Brits in LA Newsletter March 4th

Talk to Joe Seymour about  how you can get into a VW. There are many options for ex-pats. Joe has  all the answers you will need. He has helped so many members already and  will work his very hardest to get you into the car of your choice. Contact him on 310 266 8825 or by email.  

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all having a great week?
It seems to be have been non stop since The Toscars
On Monday night a group of us went along to It's A School Night at Bardot in Hollywood.
These guys always have a great line up so worth signing up for their mailing list,
(and shows are free if you RSVP!) 

One of our very talented Brits in LA members Angela McCluskey was performing that night and it was an absolutely brilliant show. Sophie covered the evening for our blog, click here to read all about it and get a free download of one Angela's tracks.

We also had the February Pub Crawl on Thursday, which was a lot of fun. Huge thank you to Jay and Scott for organizing this monthly event. I was very impressed to see how well you all did riding the bull at the Saddle Ranch! The next one is March 28th so save the date. Click here to RSVP The route is to be revealed in a couple of weeks.

 On Friday night we managed to get a Brits in LA box for Morrissey at the Staples Center.
We were lucky enough to have David Esquire with us, who captured the evening with some fab photos, including the moment when a fan jumped onto the stage! Click here to see the great slide show he put together. David also designed our new newsletter logo above, 
so a massive thank you for that too!

The Pikey launched their weekly Sunday Roast today! It was absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend that you pop along one Sunday afternoon. They also offer a special on wine. For you vegans out there they even serve a nut roast! Kids welcome too!
My lunch today!
The Pikey only serves organic, local farm produce, free range, cruelty-free meat & chicken! So at least you know you are only eating horse if you ordered it!
This week is due to be a quieter one for Brits in LA events,  as we only have 
Tuesday's Breakfast Club sponsored by NEXTSTOPLAX and then our Saturday Social
Feel free to stop in. No reservation required. All details below.

Don't forget to check out our gigging page which keeps you informed of British Acts that are coming to town. Feel free to help us keep it current and email us if we have missed any out, we really appreciate it! I am quite looking forward to seeing Charlotte Church at the Troubadour 
(a bit of an oxymoron?!) on March 20th. Feel free to join us - tickets are only $15! All the info can be found here
Blast from the past
Charlotte Church singing Pie Jesu

Don't forget to read all the way through so you don't miss out on any 
free screenings or deals and discounts we have lined up for you!
With Mercury in retrograde you might also want to read what 
Anne Shaw's horoscope has in store for you this week.

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 DEAD MAN DOWN is in theatres March 8. 
The film stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace as two strangers 
who are irresistibly drawn to one another by their mutual desire for revenge. 
The film co-stars Academy Award® nominee 
Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper.
Only 40 seats to the group. Here is the info:
Wednesday, March 6th
AMC Century City 15
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
RSVP to Alex

STEVE COOKE has a show coming up
on April 4th at Genghis Cohen
DRAM are  at the Village Idiot on St Patricks Day!
You may remember them from some of our parties,
fantastic drum and pipes band consisting of Lorne Cousin and Steve Sidelnyk !
Watch video below to hear some of their work

Fertitta and McClintock have been invited to headline at the 
famous Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach on March 10th.

It will be an acoustic show with two opening acts that you will enjoy as well  
THIS will be our first headlining show in the SOUTH BAY and of course 
 we need you all there.  
Tickets will be $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.

The food is amazing at Saint Rocke and led by the owner Allen Sanford, the staff at Saint Rocke is accommodating and fun with a great sound system and online streaming of the show.
(Tell all of your friends around the world)
A WORLD CLASS operation.

Doors at 6pm
First act at 7pm
Fertitta and McClintock at 8:15pm

Location: 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach, CA

Tickets $10.00 in advance through Saint Rocke   or   
(let us know how many you need and you can pay by Paypal or check)
For table reservations call:  310 372 0035

Britweek is an organization dedicated to being a strong cultural and organization presence celebrating the creative fusion between California and the UK. From April 23rd to May 6th they will be hosting various music and arts events around Los Angeles, check out their website for a full calendar of events.

