Brits in LA Newsletter September 26th

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Hi Everyone,
Hope you are all having a great week? Lots of events coming up over the next few weeks so keep your eye on the Facebook page and your events calendar. 
I saw the Arctic Monkeys at the Hollywood Bowl last night. It is fantastic to see how well they have done over the past few years. 

Lots of great British music coming to LA, scroll down to read who, where and when.
Brits in LA member Octavia interviewed me for her new website Crash Course City which is a great resource for people relocating to different cities around the world

CONGRATULATIONS to Brits in LA member Emrhys Cooper!

I see a lot of you are asking banking questions on the FB page. Lloyds TSB have a great account available that means you can transfer money between a linked up USD,GBP or Euro account which saves all the hassle.

Click here for the Lloyds international account 
sign-up FORM

Lloyds TSB International - Britain's most trusted bank- catering to Los Angeles' expat community for international banking. Our services extend from US Dollar, Sterling, and Euro international current accounts to savings/investment products. Benefits include: free transfers between currencies, preferred exchange rates, and multi-currency debit cards. for more information, please call (213) 443 4096 or e-mail and mention Brits in LA.

Deborah is staffing a comedy TV pilot and will be looking for people with a British sense of humour who might be interested in working on it. Specifically set design, camera, sound, hair/make-up, wardrobe, scripty. In process of talking to casting directors but position still open as of today. If there's a better place to post let me know. If you'd like to know more about the project contact: with your resume. Cheers!


Tuesday Brits Breakfast Club 

Brits in LA and Industry Hollywood present BBC. RSVP here
Don't forget to bring cash!! The price includes the Tax and Tip - so no need to leave anymore on the table unless you feel inclined to leave extra! I'm sure the waitstaff would appreciate it!

ARE YOU STUCK IN THE UK dreaming of making the move to LA?
Industry Hollywood offers two great services where he not only guides you step by step through this daunting process during his 0-1 visa Seminars but he has also developed a unique Networking Week here in LA, which offers actors the opportunity to meet with the big agencies as well as one on one acting coaching with some of the very best in town (Howard Fine, Margie Haber, Amy Lyndon, Paul Webber and Lesley Kahn) . Their services aren’t limited to the acting profession, so if you are thinking about making the move don’t hesitate to get in touch!
For more information about Industry Hollywood please visit their website and watch their video of testimonials, I spotted lots of satisfied Brits in LA members!. Or email . Hope to see you in LA soon!


Here is an article on the place with apartment therapy

The house is a mid century contemporary with 3 bedrooms - (i which has two double beds in it - Queens in the other two - Sleeps up to 8 people - Six recommended) - 2 Bathrooms,  Kidney shaped pool - Bar-b-q - Wireless internet - Cable - A/C
Walking distance to downtown palm springs.


2 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY (M-F)- $700 (Brits in LA members $450)
4 NIGHT STAY (M-F) - $850 (Brits in LA members $700)
2 NIGHT STAY (F-SUN) - $750 (Brits in LA members $550)



CHOICE 1 ____________
CHOICE 2 ____________
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email to make a booking

Bit o' Culture

Lots of great theatre coming up and we have discounts to offer you for a lot of fab shows. Craig and I were lucky enough to go and see Poor Behaviour last week (review to follow)

September 7th to October 16th
And we have been offered discounted tickets to go ! -Click here for the discount offer
Performance Schedule:  Tue – Fri at 8, Sat 2:30 & 8, Sun 1 & 6:30
See Poor Behavior for just $25! (Reg. $35-$45)
All performances from September 7-17!*
Call 213.628-2772 and mention code COUNTRY or purchase online at
A weekend in the country turns into a high stakes game of marital mixed doubles in this biting adult comedy that asks “Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it?”
It’s Poor Behavior.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck (Mauritus) reunites with Tony Award® 
winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) in a volley of mischief and malice, morality and manipulation.
Starring Johanna Day, Sharon Lawrence, Reg Rogers and Christopher Evan Welch.


Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center
Brits in LA members have been offered discount tickets to this for the opening night! Must purchase by October 1st. This looks like it will be an amazing show!

“An exhilarating double bill.”- The Telegraph

Scottish Ballet
October 14 – 16, 2011 | Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center

Poetic, distinguished and altogether brilliant, Scottish Ballet will astound audiences in their first U.S. performance in 25 years. This program will feature an exhilarating double bill starting with Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s masterwork Song of the Earth, a powerful and bitter-sweet celebration of the cycles of life. In contrast, the North American premiere of Kings 2 Ends—a new work by the fiercely contemporary choreographer Jorma Elo—invites audiences to immerse themselves in its lyrical and vibrant choreography.

Mention code 16736* to receive 20% off tickets to Opening Night, October 14.

For tickets and information, visit  or call (213) 972-0711.

