Brits in LA Newsletter - April 8th 2013

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Hi Breeps!
Well... quite the interesting week- with the death of our former prime minister Margaret Thatcher causing quite the ruckus on our facebook page. Whether you were for or against her there is no disputing she smashed the glass ceiling when it came to what women were capable of then - The first and only female prime minister and the longest in power. 
RIP Maggie!

We have the British troops in town till Wednesday and we hosted a great knees up for them at one of our favourite British pubs the cat and fiddle pub
The british Troops enjoyed a pint or two

Thanks to Katy Haber for organizing a great trip for them - They presented Brits in LA with a placard with their regiments coat of arms on it - We will be hanging it proudly in our new offices  - Thank you lads. It was also our favourite lens warrior Mammarazzi's birthday that night. She's still got it and looks incredible. Keep it up Kerstin. Thanks also to Leilani Dowding who came out for a photo op with the boys! They were very appreciative. 

Ukares Foundation 
held their first seminar on Healthcare this week hosted by Marc Conneely with special speaker Adam Beach from BFG Financial. Look out for the next one in a few months on taxes. Meanwhile We are also conducting a survey to find out health care needs from with in the community - Please take a moment to answer a few simple questions help us to help you. 

We ended the week with a fantastic roast dinner at the British restaurant The Pikey- Roast lamb, mint sauce and Yorkshire pudding- it was delicious  They are serving up every Sunday so go try it out! 

Creative Brits in LA members 

The Token Minorities 

are gathering to film their sophomore parody mash up film next weekend - "The Walking dead-ton Abbey" Cant wait for that. Meanwhile check out there Game Of Thrones mash-up with the harlem shake from last month - 
Scott Kaske as Pepper

And exciting news on my end. So many Brits in LA members are either part of the crew or have helped me out as I've been hard at work preparing for a directing gig with Marc Cleary on PepperWe have been successfully crowd-funding with Kickstarter and are so close... only a few days left - We are at 90% of our target so thanks to so many of you who have already helped - I am forever grateful. For those that are still interested in helping us. Here's the pledge link.  You can also hear Marc and I on the radio talking about the movie. Don't forget Next Stop LAX Brekkie at Cecconi's (owned by the famous Soho House group)  in the morning, our Weekly Saturday Social at Cecconi's and pub crawl next week in the Los Feliz area - Run by our boys -@Jay Ryall and @Scott Gillan - Fun is always guaranteed and is not  for the week bladdered. 

A lot of members are in plays right now so try to go and see some great theatre - See below under brits on the stage section below. Coachella is also this weekend - Who's going? Don't forget to tweet us at @britsinla when you see some of the best British bands.
Speaking of our favourite composer and jazz player John Altman is back in town playing at The Desert Rose on Hillhurst, Los Feliz this saturday the 13th from 7pm- He's such a talent and playing with some remarkable folk - Always a great crowd.

Check out our Brits Gigging in LA page too as there are a lot of great shows coming up, including Dave Stewart, Steve Cooke, Franz Ferdinand, Howard Jones, Andy Bell and The XX!! 

Cheers and have a great week - Scroll down for some great discounts.

Ps. Congrats to my mate and fellow Brit Luke Evans for nabbing the title role of 'Vampire' for Universal. He started off doing our Toscars a few years ago. See hard work pays off.

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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 (just like Joe Seymour at VW) 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

You should also follow JC Mac's fitness blog
Click here to see how you can get your loose up to 10lbs fast!
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

End of the Rainbow
 at the Ahmanson Theatre
Now – April 21, 2013
Written by Peter Quilter
Directed by Terry Johnson
With Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland
“BRILLIANT!  Bennett’s work is completely mesmerizing.  SHOULD NOT BE MISSED.” —Paul Hodgins, The Orange County Register
“I COULDN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF BENNETT!” —Kari Mozena, Los Angeles Magazine
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.
Don’t miss End of the Rainbow in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre through April 21st only!
Purchase your tickets today 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!!
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Brits in LA monthly Pub crawl
APRIL 25th - 7pm
Last Thursday of event month
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
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.

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.

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

 Brits in LA member and director Alex Hyde White invites you to "Three Days (of Hamlet)" opens in Westwood

Charity opening Premiere and Party. Barney's Beanery Westwood, 
5:30 pm. Regent Cinema 7pm. Friday April 19th.

Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental
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Maria Elena Elafantino
"Edith Piaf"
April 27th
This will sell out 
so get your tickets now by clicking here

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

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.
Check out this report on KTLA


To all the BLA group , go and see my friend 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!

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


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.


With all the planets possible lined up in your life there are good and not so good outcomes .The one that will be positive will show up this month  .The rest is out of your control and its old news to you .


On the upside you can expect a call from someone from the past and this time you need to be upfront honest and yes! speak very frankly about your feelings. You will likely want a holiday soon wait until mid May.

The sun in your cousin sign of Aries will bring out your mellow  side and it  favors getting a handle on any part of life that you are not resolved with as you will be in the right frame of mind to deal with it now.

The consequences are long reaching for you especially if  you have not reconciled with who or what is not resolved .The self deceiving Neptune in your cousin sign of Pisces can make you somewhat melancholy for a few days this month ahead.

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 wait until mid month as the planets will be better lined up then for you.

You have a few hefty planets in your opposite sign of Aries right now so first do not travel before end of the month .If some one ask help for financial aid in any area  be sure you  get it in writing .


.It is a long time since  such beneficial planets have effected you .In your cousin sign of Pisces is Neptune very good for romance and all the Aries planets in your work area are working much to your advantage this month.

You may be right you may be crazy” as goes the song  because if you are worried about finances and are not doing anything to change the situation then it will make you crazy .The good news is that someone close to you health problem will be resolved .

You may be feeling a bit restless or not in balance this due to your “boss” Saturn in the sign of Scorpio going backwards for a while.  He is letting you know something in your life is out of whack ! .You will be busier than for a few years this coming months.

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 its  all is a waste of time. Be cool and wait and see if you can change your attitude and change the outcome.!!

.Your ruler Neptune is in your life for several months ahead  and you will be both emotional and angry at times .This is merely a passing away of the old feelings you have lived with all your life .It time to release and move on as he is for your growth.


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