Thursday, January 16, 2014

Brits in LA Newsletter January 16th 2014


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 Foreign Business Professional Leasing program 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, Santa Monica,  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!

Editor's Letter


Firstly happy birthday to one of our favourite members
and breakfast club chief
Bernard - Happy birthday we love you!!!

Who says guys can't get pampered?

Nothing wrong with a bit of manscaping, a fresh hair cut, old fashioned shave and a facial right? - It's getting more and more popular. Ladies stand back, because the guys are taking over your chairs and appointments. however I've happened upon a few mens only boutiques where us guys don't have to feel embarrassed getting our nails did and our feet scraped. A hot towel on the face and with a beer in hand nonetheless.

First up my new favourite barbers is called BOLT BARBERS (8209 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046 213 596 9110 - with it's neon 'mancave' sign inviting you in. BOLT offer a membership where you get complimentary beer after 7pm a pool table an a shoe shine. A haircut is very affordable at $30 and close razor shave starts at $15 for a beard trim. If you've a son under 15, they do a father & son special for $55. Other similar places are BAXTERS, RUDY'S AND FLOYD'S (all take walk ins).
I happened upon a nail salon just for guys called HAMMER & NAILS (masculine right?) (8257 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 302-5435)

This place looks like an old workshop garage when you walk in but kick back in a kingsize black leather chair throw on your supplied BOSE headset and flick through the channels on your own personal flatscreen TV. The girls working here are extremely pretty and friendly. A complimentary Whiskey or beer (We're no longer in Kansas anymore Toto. In fact if FHM magazine was a place, this would be it. - Guys are chit-chatting, watching the game, and it's as if these treatments are an after thought. These guys just want a place where they can watch the game in peace, or snooze or catch up. However this place is somewhat pricier than your average strip-mall spa. $25 for a manicure and $60 for a mani-pedi all the way up to a paraffin soaked repair treatment with massages etc. will set you back $110.- But the perks are worth it
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And finally I'll share one last gem with you  - Brooks Massage (7619 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 937-8781). This is a little hole in the wall and less fancy, than say a burke Williams type of place but not grotty like a number of those happy endings places, not that I know where they are, so don't bother asking ;-). There is the women's side and the men's. You won't get a complimentary alcoholic drink, in fact there are no perks at all here. However if you like your massage strong, this is the only place I recommend  Nothing like getting pummeled by a 350 lb. russian. (oo-er missus) The massage therapist at Brooks are mainly Eastern European guys who don't mess about. After one hour you will feel like jelly with all your knots gone. Ask for Sergei,  Andre or Sebastian. They also do 1/2 hour massage if you are short on time. 1 hour massage is $105. They also have a dry sauna and a natural rock steam for afterwards to heat away all the pains.

People often say LA has no good theatre. This simply isn't true. It has a bad rap, mainly I think because there are so many terrible run down places, and LA tends to be much more of a movie going crowd than say New York, London or Chicago. But I've seen some wonderful productions, and there are so many good things on right now. The Book Of Morman by Trey Stone and Matt Parker (the South Park guys) at the Pantages is a must see. I about wet my pants it's so funny - I think it's sold out but you can always check at the box office for returns. Last week I saw a marvelous performance by Barry McGovern in "I'll Go On" by Samuel Beckett - McGovern is a tour de force and if you love acting this is a master class  - He is perfection. I was riveted and hung on to every word. I was inspired I want to be that good.


Okay you've been hearing a lot about THE TOSCARS, So what is it exactly? Is it a film competition  is it an award-show  is it an excuse for celebrities to let their hair down during a very serious awards week? Well it's all three and much much more.