April 15th is final date
to file 2012 Tax Returns
We get emails on a daily basis asking for an accountant who can handle both UK and USA accounts. Up until now we haven't been able to recommend anyone who can do both. Finally we found Selwyn at Gerber & Co. They have offices both here an the UK so the transition is pretty close to seamless! Email him here to discuss how he can help you through tax time. (Don't forget the fees accountants charge are often deductible! However they do charge a consultation fee - so please confirm that first)

Got Kids ?
Then you are probably spending your evenings helping them with their homework?! Our own Jeremy Koester can tutor pretty much any subject up to 12th grade. Friendly and reliable as well as very capable. He has great references and is offering Brits in LA members a special discount of $25 per hour. If your kids need a little help contact him via email to schedule a visit.

Thinking of moving to L.A. and 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 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

Or are you....

One of the most common questions we get asked is for shipping company 
We have heard great things from a lot of you about these guys UPAKWESHIP. 
Visit their website here 



"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

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Paul Duddridge
Acting Coach Paul Duddridge has an outstanding track record 
helping British and US actors get work in Hollywood. 
 He usually works one to one with clients but due to demand 
he is starting group classes from April 2013. For free consultation about either class contact


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$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX
$18 for English Breakfast

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NEXT STOP LAX have a seminar coming up in London 
 with The Actors Company LA Take note of their incredible guest speakers!!
Click here for more info 

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.

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
Also now doing airport transfers for $60**
*These cars are not brand new luxury vehicles
**Rates may vary depending on distance

Gorgeous Mid Century House to rent
in Palm Springs
Perfect for Coachella!
Email Craig for all the details.

Get Me To Hollywood: British Edition 
is the essential guide to living the life in LA and how to make it in Hollywood, specifically tailored for our British readers. Throughout the 8 chapters, we will cover the basics: what an American headshot looks like compared with a British headshot, the established actor's resume, how to find representation, how to meet with casting directors and the audition process, and will also include a detailed list of resources and contributors.
LouisaSpring has specialized in representing English talent for the past 15 years and has successfully helped them make the trek over. With the current fascination with all things British, the timing was right to release this handbook to help those seeking help on making the big move.

You can buy the book as a direct download here: or on our website & social networking pages.

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If you are interested go to:
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He has been helping us with our artwork recently.
His turnaround is super fast, so if you require any of his services 
(from logos, flyers or photography )
 I can't recommend him enough!
Check out the amazing montage of Morrissey's Staples Center show,
I want all our future events to be 'Esquired' in this manner! 
 "I kicked off in my amazing career of being a photographer in 1983 following in my mother's footsteps (she was a wedding & portrait photographer) capturing life through the lens for nearly three decades from the USA to London, Paris, Zurich, Costa Rica & Berlin.

My background in high fashion and the music & entertainment industry working with grammy award winning bands like Duran Duran,is brought out in what my clients think are some of the most exciting, edgy and sexy photography today.  I've even had the honour of being a model for Ralph Lauren, a professional dancer & musician and have been published in four languages worldwide.

While running my business around the world, I do my best to live my life with a philanthropist heart.  I enjoy giving back to the community through speeches at bridal conventions educating couples with a "live version" of my program: "How To Make The Most Out Of Your Wedding Day", motivational speeches at socio-economically challenged elementary schools, presentations at high schools about the art & science of photography & more in-depth business presentations about running a successful creative company to advanced photography students at colleges."

Brits in LA's favourite celebrity journalist Sandro Monetti has launched a 
brilliant Movie Locations tour which drives film fans to sites around town 
where 40 famous films were shot - everything from Argo to Pretty Woman - 
If you enjoyed Miserable Lesbians, come hear more funny stories from that film's writer-director Sandro Monetti on his Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour, departing each Saturday afternoon at 2pm from the Hollywood Roosevelt, where an air conditioned bus will take you to locations used in Argo, Die Hard and 40 other famous films while celebrity reporter Sandro tells you the inside story behind the movies and their stars. Book at and use the special Brits in LA code SALE50 (no space) for half-price tickets.


