Brits in LA Newsletter January 9th 2014

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Editor's Letter

Hi Everyone!
I hope 2014 is treating you well so far ? We are not even half way through the month and Brits in LA have already hosted 4 events! 
Pub Quiz at the Pikey was back in full swing this week. Co-hosted by Sandro Monetti, who puzzled the teams with his Golden Globe and Los Angeles landmark trivia questions. I learned that Grauman’s Chinese Theater has been renamed TCL Chinese Theatre! If you get the chance, I recommend you go on  Sandro’s Movie Locations Tour of LA . It's the number one rated Hollywood tour on Trip Advisor. Brits in LA members can get half price tickets for the next tour on Sat Jan 18 at 2pm by booking in advance at and using the special code SALE50 - Sandro will be hosting our pub quiz again on February 11th , along with Brit presenter,  Caroline Feraday.
It is always a treat to be invited to the British Residence. The British Consul~General Chris O’Connor and his wife Martha Nelems have certainly kept the ‘best hosts’ reputation intact.  The house looked particularly stunning this week, all lit up as a giant Union Jack. Sadly the occasion was to say farewell to Fiona and Eric Francois - Fiona has been a great asset to the UKTI and among her many achievements, she helped create about 20,000 jobs during her post here!
Eric and Fiona Francois
 It was really touching to see how so many people took time out of their busy schedules for their send off. I chatted with Donald Haber (BAFTA/LA) who has the BAFTA Film Tea coming up this weekend, Nigel Lythgoe was also in attendance, as was Bob and Sharron Pierce (ex British Consul General) who are all very excited about this years BritWeek.  I also caught up with one of our biggest supporters and long time Brit in LA, Bernard Sidman who was telling me all about his new ventures - so watch this space!  
Bernard Sidman & Eileen Lee
Fiona & Eric, we wish you luck in Florida, and hope you come back for a visit soon! 

Craig and I popped down for a preview of the newly opened Ace Hotel & Theater (929 Broadway, Downtown LA) - a lot of you may know it as the United Artists Theater or as ‘that building with the giant Jesus Saves sign atop it’ . This is going to be a fantastic addition to the blooming downtown scene - it was originally built by a company owned by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. The people at the Ace have thankfully done their best to preserve as much as they can from the original 1927 structure. I even got to sit in one of the original seats! 

I spotted the work of Brit street artist Banksy in the parking lot opposite too, its been there for about 3 years, and has managed to stay pretty intact! As always, the Ace has effortlessly captured the perfect balance of historic and modern art. They have a special offer on right now of $179 for a room. Book with discount code ALIST. Click HERE to book.
British space rock band Spiritualized have the honor of launching the theater space on February 14th. Unfortunately their shows sold out immediately, but make sure to subscribe to our Brits in LA gigging page - to catch them next time they are in town.

For those of you heading to the Sundance Film Festival next week, make sure to check out Return To The Hiding Place, starring Craig Robert Young! I had the pleasure of seeing this last year, and it is truly a brilliant film - 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! 

As you may have heard our annual short film competition The Toscars launch next week, January 16th, at Bedford & Burns in Beverly Hills. If you want to participate in the fun or just see what its all about, come join us on the night or visit our website .
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!

Looking for MALE and FEMALE British born, speaking hosts. Ages 18 - 40. Audition will be held 1/15/14, 10am - 5:45pm

Needs to be outgoing and comfortable on camera. Will be hosting in-studio shoots along with red carpet events.

Please email any head shots / pictures / online clips to:

Feel free to drop me a line at if you have any questions about this or anything else I have mentioned. Always a pleasure to hear from you!

P.S.  I do hope you will join us on February 26th for the 7th Annual Toscars screening and the awards ceremony. We are hosting at the historic Egyptian Theatre again, which is apparently also the site of the very first red carpet event to occur in Hollywood!

  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
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

Yes they have finally come to Hollywood! If you don't know what I am talking about you are missing out! They are located right next door to Fresh n Easy on Hollywood/LA Brea
So you can stock up on Heinz Baked Beans and Ribena as well as everything Muji!

It's not too late, you could get fined!