Here's the last one I participated in - A spoof on Woody Allen's "Midnight in Parody"

Brits in LA members gather on the evening Oscar nominations are announced and individuals are chosen randomly to be a part of a team to make a spoof movie of one of the films up for best picture. When these movies are made we have a huge night to celebrate these wonderful achievements where a panel of celebrity judges decide on a myriad of crazy categories including Best Whactors, Best Choons, Best Hair to name a few. Our awards are quite controversial due to the fact they are shaped like fists. However i can tell you, I've never seen so many people fighting over a giant golden fist. Remarkable really! But seriously, not seriously .. it's all about fun, team building, allowing your creative juices to flow and who knows what might happen after The winning film last year Miserable Lesbians was turned into a stage show and traveled the world including New York and London's West End. - Ahoy for the Toscars!!! We do make tickets available to the general Public.  and hope you will join us for a night of Lights, Camera.... Whaction! Watch this space.

Cheers!
Craig



For those of you heading to the Sundance Film Festival this week, make sure to check out Return To The Hiding Place, starring Craig Robert Young! HAHAHAHA that's me!!!! I had the pleasure of seeing this last year, and it is truly a brilliant film said Eileen - She has to.... Don't forget to bring kleenex as it is a bit of a tearjerker. Craig will be in attendance, so make sure to go say hi! (Please do)

Hope to see some of you over the next month, either at our weekly Breakfast Club, Pub Quiz or our Burns Night Celebration on January 25th!

Brits in LA Job Opportunities page has a lot of activity at the moment - so if you are looking for a job, send a request to join the group today by clicking here. This new casting notice just came in, so apply ASAP if you fit the bill!


  It is a really a fabulous night, definitely the highlight of the AWARDS season ! To view the films from the previous 6 years, visit our website TheToscars.com
If you are interested in participating in a film we still have a few spots left. Find your inner parody!  Tickets Here OUR SELECTION NIGHT  is Jan 16th at Bedford and Burns

Speaking of...
Brits in LA present Burns Night!
Saturday, January 25th
Thanks to William Grant & Sons, The Balvenie and Glenfiddich will be flowing! 
Ticket information to follow, but for now RSVP here

STEVE SIDELNYK OUR FOOTBALL BLOGGER IS BACK!
Read his latest installment here! 
WORLD CUP FEVER IS CONTAGIOUS!
Watch the video below for a fantastic performance from Gus Farwell singing the classic 
Nessun Dorma football anthem at our last World Cup event at the Petersen Museum!


IT'S PAST JAN 1st  - DO YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE? 
It's not too late, you could get fined!

IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT DID YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO 
HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE 

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 
He also can help with travel insurance, 
including those of you who are not residents here.  


We are constantly updating our Brits Gigging in LA page .

CAP UCLA presents
Wayne McGregor|Random Dance latest work FAR
A cutting edge performance by one of today's vanguards of modern dance
January 24 and 25
at UCLA's Royce Hall
Wayne McGregor at Royce Hall

Special BOGO offer, buy one ticket to Wayne McGregor|Random Dance FAR and get another free. 
For tickets, Click here Use Offer Code: WAYNE


ACTING CAREER COACH
Book a session ASAP as he will fill up during the upcoming pilot season!

PAUL DUDDRIDGE
"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.
contact http://www.entertainmentcoach.com or paul@entertainmentcoach.com
First consultation is free. Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount. visit www.acting.fm

LOOKING TO RENT OUT YOUR CAR?

Hubber can help you do it safely and legally!
They take care of the insurance plus you get a free car wash
and don't have to pay for parking either!
If you are looking to rent a car make sure to mention you are a 
Brits in LA member, as they are offering a discount for you too! 
Check our Facebook group for details.
Call Paul if you have any questions (855) 482-2371 ext. 120
or email him here


LETS SHOW THE WORLD WE DON'T HAVE BAD TEETH!
(Now, we live in LA!!!)

