Brits in LA Newsletter August 20 2012

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Contact Brits in LA member Joseph Seymour about how you can get into a VW without any credit. There are many options for ex-pats. Joe has all the answers you will need. He has helped so many members already and will give you the best deal in town whether you are buying or leasing. Call him on 310 266 8825 or by email.

Hi Everyone
Thank you so much to those who came out for our 5th Birthday party. It was such a fun night and so lovely to revisit one of our early haunts.
Again a huge thank you to Beltran Brito Immigration Lawyers for sponsoring this event.
Another big thank you to Michael, our intern for the summer who did a wonderful job as Door Bobby
Michael Finley-Door Bobby

Click here to see the rest of the photos from the night

Also a huge thank you to Marilyn for the Brits in LA birthday gift of one her t-shirts/vests. (see below - if you fancy one yourself I think she may have a couple left to sell)

Craig and I also had the pleasure of seeing Mary Poppins last week.
I am not a huge fan of musicals, but this one brought back so many memories that it would have been impossible not to love it.
The special effects were brilliant, especially Burt dancing on the ceiling !
The chimney sweep scene made me wonder if that was how Stomp came about.. Scroll down to our theatre section for a great deal on tickets. Its a limited run, so see it whilst you can.
Also want to congratulate Brits in LA members Kerry Finlayson and Dawn Porter on tying the knot this week too. We wish you all lots of love and happiness.
Don't forget to tune into KCET this week as we are on the telly!
Click here for for tv schedule - we are included in a great show about England called Global LA
Also want to blatantly promote a book for a very good friend of mine. Her   daughter Sarah became her son Scott and this is his story. Silver can be read for on $2.99 on Amazon.
I am just about to download it so will report back shortly. But at that price it is worth us all checking it out right?!
Thats all for now, but hope to see some of you at our next event

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Thinking of moving to LA, need a visa?

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

or are you....

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. Visit their website here 



September 4th at 7:30PM (arrive by 7:00PM)
Laemmle Monica 4-Plex Theater
1332 2nd St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
to be added to the waiting list

Tuesday 21st August
The Landmark West
10850 West Pico
Los Angeles, CA 90064
August 21 @ 7:30PM
RSVP directly to Alex 

TUESDAY is always
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

We would like to thank Industry Hollywood for coming on board and sponsoring Breakfast Club.
Industry Hollywood provides valuable advice and support through the process of making the move to L.A.
 If you would like more information on the products and services that Industry Hollywood offer and how they can help and support you with  networking opportunities in Los Angeles, then please submit your resume, head shot and a forwarding letter with any questions or queries to

Many Brits in LA members have used our services here at 
-OFFER NOW ENDS August 24th 2012

We can design you a website, sell your *digital content online even design you a logo!

If you are interested then contact us:
or visit our website at:

*Extra cost depending on how many items to be sold

consists of Karen Elson, Angela McCluskey
Sarah Sophie Flicker, Zoe Kravitz, Nina Persson, Rain Phoenix, Ian Buchanan, Jorjee Douglass, Rachelle Garniez, Michael Cavadias, Adam Crystal, Mark McAdam, Dave Lebleu, Mr Blue, Turner Cody, Mike Jackson, Amy Miles, Jon Natchez, Jeff Palmiotti, Matt Ray, Ronin, and Leah Siege

They are doing a show on 
September 19th. Its going to be a good night, so join if you can. Click here to buy tickets 

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

Brits in LA recommend -
RED at Mark Taper Forum
Center Theatre Group  
NOW - Sept. 9th
British Thesp Alfred Molina starring in Red
Buy tickets here

Sizzle This Summer at IRIS!
For a limited time only, purchase a four-pack of tickets for as low as $199!*

Grab your friends and family and turn up the heat in Hollywood this summer at IRIS from Cirque du Soleil, exclusively at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.  With jaw-dropping acrobatics, dance, projections and live music by Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman, IRIS is a journey through the world of cinema as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine it.  Be front and center with this special offer and experience why the Los Angeles Times calls IRIS, "A Wonderland!”

Clickhere  now to purchase (4) Category 2 tickets for $199!

Click here  now to purchase (4) Category 1 tickets for $250!

*Category 1 and 2 tickets only. Prices shown during the purchasing process already reflect the above offer where applicable; Service charges or facility fees apply to all transactions and are not included; Cannot be combined with any other offer; Offer is applicable to performances Tuesday at 8:00pm, Wednesday-Saturday matinees and evenings May 8-September 2, 2012; Offer valid until September 2, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. local time.

All matinees at 2pm, all evening shows at 7:30pm

"A High-Fly spectacle!” --The Los Angeles Times
This spectacular hit has astonished over seven million people worldwide with its pure Broadway magic. With four productions currently running on three continents, Mary Poppins is one of the biggest stage musical successes in recent years to come out of London and New York.
Family Friendly Price!
$49 (Reg. $72) for select seats Aug 9 - 17*
Family Friendly Time!
Evening shows start at 7:30pm
To purchase call 213.972.4400 and mention code SUGAR
SUGAR. The consummate Disney production features the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stage-craft to make it everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show.
So get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls “a certifiable super hit!”
*Conditions: Offers valid for select performances August 9-17 in Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine sections. Saturday and Sunday matinees not included in offer. Subject to availability. Offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets. May not be combined with any other offers.

