Brits in LA Newsletter May 1st

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Hi Everyone
Happy May Day! Not sure about you all, but it was a tradition at my first school to dance around the Maypole on this day! 
Hope you have all been partaking in some of the fabulous Britweek events that have been going on around town ? The ones I have been to so far have been a lot of fun
Craig and Eileen at Britweek launch

T4C Art Battle was pretty cool. We got to meet UK artists Eine and Inkie and also got to see some of the competition entries (below)

We also went along to the wonderful Mr Musichead gallery and viewed some fantastic rock photography/art
Do your best Jagger!
Mr Musichead has another great exhibit this weekend and Brits in LA members are invited to the opening reception. Hope to see you all there!

The Photography of Duffy
Risk Taker, Mischief Maker, Photographic Maverick

Opening Night
Cocktail Reception:

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Exhibit Runs Through May 23rd, 2012
From Fashion to Celebrity

Actors, Authors, Models & More

"A stunning visual array showcasing a brilliant career...not to be missed!"

- Sam Milgrom
Gallery Owner, Director
Mr  Musichead Gallery

where music meets art

7511 W. Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

7511 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046 - 323.876.0042

Don't forget to check out Sam Fielding's photo show this week!

Craig and I also made it into the LA Times last week. They caught us having a cheeky pint at new hot spot The Pikey. Click here to see us in print

Our friends at Palihouse are hosting weekly yoga sessions on their roof top! Visit their Facebook page for more info

David Minkin will be performing at the Magic Castle at the end of the month and wants to invite you all along. It is invite only so this is a rare treat. Click here to print off your invite

Don't forget to check the Britweek calendar for more great events. 

Click here to visit their website
See you all at Breakfast Club!

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 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

Click here to like them on Facebook for all their latest news and offers

Shout out to Brits in LA member Darren who  has e-published a book called Lazarball which is book 1 of the Anumal Empire series. It was written by Darren Jacobs and David Ayres

It's a fantasy book that is Thundercats meets Planet of the Apes, with elements of Tron.

If you liked Harry Potter or Hunger Games then you will like this.

Twitter: @anumalempire

Book is available from amazon, barnes and noble, smashwords, Itunes books etc etc and is £2 / $2.99.

Brit in LA member Sandra wants you all to get involved with her project. See her message below....
I have started a site; which will showcase lomography photography work of LA and I am looking for submissions.
I am looking to run an exhibition and printed newspaper of the work submitted at the end of the year and all artists will be credited.(There will also be a tote bag prize for the best submission each month once I've got them printed!)
Those interested should send their image and details about their photo (camera used / description / location) and their name to


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   
Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
*these cars are not brand new luxury vehicles



Do you need to put yourself on tape? Create a reel? Maybe you need a fabulous scene in an American accent or you want to freshen up your work?
Then look no further! SpeedReels can help you put anything on tape whether it is for an audition to send back to the UK (or anywhere in the world!) or to create a fantastic demo reel from scratch!
We know how important it is in this climate to market yourself in a professional manner and be the best you can be. That is why at SpeedReels we have a specialized studio fully equipped with backdrops, lights, “sets” professional sound and the Canon 5D. You will work with a skilled director/camera operator and have professional actors to read with.
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10% off all our other services
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1st Session is Free!
Paul Duddridge

As a producer / agent in London Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in entertainment.
He is now the number one entertainment career consultant in Los Angeles, with an amazing reputation for getting real results.
He has helped numerous actors, comedians directors etc to achieve success where it had previously seemed impossible.
The first consultation is completely FREE
Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount.


Long time Brits in LA member James Bowers is performing at the Hotel Cafe on May 17th. Click here for more info

British rockers Def Leppard at playing in June! Click here to get your tickets.

Keane are playing June 29th 
Get Tickets here

Tickets go on sale for Iron Maidens August show
click here to buy 

AND COMING TO LA Tickets here

Courage, New Hampshire

There are several excellent British Actors in this project including Chris MacDonnell)  Nathan Kershaw, Jonathan Salisbury and (in episode 2, not this one) Napolean Ryan. It premiers ep3 in Pasedena at the Krikorian Premiere Theater on Sun 6th May.    Chris MacDonnell)  Nathan Kershaw, Jonathan Salisbury and Napolean Ryan. 

Americans need their story!
The bald truth of the matter is that we don’t get enough of it. A handful of major feature films have been made about the American Revolution and very very few about the formative years from Jamestown to Bunker Hill. America, even today, is still very much about those five generations who braved the New World in the fearful decades between Roanoke and Lexington.
They were a sturdy lot of men and women who dreamed of a city built on a hill. Their struggle to create that city and to sustain a republic dedicated to the rare notion of individual freedom and “unalienable rights” has outlived them, but there’s a side of their story we don’t often study: what made them strong enough to fight?
Courage, New Hampshire is the chronicle of a shire town on the western border of New Hampshire. In those days, the inn keeper was often the justice of the peace as well, and neighborly disputes were moderated at the local public house or tavern. Starting with the winter of 1770, we will be telling the seasonal story of the great events of the era, as seen from a country town distant from the colonial capitals. Each new season of this decade, will take the audience on the road to revolution, along with the citizens of “Courage.”
Get your tickets by visiting their website 

Throwing a party? Hire Valet of the Dolls to park your guests cars.