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


MORE MEMBERS NEWS & EVENTS

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Christopher Plummer's accolades are so varied (and so many) that it's almost easier to list the few awards he hasn't already won. From Academy Awards (Beginners) to Tony Awards (Cyrano, Barrymore) to Emmy Awards (Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers), his entertainment career has been as diverse as it has been revered. Now one of our greatest classical actors brings his abounding talent to the stage of the Ahmanson Theatre in A Word or Two, written and arranged by Plummer himself, and directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (The Who's Tommy). An autobiographical odyssey through the literature that has inspired him since we was a boy, this love affair with the written word finds Plummer giving his personal take on the works of literary giants like William Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Lord Byron and A.A. Milne.
Hailed by The New York Times as a "passionate love letter to language," A Word or Two is an intimate night of literary luxury with one of the medium's most ardent admirers.
January 19th - 26th


Jason and the Argonauts: 

A Fun and Innovative Retelling for the Whole Family

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 
(9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
January 16-25
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Using two actors, a handful of action figures and one incredible wooden cart, Visible Fictions, Scotland's acclaimed children's theater company, innovatively recreates the classic Greek myth Jason and the Argonauts. The New York Times called this adaptation "sly, silly, sophisticated and altogether winning." When heir to the throne Jason was just an infant, he was sent away to save him from his evil uncle. Now, this wannabe hero is back to claim his throne. But to become king he'll have to embark on an epic quest for the Golden Fleece with his crew of heroes, the Argonauts. Audiences young and old will enjoy this quirky and exciting take on the timeless adventure.
Order Tickets Here

THE NOHO ARTS CENTER ENSEMBLE,
 INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE CO. & EFFICIENCY STUDIOS present A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY!
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO 
THOMAS JEFFERSON, 
CHARLES DICKENS 
AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD 
Written by Scott Carter
Directed by Matt August



Buy tickets here

  OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
   AT THE NOHO ARTS CENTER IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD!
$10 Discount to all Brits in LA and there are talk backs after each show with special guests. Click here: Jane Lynch, Rainn Wilson, Dan Savage & More Set for 'THE GOSPEL' Talk-Backs at Noho ACE
The churchill are hosting an english night on Thursdays - Key members get 10% off entire bill for you and a guest.

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Mary Poppins Sing-A-Long at the El Capitan
El Capitan Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
There will be on-screen lyrics so the whole family can sing along with Mary, Bert and the gang during this magical 1964 musical starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews (who won an Oscar for her role) as the nanny who's "practically perfect in every way." 
January 17-20
Order Tickets here

EWAN CHUNG
Don't miss this one off opportunity to hear Ewan sing!
Monday 27th January at Sterling's Upstairs


She has a lot of shows coming up over the next few weeks so bound to be one that fits your schedule!
Jan 19th
Watch Your Mouth: Stories of Self Esteem 
open mic opportunity-
Holy Spirit
3711 Evans St, Silverlake, 90027 7 PM
Jan. 24
Show and Tell - like gradeschool for grownups
Jumpcut Cafe
13202 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 91604 7 PM
Jan. 29
Tattle Tales
Sheddy's Public Parlour on Fairfax (near Grove), 8 PM
February 20
Sit'n'Spin
Hudson Theater Comedy Central Stage
6539 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood 90038 8 PM
February 21
Watch Your Mouth: Stories of Self Esteem
Holy Spirit, 3711 Evans St. Silverlake, 90027
March 4
Word Salad "Celebrity Encounters"
The Talking Stick, Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 7:30 PM

KATIE AMESS
appearing in The Birthday Party
at The Geffen
also starring Frances Barber, Stephen Berkoff, 
Tim Roth & Nick Ullett
Feb 4th - March 16th

THE BEATLES
A grammy salute
contact Aaron Kaniecki for details
Tickets can also be purchased via Ticketmaster  -


Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa or a green card?
GIL BRITO of 
BELTRAN 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

#Mindthechat
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
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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 


OUR UPCOMING EVENTS

At the Pikey on Sunset Blvd at Stanley.
They are giving 25% off entire bill for Key Members only must
show key bob for you and 1 guest only.
Free Range Local Organic Produce.
They also offer a nut roast for the vegetarians amongst you!
First Sunday of every month - although they serve this menu every week.
Click here for all the details

BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB
Every Tuesday Morning, rain or shine
Eileen & Craig enjoying a cuppa at Cecconi's: photo credit: Dawn Bowery Photography
from her upcoming book on Brits in LA
California Dreaming
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 USRelocating Entertainment Professionals.Next Stop LAX. Every day our team of experts assists entertainment professionals from all over the world in making the major transition toward 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.

