Brits in LA Newsletter April 29th, 2013

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Hi Breeps
Well, what a few couple of weeks I've had. Starting with producing and co-directing a short film called 'Pepper' with the writer Marc Cleary.
Photo courtesy of David Esquire
 It was one of the most amazing experiences of my time in LA thus far. Film making in LA is not easy, for a place that is centered on entertainment, they make it pretty hard work- with permits, insurances, payroll, workers comp, the unions. There is a lot of money being spent even before you begin. But thanks to all the support from your donations to our kickstarter campaign and all those that volunteered their time to either help out behind the scenes and/or in front of the camera, I'm eternally grateful. Thank you.  I also took a short trip to Texas to see the premiere of a film I acted in called 'Return to the hiding place'  Check out the trailer below - It is playing in LA at the Life festival. 
To buy tickets, go to You can get an individual ticket for $9 with our special Promotional Code (S10). 

It placed second in the festival and was very well received by the audience. I landed this morning and went straight to the set on another film called 'Platypus: The Musical' with Lea Thompson, Alex Newell, Jennifer Elise Cox and fellow Brit Trent Ford. I play a director. See what I did just there? I came full circle. ;-) Seems like Film making is in the air as our Darren Darnborough starts shooting his short this week too -Stefano Fromagio. Best of luck Darren. Enjoy it Buddy.

Pub crawl is back on this week, Thursday check Facebook for all the details.
And on Friday join us, Talent manager, producer and big Brit in LA Louisa Spring for Mind the Gap 's  weekly #MindTheChat Twitter discussions, along with Big Apple Brits and Virgin AtlanticSo feel free to join in !

Sunday Roast at the Pikey is also back and lots of Britweek events including our own Steve Cooke playing, details below, A Downton Abbey event, A Top Shop event and the Cat and the Fiddle's 'Mods and Rockers.' 

It's a good week to be British in LA. 

Have fun, be safe and see you around the town.


P.s. Keaton Simons, whom I've had the pleasure of writing songs with lately alongside Brits in LA member Elaine Macaluso; has a new album out Called "Beautiful Pain" - It's amazing - You can listen and buy it on itunes now.

We are always being asked about good dentists. I want to introduce you to  Nicolas A. Ravon and Kimberley Knopf.
Ive been with them for about 7 years. They are so nice and relaxing.
Click here to visit his website and to book an appointment.
Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach his ofice by calling 310-275-5325

Don't forget Next Stop LAX Brekkie at Cecconi's (owned by the famous Soho House group)  in the morning, and our Weekly Saturday Social at Cecconi's.

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   
Or email her
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

Check out our Brits Gigging in LA page too as there are a lot of great shows coming up, including Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones,  Steve Cooke, Franz Ferdinand, Howard Jones, Andy Bell and The XX!! Huge thank you to Sophie for keeping this page updated. Don't forget Brits in LA member Aaron works for AEG and can get you some great deals on tickets at the Staples Center . Email him here

Marmite and Jammie Dodgers ordered from Brands of Britain this week. Was very impressed with the selection and the prices. 

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Meet Evan Bolton from Audi Pacific who also works under the LA Car Guy Umbrella. He is very experienced with the Foreign Business Professional Leasing plan, so if you prefer something a bit more up market, definitely talk to him about getting an Audi. You  can even do it all over email so if you are coming from the UK you can have a car ready for your arrival! Ask nicely and he might pick you up from the airport too! They have some great specials at the moment so drop him a line to find out more

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You should also follow JC Mac's fitness blog
Click here to read his fitness tips!
He also hosts our BRITS IN LA tough mudder bootcamp
to get you all in to tip top shape. Sign up here every Sunday in Griffith Park -
$20 session or bring a friend and only pay $10.
FELA! at the Ahmanson TheatreApril 26 – May 5, 2013
Yeah! Yeah! Back by Popular Demand!
With Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child