Visit their website here for more info
Craig did last week and he highly recommend Zelaikha, It's acupuncture with a mix of Reiki.
She was amazing and she also takes health insurance. He had a huge problem with his back last week and she sorted it right out, he woke up the next day with the pain gone. She wants to give Brits in LA members a discount (Aren't we a lucky lot)
Experience the combined benefits of Acupuncture & Reiki to
alleviate tension, stress and pain. Energize and revitalize your
being. As your acupuncturist, Zelaikha treats the root cause of
disease, not just the symptoms. Her goal is to empower you to a life
path that supports longevity, vitality, immunity, and JOY.

Zelaikha is offering Bla members with a special rate of $99 for two healing acupuncture sessions (60% discount). This includes an initial treatment and one follow-up, normally priced at $150 and $100, respectively. 


Visit our FB page to find out how you can win tickets for Saturday's performance !

The Return of Simon Rattle
at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Thu-Sat MAY 3-5  8pm
Sun MAY 6  2pm

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano

Additional Info:
Music Director of the illustrious Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle has a long history with the LA Phil but has never led our orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall...till now. The celebrated conductor returns with masterpieces by Ligeti, Wagner, and Mahler (the touching Rückert songs, sung by his wife). He concludes with Bruckner's transcendent Ninth, for which Rattle has received rave reviews.

Presented by LA Phil.  For tickets and information, visit

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake
June 7 – 10, 2012 | Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center
 Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center concludes a season of great beauty with the Bolshoi Ballet performing Swan Lake - a work that epitomizes the grandeur of classical ballet. Originally choreographed for the Bolshoi by Marius Petipa in 1877, today's revised Swan Lake by Yuri Grigorovich remains a sumptuous masterpiece. The tragic legend will be performed with live orchestra and marks the Bolshoi's long awaited return since 2000.
 For a limited time, Mention code 19753 by April 30 to receive 20%* off tickets to the Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8 performances.
 For tickets and information, visit or call (213) 972-0711.


Ahmanson Theatre
May 3 – June 9
For tickets call 213.972.4400
Performance Schedule:  Tue – Fri at 8, Sat 2 & 8, Sun 1 & 6:30

“…White-Hot…Vibrant and Moving!” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
When former members of the “Weismann Follies” reunite on the eve of their theatre's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing about their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theatre brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad.
A LIMITED TIME OFFER – Experience Follies for just $49! SELECT performances May 3-11!  (Reg. $55 - $85)
Visit or call 213-972.4400 and mention code BUDDY.
With an extraordinary 28-piece orchestra, Follies features one of the largest casts ever to appear on the Ahmanson stage:  starring four-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark as Sally Durant Plummer, two-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.
Containing such well-known songs as “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind, don’t miss the Kennedy Center’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award®-winning musical Follies at the Ahmanson Theatre for six weeks only, May 3 through June 9, 2012.
Only in Los Angeles. Only at the Ahmanson.
*Conditions:  Offers valid for select performances May 3-11, excluding May 9, in Mid-Orchestra and Orchestra X-ZZ sections.  Subject to availability.  Offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets.  May not be combined with any other offers.
*Valid in Premier Orchestra, Main Orchestra, Front Loge and Rear Loge. Expires April 30, 2012. For online orders, select valid performance (June 7 or 8) and click "Buy Tickets." Enter the promo code in the promo code box located in the top right corner of the ticketing page and click "submit" before selecting section(s) and seat(s). No refunds, cancellations or exchanges. Artists and program subject to change. 

War Horse

You've seen the movie now see the play
Both single and group tickets are now on sale for War Horse.  For more information and single ticket purchases, please call the Center Theatre Group Audience Services at 213-972-4400 or

To book a group of 15 or more, please call Center Theatre Group’s Group Services Department at 213.972.7231

You will not want to miss this epic tale, coming exclusively to the Ahmanson Theatre!
War Horse
Six weeks ONLY!!  War Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre June 13-July 29!

Go see Brits in LA member Jason Steed's one man show .
Visit his website for ticket info

Brits in LA members John Mawson, (Holmes) Mario Vernazza (Watson) and Amir Korangy (Directing) bring this funny, disturbing psychological thriller to the stage for the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June.

Properly set in a brooding, atmospheric Victorian England, it puts the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson themselves under the great detectives’ famous magnifying glass.

The dates are:
Saturday   9th June               4:00 pm
Thursday 14th June             10:00 pm
Saturday 16th June               4:00 pm
Thursday 21st June               7:00 pm
Saturday 23rd June               7:00 pm
Sunday   24th June               2:30 pm

Tickets now on sale: $14:50. SPECIAL OFFER FOR BRITS IN LA MEMBERS: Only $12:00. Use code BRITSINLASHERLOCK


Tea Time!
Mention you are a Brits in LA member for a free cuppa!
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Transferring money can be a pain and 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 
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Lloyds TSB International is pleased to offer you the Premier International Account that has been designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of living, working, and retiring abroad. This multi-currency account is ideally suited to professionals traveling or relocating to or from the UK, US or Europe.
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Additional savings products, such as five year fixed term deposits- yielding 20% interest- are available upon request. for more information, please call (213) 443 4096 or e-mail and mention Brits in LA.