*Valid in Main Orchestra, Premier Founders, Main Founders, Rear Orchestra and Front Loge. Expires October 1, 2011. No refunds, cancellations or exchanges.  Artists and program subject to change.
A Conversation With Edith Head

Hollywood's most famous costume designer dishes wit, wisdom and gossip in "A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD' on the set of her last film, Steve Martin's, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.  In six decades of costume design, Edith Head worked on eleven hundred films, dressed the greatest stars of Hollywood, received 36 Academy Award nominations and won an unprecedented eight Oscars.  Her personal story is as fascinating as the history of the film industry, filled with humour, frustration and above all, glamour.  Played by Susan Claesson this is a tour de force and one of the most entertaining evenings spent in the theatre.  You will smile loudly all the way through.  Listen to her gossip about Marilyn Munroe, Bette Davis, Grace Kelly, and many more.

Tickets are selling fast as this is a small theatre.  Please quote BRIT at the box office for this special price.

8 p.m. the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025     phone: 310 477 4055
BRITS IN LA member Andrew Ableson is in a fantastic play playing Jesus - and is giving you a special offer - if you type in FRIEND when purchasing tickets you'll get 1/2 price tickets


Discounted tickets available use the code'BARGIN' for 55% off ticket price thru the end of the run.
The English Concert - Baroque Variations
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 8:00PM at Walt Disney Concert Hall

The English Concert
Harry Bicket, conductor/harpsichord
Andreas Scholl, countertenor

Biber: Sonata No. 6
Purcell: Songs
Purcell: Airs & Dances from King Arthur
Muffat: Passacaglia from Sonata V
Purcell: Scenes from The Fairy Queen

One of Britain’s greatest composers, Henry Purcell, whose life was as brief as Mozart’s, is featured on this wonderful program by the venerable English Concert. Brilliant German countertenor Andreas Scholl is entrusted with the vocal examples of Purcell’s inspired art.

Presented by the LA Phil. For tickets and information, visit


Looking for a broker to talk you through all the confusing babble in the world of Insurances in America ?


It's a Kind of Magic
Brits in LA member and award winning magician David Minkin (yes Johnny Depp is a fan!) has a great event coming up called Magic & Wine. It is almost sold out but if you click here you may be able to snag a couple of tickets

Need a car for a month or lease? and don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental prices
Then Speak to fellow Brit ZOE about 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   Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
Contact Economy Rent-a-car 
For all those weekday warriors that can't make Tuesdays we are hosting Saturday Social. same brekkie menu as Tuesday but with 1/2 price mimosas (Bucks fizz)
rsvp here


Join us as we take a coach and drive  up the Ventura coast to the Old Creek Ranch for an afternoon of wine tasting and picnic. .  Space is limited to 35 so RSVP here We will make a pick up at The Cat n Fiddle (breakfast before if you fancy?) and at the at the Pickwick Pub on Ventura Boulevard too. 


Football News
The BLAggers have a match coming up on Oct 1st. Visit LA Premier League's website for complete schedule.

Keane on Beckham?
Robbie Keane & David Beckham
The Galaxy still have a few games coming up at the Home Depot Center . May be your last chance to see Beckham on Californian soil. 
9/28 at 7:00pm vs. Monarcas Morelia (CONCACAF Champions League)
10/1 at 7:30pm vs. Real Salt Lake
10/16 at 6pm vs. Chivas USA
Playoff Game #1: 11/2 or 11/3 – time TBD
Playoff Game #2: 11/5 or 11/6 – time TBD
11/20 at 6pm: MLS Cup 2011 (Teams TBD)

Support Susan G Komen For the Cure Los Angeles County
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The LA Galaxy and Susan G Komen For the Cure are pleased to partner on October 1st as the Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake at 7:30pm. Show your support by purchasing discount tickets through and a portion of the proceeds will go to educating people in the fight against Breast Cancer. Tickets start as low $45.




ELBOW at The Greek this Saturday Oct 1st
Noel Gallagher is playing at UCLA Royce Hall in November
The Kooks are playing here in Dec. Tickets on sale 
Erasure Oct 1st Hollywood Palladium Tickets here
Jesse J is on tour with Katy Perry. Buy your tickets here
Duran Duran at the Nokia Theatre in September
Back in the day 
Bryan Ferry Oct 15th at the Greek - Get tickets here
Gaelic Storm The Irish band are playing the troubadour Oct 29th - tickets
Brits in LA member Gus Farwell will perform a Charity Benefit Concert next month, You may remember him as the Tenor who performed at our  Word cup Event last year. The event is for Breast Cancer Awareness and takes place on Sunday Oct 2nd - Tickets are limited and are selling fast - Purchase yours here
Moby is to join Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order) for his LA shows . Click here for tickets 
Morrissey is playing in november Buy tickets here
An evening with Nick Mason at the Grammy Museum Sep 22nd as part of the celebration of Pink Floyd

Hollywood Forever is proud to present:
Thomas Dolby
Solo Lecture and Performance
THE FLOATING CITY: A Dieselpunk Dystopia
in The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
Friday, October 14th, 2011
Doors 8pm - Show 9pm
Tickets are $20
Parking is FREE on site
Tickets are on SALE NOW at :
For more information on Thomas Dolby please visit

For more information on Hollywood Forever please visit

If you have any questions please e-mail:

get in front of  30-40 top music industry people there to help YOU.