First, you’ll feel it in your feet. 
Then you’ll feel it in your soul .
That’s the undeniable power of FELA!
FELA! is both rave and theatrical wonder. Thanks to Fela’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award® winner Bill T. Jones, this tale of courage, passion and love will shake you: body and soul.
Legendary Nigerian Fela Kuti was a musical dynamo and a political powder keg who used his supercharged and sexy Afrobeat sound and charismatic spirit to ignite and inspire a generation to dare challenge a government of oppression.
Limited Special Offer!
Tickets in select sections are 50% off.*
To order call 213.972.4400 and use code YEAH or online at
*Subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets.  May not be combined with other offers.  Available only for select sections.  Available for Orchestra (Row AA-Q) and Mezzanine for all performances of FELA!.
For more information visit or call 213.972.4400.

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



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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 

Brits in LA monthly Pub crawl
May 2nd - 7pm

Join us as we discover a new part of LA each month
This month we are asking you to vote on the route 
so click on the link below to participate. this Month is the Silverlake area.
Click for more info and to rsvp

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.

REDCAT (Downtown) 6-9pm
Opening reception for a film initiating a new cycle of production by London-based artists The Otolith Group; Medium Earth represents the outgrowth of research undertaken throughout California in advance of a larger project. Commissioned by REDCAT and complimented by a series of public programs on the practices of prediction and premonition as they relate to California geography and psychology, Medium Earth is the first work produced by The Otolith Group in an American context. The evening includes a discussion with The Otolith Group artists Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun and George Baker, Associate Professor of Art History at UCLA, at 7pm. On view through June 16, 2013.

David Bowie Exhibit at Mr. Music Head

Sarah Danays ʻFabergéGothicʼ  
Sarah Danays is a British sculptor and photographer.  
In 2008 she was shortlisted in Le Prix de la Sculpture Noilly Prat as one of Britain's top five emerging sculptors. She now lives in Los Angeles, and works between studios in LA (Venice), Italy (Bagni di Lucca) and the UK (Whitstable). 
She will be exhibiting her work during Britweek and would love for some of you to attend her cocktail reception. Free drinks and great art!!


April 27th at Stories bookstore, 1716 Sunset Blvd CA 90026 from 2- 7pm 
Reservations recommended please call/ text Gemma 310 612 6990
April 27th in the evening A Spot of Tea will be featured at The Echo during the Britweek Music Event but only serving tea infused cocktails :)
April 28th Come check out the Edwardian improv show Mannerhouse Manor and enjoy tea & tasty treats pre and post the fun on stage.  
May 4th & 5th Come to Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade for the Spring Jubilee -we'll have a stall selling vintage gift items and tea related goodies from the UK & US.
As per last year a free cuppa or tea to take home to anyone who mentions Brit Week!

Meet some of the cast
plus proceeds go to a very good cause
You can also buy  individual tickets here for this 1920's party 
which will be held at the Fairmont on May 3rd
Craig and I are planning on going, so look forward to seeing 
some of you there
VIP tickets also available. Visit the Britweek website for all the info 

May 18th  
Christine Peake is involved with this fantastic event and would love you all to attend. 
It sounds like a very glamourous affair which will be held at the Beverly Wilshire!
Visit the website for more information on how to purchase a table

Summer nights in L.A. are for hanging outdoors as long as you can, enjoying the great weather and good friends. Eat See Hear Movies puts together the ultimate nighttime outdoor hangout, combining popular films with live indie bands and some of the city's most famous food trucks. The Los Angeles State Historic Park screenings take advantage of the spacious park setting and views of the downtown cityscape, rolling the largest outdoor movie screen west of the Mississippi into the park for screenings of everyone's favorite movies along with live performances by up-and-coming bands. As always, a variety of the city's best food trucks will be on hand to dish out food, offering up a variety of food choices from around the world.
Only $5 if you book through Goldstar

in Costa Mesa
Click here to get half price tickets on Goldstar

Broadway Hit Experience The Beatles With Rain 

Half price tickets available on Goldstar!

