weekend!
Tickets still available here if you fancy joining



Want to purchase a poppy for Remembrance Sunday
(aka Poppy Day) ? 
Visit the British Consulate offices to pick one up. 
For full details pop over to their Facebook page

I also heard that you can get them at 
St Thomas of the Apostle Church in Hollywood
Father Iain Elliot Davies is Welshman 
and even has a Facebook page for the church!
I think Auntie Jean at Oh Fancy That! has some too!
Make sure to call and check before you head over.

Thats all for now! See you soon 
cheers
Eileen 


MOVEMBER !
Grow a moustache and raise money for prostate cancer!
Get Involved!

CONFUSED ABOUT OBAMACARE AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU?
Member Adam Beach as already helped countless Brits in LA members get affordable insurance and whether you are for it or not, come January every US resident must carry insurance or they will have to pay a large penalty at the end of the year. To find out more information you can reach him on 310 414 2100 or email him at info@beachfinancialgroup.com to get more information or get into an affordable plan.
He also can help with travel insurance  - We got a quote for Mexico for 5 days and it was only $25 for 1 MILLION dollars coverage (easily spent if you manage to break a leg or two!) 
Bear in mind it depends on your age and your activities planned as well as other factors. 



Another fabulous offering from Brit grocery store 


We are always being asked about good dentists and I 'd like to introduce you to  Dr. Nicolas A. Ravon and Dr. Kimberley Knopf.
Who are offering  Special Offers exclusively for Brits in LA Members!

At-Home Bleaching with Custom trays and 2 tubes Bleaching product $99
Dental Prophy and Bite-wing check-up x-rays and comprehensive Exam $99
Invisalign $3900 
(must be free of active decay and infection), 
case must be approved by treating doctor.
All of these deals are applicable to insurance patients.

Click here to visit their website and book an appointment.
Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach their office by calling 310-275-5325

MEET A MEMBER
Newcomer, Caroline Feraday shares her thoughts on her move to LA. 
She has only been here a couple of months and has 
already discovered one of the best burritos in LA!

Don't forget to check our website Britsin.LA for all the info for upcoming Brit acts performing in or around LA, visit our Gigging Page lots of great Brits coming to town, 
including Calvin Harris and Sam Smith!. 


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


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
photo courtesy of C.Young

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.

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!) 


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


UPCOMING THINGS TO DO


BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB 
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$18 for English Breakfast and free valet parking!

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


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, in fact it pays to have a couple of non Brits on your team!
ALL DETAILS HERE


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, a fortune teller and costume competitions - 
your ticket price also includes a Halloween tipple, nibbles and candy too!
Only $25 
Plastic Love will be djing too!

CALLING ALL WHOVIANS!
Celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who!
November 23rd at The Cat & Fiddle Pub in Hollywood
Hosted by Sandro Monetti 
Get your tickets here 
*closed captions will be available on 1 screen

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
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/

SHOWS AND EVENTS 
Jane Godley will be making a guest appearance 
at UNCABARET this Sunday! 
She was also a Scotswoman of the year finalist in 2006!
If you want to go along and see her in action click here to buy tickets.
Further details can also be found by visit the event FB page here

"Tonight, we will be partaking of a liquid - as we wind our up the Golden Mile"
It actually isn't tonight, but on November 16th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
A chance to watch the complete Cornetto Trilogy
(I thought it was just one Cornetto...?)
 (Shaun of the Dead, Hott Fuzz & The Worlds End) 
Q&A after with director Edgar Wright and Rian Johnson
Get your tickets here 

Go check out British Photographer Nick Brandt's exhibit at Fahey/Klein Gallery
148 North La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036  P: (323) 934-2250 F: (323) 934-4243
Amazing life size images, incredibly stunning work



WAIT UNTIL DARK
Thru Nov 17
Tickets here

HUMOR ABUSE
Humor Abuse
Performed by Lorenzo Pisoni 
Directed by Erica Schmidt
Mark Taper Forum
Thru – 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




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




General release November 6th
Click here for details


Malibu Winter Classic Golf Tournament
benefiting the Special Olympics 
 Dec 5th, 2013
 Register here 



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
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They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 
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and Sat by appointment after hours service 818-429-7073   
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MEMBERS NEWS

MATT CRABTREE
 is in a play!
Runs through till November 24th
Get tickets here


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
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Image courtesy of Fiona Domenica
CHARITY HALLOWEEN PARTY BENEFITING UNICEF
Created 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
Delighted to share the following discount with the whole of Brits in LA. 
10% discount for all November shows.  Code :  BRITROCK
No limits. Purchase via http://theedgepalmsprings.com 



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 

FITNESS AND SPORTS

PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON 
where to watch?!

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
and click here for their match schedule. 

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 

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


ARIES.
It’s the time to plan ahead for a trip in the last weeks of the year .This may be even a move of some kind. Whatever this is its best planned at least in part before mid November to make sure you are setting things in order.

TAURUS
Your priority should be taking care of you in any area that requires attention. and this may be your health as Mercury is going backwards in this area of life for you. If you ignore this you will spend a lot more than time than normally getting well.

GEM
If you feel you need to make some long overdue changes in settling some kind of emotional situation you are the only one who can.  Now it will be easier to just bite the bullet and go for it because Mercury your boss is going backwards this next week.

CAN
You will have to be aware this next week to not be too hard on your self or another or speak out of turn to any one .The consequences are long reaching for you especially this next few days.. The month of November is better.

LEO.
Yes this is a time for the inner show person to reveal itself for some of you who are not at the full potential of the Lion energy. Mercury in a water sign will wake you up or rattle your bones.

VIR
Its time for a trip back maybe in time and when you know when to look at what has worked for you and what has not ,maybe then you can say I did well with out self criticism. You are due a small treat to your self also.

LIB

You are feeling lighter literally and brighter than for sometime past. Enjoy what you have learned and let go of what no longer works .In a few weeks Santa will be visiting your money area bringing gifts!

SCOR
With the Sun in your sign this month and also a powerful eclipse as well this weekend
will leave you  feeling empowered going forward .Whatever has transpired in the last couple of months with any situations  you are now ready to bounce back. and you will get a good resolution. Happy Birthday.

SAG,

Mars is visiting a grounding sign Virgo and he is like a favorite uncle he usually brings gifts .Be ready to have unexpected guests this month towards the latter part, and even if you are not too happy about this it will end up enriching your life in some way.

CAP

All work and no play makes for a dull life .Its not always this way and by mid month life is due for an overall boost for you .Be sure to stand firm in a recent disagreement just because you feel bad does not  mean you are in the wrong.!!

AQU
A health or diet issue that has bugged you in the recent past will be back if you have not taken care of it. It could also be someone else health. Be sure to finish any medication or watch another who is forgetful this month.


PISC
You have been getting more and more aware of what’s happening in your daily life and how it is affecting you and your overall health. This week ahead confront it in a non threatening way and see how much faster you will rebound and get ready for an especially good month ahead.

PATTY WALTERS
THIS IS HALLOWEEN



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