Tearing up the streets of London, THE SWEENEY is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller proving sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal. Armed and dangerous, the Sweeney Flying Squad are old school crime fighters enforcing the law. Led by legendary detective Jack Regan ( Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner, they have their own unique way of operating and always get results. With a bank heist in progress and his old enemy making a reappearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even defying orders from his no-nonsense boss (Damian Lewis).

Release Date: March 1, 2013
 Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintoch, Paul Anderson, Alan Ford, and Damian Lewis

Mannerhouse Manor is a fully improvised and unscripted Edwardian
comedy in the style of Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs.  The
show takes place on an English country estate during the 1910s, and
every show presents the family who lives there, the servants who tend
to them, and the comedy and drama that unite their lives.  The show is
completely improvised and each episode features musical accompaniment
live on stage by The Mansfield Chamber Society, a piano and violin
duet.  Mannerhouse Manor contains love, mirth, betrayal, and tea… so
much tea.  The show is currently running Friday nights at 10:30pm at
the National Comedy Theatre in Hollywood and closes its run on March
1st.  For a special Brits In LA discount, simply call the box office
and say the word “BRIT” or purchase tickets at
and enter the promo code “BRIT.”

2010 Tony® Award for Best Play! Featuring Alfred Molina & Jonathan Groff 
 CASTING UPDATE! Jonathan Groff joins the cast of RED! Alfred Molina reprises 
his 2010 Tony® Award-nominated role of abstract artist Mark Rothko in the 
Tony® Award winning play, Red. This explosive drama unleashes theatre 
much as Rothko's painting freed art. The turbulent life of the artist is brought 
into focus in a drama that the Associated Press calls "an engrossing, enthralling 
new play about art, an artist and the act of creation." 
“A brilliant new play!” –Daily Mail (London)
The James Bridges Theatre 235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095 on March 14th,15th,16th and 17th
Located in Melnitz Hall on the UCLA Campus
Productions mounts a revival of the critically acclaimed production of Trainspotting that first rocked Los Angeles in 2002. Entertaining and shocking in equal measure, Harry Gibson's stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh's cult novel about Scottish heroin addicts runs March 9 through April 13 at the Elephant Theatre, with award-winning director Roger Mathey again at the helm.
For reservations and information, call 323-960-7785 or go to

Jane Austen wrote only six novels, but her wit and wisdom left readers pining for more. Impro Theatre's Jane Austen UnScripted gives audiences a chance to imagine the other books she might have written. The company deftly creates a world of love-struck girls, brooding noblemen and charming cads, and although hearts are sure to be broken, true love will win out in the end. 

or contact Pasadena Playhouse Box Office

Once again a special offer form Allied for us: Tracie Bennett you may remember from Coronation Street is now a Tony award nominee for this role - I hear it's spectacular!

 Don’t miss @Center Theatre Group’s END OF THE RAINBOW coming soon to the Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles! Visit to get a
LIMITED TIME special offer - only good thru March 22!

It's December 1968, and Judy Garland - in a London hotel room with both her new young fiancé and adoring accompanist - is preparing to make her comeback . . . again.

In one of the most celebrated performances on both the London and Broadway stage, Tony® Award nominee Tracie Bennett is an irresistible force embodying Garland's signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit in this savagely funny backstage drama.

Forget your troubles, come on get happy!

Limited Special Offer!
Tickets to select performances are just $49/$59/$69 (Reg. 60/$70/$80).*
To order call 213.972.4400 and use code ZING or online at
*Subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. May not be combined with other offers. Available only for select performances and select sections. Available Tuesday - Friday evenings, and Sunday matinee between March 12 and 22, excluding March 20. Available sections include Mid Orchestra Rows R-W and Mezzanine Rows C-G.