Hollywood Forever Cemetery Screenings are starting up again. Kicking off with Strangers on a Train on May 12th
Bring a blanket and a picnic and have a great evening under the stars. You can even bring alcohol along too if you fancy. Click here to buy your tickets. Craig and I are going to try and go so feel free to join us :)

Don't get frazzled with your books have a pro do them for you.

Lisa is amazing - they've helped us immensely and saved us an awful lot of time preparing for this years taxes.  CONTACT LISA AT


Adam Beach has been helping us set up our new retirement plans and he's great at explaining all the complicated stuff. - Brits in LA



Best Eggs Benedict in town - Plus we have Heinz Baked Beans
 RSVP here. -  only $15*
The price includes the Tax and Tip - Cash only - please remember they do not accept  credit cards.
*full English breakfast is $18


Los Angeles Networking Week:
5th-12th May 2012. LA Pilot Season(only 1 place remaining)
Los Angeles
After our first 2 weeks sold out so quickly, Industry Hollywood have now released dates for another networking week and this will take place during the final few weeks of Pilot season.
If you would like to be part of a small, hand selected group of actors and be given the opportunity to meet, audition and take workshops and masterclasses with some of the most influential people working within today's American Film and TV industry, then please submit your resume and head shot to

For those Brits that have to work during the week come and join us for a fully earned half price Mimosa brunch - Same great deal as Tuesdays BBC. $15 and $6 mimosas. - Cecconi's is such a perfect setting to relax unwind and start your weekend right.
rsvp here


JUNE 2nd, 2012
Click here to RSVP and keep up with the details

We are definitely getting a coach together for the Spurs match at the Galaxy - So watch out for that. We're gonna get great seats at a great discount. details to follow.

Our BLAggers are doing alright so far,ranking 5th with a game in hand. keep up the good work lads. Check the LA premiere league website to find out when they are next playing

British Snooker fans in LA

The 2012 United States National Snooker Championship will be staged at the Embassy Billiards Club in San Gabriel from May 25-27



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So many of you are looking to sublet your apartments/rooms or house hunting that we have set up a new group called Brits in LA Housing. This way your listings can all be in one dedicated place. Click here to join .


I just used these guys for my move last week and they were brilliant.

$35/Hr. for two experienced movers (loading/driving/unloading of moving truck and dis-assembly/assembly of furniture)
Our non-discounted rate is $55/hr. for two movers. 

1 bedroom apartments are generally done in 2-3 hours ($70 to $105 total)
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Great video tribute to our lovely Queen. She and the rest of the Royal family can be seen dancing away. Lyrics by Brits in LA member "Sir Noel Coward"

Weekly Stars with Anne Shaw
email her at for a private reading

STARS   #1 

It’s the time to plan ahead for a trip in early next month. This may be pleasure or business ideally it should be a bit of both. Keep an eye on your diet this month ahead for health sake .

Your priority should be taking care of you in any area that requires attention. and this may be your overall health. This a good time to put to rest any unfinished business in your life to ensure a Happy Birthday.

If you feel you need to make a move in settling some kind of work or emotional situation and are not sure how . Best take the bull by the horns soonest as the time goes by it gets harder It is a week to be honest with yourself if not any one else

You will have to be aware this next week to not speak out of turn or harshly to any one .The consequences are long reaching for you especially if it’s a close friend or family .Be sure you don’t over do work this week.

This is a time for the inner strength to reveal itself for some of you who are not happy about some life situation . Life just is  so not much we can do about it but accept what you cannot change.

Its time for a trip and short or long near or far matters not as you benefit from the change of scenery. Just make sure you have caught up with what ever is unfinished and then get going. The sun in your cousin sign of Taurus will ensure good times.

Relationships are highlighted this month as your Ruler Venus is going in a positive direction. Make sure you are as charming as you can be and with the right people Any decision will be decided by months end.

Expect past unfinished business in any area of life to return this coming week or so. You set high standards for your self to live by  and others may not be able to match them.
Be considerate and understanding and  the end results will be worth while.

If you are worried about finances and are not doing anything to change the situation then it will make you crazy and with a lot of action happening in your cousin sign Aries
 this month ahead  there are opportunities to make the change for sure.

You may be feeling a bit restless or not in balance this due to your “boss” Saturn in the sign of relationships Libra.  He is letting you know something in your life is out of
alignment .Find out yourself or this month ahead Saturn will do it for you!

Your judgment in a long term situation is way out and this week if you allow your self to go the same route as before it will be a waste of valuable time. You can do so much better  than for past years , be cool wait and see if you can change your mind.

Neptune King of the underworld and your boss planet is now living with you for many years ahead .He can bring brings financial rewards and also as Venus is in a compatible sign to you lets see who you can attract. As it is a very Karmic time for you currently.


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