ARE YOU A BRIT OF A BRAINIAC?
Pub Quiz at the Pikey!
Tuesday, January 21st
photo credit: Eileen Lee
Our pub quiz at The Pikey is growing every week, 
so if you think you have what it takes to come join us on a Tuesday night. 
Not all questions are based on British knowledge, in fact it pays to have a couple of non-Brits on your team! Make sure to arrive by 7.30 to grab a table. 
Lots of prizes to be won.

ALL DETAILS HERE
they get to parody!
RSVP HERE

BURNS NIGHT
Saturday, January 25th
Thanks to William Grant & Sons, The Balvenie and Glenfiddich will be flowing! 
Ticket information to follow, but for now RSVP here

SUBSCRIBE TO THE BRITISH WEEKLY NEWSPAPER 
and get it delivered straight to your door every week!
Click here for all the details

OTHER EVENTS
( We think you might like!)

SUNDANCE CINEMA ON SUNSET 

The National Theatre of London Captured Live

CORIOLANUS - Saturday 2/15 at 12:30p.m. & Monday 2/17 at 7:15p.m.
WAR HORSE - Tuesday 3/18 at 7:15p.m. & Saturday 3/22 at 12:30p.m.
JUST ADDED - 
KING LEAR - Monday 5/19 at 7:15p.m. & Saturday 5/24 at 12:30p.m.
Tickets on sale now

L.A. THEATRE WORKS PRESENTS


Corialanus, Feb 8th & 9th

Click here for ticket info

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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FITNESS AND SPORTS
Free tickets available RSVP here by Feb 3rd

Yogaworks HAS opened in Hollywood
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!

PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON 
Where to watch?!

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


 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 bookkeeping have a 
pro do it for you.
Lisa has helped many Brits in LA members with their book keeping needs 

Weekly Stars by Anne Shaw

email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com 
call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
She does tarot and astrology!

ARIES
If life is not all it could be look at the positive side of things as we move into the end of the  month the planet of luck Jupiter will open new doors which you will enjoy opening.

TAURUS
Your emotions are probably in a mess in regards to some area of life. It is more than likely a past situation that has brought things up and this will be resolved for your highest good come February

GEM
.Some of your life is in order and there are some areas that need some order. The sun moving into Aquarius this week will assist you to straighten up your life .Start being kinder to others than you normally are.

CAN
Just when you thought all was in order the past can up and bite you when you least expect and more importantly by some one you least expected to bite . A possible lucrative job offer is in the wind .

LEO
You may be involved in a family drama that has you  wanting to tear out your hair tearing  Stop!  Look at what the problems are causing you to feel health wise and then decide to carry on or let go.

VIR
Because everything in life is a lesson and you may need teacher who can guide you through this period .Look at some one who has stood firm them selves in difficult situations and you won’t go far wrong.

LIB

The planet Mars is half way through your area of finance when you will feel pressured with life you tend to move faster and then stuff will get completed so just take as it comes, sometimes that’s all you can do.

SCOR
Your finances are due for a long awaited boost, however don’t blow away all the extra cash as you have always got bills to pay.  Some important decision pending are soon ready for lift off and people are coming back from who knows where!

SAG

Just watch that temper if things don’t always go the way you planned life is an adventure.
and you need to remember that when your boss Jupiter going backwards to fast forward in your cousin sign. As a result life will get a very nice boost.
 
CAP
 Listening to your inner voice is the clue to your next move whatever area this may be remember this is your best indicator of stop and go. The yellow lights in between
are for pausing before making any decisions that you are not sure about making.

AQU
You will always get back what you put out and just be careful you don’t say to much to another that can set you back a mile or two. Keep your thoughts or judgments to your self  and you will see that nothing is as bad as it could be!! Happy Birthday.

PISC
Situations pertaining to your home life are about to start demanding more attention than  expected. Nothing stays the same forever so change in your case will be for the best. If you are feeling down or blue it is only temporary.


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