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

Book a session ASAP as he will fill up during the upcoming pilot season!
"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 or
First consultation is free. Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount. visit

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

Dawn Bowery who initially moved to LA in '98 then left in 2000
click here to see what drew her back to LA 3 years ago
photo credit: Aubrey Keating

(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

In this area we encourage members to blow their own trumpets 
Sandro Monetti, Katy Haber and Julia Verdin
all became board members of BAFTA/LA
Congrats guys!

Check out Richard Halverson who is part of improv comedy troupe Johnny Law
Richard Halverson : Original photo can be viewed on IMDB
Click here for details of their next show on Saturday January 11th 
Sofitel, January 14th

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
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

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

"From the UK to LA, how do people sustain family relationships across half the planet?”
John Mawson's daughter Jess has prepared a very short, anonymous questionnaire on Survey Monkey. She would like to get as many BritsinLA members as possible to take part, PROVIDED they 
Live in L.A.
come from the UK and
Have family members still in the UK.
Here is the link to the survey:
Jess would like to get as many responses as possible before the deadline of 31st January.
Jess would be delighted to provide access to the dissertation once it is completed should anyone be interested.

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 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. or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.
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 or Email him at

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

Steve 'It's Not (All )Over' Sidelnyk is our sports correspondent!!! 
Read his Christmas Cracker Football Blog now! 

Eileen Lee says "I read it every week and it really helps me sound like I know what I am talking about when it comes to soccer! "

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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? 
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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 


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

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
Every Tuesday RSVP HERE
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Pub Quiz at the Pikey!
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
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 - look how delighted Michael Greco was when he won a signed copy of Rupert Everett's book!

photo courtesy of Lorrain Wilkinson
Thurs JAN 16th - See who's chosen and which movie they get to parody!

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

and get it delivered straight to your door every week!
Click here for all the details

( We think you might like!)

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.
KING LEAR - Monday 5/19 at 7:15p.m. & Saturday 5/24 at 12:30p.m.
Tickets on sale now

Frankenstein, Jan 11th
Hamlet, Jan 11th
Corialanus, Feb 8th & 9th
Click here for ticket info

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Visit their website to find a location near you. And don't forget to print off this flyer to get this fab deal!

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. 
Their next game is this Saturday December 14th, in Culver City
Kick off 11.45

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 

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 
call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
She does tarot and astrology!

If life at work is not all it could be look at the positive side of things as we move into mid month the planets will open doors which you would not had time or patience to open before now. Your Boss Mars is in a resting mode until spring.

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 to the surface it can be from a lost time ago .Be prepared to dig deeper to resolve it.

Its has not been  the best time in your life in the past few months maybe because you are not looking at the truth of things .Take time out  and use your intuition to allow you to move forward in the right direction.

There is an old saying “Karma will catch you if nothing else does” Remember
this when you are letting go of what you consider the past it will come up again.
Until it is resolved nothing goes away.

You may be in the mood to get away for a few days or even hours and you will as soon as what you must take care of is taken care of .However it is a good weekend to have a gamble of sorts.

Since the year has just and possibly you have not caught up yet. Last year life for you was not always kind .Best way to resolve this is to let the past go and be positive
in order to have some peace of mind.


The planets are lined up in Capricorn another ruler sign like you however this can leave you in a fog of sorts and its best to keep a low profile until February .After that it gets easier.

Life is slowly but surely becoming more settled than for some months past. .Life will be even better when you take the most positive way of being .You can then expect long awaited plans on hold for you to blossom before the end of the month.

Your boss Jupiter is sitting in a water sign sleeping and this can cause you to feel like you a wading again the tide. Therefore all the things you want to finish up with will take longer than you expect. Or not depends on your mind set.

The sun in your sign brings more action for your attention this week ahead and can assist you to get the job done. This month is a great opportunity to look at what you want for the coming year and as you have Venus resting beside you it is not the time for sudden decisions .Happy Birthday.

 You are probably feeling like a break away so even if you can get out of town take time out in the garden or walk on the beach .This is not the time to neglect your duty or work, however next month will be better overall.

Jupiter is assisting you all the way through the end of this month and in order to experience happier days its time to be honest about any feelings much on your mind and let others know what on your mind. Learn to live in the moment 


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