Kara Miller is involved with an exciting comedy night. Where she rubs shoulders with the likes of Jim Belushi and other comedy greats.
Their next show is coming up on May 3rd and you can get all the details by visiting here

On May 11th, Brits in LA members Jay Ryal and Scott Gillian shall be heading up to Santa Barbara to throw myself out of a plane. Instead of doing the usual tandem skydive, he figured he I would do one of the highest in the world, at 18,000ft! Eeeek!

And it's all in the name of charity. I shall be raising money for UKares, a charity set up to help benefit families and individuals from the UK and the commonwealth, living in America, when in times of crisis and dire need! A cause extremely close to my heart. Not just a great charity, but also established by some of the greatest people you could ever meet.

For more information on UKares

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

OK! Magazine Annual Body and Soul Event
This is a great event and free as long as you RSVP.
Lots of giveaways and exercise class,  feel free to tell your friends too!

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 - 
Join 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. In honour of Britweek  he is presenting a special 'Brits in Hollywood' edition of his weekly Celebrity Insider Tour on Saturday April 27. That day, he will talk about everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Russell Brand as we drive past locations from their movies.  Brits in LA members can attend for half price by entering their special code at checkout - sale50
Book at

created by Brits in LA members Kerry and Evan Marlowe. Starring a slew of Brits in LA members including Ewan Chung and Helen Soroya among them.

British Monarchists Society
to host the Diamond Ball
Click here to purchase tickets

 is now available for purchase & download on Amazon's Kindle Store!  

Spamalot is back!
 Simi Valley
Half price tickets available for $11.00 on Goldstar

To all the BLA group , go and see  Jack Betts' new play,"IT GOES LIKE THIS" about gay rights and against prejudice!!Lee Strasberg Institute in West Hollywood!Featuring our beautiful fellow Brit Rachel O'Meara !! If you're paying cash at the door and mention you're part of the Brits group, you get 20% off!!Please go support and make a difference by spreading the word!


Our team THE BLAggers
Don't forget to like LA Premier League on Facebook
They have a big match coming up this Saturday
playing against Matador FCLA
so come along and support!

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 brilliant - 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

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.



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 and this may be your health as your ruler Venus is in your life now to keep an eye on you. As a result any area of your life that requires attention will show up. Happy Birthday!!

You may feel you need to make a move in settling some kind of work or emotional situation,  but are not sure how this can be achieved  .Well nothing ventured nothing gained  and Jupiter is ready to assist you right now.
You will have to be aware this next week to not speak out of turn or harshly to any one. Even if you feel you are justified put a hold on any decision to take action.
You can instead be spring cleaning instead.

This is a time for your inner strength to reveal itself for some of you who are not happy about some situation. Life just is so not much we can do about it so accept what you can’t change. The future is brighter come May.
Its time for a trip near or far, it matters not where as you benefit from the change of scenery. You are always on edge around negative people and so the answer is to not be.

Relationships are highlighted this month as your Ruler Venus is going in to Taurus your cousin  for a month long stroll so make sure you are as charming as you can be and with the right people. Wear your best at all times in public currently.

With a huge eclipse in your sign this week and the love planets Venus and Mars sitting observing your every move you can be sure you will hear about the past and people from the past on your radar. Be cool you are going to process this brilliantly.

If you are worried about finances and are not doing anything to change the situation then it will make you crazy. There was a lot of action been happening in your cousin sign
Aries this month .This makes opportunities to make some change for the good of long term outcomes.

With a major head on collision warming up with Uranus in Aries fighting with your house guest Pluto Best lie low this next few weeks .This situation is letting you know something in your life is out of alignment as well as in the World the latter you can not change the former you will.
Your judgment in a long term situation is way out and this week if you allow others to tell you how they perceive this is all is a waste of time, be cool wait and see if you can change your own mind and change the outcome.

Neptune King of the underworld sitting in your life for a a long time ahead brings many 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 expect many Cosmic moments.

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