Brits in LA member and TOSCARS Ulumni Matt Crabtree stars in this
A play about a movie being made on a grand scale set in the 1930s in the Arizona desert with 3400 extras. It has danger, intrigue, romance and is, by the way, hilarious. A huge undertaking, a stupendous achievement, a story of …


General Tickets $20

Discounts Available at Door w/ Reservation (Cash/Check Only)
*Discounts Not Available for Opening Night
$15 with Postcard (one per person)
$12 NEO Members
$10 Seniors
$10 Group of 10 or more

Reservation Highly Recommended 323.364.2670

You may purchase tickets online at 

Friday September 7th is Macy's Glamorama British Invasion. 

The Show 

Starring Robin Thicke & Karmin
Orpheum Theatre
842S Broadway

After Party 
California Market Center
110 East Ninth Street

Benefiting AIDS project Los Angeles & Project Angel Food 
Get Tickets Here

We have a list of British artists playing in the area including New Order, 

Iron Maiden, Paul Weller, and more.  There is also a selection of theatre 

works to see such as Shakespeare in the Park.

Check out the listings at our gigging page.
Also check out Bite the Buffalo

who are playing the Viper Room this Wednesday
Click here for the rest of their concert dates

In light of recent tremors...always be prepared with Brits in LA's Earthquake Guide.

Special BLA Members Discount @
 20% off meals Weekdays 11AM-4PM
12969 Venture Blvd, Studio City - (818) 990-9055

Do you play golf??

Join us at Brits in LA Golf Club 

Brits in LA member Mark Skinner runs a helicopter tour company that offers trips all over Orange County and LA and through the high rises in downtown. He is offering you all a 15% discount. This sounds like an amazing thing to do especially if you have guests visiting .
Visit the website for pricing and tour routes
They start at around $80, so with the Brits in LA discount that is cheaper than a cab to the airport!

Members News
AUG 22
Picnic Time- Brits in LA member Alexandra is hosting a picnic in a couple of weeks and would love you all to join. Will be at Palisades Park on Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, just south of San Vicente at Georgina Street. September 9th and starts at noon. don't forget to pack your sausage rolls and scotch eggs! Email Alexandra if you need more info 

IF YOU COME TO BREAKFAST you are sure to know the Lady in Pink, the lovely Diana?? Watch the video below to see/hear her version of Call Me Maybe ! 

Brits in LA members John Campbell-Mac and JIm Tavare in the premiere of Courage, New Hampshire's Ambition. 
to Buy Tickets see: Http://

IF you are in the UK Judy wants you to tune in and see her mate Addison Witt on ITV

The show should be a hoot.
 It's a big deal, evidently:
 Top Dog Model is not up on the ITV2 website yet, but they created a
Facebook page:
so click on the link to like it and keep in the loop

Don't forget to like Palihouse's Facebook page. They now offer sunset Yoga on the roof plus Monday Bingo! Whats not to like?
Seeking cheap airfare?  Read this article.


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

Musical Theatre Los Angeles is a British owned and directed theater company for kids and adults that has put on loads of musicals in multiple locations around Los Angeles.
MTLA offers many classes and summer camps.
Learn more at their website, like their facebook page, and follow them on twitter at @MusicalTheatLA

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

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Way to go BLAggers.
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 .

Fed up of sifting through craigslist and gum tree how about searching in your own back yard, things for sale, things to trade. have a browse, a few cars for sale, and clothing and household furniture too. Check out Brits in LA Selling Pages

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

Its time to make space for new opportunities and to explore your world in a different way .If you normally enjoy routine be ready to leave that way of thinking on the back burner for a few weeks anyway.

On the upside you can expect a call from someone from the past and this time you need to be upfront honest and speak very frankly about your feelings. On the down side it may not be the best week for finances.

The sun in Virgo this coming week will bring something to a head  and it  favors getting a handle on any part of life that you are not being honest about. You know very well how to hide from your feelings this is time to be open.

The consequences are long reaching for you especially if  you have not reconciled with who or what is not resolved .Your past  or parts of it will catch you up this month for sure. Be sure you have a time to rest up.

Yes this is a time for the inner artist to show itself for some of you who are not participating in life as you know you can. This week could end on a note of self pity if you don’t take action now.

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 enough time to really start your new year of with a blast. Happy Birthday!

By mid week or so you have  something you need to be completed by the end of the month .When this is completed you can take time out  for your self .This is time for you not others. You are getting ready for life changing  events.

This is the time of year when you are thinking of shedding away what the summer months have left you feeling or thinking .You fare better in Autumn and as its just
around the corner get ready to jump start it.

 A problem in your work situation is just a storm in a teacup and so lighten up especially this weekend when you can relax with family or friends .Be sure you pay that bill that is
outstanding now!

.This week get rid of any stuff in your life and this means all areas and start fresh by the end of the month as the next month will bring some clearance for you in the financial area.

Family situations can evolve this week and as you already know what you should do make an effort and the reward will be peace of mind. You have an opportunity to meet a possible new love or at least a friend.

This week ahead will bring back to the front of your life a situation you had thought to forget. The greatest plans of mice and men come to mind so be prepared. You should be out and about this week ahead.

TRIBUTE to Tony Scott -
 Brits in LA Director of True Romance, Spy Game, The Hunger, Top Gun passed away. He leaves behind wife Donna and twin boys, Frank and Max Scott, his brother Ridley and the entire Scott Family. So Sad!! Are thoughts are with the family.



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