Our NEXT EXPO is October 6-8, 2011 at the FABULOUS OMNI INTERLOCKEN RESORT in Broomfield/Boulder CO!

Register by Phone by Calling 970.259.9747 or CLICK HERE to See and Print Out the Registration Form.

More About The Expo

"If I could only say one thing to describe the Durango Expo experience, it would be this. After being a professional writer for almost 20 years, it unfortunately gets harder and harder to be impressed by music in general. But at each Durango event I’ve attended, I had specific moments of listening to Artist showcases & Pro/Legends Writers rounds that gave me this old familiar feeling in my chest and reminded me of why I wanted to be a songwriter in the very beginning. That inspiration, for me, is worth everything." --Trina Harmon, Hit Songwriter and The Artist Coach

OCT 17th is the opening night of the Bel Air Film Festival

and they have a special night for us BRITS IN LA - Free screening and free entry to the  after party with complimentary wine - on Sat Oct 15th at 430pm - Click here for more details

2011 Fourth Annual Bel-Air Film Festival is offering a special $35 VIP Pass discount to all Brits in LA Members. Tickets can be purchased at the following link and includes all access admission to opening night gala at the Skriball Cultural Center, Film Panel, film screenings, and after parties. Discount code of filmfest can be entered for our discount rate:  For more information please visit

2011 Fourth Annual Bel-Air Film Festival would like to invite members of Brits in LA to a free screening for, “Discover the Gift.” Screening will be following by complimentary wine tasting and a Q & A with award winning director Demian Lichtenstein. RSVP at


It can be stressful looking for an apartment or a home especially if you are back and forth between London and LA. Meet Claudia, A Brit in LA who is more than happy to take away some of that house-hunting stress 
If you are looking to Sell, Buy or Lease a home…Please Contact Claudia Afshar today!!!  Claudia’s a top producing agent with “Afshar Properties” at Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills. Claudia, moved here from London, England many years ago and has helped many of the Brits find a lease, buy a home, sell and re sell their ongoing houses. Claudia has a lot of knowledge and experience in the real estate world from purchases to financing to building & repairing credit, plus much more! She understands what it is to be a Brit In LA!!! Contact her at: (310) 860-8861 or


If you're in the market to buy, sell or lease a home in the South Bay, call Ken Adam of Shorewood Realtors on 310.739.7050. Ken has lived in the South Bay since 1978 when he moved over from Fulham in London. He was one of the original owners of Besties, the legendary Hermosa Beach pub, with George Best and Bobby MacAlinden. Since earning his real estate license in 1985, Ken has been a consistent top producer in his marketplace - specifically the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Torrance and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Sam Douglas wants to share a trailer with you .Its a clip from Luc Besson's COLOMBIANA that he is in with Zoe Saldana (Directed by Oliver Megaton). Recently opened in LA

Free consultation and 20% OFF for guidance in the Entertainment business
Paul Duddridge
Agent / producer Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in the UK, he also produced shows for BBC and ITV.
His Hollywood clients are actors, directors, writers and producers, all seeking one to one practical guidance on succeeding in entertainment. First consultation is free. 
Paul Duddridge is also offering 20% discount  BritsinLa referrals. 



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"I got my hair cut last week by James and have had loads of compliments - He's a wizard with the scissors' - Craig - Brits in LA
James, Benjamin and Leanne want to reward your loyalty by continuing to offer all BRITS IN LA members 25% off all cuts, colors and Brazilian blowouts - All other stylist will offer 20% off. They are open 9am - 6pm but are very happy to make appointments for later than that. The salon's phone number is 424 249 3296 and email is:-


Need an Immigration lawyer? Try one of these. 

Joe Adams; Ready to work? We are a specialized immigration and entertainment law firm working extensively with the British community here in the U.S. and back in the U.K. to obtain work visas. We have a 100% success rate. We are professional, highly responsive and flexible on payments. Email

Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many other Brits in LA with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA through the citizenship application and is very thorough and no nonsense. You can reach him on 818 981 0352 or Email him at

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.

Need a lawyer back in the UK? Brits in LA member Anne may be able to help. 
Anne Brown
Legal Executive
Child & Child
14 Grosvenor Crescent
London  SW1X  7EE
DX 38155 Knightsbridge
Direct dial:  020 7201 3576
Fax: 020 7235 9447

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Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events soon!


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