Craig is working out with JC at the moment and he is fantastic - He is  learning boxing and martial arts and getting in shape at the same time. JC has also started blogging for us - Check out his fitness tips here

"I have the solution with many secrets tips and cheats to get you to your perfect body goal FAST! Be it a target body weight, specific muscle tone, or just that nice athletic perfect network body ready to rock this pilot season. 
Special discounts for all fellow Brits in LA members, 33% off all packages and for February only book your first months training (minimum of 4 sessions) and get your next session free. I come to you and bring all equipment, Body, Your Design personal training, with over 18 years experience in the fitness industry working with every type of people from celebrities to C.E.O's and housewives to old timers and being a former professional boxer and actor JC knows exactly what it takes to get you to reach your goals fast and in a friendly encouraging atmosphere. For more information please call 310 279 8117 or email and please see visit me on Facebook . No one gets a one size fits all program because we are not all one size. We are all different and everyone gets a personalized program designed specifically for your goals for maximum results FAST."

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 

                       FINANCE SECTION 

Don't get frazzled with your book-keeping have a 
pro do it for you.
Lisa is amazing - they've helped us immensely and saved us an awful lot of
time preparing for this years taxes.  


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

Tax time is fast approaching! Many of us don’t have the time or inclination to go through the hundreds of receipts that build up over the year, and get their expenses in order. Our friend Samantha Powell will take care of that for you -  all receipts and expenses cateqorized / books prepared, for your accountant (or yourself) to file your tax return and get that tax bill down! Email Samantha at  or call her on 310-855-2750 and she’ll get it all sorted for you! $20 an hour for Brits in LA members.
Email Anne at or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
Anne will be at the King's Head, Santa Monica doing spiritual
readings Friday and Saturday afternoons make sure to call
the number above to book an appointment.


The financial situation for you could be getting a boost as early as next week
Look for an opportunity to add to your bank account it’s a good week all-round.

The sun in your compatible sign of Pisces will bring a situation that is unresolved
in any part of your life to a head. Therefore it’s best to not ignore or disregard this as being not important. Mercury going backwards will bring it into the light.

Time to complete what has not been priority in your life these past few months. You could be feeling confused and maybe cranky .This is due to your boss planet Mercury strolling backwards this week and on to the end of March

Movement is good for you and this week it’s all around you and in the family also.
Be strong and all the hard work you put in last month will bear fruit this month
Mercury in your cousin sign of Pisces can make you want to hide away.

Emotional issues could hold you back from enjoying this weekend and even though you may not want to tackle it this is the right thing to do and make it your priority. Then try and spend some time relaxing not stressing.

As this coming month is the start of a better cycle  so be sure you are ready and not stressing out about things in life you cannot change. Since your boss planet is going backwards until the end of March it’s a good time for a clean up around the home.

There is a part of your life which you more than likely keep under wraps, except for those you are closest too This next week or so be prepared to have to defend something you said or did . Mercury going backwards in your friends’ area of life you could find that all is not as it appears.


You have had a mixed emotions since the new year. This has been due to Saturn the teacher who is visiting you for a couple of years ahead. He is only sorting out the priorities of your life for you. Good news is there are a lot of Pisces planets assisting him.


Know this, what you reap is what you sow and this would be a good time to start thinking about what you planted before the end of the last year .This can be in any part of life and when you are sure don’t be so ready to throw them out as they are just beginning to grow.!


Your financial situation is still not what you want, however in order to achieve a positive flow of money you have to take the situation in hand because Pluto currently visiting your life will make the decision for you if not. Good news is by the mid of the year there is much better situation.


How you handle this current family or relationship situation will decide how the rest of your year will be going forward. With the rascally Mercury going backwards for the rest of this month  its time to take the bull by the horns!!


The planets are all around your life this month and egging you on to make some profound changes in general .You have some decisions to make so start by getting the truth straight  as not living  in the truth  brings its own drama Do have a Happy Birthday.



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